Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Books I'd Like To Reread // Top 5 Wednesday

So apparently Goodreads has added rereads to it's website! You can keep track of when you read your favorites and they will add to your yearly challenge. This is a Top 5 Wednesday that I missed wees ago and thought it would go well with the recent news. What are some books you'd like to reread? 


Harry Potter by J Rowling. I started The Sorcerer's Stone in December and couldn't focus enough on it. I'll pick it back up later this year,but I am more looking forward to the later books. Books 5 and 6 are my favorite. I think this is because of the movies because I didn't like the first two when they came out.

Reason For Hope by Jane Goodall. I recently bought this from BookOutlet actually. I haven't picked this up since my senior year of high school, but it's the #1 book I recommend to everyone. Jane Goodall's work and writing helped shape me into a more aware and caring person towards other humans and the animal world. We need more people like her in the world. I've been wanting to reread this book for awhile.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I think this is a great book to reread right now.

Great Alta series by Jane Yolen. I read this series in my freshman year of high school with one of my friends at the time. I loved it and it was a great age to read it. I hadn't read anything like it before. I hope I don't ruin the nostalgia by rereading the series. This was a time before great YA novels with girl warriors were published. Jane Yolen gave depth to her books that was more than just an action-based story-line.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. This is another book I read in my early high school days. My puppy, Mollie, had chewed the cover of my copy. I still have it. I was so interested in reading about people who traveled to other countries, especially in the Amazon. This was a pretty epic story. I think it was the first family drama that spanned decades.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Recent Additions to Goodreads TBR

I haven't added books to my Goodreads in months and finally decided to add some so I could remember what they were for later. I thought it might be interesting to see what I have been looking at lately. What are some books you've recently added?

Paradise and Elsewhere by Kathy Page.
"The rubble of an ancient civilization. A village in a valley from which no one comes or goes. A forest of mother-trees, whispering to each other through their roots; a lakeside lighthouse where a girl slips into human skin as lightly as an otter into water; a desert settlement where there was no conflict, before she came; or the town of Wantwick, ruled by a soothsayer, where tourists lose everything they have. These are the places where things begin."
The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy. This is in this month's Book of the Month selection.
"In this electrifying literary debut, a young woman who channels the dead for a living crosses a dangerous line when she falls in love with one of her clients, whose wife died under mysterious circumstances"
Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson. Another book from this month's selection by BOTM.
"Perfect Little World is the story of an ambitious sociological experiment called “The Infinite Family Project.” Dr. Preston Grind, a young and idealistic child psychologist, heads up the study with funding from an elderly big box store magnate, taking the “It takes a village” model of co-parenting to a new level."
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. The last book I added from this month's BOTM selection.
"When I shut the pages of Sarah Pinborough’s novel, I experienced a peculiar sense of terror, admiration, and satisfaction. I closed the book, clenched my eyes, and tried mightily to fall asleep. But just as I began to retreat to the safety of my dreams, I remembered: it’s not safe there either.
You’ll find out what I mean."
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
"As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share."
Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins.
"Now available in Ecco’s Art of the Story series: a never-before-published collection of stories from a brilliant yet little known African American artist and filmmaker—a contemporary of revered writers including Toni Cade Bambara, Laurie Colwin, Ann Beattie, Amy Hempel, and Grace Paley—whose prescient work has recently resurfaced to wide acclaim."
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli.

Final Girls by Riley Sager.

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston.

High Strung by Quinn Dalton.
"In vivid cinematic prose, "High Strung" balances humor on the rough edge of loss, regret, and wounded family love. Through it all, Merle Winslow's wry buthopeful voice reminds us of how we tell ourselves the story of our lives, real and imagined. Her travels -- back to her hometown and through her family's past -- lead us to the crossroads of place and memory."

If you are interested here is my referral link to Book of the Month!
Thursday, February 2, 2017

January in Review

My January

I felt like I had so little time to read and blog again this past month. I read 7 books, but two of them are small non-fiction and another two were novellas. I got obsessed with Ilona Andrews and the post-apocalyptic Atlanta so the two novellas are from that world. I really hope Julie and Derek don't become an item. Not all the characters need to be matched up with each other! Plus, I think Ascanio and Julie go well together. I really enjoyed Small Magics because we get to see more of the world of Kate Daniels outside of Atlanta with other characters. It was nice to see what other creatures people deal with and what the "normal" life is like compared to our present. I also read two little books about astrology and how to determine your Moon, Mars and Venus. This is due to late LATE night boredom and skimming through my library's Overdrive. I think they are great little books for newbies, but I got confused on how to do the compatibility. Luckily, my husband satisfies my Mars and I satisfy his Venus, haha. Take what you will of it. I was OBSESSED with astrology throughout my high school and part of my college days. I've chilled since then, but I think those type of things, like the Myers-Briggs Test and "Which Disney Princess Are You", are loads fun. I have a fascination with New Age and was the one area of Barnes and Noble I frequented most often in my high school days. I read Insurgent and I have to say I liked it more than Divergent. My thoughts on Divergent may be because I watched the movie before reading it so I already had my stubborn criticism about the factions and the whole "let's jump off trains because we are SO wild!" being silly. However, the ending I totally saw coming! Another ending kind of saw coming: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. That was depressing. Only until the last episode do we get the witty banter and lightheartedness from the original show! If you want to chat about it with me please Tweet me! I have thoughts and I don't want to spoil the episodes here. How was the beginning of 2017 for you? Or end of 2016 if you use the Chinese calendar.      

Books I Completed

Currently Reading

Blog Posts

8 2017 Debuts I'm Excited For.

2016 Releases I Totally Meant to Read, But Didn't & I Will in 2017.

What's Going On in February

TBRTakedown Feb. 6-12! Follow the Twitter account @TBRTakedown. I will be reading 3 books that complete all 5 challenges: 1 graphic novel, 1 romance, 1 YA dystopian.
   Y: The Last Man,Vol. 7. Most recent book haul.
   Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews. 1st in a series, Out of my comfort zone (romance).
   Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Catch up on a series, on TBR for over a year.

My Cooking 2017 Challenge

So far my cooking challenge has been a success! I found some really good recipes through Ree Drummond's blog: The Pioneer Woman. The recipes are still somewhat hearty with the butter added for cooking, but you can substitute it for something healthier. For it being winter and wanting to eat healthier Ree Drummond was a great choice for January! Plus, I get nostalgic when I go back to these Food Network recipes. It's mostly because of Food Network I started cooking more in college. The recipes for each month will be about 85% of the cooking and meals I make. For February I will be taking recipes from Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward and focusing more on vegan and vegetarian food. February will be the month I clean up my lifestyle and add healthier habits and foods to my everyday life.  

Pioneer Woman Recipes I Recommend

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2016 Releases I Bought & Meant To Read But Didn't Get To (But TOTALLY plan to) // Top Ten Tuesday

I don't normally keep updated and buy new releases, but the books on this list we ones that peeked my interest the most that I had to have them. (Or I got it from Illumicrate.) These books are in no particular order. I normally don't like getting new releases and then not reading them because I haven't heard that much about them. I was really trying to stick to my Pop Sugar Challenge last year that I couldn't indulge myself with a new book that didn't fit into the categories. However, this year I want to read these releases, get the sequels if I love it and gush about it on Twitter and blogs. Which 2016 releases did you not get around to last year, but will make a priority in 2017?

The Graces (The Graces #1) by Laure Eve. I've written about this book a lot these past 6 months or so. I am ready this September to get into my witch books, 90s movies, and vampier fashion.

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff. This is another book I have mentioned on my blog before. I received this in my Illumicrate box and pre-ordered it. I love the UK cover compared to the US. I think I'll pick this up during the year when I'm in the mood.

The Muse by Jessie Burton. I hadn't read The Miniaturist yet, but it seems that Jessie Burton's next book is equally as popular. That cover design is gorgeous. I don't know what month or season to pair this with.

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McNerney. I have heard only good things about this novel. It seems more popular in the UK compared to other parts of the world. My paperback copy is a BRIGHT orange so I definitely won't miss it this year. I hope to get to this on a dreary day in the spring. 

The Butcher's Hook by Janet Ellis. I heard about this on Jen Campbell's channel on YouTube. It has less than 1000 ratings on GR! I've heard really great things about this novel and that it is kind of brutal. I hope to get to this in the first half of the year. 

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney. I wasn't that interested in the book at first, but after watching good reviews of it on YouTube I decided to buy it on sale at the local bookstore. The paperback has a cool texture and looks exactly like the hardcover. I want to read this in the first half of 2017 as well. (I like to read most of my contemporary fiction during that time.) 

The Vegetarian by Han Kang. How can I not want to own and read the winner of the International Man Booker Prize?! I don't know when I'll read this. I think when I feel like it. 

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell. I bought this for the Pop Sugar Challenge of the book I see first in a bookstore. I still haven't read Jane Eyre and don't think I will- if we are being realistic. That is a motto I need to remember in 2017 "Be realistic, Katie!"

Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard. I think the second in this series already released this year as well. This was a book I was anticipating and got lucky when Illumicrate landed on my doorstep! I think this will be a good summer read. 

Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days by Jeanette Winterson. I bought this hoping to read it in the 12 days leading up to Christmas, but I received it, like, 3 days before. So this will wait until next December. I love how this is a hardcover without a dustjacket. I wish they did that more often.