Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bout of Books 11

Bout of Books

*Flails* It's time, it's time, IT'S TIME! *flails some more* It is time, my friends, for Bout of Books 11! I NEED this. I am 7 books behind according to my Goodreads challenge, and I want to catch up.  I've been a real slacker lately, *cough* computer games *cough* and I am shamefully behind in my reading.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


1. Read!
2. Have Fun!
Stretch Goal: Catch up on the Goodreads Challenge (7 books behind)
3. Don't beat myself up if I don't achieve the stretch goal!

Currently Reading:


Wrap Up:

I didn't get my stretch goal, but I'm still happy with what I did. I got through 6 books, and about halfway through the last one. I call it a win!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-thon - July 14-24, 2014

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon It's time for the Wicked Wildfire Read-a-thon, hosted by our friends at My Shelf Confessions!

My reading has slowed to a crawl, according to Goodreads I'm behind by 3 in my goal for the year, and I also really need to make some progress on my Seriously Series challenge.  It's the only challenge I've signed up for this year (even though it's so hard to resist all the shiny challenges at that time of year) and I'm still behind on it!  (Self: you had one job...)

If you need to boost your reading this summer, come along and join us!  Or just join us anyway, the more the merrier!


Finish Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning
Finish listening to Fallen by Lauren Kate
Listen to So Long and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
Read a seriously series title (TBD) - Started Offspring by Steven Harper

Currently Reading/Listening:

Finished Reading/Listening:

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Seriously Series 2nd check in

We're into Summer and it's time for the second check in on the Seriously Series Challenge. Above are some of this quarter's reads. Below are my status bars for each section.

Series Started Before 2014

Series = 8/19

Total Books = 14/32

Series Started In 2014

Series = 0/2

Total Books = 1/7

Series Re-Reads In 2014

Series  = 0/1

Total Books = 3/5

I'm almost at  41% of the way through the total number of books on my list, so I've fallen a little behind here at the halfway mark!  I'm behind by 4, so the question is, do I adjust the list or just try to read harder, on the list, rather than you know, other books not on the list!  For now I think I'll keep it as is and see what I can do in the third quarter.

How is everyone else doing?

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Library Books Read-a-thon June 9-16, 2014

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Happy National Library Week!  Okay, well I think the official one was back in April (ALA Announcement) but who cares, it should always be Library Week! It's like Shark Week, only with books, and no water, but some books definitely have sharp teeth, don't they?  Let's celebrate with a read-a-thon, shall we? Of course we shall, because that's what we do around here! Reading, and 'thoning and the like.  Rachael @ Rachael Turns Pages is going to help us out with that by being our lovely hostess!

I have been super impressed at how my library system has advanced in recent years.  They are really keeping up with technology changes and now offering digital downloads of e-books and audiobooks, so I can go to the library without actually going there!  Although it is still fun to go there, since it's like free book shopping and who doesn't love that?!  I better not see any hands raised, I will ignore you. You love it, and we all know it!  So just come join us. ;)

This week I'll see if I can cross off a few books on my digital library wishlist.  I'll keep track of my progress here.

Currently Reading:



Saturday, May 31, 2014

Armchair BEA - Wrap Up

Designed by Amber of Shelf Notes

My first Armchair BEA is coming to a close, and I'm very pleased at how it went.  I didn't know what to expect, but was so excited at all the interaction that took place!  I found several new blogs to follow, and got many great comments from interesting and like minded people, it was just a fun time overall! And I posted 6 days in a row! That's a record for me I think!

I even made my own button which I'm pretty excited about but which had nothing whatsoever to do with Armchair BEA! Yeah, I'm goofy and I know it! *dances a bit, then gets embarrassed, blush*

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Here's my week in review, be sure to check out the giveaway if you haven't already, I'm offering up your choice between 4 different Young Adult/Teen books that I've really enjoyed and would love to share with someone!

Introduction - In which you can see my hair behaving pretty well and I answer some questions.

Author Interaction - Where I *squee* about meeting Ann Aguirre in person and talk about how Twitter is such a great author interaction facilitator.

Short Stories and Novellas - I mention what a not-fan of short stories I am, then proceed to tell you about some that I really do like! (Kevin Hearne FTW!)

Choose Your Giveaway - I'm offering your choice of 4 different Teen/YA books that I really enjoyed and hope you might too!

Middle Grade/Young Adult Books - A walk down memory lane with those Middle Grade favorites that I grew up with and still think on fondly.

Thank you so much to everyone that commented, I still need to reply to some of you and try to visit more people, it's been a wonderful week and I hope to see you all around!  Group Hug!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Armchair BEA - Middle Grade/Young Adult Books

I'm going to take a step back in time today and share with you some of the books I grew up with that made me such a fan of reading. I'm so excited by the selection of books available to kids today, that adults can also enjoy. While I think the range is so much greater now, especially in Fantasy and Science Fiction, I did still have my favorites, and here they are.  I'm pretty sure these would all be labeled middle grade now:

Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma.

(Because hello, talking animals and a REALLY SCARY OWL!)

First published in 1941, Walter Farley's best-selling novel for young readers is the triumphant tale of a boy and a wild horse. From Alec Ramsay and the Black's first meeting on an ill-fated ship to their adventures on a desert island and their eventual rescue, this beloved story will hold the rapt attention of readers new and old.

(My love of horses lasted a long time, it never really ended actually, and it HAS to be this cover because of the sky.)

Wolves and panthers and bears roamed the deep Wisconsin woods in the 1870's. In those same woods, Laura Ingalls lived with her Pa and Ma, and her sisters, Mary and Baby Carrie, in a snug little house built of logs. Pa hunted and trapped. Ma made her own cheese and maple syrup. All night long the wind howled lonesomely, but Pa played his fiddle and sang, keeping the family safe and cosy.

(I think this may have been the start of my enjoyment of historical fiction.)

Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a flair for the outrageous that seems to lead to one adventure after another!

(I really need to go back and read these again!)

Everyone loves Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. She lives in an upside-down house and smells like cookies. She was even married to a pirate once. Most of all, she knows everything about children. She can cure them of any ailment. Patsy hates baths. Robert never puts anything away. Allen eats v-e-r-y slowly. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has a treatment for all of them.

(I really thought it would be fun to have Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle as a neighbor!)

Emily Luccock is looking forward to living at Sugar Hill Hall...She remembers her aunt and uncle's grand old mansion well. But this time things are different. Her aunt's once bright and lively home is now dead with silence. Evil lurks in every corner and the dark, shadowed walls watch and whisper late at night. Emily is desperate to uncover the truth about what is happening at Sugar Hill Hall. But time is running out, and she must find a way to save the people and home she cares so much about.

(I actually requested this one when I was sick and Dad made a special trip to the library for me.)

There are more of course, Black Beauty, and I was a fan of Trixie Belden, and I did read some Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, but I switched up to more adult reading pretty early on in my bookworm career, sneaking pages of some of Mom's romance novels long before I really should have! I'm loving all the Young Adult and Middle Grade books that are available now and read them unashamedly, even at 40! There's no such thing as too old if it's a story that you enjoy!

Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with me, and I'd love to hear what your favorites were, or if you share some of the ones above with me!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Armchair BEA - Choose Your Giveaway!

It's giveaway day! 

I have chosen 4 Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Alternate History books that I really enjoyed, each the first in their series, and I will let you decide which one you want to win!  I will offer these either as a US Kindle or Nook copy, or a physical copy from Book Depository available to anywhere Book Depository will ship, winners choice.  Read on to see what each is about.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

In the good old days, magic was indispensable—it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic.

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Keep Your Head Down.
Don't Get Noticed.
Or Else.

I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution...

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

It is the cusp of World War I. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ genetically fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, a Clanker, and Deryn Sharp, a Darwinist, are on opposite sides of the war. But their paths cross in the most unexpected way, taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure….One that will change both their lives forever.

Enter here!

This giveaway will be open from Thursday 5/29/14 - 6/3/14.  Please use the rafflecopter form below. Note: The cover of the book may vary depending on the format chosen.

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Thanks again for stopping by!
 I can't wait to share a book with you!

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