Thursday, November 5, 2015

RRT: Bookshelves were made for Dreams

Hey Everyone. How are ya?

It's about time for another Random Rant Thursday. Typically, the books I like to read are all fiction, all the stuff of dreams and fantasy. The more unreal it is the more I love it, and my shelves are bursting at the seams at the moments with all my lovely books. (It’s about time to buy another shelf) I have everything on them from knickknacks to book marks, and am always looking for things to make them more pretty. One day, I’ll show them off, but that’s not today because I’m moving soon and everything’s all boxed up.

Recently, I was contacted by to make a blog post of my dream literary collection from their site, and since they sell awesome antiques, and the things I love to pretty my shelves with, I figured why not?

Books: has a ton of first edition books on sale, in addition to a ton of other books as well. After spending hours on the site, these are the ones I absolutely would love!

Rudyard Kipling – The Jungle Book

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol

Arthur Conan Doyle – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Victor Hugo РLes Mis̩rables

Bram Stoker – Dracula

F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby

Margaret Mitchell – Gone with the Wind

I have a thing for pretty clocks (though you wouldn’t know it from my house.) and these are absolutely stunning. I can only imaging one of these on the end of my shelves, perhaps next to my shakespere collections, ro next to my historical fiction. Seems like a good place.

I found myself getting sucked into this site, and eventually had to just stop with the site all together so I could get to some homework. I’d suggest you go take a look at what they offer. It’s much more than just books, they have paintings, furniture, jewelry, and more. It’s a great site for the collector, and for the person who just wants that one rare piece that makes things awesome.

Thanks for allowing me to add my insight on my “Dream Literary Collection.”

Monday, September 28, 2015

Audiobook Second and Third Quarter Update

If you're interested in joining, you still have time. The challenge began at the beginning of this year but they accept new people all year. Just go here and sign up.

My chosen level for this year is: Marathoner (Look Ma no hands) 50+. More specifically, I planned to read at least 85+ audiobooks. Lets go into how I've done:

For the first quarter I read a total of 25 books. Feel free to see my first quarter update here.

Since then, I forgot to do my second quarter update, so this will be a combined 2nd and 3rd quarter update:

Second Quarter:

1.       Dead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles #3) – Kresley Cole

2.       Losing Hope (Hopeless #2) – Colleen Hoover

3.       The Snow Queen – Hans Christian Anderson

4.       Beautiful Bastard – Christina Lauren

5.       Half Blood (Covenant #1) – Jennfer L. Armentrout

6.       Dark Lover(Black Dagger Brotherhood)  – J. R. Ward

7.       Slammed (Slammed #1) – Colleen Hoover

8.       Addicted (Club Destiny 2.5) – Nicole Edwards

9.       Kades Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans #1) – Kym Grosso

10.   Seduction (Club Destiny #3) – Nicole Edwards

11.   Ruby Red (Ruby Red #1) – Kirstin Geir

12.   Better Homes and Hauntings – Molly Harper

13.   Maybe Someday (Maybe #1) – Colleen Hoover

14.   Maybe Not (Maybe #1.5 ) – Colleen Hoover

15.   Lick (Stage Dive #1) – Kylie Scott

16.   The Interview (Office Party #1) – Andie Devaux

17.   Infatuation (Club Destiny #4) – Nicole Edwards

18.   Captivated (Club Destiny 4.5) – Nicole Edwards

19.   Finding Cinderella  (Hopeless 2.5) – Colleen Hoover

20.   Fearless (Fearless #1) – Francine Pascal

21.   A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) – Sarah J. Maas

22.   Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic #1) – Patricia C. Wrede

23.   Wallbanger (Cocktail #1) – Alice Clayton

24.   Succubus Blues (Georgia Kincaid #1) – Richelle Mead

25.   The Professional (The Game Maker #1) – Kresley Cole

26.   Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) – Leigh Bardugo

27.   Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) – Leigh Bardugo

28.   The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1) – Jeaniene Frost

29.   Ugly Love – Colleen Hoover

30.   An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes  #1) – Sabaa Tahir

31.   Fallen Too Far (Fallen Too Far #1) – Abbi Glines

32.   In Flight (Up in the Air #1) – R. K. Lilley

Third Quarter:

1.       Dark Heir (Jane Yellowrock #9) – Faith Hunter

2.       Storm Born (Dark Swan #1) – Richelle Mead

3.       Fixed on You (Fixed #1) – Laurelin Paige

4.       Addicted to you (Addicted #1) – Krista and Becca Ritchie

5.       Talon (Talon #1) – Julie Kagawa

6.       Mud Vein – Tarryn Fisher

7.       Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1) – Maya Banks

8.       Confess – Colleen Hoover

9.       First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) – Darynda  Jones

10.   Yes Please – Amy Poehler

11.   Switched (Trylle #1) – Amanda Hocking

12.   Torn (Trylle #2) – Amanda Hocking

13.   Ascend (Trylle #3) – Amanda Hocking

14.   Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy #1) – Sally Green

15.   Red Queen (Red Queen #1) – Victoria Aveyard

16.   The Elite (The Selection #2) – Kiera Cass

17.   The One (The Selection #3) – Kiera Cass

18.   Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) – Ilona Andrews

19.   The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) – Marie Lu

20.   Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) – Ilona Andrews

21.   Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) – Ilona Andrews

22.   Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3) – Ilona Andrews

23.   Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) – Ilona Andrews

24.   Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) – Ilona Andrews

25.   Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) – Ilona Andrews

26.   Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) – Ilona Andrews

27.   Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy #2) – Pierce Brown

28.   The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black

29.   My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves #1) – Amanda Hocking

30.   Fate (My Blood Approves #2) – Amanda Hocking

31.   Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) – Sarah J. Maas

32.   Flutter (My Blood Approves #3) – Amanda Hocking

33.   Watch Me – Shayla Black

34.   Naughty Little Secret – Shayla Black

35.   Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J. Maas

36.   Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J. Maas

Combined that means I have read 93 audiobooks. Therefore, I have already met and passed my goal of 85 audiobooks. I still plan to keep up my current progress, so I am looking to see if I can finish with more than 110 audiobooks. We will certainly see! For updates of my progress, follow my 2015 Audiobook Challenge shelf on Goodreads.

Head on over to the hosts site to check out her progress, and check out other participants and to enter into a giveaway! Good Luck everyone on the Last quarter of the contest!

Review: Fearless by Annie Jacoby

Book: Fearless (Fearless #1)
By: Annie Jaocby
Published: July 15, 2014
Published by: Self Published
*this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review by the author*

My Thoughts: Fearless was an interesting story about a woman who just wants to feel again, and the man who helps her.

The Story: We follow Dalilah Gallagher, a former child art prodigy who was put down by an art critic and who now desperately wants to find her place and purpose, and find a way to see the passion in the world again. Struggling to find her muse again, or even to feel something, she spends her days modeling for other art students, and her nights trolling the bars and engaging in various acts with the strangers she meets. Soon, she runs into Blake Nottingham, a rich man who is obsessed with her, and who commissions a broke, but talented artist, Luke Roberts, to paint a nude painting of Dalilah. Blake wants Dalilah, but he's into some dangerous things. Things that Dalilah knows would ruin her forever. Dalilah is quickly intrigued by Luke, and wishes she can do something to help the artist succeed. She later realizes that only Blake can help Luke, and she will do anything to help Luke reach his dreams, even if that means getting involved with Blake. What she doesn't know is that Blake may have motivations of his own, and she must decide if she can deal with them.

The Characters: I wasn't really a fan of our MC Dalilah. I understood her issues and motivations, and was very near to liking her, but then she would make quick decisions without thinking them through, and she began to make me think she wasn't even a person worth caring about. She seemed spoiled and stubborn and generally seemed as if she didn't care about herself, so I didn't want to care about her either. I was intrigued by our love interest Luke, but I never felt I got to know him enough to be sure. Blake was the only character I was sure I liked, probably because he was meant to be so unlikable, and devious, and I knew what to expect from him. He was a perv, and a stalker, and a devious, dangerous man, and he had secrets that scared even me. I kind of loved it.

The Verdict: I give this story 3.5 stars. It was quite interesting, and I enjoyed seeing the cliffhanger. That being said, I couldn't really connect to the MC, and that made it difficult for me to connect with the story. Beyond that, it took too long in my opinion for me to reach the climax of the story, and once that happened, the story was over and I was left with said cliffhanger. Finally, bits of the story were pretty predictable, which made me unsurprised at the end. Still it was a great start to the series and something that definitely taught me a lesson. I would recommend this to those who would like a nice love story with a proportionate dose of sex and a danger hanging over everyone's heads.