I’m Back! + Current Read

Hey, guys!

I haven’t published a post in a while. So many things have been going on in my life that I haven’t had the time!

I am back.

Since I’ve been away, I have been reading a book. My current read is the second book of the Half Bad trilogy, Half Wild. As always, Sally Green never fails to write a mind boggling first chapter. The story is off to a slow start, but it seems to be picking up. I should have the review up soon!


Happy World Book Day! (UK)

It is World Book Day in the United Kingdom, which is celebrated on the first Thursday in March. America does not celebrate it until April 23rd. I don’t mind celebrating it twice a year. Promoting literacy is always a good thing! 

Reading Update

I have been swamped by work and  personal issues that I haven’t had time to read as much as I’d like. I am now finding time to read once I get off from work and on the weekends. That will have to do until I am able to get another relatively long break. I have read 10 books this month so far.

I hope to finish Red Rising (60% done) and possibly Daughter of Smoke and Bone befIMG_9171ore the month is up which means I have until Friday to finish them. Red Rising is a pretty slow read for me. The book isn’t bad, but a lot of things happen and it’s very political, so I find myself thinking and reading at the same time which makes me read slower. Daughter of Smoke and Bone… I have faith that it will be a good book.

I picked up Her as well. I’m about 40% done with it. I don’t plan on finishing it this month. I started the audiobook of Gathering Darkness, the last book in the Falling Kingdoms trilogy. I don’t care for audiobooks, but my library only has it in audio form and I really want to finish the trilogy. I hope to finish it this month, too.

That is where I am currently with my reading this week.

Quick Change!

I recently changed the title of my blog from “franthebookie” to “Bold and Bookish.” I apologize for not telling you guys sooner… More like remembering, but same person, different name. 🙂 I hope I didn’t confuse anyone.


2015 LGBT Challenge – sign up!

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This is my second year taking part in this challenge, hosted by the lovely Cayce @ Niji Feels (formerly known as Fighting Dreamer). I signed up last year part-way through the challenge (after taking part in LGBT Month) and I knew I would be signing up again this year – from the beginning this time!

Here are the details:

  • The challenge runs from 1 January through 31 December 2015.
  • Like last year, each month there will be a mini challenge/theme/list/thingy.
  • This year, there is no form/genre restriction (you can read whatever you want – young adult, new adult, adult, erotica, nonfiction, manga – as long as its LGBT).
  • And the LGBT in the challenge’s name does not mean just LGBT, you can read any book that falls under the L(esbian) G(ay) B(isexual) T(ransexual) T(ransgender) Q(ueer) Q(uestioning) I(ntersex) A(sexual)+ spectrum.
  • There will be link ups throughout the year (but the setup…

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Cool Find: The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins

I’ve had enough time on my hands to browse iBooks. I found a few interesting books, but The Animal Book really caught my eye. I’ve always been a fan of books that are mostly visual in nature, so when I found this interactive one I had to download it and immediately start reading. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful.

Here’s a few images:




There are instructions in the beginning of the book explaining how to read it and outlining the different gestures. The illustrations are amazing. The layout is easy to navigate. Any child or adult who loves animals will enjoy this book. Lots of information and eye popping graphics. It is sure to keep the reader engaged. Best of all, the book is free! If you have an Apple product, you are able to download it. This book is not available to download on an iPhone for obvious reasons, but it is compatible with any iPad and Macbook. I checked Amazon for its availability and it’s only available in hardback for $13.90 and does not come in a Kindle format.

 Happy reading!

My Reading Week: November 9-15, 2014

I had a pretty good reading week. I managed to read two books and one short story.



I finished reading Moon At Nine by Deborah Ellis. I have a full review of this book. You can read it here.


I read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

This book is not like I thought it would be! It was very surprising and you can have conversations about this book from so many angles. I would love to get into the philosophy of it, but that would take me forever and I’m sure none of you would like to read a critical analysis of this book. However, I do plan to write one in the future. 🙂 This book is perfect for anyone of any age. Great book.


I read S.O.S (short story) by Agatha Christie

I’ve been wanted to get into Agatha Christie’s work. She’s sold millions and millions of books (the only books that have out sold her is the bible and Shakespeare’s work). The S.O.S short story is a short horror read. I didn’t find it to be scary at all. It was more of a mystery than anything. I plan to read more of Christie’s work, but this title did not allow me to see her greatness. I will give her another try!


I rarely ever read the books I say I’m going to read for the week (Short attention span and there’s just too many books!), but I can tell you what books I am currently reading this week and plan to finish by Saturday. Here they are!

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Gone by Michael Grant

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Asylum by Madeleine Roux (If I finish this book, I’d be surprised)

And there you have it!

November’s TBR List!

I have been VERY busy since August of this year because I decided to work two jobs, so it took a lot of time away from my reading. Fortunately, I am back to having only one job and more time to read again. Here’s my November TBR (To Be Read)!

  1. Moon At Nine by Deborah Ellis (Review requested and coming soon)
  2. Champion by Marie Lu
  3. The Ghost Files 2 by Apryl Baker
  4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  5. Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fana
  6. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I only want to list a few. If I read more than 6 books this month, then that would be great. I want to keep a list up I know I’ll be able to finish. I can read 10 books a month, but it’s been a while since I’ve done it. I want to not rush to 10 books a month. I’d rather build my way back up to reading that many or more per month.