July 6, 2015

What Are You Reading? 7.6.15


 This week I have had another flare-up.  I had one last weekend and was over it by Tuesday.  Then Wednesday I had another one thanks to a truly incredibly stressful day both physically and mentally. Oh joy. I am sort of coming out of it today but we will see.




As for reading, I finished one book and started the sequel (or I finished the prequel and started the first book, whichever whatever) and I DNF'd Shadow of the Night because a) I don't have time to read it, and b) it wasn't capturing my interest anyway.
So what about you?  
What did you read this week?  What are you planning to read next?


FINISHED READING:

 


My Daylight Monsters (Mary Hades 0.5) by Sarah Dalton
This Week: 71-100%
Pages Read: 36
Thoughts: 3.5 STARS - I've now started Mary Hades (Mary Hades #1).
Reviews will be together. 



TO GO BACK TO LATER:


Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness
Thoughts: I just wasn't feeling this one. Maybe I will try it again one day since I loved the first book.



CURRENTLY READING:

 REVIEW BOOKS/ARCs:


I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet by Leora Tanenbaum
This Week: 50-57%
Pages Read: 21
Thoughts: It's still very good, though I am skimming through some of the personal stories. It's not that they aren't important or horrifying - they are both - but that there are so many that they are starting to all blur together.




Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Francis Brambles
On pg. 101 of 485
Pages Read This Week:50
Thoughts This Week: I am so far not a fan of Sophie on her own. I like her- and the story- better when she's interacting with Val or anyone else.

 

The Fire Sermon (Fire Sermon #1) by Francesca Haig
This Week: 7-15%
Pages Read This Week: 30
Thoughts: This is a very different dystopian than is typical - it's not the government that has taken over, but fearmongers.  "Oooh people who are different are scary scary scary!!"





Mary Hades (Mary Hades #1) by Sarah Dalton
This Week: 0-5%
Pages Read This Week: 14
Thoughts This Week: Interested to see where this section of the story takes Mary.




BOOK CLUB BOOKS/READALONGS:


The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
*Travel the World in Books Readalong*
On pg. 340 of 648
Pages Read: 104
Thoughts This Week: It is getting soooo good. 
I really want to figure out all the mysteries and secrets!



LIBRARY LOOT:

 

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
On pg. 306 of 896
Pages Read: 50
Thoughts This Week: I got seriously mad at Jamie during the whole post-runaway debacle (even though I understood about the danger), but Claire redeemed the entire book with her feminist determination. Yes!



The White Queen (The Cousins' War #1) by Philippa Gregory
On pg. 85 of 408
Pages Read This Week: 17
Thoughts This Week: Slow going. I need something else to happen.
The coronation scene was interesting, but only lasted a page,
as did the wedding. There needs to be something happening in the next chapter, straight up.


NON-ARCs (For Fun):
aka Slower Reads generally


The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
*TBR Pile*
On pg. 144 of 592
Pages Read: 9
Thoughts This Week: Every week I read about 10 pages. I might be finished with this by 2016.



A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
*TBR Pile*
On pg. 277 of 332
Pages Read This Week: 133
Thoughts: I gotta tell you I'm skimming a lot. The war is very interesting, but the romance is like torture to read.


 
Huntress Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff
*Gift from Sandie*
On pg. 248 of 382
Pages Read: 79
Thoughts This Week: I am already recommending this book to people.



STATS:

Total Books Currently Reading: 10
Total Books Read in 2015: 42
Pages Read This Update: 543
Total Pages Read in 2015: 13499



REVIEW BOOKS ON DECK:
One of these will be next.
  

 ~What are you reading right now?  
~What did you just finish?  
~What book are you looking forward to reading next?  
~Have you read any of the books I'm reading?  What did you think of it?




Share in the comments!!!

Pixelated by L.S. Murphy: Book Blitz Giveaway!



Pixelated
Release Date: 06/30/15
Bloomsbury Spark

Summary from Goodreads:
Senior Year. 

Middle of nowhere. 

What's the new girl to do?

For Piper Marks, the answer is simple. She’s determined to have her photography rock the cover of National Geographic someday, and moving to Clarkton, Iowa for her last year of high school is not going to stop her. Even if her usual subjects have changed from bright lights and skyscrapers to fields, cows…and more fields. 

But when photographer at the local paper quits in a huff, she steps into his spot. Her new job keeps Piper busy capturing tackles, and zooming in on first downs and end zone dances, not to mention putting her directly in the path of varsity football star Les Williams IV. Her new friends warn her off, but she can’t resist the pull she feels toward this mysterious country boy. But this small town is keeping a secret, and it’s one that could destroy any chance they have to be together. 

It’s up to Piper to decide what to do with the distorted truth. Can she risk exposing her heart? It might be worth it, 'cause Les is about to change her world from black and white to fully saturated color. 

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Praise for Pixelated:
"In Pixelated, L.S. Murphy weaves a complex web of secrets and lies with a ‘will they or won’t they’ romance that kept me turning pages and holding my breath!" ~ Julie Reece, author of The Artisans and Crux

"Beautifully written, with a full spectrum of emotion and complex characters, Pixelated will tug at all your heartstrings. I easily lost myself in the world L.S. Murphy created and couldn't stop reading because I needed to see how the story ended." ~ Kelly Oram, author of Cinder & Ella

"L.S. Murphy brings something for every reader with Pixelated: romance, secrets, mystery, and a main character torn between two choices. Murphy's writing is sharp and steeped in emotions, deftly hooking her readers from the first sentence to the last." ~ Sarah Bromley, author of A Murder Of Magpies 

About the Author
L.S. Murphy obsesses about St. Louis Cardinals baseball, fangirls over her favorite authors, and watches every episode of Doctor Who like it's the first time. When she's not doing those time-consuming things, the former farm-girl turned city slicker turned suburbanite writes sweet romances for teens and adults.

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July 1, 2015

The Verdict is In....I Suck at Readalongs

Confession: I suck at readalongs.

Those of you who have participated in readalongs with me already know this about me.  It's not that I don't read the book, I do.  And I'm usually on point for the first week or two.  Then....I fall off somewhere. 

The reasons are simple:

1) I usually have at least one week in a month where I am having a fibromyalgia flare-up or back pain flare-up or I am sick in some other way.  It's just how it is and I lose reading time that week.

2) This one is obvious: I can't read just one or two books at a time.  It's easy to get behind schedule when everyone else is reading just the readalong book or just it and one other book.  I'm over here swimming in a sea of current reads because I like to read dangerously or whatever.  And I cannot even kick the habit for a readalong I am helping run.  I am hopeless.

3) I think another reason is that chunksters are often chosen for readalongs, either purposefully (to help one another get through the long book) or coincidentally/accidentally (as when Kate Morton's 600+ page book The Forgotten Garden was chosen by challenge participants for the #traveltheworldinbooks June readalong).  I take for-ever to get through chunksters.  For-ever.  I think it is partly to do with it takes everyone longer to read more pages, and the fact in a lot of chunksters there is more setup and build-up before you get to the meaty action and I have trouble focusing a lot on build-up and read those parts in smaller bursts.  I read much faster once I am at the halfway point of a book.


With all this said, I still love readalongs.  I love discussing the book with others.  I love knowing I am sharing the activity of reading a book with someone else.  It's just fun to me.  So I will keep trying, and one of these days maybe I will get the hang of this readalong thing.

June 30, 2015

Cover Discover Tuesday: Books on the Cover

 

If you're new to Cover Discover, it's a feature just for the fun of it in which we judge books by their covers.  Both frontlist and backlist are included, and you get to vote for your favorites.  The results will be posted the following week with the next Cover Discover poll.

Here's the results from last week's Cover Discover: It's All About the Orange

I tallied up all the votes from top choice, second choice, and third choice columns.
Then I chose each of the below based on the highest numbers going from top choice to third choice.
These are the ones rated highest overall.

Your Top Choice:



Your Second Choice:




Your Third Choice: 
TIE


What I would've voted for if I voted:



What book did you pick?  




THE TOPIC YOU CHOSE FOR TODAY:
Books on the Cover


Here are today's choices:

 









 Now on to the voting!



June 29, 2015

What Are You Reading Monday 6.29.15


 
So this is my week.  What about you?  
What did you read this week?  What are you planning to read next?


FINISHED READING:



Mister Doctor by Irene Cohen-Janca, Illustrated by Maurizio A.C. Quarello
This Week: 0-54%
Pages Read:37
Thoughts: Great story - made me tear up, I was ready to recommend it to everyone- until there wasn't an ending. There was no ending to a children's book. It just says they marched off, and while those familiar with the Holocaust understand to where, children learning about it from this story might not understand why the children go on this particular walk. Everything is drawn out in detail and then you get here and it is basically "they went on a walk" and names each orphan in turn. Then it ends and another section opens up to tell the details of the real Doctor Korczak.
The illustrations were the absolute best part - they were amazing. Emotional.



The Property by Rutu Mordan and Jessica Cohen (Translator)
Pages Read: 222
Thoughts:  4 STARS
Really great illustrations and a beautiful story.


CURRENTLY READING:

REVIEW BOOKS/ARCs:


I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet by Leora Tanenbaum
This Week: 36-50%
Pages Read: 43
Interesting/Frightening Quote: 
"The problem isn't that girls and young women have never learned how to dress without showing off their bodies, and it's not that they are mimicking media images of hypersexual females. Rather, they are making deliberate, careful decisions in an attempt to shape how others perceive them. The real problem is that they don't realize that they can't control how others perceive them: what to them appears to be self-evidently slutty in a "good" way is read as slutty in a "bad" way by others...To add another layer of complexity, many young females also believe that presenting themselves as overtly sexual is necessary for their feminist empowerment."


 


My Daylight Monsters (Mary Hades 0.5) by Sarah Dalton
This Week: 42-71%
Pages Read: 36
Thoughts: Sometimes heavy, sometimes scary.  But all very good.  I am excited that I get to go right into Mary Hades #1 after this!




Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Francis Brambles
On pg. 51 of 485
Pages Read This Week: 5
Thoughts: PDFs are hard to get read sometimes. Not exactly portable.
I read these 5 pages before falling asleep last night!

 


The Fire Sermon (Fire Sermon #1) by Francesca Haig
This Week: 0-7%
Pages Read This Week: 27
Thoughts:  Interesting plot.





BOOK CLUB BOOKS/READALONGS:



The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
*Travel the World in Books Readalong*
On pg. 236 of 648
Pages Read:60
Thoughts: I am really enjoying this. I think everyone's finished it but me.  Go figure, right?



LIBRARY LOOT:

 


Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
On pg. 256 of 896
Pages Read:153
Thoughts: Surprise, surprise I love it.



Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness
On pg. 74 of 584
Pages Read:0
Thoughts: I just can't seem to get into this. All of the characters changed except for Diana and Matthew, and even they have changed drastically.  And I'm not a fan of Kit.  AT ALL.  I just can't get into it. I don't miss it when I'm not reading it.  Have you read it? Should I keep trying?



The White Queen (The Cousins' War #1) by Philippa Gregory
On pg. 68 of 408
Pages Read This Week: 28
Thoughts: Getting interesting now that she's the queen.


NON-ARCs (For Fun):
aka Slower Reads generally


The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
*TBR Pile*
On pg. 135 of 592
Pages Read:7
Thoughts: This part is a little slow.  Or maybe I am just too interested in my fiction reads right now.



A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
*TBR Pile*
On pg. 144 of 332
Pages Read This Week: 2
Thoughts: Did not get to this week.  I am going to give this another week and if I can't get back into it, I'm not going to finish it.  This is SO not Old Man and the Sea.


 
Huntress Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff
*Gift from Sandie*
On pg. 169 of 382
Pages Read:70
Thoughts: This is really good.  Best police procedural I've read in years.



STATS:

Total Books Currently Reading: 11
Total Books Read in 2015: 41
Pages Read This Update: 690
Total Pages Read in 2015: 12956



REVIEW BOOKS ON DECK:
One of these will be next.
  

 ~What are you reading right now?  
~What did you just finish?  
~What book are you looking forward to reading next?  
~Have you read any of the books I'm reading?  What did you think of it?




Share in the comments!!!