Archives for May 2014

Picks of the Month: May 2014

Picks of the Month is my monthly feature. Modeled after what I’m loving lately at Annie’s Eats (one of my favorite food blogs), I’ll be sharing the products, websites, pop culture, apps, etc that made my life easier and/or more fun the previous month. And, yes, as this is a book blog, I will probably find a way to sneak some mention of my favorite reads from the month too! Smart Gardener is a garden planning website that I use {Read More}

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge Final Post

It’s the end of the month and the end of the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge. In my signup post, I listed the 14 ARCs I had for reading. I knew I wouldn’t get through them all, and I didn’t. And that’s okay. The ones I did read: Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca (May 6) Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn (May 13) Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor (May 13) One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva {Read More}

Review: Hexed by Michelle Krys (Blog Tour)

If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her? Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is {Read More}

Waiting on Wednesday: Conversion by Katherine Howe

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. Conversion by Katherine Howe Publication date: July 1, 2014 It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t. First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her {Read More}

Review: One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

Alek Khederian should have guessed something was wrong when his parents took him to a restaurant. Everyone knows that Armenians never eat out. Between bouts of interrogating the waitress and criticizing the menu, Alek’s parents announce that he’ll be attending summer school in order to bring up his grades. Alek is sure this experience will be the perfect hellish end to his hellish freshman year of high school. He never could’ve predicted that he’d meet someone like Ethan. Ethan is {Read More}

Weekly Rewind: May 18-24

The Weekly Rewind is my version of The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I’ve thought about spinning off my garden updates into their own weekly post, but I think I’ll just leave them here for now. Once everything stops growing as rapidly, I won’t have as many pictures to share. And I was going to see if there were any garden blog hops and memes that I could join and include in that post, but there {Read More}

Review: The One by Kiera Cass

The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen. America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants. The One is the third book {Read More}

Throwback Thursday: Retro Reads – The Girls of Canby Hall #13: Here Come the Boys

We’ve all heard of Throwback Thursday, the day you post photos from the past to Facebook or Instagram. Retro Reads is my bookish version of Throwback Thursday. I’ll be rereading and posting a recap/review of books I loved when I was younger, mostly series books. Fair warning: These are more recaps than reviews. They will be thorough and there will be spoilers. The Girls of Canby Hall #13: Here Come the Boys Author: Carol White writing as Emily Chase Published: {Read More}

Waiting on Wednesday: Say Her Name

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. Say Her Name by James Dawson Publication date: June 5, 2014 Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of ‘Bloody Mary’: say her name five {Read More}

Weekly Rewind: May 11 – 17

The Weekly Rewind is my version of The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. We had a lot of rain this week. It was great for my plants! I pulled the plant that was dead, but the rest of my basil has recovered very well. One of my tomato plants is noticeably larger this week. The other was labeled cherry tomatoes last week, but I was looking at the little information stick thing and I don’t think {Read More}