"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Books of Beginning Trilogy

Books of Beginning trilogy by John Stephens:

I have read the first two books in this series, The Emerald Atlas and The Fire Chronicle.  Here is what I like:

The Cover:
Yes, I know that you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but the spine of the first book was the whole reason I decided to borrow it from the library.  By the way, I judge books by their covers all the time, and it usually works out.
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Time Travel:
I love time travel and the paradoxes and problems that it creates.  Sometimes I get a little too caught up in it, trying to figure out how everything fits together.  These books were no exception.  

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The Characters:
The siblings are so well-written.  I especially like the middle child, the only brother, Michael.  I love his obsession with dwarves and how he thinks that elves are overrated.  It is such a fun detail.  The characters in these books have full personalities that grab your attention and make you care.

Have you read these books?
What did you think?
Personally, I can't wait to read the third book! 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What I'm Reading Wednesday #6 (March 15, 2017)

I am currently reading Matched by Ally Condie, one of the books on my list for Erin's book challenge.  Yay!  Progress!

Anyway, here is my progress so far... 
2017 Goal: 32 books
Books Read = 4/32
Books from TBR list: 1
Series completed: 0
*Erin's Book Challenge:  2/10  0/Bonus Round


January
1.  Midair by Kodi Scheer
*2.  And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (TBR)

February
*1.  Christine by Stephen King
2.  The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens (yup, I started a new series)

March
1.  The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens (second book in the series)

Currently Reading:
*Matched  by Ally Condie


What are you reading this week?  How are your reading goals going?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Matched by Ally Condie

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a rand
om page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here is my teaser:
"I put the napkin in my pocket and I think of Ky writing out his story with his red hands, seared from the heat of the job he does.  I think of him risking everything each time he slips one napkin into his pocket.  All these years he's been so careful, but now he's willing to take a chance.  Because he's found someone who wants to know.  Someone he wants to tell."
Matched by Ally Condie

What are you reading this week?
Have you read Matched?  What did you think?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Currently.... (March 8, 2017)

Currently...


Writing... actually editing
I am participating in Fiction University's At Home Workshop to Revise your Novel in 31 Days.  Right now I am working on my editorial map.  I'm a little behind but am already loving the process.

Reading... The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens
I'm enjoying this series and I am already almost finished with book 2.  
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Listening to... Latin Pop Classics
One of my favorite stations on Pandora.  Lots of Shakira, Enrique Iglesias and ManĂ¡.
Eating... Ghirardelli squares
I especially love the dark chocolate with sea salt and caramel and the dark chocolate with chili caramel.  Yum!

Drinking... so much sparkling water
Plain, mango, apricot... so many flavors, so much yumminess.

Wearing... extra layers
When is the cold weather going to leave???  I want spring!

Feeling... anxious
I recently had an appointment with my new orthopedic surgeon, and we set a date for my surgery.  Nothing left to do but feel anxious.

Weather... cold
Yup, still cold.

Wanting... the school year to be over
I am ready for summer!

Thinking... spring break is only 3 weeks away
I can make it three more weeks :)

Watching... Face Off
Love this show!  This season is All Stars, so they are working in teams of two.  It's really interesting, and the contestants are so talented this season.

Enjoying... the Draw Riot Daily Challenge
Draw a picture every day inspired by a theme.  Lots of fun and great practice with drawing and creating.


What are you up to?
Have you watched Face Off?  Is it still cold where you live?
Have you read The Books of Beginning series?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What I'm Reading Wednesday #5 (March 1, 2017)

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I am currently reading The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens, the second book in the Books of Beginning series.  I'm enjoying it so far.

Anyway, here is my progress so far... 
2017 Goal: 32 books
Books Read = 4/32
Books from TBR list: 1
Series completed: 0
Erin's Book Challenge:  1/10  0/Bonus Round


January
1.  Midair by Kodi Scheer
2.  And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (TBR)

February
1.  Christine by Stephen King
2.  The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens (yup, I started a new series)

Currently Reading:
The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens (second book in the series)


What are you reading this week?  How are your reading goals going?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Fire Chronicle

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a rand
om page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here is my teaser:
"In her defense, it was only when Kate was frustrated or tired that she questioned Dr. Pym's decision to send her and Michael and Emma back to Baltimore.  She knew he hadn't really abandoned them.  But the fact remained: of all the orphanages the children had lived in over the years--one of which had been next to a sewage treatment plant; another had made groaning noises and seemed to be always catching on fire--the Edgar Allen Poe Home for Hopeless and Incorrigible Orphans was the worst."
The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens

What are you reading?
Have you read the Books of Beginning series?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Emerald Atlas

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a rand
om page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here is my teaser:
"They were on the edge of a cliff, looking out over a dark valley lit up by lightning flashes.  It was hundreds of feet to the bottom and nothing but sheer rock walls in either direction.  Kate cursed herself, remembering their first day in the orphanage and how they had gone to the waterfall and savored the dizzy, excited rush of watching the river plunge over the cliff.  She should've realized where they were heading."
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens, p.135

What are you reading this week?
Have you ever read The Emerald Atlas?