What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends! Happy Monday…or not. 🙂

This week is going to be crazy for me so I probably won’t be reading as much as I usually do, but I still have a few books sitting on my bedside table at the moment.

So let’s get to it.

I am still listening to Finders Keepers by Stephen King

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This book is just so disturbing and some mornings on my way to work I have skipped listening to it just because the voice actor for the book can get annoying. Just some characters that he reads. He is a lovely voice actor, but some mornings I just can’t take it.

I am reading a middle grade book. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver.

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So far it has been a very interesting story and the cover is just so gorgeous!

I’m also reading The Darkest Night by Gena Sowalter

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I was afraid I wouldn’t like Gena Showalter’s adult novels. I love her YA books. My fear was short lived as soon as I read the first chapter. I am, so far, in love with this book!

Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset by Sarah Ashwood

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This book has been so fantastic so far. Some days I just don’t have enough time to read enough of this book to satisfy my curiosity. As soon as I have some time I am probably going to sit down and do nothing but finish this book.

That is all I have this week. I know, I am reading too many books at once, but I am keeping the stories separate and they are all so different. I would have been done with at least one if I wasn’t working such strange hours.

What are you reading?

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What are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends! Happy Monday…or you know, whatever…Monday.

For anyone interested to know, I am feeling better! Energy is still super low, but my head isn’t nearly as congested and it is safe to say I will live…not that there was ever a chance I was dying. I’m just super dramatic when I am sick.

Let’s get on to what you all came her for today!

I am still listening to Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

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This book is so good and messed up! I absolutely love it! And I am almost done with it!

Still reading Changes by Jim Butcher

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Since I have been sick I haven’t really been reading much so…I kind of got behind. I am hoping to finally finish this book this week.

I started reading Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson this week.

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It’s actually really interesting. I have been following Shannon’s blog for a while now, I just never read her books. This book came up on sale and I decided to give it a try. I am always a little leery about authors I haven’t read before. Even if I read their blogs. But so far I am really pleased.

I am also reading Dead Set by Richard Kadrey

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Funny story, I found this book at the Dollar Tree. Yes, I paid a buck for this book! I am only one chapter in and it is so interesting. When I bought it I actually had a lady ask me how I knew I was going to like the book. I had just checked on Goodreads to make sure it wasn’t a second or third book in a series. That is the only problem with buying books from Dollar Tree. Half the time they are part of a series and never the first book.

Anyways, the lady couldn’t believe I was paying money for a book I knew nothing about. My answer…”I like the cover.” I admit, I am one of those people that judges a book by it’s cover. I found one of my favorite authors because I liked a cover, and so far I have liked just about everything I bought just because I liked the cover.

That is all today. I am reading way too many books at once. I have a few days off this week and I am kind of hoping to knock these out this week! Before the end of the month!

What are you reading?

Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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**If you click the picture it will take you Goodreads**Rating

5 Nerd Girl Rating

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Author: Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: February 10th 2015
Series: Red Queen
Genre: Fantasy/YA/Fiction/Dystopia
Pages: 383
Publisher: Orion
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: I hate first Friday. It makes the village crowded, and now, in the heat of high summer, that’s the last thing anyone wants.

Synopsis:  Mare is a red. She lives in the Stilts and her family is basically poor. She steals from others to provide for her family before she is old enough to be forced into the war with her three older brothers.

After an encounter with a stranger, she finds herself a slave to the palace. She quickly finds out that the stranger she met the night before is the Silver Prince. That same day she finds that she has powers like the Silvers, but her blood is still red. Because her powers have been displayed among great names of the Silver world, the queen makes up a story that Mare is a long lost daughter of a dead war hero.

Mare has saved her brothers from war, along with her best friend. But it all comes at a price. Now Mare must pretend to be a Silver and her life depends on her acting skills.

Review: My first thought when I finished this book was OMG! Seriously, there are things that hit you in this book that you never see coming. Don’t worry, I won’t ruin it for you, but I will tell you to be ready for several twist in the story. Just when you think you know what is going on…you realize you had no idea. This was an amazing story and I have high hopes for this author. I just wish that the next book was coming out soon.

From the beginning you are taken by this story. You want to know more. You want to know what is going to happen to Mare, how is she going to get out of her predicament. I was angry at the way Reds were treated and how Silvers sat around like nothing bad ever happened in the world. Then, I felt sorry for the Silvers because you soon find out that it’s not as carefree in their world as you thought.

And then…there is Cal. The wonderful, beautiful, kind, Silver Prince. Who doesn’t love a prince?

 Conclusion:

If you have this sitting on your bookself right now…pick it up and read it. Waste no more time, wait no longer, get that book and start reading it tonight. You will love every second of it, even the parts that make you so mad you can see straight. Warning: do not read this in public because you might squeal a few times! Believe me, I had to contain myself while sitting on the beach…

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What Are You Reading?

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Happy Monday Nerds!

Have you heard the news about what is going on in SC? We are flooding. Yep, that’s where I live. Lucky for me I live in a tab bit safer place than others and the rain has not washed me away. Though, it did try to wash away my roof. Oy.

I have finally got back on my reading streak. Yes, I read three books last week alone. THREE BOOKS! They were part of a series and I got the first one free from Book Bub. The books were called Blood and Snow by Rashelle Workman. Not going to lie, I started reading them for two reasons. 1. The cover is really pretty! 2. Who doesn’t love a fairy tale retelling? While I am not still reading it, I wanted to share it with you. If you click the picture below you can get it free on Amazon as well. The first book anyways. If you read it, let me know what you think. **I was not asked by the author to advertise this book, I just really really liked it**

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Now, on to what I AM reading at the moment. I have worked it down to three books and two of them are new this week.

I am still working on Small Favor by Jim Butcher. I don’t know why this book is dragging me down so bad. I have loved all the Dresden File novels but this one…I just can’t get into it I guess. I’m still going to read it, but I’m going at it slowly.

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I started reading Desert Hunt by Anna Lowe. I was supposed to feature Anna Lowe as my author of the month last month. But…I had a hard month and I am still trying to get my bearings. Hopefully I can finish this book this week and beg Anna to still let me have an interview with her. So far though, the book is intriguing.

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I also started reading the second book of the Selecting called The Elite, by Kiera Cass. I know I said I didn’t like the first one, but I got hooked about half way through it. So for this month I am listening to this book on audible.

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You got to admit, that cover is gorgeous! And can I please fight for the love an attention of a prince?

There you go, what I am reading this week. Honestly, I hope to finish Desert Hunt and Small Favor this week so I can move on to a few books that have been sitting on my bedside table. I also have a stack on my floor and three shelves of a bookshelf… Oh dear, I have too many books.

Oh! One more thing before you go. I started a book club on Facebook (I might be moving it over to goodreads). We are only in the first stages of deciding what book to read for next month. If anyone is interested in joining, let me know. Hopefully, I can get a big group of readers and have an awesome online book club.

So, what are you reading?

What are You Reading?

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Happy Monday Nerds!

I know I have skipped this post the past few weeks. I have been trying to get myself back on track and out of this funk. I am slowly getting there. Part of getting out of my funk was getting a few books finished so I could move on to better books.

It’s shocking, I am only reading two books at the moment!

First is Jim Butcher’s Small Favor. I am hoping to finish it this week.

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The second is a book I got for free from BookBud called Blood and Snow. It’s book 1-4. The books are really short and the reviews are not very nice, but so far I have loved it. It helped me get out of my reading slump.

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I actually downloaded it because the cover was so pretty. And I love a good story based on fairy tales. I will probably finish this book the second I have a couple of hours on my hands. It’s a quick read and I am enjoying it.

So, what are you reading?

What Are You Reading?

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Hello Nerds,

So…I still have not picked up my reading speed. I realize that I have a ton of books to read, but I seem to be in a reading slump. I am falling behind in my reading challenge. I am only 8 books ahead of schedule now.

Moving on…

I am still reading Small Favor by Jim Butcher

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The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

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and Sortilege by C.M. Cox
Honestly, this one has lost my interest so I need to hurry through it so I can get a review of it done and move on.

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A new one that I am reading is The Selection Kiera Cass
I am listening to this one and I am not so sure I will continue the series when I finish it. The covers are beautiful, but the story…It just feels so…Hunger Games with out the killing. You take a bunch of lower class girls, dress them up, and parade them around the Prince so that one girl can be his bride. I also realized that it takes three books to get to the final girl…It just seems like this story can be told in one book, but I will read through the rest of it before I judge it too harshly.

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Hello Nerds. What are you reading this week?

I was really hoping to have one of these books finished this past week…but I have been going to bed so tired that I haven’t read much. The rest of the day has been filled with work or trying to catch up on some shows. I really need to buckle down with this reading!

I am still reading Small Favor by Jim Butcher

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Rogue by Julie Kagawa

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Though, to be honest, this one is almost over. I know for a fact that I will finish this book this week.

Sortilege by C.M. Cox

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I am almost done with this one too.

And I picked up an extra one this week. The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld.

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I read this book a few years ago, but never finished the series. It was also my latest TBR jar draw. When I went to put it on my “Currently Reading” list on Goodreads I was shocked to find out who Scott Westerfeld was! I didn’t even know I had read any of his books before. If you had asked me to name 10 authors just a few years ago I totally would not have been able to name even 5. Now I know names and I am creating a whole new list of favorites.

And a side note…

Blurry image…sorry about that. I got all of these books at the Dollar Tree. Yay! I haven’t even looked them up yet. lol

So, what are you reading?

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Welcome To My TBR

Happy Birthday To me

Hello Nerds! And welcome to the best week ever! As I have mentioned in the past few blogs…or possibly for the past two weeks, Friday is my birthday! So to celebrate, I came up with a few lists of 30 things. Yeah, it was tough. It made me realize even more how 30 was. Like…30…I’m so old!

The first list that I have for you is my 30 Top Books on my TBR list. Most of them are books that are on my shelf right now. The last 7 in the list are books that I really, really want to read but I have not yet purchased the books. (I put them in bold for you.)

Because there are 30 books, I will not bombard you with pictures, and because I am lazy I will not link these books. You can go to Goodreads and look them up yourselves. ^_^

  1. The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  2. Serifina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
  3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  4. Rook by Sharon Cameron
  5. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  6. Dorthy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  7. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
  9. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  10. Matched by Ally Condie
  11. Panic by Lauren Oliver
  12. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  13. A Placed Called Here by Cecelia Ahern
  14. Covet by J.R. Ward
  15. The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter
  16. Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
  17. Stolen by Kelley Armstrong
  18. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
  19. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
  20. A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton
  21. The Otherworldlies by Jennifer Anne Kogler
  22. Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
  23. Throne of Glass by Sarah H. Maas
  24. The Drafter by Kim Harrison
  25. Armada by Ernest Cline
  26. Spelled by Betsy Schow
  27. Alive by Scott Sigler
  28. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
  29. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  30. Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

There are so many more books than this on my TBR list. Like…there are so many that I want to quit my job so that I can read. But every time I look at my TBR list I get so excited and can’t wait to get to all of them.

There you go. The kick off to my birthday week. I have two more list coming to you this week along with a few goals for the next year and next 10 years. Also, a little thing on Friday about all the things I have learned in my 30 years of life. I hope you enjoy this week as much as I know I will.

Toodles

Book Review: Akarnae by Lynette Noni

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Rating

5 Nerd Girl Rating

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(Rating is 5 nerd glasses plus a mustache because it was just too awesome for just 5 nerd glasses.)

Author: Lynette Noni
Release Date: February 1st, 2015
Series: The Medoran Chronicles
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 397
Publisher: Pantera Press
Buy it here: Amazon for other places look on Goodreads.

Synopsis:
Alex is shipped off to boarding school when her parents take a job and she can’t follow. She quickly finds out that the board school is not going to be fun and making friends is not going to be easy. She makes her way to the headmasters office dreading what is to come. Before Alex knows what is going on, she is swept away into another world with no way back to her own. But is it really so bad?

Medora is a world where magic is reality and the first two boys she stumbles across instantly become her new best friends.

Review:
This book captures you from the first word. Or at least, it did me. I was completely entranced the moment I started reading and couldn’t believe I waited so long to read it. I have seen the reviews saying that it’s like Harry Potter and Narnia, and it is! What they have failed to tell you is that there is a little mixture of Alice in Wonderland as well.

When Alex first lands in Medora she meets three people. The first is a strange man who quickly disappears. The next two she meets are Bear and Jordan. My first thought of these two boys were Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dumb from Alice in Wonderland. And they continue to remind me of the duo throughout the book, only they are much smarter and so much more fun to be around.

At the beginning I got a little annoyed with Alex and her constant worry to get back to her own world. Honestly, you throw me into a new world that is this amazing and it may take me at least a month before I am ready to go home. But Alex eventually gives in and has fun, taking in the new world she has been thrown into. It helps that Bear and Jordan are some of the greatest friends anyone could ever have…if there is a Bear and Jordan in the world looking for a bestie chick friend please look me up!

There is not a single bad thing I can say about his book except, I want more. I would catch myself giggling in public because of something hilarious that Bear or Jordan said, or the way Alex shows everyone up. She was made for Medora, and she quickly catches on.

I think some of my favorite parts were when Alex was in her Combat classes. She just proves that just because she is a girl, doesn’t mean she is weak. I love how strong of a character Alex is, and I am not going to lie…I started focusing more on my own fitness and strength because of Alex.

If I can please call it, I think there might be a little love story developing between Alex and Kaiden. While I was super excited that Alex didn’t instantly fall in love with Bear or Jordan or any other guy for that matter, in the next book I would like to see her have a little romance. That being said, I was relieved to have a book that didn’t linger on teenage romance and just stuck to the basics of entering a new life with new friends.

The last thing I have to say about Akarnae is that the cover is so beautiful. It captures the magic of the story and if I had seen this sitting on the shelf at the book store, I would not have hesitated to pick it up and add it to my collection.

Conclusion:
If you have not read this book yet, I encourage you to get it today. It was an amazing story that I could not put down. I was so lost in thought of being whisked away into a new world that my day to day life just wasn’t cutting it anymore. Somehow this book has convinced me to become a better me. I cannot wait to see what comes next from the world of Medora and out of the mind of this amazing new author!

To find out more about this author check out her social media:
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Toodles

What Are You Reading?

What Are You Reading

Instead of going over all the books that I have open at the moment, let me just share with you all the books I will be actively reading this week. This will make my Monday post, much shorter and I can stop feeling like a failure when I am unable to finish all these books on my plate at the moment.

This week there are only two books I know for sure I will be actively reading, and one audio book.

Forging Divinity by Andrew Rowe. I really need to get this one finished so I can speak with the author for his interview next month.

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and honestly, I cannot get over how awesome this cover is.

Next, I know for a fact that I will finish Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz this week.

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I am loving this book and the process of learning about the offspring of the bad guys of Disney. I will not deny that I have a huge love for all things Disney.

The book I am listening to this week is The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa. I just finished the second book and I am so excited to read/listen to the next book!

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I have read a few reviews that have hated the second and third book. But so far, I have loved the entire series. And I understand that the main character can be a bit whiny, but she does what she has to do when it comes down to it. Also, life really sucks for her, so…she has the right to be a little whiny.

On a side note, I will also try and decide this week if I will finish Shackleton’s Folly by Todd Yunker. I feel like I haven’t given it a fair try…so I would like to try to get a little further into the story. I have two days in a row off this week and I plan on doing a lot of reading!

So, what are you reading? And what books did you finish last week? I finally finished Ready Player One and that book was so good!

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