Friday, January 30, 2015

The TBR Tag

The TBR Tag Questionnaire
1.  How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
  • Goodreads.  I would be lost without this website and miss out on so many wonderful books.  Needless to say, my TBR list is out of control!
2.  Is your TBR mostly print or eBooks?
  • Print.  Though I have a Kindle, I still prefer a physical book in my hands over an electronic device. 
3.  How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
  • Luck of the draw.  I'll peruse the shelves at the library and grab one that I know is on my list.  Otherwise I just grab what strikes my fancy at the time...more than likely it's on my TBR list. 
4.  A book that's been on your TBR the longest?
  • Omega Minor by Paul Verhaeghen.  I really, really want to read this book (and I own it), but it's so damn daunting at nearly 700 pages and a very dense topic. 

5.  A book you recently added to your TBR?
  • Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff.  Just added it today after seeing the banner on Goodreads :)

6.  A book on your TBR strictly because of it's beautiful cover?
  • I don't add books to my TBR based on their cover.  I'll initially read the synopsis if the cover is intriguing, but I will not put it in my queue only for a beautiful cover.  It has to have something more going for it...
7.  A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?
  • Probably Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I have no desire to read this book, or see the movie.  I should probably remove it from my list...
8.  An unpublished book on your TBR that you're exited for?
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer and The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin.  The first will be coming out this year, but Martin's was just postponed to next year at the earliest.  BOO!

9.  A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you?

10.  A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?
  • The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani.  So many have read it and swear by it.  I don't know why I haven't read it yet.

11.  A book on your TBR that you're dying to read?
  • The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie.  I love everything Rushdie writes and this one had been on my bookshelf for a few years.  I should probably read it.

12.  How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?
  • 2,508...I said it was outrageous, didn't I?  Yikes!  I even cleaned it up a little bit.  Sigh...
Bianca @ Nerd Chic
Mandy @ The Sassy Starfish

I was tagged for this post by Lori @ Palmer's Page Turners.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Club Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Top Ten Books I'd Love to Read with My Book Club.  I've been in a few book clubs, but they never seem to last for a lengthy period of time what with busy schedules and people losing interest quickly.  Regardless, these are a few books I'd really be interested in reading as a group and discussing.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • I've been meaning to read this book for a long time, but haven't gotten around to it as of yet.  I think it would garner a good discussion about relationships and how memory is dealt with.
Blindness by Jose Saramago
  • This book just sounds awesome and disturbing.  A discussing of personal reactions would be interesting...
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
  • A rousing discussing of religion, faith, and love would undoubtably follow the conclusion of this book. 
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • I think reading this for a book club choice would force me to actually start reading it.  I've been meaning to read it for years....
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  • Huge historical backdrops and following your dreams...what good book discussions are made of.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • Discussing the repercussions of the foster care system,. beauty, and the human spirit would be on the agenda with this book.
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
  • See is a beautiful writer and I believe this book would lead to discussions of lyrical writing, history, and methods of adaptation.
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • A choice that would probably inspire discussion of "what if" in a group.  It would be interesting to hear what others would want to their last lectures to be.
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • Published with much scandal, I would love to read Flaubert's masterpiece and discover what others think about societal contraints and the intricacies of marriage. 
Musical Chairs by Jen Knox
  • Discussing mental illness, identity, class standing, and how family influences your actions, this would be an ideal choice for any book club.

I love books that make you think, but sometimes you do need to read a little fluff to break up the mental strain.  These books are not, by any means, fluff.  Perhaps that's why I haven't really picked any of them up.  Or...perhaps it's because I keep getting distracted by new releases.  Ugh!  Must remedy this.

What are some books you'd be interested in reading for a book club?

Also, look for next week's Top Ten:  Books I Can't Believe I Haven't Read in X Genre.  I haven't decided what X will be yet...

Happy reading!

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays:  The Night Gardener

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!

Here's this week's teaser:
"Molly knew those boots.  They were the boots whose tracks she cleaned from the halls every morning--each time telling herself they meant nothing.  But, of course, they did mean something.  Something wicked." --page 122
          -----The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

An interesting read so far...

Happy reading!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Blogging From A-Z

Hot damn, it's almost that time of year when bloggers from around the world spend an entire month (minus Sundays) writing letter specific posts.  This will be my fourth year as an A-Z participant; needless to say, I love it!  I have no idea what my posts will be about this time.  I've done a month of random posts, one dedicated to Oregon, and one all about authors I love.  The possibilities are endless and I feel a tad overwhelmed about it right now.  Thankfully there are a couple months to ruminate on this...

If you would like to sign up, or just check it out, here's the link!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays:  The Revenge of Seven
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!
Here's today's teaser:
"The Mogadorian opens his mouth for another disbelieving protest.  He's cut off by a scrape of metal, Five's blade popping out from beneath his sleeve.  Without hesitation, he drives the point into the underside of the officer's jaw and straight up into his brain.  Before he starts to disintegrate, there's a look of total surprise on the Mog's face" --page 139
          -----The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore

I love this series!!!!

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Film Adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is a freebie, so I'm going with: Top Ten Books to Film Adaptations.  I don't normally find that films do a great job of portraying how awesome books are, but these films did a pretty good job at getting it right!

Fight Club (1999)
The book is awesome and the film is even better...whoops...did I say that?  Yep.  This is such a great adaptation of Palahnuik's novel and the acting is superb. 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)
This is, hands down, my favorite film in the series.  I found that the story finally captured the darkness and angst of the books.  It was beautifully filmed and makes so much sense. 

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
Epic awesomeness.  These three films do a wonderful job of portraying Tolkien's Middle Earth.  The nuances and descriptions present in the books are clearly evident throughout all three movies.  Well done, Peter Jackson!

The Princess Bride (1987)
This is just heartwarming, endearing, and wonderful.  A love story for the ages.  Wesley and Buttercup are beautifully represented by Robin Wright and Cary Elwes.  There is nothing wrong with this film at all.

Pride & Prejudice (1995 BBC Version; 2005 Hollywood Version) this one even a question?  Both film versions, the BBC special and the Hollywood film, are gorgeous in their own ways.  While the BBC version lines up with the book nearly perfectly, the Hollywood film is a cinematic masterpiece.  Yes, please.

North & South (2004)
Another BBC mini-series that is wonderfully done.  The love story that developes between Margaret Hale and John Thornton is  heart-warming to watch.  I can't give this film more praise.

Bridge to Terabithia (2007) good!  I love this movie...perhaps more than the book.  It's magical and tear-jerking all in one fell swoop.  Highly recommended.

Gone with the Wind (1939)
A no-brainer in my book.  Both the book and the film are sweeping bundles of awesomeness.  A ground-breaking cinematic adventure, the film does an excellent job at showing Scarlet and the other characters in a tangible way.  So well done.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
A literary gem that would be difficult to portray correctly, but Jack Nicholson does it brilliantly.  He is Randall McMurphy.  And Nurse Ratchet...don't even get me started!  Louise Fletcher is perfection. 

Everything is Illuminated (2005)
I love this book.  It's beautiful and funny and so awesome.  The movie...all the same sentiments!  Seriously, if you haven't read this book or seen this film, do it!  Do it now!!

What are some of your favorite book adaptations? 

Also, look for next week's Top Ten:  Books I'd Love to Read with my Book Club

Happy reading!

I Mustache You Some Questions...

Tagged by Lori @ Palmer's Page Turners, here's a fun little tidbit of a post :)
Here goes nothing...

Four names people call me other than my real name:
  1. Mel (nearly all friends from college)
  2. Sissy (Dad)
  3. Missy (Family)
  4. Millie (the BF)
Four jobs I've had:
  1. Daycare Teacher
  2. English Language Teaching Assistant
  3. Glitter Bitch (aka Michaels Employee...haha)
  4. Adjunct Instructor
Four movies I've watched more than once:
  1. Dirty Dancing
  2. The Breakfast Club
  3. Harry Potter (All of them)
  4. 13 Going on 30
Four books I'd recommend:
  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  2. Harry Potter by JK Rowling
  3. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  4. The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino
Four places I've lived:
  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Edinburgh, Scotland
  3. Corvallis, Oregon
  4. Independence, Oregon
Four places I've been:
  1. Krakow, Poland
  2. Okinawa, Japan
  3. Victoria, British Columbia
  4. Budapest, Hungary
Four places I'd rather be right now:
  1. Edinburgh, Scotland with my girls :)
  2. The Oregon Beach
  3. Powell's Bookstore
  4. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Four things I don't eat:
  1. Meatloaf
  2. Bean Burritos
  3. Sloppy Joes
  4. Beets
Four of my favorite foods:
  1. Sushi
  2. Pizza
  3. Ethnic food of just about any kind
  4. Toast :)
Four TV shows that I watch:
  1. Friends...always
  2. Marvel Agent's of Shield
  3. The Walking Dead
  4. American Horror Story: Freak Show
Four things I'm looking forward to this year (2015):
  1. Taking an actual vacation
  2. Reading more books!
  3. Spending time at the beach or lake
  4. Enjoying life :)
Four things I'm always saying:
  1. "Whatever.  I'm hilarious!"
  2. "That was should laugh"
  3. "I just need to stop by the library"
  4. "I can make anything relate to a song..."
Four people I tag:
  1. Mandy @ The Sassy Starfish
  2. Bianca @ Nerd Chic
  3. Seanna @ Life of Seanna
  4. Kori @ It's 4:03

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Belle in the Big Apple: A Review

Brooke Parkhurst's Belle in the Big Apple

Title:  Belle in the Big Apple
Author:  Brooke Parkhurst
Published:  September 16, 2008
Publishing Company:  Scribner
Page Count:  224

Summary via Goodreads
When Belle Lee, a vivacious, tart-tongued daughter of Mobile, Alabama, decides that the only way she'll ever make a name for herself as a journalist is to leave the family paper and head to New York,she soon realizes just how daunting life in the big city can be. An outsider desperate to carve a place for herself in the cutthroat world of New York journalism, Belle marches all over town in her kitten heels and her single Chloe suit to hand-deliver resumes and smiles, and to beg for a job from the indifferent or downright hostile office drones.She refuses to give up. With heroic persistence,a wicked sense of humor and a taste for the gourmet, Belle sees what it takes to become a New Yorker. She flirts with a gorgeous young man on the subway, only to learn later that he's stolen her purse; braves the judgmental stares of her neighbors; goes on a series of hilariously disastrous dates and then, finally, she catches her big break: a job as a production assistant at a conservative twenty-four-hour news network.

Belle throws herself into her work, sure that her talents will be noticed. All the while, she suffers the sexually suggestive commentary of one of the station's better-known male anchors, doggedly fetches scripts and pulls footage in the wee hours of the morning while working the midnight shift. Belle even maintains her Southern charm, baking cakes for her coworkers and befriending the office security guard.

Things start to look up when Paige Beaumont, the channel's star female news anchor, takes Belle under her wing. Paige shows Belle the ropes, dispenses career advice, includes her in the office gossip and also sets her up on dates at restaurants where, before, Belle had only dreamed of one day being inside. But when Belle uncovers the truth behind an illegal network deal that may jeopardize the election of female presidential candidate Jessica Clayton, she realizes that intelligent and ambitious women need to stick together -- and she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands.

My Thoughts
Where do I even begin with this book?  Positives:  It's easy to read.  Belle isn't an atrocious lead character; but she's an in-your-face caricature of a Southern Belle (haha).  The book includes some awesome recipes.  Belle's tireless search for a job in the field she dreams of working in is easily relatable for many of us, but I found that her supposed Southern hospitality/charm quickly became irritating.  The character is written with some witty intent, but much of it comes across as petulant and grating rather than funny.  Also, it seems that, in an attempt to make the story exciting, Parkhurst threw everything but the kitchen sink into the storyline.  There's love, politics, cooking, seedy dealings, unscrupulous business deals, and backstabbing galore.  All the makings for a great book...if it was better written and the character was more believable.  Alas...

Two measly stars...and only because the book included recipes.  I wanted to like it...really.  Had it not included some of those glorious recipes, this would have been a one star rating for sure.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised since I picked it up for a buck at the Dollar Tree.  You get what you pay for...

How do you feel about books that include recipes?

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014's I Meant to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  2014 Releases That I Meant to Read But Didn't Get Around To.  There are always a ton of books that I miss out on because I either forget about them, have to wait too long to get them, or they continue to get shoved down in my reading pile.  Regardless, here are the ones released in 2014 that I'm determined to read this year!

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang  (September 9, 2014)

A History of Loneliness by John Boyne  (September 4, 2014)
The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore  (August 1, 2014)

Big Little Lies by LIane Moriarty  (July 22, 2014)

A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman (June 1, 2014)

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier (May 20, 2014)
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira (April 1, 2014)

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (March 13, 2014)

Yes Please by Amy Poehler  (January 1, 2014)

Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart (January 1, 2014)

Which 2014 releases are you hopping to get through this year?

Also, look for next weeks installement of Top Ten Tuesdays!  The topic will be:  FREEBIE!  Not sure what I'll choose as of yet.  It's a surprise :)

Happy reading!

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays:  Under Wildwood

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!
Here's this week's teaser:
"Elsie and Rachel stood on the landing by the building's front door, watching them go.  Their breath made little plumes of mist in the air above their heads.  Remembering, Elsie reached into her pocket and pulled out the piece of paper the boy had given her.  Slowly, she unfolded it and read the words that were scrawled on the yellowed surface:  'GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN!'"  --page 57
          -----Under Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Happy reading!

Monday, January 12, 2015

B.O.B Wrap Up

Bout of Books 12 Weekend Update and Wrap Up
Bout of Books 12 has drawn to a close and I wasn't able to post my progress over the weekend...but I can now!

Here's how my weekend went:

Books Finished:  1
Books Started:  2
Number of Pages Read:  371

I had a great time with Bout of Books 12, though I didn't get to participate in very many challenges or Twitter chats.  Alas.  There's always next time :)

Here's how the entire week stacked up:

Total Books Read:  2
A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

Easy by Tammara Webber

Additional Books Started:  2
Under Wildwood by Colin Meloy
Total Pages Read:  733

Until next round of Bout of Books!!

Happy reading!

Friday, January 9, 2015

B.O.B: Day 4

Bout of Books 12 Update Day 4

I feel really accomplished with my reading yesterday for Bout of Books.  I got some solid reading in during the evening...and only neglected grocery shopping...but who needs to eat?! 

Here's how it went:

Currently ReadingEasy by Tammara Webber
Pages Read:  159
Total Pages for the Week:  363
Books Finished:  1 (A Sudden Light by Garth Stein)

Happy reading!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

B.O.B: Day 3

Bout of Books 12 Update Day 3

Not an amazing reading day yesterday for the Bout of Books read-a-thon, but there's still plenty of time to catch up!

Here's how it's going:

Currently ReadingA Sudden Light by Garth Stein
Pages Read:  40
Total Pages for the Week:  204
Books Finished:  0

Happy reading!

End of Year Book Survey

The End of the Year Book Survey

Jamie, over at The Perpetual Page-Turner (AWESOME BLOG!!), has been doing this year-in-review for several years now and I think it's such an awesome way to wrap up and reflect on how your reading went over the past year.  This is my first time participating in this book survey...but I doubt it will be my last.

2014 Reading Stats
Number of Books Read:  69
Number of Rereads:  1 (I don't really like re-reading books...unless it's HP or something awesome)
Genre You Read the Most From:  Literary/Historical Fiction

Best in Books
Best Book Read
The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne.  This is a beautifully written, heartfelt novel set during the ruling of the Romanovs.  It's uniquely laid out and so good.  So good!

Book I was Most Excited About but Was Disappointing
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown.  The synopsis sounded so promising, but I was severely let down.  I didn't like the characters at all and it was clunky to get through.

Book that Most Surprised Me (Good or Bad)
In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen.  I had such high hopes for this book.  I love Holocaust literature (is that morbid?) and it looked like it had wonderful potential.  Alas.  Perhaps I need to read it again and reflect a little more.

Book I "Pushed" People to Read
City of Thieves by David Benioff.  Historical WWII lit?  Sign me up!  I loved this book and thought other people should read it.  It was also my book club reading selection (when our book club was able to meet).

Best Series?  Best Sequel?  Best Series Ender?
Best series choice:  Divergent by Veronica Roth...only because it was the only complete series I read last year.  Best Sequel:  A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin.  He is an imaginative genius!  Best Series Ender:  Timeless by Gail Carriger.  The Parasol Protectorate series was loads of fun to read and the last one was a hoot!

Favorite New Author You Discovered
Dave Eggers.  I know he's definitely been around for a while, but Zeitoun was the first book of his I've read and it was fantastic!  Sara Ramsey was also a great discovery.

Best Book from an Atypical (for you) Genre/Out of Your Comfort Zone
Love Stories in This Town by Amanda Eyre Ward.  I don't read a lot of short story collections, but this one was great.  Ironically, I found that one for a steal at the Dollar Tree and what a great find it was.

Most Action-Packed/Thrilling/Unputdownable Book
A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin.  In case you've been living under a rock, this is the book that included the Red Wedding scene...and it's so much better in the book!

Book Most Likely to be Re-Read
Cress by Marissa Meyer.  I am in love with The Lunar Chronicles series and can't wait until they are all out so I can re-read them like I do with HP.

Favorite Cover
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs.  It's creepy and eye-catching. 

Most Memorable Character
Alexia Tarabotti/Macon from the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger.  Alexia is brash, hilarious, ingenious, and a glutton for trouble.  An amusing combination, for sure.

Most Beautifully Written Book
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine.  Though I didn't enjoy it as much as I was hoping (still a good read), this book was gorgeous in both story and prose. 

Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.  Chronicling the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Eggers tells the trials and tribulations of Zeitoun and his boat.  Read it if you haven't!

Book You Can't Believe You Waited Until 2014 to Read
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.  This is probably one of my new favorite books.  It's beautiful, engaging, and hard to resist.  Definitely wish I'd read it sooner.

Favorite Passage/Quote from a Book
"I grabbed my book and opened it up.  I wanted to smell it.  Heck, I wanted to kiss it.  Yes, kiss it.  That's right, I'm a book kisser.  Maybe that's kind of perverted or maybe it's just romantic and highly intelligent." --The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Shortest and Longest Books Read
Shortest:  Stuart Little by E.B. White at 131 pages.  Not my favorite choice...
Longest:  A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin at 1177 pages.  So freakin' good!

Book That Shocked You
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.  It's disturbing and graphic and so good.

OTP of the Year
Cress and Captain Carson Thorne from Cress by Marissa Meyer.  I love the relationship these two have.  It's sweet and tender.  There is such care between them.

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship
Emily and Cameron from Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian.  The relationship that develops between Emily and Cameron, two child runaways, is beautiful and heartbreaking.  Emily is fiercely protective of Cameron and both take on more responsibility than they should have to in their young lives.

Favorite Book from a Known Author
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  This book was dark, twisted, psychological, and awesome.  I couldn't put it down.

Book Read Based on a Recommendation
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.  I kept hearing rave reviews about this book and, though it isn't one I normally gravitate toward, I decided to give it a shot.  I'm not disappointed at all!  It's a great read and I'm so glad I took the recommendations seriously.

Newest Fictional Crush
Lord Maccon from the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger.  He's manly, gruff, and a werewolf to boot.  Not normally my forte, but I like that he's Scottish and sticks his nose up at the "norm" of society.

Best 2014 Debut
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Murakami Haruki.  This was a beautiful book about self-discovery and uncovering the past.  Stunning.

Best World Building/Vivid Setting
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin.  I don't know how he does it, but Martin is a settings genius.  His vivid descriptions force you to see the places he manages to conjure.  Brilliant.

Book That Put a Smile on Your Face/Was the Most Fun
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie.  This is a beautiful fairy tale of a story.  The descriptions are glorious and magical and Haroun is a delightful character on an amazing adventure.

Book That Made You Cry
The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne.  It didn't necessarily make me cry (most books don't), but this had the intense feelings that are required.  So beautiful.

Hidden Gem
The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  I've always meant to read this and wish I had done so early.  It's a great book.  Fast-paced, heartfelt, shocking, and awesome. 

Crushed Your Soul
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow.  So sad and tragic...and beautiful.  I think this story needs more recognition. 

Most Unique Book
The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne.  What I found to be unique about this book was the format in which the story was relayed to the reader.  It is not told in linear order.  Instead, it is set in both the past and present (alternating chapters) and those time-frames slowly work toward each other until they meet at the end of the book.

Book That Made You Mad
The Fever by Megan Abbott.  I had such high hopes for this book, but it was so terrible.  So terrible.

Blogging Bookish Life
Favorite Blog Discovered
There were so many great blogs that I stumbled across this past year.  Some standouts:  Great Imaginations, The Broke and the Bookish, Mama's Losin' It, and The Perpetual Page-Turner (of course!). 

Favorite Reviews Written
I really enjoyed writing The House of Special Purpose: A Review.  Mainly because I loved the book so much. 

Best Discussed/Non-Review Post Written
This would probably be Writer's Workshop: Worst Gift.  Though there aren't a lot of comments on this, I felt that it was well received and slightly appalling.  It really was the worst gift!

Best Event Participated In
I loved participating, and felt quite successful, in Bookish Bingo: Holiday Edition.  I dominated that bingo card.  I always really enjoyed the A-Z Blogging Challenge this year. 

Best Bookish or Blogging Moment
Probably killing challenges!  I kind of went challenge wild this year and participated in nearly everything I came across...some weren't as successful, but I had a great time.

Most Popular Post
My most popular post, based on views, would be for Baudelaire, Borges, Borowski, and Bohjalian.  Again, part of the A-Z Blogging Challenge.

Post You Wish Got More Love
I wish all of my posts got more love ;)

Best Bookish Discover
Book Riot...hands down.  This site is AWESOME!

Completed Reading Challenges/Goals
The Goodreads Challenge, Bout of Books 10 and 11 (currently in 12), Bookish Bingo Summer Edition and Holiday Edition (currently in New Year Edition), the Library Books Reading Challenge, the Summer Library Challenge, the Beat the Heat Read-a-thon

Looking Ahead
One Book Not Gotten to in 2014
Definitely A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin.  I've been purposely putting it off because the sixth book isn't out and I don't like waiting!!
Book You're Most Anticipating (Non-Debut)
Winter by Marissa Meyer.  Much like the above about not liking to wait when I'm reading a series, this is the final book in the Lunar Chronicles saga and I can't wait!!
2015 Debut You're Most Anticipating
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante.  I discovered this series a bit ago and it is just so beautifully written.  The Italian translation of the final book is supposed to come out this year.  Yay!
Series Ending/Sequel You're Most Anticipating
Same as above...Winter.
One Thing You Hope To Accomplish in Your Reading/Blogging Life
I really want to be more consistent in blogging.  I would also love to see my blog grow a little bit, introduce new material, and branch out from bookish things (I've been working on this).  Also, I desperately need to clean up my To-Read pile.  There is stuff on there that I'm not very excited to why read it?
2015 Release You've Already Read and Recommend
Not a thing yet... that turned out much longer than anticipated.  Thanks for sticking with me (if you did).
Happy reading!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

B.O.B. 12: Day 2

Bout of Books 12 Update Day 2

Though day two was not quite as successful as day one in terms of pages read, I still say it's a victory...because ANY reading is a victory.  I have faith that I will finish one (maybe two) books for the Bout of Books read-a-thon.  But for now I'm really enjoying my current read. 

Here's how the week is stacking up so far:

Currently ReadingA Sudden Light by Garth Stein
Pages Read:  68
Total Pages for the Week:  164
Books Finished:  0

Not stellar, but it's still pages!

Happy reading!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays:  A Sudden Light
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!
Today's Teaser:
"One's nature comes from within, not from without.  The abomination occurs in subverting one's instinct in favor of a rigid code written by others.  Trying to force yourself into a role that confounds your spirit will always break you." --page 160 
-----A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

Happy reading!

B.O.B 12: Day 1

Bout of Books 12 Update Day 1

I feel fairly accomplished with my reading from yesterday for Bout of Books.  While I didn't read as much as I wanted to, I was able to get little spurts of reading done throughout the day and evening. 

Current Read:  A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
Pages Read:  96
I'm hoping today will be a little more productive, but if not...that's totally okay!  Will update on the progress tomorrow.

Happy reading!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Bout of Books 12

So here's my goal pile...

It's slightly daunting...and perhaps impossible.  But I'm a rebel and I like to live on the edge! 

Books on the Agenda
Awesome thing about this pile:  every single one will count for Bout of Books and Bookish Bingo.  What!  I am currently about 100 pages into A Sudden Light and am really enjoying it so far.  Page count will be up tomorrow!

Happy reading!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Bookish Bingo Holiday Edition Wrap-Up

So 2014 has come to a close and with it so has Bookish Bingo Holiday Edition.  Hosted by the ladies over at Great Imaginations, the three month reading challenge was a great success!  Here's how I fared:

Total Number of Bingos:  6!
  • B1, B2, B3, B4, B5
  • O1, O2, O3, O4, O5
  • B3, I3, FREE, G3, O3
  • B4, I4, N4, G4, O4
  • B1, I2, FREE, G4, O5
  • B5, I4, FREE, G2, O1
Total Number of Books Completed for the Challenge:  19 (plus one that I couldn't get to fit in any category...)
What a productive reading challenge!  I can't wait until the next Bookish Bingo. 

Happy 2015 and happy reading!