Monday, July 6, 2015

I Got Bingo!

 Hey everyone!!

I just wanted to update you all on my Book Bingo. This is something I was trying out this year and, must admit, have been a little lazy with it (so don't feel bad if you have absolutely no idea what I am talking about. You can find the link to the original post here if you want to take a look at it :) and if you want to join, do it!! There's still 6 months left!!)

Today, I happened to look at my bingo card and noticed I HAD BINGO!! Take a look see!

“First time for everything”

(First book in a series)

“Out of this world”

(Book set in a different world or country)

“Better than Twilight”

(Book with a love triangle)

“Bibbity Bobbity Boo”

(A book with magic)

(Copper Girl)
”Beginning of a beautiful relationship”
(Book by an author you read for the first time and now love)

(The False Prince)
“Book hulk”

(Book with more than 500 pages)
“Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My”

(Book with non-human characters)
“Beam us up, Scotty”

(Sci-Fi Book)

“The book was better”

(Book that turned into a movie)
“Saving people, hunting things…”

(Paranormal book)
“Dude power”

(Book with a male protagonist)

(Book you fell in love with aka 5/5 star rating)
“Nothing is free”

(Except this space)
“Welcome to Hogwarts”

(Book with mythological creatures)
“Nerds Unite!”

(A graphic novel)

(Teen Titans: Beast Boys and Girls)
“On Wednesdays, we wear pink”

(Book set in high school)

“Pass the tissues”

(Book that made you cry)
“Let’s get real”

(A non-fiction book)
“Judge a book by it’s cover”

(Book with an amazing cover)
“OK, for a middle book”

(Second book in a series)
“Girl power”

(Book with a female protagonist)
“It all comes down to this”

(Third book in a trilogy)
“Where we are going, we don’t need roads”

(Book set in the future)
“High expectations for men”

(Book where you found your new book boyfriend)
“We do take requests”

(Book recommended by a friend)

Now, I'm going to try for a full black out!

So, tell me.... how's your bingo card looking?

If you aren't participating, why not?!? Simply go to the original post (see above), copy and paste the card into a Word document (that's what I've found to be easiest) and start crossing off books as you read them :) I'm going to be referring to books that fill each square in my reviews, and if you do the same, I ask that you leave a comment with either a link to your blog post or telling us what category you filled in with which book :)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Beach Books

*deep breath* ahhhhhh summer.... Time for relaxation, catching some rays, and some much needed down time to catch up on reading. This is also the time of year I love most since it means my family's annual trip to Topsail Island, NC!!! One full week of family, the beach, and my favorite books.

Now, I'm infamous in my family for over packing... that's because I have to make sure all my books fit. I have books for the 2-day road trip down, books for the beach, and books for the ride back! I've noticed recently that I associate certain books of mine with the beach. Now, these books don't have to take place at the beach. No, these books have become known as my "Beach Books": books that, no matter when I get them, I save them to read at the beach.

So with that being said, here are my Beach Books for my beach trip in August:

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
This series is my classic Beach Book; it's the Founder Beach Book, so to speak. I first read Throne of Glass in 2012 on my family beach trip. Ever since then, every year, I have brought a Throne of Glass book with me to the beach. 2013 were the novellas, 2014 was Crown of Midnight, and now Heir of Fire. The downside is, I'm well behind the curve in this series and it's slowly driving me mad having the book sit on my bookshelf being unread since my friend got it for me earlier this year... BUT! It's all worth it to me :) The beach trip wouldn't be the same without Celaena <3

Inferno by Dan Brown
This is another Beach Book staple. I've been bringing a Dan Brown book to the beach for about the same amount of time as I have a Throne of Glass book. I get my YA fix with the Throne of Glass series and I get my mystery fiction fix with good ol' Dan Brown. This also has become a bonding book with my mother and I. I end up reading/finishing it during the first half of vacation and by the end, she's got it done and we love talking about the book on the way back :)

These two are the only consistent Beach Books I have. The other books I decide to bring are a mix of sequels to books I've read during the year and books waaaay deep in my TBR shelf. This year, I'm going way back in time to a series I loved in middle school but never finished.

Goddess of the Night (Daughters of the Moon #1)
I LOVED this series as a kid! And I've always been sad that I haven't finished it yet (and recently discovered her other series Sons of the Dark). I'm hoping to get through the first couple books of this series and try to bring back some of that good nostalgia.

Now that I've shared some of my Beach Books, tell me.... What books are you bringing to the beach??  Do you have one book or series you always read? Do you like reading books that take place on beaches while you are on the beach? Tell us about it!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday (#5?)

 Hi all! I've lost count of the number of Waiting on Wednesdays I've done. At this point, I know it's still in the single digits--which is extremely disingenuous of me, considering I'm constantly waiting for books. And not just on Wednesdays. But alas, I've only chronicled a few and I promise to be better with it.

This Wednesday, I'm waiting on...

Expected publication: February 16, 2016

For obvious reasons but also because, in case you can't figure it out:

1. I follow Heidi on Twitter. She's lovely and it makes me want her book a million times more.
3. The title. I'm a sucker for titles. I've often grumbled over bad titles. I almost didn't watch 'Revenge' because of it's super shitty title, which now I understand as being the only title it can have.
4. The character's name is pretty freaking cool. I also have a thing for character names. They can make or break a book, to be honest.
7. LOVE. TRAVEL. INTRIGUE. I need it now.

So,  what are you waiting for?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Books We've Read in 2015

My wonderful co-blogger and I decided to split the list this week for Top Ten Tuesday!

Brianna's Picks:

1. THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT by Melissa Grey

Oh, friends. This was the book I was waiting desperately for and it was so worth it. These are the characters I wanted to hang around with long after the story was finished and I will happily await the sequels.


I loved this so much. I've been getting more and more into middle-grade and this book had so much heart that it was bursting with it. Such a sweet--no pun intended--and lovely story.


This novel was perfect. I totally believe that some books are meant to be read at the right place and right time and for WYGB that time was few months ago. This was everything I love in a book: quirky, fun, heartfelt and a tad speculative and very meta. Just amazing.

4. THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir


5. AFTER PERFECT by Christina McDowell

Full disclosure: I worked on this book.
BUT. It's amazing. Moving, inspiring and a story of parental incarceration, finding yourself and forgiveness. A must read. Oprah Magazine and People Magazine both called it a summer page-turner, so you know I must be right.

Amy's Picks:

1. CRESS by Marissa Meyer

This is probably my favorite book in the Lunar Chronicles series so far :) I absolutely love Cress and her love story with Thorne! And it's not all the love story. So much happens with Cinder and Kai and all the other characters, it will leave you begging for more!

2. THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer A. Nielsen

This was a book I happened on by chance and I'm so happy I found it! It has to be my new favorite series! It has a kind of Anastasia-like feel; lost royalty and someone trying to pass an orphan off as the lost prince. And I absolutely love Sage! He's such a great protagonist that everyone will love to root for!

3. COPPER GIRL by Jennifer Allis Provost

This was another fabulous series that I just devoured! Provost sets up a great, magical world with amazing characters. I honestly can't say there was really anything I disliked about the book. It's got magic, romance and mystery that many can enjoy :)

4. TAKE BACK THE SKIES by Lucy Saxon

This was an extremely heart-felt book that hit me right in the feels! I'm still reeling over some of the occurrences in the book. Saxon creates a wonderful sci-fi world that I love to dive into time and again and I can't wait to pick up the second book!

5. ZODIAC by Romina Russell
This was a tough choice for the last spot but Zodiac won out mostly because of it's use of astrology in the story line. It was really interesting to see how the character's personalities differed based on their planet (which reflects the zodiac). Each was culturally different and I just loved it! The love triangle wasn't bad either ;)

Well that's our Top 10 Books Of 2015! Was one of our books in your Top 10? Tell us about it!

If you are interested in participating in Top 10, visit The Broke and the Bookish for next week's topic!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Zodiac (Zodiac #1)

Author: Romina Russell
Pages: 366
Goodreads rating: 3.68
 At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.


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