Tuesday, July 17, 2018

*Top Ten Tuesday* Favorite Novellas/Short Stories


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. 

Y'all, Amazon Prime Day has me all out of sorts this week, trying to watch all the deals to find the funny or useful items. On top of that, I've been having issues with my right eye flaring again, and it's been slowing down my proofreading, so I'm just behind all around. And I was doing so well at getting caught up and organized before our unexpected trip back to Illinois.

But anyway, this weeks theme is favorite novellas or short stories. I don't read a whole lot of novellas or short stories (unless we're counting children's books, which I'm totally going to do) because there are just not enough hours in the day. However, there have been times when I've used short story freebies from Amazon to get a quick read and review in to help keep my verified review percentage up (because I believe that helps me escape Amazon's review purges. I have no proof to support this other than the fact that so far I've managed to not be hit by any of them). So let's see what kind of list I can cobble together, shall we?


There was really no way you were getting out of this list without at least one Tingle book making an appearance, so I figured I might as well start off with it. 


This is an absolutely adorable children's book that I don't hate to read. 


While I enjoy all the stories in this collection, I've always been particularly fond of "Twas the Night Before Solstice." 


If you enjoy Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol, you should definitely consider reading this as well. 


I love the message in this cute little children's book.


The Misunderstood Mister Yeti by John Hinterreiter
This is a fun book teaching kids not to judge people based on their appearance alone, because what they are deep down might surprise you.


The Trash Collector by Monica Shaughnessy
I had a love/hate relationship with this story. It's told from the POV of a very unlikeable character, and jumping into the shoes of someone I dislike is not really enjoyable. But the message of the story was amazing. 

And seven is the new ten this week, because I'm getting back to stories I read in 2015, and even with my reviews, I just don't remember enough about them off the top of my head to feel comfortable including them on this list. 

So what are some of your favorite novellas or shot stories? - Katie 

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

*Stacking the Shelves* 14 July 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. 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 the past two weeks (because I missed last week due to an unexpected trip out of town). All Goodreads First Reads ebook wins unless otherwise specified.

Chipless by Kfir Luzzatto
The Madonna Model by T L Ashton
The Streets by Tom Sheridan
Fortune Kookie by Jean Gill
Discipled by Jesus by Robert Gelinas
Visions of Heaven: What my Near-Death Experience Taught me About Eternity by Jane Moe and Suzy Bills
The Summer Boyfriend by Christina Benjamin
Anxiety My Friend by Matthew B. Courtney
Blind Angel of Wrath by Nick Aaron
The Wardens of Light by Savanna Lee
The Embrace by Helen Matthews
Harder Than Steel by Jane Galaxy
The Land: Founding by Aleron Kong
What Autism Gave Me by Michael Haigwood Goodroe
Checkmate by Varun T.
Ana Rocha: Shadows of Justice by Ammar Habib and Glenda Mendoza
Wealth for All by Idowu Koyenikan
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen - I snagged this on sale for just $1.99 (still on sale). This is a book that I had guaranteed through Penguin's First to Read program, but failed to read it before the loan expired, so I was excited to catch it on sale.
Rooked by Caitlin Sara
In the Wrong Hands by Avi Domoshevizki
River of Angels by Abbe Rolnick
Roses by Midnight by Nicola Mar
The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan - I snagged this on sale for just $1.99 (no longer on sale). It's set during WWII, so it was pretty much a must-have for me.
The Haunting of Stoke Water by Elizabeth Andrews
Divine Choreography of Redemption by William E. Jefferson
Colt by Kate Bridges
Humans: The Untold Story of Adam and Eve and Their Descendants by Joseph Luguya
Priceless by Zygmunt Miloszewski
Murder Girl by Lisa Renee Jones
Stars Bleed by Angus Nicneven
oozlumBoys by Thea Maii
Eris at Rest by Bruce Post
LaLa Feels Blah-La by Tela Kayne
Caleb's Window by John J. Siefring
On the Brink of the Nile by Mahi Wasfy
Perseaus by C.C. Wyatt
Larkin's Landing by S.K. Wee

So that's all the books that I got over the past two weeks. I only bought two books and the rest were Goodreads wins. Considering that this is for two weeks and covers the first of the month, it's a pretty small list for me, but that's just a testament to how few Goodreads giveaways there are now that Goodreads is charging for them and the novelty of being able to give away ebooks has somewhat worn off I think. And if you noticed the abs on both of my featured covers, I did that just for Lenoreo and Curly Carla of Celebrity Readers.

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

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Friday, July 13, 2018

*Book Blogger Hop* 13 July 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:
Does a cluttered blog have you not returning? By cluttered I mean too many columns, small type, too many photos, difficult to follow, etc.  (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)
Kind of, yeah. I'm not particularly fond of blog setups with columns of extra stuff on both sides of the actual blog post, especially if there is more width dedicated to that stuff than the blog post itself. It makes it seem like the widgets are more important than the posts to me, and they shouldn't be. It won't necessarily stop me from visiting a blog again (because most of my blog visits at the moment are returning comments made on my blog), but it's definitely not a blog that I would follow when I finally get my life organized and can start doing that again.

What about you? Also, would you consider my blog cluttered? - Katie

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

*Deja Revu* 2 July 2018

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

*Top Ten Tuesday* Top Reads of 2018 (So Far)


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 top reads of 2018 so far. Maybe I'm weird, but I am not a fan of making lists like this. Trying to look at all the books I've read so far this year and picking just a few as my favorites when so many of them were good in their own ways is just hard and I worry that I might offend someone by not including them in my list. It's just nerve-wracking all around. So rather than agonizing over which books I felt were the absolute best reads so far this year, I'm simply going to feature ten of my highest rated books in no particular order.


The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
Memoir
Review not yet posted.


Memoir

Here to Stay by Suanne Laqueur
Contemporary Romance
Review not yet posted.


Devoted by Ginna Moran
YA Paranormal Romance
Read my review.


Bound by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor
Paranormal
Review not yet posted.


180 Seconds by Jessica Park
NA Romance
Review not yet posted.


The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
Historical Fiction
Review not yet posted.


Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
YA LGBT Fiction
Review not yet posted.


The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir
Contemporary Fiction
Read my review.


Prey to the Heart by Kristen Banet
Erotic Paranormal Romance
Read my review.

So there you go, ten books that I have rated highly so far this year. This is not a complete list of my highly rated books for the year, nor should it be construed as the ultimate top ten books I've read so far this year, but these are ten books that I would definitely recommend in a variety of genres. (I apologize for all the books that are currently missing reviews, I'm just so behind on writing them at the moment.)

What are some of your highly rated books (or your top ten reads so far) this year? - Katie 

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Friday, July 6, 2018

*Book Blogger Hop* 6 July 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:
If you were stranded on a deserted island, which ONE book could you not live without? (submitted by Megan @ Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest)
SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere by John "Lofty" Wiseman is the book I would need to take with me to ensure my survival on a deserted island. There is not a doubt in my mind that without it, I would not survive long at all. I am so not an outdoorsy person (I don't even like sitting out in my backyard to read), so I would need a book that would help me with actual survival.

What about you? What one book could you not live without? - Katie

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

*Top Ten Tuesday* Red, White and Blue Book Covers


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 red, white, and blue book covers in honor of America's Independence Day, that day when we said a great big "F you" to Britain, but we still super liked the flag and incorporated the colors and some of the symbols into our own. Or maybe we just weren't very creative in our early days, our forefathers spending more time focusing on things like writing the Constitution. Couldn't be bothered to put too much thought into a flag after that.

I joke to hide the fact that I'm not really in a festive mood for the 4th this year. Life happened recently and at the time you're reading this, I will be on my way back to Colorado from Illinois after a long weekend (but otherwise short) trip for a funeral. And I'm heading back to a part of the state where we're likely to not have any fireworks displays because of the fire hazard (it's too dry for us to even use charcoal grills right now, forget setting off literal explosives). But let's see if I can fake some patriotic cheer for just a little bit to come up with some stunning covers for your viewing pleasure.


Lighthouse Beach by Shelley Noble


The Summer Sail by Wendy Francis


The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews


The Burn Rose by W.D. Currie




Home Sweet Maison by Danielle Postel-Vinay


When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele


Losers Bracket by Christ Crutcher


At Home with the Armadillo by Gary P. Nunn


Cousins Maine Lobster by Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac

Look, I did it. I found ten books in my office with covers that incorporate red, white, and blue. It's a rather interesting collection of books if you ask me, with a wide variety of themes, but this is what I was able to come up with in the about twenty minutes I had to build this blog post before I needed to do other things to prepare for our unexpected weekend trip. 

Which of these is your favorite red, white, and blue cover? - Katie 

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

*Stacking the Shelves* 30 June 2018


(Titles link to Amazon via Amazon Affiliate links)

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. 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.

Closet Friends (Chapter Preview) by Eric Rivernight (I apparently won a chapter preview and not even the full book on this one). 
Without a Country by Ayse Kulin - This was my free book selection for Kindle First for June (because I'm always late picking those out). 
The Dreamachine by William Dickerson
Humans and Other Aliens by Alexander Winzer
Eris Adrift by Bruce Post
Confessions of an Old Man: How Millennials are Being Robbed by Munir Moon
The Virtuoso by Virginia Burges
Haunting Poems by Larissa Matharu
Psybrid by Bailey Pons
Make Your Life Better This Year by Kia Wakefield
The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook by America's Test Kitchen - I snagged this book on sale for just $3.99 (no longer on sale) when it was a Kindle Daily Deal.
European Son by Barry Levy
The Touch by Robert Flynn III
Before I Saw You by Amy Sorrells
The Mortal Falls by Anna Durand
An Accidental Murder by Diana M. Grillo
The Other Side of History: Daily Life In the Ancient World by Robert Garland (The Great Courses) - I snagged this in audio during a recent 2 for 1 sale on The Great Courses on Audible.
The History of the United States by Allen C Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, and Patrick N. Allitt (The Great Courses) - This was another audio grab during The Great Courses sale on Audible.
Living the French Revolution and Age of Napoleon by Suzanne M. Desan (The Great Courses) - Another audio bargain during The Great Courses Sale on Audible.
America's Founding Fathers by Allen C Guelzo (The Great Courses) - My final audio grab during The Great Courses Sale on Audible.
The First 30: Guide to Your First Thirty Years by Dustin Jones
Monster Problems: Vampire Misfire by R.L. Ullman

So that's all the new books I've added to my virtual shelves this past week. It was another slow week for me, and that's okay.

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

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