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April 2018 Book Pick Ups

april 2018 book pick upsThe Deliberate ReaderIt was a pretty good month for book pick-ups. Half-Off sale at our favorite thrift store never hurts things and neither does the fact that an author I reviewed an ARC for recently liked my review so much that he sent me copies of the rest of his books.

For Kindle:

The Air Raid Killer
Why I got it: My choice for Kindle First this month.

eARC:

The Incredible Secrets of Hadley HillThe Heart of Abshire House
Why I got it: My friend wrote these books and was looking for more reviewers to read them, so I signed up right away. Review of the first book should be coming later in May.

Angst:

Angst, Buried in Angst, Drowning in Angst, Burning with Angst

Why I got it: This is the coolest story. I wrote a review for a book called Clod Makes a friend (see it here) and the author sent me this great note after the tour was over:

“I received a lot of great reviews through the book blog tour, and I appreciate all of them. Hands down, yours was my favorite. It means everything when someone gets my writing. Honestly, it’s far more important to me than sales. Thank you.”

Then he offered to send me the rest of his books, no strings attached (although I probably will be reviewing them.) But really this kind of feedback from an author really makes my heart sing. It’s what us reviewers live for. David is also on Twitter, follow him at @got_angst .

Kids Books:

The Berenstain Bears Blaze a Trail
Why I got it: Bought it at a game store because we are friends with the owner and I have a thing for picking up Berenstain Bears books.

A Tale About Tails (Dr. Seuss/The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!)
Why I got it: It was the Easter basket book for the 7 year old this year.

Little Critter: Just a Teacher’s Pet
Why I got it: We went to our favorite local book store on Children’s Picture book day and the 7 year old picked this one out.

Pirate Mom (Step into Reading)
Why I got it: It’s a Step 3 which is the level the 7 year old is currently reading at.

Little House in the Big Woods
Why I got it: It was half-off at our favorite thrift store and I was surprised when I looked it up on my LibraryThing to find I didn’t already own this one.

Thomas Jefferson: (Childhood of Famous Americans)
Why I got it: Again half-off at the thrift store, and I try to collect these Childhood of Famous Americans books whenever I find them.

Escape from Fire Mountain
Why I got it: I HAD NO IDEA THAT GARY PAULSEN HAD ANOTHER SERIES. So naturally I had to buy it, because it’s by GARY PAULSEN.

Misc:

Tales of the Not Forgotten (Storyweaver)
Why I got it: Was my text book for KidMin academy in April. It was a great read!

Love’s Silent Song
Why I got it: A thrift store pick up, and not my typical sort of thing but it was made by a local publisher so I’m going to keep it.

Love Is a Gentle Stranger
Why I got it: Same series as above.

The Private Life of Spiders
Why I got it: My husband is super weird and pretty much got this book just to freak his (grown) sister out.

Matarese Circle
Why I got it: It was in the ten cent book box and I occasionally like a thriller.

The Fountainhead
Why I got it: Also in the ten cent book box. 😲 

Raft
Why I got it: Sorry to sound like a broken record, but it was also in the ten cent book box. Later I found out it was Stephen Baxter’s first book.

Illusion: A Novel
Why I got it: I really like Peretti and hadn’t read this one yet and… Say it with me “it was in the ten cent box.”

February & March 2018 Book Pick Ups

The Deliberate Reader
Sometimes life is so busy that I don’t have the time to keep up with entering books into Librarything or Goodreads or the blog. That’s been the case lately. Which is why for the second time in a row I am combining two posts together for the pick ups blog.

For Kindle:

Bone Music (The Burning Girl Series Book 1)
Why I got it: Kindle First choice for February.

A Glimmer of Hope (The Avalon Chronicles Book 1)
Why I got it: Kindle First choice for March.

Reign of Magic
Why I got it: Author Freebie. I’m on the Author’s email list and she offered it up for reviews.

ARC:

The Pink Umbrella
Why I got it: It looked like a fun kids book full of color.

Clod Makes A Friend
Why I got it: I loved the description about a boy who was bullied so much he had to make his own friend. I had no idea at the time I requested it how truly wonderful Clod Makes A Friend would turn out to be. Read my review.

Bathroom Boogie
Why I got it: It sounded hilarious.

Kids Books:

Lewis and Clark: The Astoria Cats
Why I got it: We met the author, who is also the Mayor of Astoria at an event, and of course I had to buy her book. I mean cats plus Oregon history!

The Gruffalo
Why I got it: It was the book fair dollar picture book, and for some reason I didn’t have this classic on my shelf yet.

Junie B Jones: Dumb Bunny
Why I got it: This was the book fair dollar chapter book, and I love Junie B. Jones. And that is all.

Video Game Guides:

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Official Game Guide for PC and Xbox 360
Why I got it: A thrift store find. Saddest story of my life is the 200+ hour Oblivious game on an Xbox 360 hard drive ruined by the red-ring of death (and yes, it;s unrecoverable, we’ve tried. 🙁 )

Pokemon Black and Pokemon White Versions 1 – The Official Pokemon Strategy Guide
Why I got it: The 7 year old bought Pokemon white for my husband for his birthday. Of course, guess whose the one whose been playing it. 😉 This was another, and timely, thrift store find.

Misc:

The Flanders Panel
Why I got it: Thrift store find. It seemed interesting, but I haven’t been able to read it yet.

StrengthsFinder 2.0
Why I got it: Thrift store find and this one has been on my list for a while. I plan on getting to it as soon as I finish my year long KidMin academy class.

Jesus Calling: Enjoy Peace in His Presence
Why I got it: Another thrift store find. I have the children’s version and have been wanting the adult version too.

Sacred Ground: Celebrating Fifty Years of Broken Arrow Bible Ranch
Why I got it: A special book celebrating the 50th anniversary of the camp in New Mexico where I worked for a summer. It’s such a special place in my heart that my husband and I still support the camp so that it will be able to host campers for years to come.

Letters from Rifka
Why I got it: Thrift store find and an interesting sounding book in the vein of Number the Stars.

Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
Why I got it: Thrift store find that I bought for my grandmother to read, but I think I’m going to keep it and read it myself.

December 2017 & January 2018 Book Pick Ups

December book pick upsThe Deliberate ReaderIt’s been a crazy January, which is why I haven’t posted my December pick ups yet. So you’re getting a two-for-one deal with BOTH December and January Pick Ups. Also I’ve been reading like crazy since I decided to fill up my February with ARC deadlines.

For Kindle:

Warning Call: A Novel of the Black Pages
Why I got it: The first book Empty Threat was fantastic (see my review here), and as soon as this book came out I snatched it up. I haven’t had the time to read it yet however.

NeverSea: Echoes of the Lost
Why I got it: It was on my list for Santa, and luckily my husband reads my blog from time to time and bought it as a Christmas present. It’s the Little Mermaid meets Peter Pan on a sci-fi world. Can’t wait to read this one!

The Blood King (Red Proxy Book 1)
Why I got it: 99 Days (Red Proxy Book 2)  is probably going to be my pick for book of the year for 2017. It had such an unusual and powerful message, without being preachy or over the top. Just characters who question the accepted morality of their culture and battle to do what is right. So when I got an unexpected Kindle credit I had to go back and pick up book 1.

The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner, Book 1)
Why I got it: I’ve been wanting to read this book forever and since I had some Kindle credit left over after purchasing The Blood King, I bought the Maze Runner too. It’s actually been recommended by a friend whose a sci-fi fan and not a YA fan, so I’ve taken that as a good sign (because I am a fan of both.)

When Gargoyles Rise
Why I got it: Author Freebie. I’m on the authors list and got a notice that I had won one of her contests and attached was the book as my prize, but I see it’s free in both KU and the price in Amazon is just set to $0.00. Sooooo, not much of a prize I guess.

Six Queens – Short Story Collection
Why I got it: Author Freebie. I’m on the email list for several author who decided to combine efforts and mailing lists into one called Six Queens. As a thank you to their subscribers they put together this collection.

eARC:

Nocturne: Fourth Talisman #1
Why I got it: Kat Ross is Awesome! She’s become an auto-read author for me. Nocturne continues the story of Nazafareen and Darius from the Forth Element Series (read my review of the first two books here and of the third book here.) It’s a fantastic fantasy world with some interesting new twists. Look for my review of Nocturne coming Feb 8th.)

Misc:

Ready Player One
Why I got it: My husband bought this one for me for a Christmas gift. 1. Because he already read it on audio book and 2. Because he thinks I need to read it before the movie comes out.

Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation
Why I got it: Actually I bought this one for my husband for Christmas. He (we) collect retro video games and this book has a lot of retro gaming history in it.

Heart and Brain: Body Language
Why I got it: My husband loves me. 🙂 And I love the Awkward Yeti (and my husband, mostly my husband.) Every year for Christmas and my birthday I get a big book of comics. I pretty told him that there wasn’t even a choice this year, I wanted the new Awkward Yeti collection. Being the awesome husband that he is, he got me a signed copy.

Owl Wonders Color Art for Everyone
Why I got it: It was a Christmas gift from my goddaughter. She combined two things I love, owls and coloring. She’s an awesome kid.

The Pings
Why I got it: I kickstarted this book after seeing it on Instagram. I wanted to back it because it promised to be a diverse children’s book with a Chinese-American story, and it had great pictures. However, they delivers waaay late and never gave the backers any updates during that time, then when I did read the book I was disappointed. Maybe before you write a book it would be a good idea to take a look at the concept of storytelling. The narrative is one of the most confusing I ever read in a children’s book. *sigh*

Ordinary Days: Family Life In A Farmhouse
Why I got it: I actually bought this for my Grandmother for Christmas, but after she read it she gave it back (I kinda knew that would happen.) At 92 she reads about 3 books a week and she doesn’t really like to reread books. She’s basically the perfect library user.

January book pick ups

For Kindle:

Sirens and Scales: a Limited Edition Urban Fantasy Collection
Why I got it: I finally gave in and bought this .99 collection. I pretty knew I would buy it when I first saw it, but I knew it was the last thing my already over stuffed TBR needed.

Sin of Mages
Why I got it: Author Freebie. I’ve been on the authors list for a while, but hadn’t read anything of his yet. So when an offer came up to get the first book free I took it. Sounds like a good fantasy story.

Twist of Faith
Why I got it: Kindle First. I don’t know what’s been up with Kindle First lately, but they haven’t had much to interest me. Still I feel like I have to choose a book, and so I choose this one and will probably never read it.

Legend: A Dragon Rising Novella
Why I got it: Author Freebie. The author K.N. Lee offed this book up for review and so I took it. Although, I’m not so sure about the reverse harem situation. In fact, I’m not sure about harems in any situation, but we’ll see how it plays out.

Court of Shadows: Forbidden Magic Book One
Why I got it: Author Freebie. Another K.N. Lee title.

The Buried Symbol (Runes of Issalia Book 1)
Why I got it: Author Freebie. An author whose list I just joined offered this for free to new readers. It’s a interesting magic school concept where, of course, the new pupil finds a new kind of magic and long buried secrets. Good be good, but again we’ll see.

eARC:

Solis
Why I got it: It’s the sequel to Nocturne. Trust me you’ll want to get both of these book at the same time. Nocturne left me breathless with anticipation, and I could not get my hands on Solis fast enough.

Romanov
Why I got it: Ever since watching Anastasia as a child I’ve had a thing for retellings/re-imagings of the fact of the famed Russian monarcy. This one brings it into the modern era as a urban fantasy story.

Kids Books:

Quest for the Heart (Disney Moana) (Step into Reading)
Why I got it: I had my goddaughter pick out a Step Into Reading level 3 book with her Christmas money and this is the one she choose.

Misc:

Every Landlord’s Legal Guide
Why I got it: Every few Years you’ve got to brush up on the new rules and regulations. We try to keep on top of it, and these guide definitely help.

From the Library:

How Food Works: The Facts Visually Explained
Why I got it: I was interested to see what kind of information this book had and how balanced it was. It pretends to be balanced, but still has a lot of food myths in it, esp where it comes to animal agriculture. Even on the front cover it says that 75% of farm land is used to raise feed for animals. What it fails to mention is that is often the highest and best use of land that can’t be used to grow other crops. Want real facts about agriculture? Check out Common Ground.

How to raise an amazing child the Montessori way
Why I got it:  I’ve always been a fan of the Montessori method and I checked out this book because I was going to be teaching kids church ( the 4-7 year old group.) I wanted to see if it had any fresh ideas for me in it. I skimmed through it, but would really recommend this to any parents out there who want a better approach to parenting, one that is positive and proactive.

November 2017 Book Pick Ups

November 2017 book pick upsThe Deliberate ReaderThis month is different! I actually kept my book acquisitions to a reasonable number. Of course, I still have so many books on my TBR already that I’m going to have to live to be 200 to read them all, but progress is progress.

For Kindle:

Colorless
Why I got it: It was offered for free and I’ve heard good things about both this series and author.

Goddess of War: An Epic Fantasy (Fallen Gods Book 1)
Why I got it: KN Lee is the best, pretty much offering her whole library to those on her reviewers list.

Water So Deep: Book One (Water So Deep, Book One 1)
Why I got it: The prequel Sea so Blue was part of the Shattered World collection and I really enjoyed it. As part of the read along the offered this book for free, and I definitely want to read it.

The Narrowing Path (The Narrowing Path Series Book 1)
Why I got it: Author Freebie. On his mailing list the author this book for free, and it has an interesting fantasy premise, so I took the bate and got it.

The Good Samaritan
Why I got it: My Kindle First choice this month. Frankly I haven’t seen anything I really wanted the last couple of months, but lots of people seemed to give good reviews of this book, and I can save it for when I feel the urge to read suspense.

Kids Books:

Olivia Helps Mother Nature
Why I got it: Dollar Tree Olivia book. We have nearly all of these Olivia Ready to Read books, and right now Miss S is ALL ABOUT reading them. She chooses them nearly every night for the book she reads to me.

Misc:

Living on the Edge: Dare to Experience True Spirituality
Why I got it: I enjoy Chip Ingram’s teaching, but haven’t read the book that really helped launch him into the spotlight. It was on sale at a thrift store so I picked it up.

I Am a Church Member
Why I got it: It was a gift, of sorts, for doing the membership class at church.

James Bond: The Secret World of 007
Why I got it: Another Thrift store find. We both enjoy James Bond (well I do not enjoy the Daniel Craig version, but…) and this DK reader was only a couple of bucks and it looks good next to the James Bond Encyclopedia.

October Wrap Up and November 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.

October Goals:

Continue to sit down and review my week every Monday.
This habit helps me stay so much more organized.

Celebrate my birthday at the Chinese Buffet!
Absolutely! I had a great birthday, day with my man!

Log my meals for 1 week.
Yes! I managed to do about 10 days in a row last month.

Write Review for The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly and Mary Poppins.
I got the review for Mary Poppin finished and posted, but haven’t had time to finish the one for Minnow Bly.

At the Portland Retro Gaming Expo posing with my man Pip Boy from the Fallout series.
At the Portland Retro Gaming Expo posing with Pip Boy from the Fallout series.
2017 Pumpkins
Painting our pumpkins makes them last a lot longer…
2017 Pumpkins
… but they still glow thanks to glow-in-the-dark stickers!
Trunk or Treat 2017
This year was my very first Trunk or Treat. I choose a bathtime theme, complete with sounds track that included the Rubber Duckie song and Splish-Splash.

Reading Wrap Up:

Sea So Blue
Change Your Culture, Change Everything

What I’m reading now:  The Clockwork War, Shattered Worlds Read Along

Up Next:  More Shattered Worlds Read Along

Pocket App: Best Articles of the Month

November Goals:

Really November has already, been and will continue to be SUPER crazy busy. My goal for this month is to just make it through in one piece and still mentally sound 😉 .

And to continue to do my weekly review journal entry.

October 2017 Book Pick Ups

The Deliberate Reader

Every month I say that same thing, “I won’t get as many book this month. My TBR pile is already out of control.” And then completely ignore that and go out and get a whole bunch of books. I’ve kept myself from pre-ordering the two newest book collections Sirens and Scales and Heroines & Hellions, but I’m not sure I’ll make it through November without picking them up – because they look so amazing!

For Kindle:

Infinity: 1 Why I got it: When I placed an order with Amazon last month I got a credit for a digital graphic novel

Hansel (Gretel Book Three)
Why I got it: Author Freebie. When you have the first two books and the author offers you the sequel for free you take it.

The Chronicles of Koa Boxed Set Books 1-3
Why I got it: KN Lee offered boxed sets of her books to reviews who were on her mailing list and I snatched them up.

Dragon-Born: The Dragon-Born Saga Books 1-3
Why I got it: Same as above, a KN Lee boxed set offered for free to reviewers.

The Unremembered Girl: A Novel
Why I got it: My choice for Kindle First for October, and I can tell you I completely forgot about this one.

City of Shadows: Part One
Why I got it: Author Freebie. A trusted author who offered this stand alone book in his world of the Atomic Sea. I couldn’t turn it down, although this one looks like it will have a darker tone than some of his other books.

Pre-Orders:

Roar (Stormheart) Paperback
Why I got it: Have you seen the cover? Have you? It beautiful! This is one book you need to own a physical copy of. Unfortunately I will have to wait until June to get the paperback, meanwhile all those Kindle readers are tantalizing me with their reviews.

Where the Fire Falls: A Vintage National Parks Novel
Why I got it: The next book by my friend Karen Barnett. These vintage National Parks novels also have beautiful covers, but I know I can trust Karen to deliver a good story.

Kids Books:

Wee Sing Silly Songs
Why I got it: Any Wee Sing book is a must buy at a thrift store, I love them so much. I already have another version of this, but with songs books it’s okay to have extras.

Blueberries for Sal
Why I got it: A Caldecott winner, for 50 cents? It’s was a great pick up.

Amelia Bedelia Hits the Trail
Why I got it: This one is right at Miss S’s reading level and was also on sale at the Thrift store. Plus Amelia Bedelia is hilarious.

Leif Likes to Play
Leif Likes to Count
Leif Needs a Bath
Why I got them: As a child I had a copy of Leif cleans his room, and I had no idea it was part of a series. These were at the thrift store and it blew my mind! Now we have a complete set.

The Mitten String
Why I got it: Was on sale for $2.50 at Safeway of all places. This is such a good story I would recommend that you look for it at your library. I would call it a diverse book because the characters are all Jewish and the character the story centers on is deaf. It’s just rich with multiple layers, and I would recommend reading it to your kids.

Portland Retro Gaming Expo:

Signed copy of 100 Greatest Console Video Games

The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987
Why I got it: The author was at the expo, and this is a book right up my husband’s alley.

Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection
Why I got it: One of the tables had this set for $10! It was almost too good of a bargain. I’ve been wanting to get this set for Miss S so that she could expand her game play, esp with Redstone.

Birthday Books:

Books I got for my birthday.

Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse
Why I got it: Cause my sister is awesome. 🙂 And Serenity/ Firefly is awesome. And this was the last of the Serenity graphic novels that I needed.

Star Wars Origami Characters
Star Wars Origami Spacecraft
Why I got it: I like doing origami, but my mother must think I’m a master at it because most of these designs are going to be soooo hard to do.

FoxTrot : En Masse
Why I got it: My husbands know I like a good laugh, and he keeps me supplied with the funnies. Although, this volume is obviously old because, um joke about Alf?!?

KidMin Academy:

KidMin Academy Books

Why I got them: I’m taking the year long KidMin Academy diploma program and this is the packet of books for the first term. Most are required reading but the Almight Bible and Missing were free extras.

The Almighty Bible: Genesis (First Book in Graphic Novel Series)

Pulse II: Pumping Life Into Your Kids Ministry

Kidmin Manifesto: The Values, Culture and Mandate of the Nation

Future Faith: Shaping Today’s Ministry for Tomorrow’s Opportunities

The Volunteer Code: How to Recruit and Care for Volunteers

Missing: An Urgent Call for the Church to Rescue Kids

Change Your Culture, Change Everything: The Leader’s Guide to Organizational Transformation

Misc:

Pray for Me
Why I got it: Our church is doing the Pray for Me campaign and we decided to participate. After all it’s a great idea to have adults in the church committed to praying for the kids in the church. They try to match up 3 adults for each teen or family.

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.

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.

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