Top Ten Tuesday: 2nd Half of 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic. I'm a huge fan of lists, so this meme is right up my alley! 

This week's topic is FREEBIE WEEK, and because I was unable to do the Top Ten Tuesday two weeks ago, I'm choosing to do that topic, which was Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year.

As always, my list is is in alphabetical order by the author's last name. Here is my list:

I have a few of these books as ARCs and I will be reading them VERY SOON. I can't wait to read all of these books!

What books are you excited for for the second half of 2016? Or what topic did you pick for this freebie week? Let me know, or leave a link to your TTT in the comments, and I'll try to stop by your blog!

Sundays in Bed With...Crown of Midnight

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sundays in Bed With... is a meme/feature started by my friend Kate at Midnight Book Girl, where we can highlight the book that we're spending the day in bed reading (or the one we wish we could be reading all day in bed!).

I'm hoping to spend the day in bed with...

I was trying to read all of the Throne of Glass series this month, but it just didn't happen. I'm a slow reader and I also don't have a lot of time to read, especially now that my older kiddo is on summer break. And I always find myself reading high fantasy even slower than I do with other genres, because high fantasy just seems so dense. So I think I'm going to just try to finish Crown of Midnight this month, which means I'll have read three books in the series this month (The Assassin's Blade, Throne of Glass--a re-read, and Crown of Midnight--also a re-read) and then I might just wait until September (when Empire of Storms comes out) and read Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, and Empire of Storms that month. I really love this series and I'd love to read them all back to back but I think I might need a little break after Crown of Midnight. Plus I have several other things that I'd like to read ASAP.

Anyway, I've not been feeling well this weekend, which is annoying because I wanted to clean my house, but also nice because I was able to read a lot yesterday and hopefully will be able to read a lot today, as well.

What are you spending this Sunday in bed with?  Let me know in the comments, or leave a link to your post if you're participating in this meme and I'll try to stop by your blog!

#FitReaders Check-In: June 24, 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

#FitReaders is a group of book lovers who encourage each other with their fitness goals. It's hosted by Felicia at The Geeky Blogger's Book Blog and Jen at That's What I'm Talking About. Go here or here for more info.

Each week, those who are participating in #FitReaders do a check-in where they share how their week went, fitness-wise. I'll be trying to post these check-ins each week on Friday.

My Week

This week, I had a couple of days where I wasn't feeling good, and then I started 21 Day Fix, which, let me tell you, seems like a MUCH better workout than Cize. I love dancing, but Cize really didn't ever leave me sore. It made me sweat, for sure, but it just didn't feel like it was doing much for me, other than helping me to get up off the couch (which isn't nothing, I'll admit). I did Cize for 7 weeks and really saw no progress. But I feel like I might just see progress with 21 Day Fix. *Fingers crossed*

Friday 6/17: Walked/jogged on treadmill, 20 minutes
Saturday 6/18: Only exercise was playing pool at tournament :(
Sunday 6/19: No exercise :(
Monday 6/20: 21 Day Fix Day 1, 10 minutes (felt sick)
Tuesday 6/21: 21 Day Fix Day 2, 32 minutes
Wednesday 6/22: 21 Day Fix Day 3, 30 minutes
Thursday 6/23: No exercise :( I'll have to do two 21 Day Fix workouts on Friday to make up for it, I guess!

Are you participating in #FitReaders, too? Let me know, and I'll try to stop by your blog!

Waiting on Wednesday (75): A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week:
by Lindsay Smith
Release Date:  October 25, 2016
Published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan
A time-travel story that alternates between modern day and 19th century Japan as one girl confronts the darkness lurking in her soul.

No one knows what to do with Reiko. She is full of hatred. All she can think about is how to best hurt herself and the people closest to her. After a failed suicide attempt, Reiko’s parents send her from their Seattle home to spend the summer with family in Japan to learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping back in time into the life of Miyu, a young woman even more bent on revenge than Reiko herself. Reiko loves being Miyu, until she discovers the secret of Kuramagi village, and must face down Miyu’s demons as well as her own. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

I haven't read any of Lindsay Smith's other books yet, but I want to read several of them. And this one sounds really good to me because I LOVE time travel and I really love all things Japan. I love the food, the culture, the country (although I have yet to visit), and the language (I took Japanese in college and don't remember much but I'd love to one day take more classes). And this book just sounds really cool, even without the Japan aspect.

What book are you waiting on?  Let me know, or leave a link to your WoW post in the comments, and I'll try to stop by your blog! 

Manga Mini Review: Attack on Titan Vol 2-8 by Hajime Isayama

Monday, June 20, 2016
Title: Attack on Titan, Volume 2-8
Author: Hajime Isayama
SeriesAttack on Titan #2-#8
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Publication Date: 2010-2012
Pages: Varies: 189-208
Format/Source: Paperback Manga/Library 
Age Group/Genre: Adult/Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic

The Colossal Titan has breached humanity’s first line of defense, Wall Maria. Mikasa, the 104th Training Corps’ ace and Eren’s best friend, may be the only one capable of defeating them, but beneath her calm exterior lurks a dark past. When all looks lost, a new Titan appears and begins to slaughter its fellow Titans. Could this new monster be a blessing in disguise, or is the truth something much more sinister? (Covers of Volumes 2-8 and synopsis of Volume 2 from Goodreads.)

*Warning:  This review covers volumes 2-8 in a manga series.  While I really don't like spoilers, you might find some slight spoilers in this review.*

As with all my mini reviews, I'm just going to share some of my notes for all the volumes.

Volume 2
  • Ready to continue on after that crazy cliffhanger in Volume 1!
  • I forgot how graphic these are!
  • Mikasa's background story! Yay!
  • A praying mantis! 50,000 Bonus Points!
  • 4 stars

Volume 3
  • WHOA. This is CRAZY.
  • OMG
  • I love Armin!
  • Oh shiz! I didn't see that coming!
  • 4.5 stars

Volume 4
  • Can Mikasa read Eren's mind? Bc she sure seems to know what he's thinking a lot.
  • Lolololol! Love this part where Eren and Jean are fighting in the cafeteria and their drill sergeant or whoever comes in and asks what the noise was and Mikasa says "It was Sasha letting out a huge fart." And the look on Sasha's face! So funny!
  • 4 stars

Volume 5
  • Oooh, this side story with the woman who encounters a titan while on an expedition is so creepy!
  • I like the political aspect to this story, with all the different groups fighting over what they should do.
  • Mikasa is really turning out to be funny!
  • SHIT.
  • 4 stars

Volume 6
  • A really crazy and suspenseful part!
  • Just a really cool part here.
  • I really like Hange.
  • 4.5 stars

Volume 7
  • A lot going on in this volume.
  • WTF?
  • 4.5 stars

Volume 8
  • Creepy!
  • Armin is one smart dude!
  • Wait, what?!?
  • There's so much more going on than it seems!
  • 4.5 stars

I haven't read much manga yet, but Attack on Titan is definitely my favorite one so far. I would definitely recommend this to adults (and teens, but this is definitely not for kids) who enjoy sci-fi and suspenseful stories, as well as those who like manga and anime. I hope to read some more volumes soon!
Find Attack on Titan, Vol 2:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Kodansha Comics
Find Attack on Titan, Vol 3:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Kodansha Comics
Find Attack on Titan, Vol 4:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Kodansha Comics
Find Attack on Titan, Vol 5:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Kodansha Comics
Find Attack on Titan, Vol 6:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Kodansha Comics
Find Attack on Titan, Vol 7:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Kodansha Comics
Find Attack on Titan, Vol 8:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Kodansha Comics

Disclaimer:  I borrowed copies of these books from my library.  I was in no way compensated for this review.
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