Friday, December 23, 2016

The Clockwork Princess (T.I.D. # 3) Cassandra Clare



Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Trilogy
Release Date:  March 19th 2013
Page Count656 pages
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Date(s) Read: [Finished] 12/23/16
Rating: Book-4.5/5
                 Audio-4/5
Audio:

I liked him well enough. He made it easier to get through the book; especially the excessively drawn out parts. Sometimes, I may get a bit confused about who he is reading when he does the dialogue, or when he is just doing the thoughts or descriptions, especially if I am not totally focused on the audio (which was usually when I got a bit confused and would have to pick up the book).

Book:

Favorites? How can I choose a favorite? Well, okay, maybe I can; but more than one favorite. Among the ones that are my favorites, I doubt I could choose one over the other really, because I love them for different reasons. Although, Jem and Will, I think I have a special place in my heart for Jem...and he would be that one that would take top spot...just a bit. 

Of all the characters, I do love Charlotte & Henry (how can you not love them! Especially Henry and his "remind you of your grandpa or favorite uncle" kind of way about him!). Tessa, I loved her strength. Her questions would get on my nerves sometimes, but, I guess if you don't ask, you will never know! As she grew, she began to ask less questions and realize, she can figure things out without so many questions..especially as she got more comfortable as a shadow hunter and a young woman. She had a strength about her that I wish I had at her age, heck, my age now! Yet, she would show her vulnerable side sometimes too. She had a balance about herself. 

This book was very beautifully written, all the books were. Almost like reading poetry in novel form. It had you going from one emotion to the next then back again! A whole lot of laughter in there too. 

So far, between T.M.I & T.I.D., my favorites would be T.I.D.. Although, I do miss the mess out of my Simon! I was ready to get through The Infernal Devices just so I can read about Simon! Lord knows I love that little dude! 😍

I can finally say that I checked (✓) off another series/trilogy in my self imposed "Year of the Series 2017" challenge that I started a little early (In October). And one more book down for the Big Book Challenge (BBC)[✓]. 

It took me a while to finish this book because I just was not feeling the reading thing and these books seem to take me a while to get through anyway because they are good but slow reads for me personally. So, even if I read them daily, it would probably take me at least a week to finish because they are pretty big books. 


Monday, December 5, 2016

Wrap Up: November 2016

I had to redo this because too many of the links kept coming up as "not found"


                                                           My Thoughts

                                                     

                         Didn't do a review for this one, but I really did enjoy this book. I gave it a 4.5/5






Thursday, December 1, 2016

2017 Reading Goals: A Look Ahead


This year, I will do as I did before and participate in at least 4 challenges that I did in 2016 as well as one that I got a head start on in the last few months of 2016 & another that I began looking into finding books for (#2 & #6). I will also link any groups that might go with the challenges.

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1. Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 (Goodreads group link)
The group I have here has the PSRC as well as a Personal Challenge and other things in it.
Link for 2017  P.S.R.C.2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge (link to Jamie Ghione's Blog)

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2. Year of the Series 
(as far as I know, there isn't a group for this and I  don't know if anyone else is doing it or any other person than the one I spoke to about it)
πŸ“šThis is where I try to get caught up on and/or finish series, duologies, trilogies etc that I started over the years and never finished for one reason or another. If I find that I just can't get into the series, I give myself permission to DNF the 'series'.
πŸ“šI will also allow myself to start two more series this year (maybe more if I do well with keeping on a good pace with finishing series). One, I had tried to read before but just never finished the book. The other, is from an author that I found in 2015 & got caught up on one of her series in 2016.
  A) Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  B) Library Lover's Mystery series by Jenn McKinlay

I am going to do my best not to start any other series until I get caught up on some of the ones I started (i.e.- Cassandra Clare Shadowhunters series, and a few others..or, I DNF them)

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3. Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge (Goodreads group link)
In 2016, I participated in Level 2 (Investigator) [7-12 books]. This year, I decided to go down to Level 1 (Snoop) [6+books]. While, in 2016, level 1 was read at least six books and level 2 was read at least 7-12 books, they have changed it up quite a bit this year. So, my going down a level worked out perfectly. I will give the list of types of cozies they want you to read in level 1 and I may also make a post for that so I can keep up with what I have read and what I need to get to.

So, here's the list I will be working on for 2017 Cruisin' Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge Group (total of 10 books):
- One from culinary (anything dealing with food: restaurants, baked goods, etc.)
- One from animal related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.)
- One from craft related (any kind of hobbies - knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.)
- One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.)
- One from British cozy mysteries (example: Belinda Lawrence series)
- One career-based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.)
- One holiday based (set during any holiday - Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.)
- One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.)
- One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present)
- One is your choice! (freebie!) 

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4. Big Book Challenge (Goodreads group link)
This one is where you read books that are 400 pages+.  In 2016, I set it at 7 books and I think I may keep it at that level (at the time I am typing this, which is in November 2016, that is my thoughts, I may change my mind later and up it.

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5. Read more stand alone books
As much as I like series, they can be a bit daunting and sometimes, you just need something that is quick and easy to read without "worrying" about any other books after that. So, I hope to find more stand alone books. Which leads me into number 6.

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6. Read Outside My Comfort Zone
I am mostly looking into reading more Contemporary romance (YA/NA/Adult,etc). It's hard for me to read New Adult (NA) and Adult Romance because many tend to be a little bit too raunchy for me. I tend to steer clear of the raunchy as much as possible. I don't mind the innuendo, just not being overly descriptive (i.e. Envy by Sandra Brown, I could've done without all of that).

So, more than likely, it will take me a while to work my way up to NA and Adult, but with a little poking around, I'm sure I will find something I am looking for that suits my wants. While also looking into other genres to see if there is something I may like but have yet to try. :)

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So, that is my 2017 Goals and what I am hoping to accomplish. Hopefully I will get most done and out the way but also keeping it relaxed and fun. That's why I only have a set number of books for two parts because I don't want to over do it. And the Popsugar Reading Challenge may also help me get through the year as well with reading different types of books as well as things that may fit into the other challenges I am working on this year!😊

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Murder of an Angel (Confessions #4) by James Patterson

The Murder Of An Angel (Confessions #4) by James Patterson

Release Date: 10/26/15
Page Count: 304 pages (Kobo App. Edition)
Genre: mystery, young adult, contemporary
Dates Read:  11/26/16-11/27/16
                             
My Rating:
Book: 4/5 🌟
Audio: 3.5/5 🌟

Book:
Finally, an end to a great series. It took me a while to get this one because I had too be in the mood for it, but at the same time, I think part of me wasn't ready for it to end.

As usual, I love Tandy and her brothers. I came close to not liking her uncle (won't say which, as I know there are some who haven't read it).

There are some things I'd like to know of course, but it did end in a way that I can be satisfied knowing everything will be just fine. :)

Audio:
She wasn't horrible, but some parts she read it a bit too anxiously for me. Maybe I just wasn't used to it. And many of her male voices sounded a lot a like. She did read the French quite well I can say. A lot better than what I would have! Other than how some parts were read, she did well and helped me get through the book. I bought the book on Kobo app because I had a discount and it was a good price. I'm not one who reads on my tablet often. And, well, I've just enjoyed listening more than reading lately. 😊

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (interactive on kindle)


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Release Date: 9/6/16 (Kindle Edition)
Page Count: 32
Genre:  children's, holiday
Dates Read:  11/23/16

My Rating:
Book: 5/5 🌟
Audio: 5/5 🌟 
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There was an advertisement on my kindle for this story, but for interactive. 

So, I had to get it!

 I smiled so much with this story. I felt like a big kid interacting with it and kept thinking: I can't wait for my mom to see this! (Yes we're both big kids in some areas). 

Hopefully my 6 year old nephew will like it but, either way, my sister is about to have a little one and my nephew just had a baby girl..so, by the time Thanksgiving comes around next year, both will be just old enough to at least appreciate the pictures..then later, the story and interactions. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Book Haul: Thriftbooks (pt 2~2 books)

I forgot to add these when I got the other part of the haul from Thriftbooks.

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No explanation needed of the book I don't think. 😊
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Never read the H.P. series and thought I'd just buy the book and when I'm ready to start  listening to the audio, I'd have the book to follow along. It's hard for me to just listen to audio without having the book nearby just in case I lose focus and/or didn't understand something, or want the spelling of a word/name. 😊

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(book 1 in a cozy mystery series)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare


Release Date: 12/6/11
Page Count: 498  
(counting the pages I've read, not actual pages in book)
Genre
fantasy/Young Adult/Paranormal/Sci-Fi/Romance/Steam punk
Dates Read: 11/3/16-11/9/16

My Rating:
Book: 4.5/5 πŸŒŸ
Audio: 4/5 🌟

My Thoughts:
I can really see why this series is the favorite for many between T.M.I. and T.I.F. 

It is beautifully written. Characters amazing, although sometimes make you want to shake them! Things get said that make you wince. While others make your mouth hang open and smile. 

I am going only by the first two books now. I will know for sure how I feel once I read the third and finish book 6 of T.M.I.

I love the different points of view in the book. Makes it more interesting to see how everyone actually thinks and feels. 

So far, Clockwork Prince is my favorite of the trilogy. I hope Clockwork Princess is even better for me! 

There is so much I could say, but I won't as I might give away so much of the story! But there are characters that amaze and surprise me...new and old! 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Vanilla Beaned (A Cupcake Bakery Mystery #8) by Jenn McKinlay


Release Date: 4/5/16
Page Count: 294
Genre: cozy mystery  
Dates Read: 10/29/16-11/10/16  
                              
My Rating
Book: 4.5/5 🌟
*recipes included in book*

*Caught up on the series. Just waiting for book #9 (due out April 2017)*

(Took me a while to finish because when I'm stressed and/or with anxiety, I can't focus much on reading)

There isn't a whole lot that I can say without giving away the whole story, so, I won't say much except it was really good! I laughed so hard on so many parts! The interaction between the friends, are always amazing and funny.

And there was even a little bit of growth within the book.

I can say that, of the others I read, I think this will make my list of one of my favorites of the series.

It wasn't who I thought it was, and I went back and forth with some but had my doubts with them. Kind of suspected one here and there but didn't see the purpose, so it didn't stick.

With all of that said, I will hush now, before I really ruin it and give spoilers. :-)

Yes, I had to take it there! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚



(all book cover photos taken from goodreads.com unless otherwise stated)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare


Release Date: 9/1/15
Page Count: 479
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult/Paranormal/Steampunk/Science Fiction/Romance
Dates Read:  10/24-11/2
                              
My Rating:
Book: 4/5 🌟
Audio: 4/5 🌟



My Thoughts:
I didn't go into this book with my hopes too high because I knew the chances of me possibly not liking it. Although, they were still a bit high and I did hope, I'd enjoy it. I did.

As I get used to Clare's writing, I know to go into it not expecting it to totally wow me but that it would be entertaining and interesting, with a hell of a lot of angst and guys being butt-holes. And I got all of that. I noticed similarity with some characters here and The Mortal Instruments and I hoped it wouldn't continue with characters being exactly the same. She did change some of them up a bit as the book went on and I am glad about that. Although, there was that one, throughout the book, they did remind me of a certain character that got on my last nerve in the beginning. Another hope that changes as well. Overall, I did like a large number of the characters. Tessa? Well, I like her, she just tends to ask too many daggone questions! Lol...But I guess you need to learn, so you have to ask questions! Maybe because I am one I learned to not ask a whole lot of questions, I tend to get frustrated with people who ask a crap load of questions whenever you talk to them! lol

The book was a bit slow paced, but I think part of me expected that because much of her books are; but also, with this being the first book in the trilogy, I guess you have to get to know the world and people. Hopefully she will pick it up with the next two. I'm sure there will be a lot more angst and frustration, as she always does, but so far, I am enjoying this book a bit more than I am T.M.I.

There isn't a whole lot I can say about this book. I went between giving it a 4/5 to giving it a 4.5/5 stars. I stuck with 4/5 because of how similar some of the characters and story were to the other books and how some things tended to wrap up a bit too neatly.

After a bit of a break (reading a book or two), hopefully I will be going on to The Clockwork Prince before the year is out. :-)


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Dark Chocolate Demise (A Cupcake Bakery Mystery #7) by Jenn McKinlay





  Release Date:  April  7, 2015
  Page Count: 284 Pages (Includes Recipes)
  Genre: Cozy Mystery/Adult, Romance/Food and Drink/Halloween/Humor
  Dates Read10/17/16-10/29/16
                                
My Rating:
Book: 4.5/5 🌟


My Thoughts:

It took me a bit to finish it because I had a few days here and there that I didn't want to read much, plus, I had also started reading another book along with this one (Well, more like listened to another book).

Just like the previous books in this series, I had a good laugh, some frustration with the characters not listening! But I guess that's kind of normal in amateur sleuth books! But, it wasn't a bad frustration, not by any means. It just made the book that much better. As always, I love the characters!

Of all the cozies I have started, this is the furthest I have made it into any of the series. I hope to change that with one or two that I started a while back ago. I am enjoying her writing a lot, evidently.

Because of my spiritual beliefs, I tend to cringe when I see the "G" in God lower cased whenever He is mentioned; in any form. Yet, I won't allow that to stop me from finishing this series, and possibly going on to her Library Lovers series as well. That is my only issue with the books.

Monday, October 17, 2016

City Of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare


  Release Date: 5/8/12
  Page Count: 535
  Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/
      Paranormal/Romance
  Dates Read: 10/8-10/17
                                  
My Rating:
Book: 3/5🌟
Audio: 3/5 πŸŒŸ

My Thoughts:

Audio:
Although she is bearable, she isn't my favorite when it comes to narrating a book. I really have to pay attention to who she is doing and make sure I listen when she is doing new 'voices', so that I can know who is saying what.  Again, she isn't horrible, just not my favorite. I don't have a favorite person that I know by name but I know some do better than others for me personally.

Book:
It started out as my favorite, then ended up seeming to be too drawn out. Some scenes could have been left out. We already know how some felt about certain situations, why keep repeating it and/or have more than one long dialogue about it (i.e.-angst being one & repeating one thing that you may have said a few pages or even a chapter or two earlier)? Even if it wasn't word for word repeating, it just gives you the feeling of "We've already been through this, move on" kind of feeling.

I do like the books, if I didn't, I wouldn't have kept going in the series. I just felt many spots, could have been left out and those parts seemed to just have been fillers; something to just have there for the sake of having something to say. I understand many may need that kind of detail, I'm not. Give me enough for me to know what's going on, move on.

What I did love about this one, is the suspense she did throughout the book. She'd get you all excited about what's going on in that one area with the people she's talking about, then, she will go to another scene, and then, of course, go back to what she was talking about before!

I did find myself getting bored with much of the Clary parts though. I don't know what it was, I just wasn't feeling it. As the book went on though, I found myself getting bored with other areas as well. Maybe that's the "I feel it is being drawn out" thing I kept feeling throughout this book (As well as the others).

I am continuing on with this series because I want to get to The Infernal Devices trilogy. I didn't realize though, that they could have been read in publishing order, and that I could have read Clockwork Angel & Clockwork Prince already! So, those will be next when I feel I am reading to move on in the series. Right now, I need a break. Just so that I can miss it for a while. It took me a while to read through it because of how slow paced it was for me, even with the audio. Thanks to the audio though, I was able to get through it faster than what I would have without it.

But please, do not let my thoughts about this book keep you from reading this. Dive into the series and see what you may think about it. You may love it! It may have you fan-girling/fan-boying (yeah, that doesn't make sense does it? lol). Just because I found it too drawn out, you may think that it doesn't last long enough! Give it a try and maybe come back to let me know what you think! :)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Book to Movie-My Thoughts: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

                                                  The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (G.R. Summary)
                                                  IMDB (Trailer, Cast, etc)

                                                     Book Release: 1967
                                                     Movie Release: 1983
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                                                     Book Rating: 4.5/5 πŸŒŸ
                                                     Movie Rating: 9/10 πŸŒŸ
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                                                     Read: 4/8/16-4/10/16
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                                                     Genre(s):
                                                      Fiction/Young Adult/
                                                     Historical Fiction/Classics,                                                                                                             Academic/School/Realistic Fiction,
                                                   Coming of Age/Childrens

My Thoughts:

Finally, after so many years, a few decades actually, after it came out as a movie, I decided to watch the movie; that is, after I read the book of course.

After wandering through the library one day, I saw That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton, picked it up, recognized the title and took it home, not quite sure what I would think. Well, I loved it (5/5 πŸŒŸ)! Which made me look up her other books. That's when I saw "The Outsiders" & Tex, two more movies I remember but never watched. So then, naturally, I checked out "The Outsiders" and liked that too, a LOT. 

Going into the movies, I'd wondered what I'd think about the movie and the people playing them. Naturally, I compared the movie to the book (all I could remember and really enjoyed it. It was grate to put people and images to the book And the mental images I was able to gather and remember in the 6 months since reading it.) The people and surroundings matched up perfectly for what I would have thought about while reading, with the exception of one. Ralph Macchio. I would not have pictured him in that movie at all, but he did quite well playing Johnny Cade. The rest of the cast, were perfect fits when it came to who I would have picked/visioned if I had a possible cast showed to me. Especially Patrick Swayze! Someone I've loved since Dirty Dancing! 

Why just a 9/10 then? I guess because I'm not a huge movie watcher and the fact, generally, these movies aren't my kind of movies, that took it down 1 star for me. Otherwise, the movie was perfect and near perfect for me. How much that may have been left out, I'm not sure. It wasn't enough for me to notice that it was too heavy editing from the book (After 6 months, I may not remember a whole lot as far as exact details go, but it was still enough that I knew there wasn't a whole lot left out, if anything. I know they can't include every detail from the book into movies, that would make many way too long). I am very much looking forward to watching That Was Then, This Is Now. I am also looking forward to reading Tex (Which I currently own), then eventually, Rumble Fish (I do not own it yet).


Further Thoughts:
1. My Original Thoughts on The Outsiders
2. My Original Thoughts on "That Was Then, This Is Now"

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sugar and Iced (A Cupcake Bakery Mystery #6) by Jenn McKinlay

 Rating: 4/5 🌟

I can say that, although this book had some dry moments, I really did like it.

Of course, I love the characters! And although they all had their funny moments, Marty gave me the biggest kick in this book! His sarcasm and come backs were hilarious to me; but hey, maybe that's because I'm extremely sarcastic and if done right, it's quite funny. I'm not talking being overly mean, but just enough bite to get your point across. Although, if pushed, I can't say I always blame people taking it a little further if need be and nothing else us working!

But, I've gone on a bit of a ramble again!

When you think there's some changes about to come, the old side peaks it's head out again. But, where would this series be without some pokes from some characters along the way! 😏

This book has ended on a pretty big cliffhanger, so, I need to find a way to get the last two books (so far) in this series! I want to know what happens!

Of all the cozies I've read, I do believe this is the furthest I've ever made it in any of them! Not because I didn't like many of them, it's just that as I read other books, I had all but forgotten about the other cozies I read. There's one series I started on the Kindle that I think I need to finish; maybe see if they have the physical books, as I am not one who really likes to read on her Kindle like that. I do, but not much, as I prefer physical books more! I do have some ebooks I need to get to though, hopefully soon. (Again, off topic! Lol)

Okay, I think I'm done!  Thanks for stopping by and reading my sometimes off topic thoughts! 😊😊

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Going, Going Ganache (A Cupcake Bakery Mystery #5) by Jenn McKinlay


(4.5/5 🌟)


I can say this one was one of the best and the cutest so far. And for this series, that's saying a lot. I love this series. Some books have been better than others, but even my not so favorites were still really cute. 

This one also ended on a cliffhanger, but a bit bigger than the last one. I'm glad I don't have to wait the 6 months to a year or more for the next book! 

A character from one of the previous books showed up for a scene, which was good. I kind of liked her by the end of that other book. 

The book kept me guessing until close to the end. I had a few guesses but all seemed too obvious because either they were buttholes, or, you just think: No, they're too sweet and they're always the type chosen. But I didn't really consider the one who did it. 

And as always, there are recipes at the end of this book. One of these days, I'm going to try at least one! Maybe one from each book! And this one was picked perfectly for the season, as it was set in the fall and we're coming up on fall.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Smoke Screen by Sandra Brown


Book (3/5 ⭐)
Audio (3/5 ⭐)


Although the book wasn't horrible, I found myself getting frustrated sometimes. I kept wondering: When will this be over? Do I really want to finish it? Well, it finally ended and evidently I wanted to know what happened, so, I finished it. 

I think she is helping to really get me to understand why I tend to stick with YA and why I'm so wary about many adult books now. Although this one wasn't as bad as Envy, she did do the sex scenes. It's not so much that she does them, it's how descriptive she gets. I personally don't need all the detail. I've got two kids, I get it! I know what sex is! Lol...Call me a prude, but it's just a personal thing. Whether it's a book, friend, movie, etc, I don't need graphic detail. But, I know there are others out there that are fine with it and I'm not knocking anyone who doesn't mind it. It's all about preference. I guess that's ONE reason I never read the 50 Shades series (or whatever it was). Don't get me wrong, I read many adult books, but I'm wary of many that I think: Does it have graphic sex? Violence? Etc I love mystery/thriller just not overly graphic/detailed. Hope I'm making myself clear on this. 😊

I like most of the characters well enough. The ones I suspected, she'd shift to another, then shift to another direction right to the end. And that's what I love about Brown's books and why I keep going back. In typical Brown form, she keeps you guessing! I guess I just need to put on my big girl undies and deal with the sex scenes (within reason). As I said, this one wasn't too bad, maybe three scenes. But for me, I just wasn't feeling this one. I kept getting bored and losing interest. 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Another Book Order!

Thriftbooks sent me a 10% off email this morning as a birthday 'gift' and I didn't pass it up!

These covers I'm showing, are the covers I ordered, what I get? Who knows?

I still need to get to book 5, but I wanted to get as many of the books in the series as possible (8 out right now)

I saw the original movie when I was younger. I remember liking it well enough, but I was young and I'm not sure if that was a factor in my not really caring either way about it. I may try watching it again in the future. This will be my first time reading it. Guess I'll see what I think when I decide to get to it.

I read book one some time ago and thought it was really cute. I wasn't in a hurry to go on, but knew I wanted to. If I had seen a decent copy, I was willing to pick it up. I just used this opportunity to get one. 

Now, on Goodreads, it is marked as a first book in a trilogy/series, but as I scanned over some questions, some were saying that there's actually a book before this one and that one should be read first to make this one less confusing. Sigh. I've Got You Under My Skin is the name of it. So, when I think I am ready to read the Cinderella Murder, I may try to get I've Got You Under My Skin. 

All of this book shopping is a Birthday Gift to me! Lol..Rough day, but I made it through and have books to look forward to! :-)

Well, that's it, for now! Hopefully I will get all the covers I picked, or, one better! I am trying to get better at blogging. Maybe one day I'll do more than just book stuff, but I guess I'll need to get used to doing it first, so, why not start with what I'm comfortable with? Thanks to all who read all of this. :-)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Book Outlet Order/Haul + 1 Audible Audio

Did a little book shopping today on Book Outlet & couldn't wait to get them to just share what I bought! And also got one audio!


This is the cover of the physical book that I own. When I looked up the audio for it, I originally wanted to get the free book with .99 audiobook, but I didn't get the narrator I wanted, so audible refunded my money (Thank You Audible). Well, the narrator was more expensive, not too much, so I waited until this morning to buy it! And that narrator, many may know, many may not. Patricia Routledge. Now, for those who don't know who she is, she played in a British Comedy called, Keeping Up Appearances & also a Cozy Mystery show called Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. Now, yes, she has done other things, but those are the two I am familiar with. And I adore her! And I love her voice! Especially what I was able to hear in narration of this book! Actually making me look forward to reading it! Well, listening to it! :-D

Now, my next books, are from Book Outlet:
The next two are the final two books in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and shouldn't need too much explanation! ;-)

(Book 5)

(Book 6)


Now, my personal opinion about the last three books is that she could have left it at a trilogy! And just maybe did a novella about one open ended situation. Not a full book. Then to go onto two more after that! But I am completing these because I want to go onto Magnus Bane, The Infernal Devices and the Shadow Hunter Academy Books (I hope). Which leads me into the next ones I bought.

                                (Bind up: Magnus Bane Chronicles. Novellas/Short Stories)

I am kind of nervous about these. As much as I like Magnus, I am not quite sure what I am going to think about trying to get through all of the short stories. But, I am hoping I love them. And get to know more about this Handsome Warlock!

The Next 3 Are a trilogy..And it will be obvious what they are by the pictures! It was cheaper for me to buy them individually on Book Outlet, than to buy the box set on Amazon. Although, I would have loved to have them that way..But I still have the beautiful covers..At least I hope that's what I get! LOL...I will try to update if anything changes! ;-)


The Infernal Devices Trilogy:
(Book 1)


(Book 2)


(Book 3)



Now, for those who I have listened to talk about these books, many have loved these more than The Mortal Instruments. And that includes even ones who loved T.M.I. So, I hope I feel the same way! 

Now, my final Book Outlet book for this order is:


I have also read:
and 
By 

And I enjoyed them so much that I said I would try to make it through the rest of her books. And this one was the next one I wanted to read. If/When I finish this one, I will try to go on to Rumble Fish as well. It looks like she has at least a couple more books that I may look into later, maybe! 

To look into the summaries of each book just click where it says the title of the books or where it says summary. They should lead you right to them, if not, let me know and I will try to fix them.

If any of the covers are different than the ones I put up, I will try to update it with a picture of the book(s). But, those covers I have, are the covers that were on the website. And I already own Wuthering Heights. 

But, as I finish each one, I will more than likely do at least a rating. More than likely, a "review" as well (I like saying MY OPINION more than Review, but I guess it's the same difference huh?!?!) :-)

Okay, I'm done rambling on now. Thanks for reading all of this if you got this far! :-) 



Saturday, August 27, 2016

Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead


BOOK:
(4.5/5 🌟)
Audio
(4/5🌟)
The book itself was a lot better than I expected it to be. I went into it not quite so sure what I'd think because I hadn't been able to get into vampire books since Twilight. I don't remember a lot about how I felt about the first book because it had been so long since reading it. I know this book had been out when I picked up the first..but I'm not totally sure if the third had been out or not. I do remember enjoying Vampire Academy enough to try going onto this one, but couldn't get into it at that time. I wasn't sure if I ever would. I'm glad I did give it a try though. Although Rose got on my nerves many times, I just kept reminding myself that she's young. And I know at 17/18 years old, I was so foolish and did a lot of dumb things! So, I gave her that. The angst didn't even get on my nerves much!! The book kept me interested, even if it didn't have much action until towards the end.

AUDIO:
(4/5)
The narrator was beyond annoying reading her voice! She could go a little deeper reading other's voice, men and women alike, but she made Rose sound like a 12 year old girl! I was able to tune it out throughout most of it. Then, there were times I wanted to reach through my Kindle and just shake her! Lol...Other than the annoying voice, she did pretty well.





Thursday, August 25, 2016

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2016 (Will be updated periodically)

I have a 45 book challenge (moved down from 50)..but not really centered around this list. I'm also part of Cruisin' through the Cozies, Big Book Challenge and semi doing the Read Your Own Damn Books Challenge...I've exceeded the BBC! And doing well on my reading my own books. :)

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2016
1. A book based on a fairy tale

2. A National Book Award winner

3. A YA bestseller City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

4. A book you haven't read since high school

5. A book set in your home state

6. A book translated to English

7. A romance set in the future

8. A book set in Europe The Marvels by Brian Selznick

9. A book that's under 150 pages The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick

10. A New York Times bestseller Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

11. A book that's becoming a movie this year

12. A book recommended by someone you just met

13. A self-improvement book

14. A book you can finish in a day Crank by Ellen Hopkins

15. A book written by a celebrity

16. A political memoir

17. A book at least 100 years older than you

18. A book that's more than 600 pages The Marvels by Brian Selznick

19. A book from Oprah's Book Club

20. A science-fiction novel

21. A book recommended by a family member The Shack by Wm. Paul Young

22. A graphic novel I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang

23. A book that is published in 2016 Blest by Blaise Lucey

24. A book with a protagonist that has your occupation

25. A book that takes place during summer Family Patterns by Kristin Eckhardt

26. A book and its prequel

27. A murder mystery Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlay

28. A book written by a comedian

29. A dystopian novel

30. A book with a blue cover Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

31. A book of poetry Crank by Ellen Hopkins

32. The first book you see in a bookstore City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

33. A classic from the 20th century Ozma of Oz byL. Frank Baum

34. A book from the library Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

35. An autobiography

36. A book about a road trip

37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

38. A satirical book

39. A book that takes place on an island Envy by Sandra Brown

40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy Dogs Are Worth It! by Charles Shulz 

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