Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings~ New York, Actually

I’ve added some additional memes to my repertoire and am linking up with Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader.

This meme is a fairly simple concept, we share the first line or so from a current read. This week I’m featuring New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan.

New York, Actually (From Manhattan with Love, #4)

Dear Aggie, I bought my girlfriend an expensive coffee machine for her birthday. First she cried, then she sold it on eBay. I don’t understand women.
Yours, Decaffeinated.

 Poor, misguided guy.


June Mini Blog Ahead Sign Up

Anna from Herding Cats and Burning Soup is once again hosting a mini Blog Ahead challenge in June. I have participated in the last 2 Blog Ahead challenges and really enjoy them {Anna hosts some pretty awesome challenges!}.

So here’s the deal, from June 15-30 you focus on scheduling 15 more posts than you already have scheduled. It’s really that simple {and hard if you don’t know what you want to post}. For full details or to sign up, click the graphic above.

I debated whether or not to join in the challenge this month {though honestly not very long since I am literally signing up on the first day} because I have almost everything already scheduled through the end of the year and I haven’t even begun to think about what I want to do in 2018 yet. But I also want to start focusing on discussion posts, so that is what I am going to do with this challenge. During this challenge I plan to write and schedule at least 15 discussion posts.

As of today {June 1}, I have 137 posts scheduled and 12 drafts that will be completed before the end of the week. I plan to end June with at least 150 scheduled posts.

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ The Selection

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

I’m participating in Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts, hosted by Lexxie over at {un}Conventional Book Views again this week.

What is Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts? Well here’s a description from Lexxie’s site:

The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Each week there is a link-up for the current post so that it’s easy to find other participants as well.

This week I am featuring The Selection by Kiera Cass. This scene takes place between America and Aspen in her tree house, after she’s entered the Selection. {pg. 49}

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

“Money, of course. Look, I made you a feast!” I pulled away from him and started grabbing plates. I’d made too much dinner on purpose to save him some, and I’d been baking pastries for days. May and I both had a terrible addiction to sweets anyway, and she was jubilant that this was how I was choosing to spend my money.
“What’s all this?”
“Food. I made it myself.” I was beaming with pride for my efforts. Finally, tonight, Aspen could be full. But his smile faded as he took in plate after plate.
“Aspen, is something wrong?”
“This isn’t right.” He shook his head and looked away from the treats.

Thursday Quotables

Thursday Quotables~ The Museum of Heartbreak


Because I love sharing quotes from books, the more random the better, I decided to join Bookshelf Fantasies for Thursday Quotables to highlight some great quotes from the books I’m reading.

This week I’m featuring quotes from Meg Leder’s The Museum of Heartbreak.

The Museum of Heartbreak


I thought of the tiny dinosaurs I’d seen in his notebook, imagined them standing on his shoulders, protecting the secret parts of him, the parts that still believed in dinosaurs.


Even though he was actually saying something nice, his response was so simultaneously dismissive and patronizing, I immediately wanted to burst into tears and kick him in the knees.


Twenty minutes and at least six outfits later, I was beyond irritated, each click and slide of a hanger along the rack the mark of something that was wrong with me.


May Challenge Update

New Release Challenge


Full House Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge 2017

Nonfiction: Daring Greatly
On TBR for more than 2 years: Going Home
Middle Grade: Legend of the Guardians
Published pre-2000: Mary Poppins
UK or European Author: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Backlist: City of Ashes
From a List: When Breath Becomes Air
Award Winner: Bone Gap
Book about books: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
2 word title: Game Changer
Debut book: Bitter is the New Black
Food on the cover: The Sweet Life in Paris
From Childhood: Stuart Little
Diverse read: I am Malala
Australian or NZ Author: Tempting Autumn
US or Canadian Author: Faultlines
Attractive cover: Across the Universe
Borrowed: 10% Happier

Backlist Challenge


Goodreads Challenge


New to Me Challenge {Authors}

25/15 Complete!

Read All the Books Challenge {Nora Roberts}


Read the Books You Buy

1/93 1.1% {Goal 21-40%}

Blogger Shame Review Challenge


Charity Reading Challenge

January- Eugene Mission: 11 books $55
February- St. Jude’s: 16 books $80
March- ASPCA: 17 books $85
April- The Hunger Project: 10 books $50

May- USO: 19 Books $95
1. Good in Bed
2. Evermore
3. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
4. Lucinda’s Secret
5. The Ironwood Tree
6. Every Exquisite Thing
7. There’s a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell
8. Bright Lights, Big Ass
9. Landline
10. Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics
11. The Problem with Forever
12. The Haters
13. The One and Only Ivan
14. Paris for One
15. Highly Illogical Behavior
16. Night Diver
17. Such a Pretty Fat
18. The Girl You Left Behind
19. The Glittering Court

June- Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

A- Angels & Demons
B- The Battle of the Labyrinth
C- City of Ashes
D- Daring Greatly
E- Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
F- Finding Myself in Britain
G- Game Changer
H- How to Say Goodbye
I- I am Malala
K- Kisses on a Paper Airplane
L- Legend of the Guardians
M- Me Before You
N- Night Diver
O- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
P- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Q- Queen of Babble
R- Ready Player One
S- The Sea of Monsters
T- Tempting Autumn
U- Under the Wide and Starry Sky
W- When Breath Becomes Air

GWB 2017 Book Bingo


About a different culture: I am Malala
Takes place in Fall: Tempting Autumn
Takes place in Winter: The Titan’s Curse
Popular Author’s debut: Bitter is the New Black
Last book in a series: The Last Olympian
Most Recent TBR Addition: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
About mental illness: The Good Luck of Right Now
From Library: Under the Wide and Starry Sky

eBook Reading Challenge


Audio Book Reading Challenge

45/25 Complete!

2017 Net Galley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge


Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017


2017 Literary Escapes Challenge

California~ Game Changer

Florida~ How to Say Goodbye

Illinois~ Bone Gap

Maine~ Liar’s Key

Maryland~ Every Day

Mississippi~ The Haters

New Jersey~ Every Exquisite Thing

New York~ The Sea of Monsters

Ohio~ Ready Player One

Pennsylvania~ The Good Luck of Right Now

Texas~ Faultlines

Washington~ Come Away With Me

Wisconsin~ Kisses on a Paper Airplane*
2017 Audiobook Challenge

43/30! Complete

2017 Library Love Challenge

43/24 Complete!

Reading Assignment

Jan~ Sea of Monsters
Feb~ City of Ashes
March~ The Eternity Code
April~ Come Away With Me
May~ Show No Mercy

Bookish Resolutions

Complete 10 Reading Challenges~ 4/10
Complete 2 Read-a-thons~ 1/2
Complete 5 series~ 1/5
Read 1 Nonfiction book per month~ J F M A M

Post 1 Review per week~ FAILED
Clean up Bloglovin’ Feed~ Completed!
Comment on 1 Blog per day FAILED

Write every day FAILED
Outline & Plot Novel~ not started
Complete First Draft~ not started

Move closer to work~ in progress
Try 1 new thing every week FAILED
Join a club~ not started
Take a class~ not started

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ Coming Attractions

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the topic is most anticipated books of the second half of 2017. Here are mine.

The Reason You're Alive

The Reason You’re Alive

Some Kind of Hero (Troubleshooters, #17)

Some Kind of Hero

This Is How It Happened

This is How it Happened

Beautiful Tempest (Malory-Anderson Family, #12)

Beautiful Tempest

The Hummingbird Heart (Haunted Hearts Legacy, #2)

The Hummingbird Heart

The Devil's Triangle (A Brit in the FBI, #4)

The Devil’s Triangle

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)


Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #3)

Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race

The Curses (The Graces, #2)

The Curses

Ferocious (Vicarious, #2)


**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Monday Update, Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post

My Week in Review 2017 #21

This is my week in review, where I update you on my life~ reading, blogging and general. I will also be linking up with some amazing blogs.

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Life Happenings:

We have been graced with gorgeous weather over the last week, and now that I finally have days off again, I am planning my picnic at the park with books. It also means I needed to pick up some summer clothes, so I grabbed some shorts & tank tops recently… now I just need sandals.

Unfortunately, I’ve lost access to the digital library on my computer. I do still have access from my phone, so I’m still able to check out books that way. I figure it’s only a matter of time before I lose access altogether. I have plenty of ebooks and physical books to keep me going, but I’m really going to miss having audio books in the car until I can find a new source… any suggestions? Free sources are preferred, but something inexpensive with access to multiple books per month would also be acceptable.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #20
Top Ten Tuesday~ It’s Summer!
On My Fear of Discussion Posts
Cat Thursday #21
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Thursday Quotables~Show No Mercy
The Friday 56~ Lola and the Boy Next Door
Book Beginnings~ Gemina

This Week on the Blog:

Top Ten Tuesday~ Coming Attractions
May Challenge Update
Cat Thursday #22
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ The Selection
Thursday Quotables~The Museum of Heartbreak
The Friday 56~ After You
Book Beginnings~ New York Actually

Around the Blog World:

12 #Bookstagram Hacks That Will Change Your Life (Maybe)… from Paper Fury


It’s Monday! What Are you Reading from The Book Date takes a look at the books we have been reading over the past week and what we’re planning to read next.

Currently Reading:

The Girl You Left Behind

The Girl You Left Behind

Recently Completed:

Night Diver  Highly Illogical Behavior  Paris for One and Other Stories  Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer

Night Diver//Highly Illogical Behavior//Paris for One//Such a Pretty Fat

Up Next on TBR:

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1)

The Glittering Court


I will also be linking this post to Stacking the Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews, a link up to share the new books we’ve added to our shelves over the past week.

New to the Shelves:

Audio Books Borrowed:

Heart of the Matter  The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)  Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer   Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (Dash & Lily, #1)  The Thing About Jellyfish

Heart of the Matter//The Golden Compass//Such a Pretty Fat//Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares//The Thing About Jellyfish

eARCs from NetGalley:

As You Wish  Summer Return  Hygge and Kisses  Second Acts  The Art of Hiding: A Novel  The Book of Whispers  We Come Apart

As You Wish//Summer Return//Hygge and Kisses//Second Acts//The Art of Hiding//The Book of Whispers//We Come Apart

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

The Friday 56

The Friday 56~ Lola and the Boy Next Door

It’s time for another edition of The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Link up.

This week I chose to feature Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins.

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

“I throw up my hands, which I’ve been mehndi-ing with a Bic pen. ‘Do you have any idea how difficult it is to park in this city?'”