Mark Your Calendar: “Ice Like Fire” Will Be Available This Month!

17404295Hey, guys. I know it’s been a while, but I want to tell you about one of the best trilogies or series I’ve ever read! Book #2 in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy/series will be releasing on October 13th. Have you preordered Ice Like Fire? Let me back up a bit, have you read Snow Like Ashes? If you haven’t, you are missing out! And if you have, you may want to read the last four chapters or so if you forgot the conclusion. It was epic!

If you’ve read the first book, let me know how you feel about it! If you’re excited about the second book, tell me how excited you are! I honestly can’t wait. I haven’t decided if I want to preorder it on my Kindle or wait for release day and pick it up at my local Barnes & Noble. Decisions. Many individuals in the book community have review copies and are currently reading. Make sure you stay away from their tweets on Twitter and other social outlets. I know it’s hard, but keep the faith! Beware of spoilers!

The Glass Arrow… Eh. Help!

Glass-ArrowWhen I started reading The Glass Arrow, I thought it had a lot of potential because it started off fast paced, but then I continued reading and the pace slowed own. I’ve read almost 30% (as of this post) of the story and I’m barely turning pages. Has anyone read The Glass Arrow? Is it worth to keep reading? Does it pick up? Does it get super good? I’m finding reading this book REALLY hard. It hasn’t kept my interest since the first chapter. I don’t want to DNF (did not finish) this book! Tell me your thoughts (without any spoilers, that is). I’m trying get through reading at least 50% of this book before contemplating putting it down. I picked up Angelfall when I reached a slump. I finished Angelfall, so I decided to pick it up again and I still have the same feelings. Help!

Bring On The Books! Things To Know About Overdrive

overdriveI’m finally setting the time aside to write a post about Overdrive because I tell almost everyone I know about it! If you don’t know what Overdrive is, I’m glad I can help and I’m glad you’re reading this! 🙂 Even I didn’t know about Overdrive and I frequented the library a lot. It has definitely cut my trips to the library down. I haven’t been to the library since last year and I don’t have any fees for turning in books late! This was the best idea to make books more accessible to readers no matter their situations.

Overdrive is basically an app available on iPhone and Android that let’s you choose ebooks from your local library. The service is totally free and all you need is a library card. That’s it! You need to have a library card from your local library. For example, if you live in a particular part a town, let’s say… West Baton Rouge. You will need a library card you signed up for at a library in West Baton Rouge and choose a library in West Baton Rouge that offers the service. Your library card will not work on Overdrive if you choose a library outside of your town/district and state.

Your library card will work like it would at your local library. Your password to check out books is, of course your card number. You can set the amount of days you want to have the book checked out and you can also place books on hold. Also, there is a limit to how many books you can have checked out at once and how many you can place on hold.

I find the service even more useful because libraries have partnered with Amazon. I have two physical Kindles and you can choose to check out books, then have them sent to your Kindle from Amazon. However, not all books have the Kindle option. The other choice is downloading a book (epub format) and reading it straight from the Overdrive app. You will have to set up an account with Overdrive to read books that way. You don’t necessarily have to have a physical Kindle. You have another option to download the free Kindle app on your device and books will download there too!

As I mentioned above, there are no late fees associated with checking out ebooks. Once the number of days you picked to have the book checked out is up, your book will automatically expire. If you place books on hold, you can choose to have them automatically checked out to you and you will receive an email once it’s available. If you finish reading a book before the date due, then you can return it through the service you used to read it (Amazon or Overdrive) and check out more books.

I think I’ve covered everything you need to know. The app is simple and easy to use. I read so many books using Overdrive. If you have any questions, please let me know and tell everyone, especially readers about Overdrive!

Oh, the books! February Wrap Up + March TBR

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So many things happened last month and I didn’t get to read as many books as I wanted to. I planned to read more than three, but I’m glad I was able to read as many as I did because I was so busy! I read:

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I started to read these books, but I didn’t finish.

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Invisible Man is a very, very well written body of work. I started reading it and I began to get emotional, so I took a break from it. I will pick it back up soon. I’m about 30% done with The Rosie Project. I love this book! I really enjoyed what I read so far. However, I did not have time to finish it. I will finish this book this month and write a review.

I attempted to read this book last month….

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I don’t know what happened, but it lost me! I can’t get into the story and I thought the lead character was really immature.

Now, my March TBR. I am currently reading Sold, a book I bought and featured in my mini book haul. I’m enjoying it. Again, I will finish The Rosie Project. I don’t know what other books I plan to read. I feel like reading whatever I feel like reading. Hopefully March won’t be as hectic as last month. I was suffering from reading withdrawals pretty bad!

Yay! New Book Releases!

I couldn’t wait for these books to be released and they are finally here for me to read. I don’t know if I want physical copies or eBooks. Here are two books that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on and they are finally available today.

Glass-ArrowOnce there was a time when men and women lived as equals, when girl babies were valued, and women could belong only to themselves. But that was ten generations ago. Now women are property, to be sold and owned and bred, while a strict census keeps their numbers manageable and under control. 

Only in the wilderness, away from the city, can true freedom be found. Aya has spent her whole life in the mountains, looking out for her family and hiding from the world, until the day the Trackers finally catch her.

Many books are being written about people who are being used as property and  sold at auctions. I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing. It seems to me that once a storyline with certain situations become popular, authors write similar stories with their own twists. I hope I enjoy this one. Interesting synopsis.

I have a copy of Article 5, a dystopian book that she wrote as well, but I haven’t read it yet. It’s been sitting on my bookshelf for months. It would probably be best if I read that book first to get a feel of her writing style before I buy The Glass Arrow.

red_queen_book_cover_a_pA sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book. I may wait to purchase this one, but I have to admit that I’m interested in finding out why this book is titled The Red Queen and the lead character is a commoner. Will Mare become the Red Queen or will she try to dethrone the Red Queen. I don’t know! That is what I want to find out. Even though I’ve heard mixed reviews I want to read it for myself. I may wait for my library to add it to their collection.

Tips For Decluttering Your Bookshelf

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Since I’ve been having a hard time with overcrowding my bookshelf with books (imagine over 200 books on one bookshelf. Yikes!), I want to save you from your impending doom! Here’s a list I compiled for making your bookshelf look fabulous!

1. Stop buying books!

Physical books, of course. 🙂 I know this may be hard to swallow, but you have to do what you have to do! Why buy more books when you know you can’t read them all at once and you never know when you may get to them? This is the very first step to keeping your bookshelf decluttered and looking its best. Maybe you can focus on building your Kindle or Kobo library?

2. Only include the books you plan to read soon on your bookshelf.

Some people have what is called a TBR bookshelf; meaning it is reserved for books they plan to read very very soon. The more books you can read from your TBR bookshelf, the better. When you read those books, you can replace them with books you want to read next.

3. Use neat decorative items to fill in empty spaces. It gives your shelves a finished, yet simple look.

If you really want to give your bookshelf a new life, then narrow your collection down to only a few books on each shelf and make sure to leave empty spaces, that way you won’t feel so overwhelmed. Feel free to occupy those spaces with figurines, candles, cards given to you for special days, etc.

4. Buy more bookshelves.

If you’re like me, you don’t mind crowding loads of books on your shelves. Even double and triple stacking them as I am known for doing! The easy remedy to this is buying more bookshelves. Bookshelves are really expensive, but I have found a few on Amazon that look pretty good for the price.

5. Use other areas in your home to store your books.

Currently, I have books stored around my apartment. I have books on my bookshelf, of course. I am using my media stand to store books and I have another wood stand to store books in the past. The best way to have many books is to store them in different places around your home instead of one place, which can be overwhelming on the eyes.

6. Donate books to your local library.

One new thing I’ve started this year is to donate books to my local library at the beginning of every year. I donate books every January. I accumulate many books during the year and some of those books I didn’t like, so the best way I thought of getting rid of them was to donate.

7. Try to find books at a good price so that you wouldn’t mind giving away a few to friends and family once you’ve finished reading them.

I know giving books away can be hard, but at least they won’t go very far! If you love getting bargains, even for books there are sites that offer books at a bargain price. I found sites like Half Priced Books and Book Outlet to help me in this area. When I only paid less than $5.00 for a book, I wouldn’t mind giving them away opposed to paying over $15.00 for one.

8. Invest in book subscriptions. 

There are popular services out there like Oyster and Amazon that charge you per month, which allows you to have thousands of books at your fingertips. I have an Oyster subscription and it has cut down on my book buying tremendously. My only gripe about it is they never finish the trilogies/series! For example, I read book one and two of the Mara Dyer trilogy and they don’t have the third book. The same with the Throne of Glass trilogy. Stand alone books are in abundance. If you read a lot, these services are worth the money.

9. Check out library books.

Checking out library books can be great and save you a lot of money, especially if you read a book that you wouldn’t dream of buying. It comes in handy when you read a book and hate it. You can return it without any strings attached!

10. Read as many books from your bookshelf as possible.

I have to admit to having a problem with this! I read more books on my Kindle (books I bought and checked out from the library) than books from my bookshelf. Even then I continue to buy more physical books. Here’s a way to read more books on your bookshelf: Set a number of books to read from your bookshelf per month. Easy!

I’ve listed 10 things that work for me. What are some things that work for you in decluttering your bookshelf?

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B&B TBR For February

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So many things happen in February! Black History month, Valentine’s Day, and Mardi Gras (I’m from Louisiana. It can get crazy). Whoa! Busy month, indeed. I want to read certain books to celebrate this wonderful month of the year. I plan to read African American literature, romance/contemporary, and participate in Fantasy February which is mainly on Youtube, but I want to participate anyway! You basically read as many fantasy books as you can this month.

I am not one of those people who can have a TBR list for the month and stick to it. I can only share what I hope to read in February and if I read some or any of these books, it will only be known to me at the end of the month. I REALLY want to stick to this month’s TBR. I will try very hard! Here’s what I plan to read:

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Insurgent (Trailer)

The trailer for Insurgent, a movie based on the book Insurgent by Veronica Roth, has been released! I cannot wait for this movie to start showing in theaters. I watched Divergent (the first movie) not too long ago. The Divergent trilogy is very popular in the book community. However, I couldn’t get into reading the first book. I do like the the film adaptation better and I’m sure I will like Insurgent just as much. Hopefully, we will get to know a little more about Four in this movie!

In case you haven’t seen it already, I have provided the video of the “official trailer” down below for you to check it out.

10 Books I Want To Read In 2015

I’ve read a few books I wanted to read in 2015, but I won’t include them in this post because that would be considered cheating! The books I’m including are books I want to read this year and haven’t read or started reading already. Here’s 10 books I want to read this year (not in any order):

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  1. The Man Who Knew Infinity: In 1913, a young unschooled Indian clerk wrote a letter to G H Hardy, begging the preeminent English mathematician’s opinion on several ideas he had about numbers. Realizing the letter was the work of a genius, Hardy arranged for Srinivasa Ramanujan to come to England. Thus began one of the most improbable and productive collaborations ever chronicled.
  2. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock: 
    Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol.
    Maybe one day he’ll believe that being different is okay, important even.
    But not today.
  3. The Assassin’s Curse: Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiance. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her.
  4. The Rosie Project: The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.
  5. Noughts and Crosses: Callum is a naught, a second-class citizen in a society run by the ruling Crosses. Sephy is a Cross, and daughter of the man slated to become prime minister. In their world, white naughts and black Crosses simply don’t mix — and they certainly don’t fall in love. But that’s exactly what they’ve done.
  6. The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz: In the summer of 1944, Denis Avey was being held in a British POW labour camp, E715, near Auschwitz III. He had heard of the brutality meted out to the prisoners there and he was determined to witness what he could.
  7. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over–and see everything anew.
  8. Go Ask Alice: This powerful real-life diary of a teenager’s struggle with the seductive — often fatal — world of drugs and addiction tells the truth about drugs in strong and authentic voice. Tough and uncompromising, honest and disturbing — and even more poignant today — Go Ask Alice is page-turning and provocative reading.
  9. Gossamer: Where do dreams come from? What stealthy nighttime messengers are the guardians of our most deeply hidden hopes and our half-forgotten fears? Drawing on her rich imagination, two-time Newbery winner Lois Lowry confronts these questions and explores the conflicts between the gentle bits and pieces of the past that come to life in dream, and the darker horrors that find their form in nightmare.
  10. Geisha, A LifeGeisha, a Life is the first of its kind, as it delicately unfolds the fabric of a geisha’s development. Told with great wisdom and sensitivity, it is a true story of beauty and heroism, and of a time and culture rarely revealed to the Western world.

Goodreads Reading Challenge Update: 9 out of 100 books read so far!