Friday, May 26, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] May 26th - June 1st


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addict Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. 

This Week's Question: 
What is the most fun part/aspect of being a book blogger?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

[Book Review] The Beast of London by L.D. Goffigan

Book Review for The Beast of London by L.D. Goffigan

I was a little nervous going into this book simply because I have read a ton of really bad books about vampires... However, my hesitation was totally forgotten as I began to read the very first chapter of The Beast of London. This was such a fun and action packed read! It was also beautifully written! If you're looking for a page-turning, dark adventure story, I would highly recommend this!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 


The Beast of London by L.D. Goffigan book image

The Beast of London by L.D. Goffigan


Goodreads Summary: 
Mina Murray once lived an adventurous life, but after a tragedy in the forests of Transylvania, she left it all behind. Now she has settled into a quiet routine as a schoolteacher in London, engaged to the respectable solicitor Jonathan Harker, attempting to fit into the stuffy upper class London society to which he belongs. 

Her dark past comes careening into her present when Jonathan is abducted by a group of vampires from a society ball. Determined to rescue him, she teams up with her former paramour Abraham Van Helsing and his colleague, Scotland Yard Inspector John Seward. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017 Summer Comment Challenge


Thanks to Ashley at Inside My Minds, I have just learned about the Summer Comment Challenge! So not only am I pumped to participate for the first time, I wanted to make sure to spread the word to all of you as well!

What is the Summer Comment Challenge?
The Summer Comment Challenge is hosted by Lonna at FLYLÄ“F and Alicia at A Kernel of Nonsense. The challenge is designed to help bloggers connect with one another and exchange comments.

Monday, May 22, 2017

[Book Tag] Anything But Books Tag

Anything But Books Book Tag

This tag is such a fun one! It's also a great way to get to know the various bloggers that complete it because it covers many fun topics.

Enjoy!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

[Book Review] Melhara by Jocelyn Tollefson

[Book Review] Melhara by Jocelyn Tollefson

Overall, I liked this book, but I do have to say that it really doesn't fall into one of my favorite genres. I also had some pretty big issues with the lack of development in both the story and the characters.

However, if light reads about angels and demons is your jam, I would definitely recommend giving this a read!

And please, don't let my personal feelings in this review affect your decision on whether or not to read this book.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 




Saturday, May 20, 2017

[How To] Setting Up Google Analytics On Your Book Blog

How To Set Up Google Analytics On Your Book Blog

While many blogging platforms offer their own set of statistics, nothing goes as in depth as Google Analytics. Whether you are just starting out, or a more seasoned blogger, setting up a Google Analytics account can help you dive deeper into your data.

The best part? Google Analytics is FREE.

So what are you waiting for?! Let’s get you set up!

Friday, May 19, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] May 19th - 25th


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addict Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. 

This Week's Question: 
What do you do with books you no longer want? Do you donate them? Do you take them to a half-price bookstore? Does a friend or family member benefit? 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

[Top 5 Wednesday] Summer Reads

[Top 5 Wednesday] Summer Reads

Top Five Wednesday is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. For those of you that are interested in taking part, check out the Goodreads group here: Top 5 Wednesday.

This week's prompt:

May 17th: Summer Reads --The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads? 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] Book Recommendations From My Mom

Top 10 Tuesday Book Recommendations From My Mom



Top 10 Tuesday is created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This weeks prompt is:
Mother's Day related Freebie: favorite moms in literature, books about motherhood, best mother/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your mom, worst moms in literature, etc.

My mom has always been really great about my reading. 

I grew up on an island with a tiny library. So to help support my reading, my mom would always bring me to book stores every time we made a trip to the mainland. When we had book sales at school, she always let me go a little nuts. And like I've said in previous posts, like My Reading Story, I used to have so many books that we created a small library! 

When I had really bad insomnia for years, my mom bought me a great reading chair and always made sure we had the perfect reading snacks in the cabinets. On more than a handful of occasions, I remember my mom making a special trip to the mainland to grab me the next book in a particular series I had been reading.

Of course, my mom has always given me many reading recommendations over the years. So for this week's Top 10 Tuesday, I have decided to list ten of my favorite books that my mom has recommended to me. 

Enjoy!

Monday, May 15, 2017

[Book Review] Undying by Corina Bishop

[Book Review] Undying by Corina Bishop

Holy cow! The storyline of this book was so captivating! I definitely had some Divergent feels going on here, but to compare it fully to that trilogy would be incredibly unfair. I felt that this book was darker, much more suspenseful, and honestly... more memorable!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 


Shout-out to Corina Bishop for being so lovely through this process!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

[Book Review] Ararat by Christopher Golden

Book Review of Ararat by Christopher Golden

This book was a fun read! I loved the horror vibe and the splashes of violence always totally caught me off guard. Though I do have to say I was a bit bored at times. But overall, definitely a worth-while read!

Ararat by Christopher Golden

Friday, May 12, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] May 12th - 18th


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addict Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. 

This Week's Question: 
If you read a book you ended up hating, would you stay away from future books by that author, or would you give them a second chance?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

[Book Review] Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty Book review

I picked this book up to take on a trip to the Midwest. It was definitely the perfect book to distract me from the fact that we were in an airplane! I was drawn into the story very early on. The drama and suspense was so addicting!

Stephen King perfectly summed up this book when he said that it's, "A hell of a book. Funny and scary."

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty


Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty book cover

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] The March Trilogy by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell

The March Trilogy by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell

Oh my goodness. This trilogy is definitely a must read for all. If you haven't read it yet, I urge you to go pick it up today. This graphic novel was written by Congressman John Lewis, a key figure of the of the civil rights movement, and Andrew Aydin. And the artwork illustrated by Nate Powell is absolutely stunning.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] 10 Books On My Wish List

10 books on my wish list

Top 10 Tuesday is created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This weeks prompt is technically:
Ten Things On Our Reading Wish List -- things you want to see more of in books -- tropes, a time period, a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a certain plot, etc. All those things that make you think I WANT MORE OF THIS IN BOOKS!

But I took another detour this week.

I am just returning from a long weekend in Illinois. The trip was absolutely incredible! I got to meet a bunch of people that I have heard Alex talk about for years and I got to see the Midwest for the first time! But the mountain of laundry and errands that I have to run today is a bit daunting. So I opted for a quick post.

[Book Blogger Hop] May 5th - 11th


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addict Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. 

This Week's Question: 
Do you re-arrange and move books around on the shelves or move books off of your bookshelves to another area after a certain amount of time or do you just leave them the way they are?

Thursday, May 4, 2017

My Dream Loot Crate

My dream loot crate

So, full discloser here... I have never actually subscribed to a monthly box from any company. I just can't personally justify paying the price for a box of things that I may or may not like at this point in my life. I do love bookish themed goodies! But I'm very OCD when it comes to clutter and organizing our small town house. Perhaps one day, when our budget allows, I will give a subscription box a try. We shall see!

Of course I have watched many unboxings here and there on YouTube. But to be totally honest, I stopped watching the videos a while back after realizing that I just didn't really care about them. The only time I will watch an unboxing now, is when the YouTuber gives the theme of the box right in the video title, and this theme is something that actually interests me.

However, there are two unboxing videos that I watched months ago that have really stuck in my mind.

My Response To The Netflix Series, Thirteen Reasons Why


WARNING: There is a lot in here that is very personal. I have debated not posting it, but I think this topic really needs to be discussed. I think that holding back, and not sharing my story because I am afraid of what people will think is silly. So I am taking the risk. Please do not attack my opinions, or anyone else’s opinions for that matter. If you disagree with me, that is 100% okay. If you feel the need to comment, make sure that you are setting up a constructive conversation.

Perhaps I am just too old now for shows like this. Maybe my high school experience was just far too different to relate. Or maybe my feelings about suicide are just too extreme for me to look past. But I had some issues with this show.

Now, don’t get me wrong. High school was NOT a cake walk for me.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

[Top 5 Wednesday] Elements of Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Covers I Dislike

[Top 5 Wednesday] Elements of Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Covers I Dislike

I took a little detour on this weeks prompt. I hope you all don't mind! :)

Top Five Wednesday is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. For those of you that are interested in taking part, check out the Goodreads group here: Top 5 Wednesday.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] Favorite Book Covers On My Shelves

[Top 10 Tuesday] Favorite Book Covers On My Shelves

I'll admit it; I'm a total sucker for a great book cover! While there are numerous book covers out there that I absolutely love, I decided to focus only on the books that I own for this post.

Enjoy!

Monday, May 1, 2017

[Wrap-Up] April 2017

[Wrap-Up] April 2017

When I wrote up my March Wrap-Up post, I mentioned that I was feeling a bit slumpish. Unfortunately, my slump got much worse and it took over every aspect of my life. I was still able to read a number of books, but the slumpish feeling definitely affected my reading overall.

I also had to put off any honest review requests this month because I didn't want anything to affect my ratings of those books. So thank you to all for bearing with me!

Here's to hoping May is a better reading month for me. But let's get into my wrap-up!