Month: August 2014

I’ve Accomplished My 2014 Reading Goal

Posted August 8, 2014 by Christy / 0 Comments

Good news people, It’s only August and I’ve already completed my reading goal for 2014!  Now, I know that it wasn’t a very steep goal compared to previous years but with nursing school, work and kids, I think I’m doing pretty good.  I’m hoping that I can make it to 100 by the end of the year. Reading Challenges Stats Here are my stats over the last few years.  It amazes me to see the big decline from 2011 to 2012 because 2012 was the year I started blogging.  Although, I guess that makes sense with the amount of time blogging takes. The Books: Here’s a breakdown of the books that I have read so far this year.  I may […]

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Book Review | Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Posted August 7, 2014 by Christy / 5 Comments

Format: Hardback Source: Purchased Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Publication Date: July 22, 2014 My rating: 5 of 5 stars What’s your worst nightmare? For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams. And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now. Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has […]

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Waiting on Wednesday | The Hit List by Nikki Urang

Posted August 6, 2014 by Christy / 8 Comments

  Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine   My Pick   The Hit List by Nikki Urang   Expected Publication Date: November 11, 2014 by Spencer Hill Contemporary The Los Angeles Conservatory for the Arts is supposed to be a new beginning for Sadie Bryant. Moving across the country is exactly what she needs to escape the gossip surrounding her injury, the devastating betrayal of her ex-partner, and to rebuild her career as a solo dancer. When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studying in London, will now require each dancer to have a partner, Sadie’s fresh start is a nightmare. Now she has to dance […]

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ARC Book Review | I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

Posted August 4, 2014 by Christy / 2 Comments

Format: ARC Source: Author for Review Publisher: Harlequin Publication Date: August 26, 2014 My rating: 4 of 5 stars Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true—for her parents’ sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B…. Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can’t risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job […]

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Sunday Showdown (17)

Posted August 3, 2014 by Christy / 3 Comments

  I’ve quite a few interesting covers for today’s Showdown!   Here’s the Contenders: Let the Showdown begin!!!    Which cover is your favorite? Remember Me Rites of Passage Feral The 100 Society The Dare    pollcode.com free polls 

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Stacking the Shelves (53)

Posted August 2, 2014 by Christy / 15 Comments

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Review My Haul: Minders by Michele Jaffe The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson Half Bad by Sally Green For Review: A big thanks to Orion, Balzer & Bray, and HarperTeen! What did you get?

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The One Where I Organize my Goodreads Shelves

Posted August 1, 2014 by Christy / 1 Comment

I’ve been using Goodreads since January 2011 (a year and a half before the blog) and when I first discovered it, I was just using it as a tool to keep track of what I had read and what I wanted to read and that was basically it.  It wasn’t until much, much later that I discovered that I could separate those books I had on my TBR shelf and break them down into YA, release dates, etc.  Lately, I’ve been trying to get more organized with my shelves on Goodreads and break everything down more specific than just TBR.  I wish I would have took a screenshot of my shelves prior to all of my organization just so that […]

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