Monday, December 21, 2015

It's Time for Bout of Books 15!

Am I right?

Bout of Books

Yes, it's time once again for my very favorite readathon: Bout of Books. If you're like...uh what the hey hey??? Read below:

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, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th 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 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I am so excited to start my 2016 off with a bang and really lay the foundation for a good reading year :) Who's with me?!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Baby Mason: Nine Months

*cries* My baby is getting too big. I hate how fast this goes. Little guy is actually about to be 10 months on the 24th.

Friday, December 4, 2015

November Photo-a-Day: my month in pictures

Once again, I'm a little late on this. Actually I'm really writing this up on the 2nd, but I'm not posting until Friday because I don't want to post too much. I didn't take pictures every day because I'm awful, but hey...I made my post, so I guess I'm not too awful.

Descriptions will go top caption is for large picture, bottom caption is for three on the right.

We got Saydee on Halloween - she didn't hesitate to fit in.
We finally got new bedding and I love it. Got a sweater throw to go over our quilt // She looks so teeny here. Mini GSD!! // That is a turkey vulture. WTH?!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Books I Read in November

Isla and the Happily Ever After Split Second (Pivot Point, #2)

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins - 5 Stars (finished 11/5)
This is the 3rd book in the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy.

I am not a contemporary reader. I mean not usually. I love the very fictional fiction, you know supernatural, paranormal, fantasy. The very obviously not real type of stuff. However, I adore this trilogy. All 3 books got 5 stars from me, no question, no hesitation. Stephanie Perkins is a beautiful writer and her characters are rich and detailed. They feel like real people. They feel like real people you actually know in real life. Therefore, it is easy to connect with her characters.

I know a lot of readers are over instalove. I feel like Josh & Isla probably skirt on the edges of instalove here. However, it is done in a very sweet way and it actually reminded me much of how the beginning of my husband and I's relationship started and we were around the same age too. I know how Isla felt and that probably contributed to me loving this story even more. It was a perfect ending to the trilogy. Although I do want more! ;)

Split Second by Kasie West - 5 stars (finished 11/22)
This is the second book in the Pivot Point duology.

I am still very new to Kasie West, but she is very quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Pivot Point had such a raw ending. It was such a great book and West definitely continued that with Split Second. Instead of 2 timelines, you get Addison's POV and Laila's POV. It was nice to be in Laila's brain because I feel she was a little misunderstood (by me) in the first book. There was a little more in depth on the para powers and even more on the Powers That Be on the para side. Overall, an amazing story...great building and character development were on point...just perfection all around. I have no complaints.

What did you read in November?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

My December TBR List + Upcoming Releases

Ah, a slow reading month in November and I am now 14 books behind my 52 book Goodreads yearly goal. OUCH. Let's see what I can accomplish in the last month here.

Possible December Reads: 
  • The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind [reread]
  • Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon [new series]
  • Poison Princess by Kresley Cole [new series]
  • Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

TarnishedTheir Fractured Light (Starbound, #3)Not If I See You FirstBlood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy, #1)Inherit the Stars
What books do you hope to read this month?
What releases are you excited for?