My Little Pocketbooks: September 2015   

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Shelf Control: Happiness Like Water

http://bookshelffantasies.com/
Welcome to the a new weekly feature from Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies called…  

Shelf Control!

Shelf Control is a weekly blog meme where we blogger talk about the books we have.  From the Lisa's blog.."Instead of looking ahead to upcoming new releases, Shelf Control focuses on already released books that I want to read. Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, books that are either on my shelves or on my Kindle!"
God knows I have tons and tons of books to talk about.  
My Shelf Control pick this week is: 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Write Up Review A Thon: Wrap Up

Hosted by Book Bumblings

I think this is the first time I had a huge pile of books to review.  I am telling you now, I did not finish the pile but I got a few (very few) things done.  There are just not enough hours in the day honestly.  So I will be joining this event again next month for sure.  Here are my wrap up stats.

Review: The Lost Symbol

The Lost Symbol
Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Thriller
Publisher:  Random House Audio
Release Date: September 15, 2009
Audiobook: 17 hours and 51 minutes
Narrator: Paul Michael
Source: Free from E-Library

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Cover Characteristics: Purses and Suitcases

Hosted by Sugar and Snark
Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit).
You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!
  You know this was soo up my alley.  I loved, loved, loved look for purses on book covers.  Click on the book titles below to go to their Amazon page.

~ Purses and Suitcases  ~

Saturday, September 26, 2015

New Home: Write On Review-A-Thon

http://www.bookbumblings.com/review-a-thon-signup-2015-09/
Hosted by Book Bumblings
Hi all!  Remember back several months ago when I was blogging on the regular and I was participating in a few blogging events.  Well, one of them Write On Review-a-Thon was hosted by The Book Vixen now it has a new home.  
Book Bumblings is now hosting the event now.  
From Brittany's blog and sign up page

Welcome to Write On Review-a-Thon’s new home!

From here on out, I will be hosting the review-a-thon on the last weekend of each month. Signups will be posted about a week ahead of time, we’ll review our hearts out from Friday to Sunday, and the wrap-up post will be posted on Monday.
The next review-a-thon will be this Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Book Blogger Hop: Book Sites

Happy Friday everyone. 
TGIF!!!!!  So glad today is Friday.

What is Book Blogger Hop all about?
Each week the host at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted writer will prompt a new topic submit by a blogger and everyone can join in with their answers. You should join us! It's quite fun!  No really it is!

This Weeks Topic/Question

September 25th - October 1st: Do you belong to Shelfari, Goodreads, LibraryThing, and other similar sites? If so, can you list all of the book sites you belong to so others can take a look at them? (submitted by Elizabeth)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

October 2015 Blog Ahead Challenge: Goals

Hosted by the awesome ladies at Herding Cats and Burning Soup and Caffeinated Book Reviewer
 
Hi everyone!  I am soo thrilled to announce this blogger event coming up next month called BLOG AHEAD!  What's the big deal about it?  Well for one, think about all the times you wanted to have a blog post go up but life, work, school, your friends and family came first.  Now just image if you had scheduled out a month of post before the cray-cray started.  That would be one more thing off your mind since your blog would be on cruise control.  
Example: Today I am writing this post on 9/17/15 but you will not see it posted until... wait for it...9/23/15.  Voila!  I blogged ahead.  
Get it! So here are my goals for this awesome, much needed and super wonderful event.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Review: Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker
Author: E.L. James
Genre: Erotica
Publisher: Random House Audio
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Audiobook: 19 hours and 48 minutes
Narrator: Becca Battoe 
Source: Free from E-Library

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Cover Characteristics: Water

Hosted by Sugar and Snark
Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit).
You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

OMG!  I was soo shocked at the number of books with water on the covers.  There are millions out there.  Women swimming in it.  Men's chest covered in it.  So I thought I would focus on a color.  The color of water for me is blue.  And of course I made it extremely diverse adding POC authors and POC characters.  Click on the book titles below to go to their Amazon page.

~ Water  ~ 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Stuck in A Good Book Giveaway Hop 2015

http://www.stuckinbooks.com/2015/09/stuck-in-good-book-giveaway-hop.html

I haven't done a giveaway in a long, long time so I thought this would be the perfect one to get back into giving away books, bags and gift cards.  
So far I have read a few really great books and audiobooks that were perfect 5 star reads.  
One lucky US winner will get a paperback ARC copy of Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. This book is amazing and helped me get up and out of my reading slump.  I was hooked and you will be too.  I have an ARC of this book that was never opened so it's a new old copy.  LOL!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Book Blogger Hop: Passwords

Happy Friday everyone. 
TGIF!!!!!  So glad today is Friday.  I have been waiting on this three day weekend for the longest.  Just kinda freaked out that my finals start on Monday.  ARGH!  The perils of online classes.  They don't care about holidays. 

What is Book Blogger Hop all about?
Each week the host at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted writer will prompt a new topic submit by a blogger and everyone can join in with their answers. You should join us! It's quite fun!  No really it is!

This Weeks Topic/Question

September 18th - 24th: Where do you keep your passwords for all of your different sites? (submitted by Elizabeth)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Quicky Review #31: No Way Out & The Emporer's Soul

Welcome back to another Quicky Review.
A lot of the time I like to read short stories, prequels and free audiobooks that are short and sweet.  But why do a full review on a book that is say... 100 or less pages long.  I do Quicky Reviews for the shorties and children books as well.  Basically, short stories get short reviews.
Here are just a few sentences one short story and one collection of short e-stories from a few months ago.
There are other Quicky Reviews for you to check out too and don't worry there will be more to come.

Previous Quicky Review 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Diverse Book Tours Presents Best Kept Secret and Giveaway

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I haven't hosted a book tour in a few years but the other day it hit me.  I should help promote books that fit within the reading challenge I am hosting.  Duhh!  It was more or less an Oprah Ahhha Moment.  So today is the kick off of promoting books by POC authors or with POC main characters.  Ladies and gentleman let me present to you a Diversity on the Shelf approved book...
Best Kept Secrets by Shelly Ellis
ISBN: 1617733997
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Pages: 352
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Genre(s): Women's fiction, African American literature

Bloggiesta Is Coming!

You know what's coming up?
BLOGGIESTA!!!
This year I am going to try and keep my To-Do list simple and just focus on the basics.  I am not going to work on both blogs.  I am going to focus on this one only for now because I feel like I have the most work to do here.  

Some of you may be wondering what exactly is Bloggiesta and/or when is it?

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! - Bloggiesta Website

Monday, September 14, 2015

Review: Speak

Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Genre:YA Fiction
Publisher: Listening Library
Release Date: December 7, 2006
Audiobook: 5 hours and 1 minute
Narrator:  Mandy Siegfried
Source: Free from E-library
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Cover Characteristic: Keys

Hosted by Sugar and Snark
Each week the bloggers at Sugar and Snark will post a characteristic and choose 5 of their favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit).
You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great!  Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!
This weeks topic was interesting.  I knew there were a ton of books with keys on them but I couldn't come up with them off the top of my head, so I had to search and search.  And as always... I will make this a diverse list of books (as much as I can).  Click on the book titles below to go to their Amazon page.

~ Keys~

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Review: The Time Keeper

The Time Keeper
Author: Mitch Albom
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Audiobook: 4 hours and 42 minutes
Narrator:  Dan Stevens
Source:  Free from E-Library