Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Meme: "Waiting on" Wednesday - The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that allows bloggers to highlight books yet to be published that they can't wait to read.

This week, I am looking forward to:

 The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Goodreads Summary:


Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .


Why: I have been reading Rick Riordan since he published the middle books of the Percy Jackson series. After reading so much of his work, I'm always curious to see what he'll release next. And honestly, I saw this new series coming a mile away. Norse gods? That was the inevitable next move on his part. :) I'm super excited to see what he does.

Happy Reading!

Sarah 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Spotlight on the Classics: Beowulf by Anonymous

[Warning: Minor Spoilers Ahead]

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Goodreads Summary:


The national bestseller and winner of the Whitbread Award. Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf is the classic Northern epic of a hero’s triumphs as a young warrior and his fated death as a defender of his people. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on, physically and psychically exposed in the exhausted aftermath. It is not hard to draw parallels in this story to the historical curve of consciousness in the twentieth century, but the poem also transcends such considerations, telling us psychological and spiritual truths that are permanent and liberating.

Beowulf is considered to have been composed between the 8th and the early 11th century. According to Wikipedia, it was first PUBLISHED in 1814 in a version by John Josias Conybeare.

Classics have a certain stigma in our day. As Mark Twain once said, "'Classic'--a book which people praise and don't read." Nowadays, most people view classic novels only as unpleasant homework assignments and not beautiful stories that can be enjoyed just as much as the hottest new publication. My mission is to change that stigma by reviewing classics that I enjoyed exactly as I would any other novel.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Event: Bout of Books 14


Summer is almost over everyone! I have mixed feelings about it. I am both sad that the beautiful days of sitting around and doing whatever the heck I want are almost over, and incredibly excited to start a new school year with exciting classes, new friends, and the chance to be on a competitive dance team. But as summer ends, so do my chances to read for fun on a daily basis, so I am making the most of it by participating in Bout of Books 14! Here's the official info:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


This is a great way to get a lot of books done in a week, while also being able to participate in some fun challenges. I will be updating this post each day in order to share my reading progress. So be sure to check back here daily for my progress! On top of these main things, I will be posting regularly on my other social media sites (links will be listed at the bottom of this post).

I'm not setting a goal as to how many books to finish. Mostly I just want to read a lot and have fun! I will also be counting any reading I do for school. It is reading, so I don't see why not.

8/17
Number of Pages Read: 262
Books Read: In Defense of Food, The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Mindless Eating
Total Books Read: 1
Challenge Video: http://youtu.be/1RdH4az7YAM

8/18
Number of Pages Read: 225
Books Read: Mindless Eating, The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Easy Homeopathy
Total Books Read: 2
Challenge Video: http://youtu.be/g4NHvEdOwJU

8/19
Number of Pages Read: 88
Books Read: Easy Homeopathy, The Westminster Shorter Catechism
Total Books Read: 2


8/20
Number of Pages Read: 215
Books Read: Easy Homeopathy, The Westminster Shorter Catechism, The Rumpelstiltskin Problem
Total Books Read: 3


8/21
Number of Pages Read: 108
Books Read: The Rumpelstiltskin Problem, Body & Soul, The Westminster Shorter Catechism
Total Books Read: 4


8/22
Number of Pages Read: 70
Books Read: Body & Soul, The Westminster Shorter Catechism
Total Books Read: 5


8/23
Number of Pages Read: 0
Books Read: N/A
Total Books Read: 5



If you want to participate in this event, head on over to the Bout of Books blog, where you will find instructions and information.

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Happy reading!

Sarah

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Meme: "Waiting on" Wednesday - Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that allows bloggers to highlight books yet to be published that they can't wait to read.

This week, I am looking forward to:

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Publication Date: February 9, 2016

Goodreads Summary:


The thrilling second book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen trilogy follows Mare Barrow on her mission to defeat the traitorous Maven.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness of her own heart.


Why: I just finished reading Red Queen a week or so ago and adored it. Of course I would want the sequel as soon as possible, and this is it. I really want to see how the plot twists affect this second novel, and how Mare and Cal come back from such a tragedy and move forward.

Happy Reading!

Sarah 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Meme: Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Authors I've Read The Most Books From

http://www.brokeandbookish.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.htmlTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme and link-up created by The Broke and the Bookish in which participating bloggers share their top ten favorite books about a particular topic, as determined by the host.

This week, the topic is the top ten authors I've read the most books from. I was actually quite curious to see the actual top ten of my most-read authors, so instead of just guessing, I went to Goodreads and figured out which ten authors had the most ratings from me. Now, this may not be entirely accurate as I have not added all the books I've read to Goodreads, but it's a pretty good bet.