2018 Reading (and Other) Goals

2018 Reading (and Other) Goals

We are almost a week into 2018 and that’s when I usually set out my reading goals for the year. Last year I set my reading goal at 70 books, which I did not meet. While I don’t really care about the numbers, not meeting this goal was an indicator for me of my changing reading habits. I used to be able to read 100 books a year pretty easily. However, over the last few years my book count has gotten lower and lower and has sort of settled in the 50-70 range. While I still love reading, the longer… Read more »

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2018 Beat the Backlist Challenge

2018 Beat the Backlist Challenge

Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday. Hopefully you got a little time off to spend with family and friends or just chilling out by yourself. Personally I wish I’d had more chill out time but I can’t complain, since I don’t get to hang out with my family enough. I had lots of grand plans for posting wrap ups and best of lists for the end of the year but I found myself too consumed with holiday prep to really do any blogging. I know I haven’t blogged much in the last year or… Read more »

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In a Nutshell: A Few Mini Book Reviews

In a Nutshell: A Few Mini Book Reviews

My favorite time of year is upon us and I am really looking forward to fall weather and events. While I hate to lose the daylight hours, fall is my favorite season and I love the cooling crispness in the air. California hasn’t had the best luck this year with the super hot weather and the fires, so the cooling weather is a welcome respite. The world has gotten really crazy in the last few months and, while I try to help where I can, it can be pretty overwhelming. Reading is great escape for me and a good way… Read more »

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BookCase Club Subscription Box Review

BookCase Club Subscription Box Review

Hi, everyone. I am doing something a little different today. A few months ago I signed up for my first book subscription box. No doubt you’ve heard about them. Basically you sign up for a subscription to a service that sends you a box every month (time frames vary from box to box) that contains a book and maybe some bookish items (candles, bookmarks, etc.). The most popular ones seem to be those catering to fans of young adult. While I love YA, I wanted to branch out a bit and find something different. While I really liked the pictures… Read more »

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May Catch Up and Looking Forward To Summer

May Catch Up and Looking Forward To Summer

Hello again! It’s been a while since my  last post. It’s been quite busy over the last few months and I just haven’t felt the urge to sit down in front of a computer after staring at one all day. But fear now, I’ve still been reading and watching lots. While I don’t love the heat of summer, I do love that the days are so much longer. It’s given me a boost of energy and I find myself being much more productive. First up I have some books that have been recently sent for review. The Wicker King by… Read more »

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LA Times Festival of Books 2017 Recap

LA Times Festival of Books 2017 Recap

Hi, guys! The year is just flying by. Sorry I haven’t been around much. I moved recently and things are finally settling down. I hope that means I’ll have a bit more time to blog, but we shall see. We are getting into what my friend jokingly calls “con season” which starts off with the LA Times Festival of Books. This year’s festival took place, one again, on the USC campus. Unfortunately I was only able to go one day this year – Sunday – but I tried to make the most of it. I started off the day at… Read more »

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A Very ARCish Readathon

A Very ARCish Readathon

Hi, everyone! Popping by today to let you all know of a reading challenge that I’ve joined for the month of April. A Very ARCish Readathon is being hosted by Bookshelves and Paperbacks and the basic premise is to just read ARCs in the month of April. I’m way behind on my ARC reading and I hope that this readathon will help me get at least a few languishing books out of my TBR pile. I don’t have a big goal but below are a few books that I am going to try to read this month. A Shadow Bright and Burning… Read more »

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Review: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Review: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

I picked this book up about a year ago, excited to finally finish this great series, when I found myself losing interest and putting it down. I didn’t think I’d wait this long to come back to it, but I’m glad that I did. I picked up where I left off and was immediately drawn back into this world of magic, gods, and assassins. Mortal Heart gets off to a much slower start than its predecessors. I think the reason I stalled on it the first time was that it takes a lot longer to get into the meat of the plot than the first two books. In hindsight, however, I think the pacing fits Annith’s story well. Her life isn’t one of danger… Read more »

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New Trailer: The Mummy

New Trailer: The Mummy

I haven’t heard a whole lot about this remake of The Mummy but recently they’ve been dropping some new trailers and footage. I’m not going to lie, I kind of love the 1999 series starring Brendan Frasier and Rachel Weisz. Sure it’s a bit cheesy but it’s a lot of fun and I have mixed feelings about Tom Cruise coming in and Cruise-ing it up. I can already tell from the trailer that this is going to be a much more “serious” take on things. Tom Cruise tends to intensify everything that he’s in. It looks pretty action packed and… Read more »

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Stacked (160): Ontario Teen Book Fest Edition

Stacked (160): Ontario Teen Book Fest Edition

Hello and welcome to Stacked, a weekly (usually) post where I discuss what books I’ve recently bought, borrowed or received. This week’s post is all about Ontario Teen Book Fest. OTBF is a really fun local event that I try to get to every year. This year I was lucky and my friend A was already planning to drive out there so all I had to do was get in the car.  We had a ton of fun meeting a great group of YA authors. I was very good this year and only picked up a couple of books. Even though I have… Read more »

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