Tag: My Life in Books


This is when I don’t have anything to post so I find a random tag to do. So enjoy the randomness on this Monday.

find a book for each of your initials

count your age along your bookshelf: what book is it?

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Pick a book set in your city/country

33290383 representing NC

pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

10964 I’ve been wanting to go to Ireland forever

Pick a book that’s your favorite color

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which book do you have the fondest memories of?

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which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

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which book is your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

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And there you go a random tag for a random Monday. Like if you enjoyed this and let me know some of your own answers.

OCT. Wrap Up


So the month is done, and in that time I read 12 books which helped me complete my goodreads goal of 100 books. Here are the books I’ve read via kindle/audible.

 

Big Rock by Lauren Blakely 5/5

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West 4.5/5

Mister O by Lauren Blakely 5/5

Caught Up in Us by Lauren Blakely 2/5

Illuminae by Jay Krisoff & Amie Kaufman 5/5

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith 4/5

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith 4/5

Coraline by Neil Gaiman 3/5

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith 4.5/5

Taken in Death by J.D. Robb 4/5

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 5/5

George by Alex Gino 4/5

FAVORITES: the Outsiders (reread),The Cormoran Strike series (need the next book), Big Rock & Mister O by Lauren Blakely (fun romance with less drama)

KINDLE BUYS:

Blackheath by Gabriella Lepore

Catching Cassidy by Melissa Foster

The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Immortals by Ednah Walters

Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas

One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank

Breaking the Bachelor by Maggie Kelley

Sleeping with the Boss by Marissa Clarke

Neighbors with Benefits

Chance of a Lifetime

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

Caught Up in Us by Lauren Blakely

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Well Hung by Lauren Blakely

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

Coming in From the Cold by Sarina Bowen

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino

Paper Princess by Erin Watt

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff

Unexpected Mine by Stephanie Rowe

The Trill of it by Lauren Blakely

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

Hexed by Michelle Krys

Charmed by Michelle Krys

With Malice by Ellen Cook

The Blemished by Sarah Dalton

The Gifting by K.E. Ganshert

the Waiting Booth by Brinda Berry

Ignited by Desni Dantone

The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris

The Thrill of It by Lauren Blakely

 

KINDLE & AUDIBLE

The Long Way Down by Craig Schaefer

Heartless by Kelly Martin

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

Mister O by Lauren Blakely

I didn’t think I collected that many books but apparently. Also I only brought four audible books. My other audible listens was thanks to overdrive. Almost all  my books I’ve read these month have a October feeling.

That’s it how did everyone do this month? Hope you read what you wanted an enjoyed them. Until next time guys 🙂

Audible Review: Career of Evil


Author: Robert Galbraith

Series: Cormoran Strike-3

Rating: 4.5/5

Summary: When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

MY THOUGHTS:

.05 is totally Mathew all the way. Other than that this is the best one so far for the spooky factor, how its told in the killer POV, and the emotionally damage it did to me.
Like how about that last line WTF its not just what Robin said but the actions behind the words that make me just losing my mind. Also my dislike for Mathew has grown from dislike to hatred really fast which each book he’s in. I mean come on we got rid of Charlotte pretty fast now why cant we just not have Mathew in the picture anymore.

My feelings for Robin in these book are up and down. I love when she stood up to Strike about letting her keep working at the office, or stood up to an attack, or come contract with cut off body parts. Yet she caves to Mathew all the time. I get the loyalty to a point but in these book you see how freaking unfit he is for her. That is like the only thing I don’t like about Robin’s character.

Strike is still the same though he’s way more stressed in these book, because these killings are personally. Its hitting on his past and ruining his business which makes Strike a unhappy man. Which doesn’t help him solve the case any quicker.

This case is more creepy than the two before which is credited putting the killers POV in. That first chapter creeped me out so much and it just got crazier from there. It was a jack the ripper type storyline that again I didn’t know who the killer was until the end.

This book had my raging and self ranting at a all time high which made me love/hate it. I don’t believe I have to wait until 2017 for the next book. To know what the heck happened and probably get kicked in the gut again. THIS IS WHY I DON’T READ INCOMPLETE SERIES THE WAIT IS GOING TO SUCK.

Okay done with that for now but gosh I have the self rants right now thanks to the a fact that no one I knows read these series. Now I need to try and find a new book to read which should be a fun process.

Digital Book Haul (from different sources)


 

You know my book nerds I have good attention going into a new month. However, I always fail sometimes in flames some not so much. So the list is long and so I decided to separate them by sections. So just a heads up this is a long list making an up in flame month.

AUDIBLE:

THE SECRET by Julie Garwood

I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson

NEVER NEVER: PART1 by Colleen Hoover

RAPTURE IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

CREATION IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

PURITY IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

IVORY AND BONE by Julie Eshbaugh

THE NEW WORLD: PREQUEL by Patrick Ness

HP: AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN by J.K. Rowling

ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE KNIGHTS OF CRYSTALLIA by Brandon Sanderson

AUDIBLE/KINDLE:

BOSSMAN by Keeland

STUCK-UP SUIT by Vi Keeland

LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida Cordova

BIG ROCK by Lauren Blakely

PERSUASION by Jane Austen

A HIDDEN FIRE by Elizabeth Hunter

STRUCK FROM THE RECORD K.A. Linde

REBEL OF THE SAND by Alwyn Hamilton

LINE by J.D. HORN

JILO by J.D. Horn

THE CASQUETTE GIRLS by Alys Arden

P.S. I LIKE YOU by Kasie West

KISSED by Kimberly Loth

STUBBORN LOVE by Wendy Owens

    NET GALLERY:

GILDED CAGE by Vic James

EVERY FALLING STAR by Sungju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland

KINDLE:

SUGAR DADDIES by Jade West

LEVELED by Jay Crownover

NIL REMEMBERED by Lynne Matson

VISION IN SILVER by Anne Bishop

SUCCUBUS HEAT by Richelle Mead

QUEEN OF HEARTS by Colleen Oakes

THE CHILD THIEF by Brom

VEXED by Wren Michaels

SOMETHING LIKE FATE by Susane Colasanti

DEAD ENDS by Erin Jade Lange

THE GOLDEN BRAID by Melanie Dickerson

STRUM YOUR HEART OUT by Crystal Kaswell

OUR RHYTHM by Cody Ryder

THE QUEEN FOOL by Philippa Gregory

A MADNESS SO DISCREET by Mindy McGinnis

ALL I WANT by Jill Shalvis

THE STORM by Virginia Bergin

A MORTAL SONG by Megan Crewe

A CONFESSION OF A QUEEN B* by Crsita McHugh

ASSASSIN’S APPRENTICE by Robin Hobb

WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte

DIRTY BAD WRONG by Jade West

BITTER SWEET LOVE by Jennifer L. Armentrout

SIMMER by Kaitlyn Davis

ENTICE by Jessica Shirvington

DEARLY, DEPARTED by Lia Habel

EMBLAZE by Jessica Shirvington

FOR THE RECORD by Charlotte Huang

THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell

THE LONGEST RIDE by Nicholas Spark

THE JEWEL by Amy Ewing

THE COMPLETE HEART SERIES by Claire Contreras

HARD-COMPLETE SERIES by Lucia Jordan

NAILED- COMPLETED SERIES by Lucia Jordan

THREE DARK CROWNS by Kendare Blake

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco

A HIDDEN FIRE by Elizabeth Hunter

GET INKED by Helena Hunting

ANNE AND THE GREEN GABLES COLLECTION by L. M Montgomery

MANSFIELD PARK by Jane Austen

FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

STILL LIFE by Louise Penny

PRINCE’S GAMBIT by C.S. Pacat

PATHFINDER by Angie Sage

    KINDLE UNLIMITED

FELONY EVER AFTER by Helena Hunting

COCKY ROOMIE by Faleena Hopkins

A GYPSY’S KISS by Susan Griscom

TWO BOSSES by Elle Everton

VICIOUS DEEP by Zoraida Cordova

OFF THE RECORD by K.A. Linde

FOR THE RECORD by K.A. Linde

Okay if you’ve read these entire post congrats and so deserve a cookie. As you can see my dial collection has spiked another month so yeah. More books to collect and I haven’t even posted my physical book haul. So look forward to that.

 

FRIDAY READS w/ Current Reads


Am so a lets start everything and not finish anything. I don’t know why this is a habit and find it annoying. So yeah here are all my Friday read along with the other books am reading.

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker 30%

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.
Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free – an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.

I have this as an Overdrive audio and e-book because there is a lot of characters along with their stories. This story is interesting in the fact that their all pretty much migrants who come to America for one reason or another. However with all the characters the two main characters Chava and Ahmad don’t get seen much.

Firelight by Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet-7)

Emily, Trellis, and Vigo visit Algos Island, where they can access and enter lost memories. They’re hoping to uncover the events of Trellis’s mysterious childhood — knowledge they can use against the Elf King. What they discover is a dark secret that changes everything. Meanwhile, the Voice of Emily’s Amulet is getting stronger, and threatens to overtake her completely.

Don’t know why I haven’t finished this yet since its a graphic novel. Also this is a Overdrive book so I need to get to it before it expires.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (Brooklynbrujas-1) 8%

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

Am not that far in it and not much is happening as of yet.

George by Alex Gino 70%

This a less than 200 page story of George who is a girl trapped in a boy body. George wants to be seen as a girl so her and her best friend plan to show herself during a school play.

This is such a good book and can’t help but root for George. Plus George is 10 years old. That is really impressive that she knows who she is at a young age. Can’t wait to see how this ends and George to get her shine.

Fire in the Darkness by Stacy Marie Brown (darkness-2) 61%

This is four weeks after Light in the Darkness and it is Ember struggling with who to trust and how to get control of her powers. Ember goes through a lot and is angry a lot. She is learning some sercets and meeting more people who help her learn about herself.

 

So here you go and hope that I can get these done sooner than later. Anyone else have a multiply book at one time. Until next time and read on.

REVIEW: City in Ember


Author: Stacey Marie Brown

Series: Collectors-1

Format: Audible/11hrs 3mins

this book is just what I needed. It had my hate/starting to like/to starting to feel something for the other kind a book. I loved Ryker and Zoe’s relationship. They had a strong dislike for each other but as the traveled together they grew to respect each other. Oh and the chemistry is so hot that I just wanted them to at least kiss once. However with the fact they are in love with other people while a monkey sprite interrupted them 99 percent of the time. They meet by accident which left to so disasterous results. Now Ryker is without his fae powers which have somehow gotten into Zoe. Plus all Seattle has no, and the gang groups have increased. The old secret government agency that Zoe worked for is after her, while Ryder is being tracked by a powerful fae that he went back on a deal with. and to top it all off they both hate each others species. Sounds like a good beginning of great adventure with loads of sarcasm.

Other than my love for Ryker and Zoe as characters I have to say Sprig the monkey sprite is my favorite little fae ever. He made me laugh out loud by the things he says because apparently sprites tell how they feel. He also loves Pan his stuff goat and anything honey flavored. He is a funny relief to a stressful situation.

The story itself was a story of a man hunt with different parties looking for Ryker and Zoe. While they try to keep ahead of everyone who is chasing them. there also  trying to figure out a mystery left by Zoe’s old partner.

The audible book was narrated by Amy Landon and she just helped me make this a quick listen which I highly liked. She tells the story well and bring the characters to life then I couldn’t stop.

I loved everything about this book and can’t wait to get into the rest of the series. Stacey Marie Brown has a great way of bring slow burn love, sarcastic characters with strong personality. Also taking the a journey where they have to watch there backs.

5/5- with a Highly recommend please check out her books

Bookshelves Completed


Okay so a few things to know about this progress I went through. First off am in such a reading slump which is the first one I’ve had all year.

Second is that how my bookcases are set up is against the wall near my bed. So two shelves are hard to get to thinks to my bed there.

Thirdly I have two big shelves that hold each of my hardbacks and paperback. While my short one holds the leftover from the other two shelves. It is organized A-Z by authors last names so that I can keep the series together.

Lastly there is a lip on my two tall bookselves which makes the books I stack hard to see.

So after that here the end progress of organizing 423 books.

 

 

So for the poor quality or the fact that you can’t see some of the books. I have both poor lighting to my books and used my iPhone so yeah. So this took me a couple hours when I was supposed to be sleeping.

Until next time book friends. 🙂

2 Mini Reviews: Alcatraz (book 2) & Infinite (book 3)


Since these are later on books and I don’t want to spoil I decided to put them together in one easy review.

ALCATRAZ VENUS THE SCRIVENER’S BONES by Brandon Sanderson (Alcatraz-2)

5/5

I highly enjoyed this second book. I missed Grandpa Smedry since it was missing for majorly of the book. Which is why Alcatraz along with some new family members, along with Bastille with her mother. Along with that we have more Smedry talents which just seem more and more ridicules. But I love meeting these Oculator’s and seeing what there talent really is.

Am also glad to learn that Alcatraz is not as dumb as he seemed at first. He does have his momens were he says stupid things where Bastille loves to point out to him. However in this book there was plenty of puzzle like situation that he figured out. Along with that we get introduced to a new character that I don’t think I’ll like much.
excited for the next book and ready to see Smedry’s home base. Something I can look for to is finding more oculator’s, along with some hire dark Oculator hit man, and great humor. From Alcatraz cutting in with side commentary to the characters.

INFINITE by Jodi Meadows (book 3 Newsouls)

I give the whole series a 5 stars.

The whole trilogy makes me smile. The character growth especially Ana. I love how she went from a person who didn’t trust people thanks to her upbringing. To following in love  and making friends. Another great thing about this book is that there isn’t a love triangle. It has mystery, adventure, along with mystic creatures. This book was more dark then the other two books with heartbreaking deaths. It hurts because you’ve had two books ahead of this one to fall in love with them then gone. Also there was a lot of ups and downs in Sam and Ana’s relationship. However they just grown from that and I really really want a Sam in my life.

The ending was really satisfying, and glad that I finally got to the end. It ended where I wanted to and excited for other books by Jodi Meadows.

I loved both books and recommended to read both series. Until next time book friends happy reading.

T5W:Favorite First Liners


First liners are important because it can make or break if a person wants to read it or not. For people like me who only glimpse at that summary then open the book to see if its something that you want to read. If not then it goes right back on the shelf. So here are some first liners that kept me interest to keep reading.

“My name is Lizzy Tucker, and I used to think I was normal.”

-from Wicked by Janet Evanovich

“When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home”

-from The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

“Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.”

-The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

“A stabbing pain jolts me awake.”

-from Alive by Scott Sigler

“I’m pretty much fucked”

-from The Martin by Andy Weir

So these are some of my favorite book first liners that I have come across in my reading life. Of course there more, because there will always be more to read them from. So my fellow book lovers have any favorite first liners let me know which ones they are. Until next time 🙂

A Read-a-Thon that Span 3 Weeks…


READATHON

Pokémon Indigo League is a read-a-thon that goes from August 14th-Sept. 4th. Its Pokémon theme and you don’t have to know anything about Pokémon to join. For more information go to host site of Read At Midnight and to sign up.

Okay the jest of the read-a-thon there are 8 gyms (challenges) that you can compete in to get there badge. Also you get to choose a Pokémon and power them up by different ways that will help them evolve. Am going for all 8 gyms and so that means a TBR has to be made. Which could change at anytime since I have plenty of books that goes in each challenge.

First the Gyms:

pewter city

TBR: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. This might change because I have lots of first books in a series on my TBR pile.

Page Count: 486

cerulean city

TBR: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. I had to look on Goodreads to see if I had any books on my TBR to fit this challenge. A thing about me is I don’t cry reading books so this should be a fun experience.

Page Count: 434

vermillion city

TBR: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. This series has so much hype behind it and there is only two books out. Should be interesting to see if I enjoy it as so many people seem to.

Page Count: 416

celadon city

TBR: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. These is funny because I’ve been meaning to read this for a good while but haven’t gotten to. So well see.

Page Count:320

fuschia city

FUSCHIA GYM: Prefect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. I have been wanting to read this book forever and so now is the time to read it once and for all.

Page Count: 359

saffron city

TBR: The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan. This has gargoyles in it and set in France so sign me up. I love the concept and haven’t read a gargoyle book since switched so am excited.

Page Count: 341

cinnabar island

TBR: Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I’ve been needing to read this so bad and am going to try and get it done. Should be a fun experience since I love retellings.

Page Count:388

viridian city

TBR: Blood Red Road by Moira Young. This has southern writing to it which I haven’t read before.

Page Count:459

CHOSEN POKEMON: Eevee CP: 10 EVOLUTION: 3 stages

So yeah am excited for this and getting through some of my TBR pile. All but A Court of Thorn and Roses is not part of my physical TBR so am hype for this. Plus I have Bout of Books coming so this could help with that.