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Required Summer Reading & Giveaway July 14, 2016

Honesty moment: I HATE required readings. I despise being told what I have to read. I think the only thing in school that I actually read when I was SUPPOSED to read it was my senior year readings. And I didn’t even read all of them! haha. Most things I knew I would have to read a grade or so ahead of time and would read them early. I was big into fanfiction in junior high and high school. I read one about Lily and James during Hogwarts and they did an international magical acting competition. Hogwarts did The Crucible. Enough of it was thrown into the story that I wanted to read the whole play. Eight grade me begged my dad to take me to Barnes & Noble to go pick it up so I could read the whole thing. I did. Not sure if it was over a break or what and my eighth grade English teacher asked if we’d read anything interesting lately. I said The Crucible. She asked if I understood the historical background and all that. (Not only the Salem Witch Trials, but the communism hunt) I did. She was impressed and said a lot of high school juniors didn’t understand it. My thought? They’re idiots! Anyway. That’s one example of one I read beforehand. Others I knew enough about that I could fake my way through it.

Punk is going into kindergarten. He has a required reading list for the summer. Seriously. I was like….. wut? Anyway. While looking at it, I came up with the thought of wondering if I could match YA/MG/Adult books to his list. His are all topics so you could match children’s books to it. I have to admit, this was much easier than I expected except for one topic! Anyway. The topics are Bears, Friends, ABC, Frogs, Fairytales, Ocean Animals, Pets, and Free Choice (this one had me spazzing for a minute until I realised it was whatever book Punk wanted, not literally about free choice!)

Here’s my required summer reading list based off of Punk’s kindergarten list.

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Bears: This was literally the first book that popped into my head. Probably due to me having just finished it when I had this idea. A big theme throughout the book is Sammy’s bear.

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Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Friends: Again, literally the first book I thought of. Reagan and Lilah’s friendship is amazing as is this book. Emery Lord has such an incredible way with words! *sings Emery’s praises for days*

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ABC: This was the one that gave me a the most trouble. I initially thought to leave it at All Fall Down since it’s a children’s rhyme. Then I decided to do books with an A, B, and C in the title. I do have to admit, I haven’t read two of the three of these! I absolutely adore Code Name Verity though. It ripped me to shreds in all the right ways.

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

The Body Electric by Beth Revis

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin

Frogs: Okay, admittedly harder than the others, I finally came up with this one. I remembered the bannerman’s kids who come to join Bran as being from the swamp like area. And I’m pretty sure the boy was good at catching frogs. Or their sigil is a frog. Or something. Anyway. Swamp = froggy in my mind!

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The Hunter’s Moon by OR Melling

Fairytale: Yes, it was incredibly easy to jump to the Cinder conclusion, but I opted to go for a lesser known fairytale series. Woot for Celtic mythology!

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Waterfell by Amalie Howard

Ocean Animals: Obviously I would go for Waterfell! Though it also deals with animals, it talks about the Marianas Trench and various animals in the ocean. Win.

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Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Pets: Pandoras count as pets, right? I mean, they’re pets in a way. At least companions, and let’s face it, cats are not pets. They’re companions at best and definitely supreme overlords.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Free Choice:  Okay, so this one totally fits my initial thought of Free Choice. Feyre is faced with the choice of death or living in Prythian. She’s free to choose. Ha! This also fits free choice as in whatever I want to pick so I went with what I’m currently reading. Double win!

 

Thanks for making it through my post! Also, thank you for three wonderful (crazy) years of blogging. My blogging anniversary was actually on the 9th, but it snuck up on me and I forgot to write up a post. It’s definitely been a rollercoaster ride! Anyway, to celebrate my blogiversary, I have several giveaways I’m going to be hosting in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled! Up first is a giveaway for any book I have reviewed in the last three years. But! There’s more! I have a list of upcoming reviews that will be posted and those books will be included too. Check out my Reviews tab for a full list of books! Right now there will be one winner, but I might add more winners, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for that too.

Giveaway!

This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL (and only open to the countries where Book Depository delivers to) Entrants must be at least  13 years old to enter. Those entrants under 18 MUST have parental consent. Giveaway is open July 14th 2016 (12am EST) through August 20th 2016 (12am EST). No giveaway accounts. I reserve the right to disqualify entries in violation of my giveaway policies (Please see my Site Polices for full polices). All entries WILL be verified. Winner(s) have 48 (FORTY-EIGHT) hours to respond to email/tweet. Good luck. May the odds be ever in your favor! (:

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday #67: Spring 2015 TBR March 17, 2015

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Each week, the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is:

Top Ten Books on My 2015 Spring TBR

 Previous TBR posts (Winter 2013 6/10 Fall2013 3/10 Spring TBR 2014 6/11 Summer 2014 3/10  Fall 2014 2/10) After not doing well at all with my Fall 2014 TBR, I did much better with my Winter 2014. I read 6/10. True enough, I did have an extra month! Now for the books I plan to read this spring!

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1. Gilt by Katherine Longshore

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

3. Artemis Fowl The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

4. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

5. The Archived by Victoria Schwab

6. Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel

7. Forged by Erin Bowman

8. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

9. The Body Electric by Beth Revis

10. Chronicles of Faerie: The Hunter’s Moon by O.R. Melling

What are you planning to read this Spring? Anything I should take note of for this summer?

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!! (:

 

Top Ten Tuesday #12: Best Sequels Ever September 24, 2013

Each week, the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is:

Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

in no particular order. affiliate links used

1. Asunder by Jodi Meadows. Oh wow. She keeps it amped up! I can’t wait to see where Infinite will take us!

2. Prodigy: A Legend Novel by Marie Lu. Legend was fantastic. Lu definitely did not suffer from the sophomore slump with this sequel!

3. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices) by Cassandra Clare. This was a perfect ending to The Infernal Devices series. I would like to see more of Jem and Tessa though!

4. Gates of Paradise (A Blue Bloods Novel) by Melissa de la Cruz. Way to rip my heart out and stomp on it. I love Jack.  I love Jack and Sky together. Beautiful ending of this cycle of Blue Bloods!

5. Shades of Earth: An Across the Universe Novel by Beth Revis. Holy plot twist. Once I finished A Million Suns, I HAD to jump right into the finale. This was so fantastic. I was speechless at the end.

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by JK Rowling. This finale. The journey. Growing up, eagerly anticipating midnight releases. My childhood ended with this spectacular sequel. How could it NOT be on my list?

7. Die for Her (A Die for Me) by Amy Plum. This. Oh, Jules. This was a perfect insight into Jules’ view of this world. It made me fall in love with Jules even more and pine for him in his absence in If I Should Die.

8. Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, Book 2) by Marissa Meyer. Worth. The. Hype. True enough I didn’t get to fully enjoy the ending because the kiddos kept distracting me, but this was a great sequel which made me crazy for Cress.

What’s on your list? Is anything from mine on yours? Feel free to share! I can’t wait to see them!

 

Hello September, Goodbye August September 1, 2013

 

Another month down. I can’t believe September is already here. This year has been flying by! The recent loss of one of my junior high teachers really makes his words ring true years down the road. On the last day of 6th grade, Mr. Church looked at us and said, “If you think this year went by quickly, wait until the next year, and then the next. They’ll keep going by faster and faster.” He was a great man, and will be greatly missed. Those words are really true. It seems like just yesterday I found out I was expecting my little boy and now I’m a mama to two.

Picking up from last month, I’m happy to say our kitchen is FINALLY done. No more construction. We still have some organising and cleaning to do, but the bulk of the work has now been completed. I’m SO thrilled! Even though work continued into the middle of the month, it didn’t really cut into that much of my reading time. Hubby being gone for three weeks of military training DID cut into reading time. Three weeks of being a single mama. Kuddos to those parents who do the single parenting all the time. You are a true inspiration! Now, to books!

Books I read in August (in order of completion)
Glitches by Marissa Meyer (I forgot this in July)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
What Really Happened in Peru by Cassandra Clare
Reached by Ally Condie
A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
As They Slip Away by Beth Revis
The Queen’s Army by Marissa Meyer
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Neverfall by Brodi Ashton
The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

I was sad to finish the Across the Universe series. Check out my review if you haven’t! I was relieved to finally finish the Matched series. I struggled a lot through it. I was happy to continue the Lunar Chronicles and jump into the Everneath series! I’m anxiously awaiting Everbound from my library!

The kids and I read over 20 books again this month. Think it was closer to 30. We’re still getting back in the groove of going to the library once or twice a week. The NASCAR race was in town recently so we stocked up for the week so we didn’t have to fight the tourists. We ended up not reading many of them. Punky spent the night with my dad and DADDY came home! The kids were ecstatic! We ran out of time to record him reading some stories before he left so he’s on bedtime story duty for a while. Needless to say the kiddos really missed their daddy. We’re all very happy he’s home!

Coming up in September

  • My first e-ARC review (keep an eye out!)
  • A visit from one of our college friends
  • Phoenix Overture by Jodi Meadows! (Hubby and I now have an agreement for every week he is gone on military duty I get a new book and a bottle of wine! This is his payment for 1 of 3 he owes me for this year’s annual training)
  • (Hopefully) Punk’s second and Ladybug’s first MTSU football game!
  • A friend’s wedding
  • My first 5k
  • Beach with the hubby, kiddos, and my dad
  • Book signing event with Megan Shepherd! (keep an eye out for an event summary and a review!)

September is looking like it’ll be an action packed month! Bring it on!

 

Weekly Reading Review #7: 18-24 August 2013 August 24, 2013

Completed:
As They Slip Away by Beth Revis 4 stars
The Queen’s Army by Marissa Meyer 4 stars
Everneath by Brodi Ashton 5 stars (check out my review!)
Neverfall by Brodi Ashton 4 stars

Read to Kiddos
Possum Come A-knockin’ by Nancy Van Laan 3 stars
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak 5 stars
How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colours? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague 4 stars
Hello, Red Fox by Eric Carle 4 stars
Where is Baby’s Belly-Button by Karen Katz 3 stars
How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? by Jane Yolen 3 stars
Raindrops A Shower of Colours by Chieu Ann Urban 3 stars

Currently Reading
Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather Reid
In Defense of the Queen by Michelle Diener
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

New to my shelf
ARC Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
ARC Ink by Amanda Sun
ARC Awaken by Meg Cabot
(those three were won in a contest on Good Choice Reading)
The Madman’s Daughterby Megan Shepherd
DRC The Outlaw Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick

 

Weekly Reading Review #6: 11-17 August 2013 August 17, 2013

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Spent the beginning of the week camping with the kiddos and my dad then the end of the week brought about the counter installation in our kitchen! Also got a good bit of reading done (:

Completed:
A Million Suns by Beth Revis 4 stars
Shades of Earth by Beth Revis 5 stars

Read to the kiddos:
Look, Look! by Peter Linenthal 3 stars (Bug’s Dolly Book)
Into the A, B, Sea by Deborah Lee Rose 4 stars
How Do Dinosaurs Go Up and Down? by Jane Yolen 4 stars
Pete the Cat Pete’s Big Lunch by James Dean 4 stars

Currently Reading:
Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L Reid (keep an eye out for the upcoming review!)

New to My Shelf:
Several more DRCs. I can’t find my list at the moment otherwise I’d post them!

 

*Review* Across the Universe Series by Beth Revis August 16, 2013

Rating: 4.3 for the series
Pub date: 2011, 2012, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: YA, Futuristic, Sci-Fi
Format: paperbacks, obtained from the Public Library

Summary:
Across the Universe: A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

A Million Suns: Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos. It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He’s finally free to act on his vision—no more Phydus, no more lies. But when Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success—or failure—will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the love between them more impossible to fight.
Beth Revis catapulted readers into the far reaches of space with her New York Times bestselling debut, Across the Universe. In A Million Suns, Beth deepens the mystery with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.

Shades of Earth: Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They’re ready to start life afresh–to build a home–on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience. But this new Earth isn’t the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed’s former passengers aren’t alone on this planet. And if they’re going to stay, they’ll have to fight. Amy and Elder must race to discover who–or what–else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed–friends, family, life on Earth–will have been for nothing. FUELED BY LIES. RULED BY CHAOS. ALMOST HOME.

This series was suggested to me, and I decided that it sounded great. I took Across the Universe with me on vacation and devoured it. It was nice and refreshing. I’m not usually big into the space scene (unless it’s Star Wars), but this was definitely nice for something different. Sometimes as a stay at home mom, I feel like Amy felt on Godspeed. There are times that I feel trapped and isolated behind walls. It really felt that way this past week after a straight week of rain with a whiny toddler who is missing his daddy. I can’t imagine being stuck in space. At least when I feel trapped here, I can step out in the rain for a few seconds just to catch a breath of fresh air.

As a parent, I can’t imagine having to face the choice Amy’s parents did. They were so ready to go to the new planet, but didn’t fully realise (at least it felt that way to me) what they were asking teenage Amy to give up. She’s a high schooler, she doesn’t know what’s out there for her. I know I wouldn’t want to be separated from my children, but I would want to help decide what is best for them. Even though the prospect seems horrible, I believe I wouldn’t put my children in a situation to have to choose between me and the world they’d be leaving behind. Hopefully, I will never be in that situation.

It seemed so strange in reading that the people of Godspeed didn’t seem to be that advanced. You would think three hundred years in the future, the intelligence level would be higher, not lower. Yes, the technology has advanced, but the people are no where remotely more advanced. the discovery of why they behave the way they do is incredible. A drug that keeps them docile and submissive. It also intrigued me how they were all monoethnic and zero diversity. I was excited to read through the series to see if the reason behind this would be explained.

When I started A Million Suns, I got distracted with the Matched series and ended up not reading for a while. I reread the part I had read and it quickly went by to the end. I was advised to have Shades of Earth on hand for when I finished. I’m very glad I heeded this advice.

The discovery that they were already at their destination was a HUGE surprise. I had an inkling that was where things were going, but I wasn’t expecting it. I was very excited to see how Revis would display this new world. I was pleased and displeased with it. I was hoping for something vastly different from Earth. Pink grass or something like that would’ve been a nice throw in.

It was great getting to meet the “Frozens,” but I was a bit disappointed with the portrayal of Amy’s father. He was the stereotypical soldier. As a military wife, I know that not all military personnel are like this. I feel if he’d been a bit more personable, his actions would’ve made more sense. But that’s just me as a military wife. Amy’s mother seemed a bit blase too. Just their personalities made them seem like an odd fit and strange that they had a child. They both appeared much too attached to their professions to have wanted a family. Don’t get me wrong, I used to be the type that was career hell or high water before a family. My priorities changed. I just seems to me that people with this personality set usually don’t have kids. They do appear like a close family in a way. I dunno. the family dynamic just felt off to me a bit.

Not wanting to spoil the ending (I want you to read it for yourself!), that plot twist was HUGE. It blew my mind and was fantastically done. I was hoping things would be explained and it was laid out just like I was hoping. I’m sad I came into the series after it was finished, but the cliffhanger between two and three, I don’t think I would’ve been able to handle a year wait! I will definitely read this again!

 

(Late)Top Ten Tuesday #6: Books with X Setting August 14, 2013

AHHH! I didn’t have time to post yesterday and it drove me batty! My hubby is still away at military training so I’m still pulling single mama duty. Mad props and respect to all the time single parents out there!

Each week, the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is:

 

Top Ten Books with X Setting:

So this week I have two sets of eight cause I just couldn’t decide…

World Hidden Inside Our Own
1. Harry Potter by JK Rowling
2. The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
3. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
4. Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. I know this is more parallel than in our world, but in my little world, it fits!
5. Revenants by Amy Plum
6. Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith
7. Blue Bloods/Wolf Pact by Melissa de la Cruz
8. Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris

Futuristic (vague, I know)
1. Legend by Marie Lu
2. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (even if she is an evil, evil author! hehe)
3. Matched by Ally Condie
4. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
5. Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
6. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
7. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8. Left Behind by Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye

Do you like any of these books listed? Do you participate in TTT? If so, leave a link! I’d love to read your lists!

 

Weekly Reading Review #5 August 10, 2013

4 – 10 August 2013

A better reading week this week! True enough, some of the extra reading has been due to rainy weather. No playing outside this week. Hopefully this coming week will change! I’m almost done with organising the school area in our office. I’m planning for next weekend to be done with setting everything up. Depends on how the weather is!

Completed:
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer 4/5 stars. The kids had me too distracted through the end to really enjoy the ending so that hurt my feelings over the end. I’m sure it’ll rise to a 5 after an eventual reread.
What Really Happened in Peru by Cassandra Clare 4 stars. Thanks to PulseIt, I got to read this for free! Money can be tight with two kids, plus I want the whole set if they release it as a physical book.
Reached by Ally Condie 4/5 stars. After taking a step back from this series, I read through it much quicker. It still wasn’t as exciting as Matched, but it was better than Crossed .

Read to the kiddos:
Little Rabbit Waits for the Moon by Beth Shoshan 4 stars. My little girl loved this book from her Auntie Mary. She cooed and tried to get the bunny through the whole book.
Ladybug Girl Dresses Up by David Soman 3 stars
Road Work Ahead by Anastasia Suen 3 stars (Punk’s Dolly Book) He loved this! He’s very into “dump tucks” at the moment and loves to point them out wherever we go.
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle 4 stars. I thought this was a sweet book. Especially since Punk is in a phase of asking if the stars and moon can come in at night.
Big Boys Use the Potty Andrea Pinnington. 3 stars
LEGO City: Build this City by Scholastic Inc. 3 stars

Currently Reading:
A Million Suns by Beth Revis (should finish it tonight!)
Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L Reid (will start as soon as I finish AMS)

New to my shelf:
Quite a few DRCs, look for reviews to start soon!

What did you read this week? Anything good? I’m always looking for recs! Give me a shout on Twitter: armywife2310

 

Bookish Friday Fun August 9, 2013

I used to be obsessed with the various surveys that made their rounds on Xanga, Myspace, and Facebook. Reading through Twitter today, Jamie over at Perpetual Page Turner talked about how she’d hit a blogging slump and came up with this idea from her obsession with the surveys too. So, I thought since I’m just starting out in this big blogging world, I’d do her survey so you could learn a bit more about me.

Author you’ve read the most books from:

I’m glad I checked this one on Goodreads! I was assuming it’d be JK Rowling, but nope! It’s Valerie Tripp (author of numerous American Girl books!)

Best Sequel Ever:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling. Perfect ending!

Currently Reading:

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Drink of Choice While Reading:

I generally drink water all the time, but wine in the evenings or coffee in the mornings are always nice!

E-reader or Physical Book?

I always have been and always will be in love with holding the physical book in my hands. My hubby is happy that I have a kindle so even when my book collection explodes with free books on Amazon, we don’t lose that much space in the house! I do love my kindle when it comes to vacations now!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Hmm… probably Ollie from Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods series

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling. Seriously, because I gave this book a chance my childhood and future were changed FOREVER.

Hidden Gem Book:

For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. It’s about a girl in WWII France who spies for the Resistance. She now lives in the next town over from me!

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Giving Harry Potter a chance.

Just Finished:

Reached by Ally Condie

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Erotica. I don’t mind smut, but I’m not a fan of porn in words.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

All together, Harry Potter at 4100 pages, but individual book is A Storm of Swords at 1177

Major book hangover because of:

If I Should Die by Amy Plum. I NEED MORE JULES!!

Number of Bookcases You Own:

7, I think… I’m remembering from upstairs and they are in the office downstairs.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

I Love You Forever. Seriously. One of my favourites as a kid and I love reading it to my two children now.

Preferred Place To Read:

Curled up on the couch or in bed.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

Reading Regret:

Lord of the Rings. I’ve read it once and have failed every time I have attempted a reread. It makes me sad.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Time Enough for Drums by Ann Rinaldi, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

JK Rowling. Seriously, I’m severely in her debt. I will fangirl over her til Judgement Day!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Holy Hannah this is hard. Hmm… Right now, probably Phoenix Overture by Jodi Meadows! She’s been talking about how mean she’s been to poor Sam, and I’m dying to be his shoulder to cry on (:

Worst Bookish Habit:

It USED to be writing in my books. I don’t count textbooks in this sin. My first few Harry Potter books have theories and wishes and everything written in the margins, are highlighted for spells, dog eared, and all of that. They make me weep now. My most recent has been overdue library books. I’ve been requesting so many and they have different due dates from different libraries, I’m having trouble keeping track of them all even with a calendar AND planner.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

I didn’t want to do the kids’ bookshelf (it’s the only one upstairs) so this is off of my Kindle: Glitches by Marissa Meyer

Your latest book purchase:

Not counting my free books from Amazon so… Code Name Verity and Grave Mercy. Next up to order is The Madman’s Daughter!

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I was just thinking of finishing it then BAM! 2am and done. Thankfully, the kids slept in that morning (:

This was fun! If you decide to do this, feel free to leave your link in the comments! I’d love to learn more about you.

 

 
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