Thursday, November 30, 2017

November 2017 Wrap Up & Book Haul!!

Happy Last Day of November, Bookworms!!
Can you believe it's over already?!
This month flew by so quickly!! But I'm ok with that!
Bring on December and the last readings of 2017!

Here's what I read and added to my collection this month!

*My November Book Haul*

City of Bones (10th Anniversary Edition) by Cassandra Clare
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda
The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi
Red Queen (Collector's Edition) by Victoria Aveyard
Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Not Pictured:
Empress by S.J. Kincaid

*My November Wrap Up*

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Artemis by Andy Weir

Not Pictured:
The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody
Follow Me by Sara Shepard
Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
Eight Days on Planet Earth by Cat Jordan

All in all this was not a bad month for me!
I managed to read 13 books, so that's something.
I hope I can keep up this reading mojo in December!!

So, what books did you read and add to your collection in November??

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #296 - The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Cruel Prince
(The Folk of the Air #1)
by Holly Black
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Publication Date: January 2nd 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780316310277

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Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. (Goodreads)

It's been waaaaaay too long since I've read something new by Holly Black,
and even longer since I've read a fairie book!
So, of course I want to check this book out. It sounds really awesome!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Winter TBR

November 28: Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

(In order of release month)

1. Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner - A new series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner? Count me in! I received a copy of this in the mail a few weeks back, and I can' t wait to get started on it!

2. Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry -Ah, and a new Katie McGarry as well! I am SO excited for this book!

3. Still Me by Jojo Moyes - Book THREE in the Me Before You series! I'm starting my re-read of the series soon, and I hope to be caught up before Still Me is released in January!

4. Beautiful Broken Hearts by Kami Garcia - I really enjoyed Kami's last standalone novel, The Lovely Reckless, and I can't wait to fall in love with this new book as well!

5. The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine - I am SO behind on this series! But, I can't wait to get my hands on this third book. I'm starting my re-read of this series next month as well!

6. Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller - This is one of my most anticipated reads for 2018! I have an advanced copy already, and I'm planning to start it soon!

7. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - Yet another series I'm behind on at the moment! And, yes, I'm planning to start a re-read of this series soon as well!

8. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi - I have to admit that I'm pretty curious about this book! (And, you guessed it, I'm totally re-reading this series!)

9. Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton - Another of my most anticipated reads of 2018!! I adore this series so much, and even though the story is still pretty fresh in my mind, I'm going to try to re-read it before the new book is released as well!

10. Children of Blood and Bone by  Tomi Adeyemi - This book arrived on my doorstep recently, and I'm dying to get started on it RIGHT NOW! It sounds awesome, and I can't wait to check it out. :)

More Honorable Mentions:
(That I also hope to Read!)

There you have it! Just a few of the books on my Winter TBR!
I absolutely can't wait to get started on these. I know they will all be awesome. :)

What's on YOUR Winter TBR??

Monday, November 27, 2017

My Thoughts: The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

The Chaos of Standing Still
by Jessica Brody
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Publication Date: November 28th 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781481499187
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: e-Arc

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Over the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn confronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places in this stunning novel from the author of Boys of Summer.

Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.

She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.

But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.

And his name is Xander.

When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.

Ryn can’t move on.

But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.

As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us—and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I absolutely could not wait to get started on The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody, not only because it has an adorable cover, but also because the story sounded really interesting. I’ve only read one book by Jessica in the past, (though I have a TON of her books on my TBR to read), but I really enjoyed that book, so I was curious to see if I would like this one as well, and I did!

Let me start this off by talking about the storyline for the book. Can you imagine being snowed in at an airport, ON New Year’s Eve?? I’m all about being snowed in, but in an airport, with so many other people?! No thank you! (I’d definitely prefer to be in my own house when/if that happens.) That’s basically what happens to Ryn when she flies through Denver on her way home to San Francisco. Along the way she meets some new friends, explores the exciting world that is an airport, and comes to terms with the loss of her best friend, all on New Year’s Eve.

Sounds pretty interesting, right? I thought so too, which is why I basically flew through the pages while reading the book. Not only did I enjoy the storyline, but I liked the characters as well. I could totally feel Ryn’s pain for how she felt about her best friend. I totally get why she’d feel the way she did. I love meeting all the new people that she met in the airport, including Xander, who sounds pretty adorable. They had a lot of interesting moments together, not all great, but watching their short relationship grow over time that was interesting. I also appreciate that the author made me feel SO many things while reading this book. One minute you’re happy, the next minute near tears, then BOOM, happy again!

Ovearall; I really enjoyed reading The Chaos of Standing Still! The storyline was interesting, and the characters were fun to get to know. I also enjoyed the little adventure around the airport as well! Definitely add this to your reading list, especially if you’re looking for a book to round out your reading list for the year!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Week in Review • Week 47

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!

After being on my TBR for FOREVER, I've finally read, and finished, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab this week! I really enjoyed the story, and I'm totally kicking myself for not having read it sooner. I'm really looking forward to reading the next two books in the series now!

I also finished my re-read of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince this week as well, and I can't believe I'm almost finished re-reading the series. (Again!) One more book, and then I get to watch the movies again!

I also finished The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan this week. It's a bit different than the Percy Jackson / Heroes of Olympus series', and I wasn't sure how I was going to like that, but it was really fun to read along with the story.

I feel like I watched a lot of movies this week, but it's really only 5.
(Which is pretty massive for me!)

The Addams Family Values and Planes, Trains and Automobiles were both on my Thanksgiving movie list, and while I had hoped to watch more movies on Thanksgiving, I'm glad I did get to watch these two. :)

It's not officially the holiday season in my house until I watch
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation!

We watched it, and Home Alone & Home Alone 2 while we put up the Christmas Tree!

What a week! Between The Hubby and the kids being home for Thanksgiving Break, all the cooking and cleaning, and the start of Basketball Cheer Season, I'm kind of amazed that I got anything done this week. But, I did, and it was a really good week! I hope that I can keep it up for next week, though I'm looking forward to a little bit of normalcy returning next week as well. :)

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

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #295 - Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Truly Devious
(Truly Devious #1)
by Maureen Johnson
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Publication Date: January 16th 2018
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN: 9780062338051

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New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and E. Lockhart.

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three. (Goodreads)

A new book by Maureen Johnson... Yes, please!!
It's been waaaaay too long since I've read a book by her,
and this one sounds awesome!

I managed to snag a review copy of the book, and I can't wait to get started on it!
**"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 20, 2017

My Thoughts: Follow Me by Sara Shepard
Follow Me
(The Amateurs #2)
by Sara Shepard
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Publication Date: November 7th 2017
Publisher: Freeform Books
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781484742280
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Mystery
Source: Review Copy

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It was the perfect night for a party.

That is, until twenty-one-year-old Chelsea Dawson disappeared. The social media star was last seen enjoying a beautiful summer night at the Jersey Shore with her friends. But after an explosive fight with her ex-boyfriend, she vanished without a trace.

When Seneca, Maddox, Aerin, and Madison hear about the suspected kidnapping, they notice a jarring detail about the victim: she looks exactly like Aerin’s sister, Helena, who was killed five years earlier. Seneca is convinced she knows who killed Helena, and she can’t shake the feeling that the same person has taken Chelsea.

Desperate for answers about the two girls, and the truth behind her mother’s murder, Seneca will stop at nothing to find out if the cases are linked. So when Maddox receives an invitation to the Shore from none other than their primary suspect, the Amateurs begin an intense new investigation.

Full of disturbing secrets, startling twists, and horrifying revelations, the second book in #1 New York Times best-selling author Sara Shepard’s The Amateurs series follows the team down a twisted path—one crafted by a brilliant killer. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

Follow Me is the second book in The Amateurs series by Sara Shepard, and I’m super excited to have had the opportunity to have read this sequel! I read the first book last year, and, being a somewhat newbie to Sara’s writing style, I found myself completely captivated by the story. I was really looking forward to seeing what was going to happen next in this much anticipated sequel, and it was definitely worth the wait!

The book picks up a few months after where The Amateurs leaves off. A new girl has gone missing, and Seneca, Maddox, Aerin, and Madison are brought together once again by a mysterious friend from the past, to try to figure out what happened exactly to the missing girl, and who, in fact, kidnapped her in the first place. I have to say that these characters are pretty awesome detectives, definitely better than I am!

As I mentioned above I’m pretty new to Sara Shepards writing, (I believe this is only the third book I read of hers), but I really appreciate how she grabbed my attention early on in the novel, and left me curious enough to finish the book fairly quickly. (This is not an easy feat for me lately, so I definitely appreciate something that can grab my attention.)  And this book is under 300 pages, so it's definitely a quick read. The book ends with a pretty massive cliffhanger, and it’s one that will stick with me until the next book is released and where we will (hopefully) get details. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.

Overall; Follow Me is a quick, mysterious read that will keep you guessing and have you flying through the pages. If you’re a fan of Sara Shepard and have not yet check out The Amateurs series, think about adding it to your TBR today!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Week in Review • Week 46

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!

This week I finished two review books -- The first being Artemis by Andy Weir, which happened to be one of my most anticipated reads of 2017, and Follow Me by Sara Shepard, which I'm hoping to have my review up for this week!

I also finished my reread of The Scorpio Races this week for #AlltheBooksReadalong! I really enjoyed rereading this book so much. It's the perfect fall read!

I'm *still* not caught up on any of my shows, but I DID get to see two movies this weekend, the first being Thor: Ragnarok which I saw with the family, and is possibly my most favorite Thor movie yet.

The second movie was Murder on the Orient Express, which I really enjoyed as well. The movie has an amazing cast, and was very true to the book.

Happy Sunday, friends! Are you having a great weekend? Mine has been a busy one!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week? I'm looking forward to having The Hubby home from work this week, and the kiddos will be home the second half of the week. I'm also looking forward to being lazy and eating LOTS of food on Thursday, and hopefully I'll be able to get in some reading time as well!

That's about all for me this week. What have you been up to??