WWW Wednesday – June 3, 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 really enjoyed reading the ARC of Summer Secrets by Jane Green!  It comes out towards the end of this month and it is definitely worth checking out.  I’ll be posting a review in the next couple of days.  Where the Moon Isn’t by Nathan Filer (aka The Shock of the Fall) I did not enjoy so much as I had hoped.  It was the June pick for book club and I got it from the library.

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Still haven’t made any progress on Drums of Autumn.  I’ll start working on that again in a week or two.  I just started A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray yesterday and I am really enjoying it which is not necessarily something I would have thought for a book about other dimensional travel.  I also got this book from the library.  The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen by R.T. Lowe is a book I’m reading for a review requested by the author.  I haven’t gotten very far into it but it is proving already to be a great read!

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My third library book this month will be I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson.  When I first went to the library I was only planning to get the book for book club but when I was about the check out they had this one and A Thousand Pieces of You by the front desk so I had to get them!

What have you been reading lately?

Armchair BEA – Introductions

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Ever since I heard about BEA I have been dying to go!  But MN is quite a long ways from NY and plane fare is really expensive so that won’t be happening anytime soon.  So I was really excited to find out about Armchair BEA!  Check out the site to find out more info if you don’t know what it is.  Basically it’s a virtual experience of BEA for those of us who can’t make it to the big event.  I’m a day late to the party but better late than never!

Yesterday’s topic was: Introductions and Library Love

INTRODUCTIONS

Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging? – My name is Maren and I’m a 28 year old Minnesotan, born and raised.  I’m married and have two adorable cats, although they can be a pain in the ass sometimes.  I love reading and everything to do with books.  I have been doing this book blog since September 2014 and I love love love it!  I have another blog, Minnesotascatterbrain, that is more of a general blog that I have been doing since late 2012.  Since starting this blog, I’ve let Minnesotascatterbrain sit on the back burner for awhile because book blogging is what I have come to love the most.

What is your favorite genre and why? – I would definitely say fantasy.  It’s a fun and exciting escape from reality.  I love visiting new worlds and meeting new creatures.

What book are you reading right now? –  Currently I am reading an ARC of Summer Secrets by Jane Green.  I’m not very far into it but the opening really grabbed my attention quick.

What is the top book in your TBR pile? – At the moment I can’t wait to read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.  I just got it in the mail on Tuesday but I want to wait until June to start it.

What is your theme song? – It’s kind of an inside joke between my best friend and I but that would have to be Freak On A Leash by Korn.  But in all seriousness I would have to actually go with Decode by Paramore.  It has been my absolute favorite song since 2009.

LIBRARY LOVE

Libraries are amazing places.  I’ve talked about my love for libraries before when I was participating in the #ReadingMyLibrary challenge.  Growing up one of my favorite places to go was the library.  I would bike there during the summer in elementary school with my mom and brother.  After school my friends and I would go hang out at the library when we were in middle school and high school.  When I was in college, my library there was a great place to go study and be surrounded by that awesome book smell.  I recently started going to my local library again.  I live in the same town I grew up so it’s the same library I’ve been going to for many years.  It’s kind of a comforting place.  What I love most about libraries is that there are so many different worlds all on one small place that people can escape to and choose their own, whether it be fiction or non-fiction.

Stay tuned later today for today’s Armchair BEA topic!

WWW Wednesday – May 27, 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 really enjoyed reading both of these ARCs.  Eight Hundred Grapes was a lighter read which I was really in the mood for.  There was family drama with splashes of romance.  The Library At Mount Char was a dark and twisty, yet humorous fantasy.

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Still no progress on Drums of Autumn.  I’ve been a little preoccupied working on various projects.  Technically I haven’t started the ARC of Summer Secrets yet but will be tonight after work so I put it on here anyways.

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And up next I am really hoping to read Mosquitoland and Where the Moon Isn’t.  They were both contenders for this month’s book club read – Where the Moon Isn’t (aka The Shock of the Fall) was the winner.  My library has both so I will be stopping in after work today to pick those up.

What are you reading?

UPDATE: Well, I was too late on Mosquitoland.  I just went to my library website to put a hold on both books and someone had already checked it out since I looked yesterday… Should have put a hold on it while I had the chance 😦  I did manage to put a hold on Where the Moon Isn’t though so I’ll be able to pick that up tonight.

#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?

#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?