Where Do You Think Months Go When They Abandon Us - August Recap

Monday, August 31, 2015

Paper Bindings - All Things Life, Books, and Blog Monthly Recap -
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August was...wait, what month are we on?

Why?

Because I no longer have an idea what day we are on anymore. Seriously. The days are flying by and summer is almost over. Where do you think day go when they pass us like bullets?

The World (And My Goals) Were Far From Perfect - ARC August Update Final Recap

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Paper Bindings - ARC AUGUST

I saw this thing called ARC August and had to join in.


ARC August is hosted over at Read.Sleep.Repeat and it's all about tackling that ARC pile.

I am doing okay on my own, but this seemed liked it would be a fun way to motivated me to get into gear.

Soul Searching Is A Costly Endeavor - Sunday Post #140 - August 30th, 2015

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After doing some series soul searching this past week I may have had a little freak out. And by little freak out I mean I finally realize I am old and I am only getting older by the minute.

Love Is In The Air (Mini Reviews)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Paper Bindings- Mini Reviews


There have been quite a few books that I've liked, or disliked, lately that haven't inspired me to write a lengthy review. But I wanted to say something about the books.

So here is the latest batch of mini reviews:
* Must Love Highlanders (Highland Holiday #1) by Grace Burrowes and Patience Griffin - 4/5 stars
* A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove #1) by Tessa Dare - 4/5 stars
* A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove #2) by Tessa Dare - 4/5 stars

I Read Books And I Cannot Lie (Mini Review)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Paper Bindings- Mini Reviews


There have been quite a few books that I've liked, or disliked, lately that haven't inspired me to write a lengthy review. But I wanted to say something about the books.

So here is the latest batch of mini reviews:

  • The Liberator (Dante Walker #3) by Victoria Scott - 4/5



Turn That Frown Upside Down - Sunny Side Up (ARC Review)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Title: Sunny Side Up
Author: Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Release Date: August 25th, 2015
Publisher: GRAPHIX - Scolastic
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“From the groundbreaking and award-winning sister-brother team behind Babymouse comes a middle-grade, semi-autobiographical graphic novel.

Following the lives of kids whose older brother's delinquent behavior has thrown their family into chaos, Sunny Side Up is at once a compelling "problem" story and a love letter to the comic books that help the protagonist make sense of her world.

By sister-bother team Jennifer and Matthew Holm. A 200-page, full-color graphic novel in the vein of Raina Telgemeier's Smile.”



A Book That Promises Swoon - The Shadow Queen (Waiting on Wednesday #113)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
Title: The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1)
Author: C.J. Redwine
Release Date: February 23rd, 2016
Genre: Young Adult - Fantasy - Retelling
Publisher: HarperCollins

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“Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.”>

Coming of Age Novels 101 (Top Ten Tuesday)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Paper Bindings - Top Ten Tuesday - If I Taught

A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


This week's theme is the Top Ten Books that would be on my syllabus if I taught Coming of Age 101:

Well, I got to chose which imaginary class to teach, and I went with Coming of Age Novels 101 (or Bildungsroman 101, if I wanted to be fancy). School is about to start again all around the country, so it's the perfect time to make up an awesome theoretical class. This class will cover a wide range of novels all centered on the theme of growing up (and no, this has nothing to do with my impending birthday, what are you suggesting?!?). The books were chosen to represent both genders and to showcase both the differences and universal truths inherent in growing up throughout history and across cultures.

Hit And Miss - ARC August Update Number Three

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Paper Bindings - ARC August

I saw this thing called ARC August and had to join in.


ARC August is hosted over at Read.Sleep.Repeat and it's all about tackling that ARC pile.

I am doing okay on my own, but this seemed liked it would be a fun way to motivated me to get into gear.

The Week Where Being Sunburned Was A Good Thing - Sunday Post #139 - August 23rd, 2014

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The highlight of my week was being sunburned.

No lie.

Because that meant I left the house. (And conveniently went to my Happy Place with the family.)

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between | ARC Review

Saturday, August 22, 2015


Title: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Poppy
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
“On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they'll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?... This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions”


Magic Makes History Fun - Legacy of Kings (ARC review)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Once Upon A Dream Books - Legacy of Kings (Of Gods and Royals #1) by Eleanor Herman
Title: Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals #1)
Author: Eleanor Herman
Release Date: August 25th, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
“Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.”




Deceptive Cadence (ARC Review)

Thursday, August 20, 2015



Title: Deceptive Cadence (Cadence #1)
Author: Katie Hamstead
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: REUTS Publications
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: NetGalley
“Cadence Anderson has the perfect definition of happily ever after . . .

Until she doesn't. A freak earthquake shatters her life as surely as her home, taking away everything she holds dear. She wakes in a hospital to find that her beloved husband and infant daughter have been killed, crushed by the earthquake's wrath. Disoriented, injured, and alone, Cadence refuses to accept the loss. So when a man claiming to be her guardian angel appears and offers her a chance to go back in time to save her family, she doesn't need to give it a second thought. She accepts.

Thrust back eleven years, she now faces the ordeal of high school all over again. But this time, she's armed with all the knowledge of her adult life and the determination to do everything better, from preventing the loss of her best friend to avoiding her original, drama-inducing boyfriends. She's focused solely on Austin, her future husband, and is content to bide her time until she meets him again.

But then James Gordon crosses her path. Cadence wants to remain single, but James has his sights set. He is determined to win her over, and he's very hard to resist. As Cadence starts to develop unwanted feelings for him, she realizes he threatens to disrupt everything, changing the future and distracting her from her original goal. Now, Cadence must choose: deny the unpredictable and exciting path James offers her, or stay true to the life she had and is trying desperately to resurrect. Second chances are more complicated than they seem.

Deceptive Cadence combines the soaring emotion of a heartfelt romance with the innovative storytelling of magical realism, crafting a uniquely moving, intricate tale about love and loss that asks: what would you do if given the chance to right all your wrongs?”




Is The End Nigh - Riders (Waiting on Wednesday #112)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


Riders by Veronica Rossi
Title: Riders (Riders #1)
Author: Veronica Rossi
Release Date: February 2nd, 2016
Genre: Young Adult - Fantasy
Publisher: MacMillan - Tor
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“For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does. Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen—Conquest, Famine and Death—are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now—bound, bloodied, and drugged—Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for—not to mention all of humankind—he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger. But will anyone believe him?”

Your Auto-buy Authors (Top Ten Tuesday #96)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Paper Bindings - Your Auto-buy Authors (Top Ten Tuesday #96)

A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten Of Your Auto-Buy Authors:

Geraldine Brooks 
I enjoyed Year of Wonders, a novel, about the Bubonic plague and loved, loved, loved March, a novel, about the mysterious Mr. March from Little Women. She tends to write about random awesome topics and I could always use a good historical fiction book.

Best American Civil War (Book Club Recommends)

Monday, August 17, 2015


Paper Bindings - Civil War Books


Welcome back to another book club recommends feature! This time we (Tracy and Tisha) are sharing a few of our favorite American Civil War books with you.


Well I Met This Week's Goal - ARC August Update Number Two

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Paper Bindings - ARC August

I saw this thing called ARC August and had to join in.


ARC August is hosted over at Read.Sleep.Repeat and it's all about tackling that ARC pile.

I am doing okay on my own, but this seemed liked it would be a fun way to motivated me to get into gear.

The Week I Entered A Time Loop - Sunday Post #138 - August 16th, 2015

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What did I do this week?

Work. (Sigh)

Went to my happy place. (Universal)

Bought my family dinner at said happy place. (At The Three Broomsticks - because everyone needs Harry Potter food.)

Work. (Double sigh)

We're all mad here... well, at least I am! "Down the Rabbit Hole" Review

Friday, August 14, 2015


Title: Down the Rabbit Hole
Author: Peter Abrahams
Release Date: January 1, 2005
Publisher: HarperCollins
“Ingrid is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or at least her shoes are. And getting them back will mean getting tangled up in a murder investigation as complicated as the mysteries solved by her idol, Sherlock Holmes. With soccer practice, schoolwork, and the lead role in her town's production of Alice in Wonderland, Ingrid is swamped. But as things in Echo Falls keep getting curiouser and curiouser, Ingrid realizes she must solve the murder on her own -- before it's too late!”




Would You Want to Peak Behind the Headlines? "Silent Alarm" Review

Thursday, August 13, 2015



Title: Silent Alarm
Author: Jennifer Banash
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
"Alys’s whole world was comprised of the history project that was due, her upcoming violin audition, being held tightly in the arms of her boyfriend, Ben, and laughing with her best friend, Delilah. At least it was—until she found herself on the wrong end of a shotgun in the school library. Her suburban high school had become one of those places you hear about on the news—a place where some disaffected youth decided to end it all and take as many of his teachers and classmates with him as he could. Except, in this story, that youth was Alys’s own brother, Luke. He killed fifteen others and himself, but spared her—though she’ll never know why.

Alys’s downward spiral begins instantly, and there seems to be no bottom. A heartbreaking and beautifully told story.”




A Book I've Heard Great Things About - Six of Crows (Waiting on Wednesday #111)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Title: (Six of Crows #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult - Fantasy
Publisher: MacMillan
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“Game of Thrones meets Ocean's Eleven in this brand-new book in the world of the Grisha by New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.”

When You Look At It This Way I've Read A Lot (Top Ten Tuesday #96)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Paper Bindings - Top Ten Tuesday

A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.



This week's theme is the Top Ten Author's I've Read The Most Books From:

Okay, this week's topic I'm going to handle in two ways.

First I'm going to share my most read Manga artist/authors because when you count those series, it screws my actual paragraph written books list.

Yuu Watase - 43 Books

And You Thought You Were Ordinary - Ashlynn's Dreams (Review)

Monday, August 10, 2015


Ashlynn's Dreams by Julie Gilbert
Title: Ashlynn's Dreams (Devya's Children #1)
Author: Julie C. Gilbert
Release Date: February 18th, 2013
Publisher: Indie
“Before she was kidnapped, Jillian Marie Antel Blairington was just an average bright, brave, headstrong child. She was excited for life in a new house with her Momma and new Daddy. Afterward, she's all that ... and so much more.

Held in a scientific facility, Jillian discovers her past-a family she never knew and a power she doesn't understand. With her ability now activated, she can enter and even shape a person's dreams. Jillian's been kidnapped, and her Gift has been triggered, so she can locate and save Benjamin Connelly, a brother she never even knew she had. She'd better master this strange ability quickly, though, because her life isn't the only one at stake. Her babysitter, Danielle Matheson, is being held as a hostage to ensure Jillian's full cooperation. Slowly, Jillian begins to learn more about her captor and the other genetically altered children held at the facility.

Join Jillian as she tries to survive the training being forced upon her, find her unknown brother, escape with Danielle, and work her way back to a normal life once more.”




Off To A Slow Start - ARC August Update Number One

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Paper Bindings - ARC August Challenge - Hosted By Read Sleep Repeat

I saw this thing called ARC August and had to join in.


ARC August is hosted over at Read.Sleep.Repeat and it's all about tackling that ARC pile.

I am doing okay on my own, but this seemed liked it would be a fun way to motivated me to get into gear.

Baymax and Minions, OH MY - Sunday Post #137 - August 9th, 2015

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Finally saw Big Hero 6 this week.
Or was that last week?
Honest to God, I don't even know what day of the week it is anymore.

What You Left Behind (ARC review)

Friday, August 7, 2015



Title: What You Left Behind
Author: Jessica Verdi
Release Date: August, 4, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: NetGalley
“It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.

The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?”




Paper Towns (Book Club at the Movies)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Paper Bindings - Paper Towns



Tisha: Book: 3 stars; Film: 2.5 stars
Tracy: Book: 3 Stars; Film: 4 stars
Stephanie: Book: Not Read; Film: 3 stars


*Spoilers Ahead.*

A Series I Just Cannot Get Enough Of (Waiting on Wednesday #110)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Waiting on Wednesday - The Glowing Knight (The Orphan Queen #0.2) by Jodi Meadows
Title: The Glowing Knight (The Orphan Queen 0.2)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins - Harper Teen Impulse

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“Skyvale faces problems worse than anyone realizes. Secrets are building. Enemies are everywhere. Told from the perspective of Tobiah, the crown prince with a dangerous secret, and set two years before the heart-racing action of The Orphan Queen, this 100-page digital novella brings to life one of Jodi Meadows's most beloved characters.

Tobiah Pierce is ready to break free of his princely role—he's sick of the bodyguards that always trail him and is uncertain about the new girl at court, Meredith Corcoran, who his parents keep pushing toward him. When Tobiah's beloved tutor seems to be embroiled in a dangerous situation deep within the city, Tobiah jumps on the opportunity to throw off the royal restrictions and chase after him. But what happens in the narrow alleys and shadowy corners proves he doesn't know anything about the people he cares about—or the city he must one day rule.

The Glowing Knight is the second of four prequel novellas that offer existing fans a deeper insight into a favorite character and the complex city of Skyvale, while new readers will find a stunning introduction to this rich world and the heart-pounding fantasy of the Orphan Queen series.”


Best Middle Grade/Young Reader (Book Club Recommends)

Monday, August 3, 2015

Paper Bindings | Best Middle Grade/Young Reader (Book Club Recommends)

Welcome back to another book club recommends feature! This time we are sharing a few of our favorite middle grade books with you.

Once Upon A Dream Books - Book Club Recommends - Best Middle Grade/Young Reader
Indian Captive
Tisha: I read and re-read this one as a young girl. Lois Lenski paints a detailed portrait of what it would be like to be torn from your home, but then to find another one where you least expected it.