Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday-Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"I look 'em up in the field translator, expecting more Rob gibberish. But I find out something useful: This robot is telling me that it's not allowed to let itself die, no matter what–even if captured."
pg 6 Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

I added Fire & Flood to my library queue after Lisa's post about it. While I struggled with parts of it, I definitely loved it by the end and am anxious for the next book.

Tella Holloway and her family moved the middle of nowhere for her brother's health. Tella's brother, Cody, has a mysterious illness. Tella's parents think that fresh air will help. Tella wants her brother to get better so they can move back to Boston. One day, a mysterious package arrives for Tella. It's an earpiece that plays a recorded message. Tella's parents confiscate the earpiece but Tella realizes that this is her chance to help her brother.

Fire & Flood follows a familiar story line. A lot like The Hunger Games but Tella is no Katniss. In fact this was my biggest gripe about Fire & Flood. After receiving the earpiece, Tella enters a Hunger Games style competition win The Cure for Cody. But whereas Katniss knew about survival and wasn't terribly girly, Tella spends a lot of time complaining about her hair and lack of makeup. In short, Tella annoyed the crap out of me. But Guy made up for a lot of my problems with Tella. During the competition, Tella mets Guy, a fellow competitor, who is a lot better at survival than her. Guy was swoon worthy. And Tella's attraction to Guy made me like her a whole lot more. Plus she stopped complaining about not having moisturizer and how she needed a pedicure. By the last half of book, I was sucked in. Scott's vivid writing of the world these competitors find themselves in was amazing. I really enjoyed reading about the competition course. Scott did a great job of thinking up a complex course with interesting twists.

I just read how Scott wanted Tella to be both girly and able to survive. I thought Tella was amazing sometimes surviving some horrendous situations. It was her constant complaining especially at the beginning of the book that annoyed me. She did sound a lot like a teen girl and probably me if I was tossed in the jungle with nothing more than a tiny fox (who was adorable).

I'm glad I stuck with Fire & Flood. It turned out to be a great sci-fi/dystopian read. I look forward to the next book. Others who shared their thoughts on Fire & Flood: My Thousand Lives, Teen Librarian Toolbox, Books For Birds, Parajunkee, and Fluttering Butterflies.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

What To Eat This Week

It's going to warm again this week. I think this is the last of the really warm temps. I see some rain in the forecast after this week. Yay, fall!

Breakfasts: Pumpkin Pucks for me. Cereal for Tai.

Lunches: Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup and Teriyaki Chicken

Dinners:

Monday: Take out

Tuesday: Chef Salads

Wednesday: Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps

Thursday: Spaghetti

Friday: Friend's 40th birthday

Saturday: BBQ with friends

Sunday: Shrimp and Avocado Salad

What are you eating this week?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Dare's been hinting at a Thorne/Kate romance since the first book in the trilogy. I'm anxious to actually get to it.

I've really been enjoying the Steampunk Chronicles. This is the next in the series.

What did you get this week? Claire's got the linky this week!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Teaser Tuesday-Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"When I leave, I go out the front door. There is something definitive about it."
pg 24 Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Thursday, September 4, 2014

August Book Tally

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Shattered by Kevin Hearne
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Legion by Brandon Sanderson
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel
The Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Beauty Experiment by Phoebe Baker Hyde
 Royally Lost by Angie Stanton
A Week To Be Wicked by Tessa Dare
Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann
Sin Titulo by Cameron Stewart
The Cape by 



Stats:
Romance Reading Challenge This month: 2(A Week To Be Wicked and Royally Lost) YTD: 16
Historical Reading Challenge  This month: 1 ( A Week To Be Wicked) YTD: 11
What's In A Name Challenge This month: 0 (none this month) YTD: 4
Yearly Total: 97

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.


I had Wildthorn on my tbr list for a while but after reading April's review, it shot to the top of my list. 

While searching for another book, I stumbled upon It's Not That I'm Bitter. Humorous books are always welcome. 

Lisa's rave review of The Martian led me to add it to my library queue. 

What did you get this week? Share below!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Teaser Tuesday-Strange And Ever After by Susan Dennard

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"The thought burned in my skull, bright and penetrating. I stared stupidly at him...But then the words shifted and sank."
pg 11 Strange and Ever After by Susan Deenard

Sunday, August 31, 2014

What To Eat This Week

I'm so thankful for cooler weather. I love cooking but hate sweating while I'm doing it. Another cooler week means a happier Linda.

Breakfasts: Oatmeal for me. Cereal for Tai.

Lunches: Leftovers and Ginger-Chili Chicken

Dinners:

Monday: Dinner out

Tuesday: Mexican Chicken Bake

Wednesday:  Easy Thai Beef Salad Cups

Thursday: Bacon cheeseburgers and salads (Go Hawks!)

Friday: Steak and salads

Saturday: Dinner out

Sunday: Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

What's on your menu this week?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Royally Lost by Angie Stanton

I don't remember how I found Royally Lost but I'm glad I did. It was an adorably cute story about falling in love. 

Becca is on a European river boat cruise with her dad, stepmom, and older brother, Dylan. Becca is glad to be away from home after her boyfriend dumped her for her best friend. Although Becca is not enjoying the sights and would like to find a way to get out of everything like her brother does. One day, Becca runs into a cute guy. She resigns herself to cute boy watching because they'll be moving on to another port the next day. Imagine her surprise when she sees him at the next stop. 

Nikolai is the crown prince of Mondovia. His family expects him to follow in the family footsteps without any problem. But Nikolai has a lot of problems. He doesn't agree with where his country is headed. He has solutions to their problems but his father, the King, ignores him. Nikolai's solution is runaway, leave home. Maybe then they'll listen. 

Stanton weaves both Becca and Nikolai's voices together perfectly. I really enjoyed hearing the story from both of their perspectives. Stanton made all the characters feel real and charming (ok maybe except Dylan. He didn't pop off the page for me). I enjoyed reading about Becca and Nikolai. In fact, I read Royally Lost in one day. Sweet story and a lot of fun too. Others who shared their thoughts on Royally Lost: Katie's Book Blog, YA Midnight Reads, Good Choice Reading, and The Reader's Den.
This is my fifteenth read for the Romance Reading Challenge.