Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday:  Bookish Goals for 2015 

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Jeni's Picks
1.  Finish all the series I have on my shelf. I'm horrible about finishing them. I'm so far behind. I think I'll choose a series a month to finish. It's usually only the 3rd book I haven't completed.  
2. Buy more books from local stores: In Utah we have some amazing indie book stores that are so much fun to shop at. King's English is my favorite. They host so many book signings. 
3. Read More with my kids: I love reading with my kids but I want to read more. Its fun getting to discuss what is happening and predicting what we think will happen next. 
4. Blog every week: I need to be better about remembering to do it. I need to start writing reviews too. I'm just more of a reader than a writer. I love following everyone blogs and seeing what other people think about books. So I will try to have courage and write some reviews. 
5. Start a bookclub for boys:  I host three book clubs for girls 8-12 years old and my son keeps begging me to start one for him. It's a lot of work but so much fun. This might be something I start in the summer. 

Emily's Picks: 
1. Read new genres. 
2. Finish series
3. Write a chapter in my book each month
4. Write more book reviews
5. Visit more blogs. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Ten Books I read in 2014
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Jeni's Picks
1.The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielson: Great ending to the trilogy. I am looking forward to starting her new series next year. 

2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: I know I took forever to read this. I really don't know why. I really enjoyed Lament and The Raven boys but still this book sat on my shelf for a good 3 years. Now I can't wait until the movie comes out next year. 

3. Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay: Another book that sat on my shelf for awhile not as long as The Scorpio Races though. I love fairytale retelling and this one was just so different. I can't wait to reread it. 

4. I am not  a Serial Killer by Dan Wells: I used to love reading Dean Koontz when I was 16 but I haven't really read any other horror stories since then. This book was interesting and scary. Don't read it in the dark. 

5. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes: Loved this book. One that makes you keep thinking even after  you put it down. Can't wait to see the movies. 

6. Becoming Lady Lockwood by Jennifer Moore I picked this book up at Random while shopping for something else. It kind of reminded me of Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson but
pirate style. 

7. The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby: My girls and I loved this book. We recommend it all the time. We just wish he would write a sequel. 

8. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead: I had so many people tell me to read this that I finally read it with my girls. Very fast read and we loved it. Now I'm begging people to read it. 

9. A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd: Best of the three books she has written so far. 

10. Hood by Stephen Lawhead: I loved this retelling of Robin Hood.  Started off slow but the ending was worth the read. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday New Authors

     Top Ten Tuesday: 
Top Ten New-to-me-authors I read in 2014

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Jeni's Picks:
1. Katherine Hannigan author of Ida B: I host a book club for girls 8-12 and this was one of my favorite reads this year. I love hearing back from the girls how much they love a book and not one of the 20 girls disliked this book. Many of them finished it in less than a week. 

2. Cinda Williams Chima author of The Demon King: This book has been on my TBR list for awhile and I finally decided to read it. I loved it and now I am on to the second book. I'm not a huge fantasy lover so that might be why I was reluctant to read it. 

3. Stacey Jay author of Of Beast and Beauty:  I love the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. This retelling was fantastic. I couldn't put it down. Elizabeth Blackwell author of While Beauty Slept: I had the hardest time getting into the book and liking the characters. 

4. Carrie Turanksy author of The Governess of Highland Hall: I love historical fiction and I enjoyed this book. I think Amazon recommended it to me after reading a Sara Ladd book. 

5. Robin Hobb author of Assassin's Apprentice: My dad is a huge lover of fantasy and has been begging me to read Robin Hobbs Farseer Trilogy for some time. He even leant me the whole series. 

Emily's Picks:

1. Zoe Marriott, author of The Swan Kingdom

2. Claire Legrand author of Winterspell 

3. Victoria Laurie author of When

4.Erica Crouch  author of Madly, Deeply

5. Stephanie Oakes The Sacred Lies Of Minnow Bly

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday:  Books I'm looking forward to in 2015

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Jeni's Picks:

1. Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielson: I loved her Ascendance trilogy and can't wait for this one to be released.

Aslo by this author (bonus)
A Night Divided which is about Cold War-era East Berlin. Sounds Awesome. It comes out in later in the year.    

2. The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd:  A new series yeah!!!! Her whisper on the Moors series was amazing and got better with every book.  

3. The Devil's Only Friend by Dan Wells: The fourth book in his John Cleaver series. If you want a good horror book this should be it. 

4. Grave Visions by Kalayna Price: The fourth book in the Alex Craft novels. I'm crossing my fingers that this book really comes out next year. They've changed the release date twice. 

5. Silver in Blood by Jessica Day George: New York city 1890 era shape shifters. One of my favorite authors. I've loved everything she has written. This series seems a little darker than what she has written in the past but looks intriguing. 

6. The Arctic Code by Matthew J. Kirby: Every book he writes is so different than the last but just as good. Still wish he would write a sequel to Icefall. 

7. The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale the third book in the Princess Academy series. Now Miri becomes the teacher and is sent to a distant swamp. 
My girls are just dying for this book to come out. 

8. Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen: Another of my favorite authors this one won't be released until the end of 2015 but I'm going to be waiting.
(no cover yet)

9. Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen: I'm not a big fan of reading trilogies until the whole series is released but I heard so many good things about the first book Stolen Songbird and now I am not enjoying the wait till this one is released. 
(no cover yet)

10. The Huntress of Thronbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson: I've enjoyed reading her fairly tale retellings and this one looks interesting. Robin Hood meets Swan Lake.