My Lady Jane by Hand, Ashton, Meadows

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Last Friday I was at the Library forcing myself to finish Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. As I was leaving I thought I should just browse the shelves and I saw My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. I have been seeing so many book bloggers talking about this book for months, and behold it was in my own library! So I got it, and no regrets are going to be given because it was wonderful. There is something about this book that makes me want to hold it and read its words over and over again.

Start Date: October 29th, 2016

End Date: November 1st, 2016

About the Book

Edward, the King of England is dying. Which sucks because he is sixteen and hasn’t had his first kiss yet. But because of his upcoming death, he decides that his cousin and best friend Jane is to marry Gifford… who happens to become a horse from dawn to dusk. Nobody is happy with this arrangement, but the plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and Gifford are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. They have to figure out how to save the Kingdom, as well as themselves before it is off with their heads!

Come on now,  a book about a dying king, and a sixteen year old girl marrying a horse? You have to read a story about that.

Something you should know before picking up this book is that it is written for comedic relief, it is not supposed to be a thrilling novel with twists and turns, so make sure you are in the right mood for this type of read, otherwise you might not enjoy it.

That being said, the prologue was funny, intriguing, and the narrators of the story give you  all the information you need to know, even a pronunciation lesson which I appreciated very much.

I would say that the writing is a middle school reading level, but with high school topics haha. For example, I wouldn’t hand this to someone younger than 15.

What I Loved

I really like this book. The story flows freely and the writing meshed into my mind well, meaning that it was easy for me to become absorbed into their world. The authors did steal a lot of famous and modern quotes which sometimes made me laugh while other times deserved eye rolls.

The book is the perfect size, it’s pretty, and the paper is like thick parchment. It was hard for me to put it down, mostly because I just wanted to hold it. This weekend my family was having a Gilmore Girl marathon and between each episode I made them pause so I could read a chapter. I needed to finish it!

I like part two of the book better because it had more laugh out loud humor. I laughed at a line so explosively that it scared my cat off my bed lol.

What I appreciated about this book was that all the characters showed the immaturity of their age. They acted like sixteen year olds in these crazy situations. Their actions, thoughts, and feelings were totally realistic.

What I Didn’t Like As Much

I couldn’t relate to any of the characters. I tried, I really did! But everyone is too perfect- the biggest flaws are the crooked nose on Dudley who is evil anyways, and Jane’s crazy red hair.

Also, WE GET IT. JANE IS A BOOKWORM. YOU DON’T NEED TO SAY IT EVERY TWO PAGES. I love my fellow book worms, but it was getting annoying.

A Tiny Taste

“As G’s eyes adjusted to the scene before him, he saw Edward raise a … fire poker?… and Jane pull out… a frying pan?

Whose cockamamie idea were these weapons? Probably Jane’s. They seemed like Jane’s idea of weapons.”

– My Lady Jane, Hand, Ashton, Meadows.

For Bookshelf of Borrowing?

Bookshelf- so I can look at it and force other people to read it.

I already know that the longer I go without reading this book, the more my brain will fall in love with the idea of it, though I’m not sure that I will read it again myself.

About The Authors

Brodi Ashton– author of the Everneath series and Diplomatic Immunity

Cynthia Hand– New York Time bestselling author of the Unearthly series and The Last Time We Say Goodbye (Which is fantastic by the way).

Jodi Meadows– Author of the Incarnate and Orphan Queen series.

Now I am going to dive into the spoiler section of this review, if you don’t want to be spoiled then turn back now! I’ve warned you!

Until Next Time,

~R

 

 

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I just need to talk about Gracie for a second. Of course she was fox lol, oh the irony. She is braver and more kick-butt than Jane, but she is also very insecure.

Then there is Mary- All I can say is, if your little brother took the throne from you and gave it your cousin, wouldn’t you be upset too? Sure her ways were unorthodox, but come on now.

Also, I was so weirded out when I found out that Pet was a human girl. Like.. #awkward.

Oh my gosh! G’s loving and tender support when Jane became queen and she was scared-sigh, my hopeless romantic side was fulfilled.

When Edward made Bess queen I was not expecting it which made it so cliché. And there ladies and gentlmen is how we got Queen Elizabeth. That was very humorous to me!

And lastly, My two favorite quotes that had me laughing out loud:

“No horse jokes,” he said.

“My lord, I apologize for the horse joke. If you put down the book- unharmed! – I will give you a carrot.”

He brandished the book at her, “Was that a horse joke?”

“Neigh.”

“Was that a horse joke?”

“Well, changing because of the position of the sun definitely sounds like a curse tome, ” Jane argued.

“Me too.” Edward frowned. “I think it’s likely that Gifford was cursed, and Jane, you got this curse because you married him. Which means this is partially my fault. I’m so sorry.”

Jane touched Edward’s arm, consolingly. “It’s not your fault.” Gifford gave another loud snort, and something large and ploppy dropped from his hindquarters. He never had the best manners in his horse form.”- My Lady Jane, Hand, Ashton, Meadows

Until Next Time,

~R

 

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 2)

I was tagged by the lovely Lia from Lost In a Story to post a new quote every day for three days and today is day two! Here are the rules again just in case you forgot…

Here are the rules:

  • Show the challenge on your blog.
  • Thank your nominator.
  • Pick a favourite quote, explain what it means and tell your readers why you chose that quote.
  • Nominate people for every post
  • Post the challenge once a day for 3 days and include one quote for each post.

Here is my quote for today!

“He told me once to be brave, and though I have stood still while knives spun toward my face and jumped off a roof, I never thought I would need bravery in the small moments of my life. I do.”

-Veronica Roth, Divergent

I chose this quote because I wanted to be an encouragement to any body out there who is struggling. It takes great bravery to face your enemies and to slay those dragons, but it takes a different kind of bravery to face the small tasks, to face every day when things and feelings are happening that you can’t control. Keep on Keepin On!

Okay, That is my mushy moment haha.

So! As I said yesterday, I challenge you person reading this! Take three days to share three quotes, they don’t even have to be you favorite. Take a random line from the book you’re reading now. It can be so random and out of context. Extra points if you do that!

If you do this challenge, give me a holla because I want to see what you post. All right lovelies, I’ll see ya next time.

~R

 

 

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge (Day One)

I was tagged by the lovely Lia from Lost In a Story to post a new quote every day. For anybody who was around when I first started, my main thang was daily quotes, but I drifted from that. This is the perfect excuse to dip my toes in it again, because why not! Also, it was very sweet of her to tag me.

Here are the rules:

 

  • Show the challenge on your blog.
  • Thank your nominator.
  • Pick a favourite quote, explain what it means and tell your readers why you chose that quote.
  • Nominate people for every post
  • Post the challenge once a day for 3 days and include one quote for each post.

I’m not going to tag anybody specifically, but I’m going to tag everyone who hasn’t already done this! It’s fun, plus I want to see what your favorite quotes are.

For day one I am going to quote Cassandra Clare in City of Bones. Every. Single. Time. I read this quote it makes me laugh out loud.

Clary: “Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?”

Jace: “If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”

Every time people, every time. I actually snort because of Jace’s cockiness. It’s wonderful.

So! I challenge you person reading this! Take three days to share three quotes, they don’t even have to be you favorite. Take a random line from the book you’re reading now. It can be so random and out of context. Actually… That’s a good idea! Extra points if you do that haha.

If you do this challenge, give me a holla because I want to see what you post. All right lovelies, I’ll see ya next time.

~R

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

5Oh my gosh, you guys. I did it. I finished it and I am so proud of myself. It took me 20 days to finish this book and holy moly it took me 19 of those days to read 49% of it.

To finish reading this book, it took banning myself to the back corner of my local library and dissolving into the story for three hours.

I think my problem was that I read the first two books in four days so I was just burned. out. and not ready to take on book three. Once I forced myself to finish it, I really liked it. This is probably my favorite in the series so far.

Start Date: October 8th, 2016

Finish Date: October 28th, 2016

 

About The Book (From Goodreads)

Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

What I Loved

To be honest, I loved how frustrating it was. I loved how the entire Wizarding world took every precaution to protect Harry and Harry was his sassy self and did what he wanted.

I actually don’t know how to write this part without spoilers. Let’s just say the feud between Ron and Hermione through the entire book, Harry and Professor Lupin, Hermione taking all the classes, sigh. This was a good book.

A Tiny Taste

“You think the dead we have loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you have need of him. How else could you produce that particular Patronus? Prongs rode again last night.”… And then I remembered the most unusual form your Patronus took, when it charged Mr. Malfoy down at your Quidditch match against Ravenclaw. So you did see your father last night, Harry. . . . You found him inside yourself.”

For Bookshelf or Borrowing?

Bookshelf. I would read this book again. It good on it’s own.

About The Author

J.K. Rowling is the author of the beloved, best-selling, record-braking Harry Potter series. She started writing the series during a delayed Manchester to London King’s Cross train journay, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel. J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees.

Extras:

More Aout J.K. Rowling

Movie Trailor

Goodreads

Magical World of Pottermore

I Am A Book Depository Affiliate!

I am a Book Depository Affiliate!

I’m pretty excited about this because Book Depository is my favorite place to buy books! In almost every blog post I link to a book, now when you click on a book title on my blog, it will take you to the Book Depo page.

Being a Book Depository Affiliate means that if you click on one of my links and buy a book from Book Depo then I will get 5% back to buy more books! It doesn’t cost you anything, it just helps feed my bookish habits.

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This is what the sidebar link look like

If you are ever wanting to buy a book, please come visit me and click on my Box in my sidebar and shop through there. Or not! This is just a heads up that from this point on there will affiliate links in my post.

 

Alright, announcement over. Please enjoy the rest of you book.

Until Next Time,

~R

 

The Goodreads Tag

I am doing BTD’s first ever Tag post. I’m feeling pretty snazzy and in the cool-blogger’s club. I saw The Goodreads Tag on Girl Who Reads  and thought to myself, “OH MY GOSH I NEED TO DO THIS.” Yes, I did scream in my thoughts haha.

I wasn’t tagged, so anybody who would like to join may do so! If tags aren’t your thang, then all the more power to you.

If they are, then let’s get down to geeking out over Goodreads aka my favorite website.

What Was The Last Book You Marked as “Read”?

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Yessss. After 20-day reading slump I finally finished the third Harry Potter book. It took me sitting in the back corner of my local library for three hours and dissolving completely into the story to finish the last 51% of the book. I know that percentage because thank you Kindle-App. This is book has been my favorite so far, but I definitely need a little break from our good friend HP.

 

 

 

What are you currently reading?

My Lady Jane– Currently on page 249, oh my goodness. so good.

Girl Defined– My current daily devotional, study. I don’t know, I’m reading this at a slow pace and taking notes.

When People Are Big and God is Small– I started this book in September, haven’t picked it up since, but I will not give up!

What Was the last book you marked as ‘to read’?

Letters From Father Christmas

What I Thought Was True

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

So… basically that last three books that were reviewed by book bloggers I follow lol.

What book do you plan to read next?

The Crown’s Game and Someone Like You

#ThankYouLastMinuteLibraryCheckoutUrges

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes I do! I actually love using their rating system better than others.

Are you doing a 2016 reading challenge?

Heh…heh… Every year I start the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge, and so far I read one book off the list and then just continue to read what I want to.

Do you have a Wishlist?

Umm. Yes.

What book do you plan to buy next?

There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

A Harvest of Hope by Lauraine Snelling

Streams of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling

Bloom by Estee Lalonde

Do you have any favorite quotes. Would you like to share a few?

I have many favorite quotes, but instead of searching for them I am going to quote my all time favorite quote which is not even from a book-

“Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.”- Tyler Knott Gregson

Who are your favorite Authors?

Kiera Cass, Lauren Oliver, Roald Dahl

Have you joined any groups?

Yes! I got super excited when I first joined Goodreads in 2012 and joined a lot of groups, some of which I refuse to leave because of time in the group. But I recently joined The Readers created by Girl Who Reads which I am super excited about joining.

How many shelves do you have on Goodreads?

All together I have nine- Read, Currently Reading, To Read, 2014, 2015, 2016, Gave Up On, Raves, and Up-Next.

I am going to ask one more question,

Who Is Your Favorite Publishing Company?

Harper Collins! I can look at a cover and tell right away if it is from Harper Collins or not. And if I’m not paying attention and I end up really liking the book it’s almost always Harper Collins. I don’t know how or why, but that is fact.

 

I greatly enjoyed writing this, hehehe my tag cravings are now full. If you do this tag or have done it put a link in the comments because I would greatly love to read it.

Until Next Time,

~R

 

Bookish Tea Dribbles Got A Makeover

Woohoo! I am so excited for BTD’s new look, I hope you guys like it as much as I do. The colors, the new header image, it’s just what I needed. This new layout inspires me and gets me excited to back and write. It’s like my own cozy little corner of the Internet where I can curl up and fangirl to my heart’s content.

I just wanted to shout to the rooftops about how much I love it. Alright, you may go back to your reading now.

Until next time,

~R

BTD Weekly Round Up

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I am starting a new series! Every Saturday I am going to post a round-up of my favorite bookish blog posts from around the web to share with you lovelies. Here are this week’s Picks!

7th annual broke and bookish secret santa

The Broke and Bookish just launched the sign up for this year’s secret santa and I am beyond excited! Follow their instructions for signing, get paired up with a fellow book lover, and send each other a bookish christmas package! Don’t miss out!

A Goodreads Group!

Lu from Girl Who Reads launched a Goodreads group, which I am totally joining. Girl Who Reads blog is pretty much my favorite thing to read right now, so please go over there and show her some love.

Can ARC’s Become Too Overwhelming?

As someone who wants to get in the ARC circle, this post was super helpful for long time ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) readers and people who have never heard of it!

Those are my favorite bookish reads for this week. There aren’t many this week as it is brand new, but it will pick up.

If you are a book blogger please link your blog in the comments! I would love to follow, and who know, you might be featured.

Until Next Time,

~R

My Book Collection 2016

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Hey look! My desk where I do all my creating!

Yay for filler posts! I have been in such a reading slump, I still haven’t finished Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Isn’t that terrible?! I swear that I’m that reader who either reads a book in four hours, or doesn’t read for four months. It’s so bad.

So I am giving myself some extra time by writing this post. I’ve done a lot of moving in the past year and a half. I moved to New York City for a year, then to my mom’s house, and as of this past Sunday, I am now living at my dad’s house.Phew! It’s been crazy. I have had to pack and ship boxes three times. THREE TIMES. By the second time you pack everything up you start wondering if your stuff is really worth it, just imagine the third time.

I got rid of/donated a lot of books during the different moving sessions, and these are the books that have made it to their (for now) final destination. These lucky ducks.

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Let’s start with the left side of my computer:

  • Nimona by Noella Stevenson
  • Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womenhood by Piper & Grudem
  • Uprooting Anger by Robert D. Jones
  • It’s Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke
  • Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Living The Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney
  • When People Are Big and God is Small by Edward T. Welch
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • The Carousel Painter by Judith Miller
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Desiring God by John Piper
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • Romeo And/Or Juliet by Ryan North

Woah, that was more than I thought lol. Pardon me for not linking the titles to Amazon. Not for the right side!

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This side is tiny haha.

  • On Our Knees by Susan J. Heck
  • The Swiss Family Robinson by John Wyss
  • Let Me Be A Woman by Elisabeth Elliot
  • The Giver by Lois Lowery

Something else I just realized? Only 9/19 are fiction lol even though I am more of a fiction girl than non-fiction.

So for one reason or another, these are books that are special enough to me to keep through multiple states.

What are some books that go wherever you go?

Until Next Time

~R

October Books On Hold

My reading habits are almost exclusively funded by my local library, they have such a good selection for being a small town! But because I have been living and traveling all over the place this past year I have come to survive on their ebook program. Now that I’m back home, almost all of the books I read are still library ebooks!

Reading the first two books in the Harry Potter series in 5 days has me feeling a little bit of HP burnout. I’m not going to give up! I just need to readjust my reading timeline haha. So I have requested some books at the library for my October TBR and figured I would share them because if I can’t read them at least I can write about them!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Yes, I just talked about my needing to adjust my HP reading timeline. Yes, I am only on page 10 of book three. No, it is not too early to request the fourth book. I’m just saying.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The movie just came out, it’s spooky sounding, it also happens to be a favorite of my close-friend. I figured it is time to bite the bullet and read it already. You never know, I might like it.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I have been wanting to read this ever since I heard it was coming out and it’s been on my library wishlist for so long that I finally put it on hold. PLus, I am always in the mood for a laugh.

Those are the books that I cannot wait to get my hands on in the upcoming weeks! Ahhhh I’m so excited. Do you read books or ebooks from the library? What books are you currently waiting for?

~R