Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Hidden Gem Books I've Read In The Past Year Or So

January 17:  Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I've Read In The Past Year Or So
(up to you if you want it to be those published in the past year or so or just ANY underrated book you've read recently)

Listed below are a few of the hidden gems I discovered last year!
Most of them are contemporary novels, as that's because it's my most favorite genre,
but there's also a WWI historical novel, a graphic novel, and a horror novel that I really enjoyed as well. If you've not yet read any of these books, do check them out!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25708587-the-leaving-season https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26244548-wanderlost

The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan
Wanderlust by Jen Malone

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26116514-the-season-of-you-me https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25901548-how-to-keep-rolling-after-a-fall

The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine
How to Keep Rolling After the Fall by Karole Cozzo

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25688998-a-week-of-mondays https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26869838-a-season-for-fireflies

A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody
A Season for Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22663629-shallow-graves https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26072954-poppy

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
Poppy by Mary Hooper

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25855506-adulthood-is-a-myth https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23288804-no-love-allowed

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Anderson
No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista

That's my list for today...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

My Week in Review • Week 2

So, I guess this weekly review post is actually going to become a thing!
I had a really great time making the post last week, so I am going to try to keep it up.
I even invested in some cute graphics to make everything more organized and pretty!!
Thank you to all who commented last week. Feel free to join along!
I'd love to see your week in review. :)

Moving on... Here is my week in review!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20983366-wayfarer https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25005208-ten-thousand-skies-above-you

I finally finished reading Wayfarer, which was awesome, and posted my thoughts for the book on my blog! I also finished the audiobook for Ten Thousand Skies Above You, and now I'm ready to move on to A Million Worlds With You, which I'm excited and completely anxious for.


I'm still currently reading Roseblood, but I'm hoping to finish it up this weekend.

The Teen 2 and I finally got caught up on This Is Us, and were able to watch the newest episode this week like everyone else. I can't begin to tell you how much I love this show. I knew everyone else did, but I didn't expect to love it so much myself!

We also started watching A Series of Unfortunate Events, which I have been SO EXCITED to see. I read the series last month, and it was so quirky and different, I really enjoyed it. We watched the first four episodes, and I really liked it. I was really curious to see how close the show would stick to the books, and it did for the most part, only with a few curious changes!

I also watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower with my book club girls, and that was so much fun! I had read the book a while back, but had not yet seen the movie. I actually enjoyed the book more than the movie, which almost never happens, but it was great.

Here are some fun photos I took for Bookstagram this week! Always a blast. :)

This week has been super busy, I haven't had a chance to do too much. My daughter had three basketball games to cheer for this week, and that has completely worn me out. You'd think I'd get more reading accomplished sitting for 5 hours a day in a loud gym. But no. Haha!

Hopefully I can get a little more caught up next week. :)
How was your week??

That's it for me this week...

Friday, January 13, 2017

My Thoughts: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

(Passenger #2)
by Alexandra Bracken
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Publication Date: January 3rd 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 532
ISBN: 9781484715765
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Time-Travel | Historical
Source: From Publisher

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All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

Wayfarer is the second and final book in the Passenger duology by Alexandra Bracken. I read Passenger last year, and I really, really enjoyed the story. I couldn't wait to start Wayfarer to get back into the fascinating world that Bracken had created for us. This series has everything; time travel, pirates, and lots of super intense action and suspense. If you haven't yet done so, I highly recommend you check it out!!

There are SO many characters that I love in this series. Etta and Nicholas are both really great main characters, and I really enjoyed both of their narratives throughout the story. Sophia turns out to be pretty awesome also, once you get to know her and understand her better. There are a few more characters in the series that really surprised me as well, some we met in the previous book, and a few that we just meet in the new book. They were all interesting, and really well written! I'm not going to go into details, as I'd rather you read the book and meet them for yourself!

After the cliff-hanger ending in Passenger, I was really excited to dive back into the story to see what's going to happen next. The story definitely did not disappoint. I was completely engrossed as I flew through the pages much  faster than I expected to, which was no easy feat considering that this book is a whopping 532 pages! The ending though is what really got me, and I finished the book with a huge, satisfied smile on my face. Seriously, it was perfection.

Overall; Wayfarer was the excellent sequel and conclusion to the Passenger series! I really hate to see the series end, as I really enjoy the story and characters so much, and I'd love to read even more books by them. But, I still have the Darkest Minds series by Bracken to read, I'm hoping to get to those soon!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #266 - Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Lucky in Love
by Kasie West
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Publication Date: July 25th 2017
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9781338058017

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In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love. (Goodreads)

Did you know that we are getting not one, but TWO new books from Kasie West this year?!?!
The first, By Your Side, is set to release at the end of this month,
THEN we get Lucky in Love in July!!
*cue happy dance*

I've already had the pleasure of reading Be With You, which was great,
and now I'm anxiously awaiting Lucky in Love!!
Hurry July!!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Happy 6th Blogoversary, TheReaderBee!!

Hey, Bookworms!!

Holy cow, I can't believe I've officially been blogging for SIX YEARS!!
That is very much insane.

For those that have been around for the past six years,
I know I can be a flake sometimes when it comes to blogging,
so I really appreciate all of you that have stuck around over the years.

High fives to all!!

Since I first started this blog 6 years ago, I've:

Posted 1,214 posts on the blog.
Read 14,182 awesome comments.
Read 613 amazing books..
Tweeted over 22,900 times.
Shared 1,160 posts on Instagram.
Added 611 Reviews to Goodreads.

Yep, it's been a pretty awesome six years!

So, I've been thinking, and thinking, AND THINKING about what I wanted to give away this year.
In the past I've done Kindle Fire Tablets and Amazon Gift Cards, and those are really fun,
but, I'm just not feeling that this year.
This year, I want it to be all about the books.


For my 6th Blogoversary....

I'm giving away...


And not just any book...

How about a 2016 Favorite Release??
(Check out my Top Ten Tuesday post to see what books what 2016 books I haven't read YET!)


How about an Early 2017 Release / Preorder??

You get to pick!!

And there will not be just one winner...

How about SIX WINNERS??

Sound good??

Here we go!!


Here are the book choices you can choose from, should you win.

2016 Releases:


An Early 2017 Release / Preorder:

The Rules:
  • Six (6) winners will choose ONE (1) book from the lists above.
  • Open to US and International Followers (Please make sure TheBookDeposity or Amazon ships to your location BEFORE you enter!)
  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Giveaway ends February 1st, 2017
  •  Winner will be contacted via email. If you do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • If the book you choose has not yet been released, it will be preordered for you, and will arrive after the release date.
  • By entering this Giveaway, you are agreeing to the terms listed above.

    Good that?? Go forth. Enter. WIN!!

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