Where in the World, California

Each week I ponder the question, where in the world are you? Where has your reading taken you this week?

I am currently reading Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.

–Goodreads

Twenty Boy Summer takes place in California on the beach during the summer. California is home to me. I was born in northern CA and spent the first 11 years of my life there. The state is large and diverse. I recommend spending time in different areas if you decide to vacation in the state.

I love reading books where the setting is somewhere I’ve been before. It’s like greeting an old friend again. It also sparks my desire to travel and revisit old favorite spots.

WHERE HAS YOUR READING TAKEN YOU THIS WEEK?

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Where in the World, California

Top Ten Tuesday, To Finish or Not To Finish

Finished Series I Have YET to Finish/Read

1.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

2.

The Infernal Devices series

3.

Delirium series

4.

Legend series

5.

Shatter Me series

6.

Hex Hall series

7.

Summer series

8.

Dark Swan series

9.

The Grisha series

10.

Pretty Little Liars series

Number ten is the only series that I have started reading (getting a jump start on it since there are so many books). Of course there are many series that are finished but I didn’t list. They are on my maybe someday list and the list above is a more realistic goal.

which of these have you read? do any make your list of not read yet?

I saw this on Pinterest, a little book humor for you.

When you finish that book series:

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Check out their blog for bookish fun!
Top Ten Tuesday, To Finish or Not To Finish

Goodnight Moon

I love a good challenge. Thank you to rosemawrites for tagging me for this book tag challenge. Check out her blog for great bookish fun. I probably won’t tag anyone (sorry) so if you feel like participating please feel free to do so. Onward…

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I have a hard time going to bed when a book gets its hooks into me. I suffer from ‘one more chapter’ syndrome. The last book that I can remember keeping me up all night reading was this one. I just had to know what happened next. After finishing the book it still kept me up because I was still thinking about it. Such a great read, if you haven’t yet–get on it! Pick up a Rowell novel now.

The Shining by Stephen King: The only book that comes to mind when I think of being scared is this one. It got under my skin when I read it, so much so that I actually threw the book across the room once. What was your experience like with a King novel?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I read at night so it is easy for this to happen especially if I am already tired. Earlier in the year I tried to read this book but kept getting distracted and drowsy. I did fall asleep on a few occasions during reading. I moved the book back to my ‘to be read’ pile and will try again soon.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowlings: This has not happened to me since the days of Harry Potter book releases. I would stay up and attend a midnight release party to pick up the latest installment of the series. I was anxious during the day rather than tossing and turning all night. The last book in the series was one that left me most anxious during the wait. I still can’t believe the series is over.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han: On my soon to read list. The ideal situation would be best friends first that fall in love. I haven’t read the Summer series yet but hear these books reflect this situation.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Probably anything dealing with spiders, reptiles, or living the “off the grid” life. I’m a city girl and can’t imagine living without my comforts. I think I’d be one of the first to leave the games 😦

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: The blurb on Goodreads describes it best. A “funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be–and where the next great band is playing.”

Divergent by Veronica RothOh geez. I am a cliffhanger appreciator, because when a story/series is good you can’t help but love everything about it, even the annoying parts like waiting. Most series could qualify as having a terrible cliffhanger but Divergent was the most recent for me. I read the series over a weekend so I’m glad I waited to start reading them until all the books were published. Roth did an excellent job with this series.

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard: I broke my rule of reading the book before the movie/television show on this one. I started watching the TV show on Netflix one weekend and then picked up the first book a few days later. It was a combination of the show and book that spurred some dreams involving scheming and clue finding.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: ***SPOILER ALERT***(skip ahead if you haven’t read this yet and want some mystery to remain) I was surprised by this book and how much I enjoyed it. Amy isn’t your typical ‘monster’ but she is one person I would not want to cross or have lurking under my bed. An apt description of Amy from a friend of mine, “bitch be crazy”.


Thanks again for the tag.

If you read a lot, love books, or love to do these challenges, I choose YOU. Leave your link to your post in the comments so I can check out your answers. And as always, happy reading all!

Goodnight Moon

Whatcha Reading: September 2015

wwwWelcome to WWW Wednesday! The weekly meme (I am opting to do monthly but I forgot last month, oops) formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below to participate:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: I am currently reading Cress still, trying to finish but avoiding it all the same. I’ve also been juggling Hausfrau and The Jane Austen Book Club. Both are interesting but I’m usually not in the mood to read them. I also picked up Someone Like You and started it over the weekend.

Recently Finished: Scarlet and Cinder were my latest books I finished. The Lunar Chronicles sucked me in without much effort. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the books. If you’re curious what I read in August you could check out my month progress update here.

Up Next: I will be focusing on my alphabet challenge more but will sneak in a few “fun books” to keep my reading leisurely. I know I’m going to struggle with ‘q’ and ‘x’ authors/titles. Any suggestions?

What are you reading this month?


Thanks for stopping in and perusing my bookshelves. If you want to track more of my reading, find me on Goodreads. Happy reading!

Whatcha Reading: September 2015

Teaser Tuesday, Cress

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
    •Open to a random page
    • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (& make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
    • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

“Her satellite made one full orbit around planet Earth every sixteen hours.”

Page 1, Cress, Marissa Meyer

“Be honest. Do I look like a famous wanted criminal right now?”

Page 256, Cress, Marissa Meyer

So I’m on book three of the Lunar Chronicles and thus far it might be my favorite. I am getting caught up finally for the release of book four this winter.

Have you read these before? Are they a recommended read?
Teaser Tuesday, Cress

Where in the World, New Beijing

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I am currently reading Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles. I am at the beginning
with Cinder which takes place in New Beijing, a sci-fi updated world full of
fantasy elements.

The current Beijing is fascinating to me. A culture extremely different from my
own. I would feel like an alien if I were dropped in the middle of Beijing. A
culture with tradition at its center, Beijing is a location needing to be
explored. History is something I revel in so Beijing, rich in history, would be a
perfect location for me to add to my travel bucket list.

Where has your reading taken you this week?

Where in the World, New Beijing

Where in the World, Paris.

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I tried finding something similar around the Internet but haven’t yet. I wanted to incorporate my love of reading with travel and geography. In my free time I love exploring maps, Google Street View, and travel lists. I started asking the question “where in the world are you?” when you are reading. A few ideas to include:

  • the setting of your current read
  • if you’ve been there before
  • a few interesting facts about that location

This week takes me to a location I dream about visiting, The City of Light, Paris.

I just finished reading Anna and the French Kiss which has the main character, Anna, whisked to France to attend her senior year abroad at a private school. I guess this post could also include Atlanta, Georgia in the U.S., Anna’s home home. This reminds me of a quote from the book.

For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.

I have spent a year abroad so I could relate to Anna and her struggles with communicating, a new environment, and being away from “home”. I have never been to France let alone Europe, but someday.

Things in Paris to explore, that the book touched on:

  • architecture
  • museums and theatre
  • parks, gardens, cemeteries
  • fashion and culture
  • Paris walks
  • cinema
  • food and drink

The things I would look forward to exploring would be almost all of the things listed above. Some are tourist destinations like the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre but others would be just walking in parks and the different districts or along the Seine to experience the best that Paris has to offer. Anna went alone and made friends when she arrived. I would love to visit with a friend, someone to share the memories with and hopefully one that knew a little French or just a partner in crime.


Have you been to Paris? Where are your reads taking you this week?

Where in the World, Paris.

A Not So Short Reading Survey

I grabbed this from Lauren because who doesn’t like a questionnaire now and then. Skim it, steal it, or skip it. Happy reading!

55 Questions for Readers

1. Favorite childhood book: The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

2. What are you reading right nowJust Listen by Sarah Dessen. My first Dessen (I’m told the first of a soon to be quick obsession).

3. What books do you have on request at the library? Sadly none.

4. Bad book habit? I can’t think of one so I’ll tell you my book pet peeve: mistreatment of books (tearing, misuse, neglect, etc).

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? Nothing.

6. Do you have an e-reader? I own a Kindle Fire. Best birthday gift and makes travel so much lighter.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? I read according to mood, so I usually juggle a few books at a time. I think the most I have juggled is four.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? No, they are different hobbies.

9.Least favorite book you read this year: Probably Grey by E.L. James. I knew it would be terrible and it was. I used it as a book hangover shock treatment.

10. Favorite book I’ve read this year: This year I finally discovered Rainbow Rowell. I’ve read three of her books and loved them.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? Not as often as I would like. I try to read different genres but sometimes I am in the mood for the tried and true.

12. What is your reading comfort zone? I am currently on a young adult spree or coming of age tales.

13. Can you read on the bus? I get motion sickness easily but it depends where I sit and for how long.

14. Favorite place to read: On the beach listening to the waves crash with my toes in the sand.

15. What’s your policy on book lending? I don’t normally, but I am willing.

16. Do you dog-ear your books? Not since I was twelve.

17. Do you write notes in the margins of your books? Not in physical books, sometimes I’ll make notes when reading eBooks because Kindle has that great highlight/note feature.

18. Do you break/crack the spine of your books? Try as I might to not, it tends to happen.

19. What is your favorite language to read? I don’t have a favorite, if I could read in another language I would.

20. What makes you love a book? After I finish reading it the story stays with me–days, weeks, even months later. You get so immersed in the world that the book has found a way under your skin.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? I try not to dissuade others from reading. We all read for different reasons. It is easy to recommend a book to a friend but harder to recommend one to strangers.

22. Favorite genre: This is tough. Classics? Maybe fantasy.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did): More nonfiction.

24. Favorite Biography: Laurie Notaro is my favorite humor/memoir/biography author. Her books make me laugh out loud.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book? (And, was it actually helpful?) I can’t recall.

26. Favorite Cookbook: I suck at cooking so any cookbook that is idiot proof.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction): It wasn’t inspirational per se but creative nonetheless, Divergent by Veronica Roth.

28. Favorite reading snack: Iced coffee/latte

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience: Probably Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it and devoured that book, but I imagined it to be so much more.

30. How often do you agree with the critics about a book? I don’t usually check. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? I try to find one thing I really liked about the book and not focus on the negatives so much. I give honest reviews but relate the reasons I found the book bad/negative back to myself.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose? Any, all of them? Ha.

33. Most intimidating book I’ve read: In 2012, I read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. I always find classics, like this novel, so difficult to read but once you finish the book all the trouble was worth it. This novel is amazing and so daunting.

34. Most intimidating book I’m too nervous to begin: I have tried and tried to start George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series but haven’t yet. Someday.

35. Favorite Poet: Emily Dickinson.

Wild Nights

Wild nights! Wild nights!
Were I with thee,
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!
Futile the winds
To a heart in port,
Done with the compass,
Done with the chart.
Rowing in Eden!
Ah! the sea!
Might I but moor
To-night in thee!

36. How many books do you usually have checked out from the library at any given time? I usually only pick two, one for each week of check out. I don’t like to bogart the books from others.

37. How often do you return books to the library unread? I finish books, even when I dislike them. I always have. I hold out hope that the book will get better toward the end.

38. Favorite fictional character: This is too tough to answer. I like different characters for different reasons and I don’t think I have an ultimate favorite.

39. Favorite fictional villain: And yet this question requires little thought, Dolores Umbridge. She even freaks out Stephen King.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation: I just purchased my airline ticket last week to visit home (my version of a vacation this year) and I am already brainstorming what books to bring with me or purchase before leaving. Plus I’ll be picking up a few from home to make the return trip with me. I think a minimum of 4 is a good start plus two alternates.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading: Like a roller coaster I go through ups and downs with reading. My big reading months are May to October which is weird because when I’m trapped inside during winter you’d think I would spend that time reading more.

42. Name a book you could/would not finish: I have given up on HRC, a biography about Hillary Clinton, for the time being. I’m interested in the subject matter but it is difficult to get into this book.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading? Myself. I’m so easily distracted. I try to listen to music while reading to help tune out other bothers.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel: Pride and Prejudice was good but the Bridget Jones films were excellent. I would rather watch the film than read the book (and I enjoyed the books).

45. Most disappointing film adaptationHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite HP book so I too high of expectations for the film. I hated it.

46. Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time: I’m not a brand new book buyer, usually. So maybe $50.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it? Rarely, that’s cheating.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book? After multiple tries (double digit tries) I still can’t get into it.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized? Yes but right now it’s read and TBR.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once they been read? Truly depends on the book. I’m a big fan of buy, sell, trade at used bookstores.

51. Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding? Any on my Goodreads TBR list. It seems like I read other books first.

52. Name a book that made you angry: Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas. I had issues with the main character.

53. Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)A book I didn’t expect to like but did: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. I have only read the first book but enjoyed it. I thought I might be a bit too old to enjoy a teen teen young adult but it’s more than just high school problems, the mystery got me hooked. I am now a big fan of the show as well.

54. A book I expected to like but didn’t: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I really enjoyed book 1 and 2 of Robert Langdon’s journey but the third book fell flat. I will probably read Inferno, next in the series, just because why not.

55. Favorite guilt-free guilty pleasure reading: Anything. All of the books I read are guilt free. I’m not ashamed to be caught reading, even if it is Twilight or Fifty Shades. We shouldn’t discourage readers because at least they are doing something we all love to do–read.


There you have it. I hope you enjoyed, now get offline and go read a book like I’m about to do.

A Not So Short Reading Survey

The Harry Potter Tag

I found it fitting today to complete this tag. Thanks to Summer for tagging me for this post. Happy 35th birthday, Harry, and happy 50th birthday to the queen, Jo.

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1. Favorite book?
My favorite book has been Prisoner of Azkaban for the longest time. Three is a lucky number for me so I find it a coincidence that the third book in the series is my favorite. I enjoyed all the backstory in book 3 regarding Harry’s family. I also thought we experienced more of Hogwarts and castle activities thanks to Hermione and the Time-Turner.

2. Favorite movie?
The fourth movie was my favorite, Goblet of Fire. The other schools and the tri-wizard tournament filled up most of the action which was entertaining, also David Tennant *swoon*.

3. Least favorite book?
The last one because I never wanted it to end.

4. Parts of the books/movies that make you cry?
When I read the books certain character deaths had me shedding tears and the same happened during the movies. The scene at the end of book 6, Half-Blood Prince, was one in particular that sticks out.

5. Favorite character?
Hedwig followed closely by Hogwarts. Hedwig, pure and innocent, was with Harry from the beginning to end. She was more than a pet. Hogwarts I felt was truly a character in the book/movie. So much action happened there, and like Harry I looked forward to the return to Hogwarts each year.

6. What would your Patronus be?
I took a few quizzes online to figure this out. The first one said an otter because I’m brainy and adventurous. The next said a dolphin because I am fun and like to help others. I’m not too sure which is more me.

7. If you could have the Resurrection Stone, the Invisibility Cloak, or the Elder Wand, which one would you choose?
The Invisibility Cloak, obvi.

8. What House would you be in?
I would probably end up in Ravenclaw.

9. If you could meet any member of the cast, who would it be?
I would want to meet the trio. It’s too difficult to pick only one member.

10. If you were on the quidditch team, what position would you play?
If I had to be on the team I guess a Chaser, otherwise I’d want to be the announcer like Lee Jordan.

11. Were you happy with the ending?
It is what it is. It was bittersweet.

12. How much does Harry Potter mean to you?
Harry Potter changed my world. I had never before been so immersed in a fictional world like what Rowling created. Simply put–it’s magical.


I tag any potterhead that wants to join.

The Harry Potter Tag