Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #302 - To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
To Kill a Kingdom
by Alexandra Christo
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Publication Date: March 6th 2018
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 9781250112682

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Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy? (Goodreads)

Whoot! Is this cover awesome, or what??
And the story sounds pretty awesome as well!!
I snagged an advanced copy of the book recently,
and I absolutely can't wait to check it out!!
**"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 16, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions & Goals

January 16: Bookish Resolutions/Goals

Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!!
Do you have any bookish goals and/or resolutions for 2018??
I have quite a few, and I really hope I can keep up with them.

1. Reading Goal: 150 Books - I read 150 books in 2017, and I'm hoping I can do it again this year!

2. Read More books I Want to Read - This is another thing I started doing last year, and I love it. I'm reading all the books I'm behind on, or even ones I want to read or re-read just because, and I love the freedom of it!

3. More Audiobooks - I've listened to audiobooks for a while now, but sometime in the middle of last year something clicked, and now I'm OBSESSED with them! Here's to many more great audiobooks in 2018!

4. Read More I Normally Wouldn't Read - I just started doing this a little last year, stepping out of my comfort (reading) zone, so to speak, and I ended up really enjoying the new books I checked out! I'm definitely doing it again this year!

5. Stay Caught Up - I attempt this every year, but it seems like you knock one book off the list, and 5 more take its place!

6. Add in some Non-Fiction - I'm definitely checking out more non-fiction books this year, starting with autobiographies of some of my favorite actresses!

7. Less Review Books - I cut way back on this last year, and it was actually nice! I think I'm going to cut down even more this year.

8. Read More Classics - The first book I read (re-read, actually) this year was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, which happens to be one of my most favorite books ever, and I LOVED being back in that world! I do not read nearly enough classics, so I'm definitely going to work on that.

9. Book Buying Ban - Ugh. I don't even want to do this, and I probably wont stick to it, but I have GOT to stop buying books that I don't have time to read! I'm definitely going to try, but I don't really see it happening. HAHA!

10. Keep Track of What I Read - I'm trying to keep up with what I read somewhere other than on Goodreads and Pinterest, but I'm always forgetting to update my bullet journal. I ordered a reading journal though, so hopefully I can keep up with it!

There you go, friends! Just a few of my bookish goals and resolutions for this year.
What are some of YOUR goals and resolutions??
Share your link below so I can check out your post for today!!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

My Week in Review - Week 2

Happy Sunday, and Welcome to my weekly Week in Review post!

Here I share all the things I've been up to during the previous week.
Check back every Sunday for new post updates!

Now, here's what I've been up to this week!

Hey friends!! This week I had another really good book week with 5 books read! The first book I finished was Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, and I shared my thoughts for the book earlier this past week on the blog!

I also finished my re-read of After You by Jojo Moyes, and I'm officially ready to start Still Me once it arrives at the end of the month. I almost had myself convinced not to re-read the first two book, but now that I've read them again, I'm really glad I did. :)

Illuminae is another book I finished my re-read of this week, and I'm really excited to move on to Gemina in February. Hopefully I will have it finished before Obsidio is released in March. :)

After reading Pride and Prejudice last week, I felt the need to read another book by Jane Austen, and Northanger Abbey is one of the few books I had not yet read by her. I was excited to finally check it out, but unfortunately I didn't love it as much as some of Jane's other books. (I didn't hate it like Mansfield Park, so that's something!)

I also *FINALLY* read Victoria by Daisy Goodwin, which I have been meaning to read for FOREVER. I really didn't have time to read it this month, but I REALLY want to watch the series, so I worked it into my schedule. I can't wait to watch the show!

Unfortunately it was a pretty busy week, so I didn't really get to watch much. But the hubby and I did work in a little movie night and watched Minority Report, which neither of us had seen before. (One of my movie goals for this year is to watch more new-to-me movies.) This was a confusing little movie, or maybe I was just tired. *shrug* Here's hoping I can fit in some movies this coming week!

Ahh, what a week! Not only did school start back, but Basketball Cheer for Kid #2 started back as well. Sigh. Her game schedule for the next few weeks is pretty insane, but we only have FOUR weeks left, and then we are done! I love watching my kid cheer, but basketball isn't really my thing, which is usually why I'm the one in the stands with a book. ;)

I also wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone for the Blogoversary wishes! I can't believe it's been 7 years. (I can't believe I FORGOT about it!) Haha! It really has been a great 7 years, and many thanks to everyone that's still around. I pretty much suck at blogging lately, but I am trying to do better, especially about visiting other blogs and returning comments! *blush*

That's it for today! Now it's time to catch up on reading and review writing. :)

How was your week this week??

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Happy 7th Blogoversary to ME!!

Whooooo Hoooooo!!

Today is my 7th Blogoversary!!


Ah well. It happens, right??

It's been a crazy week, and I have nothing planned,
so today I'll celebrate by curling up with a good book,
and hoping that I have another great year of blogging ahead of me.
Thanks for helping to make the 7 last years really awesome!!

Happy Blogoversary to Me!!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

My Thoughts: Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
(Unearthed #1)
by Amie Kaufman
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& Meagan Spooner
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Publication Date: January 9th 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781484758052
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction
Source: Review Copy

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When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study... as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Mia and Jules' different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race's secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race... (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is definitely one of my most anticipated reads for 2018, and I absolutely couldn't wait to get started on the book. I have read two books from the Starbound series by these authors in the past, as well as Amie's Illuminae series (co-written with Jay Kristoff), and I enjoyed all of these books immensely, so I knew I would enjoy this book as well. And I did!

The story is told from alternate viewpoints between Mia, a scavenger who has traveled to an alien planet to look for loot to sale, and Jules, a scholar who wants to study the alien culture before scavengers like Mia destroy it all. Mia is a survivor; she does what she has to do it make it through the day to day, and wants nothing more than to take care of her sister, the only family she has. Jules is the brains, wanting to know more and more about the ancient world that could eventually save the dying Earth. When these two form an unlikely alliance, they are pretty much unstoppable.

I've never really been much of a sci-fi fan, at least not until recently, but the more I read the genre, the more I enjoy it. (At least books like these, anyway.) I love the whole alien planet, and being in outer space. This book has all that, and also has a bit of an Indiana Jones feel through the first half of the book, which was interesting, but also a bit slower-paced than the second half of the book. That's where the action really kicked in. But that ending... that ending is what really got me. (Seriously?! How could the book possibly end that way??) Gah. What a great way to ensure I'll be over here pining away for the rest of the year waiting on the next book to be released! *grin*

Overall; If you can't tell by all the gushing I did above, I really enjoyed Unearthed! Especially the last half of it, and after that ending, I will definitely anticipating the release of the second book. Lucky for me I still have the Illuminae and Starbound series to read this year, both series I am starting over so I can read them from start to end, so I'll at least have something to keep me busy while I wait! If you're a fan of either of these series, or just a fan of sci-fi in general, do check out Unearthed when you can!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To (YET!)

January 9: Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To
(But I totally plan to get to in 2018!!)

Even though I read a LOT of books in 2018,
I still didn't get to read even half of the books I wanted to read!
Here are just a few books I meant to read but didn't. (YET!)

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Warcross by Marie Lu
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Hunted by Megan Spooner

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Sigh! I *really* wanted to read all of these books,
but I just never made time for them!
I'm hoping to read them all, and more of the books I'm behind on, 
as soon as possible!!

What books made your list this week??

Sunday, January 7, 2018

My 2018 Week in Review - Week 1

Happy Sunday, and Welcome to my weekly Week in Review post!

Here I share all the things I've been up to during the previous week.
Check back every Sunday for new post updates!

Now, here's what I've been up to this week!

My first week of 2018 has been quite productive, at least when it comes to reading! I managed to read 5 books this week, and I currently have three more I should be finished with soon. I hope I can keep up this momentum for a while. It would be nice to get a decent head start on my Goodreads Reading Challenge Goal. :)

This month I began my new tradition of reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen once a year, and I really enjoyed diving back into this book! This time around I listened to the audiobook, which was narrated by Rosamund Pike, and I loved having her read the story to me.

I also officially began reading the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series this week, and I really enjoyed The Sword of Summer! I'm looking forward to reading The Hammer of Thor in February.

I also wanted to start reading some biographies this year, and the first on my list was Unqualified by Anna Faris, which was so good. (I really need to make time to read her podcast soon!)

I also finished my re-reads of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. Both of these series have new books releasing in March, so I'm re-reading them to refresh my brain before they are released.

I've been so preoccupied with my TBR this past week, that I didn't really get a chance to watch much TV or movies. I did watch You've Got Mail on New Year's Day, which has become my traditional first movie of the year for the past few years. I also watched Father of the Bride, is also a favorite, and never gets old.
As I said above, my 2018 is off to a productive start, and I can't complain about that! I really do hope I can keep up this momentum throughout the whole year, because there are SO many things I want to do!! And with the kiddos heading back to school on Monday, I may actually get to do them. Haha!

That's about all for me this week, so...
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