Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #53: Harry Potter - A History of Magic: The Book of the Exhibition

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.



Title: Harry Potter - A History of Magic: The Book of the Exhibition 
Author:  J.K. Rowling
Expected publication: October 20th 2017 
Genres: Fantasy


Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the official book of the exhibition, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and the brilliant curators of the British Library. It promises to take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures

Each chapter showcases a treasure trove of artefacts from the British Library and other collections around the world, beside exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrationsfrom the Harry Potter archive. There’s also a specially commissioned essay for each subject area by an expert, writer or cultural commentator, inspired by the contents of the exhibition – absorbing, insightful and unexpected contributions from Steve Backshall, the Reverend Richard Coles, Owen Davies, Julia Eccleshare, Roger Highfield, SteveKloves, Lucy Mangan, Anna Pavord and Tim Peake – who offer a personal perspective on their magical theme.Readers will be able to pore over ancient spell books, amazing illuminated scrolls that reveal the secret of the elixir of life, vials of dragon’s blood, mandrake roots, paintedcentaurs and a genuine witch’s broomstick, in a book that shows J.K. Rowling’s magical inventions alongside their cultural and historical forebears.This is the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans, curious minds, big imaginations, bibliophiles and readers around the world who missed out on the chance to see the exhibition in person.


What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon


 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #85: Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books (Does a character eat something you'd love? Or maybe the book takes place in a bakery/restaurant that makes yummy things? You could also talk about 10 of your favorite cookbooks if you don't read foody books.)




Shon's Picks
OR
Food & Drinks from the Potter Universe
OR
Food & Drink I Get Every Time I Go Universal Studios Hollywood The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

  • Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans
  • Chocolate Frogs
  • Pumpkin juice
  • Butterbeer
  • Gillywater
  • Fizzing Whizzbees
  • Fudge Flies
  • Exploding Bonbons
  • Pudding
  • Beef Sunday Roast* 
 *Three Broomsticks at Universal Studios Hollywood

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #52: Into the Bright Unknown

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.



Title: Into the Bright Unknown (The Gold Seer Trilogy #3) 
Author: Rae Carson 
Expected publication: October 10th 2017 
Genres:Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical Fiction


The stunning conclusion to Rae Carson’s New York Times–bestselling Gold Seer trilogy, which Publishers Weekly in a starred review called “Simply terrific.” A historical fantasy brimming with magic, romance, and adventure—perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah Maas, and Westworld.

Leah Westfall, her fiancé Jefferson, and her friends have become rich in the California Territory, thanks to Lee’s magical ability to sense precious gold. But their fortune has made them a target, and when a dangerous billionaire sets out to destroy them, Lee and her friends decide they’ve had enough—they will fight back with all their power and talents. Lee’s magic is continuing to strengthen and grow, but someone is on to her—someone who might have a bit of magic herself. The stakes are higher than ever as Lee and her friends hatch a daring scheme that could alter the California landscape forever. With a distinctive young heroine and a unique interpretation of American history, Into the Bright Unknown strikes a rich vein of romance, magic, and adventure, bringing the Gold Seer Trilogy to its epic conclusion. Includes a map and an author’s note.


What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon


 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #84: Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes (If the cover screams fall to you, or the books give off a feeling of being Fallish)


Shon's pick


Orange books always give me fallish feels.


The Final Descent by Rick Yancey

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes 

Half Lost by Sally Green

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Shon's Must Read Fall Book Recommendations

5. Harry Potter series 
6. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
7. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
8. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness by Ransom Riggs 
9. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
10. Six of Crows by Leigh Barburgo

Monday Reviews: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen





Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen Published April 1st 2014 by Strange Chemistry
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Paranormal
Page: 469
Rating:
5
of 5 stars
Review by: Tina




Synopsis

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.
Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…
But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for...
But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for...


Thoughts

This book came highly recommended by many YA book bloggers and I wasn't sure about a story on "trolls" and to my amazement, this is a delightfully fun read! There wasn't a scene when my heart didn't race in excitement.
 

What I Liked
What I enjoyed most from this book are the characters. They are relatable, warm, and well developed. They make you care about their problems and you ache to help them. My second favorite is the captivating story telling. The writing is action packed and full of drama and intrigue. The plans were well thought out and you just want to root for the prince; you want him to get the girl, see him defeat his father, wish for him to see his plans come to fruition.


What I Did Not Like
I cringed a little at the ending. It felt rushed and lacked creativity. If it could stretch a few more pages... if the plans for the second book is hinted a little more in the last few pages...

Overall

This book made me very happy. Truly elated. This is how a true fantasy should be. It is exciting. Refreshing. Full of possibilities. I'm looking forward to more works from Danielle L. Jensen. Astounding story writer!



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #51: Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.



Title: Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View 
Author: by Ben Acker, Renee Ahdieh, Tom Angleberger, Ben Blacker, Jason Fry, Christie Golden, Ashley Eckstein, Mur Lafferty 
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 
Genres: Star Wars


In celebration of Star Wars’ 40th anniversary, Del Rey is going to shine the spotlight on those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains with a unique, new anthology. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, coming October 2017, will bring together more than 40 authors for 40 stories. Each will be told from the perspective of background characters of A New Hope — from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for.  


What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon



Monday, October 2, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #83: Top Ten Book Boyfriends


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Book Boyfriends (Which characters do you have crushes on?)

Shon's Top 5 Book Boyfriends:


Peeta, The Hunger Games

Dimitri Belikov, Vampire Academy

Wesley "Wes" Rush, The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Jonathan Christopher "Jace" Morgenstern/Lightwood/Herondale, The Mortal Instruments Series


Dean Di Laurentis, The Score by Elle Kennedy 

Wendy's Top 5 Book Boyfriends:

Four, Divergent

Christian Grey, Fifty Shades

 
Adrian Ivashkov, Bloodline 


Alec Lightwood, The Mortal Instruments Series

 Reed Royal, The Royals Series by Erin Watt

Creating & Co Book Club 2017 Readathon: R.I.P.


Hello bookworms! I am participating in the Creating & Co Book Club 2017 R.I.P. Readathon. The readathon will take place from October 16th through October 22nd. Below you will find the book challenge, photo challenge and bonus challenges.

For more information: YouTube

MOST of the readathon action will take place in the Creating & Co Book Club Facebook group. Use hashtag #ccripreadathon to share on social media!


BOOK CHALLENGES

These are the 7 book challenges for the readathon. You can have 1 book count for up to 3 challenges and you can read your books in any order you want to. (My pick for each challenges are in teal).

1. Creature Feature (This is a book that features paranormal creatures. E.g: vampires, werewolves, witches, fairies, angels, demons, etc.):  Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

2. 2017 Release (Any book that was released in 2017): Hunted by Meagan Spooner

3. Book in One Day (A book you start and complete on the same day.): 
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling
 
4. Book with a Spooky Cover (Any book you feel has a spooky cover): 
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
 

5. A New Format (Any book in a format you are not used to or read all the time. This could be a graphic novel, audiobook, screenplay, ebook, regular book, whatever.):  Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison audiobook 

 6. Based on a True Story (Any book that is based on something that really happened.) This could be fiction or nonfiction - Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison

7. Adaptation (Any book that has been or will be adapted into a tv show, movie, etc.):  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling



PHOTO CHALLENGES

These all have days assigned to them so they must be posted in the same order/on the same day as the challenge.

Day 1: TBR Stack - this is a photo of all the books you plan to read during the readathon.
 

Day 2: Book Unmasked - this is a book without the dust cover on it. It does NOT have to be on your readathon TBR.
 

Day 3: Seasonal Foliage - a photo of a book outside. Preferably one of your TBR but does not have to be
 

Day 4: Face Your Fear - a book that has a cover featuring something that is scary. This does NOT have to be on your TBR and it does not have to be a book in your personal collection.
 

Day 5: Spooky Photo - a spooky/halloween photo featuring a book. It could be your spooky book cover or a book not on your TBR
 

Day 6: Seasonal book stack - a book stack featuring covers that reflect the season you are in.
 

Day 7: Planned and Done -a photo of how you planned for the readathon week. It can be your planner, a list pad, a spreadsheet, whatever.


BONUS CHALLENGES

Challenge 1: Paper Craft - this can be any kind of seasonal/Halloween paper craft. It can feature your planner or not. Bonus if you include the how-to but we'll just ask you to share the craft :)

Challenge 2: Day in the Life - This is perfect for the vloggers and bloggers of the group! This is a video/photo post of a day during the readathon! If you do not have a channel or blog, we will have instructions of how you can do this challenge within the group.

Challenge 3:
Spooky Food - this is a spooky/Halloween themed food item you make. Bonus if you include the recipe but a photo is all we'll be asking to share!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Shon's October TBR & Most Anticipated Releases!!

Hello Bookworms.  This month I am participating in the Creating & Co Book Club 2017 R.I.P. Readathon. The readathon will take place from October 16th through October 22nd. (Check back tomorrow for full details). These are the books I'm planning to read this month in addition to the books I'll be reading for the readathon.

~ October TBR ~


The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1) by Jodi Meadows

Most Anticipated Releases!

October 3rd
From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars)
That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston
The Last Namsara (Iskari #1) by Kristen Ciccarelli
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3) by Rick Riordan

October 10th
The Silver Mask (Magisterium #4) by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1) by Julie C. Dao
Into the Bright Unknown (The Gold Seer Trilogy #3) by Rae Carson 

October 24th
The Glass Spare (The Glass Spare #1) by Lauren DeStefano

October 31st
Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi 

Tell me, what's on your October TBR??

 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Shon's September Reading Wrap Up & Book Haul

~ September Book Haul ~


Purchased Books:

The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms #2) by Cinda Williams Chima

The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms #3) by Cinda Williams Chima

The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4) by Cinda Williams Chima

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken 

The Edge of Everything (Untitled #1) by Jeff Giles

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1-5) by Rick Riordan

Skip Beat!, Vol. 39 (Skip Beat! #39) by Yoshiki Nakamura

Audible Audio: 


 Free Books:

Wrong (Wrong #1) by Jana Aston

~ September Wrap Up ~

Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan
I don't know what happened. This book started off so good. It was so cute. I was going around telling people how much I love this book.

Then we get halfway into the story and I was like I can't anymore. I don't know what just happened. I'm so over this book. I feel like two different people wrote this book.


Kingpin (Breeding #4) by Alexa Riley 


Sherlock: A Study in Pink (Sherlock #1) by Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss


Skip Beat!, Vol. 39 (Skip Beat! #39) by Yoshiki Nakamura



How was your month?? What books did you add to your collection??

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #50: The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3)

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.



Title: The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3) 
Author: Rick Riordan 
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 
Genres:Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Mythology

Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin's chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn't naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard's greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?

What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon



Monday, September 25, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #82: Ten Books That Feature Characters . . .


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is 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!

Shon's Pick: Annoying Characters 

1. Gale Hawthorne, Mockingjay


2. Peter Hayes, Divergent & Insurgent

3. Clarissa "Clary" Adele Fairchild, also known as Clary Fray, The Mortal Instruments Series

4. Bella Swan, Twilight Series


5. Celaena Sardothien, Throne of Glass 

Tina's Pick: 2017 Books that cover
Mental Illness/Anxiety Disorder



1. Queens of Geek


2. Follow Me Back


3. Our Broken Pieces




5. By Your Side




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #49: Wild Beauty

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.


Title: Wild Beauty 
Author: Anna-Marie McLemore 
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Love grows such strange things.
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.


What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon