Saturday, May 26, 2018

*Stacking the Shelves* 26 May 2017


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Stacking The Shelves is a feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Now, I already have a monthly post I do featuring the books I get in the mail (and it's a lot because I have a serious Goodreads First Reads giveaway addiction), and I'm posting my monthly Read-A-Thon posts again too, which covers the books I receive through Netgalley. And since I am currently technically a displaced person (all my things are packed up on a boat and I don't have a home to call my own at the moment), I'm not currently buying any physical books. So my STS post will feature all the books I've been one-clicking on Amazon. 

On that note, here are the books I picked up this week. All Goodreads First Reads ebook wins unless otherwise specified.

Summer of Peace by Caroline Andrus - I snagged this book for 99 cents (still 99 cents) because the author is my Facebook wife (you know those silly memes where you tag people for certain roles, well she and I got reciprocal spouse positions on a few of them in a row, so now we're Facebook married), and I wouldn't be a very good Facebook spouse if I didn't buy her books. 
Searching for Pilar by Patricia Hunt Holmes
The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan - I snagged this beauty on sale for just $1.99 (no longer on sale). I've never read any of his books, but I've heard such good things and the covers always intrigue me. 
Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill - I snagged this on sale for just $2.99 (no longer on sale) because the cover! Also, I'm pretty sure I've seen it on a lot of other blog lists, so it's been on my radar for a bit at least. 
Twilight of the Coyote by Ron Schwab
Virion: The Black Cell by R.L.M. Sanchez
The Great Sugar War by Benjamin Ellefson
Bladesong: 1151 in the Holy Land by Jean Gill
Dancing in No Man's Land by Brian Jennings
Dinomorphs: Back to the Beginning by Odin Gray
A Nation of Mystics/Book 3: Journeys by Pamela Johnson
Just Let Time Pass by Wendy Landers
Through Your Eyes by Mae East
Must by Brice Austin
A Lethal Spectre by Donna Fletcher Crow
Please Stay by Greg Payan
Something in the Heir by Jenny Gardiner - I snagged this beauty as a freebie (maybe still free). I don't remember where on Facebook I saw it, but it may have been on Celebrity Readers' page.
Lovers, Players & the Seducer by J.A. Jackson
Product Launch by David Jablonski
Arnhem's Kaleidoscope Children by Graham Wilson

So that's all the books I picked up in the past 6.2 days (I included last Saturday's books last week, but then bought Summer of Peace after that STS post went live).

What new books have you added to your shelves recently? - Katie

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

*Book Blogger Hop* 25 May 2018



We are on to a new week for the Book Blogger Hop hosted by the lovely folks over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. This weeks questions is:
Do you remember the first book you read by yourself? (submitted by La La @ La La in the Library)
Not really no. At least, not for sure. For one thing, I'm not sure if this question is asking about books that I read simply to myself and not to a parent or teacher. Even if it is, I'd have to think all the way back to second grade for sure (I know I was reading on my own in second grade because I got in trouble for taking books outside to read during recess, it's one of my mom's favorite stories to tell about me). That was a long time ago and I've been a reader my whole life so I've read a LOT of books. Trying to narrow it down to just one would be impossible. I do remember really enjoying the Babysitter Little Sister series when I was that age, so it might have been one of them. But I also super loved Matilda and literally read my copy to pieces, so it could have been that. I was really big into Goosebumps in elementary school too though, so there's another entire series of books that could have provided my first, honest to goodness read to myself book. I wish I had a more definitive answer here, but I just don't.

What about you? Can you remember the first book you read by yourself? - Katie

*If you're stopping by from the linkup, please be sure to drop a link to your post below so I can stop by and see your answer too.* 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

*Platypire Read-A-Thon* May List and Results

Photo Courtesy of Platypire Maribel
Because May is already almost over (we only have one week left) and I already know that I'm not going to be getting any more reviews posted in that time (probably), and I know right now exactly which books I will be finishing by the end of the month, I'm just going to give y'all my May list and results in one handy dandy post. That means this post will give you any reviews I posted in May (I think there was all of one), tell you which books have been added to my ever growing Needs Reviewed list, and show you which books have been added to my TBR list from Netgalley and Penguin's First to Read. At this point, it just makes sense to do it this way, and in June, I'll try to get my list posted much closer to the beginning of the month. So here we go. 

R - Read
C - Currently Reading
T - To Be Read
NR - Needs Reviewed

Read

Reviewed
*Titles link to reviews*
ISAN by Mary Ting (First read in 2016, but read again in October. Review was posted after the book finally went live.)
My Delicate Destruction by Jillian Ashe (May '18) (This book has undergone some additional editing, my original review remains mostly the same.)

Needs Reviewed

NR - Mary Ting Proofread (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Alexandrea Weis Proofread (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Bicycle Thieves by Mary di Michele (March)
NR - Alexandrea Weis Proofread (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting (GR link) (2017)
NR - The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff (July)*
NR - Son by Lois Lowry (May)*
NR - The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana (June)
NR - Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives (July)
NR - It Takes Death to Reach a Star by Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington (Oct.)
NR - Crown of Draga by Emma Dean (September)
NR - Jinxed by Thommy Hutson (September)
NR - Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (October)
NR - The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams (June)*
NR - Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (2016)*
NR - Love's Embrace by Mary Reason Theriot (October)
NR - Back Blast by Mark Greaney (2016)*
NR - Charlie Foxtrot by Jillian Ashe (December)
NR - Precious Bones by Irina Shapiro (December)
NR - Give Me Your Answer True by Suanne Laqueur (2015)*
NR - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (December)
NR - The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Dubois (December)
NR - You Can't Hide by Dan Poblocki (December)
NR - Jasmine of Draga by Emma Dean (November) 
NR - Seventh Decimate by Stephen R. Donaldson (Oct.)
NR - Devoted by Ginna Moran (January '18) 
NR - Bound by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor (February '18)
NR - Light Between Two Dark Places by Ginna Moran (February '18)
NR - The Immortal Gene by Jonas Saul (February '18)
NR - Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas (January '18)
NR - The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (January '18)
NR - This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe (February '18)
NR - Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (February '18)
NR - Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (February '18)
NR - Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid (February '18)
NR - Crosstalk by Connie Willis (February '18)
NR - The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck (May)*
NR - Yes Please by Amy Poehler (March '18)
NR - Enticed by Ginna Moran (March '18) 
NR - The Power to Break by Lisa Suzanne (March '18)
NR - Steal the Stars by Jillian Ashe (March '18)
NR - Coveted by Ginna Moran (March '18)
NR - Here to Stay by Suanne Laqueur (March '18)
NR - Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (March '18)
NR - Code Girls by Liza Mundy (March '18)
NR - 180 Seconds by Jessica Park (March '18)
NR - Gareth Worthington Proofread (March '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - The Invisible Thread by Lisa Suzanne (April '18)
NR - Mermaid Waters by Ginna Moran (April '18)
NR - Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg (April '18)
NR - I Know What I'm Doing -- And Other Lies I Tell Myself by Jen Kirkman (April '18)
NR - Alpha Wolf by Emma Dean (April '18)
NR - Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae (April '18) (GR link)
NR - Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera (April '18)
NR - Mercedes M. Yardley Proofread (May '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Heir of Draga by Emma Dean (May '18)
NR - The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons by Dan Elish (May '18)
NR - Prey to the Heart by Kristen Banet (May '18)
NR - Liana Gardner Proofread (May '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Book of Watchers by Mary Ting (May '18)
NR - Spotted Her First by Emma Dean (May '18)
NR - A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (May '18)

Currently Reading

C - The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (2015)*
C - The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (2016)*
C - Sweetwater: The Kihn by Rivi Jacks (2015)*
C - The Voyage by Tammie Painter (2015)*
C - Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder (2015)*
C - The Road Home by Kathleen Shoop (2015)*
C - Troll by Ashley C. Harris (2015)*
C - The Sanctum of Souls by R.K. Pavia (2015)*
C - The Travelers by Chris Pavone (2015)*
C - Back of Beyond by Neeny Boucher (2016)*
C - The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen (2016)*
C - Letter's From Paris by Juliette Blackwell (2016)*
C - An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur (2016)*
C - River of Ink by Paul M.M. Cooper (Jan)*
C - The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (Jan)*
C - My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni (Feb)*
C - Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz (Feb)*
C - Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years by Blanche Wiesen Cook (Feb)*
C - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (April)*
C - Handbook for Mortals by Lani Sarem (Sept.)
C - Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid (Sept.)
C - The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones (September)
C - The Christmas Tree Guy by Rainy Stone (November)
C - The Gift by Cecelia Ahern (December)
C - Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle (August)
C - Every Dog Has His Day by Jen McKinlay (November)
C - The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez (January '18)
C - Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (January '18)
C - Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown (January '18)
C - Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride (March '18)
C - A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft (April '18)
C - Love and Ruin by Paula McLain (February '18)

To Be Read

T - The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias (Feb)
T - Courage to Soar by Simone Biles (March)
T - In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett (March)
T - The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse (April) 
T - The Radium Girls by Kate Moore (April)
T - Betwixters: Once Upon a Time by Laura C. Cantu (June)
T - Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (July)
T - Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale (July)
T - Zoonauts by Richard Mueller (July)
T - Cooking for Ghosts: The Secret Spice Cafe by Patricia V. Davis (July)
T - The Scary Train Ride by Marlene Bischoff (July)
T - Skyward Bound: Hot-Air Ballooning by Alese & Morton Pechter (July)
T - Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home by Jody A. Dean, Ph.D. (July)
T - Gerome Sticks His Neck Out by L.S.V. Baker (July)
T - The Adventure of Thomas the Turtle by Stuart Samuel (GR) (July)
T - The Fable of the Snake Named Slim by Doug Snelson (August)
T - How to Behave in a Crowd by Camille Bordas (August)
T - Ramses the Damned by Anne Rice & Christopher Rice (August)
T - Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (August)
T - Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi (August)
T - A Thousand Rooms by Helen Jones (August)
T - The Border by Steve Schafer (August)
T - Berserker by Emily Laybourne (August)
T - Nemesis by Anna Banks (August)
T - The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus (August)
T - Sneak Peek: The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick (September)
T - Sneak Peek: Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown (September)
T - Lords of the Underworld Sampler by Gena Showalter (September)
T - The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (September)
T - Sneak Peek: Nadiyah's British Food Adventure by Nadiyah Hussain (September)
T - How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry (September) 
T - A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas (September)
T - Sneak Peek: The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Oct.)
T - Sneak Peek: Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card (Oct.)
T - Sneak Peek: Origin by Dan Brown (Oct.)
T - A Darker Sea by James L. Haley (Oct.)
T - CS Wilde Proofread (November)
T - Skipping Christmas by John Grisham (December)
T - A Christmas Hope by Joseph Pittman (December)
T - Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews (December)
T - All I Want for Christmas by Jenny Hale (December)
T - Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair (December)
T - Christmas at the Vicarage by Rebecca Boxall (December)
T - A Festival of Murder by Tricia Hendricks (December)
T - The Philosopher's Flight by Tom Miller (January '18)
T - Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney (January '18)
T - Boys Keep Swinging by Jake Shears (January '18)
T - The 53rd Card by Virginia Weiss (January '18)
T - Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (January '18)
T - The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March (January '18)
T - How to Walk Away by Katherine Center (January '18)
T - The Italian Party by Christina Lynch (January '18)
T - Indecent by Corinne Sullivan (January '18)
T - The Lightning Stenography Device by M.F. Sullivan (January '18)
T - Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini (January '18)
T - A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn (January '18)
T - The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory (January '18)
T - A False Report by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong (January '18)
T - School for Psychics by K.C. Archer (January '18)
T - White Houses by Amy Bloom (February '18)
T - The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall (February '18)
T - Tell Me No Lies by A.V. Geiger (March '18)
T - A Tokyo Romance by Ian Buruma (March '18)
T - Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell (March '18)
T - The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George (March '18)
T - Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers (March '18)
T - Six Basic Cooking Techniques by Jennifer Claire (March '18)
T - The Trumpets of Jericho by J. Michael Dolan (April '18)
T - I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman (April '18)
T - Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hiller (April '18)
T - Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope (April '18)
T - Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird (April '18)
T - The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox (April '18)
T - Flying at Night by Rebecca L. Brown (April '18)
T - The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale (April '18)
T - The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil (April '18)
T - Dreams of Falling by Karen White (April '18)
T - Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins (April '18)
T - House of Nutter by Lance Richardson (April '18)
T - The Pisces by Melissa Broder (April '18)
T - Vox by Christina Dalcher (April '18)
T - Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson (April '18)
T - A Short History of Drunkenness by Mark Forsyth (April '18)
T - The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (April '18)
T - Small Country by Gaël Faye (April '18)
T - Sneak Peek: Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson (May '18)
T - Brave Enough by Kati Gardner (May '18)
T - The Crescent Stone by Matt Mikalatos (May '18)
T - Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal (May '18)
T - Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen (May '18)
T - Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (May '18)
T - Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner (May '18)
T - The Future Will Be BS Free by Will McIntosh (May '18)
T - Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley (May '18)
T - Eagle and Crane by Suzanne Rindell (May '18)
T - Orchid and the Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes (May '18)
T - The Occasional Virgin by Hanan al-Shaykh (May '18)
T - The Game of Hope by Sandra Gulland (May '18)
T - The Mermaid by Christina Henry (May '18)
T - Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin (May '18)

It feels like I haven't read many books this month, but that's because almost all of the books I have read have been proofreads, and I've only managed to get through two audiobooks, which is below average for me lately. And in spite of that reduced reading, I have added several new books to the list (due in part to my Netgalley YA Request Roulette game I played for a Top Ten Tuesday this month. I got approved for more of those books than I was expecting.) So this is where I stand. I could review a book a day for the entire month of June and still have books that I need to get reviewed. And I think even if I didn't add a single new book to my TBR and actually stuck to the books already on this list, I'd be set for reading until about the middle of next year. Can anyone teach me temperance or self-restraint, because I kind of need to develop those things. - Katie

*Platypire Read-A-Thon* April Results

Photo Courtesy of Platypire Maribel

I am super late getting my results post ready for y'all...but it's only a little bit more than a month since I posted the original list, so I guess I have that going for me...I didn't even have many changes since the original list was posted, which is frankly kind of sad, and I should probably be ashamed of myself, but I'm pretty sure I was rather busy working for the rest of April, so that's my story and I'm sticking to it. 

R - Read
C - Currently Reading
T - To Be Read
NR - Needs Reviewed

Read

Reviewed
*Titles link to reviews*
Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett (December '17)
Between This One and the Next by Ginna Moran (December '17)
Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubray (July '17)*
I Know I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee (December '17)
A Very Mer-Merry Holiday by Ginna Moran (October '17)
Damned by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor (July '17)

Needs Reviewed

NR - Mary Ting Proofread (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Alexandrea Weis Proofread (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Bicycle Thieves by Mary di Michele (March)
NR - Alexandrea Weis Proofread (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting (GR link) (2017)
NR - ISAN by Mary Ting (2016)
ISAN by Mary Ting (October) (This was a re-read, but it should still count for my numbers)
NR - The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff (July)*
NR - Son by Lois Lowry (May)*
NR - The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana (June)
NR - Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives (July)
NR - It Takes Death to Reach a Star by Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington (Oct.)
NR - Crown of Draga by Emma Dean (September)
NR - Jinxed by Thommy Hutson (September)
NR - Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (October)
NR - The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams (June)*
NR - Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (2016)*
NR - Love's Embrace by Mary Reason Theriot (October)
NR - Back Blast by Mark Greaney (2016)*
NR - Charlie Foxtrot by Jillian Ashe (December)
NR - Precious Bones by Irina Shapiro (December)
NR - Give Me Your Answer True by Suanne Laqueur (2015)*
NR - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (December)
NR - The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Dubois (December)
NR - You Can't Hide by Dan Poblocki (December)
NR - Jasmine of Draga by Emma Dean (November) 
NR - Seventh Decimate by Stephen R. Donaldson (Oct.)
NR - Devoted by Ginna Moran (January '18) 
NR - Bound by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor (February '18)
NR - Light Between Two Dark Places by Ginna Moran (February '18)
NR - The Immortal Gene by Jonas Saul (February '18)
NR - Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas (January '18)
NR - The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (January '18)
NR - This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe (February '18)
NR - Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (February '18)
NR - Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (February '18)
NR - Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid (February '18)
NR - Crosstalk by Connie Willis (February '18)
NR - The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck (May)*
NR - Yes Please by Amy Poehler (March '18)
NR - Enticed by Ginna Moran (March '18) 
NR - The Power to Break by Lisa Suzanne (March '18)
NR - Steal the Stars by Jillian Ashe (March '18)
NR - Ginna Moran Proofread (March '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - Here to Stay by Suanne Laqueur (March '18)
NR - Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (March '18)
NR - Code Girls by Liza Mundy (March '18)
NR - 180 Seconds by Jessica Park (March '18)
NR - Gareth Worthington Proofread (March '18) (Not yet listed on Goodreads)
NR - The Invisible Thread by Lisa Suzanne (April '18)
NR - Mermaid Waters by Ginna Moran (April '18)
NR - Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg (April '18)
NR - I Know What I'm Doing -- And Other Lies I Tell Myself by Jen Kirkman (April '18)
NR - Alpha Wolf by Emma Dean (April '18)
NR - Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae (April '18) (GR link)

Currently Reading

C - The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (2015)*
C - The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (2016)*
C - Sweetwater: The Kihn by Rivi Jacks (2015)*
C - The Voyage by Tammie Painter (2015)*
C - Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder (2015)*
C - The Road Home by Kathleen Shoop (2015)*
C - Troll by Ashley C. Harris (2015)*
C - The Sanctum of Souls by R.K. Pavia (2015)*
C - The Travelers by Chris Pavone (2015)*
C - Back of Beyond by Neeny Boucher (2016)*
C - The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen (2016)*
C - Letter's From Paris by Juliette Blackwell (2016)*
C - An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur (2016)*
C - River of Ink by Paul M.M. Cooper (Jan)*
C - The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (Jan)*
C - My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni (Feb)*
C - Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz (Feb)*
C - Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years by Blanche Wiesen Cook (Feb)*
C - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (April)*
C - Handbook for Mortals by Lani Sarem (Sept.)
C - Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid (Sept.)
C - The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones (September)
C - The Christmas Tree Guy by Rainy Stone (November)
C - The Gift by Cecelia Ahern (December)
C - Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle (August)
C - Every Dog Has His Day by Jen McKinlay (November)
C - The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez (January '18)
C - Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (January '18)
C - Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown (January '18)
C - Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride (March '18)
C - A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft (April '18)
C - Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera (April '18)

To Be Read

T - The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias (Feb)
T - Courage to Soar by Simone Biles (March)
T - In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett (March)
T - The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse (April) 
T - The Radium Girls by Kate Moore (April)
T - Betwixters: Once Upon a Time by Laura C. Cantu (June)
T - Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (July)
T - Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale (July)
T - Zoonauts by Richard Mueller (July)
T - Cooking for Ghosts: The Secret Spice Cafe by Patricia V. Davis (July)
T - The Scary Train Ride by Marlene Bischoff (July)
T - Skyward Bound: Hot-Air Ballooning by Alese & Morton Pechter (July)
T - Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home by Jody A. Dean, Ph.D. (July)
T - Gerome Sticks His Neck Out by L.S.V. Baker (July)
T - The Adventure of Thomas the Turtle by Stuart Samuel (GR) (July)
T - The Fable of the Snake Named Slim by Doug Snelson (August)
T - How to Behave in a Crowd by Camille Bordas (August)
T - Ramses the Damned by Anne Rice & Christopher Rice (August)
T - Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (August)
T - Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi (August)
T - A Thousand Rooms by Helen Jones (August)
T - The Border by Steve Schafer (August)
T - Berserker by Emily Laybourne (August)
T - Nemesis by Anna Banks (August)
T - The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus (August)
T - Sneak Peek: The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick (September)
T - Sneak Peek: Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown (September)
T - Lords of the Underworld Sampler by Gena Showalter (September)
T - The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (September)
T - Sneak Peek: Nadiyah's British Food Adventure by Nadiyah Hussain (September)
T - How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry (September) 
T - A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas (September)
T - Sneak Peek: The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Oct.)
T - Sneak Peek: Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card (Oct.)
T - Sneak Peek: Origin by Dan Brown (Oct.)
T - A Darker Sea by James L. Haley (Oct.)
T - CS Wilde Proofread (November)
T - Skipping Christmas by John Grisham (December)
T - A Christmas Hope by Joseph Pittman (December)
T - Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews (December)
T - All I Want for Christmas by Jenny Hale (December)
T - Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair (December)
T - Christmas at the Vicarage by Rebecca Boxall (December)
T - A Festival of Murder by Tricia Hendricks (December)
T - The Philosopher's Flight by Tom Miller (January '18)
T - Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney (January '18)
T - Boys Keep Swinging by Jake Shears (January '18)
T - The 53rd Card by Virginia Weiss (January '18)
T - Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (January '18)
T - The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March (January '18)
T - How to Walk Away by Katherine Center (January '18)
T - The Italian Party by Christina Lynch (January '18)
T - Indecent by Corinne Sullivan (January '18)
T - The Lightning Stenography Device by M.F. Sullivan (January '18)
T - Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini (January '18)
T - A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn (January '18)
T - The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory (January '18)
T - A False Report by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong (January '18)
T - School for Psychics by K.C. Archer (January '18)
T - White Houses by Amy Bloom (February '18)
T - The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall (February '18)
T - Love and Ruin by Paula McClain (February '18)
T - Tell Me No Lies by A.V. Geiger (March '18)
T - A Tokyo Romance by Ian Buruma (March '18)
T - Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell (March '18)
T - The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George (March '18)
T - Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers (March '18)
T - Six Basic Cooking Techniques by Jennifer Claire (March '18)
T - The Trumpets of Jericho by J. Michael Dolan (April '18)
T - I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman (April '18)
T - Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hiller (April '18)
T - Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope (April '18)
T - Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird (April '18)
T - The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox (April '18)
T - Flying at Night by Rebecca L. Brown (April '18)
T - The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale (April '18)
T - The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil (April '18)
T - Dreams of Falling by Karen White (April '18)
T - Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins (April '18)
T - House of Nutter by Lance Richardson (April '18)
T - The Pisces by Melissa Broder (April '18)
T - Vox by Christina Dalcher (April '18)
T - Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson (April '18)
T - A Short History of Drunkenness by Mark Forsyth (April '18)
T - The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (April '18)
T - Small Country by Gaël Faye (April '18)


So I only added two new reviews, and one more finished book after my initial list was shared in April, and I feel like I'm missing a book that I proofread in April from the list, but I'm probably just getting April and May mixed up right now, so we're going to go ahead and say that this list is exactly how it should be. Deal? Deal. - Katie


Monday, May 21, 2018

*Top Ten Tuesday* Best Character Names (May 22)


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Joood - Hooligan of Platypire reviews bossed me into doing this, so I guess this is a thing I do now. 

This weeks theme is best character names. And you know, I just don't know what to do with this topic. See, I'm rather partial to characters named Katie, especially if they die. I have this thing where I try to get authors to write me into stories just to kill me off, but aside from those books, I don't actually encounter very many Katies in my reading. If I'm reading historical I find a few more Katherines (which is also acceptable), but even those are rather sparse in my experience. And I get it. Those are super common names and authors want their characters to stand out, but I'd love to see more Katies in my reading.

But aside from characters named Katie/Katherine, I really like characters with alliterative names. If I learn a characters first and last name within a story, it's much easier for me to remember them if they start with the same letter. Most of the examples of this that I can think of off the top of my head are in comic books, which I don't read, but it doesn't change the fact that I like the names. So here we go, ten characters with alliterative names.

Ava Adair from the Spark of Life series by Ginna Moran
Peter Pan from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Luna Lovegood from The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Meg March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Peter Parker from Spiderman by Stan Lee
Bruce Banner from The Incredible Hulk by Stan Lee
Marty McFly from Back to the Future by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale (Pop Classic book linked by Kim Smith).

So there you go, ten alliterative character names, and I only had to pull two from comic books and then one from a movie (and if you have small children, the Back to the Future Pop Classics book is absolutely adorable).

What are some of your favorite alliterative (or non-alliterative) character names? - Katie

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

*Stacking the Shelves* 19 May 2018


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Stacking The Shelves is a feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Now, I already have a monthly post I do featuring the books I get in the mail (and it's a lot because I have a serious Goodreads First Reads giveaway addiction), and I'm posting my monthly Read-A-Thon posts again too, which covers the books I receive through Netgalley. And since I am currently technically a displaced person (all my things are packed up on a boat and I don't have a home to call my own at the moment), I'm not currently buying any physical books. So my STS post will feature all the books I've been one-clicking on Amazon. 

On that note, here are the books I picked up this week. All Goodreads ebook wins unless otherwise specified. 

Satsang with the Abbot by Abbot George Burke
Mrs. Pratt's War by Sarah Richmond
Lost With Nothing to Lose by Vincent Berg
The Sunwright Chronicles by Kevin Villegas
The Dynasty of the Phoenix by B.A. Ellison
Melt For You by J.T. Geissinger
What Lies Below by Barbara Taylor Sissel
American Girl Dreams of Saturn by Nikki Godwin - I snagged this as a freebie (no longer free) after seeing it shared by the author on Facebook. 
Before You Go by Nikki Godwin - I snagged this as a freebie (no longer free) when I saw it shared by the author on Facebook. 
After Care by L.B. Dunbar - I snagged this on sale for just 99 cents (still on sale). This book is advertised as romance for women over 40, or something like that. I do know the male MC is a silver fox, so if you're looking for a more mature romance, this would be a great book for you.
Worth the Risk by Heather B. Moore
Beside Turning Water by Dory Codington
The Staircase of Fire by Ben Woodard
A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White
The Curse of the Skyfolk by Jamie Rowe
Luney Tales by Bill Bowyer
The Romeo Catchers by Alys Arden - I snagged this on sale for just $1.99 (still on sale). I've had my eye on this series for a while because the covers are absolutely gorgeous, and I finally caved and bought them. 
The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden - This is the first book in the series mentioned above and I got it on sale for just $1.99 as well (still on sale). 
Awesome Love Series Set by Sheila Holmes
Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot - I snagged this as a freebie (still free) after seeing it shared on Facebook. I believe it was the lovely ladies at Celebrity Readers that shared it, but I'm not 100% sure on that. 
The House of Baric Part One: Shields Down by Jillian Bald
Adrift by Rob Boffard - This is a Goodreads win, but I wanted to comment since I noticed that it's not actually published yet. That's one of the positive changes where ebook giveaways on Goodreads are concerned, you can have them end before release date and anyone who wins the book can post a verified (I think) review before release day (I have the option to post a review right now, but I just won this book yesterday so I do not have it read yet). 
Agent Undisclothed: Volume 1 by Dan Budge and D'Jesse Larsen
The Kind of Parent You Are by Brian Vondruska
The Things We Don't Say by Roberta R. Carr
The Singular Mr. Sinclair by Mia Marlowe
The Secret and the Butterfly by Rosemary Ness Bitner
The Curator of Provenance by John Ratti
High Treason by Peter Vielhaber 
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert - I snagged this on sale today for just $2.99 (still on sale for all of Saturday). I've had my eye on this book after seeing it all over the blogosphere somewhat recently. I just love the cover which made me absolutely want to read it, so when I caught it on sale today, I had to buy it. 

And that is all the new books that I added to my shelves over the past 8 days. Normally my post goes from the previous Saturday through Friday, but I really wanted to get The Hazel Wood added to the list this week since it's on sale today, so I added an extra day. I just need to remember that next week when I go to build my post for this. 

And because someone commented last week on how long it took me to build my STS post, I decided to time myself today...This post took 18 minutes to put together, in case you were wondering. 

What new books have you added to your shelves recently? - Katie 

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