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August and September 2018 Book Pick Ups

August

For Kindle:

Three Dark Crowns
Why I Got It: It was on sale for 99 cents!
What I hope to get out of it: This book has been on my wish list and it sounds like a great fantasy series.

Happy Doomsday: A Novel
Why I Got It: Kindle First pick for August
What I hope to get out of it: It looks like an interesting YA post-apocalyptic story.

Acheron
Why I Got It: I think this was the Tor book of the month.
What I hope to get out of it: I’m not sure. I really don’t remember getting this one.

The Faerie Prince
Why I Got It: Offered in Authors Newsletter
What I hope to get out of it: I already have the first book in this series, so if I like it I can now continue on to the second book.

From The Library:

The best restaurant in the world
Why I Got It: It looked funny.
What I hope to get out of it: Every once in a while you have to try out something new that you see sitting on the library shelf. It was just a funny and different sort of book.

A Graphic History of the American West: The Gold Rush
Why I Got It: To continue the series after The Oregon Trail.
What I hope to get out of it: The 8 year old is really into pioneers right now, so I got more of this graphic story series to continue learning about life as a pioneer.

A Graphic History of the American West: The explorations of Lewis and Clark
Why I Got It: Next in the series.
What I hope to get out of it: Same as above.

eARC:

Island on Fire
Why I Got It: From Xpresso Reads, it sounded like a fun historical fiction text.
What I hope to get out of it: Read my review here.

Children’s Books:

The First Christmas Ever
Why I Got It: We have the First Easter, and I didn’t realize it was part of a series. When I found out I got the first book.
What I hope to get out of it: A kid friendly picture book about Christmas.

ARC:

Phone Call with a Fish
Why I Got It: As a part of the LibraryThing early reviewers program.
What I hope to get out of it: A kids book about having a shy classmate sounded interesting.

September

For Kindle:

Mirror X (The Van Winkle Project Book 1)
Why I Got It: I did a Blitz for the series on my blog (see the post here) and the first book was on sale for 99 cents.
What I hope to get out of it: A YA dystopian, which is pretty much always up my alley.

The Rule of One
Why I Got It: My Kindle First Pick for September.
What I hope to get out of it: Another YA dystopian, with an interesting premise of the one child rule in a future American.

The Black Company
Why I Got It: Tor book of the month.
What I hope to get out of it: I hear mixed things about this book, some call it a classic others say it’s a pass. I’m not sure if I’m super interested in reading it right now.

Children’s Books:

Wayside School Get A Little Stranger
Why I Got It: Bought it for #BuyABookDay, and also because the * year old loves Wayside school.
What I hope to get out of it: Laughs, so many laughs. And we will probably be playing pretend with Wayside school characters for a long time.

Bella The Bunny Fairy (Rainbow Magic: The Pet Fairies #2)
Why I Got It: The next book in the series.
What I hope to get out of it: A beginners chapter book that the 8 year old can read herself.

ARC:

Sophia Writes to Her Bully and A Bully on the School Bus
Why I Got It: I will be reviewing the books soon for iRead Book Tours.
What I hope to get out of it: Books that give practical advice for kids to handle bullies as part of Bully Prevention month in October.

What we’re into:

Personal Reading – Maiden by Teresa A. Harrison
Reading With the Miss S – Wayside School Get A Little Stranger
Listening to – Threads by Geoff Moore and the Distance
Watching – We finally went and watched Solo. And I didn’t think it was nearly as bad as the media had made it out to be.

July 2018 Book Pick Ups

July 2018 Book Pick Ups

For Kindle:

Never: (Prequel to The Amber Isle)
Why I Got It: Offered in Authors Newsletter
What I hope to get out of it: A main character named Never sounds like a great setup for adventure.

What If Everybody Said That?
Why I Got It: During Amazon Prime Day you could get all of their Kindle First Reads, so I did.
What I hope to get out of it: A lighthearted lesson in kindness.

Whisper Me This: A Novel
Why I Got It: Amazon Prime Day
What I hope to get out of it: This doesn’t seem like my type of book, so I’m not sure what I’d expect.

The King Tides (Lancaster & Daniels Book 1)
Why I Got It: Amazon Prime Day
What I hope to get out of it: High octane mystery.

The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores
Why I Got It: Amazon Prime Day
What I hope to get out of it: While the setting of the Azorean Islands sounds intriguing I’m not that into memoirs.

Beautiful Exiles
Why I Got It: Amazon Prime Day
What I hope to get out of it: Again it’s not my type of book, so I probably won’t be in a hurry to read it.

A Killer’s Mind (Zoe Bentley Mystery Book 1)
Why I Got It: Amazon Prime Day
What I hope to get out of it: Sounds like an episode or spin off of Bones.

A Darker Shade of Magic
Why I Got It: Freebie for signing up at Tor.com
What I hope to get out of it: There has been so much buzz about this series, I’m glad to get it and to jump into the world of alternative London’s.

Underground and Exile
Why I Got It: I’m on the authors newsletter list and it looked like an interesting sort of dystopian series.
What I hope to get out of it: A good dystopian read.

Era of Undying
Why I Got It: The author contacted me through my website.
What I hope to get out of it: It has an interesting premise for a fantasy story. I think it’ll be an interesting read.

A Shadow in Summer
Why I Got It: A freebie for being on the Tor email list.
What I hope to get out of it: I’m not sure, reviewers seem to be split on this fantasy series.

From The Library:

A Graphic History of the American West: The Oregon Trail
Why I Got It: The soon-to-be 8 year old has been interested in the Oregon Trail and pioneers this summer.
What I hope to get out of it: A way for her to better visualize life on the Oregon Trail.

The Science of Good Cooking
Why I Got It: I’m not into recipe books, I prefer to learn how and why things work and cook by that knowledge, so this book sounded perfect.
What I hope to get out of it: Can I please learn how to make good bread?

What we’re into:

Personal Reading – The Heart of Abshire House
Reading With the Miss S – Little House in the Big Woods
Listening to – Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs, Vol. I
Watching – Ha! I wish. We’ve been too busy to watch anything.

June 2018 Book Pick Ups

June 2018 Book Pick Ups

Not a lot of books this month. Which is good, cause my TBR shelves are already overflowing, as is my Kindle. I’ve been working hard to do a TBR take-down this year. For every one new book or ARC I’m trying to read one book that’s been on my TBR shelf for a least two years, and one book from my Kindle. (I know I have a problem… the very best bookish sort of problem.😊)

For Kindle:

The Neverland Wars
Why I Got It: It’s been on my TBR for a while and it was offered for free.
What I hope to get out of it: A fun YA Peter Pan re-imagining.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1)
Why I Got It: It’s been on my Goodreads TBR forever, and I finally had a bunch of Amazon digital credits saved up so I bought it.
What I hope to get out of it: I’ve heard it said this is one of the best Cinderella re-tellings.

Dividing Eden
Why I Got It: Also’s been on my Goodreads TBR for a long time and it was on sale for $1.99.
What I hope to get out of it: A good fantasy read, although people seem to be split on it.

A Home for Leo
Why I Got It: My Kindle First pick for June.
What I hope to get out of it: Not sure, just none of the other seemed interesting.

New Books:

Roar: A Stormheart Novel
Why I Got It: The cover is beautiful and I’ve been hearing all sorts of good stuff about it from other reviewers.
What I hope to get out of it: A good YA Elemental Fantasy.

Where the Fire Falls: A Vintage National Parks Novel
Why I Got It:  Karen is a personal friend of mine, so I always pre-order her latest books.
What I hope to get out of it: A good historical romance with a national parks backdrop.

eBay:

The Toy Campaign (Spirit Flyer)
Why I Got It: We had book 1, and 3-6. Seemed silly not to have book 2.
What I hope to get out of it: We decided that we might never find this in “the wild.” so we opted to buy it from ebay so that we can read the series in order.

What we’re into:

Personal Reading – Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said
Reading With the Miss S – Little House in the Big Woods
Listening to – Innerwish 
Watching – Star Trek: The Original SeriesPrime Suspect: Tennison

 

May 2018 Book Pick Ups

May book pick upsThe Deliberate ReaderI managed to get through May without adding a bazillion books to my TBR. This is a major accomplishment, but I have several preorders coming in June. My TBR  just can’t remain tamed for long.

For Kindle:

Air Awakens: The Complete Series
Why I Got It: Borrowed it from the Kindle Owners Library. It’s been on my Goodreads TBR for a while.

Steamborn
Why I Got It: I’m on the authors list and it was offered for free.

Lady of Sherwood
Why I Got It: I love Robin Hood retellings and this one’s been on my get-list for a while. Recently Clean Teen Publishing had a free deal on some of their titles so I  snatched it up.

eARC:

Monstrum
Why I Got It: Because Kat Ross. Also it’s the third book in the series and I need to know what going to happen to the characters. Read my reviews of Nocturne and Solis.

From The Library:

Caterpillar to butterfly
Why I Got It: Miss S’s class raised butterflies this spring, so we checked out a book about them she could read at home.

Robotify it! : robots you can make yourself
Why I Got It: Seemed like a cool  maker book, unfortunately it’s just an idea book for a couple of really expensive kits. Out of all the ideas it only had one from items you could find at home.

Curious George: Mother’s Day surprise
Why I Got It: A level 2 reader, which is right where the 7 year old is currently reading, plus we love Curious George.

Misc:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Pocketbook
Why I Got It: My husband got the latest one for work and they let him keep his old one.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Standard Edition: Prima Official Game Guide
Why I Got It: A garage sale find, and since we both play Skyrim it was worth picking  up. Everyone always jokes about Skyrim being a big game, and this guide is certainly bigger than any other game guide we own.

What Was I Scared Of? 10th Anniversary Edition: A Glow-in-the Dark Encounter
Why I Got It: Garage Sale find of a fun Dr. Seuss book.

Special Needs Ministry Making Faith Accessible to the Whole Church
Why I Got It: My KidMin academy book for May.