Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ All the Bright Places

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 All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. This scene takes place at Finch’s father’s house with his sisters, step-brother, father and step-mother. {pg. 70}

All the Bright Places

Decca, who has already filled her plate, begins eating as Rosemarie serves everyone else one by one. When she gets to me, I say, “I’m good without, unless you’ve got a veggie burger on there.” She only blinks at me, her hand still hovering in midair. Without turning her face, she swivels her eyes in my father’s direction.
“Veggie burger?” His voice isn’t soft or patient. “I was raised on meat and potatoes, and I’ve made it to thirty-five.” (He was forty-three in October.) “I figured my parents were the ones putting food on the table, so it wasn’t my job to question it.” He pulls up his shirt and pats his stomach– still flat, but no longer a six-pack– shakes his head, and smiles at me, the smile of a man who has a new wife and a new son and a new house and two new cars and who only has to put up with his old, original kids for another hour or two.
“I don’t eat red meat, Dad.” Actually, to be technical, it’s ’80s Finch who’s the vegetarian.

Bookish Communities

Exploring Bookish Communities #5

Over the last couple of months I’ve started adding more and more friends to Goodreads. I went from about 6 friends to over 70. {If we’re not friends already, here’s my link}.

While I don’t actively seek recommendations from friends, and generally don’t specifically recommend books to friends, I do use my Home Feed for recommendations and to see reviews from my friends. This is usually the place that I find the most books to add to my TBR. I don’t really interact too much with others, though do comment occasionally on reviews and like quotes.

Do many of you use Goodreads for socializing? Or just to find and share books? I feel like it’s a safer place to follow authors as there doesn’t seem to be a lot of politicizing happening on there… at least not yet. {And by politicizing I don’t necessarily mean governmental politics}.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ Reading Wishlist

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the topic is our reading wishlist. Now this is not books that we want to read, but the elements that would make for an idyllic reading experience. When planning my dream library, these are some of the items that I have come up with…

A comfortable place to lounge~ This is pretty much a given, we all need a cozy place to curl up and read. I prefer either the bed with pillows stacked behind be or lounging on a couch. I’ve always dreamed of owning a chaise that I could lounge on while reading.

Lots of light~ I’ve always wanted a window seat, because natural light is best, but a well-lit reading area is key for me. I love light anyway and seem to have all the lights blazing when I’m in a room, but when it comes to reading it is an absolute must.

Soothing music~ While many people like silence when they read, I prefer to have music playing quietly in the background. I have found that I am able to relax and sink into the story more if there is a little background noise. Music works for this, television does not. There will be no TV in my dream library.

A light blanket or throw~ It sometimes gets chilly here in Oregon {or downright cold in the winter}, so it’s nice to have a light blanket that I can snuggle up with while reading. It makes for a cozier reading spot as well.

Something to sip~ A cup of tea, a glass of water, a cocktail; depending on my mood and the reading material before me, as long as I have something to sip I can be contented for hours.

Something to snack~ Like with something to sip above, if I have a snack, I am able to stay content in my cozy reading nest for hours. While there are several different snacks that I enjoy, the crucial part of the snack is that it not be messy! No dripping sauces or anything that could ruin my books!

A kitty~ Some people may not feel this is necessary, others may prefer a dog, but I can tell you there is nothing better than curling up into your reading nest with a kitty curled up asleep in your lap. Pure Heaven right there!

A table to hold things~ Mainly because I need somewhere for my drink, snacks & extra books to hang out.

Extra books~ Because I read multiple books at a time and like to change out a couple of times during a reading session. {I have a short attention span, so switch things up to keep myself interested and entertained}.

Time~ This has been at a premium lately, so I haven’t had a really good reading session in a while {as evidenced by the same books staying on my update for weeks on end}. This is the one luxury item that I hope to add into my life very soon!

Monday Update, Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post

My Week in Review 2017 #18

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:

Well, life keeps moving along. This is the last month for my county library system, so I’m focusing on books from the library as much as possible this month to try to get through my wish list there. While I generally only listen to audio books in the car, I’ve taken to listening at home as well right now. The only problem is I’m starting to run out of available books. Most of the books on my list are wait-listed right now and I know that my access to the digital library is going to expire before most of them become available.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #17
Top Ten Tuesday~ The Cover Made Me Read It
More Than Books #5
Cat Thursday #18
Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~The Winner’s Curse
Thursday Quotables~ The Kill Order
The Friday 56~ Stars of Fortune
Book Beginnings~ Hollow City

This Week on the Blog:

Top Ten Tuesday~ Reading Wishlist
Exploring Bookish Communities #5
Cat Thursday #19
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ All the Bright Places
Thursday Quotables~ Ink and Bone
The Friday 56~ The One
Book Beginnings~ Holding Up the Universe
Review: The Promise Kitchen

Around the Blog World:

Would You Read a Book by an Author You Don’t Like? by Pink Polka Dot Books

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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:

There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell: A Novel of Sewer Pipes, Pageant Queens, and Big Trouble

There’s a (Slight) Chance I’m Going to Hell

Recently Completed:

Evermore (The Immortals, #1)  The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood, #1)  Lucinda's Secret (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #3)  The Ironwood Tree (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #4)  Every Exquisite Thing

Evermore//Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants//The Spiderwick Chronicles 3 & 4//Every Exquisite Thing

Up Next on TBR:

Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide to Why It Often Sucks in the City, or Who Are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me?

Bright Lights, Big Ass

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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:

Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide to Why It Often Sucks in the City, or Who Are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me?  Landline  Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics (Mr. Lemoncello's Library, #2)

Bright Lights, Big Ass//Landline//Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

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

The Friday 56

The Friday 56~ Stars of Fortune

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

Rules:
*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 Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts.

Stars of Fortune (The Guardians Trilogy, #1)

“A big, beautiful kitchen, she remembered, and she wouldn’t mind making a meal or two, but-“

Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings~ Hollow City

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 Hollow City by Ransom Riggs.

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)

We rowed out through the harbor, past bobbing boats weeping rust from their seams, past juries of silent seabirds roosting atop barnacled remains of sunken docks, past fishermen who lowered their nets to stare frozenly as we  slipped by, uncertain whether we were real or imagined; a procession of waterborne ghosts, or ghosts soon to be. We were ten children and one bird in three small and unsteady boats, rowing with quiet intensity straight out to sea, the only safe harbor for miles receding quickly behind us, craggy and magical in the blue-gold light of dawn. Our goal, the rutted coast of mainland Wales, was somewhere before us but only dimly visible, an inky smudge squatting along the far horizon.

So incredibly descriptive, though one has to wonder why they are rowing to Wales… is there not another way to travel?

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ The Winner’s Curse

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 Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. This scene takes place between Kestrel and Arin. {pg. 321}

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

She blurted out something that had nothing to do with anything. “Do you know how to make honeyed half-moons?”
“Do I…?” He lowered the map. “Kestrel, I hate to disappoint you, but I was never a cook.”
“You know how to make tea.”
He laughed. “You do realize that boiling water is within the capabilities of anybody?”
“Oh.” Kestrel moved to leave, feeling foolish. What had possessed her to ask such a ridiculous question anyway?
“I mean, yes,” Arin said. “Yes, I know how to make half-moons.”

Thursday Quotables

Thursday Quotables~ The Kill Order

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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 James Dashner’s The Kill Order.

The Kill Order (Maze Runner, #0.5)

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Mark just hoped that one day it could all go back to normal. Maybe even during his lifetime.

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Mark closed his eyes, tried to tamp down the rage that was building inside him like a nuclear reaction. How much could he take in one day?

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Venturing out into the complete unknown. He doesn’t know which is stronger, the excitement or the fear.

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Mark started dragging him down the hallway, aware on  some level that he himself had crossed into territory from which he wasn’t sure he’d come back.