My Little Pocketbooks: September 2013   

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday Best #47

 
Hosted by Tanya at Girlxoxo.com   
How was your week everyone?  Can you believe this is the last Sunday Best of September.  That is amazing!  The fall is here and now we are all onto the scary books and things that go bump in the night.

Now on to Sunday Best.
 
 So what is Sunday Best?
Every Sunday, we are going to share the best post on our blogs and other blogs we visited from the past week and link them up.  Join us in showing off your Sunday Best and leave a comment or two.

This time I am going to add a few things to it.  I will be adding a new to me blog, booktuber video post I like and events coming up (bookish or otherwise).

Saturday, September 28, 2013

What I Am Listening To...

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Books

The beginning of September I did a post about September being Hispanic Heritage Month.  In the post I added a few books that I though would be interesting to read to celebrate the month.  Then I realized there are a few more I should have added.  So here are a few more books that will give you an opportunity to explore the Hispanic Culture and add some diversity to your bookshelf.
Original post:  September is Hispanic Heritage Month

Friday, September 27, 2013

Blogfest 2013 Giveaway


Hosted by A Journey of Books


It's that time! 
Now through September 29th at 11:59pm EST My Litte Pocketbooks will be participating in BlogFest 2013!
I know you've heard about it! 

I know you're anxious! 
I know you're overflowing with excitement!

Book Blogger Hop: Memes & First Line Fridays

 TGIF!! What a productive week!  *happy dance* and that helps make for a better weekend.

Welcome everyone to another post of Book Blogger Hop (hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer).  Billy got a new blog design and button for this weekly meme.  Go to his blog and check out the nice layout he his sporting.  This meme is cool because you can post any day of the week.  That's right no pressure on getting your post up a specific day of the week.  Each week there will be a new topic submit by a blogger and everyone can join in with their answers.  You should join us!
 
  This weeks Topic/Question
September 27th - October 3rd: What weekly memes do you follow on a regular basis? (submitted by Elizabeth)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

BEA Book Haul: Part 3

I have finally completed one more post about the book haul from BEA13. This is the third post and I have one more to go. I know it has taken me forever!  But there are just so many links to add.  
Wheew! 
BEA 2013 Book Haul: Part 1 
BEA 2103 Book Haul: Part 2

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I Love This! Timestitcher

$20.00 from Timestitcher at Etsy.com
 Like I mentioned awhile ago, Etsy one of my newest favorite places to do some purse window shopping.  While I still love the big name designer bags, I will always have a need to have a purse that is one of a kind and a conversation piece.  I love having one thing with my outfit that stands out.  
Today, I was window shopping over at Etsy and I ran across my newest favorite shop.  

Cover Color in Books: Emerald Green

This year Pantone picked EMERALD GREEN to be the color of 2013.  So what a great opportunity to make a list of books with Emerald Green covers.

Summer Crossing by Julie Kagawa
Julie Kagawa's bestselling series The Iron Fey captivated the imagination—and hearts—of readers of all ages with its mix of magic, fantasy and romance. Now, readers can enjoy a special novella from one of Julie's most beloved characters, Puck!
A Midsummer's Nightmare?
Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Summer Court prankster, King Oberon's right hand, bane of many a faery queen's existence—and secret friend to Prince Ash of the Winter Court. Until one girl's death came between them, and another girl stole both their hearts.
Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone's come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck's help—into the heart of the Summer Court. Puck faces the ultimate choice—betray Ash and possibly win the girl they both love, or help his former friend turned bitter enemy pull off a deception that no true faery prankster could possibly resist.
Don't miss the next chapter of the Iron Fey saga, The Lost Prince.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Bloggiesta 2013: Wrap Up

Done! and Done! OLE!

I almost forgot in my complete excitement to post my wrap up of Bloggiesta.  This was a most productive Bloggiesta I have had in awhile.  This one rocked!  
Here is what went down in the three days of getting my blogs back on track. 

BEA Book Review: The Galactic Defenders & Giveaway


The Galactic Defenders - The Financial Campaign
Author: Samuel R. Yuen
Genre: Children's Adventure  
Publisher: Xulon Press
Release Date: February 20, 2013
Paperback: 80 pages

Source: Free from the author at BEA13
Buy the Book: Amazon

Monday, September 23, 2013

Review: Cleopatra's Moon

Cleopatra's Moon
Author: Vicky Alvear Shecter
Genre:  Historical Fiction, YA Romance
Publisher:   Oasis Audio 
Release Date:  August 1, 2011
Audiobook: 12 hours and 29 minutes
Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Grade Level: 8 and up

Source: Free from Audiobooksync.com
Buy the Book: Amazon

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Bloggiesta 2013: Day Three

Ole!  Day Three was neat! Ole!
Here are my Day One, Two and Three stats:

Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: 50 Bookish Things

The Book Wheel
During Bloggiesta I participated in a mini-challenge hosted by The Book Wheel and Love at First Book.  
The challenge is to create a list of 50 Bookish Things you want to do before you kick the bucket.  
This took me awhile to get my list together.  After reading the other list from various bloggers, they all seem to be the same things in mind.  I have a few things that are, I guess, not what most of the book bloggers want.   Here is it!

Sunday Best #46

 
Hosted by Tanya at Girlxoxo.com
 
How was your week everyone? I had a great and productive week here at My Little Pocketbooks thanks to BLOGGIESTA!!  I am so happy to have things checked off of my goal list.  I was a bit overwhelmed at first but I just knocked one thing out after another.  How did you do?
 
So what is Sunday Best?
Every Sunday, we are going to share the best post on our blogs and other blogs we visited from the past week and link them up.  Join us in showing off your Sunday Best and leave a comment or two.

 
My Favorite Blog Post This Week

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Bloggiesta 2013: Day Two

Ole!  Day Two is Complete! Ole!
Here are my Day One and Two stats:

Banned Book Giveaway Hop

Hosted by Bookhounds & I Am A Reader Not A Writer


What I Am Reading...


Friday, September 20, 2013

Bloggiesta 2013: Day One

 
Ole!  Day One is done! Ole!
Here are my Day One stats:

Book Blogger Hop: Favorite Genre & First Line Friday

 TGIF!!
Welcome everyone to another post of Book Blogger Hop (hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer).  Billy got a new blog design and button for this weekly meme.  Go to his blog and check out the nice layout he his sporting.  This meme is cool because you can post any day of the week.  That's right no pressure on getting your post up a specific day of the week.  Each week there will be a new topic submit by a blogger and everyone can join in with their answers.  You should join us!
  This weeks Topic/Question
September 20th - 26th: What is your favorite genre? List two of your favorite books in that genre. (submitted by Elizabeth)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: Post Brainstorming

Welcome to another Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge.  
Sept. 20 - Sept 22
Today's mini-challenge is all about coming up with post ideas.  Some people tell you to post a lot to get readers.  But there is only so much you can say about the books you are reading.  Right? Well today I am going to try and help you out by giving you 13 different ideas to help you come up with a few new ideas.
Disclaimer!!!
I am by far NOT a blogger expert/pro.  I am just shooting out ideas to help you with brainstorming about post topics.  This is not a MUST DO at all.  Just a suggestion.  OK!  We cool!  OK!
If you follow all of these suggestions then you can post about 336 post in a year.

Let's get started!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Valley of Amazement

Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I am eagerly anticipating.
I never did this meme because there are just too many book in my house to think about adding more.  But I was so thrilled to see one of my favorite authors coming out with a new book...I just had to share.
This week's pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Bloggiesta 2013: Goals

Sept. 20 - Sept. 22
OLE!  It's time for my most favorite blogging event on the planet.  BLOGGIESTA!!!!  Whoot!  Whoot!  I am so thrilled as you can see!  And yes I know that I am posting my goals a few days early.  But it's BLOGIESTAAAAA!
First, let me tell you a bit about BLOGGIESTA!
In short, Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon revolving around ticking off those items on your to-do list and improving your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing. Our awesome mascot Pedro (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize) is ready to break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music and whack a pinata or two! It’s nothing short of an awesome fiesta! - From the About section.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Review: Of Love and Evil

Of Love and Evil (Book 2)
Author: Anne Rice
Genre: Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Publisher: Random House Audio
Release Date: November 30, 2010
Series: Songs of the Seraphim's
Audiobook: 5 hours and 33 minutes
Narrator: Paul Michael

Source: Overdrive e-Library
Buy the Book: Amazon

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday Best #45

 
Hosted by Tanya at Girlxoxo.com
 
How was your week everyone? I am officially, as of today, caught up on all my reviews.  Yup!  No more reviews in the cue.  I am now finishing up a book to be reviewed next Monday.  *happy dance*  Wheww!  Now I can breathe!  So now we are back to our regularly scheduled program.
Now on to Sunday Best.
 
 So what is Sunday Best?
Every Sunday, we are going to share the best post on our blogs and other blogs we visited from the past week and link them up.  Join us in showing off your Sunday Best and leave a comment or two.
My Favorite Blog Post This Week

Friday, September 13, 2013

Fitness Friday #7: Fitbit Flex vs. Body Bug

Hosted by Jill @ jillconyers.com
Welcome to Fitness Friday. Where I (and you) put down our books and talk about our fitness goals. As well as other fitness stuff!
 
 What is Fitness Friday?
If you blog and/or have a Facebook Page about health/fitness, want to learn more about diet, exercise, nutrition, setting goals or if you just want to meet new people and find new health and fitness focused blogs, then join Jill for Fitness Friday!
FF has been great way to meet new friends and find new health and fitness blogs. 
It has been awhile since I did a Fitness Friday post.  But I have been on and off my fitness routine.  After a few months on straight work-out burn out I'MMM BAACKKK!!
 
I have had several months using The Body Bugg before I moved on to The Fitbit Flex, I decided to make a list of the pros and cons of both.

VS.


Book Blogger Hop: Book Club & First Lines

 
Hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer    TGIF!!
Welcome everyone to another post of Book Blogger Hop (hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer).   This meme is cool because you can post any day of the week.  That's right no pressure on getting your post up a specific day of the week.  Each week there will be a new topic submit by a blogger and everyone can join in with their answers.  You should join us!
  This weeks Topic/Question
September 13th - 19th: Are you in a book club? How does your book club choose books? How far in advance do you choose? (submitted by Elizabeth)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

What Should I Do to Improve My Blog?

Lately, this question has been on my mind more and more.  Since I started this blog over a year ago, my goal was to have some way to keep track of the books I was reading and to have fun while doing it.  Not to be a big book blogger.  Not to even be a "blogger".  Several times I lost the overall meaning of my blog and then I jumped back to the original game plan.  How did I lose my purpose?  Well, I joined book tours and started using author guest post, cover reveals and giveaways as post fillers about books I would never read.  Don't get me wrong not all of them were just fillers.  I did read and review a few books from a book tour and I loved them.  But that was very, very few and far between.  Then, I joined a ton of giveaway hops and memes to get my numbers up.  It worked but I was not suppose to be blogging for numbers.  I'd lost sight of the original goal.  Keeping track of the books I read.  
Ok!  Now it's almost two years later and I have had a bit of time off!  It's time to do some soul searching about my blog.  And I really REALLY! want your thoughts on this too.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Blogger Opps for Great Giveaways

Blogger Opportunity
Giveaway  September 30 to October 21

We are giving away
Coach Ashley Signature Carryall  (Value $398)

Announcement required for free link

My Favorite Books From School

You know that I was in school (not college) like a million years ago.  Since then the high school required reading list has grown by a few hundred book.  The books I remember reading seem to get lost with the list constantly growing.  So I thought I would share my favorite books from when I was in school.  These are not in any particular order, just as it come to me.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Review: Soulless


Soulless
Author:  Gail Carriger
Genre:  Steampunk, Paranormal, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: October 1, 2009
Paperback: 384 pages
Series: The Parasol Protectorate (Book 1) 

Source:  Purchased last year at Passion and Prose Conference
Buy the Book: Amazon

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday Best #44

 
Hosted by Tanya at Girlxoxo.com
 
How was your week everyone? I had a great and productive week here at My Little Pocketbooks.  I am getting reviews done, meme's done and reading again.  Whew!  I am so happy to have my mojo slowly getting back on track.  I was worried there for a minute.
 So what is Sunday Best?
Every Sunday, we are going to share the best post on our blogs and other blogs we visited from the past week and link them up.  Join us in showing off your Sunday Best and leave a comment or two.


My Favorite Blog Post This Week

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

Book Blogger Hop: The Blogging Beginnings & First Line

 
Hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer   
TGIF!!
Welcome everyone to another post of Book Blogger Hop (hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer).   This meme is cool because you can post any day of the week.  That's right no pressure on getting your post up a specific day of the week.  Each week there will be a new topic submit by a blogger and everyone can join in with their answers.  You should join us!
 
This weeks Topic/Question
September 6th - September 12th: What got you started as a blogger? Everyone has a story/reason, what's yours? (submitted by Judy)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Review: Children Books from BEA13


(ARC) Audrey Bunny
Author: Angie Smith 
Illustrator: Breezy Brookshire 
Genre: Children's Book
Publisher: B&H Kids 
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Hardcover: 32 pages

Source:  Free from publisher at BEA13
Buy the Book: Amazon

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September is Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2013 
begins on Sunday, September 15 and ends on Tuesday, October 15
Yes it is!  Along with Back to School Month for almost everyone under the age of 21.  But as much as I can, I try to give you all (book bloggers) an opportunity to find a few good reads to help diversify your bookshelves.   There are so many great writers out there creating amazing books with Hispanic main characters, history and culture and they are not getting enough of our attention.  (That is of course my opinion only)  But you rarely see an author of Hispanic origin on a book blogger tour or their books getting many reviews from book bloggers.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

August 2013: Wrap Up

I am finally caught up on all (almost all) my blog post from June and July.  Whew!  I won't do that again.  I should say I will try not to do that again.  
Confession time!  I have been in a reading slump for some time now and I think it was BEA's fault.  I was so OVERWHELMED with so many books in my house after I got home that I didn't know what to do.  Where to start and I just didn't want to look at books for awhile?  *gasp* I know!  I said it!  But I think I am coming out of it.  SLOWWWWLY! So that is enough chatting let's get to the wrap up for August.  I love this only when I have hit my personal goal.  Nope I am not telling you what it is.  I just have a number, a small number in my head for the number of books read and reviewed on my blog.  Ok!  Now here are the stats.

I posted 21 post on this blog and August was Native American Heritage Month.
  
  This month I bought
  1 books. (A total of 7 book so far this year.  Audiobooks and e-books don't count since they don't take up space on my bookcase.)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Labor Day

I should take today off from blogging.  Humm!  After my two and half month hiatus, it wouldn't be justified.  But it was a nice thought.  
Enjoy the day off! 

Review: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place - The Mysterious Howling


The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place - The Mysterious Howling
Author: Maryrose Wood
Genre:  Children's Fiction
Publisher: Harper Audio
Release Date:  February 23, 2010
Audiobook:  5 hours and 28 minutes
Narrator: Katherine Kellgren
Series: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (Book 1 - 4)

Source: Free from Audiobooksync.com
Buy the Book: Amazon

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sunday Best #43

 
Hosted by Tanya at Girlxoxo.com
 
How was your week everyone?  I am so glad to be back blogging on a regular.  I have to say that I am putting pressure on myself to get caught up on my reviews. As I finish one, I get a big sigh of relief.  I know there is no one holding me to it...but...you know.
Now on to Sunday Best.
 
 So what is Sunday Best?
Every Sunday, we are going to share the best post on our blogs and other blogs we visited from the past week and link them up.  Join us in showing off your Sunday Best and leave a comment or two.
My Favorite Blog Post This Week