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text 2017-04-30 14:35
April Wrap Up
With Every Letter - Sarah Sundin
Polio: An American Story - David Oshinsky
Enchanted, Inc. - Shanna Swendson
Spying in High Heels - Gemma Halliday

My list looks longer than usual because I took a day to read some very short reads off my NOOK and the books I chose for Booklikes-opoly were relatively short. The spring edition of Dewey Read-a-thon just topped the month.

 

I won't be putting together a TBR for each month while Booklikes-opoly is going. I want to be able to start reading a book as soon as possible and not leave other books half-finished. My big projects for May are reading London by Edward Rutherfurd and Booklikes-opoly.

 

Highlights, Lowlights:

Best Books: With Every Letter, Polio

Worst Books: Totally Vegetarian, A Paris Affair

 

Challenges:

Library Love (Overdrive Junkie level - 36+): 5; 28/36 for the year (77% complete)

Pop Sugar: 10: 29/52 for the year (56% complete)

BL/GR: 59 /150 (39% complete)

 

 

1. We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese by Elizabeth M. Norman - DNF

 

2. With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1) by Sarah Sundin (Pop Sugar prompt - book of letters) - 5 stars

 

3. A Suitor for Jenny (A Rocky Creek Romance #2)  by Margaret Brownley (Pop Sugar prompt - Title with character's name) - 3 stars

 

4. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (Pop Sugar prompt - a book by someone I admire) - 3 stars

 

5. Weddings Under a Western Sky by Various Authors (Pop Sugar - a book with multiple authors) - 2.5 stars

 

6. Lowcountry Book Club (Liz Talbot #5) by Susan M. Boyer - 3 stars

 

7. All I Want (Dukes of War #8) by Erica Ridley - 2 stars

 

8. Totally Vegetarian by Toni Fiore (Library Love) - 1 star

 

9. Knead to Know (Knead to Know #1) by Liz Schulte - 2 stars

 

10. Cyberpunk Tales, Book One: Looking Death in the Eye by A.L. Hunt (Pop Sugar - book from a genre never heard of)- 3 stars

 

11. The Start of the Rainbow (Daughters of Erin #0.5) by Amanda McCabe - 1.5 stars

 

12. Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky (Pop Sugar prompt - On TBR long time) - 5 stars

 

13. The Obsession by Nora Roberts (Pop Sugar prompt - 2016 best seller) (Library Love) - 2.5 stars

 

14. Enchanted, Inc (Enchanted, Inc #1) by Shanna Swendson (Pop Sugar prompt - First book in a series never read before)  (Library Love) - 3.5 stars

 

15. Far From Home (Mangrove Island #2) by Neve Cottrell (Booklikes-opoly) - 2.5 stars

 

16. Spying in High Heels (High Heels #1) by Gemma Halliday (Booklikes-opoly) - 3.5 stars

 

17. The Nightingale Girls (The Nightingale #1) by Donna Douglas (Booklikes-opoly) - 3 stars

 

18. A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay (Pop Sugar prompt - unreliable narrator) (Library Love) - 0 stars

 

19. The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart - DNF

 

 

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text 2017-03-31 16:25
March 2017 Reading Wrap Up
Major Conflict: One Gay Man's Life in the Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell Military - Jeffrey McGowan
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game - Michael Lewis
The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade - Ann Fessler
Rick Steves Travel as a Political Act - Rick Steves
Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire From Valley Forge to Afghanistan (General Military) - Scott McGaugh

 Overall a not great reading month, with some serious low-level ratings. A lot of disappointment in the content of some of these books. But I am either on track or ahead on some challenges, so at least I am not falling behind while traveling around.

 

Best part of my reading this month is finally visiting the British Library and its long standing exhibit (the BL is between special exhibits at the moment)! Unfortunately, visitors can't take pictures of the documents/books in the exhibit so I don't have any to show you. I am going back for the upcoming exhibit on the Russian Revolution, which turns 100 this year. The British Library will also do an exhibit on Harry Potter this year.

 

Highlights, Lowlights, and Challenges

Best Books: Major Conflict by Jeffrey McGowan; Moneyball by Michael Lewis; The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler; Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves

 

Worst Books: The Girl's Guide to Homelessness: A Memoir by Brianna Karp; Elegy for a Disease by Ann Finger; Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan

 

Library Love Challenge: 8; 19/36 for the year

Pop Sugar Challenge: 8; 18/52 for the year

BL/GR Reading Goal: 42/150

 

1. Polio: An American Story by David Oshinksy (Pop Sugar prompt - On the TBR a long time) - Currently reading, not counted in my stats yet

 

2. The Girl's Guide to Homelessness: A Memoir by Brianna Karp (Library Love Challenge) - .5 star

 

3. Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire from Valley Forge to Afghanistan by Scott McGaugh (Pop Sugar prompt - set in wartime) (Library Love Challenge) - 3 stars

 

4. Major Conflict: One Gay Man's Life in the Don't - Ask - Don't - Tell Military by Jeffrey McGowan (Library Love Challenge) - 3.5 stars

 

5. The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler (Pop Sugar prompt - Difficult Topic) (Library Love Challenge) - 3.5 stars

 

6. Cat Trick (A Magical Cats Mystery)  by Sofie Kelly (Pop Sugar prompt - Cat on the cover) (Library Love Challenge) - 1 star

 

7. Elegy for a Disease: A Personal and Cultural History of Polio by Anne Finger - DNF

 

8. Travel is a Political Act by Rick Steves (Pop Sugar prompt - Involves Travel) (Library Love Challenge) - 4 stars

 

9. Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan (Pop Sugar prompt - Set in a Hotel) - 0 stars

 

10. Echoes in Death (...In Death #44) by J.D. Robb  (Pop Sugar prompt - Published in 2017) - 1.5 stars

 

11. Moneyball by Michael Lewis (Library Love Challenge) - 4 stars

 

12. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (Pop Sugar prompt - bought on a trip) - 3 stars

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video 2017-02-15 19:13

Originally posted on MissKatiEllen.

 

It’s official, we are already one month down into this crazy year, and this month I managed to pack in a crazy amount of reading!! If you haven’t already I would really recommend picking up Sally Greens series, I cannot wait to start reading the third. Completely hooked.

 

 

Now I’m a sucker for a book with a beautiful cover, guilty as charged, and when I saw these new covers in Waterstones I had to do it. These editions are by Coralie Bickford Smith, The Fox and the Star, and are gorgeous. They retail at £20, I bought Jekyll and Hyde for myself and the other for my mum as a birthday present. I also plan to buy her Withering Heights.

 

 

I really don’t remember buying this many books but clearly I did. Poor Unfortunate Souls is the last book by Serena Valentino, which I’m gutted about because I love the world she has created. With only two more books left to come in the Throne of Glass series, the final and a novella, I picked up the assassins bind up of the first 5 novellas. Also thought I’d grab the first in her other series, although I won’t start reading that for a while.

 


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video 2017-01-18 20:54

Originally posted on MissKatiEllen.

 

Welcome to 2017 everybody, and to my first post of the year all about last year!! In todays post we’ll be looking at what I read in the last two months, my favourite and recommendations of the year and what’s on my reading list for the year.

 

In no particular order here are my favourite reads of 2016, all of which I would highly recommend. Not pictured is here is the fairy tale retelling series by Jackson Pearce as a friend is currently borrowing them.

 

 

  • The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford Smith, although not a long book it’s a cute story of filled with stunning illustrations.
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, I have never enjoyed a series so much!! A wonderful fairytale retelling, definitely a winner. Would also recommend the novellas too.
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, this was probably one of the first ‘chosen one’ series I’ve read since Harry Potter. What I loved, aside from the great story, was the fact the romantic aspect wasn’t the driving force of this. Yes it was the but had to take a backseat to more important things.
  • The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, this was a nice little read about a girls journey through her forbidden home where myth and reality become one.
  • Fairest by Serena Valentino, I didn’t realise how long this book had been sat on my list and om glad I’ve finally read it. This was such a great portrayal of the Evil Queen, everything her past to her present. The second book is based Beauty and the Beast, and the third to be released is about Ursula.
  • Harry Potter by J.K Rowling, I’ve loved rediscovering this series, so much went over my head as a child. I’ve discovered a whole new love for this wizarding world.

 

So that was last year, since November I’ve been thinking about what I want to read in 2017. I want a balance between books I haven’t read in forever, books that have been on my list since the dawn of time and have forgotten about and books that are new and I’m itching to read. To see what’s made it onto my list check out shelf on either Goodreads or Booklikes.

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text 2016-05-02 12:23
April Reading Wrap-Up

In April, I read enough chapter ones from various books to equal the length of a short novel. I picked at books I've had going for a long while, a chapter or two from one thing, a short story from one anthology/collection or another.

Not much is holding my interest. I think the problem is my general mood, rather than the material I've been sampling. I just haven't been able to figure out what it is exactly I'm in the mood to read.

But I'll read through it. It will pass.

I did manage to finish three books in April.

They are:

Night Squad, by David Goodis - A solid noir read. I'll be picking up some more Goodis for sure.

 



South of the Border, West of the Sun, by Haruki Murakami - A good book, but only an okay Murakami.

 



Borderline, by Lawrence Block - Repackaged, old-fashioned sleaze. A serial killer amid sexual adventurers on the US-Mexico border.

 

 

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