Thursday, December 1, 2016

My December 2016 TBR & Most Anticipated Releases!!

Hi Friends! Can you believe it's December already?? I'll be super busy this month trying to get caught up on my reading goal, and I have a lot of exciting books planned to read! I only have two books left in the Harry Potter series to read, so I'm really excited to finish that series. I'm also planning to read some more of the *Series of Unfortunate Events* series as well. I also have some books I'm trying to catch up on, and I'm hoping to fit in some Christmas stories as well!!

My December TBR:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick
Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Super excited to get started on these, and I hope I can reach my reading goal this month!!

Here are some more exciting December releases:

The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee
Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill
Island of Glass by Nora Roberts

What books are you most excited to read in December??

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November 2016 Wrap Up & Book Haul

*November Book Haul*

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

*November Wrap Up*

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket*
The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket
The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket
The Amateurs by Sara Shepard
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

While I didn't get to finish ALL the Harry Potter books like I had hoped to in November,
I did manage to read three of them, so I only have two to go in my Harry Potter rereadathon!
I also started listening to the *Series of Unfortunate Events* audiobooks this month,
mostly because the series coming out in January on Netflix, which I'm super excited for.
And, the books pretty neat.

I love ALL the books I added to my collection in November!
I can't wait to read them all, and I'm hoping to get to them soon.
(I know, I always say that.)

That's my Wrap Up & Book Haul for November!
What books did you read and add to your collection?

Waiting on Wednesday #260 - Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
Our Dark Duet
(Monsters of Verity #2)
by Victoria Schwab
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Publication Date: June 13th 2017
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
ISBN: 9780062380883

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Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

Whoot! Super excited to get my hands on this book!
I read This Savage Song last year, and really enjoyed it.
It was the first book I've ever read by Victoria,
and I'm super curious to see what's going to happen next!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Monday, November 28, 2016

My Thoughts: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
(Harry Potter #4)
by J.K. Rowling
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Publication Date: August 27th 2013

(First published July 8th 2000)
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 734
ISBN: 9780545582957
(15th Anniversary Edition)
Genre: Children's | Fantasy | Magic
Source: Own

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the pivotal fourth novel in the seven-part tale of Harry Potter’s training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal — even by wizarding standards.

And in this case, different can be deadly.

My Thoughts...

I was super excited to start Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, as I had listened to the audiobook many years ago, and while I remember the main events of the book, I had forgotten many of the smaller details. This is actually working out well for me, as it really feels like I'm reading the book for the first time, and I'm enjoying it even more!

Have I ever mentioned how much I love the characters in this series? I have, but I'm going to do it again anyways. I love Harry. He's such a good person, and definitely deserves to be treated better than most people treat him. He has such great friends in Ron and Hermione, who are faves of mine as well. Especially Hermione, I think I adore the girl more and more as the story goes along. And there are so many great secondary characters that I know I've rambled on about before, but I just love Professor Mcgonagall, Dumbledore, Hagrid, etc. And with those I love, comes those I hate, most of whom do not deserve to be named, but I'm sure you know whom I'm talking about. *wink*

This book took a little longer to get through than I expected, not because of anything with the book, just because I've been so busy. But when I wasn't reading the book, I was thinking about the book, and dying to get back to it. The storyline for this book was just as exciting as the previous books, and completely had me hooked. I'm going to be quite honest with you -- this book totally made me cry. Big, ugly, sobbing tears. This didn't happen, of course, until the last half of the book, and OMG, so sad. I had read this book before, and I KNEW was was coming, but I had completely forgotten the small details that came along with it. I sobbed, you guys. It was bad. Haha! But that just made me love the book even more!

Overall; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was another great addition to the Harry Potter series! Although the ending hand me in tears, I still loved so much about the book. I'm really enjoying this rereathon so much, and I'm super excited to get started on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix next!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

My Thoughts: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (Audiobook)
The Bad Beginning
(A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)
by Lemony Snicket
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Publication Date: September 30th 1999
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9780439206471
Genre: Childrens | Fiction | Fantasy
Source: Library

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Dear Reader,

I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket


My Thoughts...

I've known about the Series of Unfortunate Events books for quite some time now, but have never actually read them. My kids read the series when they were younger, and while I've been curious about the books before, I never really had the time to pick them up, and didn't plan to anytime soon. That is, until I saw the trailer from Netflix for the new show they created, starring Neil Patrick Harris, and now I want to read ALL THE BOOKS! *Grin*

I didn't know what to expect when I started reading The Bad Beginning. As I mentioned above, I had never read the books before, and have never seen the movie starring Jim Carrey either, so I had no idea what kind of story I was getting into. But, it was very much entertaining! I loved the characters; the children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny were all wonderful kids, who just really had the worst luck. Count Olaf was evil and despicable, and I'm dying to know what he's going to be up to next. There are some interesting secondary characters as well! The storyline was engaging, and very fast paced. Coming in at under 200 pages, this really was a quick read. I'm really looking forward to reading more of the series!

I actually decided to listen to these books in audiobook format, once I discovered that they were narrated by the super talented Tim Curry. I'm SO glad I decided to read them this way, as Tim was an excellent narrator! The voices he made for each of the characters were so much fun, and I can't wait to continue listening to the rest of the books in the series. (Yes, he narrates them all!) So good.

Overall; The Bad Beginning was an interesting start to the Series of Unfortunate Events series! I'm really excited to get started on the second book, The Reptile Room, to see what's going to happen next for the Baudelaire children!

Friday, November 18, 2016

My Thoughts: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (Audiobook)
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
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Publication Date: April 7th 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 303
ISBN: 9780062348678
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Glbt
Source: Own

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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I've had Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli on my TBR for longer than I care to admit. I even have a finished copy sitting on my shelf, just waiting for me to read it. I finally decided to listen to the audiobook, as I recently posted about wanting to listen to it, and this version came highly recommended.  Having finally read the book, I'm kicking myself for not having read it sooner!

The main character in the story is Simon, a not-so-openly gay, 16-year-old theater buff. Simon is pretty adorable. There is so much about him that I love, including this love for his family and friends, and for the theater as well. I love the emails between Simon and the boy he's been emailing with, Blue, which always had perfect grammar, and never failed to make me smile. And not only is Simon a great character, but there are also some really great secondary characters in the story as well. I loved all of his friends, and family, and his really awesome theater teacher. There are just so many nice people in this book, it's kind of unreal. There need to be more people like this in the world.

If you know me at all, you'll know that I'm a sucker for a good love story. That's exactly what you get with this book. The storyline was cute and lots of fun to read, and reading it made me want to stuff my face full of waffles and Oreos. (I finally get the Oreo thing that everyone always talks about!) I also like that the book kept me guessing right up until the end. I had no clue who Simon's mysterious Blue was, but I was pleasantly surprised at the end.

As I mentioned above, I listened to the audiobook version of the book, and I'm so glad I did. The narrator, Michael Crouch, did a wonderful job telling me Simon's story, and I loved all the different voices he did for the characters. I'm looking forward to listening to more audiobooks narrated by him in the future!

Overall; Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is the first book I've read by Becky Albertalli, but it definitely won't be my last! I'm now even more excited to read her next book, The Upside of Unrequited, which sounds amazing, and is set to release April 11th 2017 from Balzer + Bray!!

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