Sunday, April 29, 2012

Out of Control

Out of Control (Kincaid Brides #1) by Mary Connealy


This book was great, because it had some mystery and surprise to it. It was a love story, a mystery, and a story about family and redemption all in one. It was a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed. It seemed really repetitive at times, which started to get annoying. Certain things seemed to be written weird as well. It was almost like the author was having a conversation with herself. It reminded me of the way I write in my journals. All in all, this was an enjoyable book. I am not sure I am going to read the next two though. Who knows, maybe I will. ☺

4 stars!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Accidental Bride

The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter


I loved this book. It's about Jesus and love and cowboys. Does it get much better? I don't think so. I am also a big fan of Denise Hunter. She writes great Christian love stories. This story was super cute and I fell in love with the main characters. It was very well written, although the way they accidentally got married was a bit of a stretch. I'm not really one to be skeptical of unrealistic love stories though, so it did not really bother me. One thing that did bother me though was how similar this book was to another of Denise's books (The Convenient Groom). I had not read that one in a white, but from what I can remember they are very similar in the sense that they do not want to be married but it ends up working out to be a good thing. I do like this type of story though so it was not a huge disappointment for me. Other than that, I loved this book and would definitely recommend it!

5 stars!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Busy Week

Just wanted to let everyone know that I probably won't be posting very much this week, and maybe the next week. It finals time! Fun, fun!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday 56

Hosted by Freda's Voice. Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56. *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you. *Post it *Add your (url) post in the Linky on Freda's blog post. "The entire student body was to be the chorus, though half of us couldn't carry a tune if it had handles." -A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

Thursday, April 19, 2012

55 Bookish questions

Fun Bookish Questionairre

1. Favorite childhood book?

The Elsie Dinsmore series by Martha Finley!

2. What are you reading right now?

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

3. What books do you have on request at the library?

I usually buy my books.

4. Bad book habit?

When I don't like a book, I refuse to put it down. However, I don't want to read it so I just don't read anything until I force myself to finish the book.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?

Nothing.

6. Do you have an e-reader?

Yep! I have a kindle

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?

Just one at a time. I can't handle more than one. I'm too OCD for that. I have to finish what I start before I can move on.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

Not really. I still read what I enjoy.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)

Courting Trouble by Deeanne Gist

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?

The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter. Out of Control by Mary Connealy.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?

Not too ofter.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?

Christian fiction and young adult

13. Can you read on the bus?

Nope. Carsick.

14. Favorite place to read?

Anywhere at home.

15. What is your policy on book lending?

I usually lend my books to good friends, but some of them return my books really beat up which I can't stand. If I'm trusting you with my book, please take care of it.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?

All the time

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?

Only if the book is for school.

18. Not even with text books?

Not usually text books, because I resell them.

19. What is your favorite language to read in?

English is the only language I comprehend.

20. What makes you love a book?

A good story.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?

If I love the book. Like really love the book.

22. Favorite genre?

Christian fiction

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)

Adult fiction

24. Favorite biography?

I don't know that I've ever enjoyed a biography...

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?

Ya

26. Favorite cookbook?

I don't have a favorite

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?

I haven't read a particularly inspirational book yet this year

28. Favorite reading snack?

I don't really snack while I read

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.

Hunger games. I probably would have read the book had it not gotten huge, but now I have no desire.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?

I don't read professional reviews on books normally.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

It doesn't really bother me. It's my opinion and if you don't want to hear it then you don't have to read/listen to it.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?

Italian

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?

I don't remember.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?

There really isn't one

35. Favorite Poet?

Helen Steiner Rice

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?

2ish.

37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?

Pretty often

38. Favorite fictional character?

Lauren Holbrook in the series by Erynn Mangum

39. Favorite fictional villain?

I have no idea.

40. Books you’re most likely to bring on vacation?

Whatever I've been wanting to read for a while

41. The longest you’ve gone without reading.

A few months maybe

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.

There hasn't been one in years.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?

Not much if the book is good.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?

Chronicles of Narnia probably

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?

Series of Unfortunate Events

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?

oh goodness I don't know.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?

Never.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?

It would have to be really really bad or be really inappropriate. Like I said earlier, I can't handle not finishing books.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?

Just on my shelf, not in any order

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?

Keep. Unless I don't really like it.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?

Hunger Games

52. Name a book that made you angry.

I don't really remember (I think I've blocked them out of my memory) but I know there have been a few.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?

I don't generally read books that I don't think I will like.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?

Courting Trouble by Deeanne Gist

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?

Every book I read is for pleasure

Theme Thursdays


Theme Thursdays (hosted by Reading Between Pages) is a fun weekly event that will be open from one thursday to the next. Anyone can participate in it. The rules are simple:
A theme will be posted each week (on Thursday’s)
Select a conversation/snippet/sentence from the current book you are reading
Mention the author and the title of the book along with your post
It is important that the theme is conveyed in the sentence (you don’t necessarily need to have the word)
Ex: If the theme is KISS; your sentence can have “They kissed so gently” or “Their lips touched each other” or “The smooch was so passionate”
This will give us a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.

NO, don't, not, negative, etc. is this week's theme:

" 'Well, I don't want it to come to that.' She trudged on."
-A Year DOwn Yonder by Richard Peck

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday is just a fun question and answer about books!

Today's question is: What are your literary “pet peeves”?

I can't stand if the book has lots of misspelled words! The book should be edited enough to catch those mistakes.
I also don't like it when the author takes forever to get to the point. If that is going to be the case then it at least needs to be entertaining.
The think that annoys me the most though, is when people make fun of me or look down on me because of the kinds of books I read. Just because I enjoy light, fun reads doesn't mean Im not as smart as anyone else.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser:
"It was true. The whole town knew Grandma was trigger-happy."
-A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Friday 56

The Friday 56

Hosted by Freda's Voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it
*Add your (url) post in the Linky on Freda's blog post.

"A noise in the barn had him pulling on his reins. A grunting, human sound."
- The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser:
"She glanced in the mirror, over her shoulder, where a hulking silhouette filled the shop's doorway. There was something familiar in the set of the man's broad shoulders, in the slow way he reached up and removed his hat."
-The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter

Saturday, April 7, 2012

What a Girl Wants


What a GIrl Wants by Kristin Billerbeck

Apparently I have read this book and didn't remember it, so that's probably not a great sign. It's not a very excited book, and there is not a whole lot that made me want to keep reading. I like books that are so good I can't put them down. This definitely was not one of those. Part of it may have been because I've read it before, so I remembered random parts. However, it's still a cute storyline. I enjoyed the book, and actually look forward to reading the other two books in the series.
The book is kind of frustrating, because it seems very drawn out. She is constantly gong back and forth between guys. It does have a cute ending that makes up for it though. I'm interested to see how the next books will continue the story.

I would give this book 3.5 stars.

Friday, April 6, 2012

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The Friday 56

The Friday 56


Hosted by Freda's Voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it
*Add your (url) post in the Linky on Freda's blog post.


"My knees buckle, my stomach nearly wretches. Did I hear her correctly?"
- What a Girl Wants by Kristin Billerbeck

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Theme Thursdays


Theme Thursdays (hosted by Reading Between Pages) is a fun weekly event that will be open from one thursday to the next. Anyone can participate in it. The rules are simple:
A theme will be posted each week (on Thursday’s)
Select a conversation/snippet/sentence from the current book you are reading
Mention the author and the title of the book along with your post
It is important that the theme is conveyed in the sentence (you don’t necessarily need to have the word)
Ex: If the theme is KISS; your sentence can have “They kissed so gently” or “Their lips touched each other” or “The smooch was so passionate”
This will give us a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.

FOOLISH Stupidity, Fool, etc
. is this week's theme:

"When I think of the countless clues that were before me, I feel stupider than a cut of sushi."
-What a Girl Wants by Kristin Billerbeck

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday is just a fun question and answer about books!

Today's question is: If someone asked you for a book recommendation, what is the FIRST book you’d think to recommend (without extra thought)?

The Lauren Holbrook series by Erynn Mangum. No question about it. I love all of Erynn's books, and she is definitely my favorite author. This is the first series she wrote, and it's a fun Christian series about a girl who love chocolate, coffee, Pride and Prejudice, and matchmaking (aka me in a nutshell- ha!). Love, love, love these books and have definitely already had all my friends read them.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


What a Girl Wants by Kristin Billerbeck:


"The anxiety I feel over takeoff is drastically diminished by knowing that if I die, I go out in style beside a gorgeous doctor who might have shared a moment with me. Not a bad way to go, right?"