Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fairy Tale Retold Challenge May Link-Up

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I hope everyone had a good month! I look forward to reading all your reviews!

April Ramblings

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April was awesome! I got some good reading done, was able to manage my blog fairly well, and found some more balance in my real life, which is something I’ve been in need of.

I didn’t get all the reviews I needed to write written, unfortunately. I kept on top of blog tours, but that’s about it. I still have reviews from February to write! I’ll definitely be making reviews a priority in May!

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A Kiss in TImeStungA Long, Long SleepEliteAdoration of Jenna FoxFox InheritanceFox ForeverScary Tales13-Story Treehouse (2)Wednesdays in the Towergreat gatsby (2)Mila 2.0Sweetest Spell

I guess my crossed fingers worked! I read quite a few books, and can proudly say that I’m no longer falling behind on my Goodreads goal! I hope I can keep this up, though the next month looks to be pretty busy.

*Crosses toes as not to push it with fingers*

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Of TritonBook of Broken HeartsMaid of SecretsShadow and BonePersuasionLexapros and Cons
The Nightmare AffairThat Time I Joined the Circusisland of dr. moreauOriginThe Rose Throne

My goal isn’t quite as high as last month, so hopefully I’ll be able to reach it with ease.

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Standalone Reading Challenge

Debut Author Challenge
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Sequel Challenge
The Elite by Kiera Cass
The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson
Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George
Fox Forever by Mary E. Pearson

Book to Movie Challenge
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
(The movie hasn’t come out yet, but I’m planning on seeing it!)

Dystopia Challenge
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
Stung by Bethany Wiggins
The Elite by Kiera Cass
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson
Fox Forever by Mary E. Pearson

TBR Pile Challenge
The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

End of the Series Challenge
Fox Forever by Mary E. Pearson

Fairy Tales Retold Challenge
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan (Sleeping Beauty)
Stung by Bethany Wiggins (Sleeping Beauty)
A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn (Sleeping Beauty)
The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors (The Ugly Duckling)

NetGalley
Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Classic Double

An overall productive month in the way of challenges, but it seems I need to find some good classics (and retellings!) and standalones.

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I’ve reviewed some fun books like Going Vintage, Stung, 13-Story Treehouse, and Mila 2.0.

I wished for some cool books like Sleeping Beauty’s Daughter, The School for Good and Evil, and Transparent.

I celebrated my 2-year BLOGOVERSARY and took a look at how the past year has been.

I participated in The Book Monsters Read and Review-a-Thon and had lots of fun.

I didn’t blog about it, but I saw Les Miserables on stage and it was outstanding. Next month I think I’ll do a Week of Les Miserables after I’ve finished the book (2/3’s of the way there!)

I FINALLY added a drop-down menu to my blog, and with that came a lot of new pages like About the Blog, Fairy Tale Review Archive, and a lot more!

How was your April? Let me know!

Monday, April 29, 2013

I have a drop-down menu!

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Notice something different? That’s right! After nearly killing my blog during bloggiesta, I finally succeeded in making a drop-down menu!

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I followed a tutorial I found at All She Cooks (who would’ve thought I’d find it on a cooking blog of all places?) which was extremely easy when compared to the tutorials I’d found during bloggiesta. Very minimal tweaking of template code, and the hardest part was selecting the colors! I changed up the code a little bit and ended up creating custom images for tabs since I couldn’t get my font to work for the code, but that took 5 minutes.

Now for the hard part: writing content for all my new (and super cool) pages! Feel free to browse (preferably after I’ve written some browsable content!)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (9) + Dewey Finish Line

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    Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

    Received This Week

    Pushing the LimitsFeverRight of WayBook of Broken Hearts

    Won

    Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry + a Figment Totebag

    I don’t know when or how, but I got this book from Figment!

    Purchased

    Fever by Lauren DeStefano

    For Review

    Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt
    The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

    Thank you Simon Pulse! I’ve been searching for some good beach reads!


    Blogged This Week

I reviewed the fun Middle-Grade book The 13-Story Treehouse on Tuesday
I wished for the exciting Transparent by Natalie Whipple on Wednesday
I joined Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon despite my crazy Saturday


Read This Week

Wednesdays in the TowerFox Forever

Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George
Fox Forever by Mary E. Pearson

To Read

Maid of SecretsInsomniaOf PoseidonOf Triton

Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
Insomnia by J.R. Johansson
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Of Triton by Anna Banks


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As you learned yesterday, my day was supposed to be crazy, but it turned out that it was 10x crazier than I though (20+ 5-year olds for 4 hours)! It’s a miracle that I was able to get any reading done at all, but I did manage to read 200 pages of Fox Forever (which I finished up this morning) and 100 more pages (with teeny tiny text) of Les Miserables. All things considered, that really isn’t too bad!

How was your week? Leave links in the comments below!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon Starting Line

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I signed up for this a while ago, assuming that I’d be completely free during the event. Turns out I’m going to be sitting in the back of a small car for approximately 6 hours, and running around DC with cousins I’ve never met before for the rest of the time. But I will make this work.

After a 4 month pause, I’m actively reading Les Miserables again, but I think that I’ll take a break, because 700 pages of deep, complex, beautiful and very small text isn’t the best choice for something like this.

Instead I’m hoping to read 2-3 books. When I have peace and quiet (ha!) I can read up to 5 pages a minute, so theoretically I could read a 300 page book in an hour, but I have a feeling that won’t be happening. Despite the fact that I’m only planning on 2-3 books, I can’t seem to narrow it down! Here’s a handful of the stuff I’m considering:

Frog PrincessFroggedPygmalionOf PoseidonOf Triton34268Tiger LilyPersuasionWhatever After 1The Nightmare AffairOf Mice and MenInsomniaProphecyPhantom of the OperaThat Time I Joined the Circus

The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker
Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (reread)
Of Triton by Anna Banks
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Whatever After: Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski
The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Insomnia by J.R. Johansson
Prophecy by Ellen Oh
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
That Time I Joined the Circus

I’ve got a good mix of classics, review books, and fun reads to choose from, I just don’t know what kind of mood I’ll be in. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see! And if all else fails, there’s always Les Miserables (:

I won’t be updating here, but I will be updating on Goodreads and/or Twitter when I have the chance with the horribly generic #readathon.

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