July 29, 2014

Top Ten Authors Who Occupy the Most Room on My Shelves



Today's topic is about the authors who you own the most books from.  Kind of awkward sounding, but there's not really a great way to phrase that. 

For my list (which, btw, is not automatically the most read authors of mine, note)  I am not including anthologies because I have a ton of Shakespeare and Poe and Sir Doyle, if that is the case.  I am just choosing different books that I had to acquire independently.
 Here's my list:


1. Michelle Moran (4)

Nefertiti
The Heretic Queen
Cleopatra's Daughter
The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon's Court


2. Stieg Larsson (3)

The Millennium Trilogy


3. Jane Austen (4)

Pride & Prejudice
Sense & Sensibility
Mansfield Park
Emma

(I don't know if it counts but I also own a Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury.  Not by her, per se, but all about her books. So kinda.)


4. Tiffany King (3)

The Saving Angels Trilogy


5. Ernest Hemingway (3)

-The Old Man and the Sea
-For Whom the Bell Tolls
-A Farewell to Arms


6. James Patterson (16+) (Don't judge me.)

-Judge & Jury
-Maximum Ride Series Books 2, 5, & 6 (but surely I have them all?)
-The Beach House
-Honeymoon
-Women's Murder Club Series Books 1, 2, & 3
~Alex Cross Series Books 1-5
~When the Wind Blows
~The Lake House


7. F. Scott Fitzgerald (3)

-The Great Gatsby
-The Beautiful & Damned
-Tales of the Jazz Age


8. Jodi Picoult (4)

-My Sister's Keeper
-The Pact
-Nineteen Minutes
-Vanishing Act


9. C.W. Gortner (3)

-The Last Queen
-The Queen's Vow
-The Tudor Conspiracy


10. John Grisham (7)

-A Time to Kill
-The Partner
-The Street Lawyer
-The Rainmaker
-The Client
-The Brethren
-The Chamber

July 28, 2014

What I'm Reading Monday


This week I finished one book and started...four.  By now, do you really expect anything different from me?  But look at what I am reading!  Everything is so good!


FINISHED READING THIS WEEK:
(Subtitled: Yes, I do finish books)



Daughters of Absence: Transforming a Legacy of Loss by Mindy Weisel
*Purchased*
Last Week: 0%
This Week: 38%- 100%
Pages Read: 157
This book is a collection of essays and book excerpts written by the children of Holocaust survivors. I was supposed to read this a little at a time since it was not for review but I liked it so much I kept reading it even when I should've been reading other books!



BACK BURNER:





Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff
*Borrowed from my best friend who basically threatened our friendship if I didn't read this instantly lol*
Pg. 75 of 336
Last Week: 19 pages
This Week:  37 pages
Thoughts: This is really an absorbing tale.  I'm not a parent but I can completely feel the struggle of the Sheffs doing absolutely everything right and it still going wrong.  Unfortunately I couldn't renew this one so it went back to the library.  But I am definitely going to check it out when the other patron is done with it!



Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
*Won in a giveaway during Armchair BEA*
Pg. 52 of 327
Last Week: 0 pages
This Week: 0 pages 
Thoughts: I am not feeling this book right now and have so much else I have to read for review that I am putting a pause on this one.



STILL CURRENTLY READING:
(check below for new books for the week)



Free Spirit: Growing Up on the Road and Off the Grid by Joshua Safran
*Thanks to Beth's Book Review for this book*
On Pg. 54 of 288
Last Week: 0 pages
This Week:  16 pages
Thoughts: I like Safran's story a lot but I can't read a lot of it at once depending on the character of the month him and his mom are with.  This guy they are with now is UBER-annoying.  He is teaching Josh to steal.




The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
*For Review via Net Galley*
Last Week: 33%-36%
This Week: 36%- 68%
Pages Read: 123
Thoughts: I am skimming this at times, TBH.  Some of it seems to be dragged out.  But I am very tuned in to the mystery part of it.



Divided (Dualed #2) by Elsie Chapman
*For Review from the Publisher and Author*
Last Week: 37%-62%
This Week: 62%- 80%
Pages Read: 58
Thoughts: Good twists! 




How to Build a Girl: A Novel by Cailin Moran
*For Review thanks to Harper and Edelweiss*
Last Week: 0%
This Week: 3%-6% 
Pages Read: 10
Thoughts: I've been slow to start with this one but I think I will devour it soon enough.



NEW BOOKS ADDED THIS WEEK TO CURRENTLY READING:


The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst
*For Review*
This Week:  21%
Pages Read: 74
Thoughts: I love this concept!  I can't wait to see where it goes!



The Seventh Cup by Nitesh Jain
*For Review thanks to the Author*
This Week: 3%
Pages Read: 9
Thoughts: Not much yet as I just started it this morning.



Lies Told in Silence by M.K. Tod
*For Review for HFVT*
This Week: 10 %
Pages Read: 35
Thoughts: So far the plot is paced well and I like the characters. Yea!


But Enough About You: Essays by Christopher Buckley
*For Review via Edelweiss*
This Week: 4%
Pages Read: 16
Thoughts: That was a loong prologue, but Buckley sounds interesting enough to carry me through 400+ pages of essays, so yay!



STATS:

Total Pages Read Last Week: 393
Total Pages Read THIS Week: 535

Books Reading for Review: 7
Books Reading for Fun: 1

Total Books Currently Reading: 8
Total Books Read So Far This Year: 61




WHAT'S NEXT:




  


Also I will be reading some Baby-Sitters Club books for our nostalgic readalong we are having in August!



What are you reading right now?  What did you just finish?  What book are you looking forward to reading next?  Share in the comments!

July 26, 2014

Baby-Sitters Club Books Readalong in August



Is this not the best idea for a readalong you've heard in forever?   I know.

I was talking with Tamara of Traveling with T about our shared lurve of the BSC and we've discovered other bloggers who share our nostalgic affection for the series - Shannon, Mandy, and Beth.  We have decided to have a readalong for the whole month of August.  That's right.  A WHOLE MONTH OF BSC GOODINESS.

Shannon thought up the great idea to simply make it an extended readalong and read any books from the series we can get our hands on, as libraries and collections will differ depending on where you are and it would be much more difficult to procure one or two particular books.  

Do YOU want to join us for the readalong?  Yes?  Why, we thought you would.  Feel free to sign up below and grab the simplistic readalong image I managed to make and join us!

We will be using the hashtag #BSCreadalong to talk about it on social media.  

We hope you will join us!  Fun reads!  Fun discussions!  Exciting nostalgia!  All the feels!!



July 25, 2014

Really, Laptop? You know computer issues get me down.

Just wanted to let you know my laptop has been acting wonky for days and that's why I have been M.I.A. for today's Blogger-Shout Outs.  Hopefully the solution is that it is just a mouse issue and can be fixed with an external mouse, and not also my keyboard.  I've been feeling quite like this:



So hopefully everything is the fault of the mouse and will be fixed in a jiffy.  Then next week I will do double duty with my Blogger Shout-Outs!  :D

July 22, 2014

Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island


This week we get to choose who we would love to have with us on a deserted island - our choices can be made by any criteria we choose.  I am basing my choices on company!  


1. Character: Katniss Everdeen
Book: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Perhaps an obvious choice, but not only is she going to be helpful in the wild and calm under pressure, she is interesting, but isn't going to talk my head off, either.


2. Character: Damon
Book: The Vampire Diaries Series by L.J. Smith

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He's sharp, witty, and he's gonna be good eye-candy, too.  Entertaining as hell, right?
I know he's a vampire, but, hey, no one's perfect...


3. Character: Ryanne
Book: Prophesized Series by Kaitlyn Hoyt

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This chick has some kick-ass powers that will come in handy, no doubt.  Plus she's funny and quirky and a fierce friend to have on your side.


4. Character: Nefertari
Book: The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran

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She's the niece of Nefertiti and is married to Pharaoh Ramesses the Great.  She's intelligent, resourceful, kind, and fascinating. I know she was a real person, but this is historical fiction, so I am counting it!


5. Character: A.J. Fikry
Book: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

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To talk about books, of course!


6. Character: Holly Golightly
Book: Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

Breakfast at Tiffany's: And Three Stories

Girl could throw a party anywhere, mebets.


7. Character: Sally
Book: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

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Here's the thing: She's a witch!  
I just love her character - sweet, fierce, mysterious, and an open book all at once.  
Plus, we'd have no problem making a fire.


8. Character: Heller
Book: Heller Series by J.D. Nixon

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He's bad ass and can protect me (ahem, I mean all of us, of course) and he is  eye-candy, too.  He likes to get in hot tubs without a bathing suit, so I'm sure he'd swim in the ocean that way, too.  Score one for us ladies!


9. Character: Hermione Granger
Book: Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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She's smart, witty, clever, and we can talk about all manner of topics.  Plus, she's very considerate of others.


10. Character: Fang
Book: Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson

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I actually like the flock better in Patterson's first 2 books he featured them in that were unrelated to this series, but these are good, too. But, I mean, he can fly. Fly. Thanks for getting us some help!  


July 21, 2014

What I'm Reading Monday


This week I read mostly from the two books I finished.  
I also abandoned a review book.  Oh well, it happens.
I also didn't start any new books this week!  It's a miracle, y'all!


FINISHED READING THIS WEEK:
(Subtitled: Yes, I do finish books)



We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
*Passed on to me by Nancy of Bookfoolery*
4 STARS
Last Week I Read: 59 pages
This Week I Read: 138 pages
Thoughts: I don't really see the point in no one discussing anything about this book.  In my review I am going to prove you can say something about the plot without giving a single thing away.



Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
*For Review from Net Galley*
3.5 STARS
Last Week:50%-55%

This Week: 55%-100%
Pages Read: 144
Thoughts: The first half was kind of slow, but the last half of the book was amazing as all the different threads began being weaved together.


ABANDONED:


Sins of the Fallen (Sins of the Fallen #1) by Karina Espinosa
*For Review*
Thoughts: I just couldn't get into this, as much as I wanted to.  I don't like the characters. I should feel really sorry for Max, but I don't because I think he's shallow and, well, dumb.  


STILL CURRENTLY READING:


Daughters of Absence: Transforming a Legacy of Loss by Mindy Weisel
*Purchased*
Last Week: 32%-38%
This Week: 0%
Pages Read: 0
This book is a collection of essays and book excerpts written 
by the children of Holocaust survivors.  I'm reading this pretty slowly since it is not for review. 
It is very good, though.



Free Spirit: Growing Up on the Road and Off the Grid by Joshua Safran
*Thanks to Beth's Book Review for this book*
On Pg. 38 of 288
Last Week: 28 pages
This Week:  0 pages
Thoughts: Looking to get back into this this week.




The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
*For Review via Net Galley*
Last Week: 26%-33%
This Week: 33%-36%
Pages Read: 12
Thoughts: The plot is an awesome one but it is a bit slow at times and I am having trouble connecting with the characters.  I know Monika said she felt that way about the characters, too.  Anyone else? I just want it to move along.



Divided (Dualed #2) by Elsie Chapman
*For Review from the Publisher and Author*
Last Week: 22%-37%
This Week: 37%-62%
Pages Read: 80
Thoughts: Ooh!  I didn't see that coming!  Love it!



Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
*Won in a giveaway during Armchair BEA*
Pg. 52 of 327
Last Week: 37 pages
This Week: 0 pages 
Thoughts: Didn't get to this one this week, either.



Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff
*Borrowed from my best friend who basically threatened our friendship if I didn't read this instantly lol*
Pg. 38 of 336
Last Week: 19 pages
This Week:  19 pages
Thoughts: It's amazing what can happen to normal children.



How to Build a Girl: A Novel by Cailin Moran
*For Review thanks to Harper and Edelweiss*
Last Week: 0-3%
This Week: 3%-3% 
Pages Read: 0
Thoughts: I caught wind some bloggers are doing a readalong so I decided to un-officially read along with them each week so I can follow along with the discussions.  Except I have fallen behind because, well, I have so many other things to read.  I had good intentions!





NEW BOOKS ADDED THIS WEEK TO CURRENTLY READING:

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STATS:

Total Pages Read Last Week: 539
Total Pages Read THIS Week: 393

Books Reading for Review: 3
Books Reading for Fun: 4

Total Books Currently Reading: 7
Total Books Read This Year: 59




WHAT'S NEXT:




 



What are you reading right now?  What did you just finish?  What book are you looking forward to reading next?  Share in the comments!