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Goodreads Monday (1/1/2018)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

windwitch

Title:  Windwitch (The Witchlands #2)

Author: Susan Dennard

Published: January 10th 2017 by TorTeen

Goodreads Summary:

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

I can’t believe it’s the very first day of a new year already!!! So…HAPPY 2018!!! Since it is the first of January, I guess I should come up with some New Years Resolutions:

  1. Read more to baby S
  2. Read more for myself
  3. Finish my masters

I think those are goals that I can actually keep up with this year. Did you make any resolutions?

Windwitch has been on my TBR shelf since January of last year, so I think it is definitely time to dust it off and read it! I read Truthwitch in like 2 days last year, and loved it a lot so I have high hopes for this one! Which I think is why I keep putting it off, I don’t want to be disappointed if I don’t like it as much as the first.

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Goodreads Monday (12/4/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

nameless

Title:  Nameless (Tales of Beauty & Madness #1)

Author: Lili St. Crow

Published: April 4th 2013 by Razorbill

Goodreads Summary:

When Camille was six years old, she was discovered alone in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven—the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven. Papa Vultusino adopted the mute, scarred child, naming her after his dead wife and raising her in luxury on Haven Hill alongside his own son, Nico.

Now Cami is turning sixteen. She’s no longer mute, though she keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform, and though she opens up only to her two best friends, Ruby and Ellie, and to Nico, who has become more than a brother to her. But even though Cami is a pampered Vultusino heiress, she knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. And it’s not until she meets the mysterious Tor, who reveals scars of his own, that Cami begins to uncover the secrets of her birth… to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now.

Nameless (Tales of Beauty and Madness, #1)


How is it already December already?!?!?! This year has just flown by and I’ve had so many life changes in just this year alone, it has been a whirlwind!

This week I have chosen Nameless by Lili St. Crow for Goodreads Monday. This has been physically on my TBR shelf since one of my book hauls from BookOutlet back in October. I have read St. Crow’s Strange Angels series and really loved it, so now I’m going to dive into her other series. I have been on a retelling kick lately, and this fits right in with the other books I have read this past month.

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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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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Goodreads Monday (11/27/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

ourdarkduet

Title:  Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)

Author: Victoria Schwab

Published: June 13th 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Goodreads Summary:

THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

Happy Cyber Monday!!! I waited all weekend to see if Amazon would have this book on sale, but alas they didn’t =( But I ordered it anyway and I can’t wait for it to come in so that I can finally start reading it! I loved the first book, and I can’t wait to be able to dive into the second one.

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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Goodreads Monday (11/13/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner, and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

onedarkthrone

Title: One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2)
Author: Kendare Blake
Published: September 19th 2017 by HarperTeen
Goodreads Summary:

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

I forgot to post last week (oops)!! A little update, so I decided to dress baby Sophia as Cinderella and Tinkerbell for Halloween! She was so cute in her little outfits, I had a hard time deciding which one she should wear all day. Well she solved that problem for me when she had an accident in the Cinderella costume…oh well.

I bought this book last month, and it is currently sitting next to the first one just waiting to be read! I’m debating on waiting until the final book comes out before starting to read it.

How do you read a series? Do you wait for all of it to be released or read it as it comes out? Typically, I read them as they are released and if I am discovering them a few years later I will binge read the whole series. Sometimes I like being able to binge read!

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Goodreads Monday (10/30/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner, and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!
This week I have chosen:

Title: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Published: September 20th 2016 by HarperTeen
Goodreads Summary:

When kingdom come, there will be one. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born–three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose..it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

I’ve had this book on my TBR shelf since I met Blake last October! I just got her second book in this series, so I think I may have to add them both my November TBR pile! I have hard mixed reviews on this series, so what are your opinions?

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

P.S. I can’t believe Halloween is tomorrow!! I’ve decided that Baby Sophia is going to be Tinkerbell, and I’ll probably dress as either a runaway bride or Sailor Jupiter…I’ll probably decide right before I start giving out candies to the kiddos. If you’re dressing up, what are you going as?

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September Monthly Wrap UP

Can you believe that it’s October 1st already? This past month has been a whirlwind of activity for me. I felt like I became a real adult because I’m taking care of a baby girl who turned one month, bought and moved into a brand new house, and that’s about it. I feel like all good things comes in threes (or at least when you are listing things out), so I guess I’ll come up with a third reason soon enough.

This month has been a better reading month for me. I am still 18 books behind schedule (and that’s even lowering my Goodreads Challenge number to 75!). It seems as soon as I finish a book and the number goes down to 17, the next day it is back to 18 (lol). Hopefully, I’ll be able to catch up and actually read 75 books by the end of December!

This month I read:

  1. The Complete Grimm Chronicles books #2-6 by Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky
  2. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

That is a lot better than the one book I read in August (and none in July)!

I bought quite a few books last month (and I only read one of them!)

  1. Warbringer  by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
  3. A Darkness Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
  4. The Forbidden Game (books 1-3) by L.J. Smith
  5. The Last Star by Rick Yancey
  6. The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey
  7. The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book
  8. and about 6 baby books for my daughter

This month I plan on only buying One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake and The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo!

My goal for October is to read at least one book a week. I know I will be reading the Illuminae Files (#1 and #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter, and finish The Complete Grimm Chronicles by Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky.

Other than reading, my goal is to also at least blog 4 times a week. I already do two weekly posts, and hopefully I’ll keep myself accountable and be able to post two more times throughout the week. At least I have my mother in law in town for the month to help me out, so realistically this should be doable!

How was your September? What is on your TBR pile for this month?

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Goodreads Monday (9/18/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

thecoldestgirlincoldtown

Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Author: Holly Black

Published: September 3rd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

I discovered this book on another blog earlier this week, and I just had to put it on my TBR shelf. It sounds like the type of book I would enjoy and I can’t wait to get my hands on it and start reading it, especially with October coming up just around the corner! Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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Goodreads Monday (8/28/17)

Sorry, I have been a little MIA lately, but I have a good excuse! I promise!! Before when I went MIA for a few weeks, it was because I was too exhausted from pregnancy. Well my baby girl decided to come four weeks early, so I have been adjusting to life of motherhood for the first time! =)

Sophia

Isn’t she adorable? But, I’m a tad bit biased!

Ok, so on to the real post:


Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

thecompletegrimmchronicles

Title: The Complete Grimm Chronicles

Author: Isabella Fontaine & Ken Brosky

Published: April 28th 2015 by Brew City Press

Goodreads Summary:

This is the COMPLETE collection of the award-winning Young Adult adventure series!

200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world. With the stroke of a magic pen and a deal with a malevolent force of evil, they forever changed humanity’s fate.

Now the characters of the Grimms’ fairy tales walk among us. With every day that passes, they grow more evil. They are the Corrupted, and only a hero can stop them.

This is the story of Alice Goodenough, the last in a long line of heroes who have bravely given their lives to snuff out the evil force that does not belong in this planet. Her story begins during summer vacation, when she happens upon a magic pen and an invisible rabbit named Br’er who is tasked with teaching her the ways of the hero. With the help of the magic pen, Alice must vanquish the terrible creations of the Brothers Grimm, relying on her dreams to guide her to her next target. Cinderella. Fundevogel. A fisherman. An evil wizard. A trio of dwarves hellbent on controlling the world. But to become a great hero, Alice must give up her old life so that she may protect those she loves most. Otherwise, evil will find her.

And evil will kill her.

This book contains all 12 episodes of the series, as well as the bonus “Lost diaries” of previous heroes and all of the collected Grimm’s Fairy Tales … over 2,000 pages collected in one edition!

Book 1: Prince Charming Must Die!
Book 2: Happily Never After
Book 3: Revenge of the Castle Cats
Book 4: The Orphanage of Doom
Book 5: Blood and Thunder
Book 6: The Order of the Golden Dragon
Book 7: The Giant Slayer
Book 8: Darkness Rising
Book 9: Malevolence
Book 10: The Black Towers
Book 11: A Dance With Death, Part One
Book 12: A Dance With Death, Part Two

This was an impulse buy on Amazon, because it was only $0.99. Normally, I am skeptical about books that low on Amazon, especially with authors I have never heard of before. But, Goodreads has some pretty good reviews on it so I figured I would give it a try, and if anything I would only be out a dollar.

This book caught my eye because it was a retake on the Grimms’ fairytales we all know and love. I bought this book yesterday, so it is currently sitting in my Kindle TBR pile to be picked up in the very near future.

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

 

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Goodreads Monday (7/31/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

midnightcrossroad

Title: Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas #1)

Author: Charlaine Harris

Published: January 1st 2014 by Ace Hardcover

Goodreads Summary:

From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale – populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it…

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…

Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas, #1)

I really loved the Sookie Stackhouse novels, and I never even heard of this series until I saw a preview for the new show that started last week! I happened to catch a repeat of the series premiere, and it was very intriguing. So, I am very interested in reading this series to see if the show follows the books as well as True Blood did (I just won’t mention the awful last season).

What’s on your TBR shelf this week?