It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.

Last Week I Read:

Night Study by Maria V. Snyder--review to come at a later date

Currently Reading:

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor (ARC)

What I Hope To Start (Not sure about finishing yet due to length):

Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout--the kindle/extended version!!

Other Posts of Interest:

Stacking the Shelves

This weekly meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!

Surprisingly I didn't buy many books this week. Shocking, I know! Especially with all B&N's signed books. But oddly enough, the ones that caught my eye, I already have signed! So I was lucky enough this year that it wasn't a big deal that I didn't get to B&N when they opened Black Friday because I had to work (boo).

But here's what I did get! Also got a few of my Amazon Black Friday buys as well!

I bought:

 Queen by Aimee Carter
Tinker Bell: An Evolution by Mindy Johnson

Black Friday movies I bought:

 How to Train Your Dragon--I apparently did not have a copy of the first one, so I snagged this for $4!
Dracula--another $4 find
Bitten: Season 2--an $11 deal
Aladdin--on BluRay for $10
Inside Out--on BluRay for $10
The Lego Movie--on BluRay for $10
Cinderella--on BluRay for $10

Basically with all these Disney movies, I break them up and give my niece the DVD versions. So I basically got her Christmas present half done by buying these for myself! :D

Then I noticed there was an extra Amazon package in my pile, and lo and behold, I have my first TBTBSanta package!!

Mrs. Potts & Chip Funko Pops!!

THANK YOU Secret Santa!!

And that was my haul this week! What did you get?

Follow Friday

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:

1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts and any one else you want to follow on the list  
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!


This week's question is: Black Friday Eve! You have $100 (or pounds or whatever your currency is) to spend on books. What are you going to buy? - Suggested by Alison Can Read

MY ANSWER: Can I say I will apply it to a book I'm "waiting" for? Here's what I'm talking about, The Deluxe Edition of the Illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone! Whew! That's a mouthful! 

I preordered this baby back in SEPTEMBER! Then on November 12...I received devastating news. They were DELAYING my order until December 18th! I guess there was an overload of orders for it. The worst part is, I don't feel 100% confident that they will give it to me 2 days after my birthday! I fear I will instead get yet ANOTHER email saying they were delaying it! So I am keeping my fingers tightly crossed. 

So basically I'm applying my $100 for books to this one! Except, I have to wait another month until it arrives!


Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

Even if you're not celebrating, hope you still have a GREAT day!!!

Random Thursday

Time for more intriguing and amazingly bizarre factoids from That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright & Jakob Anser!

This is yet another oddly weird, because that double weirdness is necessary for this one regarding good ol' Aunt Flow!

"Aunt Flow' is a citizen of the world. Internationally, euphemisms for menstruation vary wildly:

'I've got flags out.'

'I'm with Chico.'

'Little sister has come home.'

'There are communists in the funhouse.'

'I'm flying the Japanese flag.'

'The English have arrived.'

'The cranberry woman is coming.'

'Little Miss Strawberry'

Puerto Rico:
'Did the rooster already sing?'

United States (redux):
'Shark Week'"

Have to say, those are all entirely new to me! And wow, Shark Week?? Didn't know that! The one that made me laugh the most is Germany's! That's hilarious!


Waiting on Wednesday

I hate waiting...
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.

So can't wait for this one! It sounds amazing! I was SO close to an ARC at YALLFest two weeks ago too. But since people cut in line, I lost my chance. But at least we're nearing January! Plus I treated myself to a signed copy of this and Truthwitch as well! So yay!

TITLE: The Passenger
AUTHOR: Alexandra Bracken
PUBLISHER: Disney-Hyperion
GENRE: Timetravel/Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: January 5, 2016 

The next Otherworld anthology from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong...

More than a decade after Kelley Armstrong first opened the doors to the Otherworld, fans are still clamoring for more. In response to their demands—and to coincide with the Syfy Network show based on the series—Plume has signed up three Otherworld anthologies, each of which revolves around a different theme. The second in the trilogy, Otherworld Secrets, features fan-favorites such as Cassandra, Savannah, and Adam in rare and neverbefore- published short stories—plus a brand new novella. Fans old and new will flock to this mystery-themed volume to discover the deepest secrets of this captivating world.

This was pushed back in the US for some reason. But I am looking forward to its eventual release! After looking over the novella list of contents, I don't think I've read any, so this will be fun!

TITLE: Otherworld Secrets
AUTHOR: Kelley Armstrong
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: January 26, 2016 


Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays
Here are the rules:
1. Grab your current read      
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc

"'I still don't like it,' Ari said as he swung up into Whiskey's saddle.

Janco mounted The Madam. 'This is going to be fun.'

'You said that about the Bejin ambush, and look how that turned out.' Ari gathered the reins.

'There's just no way to stifle a sneeze once it reaches a critical level. Besides, no one was hurt.'" Kindle loc. 63%*

*This quote comes from the eARC, therefore it and its location are not final.


TITLE: Night Study
AUTHOR: Maria V. Snyder
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: January 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week's topic is: Thanksgiving Themed Freebie: Ten Books/Series I am Thankful For

*in no particular order

1. DEMON IN MY VIEW by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes--the book that started my vampire/paranormal obsession! Without this one...I would be lost! ;)
2. OLD MAGIC by Marianne Curley--my first magic and time traveling book! Well...magic in a sense! This was the first bit of active magic I had in a book...other than Harry Potter of course, but more to come!
3. VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead--the book that brought me back to YA! And essentially the one that let me know Paranormal YA was back and running strong!!

4. THE MEDIATOR: SHADOWLAND by Jenny Carroll/Meg Cabot--one of my first Paranormal YA finds after Demon in my View! I adored this series! I loved every moment of it! And discovering that were two more books after this quartet was finished made me incredibly happy! I'm likely to burst next year when book 7, the first adult installment comes out!
5. POISON STUDY by Maria V. Snyder--essentially my first adult Fantasy read, though it does get classified as YA at times too! But for me it was in the adult section at my dearly, departed Borders. I fell in love with this world so fast and I am grateful for it because it basically opened the door to amazing fantasies for me! Ones that weren't overly complex either!
6. HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE by Jeaniene Frost--for what would the world be like without Bones...or Ian for that matter! And soon...Ian will have his book! I look forward to that day just as much as loving this series/world in the beginning!

(ironically, not planned red covers[ish])
7. BITTEN by Kelley Armstrong--this book was amazing and it launched an incredible series that surrounded so many awesome characters! It kind of gave me that safe feeling that a series doesn't always have to revolve around one character or set of characters. It can be massive! And still be incredible and understandable!
8. STRAY by Rachel Vincent--probably one of the first books I bought in the "romance" section and learned that not all those books are romance centered. I had some bad experiences with a few of those! As someone who only likes a little bit of romance, this was huge for me! Plus this series became a fast favorite! Loved every (well...nearly every) moment of it!
9. A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas--an amazing and beautifully retold tale of my favorite fairy tale ever! Which is Beauty and the Beast, naturally! This read was beyond amazing! It's also a very, very mature YA. I liked that Sarah wasn't afraid to make it overly "safe" either!

10. HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE by J.K. Rowling--because what's a list of books you're thankful for without Harry Potter?! This was such a magical read! And to think I didn't really pick it up until there were 3 books out! Just made it nice to binge those three...even if there was an argument with my sister who got to read book 2 first. I think she won...but I still read book 3 before she finished book 2 or even started it, so naturally, I snapped it back up before she got around to it! HA! LOL!

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.

In the Past 2 Weeks I've Read:

 Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger (4 stars)
Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger (4 stars)
The Iron King: The Graphic Novel by Julie Kagawa, Sara Gundell, Ill. by Lidia Chan (4.5 stars)
Winter by Marissa Meyer (5 stars)

Currently Reading:

Night Study by Maria V. Snyder (ARC)

What I Might Maybe Start This Week:

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor (ARC)

Other Posts of Interest:


Stacking the Shelves--2 Week Edition

This weekly meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!

It was another amazing two weeks!! I got some awesome books and I look forward to reading them all!

Here's what I bought:

 Soundless by Richelle Mead--SIGNED!! Sadly it was signed on the "added" page versus the title page. I thought that by ordering it from her bookstore I might avoid such scenario, but no dice. Oh well! It also came with the sneak peek of The Glittering Court! It was also signed too!

Winter by Marissa Meyer--SIGNED! Got up SUPER early and formed the line for Marissa's 11am signing at 6:45, at 7 I was joined by one other for her line! But I waited those 15 minutes with other peeps forming other author lines! :)

Be sure to check out my giveaway for a signed copy as well!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Qudditch Through the Ages
Tales of Beedle the Bard

Oddly enough I didn't have these, but thought I best get them for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to be prepared for the movie! Though I do think I have a first copy of Tales of Beedle the Bard, or my sister did, so we might have it still!

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick--keeper copy! And I LOVE how the raindrops are raised on the cover! It's so bumpy/texture like!

Straw King by Danielle Paige

My Book Outlet Order:
Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier--again, I want to read her first trilogy as well, but it was another hardcover sale that couldn't be passed up!
Nil Unlocked by Lynne Matson--need to read the first one too, but you can't pass up a sale on the hardcover!
Reflected by Rhiannon Held--still need to start this series, but at least I will have 3 of the books to binge! 

For review from the publisher I got:

Night Study by Maria V. Snyder (ARC)

THANK YOU MIRA Ink & Netgalley!! 


I got my gloves and I got my tattoos! The tattoos were a little bent, but I don't really plan on wearing them. Just hoarding them in my swag collection! LOL!

THANKS Feiwel & Friends for the promo!