Book of the Month : November

img_0270 Okay so I am very excited because I finally received my BOTM box. My good friend Heather @ Bookandwords recommended the book subscription service to me…back in April? May? and she still enjoys the service. I decided to finally give the book subscription a shot this month because I liked the options.

I decided to go with Bonfire by Krysten Ritter since it has been on my wishlist for ages. I got really excited when I heard that the queen herself was going to write a book. This book is everything I would expect from a woman like Krysten. It has suspense, drama, and intrigue. I hope to get to this book soon so a review will be up within the next week or two. I am buddy reading it with a friend of mine so I would like to finish it by the weekend.

Overall, I am really pleased with Book of the Month club. Their packaging was super cute, the book was wrapped up nicely, and it shipped pretty quickly. If you are interested in joining I have a referral code of sorts that you can use!  Did you guys get anything from BOTM club this month or in the past? Did you enjoy the books?

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman Review

30809689Whoa what can I say? I’m addicted to mythology based books. You might have noticed through my various mentions of Percy Jackson. I was beyond excited to see that Neil Gaiman was writing a mythology book.  I picked this book up as an audio book simply because Neil Gaiman narrated it. This is the first time I have ever really enjoyed an audio book. I felt intrigued as I listened along to the tales. It felt like I was right there as he told the stories. I could imagine Thor, Odin, Loki, and the multiple giants.

I really enjoyed the story. I think it brings to life characters that we are sort of familiar with. I definitely think this is a good book for people who are new to mythology. It’s very easy to understand, the tales are fantastic, and every story connects in a way.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mythology or interested in learning more about it. Norse Mythology is very interesting and easy to understand. The audio book is superb. I also recommend that.

“The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days, myths of a people who did not entirely trust or even like their gods, although they respected and feared them.” 

Rating: 4.5/5 | Read: November 1 – 5

Additional Information:

Goodreads Link

Pages: 299

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: 

Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

Goals : Last Two Months of 2017

 

It’s finally the last two months of 2017 which means there is a few goals I hope to achieve. Most of my goals are reading orientated though I do have some that focus on some more lifestyle based things.


Reading Goals
  • I want to reach my Goodreads goal of 50 books which I’m really close to. I have never actually reached my original GR goal. I always change it to like 20-30 by this time each year. I get so overwhelmed when I realize I didn’t reach my goal.
  • Listen to another audiobook. I have recently picked up an audiobook for the book Norse Mythology and I have really enjoyed it. I want to listen to at least 1 more book after I finish Norse Mythology.
  • Be more comfortable with picking up big books even if I don’t finish them before the year is over. I put this one down because I have several big books on my shelf at “home for school” that scare me. I feel like I’m going to take ages reading them. I want to tackle that fear by maybe starting Dan Brown’s new book Origin because I really enjoy his books.
  • Limit my book buying. Okay so like I don’t buy as many books as I used to which is a good thing. I tend to spend my money more on books I know I want to read. I used to be bad about buying books because of recommendations. I just want to gear my attention towards knocking more books off my tbr before I buy more. Christmas is also coming up so I know my mom will get me books like she does every year.

Life Goals
  • I need to commit to going boxing at least once a week. The past few weeks have been pretty hectic so I haven’t been able to go. I need to make it a goal to least go once a week or more. I want to be as healthy as I can be because I know I’ll feel less sluggish and meh about myself.
  • Commit to a decent sleep schedule again. I used to be on a really good sleep schedule until I stopped taking my melatonin in September. I wake up late so I have no time to do anything before class which results in me staying up. I crashed at 7 pm and didn’t get up until close to 1 am last night. That’s not good!
  • Don’t be afraid to speak up. I have had the situation lately where I have felt too scared to speak up. The people around me tend to be very in my face so I have felt like my voice has been quietened. I’m tired of people acting like they are all high and mighty so I’m going to make more of an effort to speak up whenever I feel like something is unfair or I’ll ignore them.

Do you have any goals for the last two months of the year? I am always interested to know what you guys have planned.

Game Rave : Animal Crossing : Pocket Camp

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OKAY this will be a short post of me screaming about Animal Crossing : Pocket Camp. I am honestly super excited to play this game. It appears to be very similar to Animal Crossing New Leaf which is great. The idea of a campsite is super cute and fun to explore. The game should be out everywhere at the end of the month. I signed up for the little reminder email whenever it’s time for the game to drop.

Are any of you excited for Animal Crossing : Pocket Camp? I honestly can’t wait for it to drop. It sucks I have to wait all month for it.

Spotlight Tour : Haven by Mary Lindsey

HAVEN

I’m here to bring you a review on the book Haven by Mary Lindsey! I’m really excited to gush to you guys about this book. I sadly didn’t get a chance to read it before it was released. I am still excited to pick it up whenever I get a chance.


About This Book

Haven-1600pxTitle: Haven

Author: Mary Lindsey

Pub. Date: November 7, 2017

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Pages: 400

Formats: Hardcover & Ebook

Find it: AmazonB&NTBDiBooksKoboGoogle Play Books, IndieboundGoodreads

 

“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.


About The Author

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Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband.

Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 “pet” Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the “pet” roaches found a home… somewhere else.

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Giveaway

1 winner will receive a finished copy of HAVEN, US only (I’m sorry my INTL peeps)

Rafflecopter Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2655/


Tour Schedule

Week One:

10/23/2017- Twinning for Books– Review

10/23/2017- Flyleaf Chronicles– Review

 

10/24/2017- Blushing Bibliophile– Review

10/24/2017- Ex Libris– Review

 

10/25/2017- Omg Books and More Books– Review

10/25/2017- Novelties- Review

 

10/26/2017- Deep Dark Feminist Reviews– Review

10/26/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Review

 

10/27/2017- Kendra Loves Books– Review

10/27/2017- Why I Read– Review

 

Week Two:

10/30/2017- Bibliobakes– Review

10/30/2017- Betwixt the pages– Review

 

10/31/2017- For the Lover of Books– Review

10/31/2017- Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews– Review

 

11/1/2017- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

11/1/2017- Tea With MermaidsSpotlight Tour

 

11/2/2017- Hauntedbybooks13– Review

11/2/2017- The Best Books Ever – Review

 

11/3/2017- Portrait of a Book– Review

11/3/2017- Nerdophiles– Review

 

November TBR

I am trying to knock off as many books as I can before December. I am going to be hosting a sort of end of the year readathon in December so I kind of just want to read, read, read so I can get well over my reading goal. I have 9 books left before I hit my goal of 50 books for the year.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Alexander Freed

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As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate . . . and a threat that may be too great to overcome.
If the worlds at the Empire’s mercy stand any chance, it lies with an unlikely band of allies: Jyn Erso, a resourceful young woman seeking vengeance; Cassian Andor, a war-weary rebel commander; Bodhi Rook, a defector from the Empire’s military; Chirrut Imwe, a blind holy man and his crack-shot companion, Baze Malbus; and K-2SO, a deadly Imperial droid turned against its former masters. In their hands rests the new hope that could turn the tide toward a crucial Rebellion victory–if only they can capture the plans to the Empire’s new weapon.

But even as they race toward their dangerous goal, the specter of their ultimate enemy–a monstrous world unto itself–darkens the skies. Waiting to herald the Empire’s brutal reign with a burst of annihilation worthy of its dreaded name: Death Star.

23299512This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

Origin by Dan Brown 

32283133Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself . . . and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.


 

What are you guys reading for the month of November? I plan to post a wrap up for November so stay tuned to see if any of the books I picked were read or if I added more books to the mix.

Cover Reveal : Dear Rachel Maddow

Today Adrienne Kisner and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive excerpt for DEAR RACHEL MADDOW, which releases June 5, 2018! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win an ARC!
The Reveal

 
Title: DEAR RACHEL MADDOW
Author: Adrienne Kisner
Pub. Date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 400
Find it: AmazonB&NTBDGoodreads

Sixteen-year-old Brynn Harper’s life has one steadying force—Rachel Maddow. She watches her daily, and after writing to Rachel for a school project—and actually getting a response—Brynn starts drafting emails to Rachel but never sending them. It’s an outlet; Brynn tells Rachel about breaking up with Sarah, her first serious girlfriend, about her beloved brother Nick’s death, her passive mother and even worse stepfather, about how she’s stuck in remedial courses at school and is considering dropping out. 

But then Brynn is confronted with a moral dilemma. She learns that one student representative will be allowed to have a voice among teachers and administrators in the selection of a new school superintendent. Sarah, along with Brynn’s arch-nemesis John, believe only honors students worthy of the selection committee seat. Brynn knows they are more interested in power and perks. Brynn feels all students deserve a voice. When she runs for the position the knives are out and her brother’s memory and her new crush Michaela are shamed. Brynn asks herself: What would Rachel Maddow do? 

Exclusive Excerpt!

Folder:  Sent

To: egrimm@westing.pa.edu

From:  Brynnieh0401@gmail.com

Date:  September 10

Subject:  School Assignment


Dear Rachel Maddow,

I am writing to you because of a school assignment.  It’s a totally lame reason to be writing, but I don’t think you’ll actually read it anyway.  This kind of thing is so sixth grade.  I am a junior in high school and I’ve been forced to write to a “celebrity hero” by the Applied Language Arts teacher.  (Hey Mr. Grimm!  How’s it hanging, buddy?)  I wasn’t going to do it, because my ex-girlfriend worships you and, hello, school assignment.  But I turned on your show and Mom totally freaked out to see me watching you.  Apparently your liberal and leftist views don’t sit well with her.  Mom spat out the words like she was talking about my dad, so I knew she meant it.  That made you my celebrity hero.

You were talking about some guys running for congress.  But then you said one of them was “freaking amazing.”  I don’t think news people are supposed to say things like that.  And isn’t that biased?  News people aren’t supposed to be biased.  I know this because Mr. Grimm made us watch this video about newswriting.  Though no one else knows this about me, Rachel Maddow, I have a near photographic memory for stuff people say.  Their words just stick in my brain.  So I remember what a reporter is supposed to do.  

Anyway, thanks for pissing off my Mom.

Sincerely,

Brynn Harper


Folder:  Sent

To: Brynnieh0401@gmail.com   

From: Egrimm@westing.pa.edu

Date:  September 11

Subject:  RE: School Assignment

Dear Rachel Maddow,

I am writing to you because of a school assignment.  It’s a totally lame reason to be writing, but I don’t think you actually read them anyway.  This kind of thing is so sixth grade.  [Brynn, this is good, honest writing.  Can you try to put a positive spin on it?]  I am a junior in high school and I’ve been forced [asked] to write to a “celebrity hero” by the Applied Language Arts teacher.  (Hey Mr. Grimm!  How’s it hanging, buddy?)  [I’m doing well, thanks.  But you can take this out.] I wasn’t going to do it, because my ex-girlfriend worships you and, hello, school assignment. And Mom totally freaked out to see me watching you.  Apparently your liberal and leftist views still don’t sit well with her.  Mom spat out the words like she was talking about my Dad, so I knew she meant it.  So that made you my celebrity hero.  [Again, great personal touch.  But maybe too intimate for this correspondence?]

You were talking about the people running for congress.  But then you said one of them was “freaking amazing.”  And I don’t think news people are supposed to say things like that.  And isn’t that biased?  News people aren’t supposed to be biased.  I know this because Mr. Grimm, my English teacher, made us watch this video about newswriting.  Though no one else knows this about me, Rachel Maddow, I have a photographic memory for stuff people say.  Their words just stick in my brain.  So I remember what a reporter is supposed to be. [You are right, Brynn!  I didn’t know that about you.  Shouldn’t you remember your assignments, then?]

Anyway, thanks for pissing off my Mom. [There is a list of questions I asked you to include.  Maybe you could end with that instead.]

Sincerely,

Brynn Harper


 Folder:  Sent

To: Egrimm@westing.pa.edu

Cc:  Rachel@msnbc.com

From: Brynnieh0401@gmail.com  

Date:  September 12

Subject:  School Assignment Again


Dear Rachel Maddow,

I learned an important lesson about rough drafts.  If you really want to send someone a letter, you should just send it.  Do not turn it in to your English teacher first.  But Mr. Grimm (said English teacher) is the only person I know who doesn’t think I’m hopeless, so I am trying this again for his sake.  Though I’m sending it to you too, to avoid further editing.  

My name is Brynn Harper and I am sixteen years old.  I live with my mother and stepfather in Westing, Pennsylvania.  I have a brother, too.  Or, I had one, anyway.

I first watched your show a couple of times in high school because my best friend (well, okay, my girlfriend) loved you, so she kind of dragged me along with her.  She’s not my girlfriend anymore.  And she said she didn’t have time to watch television anymore either, even for you.  So she dumped us both.  That gives us something in common.

I had a list of questions that I was supposed to ask you, but I got most of the answers online already.  Mr. Grimm suggested I think of new ones.  So here you go:

  1. When you look at the papers on your desk and circle something, are you really reading from them?  Don’t you read from a teleprompter?  When you go to commercial, you shuffle those papers, too.  Seriously, is there anything even written on them?
  2. How much does a person have to know to be considered a “wonk?”
  3. At least one person laughs in the background while you are talking.  Is this on purpose?  Who is that?  
  4. Why don’t you run for political office?
  5. Is there ever a staff meeting when you think to yourself, “Huh, there really isn’t a lot going on in the news today.”
  6. How many pairs of shoes do you actually own?

About Adrienne: 

 

I have lived my entire “adult” life in a college dormitory working in both Residence Life and college chaplaincy.  I like the term “dormitory” better than “residence hall.”  I went to school for a long time so that now I get to swoop around in a fancy robe and silly hat (like at Hogwarts).  I have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts (a place like Hogwarts).  I play both the viola and tennis with more heart than skill.  I love my current home in Boston but will always be a Pennsylvanian at heart.  

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RACHEL MADDOW, US Only.

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