January 27, 2014

Week in Review (4)

Here are some mini-reviews of what I read this week! 


Landline by Rainbow Rowell
If you’ve visiting my blog anytime in the past year, you know that I’m a BIG fan of Rainbow Rowell. I was really excited to be pre-approved for this eARC on Edelweiss! (Macmillan is really awesome to librarians.) Landline definitely did not disappoint. Don’t go into this one expecting a book exactly like her previous novels -- it’s different, but in a good way. I loved the magical elements mixed with the everyday events. It seemed like something that totally could happen! And Rowell really knows how to write realistic relationships and dialogue and make you feel something for her characters.I won’t post a full review yet since the release date is in July, but I wanted to share some early enthusiasm for this great novel! I’ve already pre-ordered the hardcover, and you should too. :)

One Rogue Too Many by Samantha Grace
Watch for my full review of this one over at Book Soulmates. This is a light and fun historical romance that I enjoyed (with a few minor complaints). I’m having fun diving into the historical romance genre this year, and I look forward to trying a lot of new authors!

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, narrated by Karen Savage
I’m trying to fill in the gaps with come classic books that I’ve never read (despite being an English major), and this one has been on my TBR list for a while. I really enjoyed this audiobook production by Librivox and Karen Savage’s narration, and I was quickly swept up in the story. I wish I had read this as a kid! I’ve never seen the movie either, so I’ll be checking that out soon.

January 23, 2014

Audiobook and eBook Bundles - Pay what you want!

I'm always on the lookout for cool new bookish things, and I was excited to learn about the Humble Audiobook Bundle! This deal looks really great - you choose what price you are willing to pay and how to allocate that money between authors, charities (Worldreader or the Electronic Frontier Foundation), and the site itself. You get 5 audiobooks to download, but if you pay more than the average ($5.92 at the moment), you get 3 additional titles. They are DRM-free MP3 files that will play on any device!

As an audiobook addict, I tend to get most of my audiobooks from the library since they are so expensive to purchase. This is a great deal, but it expires soon, so check it out if you're interested! Half of the audiobooks offered were already on my TBR list (Stolen, Abandon, Found, and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius), and I've had a great experience listening to titles from Recorded Books in the past, so I will definitely be purchasing one of these bundles!

I was curious to see if there were any similar bundles being offered for eBooks, and I found a few: StoryBundle, BookBale, and Fiction Bundle. A couple of these deal periods are over, but you can sign up for the newsletter to be informed when the next bundle is available.

I think it's a nice way to support independent publishers and charities while getting some great deals on new reads. What do you think about audiobook and eBook bundles? Will you be giving them a try?

January 20, 2014

Week in Review (3)

I took a little blogging break last week while I was sick, but I did get a few books read. Here are some mini-reviews of what I read last week! 


Big Sky Secrets by Linda Lael Miller
I enjoyed this romance with a beautiful western setting and compelling characters. It’s the last book in the Parable, Montana series. While I haven’t read any of the previous books, this one stands alone just fine. My full review will be up on Book Soulmates soon, and I’ll cross post is here a few days later.

Just One Year by Gayle Forman
I didn’t love this one as much as I loved Just One Day. I can’t really explain why without spoiling too much, but I think it’s mainly because I still had questions at the end that went unanswered. But oh well. It was still a great read! I enjoy reading sequels from other characters’ perspectives.

Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
This was my audiobook for the week. It was kind of difficult to get through due to the disturbing subject matter (especially knowing that it’s based on a true story). I had to take a break after a few particularly upsetting scenes. But ultimately, it was an important and eye-opening story that I believe everyone should read.

DNF: To Marry and English Lord by Gail MacCol and Carol McD. Wallace
I was really looking forward to this one, but I only got about 5% through before I gave up. I think the eBook version has some really strange formatting which made it hard for me to get through. Maybe in the print version some of the seemingly random interruptions to the text were placed over in the sidebar? I might try to pick up the print version from the library in the future because the subject still interests me.

What did you read last week?

January 13, 2014

Week in Review (2)

It was Bout of Books 9.0 Readathon week, and I had several days off work due to the crazy winter weather (we’re talking a foot of snow and -45 degree wind chills). So as you can imagine, I spent a lot of time snuggled up with books! I also ended up sick on the couch over the weekend, so I took advantage of that and read some more when I wasn't resting.

Here are some mini-reviews of what I read this week:


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
WOW. This one took me just 2 days to read, despite it being 450+ pages. (Thank you, snow days!) It was really intense, suspenseful, and gripping. I loved how the plot brought all the various characters together at the end. I don’t want to say too much more for fear of spoiling anything. But I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
I didn't know much about this one except that it had a catchy title, so I downloaded the eBook from the library. Piddy is adjusting to her new school and dealing with a bully. Her best friend has moved away and made new friends, leaving Piddy to feel as if she’s been forgotten. This is a great coming of age novel about finding your identity and your strength.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
This one has been on my radar for a while, and I finally decided to download the library audiobook. I really didn’t know much about HeLa cells prior to reading this book, and I had never heard of Henrietta Lacks. This book was both an entertaining and informative read. Definitely pick it up if you want a fascinating and thought-provoking read.

DNF - Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich
I received a review copy from the publisher. I’m not going to be writing a full review since I didn’t finish the book. I didn’t get very far before I decided it wasn’t for me. I was quickly turned off by the writing style  (there are frequent, abrupt switches from Logan’s to Holly’s point of view, which I found jarring) and the fat-shaming vibes I was picking up. However, my co-worker loved it and thought the book was hilarious, so give it a try if you’re interested. It just wasn’t my cup of tea! I'm trying to be better about setting aside books that don't work for me this year. Why suffer through if you know you're not going to enjoy it?

This weekend, I also started reading Landline by Rainbow Rowell and Just One Year by Gayle Forman, and I'll be finishing both soon!

What did you read this week? 

January 11, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (13)


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
 It's all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

This post covers the first half of January. 

For Review


Borrowed


Freebie / Received as Gift


What have you added to your shelves lately?

January 7, 2014

Bout of Books 9.0 Progress

Bout of Books

Day 1: I had the day off thanks to snow and extremely low temperatures, so I spent several hours snuggled up with the dogs reading. I got about halfway through The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy, stopping at page 222. If I pushed myself, I probably could have read the whole book, but I wanted to watch the 2-hour Downton Abbey season premiere and spend some time with my husband since he was home sick and bored. On day 2 I hope to finish the book. It is SO good!

Day 2: Another snow day for me! I finished The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. This is the only book I've finished so far in the read-a-thon, but it was 450+ pages, so I'd say that's good progress! Before bed, I read the first 6 chapters of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina. 

Day 3: I didn't read as much as I wanted to on Day 3. I had an appointment in the morning and had to go in to work in the afternoon. The roads were still covered in snow and ice, so it tripled my driving time. I spent an hour listening to an audiobook, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, and I read a few more chapters of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina. I'll get back into the swing of things on Day 4!

Day 4: It was a decent reading day for me. I listened to an hour of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, and I read 9 more chapters of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina. I'm on track to finish both books on Day 5.

Day 5: Another good reading day for me! I finished The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. (I actually started it before the read-a-thon, so this week I've listened to the last half of the book.) I also finished Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina and started reading Landline by Rainbow Rowell. :)

Day 6: I was sick so I spend most of my day on the couch. I didn't read much because I was having trouble staying awake. I read a few more chapters of Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I'm enjoying it so far! I just wish I felt better so I could spend more time reading.

Day 7: Still sick! But I managed to read 21 chapters of Just One Year by Gayle Forman, which is about half the book. Next week I'll finish both Landline and Just One Year.

Overall, I did pretty well this week, finishing 2 books and an audiobook plus making some progress in a few more books. I didn't meet my goal, but that's ok! Maybe next time. :) 

January 6, 2014

Week in Review (1)

In 2014 I thought it might be fun to start doing a wrap-up post each week to talk about what I read and share some quick thoughts about the books that I'm not writing a full review for. This will give me the chance to highlight some of the older titles I read that came from my bookshelf or the library, too. 

Here we go! So far this year I've only worked 1 day out of 6 (due to closing on New Year's plus ALL THE SNOW). I've watched quite a bit of Netflix but still managed to finish 3 books.


This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen 
I am slowly working my way through all the Sarah Dessen novels. Last year I spent most of my Audible credits on Dessen's books since I seem to enjoy them more in audiobook format. This one wasn't my favorite, but I still enjoyed it. I didn't like Dexter very much at the begining, but he grew on me. The narrator, Ali Ahn, does a great job portraying Remy.

The Hero by Robyn Carr
This is #3 in the Thunder Point series, which I've been enjoying. I'll be reviewing #4 for the Book Soulmates blog, so I borrowed #3 from the library to make sure I was caught up. This one had a little different feel to it. It was more suspenseful and had a sense of danger sense the main character, Devon, was escaping from a dangerous situation. But I was glad to revisit the familiar setting and see characters from previous books living out their happy endings while the main character was learning to trust and love again. 

Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman
I saw this one on the Oyster app and decided to give it a try. For some reason I'm fascinated by anything about Scientology and have been wanting to read a book about it for a while. This one didn't disappoint. It was well-researched and interesting. At times it seemed a little too detailed for my taste, so I would take a break and come back to it when I was in the mood to read. But it did make me want to seek out similar books, so I might try Going Clear in the future. 

What did you read this week? 

January 4, 2014

Bout of Books 9.0 Goals

Bout of Books

My goal is to read 4 books and listen to 1 audiobook. 

Here's what I am planning to read (although my list is subject to change!): 

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey 

 Just One Year by Gayle Forman 

 Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Big Sky Secrets by Linda Lael Miller

Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich (audio)

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