Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Reads 2015

I tried book blogging before...it didn't work out. I ramble too much. Then last year I decided to post once a month with a small blurb about each book I read that month. It works better for me. So much so that I'm going to continue this year. You can click on any picture and it'll take you to the Goodreads page.

I don't know what it is but I struggled with books in the beginning of the month. They'd take me forever to read. Not because the book was bad, I just couldn't focus. Of the 12 I read this month, 7 were read the week of spring break (last week of the month).

Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold (Broken Hearts & Revenge #2)

I have the best sister-in-law who gets the best ARCS and shares them!!!
And oh my word. I did NOT see that coming. Or THAT coming! The antics in this book have totally been amped up. The length that these girls go to to get each other back are down right insane! And I loved every minute of it. Also, am I the only one who thinks Ford and Gemma should be a thing? I'm just not feeling Josh or Teddy. I want book 3 RIGHT NOW!!!!!!

Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) byRob Thomas, Jennifer Graham

This was a reread for me but well worth it. I wanted to start the second book in the series as soon as it came out but after re-watching the movie I felt I wasn’t remembering a lot from the book. So, reread it was. I can’t say enough how much I love the world of Neptune and Veronica Mars. There needs to be more. TV, movie, book…I’ll take whatever. I’m glad Rob Thomas decided to continue the series. If you loved the show you’ll love the books. They feel so true to the story.

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3)

Took me a bit to get into this book but wow...once I did, I was hooked. And the ending?! So many emotions all rolled into one. Incredible book to end a great series. One thing...but I'm not sure why so many people like The Darkling…I never once did. I honestly found Sturmhond much more appealing than Mal or The Darkling.

Unremembered (Unremembered #1) and Unforgotten (Unremembered #2)

Amazing!! Love seeing Sera discover the world and following along with her and Zen trying to help her. I adore Zen. Jessica did a great job weaving in back story and hints through the entire first book. So many things that now seem obvious slowly made sense as I made my way through the book. Book 2 was just as good, if not better. Seeing them finally in 1609 was neat. And then the introduction of a new character, Kaelen, made for some interesting scenes. Though I'm not sure about him, if I like him or not. He's made to be the way he is...but part of me hopes he'll break away from that. Either way, he's no Zen. And with that ending...I can't wait to read book 3.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I went back and forth with Red Queen, loved it, wasn't sure, liked it, not sure, loved it. It started out really strong, seemed to drag a little but them BAM, 180. The REDS and SILVERS have a bit of a Greasers and Socs feel, but with powers. The Silvers have powers, unbelievable powers, and the reds do no and are thought of as lower class. They're the grunt workers. Until Mare. We find out how different she is and what lengths the kind and his queen will go to to stop people from finding out. And what happens, and who's on what side, will really blow your mind! 

Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars #1) byRob ThomasJennifer Graham

Another Veronica Mars novel and it did not disappoint. 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling.

First time reading Harry Potter. I know, I know! Late to the party. I actually listened to the audio book, which really helped with learning the names of the characters. Enjoyed the first two and can't wait for book 3.

Surf & Surrender by Riley Edgewood

Oh my word I loved this book by Riley. She does an excellent job of character building and plot twisting. And the hotness?! Plenty of it!! Quinn and Sawyer are a fun but complicated couple with such distinct voices. A must read! Perfect to get you in the mood for summer.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Second favorite Dessen book for sure! What's not to love about beach, bikes and second chance?! Auden was an exceptional main character. Never annoying, even when she didn't know what she wanted. And the scenery...I want to live in Colby!

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahhill

I really enjoyed this book. It's not one of my favorites, I didn't connect much with the main character, Joss. But I adored her friend Matt. Overall it was a good read.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What's Up Wednesday?! In Which I Make A Comeback!

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jamie Morrow and Erin Funk as a way for writers to keep in touch by sharing what they've been up to. Be sure to link up on their site if you want to join in on the fun. 

What I'm Reading

I finished up the Shadow and Bone series early this week. It was a good series but the last book, Ruin and Rising, was amazing! I recently started Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and the audio book of Unremembered by Jessica Brody. So far I'm really into both.

What I'm Writing

I finally have WHEN THE WIND BLOWS in the query stage. EEP. So I'm slooowwwwllllyyyy starting to draft FALLING SLOWLY. I have the first chapter written and am feeling out how I want the next few to go. It'll be difficult since it's a back and forth of present and past. I'm toying with past tense which is very new to me so it's proving to be a challenge.

What Works For Me

Writing whenever I have an idea or scene in my head. If it's opening up an email at work or on my phone, grabbing my laptop or iPad or even scribbling it down in a note book.

What Else Is New

So much. Especially since it's been forever since I've posted. I'm hoping to make it a regular thing! It's one of my goals this year but I've been slacking. Time to stop that. 

Two weekends ago kiddo and I went to Pensacon (a small, local comic con type thing). It's only the second year it's been around but has grown so much. We had a blast! Kiddo went as Star-Lord and, after I was told a Captain America shirt wasn't enough, I went as Batman.

This past weekend I got to cross off the first thing on my Twenty-Five under Thirty-Five list (post here). I participated in and FINISHED a Tough Mudder run. If you don't know what that is, it's a 10-12 mile (the one here was 11.7 miles) course full of mud, muck and 20 obstacles. And it was a BLAST! I crawled through mud, slide into a tank of ice water, climbed walls, ran across them sideways, crawled through tunnels, ran through a gas tent and electrical wires. And I can't wait to do it all again! Fingers are crossed that the Tough Mudder comes back to this area next year.