Sunday, July 7, 2013

Ramblings, Books Received, and Week to Come 07JUL13

Softball:
I imagine you might be tired of me talking about softball (does this season never end, you might wonder?) but somehow, despite losing our last two games, we have made the playoffs! We'll play this Tuesday and if we beat the team who crushed the team that crushed us the week before, then we get to play one more. Yeah...I'm not super optimistic about us winning but I'm excited we get at least one more game before breaking until the end of August. I'm also happy because everyone has a pretty good attitude about winning/losing-we're just glad to have the chance to run around and have fun! I especially appreciate our coach's commitment to keeping everyone safe and healthy-that gives me more confidence in going out on the field.

Books Received: Lots of goodies from Penguin who sent me four books-two I definitely want to check out, two I'm not certain about.
Brotherhood by AB Westrick-the setting grabbed me here, being Reconstruction-era. I've only ever read one other novel set during that period so it's ripe to have a bold author place his or her stamp on it. Plus the cover's kind of cool, right?
QB1 by Mike Lupica-this was compared to my beloved "Friday Night Lights" so that's kind of all I needed to know.

I'm less certain about these two; what do you all think?

Atlantis Rising by TA Barron
Russian Roulette by Anthony Horowitz

Blogging:
I've been pretty good about reading but less good at commenting and writing posts. This holiday allowed me a chance to catch up a bit but I don't think I'll ever get ahead like I could in college. I just have too much with working full-time, working out, and trying to have a bit of a social life. However I did plan out my review schedule through September 21 and I have a ton of exciting books to get to. On Friday, I finally shared my favorite reads of 2013 so far and I can't wait to see what will join that list by the end of the year.

Week to Come: A busy week of 2013 YA releases, across all genres, ending with Adult Review Saturday
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
The Elite by Keira Cass
The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
Forevermore by Cindy Miles
Battleship by Dorothy Ours

And if you've read this far, be sure to come back later for my GIVEAWAY-the chance to win one of Louise Rozett's "Almost" series!

16 comments:

  1. Those other two sound better to me - I love Barron (he wrote the Young Merlin books!) and like Horowitz. Y'know, it's been awhile since I got a package from Penguin. Odd. I used to get 'em once a week.

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    1. I enjoyed the Merlin books from Barron but I'm not sure about this Atlantis one. I will need to research it more.

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  2. Congrats on the playoffs! I have seen Brotherhood, and can't wait to see what you think of it. Next weeks reviews sounds fantastic too..

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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    1. This was my first introduction to Brotherhood but I'm hoping it will turn out well.

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  3. Yay for making it to the playoffs!
    Hope you enjoy the Penguin titles. If they sent me a copy of Russian Roulette my nephew would snatch it up right away -- I'm behind on that series!

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    1. Just sent you an email about this :)

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  4. That's fantastic that your enjoying softball! Good luck on your next game and enjoy your new books. I can't wait to read Russian Roulette! Alex rider was one of my favorite series and Yassan was my favorite character.

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    1. I'm loving softball so much-we ended up losing :( but we still had fun. I haven't read any of the Alex Rider series but I've seen a lot of them around.

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  5. Congrats on your softball successes! It sounds like the best part is the attitude of your team and coach. That makes all the difference and it sounds like you hit a home run with them (too corny? :P)

    I am so looking forward to your reviews of Hero's Guide and Forevermore! I just finished Forevermore today. I liked it a lot.

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    1. Never too corny-I love it!

      I loved seeing your review of Forevermore-some food for thought as I get ready for mine.

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  6. Well you're lucky to get Penguin books they are so choosey about who they send to!~

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    1. I know-I'm so fortunate! I can't wait to dive into them and learn what they're actually about.

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  7. Congrats on making playoffs! That's awesome!

    Atlantis Rising sounds like an interesting book! Hope you enjoy them all :)

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    1. Thanks-we ended up losing pretty badly but we still had fun. I'm looking forward to reading more of all the books I received.

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  8. Oh, love the cover for Brotherhood :D Hope you'll love it. <3 Thank you for sharing ;)
    Thank you for commenting on my WoW. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

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    1. I hope I love it too and can bring it some attention because I know HF doesn't always get the spotlight around the blogosphere.

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