The Friday 56

The Friday 56~ Beautiful Secret

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 Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren.

Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard, #4)

“My brother was my best friend, his friends were my friends, and this is what I was good at. Banter. The give-and-take of joking with the guys. I could do this and not be an idiot. And not think about how I wanted to bang him. Maybe. Except he was wearing the charcoal suit- my favorite- and a dark shirt with no tie. I’d never seen him without a tie and it required superhuman strength to keep my eyes on his face, and not the tiny stretch of skin exposed at the top of his open collar.”

 

More Than Books

More Than Books #2

Last month, I launched my More Than Books series talking about my plans to move this month and about an apartment that I was applying for. Sadly things did not quite work out like I had hoped, so moving plans have been put on hold for a couple of months as I work on improving my credit rating, as well as continue to prepare to move.

I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my financial life, including two prolonged periods of unemployment. This has taken a toll on my credit rating unfortunately, and with the housing shortage in my area, makes it harder for me to find an apartment right now. So I’ll focus the next few months on trying to get those numbers up to make it easier to find a place to call home.

I was feeling kind of down about this initially, and was really starting to beat up on myself. But a timely book reading (10% Happier), some talks with my brother, and a new approach to things really helped to bring me back to center.

So we’re looking to April now for the move, though it may be a bit later. I just need to take a few weeks off from getting denials and work on changing things before I venture out again.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ Wishing for More…

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is books that we wished had more or less of X. This was a tough one for me, but I decided to focus on books that I wish had more cats. These books all have a cat mentioned in them at some point, but all books can benefit from more cats.

How To Say Goodbye

How to Say Goodbye

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works

10% Happier

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

Harry Potter series

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

The Hunger Games series

Losing It (Losing It, #1)

Losing It

Nora & Kettle (Paper Stars, #1)

Nora & Kettle

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)

Nevernight

Letters from Paris

Letters from Paris

Falling Awake

Falling Awake

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

Monday Update, Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post

My Week in Review 2017 #5

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:

This week I went to visit Cheshire for the first time in several weeks. My schedule has been crazy and it’s been hard for me to coordinate time with my brother to be able to see him. I was really hoping that we would be living together again in a few weeks, but it looks like that’s been put off for a couple of months at least. We had a bit of excitement while I was there… a squirrel got in the house and had all of the cats going crazy. Luckily we were able to get the squirrel safely out of the house without it or the cats receiving any injuries.

We also celebrated my mom’s birthday this week with our first family dinner since Christmas.

I increased my Goodreads goal based on the number of books I was able to get through in January. Actually, I not only increased it, I doubled it. Listening to audio books on my commute has really helped keep my reading at the level it was last year… at least so far. I’ll probably be increasing some of my other reading goals as we progress this year as well.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #4
A Winter’s Respite Read-a-thon Wrap Up
Top Ten Tuesday~ All About the Visuals
January Challenge Updates
Cat Thursday #5
The Friday 56~ Stormy Persuasion
Review Buzz Books 2016 Young Adult

This Week on the Blog:

Top Ten Tuesday~ Wishing for More…
More Than Books #2
Cat Thursday #6
The Friday 56~ Beautiful Secret
Review: Faultlines

Around the Blog World:

Reading Hacks: 9 to be Exact from Of Wonderland
OH NO! Don’t Have Sex There!!! Bookish Conversation from Because Reading is Better Than Real Life

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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:

Going Home (3-in-1)  The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City  The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)  Faultlines  Ready Player One  City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect, #1)

Going Home//The Sweet Life in Paris//The Battle of the Labyrinth//Faultlines//Ready Player One//City of Ashes//Imperfect Chemistry

Recently Completed:

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works    Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)    Buzz Books 2016: Young Adult Fall/Winter     Hot as Hell (Deep Six 0.5)

10% Happier//Angels and Demons//Buzz Books 2016 Young Adult Fall/Winter//Hot as Hell

Up Next on TBR:

Dangerous: Risky Business / Storm Warning / The Welcoming  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)  The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)    Kisses On A Paper Airplane  Rising Strong  City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)  Tempting Autumn (The Four Seasons #2)

Dangerous//Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows//The Last Olympian//Kisses on a Paper Airplane//Rising Strong//City of Glass//Tempting Autumn

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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:

I borrowed some more audiobooks:

Ready Player One  Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)

Ready Player One//Angels and Demons

And picked up a free Kindle book:

Hoist on My Own Petard: Or: How Writing 10% Happier Threw My Own Advice Right Back in My Face

Hoist on My Own Petard

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

Review

Review: Buzz Books Fall/ Winter 2016 Young Adult

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Young Adult
Publishers Lunch
May 2, 2016
eARC
Net Galley

This fifth edition of Buzz Books: Young Adult includes substantial pre-publication excerpts from 20 forthcoming young adult and middle grade books. At the end of most excerpts, you will find a link to the full galley on NetGalley! Now everyone can share the same access to the newest YA voices the publishing industry is broadcasting for the fall/winter season.

You will find a full range of YA titles previewed here—fantasy, humor, romance, and dystopian—and you will find works for tweens and middle-grade readers. As always, many Buzz Books are sure to make bestseller and “best of” lists.

Two New York Times bestselling authors share innovative new work. Melissa de la Cruz’s Something in Between launches Seventeen Fiction from Harlequin Teen, a collaboration with Seventeen magazine, while Lauren Oliver’s Replica is a “flip book” that contains two narratives in one.

Several titles will be featured at this year’s Book Expo America convention on their YA or Middle Grade Editors Buzz Panels. In addition, half of our 20 Buzz Books: Young Adult authors will be in attendance at BEA.

Fans of series will be delighted to read excerpts from the first title in four new debut series by authors such as Jeff Giles, editor of Entertainment Weekly. Standalone titles by award-winners David Arnold, Kendare Blake, and Sharon Cameron are here, along with YA books by memoirist Josh Sundquist and Nadia Hashimi, who previously wrote for adults.

As I previously stated in my review of the Buzz Books 2016 Romance collection, I really enjoy the Buzz Books format and being able to read excepts from several different books.

While I did find a few books from this collection that I’m interested in reading, I was a bit underwhelmed by the books featured. I tend to prefer contemporary or dystopian young adult reads, and this collection had a lot of fantasy. To be fair, I do like some fantasy, it’s just not my first choice of genre.

That being said, I did find some books from this collection to add to my TBR. And  I fully intend to stick with the Buzz Books collections in future.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Net Galley and the publisher {Publishers Lunch} in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Friday 56

The Friday 56~ Stormy Persuasion

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 Stormy Persuasion by Johanna Lindsey.

Stormy Persuasion (Malory-Anderson Family, #11)

“He hadn’t been joking when he told Burdis he blamed a woman for his capture. He should have put more effort into securing her silence. A kiss usually softened them up, but not her. He’d gambled that he’d be able to get her feeling friendly and agreeable toward him, so she’d keep his presence a secret. Maybe he should have lit her lantern so she could see whom she was dealing with. One of his smiles tended to work wonders on wenches, too. But kissing her hadn’t yielded the result he’d hoped for, and he had ended up insulting her instead. He hadn’t needed to see her to tell she was bristling from it.”

Challenges

January 2017 Challenge Recap

As most of you know, I went a little crazy this year and joined 20 different reading challenges. I will be updating you monthly on my progress for each challenge {and linking up to the appropriate challenge page as required}. You can get up to the date updates and a full list of books read for each challenge by visiting my Challenge Page.

Here is where I stand after January:

New Release Challenge

0/12

Full House Reading Challenge

2 word title: Game Changer
Nonfiction: Daring Greatly
Middle Grade: Legend of the Guardians
UK or European Author: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Backlist Challenge

2/36

Goodreads Challenge

11/60

New to Me Challenge {Authors}

5/15

Read All the Books Challenge {Nora Roberts}

47/145

Read the Books You Buy

Purchased 4/ Read 0

Blogger Shame Review Challenge

3/20

Charity Reading Challenge

11 books completed equals $55 donation to the Eugene Mission

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

D- Daring Greatly
F- Finding Myself in Britain
G- Game Changer
H- How to Say Goodbye
I- I am Malala
L- Legend of the Guardians
M- Me Before You
O- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
S- The Sea of Monsters
T- The Titan’s Curse

GWB 2017 Book Bingo

About a different culture: I am Malala
Most Recent TBR Addition: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

eBook Reading Challenge

5/24

Audio Book Reading Challenge

4/25

2017 Net Galley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

3/25

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017

2/36

2017 Literary Escapes Challenge

California~ Game Changer
Florida~ How to Say Goodbye
New York~ The Sea of Monsters

2017 Audiobook Challenge

4/25

2017 Library Love Challenge

4/24

Reading Assignment

Jan~ Sea of Monsters done

Bookish Resolutions

Complete 10 Reading Challenges- in progress
Complete 2 Read-a-thons- 1 complete
Complete 5 series- in progress
Read 1 Nonfiction book per month- 1 read January

Post 1 Review per week- on track
Clean up Bloglovin’ Feed- in progress
Comment on 1 Blog per day- hit & miss

Write every day- fail
Outline & Plot Novel- not started
Complete First Draft- not started

Move closer to work- in progress
Try 1 new thing every week- on track
Join a club- not started
Take a class- not started

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ All About the Visuals

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is all about visuals. Suggestions were made for comics or graphic novels, but since I don’t tend to read them, I decided to go with 10 of my favorite covers from books on my TBR.

Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)

Ink and Bone

Beneath Wandering Stars

Beneath Wandering Stars

The Frog Prince (Faerie Tale Collection, #8)

The Frog Prince

It Ends with Us

It Ends With Us

The Art of Not Breathing

The Art of Not Breathing

Wintersong

Wintersong

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

Flame in the Mist

If You Were Here

If You Were Here

The Smell of Other People's Houses

The Smell of Other People’s Houses

The Young Elites

The Young Elites

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