Archives for June 2014

Picks of the Month: June 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! My mom has always been into eating healthy, so I {Read More}

Weekly Rewind: June 15-28

The Weekly Rewind is my version of The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I didn’t get a chance to do pictures of the garden last week and now that the plants are pretty much full-grown, I think I’m going to stop that and just do harvest photos. This week I picked my first green beans and tomatoes. I also had more strawberries and the last of the blueberries. My peas and squash plants aren’t doing very {Read More}

Discussion: Goodreads Organization

When I first joined Goodreads in November 2007, I spent two or three days adding ALL of my books. I just went through my bookshelves and my boxes of books and added everything. I had books everywhere for that couple of days, until I got them all back where they belonged. It was pretty impressive: within a week I had over a thousand books on my Goodreads shelves. I still haven’t read most of them. Between then and now, my {Read More}

Waiting on Wednesday: Breathe, Annie, Breathe

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks #5) by Miranda Kenneally Publication date: July 15, 2014 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. {Read More}

Review: Bummer Summer by Ann M. Martin

Twelve-year-old Kammy Whitlock had been fine living with just her dad since her mom died when she was only four. Although she gets along OK with her new stepmom, the addition of a troublesome toddler and a crying new baby has pushed her over the edge. Against her wishes, her parents have decided that Kammy needs a break from home life until her siblings have settled in. Kammy goes to Camp Arrowhead with the understanding that if she’s miserable, she {Read More}

Review: Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? by Ella Martin

Right fairy tale. Wrong guy. Happily Ever After only happens with the right guy. It’s a tiny but important detail most fairy tales choose to leave out. But what happens when the princess rides off into the sunset with Prince Charming, only to discover he’s not so charming, after all? Bianca Sullivan thinks she’s a pretty average girl. Sure, her brother may be the super-stud captain of the football team, but that’s her only claim to fame –- until her {Read More}

COYER Summer Vacation 2014

It’s Clean Out Your E-Reader (COYER) time again! I participated in the first COYER, held in November 2013, but skipped the last round earlier this year. COYER is hosted by Fantasy is More Fun and Because Reading. The goal of COYER is to read free and cheap (under $5) ebooks, but the rules have been relaxed for summer vacation. You don’t even have to read ebooks — paperbacks, hardcovers, audiobooks: all fair game. Plus there are readathons, giveaways, and more {Read More}

Review: Jex Malone by C.L. Gaber & V.C. Stanley

A famous case. A missing girl. If they find her, will they be heroes? Or dead? Bored out of her mind during a summer with her police detective father in Las Vegas, Jessica (aka “Jex”) Malone starts doing what she does best–snooping. When she meets three new friends who share her passion for crime, from the geek to the fashionista, suddenly, the stifling desert days don’t seem so long. Her dad is never around, just like when her parents were {Read More}

Waiting on Wednesday: Through to You

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt Publication date: July 8, 2014 It starts with a scribbled note in class: I like your sparkle. Harper had casually threaded a piece of blue and silver tinsel through her ponytail in honor of school spirit day. And that carefree, corny gesture is what grabs Penn Mattingly’s eye. Penn—resident heartbreaker of the senior class. Reliably unreliable. Trouble with a capital “T.” And {Read More}

Review: Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters

With a steady boyfriend, the position of Student Council President, and a chance to go to an Ivy League college, high school life is just fine for Holland Jaeger. At least it seems to be. But when Cece Goddard comes to school, everything changes. Cece and Holland have undeniable feelings for each other, but how will others react to their developing relationship? Keeping You a Secret had a very early-1990s feel to me, so I was surprised to see that {Read More}