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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Back on the Shelf: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I am not by any means putting this in my Did Not Finish pile to send to the used book store. I am simply putting this book back on the self, for later.


Description: "When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder commited by three teenagers covered with odd markings. This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons--and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It's also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...."


My thoughts so far?

Well, I was warned ahead of time by the author's "writing style". And, I thought, well all authors have different writing style, I'll read the book and get used to it. But I didn't! I'm so frustrated right now. I keep seeing previews for the move on TV and I think that looks interesting, but first I'll need to read the book. I've gotten a little past 100 pages and I'm still struggling.

And I can't really say that I like Clary, she's kind of a moron isn't she? So far, the only character I really liked was Simon, but we haven't seen him in, I don't know, the past 50 pages. When does he come back? Well, I did think that Isabelle and Alec seemed okay.

So far the story seems more interesting than I thought, however, I just can't make myself do it. I'll try again, when I have time to try to make myself read it, maybe it gets better.

Review: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Description: "All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds are against them. Kronos is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, his power only grows.

In this momentous final book in the "New York Times" best-selling series, the prophecy surrounding Percy's sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate."


Well I took a while to put up this review didn't I?

No! I didn't want it to end! As the rest of the series The Last Olympian was amazing (though The Titan's Curse remains my favorite of the five). I can't wait until I get around to reading The Heroes of Olympus. Once again I am just at a loss of words for a book.

Can I repeat that it was amazing? The book jumps right into action. This one, though it's humor is just as great as the other books, I feel this one is a bit darker feel overall. There are a number of deaths, one of which I saw coming, though it didn't make it any less sad or anything. This was another book I finished quickly, but honestly I couldn't imagine taking my time with this one. And, of course, as I believe I've said in my other reviews for the books in this series, I loved the characters so no complaint there either. The more I think about this series, the more I want to reread it.

I don't even think I can say what my favorite part in the book was because I had many in this book. I loved every scene with Persephone and Demeter. Persephone seemed to have no problem with Nico who appeared to be living with her and Hades in the Underworld (at one point Hades yells at him sends him to is room), yet she didn't want to hear talk about his mother. Demeter, oh jeez, the goddess was very much the annoyed mother-in-law, who sounded like she knew better (of course at times it might have just been in her nature). She kept telling everyone they needed to eat more cereal, complaining about not seeing her daughter enough and at one point she says that Nico should go work in the fields because it builds character. The few parts of the Underworld were just some of my overall favorites.

I got teary while reading the end, it was also just perfect. I don't think I've ever been so satisfied with a series ending as I am with this one. Easily this one given a 5/5, because anything less would just be wrong.

Review: Maid for Me (Too) by Kat Lieu

Description for Maid for Me: "Feisty Mina Lin waltzes on glass shards when she lands a job as billionaire Jaiden Daniels's maid. What happens when Jaiden hires her to become his pretend girlfriend? Pretending to be in love with the hot Rich Boy is hard, when Mina's heart only beats for her boy next door, Kiterin Forrests. What happens when Mina doesn't know what her heart wants and a crazy Stalker is after Jaiden's life, and the only person who can save him is Mina?

Find out in Maid for Me, starring Mina Lin, an ambitious, silly, funny, and talented Asian-American heroine who has even developed her own fighting styled called Mina-Jitsu. A fast-paced debut novel for young adults, by Kat Lieu. Filled with hilarious dialogue, suspense, sparkling wit and imagination-- a romance novel packed with action and humor!"



Description for Maid for Me Too: "Two years ago, Jaiden Daniels met spunky, spitfire Mina Lin, and fell for her. Hard. Son of a billionaire, Jaiden could have anything or anyone he wanted. And yet he couldn't have Mina's heart. Rejected, Jaiden thought that Mina would eventually be nothing but a whisper of a memory to him. Oh how wrong he was.

Two years later, Jaiden attends the prestigious Kingston University as a medical student and dates Ivy Blackwood, Miss Gorgeous and Intelligent. One day, Jaiden bumps into Mina again on campus and pretends he doesn't know her. Has he lost his memory? Or is he seeking revenge against Mina for breaking his heart?

Mina discovers that she always had feelings for Jaiden. A series of sweet events draw Mina into his arms. Does he still love her? Or is he just toying with her? And what about his girlfriend Ivy? Lurking in the shadows is someone more dangerous than a jealous girlfriend. Mina has a secret admirer, a shadowy and terrifying creep who would do anything to have her, including taking Jaiden's life.

Will true love prevail this time around for Mina and Jaiden or will it all be too late for our star-crossed lovers? Find out in this exciting conclusion to the Maid for Me series, Maid for Me, Too!"


I know why am reading a YA contemporary again after Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe? Well, it's because I didn't know what else to read, and this one seemed like a quick read. So this a review for both Maid for Me and it's sequel Maid for Me Too (mostly because I'm too lazy to do them separately).

I had incredibly low expectations for this book, which is probably why I managed to enjoy it more. Neither Maid for Me or Maid For Me Too, should be taken to seriously. Honestly, just sit back and enjoy the cliche story line of two people pretending to dating. I can't say that these are the best stories ever written, some of the things made me question what the author was thinking.

However, Maid for Me, was very lighthearted with a make over for Mina and going to a charity ball. You know all that good stuff you can expect. Not that you could tell by the lovely covers that first caught my eye. Mina isn't quite like other heroines, she is overweight, though by how much exactly, I wasn't sure since her physical description seemed to change from person to person. However, we are reminded often that Mina is overweight. I don't think we need to read that every chapter. We are also given a stalker storyline, which at first didn't seem quite off, however, the ending to that was just really strange. Seriously don't take this book too seriously.

As for Maid for Me Too. Well, that one was a bit of a disappointment, only because I didn't enjoy that one so much. The second one begins right after the first, before skipping ahead a few years. Now, I had a few problems with this one. I found that I didn't really like any of the characters all that much in this one. The story, just seemed even more unbelievable than the first (if you can believe it). Thankfully it was a quick read (though a bit longer than the first) and now I want my 2.99 because it wasn't really worth it.

I gave Maid for Me a 3/5 and Maid for Me Too a 2/5 (mostly because I finished it and because I wanted to know what was going to happen).

Review: Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

Description: "Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend shreds her reputation and her school counselor axes her junior independent study project. Chloe is forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass, and so she joins her school’s struggling radio station, where the other students don’t find her too queenly. Ostracized by her former BFs and struggling with her beloved Grams’s mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up hosting a call-in show that gets the station much-needed publicity and, in the end, trouble. She also befriends radio techie and loner Duncan Moore, a quiet soul with a romantic heart. On and off the air, Chloe faces her loneliness and helps others find the fun and joy in everyday life. Readers will fall in love with Chloe as she falls in love with the radio station and the misfits who call it home."


I had really, really high hopes for this book, though I'm not really sure why. I was basically reminded why I don't usually read YA contemporary. It was basically every other book about a popular high school girl who falls from grace. I couldn't really bring myself to like Chloe all that much, who claimed she was a good judge of character, yet her best friends had turned on her. Yeah, Chloe, you sure know how to pick them don't you?

One thing I did like was the author didn't seem to be afraid to deal with big issues such as Parkinson's disease and drug use. Chloe's world seems to begin to fall apart because of what her grandmother who suffers from Parkinson's disease, and her mother argue about what would be best for her grandmother. Another thing I did like was the radio station crew. I had wished we got to know them a little more. Though we learn about their different situations we don't really get to know them all that well.

I found that this book really wasn't for me. Luckily enough, the book was a quick read. Had it been longer I probably would have been done with it long before the ending.

Review: Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

Description: "Finn has escaped Incarceron, but Keiro and Attia are still Inside. Outside, things are not at all what Finn expected - and both Finn's and Claudia's very lives hang on Finn convincing the Court that he is the lost prince. Back Inside, Keiro and Attia are on the hunt for Sapphique's glove, which legend says he used to escape. In order to find it, they must battle the prison itself. Incarceron has built itself a body and it wants to go Outside - just like Sapphique, the only prisoner Incarceron ever loved."



You have no idea how happy I was to get my hands on this book after finishing Incarceron. I didn't want to wait for it, so instead of ordering the book like I usually would, I went to the bookstore. (And, surprisingly  managed to only walk out with this one book, but that's a different story.)

I don't feel like I liked this one as much as the first. Though I liked Claudia more in this one (I don't know why). We are given this story from four different point of views, which might not have bothered me so much if I didn't like two of those characters all that much: Attia, who I found annoying, for lack of a better word; Jared, who I kind of liked in this first book, but really didn't care for in this one; And of course Finn and Claudia who I did like enough. Personally I would have been much happier if we were seeing what was happening in Incarceron from Keiro's point of view. While reading the first book and this one, I just felt like there was more to his character than what the others saw of him.

The story... felt a little like it took longer than it should have. There were times that I just wondered when it would hurry up and get to the point. On top of which the ending wasn't quite what I expected and I can't say that I liked it, or even made much sense to me. We are also pretty much told what will happen with Finn and Claudia, which only seemed out of place because unlike many other YA books out there, this one lacked romance. With the first one I believed that was fine, however, here we are with Claudia who was so desperate to get Finn out of Incarceron, now with him, but nothing seems to happen with it (I thought maybe there were some hints) but not enough to get the ending they had gotten, which is the problem.

Otherwise, I think I read Sapphique faster than I read the first book. I didn't really want to put it down when I had to. Even though I did feel like it dragged a bit, I was just too excited to find out what happened at the end. Originally I gave the book a 4/5, however, now that I think of it, it probably deserves less. I liked the book, but with everything I just said, I just can't imagine that it deserves anything more.

Mini-Review: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Description: "Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells and corridors, but metal forests, dilapidated cities, and wilderness. It has been sealed for centuries, and only one man has ever escaped. Finn has always been a prisoner here. Although he has no memory of his childhood, he is sure he came from Outside. His link to the Outside, his chance to break free, is Claudia, the warden's daughter, herself determined to escape an arranged marriage. They are up against impossible odds, but one thing looms above all: Incarceron itself is alive."


What can I say about this book? It's been almost a month since I finished it, and I still can't get it out of my mind! I finished this book in two... three days maybe. And, as soon as I had finished it I wished that I had the second book to jump right into.

For most of the book the story is given in either Finn's or Claudia's point of view, which I thought worked really well. I liked both Claudia and Finn, this Incarceron sounded interesting and a bit scary, even though Protocol that the outside lived was something I would have liked to read more about. I just could not put this book down.

I really don't know what to say, you just have to pick it up and find out why I enjoyed it so much because I have no words.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Book Blitz: Fable by Chanda Hahn


About Fable


Fable by Chanda Hahn
(An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #3)
Publication date: August 27th, 2013
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Book 3 in the UnEnchanted Series.

All that glitters is not gold.

When something precious is stolen from sixteen-year-old Mina Grime, she will do anything in her power to get it back, even if it means traveling to the dangerous Fae plane and battling one of the strongest fairy-tale villains yet.

However, nothing can prepare Mina for the dangerous obstacles she will face in the Fae world, or the choices she must make when love and life are on the line.


Purchase Fable

Purchase UnEnchanted 
(An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #1)

Purchase Fairest
(An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #2)
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Excerpt


       Mina stopped and parted the long weeping willow’s branches, and could see the rose resting against Jared’s black boot. Wait…not Jared—Teague.

       Teague reached down to pick up the rose and brought it to his nose to breathe in its scent. His hair was a lighter shade of brown than Jared’s, and his eyes were a deep blue, while Jared’s were a haunting gray. They both had similar angular jaws and drop-deadgorgeous looks. Teague once again was dressed in black, and Mina had a mind to joke about whether he was going to a funeral, but he was, so the words died on her lips before she even spoke them. Instead, she glared at him and held out her hand, demanding the rose without saying a word.

       Teague’s eyes widened and looked her over, never once dropping his Cheshire Cat smile. “I only came to pay my respects.”

       “What respect? You don’t respect me or my family. Otherwise, your kind never would have cursed us.”

       “You’re wrong—it’s always wise to respect your enemies.”

       “Well, I don’t respect you.”

       “You should, Mina. Do you see what happens when you ignore your duty—when you ignore me?” He pointed to Charlie’s grave, and his voice became threatening. “I don’t like to be ignored, and now you have one less distraction in your life, so you can focus more of your time on me.”

       Teague’s words confirmed her worst fears. Her actions had led Teague to strike out against her family and kill her brother. Her stomach dropped, bile rose in her throat, and every inch of her was sick with the guilt his words layered on her. It was her fault, and she knew it. But she couldn’t show him how weak she was, and how much his words had affected her. She had one more person to protect: her mother, and she would not be negligent again.

       “You’re not welcome here. So please leave.” Mina snatched the rose out of Teague’s hand and felt a sting in her palm. She winced in pain but refused to acknowledge it.

       Teague reached for her hand, and Mina let him open up her palm to inspect her wound from the thorn. She was still reeling, and her whole body shook with anger. Teague leaned forward and blew on the small cut in her palm, and it healed itself. She ripped her hand from his grasp and took two steps away from him, almost falling on the ground. She needed to keep better control of herself. She needed Jared.

       “How is my dear brother?” he asked, as if reading her mind.

       “Why don’t you ask him yourself?”

       His eyes darkened. “We are not exactly on speaking terms.”

       “It wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that you keep trying to kill me, would it?”

       “Now, sweet Mina, our fight goes back long before you were born. But you can’t hold it against me that I’m only doing my job. I’m supposed to throw quests your way, and you are supposed to try to stop me. It’s as simple as that. I can’t help it if we have a casualty or so in the process. That’s what makes the stories so good.” He smirked. “That’s what makes them popular. That’s what makes me powerful.” He was so close to her now that he ran the back of his finger across her cheek, and she flinched and smacked it away.

       “I see that you are as disgusting as ever.”

       “I see that you’re getting your fight back. You know, Mina, out of all the Grimms over the years who died at the hands of my fables, you are by far my favorite to toy with. I wonder why that is?” he asked, appearing to ponder the question.

       “Maybe because you picked the wrong girl to mess with.”

       “I don’t think so. I’ve finally found the perfect Grimm. I think you will be the most challenging. Which means your ending, the tale that finishes you off, will make us both famous.”

       Mina’s lip trembled, and she steeled herself to not show fear. She stood her ground and looked Teague right in the eye. “A thousand sweet words can never disguise the rattle of a viper about to strike. I will not drop my guard ever again. And I will end this curse…by doing whatever…or killing whoever…I have to.”

       Teague’s face turned furious, and his lips pressed into an angry thin line.

       “Then be prepared, my dear Mina, for you won’t be able to ignore this next tale. I’ve made sure of that.” He stepped away from her. A crack of thunder rattled the earth and she jumped, turning in surprise. A second later, pouring rain followed, soaking everyone within minutes. Mina turned back toward Teague, but he was gone.


Reviews


"Riveting! Fable is a wild adventure that sucks you in and doesn’t let go until the very last word. Mina Grimm is a pleasure. Buckle up—this isn’t your average fairy tale."
- Addison Moore New York Times Bestseller

An exciting continuation of The Unfortunate Fairytale series, FABLE catapults us further into mystical lands of action, adventure and the fantastical. Mina is a spunky, courageous heroine you'll be rooting for until the dramatic ending."
- Elle Strauss, author of the bestselling Clockwise Series


About Chanda Hahn


Pronunciation: Sh-and-uh H-ah-n

Chanda is the author of the popular YA Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series which includes UnEnchanted and Fairest. Both books have topped the ebook charts in 5 countries. She also pens YA epic Fantasy.

She was born in Seattle, Washington, raised in Nebraska, has lived in MN, IL and currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and twin children. She's a former children's librarian and children's pastor. Currently she spends her free time penning new novels and a daytime taxi driver for her kids.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Jessie is signing up for Read-a-Thons in September!

Okay, I know I've been doing poorly in participating in read-a-thons lately, but that isn't going to stop me from signing up for more! There are two read-a-thons coming up in September! Be sure to check them out and possibly sign up for them! I'll have goal posts up when the time comes.



Monday, August 26, 2013

Just an idea... Monthly Themes

I like to think that I'm rather diverse in the genres that I read. However, I feel a bit like all I've been really reading lately is YA (Fantasy and Contemporary). Meanwhile my TBR books in the Romance, other Fiction and Fantasy have just been piling up. Especially the Romance, which recently I bought plenty of books in that genre.

Yesterday, while I had nothing better to do at work. I decided that here at Jessie's Book Place, I would have a theme for every month and I would invite anyone who wanted to take part to join. I had thought of making this a challenge for 2014, but decided I wanted this to be more fun and relaxed. I haven't gotten the quirks all worked out yet, but there would be a linky list for reviews each month and maybe read-a-thons, giveaways every now and then, I would also say mini-challenges but I'm terribly bad at coming up at ideas for those things. I'll have this open in October if anyone is interested in joining!

Though I'll be starting in September and the theme at Jessie's Book Place will be (can you guess it?) Romance.

Return of: That one I keep meaning to read (14)

'That one I keep meaning to read', is something I like to do here at Jessie's Book Place where I like show my readers a book I've had sitting on my TBR pile for a long time. I used to do this on the weekends, but eh, I think Mondays are good.

Honestly, I'm not sure how long I've had this one. I just remember being at a store and stumbling upon a book section I hadn't expected to be there.

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters
by Gordon Dahlquist

It began with a simple note: a letter of rejection from Miss Temple’s fiancĂ©, written on crisp Ministry paper and delivered on her maid’s silver tray. But for Miss Temple, Roger Bascombe’s cruel rejection will ignite a harrowing quest for answers, plunging her into a mystery as dizzying as a hall of mirrors—and a remote estate where danger abounds and all inhibitions are stripped bare.…Thus begins Gordon Dahlquist’s debut novel of Victorian suspense—at once a dazzling feast for the senses and a beguiling, erotic literary adventure.

Nothing could have prepared Miss Temple for where her pursuit of Roger Bascombe would take her—or for the shocking things she would find behind the closed doors of forbidding Harschmort Manor: men and women in provocative disguise, acts of licentiousness and violence, heroism and awakening. But she will also find two allies: Cardinal Chang, a brutal assassin with the heart of a poet, and a royal doctor named Svenson, at once fumbling and heroic—both of whom, like her, lost someone at Harschmort Manor. As the unlikely trio search for answers—hurtling them from elegant brothels to gaslit alleyways to shocking moments of self-discovery-- they are confronted by puzzles within puzzles. And the closer they get to the truth, the more their lives are in danger. For the conspiracy they face—an astonishing alchemy of science, perverted religion, and lust for power—is so terrifying as to be beyond belief.

In a novel that shatters conventions and seethes with danger and eroticism, Gordon Dahlquist has made a spectacular literary debut. And in Miss Temple he has created an unforgettable guide through a disturbing, seductive, and all-too-real world. By turns brutal and tender, shocking and deliciously romantic, The Glass Books of The Dream Eaters is a novel for the ages, a bold and brilliant work of the imagination.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Showcase Sunday (26)


Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books Biscuits and Tea.

Right so what happen to the book ban I was on? Well, let's be honest, the book ban had nothing to do with money. In fact, I'm lucky to be in a position right now where I don't have to worry about money. The book ban was all about my TBR pile and space. However, I recently came into a bit of more money and wanted to go visit the used bookstore, which I did yesterday. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Update

Bout of Books


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


So the first two days didn't go so well with me.... Yeah. I read a bit of The Accidental Sorcerer, but that was about it. I'm hoping to spend most of the day reading to make up for it.

Monday, August 19, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (22)


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. I've decided that I'll do this meme, every couple of weeks (or you know, something like that).

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Sign Up and Goals

Bout of Books


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


Okay, so it's the time of year again! I meant to put up a sign up post earlier, but since I didn't this is serving as my sign up and my goal post! Unlike the last one in May, this read-a-thon is happening at a great time for me!

So what are my goals? 

  • Read at least two hours a day.
  • Finish at least two books (I haven't finished any during a read-a-thon in a long time).
  • Visit a couple of blogs everyday.
  • Maybe participate in a Twitter chat (I always say this but never do).


And, this time I do have a few books I would like to get finish/get to during this read-a-thon.

   

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Book Blogger Hop 8/16 - 8/22

Okay! So I've decided to start taking part in the Book Blogger Hop Hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.


So this weeks question is:

Were you a born bookworm or somebody got you into the habit of reading?

I want to say that I was a born bookworm. I grew up in a house where my mom was reading when she had the chance, she read to me and my bothers. We visited the libraries often. My mother was a part of children book clubs, so we received books in the mail every so often. I even saw my grandmother with her cheesy romance novels often, until her eyes starting going bad. My love of reading, I think came from both my mother and my grandmother (though the latter would deny really having any love for reading).

However, I think what really pushed me to read, wasn't the books coming in the mail, or seeing the adults in my life read. No, it was my elementary school teachers telling me that I couldn't. What? Teachers don't do that! Oh yes they do. I think I've mentioned it before, but English is technically my second language. But don't let that fool you, I feel more comfortable speaking English than Spanish, I always have. That didn't stop my teachers who knew what my first language was, from acting as if I was dumb as a rock. They would keep me from all the good books I wanted. I have a deep-seeded hatred of Judy Blume and reluctance of the contemporary genre thanks to my teachers. Any sort of fantasy and historical fiction were completely out of my league or so they kept telling me. I wasn't allowed to touch any of the Harry Potter books on my own at the school, my mother had to buy me my own copies so I could read them at home.

I wanted nothing more at the ages of seven through eleven to prove them all wrong. I think my habit of reading came from wanting to spite my teachers as odd as that might sound. I would bring in my Harry Potter books and other relatively big books and just read them before class in front of the teachers when they couldn't do anything about it.

So where you a born bookworm? Or did something get you in the habit of reading?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Deciding what to read next...

*Bangs head on keyboard for a bit*

Okay, I'm fine now. So this month has been a pretty good month for me. It's only the middle of the week and I've read five books, so if everything goes according to plan I'll have five plus reviews (and that last Percy Jackson one I still haven't completely finished) up at the end of the month. So what's the problem? I don't know what I'm gonna read next! I had this problem earlier in the month, however, Incarceron solved this problem for me.

Now, I've noticed so many bloggers have their ways of choosing what they are going to read next or finding ways to pick random books off their TBR piles. The TBR Jar seems to have become popular, I think I've seen about two or three post over the past two months on that. Personally I think it's a great idea, it's shame I'm too lazy for something like that. Sarah over at I'm loving books has this cool monthly Random Read meme. I've actually been choosing my monthly TBR books in a similar fashion. And some ask their readers to pick what book they'll be reading next, at Icy Books, there's a weekly meme that I take part in every now and then What's Next? that does just that.

Personally, I have a journal in which I fill a page with a list of books I currently most want to get to. When I'm done with a book on that list, I cross it off, and I start a new list. However, sometimes I don't want to read any of those books that are on that list, even though when I made it, those where the top books on my TBR pile.

*Again bangs head on keyboard*

Of course, I still have my August TBR list waiting for me, out of the eight books I have listed, I've only read three. But I don't wanna read those books! (I know I sound like a four-year old throwing a tantrum.) I think I'm in the mood for something fantasy like but... I don't know.... 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Return of: That one I keep meaning to read (13)

'That one I keep meaning to read', is something I like to do here at Jessie's Book Place where I like show my readers a book I've had sitting on my TBR pile for a long time. I used to do this on the weekends, but eh, I think Mondays are good.

This is a book I've had sitting on my shelf since I believe I was in high school.... I also have two other books in this series waiting to be read as well.

The Faerie Path
by Allan Frewin Jones

Swept away into a court of magic and beauty, she discovers she is Tania, the lost princess of Faerie. Since Tania's mysterious disappearance five hundred years before, Faerie has been sunk in darkness and gloom. With her return, Faerie comes alive again as a land of winged children, glittering balls, and fantastic delights. But Tania can't forget Anita's world, or the boy she loved there.

Torn between two loves and between two worlds, Tania slowly remembers why she disappeared, and realizes that she is the only one who can stop a sinister plan that threatens the entire world of Faerie.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Showcase Sunday (25)


Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books Biscuits and Tea.

Okay, so a few months ago I put myself on a book buying ban. And I've been doing well, except for one thing. I'm not counting manga/manhwa mostly because I can get through them faster. Also, there are a few books, I did buy because, hey I was at a bookstore (it wasn't my idea I swear). Oh and before I forget Sapphique, which I bought because I finished the first book and NEEDED the second one.

Monday, August 5, 2013

August Schedule

I still haven't made myself banner things for my monthly schedules.

I forgot to do one of these for July, I didn't have much going on last month, but I probably should have used a schedule.

So what's up coming here on Jessie's Book Place?

Blog Tours: 
Right now, not much. I felt like I would sign up for much of what came my way if it sounded interesting. So I made myself think carefully before signing up for tours... and well, somehow I ended up with nothing for July.

On the 29th: Fable by Chanda Hahn (Book Blitz)


TBR:

       

As much as I wanted to get to Siege and Storm, I haven't read it yet. Here's to hoping it's better than the first!


Other

  • Reviews! Reviews! I have to get to writing some reviews.
  • Bout of Books Read-a-Thon starts on the 19th, I'll have my sign-up post up soon.