TBB Asks: April 2018 – Spring Edition

I just spotted this over on Kimberly Faye Reads blog and I had to check it out.  Its the TBB Asks: Spring Edition and its hosted over at The Blended Blog which just happens to be a new to be blog and I am excited to check it out.

Here are my answers to the above questions:

  1. What 3 colors remind you most of Spring? When I think of spring I think of light purples, pinks and yellows.
  2. What is the first thing you add to your wardrobe in Spring? Nothing yet. I haven’t been shopping yet.
  3. What is the first wardrobe item you ditch in Spring? Anything winter related.
  4. Who mows the grass where you live? I live in a house so my DH does it 🙂
  5. What’s Spring like where you live? Normally, the snow is gone, the temperatures start going in low double digits and the sun is out. Currently its still cold below 0, cloudy, dreary and there is still snow on the ground. When I left the arena this morning it was snowing 🙁
  6. What’s your favorite thing about Spring? The fact that its not winter anymore. LOL The flowers starting to bloom ie Lilac tree, grass getting green and the fact I don’t need winter clothes.
  7. Are you a Spring cleaner? Yes I am. I like to purge and get rid of the things we no longer use.
  8. Are you a baseball fan? No I am not.
  9. Tulips or daffodils? Both really.
  10. Favorite outdoor Spring activity? Being able to walk to the library, grocery store and malls. Plus getting to sit out and listen to the birds.
  11. Flowers in the ground or in pots? We actually do both. I like having pots of flowers by the entrance stairs.
  12. Favorite bird? I definitely like seeing robins because that is a sign spring is here as well as the blue jays.
  13. Car wash or wash vehicles at home? My DH likes to wash the car.
  14. When do you pull out your sandals? As soon as its warm enough to start wearing them. Right now its still cold out.

Please let me know if you answered the questions would love to see your replies.

SYNC Summer Audiobooks 2018

I just wanted to take a quick moment to remind you about SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for young adults but you can do this to.  From April 26th to July 25th, SYNC gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week –pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com.

I have always wanted to give audio books another chance and what better way then through SYNC Audio Books. These are actually both books I have never read so I am excited to give them a try.

Do you like audio books?

Does anything interest you from this list? There is a few audiobooks that I want to try out this summer.

Here is the list of audiobooks that will be available to download each week:

 

Book Blitz/ Perfectly Misunderstood

 
Perfectly Misunderstood (The Perfect Series Book 4) by [Daniels, Robin]
About the Book:

Book Title: Perfectly Misunderstood #4

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy

Book Synopsis:  Jayden Valdez is an overachieving intellectual. Mike McGinnes is Franklin High School’s dumbest jock. Even though they barely know each other, she finds his personality repulsive and he thinks she’s got a giant stick up her you know what. Mike and Jayden are surprised and annoyed when their teacher pairs them together for Spanish tutoring. Both feel it’s a complete waste of time, since nobody could learn from a person who bugs the crap out of them. Not to mention that their reputations might be ruined if people realize what they’re doing. But it doesn’t take long for Jayden to discover that Mike has a secret—he isn’t the person he appears to be. Much to her dismay, Jayden finds ‘Secret Mike’ strangely attractive. And for some crazy reason, Mike is amused by Jayden’s clever insults and witty banter. Suddenly, they have a much bigger problem than their mutual disdain. What started as irritating tension is beginning to feel more like romantic tension and acting on it would be a very bad idea.
 Robin Daniels
About the Author:
Robin Daniels is a sixteen-year-old trapped in a middle-aged body. She’s married to an amazing guy and has five cute but crazy kids. When she’s not chasing children or writing books, she’s coaching volleyball or working on her blog. She tries to read as much as possible, especially when she has housework to do. Robin’s favorites include napping, dessert, pedicures, Christmas, Arizona winters, and Diet Coke.

The Giveaway:
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The Excerpt:

Jayden’s glare intensified, and I could tell she was sending me mental death threats. Eventually, she gave up and sat down across from me. “Was that so hard?” I asked.

“About as hard as you head.”

“I have harder parts than my head,” I countered. Her eyes grew wide at the implication. I let her stew for a second before lifting my sleeve and flexing my bicep. “You think that’s hard? You should see my abs.” I’d said it as a joke, but it was basically true.

She was surprised for the briefest moment, then she grunted. “How Cro-Magnon of you.”

“Your grunt suggests you’re familiar with the genotype on a personal level.” I smirked.

Jayden’s eyes narrowed. “At least I’ve evolved. Your face suggests that you haven’t yet.”

I tsked in good nature. “Your face might be prettier than mine, but your manners prove you haven’t evolved as much as you think.”

Other Books in the Series:

Perfectly Oblivious (The Perfect Series Book 1) by [Daniels, Robin]Perfectly You (The Perfect Series Book 2) by [Daniels, Robin]

Perfectly Summer (Perfect Series Book 3) by [Daniels, Robin]

Tsundoku Bingo Spring 2018

You might have seen my wrap up posted yesterday for the Tsundoku Bingo Winter 2018 that  I started in January and when I first stumbled upon this reading challenge I loved it because you are basically using the bingo card as a way to read the books off your own shelves and that is something I need to do more of going into 2018.

I love that this is broken up quarterly so you feel like you are accomplishing a lot of books and not being overwhelmed with a huge list.

This card is valid April, May and June.

The only thing is you can’t use the same book for multiple categories but you can overlap your books into other reading challenges.

So my goal for this Spring Tsundoku is to read 25 books. I am hoping to tackle them all but a few might be questionable so please offer my your book suggestions down below.

Lost-A-Thon Reading Challenge April 1st to 30th

I was just on instagram and spotted this in my feed and I had to check out it.

Its a month long reading challenge that is being hosted by Jody from That One Girl That Reads and Lets Book About It.

This sounds like its another great way to tackle your TBR that has been sitting way to long. To find out more about #OurLostLibrary reading challenge be sure to click HERE.

Challenges

  1. Book Collecting Cobwebs: This is basically a book you’ve had on your shelf for way too long.
  2. 500+ Page Book: Just any book that has more than 500 pages 🙂
  3. >250 pages: This is a quick read, any book that has less than 250 pages. It could be a novella or a graphic novel. Whatever you have on your shelf that is small.
  4. Jumped Out at You: This is almost another free space, just look at your shelves and pick out a book that you just really want to read.
  5. Library Book: Any book from your library, all formats count!
  6. Favorite Author: Easy peasy, a book by an author you already love.
  7. Retelling: Self explanatory 🙂
  8. Diverse Book: Any book that is diverse to you.
  9. Book from a series: This could be the first in a series or a sequel to one you’re in the process of reading. If it’s part of a series, it counts.
  10. Book with Magic: Any book featuring magic in any form.
  11. Buddy Read: Have some fun with a friend and read a book together!
  12. Favorite of a Friend: Any book that a friend loves, or you could ask for a recommendation from a friend.
  13. Free Choice: Any book, just read!
  14. Book you got on sale: This could be a Book Outlet buy, a clearance buy, a book you got during a sale, an on-sale ebook/audiobook etc.
  15. Mystery or Thriller: Anything from either genre 🙂
  16. Beautiful Cover: We all know this community loves the covers, just read one that you find beautiful.
  17. Female Author: A book written by a woman!
  18. Recently added to your shelf: Anything you’ve purchased or received in the last month.
  19. New to you Author: An author you’ve never read before, could be a debut or an author with a ton of books that you just haven’t read yet.
  20. Re-read: This is a fun one, re-read a book you love.
  21. Middle Grade Book: Anything that is considered Middle Grade counts for this!
  22. Best Seller: A book that has been on any best seller list anywhere, NY Times, USA Today, Amazon etc.
  23. Award Winner: A book that has won an award in any catagory.
  24. Author from outside the USA: This should be a book from an author who is from another country outside the USA.
  25. Book written by 2 authors: Any book with 2 authors, an author and a contributor, whatever you feel fits this category 🙂

I am not quite sure how I am going to tackle the shelves because I some how feel it won’t end up being complete shelves but books from different shelves.

Do you like to take part in these kinds of reading challenges?

 

Hello April

March 2018 Books Bought

Since starting my blog back in August of 2008 I always want to share what books I get with you so that you can see what I will be reading and what new books there are out there and I am always looking for a place to link them so that others can see them so from now on I will be sharing my links on Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. As Marlene has offered to co-host Stacking The Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews.

I am also going back to sharing my link on Mailbox Monday’s blog. This was originally hosted by Marcia but it now has its own blog which you can see by clicking on THIS.

One of the things I love about these kinds of posts is finding new books that I might not normally hear about and this month I found a few goodies that I heard about through fellow bloggers, on instagram and youtubers.

Going into 2018 I am deciding to switch this up so that I can better document what books, both physical and arcs/earcs, that are coming into my house that I have either bought, was given to me by friends/family, publishers or tour companies plus picked up from Netgalley. So this will only be a monthly post no more weekly posts going forward.

Bought: (This month was a little crazy in books and I have no excuse I just went and bought them.)

    1. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (book 1) (This is the retelling of the Labyrinth)
    2. Every Day by David Levithan (Book 1 of the Every Day series)
    3. Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston (read her first book and just had to get this)
    4. Roomies by Christina Lauren
    5. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
    6. Heart of the Wolf (book 1) by Terry Spear
    7. Where I live by Brenda Rufener
    8. Let Me Lie by Clare MacKintosh
    9. Catch a killer by  Sheryl Scarborough
    10. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
    11. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Publisher Sent (This will be the books I get directly from publishers either physical book or ebook to review):

For Every One

Thanks Simon & Schuster Canada for sending this to me. Its the upcoming book For Every One by Jason Reynolds coming out April 10th.

Blog Tours:

I was on the blog tour for The Snow White Effect by A.K. Mills with Rockstar Tours. You can see my review HERE.

 

Netgalley: This are books that I got for free in the Read Now section:

  1. Perfect World by Rie Aruga
  2. Moteki by Mitsurou Kubo
  3. City by Keiichi Arawi
  4. The Ghost, The Owl by Franco
  5. The Canadian Alternative by Edited by Dominick Grace and Eric Hoffman
  6. April Buzz Books Monthly
  7. Geronimo Stilton Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye
  8. Geronimo Stilton Hang on to your Whiskers

Last month I discovered Hoopla Digital and I have been borrowing books from there:

  1. The Princess Saves Herself in This One
  2. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One
  3. Sad Girls
  4. Sea of Strangers
  5. A Psalm for Us
  6. Night Sky with Exit Wounds

 

Friends/family given: 0

 

Total books bought this month: 11
Total books publisher sent: 1
Total books blog tour sent:  1
Total books given to me: 0
Total books from netgalley: 8
Total books from hoopla: 6
Total books I got for free/gift cards/redeeming: 0

Total books read from this months haul: 15

Total books bought in 2018:  26
Total books publisher sent in 2018:  5
Total books blog tours sent in 2018: 3
Total books given to me in 2018: 1
Total books from netgalley in 2018:  27
Total books I got for free: 10

Total books read in 2018 (this is books read from monthly hauls): 29/47
Total overall books read in 2018 (this is going to reflect my goodreads total):  33/100