March Wrap Up and April Goals

March Wrap Up

  • The Darkhouse by Barbara Radecki
  • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
  • Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
  • I Hate My Selfie by Shane Dawson
  • It Get’s Worse by Shane Dawson
  • Diary of a Haunting: Possession by M Verano
  • Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney
  • Renegade by Mallory McCartney
  • The Afterward by EK Johnston
  • The Tea Dragon Society by Katie ONeill
  • The Scorch Trails by James Dashner
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Wild Beauty by AnnaMarie McLemore

I went to three signings this month!

Books read in 2019 so far: 37

Pages read this month: 3220

Haul

  • Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
  • The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  • Fireblood by Elly Blake
  • Dorothy Must Die Stories Vol 3 by Danielle Paige
  • Queen to Ashes by Mallory McCartney
  • As Old As Time by Liz Braswell
  • Once Upong a Dream by Liz Braswell
  • Vicious by Sarah Shepard
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Lost Treasure of Casa Loma by Eric Wilson
  • The Ring, The Sword, and the Unicorn by James M Ward
  • It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
  • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  • Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
  • Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Age of Aquariums
  • Goosebumps: Monster Blood II
  • Goosebumps: Monster Blood IV
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien
  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
  • California Diaries: Dawn
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of a Slayer
  • Tarot by Marissa Kennerson
  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

April Reading Goals

  • The World’s Worst Criminals by Charlotte Greig
  • Tarot by Marissa Kennerson
  • Tales of the Slayer by Various Authors
  • Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  • Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody, Joanne Rendell
  • An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDaniel
  • Fireblood by Elly Blake
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
  • My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton
  • The Death Cure by James Dashner
  • Bonus Book: The Wicked King by Holly Black
  • Bonus Book: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  • Bonus Book: Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • Bonus Book: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

 

I’m feeling pretty ambitious again this month. I’m hoping to keep it going as long as possible. I hit a bit of a wall part way through March, but I got through it! I don’t have any plans or anything ever, so I should be able to read a bunch in April.

 

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Sky Without Stars and Aurora Rising: Pre-Orders

I spent a lot of money this month on pre-orders. Which I don’t normally do. Usually pre-order incentives don’t ship to Canada because apparently we don’t exist. But these two did! Even if it cost me more then it should have. ugh.

Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

This pre-order was kind of an impulse buy. I hadn’t heard of it before until I saw someone post about it on instagram and I was really interested in the story. So I dug around a bit and found the pre-order info. I had to do a lot of trail and error with the shops available to order from. They had specific stores to choose from to get the extras and they were all stupid expensive and half of them didn’t actually ship to Canada even though the said they did. I eventually found a website offering seven dollar shipping. Which I snatched up immediately. As every other website wanted forty.

The extras that are supposed to come with my book are:

  • Poster of the world map
  • Bookmark
  • Postcard
  • Signed bookplate by both authors.

I was also lucky enough to order from store that also held a signing. So the book itself should also be signed.

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Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This next one is by two authors I love. I’m so excited for this next series. I wasn’t orignally planning on pre-ording it, but they released info about a special novella that goes along with the Illumane Files series. Which is one of my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE SERIES. So much so I got an Aiden tattoo. He’s my fav character. And the novella is about his creation. What?! How could I not get it?

So, there was only one website I could order this from that would ship to Canada. And it was expensive as shit. With the exchange rate I spent 65$ to get this stupid thing and it’s stupid novella. Ohmygod.

Anyways. The site I got it from does virtual signings. So I’ll get it signed by one author at least. The other is pregnant and will be on maternity leave. So her signature will just be stamped into the book. It’ll also be personalized, so that’s neato! I wont get this pre-order until probably the end of May. So I have a long wait. Ugh.

Oh! The novella actually comes as a hard copy book. Which is cool. Usually they’re just digital files. So I’ll have a nice pretty book to put with the rest of the series. Good times.

Everything I Do by MC Frank

I just received an ARC of Everything I Do by MC Frank and I’m pretty excited! I’ve read six other books by MC Frank and they’re all great. You can find them on Goodreads.

EID coverHere is the pretty cover! I can’t wait to start reading it! My review should be good to sometime next week. 🙂 

There’s a trailer on YouTube! Go check it out.

Website: mcfrankauthor.com

Twitter: @mcfrank_author

Blog: mcfrankauthor.tumblr.com

Facebook: M.C. Frank

 

Robin Hood is about to steal your heart.
A robber and a princess.
A girl disguised as a boy.
A medieval reimagining of the legend of Robin Hood packed with adventure, sacrifice and romance.

Robin Hood, hidden deep in the Sherwood Forest, is fighting to restore the crown to its rightful king, surrounded by faithful friends, green leaves and clear skies. Burdened with secrets, betrayal and an incredible responsibility, he struggles to stay alive and keep the starving people fed. One day, a boy saves him from the Sheriff’s poisoned arrows. Robin, impressed by the slender youth’s courage and skill, takes the boy with him to the forest.

Only, the boy is not a boy.

In the castle of Nottingham, a maid who used to be a princess is forced to obey the wishes of a tyrannical Sheriff. She dons on male clothes and trains to become a fierce assassin, vowing to catch the greatest criminal in the kingdom. But when she saves Robin Hood’s life nearly losing her own, she is rescued by the outlaws.
When Robin and the “boy” meet, two worlds collide, resulting in unimaginable danger and intense romance. Who will survive when they learn each other’s secrets? What happens when the assassin falls in love with her victim?

Filled with danger, intrigue and slow-burn passion, this is a Robin Hood story unlike any you have ever read before!

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February Wrap Up and March Goals

February Wrap Up

  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM by Robert C O’Brien
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • What Light by Jay Asher
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
  • Frostblood by Elly Blake
  • As You Wish by Cary Elwes
  • The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle
  • Two Hearts by Peter S Beagle
  • City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

I took part in a readathon hosted by my friend Kaylee. #reaDDathon. It was D&D themed and this was the first campaign. I had nine books picked out to read in the allotted time, but I only finished five of them. Not horrible. I’m pretty proud of that. It ran from February 1st-14th. I continued to read the rest of my pile of books for the remainder of the month.

Books read in 2019 so far: 24

Pages read this month: 2742

Haul

  • Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
  • The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
  • Half Lost by Sally Green
  • Rumble by Ellen Hopkins
  • Burned by Ellen Hopkins
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
  • The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  • Dark Testament by Pauli Murray
  • Hog Father by Terry Pratchett
  • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
  • Eat Pretty by Jolene Hart
  • The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann R Wyss
  • Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery
  • Why We Do the Things We Do by Joel Levy
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • Shadow Falls: The Beginning by CC Hunter
  • Taken at Dusk by CC Hunter
  • Chosen at Nightfall by CC Hunter
  • As You Like It by William Shakespeare
  • The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
  • Fushigi Yugi Vol 1
  • Fushigi Yugi Vol 4
  • The Omen by David Seltzer
  • How To Do Everything by Red Green
  • Dark Companion by Marta Acosta
  • The Last Foundling by Tom H Mackenzie
  • Silver Screen Fiend by Patton Oswalt
  • The Reign of the Dinosaurs
  • From a Buick 8 by Stephen King

 

March Reading Goals

  • The Darkhouse by Barbara Redecki
  • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee
  • Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
  • I Hate My Selfie by Shane Dawson
  • It Gets Worse by Shane Dawson
  • Diary of a Haunting: Possession by M Verano
  • Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney
  • Renegade by Mallory McCartney
  • The Afterward by EK Johnston
  • The Scorch Trails by James Dashner
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black (bonus)
  • Wild Beauty by Anne-Marie McLemore

I’m feeling pretty ambitious again this month. I’m hoping to keep it going as long as possible. Every summer I hit a slump and I’m always scrambling to complete my Goodreads goal at the last minute. I haven’t pick up any readathons yet for this month, but we’ll see. I find they help a lot. Good motivation.

Reading Goals for 2019

I have a lot of books I haven’t read and I keep collecting more. My goal for this year is to read a lot of the books I already have. There’s some good ones! (this was supposed to be posted in January, but my life is a mess) So here is my list of books I want to accomplish this year.

  • Read 52 books or more
  • Finish series I have already started
    • The Maze Runner
    • The Hereafter
    • The Mortal Instruments
    • Peculiar Children
    • Twilight
    • Divergent
    • Beautiful Creatures
  • Read 10 Goodreads Nominees from 2018
    • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
    • The Women in the Window
    • Then She Was Gone
    • The Tattooist of Auschwitz
    • Circe
    • The Shape of Water
    • My Squirrel Days
    • Girl Wash Your Face
    • Whisky in a Teacup
    • Becoming
  • Read 10 new releases
  • Finish all Owlcrate books received before 2019
    • The Hearts We Sold
    • Before She Ignites
    • Wild Beauty
    • The Glass Spare
    • Foolish Hearts
    • The Cruel Prince
    • The Hazel Wood
    • Heart of Iron
    • Ace of Shades
    • Sky in the Deep
    • Catch the Stars
    • From Twinkle with Love
    • My Plain Jane
    • Grace and Fury
    • Mirage
    • Shadow of the Fox
    • Girls of Paper and Fire
    • Amber and Dusk
  • Read more Shakespeare (overall goal is to read all his plays)

July Book Haul

July was a busy busy month for book collecting! If only I had read more. Gah!

  1. Brother by David Chariandy
  2. My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand
  3. The Illustrated Poets: William Blake by Peter Porter
  4. Poems of John Keats by Claire Tomalin
  5. A Dogs Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
  6. Fresh from the Vegetarian Cookbook by Robin Robertson
  7. The Berenstain Bears: Get in a Fight
  8. The Berenstain Bears: and Too Much TV
  9. The Berenstain Bears: Trouble at School
  10. The Berenstain Bears: Visit the Dentist
  11. The Berenstain Bears: and the Green Eyed Monster
  12. There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon by Jack Kent
  13. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  14. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
  15. F for Effort by Richard Benson
  16. Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed
  17. The Beatrix Potter Treasury
  18. The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter
  19. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  20. The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter
  21. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter
  22. The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
  23. Between by Jessica Warman
  24. Lucky Man by Michael J Fox
  25. Vitamins & Minerals Handbook
  26. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
  27. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney
  28. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)
  29. 1984 by George Orwell (1961)
  30. 1984 by George Orwell (1981)
  31. The Time Machine/The War of the Words by HG Wells (1983)
  32. Pokemon Adventures Vol.1 by Hidenori Kusaka
  33. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  34. The Life and Adventures of a Haunted Convict by Austin Reed
  35. The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
  36. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
  37. Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje
  38. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
  39. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
  40. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  41. Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey
  42. Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch
  43. Dinosaur Garden by Liza Donnelly
  44. Sam and the Firefly by PD Eastman
  45. And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street by Dr Seuss
  46. Serendipity by Stephen Cosgrove
  47. The Fairy Chronicles: Thistle and the Shell of Laughter by JH Sweet
  48. The New Baby by Mercer Mayer
  49. I Just Forgot by Mercer Mayer
  50. Me Too! by Mercer Mayer
  51. Just Grandpa and Me by Mercer Mayer
  52. Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren
  53. Slow Food Nation by Carlo Petrini
  54. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  55. American Panda by Gloria Chao
  56. A Beautiful Terrible Thing by Jen White
  57. Missing Mother by Barbara Bracht Donsky
  58. The Unwanted by Lisa McMann
  59. Wish You Were Here by Nick Webb
  60. Not Dead Yet by Phil Collins
  61. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  62. The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
  63. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
  64. The Baby-Sitters Club 58: Stacey’s Choice
  65. The Baby-Sitters Club – Little Sister 12: Karen’s Ghost
  66. The Baby-Sitters Club – Little Sister 16: Karen’s Goldfish
  67. The Baby-Sitters Club – Little Sister 99: Karen’s Big City Adventure
  68. The Baby-Sitters Club – Little Sister 111: Karen’s Spy Mystery
  69. Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
  70. Dreams by Frank & Rhondaa Garfield
  71. Past Live by Peter & Elizabeth Fenwick
  72. The World of Unicorns by Diana Cooper
  73. Mind-Seal of the Buddhas by Patriarch Ou-i
  74. Buddhism & Modern World by Bhikkhu Dr Beligalle Dhammajoti
  75. The Shaman’s Body by Arnold Mindell
  76. The Chef’s Garden by Terrence Conran
  77. Pots & Containers by Anthony Atha
  78. New Kitchen Garden by Adam Caplin
  79. Power Plants by Frankie Flowers & Bryce Wylde
  80. Happy Happy Happy by Phil Robertson
  81. Holes by Louis Sachar
  82. Zero to One by Peter Thiel
  83. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  84. How to be an Artist by JoAnneh Nagler
  85. Ru by Kim Thuy
  86. Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart
  87. Winter by John Marsden
  88. 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad
  89. Days of Toil and Tears by Sarah Ellis
  90. The Stone Child by Dan Poblocki