Saturday, June 1, 2019

June 2019 TBR


Restart! Welcome to the restart of my own reading challenge, Disney-a-thon. I tried kicking this off in April, but then I got a new job and have been working way more, and reading way less. I've decided to start again, since I didn't read any of the challenges in April.  In fact, I only read one book all month and May isn't looking to great either. So I'm going to go with two books, one from each collection.

The Picks:
Home on the Range - Read a book that takes place on a ranch or features a cowboy
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman - A young woman goes west to seek vengeance for her father's death. I've been interested in this one for a while, but I'm kind of hesitant. I DNF'd the last book I tried to read by Erin Bowman. I am willing to give this one a shot though because it sounds so good!

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely -A young woman with perfect aim and a knack at getting into trouble searches for her place in the wild wild west. I've had my eye on this book for a while and now seems like the perfect western book to fill this prompt.

I'm not sure which one of these books I'm going to read yet, but either way I'm ready to read about a ass-kicking female cowgirl!

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure - Read a book featuring a nature word in the title
When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry - This book caught my eye immediately; it's got a Stranger Things vibe going on and I am totally here for it. I can't wait to check it out! (Also, the word is Sky, definitely a part of nature, in the broad sense of the word.)
Book Club:
This month I got to choose books! Apparently, I was really feeling a sci-fi three of four options were that genre. So as you can imagine a sci-fi book was chosen.

Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy - This is a gender-bent retelling of King Arthur in space! I mean, who wouldn't want to read this book! Needless to say, I'm so so excited to read this book.
Hopefully, I'll be able to get through these three books this month! I'll keep you updated.
Happy reading!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books Released in the Last 10 Years

The Top Ten Tuesday has a new home. It's hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Okay, I'm going to try and keep it to one or two for each year because you all know I can't just choose one for each year! There are quite a few repeat authors and some repeat series, but I will not apologize for that because I like what I like. Also, I'm using years 2009-2018 since we're not even half way through 2019 yet.

2009
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2010
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Mockingjay by Susanne Collins
2011
Legend by Marie Lu
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
2012
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Neilsen
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
2013
Champion by Marie Lu
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
2014
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
2015
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
2016
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
2017
Warcross by Marie Lu
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
2018
Sadie by Courtney Summers
The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Things that Make Me Pick Up a Book

The Top Ten Tuesday has a new home. It's hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

In no particular order:

1. Cover Color - They say never judge a book by its cover, and I believe that but not for books. I love a beautiful cover and to be honest I'm more like to pick up a cover that's attractive to me. I love greens and blues and yellows.

2. One or Two Word Titles - One and Two word titles tend to pack a punch, makes me want to find out more about the book. I'm more likely to read the synopsis of these

3. Author - If it's an author I really enjoy, It's not out of the ordinary for me to pick up their other books without even knowing what they're about.

3. Typography - There is nothing more eye-catching to me than typography or hand lettering. I love this kind of artwork. If a book has it on the cover, I will almost always pick it up to find out more.

4. Booktube Hype - I have a select few booktubers that I watch regularly. I feel like our book likes are very similar, so when they really enjoy a book, it makes me want to pick up that book.

5. Friend Recommendation - While I do enjoy booktube recommendations, a friend's recommendation carries much more weight for me. When they're excited about a book, it makes me want to try it even if it's something I wouldn't necessarily pick for myself.

Monday, April 1, 2019

April 2019 TBR

Welcome to the first ever Disney-a-thon monthly book picking. I've decided to go with three picks this month and see how that goes. If I don't get everything read, I'll know to adjust it for next month.

The Picks
Fantasia 2000 - Read someone else's favorite book
Epic by Conor Kostick - Fantasia 2000 was my younger brother's favorite movie when he was a kid. We watched it pretty regularly for years. So in honor of that, I'm going to read his favorite book. He found this one year in high school when he was systematically going through the sci-fi/fantasy section of our library.

One Hundred and One Dalmatians - Read a book with lots of chapters
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas - This book has 66 chapters and that's "lots" of chapters in my book. I started this book in March and hopefully I'll complete it this month.

The Incredibles - Read a book featuring a character with a secret identity
Renegades by Marissa Meyer - Okay, I'm fairly certain this book has some secret identities seeing as it's about a couple factions of people with powers. I could be wrong but I'm really hoping to count this book!
I also participate in a book club every month so I'm going to throw our book in these TBRs too, because I can! Each month a different club member chooses what's supposed to be 3 books. (it's usually at least 4, but this month there were 5 options!) We vote from the options to see what book we'll actually read.  That way, each person is guaranteed to read a book they're interested at least twice a year.

This month Jillian chose books; we unanimously selected The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson - A bookshop with a family mystery mixed in the middle. I'm quite interested in reading this book, I can't wait to dig into it.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

My Disney Read-a-thon


Welcome to my brainchild, I have created a monster! It's beautiful Disney/book mash-up and I'm fully in love with the idea. I spent the better part of my free time this past week working on this new project. I took all the full-length animated theatrical releases Disney has to offer and separated them into different reading tracks. The main one is a list of the main Disney movies not including Pixar.
In an effort to keep the main list smaller (lol), I created side tracks that come under the Disney umbrella ranging from Pixar and TV spin-offs to specific series with multiple movies. Each of these movies on the lists were then assigned a reading prompt. Guys, there are so many movies, it was sometimes a bit difficult to come up with a prompt that fit the movie well. I've done my best and I'm really quite proud of what I've produced.

So here's the idea: This will be my long standing challenge, I will choose 1-3 movies each month at random. I will read a book that corresponds to the prompts and then I will watch the movies. It's fun because I'm challenging myself reading-wise and I get to watch Disney movies in the process! There are some movies on this list I haven't seen in a very long time and I'm just as excited to revisit them as I am to read all these books.
I will (hopefully) be posting a monthly TBRs with the chosen prompts/movies and then do a monthly recap on both movies and books. I think this will be a fun way to go through this project. It's an as-long-as-it-takes Disney read-a-thon!

Below is this full list of prompts and anyone who'd like to is welcome to join me!

MAIN TRACK
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) - Read a book featuring roommates
Pinocchio (1940) - Read a book with an unreliable narrator
Fantasia (1940) - Read a book of short stories
Dumbo (1941) - Read a book featuring a circus
Bambi (1942) - Read a book featuring animals
Fun and Fancy Free (1947) - Read a book featuring music
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) - Read a thriller
Cinderella (1950) - Read a Cinderella story
Alice in Wonderland (1951) - Read a book featuring a portal
Peter Pan (1953) - Read a children's book
Lady and the Tramp (1955) - Read a book where opposites attract
Sleeping Beauty (1959) - Read a book featuring a dragon
One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) - Read a book with lots of chapters
The Sword in the Stone (1963) - Read an Arthurian book
The Jungle Book (1967) - Read a book set in the jungle
The Aristocats (1970) - Read a book featuring a kidnapping/disappearance
Robin Hood (1973) - Read a book featuring an vigilante hero
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) - Read your favorite book growing up
The Rescuers (1977) - Read a book featuring unlikely heroes
The Fox and the Hound (1981) - Read a book featuring unlikely friendship
The Black Cauldron (1985) - Read an underrated book
The Great Mouse Detective (1986) - Read a book with Sherlockian ties
Oliver & Company (1988) - Read a book that's set in a big city
The Little Mermaid (1989) - Read a book featuring mermaids
The Rescuers Down Under (1990) - Read a book set in Australia
Beauty and the Beast (1991) - Read a book about books
Aladdin (1992) - Read a rags to riches story
The Lion King (1994) - Read a book featuring a dysfunctional family
Pocahontas (1995) - Read a book featuring Native/Indigenous people
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) - Read a book with a differently-abled main character
Hercules (1997) - Read a book about Greek mythology
Mulan (1998) - Read a gender-bent book or Read a book with a character in disguise
Tarzan (1999) - Read a book featuring foster care/adoption
Fantasia 2000 (1999) - Read someone else's favorite book
Dinosaur (2000) - Read a book set in the past
The Emperor's New Groove (2000) - Read a book featuring a redemption story
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) - Read a book set in a different world
Lilo & Stitch (2002) - Read a book featuring aliens
Treasure Planet (2002) - Read a book featuring pirates
Brother Bear (2003) - Read a book featuring siblings
Home on the Range (2004) - Read a book that takes place on a ranch or features a cowboy
Valiant (2005) - Read a WWII book
Chicken Little (2005) - Read a book featuring dancing
Meet the Robinsons (2007) - Read a book set in the future
Bolt (2008) - Read a book featuring the film industry
The Princess and the Frog (2009) - Read a book featuring a funny best friend
Tangled (2010) - Read a book featuring a prisoner
Winnie the Pooh (2011) - Read a book featuring red on the cover
Wreck-It Ralph (2012) - Read a book featuring an anti-hero
Frozen (2013) - Read a book featuring a character that has superhuman abilities
Big Hero 6 (2014) - Read a book featuring superheroes
Zootopia (2016) - Read a diverse book
Moana (2016) - Read a book that takes place on the sea
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) - Read a book featuring the Internet

PIXAR SIDE TRACK
Toy Story (1995) - Read the first book in a series
A Bug's Life (1998) - Read a book featuring a "big bad"
Toy Story 2 (1999) - Read a sequel 
Monsters, Inc. (2001) - Read a book that makes you laugh
Finding Nemo (2003) - Read a book nominated for an award
The Incredibles (2004) - Read a book featuring a character with a secret identity 
Cars (2006) - Read a book from a celebrity book club
Ratatouille (2007) - Read a book featuring cooking/baking
WALL-E (2008) - Rad a dystopian/post-apocalyptic book
Up (2009) - Read a book featuring an epic love story
Toy Story 3 (2010) - Read a coming of age story
Cars 2 (2011) - Read a book featuring a world adventure
Brave (2012) - Read a book featuring fate/destiny
Monsters University (2013) - Read a prequel
Inside Out (2015) - Read a book featuring mental health
The Good Dinosaur (2015) - Read a book featuring an alternate reality
Finding Dory (2016) - Read a book you forgot was on your TBR
Cars 3 (2017) - Read a book featuring a comeback kid
Coco (2017) - Read a book dealing with death
Incredibles 2 (2018) - Read the book you've had on your TBR the longest
Toy Story 4 (2019) - Read the last book in a series
Onward (2020) - Read a book you don't know much about

TV SIDE TRACK
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990) - Read a book featuring an Indiana Jones-like adventure
A Goofy Movie (1995) - Read a book featuring a parent/child relationship
Doug's 1st Movie (1999) - Read a book featuring a monster
Recess: School's Out (2001) - Read a middle grade book
Teacher's Pet (2004) - Read a book set in a school

TINKER BELL SIDE TRACK
Tinker Bell (2008) - Read a book featuring fairies
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009) - Read a book featuring a nature word in the title
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010) - Read a book featuring a real/fantasy world crossover
The Secret of Wings (2012) - Read a book featuring long lost siblings
The Pirate Fairy (2014) - Read a book featuring a badass female character
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2015) - Read a book featuring a legend come to life

100 ACRE WOOD SIDE TRACK
The Tigger Movie (2000) - Read a book featuring a found family
Piglet's Big Movie (2003) - Read a companion book
Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005) - Read a book featuring misconceptions

STOP-MOTION SIDE TRACK
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) - Read a holiday book
James and the Giant Peach (1996) - Read a Roald Dahl book
Frankenweenie (2012) - Read a book with Halloween vibes (zombies/ghosts)

LITTLE TOASTER SIDE TRACK
The Brave Little Toaster (1987) - Read a book featuring a road trip
The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (1998) - Read a book featuring space
The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (1999) - Read a book featuring a science lab

SEQUEL SIDE TRACK
Return to Never Land (2002) - Read a book set in London
The Jungle Book 2 (2003) - Read a book featuring green on the cover
Bambi II (2006) - Read a book featuring a number in the title

There you have it, lots of movies and lots of book prompts. I'm excited to get started.
As always, happy reading.  

Friday, March 15, 2019

Notable Quotable: Susanna Kearsley (#227)




"Silence in the face of nonsense, that's what my father always said."
     --The Shadowy Horses

Friday, March 8, 2019

Notable Quotable: Sarah J. Maas (#226)



"Perhaps the world would never be perfect, perhaps some things would never be right, but maybe she stood a chance of finding her own sort of peace and freedom." 
     --Crown of Midnight