Is it September 18th yet?

Image result for i can't wait any longer gifIn September the third book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series is coming out and I don’t know how much longer I can wait.  I just want the book.  I need to know what happens to Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell.  September seems so far away and I want the story to continue so that I can have more material to reread at least several times a month.   I have read the first two books so many times that I have parts of the books memorized.  I hope the third book which is called Escaping from Houdini is even more mysterious, bloody, and filled with wonderful interactions between Wadsworth and Cresswell.  Below is the synopsis which just makes me want the book all the more.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

Image result for stalking jack the ripperAlso, the cover is phenomenal!  All of them are.  I love the covers for I feel that they portray the books wonderfully.  I wrote a whole essay on the cover of the first book, Stalking Jack the Ripper.  You can see the introduction on Sharing Saturday Fifteen.  In future Sharing Saturday’s  I may share more of my essay.  The cover is gorgeous and I can’t wait to hold a physical copy of the book in my hands.

I am counting down the days until this book comes out.  It’s 96 to be exact.  I also have a countdown on my website.  I will probably pre-order the book or be at the bookstore the moment it opens. It just seems so far away and it’s depressing.  I was never good at waiting for books and time drags until the day it finally comes out.  Even after Escaping from Houdini comes out I have to wait for the fourth book. Image result for i can't wait any longer gif

However, I look forward to reading the books because they are going to be amazing!  The books in this series are worth the wait.  I loved the first two and I have faith that the next two books are going to be even better.

 

Why I can’t do TBRs

Looking around at other blogs and posts I realize that many of you post your TBRs. I have never done one because I can’t commit to the books I put on my TBRS. In fact, I usually only ever end up reading one of the books on the list. This is mostly due to my tendency to pick a book based on what I feel like at that moment. Do I want action, romance, or fantasy? After attempting to make TBRs several times I realized that for me personally, it is a waste of time. I never refer back to it and I never actively use it.

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It also doesn’t help that I am constantly cycling through books for I tend to go to my library and grab thirty books. Over the course of the next month or two, I finish those up while putting more on hold. I usually end up with over fifty library books on my bookshelf. This doesn’t help my attempts at making TBRs for how can I possibly choose which books I want to read within the next month especially if I’ve never heard of the books I pick up? So, I just don’t make TBRs anymore.

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When asked what I plan on reading I say. ” No, don’t ask me that because I don’t know.” Maybe sometime in the future, I will try it again but not for a while. When I try again I’ll let you all know.

How do you choose your TBRs and do they work for you? Let me know in the comments below.

Memorial Day

Image result for memorial day imagesIt’s Memorial Day!  So, I will be sharing with you a list of ten books based upon wars. They are stories of honor and courage whether they tell of the soldiers fighting or the common man or woman trying to survive in a time of war. Five are fiction and the rest are nonfiction.

A big thank you to all of those who have served and continue to serve our country.

Let’s get this book list started.  They are in no particular order.

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  1.  The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  2.  Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  3.  All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  4.  War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  5.  Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  6.  The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve    Sheinkin
  7.  Civil War Love Stories by Gill Paul
  8.  The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
  9.  Night by Elie Wiesel
  10.  The Forgotten 500 by Gregory A. Freeman

Anti-Valentines Book Tag

It’s almost Valentines day so I decided to create a book tag to go with it. This tag is Anti-Valentines because I am not the biggest fan of Valentines day.   However, we might as well celebrate in some small way with a book tag.  Without further ado…

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Rules

Link back to this post

Thank the person who tagged you

Tag as many people as you like

Have Fun!

 

A Book Where there is no Love Interest

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A Book Where Romance is an afterthought

Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw has no kissing and no concrete mention of falling for the either of the two main guy characters.

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An Overly Cheesy Romance Book

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally is an easy and predictable romance read.

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A Book Where a Character marries for Convenience not Love

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce has the main character marrying because the man she marries loves her and makes her feel safe even if she has little to no feelings for him.

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A Book with Rose/Roses on the Cover

Passion by Lauren Kate has the main character holding a rose on the cover.

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I Tag:

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Anyone who wants to celebrate Anti-Valentines Day

 

Books I want(I actually need them as much as I need air) in 2018

I have a long list of all the books I need to read in 2018.  I want them all now and it is torture to wait but alas  I must.  Below is a continually growing list of all the books I want to read this year and when they come out.

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Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton – January 30th 2018

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir – April 10th 2018

Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell – August 7th 2018

Rage by Cora Carmack – June 5th 2018

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard – May 15th 2018

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian – June 14th 2018

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh – April 24th 2018

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – July 10th, 2018

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – March 6th 2018

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross – February 6th 2018

The Defiant by Lesley Livingston – January 23rd, 2018

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland – April 3rd, 2018

Secret Heir Dynasty by M. J. Prince – February 27th 2018

more……..

Happy New Year

It’s a New Year!! I can hardly believe that we are entering 2018.  This past year has flown by.  Below is a list of the top twelve books that I read this year.  There are definitely more favorites but if I didn’t stop at twelve my list would just keep on going.  I am not putting them in any particular order.

  • The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
  • Ruby Red Kerstin Gier
  • Roar  by Cora Carmack
  • Scarlet by A. C Gaughen
  • The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • The Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
  • The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo
  • It by Stephen King

 

Happy New Year!!!!

November 11th, A special Day

It’s November eleventh and that means it’s two things.  It’s Veteran’s day and my birthday.

Today is the day we celebrate what men and women throughout the United States history have sacrificed so that we may have the freedom’s we have today.  In fact I wrote a couple of paragraphs commemorating freedom and what it means to me.

When I think of freedom I think of the Constitution of the United States.  In it, Americans are granted basic human rights such as the right to bear arms, the right to free speech, and the right to worship.

Freedom is when people decide to make their own laws and not be subject to a king.  Freedom allows people to live in a phenomenal world full of bravery, love, hope, and standing up for what you believe in.  Freedom is the ability to live a life to one’s liking, including where to live and what school to attend.

Freedom has a cost.  Sometimes wars are fought defending the right to freedom.  Many people past and present have died defending that freedom in wars such as the American Revolutionary War and the Civil War.  We went to war both of these times to have freedom for all people in the United States of America.  

Veterans are people who have served in the military defending their country’s freedoms.  All countries have veterans who fought for their nations’ ideas.  Often times veterans make the ultimate sacrifice:  their lives for freedom.  Veterans fight for their right and for the right of future generations to live how they want to live.  Most will remain nameless.  Most will be forgotten.  But each and every one will have made a difference and changed the world in their efforts.

With freedom comes a responsibility.  To honor the sacrifice veterans have made for our country it is our duty to protect the freedom they have so fiercely won.  We need to participate in the political system by voting.  We need to ensure laws are passed that protect the innocent.  We need to stand up for injustice when we see it.  This can be as small as standing up to a bully in school.

So what does freedom mean to me?  It means everything.

Besides being a day to celebrate veterans and all they have done it is a personal day for me.  It’s my birthday.  To commemorate it I will be sharing some personal pictures below.

I have four cats named Emerald, Tiger, Stardust, and Puma.  The top left picture is of the pumpkin I carved for this Halloween.  The main picture is of me and the bootom left is of me, my sister, and my cousin.

The End of Summer Book Tag

Nooo, summer is over.  This summer flew by so fast.  I don’t want it to end.   I had an awesome time writing posts and figuring out my blog.  Thank you to all of my followers for a wonderful summer.   To commemorate it I decided to do The End of Summer Book Tag.  I hope you enjoy.  Thank You!!

Rules:

Thank the person who tagged you.

Tag at least thirteen people.

 

What was your Favorite Book this Summer?

That’s hard. In fact I have more than one. These include Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen.  I loved this story and the rest of the series lived up to the first book.  I totally adore this series.  Also, I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper ,Roar,  and The Daughter of Smoke and Bone which were all stunning books.

See my posts The Daughter of Smoke and Bone ,and Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

 

What was your Least Favorite Book this Summer?

I don’t know.  There were quite a few books I didn’t like very much this summer but I can’t decide which was worse.  A few are listed below…

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The Secret to lying by Todd Mitchell

Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson

and more.

See my previous post, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

What Book Did you wish You had read this Summer?

I wish I could’ve gotten around to reading a A Court of Thorns and Roses.  I have been meaning to read that book since it first came out but things just kept coming up and I kept forgetting to put it on hold.  I have heard that the book is amazing and am excited to read it.  I will read it by end of the year.  I have to.

What was your Favorite Classic you read this summer?(If you didn’t read one this summer than in general.)

I only read Frankenstien this summer so that is my favorite classic this summer.  I did love the story and even read another book called Doctor Frankensteins daughters by another author which was a pretty fantastic book, too.

 

Did you stray into a different genre and pick up a new and exciting book?

Yes, I did because my cousin who is into psychological thrillers suggested One was Lost by Natalie D. Richards.  The book was interesting  and definitely not what I usually read.

Damaged, Deceptive, Dangerous, Darling. When a group of teens wake up in the woods, these words are inked onto their skin. Are they labels? A warning? They must find the truth before a killer finds them.

On a school trip the group is seperated by a flash flood and than they awake to find their teacher drugged and no way to find help. They set out to try to reach help all the while knowing there is a killer on the loose who is keeping them alive for a reason.  But what? Will they survive long enough to find out?

 

What was your favorite movie adaptation this summer?

I didn’t see any but I am excited for several movies that are coming out later this year or next year that are based on books I have read.

What was your favorite new release book?

I have two but they didn’t really come out this summer.  Still, I loved Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi which came out March 28th and Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton which came out March 7th.

See my posts Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton and The Star- Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi which is the first book in the series to Crown Of Wishes.

 

I Tag:

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Anybody that feels like saying goodbye to summer

 

 

 

 

#TheReadingQuest Wrap Up

I recently completed the #ReadingQuest.  It was a month long reading challenge that I thoroughly enjoyed.  I read seventeen books.

Character Class:Knight
The first book of a series: Daughter of Smoke an Bone by Laini Taylor
Book with a verb in title: Rise of the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz
A book with a weapon on cover: Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo
A book with red cover: Fury by Rebecca Lim
A book that has a tv/movie adaptation: BFG by Roald Dahl

Mage
A book with a one word title: IT by Stephen King
A book that contains magic: The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
A book based on mythology: Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
A book set in a different world: Roar by Cora Carmack

Side Quests
Open World: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Respawn: Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney
Time Warp: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
A book cover with striking typography: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
A book published by a small press: The clockwork three by Matthew J. Kirby
A book with a partially obscured face: Muse by Rebecca Lim
Grind: The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas
Multiplayer: Seraphina by Rachael Hartman

Total:
Level 7
320 experience points
754 health points