Showing posts from August, 2014

Hedgie's Must Reads: August 2014

August has been a fun, but extremely busy, month! Summer never really seems to begin for me until August, and then it's over (so, really, I have a very short summer). I had lots of fun hanging out with friends, reading tons, going to the county fair and riding rides, seeing movies, and - best of all, and the highlight of every summer - attending the Renaissance Faire! With all of this going on, I'm amazed at how much I read. But it's also exhausted me. This may not be news to everyone, but I'm saying it again: September I'm taking a break from the blog. Hedgie and I will still be reading, but I'm not updating my blog for a whole month! After 4 years running, I think I deserve the break. So, enjoy this post, and I will see you again sometime at the end of September with at least a book haul.
August Reading Wrap-Up
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (3/5) Book #1 in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy. When Gemma Doyle's mother dies under mysterious and heartwrenchin…

August 2014 Book Haul

So this month was a crazy book haul month. Way crazier than I thought it was going to be. I hauled 80 books total (I forgot to include one in my video; oops!). So this haul is in three parts, and I also included a video of my Renaissance Faire haul! Enjoy!

Mid-Year Book Freakout

Because I thought this would be fun, I decided to do it. And also, it'll help me kind of see where I'm at in my reading so far this year.
1)Best book you've read so far in 2014 Gah, that's a hard one. I've read so many good books this year! But I'm going to go with Jackaby by William Ritter.
2)Best sequel you've read so far in 2014 Much easier to answer: Ruin and Risingby Leigh Bardugo.
3)New release you haven't read yet, but want to Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige.
4)Most anticipated release for the second half of the year The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan.
5)Biggest disappointment The Here and Now by Ann Brashares. I went into this book expecting it to be good, and loved the first 100 pages. But quite literally by page 101, it went seriously downhill.
6)Biggest surprise The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. This got so many bad reviews that my expectations were seriously low. Imagine my surprise when I discovered what a terrific book it is!

Review: The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circusby Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Adult, historical fantasy
Published on September 13, 2011
Published by Doubleday
Pages: 387
Read From: 8.22.14 - 8.25.14

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.Within these nocturnal black-and-white-striped tents awaits an utterly unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.Welcome to Le Cirque des Reves.Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way - a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a "game" to which they have been irrevocably bound by t…

Waiting on Wednesday #60 + WWW Wednesday #30

The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom
(Lizzie Brown #1)
by Vicki Lockwood
Publication Date: September 1, 2014

From Goodreads:

A mysterious Phantom is terrorizing London, and when Lizzie realizes she has a talent that will let her stop the crimes before they happen, she and her new circus friends feel compelled to intervene. But when one of their own is blamed for the crimes instead, their investigation takes a turn for the worse. When the truth finally comes out, the real culprit is the last person anyone expects.
Why I'm Excited
Because it sounds like a Middle Grade book that I would have adored as a kid, and I can't collect enough of those sort of books.
Trial by Fire (Worldwalker Trilogy #1) by Josephine Angelini Publication Date: September 2, 2014
From Goodreads:
This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to e…

Top Ten Tuesday #59 + Teaser Tuesday #20

This week's topic is. . . .well, not all that exciting: Top 10 Books I Want to Read But Don't Own. How can I choose ten? I've got TONS of books I want to read but don't own! It wasn't until recently that I started buying books I've never read before.

- Grab the book you are currently reading. - Flip to a random page. - Share 2 teaser sentences from that page!
The low orange rays from the sun make everything, including the circus, look as though it is aflame before the light disappears completely. It is quicker than Bailey expected, the moment that shifts from fire to twilight, and then the circus lights begin flickering on, all over the tents. The crowd "ooohs" and "ahhs" appropriately, but a few in the front gasp in surprise when the massive sign above the gates begins to sputter and spark. Bailey can't help but smile when it is fully lit, shining like a beacon: Le Cirque des Reves. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (pg. 109)

Review: Forget Me Not - Shawn Martin

Forget Me Not by Shawn Martin
Series: Shadowflesh #2
Genre: YA, paranormal, romance
Published on March 31, 2014
Published by Vinspire Publishing
Pages: 307
Read From: 8.15.14 - 8.22.14

Fortune has smiled on seventeen-year-old Aileen McCormick ever since Addison came back into her life, giving her the love she has so desperately longed for. That is, until a mysterious man slithers across her path and slips a spellbinding cameo around her neck. The cameo holds more than just the image of an enchantress who hungers for souls. It possesses a curse that strangles away every memory Aileen has of Addison.Addison, a three-hundred-year-old fugitive from the netherworld, recognizes the wretched woman inside the cameo and the curse she has cast on his unsuspecting love. The enchanted cameo has but one purpose: to torment Aileen with hints of love she can no longer recall.Aileen cannot escape the deadly cameo. She runs for her life with the curse only a breath away. If she truly wants her memory…

Stacking the Shelves #61

Escape from Lucien by Kazu Kibuishi Navin and his classmates journey to Lucien, a city ravaged by war and plagued by mysterious creatures, where they search for a beacon essential to their fight against the Elf King. Meanwhile, Emily heads back into the Void with Max, one of the Elf King's loyal followers, where she learns his darkest secrets. The stakes, for both Emily and Navin, are higher than ever.
Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell Living half-wild on an African farm with her horse, her monkey, and her best friend, Wilhemina feels that every day is beautiful. But when her home is sold and Will is sent away to boarding school in England, the world becomes impossibly difficult. Lions and hyenas are nothing compared to packs of schoolgirls. Where can a girl run to in London? And will she have the courage to survive?
The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner Michael completed the Path. What he found at the end turned everything he'd ever known about his life…

Guest Post: Deal Breakers

It's that time of the month again: guest post time! This month, the topic is things that make us DNF (did not finish) a book. Similar to Bookish Pet Peeves, but a bit more specific. We can have bookish pet peeves and still read it. This is for those things that simply are a deal breaker.
Katherine's Deal Breakers
It takes a lot for me to put a book down completely and not finish it. I believe in giving every book a fair, fighting chance. But sometimes, I just have to put it down, no matter how far I'm in. Here are some of the reasons I give up on books before finishing them:
Disturbing and graphic violence. I wouldn't consider myself a chicken, per se. I can handle some blood and gore. However, there is a fine line between OK and downright disturbing. While reading a book, I shouldn't read about violence being so disturbing it's making me want to throw up and shudder. Example: Cain's Blood. Well, the subject matter of the book itself is kind of questionable. …