Thursday, December 27, 2018

2019 Library Love Challenge


It's no secret that I LOVE going to the library! Between my public library and the university library where I work, I visit the library AT LEAST once a week! I'm excited to participate in this challenge again this year. In 2018, 33 of my 105 books were from the library, which I'd actually like to increase in 2019. My goal for 2019 is the Overdrive Junkie level--36 books. I do read a lot of ARC's, which can account for a lot of the other books, but it's something I'd still like to increase.

Please join me in this challenge and support your local library! Getting a library card is FREE so it is super accessible! Plus, if you have a Kindle or love audiobooks, apps like OverDrive or Libby give you digital access to the library catalog as well. I'm super lucky to live in a town that has an awesome network of libraries!

Want to know more about the Library Love Challenge and sign up too? Here are the details, straight from the host, Angel's Guilty Pleasures:

Details:
Runs: January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join any time.
  • Put a sign up post on your blog or (dedicate a Goodreads shelf or LibraryThing) and link it in the linky below. Make sure it’s public.
  • The goal is to read at least twelve (12) books from the library, but you can read more. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you.
  • Any format will work for this challenge (prints, ebooks, or audios); as long as you checked it out from the library, it counts.
  • Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).
  • Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, including re-reads. The goal is to support your local library and save money.
  • As an added bonus: I’m offering up a GIVEAWAY with this Challenge. Winner will be picked at the end of the year!! Their are a few freebie entries just for signing up to join the challenge and then the main entries throughout the year will be the direct links to your book reviews. You will have until Jan. 4th, 2020 to enter your reviews in the Linky/Rafflecopter. Go here to enter your reviews & the giveaway: 2019 Library Love Challenge Review Link-ups.
  • (Optional) Mid-Year Library Check In: This year (2019) I plan on posting a Mid-Year Library Check In Post sometime in June or July. This post is to showcase what you have done so far in the Library Love Challenge. I’ll be offering up a separate giveaway for the Mid-Year Library Check In.
  • (Optional) Reviews: Write a review to enter the giveaway – 2 sentences or an essay, whatever works for you, but there is a minimum of 2 sentences. Not sure what to write? How about something like, “The plot was a delight, but the characters didn’t capture me.” “I enjoyed the story and really liked the characters.”
  • Please use #LibraryLoveChallenge when sharing your reviews, library pictures, etc…

Levels:
  • Dewey Decimal: Read 12 books
  • Thrifty Reader: Read 24 books
  • Overdrive Junkie: Read 36 books
  • Library Addict: Read 48 books
  • Library Card on Fire: Read 60+ books 

Want to follow what books I'm reading for this challenge? Here's a link to my Goodreads list for the challenge! 

You can also add me on Goodreads to follow my reviews!
 
 
Happy Reading and library visiting, friends!


Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Bout of Books 24 Sign Up!


Well that went fast!! It's already time for another Bout of Books--Bout of Books 24! Bout of Books is my absolute favorite readathon, and it starts January 7th! I've connected with so many other readers and bloggers throughout my time participating in this readathon and I can't wait for another week of reading! New to my blog and aren't familiar with Bout of Books? Here's the official details from the Bout of Books blog:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


You guys, above all, this readathon is FUN!!! It's no pressure and all about sharing your love of reading! I used to stress out about pages read and whatnot and a few readathons back, I stopped caring about stats and just focused on the fun! I usually finish 1-2 books and have a great time! There's plenty of time to sign up and join me!

More info about my Bout of Books TBR will come next week! Until then....happy reading!


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

TLC Book Tours: For Better and Worse

About For Better and Worse

Paperback: 336 Pages
Publisher: MIRA; Original edition (December 11, 2018)
On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.
Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage?


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Wow, talk about a page turner! This one sucked me in from the first page  and I couldn't put it down! The summary gives a good chunk of the plot away, but you still can't stop reading because you have to know how it all turns out. The ending totally surprised me!  The book was told alternately in Natalie and Will's perspectives at the perfect points in the story to hep you see the other spouse's perspective and contributes to the inability to put the book down. A solid thriller that will keep you up late reading--I give this one 3.5 stars!

About Margot Hunt

Margot Hunt is the pseudonym of a bestselling writer of twelve previous novels. Her work has been praised by Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER is her first psychological thriller.


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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Tell Me Something Tuesday: Best Books of 2018

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 Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging. I've usually done Top Ten Tuesday but wanted to switch things up!

This Week's Topic: Best Books of 2018

I read A LOT this year--currently at 103 and will probably get through a couple more by the time the year is done! This is my highest number of books ever. I got really into audiobooks this year, which increased my total. I read a lot of fantastic books--here are some of my favorites, in no particular order :


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 So much greatness here!! I highly recommend all of these books. What were some of your favorites this year?

Happy Reading!!


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

WWW Wednesday: December 11

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The Three Ws are:

What did you recently finish reading?
 
What are you currently reading?  
 
What do you think you’ll read next?
 
 
Recently Finished 


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Read my review here


Currently Reading 

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 Reviewing this one for TLC Book Tours a week from today!


Up Next

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I started the first few pages earlier this week but needed to switch to reading For Better and Worse for the review tour. This one will be next!
 
What are you reading this week? Happy Reading! 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Review: Nine Perfect Strangers

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Title: Nine Perfect Strangers
Author: Liane Moriarty
453 pages, published November 6, 2018
Flatiron Books
Source: Book of the Month


From Goodreads:

Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out...

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.

Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer – or should she run while she still can?

It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.


I can't believe this is my first time reading Liane Moriarty! I really enjoyed this book. All the characters were so engaging and entertaining. Normally with this sort of book I always have characters that I feel like "Ugh, their chapter again??" But not with this book! I also didn't have any issue keeping them all straight, which can be a problem sometimes. Though there were characters I liked better than others, they were all interesting and complex. I connected with bits and pieces of several of them. The story did get pretty crazy as the book went on, but it was so crazy that I couldn't strop reading!

I definitely recommend this book--it has a bit of everything!  It's listed as contemporary fiction but it's definitely part psychological thriller. A solid four star read!

I loved Moriarty's writing style and want to read more of her books! Which ones should I make sure to read? Big Little Lies, of course, but...others?

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

WWW Wednesday: December 5

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The Three Ws are:

What did you recently finish reading?
 
What are you currently reading?  
 
What do you think you’ll read next?
 
 
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This was the second book in the series, and I loved it just as much as the first! A sweet romance set in a fictional Pacific NW town of Honeymoon Harbor!
 
Currently Reading
 
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 LOVING this one so far! I can't believe this is my first book by Liane Moriarty!
 
Up Next 

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I read and reviewed Best Friends Forever, Hunt's debut novel, for TLC Book Tours last year and am excited to be on the tour again for her second novel, For Better and Worse! Review on the blog December 19!
 
What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!
 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Top Ten Cozy/Wintry Reads


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This Week's Topic:

  Cozy/Wintry Reads

Let me be honest: I HATE winter. I hate being cold. I hate the dark. How do I survive winter? Blankets, coffee, and reading. Here are books I recommend getting cozy and reading this winter! They're either books that are set during winter, or longer books that take a little more time--perfect for winter when you're staying in!


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What books do you like to cozy up with in the winter? Happy Reading!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Review: Becoming

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Author: Michelle Obama
480 pages, published November 13, 2018
Source: Purchased for myself

From Goodreads:

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms.

Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
  


 
What a beautiful, fantastic book! I've always admired Michelle Obama, ever since I watched her speech from the Democratic National Convention in 2008. What I loved about this book was how real and human the story was. There were so many stories and experiences from her childhood that spoke to me or I could relate to. One that stood out was during her senior year in high school, while searching for colleges.  She told a college counselor she was thinking about Princeton, and the counselor told her she wasn't sure she was "Princeton material." Fortunately, that motivated Michelle rather than discouraged her. As someone who works in college admissions, I connected with this story. Stories like these made this book so special. 

I also enjoyed learning more about Michelle and Barack's relationship and marriage, and how being in politics challenged them and made them stronger. She told many stories of daily life in the White House that we don't realize happen--the simple task of running to the grocery store or going out for ice cream are not as easy when you have Secret Service following you. It was also interesting learning about their daughters and how life in the White House affected them.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and commend Michelle for sharing her story. Her overall theme in the book of sharing our stories to realize we are not that different was perfectly done and was so inspiring. A five star read!

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

WWW Wednesday: November 28

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Apologies for lack of posts in the last week--with the craziness of the Thanksgiving holiday, spending time with family, and unfortunately catching a cold, I haven't been writing posts! But I have definitely been reading!
  

The Three Ws are:

What did you recently finish reading?
 
What are you currently reading?  
 
What do you think you’ll read next?
 
 
Recently Finished

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 I absolutely loved this beautiful book! Review on the blog tomorrow!

Currently Reading

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I read and loved Herons Landing, the first in this series, and was excited to read this next story! Enjoying it so far, and love the town of Honeymoon Harbor :)

Up Next 

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I've heard so many good things about this one!!


What are you reading this week? 

Monday, November 19, 2018

TLC Book Tours: The Secret Language of Cats

About The Secret Language of Cats

Hardcover: 288 Pages
Publisher: Hanover Square Press; Original edition (November 1, 2018)
Have you ever wondered what your cat is saying?
Cats do not meow randomly, nor do they growl or hiss because they have nothing better to do. Cat sounds have a purpose, and they can carry important messages, whether for us or other cats.
Susanne Schštz is hard at work on breaking the cat code. She is a professor at Lund University in Sweden, where a long-standing research program is proving that cats do actually use vocal communication—with each other and with their human caretakers. Understanding the vocal strategies used in human-cat communication will have profound implications for how we communicate with our pets, and has the potential to improve the relationship between animals and humans within several fields, including animal therapy, veterinary medicine and animal sheltering.
In The Secret Language of Cats, Schštz offers a crash course in the phonetic study of cat sounds. She introduces us to the full range of feline vocalizations and explains what they can mean in different situations, and she gives practical tips to help us understand our cats better.


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 I loved this book!! I enjoyed how the author used her interest and expertise in linguistics and phonetics to understand her cats.  Parts of the phonetics aspect was a bit over my head (I was a psych major), but I definitely learned some helpful information to understand my three kitties! I come from a long line of crazy cat ladies (my grandma usually had 10+ cats, my mom has 5, I have three now) so a lot of the information in the book was pretty intuitive to me. However, if you're a new cat mama--this is a perfect book to read! I did like Chapter 11 of the book where she answered some common cat problems--such as my cat wakes me up, my cat  does not get along with other cats, etc.  Overall an informative, entertaining read! You will definitely learn something from this book!

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