Saturday, January 28, 2017

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Stand Alone
✥Release Date:  2/2//08
 ✥Page Count: 371
✥ Edition: Paperback and Audio
✥Genre(s): YA, Romance, Chick Lit, Realistic Fiction, Women's Fiction, Contemporary
✥Date(s) Read: 
✥Rating: Book: 3/5

                 Audio: 3.5/5

Audio (Read By-Jennifer Ikeda)
I can say that she read it pretty well. I can't say that she was a favorite though. When she did the teenage boys, they sounded more like 10 y/o boys. lol...But, other than that, as I stated, she did pretty well. She also made it really easy for me to get through the book that I may not have otherwise finished. Which leads me into what I thought about the book, well, as best as I can explain how I felt...

I definitely didn't dislike it, but it also was not a favorite and if I were a person who reread books regularly, going by how I feel right now, I doubt that I would reread it again. I may keep it on my shelves for a while and when it is time to do another possible unhaul, I may make a decision then on whether I keep it or not (unless, I decide earlier).

I can't really tell exact parts that annoyed me, but personally, I feel like people getting upset because they didn't want to tell all that was going on with them and then they don't speak to them any more because of it? That kind of irked me to no end! Even as a teenager, I personally don't remember getting upset because someone wasn't ready/wanting to discuss something. But, maybe there are some that are that way, I don't know. I believe in honesty, but sometimes, people just don't want to talk about something and some things just need to be left alone and unsaid. Other than the few annoying parts, the book was good and worth reading.

I've read one other Sarah Dessen book and loved it but when I tried to read others, I just couldn't get into them. I thought it was just me, but I realized, her books are just hit or miss with me. I will continue to try some of her books and hope I find that one gem that has me closing the book feeling good and smiling but this one just was not it. She is a great writer, but I think just some characters and topics are not for me. So now that I've been able to finish a second book by her, I won't be so hard on myself for not being able to finish some books because I may not be feeling it at the moment, if at all. Hopefully though, next time I try another one of her books, it will be a hit for me.

(all book cover photos taken from unless otherwise stated)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Books Can Be Deceiving (Library Lover's Mystery #1) by Jenn McKinlay

Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Series-Book 1
Release Date:  July 1, 2011
Page Count: 269
Format: mass market paperback 
Genre(s): cozy mystery, mystery
Date(s) Read: 1/7/17-1/15/17
Rating: 4/5

The book was good. A bit of a slow start for the first half in my personal opinion. It did finally start to pick up for me about mid way through the book. I can say that I liked the characters and laughed quite a bit but I kept comparing it to her Cupcake Bakery Mystery series. I adore the characters in that series and it is also one of the reasons it was hard for me to get into this book. 

Hopefully, as I read further into the series, I will be able to fall in love with the characters here as well. I'm not quite sure if it'll be that same kind of love I have for C.B.M., but I can hope for at least something close to it.

I'm not sure when I will get to her others, but I do have at least the first few books in the series on my shelf, so, when I'm ready, I can just pick them up. I do plan on buying the rest soon, maybe when I finish the second book if I go on within the next two months, if not, I still may buy them soon anyway. 

(all book cover photos taken from unless otherwise stated)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral

✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Stand Alone
✥Release Date: February 2, 2012
✥Page Count: 272
✥ Format: Paperback 
✥Genre(s): YA, Sequential Art, Graphic Novel, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Teen
✥Date(s) Read
: 1/10/17-1/11/17
✥Rating: 4/5

This book is a reread for me (it's a book for the Popsugar Reading Challenge), the initial rating I gave it was 5/5. When I read it the first time, I gave it the rating I did for the uniqueness of the book and had never seen one like it before. Now, I still find it to be very unique but the story for me took me down a star. 

The story itself just proved to me that the harder you try to keep people apart, the harder they will try to stay together. There was a whole lot of obsessing going on in this book, on every side, but especially the sides of the teenagers. One side more than the other in my opinion, or, maybe it was just one was more aggressive about it compared to the other. 

No matter what, I still enjoyed revisiting this book and the story in it. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone (H.P. #1) by J.K. Rowling


Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Series-Book 1
Release Date: June 26th 1997
Page Count: 309
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Fantasy,YA, Fiction, Magic,Children's, Adventure,Classics, Sci Fi,                           Middle Grade
Date(s) Read: 1/8/17-1/10/17 
Rating: Audio/Narrator: 5/5 Book: 4.5/5

I really did enjoy this narrator (British. He read from the Philosopher Stone, so naturally, some words were a bit different than the Sorcerer's Stone). He read it perfectly in my opinion. Voice changes when it needed it (characters, descriptions, action scenes, etc). I really do hope he is the reader of the other books as well. He made it enjoyable to listen to. 


So, I gave the book a 4.5/5 and the audio a 5/5? Well, in rating the book, although I did really enjoy it, I can't say it was a a 5 star read for me but it definitely wasn't a 4 either. I'm not quite sure why I didn't feel it was quite a 5 star read for me though. When I went to rate it, neither 4 nor 5 just fit. 

The story was a really cute and easy read/listen. There were a couple of spots that just had me laughing and saying out loud: WTHeck? What was that all about? Because some things would just come out of no where it seemed. lol..It wasn't until later that I thought about writing down some of my thoughts as I was listening to the story, and didn't remember exactly where the things were that had me chuckling. One part I can say and remember, that had me chuckling and cheering was when Ron and Neville were in the stands watching Harry and one of the bullies had finally pushed things a bit too far. For those who have read the book, should know what I mean, those who haven't, I won't say exactly because I don't want to totally spoil it for you. :)

Now that I have finally made it through the first book of the series, maybe now, I can sit through the movies. I have tried, more than once, to read the books and watch the movies but never was able to get through either but I was determined to get through this book! Thankfully, I did find the audio and that helped me out a lot! I typically don't have much of an interest in books with magic in it, as they tend to bore me a bit. No, I am not going to sit here and say that I will give more a try, I may not..but I can say that this is making me want to continue in the series and hope they just get better as they go along. Heck, they better, because I know many get bigger as the series progresses. 

Now, yes, I do have my favorites in this series so far. Maybe they will change as the series carries on, but right now, I do only have 3 favorites (outside of Harry of course).


Dumbledore: for his kindness and intelligence
Hagrid: how sweet he is and his big heart!
Ron: I love his sarcasm, he is a funny little worrier who will defend himself with that sarcasm and even fight if he needs to. :-)

And may I say, that I just love the word: Hufflepuff! I got a kick out of it every time I heard it. I just kept thinking that it was some kind of cute puffy little bird that would make you just want to squeeze it! lol

I am looking forward to Chamber of Secrets. I hope I enjoy it as much, if not more than Sorcerer's Stone. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

2016: A Year in Review

Goodreads Reading Challenge:
Set at: 50      Read Total: 53
2016 Read TotalMy Reading Challenge 2016
(Let me know if this doesn't work or if it doesn't show up with my book list)

2016 Favorites (In No Particular Order):
1. Dogs Are Worth It by Charles M Schulz
2. Duck, Here Comes Another Day! by Charles M. Schulz
3. The Marvels by Brian Selznick
4. The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick
5. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
6. That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton
7. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
8. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
9. I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg
10. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
11. Muppets Character Encyclopedia (muppets) by Craig Shemin
12. Can't Wait to Get to Heaven (Elmwood Springs #3)
13. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: With Audio Recording (Peanuts) by Charles M. Schulz, Scott Jeralds (Illustrator)

(All should open in a new window)


2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge
What I finished:

1.  A YA bestseller City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
2. A book set in Europe The Marvels by Brian Selznick
3. A book that's under 150 pages The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick
4. A New York Times bestseller Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
5.  A book you can finish in a day Crank by Ellen Hopkins
6. A book that's more than 600 pages The Marvels by Brian Selznick
7. A science-fiction novel The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
8. A book recommended by a family member The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
9. A graphic novel I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang
10. A book that is published in 2016 Blest by Blaise Lucey
11. A book that takes place during summer Family Patterns by Kristin Eckhardt
12. A murder mystery Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlay
13. A book with a blue cover Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
14. A book of poetry Crank by Ellen Hopkins
15. The first book you see in a bookstore City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
16. A classic from the 20th century Ozma of Oz byL. Frank Baum
17. A book from the library Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
18. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
19. A book that takes place on an island Envy by Sandra Brown
20. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy Dogs Are Worth It! by Charles Shulz
21. A self-improvement book The City of Wellness: Restoring Your Health Through the Seven Kitchens of Consciousness by Queen Afua 


Big Book Challenge:
Set #: 7
Books Read Total: 18
GroupBig Book Challenge on Goodreads
Page Count #: 9306

1. Hello, Darkness by Sandra Brown (406 pages) 4/5
2. City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare (453 pages) 4/5 
3. The Marvels by Brian Selznick (665 pages) 4.5/5 
4. Burned (Burned #1) by Ellen Hopkins  (532 pages) 4/5 
5. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick  (640 pages) 4.5/5 
6. Smoke (Burned #2) by Ellen Hopkins (543 pages) 4.5/5 
7. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (428 pages) 4/5 
8. Impulse (Impulse #1) by Ellen Hopkins   (667 pages) 3/5 
9. City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare (492 pages) 3/5 
10. Envy by Sandra Brown (490 pages) 2.75/5 
11. City of Fallen Angels (T.M.I #4) by Cassandra Clare (435 pages) 3/5 
12. Crank (Crank #1) by Ellen Hopkins (537 pages) 4.5/5
13. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick (407 pages) 4/5 
14. Smoke Screen by Sandra Brown (533 pages) 3/5 
15. City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) (535 pages) 3/5 
16. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare (479 pages) 4/5 
17. Clockwork Prince (T.I.D. #2) by Cassandra Clare (498 pages) [I counted the pages I read, not the        total pages in the book] 4.5/5
18. Clockwork Princess (T.I.D. #3) Cassandra Clare (568 pages)  [I counted the pages I read, not the        total pages in the book] 4.5/5 


Cruisin' Through the Cozies:
Set #7-12 books
Read #: 8
My Level 20162016 - Level 2 (Investigator) Info
GroupCruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge Group

Each book is linked to it's summary:
1. Family Patterns (Patchwork #1) by Kristin Eckhardt (4.5/5)
2. Buttercream Bump Off (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #2) by Jenn McKinlay (4/5)
3. Death by the Dozen (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #3) by Jenn McKinlay  (4/5)
4. Red Velvet Revenge (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #4) by Jenn McKinlay (4/5)
5. Going, Going, Ganache (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #5) by Jenn McKinlay (4.5/5)
6. Sugar and Iced (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #6) by Jenn McKinlay (4/5)
7. Dark Chocolate Demise (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #7) by Jenn McKinlay (4.5/5)
8. Vanilla Beaned (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #8) by Jenn McKinlay (4.5/5)


I said I'd make 2017 a "Year of the Series" and I started it early (from 10/16-12/16) to make 2017 a little bit easier. If I haven't caught up on or finished the series, I will put the books I've read. If I am caught up and/or finished with the series/trilogy/duology etc, I will just add the link to the series page.

So, what have I finished thus far? Well, let's see:

Starting The Year Of The Series: 10/16-12/16
1.  The Cupcake Bakery Mystery by Jenn McKinlay
#CaughtUp (11/10/16; Book 9 due out 4/17)
Rating for Series as a whole so far: 4.5/5
2. Confessions (4 books) by James Patterson
#SeriesFinished (11/27/16)
Rating for series as a whole: 4/5
3. The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare
#TrilogyFinished (12/23/16)
Rating for series as a whole: 4.5/5

Let me know if any of the links don't work , leads to the wrong place, etc, I will be sure to fix them. Make sure you let me know which ones as well. Chances are, the  reviews I'd done, won't be linked here as that would take too long to do, as well as, it would make it look messy and confusing. If you want to know my thoughts on the books, be sure to ask and I will either give the link or I will say what I think there. 😃

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