2015 Reading Challenge {Week Twenty-Three}

So. I finished After. I have so much to say. So much. But mostly I’m just frustrated. And I’m mad at myself for caring. After is 50 Shades light. It reads the same way, but is doubly addicting. Tessa was naive and a fool with no backbone. Hardin was a jerk. And yet… I couldn’t stop reading. Damn you, Todd! I was HOOKED! I actually spent last Saturday night up til 2:30 am reading {which is STUPID when you live with a tiny human alarm clock who likes to wake up in the 6 o’clock hour}. Then I got to the ending and I was like, “What the heck?!?” Horrible.  BUT, it made me want to start the second. However, I refuse! I decided that I could not repeat this cycle with three more books {Anger! Rage! Not being able to go to bed until I know what happens next!}… so I Googled and spoiled the ending of the series. Ha!  Continue reading

2015 Reading Challenge {Week Nineteen, Twenty, Twenty-One, and Twenty-Two}

I am such a slacker! Oh my gosh! My only excuse to not checking in is that life has been crazy, I’m running constantly, and I have a lot of balls up in the air {in a good way} in my personal life.  Ahhhhhh! So, yeah. Let me catch you up on what I’ve been reading for the last four weeks.

11018028_10105112142207919_3960038543114193805_nThe first book I finished during this four week period was Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen. {#37. A book with a color in the title.} Red Queen was one of the most anticipated YA books of 2015, and honestly, I don’t think it disappointed.  Continue reading

2015 Reading Challenge {Week Eighteen}

Welcome to the my weekly 2015 reading challenge wrap up.  Last night I finished book 18 {during the 18th week} of the 52 books I plan to read this year. I’m not going to lie. I wish I was further along, but I’m doing the best I can… which is why I’m doing this challenge. Between work and family life, it’s hard to find time to read. And I really LOVE to read. {Hello! Librarian!} This challenge makes sure I stay motivated to pick my book up for a little bit every day.

So yeah. I finished reading the newest book from JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, The Shadows. I’m shattered. Utterly and totally shattered. Like, Allegiant shattered. Why would you do that to me JR?!?  WHY??????  After finishing the book, I had to quickly walk away from the couch so my husband wouldn’t see the tears flowing, lock myself in the bathroom, and give myself a pep talk. {“It’s just a work of fiction, Christen.  It is NOT real.”}  But, despite the tears, I loved The Shadows. LOVED! I enjoy the characters and the world and cannot wait to read the next book in the series. Continue reading

2015 Reading Challenge {Week Seventeen}

Dude! Last week I *finally* finished Kelley Armstrong’s Sea of Shadows.  BLAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Sea of Shadows was my #17: A book a friend recommended. Usually this friend {Alexis, I’m talking about you!} and I have pretty similar tastes, but not this time.  If it wasn’t for this challenge, I totally would have DNF’d this book. Maybe teens would love it {it is YA}, but the characters were too annoying, the stereotypes were stereotypical, and the pace of the book just didn’t do it for me.  So, yeah. I do not recommend this book!  Continue reading

2015 Reading Challenge {Week Sixteen} and {More Excitedly} Fall 2015 Book Buzz

I am stillllllll reading Kelley Armstrong’s Sea of Shadows, but I’m almost done.  So so close.  I’m hoping to be done tonight. Luckily, I have something else that I am really excited to talk about this week: Book Buzz 2015.

I am a member of the New Jersey Library Association and each year I attend the annual conference. While I saw many great and worthwhile presentations, my most favorite was, by far, Book Buzz 2015.  I got to watch a panel of four publishing house representatives talk about the most exciting new books being released in the Fall of 2015. Today, I’m going to share some of my favorites with you!

Picture Books

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2015 Reading Challenge {Week Fourteen}

Happy Friday, all!  This past week was filled with stomach bugs, work craziness, and meetings… and not enough reading or blogging. I do have some exciting things in the works though, so let me catch you up. First, I finished Jennifer E. Smith’s This is What Happy Looks Like.  It was cute and I liked it, but it had a very ambiguous ending which I don’t love.  Then I went onto the author’s website and saw that she just wrote a follow up novella, which makes it look like things did not end happily.  BOOOOO!  But whatever.  For $1.99, I’ll end up buying Happy Again and seeing if this ends better than the first book.

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2015 Reading Challenge {Week Thirteen} AND a March Chocolate Winner

Welcome to the weekly reading challenge check in. I feel like I have made up the last few weeks of slow reading in these past six days.  After the longness of I Am Pilgrim, it’s awesome to be flying through some super fun books again!  I currently have about 15 library books checked out on my library card, so I walked over to my pile and decided to read the next book on top of the pile: Colleen Hoover’s Ugly LoveContinue reading