Monday, April 24, 2017

RocTBF2017: Books I Already Read

This will be my third year trying to read one book from each RocTBF author. I’m just dropping this little post as a shout out to the authors that I have already read who will be participating this year. I have discovered some awesome books. In fact, the reason I keep failing my own challenge is because I get caught up reading multiple books by the same author, rather than moving on down the list.


Previously Read
Any Strong Feelings?

"Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, book 1)""The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn, book 2)" 
I talked about Book 1 for days.

"Fall From Grace" and "You".

Both books were awesome.

"Diviners"
I think I don’t like this time period?

 "The Blood Between Us ""Cemetery Boys""Eighth Grade Bites” Books 1 – 5, I think
This is an author I go back and forth about.

"Undertow: Undertow Series (Book 1)"
"The Fairy-Tale Detectives: The Sisters Grimm”
Love both series so far.

 "Burned", Smoke
I was surprised at how much I loved Burned.

"Reality Boy""Ask the Passengers"
"Dust of 100 Dogs".
"I Crawl Through It"
Ask the Passengers was a must read. I Crawl Through it was SUPER confusing.

"Every Day" 
This is a wonderful book, but I’m scared to read the second one.

“A Court of Thorns and Roses”
Great.

"Dorothy Must Die” Trilogy
One of my favorite retellings.

"Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe" 
I didn’t love it as much as the internet told me I would. But I did like it a lot.

"Stuck in Neutral"
I was so pissed off about the ending!

Related Posts:  My Other Current Book Challenge
 

Friday, April 21, 2017

RocTBF2017 - Running Post

It’s an absolute travesty that I have yet to post about the 2017 Rochester Teen Book Festival. What is my life, yall?

RocTBF is an annual event focused on… yes… young adult literature. It’s grown into a massive event with over 2000 teens and 300 volunteers. This will be my fifth year volunteering I think.

So, for the last couple of years, I’ve tasked myself with having read at least one book by each author who will be there by the day of the festival. This can include books that I previously read. Ya know, the beauty of giving yourself a challenge is that you can basically change the rules when you realize that you were over- ambitious!

I’ve never actually met the goal completely,  though 2015 was NOT MY FAULT!!
 
So, this year, there are 28 (AAAHH) authors scheduled to attend. For the last couple of years, at least one or 2 authors have to cancel at that the last minute but you can’t predict who it’ll be! So... here's the running list/ progress:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What I've Been Reading (Outbox 4/03)


I started this post thinking that I was going to do a full March wrap-up post. But then I remembered that I did a random outbox post a couple of weeks ago. So, I guess this is just another one of those for the last part of March. Basically, my previous plan for what I usually post has gone to shit (and when was the last time I did one of my feature posts!?), but you'll have to just bear with me, folks. 

Once again, we've got a bit of book highlights and a bit of lamenting/ rejoicing about a show I'm in. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Tag: Broadway

Lookie what I found! A book tag based on musicals. Yep.  I guess these are like mini- Broadway to Book recommendations! DOUBLE WIN!
Book Tag created by Gabi and BooksABlog

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What I've Been Reading (Outbox March 22, 2017)

My outbox posts don’t usually span multiple months. I must be behind! Or ahead. Depending which month you are looking at… This is really the total books I’ve read between mid- January and now, because I basically did all Feature posts in February. I only did one review!


Despite all that, this one is going to be a quickie. Because I’ve got shit ta do!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

And I Call Myself a Book Blogger!?

Once again, Hobby 2 has interfered with Hobby 1. This is assuming that books are hobby 1 by default and seniority, because theatre is definitely bucking for the spot light based on time.

Sister Act through the Rochester Association of Performing Arts ran for the first two weekends in March, which means that the last two weeks of February were also a bust for anything resembling a normal life or book- reading and blogging. I didn't even do a February wrap up post! What kind of book blogger am I!?

I did finish a couple of audiobooks during commutes. I thoroughly enjoyed Alan Cumming's memoir, Not My Father's Son, about his adult- self remembering and then coming to terms with the abusive relationship he had with his father when he was a child. I always love when authors read their own books. 

The show was amazing, by the way. Here's some pics for your eyeballs' pleasure:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Book Review: Dr. Fell and the Playground of DOOM

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for being awesome. Also, I believe that Mr. Neilson was hoping for a review. Now, if you follow my periodic ramblings, you know that I decided not to accept review requests because I haven’t generally enjoyed the experience of “Reading on Demand.” But LOOK AT THIS BOOK!

Obviously I said yes.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Read Harder Roc - Poems in Translation

This month’s two Read Harder challenge reading categories were A Book about Poetry Written in Translation on a Theme Other than Love and A Book You’ve Read Before.This post is about the poetry. We had estimated that this would be a harder category for most people, based on our own feelings about poetry, and we were right! 


So, all the members of the Read Harder Roc group had a hard time with the poetry. It was kind of difficult to find something in this unfamiliar genre, especially given the very specific kind of poetry that we needed. The librarian at one of my local libraries just pointed me to the poetry section and told me to "see what I could find." Nothing. I found nothing that day.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Read Header Roc: A ReRead

This month’s two Read Harder reading categories were A Book about Poetry Written in Translation on a Theme Other than Love and A Book You’ve Read Before. This post is about the rereads. This was considered an "easy" task and based on the group, we were right! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would


http://www.brokeandbookish.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.htmlSo, if I have an opinion about a book before I read it, I will almost always like it less than I think I will. I try to avoid as much information about a book as possible, except for possibly a brief summary (like on the book jacket). This is why I get so pissed when the story turns out to be nothing like the summary! But, anyhoo…


Here are 10 books that failed to live up to my own mental – hype. Note: Book cover pics were found on the internet and link to the book's goodreads page.)