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June Wrap Up and July 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.

June Goals

Finish June still in the top 100 on Goodreads.

Create one new page in my bullet journal a week.

2 sets of Sit ups a day.

Finish Six of Crows, Empty Threat, and Wise Mans Fear, and start the Dark Frigate if there is time.

June Wrap Up

What I read in June:
Six of Crows
How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury (audio)
Bartholomew and the Oobleck
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book
Gerald McBoing Boing
Hooper Humperdink … ? Not Him!
I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!

What I’m reading now:
The Thirteenth Gate

Up Next:
Empty Threat
The Devil’s Feast

The first part of the month was great, I was able to be really on task with my goals. Then life took several unexpected twists and all my goal planning fell apart. I did manage to finish Six of Crows before everything went wacky on us, I also technically ended the month in the top 100 but barely (at #92 in the USA) and I did manage to create my bullet journal pages.

But well the goal of small goals is to take it one step at a time.

A Goodreads review tracker for my BuJo.
My book page for Six of Crows.
My Sit-Up Tracker, unfortunately so far in July I have done exactly 0 sit ups.

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.

June 2017 Book Pick Ups

The Deliberate ReaderOnce again I got WAAAY too many books this month. I’ve really got to stop opening up book deal emails and emails from authors. My Kindle is over flowing.

Plus a book by my friend Karen Barnett came out in June, and our local independent book store had a sale.

Also over summer break we are trying to read all of the Dr. Seuss books on this checklist (as many as we can get our hands on.)

For Kindle:

The Pearl of Wisdom Saga: Two Book Bundle
Why I got it: Author freebie. The description for this fantasy series starts, “Kings. Queens. Treachery.” That was enough to get me interested plus the title of the first book “Two Heads Two Spikes” sounds intriguing, and then the cover for book 3 sealed it. Yeah this is a series that I want to check out.

Whispers From Another World: Whitney Powers Paranormal Adventure #1
Why I got it: Won it from an Amazon giveaway. It’s by the same author as the Pearls of Wisdom saga. While I’m not a fan of “medium heat romance” or urban fantasy, winning is always nice ;).

The Man of Legends
Why I got it: My Kindle First Selection for June. To tell you the truth I didn’t really scrutinize the list this month, and just picked out the science fiction selection.

Cage of Deceit: Reign of Secrets, Book 1
Why I got it: Author freebie. A princess by day, vigilante by night is a pretty unique twist on the princess troupe. You know the one where she’s a political pawn, but feels in her heart she’s something more, and then boom! turns out only she has the special whatever to save her kingdom. I am hoping this one turns that on its head.

99 Days (Red Proxy Book 2)
Why I got it: Author freebie. “Kertram is a contented man with a simple life. He likes the dangerous, but rewarding work of shepherding baby dragons… His wife is murdered and his babies kidnapped. He knows his newborns will be ritually sacrificed on the 99th day of their lives to satisfy the monstrous appetites of others — unless he can get there first.” Wow! I totally want to know what happens.

The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow Book 1)
Why I got it: Author freebie. Ok the cover, I’ll admit it, one look at the cover and I was in. I’m not as into Fae stories as some, but it does sound interesting, and this books is a A 2014 Readers’ Favorite GOLD MEDAL WINNER in YA Fantasy.

Conan: Broadsword Legacy Collection
Why I got it: Instafreebie had this collection listed in a email I received from them. It’s EVERY Conan story in the preferred reading order. Now I can read Conan without having to wonder “what order do I tackle these in?”

Redemption: A Malvers War Story
Why I got it: Author freebie. This one didn’t actually sound too fascinating to me, but the others in the series did, Ancient Enemies and Ancient Allies. Monsters and humans in a never ending war, dark prophecy, and warrior women in an epic fantasy tale.  This story is still available on Instafreebie.

Seventh Mark (part 1 & 2)
Why I got it: Author freebie. This is one of the reason I’ve got to learn that not every freebie is worth it. Shifters, love triangles and romance… well I probably won’t be getting to this any time soon.

Salted
Why I got it: Author freebie. The author was intrigued when his mother challenged him to write a “mermaid” book that would appeal to boys. So what we get is an under the sea tale about Selkie’s, action and adventure. I’m am definitely excited to dive in this one.

eARC:

The Thirteenth Gate: Dominion Mysteries #2
Why I got it: New Kat Ross novel!!! **Dances in the streets** I am so hooked on Kat Ross, some of the best new fantasy I’ve read in the past couple of years. And if my enthusiasm isn’t enough here is a bite sized description, “Winter 1888. At an asylum in the English countryside, a man suspected of being Jack the Ripper kills an orderly and flees into the rain-soaked night.”

ARC:

1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Muscle Cars In Detail No. 4
Why I got it: My husband and I enjoy classic muscle cars, so I took a chance with this book.

Kids Books:

Tangled: Kingdom of Color
Why I got it: My weakness for cheap thrift store books and Disney Princesses strikes again.

The Berenstain Bears and the Sitter
Why I got it: IT WAS FIFTY CENTS! Seriously, that’s all to add another Berenstain BEars book to our collection.

Great Buildings
Why I got it: My husband picked this out at the thrift store.

Serendipity
Why I got them: Two reasons 1. I love Serendipity and endeavor to own them all. 2. Our local book store Browser’s Book had a 25% off sale one weekend in June and I found they had recently received a whole huge collection of Serendipity books. Thank you Dottie (name plate inside the books), whoever you are for passing on your books, we will make sure to enjoy them all.

PS: I’m personal friends with the owner, and when I told him what I had bought during the sale (at really reasonable prices I might add,) he told me, “I know I could put them on Ebay and get more for them there, but I want them in the hands of children.” Bingo! The Little Bug loves them and yep they are certainly going to be read not just shelved in a collection.

Other:

The Road to Paradise: A Vintage National Parks Novel
Why I got it: This is the latest novel by my friend Karen Barnett. I had it on pre-order since day one. It’s a historical fiction novel set in the early days of Mount Rainier National Park.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)
Why I got it: The online book fair for Little Bug’s school had this as one of the weekly deals, so I got a copy for $1. I may finally get into this YA series that everyone raves about. And really since I’m a big fan of Greek Mythology and retelling you’d have thought I would have already read this.

From The Library:

Six of Crows
Why I got it: The June choice for the Date A Book Club on Goodreads. It’s been a while since I’ve been involved with a book club and another book blogger I know was going to be doing it, so I jumped in. And I devoured this book. I can’t believe that I have never read a Leigh Bardugo book before.

How to Train Your Dragon: How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury (Audio)
Why I got it: June is Audiobook Month, so I thought I’d give audio books another shot, and besides this one was read by David Tennant. However the library sticker prevented me from seeing that this was book 12. Way to start at the end **head slap**.

Dr Seuss – Bartholomew and the Oobleck, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?, Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book, Gerald McBoing Boing, Hooper Humperdink … ? Not Him!, I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!
Why I got them: We are working through the Doctor Seuss library this summer. I will have to say that so far Gerald McBoing Boing has been the big hit.

Cover Reveal: The Queen’s Rising

With gorgeous description and detailed rendering of a world where not everything and everyone are what they seem, Rebecca Ross weaves an intricate tale of revenge, loyalty, and, ultimately, self-discovery. Don’t miss the beautiful cover for Rebecca Ross’s debut young adult fantasy, THE QUEEN’S RISING, and pre-order your copy today!

THE QUEEN’S RISING Synopsis:

When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

 

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Book Blitz: Gears of Fate

Gears of Fate 
by Wilbert Stanton 
(Forgotten Gods #1)
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: June 20th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult

Meet A New Book

Ok, so the mix of steampunk, mythology and dystopia sounds like the setup up for a joke, (Steamboy and Zeus walk into a bar… well I don’t know where to go from there.) But the description sounds good without being cheesy. If Stanton can pull this wild mix off it will be interesting.

Centuries have passed since the Fey conquered Earth, forcing mankind and gods alike to flee to the sky city Olympus. Forgotten gods walk amongst man, lost and powerless. Little do they suspect a second Fey war looms, and an unlikely duo will set in motion the gears of fate.

Zak Walker is a fringe rat living in the slums who would do anything to protect his sister, Alice. His neglectful father threatens to consign him to a life away from home on an airship, but he yearns for his life to mean something more than drudgery.

Princess Seneca Rose is the last surviving member of the Seelie royals. They tried to establish peace with mankind, but fell to the forces of Queen Mob and the Unseelie Court. Fleeing for her life, Seneca arrives on Olympus in hopes of uniting the forgotten gods against the oncoming Fey.

Zak couldn’t care less about the fate of Olympus, until faeries kidnap Alice. He doesn’t believe Seneca’s stories of faeries or gods, but soon has no choice but to accept their lives are intertwined. All his life, he’s dreamed of something more. If he cannot face the dangers that await down on Earth, the gods, mankind, and his sister Alice are all doomed.

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Top Ten Tuesday #30

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



June 20, 2017 Topic: Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t (topic originally done March 2013) — anyone else have a mile long list of series to start like I do??

Yes! Oh man, I have so many series I want to start reading and so little time to read them all. I’m going to limit myself to ten for this list though. Because seriously there are so many good series out there….

Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start

  1. The Lunar Chronicles – A Sci-fi fairy tale retelling with cyber punk elements. This one sounds totally right up my alley. I’ll still surprised I haven’t read it yet.
  2. The Grisha Trilogy – I just finished reading Six of Crows for a summer book club and LOVED IT. I can’t believe that was my first introduction to Leigh Bardugo, and I can’t wait to read more books by her.
  3. The Maze Runner – My friends are split on this dystopian YA series. But it sounds right up my alley, so I want to give it a shot.
  4. Lorien Legacies – I Am Number Four has been on my TBR for a loooong time. But again people are really split on it, and since Micheal Bay raves about it I wasn’t quite sure I’d like it. Maybe it’s time to give it a chance though.
  5. Peter and the Starcatchers – My sister raves about these books, and I believe she’s read the whole series to my nephew.  I have always been a big fan of Peter Pan and Neverland, and Dave Barry is a good writer too.
  6. Leviathan – As a fan of steam punk this has been on my TBR for a while, but I didn’t jump right on it because of Scott Westerfeld’s repetitiveness in the Uglies series. (I loved Uglies, but the fact that the plot kinda gets recycled in each following book soured me.) However a lot of my friends on Goodreads rave about Leviathan.
  7. Percy Jackson and the Olympians – I finally got my hand on a copy of The Lightning Thief, so maybe I will start this series soon. Again, it sounds right up my alley with Greek mythology and YA fantasy. (I haven’t watched the movies yet, but anything that Nathan Fillion is in can’t be half bad.)
  8. The Royal Circle – As a Historical Impersonator of Queen Anne Boleyn Tarnish has long been on my radar. The historical fiction books set in the Tudor court sound really good, even if they are not very accurate.
  9. The Great Library – It’s no secret that I love libraries. So a fantasy series centered around the idea that the Great Library of Alexandria surviving is interesting to say the least.
  10. Kingfountain – I keep hearing good things about this series (and the covers are amazing.) A dash of fantasy, mystery and a young Ender like main character on top of tons of great reviews makes this series sound more and more appealing.

Have you read of any these series? If I was going to start one tomorrow which one would you suggest I choose?

Dr Seuss Checklist

It took me a while to find a good printable checklist of Dr. Seuss books, that included the ones he published under the names P.D. Eastman and Theo Lesieg . (If you’re interested I got this list from Lil Fingers.) I wanted to see how many of his books we’ve read, and work towards reading them all.

Books by Dr. Seuss that we’ve read is in blue. Read and owned in blue and bold.

As of 6/16/17 we’ve read 14. I think I’ll be checking a few of these out from the library soon, so watch for that number to skyrocket.

Update 6/21/17: After checking out several of the “unread” books I realized we had read them. I just didn’t remember the title for some reason.

Update 7/5/17: We’re up to 25 now. Every week when we go to the library we get a couple more. So far so good.

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book? How many of these have you read. Leave me a comment to let me know.

Dr Seuss Books

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
All Aboard Thidwick (The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss)
The Alphabet Book
Are You My Mother?
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
Bartholomew and the Oobleck
Best Nest
The Big Brag
Big Dog Little Dog
The Butter Battle Book
The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
The Cat in the Hat Songbook
The Cat in the Hat’s Great Big Flap Book
The Cat’s Quizzer
Come over to My House
Daisy-Head Mayzie
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
Dr Seuss’s ABC
Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book
The Eye Book
Fish Out of Water
Flap Your Wings
The Foot Book
Fox in Socks
Gerald McBoing Boing
Go, Dog. Go!
A Great Day for Pup
Great Day for Up
Green Eggs and Ham
Happy Birthday to You
Hooper Humperdink … ? Not Him!
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!
Hop on Pop
Horton Hatches the Egg
Horton Hears a Who
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Hunches in Bunches
I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today, and Other Stories
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut (My personal favorite!)
I Can Write!: A Book by Me, Myself
I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew
I Wish That I Had Duck Feet (Beginners Books)
If I Ran the Circus
If I Ran the Zoo
I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words
In a People House
The King’s Stilts
The Lorax
Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now
Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet!
McElligot’s Pool
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You
My Book About Me, by Me Myself
Oh Baby, the Places You’ll Go!
Oh Say Can You Say?
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
On Beyond Zebra
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
The Pop-Up Mice of Mr. Brice
Please Try to Remember the First of Octember!
Robert the Rose Horse
Sam and the Firefly
Scrambled Eggs Supper
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff
Ten Apples Up on Top!
The Sneetches and Other Stories
Snow
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!
Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose
The Tooth Book
Wacky Wednesday
What Pet Should I Get?
What Was I Scared Of?
Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog?
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
You’re Only Old Once!

Top Ten Tuesday #29

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



June 13, 2017: Father’s Day related Freebiefavorite dads in literature, best father/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your dad, worst dads in literature, etc. etc.

My dad was the one to introduce me to comedy in book form. Mostly that was through the work of author Patrick F McManus and newspaper syndicate Dave Berry. In fact, he probably won’t claim you as a relative unless you get some entertainment out of McManus. (When he was here last fall he picked up one of my books and read a few chapters one evening, and even though he’s probably read it half a dozen times, he was still laughing so hard he had tears rolling down his face.) But then again most of my family is of the hunting, fishing, farming outdoorsy type, and you kinda have to be to get the humor in those books.

So if you enjoy the great outdoors and like a good full belly laugh here are … (in no special order.)

Top 10 Patrick F McManus Book

  1. A Fine and Pleasant Misery
  2. They Shoot Canoes, Don’t They?
  3. Never Sniff A Gift Fish
  4. The Grasshopper Trap
  5. The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw
  6. Real Ponies Don’t Go Oink!
  7. The Good Samaritan Strikes Again
  8. How I Got This Way
  9. Rubber Legs and White Tail-Hairs
  10. The Horse in My Garage and Other Stories

This ones for you dad!

How about you? Do you enjoy and comedy/humor authors? Let me know in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday #28

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



June 6, 2017:  10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR ListI want to know what books have piqued your interest lately from whatever genre you choose!

I have a whole bunch of collections waiting for me on my Kindle… I’m sure I’m not alone in this. One of the unique thing about Kindle is the number of book collections they have. Whether its a complete series or a collection of books my several authors, it’s easy to get your hands on a large stack of Kindle book very quickly.

Top 10 Book Collections for Kindle

  1. The Dragon Chronicles – Dragons. They are more than a memory from an age of wizards and heroes. These winged, fire-breathing beasts soar through the traditions of many lands, and through our dreams. In their many guises – Western or Eastern, reptile or lizard or serpent, wyvern, hydra, basilisk – dragons embody everything that we humans call magic.In this volume of the acclaimed ‘Future Chronicles’ anthology series, twelve authors invite you to journey to very different worlds – lands of fire and fury, of legend and lore – but all worlds where dragons roam unshackled from myth, freed from the imagination, and real.

I got this collection because well dragons, and it has stories by several authors I enjoy, like Daniel Arenson.

  1. Shattered Worlds – Escape into twenty-three 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!

I raved about this one last week, because it’s 23 stories for .99 cents! Dystopian, steampunk and fantasy are all right in my wheel house so, yes, I pre-purchased it.

  1. Dominion Rising – Find the Science Fiction and Fantasy reads you’ve been craving! Whether it’s alien invasion or dark fairytales, heart-pounding galactic adventures or cyberpunk romance, Dominion Rising will satisfy with a thrilling mix of 22 all-new full-length novels set in fantastical realms.Sword and sorcery, far-flung galactic empires, alternative history, epic magic, slipstream futures: this collection of carefully selected, exclusive novels is sure to please and delight readers of speculative fiction.

I saw this advertise in one of the many author emails I get as, “Spaceship or unicorn. Why not both?” And again it was .99 cents.

  1. The Great Iron War – The first three books in the Great Iron War steampunk dystopian fantasy series, collected together in a digital box set for the first time.In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.

Oh my! Steampunk and dystopian and did you read that description? Why am I not reading this right now?

    1. Legends: Fifteen Tales of Sword and Sorcery – Seventeen New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors bring you fifteen epic tales of Sword and Sorcery. LEGENDS is a ONE TIME ONLY limited bundle with over a million words of fantasy reading including original, never released stories from bestselling authors Nick Webb and K.F. Breene. Immerse yourself in captivating worlds and kingdoms where fearless warriors quest, powerful sorcerers battle fiery dragons, and humble peasants rise from poverty to riches.

For some reason I can’t find this collection on Amazon any more, and though it is in my order history. Again a collection of fantasy novels for .99 cents.

  1. Galactic Empires: Eight Novels of Deep Space Adventure – Eight full-length novels of adventure, war, intrigue and survival in the far reaches of space.

I think this set is free right now. Saving this one for a trip, like I have to wait for an airplane, and sci-fi will keep me busy.

  1. The Healers of Meligna Series Boxed Set – A three novel digital boxed set containing over 300,000 words of page-turning, fantasy reading. There will be 5 books in total for the Healers of Meligna series. Adenine is blind and isolated in her small attic bedroom. Haunted by the recent deaths of her uncle and father, she is alone and afraid. Believing she is a carrier of the incurable Death Plague that ravished the lands twenty-five years ago, she never goes outside…

Sounds soooo good! I’ve got to find time to read this set.

  1. Courtlight Series Boxed Set – This THREE NOVEL DIGITAL BOX SET – The Courtlight Series Book 1-3 (Sworn To Raise, Sworn To Transfer, Sworn To Conflict) – is over 800 pages (230,000 words). Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder–intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.

This one is free for Kindle right now. An epic fantasy story that sounds pretty good.

  1. Fire and Fantasy – Mystical Lands. Epic Adventure. Enchanting Characters.FIRE & FANTASY will have your imagination soaring as you charge headfirst into this enchanting collection of 20+ brand new and existing fantasy reads packed with daring quests, bewitching legends, and dark magic!

I don’t have this one yet, but it’s only .99 cents and very tempting.

  1. The Lunar Chronicles – Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl…

Why haven’t I read the Lunar Chronicles yet? I don’t know, but I need to!

 

That’s my ten for this Tuesday. Leave me a link to your Top Ten Tuesday in the comments below.

May Wrap Up and June Small 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!Writes like a Girl has a linkup called Small Goals. Each month you post a short list of small goals you intend to work on plus your progress towards your goals from the previous month.

Stay Gold Autumn has another goal linkup with the rules:

  1. Add your goal posts to the linkup: it could be your goals for the year, 101 in 1001 goals, monthly goals, or just a post that talks about a goal you have completed!
  2. Display the button on your blog or post (button + code is available on my sidebar)
  3. Comment on 3 other blog posts that are linked up!

My Rating System:

I decided to use a emoji rating system for my goal like I use for my books.

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.

May Goals

3 Sets of Sit-ups.

Read for 15 Minutes.

Finish one book a week.

Create one new page in my bullet journal a week.

May Wrap Up

May was a crazy month, I was sick most of it and could barely concentrate half of the time because of being on tons of decongestants and stuff. So I had lots of time to read, but sit-ups um… nope. I also spent quiet a bit of time putting my backlog of reviews up on Goodreads, which got me into the Top 100 Reviewers.

I’ll be posting my May pickups later this week, but I also got a ton of new Kindle books, and added a whole bunch to my TBR list.

I started doing a bullet journal/ art journal page for each book I finish. (Thanks to Bec at Readers Wonderland for the idea.) Here are my first two pages:

The Waterfall Traveler (read my review)

Ticker (read my review)

June Goals

Finish June still in the top 100 on Goodreads.

Create one new page in my bullet journal a week.

2 sets of Sit ups a day.

Finish Six of Crows, Empty Threat, and Wise Mans Fear, and start the Dark Frigate if there is time.

 

That’s it for my June Small Goals. Do you have any goals you’d like to accomplish this month?

May 2017 Book Pick Ups

The Deliberate ReaderOk, wow I got too many books this month. Partly from author emails and deals, and partly from thrift store finds.

I have to wonder how I’m going to find enough time to read all these Kindle books. A lot of them sound really good too!

And yes those are my toes in the picture, I was having a really hard time with the lighting, and this was the best one of the bunch. 🙂

For Kindle:

The Lioness of Morocco
Why I got it: My Kindle First selection, unlike EVERYONE else who got The Hundredth Queen.But I like to use Kindle First to try out books that aren’t auto-select, so I often get mysteries or suspense, instead of the usual fantasy and sci-fi.

Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Why I got it: I had to write about Mother Teresa for a one of my weekly devotions at GodSpeaks.com. I came across this book while doing so and it was on sale.

Murder at the Book Fair
Why I got it: Why wouldn’t you want a book with a title like this? And when it was offered for free in one of my bargin emails, yeah I snapped it up quick.

Half-Blood Dragon
Why I got it: The cover is beautiful, and I got the book for free for being on the authors list.

Queen of Extinction
Why I got it: Also got this one for joining the author’s list. And with a sentence like this in the description, “If you like fairytale retellings, magic, steampunk, and romance…” well I was done in. It sounds great.

The Cruel Path
Why I got it: Another email freebie, I fell into a deep, deep hole of author freebies this month. This is a fantasy story about 3 brother who have to face some kind of trail, where at least one will have to die.

The Savage and the Prince
Why I got it: Author freebie. I don’t actually remember much about this book, except its fantasy.

Keeper
Why I got it: Author freebie. Could be a pretty good urban fantasy novel, if I can get into… urban fantasy can be hard for me to dig into.

The Road to Rebirth
Why I got it: Author freebie. I have the first book Call of Agon already (but haven’t had time to read it yet.)

Exhale
Why I got it: Author freebie. I read Feral, another story in the same Many Lives world this month, so when the author offered a freebie I took her up on it.

Final Dawn: Episode 1
Why I got it: Author freebie. This post-apocalyptic novel sounds great.

Prip’Yat: The Beast of Chernobyl
Why I got it: Author freebie. This one has such an interesting premise… how many stories do you know that are set in Chernobyl.

Surviving the Fall – Book 1
Why I got it: Author freebie. Another post-apocalyptic novel by the same author as Final Dawn and Prip’Yat.

Ocean’s Trial
Why I got it: Author freebie. Mermaids. Yep.

Kids Books:

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?
Why I got it: Our local Teen Challenge thrift store had a 75% off books sale! And they had a lot of gems, like this Eric Carle big board book.

Corduroy
Why I got it: 75% off sale. Corduroy is a classic, and I couldn’t pass it up.

What a Bad Dream
Why I got it: 75% off sale. This is a Little Critter book, got to pick those up when I see them.

Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed
Why I got it: 75% off sale. Five Little Monkey’s is a classic so I picked up this one. Not as good as the original, but it was like 25 cents.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Why I got it: 75% off sale. A book on the Amazon 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime, and we hadn’t read it yet.

Llama Llama Red Pajama
Why I got it: 75% off sale. I love the Llama, Llama books! This was a great pick up!

Trapper
Why I got it: 75% off sale. I would have bought this even if it wasn’t 75% off because Serendipity books are auto-buys for me.

Katie, the Kitten Fairy (Rainbow Magic, Pet Fairies, No. 1)
Why I got it: 75% off sale. I thought this early reader chapter book might be interested to the Little Bug (Age 6.)

Mouse Makes Words: A Phonics Reader
Why I got it: 75% off sale. A book that I knew Little Bug could read on her own.

Minions: The Deluxe Junior Novel
Why I got it: 75% off sale. Minions! Enough said.

The Berenstain Bears and the Substitute Teacher
Why I got it: 75% off sale. I had no idea that McDonald’s had at one point and time had Berenstain Bears books in their happy meals, there are 4 of them.

What’s This?
Why I got it: We went to a small multicultural fair, and there was an independent book seller there. I picked this one up because it’s cute and colorful and about gardening.

eARC:

Empty Threat
Why I got it: I participated in a Book Blitz for Empty Threat, and the excerpt was great so I requested to review it too. It sounds like a book lovers book. Like seriously here is the beginning of the description:

“Elana Black has the power to make herself fictional. But when she decides to start saving all the people in books and TV shows who die just for the sake of advancing the plot, she quickly learns that she’s not the only one with her powers.”

Newbery:

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Why I got it:  I’ve got to get back on schedule with reading the Newbery books, I bought this one because it looked interesting and I love Kate DiCamillo.

Other:

Heart and Brain: Gut Instincts: An Awkward Yeti Collection
Why I got it: The Awkward Yeti reached 2 million followers on Facebook and had a sale of 20% off of item at their store. So not only did I get a book to fill a gap in my library, but I got a signed copy too! And these cartoons are sooooo funny!