Dec 30, 2016

Monthly Re-Cap: December 2016

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

And the horrible 2016 comes to an end....WOOHOO 2017!
How was your month? Reading? the Holidays?


     ~~Books Read in December~~     

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto Poppies for Christmas  A Guide to the Other Side (Beyond Baylor, #1) Buffering  Harley Quinn (2016-) #8  Ghosts  Harley Quinn (2016-) #9  Harley Quinn (2016-) #10

How did I do on my December TBR?
I read 1 of the 4 (again) the end of the year is hard on reading and I did a lot of mood reading.. which did not include the books on my list :/

I also started 2 audiobooks and another book, but couldn't settle enough to finish them busy during the holidays.

~~Links to Some Reviews~~
~~Links to Some Reviews~
  • Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (GN, MG) - 4 stars 
  • Harley Quinn #10 by Jimmy Palimiott and Amanda Conner (Comic) - 4 stars 

Dec 29, 2016

Recent Reads: Rebirth Harley Quinn #9 by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Harley Quinn (2016-) #9
Harley Quinn: Butt Maiming and Ming Gaming
Series: Rebirth Harley Quinn #10
Publisher:  DC Comics
Publication Date:  December 7, 2016

Format:  Comic
Source: Bought



Goodreads Synopsis: 
In issue #9, can anyone truly understand the mind of the world’s craziest psychiatrist? Harley’s about to get a shrink of her very own…what are the odds he won’t go insane himself?
Mini Review: 
This was a very strange installment, a lot of it was made up of dream worlds and craziness and I know that Harley is kind of a nut-job but I really am not a fan of dream sequences... however the ending of this book makes everything better so I guess they can get away with it this time. 
This issue takes us and Harley through a Wizard of Oz-esq dream, a skate battle that almost leads to a head injury - but instead we get a psychedelic dream/fantasy with Harley and Ivy and then a panic attack inducing ending. It was an ok book but again most filler and weird lead up.

Dec 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date:  January 3, 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:  
Amy Lennox doesn't know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother's childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.

Amy's grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House—but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy's new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts—at whatever cost.

Why I Am Waiting:
I was looking through Netgalley and this book happened to be in the list but only as a wishlist item, no review copies... I almost cried. I love books and would love to be able to live in some of the stories ... and we kind of do, right? This book sounds like a lot of fun.

Dec 27, 2016

Recent Reads: Rebirth Harley Quinn #8 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner

Harley Quinn (2016-) #8Harley Quinn: Relax, Undo It!
Series: Rebirth Harley Quinn #8
Publisher:  DC Comics
Publication Date:  November 23, 2016

Format:  Comic
Source: Bought



Goodreads Synopsis: 
“LIFE’S A BEACH”! Harley owes Ivy a trip to the Bahamas…and delivers way more than either of them expected!
Mini Review: 
Harley and Ivy are going to the beach and Sy has a wonderful place for them to crash. Not much really happens in this comic but it has a great lead up for the next few comics. I love Harley and Ivy together, Ivy brings out the best in Harley and calms her and before this issue Harley asks her to move in and we get Ivy's decision in this installment. Harley loves Ivy so much and that was pretty much the plot of this one. There were a few funny twists that normally make up a Harley Quinn comic and it was enjoyable. I love the Harley/Ivy dynamic but am excited for what is to come.

Dec 25, 2016

Building the Book Pile #127

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 
I hope everyone is still having a happy holiday season! I have been super busy so I haven't been on the blog much - sorry about that but I will have some content soon.
Last week I had a work lunch, a work potluck, then after the potluck a group of us went to see the original Miracle on 34th Street at a local theater. On Friday, We got together to make gingerbread houses and watch holiday movies and then on Christmas Eve my husband and I traveled to my dad's house to stay over til Christmas day. 

Our family does most of the gifts on Christmas Eve with a big dinner. I got a bunch of cute socks and even some hand knitted ones and hats and mittens too :) The hubby bought me jewelry, a ring and a necklace that are very beautiful and I love them too. We did pretty well this year.

Did you get what you wanted this year? Where were you for the holidays? 

  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!

Coming up on the Blog...

Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #8 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
Waiting on Wednesday
Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #9 by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palimiotti
December Monthly Re-Cap

Books Received this Week    

Have you missed anything lately?

Week of  December 18 - December 23

Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything, post and I will happily stop by and say hello!
Happy Reading!

Merry Christmas 2016 from Cover2CoverBlog!!

🎄🎄🎄🎄Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!🎄🎄🎄🎄

Dec 22, 2016

Discussion: Blog Events to Keep an Eye On

Today is a Discussion Day here at Cover2CoverBlog. I am trying to start these a little more since they seem fun :) I hope you enjoy and if you have any topic suggestions let me know in the comments.

Today's Topic
Blog Events That You Should Know About

So in November, I posted about how I participate in Readathons and that I would be telling you about the events that I like to participate in. These are a few of the ones that really help me while blogging. 
Bloggiesta occurs 4 times a year, 2 longer events and 2 mini events, normally a mini one in January, one in March, another mini one in June and one in September. The Mini Bloggiesta Events are a weekend, while the longer ones are about a week long. 
Here is more info about the events from the Bloggiesta site:
In short, Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon revolving around ticking off those items on your to-do list and improving your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing. Our awesome mascot Pedro (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize) is ready to break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music and whack a pinata or two! It’s nothing short of an awesome fiesta!
These events have mini-challenges that help you PEDRO and the community is awesome! So if you need a push to do some blog maintenance this is the event for you.

You can subscribe to emails from the Bloggiesta site and they will announce when the sign ups are available.

Take Control 2016  Clean Sweep 2016  HoHoHo Readathon

Another great resource is Caffeinated Book Reviewer, she has wonderful challenges and events throughout the year. A few that I like to participate in are the Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge which has a 24 hour readathon at one point in the month and normally happens in March. This one is what it sounds like, you take your TBR pile and read as many as you can off of it. Some rules though, since it is in March your books have to be copies of things that came out before March

Another event is the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge normally held in May, this is for all those ARCs you have laying around and need to read - they can be any format but must be ARCs or books you received for review. This event also have a 24 hour RAT.

Last but not least, the HoHoHo Readathon - read holiday themed books in November to prepare reviews for the Holiday season. 

Sign ups for these events are announced on the site, so follow to keep in the know.
Then in August there is another ARC related event - Read.Sleep.Repeat hosts ARC August, a whole month again dedicated to getting those review copies read.  

Sign up for this event is announced on the site, so follow to keep in the know. 

Herding Cats and Burning Soup hosts Blog Ahead. A challenge to get a certain number of posts scheduled for the upcoming months so you have more free time. The challenges normally take place in May and October. The event in May runs from the 1-15 and is a shorter version of the October Blog Ahead which runs for the whole month.

In May the goal is to have 15 scheduled posts, one for each day of the event and in October the goal is 31 scheduled posts. The rule is, that you should be starting from where you are - so if you have 0 posts scheduled you need only show that you completed the 15/31 depending on the even. However if you have, say, 5 posts already scheduled at the time the even begins you need 20/36. So everyone is essentially aiming to do NEW scheduled posts. (hopefully that made sense).

There are emails about this event, so make sure you are on the list.

Armchair BEA Headquarters

Armchair BEA - for those of us that cannot make it to the Book Expo show... here is more info:
Armchair BEA is the experience for book bloggers to participate in Book Expo America (BEA) from the comfort of their homes. This experience is created lovingly by book bloggers specifically for our peers who for whatever reason are not able to participate in the main conference in New York each year. We bring publishers, authors, and bloggers together in celebrating our love for all things literary by hosting celebrations such as sneak peeks, daily discussion topics, and sponsored giveaways.  
If you are interested, there is normally a call for volunteers to help with the event in March. The event itself is held during BEA so normally in May.
Re-Cap: The Year at a View

January: Mini Bloggiesta
March: Bloggiesta, Take Control of your TBR Pile Challenge (with 24 hour RAT)
May: Armchair BEA, Clean Sweep Challenge (with 24 hour RAT), Mini Blog Ahead
June: Mini Bloggiesta
August: ARC August Challenge
September: Bloggiesta
October: Blog Ahead  
November: Ho Ho Ho Readathon (alternative: Christmas Spirit Readathon)  

Would you like to add other events? Feel free to do so in the comments below!