Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Happy Book Birthday to Stacey Kade and This Life Only




Happy Book Birthday to Stacey Kade and For This Life Only!

I just downloaded For This Life Only and can't wait to read it!.  I read 738 Days this past June, which was Stacey's first NA book, and LOVED it.  Now only a couple of months later she is releasing her first YA Contemporary.  It is nice to see her branching out into different genres and I wish her the best with her latest release. 

For This Life OnlyGoodreads Overview:

A young man struggles to move forward after the death of his twin brother in this gripping, coming-of-age tale about loss, redemption, love, and the moment you begin to see the world differently.

Three minutes.

Jacob Palmer died for three life-changing minutes.

And when he woke up, nothing was the same. Elijah, his twin brother, is dead, and his family is broken. Jace’s planned future is crushed, along with his pitching arm. Everyone keeps telling him that Eli’s in a better place, but Jace isn’t so sure. Because in those three minutes, there was nothing.

Overwhelmed by guilt and doubt, Jace struggles to adjust to this new version of the world, one without his brother, one without the certainties he once relied on. And then Thera comes into his life.

She’s the last girl he should be turning to for help.

But she’s also the first person to truly see him.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Marathon Monday: Emerald City Quarter Marathon


August 28th was a beautiful morning for the Emerald City Quarter Marathon in Dublin, Ohio.  This is the second time I have participated in the event as a training run for the fall Columbus Half Marathon and I really enjoy this well organized, but local event.  The weather was a little warm for a 7:00 AM start, but it was manageable.  I'm really looking forward to some cooler fall temperatures as I continue to ramp up my training. 

I am shooting for a 2 hour half marathon this fall, so I will need to pick up my pace a little over the next several weeks.  The following are my official results.


The paparazzi were out on the course...AKA my husband and son, so here are a couple of pictures from the event.



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Bronze Key by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

I love all of Johanna Basford's adult coloring books.  I was excited to see she is adding a Christmas book to the collection.

The Bronze Key by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black
Release Date: August 30, 2016

I received an ARC of the first book in this series at BEA a few years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed following this series.  

The Bronze Key (Magisterium,  #3)Goodreads Overview:

Magic can save you.
Magic can kill you.

Students at the Magisterium are supposed to be safe. Under the watchful eyes of the mages, they are taught to use magic to bring order to a chaotic world.

But now the chaos is fighting back. Call, Tamara, and Aaron should be worrying about things like pop quizzes and magic contests. Instead, after the shocking death of one of their classmates, they must track down a sinister killer… and risk their own lives in the process.

As Call, Tamara, and Aaron discover, magic can only be as good as the person who wields it. In evil hands, it has the capacity to do immeasurable harm, unless it is stopped in time.

In this striking third book of Magisterium, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare present us with a school where anything, good or evil, can happen, and the only way to unlock the truth is to risk everything to find it.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My TBR List Since Before I Started Blogging

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten List on something bookish.  Click on the link above if you wish to participate.


Top Ten Books Still on my TBR List Since Before I Started Blogging

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
On the plus side, I did read The Maze Runner a month ago.

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
My brother gave me this book for Christmas, so I no loner have an excuse not to read this book.

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

Matched by Ally Condie
I picked up a copy of Matched in my little free library and hope to get to it soon.

Matched (Matched, #1)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)

Mrs. DeWinter by Susan Hill
I loved Rebecca in high school and really want to read this book, but for some reason I still haven't gotten around to it.  

Mrs. de Winter

The Sixth Man by David Baldacci
This is the 5th book in the King and Maxwell series.  I just finished book 4 and should get to this one soon.

The Sixth Man (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #5)

Kay Scarpetta Series by Patricia Cornwell.  
I've read the first three books in the series and added several more to my TBR list prior to starting my blog.

Cruel & Unusual (Kay Scarpetta, #4)

The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich
I've read the first three books in this series as well and have been trying to play catch up.

Four to Score (Stephanie Plum, #4)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Stacking the Shelves: Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford





Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, be it physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Tynga publishes her post each Saturday, so be sure to link up your posts and check out what books others have added to their shelves that week.

Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford

I received my copy of Magical Jungle at the beginning of last week and can't wait to start coloring in it.  

Friday, August 19, 2016

Creativity Corner: Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford


My 11 year-old son, Preston, is very crafty and enjoys all forms of art.  I decided to start this Creativity Corner feature as a way for us to look back on our projects while sharing ideas with others.

This week I completed the second page in Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Review: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee


I received an ARC of Katharine McGee's debut novel, The Thousandth Floor, at BEA.  The August 30th release date is less than two weeks away, so you will not have to wait long if you don't already have a copy.

The story is set in New York City in the year 2118.  The majority of the city has been taken over by a MASSIVE tower that is 1000 stories tall. There is transportation within the tower, schools, restaurants, businesses, etc.  The more affluent you are the higher you live in the tower, which brings me to an introduction of the characters.

Avery and Atlas Fuller live on the 1000th floor.  They are siblings by adoption and have just about everything they could ever want.  They are extremely wealthy, attractive, and popular, but there is one think they can't have that could destroy them both.

Eris Dodd-Radson lives on the 985th floor.  She is a social butterfly and is Avery's oldest friend.  Life as she has always known it is threatened by a secret that is revealed early on in the story.

Leda Cole lives on the 962 floor and is Avery's best friend.  They have never had any secrets between them until Leda returns from her summer away from the tower.  The secrets compound throughout the story and neither girl can trust the other by the end.

Cord Anderton lives on the 967th floor.  His parents died in a plane crash, so he lives by himself in the massive apartment until his older brother shows up unexpectedly.  

Watt Bakradi lives on the 294th floor and is a computer genius.  He developed a quantum computer that can hack into just about any system, which allows him to generate some additional income.  His "online services" brings him into contact with some of the upper floor kids previously mentioned.

Rylin Myers lives on the 32nd floor.  She had to quit school to support herself and her younger sister and takes a job working as Cord Anderton's maid.  Their relationship becomes more complicated as they begin to develop feelings for each other, but Rylin still has unresolved "issues" with her not quite ex-boyfriend.

Throughout the book we discover that everyone within  the tower has a secret.  There is a very delicate balancing act that must be maintained or everyone will come crashing to the bottom.  If they do not play their cards perfectly their secret may become exposed and life as they know it will cease to exist.

Katharine told the story from a number of the characters' points of view.  This allowed the reader the opportunity to witness all of the drama as it unfolded from just about every possible angle. If you think the Real Housewives have drama, you haven't seen anything like this.  I can't wait to see how everything will play out in the next book in this series.