Top 10 Series I Want to Start

I thought that today would be a good day to talk about some series I want to begin sometime in the near future. These are not in any particular order and I cannot guarantee that I will actually get to them anytime soon. However, I have been wanting a good series to read this summer and one of these might tickle my fancy.

1. The Mistborn Trilogy

2. The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

3. The King Raven Trilogy by Stephen R. Lawhead

4. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

5. The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

6. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

7. The Circle Series by Ted Dekker

8. Maze Runner by James Dashner

9. The Selection by Kiera Cass

10. Marta’s Legacy by Francine Rivers

 

Have you read any of these series? Please let me know. I would love to hear which ones you think I should read and when. Are you thinking of starting any series this summer? Let me know down below.

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Book Review: Fair Play by Deeanne Gist

The book that….tugged at my heartstrings.

I recieved an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Saddled with a man’s name, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for pursuing a man’s profession. As a lady doctor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice–until she doctors an imposing man who threatens the fulfillment of her dream.

Hunter is one of the elite. A Texas Ranger and World’s Fair guard specifically chosen for his height, physique, character, and skill. Hailed as the toughest man west of any place east, he has no patience for big cities and women who aspire to walk in a man’s shoes.

But the abandoned baby Hunter discovers at the Fair finds him teaming up with the good doctor to give the foundling a better future than the slums of Chicago, where the children play on flea-infested, garbage-strewn streets. AS Billy and Hunter fight for the foundling’s welfare, their hearts warm to the precious child–and to each other. Soon their concern grows to encompass the Nineteenth Ward’s burgeoning population of street children. In the interest of fair play, Billy and Hunter let nothing stand in their way as they labor to build a park for them, birthing Chicago’s first playground and a national movement that will sweep the nation.

But the Fair is coming to an end, posing impossible decisions for Billy and the man who has won her heart. Will they become a footnote in the Fair’s history books, or will what they discovered in Chicago be longer lasting than the World’s Exhibition.

 


This is the second book in Gist’s It Happened at the Fair series. This book was released earlier in the month. I have not read the first book yet but this book can easily be read on its own. As with most books, there were things that I liked and disliked about the book. I ended up giving it a 3 maybe 3.5 star rating. I am a big fan of this author but this one was not my favorite of Deeanne’s.

One thing I did not appreciate was the fact that Hunter supposedly likes everything about Billy’s personality yet all we ever hear him mention are her looks. The least the author could do is actually make us believe that Hunter has even noticed anything beyond how skinny she is or how shapely her bottom is. Along with that, the sexual tension between the two of them was brought up again and again and again. After a while it got a little old and I felt like it was used just to make the book that much longer.

I did really enjoy the setting of this book. I love reading about World Fairs and this book did not disappoint. I only wished she had talked a little bit more about the fair. I also loved the aspects that had to do with the poorer parts of town. Reading about the people’s living conditions was both eye-opening and touching. I also think that the author did a good job trying to add as many accurate details as possible into the story. There are even some photos included throughout the book showing different people and places the author talks about.

Overall, I thought this was a sweet story. It was not perfect but it did satisfy me as a fun and entertaining read. I would recommend this book to fans of historical fiction and romance novels.

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Bout of Books 10.0 Wrap Up

Sorry I did not post more during the read-a-thon. I had a lot going on and wanted to focus more on reading for the last days. I finished the Graveyard Book soon after my last post. Then, I picked up The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. I started off slow but as the plot picked up, so did my page count. I ended up getting about 100 pages from finishing the book on Sunday night before midnight.

My original goal was to read 100 pages a day for the entire 7 days. With the final page count at 727 pages, I successfully completed my goal. Even though I didn’t finish many books, I feel like I spent a lot of quality time reading. Especially since I was busy for a few days.

Since the read-a-thon, I have finished the Book Thief. I absolutely loved the book and gave it 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. This book was a fantastic one to read during this week and I am very happy to finally know why everyone has been raving about this story. Now, I will need to procure the movie somewhere so I can compare the two. Have any of you seen the movie yet? If so, what did you think?
Total page number: 727
Number of books read: 1 4/5

How did you do in the read-a-thon? Did you read any great books? Let me know in the comments.

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Bout of Books 10.0 Update: Day 2

This is just another quick update for the read-a-thon. Like I said in the previous post, I did not think I would get a lot read today. It was my sister’s birthday so I spent the day hanging out and celebrating with her. I did just barely get 100 pages read though it was not quite enough to finish the Graveyard Book. Oh well, tomorrow is a new day.

Currently reading: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Pages read today: 100
Total page number: 265
Number of books read: 0

Does anyone out there have any tips for getting fired up about the read-a-thon? I feel like I could be doing a lot better and I think that a mid-week slump is beginning to happen. Let me know down in the comments.

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Bout of Books 10.0 Update: Day 1

Okay, it was a pretty slow start to the read-a-thon. I began The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman for this challenge so it has been a quick and fun read so far. I was thinking that I could finish this book in one day.  I did meet and exceed my goal of 100 pages for the first day, however, so that is good. I hope to finish this book tomorrow but it is my sister’s birthday so with all of the celebrations, I may not read a lot.

 

Currently reading: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Pages read today: 165
Total page number: 165
Number of books read: 0

 

How are you doing if you are participating? If you are not, how is your reading going? Reading anything new or exciting? Let me know in the comments.

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Book Review: Feather Bound by Sarah Raughley

Feather Bound, the book that intrigued me. I won this book in a giveaway on Goodreads and it will be coming out on May 6th. It is a YA fantasy book about people who are part swan. I gave this book a 3.5 star rating.

Synopsis: When Deanna’s missing friend Hyde turns up at his father’s funeral to claim his corporate empire and inheritance, she is swept into his glittering world of paparazzi and wealth.

But re-kindling her friendship and the dizzying new emotions along for the ride are the least of her concerns. Because Deanna has a secret – and somebody knows. Someone who is out to get Hyde. And if she doesn’t play along, and help the enemy destroy him…she will be sold to the highest bidder in the black market for human swans.

Now Deanna is struggling to break free from the gilded cage that would trap her forever…

Feather Bound is a dark debut reminiscent of Gabriel García Márquez’s A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, and the twisted truth behind the fairy tale of Cinderella.

When I was told I won this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect  when I read it. The synopsis definitely intrigued me and I was very excited to read something new and unique. I began it the day I got it in the mail and finished it in two days. It was a very simple book and easy to read in one or two settings. This book does have some more mature themes so I would recommend this for 15+ readers.

I did have a few problems with the book. I felt like I wasn’t connecting very well with the main character, Dee. I don’t know whether it was my fault or the authors but I found that often, I didn’t have a lot of empathy for what Dee was going through. There were a couple grammar errors and a few scattered cliches throughout the book but these were only mildly irksome but did not take away from the book significantly. The plot was a little bit predictable but enjoyable nonetheless.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. For a debut novel, I think it was written very well and had an interesting and unique plot. It kept my interest through the entire book and I found that I could not put it down until I had finished it. I do think that Sarah Raughley’s book set a great tone and I felt like her writing gave a mood for the book. I think that having a bit more world-building to help me understand more about what was up with the swan people would have been helpful but she did give the book enough for me to go on.

I would definitely recommend this book to people who enjoy modern fairytale stories or just love a good fast-paced read.

Let me know if you plan on picking this book up. Have you read any good new releases lately?

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