It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #11

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Not that many reviews last week. Well it was exactly one so... But it was my "figuring things out" week. I now know how I want things done for the blog from now on. Exciting things happened last week including that baby cousin I talked about in another post. There's also something BIG that you might find interesting that I will write about later in this post. Oh and I saw Beautiful Creatures so expect a post/review of the movie this week!

Past Week Reads

The Cupcake Queen     A Song for Julia     The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)

I had a pretty good week reading wise. Two of these books were Buddy Reads. I want to try to make that my thing. To read a fair amount and slowly savor the book. I want to try reading a certain number of pages each day. We will see. 

Past Week Reviews

I only reviewed A Song for Julia. I want to try to make a character profile of one of the characters but I need to figure how to do that first. I hope to review at least two books a week while having other bookish things written about from now on. When there is blog tours that I seemed to have gone crazy over in March it there will be more reviews. I don't know if this is a bad thing. I mean I know a blog that does one or two reviews while doing a bunch of other things and I like it so again we will see.

Currently Reading

Chasing Jupiter

Scarlett Blaine's life in 1960s Georgia isn't always easy, especially given her parents' financial struggles and the fights surrounding her sister Juli's hippie lifestyle. Then there's her brother, Cliff. While Scarlett loves him more than anything, there's no denying his unique behavior leaves Cliff misunderstood and left out. So when he wishes for a rocket to Jupiter, Scarlett agrees to make it happen, no matter how crazy the idea might be. Raising the rocket money means baking pies, and the farmer's son, Frank, agrees to provide the peaches if Scarlett will help him talk to Juli. The problem is, Scarlett really enjoys her time with Frank, and finds herself wondering if, someday, they could be more than friends. Just as she thinks everything might be going her way, Cliff suffers an accident that not only affects the rocket plans, but shakes Scarlett's view of God. As the summer comes to an end, Scarlett must find a way to regain what she's lost, but also fulfill a promise to launch her brother's dream. -Goodreads Summary

So I'm stopping everything and reading this book. This is the BIG deal I was talking about earlier. The publisher, Zondervan, asked me after reviewing one of their books if I would like to read and review anymore. This was one of the options and I just had to take the opportunity. The actual book was sent to me which has never happened before. I'm so grateful! I feel so special. I'm reading this book and hopefully I'll have a review up this week. Doesn't Chasing Jupiter sound amazing? It's by a 17 year old too!

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Tanja (Tanychy) @ 
who won an ebook copy of The Boys of Summer!!! 
Thanks to everyone who participated.

Look What I Got!

You already know I got Chasing Jupiter but this week I also received Prophecy Swag via the author and IceyBooks. There are two signed bookmarks, a magnet (so having my future refrigerator filled with book magnets), and a little figure. Loving being a blogger right about now.

Book Discoveries

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe"A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be."

Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
Ice Dogs
"Victoria Secord, a 14-year-old Alaskan dogsled racer loses her way on a routine outing with her dogs. With food gone and temperatures dropping, her survival and that of her dogs and the mysterious boy she meets in the woods, is entirely up to her. Author Terry Lynn Johnson is a musher herself and her crackling writing puts readers at the reins as Victoria and Chris experience setbacks, mistakes, and small triumphs in their wilderness adventure."

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
The Chaos of Stars
"Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all."

Tandem by Anna Jarzab
Tandem (Many-Worlds, #1)
"Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds. Many lives--infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.

Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real--until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.

To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she'll be trapped in another girl's life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love--one who knows her secret, and one who thinks she's someone she's not."

What are you reading this week?


  1. I'm reading a bunch of stuff this week. I'm half way through The Book Thief, and just started Hokey Pokey. I'm also reading Falling Up with my daughter and squeezing some non-fiction in with Knights and Castles.

    1. You have Hokey Pokey!!!??? You must tell me what you think of it when you are done. I'm guessing that's the new Jerry Spinelli book. You really like Shel Silverstein (; Have fun reading!

  2. Thank you for organizing the giveaway :) I can't wait to read the book. Also Chasing Jupiter sounds so good. I haven't seen it before. Oh I have to finish my A Song for Julia review.. :)

    1. I see now you have a button :) I'll add it to my blogroll ;)

    2. No problem (: I'm so excited to start Chasing Jupiter! I look forward to reading your review on A Song for Julia.
      Do I have yours? I think I'm missing some people and need to fix it. If so I'll have to add it.

  3. Ooh you have me VERY curious about Chasing Jupiter now. I don't think I've come across that one before, but I like the sound of it. And it's by a 17 year old? Cool! :) Aristotle and Dante is new to me too, but I'm looking forward to reading it now. The early reviews for that one look very positive. Thanks for drawing it to my attention!

    1. It doesn't sound like a 17 year old wrote it too. The description at least. Hopefully it's awesome like I think it will be. I'm getting Aristotle and Dante from the library soon. Another blogger made it sound so good that I have to get my hands on it.

  4. I saw you are reading My Fairy Godmother! I read that when I was younger but remember really liking it! Ice Dogs was amazing but I probably won't read it because I foresee the dogs getting injured/dying. I can't read stuff like that, ever since Snow Dogs and the Good Dog. Can't wait to see your reviews! Especially on Chasing Jupiter!

    1. So you didn't read Ice Dogs right? Oh no! You shouldn't have told me that! Now I'm worried. I really liked Snow Dogs and I watch it whenever it's on. I don't know how I will react to Ice Dogs. I did like reading way back when Call of the Wild so I expect to like it. Thanks (:

  5. I am so curious about Chasing Jupiter!

    I LOVE the cover of The Chaos of Stars! Beautiful!

    Congrats to Tanja!

    This week I am reading The Secret Tree.

    1. Ooh! I wonder what The Secret Tree is about. Sounds magical (;


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