Month in Review – August 2018

Another paltry reading month, but I’m ready to go into September full force! Here’s a summary of my bookish activity for this month. I will be linking up to https://thebookdate.wordpress.com/.

August MIR

Total Books Read: 2

Books Read

(The links below are affiliate links to Amazon.)

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol 2 by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim

Book Formats

Hardcover – 2

Book Genres

Young Adult – 1
Graphic Novel – 1

New to Me Authors

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Top Book for August

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol 2 by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim

 

I hope you had a great reading month! Let me know the favorite thing you read that month.

 

❤ Annette

 

1 Year Ago: Month in Review – August 2017

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New on the Stack August 2018

What happened to August? Didn’t it just start? Yikes!

Sorry about the sudden two week hiatus from blog posts. I got sick and just didn’t have the energy to blog. Hopefully I’ll get back on track for y’all soon! Anyways, here are the books I picked up last month. 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

Scooby-Doo y el Barco Hundido by James Gelsey (Scooby-Doo and the Sunken Ship)

Next in the series!

White Christmas by Jody Rosen

I know a little of the story behind the song and the composer (Irving Berlin), but would like to know more.

Won Book

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout

I “won” this by completing my library’s summer reading program! And to be honest, a free book is an excellent prize!

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

I won this one on Goodreads! I won a book a long long time ago before I understood how the giveaways worked (and ended up with a weird book, tbh), but this is the first one I’ve won that I’ve actively tried to get! It looks soooo pretty.

 

What books did you add to your stack in August?

❤ Annette

August NOS

1 Year Ago: New on the Stack in August 2017

1991: The Year in Books

Today’s my birthday! 🎉 To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to do a bookish post about my birth year! I hope do this post for more years as time goes on, so you guys can find bookish info on your birth years as well. 🙂

I’m not going to include pictures for all the books (that would take forever!), but the pictures that are there are affiliate links for Amazon.

The Top Books in 1991

(From the New York Times best sellers list)
I’m actually surprised that I recognize some of the authors on here. They’ve been at the top for a while!

The Plains of Passage by Jean Auel
The Secret Pilgrim by John le Carre
Cold Fire by Dean Koontz
Heartbeat by Danielle Steele
The Seeress of Kell by David Eddings
Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Heir to the Empire by Tomothy Zahn
The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy
Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – This one wasn’t on the New York Time’s list, but it so popular now that I thought it was worth mentioning

My Favorite Books from 1991

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Books About Popular Trends in 1991

Super Power, Spoony Bards, and Silverware: The Super Nintendo Entertainment System by Dominic Arsenault
The Great Pet Project by Jacqueline Carrol (Book 1 in the Full House:Michelle series)
When We Grow Up (Minnie N Me) by Walt Disney Company
Rugrats: Reptar’s Surprise Visit by

Books That Won Awards in 1991

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli – Newberry Medal Winner
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi – Newberry Medal Honor
Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty – Winner of the Carnegie Medal
Black Horse Island by Dee Holmes -RITA Awards’ Best First Book
Night Spice by Karen Keast – RITA Award for Romantic Suspense
The Prince of Midnight by Laura Kinsale – RITA Award for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
The Road to Memphis by Mildred Taylor – Coretta Scott King Award
Points of Departure by Pat Murphy – Phillip K. Dick Award
The Vor Game by Lois McMaster – Hugo Award for Best Novel
Zero at the Bone by Mary Walker – Agatha Award Best First Novel
I.O.U by Nancy Pickard – Agatha Award Best Novel
Black and White by David Macauley – Caldecott Medal Winner
Puss in Boots by Fred Marcellino – Caldecott Medal Honor
More, More, More by Vera Williams – Caldecott Medal Honor
Mating by Norman Rush – National Book Award, Fiction
Freedom, Volume 1 by Orlando Patterson – National Book Award, Nonfiction
What Work Is by Philip Levine – National Book Award, Poetry

 

 

 

What other books should be on this list? What year would you like to see me do next?

❤ Annette

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Bookish Happenings in September 2018

Here are bookish happenings for September! I’ll share with you exciting bookish events such as new releases, movie releases related to books, holidays, conferences, and others. I can’t get everything, but hopefully you enjoy the information I have provided. 🙂

Release dates are for the book/movie in the United States, so it may not be accurate if you’re living in another country.

Links to Amazon are affiliate links, other links are just for your convenience. 🙂

Movie Releases

(images from imdb.com)

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September 14 – A Simple Favor
September 13 – Unbroken: Path to Redemption
September 14 – The Children Act
September 14 – Bel Canto
September 21 – The House with a Clock in Its Walls
September 19 in France – The Sisters Brothers
September 28 – Small Foot
September 28 – Little Women

Book Releases

September 4

A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson
The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case by Elizabeth Fulberg (Book 3 in The Great Shelby Holmes series)
Happy Thanksgiving Snoopy! by Charles Schulz
Hidden Among the Stars by Melody Dobson
I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel (preorder swag details here)
Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan (preorder swag details here)
A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna (preorder swag details here)
The Third Mushroom by Jennifer Holm (sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish)

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September 11

As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows (preorder swag details here)
The Golden Tower
 by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (Book 5 in the Magisterium series)
Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

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September 18

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalo (Book 3 in the Jack the Ripper series) (preorder swag details here and here)
House of Snakes by Jennifer Kelly (preorder swag details here)
What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra (preorder swag details here)
Why Not Tonight by Susan Mallery (Book 3 in the Happily, Inc. series)
Wildcard by Marie Lu (Book 2 in the Warcross series)

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September 25

The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli (preorder swag details here)
For a Muse of Fire
 by Heidi Heilig (preorder swag details here)
Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis (Book 1 in the Give the Dark My Love series)
The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare by Shannon Hale (Book 6 in The Princess in Black series)
Sadie by Sarah Price (Book 3 in the An Amish Fairytale series)
Unleashed by Donna Kauffman (Book 1 in the Hamilton Christmas series)
Unstoppable Moses by Tyler Smith
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab (preorder swag details here)

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Events

(And holy crap, there are a lot of events this month!!)

All Month – Library Card Sign Up Month
September 1 – Library of Congress Book Festival
September 1-2 – Middle Earth Festival (Birmingham, United Kingdom)
September 5-9 – Open Book (Cape Town, South Africa)
September 5-9 – Festivaletteratura (Mantua, Italy)
September 6 – Read a Book Day
September 6-9 – BoucherCon (Mystery convention) (St. Petersburg, FL)
September 6-9 – Carolina Mountains Literary Festival (Burnsville, NC)
September 8 – Kansas Book Festival (Topeka, KS)
September 8 – International Literacy Day
September 8 – Beaver County Book Fest (Beaver, PA)
September 14-15 – Allegheny Regional Festival of Books (Bedford, PA)
September 15 – Bookicon (Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria)
September 20 – Shortlist for Man Booker Prize
September 20-22 – PennedCon (St. Louis, MO)
September 20-23 – South Dakota Festival of Books (Brookings and Sioux Falls, SD)
September 21-22 – Fall Into Fiction (Long Beach, CA)
September 22 – Hobbit Day
September 22 – Dear Diary Day
September 22 – Boston Teen Author Festival (Cambridge, MA)
September 23-29 – Banned Books Week
September 26-30 – Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (Albuquerque, NM)
September 26-30 – Kingston WritersFest (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
September 27-30 – Montana Book Festival (Missoula, MT)
September 28-30 – Baltimore Book Festival (Baltimore, MD)
September 29 – Independent Authors Book Festival (Roselle, NJ)
September 29-30 – RoberCon (Binghampton, NY)

Let me know if you go to any of these events, I’d love to hear about them! What bookish happenings are you most looking forward to?

❤ Annette

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Book Review: Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book 2 in the Perfect Chemistry series

Summary

This book follows Carlos Fuentes as he adjusts to life in Colorado. He grew up in Chicago and most of his family is in Mexico, except for his brother in Colorado. His family hopes that the move will help him and his gang-leaning ways. At his new school, he finds himself attracted to Kiara, a blend-into-the-background sort of girl.

What I Liked

  • Sometimes it’s nice to pick up a young adult romance such as this. It flowed decently well and I was able to read it in a day or less. I love the predictability of romances sometimes, and this was no exception.
  • Some of the pranks the characters pull on each other are fun and creative. It was nice to see that as well.

What I Didn’t Like

  • The relationship moved crazy fast! I know this is fairly typical in romance novels, but this seemed a little extreme. At the very least, we didn’t see as much relationship building as you would expect.
  • Kiara didn’t have very much personality in the book. Her pranks were fun and quirky, and she definitely had her moments, but as a whole she was pretty unmemorable.
  • The ending seemed way too easy and quite unrealistic. Compared to the first book, this was a little disappointing.

In Conclusion

If you liked Perfect Chemistry (book 1) or if you’re a fan of books like Anna and the French Kiss, you’ll probably enjoy this one.

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)

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1 year ago: Book Review: Scooby-Doo y el Monstruo de las Nieves (Scooby-Doo and the Snow Monster)

My Favorite Book Blogs

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! (This is hosted by That Arsty Reader Girl, so go check her blog out. I’ll also be linking there.) This week’s theme is to share your top ten favorite book blogs. So here are mine. 🙂

I’ll be honest, I don’t read other book blogs as much as I should! I have a full time job and a dog, which takes time. Plus, I don’t have internet at home (gasp), so I do my blogging and internet-ing mostly at the library on the weekends. But, here are my favorites when I get time to read them! This is by no means all of the book blogs I read when I have a chance.

  1. We Live and Breathe Books
    Their taste in books is probably the most similar to mine, which means I get a lot of recommendations from this blog. They also read at an astonishing pace, which is great because that means they can share a lot of books. 🙂
  2. Novel Knight
    This blog is beautiful and super colorful! They also host the Beat the Backlist challenge. Just visiting their blog makes me want to pick up a book right away.
  3. Finding Wonderland
    I love their bookish photos especially. They also seem to have a someone similar reading palette to mine, which helps.
  4. Rae Gun Ramblings
    She doesn’t just do books, but they seem to be pretty central to her blog. I also love all the crafts and creative ideas she has!
  5. Modern Mrs. Darcy
    Her taste in books is almost exactly opposite of mine, but I still enjoy reading her blog. I sort of love that her posts aren’t usually exceptionally long, which makes it easier to read and remember.
  6. Annie Likes Words
    She writes about both reading and writing, which I think is pretty cool. Her blog is also pretty and her articles are interesting.
  7. Book Date
    I always seem to add books to my TBR when I visit her blog.
  8. Booker T’s Farm
    Their taste in books is different than mine (they seem to prefer horror/thriller), but they love dogs, so I’m still a big fan of the blog. 🙂
  9. Jill’s Book Blog
    I also seem to get a lot of book recommendations/TBRs from her blog. Plus, she manages to update daily (or more), which is impressive!
  10. The Deliberate Reader
    Another interesting blog. I especially love her New on the Stack feature, which always introduces me to new and interesting books.

That’s what I’ve got! What blogs should I add to this list!

(Honorable mention goes to Flamingo Toes, which is a crafting blog that was my gateway to the whole wide world of blogging, years and years ago.)

❤ Annette

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1 Year Ago: Ten Book Recommendations for Those in a Reading Slump

10 Picture Books I Want to Read

I know that I’m technically way too old to read picture books, but what’s the point of knowing how to read if you can’t read whatever you want? Plus, I find that children’s books can be incredibly creative and the artwork is beautiful.

Clicking on an image will take to you Amazon via an affiliate link.

How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk

Found this one thanks to Poisoned Pen’s monthly newsletter. It sounds interesting but also very fun.


Never Take a Shark to the Dentist by Judi Barrett

This looks fun and quirky.


Please Bring Balloons by Lindsay Ward

I really like balloons? Usually hot air balloons, but I’m not going to be picky. 🙂 (You can also check out Hot Air Balloon Books on My TBR List.)


Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen

I’m mostly intrigued by this one because the title rhymes. 😛


Tea Rex by Molly Idle

Dinosaurs and tea. Sold.

The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman

A book about a story! (Which sounds weird… Goodreads describes it better.)

Firebird by Misty Copeland

I loved her young reader’s edition chapter book, so I’m excited to read her picture book as well.


Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson

Now that I have a dog, I’m more of a dog person. Which means I need to catch up on my dog-ish reading. 🙂


There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi

Another doggie book!


Found Dogs by Erica Sirotich

This looks amazingly adorable! Just look at the cover!

 

What other picture books should I add to my list?

pic books TBR

1 year ago: My Favorite Childhood Picture Books

Book Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book 2 in the Parasol Protectorate series

Summary

I enjoyed this book even more than I enjoyed the first one in the series. In this one, random supernaturals (werewolves, ghosts, vampires) are suddenly disappearing OR they are losing their ability to change into their supernatural form. Our main character, Alexia (who is preternatural and has no soul), sets out on an adventure to figure out why this is happening and how she can stop it.

What I Liked

  • The first book had a lot of world building. This is a fantastic world, so I’m thankful for that, but it was great also to move on to a focus on characters and events. For a reminder, this takes place in Victorian Steampunk England.
  • I love that, in this universe, werewolves, vampires, and ghosts aren’t hidden. They’re a part of society and are regulated by the government. It’s super interesting to see how society develops with supernatural creatures. You get to see the politics inside the individual creatures’ structures (hives for vampires, packs for werewolves) but also how they interact with each other and humans as a whole.
  • Guest appearance by characters from the author’s “Finishing School” series. (And by “guest appearance”, I mean that this series was actually written first, even if I didn’t read them in that order.) We get to see what happens to some of the characters. (And oh. my. gosh. I can’t believe it took me so long to place them!)

My Favorite Lines/Pages

(Some of these I included because they give you a taste of the world.)

  • “‘And what exactly is it?’ added the vampire, pouring the tea. Lady Maccon took hers with milk and a little sugar. He took his with a dash of blood and a squeeze of lemon.”
  • “‘But honestly Alexia, I do not mean to be boorish, but do you realize that your underdrawers are exposed to the night air, not to mention the public view?’
    ‘Ivy, I am hanging on for dear life to the side of a floating dirigible, leagues up in the aether. Even you must admit there are some instances wherein protocol should be relaxed.'”
  • “‘…what am I to do? I am overcome with the injustice of it all.’
    Lady Maccon replied with a suggestion. ‘Seek the assistance of an ugly-hat-addiction specialist this very instant?'”
  • “The dirigible came to rest as lightly as a butterfly on an egg, if the butterfly were to stumble a bit and list heavily to one side and the egg to take on the peculiar characteristics of Scotland in the winter: more soggy and more gray than one would think possible.”

What I Didn’t Like

  • This isn’t really a negative, but more of a heads up: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE NEXT BOOK ON HAND!! Maybe it’s just me, but the book was cliffhanger enough for me to make me dive right into the next book!

In Conclusion

If you’re looking for an adult fantasy, give this series a try!

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)

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1 year ago: Book Review: Sixteen Kisses by Kelly Oram

Book Review: Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

This graphic novel follows Willhelmina (Will), a high school student who has to navigate part of her summer without electricity, thanks to the storm Whitney, which knocked out the power.

(“Storm”, in this case, actually means “storm”, like a thunderstorm or hurricane. When I first read the synopsis, I definitely thought Whitney was a person who “blew into” her life and messed it up. But no, Whitney is the name of a storm.)

What I Liked

  • “Poignant” is probably the best way to describe this graphic novel.
  • This reminded me of Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. I saw this especially in Will’s use of a hobby to deal with loss. (Will’s hobby is building lamps out of found objects, which is really cool! Especially since this is a graphic novel and you get to see her inventions.)

My Favorite Lines/Pages

(This book didn’t have page numbers, so I don’t have those for you.)

  • “‘Reality might suck right now, but I guarantee things will change.’
    ‘How do you know?’
    ‘Because things always do.'”
  • “‘You know. You fake it ’til you make it.’
    ‘So… Act the part until you become it?’
    ‘Yeah! If you always challenge yourself, you get used to being outside your comfort zone.’
    ‘Huh, that’s like being comfortable being uncomfortable.'”

What I Didn’t Like

  • Thanks to reading the synopsis beforehand, I was sort of expecting a girl named Whitney to show up. Turns out, Whitney is a storm, and Will is short for Willhelmina. I was just a tad confused for a bit. 😛

In Conclusion

If you are a fan of Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer, you’ll probably enjoy this book. It’s also great for anyone looking for a young adult graphic novel.

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)


1 year ago: Book Review: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson