Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2015 Outlook

So, we are now nearly a month into the new year and I've been looking at books. LOTS of books, here are the ones I'm most looking forward to this year! Descriptions from Good Reads and links go right to the Good Reads pages so you can easily add them to your "To Read" list.

Book Review: Sapphire Blue

by Kerstin Gier

Tweet Synopsis: Oh Gwen, Oh Gideon, oh dear! #twistsandturns fill the pages #isitlove #isitatrick 

Why Did I Pick It Up: Book #2 in the Ruby Red Trilogy. After reading Ruby Red I had to read Sapphire Blue.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Book Review: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Catherynne M. Valente

Tweet Synopsis: One part Alice, one part Peter, three parts Grimm, two parts Lang, dash of modern, sprinkle of big words all adds up to this book #vocablesson #modernfairytale

Friday, January 9, 2015

Book Review: Ruby Red

by Kerstin Gier

Tweet Synopsis: Gwen wasn't supposed to inherit the time traveling gene, but it makes for a great story #gideonisdreamy #havetoreadthenextone

Book Review: The Night Circus

Let me just begin by saying, I don't typically love books like this. I like books with great characters and quick moving plots. This book has great characters, intricately woven scenes, all of your senses are thrilled in this story ... but the plot moves slow. This isn't a reason to dislike the book, for every person who doesn't like the beautiful imagery and sluggish plot, there are four more who loved it and want more. However, if you pick this book up and read it just because I suggested it and you like other books I read, you might be disappointed. That doesn't mean you shouldn't read it - just be forewarned.

Tweet Synopsis: The circus doesn't open until dusk - but this magical place is just a setting for a competition that no one really knows about #magical #enchanting

Monday, January 5, 2015

Book Review: Flutter

by Gina Linko

Tweet Synopsis: Emery is having seizures but she might be traveling into the future then there is a boy, and her father #messy

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy 2015!

As is fitting for the start of a new year, I'm posting this years' 2015 Book Bingo! Do you want to participate? Just copy, borrow/steal the reading bingo below and play along! Post your progress on this link throughout the year!

In addition to my BINGO goals, I've set my book goal for the year at 50 books (just shy of one a week) and you can set your own goal at Good Reads

Last Bingo Update 2014

Wow, has it ever been a year! Some of these BINGO squares were SO much harder than I anticipated, especially because I put them off until the end. I would say I was totally successful, but there are some picture books there in the end. Oh well, there is always this year :)

A Book with a Blue Cover
2. Leader's Eat Last by Simon Sinek
A Book of Non-Fiction
A Book with a One Word Title
A Book You Heard About Online
A Book with a Mystery
A Book by a Female Author
A Book Written by an Author Under Thirty
A Book with More than 500 Pages
The Second Book in a Series
A Book with Non-Human Characters
A Book that Scares You
A book published this year
A book your friend loves
A book from the bottom of your 'to-read' pile
not a part of Bingo
not a part of Bingo
A book that became a movie
A book of short-stories
A Best-Selling Book
First book by your favorite author
21. The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
not a part of Bingo
A book set on another continent
23. The Velveteen Rabbit 
A forgotten classic
24. The Golden Compass
A book that is more than 10 years old
25. Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos
A Funny Book
26. The Hueys in None the Number by Oliver Jeffers
A book with a number in the title
27. Awaken
A book based on a true story (okay, a stretch, but it is based on the Persephone myth)
28. The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni
Free Square
29.  Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
not a part of Bingo
30. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
not a part of Bingo