July 29, 2014

Top Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From

Hosted by Broke and Bookish

Today it's all about what author I buy the most from.
I won't have 10 for this one!

1.  Patrick Carmen - There is a few reasons for this.  He has a ton of books out, and I went to a book signing for him so that means I bought a lot.  Plus when I taught kids read his books.

2.  Carrie Ryan - She wrote The Forest of Hands and Teeth series and I loved it, so I own all three.  

3.  Jonathan Maberry - He wrote the Rot & Ruin series, and I LOVE them!!!

4.  Sara Dessen - This is only because of school.  My girl students loved her books, so I had most of them.

5.  Rick Riordan - My daughter and I (and my students) LOVE all his books, so we own them all! He's probably the one I own the most from.  

July 28, 2014

New Book Purchase

I bought this book today. I'd never seen anything about it but it sounds fantastic!

Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz. 

July 25, 2014

Review: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. 

Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?

I'm going to keep this brief.  Love it because is was just cute and sweet and adorable and nice and good and cute (yes I said it twice).  I haven't read a book in a long time that was just a sweet nice little love story.  Yes there was more to it than that especially with Ellie's background, but over-all that's what it was - a nice sweet romance.  I loved it for that reason alone.  Ellie and Graham were great characters.  They were realistic, believable and perfect for the story.  Of course there was a few times I wanted to shake both of them, but they they are teenagers, so I allowed them to be that way and didn't hold it against them.  

As for the pacing of the story and romance.  I felt it worked.  The beginning with all their emailing allowed me to buy into their feelings more because they had that build up time.  And once Graham comes to Maine that all felt ok for me too.  I mean he was only scheduled to be there for so long, so it had a reason for the pacing!

The ending was great too.  I won't give anything away, but I did like it :)

Final thought - if you are in the mood for just a simple little nice story check it out!

July 23, 2014

I Made a TBR Jar

I have more books than I know what to do with.  But with all those books I still have problems finding something to read.  Mostly because I'm indecisive, so I can't decide.  On a previous post I asked people to help me find a new book to read. One poster suggested I make a TBR Jar.  I had heard about them and seen them on Pinterest, so I said YES! and made one.

If you don't know what it is a brief explanation: You put all the books you have in your TBR pile (I only did ones I owned of course but both paper and ebook copies!) on little slips of paper and the put them in a jar of some sort.  When you don't know what to read, you pick a slip and read that book!

First I got some colored card-stock so it would be fun to look at.

Then I just sat down and got to work.  I did have one issue.  I'm in the middle of reading the Percy Jackson series, but I can't read them all at once.  And I plan on reading The Lost Hero books too.  So for each of those books I just wrote "Next Percy Book" on the slip, so I know to take the next one.

Once done the jar now sits on my shelf along with a pen and more paper, so I can add books as I buy them.  Yes I'm that person who buys books but doesn't read them right away!

Will I do this for every book I read?? No - just when I can't decide.  I figure if I've already read a book I pull out I'll just draw again!

We'll see how it works, but it was fun to do!!