For What It's Worth

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Whatever Wednesday



I hope you don’t mind when I veer off books every now and then.

A) I think I have summer brain and the urge to review is barely there.

B) Summer in the PNW is GORGEOUS! I’m so used to hibernating lol I want to share some of the fun things I’ve gotten to do so I’m kind of borrowing Lauren from Shooting Stars and Greg from Greg’s Book Haven features where they talk about their town.

I always thought Ocala, FL was a small town but now that I live in Longview, WA, I realize I was wrong.

Or at least, it’s a different type of small town. Ocala was more about retirees so there weren’t a lot of family friendly activities and because it’s FL – hello 100+ degrees – we limited our outdoor exposure.

In Longview, holidays take on a whole different meaning. There was a 3 day lead up to the 4th of July in our local park. There were food & craft vendors set up, activates like log cutting, hole-in-one golf on the lake, a carnival, concerts, 5k runs, and a cardboard regatta – leading up to the fireworks.

*Dogs were not allowed at the park during all this - Fonzi was not amused.

The cardboard boat regatta is one of the more popular events and I snapped a few pics of the entries.

lake sacajawea, 4th of July, boats


They have a series of races and the goal is not only to make it across the finish line but to not sink – although the sinking is kind of the best part if you’re watching.

Every year there’s a theme and this one was classic tv shows - the Loony Toons boat was my favorite. It did pretty well but was a bit slower because of it’s size. It came in second place though during it’s two heats.

Another favorite was the Bob Ross boat. I love how the crew wore Bob Ross wigs lol

There were also the Twilight Zone, Seinfeld, M.A.S.H & Wheel of Misfortune boats – some were better decorated than others.

The big hit of the race though was the (aptly named) Wheel of Misfortune. There was a person in each side of the wheel and the idea was to run like a hamster wheel to get it moving but…it did not go well lol They valiantly tried twice but…nope. The bets on that boat were not if it would win - but how many feet it would get before going down 😂😂

lake sacajawea, 4th of July, boats

*If you wan t to see it in action you can see my post on Instagram

After all the events were over there was a Beatles cover band and then fireworks.




One of my favorite parts about the move is this park. I really wish we could have all stayed out all night and had a giant group sleepover. It’s just so pretty there.

They have a concert and outdoor movie every week throughout the summer and I hope we can get to a few.

Did you have any fun events in your area for the 4th (if you celebrated) or the summer?

Monday, July 15, 2019

My Monday Musings…



Happy Monday my book-ish friends!!

My reading has been…going. I’m reading super slow for some reason so there’s a lack of reviews but at least I’m reading.

READING: 
Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig ~ Goodreads 
I think I’ve featured this on my monthly TBR pile for 6 months now but I finally picked it up. I’m about 75% through and I love how fresh and original it is despite a few flaws in the premise. A group of teen drag queens pulling off heists when one goes wrong.  Kind of Robin Hood meets Ocean’s Eleven but with teen drag queens. Roehrig does a great job of juggling the pov’s and making you care about everyone.


Prince of Killers (Fog City #1) by Layla Reyne ~ Goodreads

I love a good assassin story and I enjoyed Reyne’s previous Agents Irish & Whiskey trilogy but this one is draaaaaging and seems full of – not plot holes exactly – but plot – highly unlikely moments lol After over a week trudging through this one for a few minutes each night before bedtime -  I think I have to let it go and DNF.



The Afterward by E.K. Johnston ~ Goodreads
I’ve had the physical book since the publisher sent it to me before my move earlier this year. I almost passed on it (not my usual genre) but then read a few rave reviews so I decided to try the audio from the library. I drifted off almost immediately during the prologue so I think I need to read it so they set up sinks into my brain and then switch back to audio. 

I’m SO much better with audiobooks but still struggle some.


Riven by Roan Parrish ~ Goodreads
 I requested the audiobook for this one after seeing Tanya from Girl’s Plus Books talk about it several times on her blog. It’s a M/M rock star romance but both men are musicians which is a dynamic I haven’t read often and I’m liking it so far.







LIBRARY HOLDS:


Kill the Queen and Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep ~ Goodreads
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez ~ Goodreads
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary ~ Goodreads
AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE: 
~ I tweeted this the other day but this is a fascinating post about the cost of purchasing library books and an explanation about Hoolpa vs the library.


MARY IN THE LIBRARY: PURCHASING DIGITAL MATERIALS FOR MY LIBRARY'S YA COLLECTION
~ I love Roberta from Off Beat YA’s new Tooting Your Trumpet feature and this was a particularly good round of blog posts & blogs I hadn't known about  (even if one of them was mine – is it wrong to toot my own toot??? lol) 

New to me blogs – I love adding new blogs to my blog roll and here are a few new discoveries:

Whispering Chapters – romance and thriller reviews & a very pretty blog! 
Elgee Writes – I love the eclectic mix of reviews, musings, quiz’s and tips – written in ways I can actually understand lol

What are you reading this week? 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ IN 2019



With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – Such a fresh take on YA. Rooted in reality, real life issues, a fierce heroine and rounded out by great supporting characters and food descriptions that will make you drool. Also very little romance – it’s there but not the focus.

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ IN 2019


In a total shock to me – I’ve only read a few sequels this year. I’m steering clear of series lately so my pick was the cute little novella – As Kismet Would Have It by Sendhya Moon.  This follows up on Dimple & Rishi, who have very differing ideas about marriage and what that means for their future. I loved seeing this discussed in YA!

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO


This is hard – I haven’t been paying attention to new releases, instead reading backlist titles. I’ going to pick two that Shannon from It Starts at Midnight reviewed recently – The Wilder Girls by Rory Power & The Last Word by Samantha Hastings.

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF 2019



I may not be paying attention to upcoming books too much but there are two that I’m DYING to read!

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black – if it sucks I will cry & Ninth house by Leigh Bardugo – I hope it’s as creepy as they say.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT



The Girl in red by Christina Henry. I’ve been wanting to try her books for a long time and I thought for sure this was up my alley and everyone LOOOOVED it, but I barely made it through.


BIGGEST SURPRISE



The Dreamer series by Adriana Herrera. I read these based on Olivia’s Catastrophe’s reviews expecting the usual romance tropes but was wowed by how well written and complex this series is. Herrara does this neat little thing where she gives the couple a HFN early on and then makes them work for it! Diverse characters, wonderful family and friends – I just adore it! And it was fantastic on audio!

FAVORITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR

Hands down – Elizabeth Acevedo. I was blown away by  the intensity of The Poet X and then by the lighter, but no less impactful, With the Fire on High. You must read her books on audio because Acevedo’s narration takes things to the next level!

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

via GIPHY

Ummmm….I don’t get fictional crushes but I adored Emoni from With the Fire on High and Nesto from American Dreamer. Both have so much integrity and perseverance – moving forward despite the odds.

NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER

See above!

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY


via GIPHY

I’m a cold hearted bitch – I rarely cry. The Poet X, and The Fever King by Victoria Lee got me pretty close though. What the children went through in those two books broke my heart.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY


The ending was a bit of a dud for me – but The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren made me laugh and smile most of the time so I’ll go with that one.

FAVORITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION


I don’t really watch them so I’ll stick with Love, Simon which I did a re-watch of last month and love.

FAVORITE POST YOU'VE DONE THIS YEAR

Another tough question for me – I’m a pantser – so I write them at the last minute and then mostly forget what I wrote soon after lol

I enjoy doing the Tell Me Something Tuesday posts because I get to vent a little, people tend to comment on them more and I love hearing other blogger pov’s

I also like random posts where I talk about things outside of books.

*Note: I'm horrible at self promotion, as you can see.

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU'VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR



I haven’t bought many books but Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig is gorgeous and bright in person.

I didn’t buy it (I received it for review) but The Fever King is STUNNING!

BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

All of them???? lol

I’ve been tackling my TBR for over a year now. I started at about 149 physical books and I’m down to about 50. (moving cross country does a real good job cutting that number down. You’re welcome for the influx of donated books FL library. lol)

Here's my full Goodreads list of what I read for 2019 so far.

And my reading challenge progress:

2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
Karen has read 42 books toward her goal of 50 books.
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