January 2016 Book Unhauling

BookUnhauling

Good  Friday morning everyone. Its that time of the month where I show what books I am unhauling this month. I had so much success last year unhauling books that I thought I would continue this again for 2016.

I decided way back in  January (2015) that I wanted to document how many books I was giving away each month to see if I was making any kind of dent in my book collection.

I know last year I probably brought in more then I was actually giving away so this year I am trying to be cautious with my book buying and I am giving myself a budget each time I go shopping in hopes that it will curb my spending.

So each month I will be posting about what books I am unhauling and then another monthly post will be what books I physically bought in the month.

Are you a constant book buyer? Can you resist buying books on a weekly bases? Please tell me I am not alone in this?

At the end of December 2015 I unhauled a total of 211 books for the year.

To start January off here is what I am unhauling:

  1. And Again by Jessica Chirella
  2. The Readers of Broken Wheel recommend by Katarina Bivald
  3. Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
  4. First Love by James Patterson and Emily Raymond
  5. A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry
  6. An Amish Noel by Patricia Davids
  7. An Irish Christmas by Melody Carlson
  8. By The Light of the Silvery Moon by Tricia Goyer
  9. Sage and the Journey to Wishworld (Star Darlings series book 1) by Shana Muldoon Zappa & Ahmet Zappa (review in Feb)
  10. Libby and the Class Election (Star Darlings series book 2) by Shana Muldoon Zappa & Ahmet Zappa (review in Feb)
  11. Leona’s Unlucky Mission (Star Darlings book 3)
  12. Vega and the Fashion Disaster (Star Darlings book 4)
  13. Scarlet Discovers True Strength (Star Darlings book 5)
  14. Cassie Comes Through (Star Darlings book 6)

Unless otherwise noted these are books I have read and I am passing them along to another book loving home.

So to start January 2016 off I am releasing  14 books this month.

Total for 2016 is 14
Total for 2015 is 211

Book Spotlight/ Buzz Books Young Adult Spring/Summer 2016

After spotting this book and downloading it from Netgalley I seriously can’t wait for the spring/summer season to come.

I am always so happy when Publishers Lunch put out there Buzz Books for the upcoming seasons especially for the young adult books and that they expanded it to include more books. This is the fourth young adult Buzz Book and I enjoyed reading this and getting the chance to get a sneak peek into the upcoming young adult books that are coming out very soon.

The Buzz Books 2016 Young Adult Spring/Summer edition features 2o exclusive excerpts of new young adult titles. Each title includes the cover of the book, summary and a few chapters. Just enough to suck you into wanting to read the book or books asap.

Just from reading these 20 snippets I have to say that I think this Spring/Summer there is a ton of great young adult books coming out that I am pretty excited to read and honestly I have added them all to my every growing wishlist of books.

The only negative thing I have to say about the excerpts is that I wish the publishers would start off their excerpts with the first chapter and not at chapter 3 etc. Am I the only one who feels the same way?

Here is the list of books that were mentioned:

  • With Malice by Eileen Cook (Canadian author) (June 7th, 2016)
  • Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan (Canadian author) (June 7th, 2016)
  • Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshaugh (June 4th, 2016)
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (Canadian author) (March 8th, 2016)

  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows (June th, 2016)
  • Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse (April 5th, 2016)
  • The Progeny: Descendants of the House of Bathory by Tosca Lee (May 24th, 2016)
  • You Know Me Well by Nina Lacour & David Levithan (June 7th, 2016)
  • The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight (May 3rd, 2016)
  • The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (April 5th, 2016)
  • Unrivaled by Alyson Noel (May 10th, 2016)
  • Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick (May 10th, 2016)
  • The Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (May 7th, 2016)
  • The Crown’s Game Evelyn Skye (debut) (May 17th, 2016)
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (fourth and final installment in the series) (April 26th, 2016)
  • The Darkest Corners by KAra Thomas  (April 19th, 2016)
  • Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten (Canadian author) (May 31, 2016)
  • Siren’s Song by Mary Weber (March 1st, 2016)
  • Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley (May 10th, 2016)
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White (June 28th, 2016)

Do any of these books make you excited for the upcoming season? Any book your dying to read?

Book Spotlight/ Buzz Books 2016 Spring/Summer

Source: Book From Netgalley

If you are a book blogger then you pretty much know about this book. This is the seventh edition and it comes out twice a year. Inside each edition there is around 40 excerpts of the upcoming books.

I was beyond thrilled when I logged onto Netgalley and saw that this was already out. I am actually really excited for the Spring/Summer season to come so that I can dig into some pretty amazing books that will be coming out.

This Buzz Books 2016 includes a sneak peek into 40 top new titles coming out this spring and summer season. Its nice to see what is coming out and read snippets of the books and for me I love discovering that new summer read and what I need to be on the look out for.

I usually add a few books to my every growing wishlist while I read it.

The book is broken down into three parts and they are Fiction Books which showcase 22 titles, Debut Fiction which showcases 11 and finally Non Fiction which showcases 8 titles all from various publishing houses.

Titles included in this sampler:

  • The Summer Guest by Alison Anderson (May 24th, 2016)
  • The Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier (March 15, 2016)
  • Everyone Brave is Forgive by Chris Cleave (May 2, 2016)
  • LaRose by Louise Erdrich (May 10, 2016)
  • Glory over Everything by Kathleen Grissom (book 2 in the series) (April 5, 2016)
  • The Fireman by Joe Hill (May 17, 2016)
  • The Sport of Kings by C.E Morgan (May 3, 2016)
  • Christodora by Tim Murphy (August 2, 2016)
  • Modern Lovers by Emma Straub (May 31, 2016)
  • The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (Debut) (March 22, 2016)
  • The Last Road Home by Danny Johnson (Debut) (July 26, 2016)
  • Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger (Debut) (June 7, 2016)
  • Jazz Moon by Joe  Okonkno (Debut) (May 31, 2016)
  • Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood (Debut) (June 1,2016)
  • Indestructible by John R. Bruning (Non-Fiction)
  • The Gunning of America by Pamela Haag (Non-Fiction)
  • But What If We’re Wrong? Chuck Klosterman (Non-Fiction)
  • The Code of the Extraordinary Mind (Non-Fiction)
  • The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner (Non-Fiction)
  • Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick (Non-Fiction)
  • All Tomorrow’s Parties by Rob Spillman (Non-Fiction)
  • Shrill by Lindy West (Non-Fiction)

Books I want to read:

  • Before The Fall by Noah Hawley (May 31, 2016)
  • Brighton by Michael Harvey (June 21, 2016)
  • My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (May 17, 2016)
  • Maestra by L.S Hilton (April 19, 2016)
  • All is not Forgotten by Wendy Walker (July 12, 2016)
  • Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman (May 1, 2016)
  • Invincible Summer by Alice Adams (Debut) (June 7, 2016)
  • Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry (Debut) (June 14, 2016)
  • The Decent Proposal by Kemper Donovan (Debut) (April 5, 2016)
  • The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick (Debut) (May 3, 2016)
  • Daredevils by Shawn Vestal (Debut) (April 12, 2016)

 

Really want to read:

This one sounds really good and the only thing I didn’t like was the excerpt started on Chapter 3 and then jumped to 23, 24 and then jumped to 38. So I have to admit I didn’t read and I am basing my opinion on the description alone as wanting to read this. (July 12, 2016)

This will be the perfect read. (March 8, 2016)

This one sounds interesting. (May 3, 2016)

This is a reimagining of Jane Eyre that sounds really good. (March 22, 2016)

This one has really peeked my interest. I really want to read this and I think this would be the perfect book to read this summer. (June 14, 2016)

I have to say that at first the cover drew me in but as I read the book description drew me in even more. (February 23, 2016)

This is another book that drew me in by the cover and after reading the book description and excerpt I really want to read this. (June 17, 2016)

This is another one that has peeked my interest. (May 3, 2016) (Debut)

Do any of these books peek your interest?

Book Spotlight/ Debt by Rachel Dunning

Debt

99c Pre-Order Sale
Over 400 Pages
Standalone Novel

Genres:
New-Adult Romance
Sports Romance

DEBT
By Rachel Dunning

Expected Release Date:
March 2016

Book Description:

The Debt Collector I pay my debts, and I expect others to.
I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father’s passing meant I would automatically take on dad’s debts. I refused.

And I paid for that refusal.

So did my sister.

So now I fight. All I know how to do is fight. The best cash is in the states, so that’s where I am now. A big fish called Vito came along offering me a “favor” when I arrived.

Another debt.

I paid for that one too.

I knew Kyla Hensley would be trouble when I met her. But I wanted her. I could see through the falsehood of her wannabe-slutty clothes and her sexy legs. So I chased her.
Besides, trouble is my middle name.

Kyla Hensley, I was brought up in privilege, but I lacked everything else. My father is a business tycoon who buys and sells and doesn’t care who gets rolled over in the process.

I never knew my mother, and all I have of her is a photo with a note scrawled on the back in French saying “I’m sorry.” The only Female Figure I had growing up is my dad’s wife who is a bleach blond with seven boob jobs. We never bonded.

I drink. I party. I meet guys.

But I wasn’t always like that.

I’ve had a string of lovers in the last few years, the worst and most recent of which was Vince Somerset. My best friend Vera was dating a guy called Rory Cansoom who is the opposite of Vince in so many ways, and yet so the same.

She and I hit the road for the summer, getting away from the two college psychos and just trying to have some fun.

But there’s a funny thing about trouble, the more you run from it, the more it finds you.

Which is when I met the Debt Collector.

It was only supposed to be sex. He made that clear. I made that clear.

That’s all it was supposed to be.

I never expected to fall in love. I never expected to fall so deeply, madly, uncomfortably in love with a man who is wrong, so wrong for me.

And yet…so unbelievably right.

Content Warning
Not intended for readers under the age of seventeen.

 

Links:
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A02LNLC
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01A02LNLC
Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01A02LNLC
Amazon Australia: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01A02LNLC
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/debt/id1071559413?mt=11
Nook / B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/debt-rachel-dunning/1123196983?ean=2940152548570
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/603988
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28400056-debt

rachel-dunning-profile-pictureAbout author:
Rachel Dunning hit the scene in August 2013 and is the author of the highly praised Naive Mistakes Series, Truthful Lies Trilogy, Johnny Series and the paranormal romance series, Mind Games.

A prolific writer, she sticks to stories where Alpha Males aren’t pricks and where women have guts.

She’s lived on two different continents, speaks three different languages, and met the love of her life on the internet. In other words, romance is in her blood.

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First Book of The Year 2016

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It seems like I am always struggling with what I want to read on a normal day so you can image how hard it was for me to pick out my first book that I want to start 2016 with? Do you struggle with that as well?

This is my 3rd year doing this and I have decided on:

In the spirit of Station Eleven and The Age of Miracles, this exciting literary debut novel imagines the consequences when four ordinary individuals are granted a chance to continue their lives in genetically perfect versions of their former bodies.

Would you live your life differently if you were given a second chance? Hannah, David, Connie, and Linda—four terminally ill patients—have been selected for the SUBlife pilot program, which will grant them brand-new, genetically perfect bodies that are exact copies of their former selves—without a single imperfection. Blemishes, scars, freckles, and wrinkles have all disappeared, their fingerprints are different, their vision is impeccable, and most importantly, their illnesses have been cured.

But the fresh start they’ve been given is anything but perfect. Without their old bodies, their new physical identities have been lost. Hannah, an artistic prodigy, has to relearn how to hold a brush; David, a Congressman, grapples with his old habits; Connie, an actress whose stunning looks are restored after a protracted illness, tries to navigate an industry obsessed with physical beauty; and Linda, who spent eight years paralyzed after a car accident, now struggles to reconnect with a family that seems to have built a new life without her. As each tries to re-enter their previous lives and relationships they are faced with the question: how much of your identity rests not just in your mind, but in your heart, your body?

The reason I picked this book was because it was sent for review and I would like to keep on top of my review books that are coming in and it sounds like its going to be a really good read.

Blog Tour/ Hope At Christmas

 

 

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Hope at Christmas
Serendipity Series  (Book 1)
Keeley Smith

Genre: Romance/Chick-Lit
Publisher: Feedaread
Date of Publication:  18th December 2015
Number of pages: 300
Word Count: 78,000

Book Description:

With only 25 days left until Christmas day, Hope makes the rash decision to quit her job.  After a weekend wallowing in self pity, she takes this new opportunity to finally get the job she’s always wanted…only she doesn’t know what she wants to do… She doesn’t think her life can get any worse.

Until she throws coffee on a stranger.

Having finally told his parents that he planned to never follow his father’s footsteps in business, Daniel’s morning didn’t start out that well either.

Until a woman throws coffee on him.

This chance meeting sets off a chain of events.  A wedding.  Downton Abbey.  The roaring 20’s…and a drunk, sexually frustrated cousin.  Neither of them are prepared for this connection, but when does romance ever run a smooth course? With secrets and exes throwing road blocks their way, will it all become too much and end their blossoming romance before it’s even begun?

About the Author:
Keeley Smith is the author of Young Adult series, The Pendle Hill Series and The Soul Keeper Trilogy.

When she’s not writing, she’s reading, eating (chocolate, usually), spending time with her husband and gorgeous dog and colouring- because a genius created colouring books for adults!

She lives in the UK, but would prefer to live somewhere less likely to experience all four seasons in one day.

Ways to connect with the author:

www.keelesmithauthor.com
www.Facebook.com/KeeleySmithFan
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Keeley1986
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6552662.Keeley_Smith

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Review/ Twas The Night Before Christmas at Michael’s House

IMG_0025I am once again thrilled to be working with Put Me In The Story to feature their newest Christmas book, Twas The Night Before Christmas by Daniel Kirk.

It’s the night before Christmas and Father Mouse is stirring in YOUR house to the sound of Santa Claus and eight tiny reindeer! Cozy up as Father Mouse shares his story of what happens next. You’ll get a peek at Santa and a glimpse of your gifts under the tree, too. With illustrations that began as original ink drawings, this new spin on a classic Christmas tale is sure to be a hit for the holidays!

For some reason I thought we had a copy of Twas The Night Before Christmas but it seems like we don’t so I thought this would be the perfect thing to add to our Christmas book collection and I want to graciously thank Sourcebooks and Put Me In The Story for providing me with a code so that I could order a personalized copy to read this holiday season.

Twas The Night Before Christmas retails for $29.99 US and you can see the title is ever personalized right away with the addition of at Michael’s House and the tags on the gifts. The whole process literally took me less then 5 minutes and the book was in my cart ready to be made and shipped. Shipping was once again super fast and I had my book within in a week.

The book is beautifully bound like a regular hard cover picture book and it arrived in perfect condition.

The story is the same original story with a few added details and the personalized items blended in with the book and you couldn’t tell the difference. Instead of the dad being awaken by Santa’s arrival its the little mouse that lives in the walls of our house.

The illustrations are beautiful. They are bright and colorful and they almost look like the original illustrations. We were looking all over the pages as we were reading it.

This is a super cute book and I think this would make the perfect addition to your Christmas book collection.