TTT: Ten Author Duos I’d Love to Write A Book Together

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Author Duos You’d Love to Write A Book Together. This was a hard topic because there are so many great authors out there and it’s hard to pick just ten duos.

1. Melody Anne and M. Malone
2. Ainsley Booth and Selena Kitt
3. Shannon Hale and Jessica Day George

4. Marissa Meyer and Kristen Simmons

5. Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J. Maas

6. Jennifer L Armentrout and Colleen Hoover

7. Stephen King and J.K. Rowling

8. Dahlia Adler and A.J. Pine

9. Morgan Matson and Gayle Forman

10. Zoe York and Elle Kennedy

Weekly Book Recap #22

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

The Dewey 24 hr Readathon is coming up on October 17th and I will be participating in that.

What I Posted: 
Bad Boy Daddy by Chance Carter


Up Next: 

Loving Lucas by Violetta Rand

Craft Time #2

I didn’t get to work on any of my crafts this week. I’m now in the third trimester of pregnancy and so this week I just wasn’t feeling up to working on my crochet or painting. I am however in full nesting mode right now and the difference in my desk at work is amazing. I’ve been working on cleaning my apartment and making it almost spotless. If only my cat would agree to let things stay where I put them then it would be a lot easier. Hopefully next week will be much more productive in the crafting sense.

Seven Dirty Words by Charlotte Howard #BlogTour #Review

Seven Dirty Words by Charlotte Howard
Erotic Romance
Date Published: June 2015
Paige Holmes hides herself in a masculine world in a desperate attempt to remain safe.
Just as she is ready to face her fears and her past, she finds herself torn between Matt Jackson and Vance Ellery: handsome, rich, and safe – or handsome, rich, and dangerous?
Which will she choose?
The one who appears to be the most perfect, or the one who makes her use all Seven Dirty Words?
Excerpt

“I’ve never seen a girl eat like you.” He laughed.
“I’m starving,” I said, in between mouthfuls of prawns and peas, trying to ignore the dimming room. A crash overhead started the storm’s symphony. Fat raindrops splattered against the window as the room lit with a sudden flash. Seconds later, another rumble filled the air. I shuddered.
“Are you okay?”
“I don’t like thunder storms,” I admitted, finishing the last of my noodles. The truth was I was afraid of any loud noise.
“Don’t worry, I won’t force you out in this.”
“I forgot to bring a coat,” I grumbled, rubbing my arms as though it had suddenly got cold.
Matt stood and peered out the window. “It’ll be a while before this is over.” He picked up the plates and took them into the kitchen. I followed him, not wanting to be alone.
As I walked in, I suddenly remembered the large windows, and saw the dreary sky blanketing the village. My eyes widened in fear as another flash filled the sky.
Matt smiled at me.
“What’s so funny?”
“You are.” He laughed, nearing me. “I didn’t think you were afraid of anything.”
“Appearances can be deceptive.”
“They most certainly can!” He took my hand and led me back into the living room. “Well, it looks like we’ll be here a bit longer than intended.” We sat back down on the sofa.
“And no TV to kill the time,” I said, staring at the empty fireplace. “Look, if you want to get rid of me, I can make a mad dash to the car door. It’s only rain.”      
“I don’t want to get rid of you, Paige.” As he said my name, the hairs on my neck and arms stood on end. “But I’m not willing to share you either.”

Review

Paige is one of those characters that I wasn’t sure if I was going to like or not. She had clearly been through something traumatic but it isn’t until later that it is discovered what that event is. She has very childish and selfish moments but that made her relatable so in the end I do like her. 

Paige ends up falling for two men; one older and very attractive bossy man and one younger, handsome, and more laid back. This wouldn’t be as big of a deal is they weren’t father and son. It makes for an interesting read but I felt like the ending was lacking. Hopefully, this is because the story is not over and there will be more to come. 

Rating: 3.5 stars 

About The Author

British author, Charlotte Howard, was born in Oman and spent much of the first part of her life flitting between Oman, Scotland, and England. Now settled in Somerset, Charlotte lives with her husband, two children, and growing menagerie of pets.
Her career as a writer began at an early age, with a poem being featured in an anthology for the East Midlands. Since then Charlotte has written many short stories and poems, and finally wrote her first full-length piece of fiction in 2010.
During what little spare time she has, Charlotte enjoys reading and writing (of course), spending time with her family, and watching action movies whilst eating curry and drinking tea.
Charlotte is an active member of Yeovil Creative Writers Group.

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi #Review


Title: The Complete Persepolis
Author: Marjane Satrapi

Genre: Nonfiction
Format: Graphic Novel, 341 pages

Publisher: Pantheon
Publication Date: October 30th 2007

Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi’s best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips.

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.
Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom–Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.
Review

Before I read this novel I had very little knowledge about Iran and even less knowledge about the Islamic Revolution. This definitely changed my thoughts on the country as a whole and how the people that are from there live. 

Marjane Satrapi tells her story of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and it was very captivating. She was very political for a 10-year-old but I loved seeing things through her eyes. I’m really glad she had the courage to tell her story. 

Rating: 4 stars

This book is on the list of Top Banned Books for 2014 because of the violence portrayed in it. I don’t believe in censorship so I can’t stand when books are banned. My problem with banning a work of nonfiction like this is that you can’t ban violence from the world and you can’t make something that happened just disappear. I can understand not wanting your child to read this book before they are ready to but that doesn’t mean that everyone else can’t read it. 

TTT: Top 10 Bookish Things I Want to Quit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit. When I first started thinking about this topic I couldn’t come up with anything at all. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there are some things I want to quit.

What I Want to Quit: 

1. I always check out too many books from the library at one time and always end up returning several of them unread. I need to stop doing this and only check out the number of books that I can read during the time I have them.

2. I want to stop reading books where a character basically has no backbone and lets people walk all over them or is just way too submissive for their own good.

3. I want to stop buying new books until I read the ones I own. I own over 1000 kindle books and I know I haven’t read a majority of them but every time there is a sale or a free book for kindle I can’t help but get more. I want to stop or I’m never going to be able to read all of the books I have. (This is not even counting the 20+ books I physically own that I haven’t read yet).

4. I spend too much time focusing on how far into a book I’ve read and how much I’ve got left instead of just enjoying the book and the journey it is taking me on.

5. I don’t always take the time to write the review for a book once I’ve finished reading it. Sometimes I wait a month or longer which isn’t good because then the review is not the same quality that it would have been had I written it earlier.

What I’ve Already Quit: 

6. I used to be bad about pushing through to the end of a book even if it takes me months and I absolutely hate the story. Now I know it’s okay to not finish a book. There isn’t enough time to read all the wonderful books out there so I shouldn’t waste time on ones that aren’t working for me.

7. I used to feel like I haven’t accomplished anything if I’ve read less than 3 books in a week. Now I realize that it’s better to just go at my own pace and read what I can when I can. Which I guess it’s good I figured this out now than in December after my baby is born since I’m sure reading will be put on the back burner while I adjust to life as a mom.

Books I DNF This Year: 

8. Tall, Dark, and Bad by Charlotte Hughes: I just couldn’t get into this book and I can’t pinpoint a reason for it. 
9. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: I tried to start this one last night and I just wasn’t feeling it. It’s supposed to be one of those great classics but it’s not my style. 

Weekly Book Recap #21

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

What I Posted: 
One More Day by M. Malone
The Things I Do For You by M. Malone


Currently Reading: 

Seven Dirty Words by Charlotte Howard
Up Next: 
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Craft Time: Current Work in Progress

I decided that since October is a new month that I would start a new feature on the blog. I will probably play with the name for this feature for a little bit until some spark of inspiration hits me with a name I like.

When I originally started this blog and came up with the name The Crafty Engineer’s Bookshelf, I wanted to incorporate the crafts I do but just wasn’t sure how. Now I think I’m ready to give it a go. So without further ado, I present to you what I’ve been working on this past week.

This week I’ve been working on a blanket that was part of a mystery CAL (crochet a long) for the beginning of the year. I got way behind on it (obviously) so I’m only on Part 3 of 21. To see what the finished blanket is supposed to look like as well as to get the pattern etc, check out Dedri Uys’s blog Look At What I Made. The link will take you directly to the page for Sophie’s Universe CAL.

I’m hoping to get a good bit of work done on this blanket over the weekend because I want to make some things for the baby before she makes her arrival in December. Does anyone else crochet or even knit? I’d love to hear about what you’re working on. It doesn’t even have to be those types of projects. I love any kind of project and would love to hear about them all!

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George #Review

Title: Princess of the Midnight Ball
Author: Jessica Day George

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 280 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens USA
Publication Date: January 20th 2009
 

A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn…
Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above.
Captivating from start to finish, Jessica Day George’s take on the Grimms’ tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses demonstrates yet again her mastery at spinning something entirely fresh out of a story you thought you knew.
Review

This is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses story. I have yet to read the original story so I’m not sure how it compares to that. 

I thought the characters were great and there are a lot of characters in this book (twelve princesses just to start with). In this story, we get to see more of Rose and Galen than anyone though. Rose was my favorite princess but that may have been because she was the main princess talked about. Galen was trying to rescue Rose from her curse while falling in love with her and he didn’t think there would be hope of them ever being together since he was a commoner. 

I got this book from the teen section at the library but honestly I think it would be good for any age to read. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. 

Rating: 4 stars

Monthly Wrap-up: June-September 2015

I am way behind on my monthly wrap-ups! Therefore, this one will include everything from June 2015 through September 2015.

Books Read: 

Tragically Broken by N.J. Danner

    Find Me in Manhattan by Shealy James

    You and I Forever by Melissa Toppen

    Finding Gabriel by Rachel L. Demeter


    Forever Begins With a Kiss by Zoe York 


    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

    Reviews Written:
    Reading Challenge Updates:
    I’m only going to include the books I read in June, July, August, and September, but the totals in red will reflect the total number of books I’ve read toward each challenge. You can see my main starter post here.

    Where Are You Reading? Challenge
    New York: Find Me in Manhattan by Shealy James
    Illinois: You and I Forever by Melissa Toppen
    Paris, France: Finding Gabriel by Rachel L. Demeter
    Germany: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    Westfalin: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
    21/50 states
    10 other countries
    6 fictional places

    Young Adult Contemporary Challenge
    7/16 books

    Historical Romance Reading Challenge

    4. Finding Gabriel by Rachel L. Demeter

    4/12 books

    Erotic Romance Reading Challenge
    5. You and I Forever by Melissa Toppen
    5/24 books

    Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge– sign up post
    20/26 books
    Books in Translation Reading Challenge
    2/5 books

    New to You Reading Challenge
    21.Tragically Broken by N.J. Danner (new to me author)
    22. Find Me in Manhattan by Shealy James (new to me author)
    23. Finding Gabriel by Rachel L. Demeter (new to me author)
    24. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (new to me author)
    25. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (new to me author)
    25/72 books

    Literary Pickers Reading Challenge- sign up post
    21/25 items
    Back to the Classics Reading Challenge
    2/6 books

    Pages Read Challenge- sign up post
    June: 292 pages
    July: 318 pages
    August: 292 pages
    September: 1196 pages
    Total so far: 15,505/ 52,000 pages

    Banned Books Challenge
    2/15 books
    What’s in a Name? Reading Challenge
    0/6 books

    You Read How Many Books? Challenge
    47. Tragically Broken by N.J. Danner
    48. Find Me in Manhattan by Shealy James
    49. You and I Forever by Melissa Toppen
    50. Finding Gabriel by Rachel L. Demeter
    51. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    52. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
    52/200 books

    Victorian Reading Challenge
    2/5 books

    Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
    13. Tragically Broken by N.J. Danner
    14. Find Me in Manhattan by Shealy James
    14/21 books
    Netgalley Challenge- sign up post
    18/30 galleys

    Reading Challenge Addict- sign up post