Being Crushed Under Piles of Books!!

Greetings! Can you believe July is almost over already? Yikes! Where in the world did summer go?

And the scariest part – I still have not read all the books I want to read this summer!! How will I get through them all before school starts and I no longer have time for recreational reading??

I’m literally being crushed by all the books I still want to read!!*

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 10.05.10 AMMe being crushed under all the books I want to read!!**
(see it is even all dark an ominous!)


Left side:
Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – currently reading – about halfway through (see bookmark)
Bourne & Tributary by Lisa T Bergren
Deluge by Lisa T Bergren
– why have I not read this already?
Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber
– first person to read this book from the library! (and I hear it is better than the first book translation really excited!)
In the Shadow of His Wings by Gereon Goldmann – borrowing from my cousin 
Outcasts by Jill Williamson
– still not read it?  What is wrong with me?
Rebels by Jill Williamson
Season of Wonder by Lisa T Bergren – yes, I am behind on all her books…

The Inklings of Oxford by Harry Lee Poe and James Ray Veneman – I have this one solely for the many pictures inside xD

Right Side:
Cinder by Marissa Meyer – currently reading – about three quarters of the way (see bookmark)
The Teens Guide to Wold Domination by Josh Shipp – because I really am an evil scicopath intent on using my book knowledge to take of the world.  Mwahaha!!!
Samir and Yonata by Daniella Carmi – first book in a long time I picked up at the library without prior knowledge of it.  We’ll see how it goes!
Erak’s Ransom by John Flanagan – I read one or two books in this series every summer.  I will get through them eventually!
I Still Believe by Jeremy Camp
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson – SO EXCITED TO READ THIS!!!!!!
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Cress by Marissa Meyer – reading through this series with Sierra :)


*In which I employ quite a bit of dramatics
** Not all.  No where close to all.  More like a drop in the bucket.


7 series I want to read this year

I find that most of the books I read are in series.  I’m not sure if that is because series seem to be the most popular way to publish books, or if I just really like reading books in series.  Either way, series can be really awesome!  I love it when I know I can read more of the character’s adventures in other books.

This is a list of series I intend to read (or finish) this year.  They are in the order that I will likely read them in, though it is subject to change.

1. Angel Eyes Trilogy by Shannon Dittemore

I have already read the first book in this series, for which I have a review here, and look forward to the others!  As Sierra has said, she, Zac, and I will be reading the last two of these books together!

about book one:
Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.

Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.

Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.

A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.

2. Safe Lands Trilogy by Jill Williamson
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I first read Captives last year, and fell in love with it!  It took me some time to get ahold of the other books, and by then I was already distracted by other books.  Isn’t that awful?  That books can distract me from reading books?  Anyway, I am determined to finish this series after I finish the Angel Eyes trilogy!

about book one:
In a dystopian future, eighteen-year-old Levi returns from Denver City with his latest scavenged treasures and finds his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many–including his fiancée, Jem–taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe.

Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back. The Safe Lands has protected people since the plague decimated the world generations ago … and its rulers have promised power and wealth beyond Omar’s dreams.

Meanwhile, their brother Mason has been granted a position inside the Safe Lands, and may be able to use his captivity to save not only the people of his village, but also possibly find a cure for the virus that threatens everyone within the Safe Lands’ walls. Will Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Lands’ façade before it’s too late?

3. River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren
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I have already read Waterfall, Cascade, and Torrent.  They are amazing books!!  At the time, Deluge was not released yet, and I had a hard time finding Bourne & Tributary.  I have since purchased both books, but they remain on my shelf unread.  I really really need to change that!  Hopefully I will get to them soon!

about book one:
Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaelogist parents. Stuck among the rubble of the medieval castles in rural Tuscany, on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds…until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.

4. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
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Everyone I know who has read this series absolutely loves them.  They sound really interesting too!  Sci-fi, futuristic, fairy tale retelling.  Definitely something I would read!  Of course, Winter does not come out until November.  I hope to read the first three books before it comes out, so I can actually read Winter once it is released.

about book one:
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

5. O’Malley series by Dee Henderson

This series was recommended to me by a friend.  I read the first two books, The Negotiator, and The Guardian right away.  I thoroughly enjoyed them!  I’m really not sure why I haven’t continued the series sooner.  I plan on reading them in publication order, finishing the series before reading the prequel Danger in the Shadows.

about book one:
Failure is not an option…
FBI special agent Dave Richman has spent his life protecting people; failure is not in his vocabulary. He’ll figure out a way to protect Kate even if she is determined to make it difficult.
Failure means somebody dies…
Kate O’Malley’s specialty is hostage situations – defusing human time bombs before they go off. She will walk into the middle of a crisis if that’s what is necessary to settle a situation. She’s learned to let others see what she wants them to see. She’s learned to depend on herself. Only herself. People die if she fails.
Failure is what someone wants…
Kate is a target. Someone’s been sending her black roses. Maybe the same person who just blew up an airplane…and blamed Kate. Then the investigation brings up the one name Kate hoped never to hear again…and she’s faced with the shocking evidence that the bomber may be someone she knows. Now she has to decide if Dave – and the God he trusts so implicitly – is all he’s supposed to be. And Dave is about to discover that loving a hostage negotiator is one thing, but keeping her safe is another matter entirely…

6. A Fairy Tale Retold by Regina Doman
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This series I read quite out of order.  I first picked up these books based on what the library had on it’s shelf.  I want to go back and read them in order now.  It just seems whenever I am at the library, either the book I want is checked out or I don’t have time to read.  At least the semester is over now, so I plan on reading the rest of these!

about book one:
Once upon a time… In New York City, a young, secretive street tough who calls himself, Bear, lands on the doorstep of two teenaged sisters. On the one hand Rose is delighted with his surprising knowledge of literature, poetry, and music; on the other hand Blanche is afraid of his apparent connections to drugs, murder, and a hidden treasure. Even as Blanche learns to trust him, her fears that Bear’s friendship threatens their family prove terrifyingly true.

7. Refiner’s Fire trilogy by Lynn Austin
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I read Candle in the darkness a couple years ago.  It was the second Lynn Austin that I read.  Previously I had read Though Waters Roar.  Both of these Lynn Austin books thought were amazing and rated 5 stars.  But since then I have not only failed to finish this series, I have not even read another Lynn Austin.  I should really get back to them soon!

about book one:
The daughter of a wealthy slave-holding family from Richmond, Virginia, Caroline Fletcher is raised in a culture that believes slavery is God-ordained and biblically acceptable. But upon awakening to the cruelty and injustice it encompasses, Caroline’s eyes are opened for the first time to the men and women who have cared tirelessly for her. Her journey of maturity and faith will draw her into the abolitionist movement, where she is confronted with the risks and sacrifices her beliefs entail.