Sunday, July 30, 2017

Booktube-A-Thon 2017 Wrap Up

The 2017 Reading Challenges:
1. Read a book with a person on the cover. Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton
2. Read a hyped book. Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban (H.P. #3) by J. K. Rowling
3. Finish a book in one dayUnder the Quilt of Night by Deborah Hopkinson & James E. Ransome (Artist/Illustrator)
4. Read about a character that is very different from youRumble Fish by S.E. Hinton
5. Finish a book completely outdoorsUnder the Quilt of Night by Deborah Hopkinson & James E. Ransome 
6. Read a book you bought because of the cover.
7. Read seven books.

My thoughts on each book I read:
(Just click on the title(s) to see my thoughts)

1. Under The Quilt of Night 5/5
2. Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban 3/5
3. Rumble Fish 3.5/5

The only book I could think of that I bought solely based on the cover, I had finished before the Booktube-A-Thon started and most of the other books, I had heard of from booktube'rs and/or are part of series. 

As far as the "Read 7 Books", I pretty much knew I wouldn't be getting to that one and I am fine with that. 

Three (3) books covered all of the other categories I could get to. So, to get even three (3) books done this week, I am pretty proud of myself. Even though 1 was only forty (40) pages, the other was under two hundred (200) pages and both were pretty quick reads. 

Even with Harry Potter being over 400 pages, it's still an easy read that was made easier by listening to it on audio mostly while I was on the computer. 

Well, I finished Harry Potter with a lot of time to spare on the Booktube-A-Thon but I also know that I won't have time to finish any other books, so, I decided to just post this early so I don't have to try to do it later. I started working on it as the Booktube A Thon went along so it would be easier to get it together at the end of it, especially if I was running behind for any reason. Plus, it would make it easier to type things up while they were fresh on my mind. 

Book Covers:

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling

About the Book:
Goodreads Summary
✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Series (#3)
✥Release DateOctober 1st 2001 (first published July 8th 1999)
✥Page Count: 435
✥Edition: Paperback
✥Genre(s): Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Magic
✥Date(s) Read: 7/24/17-7/30/17

✥Rating: 3.5/5 Audio: 3.5/5

My Thoughts:

I had a bit of an issue finding an audio that I liked and had to struggle through it for the first 10-15 chapters & I couldn't stand the narrator, she read to fast & I kept hearing her smack her lips (was a person who read the book and uploaded it to YouTube) but I finally got to the point I found a decent audio and narrator.

I don't think I have a whole lot to say about this book. It wasn't a favorite, but I did enjoy it. I read this book for the Booktube-A-Thon 2017 for one of the challenges (I will link the Wrap Up post below). Hermione really got on my last nerve for most of this book, her goody too shoes side came out a bit too often. I guess I can kind of understand it but gracious, it seemed like she was worse in this book than the first two. I'm not quite sure when I will go on to the next book (yes, I seem to say that a lot), but hopefully within the next month or two I will get to it, maybe a little sooner. With the ending, I might have to go on to it sooner rather than later, to see if Harry had a much better summer than previous. :)

(Booktube-A-Thon 2017 Wrap Up)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton

About the book:
✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Stand Alone
✥Release Date: October 1, 1989 (First Published in 1975)
✥Page Count: 144
✥Edition: Paperback
✥Genre(s): Young Adult/Teen, Fiction, Contemporary, Coming of Age, Realistic Fiction, Classics
✥Date(s) Read: 7/24/17-7/27/17
✥Rating: 3.5/5

My Thoughts:

You know how that saying: Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it? 


Rusty-James wanted so much to be exactly like his brother The Motorcycle Boy. He really thought his brother was near perfect. [Almost] Everything his brother did, he tried to do, but never really measuring up in his eyes and he couldn't really figure out why. Some tried to tell him to just choose another path and he would 'fight' against that and would continue trying to figure out how to be like his brother. 

He 'lived in the past' a lot. Wanting things to 'be how they used to be', not really thinking that how things are now, could be a good thing. Then, one day, things began to change for him and he started seeing things a bit differently. Good? Bad? Why? Well, I can't say that part, that would really be a spoiler.

I did enjoy the book. One thing I notice about Hinton's books is that all of the stories are a lot alike. The absentee parent. The one good kid with good parents that hang out with the 'bad boy'. The younger sibling always looks up to the older & so on.  What I do like about her books though, they are a coming of age story. Many times, the main character always has some level of growth throughout the book. 

I do enjoy her writing (evidently). I've gone through most of her books that I know of. I think she has children's books but I doubt I will be reading those. I think I have two more books to get to then I will be done (Taming the Star Runner and Hawkes Harbor). There seems to be a book of short stories but I doubt I'll go on to those because I am not much into short stories bind ups. I also didn't really intend on reading Taming of the Star Runner but thought I'd give it a try whenever I decide to try to get to it.

Hinton has become a favorite author. I didn't see that coming when I picked up the first book I read by her [That Was Then, This Is Now]. I saw it at the library one day, recognized the title from a movie when I was growing up (Born in 1974 but of course, most of my childhood memories are in the 80's). And that is the start of my love of Hinton's books. I only watched one of the movies (The Outsiders), after finishing the books. I may go on to the others as I feel like watching old movies I have yet to see. 

Now, on to the next book. Hopefully I will find another favorite some where.  

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Under The Quilt Of Night by Deborah Hopkinson & James E. Ransome (Illustrator/Artist)

About The Book:
✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Stand Alone
✥Release DateJanuary 1st 2005 by Aladdin (First Published in 2002)
✥Page Count: 40
✥Edition: Paperback
✥Genre(s): Historical, Fiction, Children's picture book, Poetry, American/African American History, Cultural (African American)
✥Date(s) Read: 7/25/17
✥Rating: 5/5

My Thoughts:
This book is a re-read for me. I first bought this book in February 2005 (I know that because I wrote when I bought it in the book lol). I read this as part of the Booktube-A-Thon 2017 as part of two of the challenges (Read a book outdoors & Read a book in one day). Since I felt it was time that I go through this book again because I do enjoy the pictures in this book & of course the 'story', I decided to go to this one because I knew it would be a quick read I could read in one sitting while outside.

This is a book that I can say is a favorite and probably always will be. Not because it's something to gush over and it's all good feelings and happy thoughts but because it it beautifully drawn & told. It shows a small part of our history that does need to continue to be talked about. Not because we need to throw it in the faces of people, but so that it isn't repeated again for one & well, two, it's just great to know where we came from, what it took to get where we are and what it will take (positively), to keep things moving forward.

I won't go into a long drawn out 'speech' saying we need to "come together", " work together" etc, because we already all know that. But I will say it's time to stop the blame game and hatred. Those who are willing to listen, get with those who are willing to teach but both sides do need to listen and figure out ways to work together and stop shouting at each other. Stop minimizing what our ancestors went through (Regardless of race).

But, I said I wouldn't get into any kind of speeches, so I won't. This could be a teaching moment, but I think the book needs to be a start of great conversations and how to really do what we need to do to make things as peaceful as possible, on our own soil! Regardless of where that soil is!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Booktube-A-Thon 2017: What I Plan On Reading

Yes, I'm a bit late putting up my TBR, but I hadn't planned on putting it up, then, when I decided to post about it, I wanted to just wait until the end. I don't have many books that I plan on reading because I just don't want to push myself too much right now then end up in a slump and/or end up doing worse than the few books I picked. I will not be explaining these as I am posting the videos (both by Ariel Bissett ) below if you want to know anything about the booktube-a-thon.

So, here we go

The Announcement Video:
(Hosted by Ariel Bissett)

The Challenges Video:
(I linked her channel above where you see her name the first time in the paragraph)

Now, The List:
The 2017 Reading Challenges:
1. Read a book with a person on the cover.
2. Read a hyped book.
3. Finish a book in one day.
4. Read about a character that is very different from you.
5. Finish a book completely outdoors.
6. Read a book you bought because of the cover.
7. Read seven books.

Finally, my intended books:
(These can change at any given time during the week. I will be posting another blog at the end of this week)

These 3 books fit under 5 of the first 6 challenges. The book that could have fit in #6, I just finished late Sunday/Early Monday morning, so, I can't count that one unfortunately. I will add the books to the right areas when I am uploading at the end of this week. I don't remember if I did the booktube-a-thon last year or not but I hope to get stuff done this week even though I am now officially a day behind. And, of course, I have stuff to do Tuesday morning, so I'm not sure how much reading I'll get done tonight or throughout the day Tuesday but I have a bunch of easy reads, so, hopefully I will get them done this week. I am not aiming for 7 books because I still want to keep it light.

So, let me hush now & start reading!

Double Fudge Murder (Chocolate Shoppe Mysteries #1)

                                Summary (from Annie's Fiction Website)

✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Series (#1)
✥Release Date: 2017 (No date set that I saw)
✥Page Count: 203
✥Edition: Hardcover
✥Genre(s): Cozy Mystery, Fiction
✥Date(s) Read
: 7/17/17-7/23/17
✥Rating: 3/5

I must say, this was a total cover buy! I even hid the book behind some other books at the used book store I shop at hoping it would still be there the next day when I went back up there. I can say that this book isn't awful, but it wasn't great either. It had a lot of dry moments and some laughs in there too. 

I liked the great aunt (where I giggled/laughed the most really). I think she was quirky and quite funny. To say she was off her rocker, well, I think that walker was cracked in a few places. That's one of the things that did make me like her. The grandmother was pushy and annoying most of the time but she loved her granddaughter even though she didn't always show it. Lenora, who worked at the bakery, was sweet, although she didn't show up in the story as much as I would have liked to see her. 

There was a love interest that the family was trying to push on Jillian. Take note of the trying to push on her part. His name was Hunter and although he didn't show up much in the book, I did like him, even when his quirky moments came up. 

This is a book that I pretty much had the killer in my sight. It was between two people really but my focus was mainly on that one; it was just too obvious. Yes, I had my doubts here and there but once they were taken out of the picture, I narrowed back in on that one. There was one part that really got me focusing in on her even more than what I saw as obvious before it happened but of course, that slight doubt did creep as said before. I really don't like it when I can figure out the killer early on in the book but at least I can say that she gave me some level of doubt, even for a moment. 

When I looked up the book to find a picture for this blog, I did see there were two other books (not sure if they are out or not). I am not quite so sure I am going to go out of my way to get them. I saw that the second book was possibly written by another author and the third was done by Jan Fields. I don't seem to wild about her writing so I don't know if I'd go after the third if I did read the second. 

Click Annie's Fiction Website to visit the website and see what they have to offer. This is not sponsored. I saw the website at the end of the book and thought I would share it for those that may be interested in this book and maybe others. Please, do not take my review as a way to say you won't read it, as we all have different tastes. Where it may not have been a favorite for me, you, the person reading this right now, may love it! Give it a shot.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead

✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Series (#3)
✥Release Date: January 1, 2008
✥Page Count: 443
✥Edition: Paperback
✥Genre(s): Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Romance, Fiction, Vampires 
✥Date(s) Read
: 7/14/17-7/22/17
✥Rating:  Book: 3/5               Audio: 3/5

There isn't a lot I can really say about this audio and the narrator. She helped me get through a book I may not have gotten through on my own, which I guess I'll explain when I give my thoughts on the book itself. 

Maybe I'm just getting bored with YA, I don't know, but I keep feeling like so many are just adding a bunch of fillers in order to have a book. When I feel like many of these books could be a lot shorter than they were. 

This book wasn't bad, just hard for me to get through them. It took me some years to read book two after reading the first book. I had some idea why before, but after reading these last two books, I knew. It was because I find them a bit boring. I am at the point now that I want to know what happened, especially after the cliff hanger of this book. I mean, really? That kind of cliff hanger? Yeah, she knew what she was doing! lol

In the beginning, Rose kind of got on my nerves but as I began to understand some things that were happening and going on, she got on my nerves a little less but Christian and Lissa, especially Lissa towards the end, were the ones who got on my nerves. I won't say what made them get on my nerves but yet, there was only one thing that worked my nerves on Christian. Throughout the book, I actually began to like him more. I even began to like Adrian a bit more as the book went on. There is so much more I could say, but I'm afraid it would be spoiler'ish and I know that if I am taking this long to read the series, there are others who haven't. Whether because they were too young when the series came out, people who are just getting into YA and/or people who just had other books to get to before reading it. And I guess there are people too who wait for the whole series to come out before reading it. So, I will just not say much more. :-)

I'm not quite sure when I will go on to the other book in the series but I know that I will just take it book by book from here out.

I had mistakenly bought this book first thinking this was the book I was on when I realized I had no clue what was going on (I know, it had been a while since I read the first one but I still should have had some memory of what was being talked about..right? Well, I didn't). I looked this book up and realized it was book three, so, I had to go back and buy book two. I don't plan on going out of my way to buy the next book in this series. If I happen to find it at my local used book store or at a good price online, I may get it then. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Beauty and the Beast by Madame le Prince de Beaumont

✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Stand Alone
✥Release Date: 1756
✥Page Count: 187
✥Edition: Hardcover
✥Genre(s): Children's, Fairy Tale 
✥Date(s) Read
: 7/12/17-7/14/17
✥Rating: 5/5

I won't lie and sit here and say it has always been my favorite but I did like the Disney cartoon more than I did all the other fairy tales out there (Cinderella, Snow White, etc.-Although I loved Snow White for the 7 Dwarfs & how sweet she appeared to be in the cartoon. I may one day try to find the story to read it).

It wasn't until I sat down this time that I read the back/summary and realized this is a retelling. Maybe one day I will try to find an 'original' story to read. I do notice a lot of differences between this and the movie & cartoon. I know Disney makes changes from the "originals" too, many times to 'soften' up the story but this one really does have a difference. So, maybe there will be a hunt for a different version.

But I do like this version because it does show that beauty is more than just what's on the outside. I know there has got to be some level of attraction when you are dealing with someone but sometimes, once you get to know someone, you can't help but love them and there are many relationships and marriages out there based on just that: Growing into loving someone for who they are and what they do for you mentally, emotionally & spiritually first!

This is a reread for me for the Popsugar Reading Challenge this year for the "Read a book that the movie comes out in 2017". Although the movie has been out for a while and I've already watched it, I thought I'd reread the story anyway because it was just an easy read and I said I might read it again one day anyway, so, why not use this as the reason to do so? 

The happily ever after was of course a bit cringe worthy, but hey, it's a fairy tale! As an adult, I'd hope we'd all understand that happily ever after doesn't necessarily mean you won't have your issues, you'll just learn to work through them. That you understand relationships take a whole lot of work, respect, communication, maturity, laughter and love to make it through. And a whole lot of other things thrown in there to help each individual relationship. :-)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Due or Die (A Library Lover's Mystery #2) by Jenn McKinlay

✥Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Series-Book 2
✥Release Date: March 6, 2012
✥Page Count: 304
✥ Edition: Paperback
✥Genre(s): Cozy Mystery 
✥Date(s) Read
: 6/13/17-7/13/17
✥Rating: 3/5

I don't know what it is about these books that takes me so long to get through them. I like them well enough but not as much as I do the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series by the same author. I will more than likely finish the series because, as I stated, I do like them & I just want to see how they turn out but I won't force myself through them if I find myself just not enjoying them anymore. 

I like the characters a lot. Their friendships. Love interests, etc. But there is just something missing for me personally. They are very much worth the read if you haven't started on them already. And for those who have read them and loved them, I'm glad. Maybe if I had found these first, I would have enjoyed them more, maybe! I guess I was meant to find the others first so that these wouldn't knock me off of her writing a little, but I would hope that this would just let me see her potential. With Cupcake  Bakery, I know that I can love her writing and that this one just isn't doing it for me personally. I've become repetitive now, so I'll hush. :)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Book Haul + A Few Movies June [30] & July 2017

Books bought from:
Julia's Cafe & Books: A fundraising division of Habitat for Humanity Charlotte

Couldn't find a decent summary

Movies also from:
Julia's Cafe & Books

*All MOVIE pictures obtained from IMDB*

Books Won

(won from Goodreads)

(Won from Booklikes)
Release Date: 7/21/17

*All BOOK covers were taken from Goodreads unless otherwise stated.*

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