Jul 15, 2019

Stranger Things Book Tag

I saw this super fun tag over at Cornerfolds! Since Stranger Things just aired last week--and what a season, I mean my GOD!!!!! Lol. Anyways, I thought this would be a fun tag to do! I borrowed this image from Tracy, as I have zero tech skills and there didn't seem to be an original image that I could find. Tracy originally saw this tag over at Blossoms and Bullet Journals.

a book that grabbed your attention from the first page

I agree with Tracy on this one! Opening with letters to the mysterious Master Legend was definitely a way to capture my attention!

a fantasy world you'd like to experience yourself

Perhaps this will be the Caraval answer tag! Lol. I'd love to play the game Caraval myself...as long as Legend was my partner of course! Lol!

your favorite bookish friends

They were an unlikely squad, but I gotta admit, I loved them!

your favorite unhinged character

I don't know if you would say Justina (Cat's mom) was "unhinged," but she did have a steadfast hatred against vampires for good reason. Though she was slightly manic about it at times, I have to admit, that I loved her in the end! Her interactions with Bones were hilarious!

a book that was the opposite of what you expected

I will always remember this one as being the one that totally misled me! I thought it was going to be this intense mystery with a bit of a thrilling edge. What I remembered getting...a plain old story about a girl's everyday life with a friend who eventually went missing--and no one seemed to care after awhile, but the main part of the story was the main character's everyday life. You can imagine my boredom with this one.

the freakiest government you can think of

So this might be more "mad scientist" than "scary government," but with this series, it was pretty freaky that these scientists were experimenting on teenagers!

a scary book creature you would not want to go through your walls

I can't think of one that's a "monsterlike" creature, but the Stormlord was pretty scary from the little that we learned about him. He basically destroyed villages and towns while trying to hunt down his enemies, not caring that innocents were still being killed...by him!

a book that left you wanting more

I mean, I had SOOOO many to choose from, but let's go with the first and foremost one! Yeah...I will NEVER EVER EVER get over this one being cancelled and leaving us with THAT ending!

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:

Sadly I didn't finish anything, as I DNF'd the read I was reading for most of the week.


Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo (ARC) 

Currently Reading:

Rage by Cora Carmack (ARC)

What I Plan to Read Next:

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

Other Posts of Interest:

Jul 14, 2019

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! The meme is now hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

This week was rough! Possibly because it was the first full week for me in 3 weeks. Lol. Job hunt is still moving slowly. Didn't get a reply from the recruiter I applied to which was worrisome. 

On the lighter side, I am now an aunt of two! My sister had her baby a day earlier than planned (she was due for a C-section on Monday, but Baby Boy decided he wanted to come early! Lol). I now have a niece and nephew and he is positively adorable! 

In way of books this was a sad week, as I didn't buy any. Shocker, I know! But I was lucky to snag an immediate download from Edelweiss!

For review I received:

Rage by Cora Carmack (ARC)

THANK YOU Tor Teen!!

And that was it for me this week! What did you all get?

Jul 12, 2019

Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict!
This week's topic is: What do you like/dislike about self-published works? (submitted by Nicki @ Nicki J. Markus/Asta Idonea)
MY ANSWER: Well...in terms of liking, I just like the stories just as much as traditional published ones. Another perk is they sometimes release faster.
Downsides tend to be cover choices. I know that's not something that is really controlled as the author is choosing from various platforms that have artwork to be used for such things. I just find that sometimes the cover art doesn't really mesh well with the story or the characters that are being represented are way off their marker. But that can be true with traditionally published ones too.

Another dislike...when the author cancels the series themselves! I mean I get that life happens and whatnot but what I don't understand is seeing them still somewhat active in the twitterverse or some such and that they are writing...just not the final book in their series. There's really only one that comes to mind...the second one that comes to mind is actually a smaller press one vs self-published.

So really what it comes down to is that I pretty much love self-published and traditionally published books in the same ways! Lol.

Jul 11, 2019

Random Thursday

All right, let's get back to learning about expressions from Doug Lennox is The Little Book of Answers! I'll admit when I saw "expressions," I first thought of facial expressions and became perturbed when I was reading about wordy expressions! Lol!

(image borrowed from Amazon)
When someone is fired or dismissed from anything, be it a job or a relationship we say he "got the sack." This expression came long before the industrial era when workers carried their tools back and forth in a sack. When the job was done, or the worker was discharged, the boss would simply hand the worker his tool sack, thus literally being given "the sack."

That's an interesting history of the phrase. So literal. Lol.

(image borrowed from Sail Boston)
 When dreaming of better times, one would say "when my ship comes in." This expression comes from the 19th century in Bristol, England. The sailors who worked at sea were allowed to extend credit to their wives and family back home right up until the ship came back to port. When shopping for goods, the wife would tell the shopkeeper they'd paid the tab "when my ship comes home" for they would refer to the ship their husband worked on as their own.

Interesting, yet I feel like I have't heard this expression before. Lol.

(image borrowed from Know Your Meme)
 We often say a corrupt person has "gone to the Devil." This expression came from the Victorian times when it referred to going to a bar near the London civil courts. The Devil was a popular pub for lawyers who spent more time there then working in the office. If a client thought his money was going towards his lawyer's drinking tab he'd go to the office for an explanation where he was told that his lawyer had "gone to the Devil."

I wonder if that bar is still around...might have to go on my bucket list if I ever make it to London one day! Though I wouldn't drink! Lol. Just want to pop in to say I went to the Devil! HAHAHA!!

 (image borrowed from Amazon)
The expression "I'll be there with bells on" refers to the frontier days when peddlers traveling between settlements would put the bells on their horse to single their arrival. The peddler's arrival usually meant news, letters, and other goods from the outside world.

(image borrowed from Culture and Capitalism)
In the twentieth century, "Pin money" was an English phrase used to call extra cash that wives would set aside to run the household. During this time, pins were rare enough that they were only sold on January 1 and 2 of the year. Pins soon became more commonplace and less expensive over time, yet the British courts still enforce prenuptial agreements demanded by the wife as the "pin money charge."

That's interesting. Never heard of that before! Lol.


Jul 10, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

Princess or adventurer.

Duty or freedom.

Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves.

If Aurora knows anything, it's that choices have consequences. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan.

In disguise as the rebel Roar, she puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion. But the Rage season is at its peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. Yet these storms are different—they churn with darkness, and attack with a will that’s desperate and violent.

This feels like more than rage.

It feels like war.

SUPER excited for this one! If only I could get approved for it on Netgalley! I read Roar as an ARC, so you can imagine how long I've been waiting for this precious!

AUTHOR: Cora Carmack
GENRE: YA Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: August 27, 2019 


Jul 9, 2019

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker.

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.

"Though Wesley couldn't see the Kingpin's face, he was sure he felt the smile crawl along it. Wesley may have liked chaos, but he had no desire for war and especially no desire for his city to be part of it." Kindle loc. 11%*

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

TITLE: Into the Crooked Place
AUTHOR: Alexandra Christo
PUBLISHER: Feiwel and Friends
GENRE: YA Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: October 8, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

 Today's topic is: Character Freebie: Top Ten Characters That Made Me LOL!

*in no particular order

10. PUCK (The Iron Fey Series)--Puck was definitely the jokester in the group! While he could be serious, I found his antics to be hilarious! Especially when he liked to give Ash a hard time!
9. JANCO (The Study Series)--Janco and Ari are my most favorite duo when it comes to secondary characters! While Ari is the brains, Janco is the heart...and comedic relief! He always had a way to him that he can joke his way out of danger by annoying his enemy and then striking when their guard was down! Lol.
8. JENKS (The Hollows Series)--Jenks was without a doubt the most sarcastic and badass pixie there ever was! He put Tinkerbell's sass to shame, but don't ever try to compare the two! 

7. ROTH (The Dark Elements Trilogy)--Roth was definitely a character that made me laugh! He was the bad boy, but man, his jokes were pretty funny!
6. SOPHIE (Hex Hall Trilogy)--kicking it old school with this one! I just remember Sophie being a character that had me loling a lot when I read the series!
5. OBERON (The Iron Druid Series)--a series that I STILL need to finish and it's been sooo long! Oberon isn't what you would expect. In fact, he's an Irish Wolfhound and Atticus, his human owner, can communicate with him psychically. So their conversations are pretty hilarious! Oberon says exactly what you would expect of a dog!

4. JACKAL (Blood of Eden Trilogy)--Jackal was a complicated character. He might have been a villain at first, but by the end, he was something else. All along though, he was still pretty funny! He was more an antagonist like character, one to drive the heroine crazy rather than being a true villain!
3. DAEMON (Lux Series)--like I could actually leave him out of this topic! Daemon had a nice sarcastic attitude to him as well and always had me laughing!
2. TELLA (Caraval Trilogy)--gotta love Tella too! In a different world I think she and Daemon might have gotten along splendidly! Lol. Probably only as friends though since their attitude is too similar! Tella was never afraid to speak her mind and it often led to arguments with Dante that had me cracking up!

1. CHARLEY (Charley Davidson Series)--Charley definitely earns the place of honor in the first spot! She was a riot! I loved this woman! She was hilarious. I swear she would be my best friend in real life! She had a wicked sense of humor and my face was always beet red when I read this series from all the laughing!


Jul 8, 2019

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:

Immunity by Erin Bowman (4.5 stars)

Currently Reading:

Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo (ARC)

What I Plan to Read Next:

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

Other Posts of Interest: