Top Ten Tuesday – Those Books From Wayback When ?!

August 23: Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet (this is going to be sad considering how many of those I have unread six years later…), the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

Oh joy! What an easy topic to discuss because my shelves are so jam packed with books from forever ago! Each time I switch things around on my big shelf, I also discard a few more because I think, ugh I’m probably never going to read you–you need a better home than just collecting dust on my shelf!

So yes, let’s discuss this, shall we . . . . . . .

At the end of 2013, I decided I might start blogging. I tried here and there but in 2014, I attended my first ALA Mid Winter conference which was held in Philadelphia and walked away with a pretty decent stack of books! Since then I STILL have some great ones that I have not even cracked the spines on! Let’s examine what needs to be read still:

         

Guess I need another ARC reading challenge month to help me out with this round of titles 😁

 

 

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ARC August . . . . you game?

Oh hello friends *cricket noises* well whoever sees this, maybe there’s one individual left? Hi 👋 It’s your old pal Linz, and I’ve been MIA for I don’t know how long but

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Besides my anti-social blogging behavior, I’ve decided August isn’t too late to start making some goals, right? Of course not! So in order to get my blogging/reading tail in gear I’m signing up for ARC August! I literally just found out about it’s existence a few days ago and am like “HOMG I have a million books from ALAMW (well the past three ALAMW’s shhh! don’t tell) that I’ve needed to read forever! Get to it Lindsey!” That’s where I’m at right now and it’s about time I start flying thru them and then post about them. The posting is where I tend to have trouble. LOL! Awesome way to book blog if you just read and then don’t post about it 😉 So, game plan–here are the titles I’ll be reading, not a lofty goal but fairly attainable. I’ll be excited if I get thru half of them:

– ARC Reading List –
*in no specific order*

This Savage Life – Victoria Schwab

The Serpent King – Jeff Zentner

P.S. I Like You – Kasie West

You Know Me Well – Nina LaCour & David Levithan

The Crown’s Game – Evelyn Skye

And I Darken – Kiersten White

🌟if I’m feeling super ambitious🌟

The Long Game – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Wanderlost – Jen Malone
What Happens Now – Jennifer Castle

Signups are until July 31st here if you’re interested! Meanwhile I’m all

Hopefully by the end of August I might have more of my life together but I literally say this lie almost every month so…cheers! HAPPY READING! I BETTER SEE YOU ALL READING YOUR ARCs!!

xo The Kid

Halfway thru 2015 and . . . .


While I can’t believe it’s already the end of JUNE, I know JUNE– really?!, I wanted to do a mid-year recap of what I’ve accomplished so far reading and what I’ve participated in, who I’ve met up with–the whole shebang!. I actually have had quite a bit I can mark off my lists that I’ve put together over several Top Ten Tuesdays (which came in handy)!

So we’ll start with the most exciting first–ALL THE READING! I set my Goodreads Challenge goal for 2015 at 75 books. As of this writing of this post I’ve achieved 51% of the goal, reading 38 books! Now I will admit, a bunch are comics so while I didn’t factor that into my original goal, I’m not changing what I was originally striving for. I’m branching out to new genres and have also hit some major reading slumps gobbling up 6 books in a month and then not reading anything for a few weeks in a row. It’s been tough.
                      

                                           
Looking back at my Top Ten Tuesday lists, I’ve compiled some of the reads I was truly anticipating that I’ve gotten a chance to read! I still have a ton that I have yet to buy and place on my shelf but I was lucky enough to attend a conference (we’ll get to that in just a bit) which had me scoring some of those books without purchasing them and breaking my bank!

My absolute favorite thing that I’ve done this year, like I mentioned before, was diving into the comic world! I’m trying to be better at keeping up with them so I am currently addicted to reading The Wicked + The Divine! The cover art and all round artwork throughout the comic is just the prettiest. Ironic I call it pretty considering several heads are blown up at points haha, but still, great storyline and worth the read 🙂

                                                          


I actually didn’t attend many author signings this year, but I *was* able to attend ALA Midwinter in Chicago and I caught the tail end to BEA, but not the actual conference, just headed up to NYC to meet some bloggers and fellow online friends! We’ll get to that later as well 😉
  
  


Another one of my favorite parts! A good chunk of the lovely ladies that I talk to on social media were at these events and was so excited to finally put a voice and real face to the name instead of just seeing them virtually. *womp womp* I also got a chance to meet a whole bunch of other bloggers/friends who were attending which was awesome! The more the merrier 😀

    

As of right now I really don’t have much on my plate. There will probably be the occasional signing that’s around here locally and I’m really, REALLY, REALLY going to try for ALA Midwinter 2016 in Boston! But that’s far off, as long as I save $$ it’s probably within reach 🙂 What I’m participating in right now is something seriously fun, #OTSPSecretSister gifting feature that a bunch of bloggers and readers join in and buy a few pick-me-up presents for several months. It’s hosted by Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide, Alyssa from Books Take You Places, and Amy at Tripping Over Books and I’m having such a blast treating my secret sister and getting the BEST THINGS from mine! This past month I’ve gotten the reveal, although for month one I had an inclination and hoped I was right (I WAS what!what!) and am super excited to sign up for the next round! I’ve met some awesome bloggers through the gifting feature and walk away with some great treats as well 🙂

Besides that I don’t have much on my plate but here are some pics of the Secret Sister fun! Make sure you join in for Round 3 with signups that start in July!

the secret sister that gifts to me (aka Mother of Dragons) Alyssa (@WithTheBanned)

the secret sister that gifts to me (aka Mother of Dragons) Alyssa @WithTheBanned

yay! Elizabeth @BookYAbber is my secret sister

yay! Elizabeth @BookYAbber is my secret sister

      

See you back in December for another wrap-up! xx Linz aka The Kid

edit: OMG I FORGOT!! I WILL BE ATTENDING TWO DAYS OF NYCC (New York Comic Con) AND I CANNOT FRICKIN’ WAIT! Already there’s so much to look forward to because NYCC tweets every now and then about which guests will be attending for 2015! Ultimate goal in life is SDCC attendance but like, I need a MAJOR miracle to get to be that lucky, so I’ll settle for East Coast NYCC! Okay okay, that’s all for now!

waited in the virtual queue for 1.5 hours, but worth it 🙂

2015 YA Runs a 5K is BACK!

So I know I’ve done a few running posts recently, my review of Breathe Annie Breathe by Miranda Kenneally as well as my road to running post, I’ve got another one I’d like to share with you!

Last year I was lucky enough to find on my Twitter feed news about some awesome people were combing TWO of my favorite things: reading and running! AND in the process we get to help out some people—the more readers in the world, the better! Melody Simpson is one of the ladies in charge of starting a campaign, YA Runs a 5K, and it’s awesome!

Even if you’re not a real runner, you can still participate in walking or jogging or running and your support still matters and that’s what counts! Last year participants who signed up were running The Color Run and this year I’m even MORE EXCITED: SUPER. HERO! I’m a geeky girl at heart so I’m SO SO excited to sign up!

If you’re in the Philadelphia area on June 6th, 2015 I urge you to make sure you can sign up! It’s going to be a lot of fun! Besides running and reading now they’re throwing in superheroes? Beyond awesome!

To find out more about it, please check out the links below:
Be a superhero and help out this great cause 🙂

The Super Run – June 6th, 2015 Navy Yard, S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA
YA Runs a 5K – Tumblr website with more info on the race details and more about registration
Announcement for the 2015 Run YA Runs a 5K will participate in!
Also follow Melody on Twitter for more info @melodysimpson

Happy running and I hope to see some faces in the Philly area on race day!

Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring TBR List!

March 17: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

With every season in the year, comes the time where new novels are released! For readers, the Christmas-time feeling is all year long because each season new books hit shelves and we need to consume them! Spring will soon be in the air which means warmer weather, longer days, sun shining, and the possibility of a lazy Saturday or Sunday hanging out on a blanket reading the day away! And the anticipated Spring titles are . . . .

    
We All Looked Up «March 24th, 2015
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda « April 7th, 2015
Things We Know by Heart « April 21st, 2015
Lying Out Loud « April 28th, 2015

   
An Ember in the Ashes « April 28th, 2015
The Girl at Midnight « April 28th, 2015
The Fill-In Boyfriend « May 5th, 2015
The Wrath and the Dawn « May 12th, 2015
P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) « May 26th, 2015
The Devil You Know « June 2nd, 2015
 

 

 

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally | Review

Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks series) | Available for Purchase: Amazon « Barnes & Noble « Book Depository
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: July 14, 2014
Pages: 320, Kindle Edition
Received Copy: Personal library

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

It’s very appropriate that I read this book during March as I have much more in common with main character Annie Winters, than your average reader: I’m a runner and am currently training for my very first half-marathon.


It’s a struggle every day and I could relate to Annie on so many levels, as I’m sure anyone who runs or excels in a sport/activity such as this needing much dedication. Annie starts off with good intentions in finding herself, grieving, and honoring the death of her boyfriend, Kyle, a runner never getting to complete his official run.  Annie is torn throughout most of the novel between feeling the need to move on from Kyle but also from the shell of the person she’s become since Kyle’s death.

I loved reading Annie’s growth and also learned a few tips for if I ever want to move on from running halves to full marathons. Most likely I can’t train on my own for it, but I loved reading about the community runners have, they all struggle and work hard to literally run to their goal. Matt and Jeremiah are her trainer and love interest, brothers as well, and are there for Annie almost every step of the way and I found that support comforting, again because I experience it with a group of my friends who are running as well. I definitely will be checking out more from Miranda Kenneally…I know this was part of a series and it’s not the first in the series but consider me hooked!

 

aspects of running…
Because I am a new runner (started running in the past 3 years) I can understand the struggle and dedication you have to go through in order to see yourself grow as a person and athlete. It’s something I hardly ever take credit for because it seems like, “Oh it’s just running” but in actuality it isn’t. There is so much mental that gets paired with physical when you put your body through this. I’m not a fantastic runner but last year after medical procedure on my back I went back to running after taking off two months and I barely could run for a mile. My pace was 18 minutes. Now it’s a year later and my fastest pace is/was (I’ve felt under the weather so I’m not on top of my game) around 10:30 minutes. I took off EIGHT minutes! Next time you want to just sit around and watch the clock for eight minutes you’ll see just how long that is.

who is Annie?…
I thought Annie’s progression throughout the story was really well written and paced just right. She’s had time to process and wallow in her grief but now she’s ready to make sure Kyle is remembered the right way. She knows the struggle of finishing high school and starting college—a brand new experience that can be seriously nerve-wracking, especially never having left home. Some days she’s proud of how far she’s come, other days she wants to figuratively die because her body is working hard to keep up with the running. Again as a runner, I know this all too well.

the Browns…
Matt Brown is Annie’s trainer, Jeremiah Brown is her friend and potential love interest, and the Brown family is a big ol’ happy family that I really enjoyed reading. Things are rocky between Annie and her mom, so conversations are short and frustrating because moms just love to address topics the children don’t want to talk about. The Brown family was a friendly bunch, even their grandpa made a special appearance in this novel. Jeremiah obviously was pretty swoony: Little Duck River…HOLLER! hahaha! And Matt as her coach was always so dedicated and caring of her. Not as just a client but as someone who really wanted to see Annie succeed in her running for Kyle.

please sir, may I have another?…
I think this is a growing trend I’m seeing I just need a little more. At the closing of the book, things just seemed a tad bit abrupt and I wished to read a little more of Annie’s future. The readers receive a good portion of closure but, things could’ve been taken a step further than where Kenneally leaves you. Not epilogue worthy, but maybe a few more pages to finalize everything. But maybe those are just my own feelings but just a little bit more would’ve been awesome to read.

Again I most definitely will be checking out more books in the Hundred Oaks series Kenneally has written—don’t worry they’re not my TBR list for sure! And on another note, wish me luck for my race! I’m so nervous…as I write this out, my longest run so far is 11 miles! So I have 2.1 miles to go before I’m officially race ready even though if I can run 12, 13.1 isn’t much harder but I still would love any and all encouragement! If Annie can do it, I can do it too!

 

xx The Kid

Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS

March 3: Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years (you can extend it to 5 if you need to), the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

There is nothing more that I love than to be a book pusher—an activity I can never get bored of! If anyone is in need for a good recommendation I will always happily give them some of my beloved titles. As I started writing the list I found myself going back through my reading list and actually there are a whole bunch I had a hard time not putting in my top ten. Decisions were agreed upon, so here are my all-time favorite reads from the past few years:


   

Anna and the French Kiss
Just One Day
The Siren (The Original Sinner’s series)
My Life Next Door


(Loved these titles so much the first time they’ve still won my heart):

                       
Attachments
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Throne of Glass
The Winner’s Curse
Pivot Point
Something Real
                      

As I rounded up my list I found that I had a lot of novels where I had identified with the characters on their self-discovering journeys. I seem to fall in love with the MC who figures it out, probably a direct correlation to what I’m clearly missing in my life, but that’s for another time, haha!

Have you read any of these? What are some of your recent ALL-TIME FAVORITES!!?? #iwillalwaysaddmorebookstomyTBRlist

Au revoir 😉 xx The Kid