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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.
These are the rules: 1. Grab a book, any book. 2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.


This week I'm spotlighting my current read, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  This will be my second read for YALSA's Backlist Bingo Reading Challenge and fulfilling the Alex Award winner category.  I've been meaning to read this for ages and I'm very excited about it.  I'm not that far along yet, but I'm loving it all the same!  Bring on the '…

You (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes - Review

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When Guinevere Beck, a student working on her MFA in writing, walks into the bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he realizes he needs to get to know her, so he does the same thing any sane person would do and Googles the name on her credit card. She's easy to find and he learns a lot from her public social media profiles. He plans a "chance encounter" with her at a bar he knows she'll be visiting. Joe does all he can to invisibly influence her life and make sure he's there waiting in the wings to swoop in at the perfect time. As he insinuates himself into her life and begins to invisibly take control, going from stalker to Beck's perfect boyfriend. And, he'll do anything to keep remove all obstacles that stand in the way of their happiness, even commit murder.

You by Caroline Kepnes is one of my favorite reads of the 2016! I was thoroughly engrossed in Joe and Beck's story, not to mention the excellent production of the audiobook. It's ab…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR List

Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's topic is Books On My Fall TBR List, so below you will find my next reads (in print) in the order I plan on tackling them.


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


The Circuit: Executioner Rising by Rhett C. Bruno


Alive (The Generations Trilogy #1) by Scott Sigler


The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab

Lock In (Lock In #1) by John Scalzi

Finnikin of the Rock (The Lumatere Chronicles #1) by Melina Marchetta


Downfall (Cal Leandros #9) by Rob Thurman


A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly


This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by V.E. Schwab

Have you read any of these yet, or would you like to?  What's on your tbr this fall?  As always, thanks for visiting and perhaps commenting!

Untitled Beauty by C.E. Wilson - Review

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I received Untitled Beauty free from the author as an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

In Grace's world, your entire life hinges on your physical beauty. If you're rated as a Beauty, you live in government sanctioned luxury with every advantage and benefit handed to you. However, if you don't rank as a Beauty, you're not much better than a lowly slave for the ruling Beauty class. You have five chances to be judged as a Beauty - at birth, age five, twelve, eighteen, and twenty-five. During your judgment, you're ranked on a scale of one to twenty with twenty earning you the title of Beauty. Grace, now age seventeen, has fallen from an eighteen down to an eleven, but this has earned her the distinction of being a Potential. A Potential, if they have been sponsored to receive the proper training and surgeries, could be upgraded to a Beauty. Grace just been purchased by a brutal new sponsor who could see her from a Potential to a Beauty, if she follows his …

Music Monday: Iron Horse

Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share one or two of songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.


This week I'm spotlighting the bluegrass band called Iron Horse.  This band, formed in 2000, consists of Tony Robertson, Vance Henry, Anthony Richardson, Ricky Rogers and they primarily cover classic rock and metal into bluegrass.  I really like hearing popular songs covered in totally different genres, and Iron Horse is really fantastic in that re…

Starting Sparks: September Edition

Welcome back to the April edition of Starting Sparks, a monthly writing link-up hosted by Emily @ Ink, Inc. and Ashley G. @ [insert title here].  The idea behind it is to spark your creativity and write on a theme posted at the first of the month by the co-hosts.  You can write whatever you like be it a short story, a scene, a poem, a piece of dialogue, or simply an exploration of an idea.  This month the selected theme is the following:


As you may know, I'm a librarian, but I also work in the paint/ home decor department of a home improvement store.  Let's just say that I have a ton of stories that fit this month's topic.  I have interesting stories from the library, but they really pale in comparison to those from the world of retail.  


In honor of this month's prompt, I'm going to share a few interesting snippets from the last year, and most of these also appear on (for the most part as they are here) Facebook.  The first one I'm going to share is a bit lo…

Sunday Funday: Library Sale Book Haul

Yesterday, I found out a nearby library was having a Friends of the Library book sale.  If you went bright and early, you could load up a big paper bag for only five dollars.  Or, you waited and went at noon or after, you could fill that bag for only one dollar.  Guess when I went?  Yeah, I got there exactly at twelve noon so I could get the best deal!  I ended up walking out of that sale with 14 books - 12 hardbacks and 2 paperbacks.  It was so heavy I could barely carry it back outside to my car - it was very close to ripping out!  Let's check out my spoils:


Momo by Michael Ende, illus. Marcel Dzama - This is by the same author of one of my favorites, The Neverending Story.  This was released six years earlier and won him critical acclaim.

Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine - This is supposed to be a Phantom of the Opera retelling - I've seen all sorts of reviews on this from glowingly positive to absolutely terrible, but I still want to give it a shot.

The Boy in the Black Sui…

The Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

I was tagged by Yvonne @ A World Between Folded Pages - Thanks, Yvonne!  This sounds like an awesome tag, so let's get to it.

Rules: 

1. Pick 5 books (favorites or random but know the characters).
2. Write the name of the books on strips of paper.
3. Draw one piece randomly for it to be your book/choice.
4. Open to a random page and use the first name you see to answer question 1.
5. Use the same book for question 2, but turn to a different page.
6. Repeat the steps 2-5 till you answered all the questions.

My Books:



1. 11/22/63 by Stephen King


2. The Prestige by Christopher Priest


3. Vicious by V.E. Schwab


4. Full Blooded Amanda Carlson


5. Nightlife by Rob Thurman

Book 1: 

1. The first person to die: 



The Yellow Card Man (p. 99) - Darn.

2. The person you trip to get away from the zombies:



Lee Harvey Oswald (p. 702) - I'm not even a little sorry.

Book 2:

3. The first person to turn into a zombie:



Angier (p. 108) - Not Hugh Jackman!

4. The person that trips you to get away from the zom…

The Summer Reader Tag

Thanks to Lys @ The Mad Reader for tagging me to take part in the Summer Reader Book Tag!  Yes, I know this is actually the second day of Fall, but it's still hot enough outside to call it Summer...so on that note, let's get to the tag:

1. Lemonade: Pick a book that started off bitter but got better.


Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel - It took a little while to get into the swing of the story and writing, but it was really addicting once I got going.

2. Golden Sun: Pick a book that made you smile beyond compare.


Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter


This was my reaction to be sure!

3. Tropical Sun: Pick a book set in a foreign country.


The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye - I'm currently listening to this one on audio - it's set in 1825 Russia.

4. Tree Shade: Pick a book in which a mysterious or shady character was first introduced.


I'm going to agree with Lys and say A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin - no shortage of shady characters are introduced here!

5. Beach Sand: Pick a b…