Hot Air Balloon Books on My TBR List

As you are reading this, I’m off at Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta! I’ve gone the past two years and as long as I’m living in the area, I’m not going to miss it! It’s absolutely beautiful and each experience is fantastic.

So today’s post is about hot air balloon related books on my TBR. One of them got there because it saw it on sale at the festival. The rest of them are the result of an Amazon search. I hope you enjoy!

Ultimate Hot Air Balloon Bucket List 

This one looks super intriguing. The title and cover don’t lend itself to excitement, but I’ve had a chance to flip through the book and it looked pretty great.

Hot Air The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot Air Balloon Ride 

This looks like a super cute children’s book.

Oriland Balloon Ride (Origami Hot Air Balloons) 

These look like super awesome origami balloons.

The Twenty One Balloons 

I’ve never heard of this book, but apparently it’s a classic? So I’ll have to check it out.

Mystery of the Hot Air Balloon (Boxcar Children) 

I loved the Boxcar children series when I was younger! I don’t remember reading this one, but it sounds great! (I sort of miss series where it doesn’t end up in apocalypse… it’s just a snippet of someone’s life, so it can keep going and going and going.)

Ballooning, A History 

It’d be pretty cool to learn about the history of balloons I think.

Early History of Ballooning 

Another history book.

Romance with a Side of Green Chile 

This looks like a cute romantic novella.

Balloon Boy of San Francisco 

I think this is a based-on-true-life story that sounds pretty unbelievable.

Max and Maddy and the Bursting Balloons Mystery 

Another cute balloon themed children’s books.

 

Did I miss any awesome hot air balloon-y books? Have any of you been to the festival? What did you think?

❤ Annette

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Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

The day she breaks up with her boyfriend, Ezra, Kady’s planet is invaded and she has to dash to escape on a spaceship. Pretty soon, they are being pursued by the same corporation that attacked their planet. But that’s not all – there are multiple ominous occurances on her ship

What I Liked

  • This is definitely the best book I’ve read this year! I’d tell you to go read it right NOW, but you actually probably want to set aside time for this one. Once you pick up this book, you will not be able to put it down. (My friend definitely warned me about this, but I didn’t believe her. I had to pretty much pry the book out of my hands to go get food. And even then, it barely happened. :)) So set aside eight hours or so and grab some snacks.
  • The action! As I said above, this book is un-put-downable. Every time you think things are starting to make sense, something occurs to up the tension. What you think is the focus or a problem, isn’t always the case when you find out the bigger issue.
  • The format of the book is unique. It’s told almost like an FBI or crime report – through any transcripts, documents, video footage, emails, etc. the narrator could get their hands on. This is one book you want in person, not as an eBook or audio book.
  • The main character is great at IT – which I feel you don’t see very often in books, at least not done very well.

What I Didn’t Like

  • Not much. It was a fantastic book!

In Conclusion

Go read this!

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October TBR

So far this year I’ve read 66 books, which means I have 34 more to go before I reach my goal! This means I want to read 12(ish) books this month.

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Soldier by Julie Kagawa

This book has been on the list three months in a row now. But this month I’ll get to it!

Taken by Tuesday by Catherine Bybee

A couple months ago I was sure I was done with romance as a genre, but it seems I have fallen back in to reading them. 🙂 This is the next in a series that I have so far enjoyed.

Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett

This one was assigned by a book club I’m a part of.


Collision Course by Gordan Korman

The first one was intriguing enough that I need to find out what happens next!

S.O.S. by Gordan Korman

Book three in the Titanic series.


Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

I bought this one on Black Friday two years ago. It’s about time I read it!

The Marriage Merger by Jennifer Probst

Once I finish this I’ll have finished another series!


Dead and Dateless by Kimberly Raye

This one seems perfect for the month of Halloween. It’s a vampire murder-mystery romance.

When to Rob a Bank by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

I’ve enjoyed the other books these authors have written so far (Freakonomics and its sequels). Hopefully this one doesn’t disappoint.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

I read half of this one and then put it down. So it’s time to pick it back up!

Sugar and Spice by Lisa Papademitriou

Book three in this adorable cupcake series.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

My friend got me this book for my birthday in August. I’m hoping I actually get to it this month!

Any other suggestions for quick reads for this month? Any thoughts on the books already on the list? I’d love to hear from you!

❤️ Annette

Top Ten Book Boyfriends

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday challenge (hosted by Broke and Bookish!) is to list our top ten book crushes. I thought this would be difficult, but as I went through my “read” list on Goodreads I found myself reminiscing about more characters than I had planned. So here are my top ten book boyfriends!

Note – Just because a character is listed does not mean they are the main love interest for the novel, nor does it imply that they get together in the end. You’ll just have to read the book to find out. 🙂 These are just the characters that appealed to me.

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Brian from the Cinder & Ella series by Kelly Orman

Caleb from the Significance series by Shelly Crane

Marius from The M-Word by Beverly Farr

Raffe from the Penryn & the End of Days series by Susan Ee

Michael Merrick from the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer

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Sawyer from the Visions series by Lisa McMann

Soap from the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger

Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Colin du Lac from Captive Heart by Glynnis Campbell

Nawat from the Trickster’s Choice series by Tamora Pierce

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So what do you think? Do you agree with my choices? Are there any fictional boyfriends I’m missing? Let me know!

❤️ Annette

Month in Review – September 2017

Hi all! I hope your September was great like mine was! I got a lot of reading done, and even some traveling. Not a lot of blogging though – sorry about that! I promise to work to do better at that. 🙂 Here’s everything book related that happened this month. I’ll be linking up to bookdate.blogspot.com, who inspired this idea and post format.

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Total Books Read: 14

The beginning of the month was sort of slow, but then I took a short vacation to Michigan and that really jump-started a reading spree.

Books Read

(Reviews for most of these will be up… sometime. 😊 The links below are affiliate links to Amazon.)

Hardcore Self Help: F**k Depression by Robert Duff

Baby Comes First by Beverly Farr

The Baby Tree by Beverly Farr

The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielsen

Married to Santa by Beverly Farr

Approaching Plain by Beverly Farr

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Plain Fame by Sarah Price

Plain Change by Sarah Price

Plain Again by Sarah Price

Plain Return by Sarah Price

Plain Choice by Sarah Price

Plain Christmas by Sarah Price

Unsinkable by Gordan Korman

 

Book Formats

Paperback – 2

Ebook – 12

Book Genres (Some books belong to multiple genres)

Young adult – 1

Romance – 10

Fantasy – 1

Graphic novel – 1

Non fiction – 1

Self help – 1

New to me authors

Allie Brosh

Sarah Price

Robert Duff

Top Book for September

Hardcore Self Help: F**k Depression by Robert Duff

If you want to see the books I got this month, check out this post.

I’ll be posting my October TBR shortly!

 

How did your September go, book-wise?

❤️ Annette

New on the Stack in September 2017

As per usual, I will be linking up to The Deliberate Reader for this post. Here are the books I’ve acquired since last month’s post. Next to each book I give a short explanation why I chose to pick up that particular book. (Clicking on the picture of each book will take you to the book’s Amazon page, through an affiliate link.) 

Purchased Physical Book

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett

My university started a book club for alumni – how cool is that!? This is the first book we’re reading.

 

 

Mine! by Jeff Mack

My mother checked this out at the library. I saw it and fell in love. 🙂

 

Unsinkable by Gordan Korman

I owned books two and three, but not book one so… I bought it!

 

 

Hyperbole and a Half by Allien Brosh

This one has been on my list for a long while!

 

 

Gemina by Amie Kaufman

I was going to wait until closer to when the third book in this series comes out, but I just couldn’t do it!

 

 

Sugar and Spice by Lisa Papademitriou

This should be a fun and quick read to help me reach my 100 book goal.

 

 

 

Purchased eBook

A Fool and His Monet by Sandra Orchard

I saw this on one of Deliberate Reader‘s posts and since it was free, I snagged it!

 

 

Married to Santa by Beverly Farr

If you can’t tell, I went on a Beverly Farr kick this month. Her books are cute and quick to read.

 

 

Approaching Plain by Beverly Farr

 

 

 

The Baby Tree by Beverly Farr

 

 

 

The Designer by Marius Gabriel

I honestly have no idea where this book came from. Looks like it might be pretty good though!

 

 

Muse by Kyle Quillinan

A fantasy that peaked my interest.

 

 

Borrowed eBook Through Kindle Unlimited

The Donut Cookbook by Gordan Rock

Um. Donuts. That is all. 🙂

 

 

Calming the Storm by Melanie Snitker

It was suggested to me based on my reading habits.

 

 

 

Plain Fame series by Sarah Price
(Plain Fame, Plain Change, Plain Again, Plain Return, Plain Choice, Plain Christmas)

 

 

 

 

It turns out that Approaching Plain by Beverly Farr was a fan-fiction for this series. So of course I had to pick it up.

 

 

 

Any great books that are new on your stack?

 

❤️ Annette

Book Review: Rogue by Julie Kagawa

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This review contains spoilers for the first book in this series, Talon. You can see my review for Talon here.

Summary

This is book follows Ember Hill, who has now gone rogue with the mysterious (and motorcycle-riding) Cobalt. In addition to avoiding Talon, who ruthlessly punishes dragons who go rogue, she also wants to rescue Garret. The only problem is that he’s on trial at a high-security camp for St. George – the centuries-long enemy of all dragons.

What I Liked

  • Sometimes, Ember is pretty bad-a**. There are some great scenes and action sequences in this book that I could play out in my head like a movie. She keeps fighting regardless of the obstacles thrown her way.
  • It was really interesting to see the world from the rogue perspective, as opposed to the “I’m a hatchling owned by Talon” perspective we got in the first book.

What I Didn’t Like

  • Love triangle. Just tell me who to root for, and I’m game! Give me two options and I’m hesitant to through myself into the emotions/actions of the main character.
  • This one didn’t have as much tension as the first one. Don’t get me wrong, the action was great, but for a while they are just wandering and almost just looking for trouble. And I’m not a fan of those types of books. (Stone in the Sky is another example of a book that does this.)

In Conclusion

Another great addition to the Talon series. If you like the first one, you’ll probably like this one too. 🙂

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