Aug 03

Bout of Books 14! August 17-23

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I’m so excited about Bout of Books 14! This is the first time in two years that Bout of Books is happening during the summer (school is starting way late this year because Labor Day is way late). I have off the whole week! And it’s the last week before I go back to work so it’s perfect for that end of summer push to read a ton of books before the school year begins.

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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 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books is awesome and I encourage you to join in the fun. There will be challenges and reading and a lot of bookish people having a great time. Check it out!

 

Kimberly


Aug 02

ARC August!

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ARC-August-BannerI’ve made a last minute decision to participate in ARC August because… I have no reason not to. I have ARC’s and they need to be read! ARC August is ran by the awesome Octavia and Shelly of Read. Sleep. Repeat. (Seriously Octavia is awesome. She helped corral what could have been a precarious situation in the line for The Darkest Part of the Forest during BookCon (*cries*) at  BEA in 2014.) Click on the banner for more info!

My plan is to read at least 6 ARC’s, with a heavier focus on the not yet released group then the already released group.

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Already Released

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If you are signed up too, be sure to let me know!

Kimberly


Aug 01

July In Review

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Month In Review

11145561_10207364054608940_2877230775812690415_nI spent part of July in Texas visiting family and I had a great time. I went to my first rodeo, which was awesome and spent time with my adorable niece. My brother is going to have his work cut out for him with this one. ;) After coming home I spent some time relaxing and some time with friends and family. I have just under 4 weeks of summer left.

 

Books Read

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My favorite read of the month is a toss up between Armada and The Martian. Both excellent books! Least favorite read of the month was Zoo.

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New Books

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From Netgalley/Edelweiss

Illuminae by Aimee Kaufman & Jay Kirstoff

The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter

Bounce by Noelle August

Purchased

Chasing Impossible by Katie McGarry (Free with purchase of Nowhere But Here.)

NIL by Lynne Matson (On sale.)

Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby (On sale.)

Map to the STars by Jen Malone (On sale.)

Upcoming in August

One last big summer reading push. A wedding. Getting ready for school.

 

 

Kimberly


Jul 27

Netflix & Me… What I’m Watching

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This is the summer of Netflix! And binge watching. So much binging! Here is what I am currently watching:

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Friday Night Lights

I can’t believe I missed this the first time around as it encompasses two of my favorite things: football and drama. I’m halfway through season two and loving it, though I feel like we have some perpetual seniors, I could have sworn that some of these people were seniors in season one, and here they are, seniors again in season two. I could be wrong though!

 

Sons of Anarchy

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This one I started on whim, expecting it to go the way of Breaking Bad and not being my thing, but I got completely sucked in! It’s very different for me, but full of drama and mayhem and I love it.

Kimberly


Jul 23

Review * The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Reviews 3 ★★★★

Review * The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Narrated by Clare Corbett, India Fisher, Louise Brealey
Published by Riverhead on January 13, 2015
Genres: Adult, Thriller
Time: 10 Hrs 59 Mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

What I Thought…

• Looking for a good suspense/thriller? The Girl on the Train is for you. It was intense and even though I was pretty sure I figured out who did it, it did not stop me from being enthralled with The Girl on the Train.

• The story is told through three narrators (the audiobook has three different narrators, which I greatly appreciated), Rachel, Anna and Megan. They are all different and all messed up in their own way.

• One of them disappears and that spins the story out of control and into a web of lies and deceit. It’s hard to figure out whats true and what’s a lie, especially given the state of the three narrators.

• A lot of people are comparing The Girl on the Train with Gone Girl, and while I felt that same thrilling I can’t put this book down feeling, I feel that Gone Girl is on another level and The Girl on the Train didn’t quite reach it. (Mostly because it’s lacking the serious WTF of Gone Girl.

• With that said it is still hands down one of the best thrillers I have ever read.

Overall If you like thrillers then The Girl on the Train is definitely for you.

Kimberly


Jul 20

Review * Thrill Me by Susan Mallery

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I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Thrill Me by Susan MalleryThrill Me by Susan Mallery
Series: Fool's Gold #18
Published by HQN on July 28, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Also in this series: Until We Touch, Hold Me, Kiss Me
Add to: Goodreads
three-stars
Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool's Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports.

Now ten years later, Maya's been hired to promote her hometown's new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward!

Although Del's not the type to hold a grudge, he's determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He's a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya's kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all…

What I Thought…

• I’ve read the Fool’s Gold series for quite some time now, but I was worried about reading Thrill Me as I DNF’d the previous book in the series. I’m pleased to say that Thrill Me brought back the Fool’s Gold love.

• Maya and Del were a good fit and I enjoyed their second chance romance. Maya was a bit too insecure for me, but I loved how her and Del worked through it.

• Two of my favorite characters in the series are Eddie and Gladys, two older ladies that like to cause a lot of trouble, and boy did they in Thrill Me (it all worked out for the best though).

• Del has an interesting family history and I’m curious to see what is going to happen with the rest of his brothers and how his family works everything out.

• I did not agree with Del’s mothers decision at all. It also put a lot of unneeded pressure on Maya, which I didn’t like either.

Overall I enjoyed Thrill Me and would recommend it to those that love the Fool’s Gold series.

Kimberly


Jul 19

Sundays in Bed With… The Martian & Chasing Impossible

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Sundays in Bed With… is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed!

The Martian Chasing ImpossibleToday I’ll be spending time with The Martian and Chasing Impossible. I’m listening to The Martian for book club. I have mixed feelings so far. It’s very technical, which I don’t like, but I also feel a need to know what happens. I’m glad it was picked for book club though because I know I would have never have read this on my own.

If I get all my work done before bed (which is 50/50 right now because the procrastination train came in this morning) I’m going to dive into Chasing Impossible. I am very excited to read Abby and Logan’s story!

What are you reading today?

Kimberly


Jul 17

Renovating the Yard

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One of my goals for this summer was to have someone come out and deal with the crazy that my yard has become. I am not a yard person so I wasn’t really interested myself, plus I had let some of the shrubs and bushes get so freaking big that I couldn’t do anything with them myself anyway!

Before

As you can see here the bushes in the front of the house go past the window by quite a bit. Drove me nuts.
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This is my shed. Covered in Poison Ivy. Awesome!

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This is in the center of my backyard and at one point and time looked pretty (the day I moved in) but I have since killed most of what grew there (due to lack of maintenance). Also covered in Poison Ivy. It was also a pain in the ass to mow around!

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These bushes are overrunning my deck.

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These bushes were too big when I bought the house and I just kind of let them do there own thing. That was a mistake.

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After

I got a good deal on getting the work done and they did a great job. As you can see at the front of my house the bushes are much smaller. Still a bit above the window but that’s because trimming them any further would have killed them.

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No more Poison Ivy! This now highlights next years major outdoor project – a new shed.

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All gone!! This was the most exciting thing to see as I was tired of looking at the hot mess. I will rake it over and top soil it, then plant some grass in the fall.

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No more bushes by the deck either. Maybe now I’ll actually use my deck.

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These bushes are 1/3 of the size the originally were. They look a lot nicer and it will be easier to cut the grass now.

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I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out!

Kimberly


Jul 16

Review * Alienated by Melissa Landers

Reviews 1 ★★

Review * Alienated by Melissa LandersAlienated by Melissa Landers
Series: Alienated #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on February 4th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add to: Goodreads
two-stars
Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. Handpicked to host the first-ever L''eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she''ll have inside information about the mysterious L''eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara''s blog following is about to skyrocket. Still, Cara isn''t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L''eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn''t seem more alien. She''s certain about one thing though: no human boy is this good-looking. But when Cara''s classmates get swept up by anti-L''eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn''t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara''s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn''t just her only friend; she''s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

What I Thought…

• This was a case of Alienated wasn’t really for me. I don’t care much for aliens, but I read and liked Armentrouts Lux series so I though I would give his one a shot.

• Character wise Cara and Aelyx were fine. They weren’t the most memorable, but there was nothing wrong with them. I liked that Cara wanted to support the L’eihr’s being there, even when the majority of people rebelled against it, which of course involved her.

• I found myself having a hard time caring about the story and some of the wierd alien things pulled me out of the story, but that’s on me. I took a chance and it didn’t pay off for me, but I can understand why many or readers enjoyed alienated.

Overall Alienated was an ok read for me, but I would recommend it to anyone who loves science fiction and aliens.

Kimberly


Jul 14

Movie Review * Jurassic World

Movie Review 2 ★★★★★

Movie Review * Jurassic WorldJurassic World Series: Jurassic Park Movie #4
Published by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015
Source: Purchased
five-stars
A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park's newest attraction--a genetically modified giant stealth killing machine--escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

What I Thought…

• Jurassic World was everything I wanted it to be. Thrilling dinosaurs. Velociraptors. T-Rex. Chris Pratt.

• Despite my excitement I was a little bit concerned about the genetically engineered dinosaur. It could have gone way wrong, but it didn’t. It was a genius idea that they didn’t let out of control.

• Chris Pratt as the velociraptor whisperer… OMG. Totally badass.

• Kids were cute, just as cute as the original kids in the first movie.

Overall I want everyone to see this movie. Seriously, go watch it.

Kimberly