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September Wrap Up and October Goals

October Small GoalsWhat is it?Like to post about your goals? Link up with any goal post in staygoldautumn.com's linkup on the first day of the month!

Two different link ups one at Writes like a Girl called Small Goals, and another one at Stay Gold Autumn.

My Rating System:

Forgot to do it most days.

Somewhat met this goal (did at least 1/2 of the days.)

Mostly met this goal (did at least 2/3 of the days.)

Accomplished this goal.

 

September Goals:

Sit down and review my week every Monday. – I was able to do this every week! It really helps with the flow of my weeks, and being able to see what I accomplish (aka where all that time goes.)

Blog for The Shattered Worlds Read Along, and Read A Book/Buy A Book day Yes and yes, plus several other blog posts in Sept!

Log my meals for 1 week. – Big fail here. I never managed more than one day, and mostly I just have a log of what I ate for breakfast.

Sept 22nd is Hobbit Day. One of these days I’m going to celebrate by having a party under the party tree with cake and lights and fireworks. Maybe for my one hundrend and elevendy birthday.
Sept 29th is National Coffee day. I celebrate it each year by delivering flowers to the barista’s at my favorite coffee stand.

Reading Wrap Up:

99 Days (Red Proxy #2)
No One Else Like You
Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, #1)
Starbound
Slayer (Dragon Tamer 1)
Richard’s Story: A Numbers Game Short
The Scourge (Brilliant Darkness, #1)

What I’m reading now: Sea so Blue, Shattered Worlds Read Along

Up Next: Sound of Silence, Shattered Worlds Read Along

Pocket: Best Articles from the Pocket App

October Goals:

Continue to sit down and review my week every Monday.
Why? It just really helps. I’ve got to make a solid habit out of this.

Celebrate my birthday at the Chinese Buffet!
Why? Because it’s my favorite!

Log my meals for 1 week.
Why? I need to do this for my health. I’ve just got to figure out a way to make it work.

Write Review for The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly and Mary Poppins.
Why? Because I loved one and hated the other and both deserve a good review.

So that’s it for October. Do you have any goals or plans for the month? Let me know about it in the comments below.

Top Ten Tuesday #35

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.



October 3, 2017: Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (Which characters do you have crushes on?)

I’m going off topic again, and going to skip the book boyfriend in order to go back and do the character topic from last week. Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Now that I’ve read some of the other posts from last week I’m feeling a bit more inspired. (Plus my husband is such a total heartthrob I don’t need a book boyfriend 😉 )

This list is in the order they came to mind. It’s not a ranking of their survival skills.

Top Ten Survivors

  1. Brian from Hatchet – The quintessential wilderness survival book. Brian is lost in the woods with only a handful of supplies and a hatchet after the small plane he was in crashes into a lake in the Canadian wilderness. If you haven’t read it you are missing out. I enjoyed it as a young teen and again as an adult.
  2. Karana from Island of the Blue Dolphins – Another YA Classic, and another book I enjoyed both as an adult and when I was younger. Left alone on an island after her tribe moves away Karana is forced to find a way to survive alone against the forces of nature, wild dogs and loneliness.
  3. Sam from My Side of the Mountain – So a lot of these are simply classics. In this story Sam feels crowded in the small apartment in NY so he runs away and finds a home in the Catskill Mountains inside a hollowed out tree. The kid in me get excited just thinking about Sam’s adventure.
  4. Katniss from the Hunger Games – Notice how I specified, Hunger Games, when it’s because of the skills Katniss learned in the wildness, where she hunts and forages for food for her family that she survives the first games. Even using the wilderness again some of her opponents.
  5. Matt from Sign of the Beaver – Matt and his father build a frontier cabin and then Matt’s fathers leaves to go get the rest of the family. Leaving 13 year old Matt to fend for himself, but what’s a boy suppose to do when the weeks, and it seems that his family will never come back.
  6. Minnow from The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly – A book I just recently devoured, uh I mean read. I started to read the excerpt and couldn’t stop. The cover is deceiving because one of the defining characteristics of Minnow, is that she has no hands. She survives when her hands are taken from her by the cruel cult leader, she survives to runaway from the cult’s wilderness homestead in the middle of winter, and in jail the girl with no hands learns to kick-butt. A powerful story.
  7. Marie Dorion from A Name of Her Own – Jane Kirkpatrick always does a great job of making history come alive, but there is something special about this story of the Astor party and Marie’s survival on the second cross-country trip to the Oregon country after Lewis and Clark’s journey.
  8. Jonnie from Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 – My husband rolled his eyes when I told him this was going to be on my list. But he’s only seen the movie, and has not read the book, which is so much better. Although, Barry Pepper is Jonnie in my mind, he fits the part so well. Jonnie survives not only in the fringes of the wildness, but also in an alien concentration camp, torture and more.
  9. Heidi and Peter in Courage Mountain – I read the novelization of this movie before seeing the movie. In fact, I read it several times. Heidi and Peter are forced to help a group of girls cross the alps during World War II. There’s danger a plenty and a young Charlie Sheen, back when he was hot and not crazy, in the pictures in the middle part of the book.
  10. The Swiss Family Robinson – Now here I’m cheating a little because I have only read the abridged version and then seen the movie. But when it comes to surviving and thriving in the meanwhile no one comes to mind like the Swiss Family Robinson.

Note: No Robinson Crusoe is NOT on this list, and that’s on purpose. Have you read that book? It’s rubbish! I’m still convinced that everyone else has read the abridged version or stopped after part one (he actually on the island for only a short amount of time.)

September 2017 Book Pick Ups

 

September 2017 book pick ups

I am trying to tame my TBR, I really am, but The Deliberate Readerman those Author freebies, and then sequels to the great books from the Shattered Worlds Read Along. There are a lot of really great sounding books here, and once the read along is over I’ll be tackling the Number Games Saga books, because I can’t wait to see where that idea takes things.

For Kindle:

Children of Avalon: The Traveller Series Book One 
Why I got it: Author Freebie. Multiverse, Arthurian story… is enough for me.

Numbers Game (Numbers Game Saga Book 1)
Why I got it: After reading Richard’s story as part of the Shattered World’s Read Along, I knew I wanted to read more of this series.

Chan’s Story: A Numbers Game ShortRuby’s Story: A Numbers Game Short
Why I got it: Author Freebie. During the Shattered Worlds Read Along for Richard’s story the author gave us a link to get these tow other stories.

The Red Queen (Wonderland University)
Why I got it: Author Freebie. I knew this one was coming out a while ago, and was pretty interested. I mean come on, “Iracebeth has one more year of sorcery training before she sits on the throne as the Red Queen of Wonderland. But, each day with her arch-nemesis, Alice proves to be more of a brutal eternity when her life starts to systematically fall apart. Did she have to steal her boyfriend, friends, and every hope for happiness?” And then it was offered for free to her newsletter subscribers (it otherwise $.99, so not likely to break the bank.)

Seeds of Discovery (Dusk Gate Chronicles Book 1)
Why I got it: It’s been on my Amazon list for awhile, and in Sept it was free!

Slumber (Beauty Never Dies Chronicles Book 1)
Why I got it: Author Freebie. Post-Apocalyptic retelling of Sleeping Beauty, I figured it was worth a try.

The Sea Queen (The Dark Queens Book 1)
Why I got it: Author Freebie. This series sounds really good. I really love Greek Mythology imaginings. “And when a dark queen gets an idea, nothing and no one can stand in her way…”

Kids Books:

I Will Not Read This Book
Why I got it: It was $4.99, repeat $4.99! What a steal for such a fun book. I plan on reading this one to Miss S’s 2nd grade class this year.

Cooking with the Grinch
Why I got it: Bought this book for #BuyABookDay, plus Miss S loves to read these books.

From The Library:

One-Pan Wonders

Why I got it: Sheila at The Deliberate Reader had it on her list last month.

Understanding Coding With Minecraft (Kids Can Code Series)
Why I got it:  Trying to take Miss S’s interest in Minecraft and turn it into an interest in coding.

Brave Batgirl
Why I got it: Miss S picked it out to read herself.

Top 5 Disney Rants

Top Ten Tuesday #34

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.



Top 5 Disney RantsSeptember 26, 2017Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: (Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!)

I’m going off topic this week. I just couldn’t think of anything to go with this week’s character topic. So I’m going to rant instead, and I’m going to rant about Disney. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Disney fangirl. I love Disney movies. My favorite is The Little Mermaid, and I collect Ariel everything.

Still… there are a few things I’ve always wondered about, or things that just bother me, or that don’t add up.

Top 5 Disney Rants

  1. Jasmine, Princess Privilege Much? – Ok, so seriously, Jasmine is the only child of the Sultan and presumably will be ruler some day, or married to the next ruler and at least be very influential. Yet she doesn’t know the first thing about the rule of law in their nation. You might expect that the plight of the poor would be kept from her, but really she should have been taught about crime and punishment or money and all that by the time she’s a teenager. Plus, it always bothered me that we are supposed to feel sorry for the poor, bored, pampered princess when it’s clearly shown that there are children starving in Agrabah.
  2. Yzma, Everything About Yzma – What fevered nightmare did Yzma come out of? Seriously, the animators who came up with her were deranged. Let’s forget for a moment that we are supposed to be enlightened enough now that we don’t believe that evil people are ugly. (Remember in 1991 when Beauty and the Beast broke this mold wide open? Well The Emperor’s New Groove came out nine years later in 2000.) Yzma is one of Disney’s most cringe inducing characters ever. We watched it again the other night, and I can’t believe she ever made it on screen. I am totally creepified by her.
  3. What do Mermaids eat? – Are we really suppose to believe that all merfolk are vegetarians? And yes, yes, I know that this argument has been made before. In fact, it’s probably the number one thing people bring up about the little mermaid (beside the fact that Ariel could have written Eric a letter explaining her temporary muteness.) Pretty much the ocean food chain is that big things eat smaller things. Yet King Triton puts down humans as “those fish-eaters.” As signature-reads.com puts it, “However, in the real world, nearly all sea life feeds on … other sea life. So what’s on the menu in Triton’s kingdom? Perhaps lots of slime and plankton, or other things too horrifying to imagine.”
  4. Why did they make a Hunchback of Notre Dame kids movie? –  I have read the Hunchback of Notre Dame and at no time while reading it did I ever think, “They should make a kids movie out of this.” In fact, I refuse to watch the movie. Seriously they made a kids movie out of a book where everyone dies horrifically and there is no justice what-so-ever. Sorry, Disney no happy endings here. In fact, that might even be the point.
  5. The Prince doesn’t remember the color of Cinderella’s hair? –  I’m not the first to point this out, but it seems odd that his man servant had to try the glass slipper on every maiden in the kingdom. Could he have a least told him, “She has strawberry blonde hair.”? I mean come on.

So that’s my list. Do you have any Disney rants? Please share them in the comments and leave me a link to your Top Ten Tues post.

Top 10 Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday #33

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.



Top 10 Fall TBRSeptember 19, 2017Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Well this is super easy. I’m currently participating in the Shattered Worlds Read Along which goes until November 13th, so basically my fall TBR IS the novels in Shattered Worlds (and my $5 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway is still going on so make sure you go to the Shattered Worlds post and follow the instructions there to enter.)

These book are listed in my order of interest in them.

Ten Books from My Fall TBR aka Shattered World Boxed Set

  1. SLAYER by Armitage & Culican
    Destined to slay dragons, Julianna embarks on a war centuries old. With her magic goblin sword in hand and a dragon in her sights, the world as she knows it will never be the same.
  2. PRISON OF STATUES by Ainsley Shay 
    Iris lives in a colorless world… until the nightmares begin.
  3. THE CLOCKWORK WAR by Katy Haye
    Win the war. Go home. If only it were that easy.
  4. THE MAGIC OR THE RULERSHIP by Emily Martha Sorensen 
    Okay, magic’s forbidden. But they’re not serious about that death penalty, are they?
  5. THE PERILOUS IN-BETWEEN by Cortney Pearson 
    Even the sky has secrets.
  6. ARV-3 by Cameo Renae  
    Thirteen years after the government fails to avert a global disaster, Abigail Park and her family emerge from their underground bunker to discover the world isn’t as safe as they had hoped.
  7. CURSE BREAKER by Audrey Grey 
    The mortal kingdoms are falling. An ancient Curse creeps closer. From the shadows, a dark Queen watches, waiting to mobilize her army. And the fate of the realm rests in the hands of one rebellious mortal girl . . .
  8. THE SCOURGE by A.G. Henley
    She always knew this day would come, the day she faced the Scourge alone.
  9. SEA SO BLUE by Nichole Giles 
    Can a human meant for the deep blue sea, and a merman determined to leave his heart ashore find a way to be together?
  10. THE PERILOUS IN-BETWEEN by Cortney Pearson 
    Even the sky has secrets.

 

Top 10 Books of Ten Years Ago

Top Ten Tuesday #32

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.



Top 10 Books of Ten Years AgoSeptember 12, 2017 TopicThrowback Freebie: Ten Books I Loved 10 Years Ago!

I’ve been reviewing books since 2006, and posting those reviews on what ever blog platform I was using at the time (Open Diary or Myspace anyone?) Luckily I have done the work of moving my reviews with me to each new blog. So it’s easy for me to look back at 2007 and see what books I read that year that I really loved. (There might be a few from 2006 too.)

Ten Books I Loved 10 Years Ago!

    1. Wuthering Heights – Still gives me chills. Because of the way it’s written it may be hard for some readers to get into, but this is one of the most haunting stories I’ve ever read.
    2. Dream Thief – My favorite book, pretty much ever. I think I’m close to having read it a dozen times. Science fiction by Stephen R Lawhead, and really good science fiction at that.
    3. The Book of Three – If you like fantasy and YA and haven’t read the Chronicles of Prydain you are missing out. These book are really unsung classics.
    4. The Lathe of Heaven – A very tripy story about a guy whose dreams shape reality. and the force trying to shape those dreams.
    5. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – One of the best Christmas stories (aside from the one with the real baby Jesus.) It’s short enough you could read it every year just for all the feels.
    6. Fahrenheit 451 – Every book lover need to read this book. I feel almost ashamed that it took me until 2006 to read it.
    7. The Witch of Blackbird Pond – A great coming of age/fish out of water tale.
    8. Island of the Blue Dolphins – Having read this as a child I was skeptical of reading it as an adult, but it won me over again.
    9. The Cross and the Switchblade – One of the most powerful true stories I’ve ever read.
    10. Enders Game – Science fiction masterpiece. Skip the movie the wow factor is in the book.

Shattered Worlds Read Along!

Shattered Worlds Read AlongJoin the authors of Shattered Worlds for a read along!

After the authors of the Shattered Worlds Boxed Set hit the USA Today bestseller list and enrolled their compilation of 20+ exclusive stories into Kindle Unlimited, they came up with a wild, never-been-done-before idea: To connect with their readers and fans in a two-month long Facebook Read Along featuring each book in the set. This epic party runs from September 10th to November 13th, 2017.

They kick off the party on September 10th with a day of teasers and fun. Then, starting September 11th, each author will have three whole days in the Read Along to discuss their story and answer fans’ questions, as well as host games and giveaways. On the final day, November 13th, we’ll host an amazing party to celebrate two months of pure bibliophilism, exclusive swag, and shenanigans!

Also, Shattered Worlds is now available FOR FREE on Kindle Unlimited. You can grab a copy here!

I am more excited for this read along than I’ve been for any online event in a long time. That’s why I’m inviting everyone to join me and help make this the biggest group Read Along ever!!!

Synopsis:

Escape into twenty-two epic worlds that will leave you breathless.

From dystopian nightmares to gorgeous steampunk and fantasy settings to fairy-tale retellings and beyond, SHATTERED WORLDS has every story you’ve been dying to get your hands on!

This unique Young Adult/New Adult collection, inspired by the creative minds of twenty-two USA Today and international bestselling authors, promises to satisfy your cravings for action and adventure as you experience rune magic and time-travel, overthrow corrupt governments, meet reapers and aliens, battle dragons, fall hopelessly in love, and break ancient curses, right alongside some of the bravest characters in fantasy fiction!

Each book within this collection is exclusive to the set and can’t be found anywhere else.

Participating Authors & Stories:

LOGAN by Julie Hall
Every warrior has his weakness. His demons. His trials. His story.

CURSE BREAKER by Audrey Grey 
The mortal kingdoms are falling. An ancient Curse creeps closer. From the shadows, a dark Queen watches, waiting to mobilize her army. And the fate of the realm rests in the hands of one rebellious mortal girl . . .

ARV-3 by Cameo Renae  
Thirteen years after the government fails to avert a global disaster, Abigail Park and her family emerge from their underground bunker to discover the world isn’t as safe as they had hoped.

DEATH KNOCKS by Miranda Hardy and Jay Noel
Who knew a knock at the door could tear your world apart? They don’t demand money or possessions…they want much more than that, they want your life.

SLAYER by Armitage & Culican
Destined to slay dragons, Julianna embarks on a war centuries old. With her magic goblin sword in hand and a dragon in her sights, the world as she knows it will never be the same.

RIFT by Elana Johnson 
In this dangerous game with time, someone’s bound to lose.

THE PERILOUS IN-BETWEEN by Cortney Pearson 
Even the sky has secrets.

A REAPER MADE by Liz Long
Even Reapers are prone to humanity.

SOUND OF SILENCE by Ali Winters 
One dance, one touch, one kiss… Is all it took to change the fate of the world.

STARBOUND by J.L. Weil 
FML is becoming Katia’s motto for senior year. Things couldn’t get any worse, or so she thought.

THE SPACE IN BETWEEN by Jen Minkman
What if you really can fall in love with the man of your dreams..?

THE PIRATE EPISODE by Kristy Tate 
Cami finds herself torn between two men, two centuries, and two very different futures. From a modern day New England high school to the Caribbean Islands, The Pirate Episode is a romantic adventure that proves love knows no time.

MISTRESS GRIM by Jane Redd (Heather B. Moore)  
When the Mistress of Death discovers that hearts never truly die.

THE SCOURGE by A.G. Henley
She always knew this day would come, the day she faced the Scourge alone.

PRISON OF STATUES by Ainsley Shay 
Iris lives in a colorless world… until the nightmares begin.

THE CLOCKWORK WAR by Katy Haye
Win the war. Go home. If only it were that easy.

SEA SO BLUE by Nichole Giles 
Can a human meant for the deep blue sea, and a merman determined to leave his heart ashore find a way to be together?

RICHARD’S STORY by Rebecca Rode 
All Rich wanted was a girlfriend and a soccer scholarship. What he got was the apocalypse.

WINGLESS by Cindy Hogan
One girl. One gift. One terrible decision.

THE MAGIC OR THE RULERSHIP by Emily Martha Sorensen 
Okay, magic’s forbidden. But they’re not serious about that death penalty, are they?

THE GUARDIAN by Elizabetta Holcomb

Want a bonus chance to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card? Comment below with “I’m in.” and the story you are most interested in from the boxed set. Giveaway ends 10/1/17 and is sponsored by me, Arwen McGilvra not Shattered Worlds or any affiliated author.

Read A Book Day [Sept 6th] Buy A Book Day [Sept 7th]

Today is National Read A Book Day, #ReadABookDay. Sounds exactly like my kind of holiday. Last year I celebrated by reading Rags and Ruins (read my review here.) It turned out to be my favorite book in 2016.

This year I’ll work on finishing my current read 99 Days (Red Proxy Book 2). It’s one of the more interesting back stories for a fantasy book that I’ve ever come across. The characters are dealing with real moral dilemmas about their world, very deep ones concering the value of life that each character is struggling to understand in their own way and make sense of because life is not valued in their society (unless it’s your own.) I’m very interested to see where this book goes.

After 99 Days it will be on to the Shattered Worlds Read Along which I am soooo excited about. Pick up a copy of Shattered Worlds here. “Escape into twenty-two epic worlds that will leave you breathless.” The read along starts Sept 10th, and promises to be a great event with giveaways and lots of author participation.

Also tomorrow Sept 7th is buy a book day. I haven’t decided on what book I’m going to pick up tomorrow, but it may be one of these from my wishlist:

So what about you how will you be celebrating Read A Book Day and Buy A Book Day?

Summer Wrap Up and September Goals

What is it?Like to post about your goals? Link up with any goal post in staygoldautumn.com's linkup on the first day of the month!

Two different link ups one at Writes like a Girl called Small Goals, and another one at Stay Gold Autumn.

My Rating System:

Forgot to do it most days.

Somewhat met this goal (did at least 1/2 of the days.)

Mostly met this goal (did at least 2/3 of the days.)

Accomplished this goal.

July Goals

Finish Empty Threat (because my review is due before July 30th.)

Stay in the top 100 on Goodreads. Write an average of 3 reviews a day from here on out or 69 total reviews.

Continue creating new pages for my Bullet Journal at least one a week.

Sit down and review my week every Monday.

Summer Reading Wrap Up

What I read in July:
The Thirteenth Gate (Read my review)
Roger is Going Fishing (Read my review)
Empty Threat (Read my review)
The Devil’s Feast (Avery & Blake, #3)

Doctor Seuss Reading Challenge
Daisy-Head Mayzie
Hunches in Bunches
The Kings Stilts
Please Try to Remember the First of Octember
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

What I read in August:
The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Doctor Seuss Reading Challenge
I Want to Be Somebody New!
The Butter Battle Book
On beyond zebra
Scrambled eggs super!
I had trouble in getting to Solla Sollew

What I’m reading now: 99 Days (Red Proxy Book 2)

Up Next:

Shattered World Read Along

Pocket:

I use the Pocket app to read internet articles and blogs (a lot, I use Pocket a lot.) So I thought that with my monthly wrap up I’d share a couple of the best articles I read in the last month.

Summer Stuff

What a fun, crazy, busy, blessed summer we had! Here are just a few highlights:

Soccer Camp Crazy Hair Day.
Soccer Camp Crazy Hair Day.
My Grandmother and I both had quilts our Grandmother's made for us on display at the Brownsville Pioneer Picnic.
My Grandmother and I both had quilts our Grandmother’s made for us on display at the Brownsville Pioneer Picnic.
I had a great time leading crafts and science during Operation Arctic VBS.
I had a great time leading crafts and science during Operation Arctic VBS.
I volunteered for Mid Summer Arts, reading a story and doing yoga with kids at the Story Tree.
I volunteered for Mid Summer Arts, reading a story and doing yoga with kids at the Story Tree.
Little Bug Turned 7! We had a great Pokemon/ Pool party for her.
Little Bug Turned 7! We had a great Pokemon/ Pool party for her.
We went to the Opening Day at the new Carousel in town.
We went to the Opening Day at the new Carousel in town.
We were right in the totality for the Solar Eclipse!
We were right in the totality for the Solar Eclipse!
At the Oregon State Fair volunteering for Oregon Women for Agriculture.
At the Oregon State Fair volunteering for Oregon Women for Agriculture.

What an amazing summer! And that’s just the highlights. I hope you had an amazing summer too. Let me know the favorite thing you did this summer in the comments.

September Goals

Sit down and review my week every Monday.
Why? When I do this my weeks seem to go better and I get more accomplished (or at least I know what I accomplished.)

Blog for The Shattered Worlds Read Along, and Read A Book/Buy A Book day
Why? Over the summer I didn’t do a very good job of keeping up with my blog. Time to get back to work. Plus these are both great events to be celebrated in the reading world.

Log my meals for 1 week.
Why? I need to be doing this all the time, but it’s such a difficult habit to stay on top of. So my goal for this month is just to do it for 1 week, and then to build from there.

Do you have any goals for September? I’d love to discuss them in the comments below!

August 2017 Book Pick Ups

The Deliberate Reader

My TBR is a little out of control thanks to author freebies, and these .99 collections that offer pre-order bonus books. The latest one is Fire and Fantasy, which of course I pre-ordered and then got a ton of extra books tacked on.

Two collections that I’ve been waiting on were released in August. Dominion Rising (which had a link in it for bonus swag) and Shattered Worlds. Shattered Worlds is having a huge read along later this month. I’ll be posting about that later, but if you want to see what’s happening check it out here.

For Kindle:

Muse (Tales of Silver Downs Book 1)
Why I got it:  Author freebie.  I’m really trying to cut down on these author freebies, but this one grabbed my attention with, “He’s a melancholy bard. She’s expecting to settle into a boring and predictable life. They’re the world’s only hope against a nightmare…”

Song of Edmon (The Fracture Worlds Book 1)
Why I got it: Kindle First selection for August. Sounded intriguing, and had good reviews. The idea of a planet divided by those who live in perpetual day or perpetual night sounds like a great backdrop for a sci-fi story.

Dominion Rising Bonus Swag
Why I got it: You had to know this was in the back of the book and go click on the link to it in the first week after release. Thankfully I follow a lot of authors and was given the heads up.

Fire and Fantasy Freebies:

Here are all the freebies that came for pre-ordering the collection.

Strain of Resistance by Michelle Bryan

Games of Fate by Kris Austen Radcliffe

Cloak of Echoes by CK Dawn

Fire and Fantasy Coloring Book

We Thought We Were Invincible by Michelle Lynn

Veona by Steve Turnbull

Rebel’s Blade by Frost Kay

Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades

Grave Mistake by Izzy Shows

A Coronation of Kings by Samuel Stokes

Kids Books:

Invisible Lizard
Why I got it: Kurt Cyrus is a local author, and had a table at the Oregon State Fair. They always have a section for Oregon Authors. The seven year old picked this one out, turns out it had only been released the week before. He had his illustrator already sign the books and then he signed it for us.

From The Library:

Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love
Why I got it: I like the whole idea of up-cycling and reusing objects for crafts. I’ve been doing this forever. I’m hoping this book will have some interesting and fresh ideas.

DK Readers L1: Star Wars: The Force Awakens: New Adventures
Why I got it: The seven year old picked this one out to read, because it has Rey on the cover and she loves Rey! Unfortunately DK Readers Level one is a little bit more difficult than we imagined and she abandoned it.

Dr Seuss Books – I Want to Be Somebody New!, The Butter Battle Book, Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!, Yertle the Turtle
Why I got them: We are working through the Doctor Seuss library this summer.

 

What I’m Reading Now:  99 Days (Red Proxy Book 2) by Keith Ward