Friday, September 30, 2016

September 2016 Wrap Up & Book Haul


*September Book Haul*

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch
Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
The Fever Code by James Dashner
The Amateurs by Sara Shepard
Beast by Brie Spangler


*September Wrap Up*

The Kill Order by James Dashner
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
The Graces by Laure Eve
A Night with Audrey Hepburn by Lucy Holliday
Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Leave Me by Gayle Forman (ebook)

Audioboooks:
Wait for You by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter


Hello there!
September was a really awesome month for book releases!
I'm so glad that I could add all of these great books to my collection.

I managed to read 9 books, and listened to 2 audiobooks this month,
AND I kept the blog updated pretty regularly,
so it's been a pretty great month all around.

I can't wait to get started on Octobers TBR now!!
:)

What books did you add to your collection this month?
How many books did you read??



My Thoughts: The Kill Order by James Dasher #DashnerDash

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13089710-the-kill-order
The Kill Order
(The Maze Runner 0.5)
by James Dashner
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Publication Date: August 14th 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 327
ISBN: 9780385742887
Genre: Young Adult | Sci-Fi | Dystopian
Source: Own

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The prequel to the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series.

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.

Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some, you’re worth more dead than alive. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

Before starting the Dashner Dash read-along, I had already read the first three books in the Maze Runner series, but this was my first time reading The Kill Order. To be honest, when I first started the book, I wasn't really sure how I was going to like it, since it didn't have any of the characters I know and love from the other books in it. However, I found myself enjoying the book *and* all the new characters SO much more than I expected to. I'm super curious to continue the prequel along with The Fever Code next.

As I mentioned above, in The Kill Order, we get a completely new set of characters, all that we've never met before, but also all who are completely interesting as well. I was hooked on their story. The main character in this story's name is Mark, and the story follows him and his best friend/crush Trina, who were there in the very beginning when the sun flares ravaged the earth, and the mysterious disease started to spread. Mark reminded me of Thomas in so many ways, his strength and courage, but also with is fear and uncertainty. There are a lot of really great secondary characters in the story as well, including a little girl that I'm wondering if we are going to see more of in The Fever Code.

The storyline for the book follows much along the same storyline as The Maze Runner books, but as it is a prequel, it's the story of what happens *before* Thomas and the Maze. We find out what exactly The Flare is, and how it came to be, which seriously just about gave me a panic attack. This is something I could see happening in real life, and that's completely terrifying. The second half of the book almost gave me a major anxiety attack, there was SO much going on, I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat, holding my breath. It was INTENSE! And it left me completely wanting to know what's going to happen in the next book, where we get to see how Thomas and the Maze came to be.

Overall; I'm so glad to have finally read The Kill Order, and I'm SUPER excited to move along to The Fever Code. I'm really glad that I read/reread all the books beforehand, because everything is fresh in my mind, and I'm SO ready to see what happens next.



Thursday, September 29, 2016

My Thoughts: Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28448077-like-a-river-glorious
Like a River Glorious
(The Gold Seer Trilogy #2)
by Rae Carson
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Publication Date: September 27th 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780062242945
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Historical Fiction
Source: Edelweiss / Own

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After a harrowing journey across the country, Leah Westfall and her friends have finally arrived in California and are ready to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush. Lee has a special advantage over the other new arrivals in California—she has the ability to sense gold, a secret known only by her handsome best friend Jefferson and her murdering uncle Hiram.

Lee and her friends have the chance to be the most prosperous settlers in California, but Hiram hasn’t given up trying to control Lee and her power. Sabotage and kidnapping are the least of what he’ll do to make sure Lee is his own. His mine is the deepest and darkest in the territory, and there Lee learns the full extent of her magical gift, the worst of her uncle, and the true strength of her friendships. To save everyone, she vows to destroy her uncle and the empire he is building—even at the cost of her own freedom.

The second epic historical fantasy in the Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson, the acclaimed author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

Like a River Glorious is definitely one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. I read Walk on Earth a Stranger last year, and really, really enjoyed the unique and captivating story, and I was dying to know what was going to happen next for Leah and her crew. This sequel was great, and I'm thrilled to add it to my collection!

Leah has been a character that I have loved since I first met her in Walk on Earth a Stranger. She's such a strong, well written young lady, and I swear her character just grows more and more as the story goes along. And not just as a person, but with her ability as well, which is just amazing. She's definitely a fave character of mine, as are SO many of the secondary characters in the story. There are a LOT of them, and I really love them all!

Even though this book is 400+ pages, I devoured it in just a few hours time. It seriously felt like I was flying through the pages, and I just couldn't get enough of it. Unfortunately I do not have any other books in my collection that are set in the same time period as this book, or have the same setting. That needs to be fixed, because both are completely fascinating, and leave me wanting more. Although, as with a lot of our history, there were some things in the story that made me sad, and ANGRY. The sexism towards women made me rage, but it was the treatment of Chinese immigrants and Native American's that was completely horrific and heartbreaking. I cannot imagine living during this time period. At all. And not only because of this treatment, which is bad enough, I'm just not sure I could survive the hardships that these people faced. I'm glad there are people willing to tell us the story, so that we will know, and never forget.

Overall; Like a River Glorious is a wonderful sequel to Walk on Earth a Stranger! I'm not even more excited to get my hands on the third book, which is going to release in 2017! THAT is a book that I will be preordering as soon as possible. If you've not yet read this series, and are curious about the Gold Rush time period, you should definitely check out The Gold Seer Trilogy!!
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #253 - Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30312860-always-and-forever-lara-jean
Always and Forever, Lara Jean
(To All the Boys I've Loved Before #3)
by Jenny Han
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Publication Date: April 4th 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781481430487

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30312860-always-and-forever-lara-jean

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Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to? (Goodreads)
OMG, is this cover GORGEOUS, or what??
I'm so excited to this follow-up,
I've had it preordered from the moment I heard about it!
I ADORE To All the Boys I've Loved Before.
So I'm sure this one will be awesome as well.
AND I'm SO CURIOUS!!
If you've not yet read it, YOU SHOULD!!

Ahem...
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR List


September 27: Books On My Fall TBR List

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28960100-a-million-worlds-with-you https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28512486-frost-like-night

1. A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray - This book is one of my most anticipated reads for 2016, and I can't wait to get my hands on it already!! Although, I really, REALLY don't want this series to end, I'm curious to see what's going to happen next.

2. Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch - This book has been sitting on my shelf for a few days now, just waiting for me to find time to start it. And start it I will, as soon as possible!!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28448077-like-a-river-glorious https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22299763-crooked-kingdom

3. Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson - I actually just started this book, and like the first book, I am enjoying it SO MUCH! This sequel is proving to be just as good as the first book! I love it. :)

4. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo - I haven't yet started this series yet, but now that both books are out, I'm excited to read them both together, and I'm hoping to start them soon!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23267628-the-fever-code https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28448287-replica

5. The Fever Code by James Dashner - I've been waiting for this book for a while now! If you follow the blog, or me on Twitter, you'll know that I've been participating in the #DashnerDash for the past few months, which is a binge read of the Maze Runner series in preparation for the The Fever Code release. I can't wait to finally read this.

6. Replica by Lauren Oliver - I have to admit, I'm SUPER curious about this book! I'm a huge fan of Lauren's work, and I'm super excited to finally start this!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28818313-iron-cast https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18584855-heartless

7. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria - I received this book in the mail a few weeks ago, and I'm dying to start it already!! It sounds SO good, and that cover is gorgeous!!

8. Heartless by Marissa Meyer - I've only read one book my Marissa Meyer so far, and I still need to finish the Lunar Chronicles series, but I'm really excited to add Heartless to my collection!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28763485-the-sun-is-also-a-star https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29093326-what-light

9. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon - I enjoyed reading Nicola's Everything, Everything earlier this year, so I'm excited to read her newest as well! Also, that cover is pretty awesome!

10. What Light by Jay Asher - Another book that I'm super in love with the cover for. It's so festive! It's been a while since I've read a book by Jay Asher, so I'm excited to read something new!


These are just a FEW books that are on my Fall TBR!!
I'm also working on a Halloween TBR that I'm super excited to get started on.
There are SOOOOOO many books I want to read,
and I hope I have time to get to them all. :)

That's all for me. What's on your Fall TBR??

Monday, September 26, 2016

My Thoughts: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28260524-stealing-snow
Stealing Snow
(Stealing Snow #1)
by Danielle Paige
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Publication Date: September 20th 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781681190761
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Retelling
Source: ARC/Own

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First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.


Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.
(Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

Stealing Snow is the first book I've read by Danielle Paige, even though I have all of her Dorothy Must Die series sitting on my shelf, just waiting for me to start them. I was excited that I could finally read something by Danielle.

I want to say first that for some reason I went into this book thinking it was a retelling of Snow White, and it did have some things from Snow White in it, but it is actually a retelling of The Snow Queen, which I have honestly not read much about, other than the movie Frozen. *grin*

There were a lot of fascinating characters in this story, including Snow, who had a really interesting back story, especially as it starts off with her in an insane asylum. (This had me a little confused at first, because I was expecting a completely different story. *blush*.) There are also some really interesting secondary characters in the story as well, and it's hard to pick just one favorite, but if I HAD to, it would probably be Gerde, who was so sweet and had me completely captivated with her story. I'm curious to read more about all of the characters in the novel when the sequel is released.

The book was very quick paced, almost a little too quick at times. I was surprised at how quickly the story jumped from one thing to another. There were quite a few twists and turns throughout the story, and since I didn't know much about the original tale, I didn't see those twists coming at all, and a few caught me by surprise. I really enjoyed the snowy setting in the book, as it feels like I'm living in the summer that will never end at the moment, and I LOVE snow. The descriptions of the snow world were great.

Overall; I'm thrilled that I can finally say I've read a book by Danielle Paige! I thought Stealing Snow was an interesting read, and I'm curious to see what's going to happen in the sequel, due to release in 2017. And now I need to find time to read her Dorothy Must Die series as well. *wink*



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

My Thoughts: The Graces by Laure Eve

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28818369-the-graces
The Graces
(The Graces #1)
by Laure Eve
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Publication Date: September 6th 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781419721236
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Magic
Source: ARC

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Everyone loves the Graces.

Fenrin Grace is larger than life, almost mythical. He’s the school Pan, seducing girls without really meaning to. He’s biding his time until someone special comes along. Someone different, who will make him wonder how he got along all this time without her. Someone like me.

Fenrin’s twin, Thalia, is a willowy beauty with rippling, honey-colored hair. Wherever she goes, Thalia leaves behind a band of followers who want to emulate her. She casts spells over everyone she encounters, just like Fenrin—even if they both deny it.

Then there’s Summer. She’s the youngest Grace, and the only one who admits she’s really a witch. Summer is dark on the outside—with jet-black hair and kohl-rimmed eyes—and on the inside. It was inevitable that she’d find me, the new girl—a loner with secrets lurking under the surface.

I am River. I am not a Grace. But I’ll do anything to become one. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

The first thing that drew me to The Graces was the super gorgeous cover. Seriously, I have a weakness for books with awesome covers, and the story sounded pretty cool, so I was really excited to get started on the book.

This book took a lot longer for me to get through than I expected. I found the characters interesting at first, but the more I read, the more irritating they became. And this is not just the main character, but ALL of the characters. I just couldn't connect with any of them for some reason.

Then there was the storyline. It really had a lot of potential which made me really excited going in, but as the story went along, I found myself losing interest pretty quickly. I did push through and finished the book, as I kept feeling like things would eventually pick up, but they never really did. We do get some answers at the end of the book, finally, and the books ends in a way that will have you wondering what is going to happen next. I am currently undecided on if I will be picking up the sequel for the book.

Overall; I really wanted to like The Graces, as it had so much potential, but unfortunately, I just could not connect with the book. Don't let this stop you from reading it, however, as you may like it more than I did. :)



Waiting on Wednesday #252 - The Fever Code by James Dashner

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23267628-the-fever-code?
The Fever Code
(The Maze Runner 0.6)
by James Dashner
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Publication Date: September 27th 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780553513097

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23267628-the-fever-code?

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Once there was a world’s end.

The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled.

Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.

Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy.

The boy’s name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze.

Now there are secrets.

There are lies.

And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen.

This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down.

All will be revealed.

A prequel to the worldwide Maze Runner phenomenon, The Fever Code is the book that holds all the answers. How did WICKED find the Gladers? Who are Group B? And what side are Thomas and Teresa really on? Lies will be exposed. Secrets will be uncovered. Loyalties will be proven. Fans will never see the truth coming. (Goodreads)

For the past few months I've been participating in the #DashnerDash,
a binge-read of the Maze Runner series by James Dashner.
I read the books a few years ago, but have really enjoyed rereading them as well!
I'm currently working on The Kill Order, and I can't wait to get my hands on
The Fever Code when it's released. :)
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

My Thoughts: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23207027-three-dark-crowns
Three Dark Crowns
(Three Dark Crowns #1)
by Kendare Blake
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Publication Date: September 20th 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 398
ISBN: 9780062385437
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Magic
Source: Review Copy | Own

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Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.
(Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I was super excited to finally start reading Three Dark Crowns, as I'm a huge fan of Kendare Blake. Her Anna series is one of my favorites, and while I've had her Goddess War series on my TBR for quite a while now, I haven't yet had the chance to read it. But I was really, really looking forward to reading something new by her, and I definitely was not disappointed!

There were a lot of characters in the novel to keep up with, but I found myself having quite a few favorites. The three triplet queens were all interesting, and each so different from each other, which I loved. My favorite character in the novel is, in fact, not one of the queens at all. Jules is really, really awesome, and I really hope we see even more from her in the next book. I have high hopes to, anyway!

The storyline for the book was a lot darker than I expected, but I really enjoyed that, and there were some bright spots as well. I setting and the descriptions in the book were so well written, I could picture everything so perfectly. The book ends in a way that leaves me very much wanting to get my hands on the next book. I have SO MANY questions, and I really, really need the answers.

I'm super curious to know if this series is going to be a duology, or a trilogy. I'm hoping for a trilogy, since there are, in fact, three queens, but would be happy with a duology as well!

Overall; I enjoyed Three Dark Crowns so very much, and I need to get my hands on the next book ASAP! I need to know what's going on, and what's going to happen next. 2017 just can't get here soon enough! If you're in the market for a dark-reading fairytale story, definitely check out Three Dark Crowns!



Top Ten Tuesday: Audiobooks I Want to Listen To




September 20: All About Audio freebie - Top Ten Audiobooks I Want to Listen To

I've been a fan of audiobooks for a while now, and I just love them!
There's nothing like plugging in and listening at times when I can't actually
sit down and read.

Thanks to my local library, I have TONS of audiobook options to choose from.
Here are a few that I'm looking forward to listening to soon!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12558285-splintered https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19547856-simon-vs-the-homo-sapiens-agenda

1. Splintered by A. G. Howard - I've been wanting to start this series for a really long time now, and my library has ALL the book in the series in audiobook format! I can't wait to listen to them!

2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli - I've had this book on my TBR for way too long, and I know it has to be great, because I see praise for it everywhere! I'm actually torn between listening to the audiobook and reading the actual book, so I'll probably do both!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13406425-burn-for-burn https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23171368-the-good-girls

3. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian - I've been wanting to read a new Jenny Han book for a while now, and I've heard really good things about this series!

4. The Good Girls by Sara Shepard - I've been meaning to finish this sequel for a while now! I really enjoyed the first book, The Perfectionists, so I'll probably listen to it as well!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18660447-the-fill-in-boyfriend https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7736182-the-lost-hero

5. The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West - My library has quite a few Kasie West books, and I have two of them on my list to listen to this month! I can't wait to get started on them!

6. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan - I listened to the Percy Jackson audiobooks way back when, and I keep meaning to start the Lost Hero series audiobooks as well. I need to get to them soon!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18090161-be-with-me https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26721568-the-problem-with-forever

7. Be With Me by J. Lynn - I just finished the audiobook of the first book in this series, Wait for You, last week, and I can't wait to dive into Be With Me next!!

8. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout - I've loved all the books I've read so far from Armentrout, and I'm excited that my library has this book on audiobook as well!!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15507958-me-before-you https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30002998-two-by-two

9. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - I LOVED this as a book, and actually started the audiobook early this year, but never got to finish it. The parts I did get through were great, and I'm really looking forward to finishing it soon.

10. Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks - The last few books I've read by Sparks have been audiobooks, and I've really enjoyed them. This new one sounds like it will be a good one as well. :)



I should also add that I'm really looking forward to listening to the Harry Potter
audiobooks again, once I finish my reread of the actual books!!

As I mentioned above, my library has an amazing assortment of audiobooks!
I have about 400+ on my list to listen to, and I can't wait to get started on them all. :)

What audiobooks are you most excited to listen to??
Or, what are your most favorite audiobooks?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

My Thoughts: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17372039-harry-potter-and-the-sorcerer-s-stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
(Harry Potter #1)
by J.K. Rowling
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Publication Date: June 26th 1997
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 309
ISBN: 9780545582889
Genre: Young Adult | Fiction | Magic
Source: Own

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Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

One of my goals for 2016 was to read the Harry Potter series from the beginning to end. I have read books one through four in the past, but never had a chance to finish the series, or watch the movies, and that was something I really wanted to fix this year. And once again, it took me too long to find time to actually do this, and I was worried that this goal would, once again, slip by without completing it. But, I was determined to get started on this series, and I FINALLY DID!!

Technically, this is my second time reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, with the first time being when I listened to it on audiobook way back before I first started blogging. I was super excited to start the series over again from the beginning, and I found that I enjoyed the book even more this time than I did the first time!

There are so many characters in this book that I love -- Harry, Ron & Hermione, of course, because they are all awesome and have the BEST friendship ever. But also Neville, Hagrid, Dumbledore, McGonagall, the Weasley family, and so many more. They are all so well written, and I'm really looking forward to seeing all these characters again as the series goes along.

The storyline for this book was magical and completely captivating. Once again, I was drawn into this story in different way than I did when I listened to the audiobook before. I guess because I was actually paying more attention this time around.  I loved the setting and all the talk of magic throughout the story. It definitely kept me interested. This book was a really fun, and super quick read. I read this first book in just one days time, and I can't wait to get started on the next book ASAP!

The movie for this book is also the only movie I've seen so far. I rewatched it again with the kiddos after I finished my reread, and I really, really liked the movie. The characters are so great, and while there were some changes from the book, they really didn't bother me. I totally understand that they have to do some changes. I'm excited to watch the rest of the movies now, and plan to watch each of them as soon as I finish their book!

Overall; I really didn't think it would be possible to enjoy Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as much the second time as I did the first, but I totally did. I'm super excited to continue with the rest of the books, and the movies! And, hopefully, I will have them all finished before the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie is released in November, so I can actually a J.K. Rowling movie in the theater. *smile*
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Waiting on Wednesday #251 - Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27414397-blood-red-snow-white
Blood Red Snow White
by Marcus Sedgwick
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Publication Date: October 25th 2016
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
ISBN: 9781626725478

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27414397-blood-red-snow-white

Available for Pre-Order:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository

Russia wakes from a long sleep and marches to St Petersburg to claim her birthright. Her awakening will mark the end for the Romanovs, and the dawn of a new era that changed the world. Arthur Ransome, a journalist and writer, was part of it all. He left his family in England and fell in love with Russia and a Russian woman. This is his story. (Goodreads)

So, I kind of love everything about this book!!
The cover is STUNNING, and I love the title,
AND the story sounds really awesome.
I have an ARC of this and I'm really excited to be starting it soon!!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**


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