Monday, May 12, 2014

Bout of Books 10

The time has arrived for my first ever Bout of Books!!! This is a read-a-thon hosted by Bout of Books Blog, it lasts from May 12th - May 18th and is all about just reading and interacting with the community.

I am really excited about it. I am trying to keep my goals modest to night have a repeat of last week, but I still want to push myself.

Goal for the week is to read 3-5 books. Some that I really want to dive into are:

1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
2. S. by J.J. Abrams
3. Panic by Lauren Oliver
4. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
5. TBD

I will try and post daily updates, but that might not happen. I will definitely be doing a wrap up at the end though!! Happy reading and I hope you all meet your goals!

#AYEARATHON Update (in which I admit my shame)

So, I read no books for this read a thon. In my defense: 1. We had a lot of people quit or get fired this past week at work, so I was working a lot of extra shifts. 2. There were not many series that I had any interest in last week. For some reason I had an aversion to reading anything that followed a previous book. I did however, read Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh which I found to be quite entertaining and started a graphic novel. I think I need pictures right now, I am really tired from working so much and the pictures really help!

With that being said, I am excited for Bout of Books 10 because I will hopefully have more time and I have some pretty awesome books I have to pick up from the library that I had holds on, I am particularly interested in S. by J.J. Abrams and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.

Monday, May 5, 2014

#AYEARATHON Finishing or Catching Up on a series

So, a few days ago in my May TBR I said that I wanted to finish the Partials series as my goal for this read-a-thon. That has since changes and I no longer have any interest in them at the moment. This left me floundering for something to read, but fear not I have found them!

Updated goals/series to finish or catch up on:

  1. The Treatment (the Program #2) - Suzanne Young
  2. Independent Study (The Testing #2) - Joelle Charbonneau 
  3. Graduation Day (The Testing #3) - Joelle Charbonneau
And if I finish the tree of those I would like to start the third book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Storm of Swords. At least to the point where I am caught up to the TV show. 

Leave  comment and link to your goal and I will check them out. Also, let me know if you have ready any of these!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Stacking the Selves 8

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you recently acquired, be it a physical or virtual copy, a book borrow from the library or purchased. This is a weekly meme that is hosted by Tynga's Reviews, so be sure to check there on Saturdays and see what everyone else has added to their shelves!

This continues the ALA haul from January 27th. All titles link to Goodreads. 

The Dark Between / Sonia Gensler / August 27, 2013

At the turn of the twentieth century, Spiritualism and séances are all the rage—even in the scholarly town of Cambridge, England. While mediums dupe the grief-stricken, a group of local fringe scientists seeks to bridge the gap to the spirit world by investigating the dark corners of the human mind.

Each running from a shadowed past, Kate, Asher, and Elsie take refuge within the walls of Summerfield College. But their peace is soon shattered by the discovery of a dead body nearby. Is this the work of a flesh-and-blood villain, or is something otherworldly at play? This unlikely trio must illuminate what the scientists have not, and open a window to secrets taken to the grave—or risk joining the spirit world themselves.

Dark Eden / Chris Beckett / April 1, 2014

On the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest’s lantern trees. Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it.

The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where light came from the sky, where men and women made boats that could cross the stars. These ships brought us here, the Oldest say—and the Family must only wait for the travelers to return.

But young John Redlantern will break the laws of Eden, shatter the Family and change history. He will abandon the old ways, venture into the Dark…and discover the truth about their world.

Doll Bones / Holly Black / May 7, 2013

Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice. But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity . . .

Exile / Kevin Emerson / April 29, 2014

Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.

Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .

The Eye of Minds / James Dashner / October 8, 2013

The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares. This sounds super interesting to me.

Fangirl / Rainbow Rowell / September 10, 2013

I have been hearing such great things about this that I have no Idea how I have put it off this long. I will definitely be picking it up soon. 

Fallen Beauty / Erika Robuck / March 4, 2014

A historical fiction novel about the lives of an unwed seamstress, fighting to support her daughter, and poet, making her next grand tour, colliding. Set in the late 1920’s and early 30’s this looks like an interesting story chock full of amazing historical details.

Fates / Lanie Bross / February 11, 2014

One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.
She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people's fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.

But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she is falling all over again--this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die. In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?

The Girl From the Well / Rin Chupeco / August 5, 2014

You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets. She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys
and shrines of Aomori, Japan. Because the boy has a terrifying secret - one that would just kill to get out.

Grasshopper Jungle / Andrew Smith / February 11, 2014        
Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the story of how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

To make matters worse, Austin's hormones are totally oblivious; they don't care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He's stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it's up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know if any sound interesting to you or if you have read any of them. I can't wait to see some of your shelves!!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May TBR!!

So, last time I did a TBR it was in March and I completely failed at it. In all honesty I have failed at reading this entire year. I am already 13 books behind in my Goodreads challenge. Real life has taken over book life, I am now working two jobs, the reason March and April were bad reading months was because I started a full time job in conjunction with my other part time job. But, I hope to get back into a reading groove.

There are a few challenges that I want to participate in this month, they are back to back so that will be interesting. Challenge one is the #AYEARATHON May prompt that is Finishing/Catching up on series. Challenge two is Bout of Books 10!!  That being said, this is my May TBR.

#AYEARATHON is from May 5th - 11th and I plan on finishing the Partials Series!

  1. Partials - Dan Wells
  2. Fragments - Dan Wells
  3. Ruins - Dan Wells 
I have already read Partials, but am re-reading it to marathon the series. If I get done with that I would also like to continue in with the Castor Chronicles. 
  1. Beautiful Chaos (Castor Chronicles #3) - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  2. Beautiful Redemption (Castor Chronicles #4) - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Bout of Books 10 is from May 12th -18th and does not have a set theme. For this read-a-thon and the rest of the month it is all about getting library books off of my shelves so that I can place myself on a limited library book ban and start reading the books I already own. This is all in preparation for BOOKCON!!!! Which I am super excited for. 
  1. World War Z - Max Brooks
  2. The Stranger - Albert Camus
  3. Panic - Lauren Oliver
  4. The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
  5. Incarnate (Newsoul #1) - Jodi Meadows
  6. Asunder (Newsoul #2) - Jodi Meadows
  7. Infinate (Newsoul #3) - Jodi Meadows 
  8. Tiger Lily - Jodi Lynn Anderson