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NPH: Choose Your Own Autobiography Audiobook Review

NPH: Choose Your Own Autobiography Audiobook Review

Neil Patrick Harris tells all in a unique and humorous Choose Your Own Adventure style memoir! Choose Your Own Autobiographyuses second-person pov just like the CYOA books and puts the reader in Neil Patrick Harris’ (NPH) shoes. “You” are in the driver’s seat and get to jump to “your” career and personal highlights as you go. I listened to the audiobook format, which works a little differently…

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is the Top New Series I Want To Start.

I started jotting down series books I haven’t read and came up with a lot! I think I’m not a “series” girl at heart but there are some that have caught my eye. I just started reading the Outlander series (I’m on book 3) so that is taking up all the series real estate on my kindle – but when I’m done look out!

We are focusing on “New” series books so I’m interpreting that as the series is either ongoing or just wrapped in the last year.

I want to read these series books, I really do:

YA:

1. The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater – I have read all of Stiefvater’s other books so I’m not sure why I haven’t started this series yet. The third book Blue Lily, Lily Blue is on sale today so I think a binge read is in order.

2. The Starbound series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – I haven’t read a good space-set series since Across the Universe. And these covers are so pretty!

3. The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo – I have the whole trilogy in audio format and just need to get listening.

4. His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers – Now that the series conclusion is almost here this is another binge read candidate.

5. Nantucket series by Leila Howland – This duology looks perfect for summer.

NA/Romance:

6. Marked Men series by Jay Crownover – I got a little burned out on NA, but I keep hearing good things about this series.

7. Game On series by Kristen Callihan – This is the first book in a new NA sports romance series and it’s also getting good buzz.

8. Blue Heron series by Kristan Higgins – The fourth book in this series, In Your Dreams, just came out a few weeks ago. This series looks sweet and fun!

9. Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis –  The 12th and final book, One in a Million, just hit shelves this month! I have some catching up to do.

10. Cocktail series by Alice Clayton – This humorous romance series looks fun.The fourth book, Mai Tai’d Up, comes out in December.

 What series are you eager to try? Have you read any of these- which one should I move to the top of the list?

Top Ten Series Books I Want to Start Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is the 
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Loop by Karen Akins Book Review and Giveaway

Loop by Karen Akins Book Review and Giveaway

Relationships are hard, especially when one of you is a time traveler! In Loop, Bree is a shifter from the 23rd century who falls for a 21st century boy. When their time frames get tangled they work together to solve a mystery and try to fix the past.

This book was a blast! Time travel stories don’t always work for me (except, hello Outlander) but this one was so fun and easy to follow along. I…

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Mailbox Monday is a weekly event where we share our latest book arrivals. Link up and find new mailboxes to stalk at the Mailbox Monday blog!

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I ended up taking a mini reading/blogging break this week while my laptop was being repaired. It was kind of nice though to step away for a few days and get refreshed, but I missed all of you. The readathon this weekend gave me a reading boost- did you participate?

Here’s my week in books:

ebooks for Review:

Independently Wealthy by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal – This is the follow up to last year’s New Money (a modern day Manhattan Cinderella story) but can be read as a standalone. In this book, Savannah investigates her father’s death and finds more than she bargained for.

French Kissed by Chanel Cleeton – The third and final book in the International School trilogy, featuring fan favorite Fleur.

Love May Fail by Matthew Quick – I am a big fan of Quick’s and excited he has a new book coming out. Though this book comes out in June, it was announced that Sam Raimi is directing a movie version. Here’s the official word on Love May Fail: “An aspiring feminist and underappreciated housewife embarks on an odyssey to find human decency and goodness—and her high school English teacher—in New York Times bestselling author Matthew Quick’s offbeat masterpiece, a quirky ode to love, fate, and hair metal.”

Audiobooks for Review:

Sublime by Christina Lauren, read by Elizabeth Louse and Cal Wembly – This is the writing duos first YA offering, and quite a departure from their other contemporary romance novels. This is some kind of ghost story, so very appropriate for this time of year!

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle, read by Tara Sands – This coming of age is about a girl who gets discovered and gets the change to star in a big Hollywood blockbuster book adaptation.

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King, read by Christine Lakin – King’s books are always so interesting and unique and this one is about “freedom, feminism and destiny.”

Purchased:

My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins – I love holiday themed stories, don’t you? This collection includes so many YA superstar authors.

Thank you so much to: St. Martin’s, Chanel Cleeton, Harper, Simon & Schuster Audio, and Hachette Audio.

What’s new in your mailbox?

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24 Hour Readathon

Hooray it’s Readathon day!

I’ve had kind of a sluggish reading and blogging week – laptop in the shop, fall TV distracting me from my books. But what better way to get back into the reading groove than with a readathon!

This readathon is going to be pretty chill for me this time around. No pressure to read a big stack of books. (I just finished my Goodreads challenge after all!) I just want to sample some more of my new fall books and hopefully will get swept away in something.

I stayed up into the wee hours last readathon but this time I’m approaching it more as a weekend event. Sleep is my friend!

A lot of my reading time during the day is going to be through audiobook so I can multi-task. But I have a hardcover or e-book or two to read as well.

Here’s my readathon virtual stack:

I won’t be able to complete all of these –but it’s nice to have options, right? I’ll update this post as I go.

Loop by Karen Akins – This book is already in progress since I need to wrap it up for a feature on Monday. Not that I’m cutting it close or anything.

My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins – A book of twelve holiday stories – surely I can fit in a few of these.

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon – An Outlander fix will certainly do the trick when I’m getting sleepy.

Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris – In the audiobook the adventure is chosen for you, since it’s a little harder to flip around in an audiobook. Looks so fun!

Sweet Filthy Morning After by Christina Lauren – This is just a 30 minute audiobook – easy peasy! It’s a bonus novella in the Wild Seasons series.

Are you readathoning too? Let me know what you’re reading!

24 Hour Readathon October 2014 Edition Hooray it’s Readathon day! I’ve had kind of a sluggish reading and blogging week - laptop in the shop, fall TV distracting me from my books.
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You by Caroline Kepnes Audiobook

You by Caroline Kepnes Audiobook @SimonAudio #whosreadingyou

In YOU, Joe is a New York bookseller who develops a dangerous fixation on a young woman who enters his shop.

Whoa Nelly, this book! The first word that comes to mind to describe it is unrelenting. It is so intense and addictive, but at the same time so painful and you just want it to end! I’ve never been so relieved to reach the end of a book. This story had me completely on edge.

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Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer Audiobook

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer Audiobook

Belzhar gets its name from The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath’s 1963 book. In Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar, a group of Vermont boarding school students are studying Plath in an exclusive English class. Their writing assignment is to keep a journal, and this is the vehicle that takes them to “Belzhar,” a place where they can revisit the past, and deal with their demons.

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Mailbox Monday is a weekly event where we share our latest book arrivals. Link up and find new mailboxes to stalk at the Mailbox Monday blog!

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October is flying by! Do you have any fun plans for Halloween?

This week I’m taking my laptop in for repair so the blog may be quiet for a few days depending on how it goes. (I’m not the type of blogger that has blog posts scheduled months in advance)

What are you all reading – anything you’re loving?

Here’s my week in books:

ebooks for Review:

Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark – Two teens are brought together by tragedy and fall in love. Also, the blurb mentions going to Taco Bell so I’m hungry and have The Killers song in my head.

Boys Don’t Knit (In Public) by T.S. Easton – Ben takes a knitting class under false pretenses, and finds that he likes it. But he hides his hobby from his friends and family to avoid embarrassment. Off topic- I’ve always wanted to learn to knit!

Purchased:

The Body Electric by Beth Revis – This numbered, signed limited edition came with lots of little goodies. The cover is so pretty in person too. I haven’t read the last Across the Universe series book yet, but this new scifi book looks good. It’s about a girl who can enter other’s dreams, but then she finds out someone has been inside her mind and altering her memories. Interesting!

From the Library:

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, read by Kirsten Potter – This literary post-apocalyptic novel has been drawing rave reviews!

The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe, read by Rebecca Lowman – This is about a longterm friendship and life’s ups and downs.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – I really liked Moriarty’s last two books so I thought I’d catch up on one of her older titles.

What’s new in your mailbox?

PS. I have several giveaways ending very soon- last call for entries:

A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulika Sikka (ends Tuesday at midnight)

Tomboy by Liz Prince (ends Tuesday at midnight)

Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina L. Brooks (ends Tuesday at midnight)

Alice & Freda Forever by Alexis Coe (ends Wednesday at midnight)

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Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon

dragonfly in amber diana gabaldonSaturday nights are not the same since Outlanderwent on hiatus. My plan for filling up the time until the series returns in April is to catch up on all 8 books in the series. I know I’m not alone in devouring this series- in the current NYT paperback mass-market bestseller list the first four books in the series all appear in the top twenty. Reading one book a month will make the time fly by,…

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Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

By total coincidence this turned into non-fiction week here on the blog! This is my fourth non-fiction review of the week- how unusual for me! I would say don’t get too used to it, but I still want to read Bad Feminist and Yes Please so I guess this trend will continue for a bit.

I loved some recent humorous memoirs from Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, and Jenny Lawson, and had high hopes for Lena…

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