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Book Blogger Hop: Week of Dec 1st-7th


Book Blogger Hop

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

This weeks question: 1st – 7th – What is your favourite Christmas-themed read? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

This is a little hard for me. I can’t think of anything on my shelves that has a Christmas-theme. There are books that have Christmas in them, but it isn’t a major focus. So I guess I will just have to go with a classic.

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I remember this book being read almost every year in school and I always loved it, because it meant Christmas break was starting soon!

What is your favorite Christmas-themed book?

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November Wrap Up

Hello December!!! My Christmas tree has been up for over a week now, and the next thing that has to go up are my lights around the house! Maybe I can convince the hubby to do it with the promise of pie or cookies as a reward. December is one of my favorite months, and I can’t wait to see what this month has in store for me, my family, and my blog!

November was a busy month for me! I read quite a few books and most of the ones that I had put for that month’s TBR. I am still many many books behind schedule on my GoodReads challenge, and at this point I am just going to have to be okay with not finishing my goal of 75 books (maybe I can read baby S size books and count that towards my reading challenge ;)).

This month I read:

  1. Lady of Sherwood by Molly Bilinski
  2. Cinderella.com by River Laurent
  3. Bellamy and the Brute by Alicia Michaels
  4. NeverSea by Jenetta Penner and David R. Bernstein
  5. I also read a few baby S books to her that I might have included in my GR account (some books I didn’t add, but maybe I should?)

Last month I said I wasn’t going to buy any books, except for one. And well I kind of broke that rule last weekend during Black Friday. #sorrynotsorry

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I think I did pretty well. I only bought myself three books, and I bought three books for baby S. Her collection is looking pretty good right now, and I can’t wait to really start reading her bedtime stories. I read to her now, but I can’t wait until she can start engaging in story time. =) (The last book is Baby Beluga by Raffi Cavoukian)

This month I plan on reading:

I’ll be traveling for a couple of weeks, so I really plan on reading some books off of my Kindle and save Renegades and Windwitch for when I return home.

How was your November? What do you plan on reading this month?

Currently I am reading two books that I hope to finish before Sunday:

  1. Nameless (Tales of Beauty & Madness #1) by Lili St. Crow
  2. Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kauffman & Jay Kristoff
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Book Blogger Hop: Week of Nov 17th-23rd


Book Blogger Hop

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

This weeks question: 17th – 23rd – If you had an author-only Thanksgiving party, who would you invite? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

Oh this is a tough question, there are just so many authors I would love to invite!! I’ll go with my top 5:

  1. Leigh Bardugo
  2. Sarah Dessen
  3. JK Rowling
  4. Kelley Armstrong
  5. Susan Dennard

They would each have to make and bring their favorite side dish as well. Can’t go to a Thanksgiving party empty handed!

Who would you invite to your party?

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Book Blogger Hop: Week of Nov 10th-16th


Book Blogger Hop

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

This weeks question: 10th – 16th – What is your favorite part of blogging? Is there a least favorite part of blogging? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

My favorite part of blogging is figuring out different blog posts for the week. I definitely enjoy finding new book tags to do or writing my normal book reviews/weekly posts. It gives me something different to do from my every day life that I look forward to each day. My least favorite part of blogging is worrying that my message or opinion doesn’t come off very clear. I am a very bad rambler in some instances, and I think my meaning gets totally lost in the word vomit that was spewed forth. Sometimes, if I am in a hurry I will leave it and sometimes it takes me days to rewrite something that makes sense.

What are your favorite and least favorite things about blogging?

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Currently Reading Book Tag

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I saw this on Thrice Read yesterday, and thought I haven’t done a book tag in awhile so why not? So if you are like me, and a lover of book tags, do this one and let me know that you did so that I can check out your answers!

How many books do you usually read at once?

Typically, I will read about 2-3 books at one time.

If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?

I’ll either read 1-2 books from my ever growing TBR shelf that I have in my office closet (because I ran out of shelf space in the office #sorrynotsorry), and a book on my Kindle. Most times it just depends on where I am or how much time I have in between things to pick which type of book format I’ll read. If my husband is complaining about the light, then I’ll most likely switch to my Kindle book. I think my Kindle TBR shelf is a little out of hand, I have so many eArcs that I need to read and review it is a little crazy!

Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

Sometimes, but not very much. I never really use the same bookmark right after each other. Normally, I will just grab whatever is closest when I start a new book and then I will use that one for the entire reading time.

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

Where do I not keep them? LOL. My iPad is either right beside me or on my night stand, and the book I am currently reading I will carry everywhere around the house.

What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

It used to be right before bed, but now I have somewhat of a more flexible schedule thanks to maternity leave. I will read whenever baby Sophia is taking a nap (if I am not catching up on chores around the house or running errands).

How long do you typically read in one sitting?

This is a hard question. Some reading sessions will be an hour or two, and others are about 10-20 minutes. It really just depends on what the baby is doing or wanting at that particular time.

Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

Definitely off. I am particular with my dust jackets and I don’t like them to get torn or messed up. I also take them off when lending them to other people, because lets be honest you never know how they will treat your book!

What position do you mainly use to read?

Laying down on the bed, or lounging on the couch.

Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

Depends on where I am going. If I know there will be a long waiting period then yes, if I am just running errands around town then no.

How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading?

Religiously. I love seeing the status bar move, it makes me feel accomplished. Although I am currently almost 20 books behind schedule for the year…oops.

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Book Blogger Hop: Week of October 27th-Nov 2nd


Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition!

 

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

This weeks question: Candy Corn, a chocolate bar, or Popcorn. Which of these snacks are your favorite to eat while reading? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

This is a complicated question! I only eat candy corn this time of the year, and really I only eat a hand full at a time. So, for more of an all year thing, I will have to choose a chocolate bar (pretzel m&m’s count right?). How about chocolate anything? I don’t really snack when I read, but when I do I am always grabbing either chips or candy.

What do you like to snack on while reading?

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Book Blogger Hop: Week of the 20th-26th


Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition!

 

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

This weeks question: Off the book topic – What is your favorite scary movie? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

This one is a little hard, because I for one do not watch scary movies if I can help it! But, I do have a “horror-esque” TV show, does that count? Stranger Things is by far one of my new favorite shows on Netflix, and I cannot wait until Friday so that I can binge watch the new season! Netflix has a lot of hit or miss originals, and this one is definitely a hit in my house (and a whole bunch of others)!

The last horror movie I watched was a couple years ago with my husband and some friends, we watched Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, with Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce. It’s not even that bad of a movie, scary wise, but man I’m a wimp. The premise is that these little gremlin type things (I don’t even know what they are called) come out only at night or in the dark, and they love children teeth. So these little gremlins would go around this house and try to kill the adults and take this little girls teeth. The very next day I had to go to work (by myself) and I was terrified that a little gremlin was going to come after me in the dark to kill me. So I ran around from room to room turning lights on, and leaving the door open just in case the light went off I could try to escape to the next room. At least this movie only haunted me for the weekend. I won’t tell you what I did after I watched Saw and The Haunted Mansion. ::face palm::

What is your favorite horror movie or TV show? Have you done anything crazy after watching something?

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Illuminae Book Review

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoffilluminae

Published: October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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I am frequently underestimated. I think it’s because I’m short

I’ve had this book on my TBR shelf since last October, and I don’t know why it took me a year to finally pick it up and read it! I am kind of glad I did though, because after I read the second one I only have to wait a few months for the third and final book in the series to be released.

Most people would say I’m pretty cold, but I think of it more as…private. People are always saying “how are you?” to each other, and I guess I don’t see why I should answer such a personal question for just anyone

First off, I would like to say that I really liked the format of the book. It’s definitely not for everyone as it’s told through interviews, IM’s, e-mail exchanges, and a few other formats. I really liked the ones that made you rotate the book and where words made up pictures. So although it is almost a 600 page book, it goes by very fast because of the format. I was able to read it all from Friday night to Sunday morning (and while taking care of a baby in between).

Whatever the don’t want me to see, that’s where I’m digging. I need to be where the secrets are

Although the book starts off with interviews of Kady and Ezra’s experience of the invasion, you slowly start to get a sense of who they are as a person. By the end of the book, you know them pretty well and feel as if their fight is your fight as well. This book has three main obstacles for our MCs to overcome:  (1) they are being pursued by Beitech because they want to eliminate any witnesses to the invasion, (2) there is a mutated virus going around that command is being hush hush about, and (3) something is going on with the AI that is in charge of the Alexander (AIDAN). At first all three didn’t seem related to each other and I wondered how the authors were going to tie them all in, but thanks to all of the documentation you get a pretty good sense of what is going on. It doesn’t take very long for the pieces to start clicking together (with the help of Kady’s newly learned hacking skills of course).

What you do when stuff like this happens is you LIVE, you survive it, that’s how you honour the ones you lost

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! As someone who doesn’t read science fiction that often, I thought this book did an excellent job of living up to the hype that surrounded it when it first came out! I definitely recommend this if you are a sci-fi lover, or even if you just need to branch out and try something new!

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Book Blogger Hop: 10/13-19


Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition!

 

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

This weeks question: Who is your favorite horror/suspense author and why? (submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm)

I am not one for much horror, but I have read a few here and there. Currently, my favorite horror author is Dawn Kurtagich. She has only written two novels and I loved them both! The Dead House is a psychological thriller with urban legends mixed in and I didn’t want to read this book at night. Kurtagich’s writing style is amazing and filled with so many plot twists that you don’t see them coming until they have already passed! For me that is very important, I don’t like reading books that are predictable because those can get very boring very fast.

Are there any other Dawn Kurtagich fans out there? If not, who is your favorite horror author?

 

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Book Blogger Hop Week of the 29th-Oct 5th


Book Blogger Hop

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

This weeks question is: Have you ever slept with a favorite, beloved book under your pillow, or cradled in your arms? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

I honestly have never done this. The closest I have come to this is putting my iPad under my pillow if I get too tired to put it on my night stand (that is right next to my bed lol). Now that I have a newborn though, I see reading in bed being few and far between until she starts sleeping in her own room.

Have you ever slept with a book? Which one?