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!

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Goodnight Moon

Top Ten Tuesday, All the Books

The topic this week from the Broke & Bookish is about authors that make your auto-buy list. Must have all the books!

This topic is a bit difficult for me since I rarely buy new books. I like to pick mine up secondhand at used bookstores or thrift shops. I don’t think I have ten authors that are auto-buys. But let’s try:

1. Richelle Mead is an auto buy because I have read three of her series and have always enjoyed the story. When I pick up one of her books I know the escape to another world will be quite the journey. The characters will be lovable, the dialogue will have some humor, and the plot satisfying.

2. Laurie Notaro is one that many don’t know but I always recommend. I find her writing hilarious. Her stories are laugh out loud funny.

3. Mindy Kaling may only have one book (I’m super excited about her new release next month) but I will pick up anything by her. She is intelligent and witty, her writing is no different.

4. John Green‘s books are an auto buy. Each year I read one of his works, slowly making my way through his collection. I think I only own two of his books.

5. Jonathan Safran Foer makes my list because his books make me think and keep thinking long after I have finished reading.

So after pondering this for a hour or more, I have come to the conclusion that I should read more to develop this list. I love books and reading but I guess I have a strict view when it comes to buying books. My favorite thing is to utilize the library where I can borrow books and find new authors that will someday become featured on my auto buy list.

Top Ten Tuesday, All the Books

Top Ten Tuesday, Author Abundance

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MOST READ AUTHORS

1. Richelle Mead (18 books). Most of her series have 6 books in the set. I’ve read 3 complete series from Mead and Georgina Kincaid’s was by far my favorite.

2. Charlaine Harris (13 books). I read the Sookie Stackhouse series after the last book in the series was released. I’m not a patient person so waiting between the 13 would have killed me.

3. Laurie Notaro (11 books). One of my favorite authors, I even read the articles from the Phoenix New Times that she writes. Her books will make you laugh out loud. She’s pictured below with a few of her titles.

4. J.K. Rowling (10 books). The first seven are obvious.

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5. Lilian Jackson Braun (8 books). In high school I was obsessed with The Cat Who… series and read many of these titles. There are 29 mystery novels total and I hope to finish them all someday.

6. Laurell K. Hamilton (8 books). These 8 are not from the Anita Blake series but “the other one” as I’ve heard it called. Here’s a blurb from wikipedia: “Merry Gentry is the title character of fantasy series by US writer Laurell K. Hamilton, best known for her previous series Anita Blake.” I haven’t read the newest book in the series yet but look forward to visiting this series again.

7. P.C. Cast (8 books). I read 8 of the House of Night series hoping it would get better or find a conclusion. I’ve since given up and won’t continue the series, unless the mood strikes.

8. John Green (5 books). I read a new John Green novel each year. I started with Looking for Alaska and I’m reading my way through his work.

9. Dan Brown (5 books). His books combine my love of history with mystery and suspense. I always enjoy getting lost in his novels.

10. Hester Browne (5 books). My best friend gave me one of Browne’s books to read and I was hooked. Her novels are fun and flirty and a great escape.


which author tops your list?


Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up where The Broke and the Bookish provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list. Check out their blog for more bookish fun.

Top Ten Tuesday, Author Abundance

Top Ten Tuesday, Tales as Old as Time

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FairyTale RETELLINGs on my tbr list

1. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman. Half Snow White and part Sleeping Beauty, Gaiman is always clever in weaving a story full of magic.

2/3/4. Cinder/Scarlet/Cress by Marissa MeyerThe Lunar Chronicles has been on my radar for awhile but I haven’t gotten around to reading the series yet. I think I’ll get around to these just as the next book in the series is released late this fall.

5. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee AhdiehSo much buzz on this one. People have read it and gush, gush, gush all about how great it was. I am looking forward to getting around to this one. A love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights.

6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasAnother widely popular book on the interwebs. A Beauty and the Beast blended fantasy story sounds pretty amazing. I think 95% of the readers of this book loved it. I’m hoping I fall into the majority.

7. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie OakesBased on the Grimm fairy tale The Handless Maiden, I imagine this book will take me by surprise. It has been dubbed a page turner and we all love those types of books. Looking forward to getting my hands on this one.

8. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah OcklerThe Little Mermaid was on repeat in my house the year it was released on VHS. My sister and I loved that movie and we even had to buy a new copy because we wore the tape out. This book sounds right up my alley.

9. Mystic City by Theo LawrenceRomeo and Juliet, enough said.

10. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. A school “where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains.” I imagine it as Hogwarts mixed with Hans Christian Andersen. Sounds entertaining.

I imagine a lot of top tens have a similar combination. This is a niche genre that I have only recently started to delve into. Until next time, readers.


Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up where The Broke and the Bookish provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list. Check out their blog for more bookish fun.

Top Ten Tuesday, Tales as Old as Time

Just Do It.

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July may be nearly over but that doesn’t mean I don’t have time to kick it into gear and get organized this month.

Things I am doing right:

  • updating daily here
  • participating in picture a day
  • writing monthly pen pal letter
  • getting small projects done
  • staying positive

Things I should improve:

  • diet and exercise
  • make the bed
  • get one large project done each month
  • the inbox needs purged
  • deep cleaning once a week

This is only a small portion of what I am trying to get out of my head to help motivate myself to accomplish the goals.

how do you stay on task during the month? are to do lists your friend or foe?
Just Do It.

Bingeworthy

My weekend has been full of Netflix during downtime. I have been in between shows and full of boredom (summer woes). I just started PLL and am surprised how fast I am in to it. The show has been on my radar I just haven’t been in the mood to watch it. I guess that is what summer is all about.


what’s on your to be watched list or a new show you can’t get enough of?
Bingeworthy

Top Ten Tuesday, Beach Reads

Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer

beach read should be a page turner that leaves you feeling satisfied by the end of the book. Also a book with the word summer in the title is a popular choice as a beach read, or perhaps a book that has been on your TBR pile for ages. The following are books (in no particular order) I hope to read during free time, and possibly outside soaking up some sun.

    1. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. This is one that’s been patiently waiting to be read. I hope to get that accomplished soon.
    2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. There is a lot of buzz about this book so I want to read it to see what all the fuss is about.
    3. Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares. I had no idea this series had a fifth book, so this is on my list because years ago I read the first book during summer break and closure is a good thing.
    4. Burnt Devotion by Rebecca Ethington. Another series continuation that is perfect for summer reading. I picked up this series on a whim and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
    5. Something by Sarah Dessen like That Summer or Someone Like You. I have yet to read a S. Dessen novel and I’ve heard that I’m missing out. Going to rectify that this summer. Got a suggestion of which to read first?Mosquitoland
    6. Mosquitoland by David Arnold. Because the cover has me interested and I have been in a YA mood lately.
    7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I finished E&P recently and quickly, so I figure another R. Rowell book is perfect as a summer page turner.
    8. I am finally getting around to Marie Lu’s Legend. I will read this. It will not sit on my TBR pile any longer.
    9. This next book makes the list due to popularity and a renewed interest of reading fantasy books. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.
    10. Jodi Picoult has been recommended to me so I thought I’d start with House Rules.

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What makes a book a beach read for you? What will be in your bag?
Top Ten Tuesday, Beach Reads

Seven Things.

For me Sunday marks the beginning of a new week. It is the end of the weekend and usually a day devoted to rest but it also a day in which I try to finish up the week’s worth of things on my to do list.

Seven things still on my mind from this past week:

  1. The dog needs a haircut, in fact, so do I. The weather is starting to change and it is the “kick off of summer” because of the holiday so a shorter hairdo is in order before it gets sweltering outdoors. Also I’m debating, fringe or not?
  2. I am behind on my (required by me) reading and need to get in gear to move on to more books. Also, I need to catch up on reviews that have yet to be written.
  3. I am a crappy friend and unless I write on my to do list to email people or call so-and-so for their birthday I will forget. If I were offered one upgrade to my current self, I would choose a memory that works just like google.
  4. This last week I finished a few projects but I still have some past their deadline. I need to stay motivated this week to get things done again. I did manage to get caught up in numerous areas so I’m not too worried about feeling bogged down this week.
  5. I did a blog redesign but now I need to get more organized and more interaction with followers and blogs I follow. There is always room to improve.
  6. Cookies will be made this week because they have been on my list of things to do for the longest. Yum, cookies!
  7. It’s almost time to switch out the wardrobe for lighter layers since the hot weather is encroaching. This means I have a date with my closet this week and I’ll be making a trip to the donation drop center again. But on the plus side, I am making room for new clothes to take the space of the old I don’t use.
What are your seven?
Seven Things.