TBR Thursday: The Princess Bride

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TBR Thursday is hosted by She is too fond of books.

438353The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Synopsis: A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts – The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic.

As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchmen, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she’ll meet Vizzini – the criminal philosopher who’ll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik – the gentle giant; Inigo – the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen – the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup’s one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.

Why it’s on my TBR:

I’ve been wanting to read this book for years and last year I finally bought it. I’m not sure why it’s been sitting on my TBR bookcase for so long. I really want to read it. I really need to read. Hopefully I can get to it soon. Also, a week after buying it I found the gorgeous 40th anniversary illustrated edition. I was so mad. Man I want that one.

Wishlist Wednesday: The 52nd

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Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper.

23255448The 52nd by Dela

Details: Paperback, 461 pages
Published: October 27th 2014 by Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Buy it: Book Depository

Synopsis: Not one of the sacrifices chosen over the long history had survived–until now.

On the tip of the Yucatan peninsula, the immortal Castillo family gathers in Tulum. Weary and haunted, they receive the names of fifty-two human sacrifices chosen once every fifty-two years for the Underworld, a tradition thought to have disappeared with the fall of the Aztec and Mayan empires.

Driving home one night, college freshman Zara Moss swerves to avoid hitting a ghastly figure in the road. Lucas Castillo witnesses the car crash, but when it comes time to supervise her abduction from the wreckage, he intervenes. Something is different about Zara: Lucas has been having dreams of her arrival for five hundred years.

As Lucas and Zara come together to put an end to the bloody sacrifices, they discover that the ancient tradition isn’t so easily broken. The gods are angry, and they have until the Winter Solstice to drag Zara to the Underworld.

Waiting on Wednesday: George


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

24612624George by Alex Gino

Details: Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: August 25th 2015 by Scholastic Press
Pre-order: Book Depository

Summary: BE WHO YOU ARE.

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Posted Last Week:

Review: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Waiting on Wednesday: Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler
Wishlist Wednesday: The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1) by Jasper Fforde
TBR Thursday: Elizabeth I by Margaret George
Stacking the Shelves: YAY! I Got Books!

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Currently Reading:

12600138Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

Stacking The Shelves


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

For Review: 

25813179What Lies Within by James Morris (big thanks to the author)

“You’re going to die” A single text message and Shelley Marano’s world is upended. A normal high school senior, Shelley discovers she is adopted. She goes on a journey to uncover her past, only to find she was part of a horrific experiment to test the theory of nature versus nurture. In a culture of violence committed by young people, she may be one of these killers. With the lives of her and her friends in the balance, one thing is certain: she will never be the same.

25647630Small Bones by Vicki Grant (thanks to Orca Book Publishers)

There’s nothing to stop a small person from dreaming big.

Dot, whose name reflects her stature, has always had big dreams—she wants to be a dress designer like Mary Quant—but her dreams have to be put on hold while she searches for the truth about her parents. She gets a job as a seamstress at a lakeside resort in rural Ontario and falls hard for Eddie, a charming local boy who is equal parts helpful and distracting as Dot investigates her past. Searching for answers to questions about her birth, Dot learns more than she ever wanted to about the terrible effects of war, the legacy of deceit—and the enduring nature of love.


Thank you Kate @ Ex Libris!!

19174917Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible …

A tale of fanfiction, family, and first love.

TBR Thursday: Elizabeth I

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TBR Thursday is hosted by She is too fond of books.

8534413Elizabeth I by Margaret George

Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Margaret George captures history’s most enthralling queen-as she confronts rivals to her throne and to her heart.

One of today’s premier historical novelists, Margaret George dazzles here as she tackles her most difficult subject yet: the legendary Elizabeth Tudor, queen of enigma-the Virgin Queen who had many suitors, the victor of the Armada who hated war; the gorgeously attired, jewel- bedecked woman who pinched pennies. England’s greatest monarch has baffled and intrigued the world for centuries. But what was she really like?

In this novel, her flame-haired, lookalike cousin, Lettice Knollys, thinks she knows all too well. Elizabeth’s rival for the love of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and mother to the Earl of Essex, the mercurial nobleman who challenged Elizabeth’s throne, Lettice had been intertwined with Elizabeth since childhood. This is a story of two women of fierce intellect and desire, one trying to protect her country, and throne, the other trying to regain power and position for her family and each vying to convince the reader of her own private vision of the truth about Elizabeth’s character. Their gripping drama is acted out at the height of the flowering of the Elizabethan age. Shakespeare, Marlowe, Dudley, Raleigh, Drake-all of them swirl through these pages as they swirled through the court and on the high seas.

This is a magnificent, stay-up-all-night page-turner that is George’s finest and most compelling novel and one that is sure to please readers of Alison Weir, Philippa Gregory, and Hilary Mantel.

Why it’s on my TBR:

I may have a bit of an obsession. I have to buy/read everything I see that has anything to do with Elizabeth I or Henry VIII. So when I found out about this book, I was counting down the days until it came out. Unfortunately when it finally did come out I had no way of buying it and when I finally did make it to the store I had no money. Luckily, after it being out for a really long time, I found it in hardcover for $7. So I made my mom buy it for me. lol I honestly would have had it read by now if I hadn’t been in the middle of so many books when I got it. I would love to read this in the next couple of weeks but I know that isn’t going to happen. Maybe I can pick it up in November or December.

Wishlist Wednesday: The Eyre Affair

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Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper.

27005The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1) by Jasper Fforde

Details: Paperback, 373 pages
Published: July 19th 2001 by Hodder and Stoughton
Buy it: Book Depository

Synopsis: There is another 1985, where London’s criminal gangs have moved into the lucrative literary market, and Thursday Next is on the trail of the new crime wave’s Mr Big.

Acheron Hades has been kidnapping characters from works of fiction and holding them to ransom. Jane Eyre is gone. Missing.

Thursday sets out to find a way into the book to repair the damage. But solving crimes against literature isn’t easy when you also have to find time to halt the Crimean War, persuade the man you love to marry you, and figure out who really wrote Shakespeare’s plays.

Perhaps today just isn’t going to be Thursday’s day. Join her on a truly breathtaking adventure, and find out for yourself. Fiction will never be the same again…

Waiting on Wednesday: Ghostlight


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

23743749Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler

Details: Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: August 4th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pre-order: Book Depository

Summary: Things that go bump in the night are just the beginning when a summer film project becomes a real-life ghost story!

Avery is looking forward to another summer at Grandma’s farm, at least until her brother says he’s too old for “Kingdom,” the imaginary world they’d spent years creating. Lucky for her, there’s a new kid staying in the cottage down the road: a city boy with a famous dad, Julian’s more than a little full of himself, but he’s also a storyteller like Avery. So when he announces his plan to film a ghost story, Avery is eager to join in.

Unfortunately, Julian wants to film at Hilliard House, a looming, empty mansion that Grandma has absolutely forbidden her to enter. As terrified as Avery is of Grandma’s wrath, the allure of filmmaking is impossible to resist.

As the kids explore the secrets of Hilliard house, eerie things begin to happen, and the “imaginary” dangers in their movie threaten to become very real. Have Avery and Julian awakened a menacing presence? Can they turn back before they go too far?

Review: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

43641Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Details: Paperback, 335 pages
Publication: May 1st 2007 by Algonquin Books
Source: My mom got it for me
Buy it: Book Depository
My Rating: 3 Stars

Summary: Orphaned, penniless, Jacob Jankowski jumps a freight train in the dark, and in that instant, transforms his future.

By morning, he’s landed a job with the Flying Squadron of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. By nightfall, he’s in love.

In an America made colourless by prohibition and the Depression, the circus is a refuge of sequins and sensuality. But behind the glamour lies a darker world, where both animals and men are dispensable. Where falling in love is the most dangerous act of all…

Review: I’ve been wanting to read this book for the longest time. I am so happy that I’ve finally read it. It is such a good read. How the animals were treated broke my heart but I was expecting that going into it. While I was reading it, I did not want to put it down. I absolutely loved Rosie, Bobo and Queenie. However, my favorite character by far was Walter.

Even though I can’t think of anything I disliked about Water for Elephants, I don’t think I can say that I loved it. Although, the more I think about the book, the more I realize just how much I enjoyed it. I don’t really know what else I can say. I am so confused about how I feel about this book. One minute I think I just liked it (3 stars), the next I think I really liked it (4 stars). This is a hard one for me to rate and review, but I’ve done my best. 🙂

I haven’t seen the movie yet and I’m not sure if I want to watch it. Have you watched it? Should I give it a try at some point?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Posted Last Week:

Review: The Tournament (Tournament #1) by Matthew Reilly
Waiting on Wednesday: Hunter (Hunter #1) by Mercedes Lackey
Wishlist Wednesday: The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
TBR Thursday: The Terror by Dan Simmons
Review: Queen of Shadows (Shadow World #1) by Dianne Sylvan
Stacking the Shelves: The Forgotten Edition
Read-a-Thon: #TBRTakedown 2.0 TBR

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216443Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #1)  by Timothy Zahn

It’s five years after Return of the Jedi: the Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven out the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet to a distant corner of the galaxy. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting Jedi Twins. And Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of Jedi Knights. But thousand of light-years away, the last of the emperor’s warlords has taken command of the shattered Imperial Fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the new Republic. For this dark warrior has made two vital discoveries that could destroy everything the courageous men and women of the Rebel Alliance fought so hard to build. The explosive confrontation that results is a towering epic of action, invention, mystery, and spectacle on a galactic scale–in short, a story worthy of the name Star Wars.