#ARCAugust Update (#3)

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Hello Readers!

I’m back with another #ARCAugust Update! So sit back and relax ….

It took me longer than expected, but I finally finished the highly anticipated Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. I don’t want to give away too much of my thoughts but I will say this: while I did enjoy it, I did struggle through it.  No matter my thoughts, I finished it!

Since finishing Stealing Snow, I have moved on to yet another highly anticipated book: Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I’m seriously only ten pages into this hefty book but I have a feeling that I am going to love it. And if you know me, than you know why I am going to love it!

With August coming to a close I am sad to announce that I probably will only have finished two and a half ARCs. But I’m hopeful that, if I put my mind to it, and I don’t waste time on Netflix/YouTube I could easily finish Heartless by the thirty-first! Do you think I could do it?

So, dear readers, what have you been reading? Please let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear.

#ARCAugust Update (#2)

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Hello Readers!

I like to think that I started ARCAugust off with a bang. Within the first week I read a book and a half.  To recap, I read All in Pieces by Suzanne Young, and I read half of Danielle Paige’s Stealing Snow. At that point, I thought I was doing pretty well.

Now that we are two weeks into the challenge I feel like I’m losing steam. At the two week mark  still have only finished one book. BUT! I’m very close to finishing book two.

So, you’re wondering what;s taken me so long? Well, time hasn’t exactly been on my side. But more than that, I’m finding Stealing Snow, though enjoyable, a bit long winded. I don’t want to say too much (I’m saving that for the review!) but I will say this, because of that minor detail it’s taken me a lot more longer to read than I anticipated.

I am hoping to finish Stealing Snow (seriously) by the end of this week. Once finish I hope to move on to a book that seems to be on EVERYONE’S TBR list – Heartless by Marissa Meyer. As someone who is obsessed with all things Alice in Wonderland, I am super excited to since my (reading) teeth into this one! And speaking of Heartless, I want to send a big THANK YOU out to Miss Print for scoring me an ARC of this one! You rock!

Are you participating in ARCAugust? If so, I’d love to hear what is on your reading list, and how you’re doing! Please share in the comments!

#ARCAugust Update

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Hello Readers!

As you know we are seven days into August. That means that I am seven days into Read.Sleep.Repeat’s ARCAugust challenge. In case you missed my original post, you can check it out and catch up here. For those who are following along on my challenge I thought  that today would be a great day to give you all an update.

Last week I started Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. I’m about 120 pages in – and yes, even though I’m still weary, I am still enjoying it.  I hoped to be a bit further along than I am, but sadly I’m not. Due to a busy work week and feeling very tired once I get home from worked I just haven’t had the time or energy to pick it up.

Like I mentioned I’ve been super tired lately. And the past few nights I’ve slept terrible. So, because I didn’t want to turn on any lights in the wee hours of the (too) early morning, I started reading an e-arc on my phone (while not the most convenient,  it was what was at arms reach).  Sleepless night one (Friday into Saturday) I read about 15 percent of the book. And sleepless night two (Saturday into Sunday) I read the remaining 85 percent.  I wasn’t aware of how heart-wrenching this book was going to be. It was such a good book … but such a sad one.

It’s a week into the ARCAugust  and while I had hoped to make a bit more progress, I’m still happy that I’ve read a book and a half in a week. It’s like some kind of record (for me at least)!

Stay tuned for another ARCAugust update next week!

#ARCAugust

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Hello Readers!

And happy August! As a reader, a librarian, and a book blogger I get a fair share of ARCs. Some are set to me, some are given to me from friends (mainly Miss Print), and still some I’ve picked up at Conventions (like BEA and ALA). Either way, I have my fair share. And there are times that it feels like I will never, ever get to them.

Well, that’s about to change! During the month of August I will be participating in Read.Sleep.Repeat’s ARCAugust, a month long challenge which urges participants to read all the ARCS.

Now, I’ll be honest I know I will not get to every single ARC on my list. That’s not me being pessamistic, that’s me being realistic. I probably will only get to four of  these books. But that doesn’t mean I won’t strive for more.

The list of ARCs on my list are:

  • Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • All in Pieces by Suzanne Young
  • Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer
  • The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
  • Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
  • Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu
  • Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
  • The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics
  • Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa
  • Wishing Day by Lauren Myracle

I know, I know — that’s a long list. Of that list I am aiming on reading at least four books and specifically those four are:

  1. Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
  2. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  3. The Accident Seasn by Moira Fowley-Doyle
  4. Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu

It’s only August 2nd and I am currently one hundred pages into Danielle Paige’s Stealing Snow. Going into ARCAugust, I wasn’t one hundred percent sure I was going to add this one to my ARCAugust list. Or if I wanted to read it at all. But the more I thought about it (and I was thinking about it a lot these past few days) I realized that I DID want to read it. As of right now, I’m weary of it because I am not a fantasy reader by nature. But even though I am weary, I am enjoying it.

Each week I will keep you updated on my progress.

Before signing off, I just want to thank Octavia and Shelly of Read.Sleep.Repeat for creating and for hosting such an awesome challenge. You girls are awesome!

Gilmore Girls Galore

Hello Readers!

You may not know this, but I am a HUGE Gilmore Girls fan, and have been since the show first aired way back when in the year of 2000. I mean, how could I not be a fan. It was filled with witty banter, small town charm, pop culture references coming out the wazoo, and of course a mother/daughter duo that oozed independence. Seriously, this show had NICOLE written all over it.

I am (very obviously) excited for the Netflix revival of the show. And even though I know four episodes will NOT be enough, I’m sure they will, not only fill my curiosity about what the girls have been up to, but live up to all my expectations.

And because I’m so excited I’ve been reading a lot of articles related to the Girlmore Girls and the upcoming revival. Today, I thought it would be fun to share what I’ve been reading with all of you!

We all know that Rory Gilmore is like the world’s biggest book worm. Over the course of the entire series Rory read over three hundred (300) books. Want to know what books were read/referenced? Well, Buzzfeed’s got you covered! Check out All 339 Books Referenced in “Gilmore Girls”

There were many moments that defined both Lorelai and Rory during the course of the series. But according to Bustle, there is one specific episode which defines Lorelai and Rory. Check out The One “Gilmore Girls” Episode That Totally Defined Lorelai Gilmore.

On the flipside, check out Bustle’s article The One “Gilmore Girls” Episode that Totally Defined Rory Gilmore.

We can’t wait to set our eyes on the Gilmore Girls revival, right? Even though we don’t have a release date (let’s hope and pray that it will be in 2016!!) we can check out some behind the scenes pictures! E Online has a great slideshow!                                                                                            

Want some Gilmore Girl Quizzes? Check these out:

Which Gilmore Girls Character Are You?                                                                                                                

The Hardest Gilmore Girls Quiz You’ll Ever Take        

Can You Match the Gilmore Girls Character To Their First Line

Vulture’s Gilmore Girls Superfan Quiz

One of the aspects I personally LOVED about the Gilmore Girls was its setting. Star Hollow, no matter how kooky and crazy it is, is a town I would want to call home. And yes, I would totally want to live in house just like the one that Lorelai and Rory lived in. And if you’re like me, not only did you want to live in a house like it, but you also wanted to know what the house – the WHOLE house – looked like. While this article doesn’t go into specifics it does feature a floor plan!

Ever want to smell like your fave Girlmore Girls character? Now you can!

The mystery of the unaired pilot! (Seriously, is there a full unaired pilot floating around the interwebs?! I can’t find it!)

There are seriously a TON of articles out there. And I can’t possibly have read them all.  But these are the most recent ones that I read and really enjoyed. And the ones that I think you, dear readers and fellow Gilmore Girls fans will enjoy as well. And if you are like me, I’m sure you’ve also read a ton. If so, please share! I can’t seem to get enough of the Gilmore Girls!

The Land of 10,000 Madonnas

The Land of 10,000 Madonnas by Kate Hattemer (Recieved ARC from publishers at ALA Midwinter)

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From the outside, Jesse Serrano seems to appear both happy and healthy. He has great friends, and an even greater family. But appearances aren’t what they seem. Jesse is sick. And no kind of treatment can cure him. He was born with a hole in his heart.

So when he dies, as expected as it is, it’s still shockingly untimely. His friends and family friends and family mourn, grieve, and prepare for a life without him. But what they didn’t prepare for was Jesse’s final act: he’s sending Ben, Trevor, Cal, Lillian, and Matt on a wild goose chase across Europe. Why? To find the one thing, rather person, Jesse wasn’t able to find while he was alive: his mother.

Sent off on a trip of a lifetime, the travel companions are as unsure of their mission as they are of themselves.  But as they search for Jesse’s mother Thea, following a crumbless trail, they soon discover the real reason of why they were sent on this journey: to find themselves in a world without Jesse.

Written by author Kate Hatteman, The Land of 10,000 Madonnas is a realistic read about the bonds of family, and how those bonds can never be broken even by death.

While I enjoyed Hatteman’s writing, and that that, overall, The Land of 10,000 Madonnas was well written, I did have some issues with it. For me, the story being told, not only for multiple perspectives, but from third person simply didn’t work. Because of perspective shift each (and every) chapter, it took a few lines to realize which character was telling his or her part of the story. Regardless of this, by the end all of their stories did come together. In regards of the third person I felt like it didn’t give me a chance to get to know any of the characters.

And speaking of those characters, there wasn’t one out of the five main characters that I loved or even liked, with the exception of Matt who throughout the book felt like the voice of reason. Ultimately each character had a part to play, and because of this their relationship with each other, Jesse excluded, was forced and unauthentic. But what really bothered me was the fact that the two female characters – Cal and Lillian – practically despised each other.  It seemed all their moments together were of them arguing and throwing shade on each other. And it bothered me that they tore each other down, instead of helping build themselves up.

It seems like I didn’t enjoy this book at all. But the truth is there were many enjoyable aspects. For example, I truly loved the setting. Set throughout Europe, Hatteman made me feel as if I were traveling alongside her cast of characters. I got to travel the world while siting in my living room.  Beyond that, I also really enjoyed how Jesse was an intricate part of the story. He wasn’t in the background, he was at the forefront. And she did this by mixing in parts of Jesse’s journal into the text.

At this point, even after reading and reviewing this book, I’m not sure how many stars I would rate this book.  While this book had many ups and downs, maybe more downs than ups for me, that doesn’t mean that you won’t love this book! Read it, and let’s discuss!

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July Reading Tracker

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Hello Readers!

Can you believe that it’s actually July already!?! I, for one, cannot! But with a new month comes a new monthly reading tracker.

Last month I wanted to read a total of three books. They were:

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia, which I started on May 30th and finished on June 2nd. I obviously enjoyed this book.

Seriously Wicked by Tina Connelly, which sadly I didn’t finish. I was having a bit of trouble getting into the book –maybe because the pacing wasn’t working, or because I wasn’t connecting with the main character. Whatever it was, I put it down but have intentions of picking it up again in the future.

The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone, which I started on June 3rd and finished on June 5th. This was a complicated book for me, mainly because even though I enjoyed a majority of the book, the were many key aspects that truly bothered me, so much so that I couldn’t look beyond.

In my head, about midway through June, I decided to add an adult book, The Vacationers by Emma Straub. I started it, read a few pages, but again put it down because I simply wasn’t in the mood.

Now that it’s July, I’m aiming to read four books. I chose these four randomly, and with the help of fellow blogger and in real life BFF Miss Print (Emma). These are the our books that I will (hopefully) read:

The Land of 10,000 Madonnas by Kate Hattemer

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Kelly

Whisper to Me by Nick Lake

These are the books I’m hoping to read, and like always I’m certainly going to try my hardest to read all for of them. What books are you reading this month, dear readers? Please share!

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