August TBR

1. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Abertalli

  

With some luck, I can get this book in my library. I really hope I do.

2. The Assault by Various Authors

I found the first book, Invitation, to be a fairly entertaining sci-fi novel. I hope this can continue to improve on the foundation.

3. Who Let The Gods Out by Maz Evans

This book gives off some Percy Jackson vibes and I found the premise to be certainly interesting.

4. Off To Be The Wizard by Scott Meyer

I purchased the first two novels of this series on an audible sale after hearing some good things about it. Hopefully, my money was well spent.

5. The Boomerang Effect by Gordon Jack

I heard some good things about this novel and read the first several pages at my library. Time to go back and check it out.

July Wrap Up

July was a fairly productive month. Although I did only read 5 books, I felt I was a bit more active with my blog and read more often even if I did not complete as much books as I had hoped.

Total Books Read: 5

Books Read from TBR: 4/5

Book Highlights:

1.  Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black

Summary:

Centuries of war with aliens threaten the future of human civilization on earth in this gripping, epic science fiction debut…

We never saw them coming.

Entire cities disappeared in the blink of an eye, leaving nothing but dust and rubble. When an alien race came to make Earth theirs, they brought with them a weapon we had no way to fight, a universe-altering force known as thelemity. It seemed nothing could stop it—until we discovered we could wield the power too.

Five hundred years later, the Earth is locked in a grinding war of attrition. The talented few capable of bending thelemity to their will are trained in elite military academies, destined for the front lines. Those who refused to support the war have been exiled to the wilds of a ruined Earth.

But the enemy’s tactics are changing, and Earth’s defenders are about to discover this centuries-old war has only just begun. As a terrible new onslaught looms, heroes will rise from unlikely quarters, and fight back.”

My Thoughts:

    “Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black is a solid sci-fi novel that does enough to shake the familiar sci-fi novel. With some solid characters and an extremely detailed world, Ninth City Burning should satisfy any sci-fi fan.”

2.  The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Summary:

  “Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

The only antidote to all this venom is his friendship with fellow outcasts Travis and Lydia. But as they are starting their senior year, Dill feels the coils of his future tightening around him. Dill’s only escapes are his music and his secret feelings for Lydia, neither of which he is brave enough to share. Graduation feels more like an ending to Dill than a beginning. But even before then, he must cope with another ending- one that will rock his life to the core.”

My Thoughts:

“After reading the fantastic Goodbye Days, I decided to go back and read Zentner’s debut, The Serpent King. While I believe the former to be the better novel, The Serpent King presents an emotional and brutal coming of age novel.”

3. Champion by Marie Lu

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Summary:

He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.”

My Thoughts:

“With every beginning, there is an end and Champion completes the Legend trilogy with an exciting and fast-paced novel that keeps you reading until the end.”

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I hope August brings an even better month and more reading. Here’s to a great August!

 

 

The TBR Tag

It’s time for the TBR Tag. Thanks for Noriko for tagging me! Let’s get started.

Questions:

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?:

I use Goodreads to keep track of my TBR. I really like how accessible it is compared to a written list and I can access it on my phone through their app, so if I’m at a library or book store, I can check it.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?:

Definitely, mostly print. I much prefer print books to e-books. There is nothing like actually having the book to read.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?:

I usually check the first 20 books on my TBR list and then, determine which one I like the best. If I really want to read a book, I always prioritize it.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman has been on my list for a long time and I really want to read it, unfortunately, my library seems to always have it checked out. I do have the audiobook version of it, but I feel the physical copy is much better.

A book that you recently added to your TBR.

This book caught my eye at my library and, with other books that I want checked out, I decided to check it out. I haven’t read it, but plan to within the next week or so. It definitely has an interesting premise combining adventure with mythology.

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.

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I always thought this had a beautiful cover which was my main reason for buying this book at a book sale. I have not read it and do not plan to for a while. Still, it is nice to look at.

A book on your TBR that you NEVER plan on actually reading.

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The premise seemed interesting, upon reading the summary at this time,  but now I do not really want to read it. It just seems so typical and after reading reviews, it seems boring.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.

There’s no picture for it, but Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. This is the second book in the Scythe series and I loved the first book. I have pretty high expectations for this sequel.

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you.

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

This book seemed to be everywhere last summer. I swear every booktuber was recommending this novel, but it just doesn’t seem to be my type of novel. Still, there may come a time when I do want to read it and the series.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

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I have heard nothing but praise for this book from peers and the internet. But I just haven’t found the time to read it. I do own a copy of the book and it sits on my bookshelf, seemingly watching my every move.

A book on your TBR that you’re just dying to read.

I really want to read this book. But it seems to always checked out at my library and I do not want to buy it right now as I am a bit low on money. 😦

The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf

144 books and always expanding. It will definitely get bigger as the year progresses.

And that about does it. I had a lot of fun digging into my TBR and just going through what I was interested in early on in my young reading career. I am not going to tag anyone, but feel free to do this tag yourself! Thanks to Noriko, once again.

Liebster Award Nomination

Better late than never! I was nominated by Diary of a Bookfiend or Noriko for this award and am just getting to it now (Sorry for that by the way).

Straight from the actual post:

“What is the Liebster Award? (Excerpt from Michenko’s blog)

“Liebster” is a German word meaning beloved, dearest, sweetheart, or darling.

For bloggers, the Liebster Award is an online recognition given by other bloggers to new bloggers for enjoying or appreciating their work. It highlights up and coming blogs.

Once nominated, a blogger is asked to answer 11 questions provided by the nominating blogger. They are then expected to nominate 11 other favorite new bloggers and come up with a list of 11 new questions for those nominees.

The Rules:

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  3. Nominate 11 blogs.
  4. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer.”

The Questions from Noriko:

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

Honestly, it was kind of in-the-moment type of thing. I was getting into reading some time before and one day, I decided to just make a blog. Several months later and I’m still going strong.

2. Other than blogging, what are your passions in life? (name the top 1).

I love video games! Been playing since I was a little kid and still play quite often as a way to reduce stress and have fun.

3. Suppose you won a huge windfall that would surely last the rest of your life, what would you do with the money?

First, I would buy a house. Then, travel to the place I have always wanted to go. Then when that’s all done, do all the things I’ve always wanted to do like skydiving.

4. What is your favorite place to read?

My bed. Comfortable and little to no distraction (sometimes I have the tv on).

5. Give me your tips to stay awake and keep reading at night when you’re awfully sleepy.

Hm..kinda hard for considering I find it hard to stay awake after 12. I would say keep the lights on and maybe have some action movie in the background or even take an energy drink.

6. Which of the following do you see yourself fit as a reader – having multiple books going at the same time or single-mindedly focusing on one book?

Definitely single-mindedly focusing on one book. When I have things unfinished, I find it hard to focus and it irritates me that I have things unfinished.

7. How would you describe yourself in a few words?

Just an average guy.

8. Are you athletic or good at sports? (because I’m NOT; I’m curious!)

I love basketball and compared to some of my friends, I am good at it.

9. What is your go-to method to vent your stress?

Sitting down in a comfortable chair and playing some video games for a few hours.

10. Tell us the name of the city (or place) you have never visited but desperately want to.

Paris. Just the history and culture of the city is so interesting and awesome.

11. Give me one thing that is on your bucket list (or thing you really want to do in your lifetime).

Go skydiving. It just seems so much fun and terrifying at the same time.

Nominations:

Sorry if you have already been tagged and sorry for those who I tag often. I’m still trying to interact with members in the community.

My Questions:

  1. What is your dream job?
  2. If you could live in any world from a book, where would it be?
  3. If you could hang out with any character from a book or movie, who would it be?
  4. What is your greatest fear?
  5. If you had one day to live, how would you spend it?
  6. Do you have any hobbies outside of blogging?
  7. What is your favorite TV show?
  8. Do you have any pet peeves?
  9. What is the one thing you cannot live without?
  10. Best compliment you have ever received?
  11. What is the one question you hate to answer?

Thanks again to Noriko! I had fun doing this. Please do not feel pressured or obligated to do this.

July TBR

With July comes summer and hopefully, more time for me to read. Let’s hope my laziness does not get to me or I fall into a reading slump. Here’s to a great July for all of you!

1. Ninth City Burning by  J. Patrick Black

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was kind enough to receive a free copy of this book and the premise does intrigue me.

2. Champion by Marie Lu

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The only book I did not read from last month’s TBR. Now, I definitely plan to finish it.

3. The Importance of Living by Lin Yutang

My friend recommended this book to me and even lent it to me. While this is not normally my cup of tea, I am always up to read something a friend of mine recommends.

4. Magyk by Angie Sage

While it is a bit young for me, I am always up to read a good magic/fantasy book.

5. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Abertalli

This is one of my most anticipated books and my library finally has it. Unfortunately, someone checked it out already. 😦

June Wrap Up

June was a slow month for me, in terms of reading. While I read my goal of 5 books, I wished I had read more. With my personal life freeing up, I definitely plan on doing so in July. However, June was the best month for my blog with records in views and visitors. I hope to continue growing as a writer and maybe my blog will do so too.

Total Books Read: 5

Books Read from TBR: 4/5 

Highlights:

  1. Lemons by Melissa Savage

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Official Summary:

What do you do when you lose everything that means anything?

Nine-year old Lemonade Liberty Witt doesn’t know the answer to that question, except what her mom taught her. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. But what if those lemons are so big that you forget how?

How do you make lemonade out of having to leave everything you know in San Francisco to move to the small town of Willow Creek, California and live with a grandfather you’ve never even met? In a town that smells like grass and mud and bugs. With tall pines instead of skyscrapers and dirt instead of sidewalks. Not to mention one woolly beast lurking in the woods.

That’s right, Bigfoot.

A ginormous wooden statue of the ugly thing stands right at the center of town like he’s someone real important, like the mayor or something. And the people here actually believe he’s real and hiding somewhere out in the pine filled forests.

How can anyone possibly be expected to make lemonade out those rotten lemons?

Everything is different and Lem just wants to go back home. And then she meets Tobin Sky, the CEO of Bigfoot Detectives, Inc. and sole investigator for the town. He invites her to be his Assistant for the summer and she reluctantly agrees. At least until she can figure out her escape plan.

Together, Lem and Tobin try to capture a shot of the elusive beast on film and end up finding more than they ever could have even imagined.”

My Thoughts:

“Lemons provides an emotional and surprisingly mature novel for the young audience while also satisfying adults. Its likeable protagonist, solid supporting characters, and charming world allow the novel to stand out among its peers.”

2. Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

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Let luck find you.

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.”

My Thoughts:

Windfall does nothing new to the genre. It has some solid characters and some nice moments throughout, but the plot is painfully predictable. Those who like this genre will be satisfied with this novel and those who don’t will not find anything that will convince them to look at this genre in a new light.”

3. Fireborn by David Dalglish

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“Bree and Kael Skyborn have seen their island invaded, their Seraphim disbanded, and their royal family imprisoned.

A rebellion grows from the ashes, demanding Bree to be their Phoenix, their symbol against Center’s tyranny, and for Kael to find the doomsday prophet Johan and sway his cult to their side.

Should they fail, the hope of their rebellion fails with them. ”

My Thoughts:

“While Skyborn was a fun and exciting novel, Fireborn is a much more refined and mature novel that surpasses the first entry. Kael and Breanna get some much needed character development that makes it much easier to get attached to them. While some supporting characters are pushed to the background, the addition of Johan adds some ambiguity and unpredictableness that livens up the plot and sets up the finale. To top it off, Dalglish gets deeper into the lore of the islands and continues to amaze with the fight scenes. All in all, Fireborn serves as an excellent sequel to Skyborn.

Here’s to July!

 

 

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

I was recently tagged by  Books and Co. and I am always up for doing a tag. As Summer draws close and the heat turns up, I hope to do these more often and post more often, in general. Let’s start.

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017:

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Easily, Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentmer. Emotional, brutal, and genuine, it is a fantastic book!

2. Best Sequel of 2017 So Far:

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I am not sure if this question means, book I’ve read in 2017 or released in 2017. I am going to go with the former and pick Fireborn which is the sequel to Skyborn. While I felt the first is still the better book, this serves as an excellent sequel. I will review the two within the next two weeks.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To:

There would be more, but as I am a recent book lover I am focusing more on past releases I have missed.

4. Most Anticipated Release of the Second Half of 2017:

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5. Biggest Disappointment of 2017:

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Still a solid book, but it does not do much to shake things up for the genre.

6. Biggest Surprise:

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This book genuinely surprised me. I was taken aback by its heart and some of its mature themes dealing with the loss of a loved one.

7. Favorite New Author (Debut or New To You):

Jeff Zentmer. Definitely, plan on reading The Serpent King.

8. Newest Fictional Crush:

No one really.

9. Newest Favorite Character:

  • Johan in Fireborn
  • Carter in Goodbye Days
  • Mercer in Flip the Bird

10. Book that Made You Cry:

Men don’t cry…pfffttt. Okay, fine this made me pretty emotional.

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11. Book that Made You Happy:

Can’t just choose one, so I didn’t.

12. Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation of 2017 You’ve Seen:

Well, I have only seen Beauty and the Beast so that one I guess. It was pretty solid though.

13. Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year:

Easily, my Goodbye Days one.

Here’s the link (shameless plug): Review

14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought Or Received This Year:

I can’t really choose between these two. Windfall is fairly simple, yet quite appealing. Fireborn just looks so badass.

15. Books You Need To Read By The End of This Year:

Can I just say all of them?

I nominate:

Sorry if you have already been tagged. 🙂