January 17, 2018

My Favorite. . . Audiobook


My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books . In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it... The world can be a dark place, and it’s to share something positive.

My Favorite ..... audiobook

When I listened to Karen Marie Moning's  Immortal Highlander series and Fever Series I fell in love with the books mostly due to the narrators' stellar performances and because I love Moning's Scottish Highlanders and Fevers' Jericho Barrons. Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross make these books come to life and make all the difference in the world.

Oh ya baby, Love Karen Marie Moning's Fever series!
Any audiobook of the Fever series narrated by Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross

Something happened with Phil Gigante. Rumour was that he was charged with sexual misconduct or some sexual deviousness and so Karen replaced him with Jim Frangione and Amanda Leigh Cobb.

Burned by Karen Marie Moning Narrated by Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross Fever, Book 7 Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins


WWW Wednesdays

This is a weekly meme hosted at Taking on a World of Words where we answer the three questions listed below

What are you currently reading?


I am reading Scythe by Neal Shusterman.
"I love the concept that humans live forever without suffering, sickness or death. Scythe is so cool. I love this book! The author has "gleaned" bits of facts and fiction and has created a new America world."-  Jackie Briere
Food in Scythe: What is Hasenpfeffer
Cartoon reference: Roadrunner and wily coyote.
"Immortality has turned us all into cartoons."- from the gleaning journal of H.S. Curie

What did you recently finish reading? 

History Is All You Left Me. The question is did Griffin get his history right?

What do you think you’ll read next?


X-It -by Jane George. I needed to read a title that begins with the letter X for my AtoZ Reading Challenge and I found it.




January 16, 2018

Top 10 Tuesday Bookish Resolutions & Goals

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This week on Top 10 we are discussing Bookish Resolutions/Goals and linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl
I am not comfortable with making resolutions in general, and the reason is it can set you up for failure but if it makes you happy then whatever. I would be happy just to complete ten books I want to read in 2018. I realize how my feelings affect my reading. For the life of me, I can't seem to concentrate on getting through the pages of a book faster than a turtle. Really? I think it has to do with my emotions. I don't know why it has been a struggle lately. It feels like when I was little. When I could read well, but lack comprehension. That is the main reason I had an aversion to books. I couldn't understand what I read! I mean I LOVED TO READ, and I still do, but it's just that I find it hard to concentrate.
Like I'm staring at a word, but my brain doesn't register. I'm numb. Thank God for audiobooks though! It's infuriating and debilitating as well. Oh well, so that is it. I've also run into some MORE OBSTACLES! Over the course of Christmas and New Years, Oh what Joy! 1. my kindle is not connecting to wi-fi, 2. my TV is not changing channels, 3. and NOW my iPod is cutting out in the middle of an audiobook! It's been one BIG FRUSTRATING BOOKISH CLUSTER@#CK! Why Oh Why??!! I CAN'T BLOODY READ!! My goals look and feel like somebody pressed the reset, again and again. And why does Goodreads count a book and audiobook as being read twice and therefore I read four books when I've only read 3?

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Book Bite Reviews has read 4 books toward her goal of 60 books.
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My Ten Bookish Goals & Resolutions

  • I don't plan on reading more than sixty books in the Goodreads Challenge this year, so hopefully, I will be able to find some books that I like
  • I added six new books to my shelf in the first week of January alone! So for me, a no-book-buying pledge is in order, since buying books is expensive!
  • I will be making use of my library more often this year. I live near one so why not. 
  • Organize my bookshelves and clear out old books and make room for new ones
  • I need to see what I can do about getting an Ipad though, so I can read ebooks and listen to audiobooks on one device. Would that be an Ipad? lol
  • I have a lot of ebooks on my Kindle that I need to tackle. A lot of them have been free over the years so I might be able to delete some after I finish reading them maybe? You think?
  • I'd love to partake in a read-a-long
  • I want to read a bunch of Novellas in November.
  • Join a new reading challenge: The Moody Reader Challenge
  • I also love the idea of reading a book from AtoZ



I look forward to seeing what everyone else's goals are. 

January 12, 2018

Friday Finds ~ Scythe by Neal Shusterman

FRIDAY FINDS… is where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about, books you discovered while browsing blogs/bookstores online, or books that you actually purchased.

I first heard of this book from Natasha Polis aka Tashapolis and Christine Riccio aka (xtinemay).
It's a nice idea that death and dying, sickness and disease would come to an end and pass away. Can you imagine? It's not scary to me but it's how we get there that is the scary part. Scythe is about immortality and death. I'd like to live in a world where there is no pain or suffering anymore  and no more dying. right? I believe in the power of positive thinking and Imagination is the power of books. I liked the cover of this book nevermind the "killing" aspect. A scythe just makes the story more interesting. cutting edge? shall we say? lol

UPDATE:

If there was anything of value that I learnt so far is that it would really suck to live forever in our sinful state because we would probably push people in front of cars, wishing they were dead or kill them for just hating them or for whatever reason we had. Just like Citra did. Only they would not die and neither would it irradicate the hateful feelings. I can't imagine the horror! It would be horrible. I mean what monsters would we be? Even if immortality promises you would regenerate body parts as much as that sounds cool, think again. NOT IN OUR SINFUL CONDITION IT WOULDN'T!

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe) by Neal Shusterman

๐Ÿ‘‚Audiobook Narrated by Greg Tremblay

Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor-winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology. A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award-winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price. 


About the author


Neal Shusterman is the author of many novels for young adults, including Unwind, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers, Everlost, and Downsiders, which was nominated for twelve state reading awards. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows such as Animorphs and Goosebumps. The father of four children, Neal lives in southern California.

January 10, 2018

Books I'm Desperately Wanting - Waiting On Wednesday

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Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we are desperately wanting. Generally, they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Books I’m Desperately Waiting for


Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare The Dark Artifices Book Three. I LOVE The Dark Artifices so I must have and cannot wait for this one. The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare have never disappointed me.
My Plain Jane Co-authors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows. I read Lady Jane at the end of 2016. I was thrilled and excited to have enjoyed this humorous twist of a tale in Historical England and I won't pass up on it now.
The Thief by J.R. Ward is a novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. What can I say? It's an addiction I suppose
Blood Fury A Black Dagger Legacy novel by J.R. Ward Again the Black Dagger Legacy spinoff is just as bad but continues with what I love most about the novels. The Vampire Boys of The Brotherhood.
High Voltage by Karen Marie Moning. The Fever Series will always be a favourite of mine. I have read ALL her books which includes The Immortal Highlander novels. I plan on reading every single thing she writes. I am obsessed!

My Favorite.. Moment To Write My Reviews

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books that started on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017. In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it... The world can be a dark place and it’s to share something positive.

My Favorite... Moment To Write My Reviews

It has been awhile since I wrote a proper review. I type my thoughts in notepad as a first draft and then I edit it from there before it goes live on Goodreads. Then, I either publish it on Jackie's Bookbytes OR Jackie's Forget Me Nots and sometimes tweet about it. When I do write a review, I generally write down what I thought about the book and what I want to say right after I finish reading it. The more I like the book, the easier it is to write about. If I didn't like the book it meant I wasn't really paying attention enough and/or it wasn't interesting enough which leads to no review. When the book is still fresh in my mind and has left its mark on my soul (lol), I feel that's a good moment. When I remember what I liked about it and can easily process my thoughts, then, that is when it is a good moment for me to write about it. Otherwise, I soon lose interest in the book and my feelings and emotions are soon forgotten.IDK. I want to capture how the book made me feel, in my review. At least I try. I never am good at remembering names, places or details very well, so there is a bit of time to get all the facts straight but in general, I write my reviews (thoughts) right after I read the book whether it is night or day.

January 9, 2018

Review: The Fireman

The Fireman by Joe Hill

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Fireman, written by Joe Hill (King) and narrated by Kate Mulgrew.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’
The best narrator there ever was or will be haha!

When John, the fireman Rookwood and Harper Grayson-Willowes meet the first time, she is (the only) nurse on staff in a hospital full of sick patients waiting in a lineup a mile long. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a man with a fireman outfit steps out of line carrying a little boy in his arms insisting no, demanding, they do something for the boy. He was taken seriously eventually, and the boy treated for a ruptured appendix. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is being wiped out on a catastrophic, apocalyptic scale from Dragonscayle. A spore that infects you from ash and can kill you making you burst into flames if you let it. Nobody is safe from the fires but John Rookwood has found a way to deal with it instead.
I usually don't like reading about apocalyptic end-of-the-world scenarios, because I can't handle the endless carnage and human waste and suffering. However, I never felt hope was lost in The Fireman. Right up until the end there was a glimmer of hope that everything (the world surrounding Harper) was going to be Ok. It didn't feel like all was lost for Harper's little group, at least the situations they encountered were not insufferable all the time. I was right.

Although the nature of humanity was sick as ever, I could relate lol

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