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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review: Loop by Karen Akins

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Review: Loop by Karen AkinsLoop by Karen Akins
(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)
Series: Loop, Book 1
Published by St Martin's Griffin on 21 October 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Futuristic Romance, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, Politics & Intrigue, Sci-Fi, Survival Stories, Suspense, Time Travel, Young Adult
Reading Challenges: 2014 - Read 12 Debut Authors, 2014 Personal Challenge
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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four-stars

Places Traveled To: Williamsburg, Virginia (21st Century) // Chinocoteague Island (21st Century) // Washington DC (23rd Century)

First Line(s): Hitting the ground in the hardest part.

It’s no secret that I am a fan of all things time travel and one of my favorite shows deals with this topic so you can imagine my excitement when I first head of Loop by Karen Akins. I was also a bit wary as I’d been burned a few times on time travel books that I thought would be good, but then didn’t live up to my expectations. I can be a harsh critic sometimes with books, I can admit it. So I decided to wade in slowly, like a swimmer on the shores of the north east coast. But as any swimmer up north knows, wading in slowly doesn’t take the sting out of the chilly water and the only method is to dive right in and I did that with Loop. Once I jumped in with both feet I found that I couldn’t put this one down and didn’t stop reading until I hit the end.

Loop is filled with snark and crazy moments that you wouldn’t think would work but they do. There is tension and chemistry between the two main characters, Bree and Finn. I like how Akins dealt with their romance on top of the mystery that Bree was working to solve. I liked the futuristic world that she created and no matter what Bree says I totally want a Pegamoo. This book had my heart go through a roller coaster road of emotions and left me a bit breathless when it hit the final page and so very eager for the next book in the series, Twist. Loop isn’t a perfect book though and there were several bits and pieces that were just a bit too convenient to be plausible but I loved the book enough that I was able to overlook some of these flaws. Even if I did roll my eyes a time or two.

Akin’s is a new voice and she’s one to watch out for. Her writing is solid and she manages to invent new language that is entirely realistic for phrases that future teenages might say. Her future world is one that I could see existing, yes….even with the time travel bits. Her time travel doesn’t need a blue box or special bracelet and it makes me wish that I had this special gene so I could visit new places as Bree does. I also really enjoyed the mystery element of Loop it kept me guessing just enough that I didn’t have it all figured out in the first chapter as happens all too often these days. I wasn’t surprised by anything and I did argue with Bree (mentally and totally one-sided) on some of her conclustions so I was totally engaged in this story. I also have several theories as to the bigger mystery at large and I am looking forward to seeing if they proof true or not.

Loop is a fun mystery and a good time travel story and its one that I highly recommend to all looking for a book in these genres. The romance is raw and beliveable and doesn’t overshadow the other elements of the story. If your reading tastes mesh with mine than I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in Loop so go forth to your nearest bookseller and pick this one up today!

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irishdarkblue

 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Want To Start

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Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic asks about the series that we are hoping to start within the next year or two. This one was hard for me because while I do love a good series I always look at them as such a reading commitment but the worst part about a series is the wait. Especially if the series 1 book that we just read and fell in love with ends on a cliff hanger! So sometimes I will wait until all the books are out just to be safe….that way I can jump from one to the other without the wait. to that end here are some series that are already done (or almost done) that I am looking forward to reading.

 

1) Bhinian Empire Series by Miriam Forster 

2) Defiance Series by C.J. Redwine

3) Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix

4) Pulse Series by Patrick Carman

5) Reboot Series by Amy Tintera

6) Shadowlands by Kate Brien

7) Cronus Chronicles by Anne Ursu

8) Skinjacker Trilogy by Neal Shusterman

9) The Broken Empire Series by Mark Lawrence

10) Revenants Series by Amy Plum

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Spotlight: Rowdy by Jay Crownover

Posted by Irish in Contest, Spotlight0 Comments

ROWDY RDL Banner 2

 

We are over the moon excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for ROWDY by Jay Crownover!! ROWDY is the fifth novel in her Marked Men Series published by William Morrow, and imprint of HarperCollins and you do NOT want to miss it!

 

Rowdy

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EXCERPT:

WHEN I PUT THE key he had given me in the door to his apartment it felt like the end of a long journey. Really it was only a little over twelve hours and I had stopped to nap once along the way, but it still felt like too long since I had seen his face or been able to touch all that toned and tattooed skin. Jimbo greeted me at the door when I pushed it open. His tongue lolled out of his mouth and he jumped up and put his paws on my legs. He was going to be huge when he finally grew into his fuzzy body and I was overwhelmed at how happy I was to see him. I dropped to my knees and rubbed my face in his neck as he licked me all over my face. I was obviously missed and I had to say it was just one more reason I knew I was finally where I was supposed to be. It was late, so the apartment was dark.

I checked the dog’s food and water, trying to be quiet in case Rowdy was already asleep. I was winding my way toward his bedroom when a haphazardly discarded sketch pad lying on the couch caught my eye in the dim light. I paused for a minute to pick it up and felt my heart stop and then start to race as I flipped through the first few pages. There were a couple of drawings that were obviously for clients, tattoos that hadn’t made it from paper to skin yet, but most of the pristine white pages were covered with images wearing my face. There was mermaid me, and naughty- sailor- girl me. There was sassy Indian girl me with long Pocahontas braids and there was sexy devil me standing next to angelic me. There were dozens of them all in different shapes and sizes, but every single image was undoubtedly modeled after my distinct look. I wasn’t sure if he had drawn them all over this last week while I had been gone or over the months we had been chasing each other in circles.

Either way it made my heart swell and the full certainty that I was it for him settle deep inside my bones. I set the pad down and tiptoed through the hall. Jimbo took one look at where I was going and huffed out a disgusted- sounding snort. The poor guy had learned early on that he wanted no part of what happened between his humans when they were together in the bedroom. The light was off and Rowdy was sprawled on his stomach across the covers. His blond hair was sticking up every- where and he hand one arm bent up under his head. The only thing that could have made the sight better would have been if he hadn’t bothered with the black boxers before crashing out.

Even with them obscuring the view, I couldn’t complain. I let out a breathless sigh and crept closer so that I could lean over and touch my lips to that anchor on the side of his neck. I felt his pulse leap and tasted the salt on his skin as he murmured sleepily and rolled over onto his back. Those infinitely blue eyes glowed at me in the dark as a grin pulled up the corner of his mouth.

“Hey.”

Rowdy Teaser 2

 

About ROWDY:

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.

After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.

Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.

Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.

 

Sensual portrait of beautiful girl with tattoo lying on bed.

 

Jay CrownoverAbout Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this summer starting with ROWDY. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

 

 

 

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Read-a-Thon Update: 11 pm to End (#readathon)

Posted by Irish in Read-a-Thon0 Comments

Dewey Readathon

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Titles of books read:

  • The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano
  • Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
  • Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness by Sarwat Chadda (In Progress)
  • Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh (In Progress)
  • The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas (Audio – In Progress)

Thoughts on books read since the last update:

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield: A quick read but not much substance to it. Alexander is a terrible character and he never shows any redeeming qualities. This book does show the dangers of being too cautious as well as too adventurous but there really isn’t a ton to recommend about it.

Horrorstor: A creepily addictive read. Fast paced and engaging…kinda hoping for a sequel.

Rock Addiction: No new updates

The Perilous Sea: I am going to be so sad when this one ends.

Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness: Oh these characters!

Places “traveled” to this Read-a-Thon: 

  • Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Amsterdam, Holland (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • New York, New York (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Zurich, Switzerland (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Readington, New Jersey (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Artic Circle Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Pamplona, Spain (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Cuyahoga, Ohio (Horrorstor)
  • Auckland, New Zealand (Rock Addiction)
  • Berkshire, England (The Perilous Sea)
  • The Sahara Desert (The Perilous Sea)
  • The Domain (The Perilous Sea)
  • London, England (Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness)

First Lines: 

  • A grave should be a sad thing, and the grave of a child the saddest thing of all. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • It was dawn, and the zombies were stumbling through the parking lot, streaming toward the massive beige box at the far end. (Horrorstor)
  • The girl came to with a start. (The Perilous Sea)
  • Her smile smashed into him with stunning force. (Rock Addiction)
  • Ashoka Mistry tripped over the tree root. (Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness)

Favorite Characters “met” during the Read-a-Thon: 

  • None (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
    Amy, Basil, Matt, Trinity, Ruth Anne (Horrorstor)
    None (Rock Addiction)
    Titus, Fairfax, Cooper, Kashkari (The Perilous Sea)

A Few Favorite Quotes: 

  • The boys single good attribute was his bravery. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Small victories can be the best kind. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Let’s make sure it’s really raining before we worry about floods. (Horrorstor)
  • I smiled today because I was thinking of you. (The Perilous Sea)
  • It wasn’t the darkness that frightened her. It was the silence (Horrorstor)
  • I am a professional. This is what being a professional means. You can’t just walk away from a disaster and hope someone else cleans it up. (Horrorstor)
  • But this isn’t the way out. This is the way in. It’s all wrong. (Horrorstor)

Number of books read: 2

Pages read since last update: 30 + 30 minutes of audio

Running total of pages read: 531 + 4 hours of Audio (I am so off my reading pace today…I keep getting distracted and just spacing out)

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hours

Running total of time spent reading: ~12.5 hours (I think I messed up my time tracking at some point….*shrugs* ah well…ce la vie)

Mini-challenges completed:

Other participants I’ve visited during the Read-a-Thon:

Prizes won:

None

Links:

Official Read-a-Thon page

End of Event Meme:

Which hour was most daunting for you?

I started to crash a little after 11pm so that point on it was hard and I finally called it at midnight.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

I like to recommend short easy-ish reads and graphic novels for when times are tough and eye-lids get heavy. I also did a lot of audio this time around.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Bring back the chocolate monkeys! kidding…you guys always do any amazing job with the organizing and the running!

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

There seemed to be more cheering this year than in previous times.

How many books did you read?

2.5…and then parts of a few others. My worst read-a-thon yet =(

What were the names of the books you read?

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddingfield, Horrorstor, The Perilous Sea (still working on this one)

Which book did you enjoy most?

The Perilous Sea

Which did you enjoy least?

The 9 lives of Alexander Baddingfield

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

I wasn’t a cheerleader

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

If I am free I will read.

 

Hour 15 Mini Challenge Winner

There were so many great book spine poems for this event, you should all be proud of your entries!! Using the powers of the internet and a little eenie meeanie miney moe the winner of the Hour 15 mini-challege is:

NFM Girl

 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Read-a-Thon Update: 8 to 11 pm (#readathon)

Posted by Irish in Read-a-Thon0 Comments

Dewey Readathon

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Titles of books read:

  • The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano
  • Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
  • Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness by Sarwat Chadda (In Progress)
  • Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh (In Progress)
  • The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas (Audio – In Progress)

Thoughts on books read since the last update:

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield: A quick read but not much substance to it. Alexander is a terrible character and he never shows any redeeming qualities. This book does show the dangers of being too cautious as well as too adventurous but there really isn’t a ton to recommend about it.

Horrorstor: A creepily addictive read. Fast paced and engaging…kinda hoping for a sequel.

Rock Addiction: No new updates

The Perilous Sea: This one is hard to resist and I love how listening to an audio gives me the freedom to do some other things….like playing a game on my phone or doing some tweeting

Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness: No new updates.

Places “traveled” to this Read-a-Thon: 

  • Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Amsterdam, Holland (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • New York, New York (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Zurich, Switzerland (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Readington, New Jersey (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Artic Circle Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Pamplona, Spain (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Cuyahoga, Ohio (Horrorstor)
  • Auckland, New Zealand (Rock Addiction)
  • Berkshire, England (The Perilous Sea)
  • The Sahara Desert (The Perilous Sea)
  • The Domain (The Perilous Sea)
  • London, England (Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness)

First Lines: 

  • A grave should be a sad thing, and the grave of a child the saddest thing of all. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • It was dawn, and the zombies were stumbling through the parking lot, streaming toward the massive beige box at the far end. (Horrorstor)
  • The girl came to with a start. (The Perilous Sea)
  • Her smile smashed into him with stunning force. (Rock Addiction)
  • Ashoka Mistry tripped over the tree root. (Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness)

Favorite Characters “met” during the Read-a-Thon: 

  • None (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
    Amy, Basil, Matt, Trinity, Ruth Anne (Horrorstor)
    None (Rock Addiction)
    Titus, Fairfax, Cooper, Kashkari (The Perilous Sea)

A Few Favorite Quotes: 

  • The boys single good attribute was his bravery. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Small victories can be the best kind. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Let’s make sure it’s really raining before we worry about floods. (Horrorstor)
  • I smiled today because I was thinking of you. (The Perilous Sea)
  • It wasn’t the darkness that frightened her. It was the silence (Horrorstor)
  • I am a professional. This is what being a professional means. You can’t just walk away from a disaster and hope someone else cleans it up. (Horrorstor)
  • But this isn’t the way out. This is the way in. It’s all wrong. (Horrorstor)

Number of books read: 2

Pages read since last update: 0 + 2.5 hours of Audio

Running total of pages read: 501 + 3.5 hours of Audio (I am so off my reading pace today…I keep getting distracted and just spacing out)

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 2 hours

Running total of time spent reading: ~11.5 hours (I think I messed up my time tracking at some point….*shrugs* ah well…ce la vie)

Mini-challenges completed:

Other participants I’ve visited during the Read-a-Thon:

Prizes won:

None

Links:

Official Read-a-Thon page

 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hour 15 Mini-Challenge: Book Spine Poetry #readathon

Posted by Irish in Contest, Read-a-Thon45 Comments

Dewey Readathon

 

 

Hello and welcome to hour FIFTEEN of Dewey’s Read-a-thon!  Congrats on making it this far in the event! You have made it past the half-way point and maybe your eyes are feeling a little droopy and you are in need of a break. Which is why you are here visiting me as I am your mini-challenge host for this hour and we are doing one of my favorite challenges of read-a-thon past…BOOK SPINE POETRY! 

The challenge rules:

  • Using the titles on book spines, make a short poem at least three “books” long/tall.
  • Don’t worry about form or meter or rhyming or anything like that.  Just have fun!
  • Take a picture of your book spine poem, post it on your blog/Twitter/Tumblr/Instagram/etc., then paste the permalink to that post in the comments to this post.
  • This challenge will run for THREE hours and I will choose a winner randomly from the entries…unless one of them really speaks to me in some fashion. No matter what it will be totally arbitrary but hopefully fun times for all! (If I crash before the contest ends then I will choose a winner the moment I wake up again)
  • The winner will get to choose one item from the epic readathon prize list 

Here is an example of the book spine poetry entry that I did last read-a-thon and it took me less than 10 minutes to do using books in my read-a-thon pile and a nearby bookshelf.

 

Book Spine Poetry

 

Once we were

the broken hearted.

Splinterd fragments. Unraveling

in the after.

Dreamless shadows

in the silence.

Infinite.

So go forth and make some poetry! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

irishdarkblue

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Read-a-Thon Update: 5 to 8 pm (#readathon)

Posted by Irish in Read-a-Thon0 Comments

Dewey Readathon

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Titles of books read:

  • The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano
  • Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
  • Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness by Sarwat Chadda (In Progress)
  • Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh (In Progress)
  • The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas (Audio – In Progress)

Thoughts on books read since the last update:

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield: A quick read but not much substance to it. Alexander is a terrible character and he never shows any redeeming qualities. This book does show the dangers of being too cautious as well as too adventurous but there really isn’t a ton to recommend about it.

Horrorstor: A creepily addictive read. Fast paced and engaging…kinda hoping for a sequel.

Rock Addiction: No new updates

The Perilous Sea: No new updates

Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness: Really looking forward to this one.

Places “traveled” to this Read-a-Thon: 

  • Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Amsterdam, Holland (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • New York, New York (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Zurich, Switzerland (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Readington, New Jersey (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Artic Circle Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Pamplona, Spain (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Cuyahoga, Ohio (Horrorstor)
  • Auckland, New Zealand (Rock Addiction)
  • Berkshire, England (The Perilous Sea)
  • The Sahara Desert (The Perilous Sea)
  • The Domain (The Perilous Sea)
  • London, England (Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness)

First Lines: 

  • A grave should be a sad thing, and the grave of a child the saddest thing of all. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • It was dawn, and the zombies were stumbling through the parking lot, streaming toward the massive beige box at the far end. (Horrorstor)
  • The girl came to with a start. (The Perilous Sea)
  • Her smile smashed into him with stunning force. (Rock Addiction)
  • Ashoka Mistry tripped over the tree root. (Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness)

Favorite Characters “met” during the Read-a-Thon: 

  • None (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
    Amy, Basil, Matt, Trinity, Ruth Anne (Horrorstor)
    None (Rock Addiction)
    Titus, Fairfax, Cooper, Kashkari (The Perilous Sea)

A Few Favorite Quotes: 

  • The boys single good attribute was his bravery. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Small victories can be the best kind. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Let’s make sure it’s really raining before we worry about floods. (Horrorstor)
  • I smiled today because I was thinking of you. (The Perilous Sea)
  • It wasn’t the darkness that frightened her. It was the silence (Horrorstor)
  • I am a professional. This is what being a professional means. You can’t just walk away from a disaster and hope someone else cleans it up. (Horrorstor)
  • But this isn’t the way out. This is the way in. It’s all wrong. (Horrorstor)

Number of books read: 2

Pages read since last update: 154

Running total of pages read: 501 + 1 hour of Audio (I am so off my reading pace today…I keep getting distracted and just spacing out)

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 2 hours

Running total of time spent reading: ~8.5 hours (I think I messed up my time at some point….*shrugs* ah well…ce la vie)

Mini-challenges completed:

Other participants I’ve visited during the Read-a-Thon:

Prizes won:

None

Links:

Official Read-a-Thon page

 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

#readathon Mid-Event Survey

Posted by Irish in Read-a-Thon1 Comment

Dewey Readathon

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?

Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness by Sarwat Chadda

2. How many books have you read so far?

Two so far. Its been a slow read-a-thon for me today…too many distractions.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness – had this one since last December when I imported it from UK and I think I’m finally ready to read it. Its the final book in a an excellent series and I’m going to be so sad when its done.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Yes…but they are interruptions of my own making as I peek in on the drama of the internets and just the internets in general. I have not been handling it well as its so easy to get sucked into the vortex. Plus life things that I keep thinking about and researching.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

Nothing! The read-a-thon is as awesome as it always is…my brain is just only partially here because of the above.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Read-a-Thon Update: 2 to 5 pm (#readathon)

Posted by Irish in Read-a-Thon0 Comments

Dewey Readathon

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Titles of books read:

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano
Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix (In Progress)
Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh (In Progress)
The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas (Audio – In Progress)

Thoughts on books read since the last update:

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield: A quick read but not much substance to it. Alexander is a terrible character and he never shows any redeeming qualities. This book does show the dangers of being too cautious as well as too adventurous but there really isn’t a ton to recommend about it.

Horrorstor: This is a strange book.

Rock Addiction: These characters make me want to bang my head on a desk. Repeatedly.

The Perilous Sea: I may have to switch to the print version of this one, loving the audio but I want to know ALL THE THINGS right now!!

Places “traveled” to this Read-a-Thon: 

Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
Amsterdam, Holland Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
New York, New York (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
Zurich, Switzerland Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
Readington, New Jersey Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
Artic Circle Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
Pamplona, Spain (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
Cuyahoga, Ohio (Horrorstor)
Auckland, New Zealand (Rock Addiction)
Berkshire, England (The Perilous Sea)
The Sahara Desert (The Perilous Sea)
The Domain (The Perilous Sea)

First Lines: 

  • A grave should be a sad thing, and the grave of a child the saddest thing of all. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • It was dawn, and the zombies were stumbling through the parking lot, streaming toward the massive beige box at the far end. (Horrorstor)
  • The girl came to with a start. (The Perilous Sea)
  • Her smile smashed into him with stunning force. (Rock Addiction)

Favorite Characters “met” during the Read-a-Thon: 

None (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
Amy (Horrorstor)
None (Rock Addiction)
Titus, Fairfax, Cooper, Kashkari (The Perilous Sea)

 

A Few Favorite Quotes: 

  • The boys single good attribute was his bravery. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Small victories can be the best kind. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Let’s make sure it’s really raining before we worry about floods. (Horrorstor)
  • I smiled today because I was thinking of you. (The Perilous Sea)

Number of books read: 1

Pages read since last update: 133 + 1 hour of Audio

Running total of pages read: 347 + 1 hour of Audio

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 2.5 hours

Running total of time spent reading: ~6.5 hours

Mini-challenges completed:

Introductory Questionnaire
Coffee or Tea

 

Other participants I’ve visited during the Read-a-Thon:

What Sarah Read
Jenn’s Bookshelves
Fig and Thistle
Andi’s ABCs
Aleksandra’s Corner

Prizes won:

None

Links:

Official Read-a-Thon page

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Read-a-Thon Update: 11 am to 2 pm (#readathon)

Posted by Irish in Read-a-Thon0 Comments

Dewey Readathon

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Titles of books read:

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano
Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix (In Progress)

Thoughts on books read since the last update:

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield: A quick read but not much substance to it. Alexander is a terrible character and he never shows any redeeming qualities. This book does show the dangers of being too cautious as well as too adventurous but there really isn’t a ton to recommend about it.

Horrorstor: Haven’t made it very far into the book yet but I’m curious to see where it goes.

Places “traveled” to this Read-a-Thon: 

Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
Amsterdam, Holland Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
New York, New York (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
Zurich, Switzerland Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
Readington, New Jersey Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
Artic Circle Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
Pamplona, Spain (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
Cuyahoga, Ohio (Horrorstor)

First Lines: 

  • A grave should be a sad thing, and the grave of a child the saddest thing of all. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • It was dawn, and the zombies were stumbling through the parking lot, streaming toward the massive beige box at the far end. (Horrorstor)

Favorite Characters “met” during the Read-a-Thon: 

 None (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
Amy (Horrorstor)

 

A Few Favorite Quotes: 

  • The boys single good attribute was his bravery. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Small victories can be the best kind. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Let’s make sure it’s really raining before we worry about floods. (Horrorstor)

Number of books read: 1

Pages read since last update: 70

Running total of pages read: 214

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hour 30 minutes

Running total of time spent reading: ~3 hours (been getting sucked into the internet and not reading as much as I normally would on a read-a-thon day)

Mini-challenges completed:

Introductory Questionnaire
Coffee or Tea

 

Other participants I’ve visited during the Read-a-Thon:

What Sarah Read
Jenn’s Bookshelves
Fig and Thistle
Andi’s ABCs
Aleksandra’s Corner

Prizes won:

None

Links:

Official Read-a-Thon page

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