Fall Reading Challenge Week Three

Week Three (Sept.30-Oct.6):

Books:
Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan
Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel
Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Plan of Action:
Monday: Start Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan read 167 pages
Tuesday: Finish Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan (105 pages) and Start Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel read 62 pages
Wednesday: Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel read 167 pages
Thursday: Finish Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel (172 pages)
Friday: Start Night Film by Marisha Pessl read 185 pages
Saturday: Night Film by Marisha Pessl read 186 pages
Sunday: Finish Night Film by Marisha Pessl (229 pages) 

Progress & Updates:
Monday: Started Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan read 27 pages.
Tuesday: Read nothing today having some problems i want to work out. With all the new shows coming out im totally distracting. Now i know why i always read  more in the summer. This week i wont be reading Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel. It will get put in the not read pile TBR another time.
Wednesday: I Read 145 pages of Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan.
Thursday: I read 29 pages of Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan.
Friday: Finished Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan and started Night Film by Marisha Pessl (read 71 pages).
Saturday: I read 160 pages of Night Film by Marisha Pessl.
Sunday: I read 40 pages of Night Film by Marisha Pessl. I will be continuing on with it next week. For an update check the post for week four.

*Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel not read.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Turn-Offs

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October 1: Top Ten Book Turn-Offs 

  1. Cheating Spouses: these kind of stories just make me so mad and i get in a really bad mood about reading the book. ex. The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison 
  2. Not Enough Dialogue: I like the fast paced reading of dialogue 
  3. E-Book only: I dont really like e-books and always want an option 
  4. Werewolves: Never been able to get into them
  5. High Fantasy: Super long series about Aliens or other beings, not my idea of fun
  6. Audio Books: Dont understand how you can call this reading 
  7. Stickers all over the front cover: Dont need them, keep them off the books
  8. Movie Book Covers: Again this isn’t needed 
  9. Books Over $15: I wont pay more then $10 for paperback or $15 for hardcover 
  10. Books Under 250 pages: I really hate buying a book and when it arrives its super short and I didn’t know. I always check now

What I Do After I’ve Finished Reading a Book

Step 1: I write it down in my reading log. I make one of these every year.

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Step 2: Add the next book I will be reading to my Pinterest board titled What I’m Currently Reading.

Step 3: Add the picture and Goodreads link to my Books Read 2013 page on my blog.

Step 4: Write a book review if I feel like I want to talk about it and post that on my blog.

Step 5: Update Goodreads and add my next book.

Follow Me Friday: Reading Nook Tour

ImageFeature & Follow is the day of the week that we can find some new blogs to follow and read! This is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Each week there is a question/activity/challenge. Since I am new to blogging I would love it if you could like my posts, leave a comment or subscribe/follow. Also be sure to check out my Fall Reading Challenge

This weeks activity: Reading Nook Tour: Give us a tour of your favorite reading spots

My Reading Nook: 

My favorite place in my home to read is my living room on my couch. Always with a coffee or tea drink. Here are some photo’s:

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Over view of my living room.

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My Couch.

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The books that my Fiance and I are currently reading.

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Book Review of Carrie by Stephen King

Title: Carrie Image
Author: Stephen King
Published: First Anchor Books Mass-Market Edition Sept. 2011
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 290
Source: Amazon.ca
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rating: ImageImageImageImage

From Goodreads: 

The story of misfit high-school girl, Carrie White, who gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Repressed by a domineering, ultra-religious mother and tormented by her peers at school, her efforts to fit in lead to a dramatic confrontation during the senior prom.

My Review: I used to watch the movie all the time when I was a teenager. When I heard the new movie was going to be coming out soon I decided that this would be the perfect time to finally read the book. I liked this book well enough just something about it (not sure what) made me think it only deserved a four heart(star) rating. I liked the way the story was told by different peoples points of views and newspaper articles and excerpts from books. A lot of parts were really sad and I felt so bad for Carrie. The book was depressing through and through. I did enjoy it though because i really do like Stephen king a whole lot. I think the problem may have been that the first book I read by Stephen King was Joyland (Newest work at the time) and then I read Carrie his first book. You have to keep that in mind when thinking about my rating. I will say this though the cover is beautiful, I really love the color. 

Quotes: 

“Catching posion ivy from urinating in the bushes and everyone finding out (hey, scratch-ass, your bum itch?)” 

“They were yelling and throwing sanitary napkin at her when I walked in. Throwing them like…like peanuts.” 

Book Review of Omens by Kelley Armstrong

Title: Omens (Cainsville #1) Image
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Published: Random House Canada 2013
Genres: Fiction,
Pages: 486
Source: Amazon.ca
Format: Hardcover
Rating: ImageImageImageImageImage

From Goodreads: 

Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.
But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens. 
Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.
Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.

My Review: When I first heard about this book just after It came out I decided it would be a good pick for my fall reading challenge. I really prefer to read all the books in a series one after another. So i decided to step out of my comfort zone and start a new book series and read it as it comes out and im glad that i did. I loved that this book was like a read a long mystery. You read along with the main character as they go through things and figure them out. I like that style of book. Im really looking forward to finding out whats next for Olivia and I hope the next book starts off right where this one left. There is a lot going on in this book so im interested to see what we will find out in the second book, what secrets will be reviled that were hinted at in the first one. I recommend this book if your looking for a new mystery type series. 

Quotes: 

“Did I say you could stay two months? You pay one. Then I decide if you can have it for another.”

“No. I want a scone. One of those cranberry orange ones. If Larry says hes out, you tell him Grace says hes full of shit and he’d better find one.” 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

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September 24: Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

  1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  2. Snow (Losing Christina) by Caroline B. Cooney
  3. Summer in the City by Candace Bushnell
  4. Reflected In You by Sylvia Day
  5. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
  6. Black Rose by Nora Roberts
  7. Betrayal by Gregg Olsen
  8. The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  9. Crossed by Allie Condie
  10. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

*7-10 I haven’t read yet but look forward to reading them soon.