May 15, 2017

Recently Added to My TBR Pile

I love seeing the books people add on their shelves on Goodreads and I certainly really love adding books to my own TBR pile. (Perhaps a little too much.) Therefore, I thought maybe that when I add some good stuff I would share it with you guys! Here are some of the recent books I have added to my Goodreads shelf. I include a short summary from Goodreads along with a link in case you what to add these bad boys to your own TBR pile. Anything I can do to help out my fellow book nerds. ;)

Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over by Shani Petroff

A bad storm, two canceled flights, stuck in an airport with a hot stranger and the guy who broke her heart... what could go wrong? After Sari caught her boyfriend Zev cheating on her, their romantic Florida vacation was ruined. She can't get back to NYC soon enough. Unfortunately, mother nature may have different plans. A huge storm is brewing in the Northeast, and flights all over the country are getting canceled—including Sari's. She winds up stuck at the airport for hours. With Zev! When another stranded passenger (a hot NYU guy) suggests a connecting flight to Boston, Sari jumps at the chance. But when her mom freaks out about her traveling alone, she has no choice—she has to include Zev, and somehow survive being trapped with the guy who broke her heart!

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash though firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius. That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own. When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race. Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?

Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean

Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends. With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she’s not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn’t as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.


May 8, 2017

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon: Sign-Up, Goals, & Updates

Well, I just can't say no to a Bout of Books read-a-thon! I just finished my first semester of grad
school and I have a few weeks off until my summer classes start. Woot!
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

My Goals

Reading Goals
~ Read at least three books.
~ Write a review within 48 hours of completing a book.

Social Goals
~ Participate in one Twitter chat.
~ Participate in one mini challenge.

Some Reading Options
~ The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
~ Cashmere by Temple West
~ Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
~ The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
~ Real Friends by Shannon Hale


I read The Valiant and although I liked it, I was a little disappointed.

I didn't read anything today. :(

Nothing today.

I started ACOWAR! I made it to pg. 78.

I am further into ACOWAR!


I had to work so no reading today.

Two Books = 1,077 pages

Looking Back

I didn't participate in a single challenge or chat, but I did get some reading done! I call that a win.

May 5, 2017

ARC Review: Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

Shacking Up by Helena Hunting (May 30, 2017)
Length: 480 pages
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Swerve
Source: I received a free copy from Netgalley. This did not affect my honest review.
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: Ruby Scott is months behind on rent and can’t seem to land a steady job. She has one chance to turn things around with a big audition. But instead of getting her big break, she gets sick as a dog and completely bombs it in the most humiliating fashion. All thanks to a mysterious, gorgeous guy who kissed—and then coughed on—her at a party the night before. Luckily, her best friend might have found the perfect opportunity; a job staying at the lavish penthouse apartment of hotel magnate Bancroft Mills while he’s out of town, taking care of his exotic pets. But when the newly-evicted Ruby arrives to meet her new employer, it turns out Bane is the same guy who got her sick. Seeing his role in Ruby’s dilemma, Bane offers her a permanent job as his live-in pet sitter until she can get back on her feet. Filled with hilariously awkward encounters and enough sexual tension to heat a New York City block, Shacking Up, from NYT and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting, is sure to keep you laughing and swooning all night long.

My Review

Shacking Up in Three Words: Funny. Teaser. Enjoyable.

This book was a whole lot of fun to read! Shacking Up was exactly what I needed to read to take a break from all my reading for grad school.

Shacking Up has an interesting plot and some fun characters. Ruby may have had an amazing random kiss the night before, but isn't happy that it made her sick, especially since it is the reason why she bombs her audition the next day. Luckily for her, her best friend knows the guy and they end up hooking her up with the temporary job of taking care of his pets while he is out of town. Ruby is in desperate need of money and will do anything.

Bancroft (what a name!) feels incredibly guilty for getting Ruby sick and doesn't hesitate to offer her a job to watch his pets. Bancroft is described as a sexy ex-rugby player. I liked him. He is a good guy, which is a nice change of pace from some rich guys in other romance novels. Ruby also comes from money, but refuses to accept it and instead follow her dream, she too is a nice girl. Ruby and Bancroft are very likable people, unlike a few other characters that make an appearance.

There is a lot of teasing and flirting between Bancroft and Ruby, and it was adorable. It brought a lot of heat and a few laughs. Their interactions had me fanning myself a few times. If that doesn't make for a good romance novel then I don't know what does.

The Final Verdict: All you romance fans out there will enjoy reading Shacking Up.

April 21, 2017

Insider Library Tips: Checking Out Books at Your Local Library

This is an insider's guide on how to properly handle your transaction at the your local library's check-out desk. You may be surprised that I have to mention some of these things, but sadly, they do happen more often than not.

**REMEMBER we LIKE working at the library and with the public. We are here to help! BUT we also are human beings and deserve respect. Just be nice. Kindness goes a long way.

DO have your library card or driver's license handy. At most libraries you must have one or the other to check out. Also, make sure your license has your current address. If you are a child and don't have a driver's license yet you can always use a school id. It's a privacy thing.

DON'T get upset with us if you can't check out because you have no form of identification on you. We can hold the books for you at the desk if you want to come back later or tomorrow, or even the day after that.

DO gently (no throwing) hand the card to use when you get to the desk. If you need to grab it out of your wallet that is fine, but let's try not to hold up the line of people while you search your entire person. Just please don't put your card in your mouth or lick your fingers before handing it to us. That is gross.

DON'T just throw your bag full of books up on the counter and not say anything and just stand there. Say hello. (Although we usually greet you first so this should be even easier to do.)

DO unpack your bag so we can check your stuff out. We really would prefer it if we didn't have to put our hands in your personal bag. (If it is a library bag from us that is more reasonable.) It's awkward and weird. Unless you have your hands full with a baby, or for health reasons, or what have you, then that is understandable and we will help.

DON'T complain about your fines. It isn't our fault you turned your books in late or lost an item. We have late fees to encourage people to turn in their items in a timely manner so other patrons can check them out, we are not out to get you. We love seeing our library items being checked out.

DO tell us when you have had a family emergency, or were in the hospital, or something else happened, because we will be understanding and will waive your late fees. For the most part, late fees do not break libraries. Just be nice.

DO ask for us to renew your items. We can usually do this, unless the item is on hold or is brand new. We try to be accommodating even if some people may not think so.

DO check out as many books as you want! Our limit is 100 books (limits vary by library) total so feel free to check out whatever you like. We won't judge you. We usually have a fair amount of books checked out ourselves.

DON'T stand there twiddling your thumbs instead of packing up your own bag if we have a lot of items to check out for you. Please, pack your own bag if you are able. Packing up your own bag while we are checking out your items usually makes the process go a lot quicker for everyone involved. We don't normally mind doing this if you have less than 10 items, but if you have more than that you should help pack up your bag, especially when there is a long line behind you.

DO say thank you. It sill surprises me how many people don't thank me or are rude in general. Also, please don't be on your cell phone when completing a transaction.

DON'T ask us to throw away your trash. There are a lot of trash cans set up around the library. I really DON'T feel like I should throw away your trash for you. It's rude to ask me. If it is just an old library receipt that is one thing, but I really don't want to throw away your old coffee cup or food wrapper.

DO ask us what you need to get a library card or to renew your card. We will happily tell you. We love when people ask us in advance. Call us on the phone or look it up on the website if you are new in town. Don't just assume you can get a library card without proof that you live in that town. Taxes are what fund the library.

April 18, 2017

TTT #77 Must Reads

If I see any of these phrases in a book's description I pretty much automatically want to read it.

1. Assassins

2. Hate to Love Romance


3. Survival


4. Magic


5. Thieves


6. Bookstore/Library


April 5, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #13

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Because.... This Author

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Release Date: Sept. 5, 2017
Goodreads Summary: The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge. Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three. Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her. A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

Because... It Sounds Too Good to Pass Up

Finding You by Lydia Albano
Release Date: Sept. 19, 2017

Goodreads Summary: Isla is kidnapped from a train platform in broad daylight, and thrust into a nightmare when she is sold to a sadistic aristocrat. Locked in a dungeon with a dozen other girls, her only comfort is a locket and the memory of the boy she loves. But as the days pass and more girls disappear, she realizes that help is not coming, and if they’re going to survive, they’ll have to escape on their own.

What are you waiting on?

March 31, 2017

Get Graphic!

Here is a new mini review round-up of all the graphic novels I have read recently. Go head, get graphic!

Five Stars

Disney Princess Comic Strip Collection by Mebberson, Ball, Golden, Storck, Shand

This is a beyond adorable collection of comics featuring all of our favorite disney princesses. They are little short tidbits into their lives past and present. They are new stories that your heart will enjoy.

Four Stars

Demon by Jason Shiga

Dark and intense, this book will make you think. I can't believe I read this crazy thing, but I don't regret it.

Mooncop by Tom Gauld

There isn't a lot to say about this artwork, but the story was interesting. Although simple, it speaks volumes. It got me to chuckle a few times. It's a short read.

Dream Jumper by Greg Grunberg, Lucas Turnbloom

I think this graphic novel would be a treat for 4-6th graders the most. It may be a little scary at times, but the illustrations are on the simpler side and therefore older graphic novel fans may not enjoy this book as much. I liked it, but I was a tiny bit disappointed.

Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

This is Sarah's second book of comics and I think I loved it even more than the first. So relatable and funny.

Three Stars

Goldie Vance by  Hope Larson, Brittney Williams

This was a fun old school detective story. Even though I was slightly disappointed by the ending, I still liked it quite a bit. The art is colorful and fun. It's worth checking out.

Bee & Puppycat by Allegri, Jackson, Flores, Gibson, Dreistadt, Espinosa, Howard, etc.

A little hard to follow at times since I haven't actually watched this show, but overall it was pretty cute.

March 27, 2017

Short & Sweet Review: You Don't Know My Name

You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando
Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult/Action/Spy
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: Fighter. Faker. Student. Spy. Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan. Now Reagan must decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she’s always wanted? And does she even have a choice?

My Review

You Don't Know My Name was an enjoyable, and at times intense, spy novel.

Reagan doesn't just have your run of the mill teenager problems, she also has parents that are spies. She is a complex character who is destined to be a spy, but she isn't sure if that is what she wants.

This novel focuses less on the romance and more on the spies, family, and friendship. I didn't mind one bit.

I think you should give You Don't Know My Name a try. You may find it intriguing.

March 25, 2017

Mini Movie Reviews

This is going to be a new feature here on the blog! I love movies almost as much as I love books. (Almost, but not quite.) So I figured it was time I start sharing another passion of mine with you all. My husband and I get a lot of movies from the library and try to go to the theater as often as our wallets allow us. Here are some movies I have watched recently. See which ones made me smile and which ones bored me.

The Shallows

This movie turned out to be better than I thought it would be. I'm not a big fan of Blake Lively's acting, but I think she did a nice job in this movie. There were some good underwater shots and a few times I was honestly nervous about this shark.

Star Trek Beyond

The trailer really didn't do this movie justice. Although the second movie will probably still be my favorite, this one was still full of action and had some amazing visuals. It doesn't hurt that Chris Pine is also in the movie.

Suicide Squad

Although not as bad as everyone was saying it was, it still wasn't great. I know I am one of the few that enjoyed this movie. I really liked Harley Quinn and her dark humor along with Deadshot. The villain was very disappointing.

Don't Breathe

Wow, I watched a lot of movies over the past month that I had very low expectations of. haha Don't Breathe had a creepy and surprising ending!

Star Wars: Rogue One

Honest truth, I am yet again the black sheep. Although I liked Rogue One quite a bit, I didn't see what all the fuss was about.


Sing was adorable. I felt inspired. I laughed and laughed some more. I am so glad my husband took me to see it.

The Secret Life of Pets

I love watching all of my own dog's mannerisms in this movie. It made me smile and Max reminded me so much of my Bash. Although I thought the animals were super cute and fun, the plot left a little something to be desired. It wasn't nearly as unique as I hoped it would be.

Have you seen any good movies lately?

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