Tell Me Tuesday-January Challenges Update

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly feature put on by La La in the Library. It is where we talk about what we have been reading and why.  This week’s TMT will feature what I have been reading in January as part of my 2017 Challenges.

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 I was able to check off three boxes for this challenge.

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Six were checked off for this challenge.

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I read 3 Newbery Honor books this month. I absolutely loved THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN.  Definitely one of my new favorites.

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Zero Harry Potter books read this month.

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I made some progress in book 5.  I am about two thirds of the way done.

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This challenge is to read books where animals are featured or are the main characters.  I set a goal to read between 7-12. I read 4 books!  I know these books have already been shown but they are so adorable!

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I am challenging myself to read at least half of the Printz award list but so far zero books read.

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My grand total of books read this month was 12!

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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature put on by Breaking the Spine. It is where we discuss books we can’t wait to come out.

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I absolutely loved the first two books in this series and have been anticipating the third book since May of last year.  I met the author in Chicago and she was so lovely.  This will be the third and final book of the series. It publishes May 2017.

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Goodreads Summary

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

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Tell Me Tuesday

This blog post is linked with The Sunday PostStacking the Shelves, and Saturday Situation. Be sure to check out their latest reads and reviews.

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature hosted by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss our latest reads. So what are YOU reading? Tell us.

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This post is also linked with The Broke and Bookish a weekly feature highlighting our 10 ten books topics.  This week is the last 10 books to make it to our shelves.

This Week’s Book Haul

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I was approved to read this by NetGalley.

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Checked this out from my local library.

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I bought this at Half Price books for six bucks!

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My Latest Read

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Goodreads Book Summary

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it.

My Review-4.5 stars

Just like the first two books in this series, The Song Rising is an imaginative and absolutely brilliant  dystopian fantasy story.  It is action packed from page one. There are so many layers to the plot that push the story forward but doesn’t make it hard to follow.  The romance of the two main characters, Paige and Warden, is not overdone and sappy. I look forward to the next four books in this series.

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MY LATEST 5 STAR READS

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Click HERE for reviews of these books from last week’s blog post.

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Have a great week reading what makes you happy!

A DOG BLOG and MORE

This post is linked up with The Sunday PostStacking the Shelves, and Saturday Situation. Be sure to check out their latest reads and reviews.

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FIVE STARS!

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Goodreads Summary

When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything.
But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things. That they can get her whatever she wants.
When Lily finds Carla on her doorstep sixteen years later, a chain of events is set in motion that can end only one way.

My Reveiw

A fabulous thriller that kept me guessing from beginning to end. The book starts off with a murder and then jumps back fifteen years where we read about the characters and the events leading up to the murder. The author has so many layers of plot twists and character development that I just couldn’t put this book down. I liked the two points of view, Lily and Carla. Each one has such a rich background story that unfolds and intertwines throughout the book. They aren’t always the most likable people but that is the driving force behind their actions that make this murder mystery so good.

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If  you haven’t already guessed from previous blog posts, I am a huge animal lover, especially dogs.  I tend to read a lot of books about dogs.  Usually the dog books I read are nonfiction but I thought I would give these fiction books a try and I am so happy I did. I took pictures of my dogs with each of the books.  Enjoy!  (Feel free to follow me on Instagram for other fun book photos. Click HERE! )

A Dog’s Purpose

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My Review

A Dog’s Purpose pulls at your heartstrings and tickles your funny bone.  I was not expecting the book to be so funny but since the story is told from the perspective of a dog, there are bound to be some amusing moments. “I went out into the yard and dug Smokey back up, figuring they couldn’t have meant to bury a perfectly good dead cat.” The dog always talks about the wonderful smells of garbage and the wonderful water bowl that sometimes he can’t drink from since the lid is sometimes shut on it.  Of course there are sad parts since the dog dies several times in the book because he is reincarnated as a puppy throughout the story.  In each life, the dog is trying to figure out his purpose.  Sometimes it is to save people, other times to love his owner.  But the dog never forgets his boy, Ethan. “My purpose, my whole life, had been to love him and be with him, to make him happy.”

A Dog’s Journey

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My Review

This was a great sequel to the first book.  It starts right where A Dog’s Purpose left off.  The dog, now named Buddy, is looking after Ethan’s grand daughter, CJ.  He is reborn several times throughout CJ’s life and is there to help her through some terrible times including an eating disorder and suicide attempt.  Like the first book, the story is told from the dog’s point of view and is very funny at times.  I liked the references from the first book and how the lives of CJ and Ethan are intertwined with Buddy’s purpose.

Tell Me Tuesday-ARC tour and MORE!

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library. It is where we discuss the books we have been reading and why.

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LAST BOOKS READ

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I read this ARC as part of an ARC tour hosted by Stefani at Caught Read Handed.  This was a fabulous book.  To read my previous blog post and review on GOODBYE DAYS, check out the link HERE!

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GOODREADS SUMMARY

Seventeen-year-old Raychel is best friends with Matt who secretly has a crush on her.  However, all she wants is a friend as she deals with the classmate who assaulted her, the constant threat of her family’s eviction, and the dream of college slipping quickly out of reach. Matt tries to help, but he doesn’t really get it… and he’d never understand why she’s fallen into a secret relationship with his brother. The friendships are a precarious balance, and when tragedy strikes, everything falls apart. Raychel has to decide which pieces she can pick up – and which ones are worth putting back together.

My Goodreads Review

CURRENTLY READING

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This is the third book in the Bone Season Series.

NEXT TO READ

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I am not sure what I am going to read next! At the beginning of 2017, I told myself that I needed to start reading for enjoyment again.  Not that I don’t enjoy the books I read and review but there are definitely some books I want to re-read or read some books that have been on my TBR list for a long time.  I will keep you posted on what I decide.

What have you been reading? Tell me.

Goodbye Days ARC Tour

This post is linked with The Sunday PostSaturday Situation, and Stacking the Shelves. Be sure to check out their latest reviews and reads.

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5 stars!!!

I was so excited to participate in my first ARC tour for this ARC of Goodbye Days. Thank you Stefani from Caught Read Handed for hosting this tour.  Jeff Zentner’s first book The Serpent King was so good that I knew Goodbye Days was bound to be just as amazing. I was not disappointed.  Mr. Zentner is 2 for 2!

Goodbye Days was a gut wrenching, heart breaking, book that somehow leaves  you with hope.  Carver’s three best friends are killed in a car accident on the way to pick him up from work.  Carver blames himself because he had texted them while they were on the way to get him.  Not only does he blame himself, others in the community including some of the parents of the dead boys, blame him as well.  Carver is also haunted by the fact that he didn’t get to tell his best friends goodbye, so he decides to hold goodbye days for each of his friends. He invites members of the family of each of his friends to participate. The goodbye days are spent doing some of their favorite things, eating their favorite foods, sharing memories, and hanging out at their favorite spots.  These were my favorite parts of the book.  Reading about each of the boys and their unique talents and qualities was so hard to read.  In all of the goodbye days, Carver learned something new about his friends, and the parents learned more about their son.  This book explores the deep and unbreakable bond of friendship, how important love and support from family is, and the healing power of forgiving others as well as yourself.

This book publishes March 7

Lucky Boy Review

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library. It is where we discuss what we have been reading, currently reading, and what we are reading next. So tell us.

This post is linked with The Sunday PostStacking the Shelves, and Saturday Situation. Be sure to check out their latest reads.

My Latest Reads

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FIVE STAR REVIEW

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This was a beautifully written book about love, motherhood, family, adoption, and sacrifice in the most horrifying way. The story is told from two points of view. Soli, a teenager, who escapes across the border from Mexico to the US. Her dangerous journey leaves her pregnant when she finally makes it to her cousin’s house in California. Kavya, who also lives in California, has everything she ever wanted except a baby. The character development is fabulous and the author weaves these two women’s stories together seamlessly. I had a hard time knowing who to root for at the end of this sad story. This book definitely questions immigration laws and the rights of illegal immigrants in this country. It also explored the rights of children born in this country to illegal immigrants and the rights of those people who want to adopt them. I had a hard time putting down this very real and raw story of these two women who will do anything for their child.

3.5 STARS

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This book is written in verse which for me was a nice change. At times it was a bit confusing but it was still easy to follow. Also, the verse style makes it a fast read. Rae wants to win the Rodeo Championship but to get her times faster she thinks she needs to lose weight. What ensues is hard to read; Rae goes to the extreme and begins starving herself. Her relationships suffer which causes her to spiral down more. Her family, boyfriend, and best friend step in to help try and save her life. This is a great story of perseverance and love and important for teens and adults to read to understand this horrible disease.

Currently Reading

 

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My Next Read

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Tell Me Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library. It is where we discuss what books we are going to read, have read, and are currently reading.  What are you reading? Tell us.

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My 2017 Reading Challenges!

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My Last Reads

I read a couple books in the last week of 2016 but didn’t get a chance to post a review about them so here is a brief blurb about those books.

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I highly recommend this one! Publishes in February.

Goodreads Book Blurb

For Robert Carter, life in his coastal Maine hometown is comfortably predictable. But in 1976, on his first day of eighth grade, he meets Nathan Tilly, who changes everything. Nathan is confident, fearless, impetuous and fascinated by kites and flying. Robert and Nathan s budding friendship is forged in the crucible of two family tragedies, and as the boys struggle to come to terms with loss, they take summer jobs at the local rundown amusement park. It s there that Nathan s boundless capacity for optimism threatens to overwhelm them both, and where they learn some harsh truths about family, desire, and revenge. MY GOODREADS REVIEW!

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I loved most of this book. The beginning was very interesting. Ms. Fisher describes how she accidentally became an actress, her audition for Star Wars, and her affair with Harrison Ford during the filming of Star Wars. I skimmed through most of her diary entries because I found them boring except for her poems. There is no doubt Ms. Fisher was a talented writer. The last third of the book was about dealing with the stigma of being Princess Leia. She definitely had a love hate relationship with being associated with Princess Leia for the last 40 years. Overall, this is a quick and fun read if you are a Star Wars fan. RIP Carrie Fisher.

Currently Reading

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NEXT

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This book will be part of a Book Blog Tour.  My very first one! So excited!

Have a great week Reading What Makes You Happy!

 

New Year Challenges!

This post is  linked up with Stacking the ShelvesThe Sunday Post, and Saturday Situation. Be sure to check out their blogs.

Wow! 2016 was a great year of reading.  If you missed my post on my Top 10 reads, check it out HERE! Also in 2016, I went to several book conventions and met some of my favorite authors.

I was able to meet my Goodreads Challenge of reading 100 books in 2016.  It would have been more but those Outlander books are looooooong.

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Now that 2016 is over, it is time to think about reading challenges for 2017.  Because I want to re-read some of my favorite books ( Harry Potter) and continue the Outlander series, I am going to lower my Goodreads challenge for 2017 to 75 books.

Another challenge that I think looks fun is the Uppercase Reading Challenge.  It consists of 12 different books so if I do one a month, I think it will be doable.

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I have also seen this Reading Challenge floating around the blogiverse.  I might give this one a try too. I may be able to double up on some of these. For example, most of the Harry Potter books are over 400 pages, is a banned book, written by a female writer, etc.

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I am also going to join the Newbery Award Challenge with La La.  There is no time limit which is good because there are 95 books on the list and I have probably only read five.

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 What are some of your reading goals for 2017? I would love to know!

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Check out pics of all the books I read in 2016.