Saturday, January 31, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #46

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}



Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire

The River by Gary Paulson

The Squickerwonkers by Evangeline Lilly

For Review
(via Goodreads)

A Year of Daily Joy by Jennifer Louden
A Guided Journal to Creating Happiness Every Day
This has a positive quote, beautiful photo, or an inspirational prompt with space for writing every day on each page. 



The Bewitching of Alison Allbright

Cade Crowley, Demon Hunter by Kevin Kneupper

The Pearl and the Golden Plinth by Bruce McQueen

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #47

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

Ten Books I'd Read With My Book Club If I Had A Book Club

I've tried the book club thing and it's honestly not my cup of tea. 
Well, I've tried online book clubs anyway. I'll get excited about my book buddies starting one, vote for a book I want to read which is never the book chosen, and then never participate because all the books they read are ones I can't get in time or books I've already read.

Here are ten books I'd probably read a lot sooner if I had a real life book club to hold me accountable.

{covers link to Goodreads}

Monday, January 26, 2015

Winning at Reading Challenge

The Winning at Reading Challenge gives us a chance to read those books that we have won or been gifted and is hosted by Bea's Book Nook.

I have been lucky enough to win several physical books in the past and I have a pile building up in my living room that I've been planning on tackling this year. I want to read at least 2 books for this challenge but hope to read more. Many, many thanks to the bloggers that host the giveaways that feed my reading addiction! 

Books I've Won And Need To Read

Talon by Julie Kagawa
Storm Siren by Mary Weber
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin
The Exceptionals by Erin Cashman


Those aren't all of them, but I will probably only get around to maybe 3-4 of them throughout the month and these will be the ones I can choose from. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #46

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

This week is a FREEBIE, meaning I can choose whatever topic I want! 

Top Ten Children's Books That I Can't Wait To Read To My Daughter

For those of you that don't already know, I recently became a mother! I seriously cannot wait to read these books to or with my daughter when she is old enough to get real enjoyment out of the story instead of just my voice! 

{Book covers link to Goodreads}

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Stuart Little by E.B. White

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner


What was your favorite childhood book? What book would you recommend that I read to my daughter? 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date:
Young Adult, Contemporary
Length:  227 pages
Source: gifted

Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 

Literary Awards:
Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Nominee (2015)
Bookworm Best Award for Best Fiction (2014)


A beautiful and distinguished family.

A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love. 
The truth.

A modern, sophisticated suspense novel.

Read it.

And if anyone asks how it ends, just LIE.

My Thoughts:

"Silence is a protective coating over pain."

I can sort of see what the hype over this book was about. Sort of.
The ending is really something. A big surprise. Something probably none of us expected at all. I'm not going to tell you about it, though. I'm not even going to lie. 

The majority of the book bored me. Really bored me. If it wasn't for the writing style and the promise of something big at the end I probably wouldn't have finished it. The writing style makes me want to give the author another chance since this is the first book from her that I've read.

My Rating:

3 stars

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #45

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}

For Review
(via Goodreads)

Hyacinth Girls by Lauren Frankel
I just had this delivered to my door by a short little guy in a camo outfit and a beret driving a golf cart. I have no idea why since all my packages usually come via UPS or FedEx truck but I'm a pretty peeved by it since the package was half open and the book is practically ripped in half as if they dropped an anvil on it. 



Extraordinary by Amanda McGee

Glamour by Andrea Janes

Witch's Brew by Heidi R. Kling

Friday, January 16, 2015

Around the World 2015 Challenge

Hosted by: All About Books

This challenge is just for fun and can be used as motivation to read more books with diverse settings. 

There are mini challenges that seem like a lot of fun to attempt such as reading a book for each continent and reading a book for each state in the US but I'm not going to make any of them a priority. I will go back at the end of the year and see if I've completed any of them, though.

I started something similar to this on my own at the beginning of 2014 but ended up forgetting all about it. This year, I hope to keep up with it and see what my map looks like at the end of the year. 

Hmm. I wonder why my locations aren't showing on this map. Anyone know?

Locations I have visited in 2015 via literature:

As of October 23rd, I have been to:

Long Island, NY, USA (We Were Liars)
Milton, UK (North and South)
Waingunga River, India (The Jungle Book)
Kansas, USA (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
Frisco, CA, USA (Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz)
Orlando, FL, USA (Paper Towns)
Denver, Colorado, USA (The Death Cure)
Rome, Italy (The Mark of Athena)
Romania (Silver in the Blood)
Asheville, North Carolina (Serafina and the Black Cloak)
London, England (Library of Souls)
San Diego, California (In the Shadows of Blackbirds)
Atlanta, Georgia (The Walking Dead)
Arizona (The Map to Everywhere)

Chicago (Behind the Canvas)


Mini-challenge progress:

*Continents visited*
North America

*United States*
New York

United States

To Be Continued...


Want to participate in this challenge?
Sign up and learn how to use the map here.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015+ Book to Movie Adaptations

Book To Movie Adaptations

I try to read the book before the movie as often as possible but sometimes I'm unaware of the movie until it's too late and then I'm too busy trying to read the book before some new movie comes out. I'm accumulating this list so I can keep track of what adaptations are coming up and maybe stay on top of the list! I'll mostly only list adaptations that I am interested in reading/watching but if there's something you think I would be interested or that YOU are really interested in, let me know in the comments and I will add it! 

I will continue to add to and edit this list as time passes and I learn more.



Paddington Bear
by Michael Bond
releases: January 16, 2015
|Goodreads| |imdb|

Seventh Son
(The Spook's Apprentice)
by Joseph Delaney
releases: February 6, 2015
|Goodreads| |imdb|

by Kody Keplinger
releases: February 19, 2015
|Goodreads| |imdb|


by Veronica Roth
releases: March 20, 2015
|Goodreads| |imdb|

by Ron Rash
releases: March 27, 2015
|Goodreads| |imdb|

Far From the Madding Crowd
by Thomas Hardy
releases: May 1 2015

|Goodreads| |imdb|

Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl
by Jesse Andrews
releases: June 12, 2015

Paper Towns
by John Green
releases: July 24, 2015
|Goodreads| |imdb|

Peter Pan
by J.M. Barrie
releases: July 17, 2015
|Goodreads| |imdb|

The Scorch Trials
by James Dashner
releases: September 18, 2015
|Goodreads| |imdb|

[Victor] Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley

releases: October 2, 2015

The Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling
releases: October 9, 2015

by Suzanne Collins
releases: Nov. 20th 2015

Dark Places
by Gillian Flynn
releases: August 7, 2015

The Martian
by Andy Weir
releases: November 25

by Lauren Kate
releases: 2015


The 5th Wave
by Rick Yancey
releases: January 15, 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
releases: March 4, 2016

by Roald Dahl
releases: July 1, 2016

by Dan Brown
releases: Oct 14, 2016

by Emma Donoghue
|Goodreads| |imdb|

The Sound and the Fury 
by William Faulkner
releases: October 23, 2015

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
by J.K. Rowling
releases: November 18, 2016


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
by Seth Graham Smith
Feb 5, 2016

The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater

The Little Prince 
by Antoine De Exupery

The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman
starts filming in September 2014
releases 2015

(I've only heard rumors of these becoming movies so far) 

Looking for Alaska
by John Green

A Great and Terrible Beauty
by Libba Bray

Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell

A Discovery of Witches
by Deborah Harkness

by Jessica Brody

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
by Jennifer E. Smith

A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
Rumored that Disney is remaking this adaptation

Not A Drop to Drink
by Mindy McGinnis

I'll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson


The Magicians 
by Lev Grossman
recently picked up by SyFy

The Cuckoo's Calling
by Robert Galbraith
3 part series
airs on BBC Feb 2015


I'm not adding Fifty Shades of Gray because I never plan on reading the book or watching the movie.

Are there any other book to movie adaptations that are coming out soon that I didn't add?