Monday, May 13, 2013

Bout of Books Goals!

I've never done Bout of Books before, I'm looking forward to it though and it gives me a reason to give a little structure to my reading time and such. 

My goals:

Spend a half hour in the morning (before everyone is awake and dd has to go to school) reading.

Spend 1 hour or more reading once the kids are in bed.

I would like to read 2 books this week and listen to 3 audio books. I don't have any titles picked out I'm just going to read whatever catches my eye this week. :)

Time Spent Reading: 3 hours
Number of Books Read: finished Apollyon
Time Spent Listening: 3 hours
Listened to: Divergent
Number of Audio Books Completed:

Time Spent Reading: 4 hours
Number of Books Read: Finished The Elite
Time Spent Listening: 2 hours
Number of Audio Books Completed: Finished Divergent
Total books read/listened to: 3

Time Spent Reading: 3 hours
Number of Books Read: finished Saved at Sunrise
Time Spent Listening: 2 hours
Number of Audio Books Completed:
Total books read/listened to: 4

Time Spent Reading: 2 hours
Number of Books Read:
Time Spent Listening: 2 hours
Number of Audio Books Completed:

Time Spent Reading: 2 hours
Number of Books Read:
Time Spent Listening: 1 1/2 hours
Number of Audio Books Completed:

Time Spent Reading: 3 hours
Number of Books Read:
Time Spent Listening: 1 hour
Number of Audio Books Completed:

Time Spent Reading: 4 hours
Number of Books Read: Choosen at Nightfall, Prince (A Selection Novella)
Time Spent Listening: 1/2 hour
Number of Audio Books Completed:
Total books read/listened to: 6

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Bout of Books!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I've never done this read a thon before but since it is a week long it seems low stress to me which is what I need right now :)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Follow Friday (26)

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Its a way to get out there and meet new bloggers and discover new blogs. :)

Q: Happy Mother’s Day! Who is your favorite mom from fiction?

Hands down Mrs. Weasley! You could see the love she had for her family and Harry and Harmione as well. I would not want to make her angry!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Review: The List - Siobhan Vivian

Author: Siobhan Vivian
Series: N/A
Pages: 332
Publisher: Push
Release Date: 4/1/12
ISBN-10: 0545169178

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An intense look at the rules of high school attraction -- and the price that's paid for them.

It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn't matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.

This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, "pretty" and "ugly." And it's also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.

What to say, what to say? I was surprised that I liked this book as much as I did. I was expecting some kind of superficial fluff, but what I got was a very real story about the horrors that can plague people in high school. Thankfully this isn't exactly what my high school was like thankfully, it makes you realize, hey it could have been worse. 

One of the best parts of this was we of to see and get to know each girl on the list and we got to see there friends and in some cases family's. We got a very clear look at where the girls start this story, and a clear look at there journey and there ending. We got to see how the list effected the girls close friends, and families. And trust me when I say that each of these girls went on a journey. Being on the list changed each of them.

When I finally found out who wrote the list I was kinda surprised. Although I do see how it makes sense and it gave this whole story, a rounded feel. I'm not sure there was anything here for me to complain about, this was well written, and thought out. In the end I was moved by parts f this story and I truly enjoyed this one. This book gets 5 stars from me!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Review: Destined - Aprilynne Pike

Author: Aprilynne Pile
Series: Wings #4
Pages: 307
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 5/1/12
ISBN-10: 0061668125

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The conclusion to the bestselling Wings series. Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful--and deadly--of all, and she is working with Klea to conquer and destroy Avalon. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares for a fight she never thought she would have to face.

I am a jumble of emotion right now, on one hand I loved this book. It was everything I hoped it would be and more, but at the same time I am so sad that this series is over! I wasn't a huge fan of book 1 but I do plan on re reading them, and I'm pretty sure that will change. But I am a huge fan of this series as a whole, I loved laurel, Tamani, Chelsea and David. The extended cast of characters even have a piece of my heart.

I'm not sure how to go about discussing this book without spoiling anything but I'm going to try very hard to cover some of my favorite things. This book started on a bang and never stopped, once the action started it never stopped. Right up to the end there was anger in the air. One of the things that I loved whole heartedly is the loyalty between laurel and her friends. No matter what they always had each others backs.

Another thing I loved was seeing Avalon again. I loved all of laurels time spent there, even in this book. The fae and Avalon always came to life for me in this series, I don't know he Mrs pike did it but it seemed to just dance off the page for me. I as much as I will miss having a new story featuring this world I am glad that I can always go back for a visit.

Again this whole book was bittersweet for me, but I still loved the ending, I felt closure, and happy with the resolution. I felt that everyone who needed to be touched upon. I finished this book with a smile on my lips and a tear in my eye. Thank you Mrs pike for sharing this world, it's characters, and their story's with us. I give this book 5 stars, and I strongly urge everyone to give this series a try!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Review: Unraveling - Elizabeth Norris

Author: Elizabeth Norris
Series: Unraveling #1
Pages: 445
Publisher: Blazer + Bray
Release Date: 4/24/12
ISBN-10: 0062103733

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Sixteen-year-old Janelle Tenner is used to having a lot of responsibility. She balances working as a lifeguard in San Diego with an intense academic schedule. Janelle's mother is bipolar, and her dad is a workaholic FBI agent, which means Janelle also has to look out for her younger brother, Jared.

And that was before she died...and is brought back to life by Ben Michaels, a mysterious, alluring loner from her high school. When she discovers a strange clock that seems to be counting down to the earth's destruction, Janelle learns she has twenty-four days to figure out how to stop the clock and save the planet.

I'm not sure where I truly stand on this book, there were things I absolutely loved, and things that I really didn't like. I guess the best place to start is the beginning, and I'll start with what I loved.

This story doesn't take long to get going, right after we meet Janelle she dies. But there is a twist, she is brought back to life. From there we spend some time trying to get answers or how, and why and we meet Ben. I liked Ben, he wasn't stalker obsessed with Janelle, but he wasn't a jerk either. From there we dive deeper into our story which at its peeks had me dying for more. There isn't much I can say without spoiling something, so I will say this go read it and figure it out hehe. Janelle's relationship with Alex made me smile, true and genuine best friends. They always had each others backs. I also liked the relationship she had with her father, brother, and Struz. They were a family and they cared about each other.

There were a few things that bothered me though. Janelle spends time snooping through FBI files, and even stealing a few with out any major repercussions. I find that to be totally unbelievable! My only other complaint is that at times the pacing seemed to really slow down, it's not something that would make me abandon a book, but it just seemed to rev up and go, the hit a lull where nothing really happened.

Overall this was an original story, it had good characters that I could connect to, and it kept me entertained. I'm going to give this one 3.5 stars and I do recommend it to you guys!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mailbox Madness (04)

Mailbox madness is my version of In My Mailbox and Stacking the Shelves, there is nothing different here I just figure with a name like this I could participate in both memes :) The purpose of this meme is to allow everyone to show off the books and goodies they got through out the week

I didn't get any books for review this week which is actually good. There are so many new releases that have come out that I am dying to get to, and I am hooked right now on anything Game of Thrones. I just finished the first book and have dived into the second.

Whats in your Mailbox this week?

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