Aug 31, 2017

Monthly Re-Cap: August 2017

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

August... makes way for AUTUMN my favorite months are coming.... YAY!!!
In August we got tattoos, visited family in Virginia and Maryland, my mom visited us for a weekend, we installed a rain water collection barrel (so that it is easier to water my veggies in the back yard), and we painted our dining room. And I read a good amount which makes me feel nice - not all were my TBR pile post but I made a pretty good dent in some of my actual pile at home AND in #TheReadingQuest

How was your month? 

     ~~Books I Read in August~~

Perspective in Action: Creative Exercises for Depicting Spatial Representation from the Renaissance to the Digital Age   Crafty Cat and the Great Butterfly Battle   Harley's Little Black Book The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story  Click'd  Obsidian (Lux, #1)  Lady Mechanika La Dama de la Muerte Tp  Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman  Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book 6)  Paws in the Piazza: Harley's Venetian Adventure Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

How did I do on my August TBR?

I read 2 out of 4 books, my copy of Last Magician expired :/ so I didn't get to finish it, I only made it a few pages in though.

~~Links to Some Reviews~~

~~Reviews Up This Month From Previous Re-Caps~~

      ~Reviews Coming Closer to Release~

      Reviews coming in September
      • Click'd by Tamara Ireland Stone (MG)
      • The Call of the Swamp by Davide Cali (Youth)
      • Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani (GN)
      • Lady Mechanika La Dama de la Muerte by Joe Benitez (GN)
      • Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman by Loryn Brantz (GN)
      • Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas (YA)
      Coming in October
      • Welcome Home, Beaver! by Magnus Weightman (Youth)
      • Phoebe and her Unicorn in the Magic Storm by Dana Simpson (GN/MG)
        Coming in November
        • Nick the Knight, Dragon Slayer by Aron Dijkstra (Youth) 
        • Coming in 2018
        • Crafty Cat and the Great Butterfly Battle (Crafty Cat #3) by Charise Mericle Harper (MG, GN)

          Aug 30, 2017

          Waiting on Wednesday: Click'd by Tamara Ireland Stone

          Click'd by Tamara Ireland Stone
          Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
          Publication Date: September 7, 2017


          Why I Am Waiting:
          I really enjoy Tamara Ireland Stone's writing I have read most of her YA books and really love how real they are, so this one popped up and I was thrilled for a new book from her!

          P.S. I got a galley of this book from Netgalley (SQUEE!!!)

          Aug 28, 2017

          Recent Reads: Paws in the Piazza by Jerilyn McIntyre

          Source: From the Author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
          Paws in the Piazza: Harley's Venetian Adventure
          Paws in the Piazza: Harley's Venetian Adventure by Jerilyn McIntyre 
          Publisher: Bristlecone Books
          Publication Date:  December 11, 2013

          Format:  Ebook



          Goodreads Synopsis: 
          "Back home, I was content to be just an ordinary house cat. I didn't get out much. But it's different here in Venice." How different? Harley quickly finds out after his family arrives in Italy. He takes up with a group of local cats who roam wild in the alleys and neighborhoods of Venice, and meets the mysterious Angela, a beautiful white Angora who steals his heart. Then he becomes embroiled in a fierce and ongoing war between his friends and a rival band of cats, and discovers the magical order that underlies life in the enchanting and historic city that is his new home.
          This author reached out to me a few years ago with this ebook and it sat in my inbox for a while (sometimes things disappear in there and I apologize). I finally got around to reading it and I have to say it was a strange one that was not really for me.

          The story follows a main character that is a cat, so from right off it was hard to relate. There were a few times when I really wanted to stop reading and not finish the book, if I am honest. It was very difficult for me to feel for Harley and in the first few pages he experiences love at first sight with another cat - again hard for me to get into. The story progresses as he learns that she is pretty much a royal and out of his league. That is when the story turned into more than just cats - it because a fantasy book, there is a magic lion and the female cat has a magical cape, and there is a guy that might be there but might be a ghost. It just lost me. It was a lot for such a short story and I think that all of these conflicts could have been more flushed out, it seemed like it could have been multiple stories that go smashed into one.

          My PDF copy also had a few issues - there was a time when the pages were ordered wrong, then there were about 3 pages missing in the end of my book as well. 

          All that being said, if you like a good fantasy about cats this might be for you - it just lost me from the very beginning and I found it hard to get through.

          Aug 27, 2017

          Building the Book Pile #248*

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

          Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

          [Random edit- my BTBP numbers have been off for months! This should be 248 (not 158) at some point I transposed number and then kept on truckin' lol - oh well, back on track now I hope]

          Ok first things first - you know how I love knitting?! and reading (obv.) - I found a way to combine them :) KNIT BOOK SOCKS! look at it - It fits a paperback or a chunky hardback and it will prevent them from getting all skuzzy in my backpack!

          I am thinking about making a few more and adding them to my Etsy - would anyone be interested? and if so in what colors?


          And my reading groove is back on! Yay!!! More on that in a bit.
          This week my mom left on Sunday after spending Friday afternoon and Saturday with me - we went shopping for Autumn goodies and went to a bunch of antique stores looking for fun things (and because she is momma - we even did a grocery run and even though I am in my thirties I can still appreciate a Mom-bought grocery run)🛍

          After mom left, the Hubs and I installed a water collection barrel so that I can water my veggies in the backyard (the water spigot is on the front of the house, so water cans have been the solution up until now). I am so excited about it and the night we finished installing everything we got a huge rainstorm⛈💧 so it was half full by the next morning 💦 my tomatoes will be so happy🍅.

          Anywho back to the books📚📚... I finished one of my TBR books this week, I read another book, and I read 2 graphic novels and started ANOTHER book. I am on a roll!🎉🤓🤗
          How was your week?

          HATS ARE IN THE SHOP :) - Go take a look and if you have requests let me know :)

            Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!

          Coming up on the Blog

          #TheReadingQuest Continues (Doing work now)
          Recent Reads: Paws in the Piazza by Jerilyn McIntyre (MG?)
          Waiting on Wednesday
          Monthly Re-Cap: August 2017
           September 2017 TBR Pile

          Books Received this Week

            Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman  Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book 6)  Dog Daze (Honey Moon #1)

          Lady Stuff: Secrets of Being a Woman by Loryn Brantz from Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for review.
          Phoebe and her Unicorn in The Magic Storm by Dana Simpson from Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for review.
          Honey Moon Dog Daze by Sofi Benitez From Netgalley and Rabbit Publishers for review. 
          Rewordable - a word/card game from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

          Have you missed anything lately?

          Week of August 20  - August 26

          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!

          Aug 25, 2017

          Recent Reads: Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout

          Obsidian (Lux, #1)
          Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout
          Series: Lux #1
          Publisher: Entangled Teen
          Publication Date:  May 8, 2012

          Format:  Ebook
          Source: Bought/ Own



          Goodreads Synopsis: 
          Starting over sucks.

          When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

          And then he opened his mouth.

          Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

          The hot alien living next door marks me.

          You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

          If I don’t kill him first, that is.
          I have had this book both as an Ebook on my Kindle and the bound copy of the first 2 books on my bookshelf that I picked up from the bargain section at some point... I have been meaning to read it and when I was laying in bed unable to sleep I started it on my Kindle. I can't believe I waited to read this one. I know there was hype and I was nervous about that, but I even stayed away from any spoilers, I don't even think I read the synopsis. The book did not disappoint.

          That being said this book is such a stereotype of the Young Adult genre - there is the unearthly beautiful boy, who is a jerk; there is the beautiful but doesn't realize it girl (luckily here she is also a book-blogger - scoring bonus points in my book); and there is the paranormal elements and the romantic story. BUT with all those stereotypes it was still a great read. I am a sucker for the jerk/hot guy in YA books and their love/hate thing is intoxicating.

          The story follows a girl in a new town with mysterious neighbors, they have a secret and she is getting weird vibes from the whole town. She is introduced and then weirder things start to happen. The rest of the book is about Daemon pushing away while his sister, Dee, wants to be her best friend.

          I really enjoyed this book and flew through it in a few sittings, I already have the 2nd book on my shelf so that one will be picked up very soon... but I kind of want to spread them out a bit.