Stacking the Shelves



Weekly meme hosted over at Tynga's Reviews

So, this is actually not just for this week, but really over the last month to date. I went to my first big book sale. It was hosted by Friend's of my local library, and I am now a member, so I get in a day early! Something I realized is a must apparently.

Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson Review


43837351Title: Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom
Author: Kelly Thompson
Format: Ebook/Netgalley
Nancy Drew is seventeen and good at everything... ESPECIALLY solving crimes. But her totally-in-control-and-obviously-running-perfectly-smooth-(but-not-really) life hits a snag when a mysterious message drags her back to the hometown she left behind. There she'll have to find out which of her friends are still her friends, which are enemies, and who exactly is trying to kill her...and (hopefully) stop them before they succeed. 











Stacking the Shelves



Weekly meme hosted over at Tynga's Reviews


Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Characters I'd Like To Switch Places With

Meme Hosted By: The Artsy Reader Girl


Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Places Mentioned in Books That I'd Like to Visit

Meme Hosted By: The Artsy Reader Girl


The Sound of Suffering Blog Tour

The Sound of Suffering by Darin C. Brown






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Title: The Sound of Suffering
Author: Darin C. Brown

Format: Ebook ARC
Hunter Miller has a secret.

He can read and manipulate the auras that surround everyone.

Having used his talent to dethrone the reigning school bully, thirteen-year old Hunter finds himself thrust into a new quest after hearing screams in the aura of a teacher.  Unable to resist this powerful siren song, he investigates—despite warnings from his family and friends. It nearly costs him everything.

Upon discovering the truth, Hunter seeks assistance in his mission to defeat his formidable adversary. As the situation escalates, the adolescent hero ultimately realizes that despite the risks, he must fight this battle alone.

In this second installment of The Master of Perceptions series, can Hunter use his extraordinary powers to rescue an innocent woman without losing himself in the process?



Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi Review


35297272Title: Emergency Contact
Author: Mary H.K. Choi

Format: Ebook/ Scribd
For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.
 



Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


30295312Title: The Red Scrolls of Magic
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: April 2nd, 2019
All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.



So this one really should have been on my last week's Top Ten Tuesday of books I am on the fence about this year. I am so far behind on Casandra Clare's books and truth is, I will not catch up. I have read half of the last book in the Mortal Instruments series and probably won't finish. I haven't ready any of the Infernal Device books and don't plan on it. I haven't read any of the Shadowhunter's Academy. She turns out massive books way too fast for me to keep up. I rolled my eyes at this one at first when I was it was a Shadowhunters novel, thinking how is she not done yet? But this one is Magnus Bane and Alex Lightwood. I can't pass on that... I just have to read it. I do see that this is book 1 in a series and that worries me a little bit. I love Cassandra Clare and her writing and I have read The Iron Trials that she wrote with Holly Black. I want to see something besides Shadowhunters from her. Okay, rant over. This one, though, I will read.


Top Ten Tuesdays



Top Ten Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

Meme Hosted By: The Artsy Reader Girl


2019 Retellings Reading Challenge

 

So I just found this challenge while strolling through my feed. This is hosted by Tracy over at Cornerfolds. It is all about re-tellings. There is a bingo board and a Goodreads group.You can find the rules and guidelines HERE.

I will be attempting to do the level of Warrior Princess: 6-10 Retellings. This is a very big goal for me, especially since I am also doing the New Adult challenge as well, but I really want to be a warrior princess, so I have to try. 

Here is my Bingo board that I will be updating throughout the year.

Stacking The Shelves



Weekly meme hosted over at Tynga's Reviews

So I have been on a book buying ban for a large part of last year and into this year. I did break it this week, because Thursday was my birthday. Still only got 4, but I am very happy with them.


Dating Cupid by Eve Langlais Review


40675817Title: Dating Cupid
Author: Eve Langlais

Format: Audiobook
Roxanne knows where she’d like to shove Cupid’s arrow.

Tired of cheating men and false promises of love, Roxanne launches a campaign against Cupid’s Dating Service. But it’s hard to smear a company when you’ve got the hots for the owner.

Maverick Eros is more than the CEO of CDS, he’s Cupid himself. However, forget the media images of a chubby diapered cherub because the god of love is actually six feet plus of yummy, muscled male.

When they meet, sparks fly--the lusty kind--but they both know from experience, love hurts. In the end though, they’ll learn that love will have its way with them with or without the aid of Cupid’s arrow.


 



Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Upcoming Favorite Couples in Books

Meme Hosted By: The Artsy Reader Girl


Roomies by Christina Lauren Review


34466910Title: Roomies

Author: Christina Lauren

Format: Ebooks/ Scribd
Publication Date: December 5th, 2017
Marriages of convenience are so...inconvenient.

For months Holland Bakker has invented excuses to descend into the subway station near her apartment, drawn to the captivating music performed by her street musician crush. Lacking the nerve to actually talk to the gorgeous stranger, fate steps in one night in the form of a drunken attacker. Calvin Mcloughlin rescues her, but quickly disappears when the police start asking questions.

Using the only resource she has to pay the brilliant musician back, Holland gets Calvin an audition with her uncle, Broadway’s hottest musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until his reason for disappearing earlier becomes clear: he’s in the country illegally, his student visa having expired years ago.

Seeing that her uncle needs Calvin as much as Calvin needs him, a wild idea takes hold of her. Impulsively, she marries the Irishman, her infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves and Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway—in the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting—will Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Upcoming Releases I'm On The Fence About

Meme Hosted By: The Artsy Reader Girl


Reading Resolutions

In 2017 I did a reading resolutions and I didn't complete a single one of them. Where 2017 was a bad year for me, 2018 was even worse. And I can't promise 2019 will be any better, but I am going to try. I miss reading and blogging. Now, these may seem a bit steep and some might even say I am setting myself up to fail, but away we go...

Reading Goals:

  • Read 50 books this year - Though my goodreads says 40, I just hate seeing it say that I am *insert number* books behind. It gives me anxiety, so I set it lower than I am wanting to do. This may not seem like a challenge for some of you, but for me it is 40 more than I read last year. Yes, I only read 10 books last year.

  • Read at least one classic this year -This has been on my reading resolutions forever and I have yet to actually do it. I am not going to lie. Classics don't appeal to me. (please don't shoot!) I know I would probably enjoy it once I got there, but I can't force myself to actually try. I am going to this year. Try that is. Emma maybe. Not Little Women. I know that movie is coming out, but by now I know the entire story inside and out without even having to read it.

  •  Read 2 non-fiction a month -So this is split into 2 parts. One of these books must be a writing book. Something to import my writing skills. The second can be anything from a self improvement books, a health book, a biography, anything as long as it is listed as nonfiction.

  • Read at least 5 books with 500+ pages -  So this list is mainly a copy of 2017, but this one still stands. I have so many books that I won't pick up because they re massive.

  • Finish up at least 5 already started series - I might do another blog post listing said series that need to be finished. I am on so many last books and some I am expecting to abandon, just because its been so long.


Blog Goals:

  • Review at least one book a week - I would like to get back to posting reviews on Thursdays.

  •  Back into memes - I love to Top Ten Tuesdays and Waiting on Wednesdays. But there for awhile it was all I was doing, without any reviews, and it felt like a cop out, so I stopped. So with the reviews back, I do plan on getting the memes back as well.


  • Comment on at least 5 reviews on different pages a week - I am REALLY bad at this. I read reviews on other pages all the time, but rarely do I ever comment. And as a blogger I know that we love comments! Chalk it up to me being a shy introverted person or whatever, it needs to stop. I want to connect with my fellow bloggers more.

  • Connect with more authors - This one isn't just for here. I would love to do more author interviews and things like that. But I have begun writing a book and have an author website I am working on. Connecting with more authors would really help with that process.

That is all I have for the resolutions for right now. I am going to list the challenges I will be doing in the year 2019:



Audiobook-Challenge-2019

Join Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer for the 7th year of audiobook fun. Whether you are new to audiobooks or a junkie like me, I hope you join us for the 2019 Audiobook Challenge.

This is another one that I tried back in 2017 and 2018 and failed each time. Though I did finish 8 in 2018 I aimed too high for 15-20.

I am not making that mistake this year. Though I do want to do the 15-20, I will be aiming for Stenographer which is 10-15. I tend to listen to auidobooks when I do other things, like workout or play video games, I am writing a lot more and that is one task I cannot listen to an audiobook to do.




This is a reading challenge that is for the New Adult Book Club on Goodreads. I am doing the easy verison, which is reading/listening to one book of the alphabet, which they have the categories for the letters listed in the book. I will probably do a list of the ones I have chosen to do when I actually read some of the books for it.


Ok, so that is the only ones I am doing for right now. Now I do plan to participate in read-a-thons, when I can, but those will be in a separate post.