9/25/17

Marko Monday [24] - Dinosaur Bones!

This summer, we made our annual trek to Alberta to visit my in-laws.  Normally, we split our trip between Edmonton and Calgary, but this year we added in a night in Drumheller.  Marko has loved dinosaurs since he was little and I knew that a trip to the dinosaur capital of the world would be one that he'd remember forever.  The best way to describe him in the Royal Tyrell Museum, seeing dinosaur bones and life-size dinosaurs for the first time, is to compare him to the ball in a pinball machine.  He literally ran from one spot to the other, shouting, "Look, a stegosaurus!  And a T Rex!  Look, a T Rex!  And a brontosaurus!  And a triceratops!"  It was awesome to watch and experience the wonder through his eyes.

When we returned home from our trip, my husband had one more week at home with him.  One morning, they were watching the kids programming on CBC and there was a show called Bookaboo (or something along those lines).  It featured a book called Drumheller Dinosaur Dance, and my husband insisted that we head to Chapters THAT DAY to find Marko a copy.  It's quickly become a new favourite book in our household, and has a really fun read-a-loud rhythm to the story.  The dinosaur bones wake up at night to dance, and there's a fun "rickety tack whackety whack" kind of rhyming pattern that goes along with the story.  We've read this one over and over again, and Marko often takes it out with him to read in the backseat as well.  If you've got a little dinosaur fan, I'd highly recommend checking this one out!

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9/20/17

Fall TBR!

I rocked my summer TBR pile, seriously rocked it.  One book was a DNF, but I finished the other three, including the infamous Shantaram.  I also planned to tackle my ARCs and, as of this moment, I still have that one long-expired egalley, but otherwise I am all caught up!  In addition to the expired book, I have one more fall ARC to read for the end of October and a second one for March 2018.  I'm feeling pretty proud of myself!

Now, onto the books that I hope to get to this fall...

1. Shadow of Night and Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
I started this series two years ago (?!?) and liked the first book a lot, but haven't finished the series yet.  Lauren @ Lose Time Reading LOVES this series and I need to just hurry up and finish it already.

2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
This is one of the books on my 17 books to read in 2017 list and I'm excited and nervous all at the same time.  I felt the same about Mistborn, but I'm loving it, so I'm hopeful that I'll find another fantasy book to fall in love with.

3. Unravelling by
It's embarrassing how many times I've said I'm going to read this book, and then I just don't follow through.  Like, seriously embarrassing.  I need to just read it already.

4. Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
I reread The Handmaid's Tale earlier this year, and fell in love with Atwood's writing all over again.  This is another book on my 17 books to read in 2017 list.

5. Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman
I'm hoping to finish this series and the Discovery of Witches series during October (five books, no big deal!) since it feels like a good creepy series to read around Hallowe'en.  I really, really hope that I enjoy the rest of the books as much as I liked Unwind because I own them all in hardcover.

I have other goals during fall as well, like Tower of Dawn and the rest of the Magyk series.  Plus my last fall ARC, and book club books and read along books.  Just like my September TBR pile of doom, I like to challenge myself -- what can I say?  What is at the top of your TBR pile this fall?  Have you read any of the books that I'm planning to read?  If so, which one should I read first?  Let me know in the comments below, and thank you for stopping by!

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9/5/17

They Both Die at the End - Adam Silvera

Anyone who is part of the blogging community, the Bookstagram community, the BookTube community or even just Goodreads has heard of Adam Silvera.  He's a very well-loved author in the online bookish community and his books have received very high praise from so many readers.  Although I haven't read either of his previous books, I thought I'd give his writing a chance with They Both Die at the End.

I went into this book with very high expectations, and I think that is why I felt the way that I did at the end.  I liked it, don't get me wrong, but I didn't love it as much as I had hoped to.  For me, there was a disconnect with how I felt about the characters.  I love a good sad book, especially one that leaves me in a puddle of tears at the end.  Based on the title alone, I fully expected a book that was going to tear my heart to shreds.  Instead, I enjoyed a book with good characters, an interesting premise and a book that was more about living than dying.  The relationship that develops between the main characters is sincere and genuine, but I felt like my heart stayed on the outskirts of the story, rather than being drawn into the emotions of the story.

They Both Die at the End is a solid story with good character development, but won't be topping my list of favourite reads this year.

Note:  An egalley was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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9/1/17

September TBR Pile of Doom

I'm only doing seasonal TBR piles this year, so this TBR post is a bit tongue in cheek.  I'm kind of laughing at myself this month, because I have no idea if I'll be able to read all of the things that I've planned to read ... but I'll be seriously impressed with myself if I actually plan to do it!

So, basically, I made myself a monthly plan for books that I will need to read each month if I want to finish my list of 17 books to read in 2017 as well as all ten series that I had planned to read this year.  According to that plan, I have to read five books this month:
1. Empire of Storms
2. Mistborn
3. Flyte
4. Physik
5. Queste

I'm reading Empire of Storms on audio at the moment, and I'm planning to break up Mistborn into 21 pages per day, similar to what I did with Shantaram, and I expect that the book will take me all month to finish.  Flyte, Physik and Queste are the next three books in the Magyk series, a middle grade fantasy series that I started last year and had planned to finish this year.

Then, I realized that I have four ARCs that have early October publication dates, which means I need to read and review them this month.  Fortunately, I finished one at the end of August, but that leaves three more books to read this month.

Eight is a manageable total for me for the month.  And that would have been fine, except...

I started Falling Kingdoms while I was in Alberta and I want to finish that one as well.

I saw a read along group thing on Instagram, and jumped on board that ship.  They're reading Lilac Girls this month, a book I'd never heard of, but I decided to borrow it on audio from the library.  I have a data entry project at work this week, so I can probably breeze through at least half of it while I'm working.

I read The Girl at Midnight a few months ago and put the next two books on hold at the library.  The third book just came in, but I'm still waiting on the second one.  If the second one comes in before the third book is due back, I may blast through both of those books.

I'm starting school on September 18th.

And, finally, I'm still thinking about This Savage Song, and really craving the sequel.  I put it on hold at the library, but I may cave and buy it.

Which is a grand total of 13 books.  Still kind of doable -- but seriously, what I am thinking?  Does anyone else's TBR pile doomed like mine?

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