March Madness 2015 Sign Up

March Madness 2015 is a month long read-a-thon hosted by Cedar Station. I love participating in read-a-thons! I already had planned to try to read a lot in March and this gives me extra motivation.

Goals

  • Read everyday from 3/1 to 3/31
  • Write 8 reviews
  • Finish 12 books
Books to Read
  • The Billionaire Wins the Game by Melody Anne (Audiobook)
  • Bound by Bliss by Lavinia Kent (Netgalley)
  • Pretty Famous by Carla Caruso (Netgalley)
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Complete Persopolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Love and Profanity by Nick Healy (Netgalley)
  • Hidden Ecstasy by Setta Jay
  • The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
  • Enchantment Lake by Mari Preus (Netgalley)
  • Seduction by Violetta Rand (Netgalley) 
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • Lost and Found by Nicole Williams
  • Until You by Jeannie Moore (Netgalley)
  • Stealing Rose by Monica Murphy (Netgalley)
  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce (Netgalley)
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • You and I Alone by Melissa Toppen (ARC)
  • You and I Together by Melissa Toppen (ARC)
  • Rock and Release by Riley Edgewood
  • Surf and Surrender by Riley Edgewood (Netgalley)
  • More than Music by Elizabeth Briggs
  • More than Comics by Elizabeth Briggs (Netgalley)
  • The Secret to Seduction by Ember Casey (eARC)
  • Beyond Love and Hate by Zoe York (eARC)
  • The Joker’s Dozen by Laurie S. Sutton (Netgalley)

Weekly Book Recap

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

This past week the weather was crazy so my internet kept coming in and out. I had several ideas for posts and a couple of reviews that I did not get to that I hope to include this coming week.

What I Posted: 
Finished Reading: 
Beastly by Alex Flinn
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Currently Reading: 
The Billionaire Wins the Game by Melody Anne (Audio)
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Bound by Bliss by Lavinia Kent (Netgalley)
Pretty Famous by Carla Caruso (Netgalley)
Up Next: 
 Hidden Ecstasy by Setta Jay
The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Leave a link to your It’s Monday post so I can view yours! 

Monthly Wrap-up: February 2015

February was a fun month for me. I participated in the Be a Better Blogger Challenge, the Love for Books Readathon, and the 2015 Book Blogger Loveathon. I became more active on twitter and instagram thanks to the Loveathon. I hope March is as good as February! 

Books Read: 10

Paper Towns by John Green
Power and Possession by C.C. Gibbs
Columbine by Dave Cullen 
Escape Velocity by Jess Anastasi
Stealing Hearts by Erika Marks
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green 
Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson


Game Play by Lynda Aicher

Beastly by Alex Flinn

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 
Reviews Written: 8
Top Books for February:

    



Reading Challenge Updates 

This is the first monthly wrap-up I’m posting so I will include updates for my reading challenges for January and February. You can see my main starter post here.

Where Are You Reading? Challenge

Alabama: Looking for Alaska by John Green
Arizona: As Good As Dead by Elizabeth Evans
Colorado: Columbine by Dave Cullen
Florida: Paper Towns by John Green
Indiana: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Massachusetts: The Guest House by Erika Marks
Minnesota: Game Play by Lynda Aicher
New York: Beastly by Alex Flinn
South Carolina: Stealing Hearts by Erika Marks
Tennessee: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Texas: Surrender by Violetta Rand
Wisconsin: Autumn in Carthage by Christopher Zenos
Monte Carlo, Monaco: Power and Possession by C.C. Gibbs
England: Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson
Laurentia: Heart of Fire by Mary Lennox
Ilari, Brannon System: Escape Velocity by Jess Anastasi

12/50 states
2 other countries
2 fictional places

Young Adult Contemporary Reading Challenge

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green
2. Paper Towns by John Green
3. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

4/16 books

Historical Romance Reading Challenge

1. Heart of Fire by Mary Lennox
2. Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson

2/12 books read

Erotic Romance Reading Challenge

1. Game Play by Lynda Aicher

1/24 books read

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge- sign up post

A: Autumn in Carthage by Christopher Zenos
B: Beastly by Alex Flinn
C: Columbine by Dave Cullen
E: Escape Velocity by Jess Anastasi
F: Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson
G: Game Play by Lynda Aicher
H: Heart of Fire by Mary Lennox
L: Looking for Alaska by John Green
P: Paper Towns by John Green
S: Stealing Hearts by Erika Marks

10/26 books read

Books in Translation Reading Challenge

0/6 books read

New to You Reading Challenge

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green (new to me author)
2. Autumn in Carthage by Christopher Zenos (new to me genre)
3. Escape Velocity by Jess Anastasi (new to me author)
4. Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson (new to me author)

4/ 12 books read

Literary Pickers Reading Challenge- sign up post

Painting- His Wicked Games by Ember Casey; p. 75
Condom- Surrender by Violetta Rand; loc 879 of 3401
Shopping Cart/basket- The Guest House by Erika Marks; p.
Rope- Power and Possession by C.C. Gibbs; loc 1941 of 4233
Carriage- Heart of Fire by Mary Lennox; loc 999 of 5433
Space Ship- Escape Velocity by Jess Anastasi; loc 174 of 2505
Truck/ Jeep- Stealing Hearts by Erika Marks; loc 151 of 1470
Clouds- Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson; loc 746 of 3466
Cowboy Boots- Game Play by Lynda Aicher; loc 816 of 4567

9/25 items

Back to the Classics Reading Challenge

0/6 books read

Pages Read Challenge- sign up post

January: 2,237 pages
February: 2,913
Total so Far: 5,150/52,000 pages

Banned Books Challenge

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green

1/15 books read

What’s in a Name? Reading Challenge

0/6 books read

You Read How Many Books? Challenge

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green
2. His Wicked Games by Ember Casey
3. Autumn in Carthage by Christopher Zenos
4. The Guest House by Erika Marks
5. As Good As Dead by Elizabeth Evans
6. Surrender by Violetta Rand
7. Playing Doctor by Kate Allure
8. Heart of Fire by Mary Lennox
9. Paper Towns by John Green
10. Power and Possession by C.C. Gibbs
11.Columbine by Dave Cullen
12. Escape Velocity by Jess Anastasi
13. Stealing Hearts by Erika Marks
14. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
15. Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson
16. Game Play by Lynda Aicher
17. Beastly by Alex Flinn
18. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

18/200 books read

Victorian Reading Challenge

0/5 books read

Contemporary Romance Challenge

1. His Wicked Games by Ember Casey
2. Surrender by Violetta Rand

2/21 books read

Netgalley Challenge- sign up post

1. As Good As Dead by Elizabeth Evans
2. Surrender by Violetta Rand
3. Playing Doctor by Kate Allure
4. Heart of Fire by Mary Lennox
5. Power and Possession by C.C. Gibbs
6. Escape Velocity by Jess Anastasi
7. Stealing Hearts by Erika Marks
8. Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson

8/30 books read

Reading Challenge Addict- sign up post

0/18 challenges completed

#2015HW Reading Assignment Challenge- sign up post

1. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I’m using my pass this month
2/33 books read

Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines

Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Dutton Books
Publication Date: 2006

Format: Hardcover, 215 pages

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun- but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove the Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

Review:

Colin Singleton is a child prodigy who wants to matter in the world. He has a habit of reading for at least 4 hours a day to expand his intellect and loves to anagram. His main problem is being dumped by girls named Katherine- he’s been dumped by 19 of them! After being dumped by Katherine XIX, Colin and his best friend Hassan go on a road trip and end up in Gutshot, Tennessee. Colin decides to matter in this world, he must devise a theorem and begins work to prove the Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability. His hope is that this theorem will predict the future of any relationship. In Gutshot, he meets Lindsey Lee Wells who doesn’t care if she matters and plans to stay in Gutshot for the rest of her life. She helps Collin with his theorem and tries to get him to tell a story with it. The journey to proving his theorem is a long one that involves a lot of math.

I really enjoyed the humor in this book. The footnotes were fun to read as the book went along. I’m a super nerd so I loved all the math that was included in this book especially the appendix where all the calculations were included. I think my favorite character was actually Hassan. He loves Judge Judy and being lazy and uses the words “Kafir” and “sitzpinkler” a lot. I would definitely recommend this book to any one who loves the YA genre.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish
This week’s topic is Top Ten Heroines. This is such a hard topic because there are so many book heroines I love that it’s hard to pick. I love a girl who can kick butt and doesn’t need a boy to save her. There are a lot of things I can say about this topic but let’s just get right into my list. 
  1. Mary “Jacky” Faber from the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer. She’s an orphan and she kicks butt and makes her own way in the world by herself from the age of 12 when she disguises herself as a boy. 
  2. Hermoine Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Do I even need to say anything more. 
  3. Tris from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. She kicks butt. 
  4. Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Pretty self-explanatory.
  5. Catelyn Travis from the Call Me Cat series by Karpov Kinrade. She takes a job as a phone sex operator to make ends meet and she is just awesome in the way she handles herself.
  6. Sara from Heart of Fire by Mary Lennox. She leaves her family to go in search of the Heart of Fire knowing that her uncle wants her dead. 
  7. Harley from the No Regrets series by Lauren Blakely. She ends up in Love and Sex Addicts Anonymous. Her mom is just a terrible person but Harley manages to do her own thing.

Weekly Book Recap

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. 
I participated in the 2015 Book Blogger Love-a-Thon hosted by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books. This was such a wonderful event and all the love that was being shared on comments and twitter was amazing. 
What I Posted: 

Finished Reading: 
Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson (Netgalley)

Game Play by Lynda Aicher (Netgalley)
Currently Reading: 

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Pretty Famous by Carla Caruso
Up Next: 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Bound by Bliss by Lavinia Kent (Netgalley)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (audio)

2015 Book Blogger #Loveathon MC#4 Snapshots

The 2015 Book Blogger Loveathon is hosted by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books.This mini challenge is called snapshots and it’s to share pictures of your books.

Here is my book “shelfie”

This is my favorite series besides Harry Potter (the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer)
These are the books I have checked out from the library. The one in the top left is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky for those who can’t tell. 
These are my two newest books. I won In Hot Water by J.J. Cook in a giveaway hosted by Lori at Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book.
Finally here are my Batman comics. I don’t have anywhere near as many as I would like but I’m working on it.
And just for fun here’s my cat

2015 Book Blogger #Loveathon MC #3 One Can Only Quote

The 2015 Book Blogger Loveathon is hosted by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books.

I’m a hopeless romantic so I have a lot of quotes about love pinned on Pinterest. There is one that really speaks to me from This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz. I don’t have a computer at the moment so my best friend, Andy, did this drawing for me. 

What are some of your favorite quotes? 

2015 Book Blogger #Loveathon MC #1 Book Spine Poetry

The 2015 Book Blogger Loveathon is hosted by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books. The first mini challenge is book spine poetry.Here’s my attempt! 


The lighting in my apartment sucks… But this is what it says:


Where the Heart Is
At First Sight
He’s Just Not That Into You
In Hot Water
Impulse
Rapture of the Deep