Friday, April 25, 2014

#Fridayreads + Feature and Follow: Socks and Books

Hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee
Feature and Follow Friday is a meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read, that gives bloggers the opportunity to meet other bloggers, and gain followers.There is a new question every week. This weeks question  is:

Have any pets? Tell us or show us!

I have a cat (but I really want to adopt a dog), her name is Socks and she is 9 years old. I adopted her when I was 14 years old. I hadn't had a pet for a while and I really wanted a cat. My grandmother picked me up from school early (I remember that I was in biology when she came) and we went to Petco where the North Shore Animal League was having an adoption event and there was Socks- she was a tiny 8 week old kitten. We took the express bus and, instead of going home, we went to my mother's job (an after school program where 3 of my relatives worked) and a few people said that, "Socks is a good name because it looks like she is wearing socks" I personally didn't like the name but it stuck so that's what we call her. Socks like food, Greenies treats, and resting in the sun. She also talks, if you call her she meows, when she comes into a room she meows at us, when she wants some thing she meows... She makes so many sounds, which is typical of her breed (color-point shorthair- although she doesn't have short hair... it's more medium- she has the more traditional Siamese look). I think she is the best cat- but I know all owners think that. 

This is Socks!

This is me and socks

This is Socks with books!
This is Socks with more books!

 I  have taken a couple of pictures of Socks and books. 


This Friday I am reading Let The Sky Fall and Uninvited. I am having a bit of a hard time getting into the story of Let the Sky Fall although the book is very easy to read. 

This a picture of Socks with the books:
This is Socks with my #fridayreads books
Tell me about your pets (and what you are reading this weekend) down below! Let me know if you are a new follower or an old follower, and I will make sure I check out your post. Also, have you read Uninvited or Let the Sky Fall? Tell me what you thought.  Have a great weekend everybody!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish Things I Want To Own

Hosted @  The Broke and the Bookish- More information about Top Ten Tuesday and future topics can be found here.

This Weeks Topic (in case you didn't see the heading) is:

Bookish Things I Would Love To Own

I have so many things bookmarked that it was a bit hard for me to narrow this down but these are my "I would die for"s in no particular order.

1. Paddywax Library Candles (links to amazon).

I couldn't find the Jane Austen Candle on the Paddywax website but they do have the Charles Dickens candle and these diffusers.

2. Since I am speaking of Jane Austen lets look at these Pride and Prejudice Earrings (and these too) by DesignsbyAnnette on Etsy. 

Emma is also available. I would love to have these but I am allergic to most earrings :( 

3. Also on etsy is this Sherlock Holmes necklace by retrobeadsandbangles

There is also a Harry Potter Necklace.

4. I love books. I love bookstores. I have many favorites. Strand is one of those favorites- it's easy (for me) to get to, it's packed with books (both new and old), and the first stack of books when you walk is is titled "Real Books Cheaper Than E-books". I also love their tote bags. I currently have 3 2 (I gave my "I Read Banned Books" bag away). 

This is one of the bags I own (I posted this on instagram hence the fancy filter):
two of my favorite things!

Lost in the Stacks
5. You know who also has tote bags? Out of Print Clothing, but let's talk about their shirts. This is one of them:
they also have coasters, jewelry and....

Monday, April 14, 2014

I'm Jumping Back In To Reading

Hey guys!

I haven't read in a very long time (technically that is a lie I have read 1 book since my 6 week absence from blogging). I meant to just take a short break. I was struggling, at first the buddy reads were working but some of my buddy reads just didn't happen- no one seemed to read the book. Then I just stopped reading. I have fallen behind on my reading challenges and goals and I really want to catch up or, at least, start reading again.

I want to start making some progress this week. I have 4 books (two that need to be finished and two from the library) that I plan on reading this week. I am going to do a personal reading marathon.

The four books I need to read are:
To Finish:
Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
Legend by Marie Lu
Library Books/To Return:
Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Here is a picture:

Do you like my comforter?

I am really hoping this works for me. I am planning on writing a post about reading slumps (causes and treatments/cures) so let see how this goes. 

What will you be reading this week? Any thoughts on the books above? 

Friday, February 28, 2014

#fridayreads + Updates

Hey Guys! February has been a bit of an off month for me. I have not read much at all and, because of that, I haven't blogged much. I really believe that March will be so much better.

February Reads:

This month I read 3 books and I enjoyed all of them, I will post full reviews of them in the next week or so but they are:

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale- which was a really good YA Mystery book- pretty gory and a bit predictable but that's OK.

These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner & Amie Kaufman - Futuristic, Sci-Fi, Survival and Romance all wrapped up together- there were a few things towards the end that I felt a little "meh" about but I really enjoyed the book and I highly recommend it. I am really looking forward to Book 2!

Six Months Later by Natalie Richards- Another YA Mystery about a girl who forgets the last 6 months of her life and has to figure out the drastic changes that have taken place and figure out why she forgot everything. I liked this book it wasn't without it's flaws but I did really enjoy it.

Friday/ Weekend Reads:

I started a few others but I have yet to finish them so today, and this weekend, I am choosing between these books:

Legend by Marie Lu- which I started over a week and a half ago for a failed buddy read (no one seemed to read the book or post but the start date was Valentines day and I didn't even start the book until about 3 days after I was suppose to).

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken- which I have been reading since January but I have been so slow and I have barely picked it up. I just want to be able to really enjoy it. 

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi- which I have and eARC of and I want to finish it this week.

I have a bunch of buddy reads set up for March so I am hoping I will get more reading done and I am excited about all of them :)

Life Updates

1: I moved... kind of. I moved most of my things, and almost all of my books to my aunt's home and I will be staying with them for the next few months. I do not know what I am going to do after. I just don't know and I hate not knowing, I am also not sure I am ready to go back to living with people again but I also don't want to stay at my new apartment.

2: A kid at my daycare got measles :( and we had to make sure no one else got sick and exile ( I know the daycare isn't their home but they spend over 10 hours with us a day) all of the kids who are too young for the vaccine for the next two weeks so we can be sure they didn't catch it.

3: My mother went back home yesterday and I am going to be with my sister for about two weeks before I bring her to Arizona. This will cut into my reading time because Ari needs a lot of attention (like all 4 year olds).

Anyway that's what has been going on in my life. I hope you guys have a great weekend! Let me know what you are reading this weekend and what's been going on with you! 

Friday, February 14, 2014

#fridayreads and Buddy Reads!

Hey guys it's Friday and I took a week off from blogging but not from reading. I have been reading a bit slower lately but I am just going to go with it. I have also been participating in buddy reads on Goodreads and that has been a lot of fun. I am reading (and loving) These Broken Stars for my second buddy read and I have another buddy read that is starting today for Legend (a book I've had since it's release- what 2 or 3 years ago?). Since I am in a reading slump the buddy reads have really been helping me read a little everyday, reading everyone's thoughts and sharing my own is really helpful (and motivating). Legend is the last buddy read I have scheduled for February (I may add one more but I'm not sure) and I have 5 lined up for March- reasonable spaced because I don't want to feel too overwhelmed.

So those are the books I am reading this weekend! Let me know what you are reading, and what you do when you are in a reading slump.