Showing posts from July, 2014

Hedgie's Must Reads: July 2014

Hello, hello! Wow, July was a terrific reading month! I had a mix of good and bad books, but mostly good, and setting that aside - I just read a lot! It was mostly a quiet month, so I was able to sit down and pound through lots of books. The weather was too hot to even really go outside, unless you're going swimming, so as soon as I got home from work, I grabbed Hedgie and we hung out by the air vent in my library and read. Plus, with my new ottoman, it's ten times more comfy reading in my reading chair, so I can go for longer stints of reading. Anyway, here are the books!
July Reading Wrap-Up
Pirates! by Celia Rees (3/5) For Nancy, the life of piracy is a way to escape marriage to the frightening and creepy Brazilian plantation owner Bartholome. For Minerva, Nancy's house slave and only friend, it's an escape from the unwanted attentions of the cruel overseer. But Bartholome isn't willing to give Nancy up so easily, and over the high seas and across the world, he h…

July 2014 Book Haul

So, this month I was only supposed to buy 12 books. . . .Yeah, that didn't happen. 59 total, and only 3 of those were given to me. But to be fair to myself, I bought most of them - and I mean most of them - for as little as $1.00! So, really, should I feel guilty for the number of books I bought when I really didn't actually spend that much? Anyway, this book haul is in 2 parts, and I hope you enjoy!

Top Ten Tuesday #55 + Teaser Tuesday #16

This week's topic? Top 10 Authors I Own the Most Books From. For this one, I was going to do a video, but I was too lazy and didn't feel like it. So, this will be pretty boring - it's just a list. Sorry!

Lemony Snicket - He clocks in at 18 books, and that's not counting the kid picture books of his I own. I was a little surprised, actually, that he was at No. 1. I know I have all of his books, but I thought another specific author would beat him out. And that author is. . . .John Flanagan - Clocking in at 16 books. So he isn't No. 1, but No. 2. I can live with that. I own all of his books, and though I don't like all of his books equally, I will always buy his books.Anthony Horowitz - 12 books. And this number will only increase, as I collect more and more of his series.Caroline Lawrence - Also clocking in at 12 books. And when I get a chance, I will buy the rest of her books.Charles Dickens - Another clocking in at 12. I think I'm only missing 3 of his boo…

ARC Review: Conversion - Katherine Howe

Conversionby Katherine Howe
Genre: YA, suspense
Published on July 1, 2014
Published by Putnam
Pages: 402
Read From: 7.15.24 - 7.19.14

It's senior year at St. Joan's Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys' texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together.Until they can't.First it's the school's queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan's buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking it? Only Colleen - who's been reading The Crucible for extra credit - comes to realiz…

Stacking the Shelves #57


Love by the Morning Star by Laura L. Sullivan On the brink of World War II, two girls are sent to the grand English country estate of Starkers. Hannah, the half-Jewish daughter of a disgraced distant relative, has been living an artistic bohemian life in a cabaret in pre-war Germany and now is supposed to be welcomed into the family. Anna, the social-climbing daughter of working-class British fascists, is supposed to be hired as a maid so that she can spy for the Nazis. But there's a mix-up, and nice Hannah is sent to the kitchen as a maid while arrogant Anna is welcomed as a relative.
And then both girls fall for the same man, the handsome heir of the estate. . . .or do they?

The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little When Larissa Renaud starts receiving eerie phone calls in a disconnected old phone in her family's antique shop, she just knows she's in for a strange summer. A series of clues leads her to the muddy riverbank, where clouds of …

Guest Post: On My Shelf

Because last month's topic was so weighty, I thought it would be fun to just do something - well, fun! So this month's topic is this:
- My guests were told to number their shelves. - Then they were to figure out, roughly, the number of books on each shelf. - They were then told to come up with 10 sets of random numbers. - The first number in each set refers to a shelf. - The second number refers to a book on that shelf. - My guests then share what books they found with those numbers!
This post was inspired by a tag video that's going around on YouTube. I'm not sure who first came up with it, but I think I first saw it on either Heather at Bookables channel, or Reagan at PeruseProject. One of them! Anyway, I asked my friends Hazel and Katherine to participate. And I also have a new guest post participant! Welcome, Cayla! Thanks for joining us, and I hope to have you on my blog for future guest posts; not just this one!
What's On Katherine's Shelf
Part of the Roy…