Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon Day 10 Update

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon is hosted by Wishful Endings.



Is it Day 10? I'm so off track that I'm not even sure!

I knew I was going to have a busy weekend so I chose to read 2 children's books hoping that I wouldn't fall too far behind. Unfortunately, I wasn't home at all on Saturday, was busy Sunday, and Monday was my birthday. In that time I read a little bit and finished the first children's book on Monday but I didn't keep track of how many pages I read and didn't update on Goodreads so the pages read on those are a mystery.

So, here's my known progress since Day 5.
Day 6:
'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl

Day 7:

Day 8:

'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'
Total Pages Read (since day 6): 176

'Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator' by Roald Dahl
Total Pages Read: 53

Day 9:
Total Pages Read: 22

Day 10: 

'Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator'
Total Pages Read: 91

Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Total Pages Read:
will update asap

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #33

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

Top Authors I've Only Read ONE Book From But Need To Read More

I'm going to add to this a little and give you the one book by that author that I have already read on the left and a book by the same author that I  want to read next on the right.  

Marissa Meyer

Cinder   |   Scarlet

David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas   |   The Bone Clocks

David Clement-Davies

Fire Bringer   |   The Sight

James Dashner

The Maze Runner   |   The Scorch Trials

Margaret Kinnan Rawlings

The Yearling   |   Cross Creek

Toni Morrison

Beloved   |   The Bluest Eye

Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill House   |   We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Melina Marchetta

Jellicoe Road   |   Finnikin of the Rock

Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls   |   The Knife of Never Letting Go

Kazuo Ishiguro

The Remains of the Day   |   Never Let Me Go


I can actually think of quite a few more but these are ten that I'm hoping to get around to reading soon! 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

September is for Sequels Week 2 Update

The September is for Sequels is hosted by Lisa Loves Literature.

Sign-ups are open until September 15th! 


I meant to post this on Sunday but it was my birthday weekend and I wasn't home or online for most of the weekend and then I got sidetracked with other things after that. So here's me catching up! 


Week 1 Quick Recap

Total Books Read/Finished: 1

Total Pages Read: 521


Week 2 Progress

2nd Sequel Read:

'Between the Spark and the Burn' 
by April Genevieve Tucholke
(Between #2)

Pages Read:

Finished Wed., Sept. 10 



Book Blogger Hop (Sep 12 - 18)

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted at Ramblings Of A Coffee Addicted Writer and this week's question is: 

What books would you want to read again for the first time? 

My Answer: 
Hmm. This one takes a bit of thought!

I'd definitely enjoy reading the Harry Potter series again for the first time although I don't know if it'd be the same since the first time I read them, I started with the 3rd because I waited half a year for the 1st book to be returned to the library and it never happened so I just went ahead and started with the one copy they did have. 

I'd also really enjoy reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern again for the first time. It was so magical and threw me into a different world and I loved that. I'd love to experience it again. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Happy Roald Dahl Day!

The Official Roald Dahl Day is centered around his birthday on September 13th every year! And why shouldn't we celebrate the birthday of this imaginative author every year? I certainly can't think of a reason not to! I kind of wish we had Roald Dahl Day more often. Life would be a lot more fun! 

It is also the 50th Anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and since this is one (of many) Roald Dahl books that I haven't read yet, I've saved it just for today! 

I've also checked out 'Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator' from the library to read as part of the 'September is for Sequels' Challenge! Today is going to be a fun day! 

A frightening fact about me is that I never once read a Roald Dahl book as a kid. Not ever. Can you believe it? Me. The reader! I soaked up books like other kids soaked up soda and television! I watched the movies and LOVED them to death but for some reason, I never once came across a Roald Dahl book, even at the library! I loved 'The Witches', 'Matilda', and 'Willy Wonka' as a young kid and I absolutely adored the stop-motion film, 'James and the Giant Peach', but I had never read them! 
I came across an old copy of 'The Witches' when I was about 20 years old and grabbed it off the shelf and fawned over it because I had loved the movie so much. I read it and loved it and then I read 'The Fantastic Mr. Fox' before it's movie adaptation came out and loved them both, too.
  Since then I have read 'James and the Giant Peach', 'Matilda', and 'The BFG' and have loved them all. It's so disappointing to know that I missed out on these amazing works of literature as a child but since the movies are all just as entirely amazing as the books, I don't feel entirely cheated. I will be making sure my own daughter is brought up enjoying these books as much as I do now. I can already see many future 'story times' where we curl up and read our old weathered copies together. 

 Other than the ones mentioned above, I've found a copy of 'The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar' but there are many more that I'd love to get my hands on and add to the collection of children's books that I've been building in case I have children one day. Now that I'm expecting, it makes it that much more of a priority because I know I am growing raising a future little reader who will hopefully love these stories as much as I do! 

Here's a picture of my little Dahl collection (minus 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' which I forgot to add because it's buried in my TBR pile)! 

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." 

Coming Soon

Steven Spielberg is reportedly adapting 'The BFG' into a film that will be released sometime in 2016!!! 


Are you celebrating Roald Dahl Day?
What is your favorite Roald Dahl children's book?

Stacking the Shelves #33

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by TYNGA'S REVIEWS that features the books we bought, borrowed, were gifted, and were given for review.

{Covers link to Goodreads}


The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Found this movie cover copy at the thrift store for 25 cents! I've already read it but didn't own a copy yet and couldn't pass it up for that cheap!


The Ifs by J.D. Pooker

The Amazon link will be 'striked out' if they are no longer free.

Sorcerers of the Nightwing by Geoffrey Hungtington
(the Ravenscliff Series #1)

Freak of Nature by Katie Lee O'Guinn

The Rifters by M. Pax


The Resurrectionist by Michael Gesselchen

Talon and the Dragons of Crinnella by Diana Metz
(The Prophecy of the Dragons #1)

A Latent Dark by Martin Kee


Did you miss last week's freebies?
Go see if any are still free

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon Day 5 Update

Want to participate in the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon, hosted by Wishful Endings?
There's still time to SIGN-UP!


Day 1: 
'Between the Spark and the Burn'
by April Genevieve Tucholke

Total Pages Read: 80

Day 2:
Total Pages Read: 60

Day 3:
Total Pages Read: 135
'Between the Spark and the Burn'

Day 4:

'Tiger Eyes' by Judy Blume

Total Pages Read:

Day 5

'Tiger Eyes' by Judy Blume

Total Pages Read Today:

Total Pages Read Overall: 

What's Next?

This weekend will be really busy for me. I'll be going out of town, it's my birthday (which means going out to eat, baking myself a carrot cake, and spending quality time with my fiance), and I might be getting a visitor, too! I can just tell that I'm not going to have much time to read. Luckily, I planned on reading the Charlie Bucket books for Roald Dahl Day tomorrow and those are both relatively short and easy reads so I'll still be able to keep up with my goal! I most likely won't post another update until Monday, though.

I hope you are all doing good with your goals!
Happy Reading!