Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Didn't Get To

Created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in Jan 2018

Books I Meant to Read in 2018 but Didn't Get To

This could be a long list. There is never enough time to read all the books I want to.

Daniel Boone Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)
May Bird and the Ever After (May Bird, #1) Star Wars (2015-) #50
Last Shot: A Han and Lando Novel (Star Wars) Hunted
Truly Madly Guilty The Scourge
Black Butler, Vol. 1 (Black Butler, #1) Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)

Monday, January 21, 2019

Orphan Island

Goodreads Synopsis:    On the island, everything is perfect. The sun rises in a sky filled with dancing shapes; the wind, water, and trees shelter and protect those who live there; when the nine children go to sleep in their cabins, it is with full stomachs and joy in their hearts. And only one thing ever changes: on that day, each year, when a boat appears from the mist upon the ocean carrying one young child to join them—and taking the eldest one away, never to be seen again.

Today’s Changing is no different. The boat arrives, taking away Jinny’s best friend, Deen, replacing him with a new little girl named Ess, and leaving Jinny as the new Elder. Jinny knows her responsibility now—to teach Ess everything she needs to know about the island, to keep things as they’ve always been. But will she be ready for the inevitable day when the boat will come back—and take her away forever from the only home she’s known?

My Thoughts:

-    I understand what the author was trying to say, and I get that the story is symbolic, but I wanted more. 

-    There were little clues about the kids and the island, but no questions were really answered. I want to know why the kids are on the island. Where do they come from? Where do they go when they get on the boat? 

-    The story was fine, and it kept me reading, but the characters were annoying, especially Jinny. I didn't like Jinny at all. She was very self-centered and couldn't get along with anyone. Deen was a saint to be her friend. Ben was the only one I really liked, but I wish he had put Jinny in her place a bit more.

-    I felt like the book could be for a slightly older audience. I understand why 11-12 year olds hold on to childhood things, but they don't necessarily need to really give them up for a few more years. Teens for sure need to give up childhood things as they start transitioning to adulthood. This is just my opinion on it. 

-    Despite not loving the book, I am glad I read it. 

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!