#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge Wrap Up

readingmylibrarychallengeThe #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge has come to an end!  It has been a really fun month reading books from my local library.  I loved almost every book that I checked out and even better, saved a ton of money!  I read 10 books in total, finishing the last of them an hour and a half ago.

Based on the current Amazon prices this is how much money I saved:

• Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – $9.18
• Half Bad by Sally Green – $14.24
• Anna and the French Kiss – $12.91
• The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – $11.40
• The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – $13.76
• Austenland by Shannon Hale – $11.04
• Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale – $17.59
• The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey – $12.06
• The Young Elites by Marie Lu – $11.54
• The Night Circus by Erin Morgentstern – $10.21
Total Savings: $123.93

I loved Shiver so much that I decided to buy the boxed trilogy set.  There were a couple others that I read and would love to own someday as well.

Favorite book read: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Least favorite book read: Half Bad by Sally Green

I think the best part of this challenge was getting me back in the swing of utilizing my library.  Libraries are awesome and I can’t believe I had gone for so long without going to one!

#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge Update #4

readingmylibrarychallengeIt is once again time to check in on the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge!  Last week I posted about the new library books I checked out.  I am very surprised but happy to say that I started the last book this morning while I was waiting for my oil change.

The challenge ends on Thursday so I have plenty of time to finish this book as I plan for it to be the last library book I read for awhile so I can concentrate on reading my vast collection of books I own but have not read.

I’ve been having a lot of fun with this challenge and discovered a lot of awesome books!  And the best part is the money I saved from checking the books out rather than buying them!  Based on current Amazon prices, I saved all of this money:

• Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – $9.18
• Half Bad by Sally Green – $14.24
• Anna and the French Kiss – $12.91
• The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – $11.40
• The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – $13.76
• Austenland by Shannon Hale – $11.04
• Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale – $17.59
• The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey – $12.06
• The Young Elites by Marie Lu – $11.54
• The Night Circus by Erin Morgentstern – $10.21
Total Savings: $123.93

That’s a lot of money right there!  Thank god for libraries!

This week’s discussion topic is: Share how often you visit your library.

This one is a little bit tricky.  I had a long hiatus from my local library ever since I graduated high school.  During college I utilized the college library at least twice a week, if not more.  I only recently started going back to my local library in an effort to save money.  As soon as I get more of my owned books read I plan to make it to my library at least twice a month.

How often do you visit your library?

Book Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

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The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Published September 16th 2014 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

300 Pages

Goodreads Summary: How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Review: I read this book for the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge.  Last week I read the first book in the series, The 5th Wave, and totally loved it.  After reading this book my feelings have not changed.  This series is awesome!  I had been very eager to read more about Cassie, Evan, and Ben.  I’m not a huge fan of Ringer so I was struggling a little bit to get through the huge section at the end that is her POV.  It did get very interesting towards the end but it felt like it took too long to get there.  I wasn’t all that impressed with Poundcake’s POV either.  It didn’t really seem necessary to the story.  I would have liked to see more from Cassie and Evan.  Prepare yourself for a plot twist that had me reeling for awhile.  I finished this book yesterday around 5:00 pm and I’m still thinking about it this morning!  I can’t wait for the 3rd book to be released so I can see how this all wraps up!  Anyone looking for a good dystopian/post-apocalyptic series will love these books!

4/5 stars

WWW Wednesday – April 22, 2015

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WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?

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I have had a great reading week!  I’ve been having a lot of luck with the #ReadingMyLibrary challenge by finding some great books to read and saving myself oodles of money by checking them out from my library!  Stay tuned on Saturday for another update on the challenge!

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I am loving both of these books right now!  I checked out The Infinite Sea from my library.  The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is an ARC that I got through Penguin’s First To Read program.  This is probably the #1 book of 2015 that I have been wanting to read so I am SO SO SO excited to be able to read it before it is released in June!  And I totally had a fangirl moment yesterday when I posted about getting access to it on Twitter and the author, Stephanie Oakes, replied to my tweet!  So cool!

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Next up I have The Young Elites (recommended to me by Stefani @ Caught Read Handed) and The Night Circus, which are the last two books I have checked out for the #ReadingMyLibrary challenge.  And of course, I can’t wait to start book #4 in the Outlander series.  I’ve been having Jamie Fraser withdrawals.

What have you been reading lately?

#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge Update #3

readingmylibrarychallengeIt’s time to check in again on the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge!  Since I last posted I finished the last two of the original books I had checked out – The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey and The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.  I really enjoyed both of them and really want to read the sequels to both.

11127869_945795731203_5718683576723672940_nOn Thursday I stopped by the library on my way home to return my books, complete the #ReadingMyLibrary Scavenger Hunt and check out some new books.  I had a lot of fun doing the scavenger hunt.  I had a couple of books in mind that I wanted to check out but was only able to find one of them.  The sequel to The 5th Wave, The Infinite Sea!  But as I was browsing the shelves looking for something else, I came across two books I have wanted to read for a long time!  Austenland and Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale.  I got a great recommendation from Stefani @ Caught Read Handed to check out The Young Elites by Marie Lu if I could find it, and I did!  I also came across Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and have heard a lot of great things about it so I had to get it!  I wasn’t planning on getting 5 books but I am really excited to get to them all.

10945453_946161263673_6192635731532931939_nThis week’s discussion topic is:

Why you love libraries or why you love being a librarian.

I love libraries for many reasons.  The amount of knowledge inside of libraries is incredible and it’s all available to anybody who wants it for FREE!  It’s so awesome to be able to go to your local library and check out books for free.  So many times I have purchased books only to regret spending the money later.  With a library, there is no regret.  I love seeing all of the different people that utilize all that the library has to offer.  When I was there on Thursday, I saw people of all ages browsing in all of the different sections, using the computers, studying, etc.  To me, libraries are magical places.  Endless possibilities.

I’m not a librarian but I really wish I was.  I remember when I was younger and taking all of my books and my parents books and playing library.  Lately I’ve been seriously considering going back to school to move towards becoming a librarian.

Check back next Saturday for more challenge progress!

What do you love about libraries?