Friday, September 28, 2012

Bloggiesta: Let's Do This Thing!

I'm going to keep my expectations for Bloggiesta short and sweet this weekend. (more on that later) So, just a few goals for me:

  • Write some reviews! I am so pathetically behind. My goal is three reviews - Under The Never Sky (ended up loving it); a trio of love books that I'm going to review together; and The Reluctant Bachelorette for a blog tour.
  • Link my reviews to my big master list of books I've read in 2012. I think I have maybe 10 of the 50 or so I've read linked. For shame! **I'm currently working on this** DONE
  • Participate in 3 mini-challenges. They all look amazing, but I think I can realistically finish 3.

Maybe some tame goals, but this weekend ended up being extra crazy for my family. Yesterday my car got some "adjustments" courtesy of a pickup truck, and now looks like this:

 So I get to take care of that today. In happier news, my nephew also has a track meet tomorrow and we're headed to Park City to watch him.

What are you doing for bloggiesta? I hope other people have smaller goals. We can do a little together!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Bloggista! I'm In

I was kind of a fail for March's Bloggiesta. (I blame it on being very pregnant at the time) So I was happy to hear it's coming up again this week.

Yep, it starts Friday September 28th and ends Sunday the 30th.

So what is Bloggiesta? Basically just some time devoted to spiffing up your blog. Set some goals, share your progress, participate in mini-challenges. Or, in the nicer words of There's A Book:


If you decide to participate in the Fall 2012 edition you can expect:
  • to spend time that weekend (as much or as little as your schedule allows) working on your blog
  • to create a to do list to share on your blog and link up with other participants
  • to hopefully participant in several mini challenges and learn something new
  • to connect with other participants through blog hopping or twitter
  • to make new blogging friends!
  • to come away at the end of the three days with a spiffed up blog!
Come play along this week! You can sign up at There's A Book.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Abandon Cover Reveal!

It's no secret I'm a big fan of Elana Johnson's Possession series. The books are suspenseful, the characters are crazy, and the endings make me want the next book immediately.

And then there are the covers. The pretty, pretty covers. 

Original hardcoverPaperback

And today, thanks to AToMR Blog Tours I get to help reveal the cover for the final book in the Possession series, Abandon!

seduced by power,
broken by control,
and consumed by love...

Vi has made her choice between Jag and Zenn, and the Resistance may have suffered for it. But with the Thinkers as strong as ever, the rebels still have a job to do. Vi knows better than anyone that there's more at stake than a few broken hearts.

But there is a traitor among them...and the choices he makes could lead to the total destruction of everything Vi has fought for.

Vi, Jag, and Zenn must set their problems aside for the Resistance to have any hope of ending the Thinkers' reign. Their success means everything...and their failure means death.

Abandon is expected to release June 2013. Add it on Goodreads here.

Elana is running a Pinterest contest for the cover. She wants to get 500 pins (or repins) over the next two days. If we can get that many, she'll pick someone who pinned the cover to win a $50 Amazon gift card. It's so easy to do this. All you have to do is click over to Elana’s blog for details

Thursday, September 13, 2012

How Cute!

Before I was a book blogger I was one of those "look at my (boring) life adventures!" bloggers. Mostly it was just pictures of my husband and me, and I'd post if I had something interesting to share. Or it was Christmas. Observe:

Yes, that is a monkey on top of the tree!

Then we had kids. And I felt more pressure to post frequently (not that I actually do it). They grow up fast, and all that. So when I couldn't come up with post ideas, I'd just throw up pictures of kids. Doing kid things. Like this:

My contortionist oldest, when he was about 5 months. Aww.

Sometimes I wish I could do that with book blogging. When I have nothing to say, just throw up some pictures of books. Doing book things. Thusly:

See how nicely my library books have learned to line up? With the big love books protecting the little love book? Makes me so happy to see them getting along.

Endlessly and Under the Never Sky, having a little race. Endlessly totally got off to a fast start, but I'm afraid UtNS is a little, uh, slow.

Hopefully I'll find my book blogging voice again soon. In the mean time, what are your books up to lately?

Friday, September 7, 2012

Read This: Everneath

by Brodi Ashton

The Short Story
After Nikki makes a deal to go to the Everneath and disappears from everyone in her life, she has six months to come back and try to set everything right. Then she'll have to go back to the Everneath for good. Nikki tries to say goodbye, but other people have other plans for her.
A new favorite.

Come for the....
unexpected amazingness. For some reason, I'd decided this book would probably be about a 3-star, "meh" kind of read for me. So I put it off. Then Utah Book Month came around, and I decided to give it a chance. And I loved it. I got completely caught up in Nikki's quest to try to set things right with her family and friends, even though she didn't really know how to. I liked the themes of redemption (if it's possible to make up for stupid choices) and forgiveness (even when you can't really make it up to anyone). And I enjoyed the contrast between selfishness and unselfishness, with Cole on one end, Jack on the other, and Nikki somewhere in the middle.

The themes are good, and so is the plot. There's mystery and some adventure and very interesting use of Greek and Egyptian (and maybe others'?) myths. There was one point where I thought I had something figured out and then was completely wrong. I love it when a book can throw me like that. I thought I smelled a love triangle, but that seems unlikely with how the book ended. I like Cole far better as a quasi-bad guy than someone with a romantic interest in Nikki. And now I'm very excited for the sequel. 

Don't Think About This Too Hard

  • I would have liked a little more background, like how Cole became an Everliving. I didn't seem like he went through what Nikki did. But I'm guessing there will be more backstory in the next couple books.

The Big Three:
Language: occasional bad words
Sex and Stuff: not exactly, but the whole feeding business had a bit of a sexual undertone
Violence: people getting their emotions/souls sucked out; some pushing & shoving

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

August/Utah Book Month recap

I had so much fun participating in Utah Book Month in August. It was a nice way of trying to get back into blogging. And I learned about a ton of books by Utah authors that I now want to read.

And now, a recap:

I got to interview Sara Zarr! And per usual, I said something awkward to an author I like! (who knew those characters weren't supposed to be hard to like?)

I got to interview Lorren from The Story Girl.

I found out almost everyone likes fry sauce but me.

I was interviewed by the lovely Kami from Kami's Library Thoughts

And I read some great Utah books, like -
Surrender by Elana Johnson
This book was so so good. It put everything from Possession in a different context. And I still can't tell who's good and who's bad.
Read This

My Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions by Becca Wilhite
Very cute new adult romance. Read This

Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith
My favorite read of the whole month. Read This

Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr
Very engrossing plot but a character I didn't quite connect with. Mixed

I read a bunch of books not by Utah authors, too.
Body & Soul (The Ghost & The Goth #3) by Stacey Kade
The whole series was cuter and funnier than I expected. Read This

Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter
I wanted it to be a romance, but instead it's a very smart caper. Read This

Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
DNF. Funny, but too much swearing for my taste.

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
It took me a while to get into, and I kept feeling like I wasn't getting the humor. But it's a cute story. Mixed

In Honor by Jessi Kirby
This just didn't work for me. I felt like I never got to know Honor, and didn't care to know Rusty. Skip This

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
Kind of 80's-riffic, but a very fun read. It did what I hoped it would and I enjoyed it from start to finish. Read This