Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Bout of Books 13

I've decided to participate in the Bout of Books Read-a-thon again this year. I most likely won't be able to delve in quite like I have in the past but I find read-a-thons to be the best motivation to power through books and I am way behind on my reading goals this year. I still have no time to read (the woes of being a new mother) but I try to fit in a few chapters in the middle of the night during feedings. I'm already losing the sleep. I might as well read! 

Want to join in?

Here's a blurb from the official page:
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, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


I'm not going to set a certain amount of books or pages for myself this time and I'm not sure what I will be reading yet either. I will update soon. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Anticipating May 2015 - New Releases

May 2015
New Releases

{Covers link to Goodreads}



Sequels to series I haven't started yet

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April 2015 Wrap Up

April 2015

April was a busy month for me! We 'stay-cationed', we visited family, my nephew was born, we celebrated Earth Day, and somehow I managed to get some reading done! Ok, it was all in the middle of the night and mostly because I've been taking advantage of my library's digital lending library but I feel a little accomplished this month! I read more than just a few children's books! Woo hoo!


Challenge Progress

New Places Visited:

Orlando, Florida (Paper Towns)
Denver, Colorado (The Death Cure)

I forgot to pay attention to the locations in 'Trigger Warning'


No progress



How did you guys do with your goals this month?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Featured Freebie: Everville series

Everville series by Roy Hill

The City of Worms (Book #2)



The Rise of Mallory (Book #3)

APRIL 27th - May 1st


Keep an eye out for the FOURTH book in the Everville series: The Fall of Brackenbone

Goodreads | Amazon

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #53

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten All Time Favorite Authors

Neil Gaiman

I love his unique storytelling style and am always excited to read his books.

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter will always be a big part of my life and I love her for it.  I've yet to read any of her adult novels but I definitely plan to.

Anne Rice

It's been a while since I've read anything of hers but I loved The Vampire Chronicles as a young adult.

J.R.R. Tolkien

I'll always love the fantasy world that he created.

Maggie Stiefvater

I mostly love how quirky and fun she is. She's an artist, musician, and a lover of muscle cars. This woman has so much talent!

Patricia A. McKillip

I read one of her books several years ago and then read everything else of her's that I could get my hands on. I'm still trying to find some of her earlier works.

R.A. Salvatore

I kind of LOVE his Forgotten Realms fantasy novels. His battle scenes are awesome and his characters are so memorable. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #47

It's been a few months since I've had the time to get a STS up but it still won't be a very big one. I've mostly been getting picture books for my daughter but I did get a few things for myself. 

{Covers link to Goodreads}



My husband surprised me with 'A Dance With Dragons' and also bought 'The Lorax' for our daughter. 


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
(Thank you, Eve!)


I purchased a couple of Dr. Seuss books for my daughter. Brand new, I must mention. I'm not even going to get into the used children's books I purchased in the past few months! 


What did you add to your shelves? 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Book Review: Paper Towns

Paper Towns by John Green

Young Adult Contemporary

2008 by Speak

Literary Awards:
Anthony Award Nominee for Best Children's/Young Adult Novel (2009)
CORINE Internationaler Buchpreis for Young Adults (2010)
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2008)
Edgar Award for Best Young Adult (2009)
YALSA Teens' Top Ten (2009)
Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2011)


Library ebook

My Rating:
2 1/2 stars


Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open his window and climbs into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues - and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew. 


I've been meaning to read this book since I read 'Looking For Alaska' back in 2011 but never could get my hands on it. Now that the trailer for the movie adaptation is out I knew I had to jump on this before it became another book in a long list of books that I ended up watching before reading the book because there just wasn't any time to do so. I remember hearing about the 'wanderlust' that people got from this book and overall thinking it was an epic road trip adventure story. Either someone lied to me or I just heard what I wanted to hear and ignored the rest. This book is not an epic road trip adventure story. The road trip starts in the last 20% of the book! 

I think this book had potential but fell short. The beginning was fun and interesting and I enjoyed reading Margo and Q's late night revenge exploits and I thought it was going to be this great clever mystery that we all figured out together but the middle of this book dragged on and on. Every time I thought Q was going to come across some amazing clue obvious only to him, he just didn't. I actually kind of worry about the obsessiveness that this kid has towards his neighbor. No wonder she always kept her shades closed. Creepy neighbor kid with an unhealthy crush. Ok, I'm just kidding. He wasn't that bad. But you have to wonder. 

The road trip was short-lived and the ending was pretty disappointing. I don't know what I was expecting but it was more than just that. The upside to reading this was that I get to add a location to my Around the World Challenge map.