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December 31, 2015

Bout of Books 15 Sign Up+ Progress

Bout of Books1Ah, Christmas and the holidays are almost done and I am ready for them to be over with. With 2016 fast approaching I have decided to sign up for some challenges. Who am I kidding, I signed up for a lot of them! With that being said, I decided that I am going help me get a running start on all these challenges by participating in the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon. If you’re like me and need a little push, don’t be shy, stop by and sign up.

For those of you who do not know what Bout of Books is here is the information.

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, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Now here is my information, hopefully everything goes as planned! I’m also going to be updating my Twitter daily as well (maybe hourly) as well as updating this post with the books I do end up finishing.

Time Devoted to Reading

I start student teaching in January so most of my day time is going to be spent teaching children and not reading. With that being said, I am going to try and read during the afternoons and during the weekend. I am definitely going to need time to destress and reading is just the thing!

My Goals

My goal for Bout of Books is to read a book for each of the challenges that I have decided to enter this year. I personally don’t know which books those are because I am 100% a mood reader. But since I have signed up for 4 challenges, my goal is to read at least 4 books!

 

MONDAY:

Pages Read: 20 from my first book The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (for Flights of Fantasy & Rock Your TBR)

Books Finished: 0

General Feelings: Well, I would say that I had an interesting day. I started student teaching today and it was really draining. Honestly, it felt like I got hit with a ton of bricks and the children won’t even be back until Wednesday! So, I ended up reading a little bit from my book and crashing.

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Challenge: Bookish Would You Rather?

Would you rather: Lend books to someone who dog-ears pages or to someone who reads with cheesy Cheetos fingers?
Probably lend books to a person that dog ears pages. My husband already does it so I have become numb to this irritation. Having someone eat the orange stain of death while reading one of my books though, no, just no.

Would you rather: Be able to meet one character of your choice or meet one author of your choice?
I think that I’d rather meet the author of my choice, who that is right now I’m not sure. But I feel like there are WAY too many characters from books that I’d like to meet and I’d have a better time arranging which author then picking one character!

Would you rather: Never be allowed in a book store again or never be allowed in a library again?
Never be allowed in a bookstore. Now, you might be wondering why I’d say this but it is easy. I already spend way too much time and money in bookstores and the library is there and you can request books for them to buy. Win win and my wallet thanks all the kind librarians!

Would you rather: Have to choose one of your favorite characters to die in their book or have to pick one of your favorite couples to break up in their book?
Couple to break up. Since meeting my husband and having somewhat of our own fairytale I don’t feel myself being quite so attached to relationships as I used to. There was a time where I had to live vicariously through books for that sort of thing but I don’t anymore. That and I’d rather not kill one of my favorite characters.

Would you rather: Be required to read Twilight once a year for the rest of your life or The Scarlet Letter once a year for the rest of your life?
Scarlet Letter. I detest the book Twilight and I’m not sure I could read a book following Bella’s thoughts, couldn’t get past it the first time.

Now you try it! Here is the link back to the challenge host Writing My Own Fairytale

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December 30, 2015

Rock Your TBR Reading List|2016 Features

Rock TBR

So here it is, in black and white all (well, not all) the books that I have decided that I want to read for the 2016 Rock Your TBR challenge. I have more, but these are the ones that have been staring at me and I have REALLY wanted to read. If I happen to finish all of these books I have others  that I’m going to add. But I want to pace myself because 2016 is going to be a hectic year for me with finishing college, moving across the country, and hopefully getting a new job! Plus taking care of two rugrats along the way!

 

 

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December 29, 2015

Anticipation is the Spice of Life| Top Ten Tuesdays

Another try

 

Well, it’s that time again for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This weeks topic is:

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

 

 

Top Ten 2 series

 

The Raven King|Maggie Stiefvater|The Raven Cycle

I have been waiting for this one all year. Yes, it might be less time then people who have been following this trilogy from the start but I am no less chomping at the bit to see how everything ends. I’ve been purposely waiting to read Blue Lily, Lily Blue until it gets closer for The Raven Kings release so it’s about time for me to pick it up!

The Winners Kiss|Marie Rutkoski|Winners Curse Series

This book has had some controversy due to the cover changes that where planned for these books. Thankfully, Fierce Reads has listen to the readers and now the covers will continue to match. Besides this, this book has been on my anticipated list for quite some time. Like The Raven Cycle, I might be behind the game but this series will definitely be one of my favorites.

Beloved2(In which I Have Not Read Any)

 

Outrun the Moon|Stacy Lee|Under a Painted Sky

The thing that drew me to Outrun the Moon was the diverse aspect. It does not seem like a normal, cookie cutter, sort of plot and that is refreshing to me. I definitely am going to add Under the Painted Sky to my TBR.

The Forbidden Orchid| Sharon Biggs Waller|A Mad, Wicked Folly

Again, I haven’t Sharon’s other work A Mad, Wicked Folly but I am on a historical fiction kick and so I will definitely be reading it sooner rather than later. The fact that The Forbidden Orchid is also historical fiction and has my favorite flower in the name, sign me up!

The Imposter Queen|Sarah Fine|Of Metal and Wishes Series

With Sarah Fine’s Of Metal and Wishes series I was never drawn to it, maybe because I never really liked The Phantom of the Ophera so a sort of retelling of it didn’t hit my radar. But Fine’s new book The Impostor Queen does; kick ass heroines, magic, and deception. My body is tingling with anticipation for this book!

 

5 debut

The Girl from Everywhere| Heidi Heilig

I love history and so anything that deals with time travel and visiting foreign nations and other periods of time will be an instant must read. Plus, this book features a diverse cast of characters from what I’ve heard so double points for me!

Rebel of the Sands| Alwyn Hamilton

Wow, have I heard things about this book. I am buzzing with excitement to finally be able to read this book. I’m not going to lie, I haven’t heard too much about the plot which is seriously a good thing!

The Forbidden Wish| Jessica Khoury

An Aladdin tale where the gene is a girl? Consider me anticipating this book for sure! I love fairy tale retelling and I love gender bending ones (that is if they are done right)!

Into The Dim|Janet B. Taylor

Like I said above for The Girl From Everywhere, books about time traveling to other time periods is an instant must read. So when I heard about this book and Eleanor of Aquitaine I instantly had to get my hands on it!

December 23, 2015

The Many Emotions of Reading|New Feature

EmotionsI have been wracking by brain with finding a new feature that is out of the ordinary and I think that I’ve found the perfect one. So here I am introducing the “Many Emotions of Reading” feature. I want to say that if there IS a feature out there like this one I have no idea that there was and I apologize. So without further ado here is the jest of this feature.

• Each month I will feature a certain emotion that I personally feel while reading (i.e. sadness, joy, contentment, anger, and confusion etc.)

 

• For each emotion I am doing several posts during the month with varying categories (interview with the emotion, top ten books that made me feel this emotion, and how to handle this emotion if it comes up)

 

• At the end of each month I will have a discussion and maybe even a giveaway containing ether mystery box of goodies that deal with that certain emotion (hmmm…how to do anger) or a BD credit (for international readers)

 

If you have anything add that you think might be fun I’m all ears! If not, I hope you join me in January for the first emotion. Which one do you think that it should be?
December 21, 2015

Girl Power!| Eon by Alison Goodman Review

Eon is a reread for me. When I heard that Alison Goodman was releasing a new novel I felt that it was time to revisit the world of Eon and the Dragoneye because, well, frankly my memory is shit and I couldn’t remember anything other than I loved the series.

 
The thing about Eon that first struck me and made me remember why I loved this series was how different and unique it was. I will be the first to say that when it comes to reading diverse books I am somewhat lacking (don’t worry, I’m changing that) and Eon is diverse not only in the Far Eastern cultural influence but also in the “girl mascaraed as a boy” genre of book. Eon(a) does not masquerade as a boy to fulfill a personal goal of her own she does it out of pure and complete survival. This is admirable considering at the beginning of the book she is sixteen and I don’t know many people who would risk their lives. Especially those who are physically limited as Eon(a) was and remains throughout the story.

 
Now, on the slightly negative aspect to this story would be the slow pace of the plot. Now I say slightly because I understood where Goodman was coming from with the slower pace. I read a lot of fantasy and some fantasy novels that I’ve read have a tendency to go right for the action with little consideration of figuring out things. The story has a fantasy element but ultimately is about the inner struggle Eon(a) has with Eon, her outside appearance and what others WANT her to be and Eona, who she really is inside. This definitely causes problems, but I do not want to go into too much detail in case you have not read it yourself!

 
I am completely and totally happy that I decided to reread this story and definitely am going to pick up its sequel Eona: The Last Dragoneye.

 

four-stars