Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge:The Reread Challenge

I haven't participated in any challenges yet but this one appealed to me because I love re-reading books. I just don't always make the time to do it. The rules are quite simple. After re-reading a novel, you just have to answer the following questions on your blog post:

WHEN I First Read
WHAT I Remember
WHY I Wanted to Re-Read 
HOW I Felt After Re-Reading
Sounds fun. 
My goal is to re-read a book a month. 
Some possibilities of re-reads:

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
The Near Witch by Victoria Schawb
Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Barduga
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
One for the Murphy's by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Waiting on Wednesday: Fish In a Tree
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Release Date: February 5, 2015

From Goodreads: 
     The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.

“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten Books I'd Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club 

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Jeni's Picks: I actually host 3 book clubs for girls 7-13 years old. 

1. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate: I've heard this is a great book for 3rd graders. It looks darling. 

2. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee: Maybe for the 10 and up club. A modern day fairytale set in a  museum. 

3. Mark of a Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen I actually just bought this at the school book fair yesterday. It doesn't come out till Feb 24th. We loved her books The False Prince, The Runaway King and The Shadow Throne. Mark of a Thief is a start to a new series set in Rome. I'm thinking this will be February's Book Club read. 

4. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinely: I loved this book as a teen and I'm hoping to read it one day with the 12 and up group. 

5. The Forgotten Sisters (Princess Academy #3) by Shannon Hale: We can't wait to read this book. She is coming to a book signing at the beginning of February!!!!

6. Hook's Revenge by Heidi Schultz: We actually went to a book signing that she was at. We hadn't heard of the book before but all the girls want to read it now. 

7. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin: This has been on my TBR list forever. 

8. Bomb by Steve Sheinkin: We try to read one non-fiction book a year and I've heard great things about this book. 

9. Half Upon a Time by James Riley: Fairy tales. 

10. The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm : I've heard this book is fantastic. It deals with family relationships and middle school. So maybe for the 12 and over book club. 

Emily's Picks. my daughter and I compare books all the time, so it's almost like a book club...a two person club. She is almost 15, so it would be a YA club

1.What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang 
2. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
3. Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza 
4.The Jewel by Amy Ewing 
5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Releases I meant to read but didn't get to. 
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Jeni's Picks:
1. The Witch with No Name by Kim Harrison: I've read every book but the last one. This is a bad habit of mine, not finishing series. 
I wanted to read this but a couple of my friends weren't to happy with it. So I lost interest in reading it. 
3. Allegiant by Veronica Roth: Another book where everyone assumed I read it and talked to me about how it ended so I'm not sure I want to read it. 
4.Mirror Sight (Green Rider #5) by Kristen Britain: I was going to read this until I found out that she was writing another one. So I've decided to wait to read it because she takes forever to write books.  
5. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Hahn: This book looked cute and I actually bought it but every time I picked it up I decided I wasn't in the mood to read it.

Emily's Picks

1. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg This book popped up on an amazon add, and it looked like something I would read, so I bought it.  And then promptly forgot about it.
2. Madly Deeply by Erica Crouch. I like retellings.  This one is based on Edgar Allen Poes Annabel lee.
3. The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman.  This is a retelling of Snow White, except it's creepy.  It's waiting on my goodreads list.
4. The Fall by Bethany Griffin. I actually started this one, it was at my local library of all places...(I say sarcastically) But I couldn't get into it.  I thought it was written too confusingly.  I will have to revisit it some other time.
5. Bird Box by Josh Malerman. This books looks interesting, and creepy.  And the description kind of gives nothing away.  Which I love.  And because there are already over 275 books on my kindle, it might have to wait to be bought.  

Monday, January 12, 2015


I host a book club for my girls and every January we have a Battle of the Books. The kids get quizzed on all the books we've read in the last year. This year we let them work in teams and they did AWESOME!!!

The book club grew a lot last year and so I decided to split up the age groups. Also a  couple of girls in my neighborhood begged me to start a book club for their age group too and I gave in. So this year instead of one book club I will be doing three.  Here are the books we are reading this month. I'm going to have some of the girls write reviews. So reviews to come…..



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Debut Authors
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Jeni's Picks: