Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tome Topple Round 5 [TBR]

I decided a day late to join in the Tome Topple readathon that was created by Samantha of Thoughts on Tomes. Check out more information here. It runs November 17th 12:00am (your time zone) to November 30th 11:59pm (your time zone).

My TBR consists of ONE BOOK...


Yep...gonna be taking this one on...again. I started it back in summer 2015 and got 15 pages in...then put it down and didn't pick it back up. It has been sitting on my nightstand just staring at me. So my hope for the readathon is to get to page 500. So here we go!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Plan With Me: Scribble Prints Co {Pumpkin Spice}


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Little Dog Paper Co: https://littledogpaperco.com/
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Love, Shaira: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoveShaira
The Coffee Monsterz Co: https://thecoffeemonsterzco.com/
Once More With Love : https://www.etsy.com/shop/OnceMoreWit...
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Plan With Me: Little Dog Paper Co {October 2016 Mystery}


Rescues for JoJo: http://www.rescuesforjojo.org/  

#AYearAThon [November TBR]

Each first full week of the month, a #AYearAThon readathon is held and there are themes and challenges for each month. In the month of November, the theme is NEW TO YOU AUTHORS with the challenge of reading a duology. It runs from November 6 through 12.

I chose four books that I *may* read. If I have a good reading week, I may be able to finish 2 or 3 of these, especially since If I Stay is under 200 pages. But I hope to finish at least 1. All of these books are new to me authors and they are all duologies!



Updated on 11/9: I was working on finishing Read Me Like a Book on Monday and Tuesday, due to not realizing the Read-O-Rama readathon was the 3-5 not 5-7. I read If I Stay on Wednesday and really liked it :) I have started Reboot.

Updated on 11/13:  I got a quarter of the way through Reboot. I didn't end up reading much after I finished If I Stay, so that's why my page count isn't super high. I'm happy with finishing one and hope to finish Reboot this month and possibly finish the sequels during the month!

Total books finished: 1
Total pages read: 196 (If I Stay) + 87 (Reboot) = 283

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Read-o-Rama [TBR]

The Read-o-Rama readathon is hosted by Chloe of Brunette Bibliophile, Elizabeth of The Owlery Books, Alyssa of pucksandpaperbacks, and April Sarah of April Sarah. It happens three times a year. This particular round is going to be a mini round from Nov 5 to Nov 7 Nov 3 to Nov 5 - apparently I had it written down incorrectly and missed two days. There are 3 challenges:
  1. Read a book with a fall connection (story takes place in fall, was published in the fall, the author has a fall birthday, etc.)
  2. Read a book with RAMA in the title or author's name
  3. Read 3 books in 3 days
My TBR contains just one book, but I may attempt to read two more books if I get through that particular one. The author's birthday is October 15th and RAMA is in the title.


Read Me Like a Book

Updated on 11/6: I failed pretty hard at this because I had my dates wrong. I don't know why I thought it was Nov 5 to 7, but I didn't start Read Me Like a Book until early Sunday morning and then I didn't really read too much yesterday because I thought I had two more days. :(

Total books finished: 0
Total pages read: 21
 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Book Review: The Surrendered by Case Maynard



Publish Date: September 20, 2016
240 Pages [Kindle edition]
Published by Blaze Publishing, LLC

Synopsis:
After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children.

Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable things happening to the younger girls in service, she has no choice but to take a stand—a decision that lands her on the run and outside the fence for the first time since the System robbed her of her liberty.

Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing factions gunning for the one thing that might save them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and desperation into hope and determination—or risk failing all the children and the brother she left behind.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Books I Read in October


Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris - 4 stars (finished 10/2)
BOOK 11 IN SOUTHERN VAMPIRE MYSTERY SERIES
I had originally rated this at 3 stars, but after this reread, I bumped it up to 4 stars. I'm not even sure what I was talking about because this book definitely had substance. There was plenty of moving parts to different pieces of the story and I am ready to finally get to book 12 and 13, to finish out the series. I realized that I had flipped through the novella-type book that comes after book 13 and I know who Sookie ends up with, unfortunately.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November Monthly Reading Goals + TBR


In October, I finished 8 books putting me at 57 books read for 2017 and I am now officially finished with my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge of reading 52 books! :)
  • Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (325 pages, 2011, Hardcover, Adult Paranormal) - 4 stars - counted towards the Throwback Book Club challenge and series challenge (although does not complete a series)
  • I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (384 pages, 2014, Kindle, YA Contemporary) - 5 stars - counted towards the Throwback Book Club challenge 
  • Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (28 pages, 1820, Paperback, Classic) - 1 star - counted towards mini Owlcrate challenge, Movie Adaptation challenge, and Throwback Book Club challenge. 
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (228 pages, 1962, Kindle, Children's) - 3.5 stars - counted towards Movie Adaptation challenge,  Throwback Book Club challenge, and the series challenge (new series added to it)
  • Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (335 pages, 2012, Kindle, Adult Paranormal) - 4 stars - counted towards the Throwback Book Club challenge and series challenge (althought did not complete a series) 
  • Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (338 pages, 2013, Kindle, Adult Paranormal) - 4 stars - counted towards the Throwback Book Club challenge and series challenge
  • After Dead by Charlaine Harris (195 pages, 2013, Hardcover, Adult Paranormal) - 1 star - counted towards the Throwback Book Club challenge 
  • The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson (455 pages, 2017, Hardcover, YA Dystopian) - 3.5 stars - counted towards mini Owlcrate challenge
Pages read: 2288
Average pages read per day: 73
Pages DNF: 0
Total pages: 2288

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October Monthly


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Monday, October 30, 2017

Plan With Me: Caress Press {Gaga for Halloween}


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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

October 2017 Owlcrate Unboxing


October's Owlcrate theme is Find Me in the Forest!

My kids' last Owlcrate Jr unboxing: https://youtu.be/5mBlZnAe85w
Owlcrate: https://owlcrate.com/refer/Sarah-KPUV... (If I refer 3 friends, I get a free box. When you sign up be sure that you also share your referral code to friends and family!)
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Friday, October 20, 2017

Guilty Reader Book Tag

This original tag was created by ReadLikeWildfire. I don't think that I am a very guilty reader. Just like how I am, in real life, I don't really feel like I have to hide what I think or feel about things -- and that includes books.

Have You Ever Regifted A Book That You’ve Been Given? 

Regifted, no, but I have traded a book for something else when a step-grandparent-in-law got me a book I already had. I switched with my sister (in law) Kathleen for a shirt she didn't like but I did from the same person.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Plan With Me: Creating & Co {R.I.P. Readathon}


MENTIONED: 
Little Dog Paper Co: https://littledogpaperco.com/ 
Rory's Sweet Addictions: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RorysSweetA... 
 
 
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SARAH15 for 15% off Little Dog Paper Co {if there is a sale, mention my name to get my exclusive freebie sampler} 

R.I.P. Readathon

The RIP Readathon is hosted by Paige of Creating and Co - it runs from October 16 to the 22nd. There are 7 challenges (listed below), plus daily photo challenges and three bonus challenges. PLUS Paige created a readathon sticker kit just for this week and I will be sharing that later today here on the blog, but it should be live on Youtube the same time this post goes up.

My TBR contains three books and I'm hoping to get through these three for sure.


  1. CREATURE FEATURE: Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
  2. 2017 RELEASE: The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
  3. BOOK IN 1 DAY: Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  4. SPOOKY COVER: The Sandcastle Empire
  5. DIFFERENT FORMAT: n/a
  6. BASED ON A TRUE STORY: n/a
  7. ADAPTATION: Sleepy Hollow

Friday, October 13, 2017

Series Challenge - Update #3


At the beginning of 2017 I was in the middle of 63 series. In March, I went through my TBR on Goodreads because it was over 3000 books and that is entirely too many. I decided to take some of the series off of my list because I was no longer interested in finishing the series and life is too short for subpar reads. In August, I went and removed a ton more books off my TBR and I'm around 1500 now - which is so much better than 3000!

As of 10/1...
I have finished 1 series (with all the books released up to Dec 31, 2018).
I have started 5 new series (and added 1 back on that I thought was done, but wasn't - whoops)
I have read 8 books in series


So not using math from the last update (because I'm sure all my adding and subtracting won't be correct), I am currently in the middle of 53 series.

You can check out my list of series books here. I will be back for my final update in January.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The House Cup Reading Challenge [TBR]


I discovered this reading challenge last week and was totally game for anything Harry Potter themed. This challenge is hosted by Lauren of Live, Love, Read, Alex of Book Daisy Reviews, Kelsey of Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf, and Erica of Escape Under the Cover. It runs from October 15 to November 12. Sign ups close on October 14.

During this challenge, you will start as a first year student and go through your seventh year at Hogwarts with some additional bonus challenges thrown in.  You can find out more information on the blogs linked above - all the links go to the information posts!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017

#FemPowerAThon

The FemPowerAThon is a week long readathon hosted by Taylor of Taylicious and Nicole of Nicole Craswell. It focuses on celebrating women! I went back in the archives a bit to find some books that were recommended in the previous FemPowerAThon that took place last spring and these three books are all ones I have on Kindle, so they seemed like the ones to go with :)



Updated on 10/16: I spent most of the week finishing I'll Give You the Sun  and I started A Wrinkle in Time but haven't made it through it as quickly as I have wanted. I read quite a bit of it yesterday but it's been a really hectic crazy week with lots of things not going how they should, so I haven't really been reading as much.

Total books finished: 0
Total pages read: 169 (I'll Give You the Sun) + 118 (A Wrinkle in Time)