Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September TBR

Here are the books I hope to get to this month:

1. To Be the Best By Barbara Taylor Bradford
2. Act of Will By: Barbara Taylor Bradford
3. It Happened One Week By Joann Ross
4. Maid for the Millionaire By: Susan Meier
5. Night Shift By: Nora Roberts
6. The Count of Monte Cristo (get to p. 1144)
7. To Live Again By: Catherine Marshall
8. The Patchwork Girl of Oz

So, not too ambitious. I will probably also read another book from my Kindle as well, but haven't quite decided what yet.  I've gotten a lot of new freebies lately so I'm excited to get into some of them!

So, We'll see how this month goes! I'm only two books away from reaching my Goodreads challenge, so there's really no pressure. But I like to have goals. So we will see!

Thank you for reading and I'll see yah again soon!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Catching up...

I think I'm a little behind...oops. I have been reading, just not updating my blog.

Here are the books I read in June:

1. Since You've Been Gone by Anouska Knight  (Physical book)
2. David Copperfield By Charles Dickens (Audio)
3. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen (Physical Library)
4. I will always Write Back: How one letter changed two lives by: Caitlin Alifirenka Physical Library)
5. Summer Breeze by Nancy Thayer (Physical Library)
6. The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand (Physical/Library)
7. Love the One You're With by Emily Giffin (Physical)
8. The Wonderful World of Oz by L. Frank Baum (Kindle)
9. Froggy Builds a Treehouse by Jonathan London (Audio)

Books read in July:

1. Domestic Malice (Murder She Wrote #38) by: Jessica Fletcher (Audio)
2. Ladies's Night By: Mary Kay Andrews (Audio)
3. Betrayal By: Danielle Steel (Audio)
4. Prairie By: Anna Lee Waldo (Physical)
5. The Awakening By: Kate Chopin (Audio)
6. Ugly Love By: Colleen Hoover (Physical)
7. Linger By: Kodilynn Calhoun (Kindle)
8. The Witness By: Nora Roberts (Audio)
9. Winners By: Danielle Steel (Audio)
10, Lessons in Laughing Out Loud By: Rowan Coleman (Physical)

Books read In August:
1. Marvelous Land of Oz by: L. Frank Baum (Kindle)
2. Ozma of Oz By: L. Frank Baum(Kindle)
3. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz By: L. Frank Baum (Kindle)
4. The Road to Oz By: L. Frank Baum (Kindle)
5. Hold the Dream By: Barbara Taylor Bradford (Physical)
6. My Fake Fiance' By: Lisa Scott (Kindle)
7. Kiss a Girl in the Rain By: Nancy Warren (Kindle)
8. The It Girl By: Cecily von Ziegesar (Physical)
9. Haunted Texas: Ghosts and Strange Phenominoa of the Lone Star state By: Alan Brown (Physical)
10. The 5:2 Diet Guide to weight Loss By: Kacey Anderson (Kindle)

So, you can see I HAVE been reading, quite a lot, actually.  I just haven't had a chance to get to the blog and post.

Thank you for reading, I hope I can get back and post an update again soon.  I have a few hauls to post as well.

Friday, June 19, 2015

June Book Haul #2

I hit up the Goodwill just to see if there were any good buys I could make use of there....lo and behold, I was not disappointed!

I was able to get:

1. Walking After Midnight by Karen Robards
2. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
3. 4 Blondes by Candace Bushnell
4. Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand
5. Cold Sassy Tree  by Olive Ann Burns
6. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris

I truly went in thinking "Ok, I already got new ones just last week at 2nd and Charles, so I am only going to grab 2 or 3 NO MORE than 3" see how that worked out!

And now I'm going on another book buying ban until my birthday....maybe....

Happy Reading!

Monday, June 15, 2015

June Book Haul #1

So! a new used media store opened in our area called "2nd and Charles" They carry video games, comic books, music movies and BOOKS! Infact an entire half of the store is books. My favorite area was the wall of clearance. 2 for the price of 1!! and I didn't see any that were over 2$ in that section.  I really coulda gone a little nuts, but I kept it cool and walked out with "7 books" for 7.50! I felt like I'd hit the jackpot! (I  write 7 books in parenthesis because the  3 Jenny Han books were in a  one book bind up)

I got:

1. Rosie Dunne by Cecilia Ahern
2. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
3. It's not summer without you by Jenny Han
4. We'll Always have Summer by Jenny Han
5. Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West
6. Dandelion Summer by Lisa Wingate
7. The Beach Trees by Karen White

I really could have gone crazy buying a LOAD of books, but the look my husband gave me when I walked up with my arms overflowing was so withering, I meekly turned and put a handful back on the shelves.

But!! They DO take trade ins, so very soon, I do believe I will be taking about 20-25 books that I have read but no longer want on my shelves to trade in and see what I can get for them. They do trade ins for cash or store credit. I'm fine with the store credit! Or! Maybe I will just save all the books I read until my birthday (in November) and turn them all in then and can spend a nice hefty chunk as a birthday treat. We will see.

I will be returning soon with my 2nd June Haul of books I grabbed at the Goodwill.

Happy Reading

Friday, June 12, 2015

May Book Haul

So! I went to Target to pick out a new outfit for my daughter to wear for her preschool's graduation program, and ended up wandering through the book section. I ended up walking out with 5 new ones! I couldn't help it!

I got:
1. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
2. Paper Towns By John Green
3. The Pearl that Broke it's Shell by Nadia Hashimi
4. What I thought was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
5. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

I spent nearly 60$ on these 5 books and was reminded why I usually only buy books used at Goodwill, 2nd and Charles, and Amazon or from Book outlet.  OUCH!!

But I am so excited about these and can't wait to get to them.

Happy reading!

Monday, June 8, 2015

What I plan to read in June

As I stated in my May wrap up I am out of my reading slump and ready to hit the books this month! I'm actually really excited about quite a few books I want to get to, so here it goes!

1. Get to Page 713 in "Prairie". I am STILL slogging through this one, slow and steady...or not so steady at times!
2. Get to page 537 in "Count of Monte Cristo" Yup. I'm still slowly picking my way through this one as well.
3. Finish Hold the Dream  by Barbara Taylor Bradford. I started this one last month and am hoping to finish this one and move onto:
4.  To Be the Best the next in Emma Harte series by Barbara Taylor Bradford. (Get at least half way through)
5. Finish David Copperfield by Dickins. I am currently listening to this on Audio. I am about 80% done with this so should be able to finish it this month.
6. Start Ladies Night by Mary Kay Andrews. This is an audio.
7. Finish Since You've Been Gone by Anouska Knight.  (I started it May 30th and finished it June 1st.)
8. Get halfway through Love the One you're With by Emily Giffin.
9. Start The wizard of Oz This is on my kindle and I'm hoping to get about half way done with it. It's fairly short only about 150 pages, so should be easy. I may even just shoot to finish it.

So, I think I have some ambitious goals for this month. So, we will see how I do with this list. Good luck to me!

Happy reading!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

May Wrap up

I was able to get 5 books read in May, 3 Kindle books, one Audio book and a physical Novel.  They were:

The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson (Kindle) I gave this one 4 out of 5 stars.

The Christmas Angel by Abbie Farwell Brown (Kindle freebie) I gave this 5 out of 5 stars

The River Midnight by Lilian Nattel (Physical copy) 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed this one, even though it took me forever to read. but that was more my fault, not so much that of the book itself. I was still struggling through a reading slump last month.

Four Roads to Boston by D. Margieux (Kindle) I gave this a 5 out of 5 star rating. This is this authors debut work. A collection of short stories depicting some of her many travels and people she has met throughout these adventures. I loved this book! It was a short 100 page kindle book, so was able to read it in one sitting. The author also includes some recipes of various foods she experienced during her adventures as well.

Deep in the Valley by Robyn Carr. (Audio) This is the first installment in the Grace Valley Trilogy. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars and will be continuing on with this series. I plan to also listen to them in audio. The narrator had a very pleasant voice and was easy to listen to.  I'm excited to move onto the next in this series, soon.

So, that is my short list of books I managed to get finished in the month of May. I'm hoping to get more read this month, as I feel that my reading slump has gone and I've been more willing to pick up books in my free time.

Thank yo ufor stopping by and happy reading!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

April Book Haul

Well, I've been really good about not going crazy with the book buying this year.  If you can believe it I have only bought 7 books so far this entire year. Last year at this time I'd already bought close to thirty. But in an attempt to get my TBR shelf emptied out a bit I have decided to slow down with my book buying this year.

But I made a quick run in to my local Goodwill, where I often can find some really good books for very low prices.

I was able to pick up:

"Winter Garden" By Kristin Hannah
"Evening News" by Marly Swick (I've never even heard of this author, but it looked good, so I thought for 2$ I'd give it a whirl!)
"The Evolution of Capurnia Tate" by: Jacqueline Kelly
"Sweet Caroline" By Rachel Hauck
"The Traitor's Wife" by Kathleen Kent

So that is what I was able to find this go around. I AM proud to say I showed quite a bit of restraint, and did not buy the other 10 or so books that REALLY wanted to go home with me.  I picked them up, we looked longingly at each other and I sighed sadly as I sat them back on the shelf, then with one last long  wistful look at their sad faces I ran to the cashier to purchase the measly 5 I had chosen. It was all very heartbreaking. But sometimes a girl just has to leave some good books behind, for some other lucky soul to find and take home.

I am not sure when I will actually get to these ones, but they are now happily living on my TBR shelf, making friends with all the other books sitting there waiting to be read.

Until next time: Happy Reading!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

What I want to read in May

I am really hoping this month is better for reading than last month. Here are some things I hope to read this month.

1. Get to p. 480 in "Count of Monte Cristo"  (I'm currently on p. 196)
2. Get to p. 659 in "Prairie" by Anna Lee Waldo (I'm currently on p. 332)
3. Finish "The River Midnight" by Lilian Nattel (I'm currently 67 pages in on this 398 pager)
4. Finish Listening to "Deep in the Valley" by Robyn Carr (I just started this one this afternoon, so I'm only about half an hour into it. It is around 10 hours long.)
5. Finish "The Christmas Wedding" by James Patterson (I'm reading this on my kindle I'm 36% done with this.)

So, we will see how I do with this list. If I finish this list and still feel like picking up something else, I'm thinking of starting "Hold the Dream" by Barbara Taylor Bradford. Its on my TBR challenge list for one of my groups on It's been sitting on my shelf for about 7 years, this year I want to get it read. It's actually in a three book compilation volume with two other BTB books, but I think trying to get to all three in the book will be a bit too ambitious. But you never know!

That's what I'm planning on reading this month. Let me know what you are looking forward to picking up and reading this month, or if you've read any of these, and what you thought, down in the comments.

Thank you for reading. I will be back soon with my April book haul.

Happy reading!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April Wrap Up

I seem to be in a bit of a reading slump, but this month I did end up getting some things read.

1. "Stolen Grace" By Arianne Richmonds (Freebie on Kindle)
2. "Loving my Angel By Violet Haze (Kindle freebie)
3. "Father Goriot" by Balzac Honore  ( Kindle)
4. "The Nightwatch" by Sarah Waters (This was VERY good, but to show JUST how much of a slump I'm in it took me 25 days to read 524 pages!)
5. "The Moonstone" By Wilkie Collins (Audio...I think I would have enjoyed this more if I'd actually read it instead of listened to it.)

So, I got 5 done, but they were short kindle freebies or one Audio. And the one I did read in hardcopy took me forever to finish! I'm sure hoping next month is much better!

Thank you so much for the comments! I really appreciate them. I didn't even think anyone read this blog! It's nice to know at least a few do! Thank you! I'll be posting my May TBR list soon!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Weekend Reads

Well, last night I finished The Time Traveler's Wife.  It was SO good!! So, what am I going to be reading this weekend?

 I started "The Finishing School during the week, and I use the term "Started" loosely, here as I am only about 5 pages in. So I think I will try to get a bit more into this one this weekend. Then, I decided since I'm done with "Time Traveler" I want to start the next book on my TBR for this month. "Forbidden Fruit".
I am sadly behind already on "The Count" so I need to try to get caught up in it as well.  So, that is what I will be reading this weekend, and probably into next week.
What will you be reading?  Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you will be reading this weekend, I love to hear from my readers!
Happy reading!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January 2015 To Be Read

So, Welcome to 2015!! And here is my list of books I would like to try to get through this month. Now that the Holidays are over, and things are settling down, I feel like maybe I can a bit more reading in.  Let's hope!

so for January these are the books I would like to get to:

1. Finish "The Time Travelers Wife"  I started this one last month, but only got about 150 pages in. I'm enjoying it so far, and would like to finish it this month.

2. "Forbidden Fruit" by: Erica Spindler I've had this one on my TBR shelf since 2008, and it's time I read it and moved on!

3. "Finishing School" by Gail Godwin, I bought this one when I was in Jr. college at a library book sale for 25 cents! So somewhere around 20 years ago! And it's time I got it off my shelf!!

4. "Tong Lashing" By Peter David. This is the 3rd book in the "Sir Apropos of Nothing" Trilogy. I read the first two books in this series a few years ago, and want to finish it up this month.

5. "The Bonfires of the Vanities" by Tom Wolfe  I am slowly trying to work my way through the "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die"  list by Dr. Peter Boxall. This one is on it, and I had planned to finish it last year, but never got around to it. So hopefully I'll pick it up this month.

6. "The Count of Monte Cristo" By: Alexandre Dumas  Every year I pick a classic chunkster to read throughout the year. I try to read 10 pages a  day so about 300 pages a month. It's slow, but it's a yearly process.  Last year I read Middlemarch by George Eliot, the year before Don Quixote, and before that "Anna Karenina"  I have heard really good things about this one, so I'm really excited!  Sitting at 1243 pages, I'm guesstimationg this one will take me well into at least April to finish, and that's if I stick with my 10 pages a day goal, which I hardly ever do. But I give myself the entire year so I have some (a lot) of wiggle room!

So, those are all the books I hope to either start, finish or both this month!! Please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what you are planning to read this month, or if you have read any of these books and what you thought of them!

Hope everyone's new year is off to a great start! Thank you for reading!