Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge (6)

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Tara @ 25 Hour Books shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else they found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books they plan on reading in the coming week.

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On the Blog This Week:

My World This Week:

So I  pretty much had the worst week ever for me. Not only did I get in very little reading and made no money all week, I had a sick daughter AND husband! Kailyn was sick right up until Wednesday night, finally waking up better on Thursday. My husband finally got better on Thursday as well. I thought I was in for a nice relaxing Friday. NOPE! Kaiyln woke up and her eye was almost stuck closed because it was swelled up so badly. I had thought she was getting a sty in her eye, which meant there wasn’t really anything I could do. When she woke up Friday it was so much worse than the day before. So we had a nice trip to the hospital, found out she now has an eye infection, she was given a perscription which turned out to be a cousin of penicillin, which I’m allergic to and she hates. Which has been spit all over me, causing my skin to burn if I don’t get it washed off quickly. So a pretty crappy week, literally! Oh, did I forget to mention she managed to poop all over herself and me at the mall Friday? Yup. I’m so glad this week is over. I hope we can get back to normal next week and I can get some reading done! I did manage to get a break and go see The Host Thursday though! So look out for a FtF for that!

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  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
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  • I’m With Stupid by Geoff Herbach

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Audiobook Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)

Jeaniene Frost

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon, Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side … and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

My Thoughts: Occasionally, I read a book (or in this case, listen) and I wonder why the heck I’ve never read it before. I had so many people tell me that the Night Huntress series was amazing, but I still didn’t read it. I really have no excuse, so when Audible.com had a sale a while ago where you could get 2 books for 1 credit out of a list of books. I nabbed this one, then ended up listening to it almost immediately.

My version was narrated by Tavia Gilbert (I’m not sure if there are even different versions, I know nothing about audiobooks) and I found that she did a really wonderful job of it. She wasn’t boring (although all her young men sounded the same, but that’s okay). There were parts where she made things funnier to me than they probably should have been and it wasn’t awkward at all when she was reading sex scenes. I loved her Bones accent, although if it had of been a man actually doing his voice, I probably would have just melted into the ground.

Cat/Catherine is pretty unique. She’s a vampire/human hybrid and not in a weird way like in Twilight. This one actually has a decent explaination for her existence (well, Twilight’s isn’t that bad, but this one was still better). I like that she was a kick ass ginger and that she was easy to blush when the topic of sex came up. She didn’t immediately fall for the guy either, it was more of a gradual thing. Not instant-love here, she actually tried to kill him when she first met him. Cat is kind of like Blade really, she hates what she is and kills vampires because of it. Yet, she still has sensitivities, weaknesses that make her human, like her humanity for one. She is just an awesome character.

I’m in love with Bones. I now know who he is and every time I see someone talking about him now I can be like “YEAH! I know who he is! *drool*” Yeah. Probably not so much, but he is pretty sexy and sometimes while reading I wished that I was Cat. I mean, I have the red hair right? But then I wouldn’t want to have to deal with the fighting myself. I really don’t know what it is, but I seem to really love vampire men. Clearly I have a fantasy that will never happen, or maybe it has and I was just glamoured into forgetting (I’d like to think that).

So yes, I loved this one. I’m not sure if the audio version enhanced my experience or not, all I know it is was a good experience. I think I will try reading the next one and see it it makes a difference, but I will be continuing on in this series for sure and have already begun telling people to read it!

A Glo-Worm’s Thoughts: Juggling Life With Blogging

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I have a busy life, as I’m sure a lot of you do. Some of you might have school or jobs and others like me have families, or any combination of the three. Regardless, we are all busy and yet we still find a way to make time for blogging. Sometimes I don’t get as much time as I would like, but there isn’t much I can do about it for the most part.

When I first started blogging, it was just Kailyn and I home together all day. She napped about 1.5-3 hours every afternoon and I had some spare time. She also got into the habit of going to bed at 7pm every night, which she still does for the most part. She rarely naps any more though.

You would think that losing those few hours a day to myself wouldn’t really matter, but it really does. After she stopped napping as much I suddenly didn’t have the time to go and check out all of the blogs that I would look at daily. I still managed to get my posts in, but barely. One of the things that I enjoy about blogging is the social interaction. I like to be able to go and see other peoples posts and the comments on it and leave my own thoughts on it. But right now I’m finding it harder and harder to do. I know I can spend my time in the evening commenting and checking out blog posts, but honestly, I don’t want to spend all of my free time commenting. I have other things to do, like read, clean, read, sleep and play a game occasionally.

I realise that this might make me seem like a jerk because I can’t always get back to people right away but sometimes it just has to wait. I like to respond to all comments that are made on my blogs (I have two if you didn’t know) but I can’t get to it right away all the time.

Since I started blogging, I’ve learned how to better manage the time that I do have. Sometimes I might take one night of the week and just prepare a ton of my posts so I don’t have to worry about it for a few days. Which I’ve done. Just last week I wrote four reviews in one night because I powered through a bunch of books and didn’t stop to write reviews. It was a bit of a pain but I got it done. Other nights I will read all night, watch a show or I’ll try to level one of my many Warcraft characters. Anything I do is after I clean generally. Which is something I have to keep up on or I will get way behind.

I don’t know about you guys but when I get on the computer I tend to get stuck on social medias a lot, so getting anything blog related, like writing posts might take twice as long as it should. So sitting down and reading is easier because the book gets all of my attention, then when I know I have a lot of reviews to write, I’m more likely to get it done in one sitting because I know I don’t have the time to waste.

Now finding time for reading is a bit harder. I run a dayhome out of my house, so I will admit at times I will read more than I should. If the kids are playing I will sit in the room with a book and read. I will of course separate any fights that come up quickly and attend to any bumps and falls as fast as I can get to them but I still feel a bit guilty for reading sometimes. Even if they aren’t paying attention to me. One of the reasons I read so much is so I can get review books read on time and such, so it is a bit shameful at times.

Regardless, I still manage to take care of the kids, play with my daughter on weekends, keep my house somewhat clean, feed everyone, watch a couple of shows, play a game and relax, while still keeping up on blogging. I guess being a mommy blogger has made it easier to mutlitask in a way.

How about you guys? Are you able to juggle life with blogging without going too much of one way (which I’m guilty of) and ignoring the other? How do you find a balance?

 

March Wrap Up and April TBR

So I’ve always wanted to do a monthly wrap up post, so I’m going to try it out and see how it goes. I’m also going to include some of the books I’m planning on reading this month!

Read in March:

I actually read a lot more than I realized! Up until this point I thought I had read maybe 7 or 8 books, not 13! I know one is a novella, but it still counts, right? 😛 You’d think I’d have caught up to my Goodreads goal, but no! Still 3 books behind, I will get it!

TBR in April:

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So these are the books I plan on reading this month. Trying to not aim for too many as you never know what will pop up. Like illnesses and such. Never a dull moment around here!

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

The Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On If I Were A Fictional Character

I’m pretty sure I’m already crushing on many characters without being a fictional character.

  1. Eric Northman from The Sookie Stackhouse books. [He is just sooo yummy!]
  2. Harry Potter [Oh yes, I feel like I’ve grown up a long side him and I’ve always wish to trade places with Ginny!]
  3. Bones  from the Night Huntress series [He is the newest in my line of crushes, maybe I have a thing for accents? Oh wait, I know I do 😉 ]
  4. Travis from Beautiful Disaster [He might be a little bit obsessive at times, but still crush-worthy!]
  5. Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series [Scot+kilts+accent, need I say more?]
  6. Adrian from the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series [See, he’s so awesome he had to be in two series!]
  7. Will from The Infernal Devices [Maybe I just have a thing for the “bad” boys]
  8. Ash from The Iron Fey [He’s just so tortured and gives up everything for Meghan!]

That’s all I can think of right now. I’m sure there are a few more, but I’m tired from looking after my very sick daughter 😦 Poor girl caught the flu at her birthday party.

Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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Cassandra Clare

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.

My Thoughts: So in 2011, I was in a bit of a slump, addicted to video games and hadn’t really done much reading in six years. Well, then I found Goodreads and Clockwork Angel. I’ve read almost 200 books since. So of course I had to read Clockwork Princess. These are the books that got me back into reading. I have been waiting for what feels like forever for this book to come out. Well, the wait was definitely worth it. Don’t worry if you haven’t read it yet, I like to keep my review spoiler free if I can help it, nothing worse than coming across a spoiler before reading something you’ve been waiting forever for.

So in Clockwork Princess we are waiting basically for Jem and Tess to get married (I was pissed by the way! Team Will!) I felt so bad for Will, who thinks that Tessa doesn’t have any feelings for him and even worse for Tessa who won’t way anything to Will about her feelings, so as to not create false hope. I will tell you why I’m so Team Will. Jem is dying, and to me it seems somewhat selfish that he is asking her to marry him, knowing that he’s going to die soon. He could literally die any time. Some people might have been happy about this, with him getting some bit of happiness in his short life, but still.

I came into the book nervous about what was going to happen. To me if the series didn’t end a certain way, well I was going to be super upset. In case you’re wondering, it didn’t end like I had hoped. It was a better ending than I could have hoped! The ending was amazing and I’m pretty sure a lot of people were happy with it. It wraps everything up so nicely. But I’m not going to say what happens because that would be mean.

So Tessa is at the Institute, waiting to marry Jem, but never forgetting about the threat of Mortmain. He wants her and will stop at nothing to get her. She is safe at the Institute though. I really like Tessa as a character. She tries her best not to let people walk over her, a bit hard in the time period when no one will really let a woman do anything alone. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind to defend herself though. Sometimes she doesn’t think things through all the way, but she is brave and willing to do anything to keep her friends safe. Plus she is a big reader, so how can I not like her? I kind of want to read A Tale of Two Cities even more after reading this series, they talk about it so much.

I still love Will, poor tormented Will. He now knows that he wasn’t really cursed, but it’s too late and Tessa is engaged to Jem. His sister is at the Institute now as well and he is happy about it but not at the same time. He doesn’t want her to get hurt. I think I just always root for the bad boy/underdog really, but I can’t help but love Will and his snarkiness.

Jem, well, he’s still dying! I know, it’s mean to say. But really, he’s dying and he knows it. He’s on borrowed time and there’s nothing he can do about it. He does something really selfish too. He starts using more and more yin fen. Seriously, Will works his butt off to get him this stuff and he blows through his entire YEAR supply in TWO months!! I get that he doesn’t want to be sickly all the time, but he drastically just reduced his life expectancy to basically dying any day now. There is also no more yin fen to be found anywhere. So you see why I think he’s selfish?

All in all, I really loved this last book. Like I said, everything is wrapped up nicely. I wasn’t expecting the end at all. There are new characters to enjoy, Cecily and Gabriel for one. Lots of action and emotional bit. I was in tears for some points and stupid grinning at others. I get that way sometimes, so excited for what is happening in a book that I sit there with this giant grin on my face that literally hurts because I can’t stop smiling. There was one moment in particular that I got like this and started texting my friend to read faster because it was just too awesome.

So if you can’t tell, I loved this book and think everyone should read this series! Have any of you read it yet? Did you love it as much as me?

Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge (5)

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Tara @ 25 Hour Books shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else they found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books they plan on reading in the coming week.

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On the Blog This Week:

My World This Week:

I had a super busy week this week! I slacked a bit on the reviews here, since I didn’t post any, but I have my Owl Read It reviews scheduled for all of next month and a couple for May and June. So, I’ll be able to focus on reading and reviewing more for here. As well as it being Easter weekend, my daughter turned two on Thursday, so we had her a party yesterday. She had a blast! Got to play with friends and see lots of family.  So I didn’t get as much reading done as I’d hoped, but I did get to read.

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  • If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin
  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
  • Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

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  • The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
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Fiction to Film: Jack The Giant Slayer

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So I feel like I might have this thing going on for Nicholas Hoult or something, but I feel like I’m watching a lot of movies with him in them lately. That being said, he’s a pretty great actor and I feel like he made a really great Jack.

When I first saw the trailer for Jack the Giant Slayer, I was immediately interested. So I had to go see it. I mean, who doesn’t like the story of Jack and the Beanstalk? Mind you, there are very few similarities to the two. There’s Jack, the magic beans and the beanstalk of course. Then the giants. But Jack doesn’t go up to steal anything, he goes to save the princess.

I really enjoyed the casting for this movie. Nicholas Hoult of course, was great. Ewen McGregor was hilarious and it even has Bill Nighy, who makes an awesome giant that you love to hate. Stanley Tucci is in it, I actually didn’t even recognise him in this role, I’ve never really seen in much other than comedies, plus his character had hair. I think Eleanor Tomlinson was a great choice for Isabelle as well, I haven’t really seen her in much, but she did wonderful. So the casting was all really good in my opinion.

The storyline was great, like I said before it doesn’t follow the regular Jack and the Beanstalk plot, but this one was much more interesting to me. More action and romance, parts that make you laugh and just plain fun to watch.

I would definitely watch this movie again and again. I think you should check it out! I know I’ll need to watch it again with my husband, he’s quite jealous that I went out on a girls night to see this one!

A Glo-Worm’s Thoughts: How Do You Read?

A GloWorms Thoughts Button-01I know, this seems like a very strange question, but the other night I was reading (like usual) and I just started wondering how other people read. What I mean is, like me for instance. I’m the type of person who has to read every  word. If I skip something or try to skim part of a book I have to go back and read whatever it was because I forget it or just don’t absorb any of it. I know there are people who can skim and skip things, I’m not one of those people.

There are other ways that people read too. Like last week, someone told me that they got their copy of Clockwork Princess and immediately read the ending first. Just because they couldn’t bear to put all of the effort into reading it and have it turn out how they aren’t expecting. I’m not saying it’s wrong to do that, some people like to even. I, myself, wouldn’t read the end first. I just started Clockwork Princess  the other day and accidentally saw the family tree on the dust cover. I haven’t really been reading anything on it because I don’t want to accidentally come across a spoiler and ended up seeing something I really didn’t want to see because I wasn’t aware it was there.

Some people read fast, others read slow. There are some like me who just read at a rate somewhere in the middle. I’m not as fast at reading as people tend to think. I read a lot of books, yes, but that’s because I sneak in a bit of reading at every chance I get. My daughter is playing quietly with her toys in the room? Going to read. Cooking supper? Going to read. Playing a game? Going to listen to an audio book.

I read before bed every night. I always have, it helps me sleep. When I’m cold (which is a lot), I tend to have a bath and read in the tub. When I don’t want any distractions in the evening, I go downstairs and pop some popcorn and sit and read alone. Basically, I spend a lot of time reading. I enjoy it and I plod a long at my own pace.

I’m also a snacker when I read. I like to snack on things like popcorn, candy, fruit. Basically if it only takes one hand I’ll snack on it.

So what about you? Are you a speed reader, slower or like me and somewhere in between? Is there a certain time of day that you read? Do you have to snack while you read or have any other reading habits?

Top Ten Tuesday

 

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The Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most

Alright, most of these are series, but how can I narrow down a series?! 😉

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth – Seriously, this series is amazing and I can’t recommend it enough!
  2. The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa – More amazingness right here!
  3. Harry Potter by JK Rowling – How are there people who still haven’t read this???
  4. Clan of the Cave Bear (and the rest of the Earth’s Children series) by Jean M. Auel – This is one of my favourite series. I’m so glad I stumbled across it in high school!
  5. The Sookie Stackouse series by Charlaine Harris – It’s so much better than the show, and I love the show!
  6. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – I’m disappointed in myself for not reading this one sooner
  7. The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle – Honestly, this was so much better than I was expecting. It’s really awesome!
  8. The Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit) by JRR Tolkien – I love this series so much that I talked my husband into getting One Ring wedding bands.
  9. Wicked by Gregory Maguire –  I love his take on the wicked witch!
  10. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – When I read this, there were so many tears but I just couldn’t put it down!

So yeah, a lot of series! There are so many other books that I love to recommend and hopefully I will find even more in the future to spread the love for!