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Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you have a great and safe holiday. I'll be with the family counting down until I can read books for the new Goodreads challenge. I'm sure you know by now, most of my life centers around books so that shouldn't be a surprise. I hope the New Year brings you fun, happiness, and of course, wonderful books!

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks

Standalone. First Second (May 2013) Library
Charlie is the laid-back captain of the basketball team. Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. Their unlikely friendship nearly bites the dust when Nate declares war on the cheerleaders and the cheerleaders retaliate by making Charlie their figurehead in the ugliest class election campaign the school has ever seen. At stake? Student group funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms--but not both. 

Bad sportsmanship? Sure.

Chainsaws? Why not.

Running away from home on Thanksgiving? Nothing can possibly go wrong.

Faith Erin Hicks was one of my first graphic novel reviews. After reading and loving Friends with Boys I could recognize her artistry anywhere. I love her art so much when it comes to the dramatic characters in this book. Prudence Shen isn't an author I've heard of before but I quickly grew to like this pairing as I read on.
The first thing you need to know is that Shen…

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted @ The Broke and the Bookish
This Top Ten Tuesday is the last of the year. It's a look back at all I read and all the books I fell in love with this past year. I've read some incredible ones. I can't decide my top favorite book. Have you?

10. Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins? by Liz Kessler
* Superpowers! Very well written and fantastically fun.

9. The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick
* I grew to care about all the girls and loved that they were just like the book they read, Little Women.

8. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
*Aah! Fan-fiction from another book come to life? Nothing but amazing.

7. Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks
* I love the artistry and hilarity that is this book.

6. Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
* Finished this series! Win and D.J. are the best siblings. D.J. is me and also who I want to be.

5. After the Woods by Kim Savage
* This is the only four star book I have o…

2017 10th Annual Graphic Novel & Manga Reading Challenge

Hosted @ Graphic Novels Challenge
My last challenge (that I've planned) is up! I'm going one level up from last time to Silver Age: 52 books. I never planned to go up a level but this is the year I'm doing student teaching and *crosses fingers* will get a job as an elementary teacher! So small, fast reads like comics and manga are a must for me. I have a lot of books planned already that I'm thrilled to read. Here they are:

Are you planning on reading any comics or manga in 2017?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted @ The Broke and the Bookish
Christmas is coming soon and I can't help but dream of some future books that might be under the Christmas tree. A few of them are books I've loved and want and the rest are those I desire to read.

10. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

9. Die for You by Amy Fellner Dominy

8. Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola

7. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

6. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

5. Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

4. The Breakaway by Michelle D. Argyle

3. 738 Days by Stacey Kade

2. Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims

1. Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

What books would you like on your shelf?

Ozma of Oz by Eric Shanower

Oz #1. Marvel (Sept. 2011) Library
Dorothy Gale plunges into adventure again, this time with a talking chicken named Billina. Dorothy and Billina are washed off their sailing ship to face drowning, starvation - and screaming Wheelers, strange men with wheels instead of hands and feet. The multiple Eisner Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling team of Shanower and Young returns to Oz with this comics adaptation of L. Frank Baum's third Oz book! 

The tale of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a classic loved by many. I personally love Judy Garland's portrayal of Dorothy Gale and the journey she takes on the yellow brick road to get to get back home to Kansas. I read the original story a while back and I saw quite a lot of editing done in the movie compared to the book. I felt it was much needed editing after I finished reading it. There was just too much filler. But, I decided to give Ozma of Oz a try because generally comics make stories seem better - at least I think so.

Ozma …

2017 Audiobook Challenge

Hosted @ Hot Listens and Caffeinated Book Reviewer
I've participated in this challenge before and for the first time listened to and enjoyed audiobooks. I want to give them more of a chance this year and listen to more than I have ever before. I've even got some books picked out thanks to Hoopla at my library! I am in love with Hoopla. I'm still wary about audiobooks to some extent because I feel like it depends on the narrator if I will truly enjoy the experience. 
I'm going for Weekend Warrior (I'm Getting the Hang of This) 5 - 10

Bionic - The Problem with Forever - Storm Siren - The Good Girl - Cinnamon and Gunpowder - Much Ado About Anne
If you have any book recommendations of the YA and Middle-Grade variety let me know!

Operation Deepen Faith 2017

Hosted @ Operation Actually Read Bible
I had signed up for this one before but hardly read from the bible this year. I want to try again from where I'm at which isn't very far (I'm still in Genesis). I've created a monthly and weekly list as well as a couple of other spiritual books that I want to read throughout the year.


Week 1: 1 - 7: Genesis Chapters 10 - 38
Week 2: 8 - 14: Genesis Chapters 39 - 50 and Exodus Chapters 1 - 12 Week 3: 15 - 21: Exodus Chapters 13 - 40  Week 4: 22 - 28: Leviticus Chapters 1 - 18 Week 5: 29 - 31: Leviticus Chapters 19 - 27


Week 1: 1 - 4: Numbers Chapters 1 - 28
Week 2: 5 - 11: Numbers Chapters 29 - 36 and Deuteronomy Chapters 1 - 21  Week 3: 12 - 18: Deuteronomy Chapters 22 - 34 and Joshua Chapters 1 - 16 Week 4: 19 - 25: Joshua Chapters 17 - 24 and Judges Chapters 1 - 10 Week 5: 26 - 28: Judges Chapters 11 - 21


The First Book of Samuel
The Second Book…

2017 Steampunk Reading Challenge

Hosted @ Bookish Things & More and In Wonderland Book Blog
This is one challenge VERY different from what I'm used to but I want to get out of my comfort zone. There are a couple of books I have my eye on but I haven't read that much steampunk books so if you see one that doesn't make sense on my list let me know. Also, if you have any suggestions I would love to know too.

I'm going for Navigator: 6-10 books

The Friday Society - Cinder - Scarlet - Cress

Airborn - Boneshaker - Leviathan - Etiquette & Espionage
Do you have any steampunk recommendations?

Foodies Read 2017

Hosted @ Spirit Blog
I didn't really track my challenge of Foodies Read this year so I'm trying again next year. I have a few books I know I want to read but I'm pretty open to searching for new ones this year.
I'm going for Pastry Chef: 4 to 8 books

All Four Stars - The Stars of Summer - Cupcake Cousins - The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

If you have any suggestions let me know!