Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

There are a million books in the world that I want to read, but I'm never going to read them all. In my life I'll have a limited number of books I can read. Therefore there are books that will sound amazing, but I will never end up reading them. Of course, there are series that I will choose not to make a priority based on book one as well.

As far as the Patricia Cornwell and James Patterson, I've finally decided I'm not going to read everything the world loves. I have just given up on the murder mystery drama genre for the most part. They don't appeal as much as they did to me.

Check out That Artsy Reader Girl for topics for future weeks!

Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles, #3) The Selection (The Selection, #1) Prodigy (Legend, #2) The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #2) Death Sworn (Death Sworn, #1)

Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn, #2) Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms, #2) Black Notice (Kay Scarpetta, #10) Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross, #1) Drink, Slay, Love

Monday, February 19, 2018

8th Annual End of Year Book Survey (Created by Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner)

Welcome to Jamie's amazing end of the year survey which I am finally posting in mid-February. Whoopie! Check out her original questions here and please forgive me for taking so long to do this. 
This is late. I know its late! Wahhhh I was lazy and took a long time to fill everything out. 

Reading Stats!

Number Of Books You Read: 144
Number of Re-Reads: 4 (that’s it?)
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best in Books!

1. Best Book You Read In 2017? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2017 release vs. backlist)

Middle Grade: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Young Adult: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Adult: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S. Pacat. – Surprised me with its graphic content at first then it surprised me with the amazing character development. Both good and bad!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Most likely The Girl Who Drank the Moon. I talked about this book constantly. I don’t know if anyone picked it up because of me though.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Best Series Started:Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs
Best Sequel: Virals by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs
Best Series Finished:The Finishing School Series by Gail Carriger

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Patricia Briggs
KJ Charles

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? 
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Poetry) 

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? 
The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce (I could NOT stop listening to this audiobook. I found every opportunity to listen to it even when I was at work!)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - My Favorite Couples That Dance Around Each Other Like Fools

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. This week was a love related freebie week! Yay! So this week I wanted to talk about couples that take forever to get together. Obviously this post could contain some spoilers for if couples actually become couples. So I included the covers so you could take a quick glance to see if you want to actually read my list. (See below)

These are all couples that spend a large chunk of the book or series apart either because they are fools that don't understand each other or they are figuring out their feelings or the author is just torturing the reader. They apart even though I want them to be together. Let me know what you think and if there are more couples that do that.

1) Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth  (Persuasion by Jane Austen)

2) Adam Parrish and Ronan Lynch (The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater)

3) Mercy Thompson and Adam Hauptman (Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs)

4) Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall (Outlander by Diana Gabaldon)

5) Alanna of Trebond and George Cooper (Song of the Lioness Series by Tamora Pierce)

6) Jesper Fahey and Wylan Van Eck (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)

7) Feyre and Rhysand (A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas) -

8) Emi and Ava (Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour)

9) Daemen and Laurent (The Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S. Pacat)

10) David Cyprian and Lord Richard Vane (A Gentleman's Position by KJ Charles)

Persuasion The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) Outlander (Outlander, #1) Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Book Chat - Book Buying Bans vs. Selective Book Buying

This week I want to discuss a few things. I've been thinking about book buying bans recently and how they rarely work for me. I wanted to chat with all of you about why I try to be selective and careful about the books I buy rather than putting myself on a book buying ban.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday Reads (February 9th, 2018)

This has been a long week. Things at work are slowing down, but I've had trouble concentrating on my reading. A lot of people are sick on campus and I'm trying to get enough rest even though I haven't been feeling 100% lately. Hopefully none of the flu germs make their way into my office. Here's hoping at least!

This week I am working on my RYBSAT reading and, while isn't going well, I am still interested in all the books I have lined up. Right now I'm reading Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman. It is taking me a long time to read even though I've become super invested in Blair's sled dog team and musher twitter over the past few weeks. Seriously, if you aren't following her you are missing out. I came for the puppy pictures. I stayed for the social commentary, kind community, and adult dog pictures. She and her partner Q are fantastic and are even competing against one another in a race this weekend.
Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North

It has been an interesting week too because I've brought a different back up book every day this week. I took City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. I've packed The Hate You Give as well as Rebel Mechanics. It has been very mixed and I haven't actually read very much of any of them. I also haven't finished Uprooted or A Natural History of Dragons. Hopefully I'll be able to focus on reading more today. We shall see!

What are you up to this weekend? I have four days off and am planning to film a few videos. I also have plans three of the four days as well as some errands to run. Here's hoping I make some time for reading after all that! Let me know if you have any thoughts on all these things I've started. Also let me know if you remember how to finish a book because apparently I don't!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Book Outlet Haul (First of 2018!)

In the final days of 2017 I placed an order for a few titles from Book Outlet. It has been quite a while since I purchased from Book Outlet and I could not resist their Boxing Day Sale. There were a lot of titles I was interested in and, though I didn't buy all of them, I did buy more than was probably wise.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

TTT - Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

This week on Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the lovely That Artsy Reader Girl now) we are talking about the books on our TBRs the longest. I've listed out the books I've had in my own personal library the longest and haven't read. One of them Through Wolf's Eyes is the first book I remember purchasing at Borders (or maybe from Amazon) with my own money. Weird that I never read it! Hopefully this year I finish off a few of these. What have you had sitting on your shelves the longest.

Everything Is Illuminated Flash and Bones (Temperance Brennan, #14) Secretariat Hope Against History: The Course Of Conflict In Northern Ireland

Through Wolf's Eyes (Firekeeper Saga, #1) The Sword in the Stone (The Once and Future King, #1) The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles, #2) The Troubles: Ireland's Ordeal 1966-1996 and the Search for Peace

A Weekend with Mr. Darcy (Austen Addicts, #1) The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Fairyland, #3)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (January 31st)

This year there are so many books being released and, while I'm trying to be selective about my purchases, I'm excited to pick up so many of them. This week I'm featuring a book by one of my auto-buy authors and one of my favorite authors of all time. Tamora Pierce!

Expected Release: February 6th

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair SalmalĂ­n came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

While I'm really excited for a new Tamora Pierce title, I'm nervous about how this story will play out. In some ways we already know what happens at the end of this series. I hope it is still exciting and interesting. Maybe I'm just partial to Alanna and want to follow her even more. Or give me another Tris book. I'm not 100% sure about this Arram Draper book. Let me know what you think about this upcoming Pierce Series? What books of her's are your favorites?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - 10 Book I Can't Believe I Haven't Read Yet

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is actually Books I Can’t Believe I Read but I twisted it. This week I wanted to look at some books that I wish had read but they are still on my TBR. Let me know which ones of these I need to read first. I am so excited about them. I just haven't done it!

Vicious (Villains, #1) The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Watchmen Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles, #2) The Foxhole Court (All for the Game, #1) The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1) The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)

Saga, Vol. 7 (Saga, #7) Uprooted

My Last 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Library Haul (5)

It has been a long long time since I uploaded a library haul. I'm really excited about this group of books and, even though I reserved a few of these, I spent a long time browsing my library when I picked them up. So often I forget to just browse and explore my library so I had a lot of fun during my last visit.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Review - The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce

The Will of the Empress (Circle Reforged, #1)
Series: Standalone
Genre: Historical Romance
Age Group: Adult
Audiobook / Hardcover 550pgs
Scholastic (2005)
Add it // Buy it

For years the Empress of Namorn has pressed her young cousin, Lady Sandrilene fa Toren, to visit her vast lands within the Empire's borders. Sandry has avoided the invitation for as long as it was possible. Now, listening to her guilty conscience, Sandry has agreed to pay that overdue visit.

Sandry's uncle promises guards to accompany her. But they're hardly a group of warriors! They're her old friends from Winding Circle: Daja, Tris, and Briar. Sandry hardly knows them now. They've grown up and grown apart. Sandry isn't sure they'll ever find their old connection again - or if she even wants them to.

When they arrive at the palace, it slowly dawns on Sandry why the Empress has really brought her to Namorn. She's set a cunning trap to keep Sandry in the brutal Empire forever, a simpering lady in her cousin's court and the miserable wife of a noble.

The Empress has wily and powerful mages on her side. But so, of course, does Sandry...if she can get them to work together.

Rating: 5/5

After trying to read this book for years, the audiobook finally helped me break through the 100 page hurdle. This full cast production really brought the story to life and helped me enjoy this story a lot. While I have always adored Pierce's books. However, the Emelan books have always been second place to the Tortall books. For me, this book was a step towards evening those two series out.

The character growth from the final book in the last series through this book is quite spectacular. The four mages are now young adults and they are reunited for the first time in several years. Since there are books following these years, the reader knows some of the events that have shaped the main characters. Even so, the characters have aged and need to relearn how to communicate with their friends again. This is such a relatable struggle even without magic to get in the way. I loved the slow growth and the ways the characters reconnected throughout this story. Each one has a personal failing or fear they are afraid the others will judge them for and watching this little family grow back together was beautiful.

The political challenges and court politics were another intriguing part of this story. Not only do our four characters need to face each other they need to take on the court of a foreign country. Pierce takes on gender roles and class conflicts in this particular story. She has always challenged stereotypes and I loved that she included more diversity in this story as well.  It is all really well done, well paced and incredible complex

After struggling to start this book, I'm so glad I stuck with it. I've heard some mixed things about the next two books in this series, but I hope they will be just as mature as this one. Pierce also has another series being released in 2018 so I'm excited to read even more from one of my favorite authors.