Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Red Queen

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Goodreads Synopsis:    This is a world divided by blood - red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart...

My Thoughts:

-    Wow! This book was one wild ride!

-    This book got a lot of buzz when it came out, and it deserved it.

-    I picked this book up a while ago, but I had just finished reading Pierce Brown's book, and I wanted something different, so I put it down. I always planned on picking it up again, and I'm so glad I did! I just wish I had picked it up sooner.

-    The characters were complex and I never knew who to trust or not. I still don't. 

-    The story was gripping from beginning to end. The story was begging me to come back to it when I wasn't reading. I was so hooked. 

-    Oh the feels! I felt hope, loss, betrayal, excitement, anger, etc. It was amazing!

-    The ending is killer! I can't wait to read what happens next!

Monday, January 7, 2019

December Stats

Books Read:  5
25784172 Heidi The Christmas Shoes (Christmas Hope #1)
Palace of Spies (Palace of Spies, #1) Dangerous Deceptions (Palace of Spies, #2) 

Pages Read:  1,470
Shortest Book:  132
Longest Book:  384

1 Star:  0
2 Stars:  0
3 Stars:  2
4 Stars:  2
5 Stars:  1

I decided to stop reading the Horse Diary books. I read a lot of them, and I just can't keep up with Gnome. It was stressing me out.

My reading slowed down a lot towards the end of the year, but I'm hoping to read more in January. The new year always get me pumped up to read.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were NoneGoodreads Synopsis:    First, there were ten - a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal - and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

My Thoughts:

-    This was my first Agatha Christie novel, and I really enjoyed it! I love a good whodunit story.

-    The beginning was a little slow, and it took a while to familiarize myself with the 10 victims, but once the murders began I was hooked.

-    The story is very clever and suspenseful. I thought I had figured out whodunit, but I was wrong. . . mostly.

-    I love that the book kept me guessing. I wanted to know how each person died and how it fit into the rhyme. I wanted to know who the killer was, and I wanted to know what was going to happen next. 

-    I was surprised at how well the story holds up. For a book from the 30s, it is still fun. 

-    I think will read more from Christie, and I'm beginning to understand why she is so popular.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 Goals

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We made it to a new year!
A new year = new reading goals!

My Goals:

I set my Goodreads Challenge to 160 books.

I'd like this stack to be read:

I want to continue reading the Newbery books. I'm going to aim for 20 this year.

I want to re-read the books on my bookshelves. I'm going aim for 20 of those too!

4 Goals! 1 Year!
Let it begin!

Good luck with all your goals this year!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Did I Reach My Goals?

We made it to the end of 2018! Woo!
Lets see how I did with my reading goals.

Goal #1
My Goodreads Challenge was set for 152 books. I read 185! WOO!!

Goal #2

This was the stack of books on my nightstand at the beginning of the year.

This is the stack now. Oops! The books on my nightstand are books I own and haven't read. I wanted this stack to disappear, but it just kept getting bigger. Oy!

Goal #3
I wanted to read half the Newbery Award books. I thought this wouldn't be too hard, but that was before I started reading those old 1930s books. I have a new appreciation for modern editing. I only read 17/96. I will continue to push through, but I'm not sure when I'll finish.

I didn't do so great, but at least I knocked my Goodreads Challenge out of the park!

Friday, December 28, 2018

Ivy and Bean: No News is Good News

11435741From Goodreads:    Ivy and Bean need some money. Ten dollars, to be exact. Never mind what for. Okay, it's for low-fat Belldeloon cheese in a special just-for you serving size. Don't ask why. How are Ivy and Bean going to make ten dollars? Hey, maybe they should write a newspaper about Pancake Court and sell it! Great idea! And easy, too. All they have to do is snoop around the neighborhood. Wow...It's very interesting what they can find out. It's even more interesting when the neighbors read about it in the newspaper.

My Thoughts:

-    This is my new favorite book in the series. I love that Ivy and Bean's shenanigans get better and better with each book.

-    Both Gnome and I were able to relate to Ivy and Bean feeling left out when all the kids around them had the latest fad and they didn't. I also love that the fad was the wax off of cheese. 

-    Ivy and Bean's idea to create a newspaper was so much fun. After reading this, Gnome wanted to start a newspaper with her friend.

-   The story is relatable, funny, and highly entertaining. 

Previous Books

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Ivy and Bean Take Care of the Babysitter (Ivy and Bean, #4) Ivy and Bean: Bound to be Bad (Ivy and Bean, #5) Ivy and Bean: Doomed to Dance (Ivy and Bean, #6)
Ivy and Bean: What's the Big Idea? (Ivy and Bean, #7)

Thursday, December 27, 2018

My Christmas Haul

My hubby went ALL out for me on Christmas! I was so surprised. Wow! Check out that stack of books plus all the extra geeky stuff!

I feel so blessed and grateful for a husband who not only supports my crazy reading lifestyle, but also endorses it.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Friday, December 14, 2018

A Monster Calls

A Monster CallsGoodreads Synopsis:    An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. 

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting - he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.

From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd - whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself - Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

My Thoughts:

-    This is a very honest and tender story that makes you feel all the feelings. I think anyone who has experienced grief will appreciate the truth of this book.

-    The illustrations were wonderful. They captured the tone of the book beautifully.

-    This is another book that I'm kicking myself for not reading sooner when it was all a buzz. Oh well, I've read it now! 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Black Cloud

Black Cloud (Horse Diaries, #8)
From Goodreads:    Born in Northern Nevada in 1950, Black Cloud is a black-and-white mustang colt. He loves roaming free with the rest of his herd, playing with the other foals, and learning the ways of wild horses. But when humans intrude on this wandering life, Black Cloud's world is changed forever. Like Black Beauty, this moving novel is told in first person from the horse's own point of view and includes an appendix full of photos and facts about mustangs and the history of the laws protecting them.

My Thoughts:

-    This was a sad and somber story, but it is a story that needs to be told.

-    I like the way this book addressed a tough topic.

-    There is a special place in hell for people who abuse and kill animals!

-    I'm glad there was some kindness and hope at the end of the story. 

Previous Horse Diaries Books:

Elska (Horse Diaries, #1) Bell's Star (Horse Diaries, #2) Koda (Horse Diaries, #3)
7819076 Golden Sun (Horse Diaries, #5) Yatimah (Horse Diaries, #6)
Risky Chance (Horse Diaries, #7)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Holiday Calendar

Kat Graham and Quincy Brown in The Holiday Calendar (2018)

My Thoughts:

-    This movie had potential, and that is what made it frustrating. It could have been SO much better than it was.

-    The movie started out good, and I loved the idea behind the story, but then . . . nothing.

-    About halfway through the movie, the story loses momentum, and nothing happens until the end.

-    I needed more reasons to not like Ty. He was a good guy, and all Abby got was second hand stories about him. Were those stories true? I don't know. She didn't see the relationship through long enough to find out! I actually liked Ty. Josh was good too I guess.

-    The calendar took a backseat to the movie about halfway through. It is the title of the movie!! You can't just ignore the calendar!

-    Yes, I watched this because the grandpa from This is Us was in it.

-    The movie could have been shorter, but maybe not because they could have added more meaningful moments in there.