The Whimsical Mama

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Please Be Kind, Rewind: 16 – 22 March 2014 March 22, 2014

Another great week of blogging work and reading. I am well ahead on my schedule and that makes life much easier with two kiddos. Especially now that it is spring time and warming up. We plan on playing outside as much as possible after being cooped up all winter! I’ve already been enjoying some time in the sun while they nap. Curled up in the hammock reading. It’s great!


The Path to Allegiant by Veronica Roth. 1 star.

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman. 4 stars.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. 4 ½ stars.

Currently Reading:

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein 

The Everything Mother Goose Book by June Rifkin (yes, we’re still working on it!)

Read to the Kiddos:

Penguins Can’t Fly by Richard Byrne.

Cleo the Cat by Caroline Mockford

Down by the Station by Jess Stockham

You Are My I Love You by Maryann Cusimano Love (Bug’s Imagination Library book)

New to my shelf:

The Riverman by Aaron Sarmer (ARC, won from Macmillan Kids)

From the library:

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (audiobook)


Top Ten Tuesday #31: Spring TBR March 18, 2014


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 Spring TBR

I didn’t do well at all with my Fall TBR. I did MUCH better with my Winter TBR, but still not the best. December was packed with family things. January was infected with sinus ilk for all four of us. February I did better. The beginning of March has been great. I hope my Spring TBR will go well! I’m still a big mood driven reader and right now I want to read all the WWII books. Good thing I have a few! I also need to get back into my ARC reading. Fantastic thing that I have an ARC that fits both of those bills. (;

Code Name Verity/Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

As You Turn Away by Molli Moran

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (yes, this is STILL on my TBR. I’m DETERMINED this spring it WILL be read!)

The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard

After the End by Amy Plum (I can’t wait anymore. I have to read it NOW)

Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz (My trusty fall back if a reading funk happens. I love Melissa!)

The Falconer by Elizabeth May (I can’t wait much longer. I’ve wanted to read this for so long and I’ve waited long enough!)

Panic by Lauren Oliver

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (NO SPOILERS! )

What’s on your TBR for this spring? Any good recommendations based on these?


Top Ten Tuesday #29: Popular Authors I’ve Never Read March 4, 2014


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 Popular Authors I’ve Never Read

Veronica Roth (Divergent trilogy) – I started Divergent yesterday, but I’ve never COMPLETED anything by Veronica (yet).

Victoria Schwab (The Archived series, Vicious) – I won a copy of The Archived a few weeks ago and all of her books have been on my TBR for ages, I just haven’t gotten to them yet!

Neil Gaiman (whoa… too many to list) I’ve meant to start so many of his books it’s kinda ridiculous.

Orson Scott Card (Ender’s series and others) Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m one of THOSE book nerds who has never touched Ender’s Game other than ordering a copy when the movie was in theatres.

Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me trilogy) I KNOW, I KNOW. Shatter Me has been promoted to my immediate TBR pile so… SOON.

Julie Kagawa (Iron Fey books) – I started one and was too intrigued by Jodi Meadow’s book at the time. I started both by reading a few chapters to see which I would read first. Jodi’s won out and I never made it back to Julie. I will remedy this!

Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity & Rose Under Fire, others) I ordered Code Name Verity at the end of last summer, but still haven’t read it. I know, shame on me.

John Green (ALL the feels apparently) I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever pick up any of his works. Just not something I normally read, but maybe.

Cynthia Hand (Unearthly trilogy) I have the entire trilogy (signed) on my shelves and I still haven’t touched them. I really need to though!

Gayle Forman (If I Stay, etc) I’ve heard so many great things about her books, but I just haven’t gotten to them. Hopefully one day!

What popular authors have slipped your list so far? Feel free to leave your link, I’d love to read your lists! (: Happy Tuesday!


Please Be Kind, Rewind: 2 – 15 February 2014 February 15, 2014

I didn’t do as well the last two weeks as I was hoping, but I’ve gotten a good amount of work done this week to get things back on track! I think I’m well enough ahead now. I got a lot of reading done this week, but virtually none done last week. It happens. I have two kiddos who like to keep life unpredictable at times. Like now, as I’m writing this, my toddler is emptying the toy bin searching for something. Joy! Haha


The Little Androidby Marissa Meyer. 3 stars.

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan. 5 stars.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. 3 stars.

Currently Reading:

The Everything Mother Goose Book by June Rifkin (with the kiddos)

Read to the Kiddos:

The Everything Mother Goose Book by June Rifkin

New to my shelf:

The Ring & the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz (Thanks, Disney Hyperion for the unexpected surprise!!)

Alpha Goddess by Amalie Howard (read now on Netgalley, YAY!)

Many thanks to HarperCollins for these new reads:

Push by Eve Silver

Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard

On the Fence by Kasie West

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

The Eye of God by James Rollins (finished copy, unsolicited from William Morrow imprint)

From the library:

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins (audiobook)

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (audiobook)

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (ebook)


The Archived by Victoria Schwab (Thanks, @disquietus!)


Please Be Kind, Rewind: 12-25 January 2014 January 25, 2014

After a crazy month (holidays, sickness, life, etc) I am getting back on track! Yay! I’m fulling planning on relaunching everything starting today. I have several signing events coming up in the next few months so keep an eye out for potential giveaways! (: I am ready to get back in the swing of things. I’ve gotten quite a bit accomplished this week during naptime. My dad kept Punk for two nights, so only having one kiddo helped a lot too.


Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd. (eARC) 5 stars

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott. (ARC) 4 stars 

These Broken Stars by Aime Kaufman & Megan Spooner. (ARC & audiobook) 4 stars.

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton. 5 stars.

Currently Reading:

The Everything Mother Goose Book by June Rifkin (with the kiddos)

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (audiobook)

Defiance by CJ Redwine


Read to the Kiddos:

Little Sisters Are by Beth Norling

Touch and Feel ABC & 123 by DK Publishing

Spot Goes to the Library by Eric Hill (Bug’s Imagination Library)

Baby Sounds by Joy Allen (Bug’s Imagination Library)

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

New to my shelf:

From the library:

Origin by Jessica Khoury 

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick 

Prodigy by Marie Lu (audiobook) 

Champion by Marie Lu (audiobook) 

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi  (audiobook)


Defiance by CJ Redwine 

Everbound by Brodi Ashton 

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Unremembered Ch 1-5 sampler by Jessica Brody (ebook)

Annie and Fia: A Mind Games Short Story by Kiersten White (ebook)

HarperCollins: (Thanks so much!)

Frozen by Erin Bowman (ARC)

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White (ARC)


A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris (ebook)

Unhinged (Splintered #2) by AG Howard (ebook)


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