Monday, June 30, 2014

THIS MONTH...


Besides my new masthead and general style changes on the blog, the biggest event this month was the new feature Brittersweet from PLEASE FEED the BOOKWORM and I launched...


It is a weekly/bi-weekly feature, depending on how fast you read, where you tell us what you are reading now, and why, and what you will be reading next from your TBR choices, and why.

Tomorrow will be our fifth installment and we already have one feature follow: 



I also started a monthly feature...



It was in answer to a need voiced during an Armchair BEA Twitter party by several people saying they wanted more discussion posts offered. The response was lukewarm, but I am going to try again in July.


I was nominated for a Liebster Award.



And....


I WAS THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER IN THE ENSNARED COVER REVEAL GIVEAWAY!!!!


Read about all of my FEELS, HERE.

  A.G.

There was no BoOk HAUL this month... 
I recieved one of my two LAME Armchair BEA prizes, the other one still hasn't come, but I really don't care.


Simon and Schuster still hasn't sent me my ARC of We Are Called to Rise, in fact I am not sure, at this point, if it is even an ARC any longer. I have been in touch with them twice and they said in two weeks, and that was almost a month ago. I was promised it almost three months ago.

 This is what I wish upon you Simon and Schuster...


On Netgalley and Edelweiss I was DENIED approval for: A Thousand Pieces of You, In a Handful of Dust, Pennyroyale Academy, Burning Kingdoms, and Vault of Dreamers. I was approved for The Queen of the Tearling, but I found out everyone was. :/


However, Press Play was a pre-approved "read now" on Netgalley and I gave it FIVE STARS!! Of Breakable Things was only $3.49 as an ebook, and it was a wonderful read, too. The Midnight Thief prequel novella Poison Dance was free on Amazon, and I can't forget how much I am loving The Queen of the Tearling, even if it really wasn't an Edelweiss "score." So I guess the month wasn't a total loss.


I did not write one blog review this month, I am ashamed to say, but I did do several mini reviews on Goodreads and I am two books ahead in the Reading Challenge. I am making a promise to do one review a week in July, starting with Summer on the Short Bus.


Let's hope next month there is some of this...


Oooopters... I forgot my BEA prize pack from The Book Landers came this month. Amongst the swag there were three books and a sampler of Four. One was a hardcover of Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly.



Can anyone tell me why I have been getting these ungodly long blank spaces at the end of some of my posts?



































Tuesday, June 24, 2014

TELL ME TuEsDaY #FOUR ~ with Brittersweet and La La


This has been a pretty black and white week readingwise for me. It has been all about pumping up my stats on Edelweiss and Netgalley.

And you? TELL ME TUESDAY is a weekly/biweekly feature (depending on your reading speed) hosted by the ever so clever Brittersweet from PLEASE FEED the BOOKWORM and me, La La.

We want you to TELL US what you are reading NOW and WHY, and what you will be reading NEXT from your TBR pile, and WHY. We are forever curious why people read what they read!!


ME...



Again, I have only been reading one book at a time (so unlike me) because I have been working through a virtual pile of  "read now" eARCs to give me more clout when requesting books from Edelweiss and Netgalley.

Right now I am on my second to last one...


I am enjoying it except for a pretty big geographical error, Philidelphia is not a seaport, and some odd questions people who grew up with horse and carriages, as transportaion, in the mid 1800s would probably not ask. It is about Annabel Lee and Edgar Allen Poe: Of Monsters and Madness.


So my next book, and last of my "read now" diet, will be ...


I have already tried reading it, but in the beginning it seems like a lame rip-off of Harry Potter, with Hagrid being replaced by an old woman. I saved the worst for last, I guess.

When I finish Bobby Ether and the Prisoner of "read now" eARCs, I will be back to my loving of The Queen of the Tearling, and getting a feel for Midnight Thief by reading the prequel novella Poison Dance (which is still a free ebook on Amazon , btw). Oh, and let's not forget my diversity read Ishmeal's Oranges.

Our first TELL ME TUESDAY feature follower is, drum roll please...












Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TELL ME TUESDAY #THREE


Bleh, I have been kind of BLUE this past week because of some "drama" on Facebook.

But Brittersweet, the originator of this feature, and my lovely cohost (auto-correct just changed that to cohort, lol), nominated me for a Liebster Award and made me feel better. Thanks Britter.

Sooo... here we go...

TELL ME TUESDAY is a feature cohosted by the clever Brittersweet at PLEASE FEED the BOOKWORM, and myself. We want you to tell us WHAT you are reading and WHY, and what you are considering from your TBR pile for your next read and why. We are always curious about why people are reading what they are reading. So tell us!!

ME


Again I am off my reading "rules" and only reading one book. There is an eARC that I REALLYwant to read, Burning Kingdoms, so I grabbed some "approved for all" books to pump up my stats to lessen the chance of getting DECLINED.


I know this woman must work for a publishing house.

So right now I am reading PRESS PLAY by Eric Devine.


And it is DEVINE.

This is only the second Contemporary YA I have read (not my usual thing), but the story is very dramatic and the MC reminds me of one of my nephews and a couple of my son's old high school buddies, rolled into one. This story will have you on the edge of your seat one minute and laughing the next. I am about 60% finished, and unless the story tanks in the back half for some reason, it is definitely worth four stars.

FOUR STARS

*UPDATE: This book ended up with FIVE STARS!! Read my mini Goodreads review HERE.



Once I am done with PRESS PLAY, which should be today, it is on to the next "approved for all" eARC... 


Yep, another Contemp, but Middle Grade this time. I hope it is a quick read so I can get back to reading The Queen of the Tearling, as soon as possible.

YES YES YES YES YES...

I am eating crow on this book.



Just before the 20% mark the story went fom okay to brilliant.























LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD...


A little foreword from me, La La. I have posted this blog entry before I found eleven nominees, as per the rules, *see below*, because things have gotten so competitive in the book blogosphere that not only are new bloggers not posting their stats (this made it difficult to find qualifying bloggers and I had to start emailing), many of the bloggers I contacted via email and Twitter DMs, who qualified, didn't want to be nominated because they didn't want it known they had less than 200 followers. This used to be an award everyone wanted because it showed that other bloggers had taken notice of your blog and felt, that even at this early stage,  you were an asset to the blogging community. This award is about spreading the blogger LOVE. The LIEBSTER is usually the first award a blogger gets, and I for one am going to be proud of it, and it will continue to be displayed on my sidebar as long as I have this blog, no matter how many other awards I receive (or don't) in the coming years.

I didn't want the bloggers who were excited about receiving this award (including me) to have to wait for it, so I am posting it with five nominees. I am going to make this blog entry into a page and will continue to nominate rookie bloggers well past the eleven rule. I am also going to challenge the awardees on my list to visit their fellow nominees and leave a blog post. I will go back and do the same with my list mates on Brittersweet's blog. I think these "bent" rules should be fine within the spirit of the LIEBSTER AWARD. I also challenge the book blogging community to to come together and make this award nomination as welcome as it once was. If anyone has any awardee suggestions, please leave them in the comments and I will add them to the list. ~ La La



Thank-you Brittersweet from PLEASE FEED the BOOKWORM for nominating me for a LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD!!

"The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. So, what is a Liebster?  The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Isn't that sweet? Blogging is about building a community and it's a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers/blogs." ~ We Loved Here BLOG.



I am literally a REDHEADED STEPCHILD.


~*° TWO °*~
I loathe the color PINK.


I have a 22 year old son.

~F0u®~
I once held hands with MR. ROGERS.


I have never eaten GUACAMOLE.

»---> 6 <---«
I believe in GHOSTS.

My favorite holiday is HALLOWEEN.

E¡G#T
I have a TATTOO

I am a PESCETARIAN.

I HATE MYLAR BALLOONS.

ELEVEN
This is my current young man crush.

MILES MCMILLAN
Oh my... 



~*°BRITTER'S QUESTIONS°*~

ONE: What is your favorite genre?
Believe it or not, Science Fiction.
It all started with A Wrinkle in Time in fourth grade.

TWO:
What type of mythical or iMaGiNaRy pet would you like?
TRIBBLES



«3»
Zombie apocalypse weapon of choice?
KATANA

BEVERAGE? 


FiVE
How many BoOks do you own?
Well, my Goodreads "own my own shelves" says 151, but I probably have about 50 more at my mother's house (not counting my childrens books). My GR Kindle books say 40, but those are only the ones I have read. I would say there are about 200 on my Kindle.

Nickname...

La~la~la~la~lalala~Linda.
The very first band I worked for used to torture me in the step-van we traveled in by singing that song over and over again. The La La part stuck.

What book world would you like to live in?

The POTTERVERSE of course, but one without Voldie and the Deatheaters, and maybe in Salem or Sleepy Hollow.

EIGHT
FAVORITE BOOK CHARACTER?
*twirls*

HOW MANY BOOKS DO YOU READ IN A MONTH?
4 to 8


What BoOk changed your life?


It was the first book I read all by myself and it started my life long love of reading.  


~*°ELEVEN°*~

Poe once said because, "...neither can ride a bicycle." I don't know, but this is funny...


*********************

MY QUESTIONS

1. What was the first book you read by yourself?

2. If you changed your first name what would you change it to?

3. Which book character would be your ideal child?

4. What is your favorite breakfast?

5. Dragons or unicorns?

6. Favorite flower?

7. What is your favorite foreign accent?

8. Favorite literary siblings and why?

9. Which is scarier, monsters under the bed or hiding in the cellar?

10. What is your favorite word?

11.What is your favorite season of the year and why?

°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°

MY NOMINATIONS








Again, if you give it the old college try and you don't find eleven nominees (and someone told me it was originally only nine, hmmm...), but you answer the 22 questions, and promise to add more bloggers as soon as you find them, add your LIEBSTER AWARD button anyway.


Here is the link to GINGER'S 22 answers: