6/29/15

Marko Monday [16]

Last month, I shared Marko's first book haul, and one of the books we picked up has become a new favourite!  The street outside his daycare was being torn up and repaved, and he absolutely LOVED seeing the diggers every morning -- and a new obsession was born!

This book not only explains how diggers work, but also has a cute story about how digger helps to build a playground, but also gets called to help rescue a cat that gets caught in a tree.  After reading this book a few dozen times, Marko now knows the parts of the digger, as well as the other construction vehicles named in the book.  It's pretty adorable to hear him pointing out the bulldozer and the road roller.

I love how much he loves reading.  Just the other day I snapped this picture, when he was a bit too quiet in his room and I peeked in to make sure everything was okay.



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6/27/15

On My Nightstand - June 27

Although I'm not really writing reviews these days, On My Nightstand is a bi-weekly feature that allows me to share what I'm currently reading, some thoughts on what I just finished reading and what's coming up next from my TBR pile.

It's been such a crazy week (more on that in my upcoming June wrap-up!) that I completely forgot share this week's post!

On my nightstand:

I'm currently about halfway through Sarah Dessen's Saint Anything, which I'm really enjoying so far.  The story isn't blowing my mind, but I like the comfort of returning to Sarah's writing style after so many years.

Recently shelved as read:

I finally finished Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses after savouring the last few chapters and not wanting it to end!  It was really, really good and I thoroughly enjoyed it, although I do like the Throne of Glass series a little bit better.  

Then, I read Taylor Jenkins Reid's Forever, Interrupted, which I also really enjoyed!  It has a past/present narrative, and I loved the way the story unfolded.  

Finally, I also read Obsidian, the first book in Jennifer L. Armentrout's Lux series.  I didn't enjoy the first half very much, and found the characters to be quite juvenile and annoying, but the story became more interesting after the halfway mark and I'll definitely check out the next book.

Calling my name from the shelf:

I had originally decided to read both The Young Elites and Fairest this month, but I don't think I'm going to have time to read either, since June is almost over.  I'm still craving some summery contemporary goodness, so I'm thinking of picking up The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord.  

How about you?  What are you reading this week!  Let's chat in the comments below and thanks for stopping by!

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6/16/15

Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is, as always, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Today I'm listing the books that are on my summer reading list!  I've spent most of the year reading some wonderful fantasy novels, and I'm really craving some contemporary!  Here are the ten books that I'm hoping to find time to read this summer...

1. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
2. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
I recently picked up Sarah's latest release, but have had her second newest release sitting on my shelf for two years!  Sarah = Summer.

2. The Start of You and Me by Emery Lord
I read, and loved, Open Road Summer last year, and am hoping for a repeat experience with this book.

3. Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
4. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Super excited to read these, and hoping that I love them as much as everyone else does.

5. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I've never read a book by JLA, and I know that she is loved by so many bloggers!  I own 3 of the 5 books in this series, and need to try it out already.

6. Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
I'm contemplating selecting this as my book club's next pick, so I'll definitely be trying this one out this summer.

7. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
I have had this book on my shelves for YEARS.  I bought it primarily because of the beautiful cover, and then I heard stories of the author behaving badly (I think?  Unless I'm confusing this book with another one?) and the book was getting a lot of bad reviews, so it has sat untouched on my shelves.  I've read a couple of Colleen Hoover books in the past month, which has rekindled my desire for new adult contemporaries, so I'd like to give this one a shot.  Worst case scenario, I can take it back to the used bookstore for credit!

8. Past Perfect by Leila Sales
I read, and loved, This Song Will Save Your Life last month, so I'm excited to read another book by Leila Sales.

9. Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu
10. A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern
I've read very few review books this year, so I downloaded a few fall releases.  These contemporary titles will be mixed into my summer reading -- I've never read a book by either of these two authors, but know that they are loved by many readers who share my reading tastes, so I'm excited!

Do you see any of your favourites on my list?  Let me know which book(s) I should read first!  Thanks for stopping by!

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6/10/15

On My Nightstand - June 10

Although I'm not really writing reviews these days, On My Nightstand is a bi-weekly feature that allows me to share what I'm currently reading, some thoughts on what I just finished reading and what's coming up next from my TBR pile.

On my nightstand:

I've been savouring Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses for almost two weeks.  I'm close to being finished, but I don't want it to end!

Recently shelved as read:

I finished my first Kristin Hannah book, Home Front, and really liked it!  I listened to it on audio, and the narrator was awesome.  My coworker lent me Kristen Ashley's Rock Chick, which is one of her all-time favourite books.  I liked it, but didn't love it, since it reminded me a lot of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.  I enjoyed those books, but I think I was expecting a fresh, new storyline, not one that I'd read before.  I also managed to finish Sadie Jones' The Outcast just in time for bookclub!  It was an okay read, nothing sensational.

Calling my name from the shelf:

I have tried (and failed thus far) at joining a challenge on Instagram.  I'm still new to Instagram (you can find me here) and honestly just don't have the time to devote to creating beautiful bookish photos.  I love scrolling through my feed and seeing the unique ways that others have captured some of my favourite books, and I am in awe of the time and devotion that goes into creating some of those incredible shots.  But I did post a shot of my TBR for the month, inspired by the TBR Takedown readathon categories.  So, for the remainder of June, I'll be choosing from the following titles...

  1. A book that's been on your TBR over a year: Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Although I recently acquired this book, I've been wanting for read it for over a year).
  2. An unread sequel sitting on your TBR shelf: Fairest by Marissa Meyer (It's been over a year since I read Cress, and I'm excited by more of the Lunar Chronicles' world, but also a bit nervous that I've forgotten it all).
  3. A first book in a series on your TBR shelf: The Young Elites by Marie Lu (I started this one a few weeks ago, but put it down in favour of a contemporary break when the weather turned sunny and warm -- it's a bit dark for summer, but hopefully I can read some more if/when it starts raining again).
  4. An "out of your comfort zone" book on le TBR shelf: Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Aliens?  Hmm.  I've also never read a JLA book, so I feel like this is "out of my comfort zone" twice over!  Excited, but nervous, especially since I own three books by JLA).
  5. A book from your most recent book haul: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (currently reading!)

How about you?  What are you reading this week!  Let's chat in the comments below and thanks for stopping by!

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6/3/15

Time to Crunch the Numbers

Over the past two weeks, I have shared my TBR pile, broken down into standalones that I need to readseries that I need to finish and series I have to start.  Then, I was curious about how many books I owned that I had already read, so I listed out the standalones that I had already read and series books that I own and have read.

Now, it's time to look at the numbers ...

The Grand Total

Total Number of Books Owned: 336

Unread vs. Read

Unread Books: 136
Read Books: 200

Let's Break 'Em Down

In my collection, I have 202 standalones (60% of my collection) and 134 books that are part of a series (40%).

I own 90 middle grade books (26%), and 123 young adult books as well as 123 adult books (each representing 37% of my collection).

Within the middle grade books, 34 (38%) are part of a series, while 56 (62%) are standalones.  Out of my young adult books, 85 are series (69%), while 38 are standalones (31%).  I only own 15 adult series books (12%), but have 108 standalones (88%).

The final breakdown of my collection is as follows:
Middle Grade Series 10%
Middle Grade Standalones 17%
Young Adult Series 25%
Young Adult Standalones 11%
Adult Series 5%
Adult Standalones 32%

In all honesty, I thought the numbers would be higher.  Of course, over 300 book is a LOT, but I am happy that I've read more than half of what I own.  Although the whole idea of clearing my TBR is exciting and inspiring, I am also happy with the fact that I likely will not have ever read all of the books on my shelves because I do enjoy looking at my shelves and choosing my next read.  I will definitely aspire to lowering my TBR number significantly -- it would be awesome to have under 50 unread books.  One day I will get there!  But for now, I'm happy with how things are =)

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6/2/15

Read Books - Series

Over the past two weeks, I have shared my TBR pile, broken down into standalones that I need to readseries that I need to finish and series I have to start.  Then, I was curious about how many books I owned that I had already read, so I listed out the standalones that I had already read and today's post is series books that I own and have read.

Middle Grade:

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  8. Magyk
  9. City of Ember
  10. Sea of Trolls
  11. Inkheart
  12. Anne of Green Gables
  13. The Golden Compass
  14. The Subtle Knife
  15. The Amber Spyglass
  16. The Secret of the Unicorn Queen: Swept Away
  17. The Secret of the Unicorn Queen: Sun Blind
  18. The Secret of the Unicorn Queen: The Final Test
  19. Among the Hidden
  20. Magyk

Young Adult:

  1. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
  2. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
  3. Girls in Pants
  4. Forever in Blue
  5. City of Bones
  6. City of Ashes
  7. City of Glass
  8. City of Fallen Angels
  9. City of Lost Souls
  10. City of Heavenly Fire
  11. Clockwork Angel
  12. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
  13. The Assassin's Blade
  14. Throne of Glass
  15. Crown of Midnight
  16. Heir of Fire
  17. Wither
  18. Fever
  19. Sever
  20. Cinder
  21. Scarlet
  22. Cress
  23. Divergent
  24. Insurgent
  25. Allegiant
  26. Grave Mercy
  27. Twilight
  28. New Moon
  29. Eclipse
  30. Breaking Bad
  31. Delirium
  32. Pandemonium
  33. Requiem
  34. Unwind
  35. Daughter of Smoke & Bone
  36. Daughter of Blood & Starlight
  37. Dreams of Gods & Monsters
  38. The Name of the Star
  39. Reboot
  40. Shadow and Bone
  41. Siege and Storm
  42. Ruin and Rising
  43. The Hunger Games
  44. Catching Fire
  45. Mockingjay
  46. Legend
  47. Prodigy
  48. Champion
  49. Shatter Me
  50. Unravel Me
  51. Ignite Me

Adult:

  1. A Game of Thrones
  2. A Clash of Kings
  3. A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow
  4. A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold
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6/1/15

Read Books - Standalones

Over the past two weeks, I have shared my TBR pile, broken down into standalones that I need to readseries that I need to finish and series I have to start.  These three posts are a list of all of the unread books on my shelves.  Of course, there are lots of other unread books on my shelves, but I didn't count the books on my shelves that I don't plan to read, as they're my husband's books (we have pretty different reading tastes).

I'm still curious as to how many books I physically own, so I've listed here the books that I have on my shelves that I have already read.

Middle Grade:

  1. The Tale of Desperaux
  2. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
  3. The Magician's Elephant
  4. The Sand Sifter
  5. Hoot
  6. Disneyland Hostage
  7. Spirit in the Rainforest
  8. The Ice Diamond Quest
  9. The Inuk Mountie Adventure
  10. Vancouver Nightmare
  11. Stuart Little
  12. The Trumpet of the Swan
  13. Charlotte's Web
  14. Liesl & Po
  15. Walk Two Moons
  16. Iqbal
  17. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
  18. The Landry News
  19. Frindle
  20. Who is Frances Rain?
  21. Camp Fear
  22. Coraline
  23. My Love, My Love
  24. Out of the Dust
  25. Island of the Blue Dolphins
  26. Bridge to Terabithia
  27. The Cay
  28. Awake & Dreaming
  29. A Handful of Time
  30. Time Windows
  31. The Phantom Tollbooth
  32. The Westing Game
  33. The Wave

Young Adult

  1. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
  2. Second Chance Summer
  3. Since You've Been Gone
  4. Just Listen
  5. Dreamland
  6. How to Love
  7. Wild Awake
  8. Speak
  9. The Book Thief
  10. Wanderlove
  11. Open Road Summer
  12. Before I Fall
  13. Another Little Piece
  14. Shine
  15. I Am The Messenger
  16. The Truth About Forever
  17. The Here and Now
  18. Stolen
  19. The Lost Girl
  20. Hard Love
  21. Stargirl
  22. Children of the River
  23. Echo
  24. Wasteland
  25. Holes

Adult

  1. The Edible Woman
  2. The Handmaid's Tale
  3. Oryx and Crake
  4. Trans-sister Radio
  5. Tell the Wolves I'm Home
  6. Little Bee
  7. The Zahir
  8. Eleven Minutes
  9. Brida
  10. Veronika Decides to Die
  11. The Alchemist
  12. The Power of One
  13. The Gargoyle
  14. Room
  15. The Birth of Venus
  16. Middlesex
  17. White Oleander
  18. Still Alice
  19. Left Neglected
  20. Love Anthony
  21. Snow Falling on Cedars
  22. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  23. The Book of Negroes
  24. The Kite Runner
  25. Their Eyes Were Watching God
  26. Pay it Forward
  27. Green Grass, Running Water
  28. The Poisonwood Bible
  29. Orphan Train
  30. Obasan
  31. The Namesake
  32. Life of Pi
  33. Property
  34. Fall On Your Knees
  35. Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet
  36. Adult Onset
  37. The Way the Crow Flies
  38. Chasing the Story God
  39. The Night Circus
  40. Beloved
  41. A Fine Balance
  42. Me Before You
  43. The Time Traveler's Wife
  44. Her Fearful Symmetry
  45. Foxfire
  46. Lullabies for Little Criminals
  47. Nowhere But Home
  48. The Magician's Assistant
  49. The Pact
  50. Second Glance
  51. Nineteen Minutes
  52. My Sister's Keeper
  53. Vanishing Acts
  54. The Tenth Circle
  55. Salem Falls
  56. Ishmael
  57. The God of Small Things
  58. The Rosie Project
  59. The Rosie Effect
  60. The Art of Racing in the Rain
  61. A Complicated Kindness
  62. Before I Go to Sleep
  63. In Her Shoes
  64. Before I Wake
  65. The World is Full of Weeping
  66. The Shadow of the Wind
  67. The Neverending Story



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