What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends!

As I am trying to get back into the swing of things I have been re-evaluating the post that I really enjoyed. “What are you Reading?” is one of my favorite post. I love sharing with others what I am reading and I love even more when other share with me what they are reading. I don’t have a lot of real life friends that love books as much as I do. So I have to rely on you wonderful internet folks that I love so much!

Let me tell you what I am currently reading!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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I am listening to this book, but it’s not the first time I have read it. I read this a few years ago. I was enamored by the cover. And the title. I have always been fascinated by stories, shows, and movies that revolved around a circus. Then you put that circus into the night and I am in heaven.

I am loving The Night Circus as much this time around as I did the first time. It is just so full of whimsy and mystery. The visuals are so beautiful and enchanting. If you haven’t read this one yet, I highly suggest it. It is becoming my favorite book. I just want to cuddle with it!

Ensnared by A.G. Howard

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I am having trouble finishing this book. There has been a love triangle through the entire series, but it is getting annoying in this last book and I just want to get on with the story. I will finish it this week, I know that much, but I have not enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the first book.

Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
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I am finally moving on with the Dresden Files. But I am finding this book hard to read…I think it’s just because Harry is dead! I don’t like it at all and I just want to get through it so I can move on to the next book.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
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I almost didn’t want to read this book because of the author. I read her book¬†Shiver¬†and I didn’t like it much at all. I broke down and borrowed this book from the library and I think I might like it. I could change my mind once I get a little more into the book, but at the moment I am glad I picked it up.

 

So tell me, what are you reading?

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April Wrap-Up

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Hello Friends! I know what you are thinking, “Where is the short story??”

See here is the thing…I haven’t written it yet. I thought I was going to have time and I got called into work. Ugh! This makes three weeks in a row that my two days off have been interrupted. I get two days off, but they are not back to back like they have been scheduled. It’s annoying…but that is life in retail management.

So, instead of getting a short story today (it will come later this week, promise) I wanted to go ahead and do my April wrap up. I am not doing a book haul today, but that will come up this week as well.

Moving on!

April Books

My favorite book this month was Changes by Jim Butcher. It was a fantastic book! My lease favorite was The Legendary Haunting of Quentin Wallis. Nothing wrong with it, it just seemed to drag on. The story was cute though. Also, the author did an interview with me so…I liked it for that fact to. lol

I also listened to Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

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Which again I will say, this book is really up there on the creep factor. I loved it.

I think I did pretty good reading 6 books this month. Though, Waylaid by Kim Harrison was actually a short story, but I am still counting it! I hope to do better in May and get a little more reading done. That is if I can stop just laying around on my days off. I need to find a better place to read during the day. I usually lay in bed to read, even during the day, which causes me to get sleepy. I need to stop that.

What did you read in April? What was your favorite and least favorite book?

What are You Reading?

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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?

What Are You Reading?

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Hello Friends!

I almost didn’t want to do this today because what I am reading this week isn’t much different from last week. I hate when I get stuck on a few books.

I am still listening to Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
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Of course, this will be a month long thing anyways, so it’s not big deal. But this book is so skevy. Yeah, I have read Stephen King books before…he wouldn’t be my favorite author if I hadn’t, but I don’t remember reading any that made my skin craw like this one. Maybe it’s different because I am listening to it instead of sitting down to read it. Either way, it’s still really good and makes me really question Mr. King’s morals. I’m only kind of kidding

What I am reading:

Changes by Jim Butcher
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Like I said last week, this one got put on the back burner for another book I was really into, but last night this book hit it’s mid-point and got super interesting. I am sure I will finish it this week.

The Legendary Haunting of Quentin Wallis by C.K. McKenzie
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This is the author of the month and the one book review I will be doing for The Reading Bud. The whole story has been very intriguing, but I am finding it to be a little long winded as well. It hasn’t lost my interest, I just have to really focus when I am reading it.

Tell me, what are you reading this week?

What Are You Reading?

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Hello friends. Happy Monday. It’s a rough Monday for me. I had to go into work at 5am to 10:30, and now I am about to head back in from 4 to 9:30 pm. And I am just too tired. I hate working split shifts but I never say no to them.

Anyways, let us move on! What are you reading this week?

I just started a new audio book and I am super excited to be reading it!

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King.
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I am only in chapter 3 and I am already just like…”OMG! Are you serious?” I love Stephen King

I am reading…

Maps, Artifacts, and other Arcane Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge
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It’s the last book currently available for the series. I’m a little worried about not having another one to go to after I am finished. But the author does have another series so I may give that a try after this one.

Changes by Jim Butcher
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I know what you are thinking, “Heather, why are you still reading this one?!” But I have been so captured by the Dowser series (mentioned above) that I have been letting Mr. Dresden fall to the waste side. I am so sorry Harry!!

My GoodReads “Currently-Reading” List has one more book, but I am not actively reading it and I am not so sure I want to continue reading it. I just haven’t decided yet. And I have one book that I seriously need to start reading soon so I can have it done and ready for this months author interview. Ugh, I’m falling behind already.

Also, be very proud that none of these are YA!! I had to take a break from the YA world!

What are you reading?

What Are You Reading?

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Hello friends and happy Monday! Shockingly I got the day off work. This NEVER happens on a Monday due to it being truck day. But sadly, I don’t get another day off until Saturday so my day off is spent getting things ready for my blog this week. Of course, that isn’t a bad thing because this is a hobby that I love to do.

Let’s get this party started!

This week I am reading three books and listening to one. I am trying to get last minute books in to up my count for this month. I know, it’s not a race and as long as we are reading it doesn’t matter how many books we read…but when you have already bought 11 books in a month you kind of have to pick up the speed as to counter balance the TBR list…right?

Changes by Jim Butcher

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I am on page 183/438. I need to pick up the pace, though I am reading it quicker than usual. This so far is my favorite book in the Dresden files series. I feel like we are seeing a new side to Dresden that I knew was there, but have yet to see. It has furthered my crush on Dresden.

Shadows, Maps, and Other Ancient Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

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This is the 4th book in the Dowser series and I just can’t stop! I am in love with this series and I want more. Though, I debated last night if I wanted to start this one. Jade is made at Desmond and I really wanted something to happen between those two. The chemistry between them is amazing and ugh…I need Jade to fall madly in love with McGrowly and never look back. Sadly, I have already looked at a few reviews for this one because of the way the 3rd book ended and it looks like Desmond doesn’t even stand a chance with Jade and there is a new love interest and I am not okay with it, unless it was the vampire! Come on Meghan! I need McGrowly or the vampire to win Jades heart!

Sorry, the wound it still fresh from the 3rd book…

The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

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I was contacted by the author of this novel and he asked if I would review it. It sounded really interesting so I said I would give it a go. Normally, I would not have picked up this book at all. Mainly because the cover. I just don’t like it and I can’t really explain why. But I do love a fairy tale story and this one is obviously about Snow White and..Charming is dead! I started this one last night and I am still not so sure I am going to like it. I will continue reading, obviously, because I hold hope for all books. They are all a work of art and at least one person has poured their heart into the story. So far though…not to thrilled with it.

Lastly, what I am listening to.

The Game of Lives by James Dashner

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I am in the last 30 minutes of this book. It has been so good and this book has been one joy ride of emotions. I am telling you, this series may be better than the Maze Runner series. I can’t wait to finish this, though I have a feeling I know part of how it will end.

Week GoalThis week I want to finish all the books above. Really bump up that book count. I am already 4 books ahead of schedule. I am making a little cushion for when Christmas gets here I guess.

I would like to start reading Serafina and the Black Cloak by Rober Beatty

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And The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

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That is all I am going to challenge myself to this week. It’s going to be a busy week.

I have two questions for you today.

  1. What are you reading?
  2. Do you start on a book as soon as you finish one or do you give yourself a break between books?

What Are You Reading?

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Late post today. I sort of forgot that I was working so late today and didn’t prepare my blog ahead of time like I usually do. Silly me. It’s all good though, readers never stop reading!

I just started reading Changes by Jim Butcher. It is the 12th book in the Dresden Files

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I am in love with this series. I have been slowly making my way through the series to kind of drag it out a little bit.

I am also reading Trinkets, Treasures, and other Bloody magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge.

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This is the second book in the Dowser series. Another series that I am currently obsessed with. I have been reading this while at work, so it’s been slow going, but I am almost to the end and plan on finishing this tonight.

I am listening to The Game of Lives by James Dashner

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This is the third and possibly final book in the Mortality Doctrine series. Again, in love! I just love the whole virtual reality aspect of it.

Week Goal

Of course, my goal is to finish Changes as well as Trinkets. I would like to start on another Gena Showalter novel. I have only read her YA novels and I want to look into her more adult novels. If they are as good as her YA novels I may have another favorite author to add to my list. I have The Darkest Night on my night stand right now, waiting to be read first.

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This is the first book of the Lords of the Underworld series. My best friend turned me to these books. She said they were a lot like The Black Dagger Brotherhood books that I love.

I also have Serafina and the Black Cloak sitting on my immediate TBR pile.

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I went to a book signing and bought this book. Got it signed and even got a picture with the author. I have been putting it off for a while now. I figured it was time to actually read it.

That is all that is on my TBR for this week. As we all know my week goals never happen and sometimes I am craving a book and I have to put the other books on hold. But at least I have a plan!

What are you reading?

Dresden Goes on the Red Carpet

Hello friends!

This is going to be a fun little post to kind go along with the feel of Sundays. We just want to lounge around and have fun…dream up new things.

The other day I was contacted by a representative of TommyJohn, a mens underwear product line. I was asked if I wanted to participate in a little fun imagination game. My task is to take one of my favorite male characters and pretend I am their stylist for the red carpet. Of course, this brings two of my favorite things together, my love for books and my love for writing (AKA imagination!). So I said I would play!

I picked Harry Dresden from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.
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Just so you have a little insight on what Dresden looks like…he is all over the covers for the books. He wears a long leather trench coat, t-shirts, and jeans. I just don’t see Dresden in anything dressy like he would need to wear for the red carpet, which is why I choose him.

First of all, Dresden will start out with a few Tommy John products…because you know…its because of them I have the idea to do this.

Some comfy no-adjustment-needed underwear and a stay-tucked-in undershirt. We don’t want Mr. Dresden getting caught readjusting things…

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Now, lets get on to the suit!

It’s going to be hard enough to get Harry into anything fancy to be honest. It’s just not his style. I think he would say that too. He would fuss and fight the whole way through, so I wanted to keep it simple.

He will wear a simple dress shirt. It will be a dark blue, because Harry will want to stay away from anything too light. He will want to be in all black, but we will get Murphy to convince him to add a little color. It will be impossible to get him into anything white. The undershirt was the only exception.

The pants will be simple. Just black slacks. They all look the same, so I don’t feel the need to add a picture. Plus I want to limit my chances of getting in trouble for using images I found on google. (*Snicker*)

Here is where the real trouble comes in. Most suits have a jacket, and most people on the red carpet do not walk around in a leather trench coat. It will be tougher to convince Harry to leave his trench coat behind then it will be to get him to wear anything other than black. So, we will compromise with him…

He will choose black, which at this point is the only color his stylist would let him choose. He will also request to take it home to spell it so that it works just like his leather trench coat, “enchanted” to take magical hits if something goes down where ever he may be. Let’s face it, if Dresden is walking on the red carpet, chances are something bad is going to happen, why else would he put himself through the torture of wearing a suit.

At least he gets to go home with new underclothes, right?

Honestly, we would try to put Dresden in some shiny dress shoes. Come back to reality, stylist team, Dresden has sacrificed enough. His comment will be something along the lines of how he needs comfortable shoes to run in when sh*t hits the fan.

He can probably get away with some boots like these…

It may not look great together, who knows, maybe none of this works. But when you are working with a stubborn wizard, you just have to let some things go. It’s not like too many people will be taking pictures of him anyways.

I would like to thank the people at Tommy John for contacting me to play along in this game. It was fun trying to dress up a wizard who wanted nothing to do with putting on a suit.

Side Note: I was not paid to do this in any way. I just thought it would be fun and I will always give credit to those who provide me ideas.

What Are You Reading?

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**Late Post today because I had some kind of issue and set the schedule for posting wrong…**

 

I have a confession to make. I have not been reading much! WAIT! Don’t throw your stones yet! I have been dealing with a lot of stress this month and…well, I sleep more than anything. I know, sorry excuse, but it happens!

What that being said, what I am reading isn’t much different from what I was reading the last “What are you Reading” post. Yep…same ol’ stuff.

I’m almost done with The Eye of Minds by James Dashner.

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It’s such a good book. I’m listening to it, so I only listen when I am driving to work. I have like 20 minutes left of the book.I know I could have sat down for a few minutes and finished it already, but I have a ritual…I listen when I drive to work. It helps me get through the work day. So I try to drag out the books I am listening to for as long as possible. Especially seeing as I only listen to one book a month.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet(Almost) by Felicia Day…

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This book kind of took a back seat when I started reading another book. I was trying to power through as many books as possible and I just killed myself or something and haven’t been able to finish anything. Ugh! And this book is so good! I just need to sit down one day and finish it!

Lastly, I am reading Turn Coat by Jim Butcher.

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Again, this is a really good book! I don’t know what my problem has been this past month, but I plan on finishing all of these books this week and moving on to my next pile of books that I want to read.

Since I am reading the same stuff, I thought I might add a little extra this week and let you know what is next on my TBR list!

First is Armada by Ernest Cline.

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I have been so excited for this book and I have been taking my sweet time getting to it.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

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The next book in the series comes out February 9th. I wanted to have it re-read before the book came out, but I may be a little late finishing it to read the next book. Don’t worry, I plan to finish both in the month of February.

Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash.

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This was suggested to me on Goodreads and I got it free on Netgalley, so I want to read this this month and put up a review!

Beautiful by Sarah Dawson Powell

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Sarah is my author of the month and I need to read her book so I can get to interview her. Yep, I am a little behind in all my stuff for this blog! I sometimes hate myself, but I am getting back on track!

 

That is what is to come and what is…what are you reading? What is your TBR for February? Let me know in the comments.

 

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?