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Reading Queue: September

The Reading QueueHiya!

Well, I think summer is officially over in Manchester! The weather seems to be saying, “Yeah it’s September now…it’s time to get chilly!”

Looking back at the past month, I’m actually pretty surprised that I read four books in August! I must say that I couldn’t have done it without audiobooks! I listen when I have to wash bottles (which I do often) and since we don’t have a car, I do a lot of walking around town so audiobooks continue to prove themselves very useful!August Books

  • Defy by Sarah B. Larson
  • Ignite by Sarah B. Larson
  • 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
  • The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

We have finally begun unpacking our books (two months after the move!), so my plans for September are exciting as I’m re-discovering the unread books I brought with us to the U.K.

Reading QueueThe following books are on my Reading Queue for September:

  • Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louis Rennison (print)
  • On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison (print)
  • Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas by Louise Rennison (print)
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (e-book)
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (arc print)
  • This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (print)
  • Virals by Kathy Reichs (audiobook)
  • A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee (audiobook)

I want to know what’s on your Reading Queue! You can comment on this post, or join us on Instagram! If you’re interested in joining, just use the hashtag #readingqueue with a photo of the books you are planning to read! And don’t forget to update us throughout the month!

 

 

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Reading Queue: July & New Things

The Reading QueueHiya!

Well, as of July 1, I officially live in the United Kingdom! What!?

As you can imagine life has been full of boxes, trips to Ikea, and basically setting up house hence no Reading Queue post until today! Jessica over at Books a True Story and I have been talking a little about the Reading Queue and how we can improve it. She came up with the pretty cool idea of moving the meme to Instagram instead of doing a monthly post with linkup. Our main reasoning is to make it possible for more people to participate in the Reading Queue each month, so we’re going to try it out!

If you’re interested in joining, just use the hashtag #readingqueue with the books you are planning to read! It can be books you’re planning to read for the day, the month, the year – whatever :). Honestly, I might still post a monthly Reading Queue here on BookTasty, but there won’t be a linky.

It’s been about two years since Jessica and I had the idea to start Reading Queue, which I almost can’t believe! We’ve had a lot of fun and read a lot of books during that time! It’s been awesome to have an online book friend to bounce ideas off of and talk books with. I’m looking forward to seeing where our friendship and Instagram Reading Queue go in the future!

Also, thank you so much to all the other awesome bloggers who have supported and participated in the Reading Queue in the past! It’s been fun to connect with you guys through this meme! If you’re into it, keep on posting your monthly Reading Queue, but please also join us on Instagram!

I’ve posted my ReadingQueue for July on Instagram so come check it out! IMG_4623Be sure to follow me on Instagram and tag both Jessica and me if you want to participate with us – we want to know what you’re reading!

 

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Reading Queue: June

The Reading QueueHi friends!

What month is it?! June you say?! Oh my gosh! June is going to be crazy. First, my maternity leave is over and I started back at work today for one week until the end of the school year (luckily I have a husband with a flexible schedule), I’m still learning how to be a mother to a now three month old, and we’re moving to the UK. Yup! That’s right friends! We’re packing up our little family and moving across “the pond” to Manchester, England for my husband’s job! So yeah, there’s a lot going on!

Let’s talk about my June Reading Queue in the midst of all this crazy, but exciting, life stuff! Remember that I co-host this monthly event with Jessica at Books A True Story, so be sure to visit her blog (and her Reading Queue) too!

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How I Did Last Month

May was a better reading month than April was. Two were continuations in series that I love and one was a new title by one of my favorite authors so I devoured these three books pretty quickly!

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson All Fall Down by Ally Carter Sisters' Fate by Jessica Spotswood

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Sisters’ Fate by Jessica Spotswood

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My June Reading Queue

I have absolutely no idea how the month of June is going to be on the reading front. Moving to a new country is going to take up a lot of time, and although I am preparing myself mentally for less time to read I’m adding six books to this month’s queue!

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Defy by Sara B. Larson The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare The Diry Diary by Anna Staniszewski

Defy by Sara B. Larson

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

The Dirt Diary Anna Staniszewski

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What are you planning to read this month? Did you reach your goals in May?  We would love for you to join up with us! It’s a fun way to see what others are planning to read each month. Plus, you never know who wants to read the same book you do! If you’d like to join up, just link to your own Reading Queue post below!

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Reading Queue: May

The Reading Queue

Hello there!

April was such a busy, yet fun, month!

In addition to staying on routine with a newborn (now two months old!) we had a bunch of family visitors over the past few weeks. First, my brother and sister-in-law came for a long weekend to meet their little nephew for the first time! A few days later, my parents came to visit for few days. Then after that, my in-laws came into town to see Colin as well.  I’m telling you, they only want to see Colin!

Let’s talk about my May Reading Queue. I don’t know if May is going to be any slower than April, but we can hope that I get more reading in! Remember that I co-host this monthly event with Jessica at Books A True Story, so be sure to visit her blog (and her Reading Queue) too!

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How I Did Last Month

With so many visitors April was a rough reading month for me as I only finished two books. Also Shadow Scale was SUPER long so I didn’t have much time for other books this past month.

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

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My May Reading Queue

In May I think I’ll do better than I did last month. None of the books are as massively long as Shadow Scale was and we don’t have nearly as many visitors coming in town. Plus, I’ve been cleared to start exercising again and I’ll be working my way back into running, so audiobooks are my game again!

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

All Fall Down by Ally Carter Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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What are you planning to read in May? Did you reach your goals in April?  We would love for you to join up with us! It’s a fun way to see what others are planning to read each month. Plus, you never know who wants to read the same book you do! If you’d like to join up, just link to your own Reading Queue post below!

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Reading Queue: April

The Reading QueueHi there!

As of today I’ve officially been a mom for a month! I have to say that it’s pretty darn challenging…but also very, very awesome as well! Colin and I are getting to know each other a little better every single day.

But as I said, it’s a new month which means it is time for a new Reading Queue. I co-host this monthly event with Jessica at Books A True Story, so be sure to visit her blog (and her Reading Queue) too!

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How I Did Last Month

I had no idea what to expect reading-wise during my first month with a newborn, but I was pleasantly surprised! I managed to read three books during March. I already loved audiobooks to begin with (which you already know! haha), but I can see that they’re going to be my main source of reading material in these early months because I can “read” and be hands-free!

The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford Ruby Red by Kertin Gier Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford (print)

Ruby Red (The Ruby Red Trilogy #1) by Kerstin Gier (audiobook)

Sapphire Blue (The Ruby Red Trilogy #2) by Kerstin Gier (audiobook)

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My April Reading Queue

I have high hopes for this month because I hit the mother load when I visited my local library the other day. I found a bunch of new titles on audiobook! I couldn’t believe some of them were just sitting there on the shelf! I was like “WHAT?! NO ONE HAS CHECKED THESE OUT YET?!” It was awesome. So here are the titles that are in my plans for the month – all are audiobooks.

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson

Emerald Green (The Ruby Red Trilogy #3) by Kerstin Gier

Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman

The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson

All Fall Down by Ally Carter Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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What are you planning to read in April? Did you reach your goals in March?  We would love for you to join up with us! It’s a fun way to see what others are planning to read each month. Plus, you never know who wants to read the same book you do! If you’d like to join up, just link to your own Reading Queue post below!

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Reading Queue: March

The Reading QueueHi!

Happy March! Here at BookTasty we are officially on Baby Watch! My due date is tomorrow and I’ve been having contractions every hour or so, so things are definitely progressing and are about to real, really soon!

It’s also time for another Reading Queue! The Reading Queue is a monthly event hosted by myself and Jessica at Books a True Story where we reflect on our reading from the previous month and set our reading plans for the upcoming month. I find that having reading plans for the month (even loose ones) helps keep me relatively focused…most of the time! haha

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How I Did Last Month

Audiobooks are my friends! When I feel like I don’t have time to sit and read a print book, audiobooks keep my “reading” going! In February 3 of the four books I finished were on audio.

Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd (audio)

Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman’s Daughter #2) by Megan Shepherd (audio)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (print)

Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3) by Morgan Rhodes (audio)

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 My March Reading Queue

With Marshmallow coming soon, I have no idea how much reading I’ll actually get done in March, but it’s totally okay to bit off more than I can chew right?!

Ruby Red by Kertin Gier The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford

Ruby Red by Kerstin Geir (audio)

The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford (print)

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman (e-galley)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (print)

Siege and Storm (Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo (print)

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Okay, so there you have it! March’s plans are, let’s say…optimistic…with a newborn on the very near horizon, but we’ll just have to see how things work out. I already started both Ruby Red and The Boy on the Bridge yesterday, but which titles from my queue should I pick up next?

As always, please join up with us for this month’s Reading Queue! We love to checkout what everyone else’s reading plans are!

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Tasty Treats (11)

Happy Fathers Day to all you Fathers and Grandfathers and Stepfathers and Soon-to-Be Fathers!

I’m back with another edition of Tasty Treats!

Tasty Treats is where I take some time to celebrate the books I received recently. I don’t do these posts on a regular basis so you never know when one is coming! I like to keep you guys on your toes!

As you probably know by now, my Husband and I are moving to Columbia, SC in a few weeks. Well, my awesome Husband and awesome co-workers got together all sneaky like and threw me a little Goodbye Shindig at a local pub. It was such a complete surprise and I loved every minute of it!

How does that relate to Tasty Treats? Well one of my co workers gave me a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card to uplift me during the moving stress. So I got to go shopping!! (Thank you!)

Here is what I got:

City of a Thousand Dolls and The Moon and MoreCity of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

I’ve been eying The City of a Thousand Dolls for a while now so I can’t wait to get to it.  The Moon and More has such a pretty summertime cover and I love Sarah Dessen!

I’m totally going to miss my coworkers and I’ve loved being a part of the Lockhart Family with them these past seven years!

What books have you recently added to your collection?

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Tasty Treats (10)

Hi there!

I’m back for another edition of Tasty Treats!

Do any of you enter book giveaways on other blogs? I definitely do! In fact, I enter a ton of them never really expecting to win because, you know the internet is full of billions of people! But every once in a while I do win an online book giveaway, and I am always completely shocked when I do.

Well, that happened a few weeks ago, when I entered Teen Librarian Toolbox’s Orca Publisher’s Book Giveaway. If you’re unfamiliar with Orca Book Publishers they are a publishing house that focuses on creating books that will appeal to reluctant readers. I entered the giveaway because my school is chock-full of reluctant readers and although I have a few of the Orca titles, I thought that it’d be fun to add some newer ones to my Media Center collection.

Well, guess what?!

i won

YAY! I totally won!

So, Orca Book Publishers sent me 10 of their newest 2013 titles!

The first set is Orca Currents. These titles are short high-interest novels with contemporary themes, written expressly for middle-school students reading below grade level.

Orca Currents

Caching In by Kristin Butcher

Eric and his best friend, Chris, find themselves on a high-stakes geocaching treasure hunt.

FaceSpace by Adrian Chamberlain
Fourteen-year-old Danny invents a fictitious friend in an effort to fit in at school.
Vanish by Karen Spotford-Fitz
Fourteen-year-old Simone becomes a key witness in a parental-abduction investigation.
Stolen by John Wilson
Fifteen-year-old Sam solves a mystery while treasure-hunting on the Australian coast.

Then there are also the Orca Soundings titles. These books have contemporary themes and exciting stories, making the Orca Soundings for reluctant teen readers books that teens want to read.

Orca Soundings

Deadly by Sarah N. Harvey

Amy is abducted and locked away, forced to write essays about the error of her ways.

Night Terrors by Sean Rodman
Dylan struggles with the memories of the death of his younger brother while fighting for survival in a snow-bound resort.

Tagged by Eric Walters
Oswald uses graffiti to fight back against an over-bearing politician.

Damage by Robin Stevenson
Theo ends up in a strange situation with a girl who has kidnapped her own child.

And last, but not least are the Orca Sports books. Perfect for reluctant teen readers, the Orca Sports titles combine mystery and adventure with team sports such as hockey, baseball, football and soccer, and solo sports like scuba diving, running, sailing, horse racing and even race-car driving. Orca Sports books engage young readers with exciting plots and easy-to-read language.

Orca Sports

Break Point by Kate Jaimet
When Connor and Maddy discover that their tennis club is going bankrupt, they set out to try and save it.

Hurricane Heat by Steven Barwin
Years after Travis’s parents die in a car crash and he and his younger sister, Amanda, are separated, Travis sets out to search for her at the risk of losing an opportunity for a future baseball career.

So there you have it! I’ve already put these on the shelves and at least 6 of them have already been checked out! Thank you so much to Teen Librarian Toolbox for hosting the giveaway and thank you so much to Orca Book Publishers for supplying the giveaway and for not forgetting about the reluctant readers of the world!

Do you know any reluctant readers? Have you had success with the Orca books? Which ones are your favorites?

*All book summaries and series descriptions came from Orca Book Publishers.*

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Tasty Treats (9)

Hello and welcome back to BookTasty!

If you’re not from Florida then you don’t know too much about FCAT…but if you are from Florida then you’ll understand when I say that we (my middle school) are in FULL FCAT MODE for the next two weeks! Oh the joys of FCAT. Well, when I came home this week from our first day of FCAT testing I was exhausted…and I wasn’t even the one actually testing! I walked into the family room and sitting on the table was box from Harper Collins!

box

A box! A box!

Seeing this box waiting for me when I came in from a tiring day just completely made me smile! I was so excited!

So….do you want to know what was in it?

Of course you do…

Two audiobooks!!

Two audiobooks!!

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders book 1) by Peter Lerangis

Yay! Two middle grades books to add to my TBR list! I’ve heard fabulous things about The One and Only Ivan, but not much about The Colossus Rises (look it’s a series!) so I can’t wait to get started on them ASAP! It’s great because I am totally in need of some more audiobooks to run to. To Harper Collins…THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Did you get any fun new reads recently? Which of the two books above should I start first?

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Tasty Treats (8)

Hello everyone!

It’s Sunday (a kind of dreary, potentially going to rain Sunday) and I’m actually posting today! I rarely post on Sunday so it’s kind of exciting when I do! :)

I am officially on Spring Break (WHOOT!)  which is awesome because although I love my students and my school, I was in need of some time off. Spring Break affords me time to lounge, read, visit the library and spend time with my friends (and my cousin Audrey who is coming to visit!).

Friday was a teacher work day so we got to go home much earlier than we normally would, so with my extra free time I decided it was time to check out my local public library. I picked up a few audiobooks, but I also poked around the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore and found some fun treats! Now I don’t know about you but when I visit a new book store like Barnes & Noble I get a little crazy. I get a massive case of book lust. The problem is that I can’t AFFORD to BUY all of the books I want (which is ALL of them). I feel a lot like this little guy.

Book Lust

So close, yet so far.

It’s just not possible for me to buy every book I want! So when I find a deal like I did at the used bookstore I get so excited! I have to say that I purchased 6 books (3 paperback, 3 hardcover) for $16.oo.  YUP! I think that’s a pretty good steal for SIX books!

So, let’s see what I snagged:

Tasty Treats1

The three paperbacks are:

Paperbacks

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han*

The three hardcovers (for only $3.50 each!):

hardcovers

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale*

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher*

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter*

I’m so proud of myself for finding these at such good prices and in such good condition! This does however, mean that I need to do some book shelf rearranging to make some room for these new additions…but hey! It’s Spring Break right?! I’ll have time for it!

What tasty treats have you acquired recently?

*= I’ve already read this one but who cares!