Saturday, December 31, 2016

Bout of Books 18 - January 2017

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

 Bout of Books 17
Time Devoted to Reading

  • I want to read at least 1 hour a day and about 2-3 hours each day of the weekend! 

My Goals

  • My goal is to read at least four complete books in the next week!

Books to Read

The Devil's Daughter - Katee Robert


Monday 1/2
Challenge: Introduce Yourself #insixwords

Books Started: None
Books Finished: None
Pages Read:  The Devil's Daughter 36-190

Total Pages Read Today: 154
Total Pages Read for Challenge:  154
Thoughts:  I didn't get as much reading done as I had planned on my last day off, but I really needed to organize my life before going back to work and that involved a lot more time then I thought! Who knew laundry could pile up so quickly!

Tuesday 1/3
Challenge: 2017 in a Picture

My Goals for 2017 on my Blog:
  • I want to read 120 books again. 
  • I want to listen to 15 audiobooks! 
  • I want to update my blog format and make it more user friendly. 
  • I want to get my reviews done within a week of reading the book and not posting them all at once.
  • I want to read 20 books from my personal library!    
Books Started: None 
Books Finished: None
Pages Read: TDD 190 - 225
Total Pages Read Today: 36
Total Pages Read for Challenge: 190
Thoughts:  So this whole going back to work after 7 days off is really hard! I could not adult today and had a lot of trouble when I got home sitting down and reading.

Wednesday 1/4
Challenge: Book to Movie

Books Started: None 
Books Finished: None
Pages Read: TDD 225 - 247
Total Pages Read Today: 22
Total Pages Read for Challenge:  212
Thoughts:     I had a work party last night and didn't get much reading done.  I am hoping to get home early tonight and get to crawl into bed and read for awhile! I need a nice break!

Thursday 1/5
Challenge: Book Spine Poetry - Poetry is just not my thing so I am going to skip this challenge today.

Books Started: Around the World in 80 Tales - Dave Tomlinson
Books Finished: The Devil's Daughter
Pages Read: TDD 247 - 301,  ATW 1 - 12
Total Pages Read Today: 66
Total Pages Read for Challenge:  278
Thoughts:   I ended up getting sucked into Scarlett the audio book I was listening to so I didn't get much reading done.  Hopefully this weekend I will be able to finish some more books!

Friday 1/6
Challenge: If you like this, try this...

Books Started: Myths of Immortality - Raye Wagner
Books Finished: None
Pages Read: 1-20
Total Pages Read Today: 20
Total Pages Read for Challenge: 298
Thoughts:   I am hoping to read more on Saturday.

Saturday 1/7
Challenge: FREE DAY!

Books Started:  None
Books Finished: None
Pages Read: MOI 20 - 60
Total Pages Read Today: 40
Total Pages Read for Challenge:  338
Thoughts:   I ended up going skiing for the day so I got no reading done.

Sunday 1/8

Books Started: None
Books Finished: None
Pages Read: MOI 60 - 114
Total Pages Read Today:  54
Total Pages Read for Challenge: 392
Thoughts:    I just couldn't get into reading today.  I cleaned the house and worked on organizing some of my stuff.  I am aiming to read more during this week! I didn't really accomplish my goals since I only read 1 book.  I have been on an audiobook kick too! 

December Wrap Up - January TBR

Goodbye December
Hello January


So Decemeber got away from me pretty quickly.  Work was just a total blur and when I had any time to relax I needed to Christmas shop.   I feel like the holidays completed wiped me out and I just can't wait for the New Year! 

I have a few major goals that I am going to be working on in the new year and one is to be more organized.  I am also working on updating my blog more! 

I want to wish everything a Happy and Healthy New Year!  

My top clicked on post for December was: {Blog Tour} Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia - Elle Boca (Review, Excerpt & Giveaway)

My favorite book I read in December was:  The Deal by Elle Kennedy

My January TBR List (which will most likely change 100 times):  
My first step is going to be organizing all of my review requests and then prioritizing them! 
One book I will definitely get to because I just got approved for the audio! 
Scarlet -Marissa Meyer

Challenge Participating in:
 How was your December?  What do you have planned for January?

Ask the Passengers - A.S. King (Review)

13069935Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication date:
Oct 23, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Format: Audiobook,
8 hours, 4 minutes
How I got it: My local library
Buy it: Amazon Barnes & Noble
My rating: 3/5  

Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother's pushiness and her father's lack of interest tell her they're the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn't know the passengers inside, but they're the only people who won't judge her when she asks them her most personal questions--like what it means that she's falling in love with a girl.

As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. She can't share the truth with anyone except the people at thirty thousand feet, and they don't even know she's there. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers' lives--and her own--for the better.

In this truly original portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society's definitions, Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question everything--and offers hope to those who will never stop seeking real love.


My thoughts:

This book follows Astrid as she is trying to figure out her life.   I listened to this book and had a hard time wanting to keep listening to the audio for some reason.  

Astrid was a complicated character for me to like.  I understand that she was going through a difficult time in her life and was having trouble making decisions, but I felt like she was bottling up way too much.   I feel like she was almost a lone solider on the battlefield.  She had a decent size support system, but just wanted nothing to do with them, which made it hard for me to like her.  I do get that she and her mother don’t have the best relationship, but her dad really seemed to try and be part of her life.  Also, she had a group of friends that after listening to the whole book I am not sure how close she was even with them.

I did really enjoy listening to the story as a whole.  The author did a great job with a complicated issue of sexual orientation and not always knowing exactly what you are because this does actually happen.   I also really liked how the author brought in a lot about the philosopher Sophocles because I feel like something philosophers are forgotten.   The story flowed very nicely and it was easy to follow along with what was going on.  

The plane portion of the book was very interesting to me.  I liked that we got sort of short stories about the passengers lives on the planes that Astrid was sending her love too.  I felt like these side stories broke up the book a bit.  My one issue with these are I wanted to get more conclusions on some of the stories I felt like I wanted answers from the passengers once they made their life decisions. 

I also enjoyed the ending of the book.  The author did a great job sort of summing up where we left off in the book.  I do feel like I have a few questions on where the relationships between the characters are going to go, but I felt very content when the book ended. 

I would suggest this as a nighttime read or listen to.  The book gave me a lot to think about and I feel like there were many natural stopping points that allowed me to take a break and consider what I listened too.


About the Author

A.S. King is the author of the highly-acclaimed I CRAWL THROUGH IT, Walden Award winner GLORY O'BRIEN'S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE, REALITY BOY, 2013 LA Times Book Prize winner ASK THE PASSENGERS, 2012 ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, and 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ and THE DUST OF 100 DOGS as well as a collection of award-winning short stories for adults, MONICA NEVER SHUTS UP.

Look for Amy's work in anthologies DEAR BULLY, BREAK THESE RULES, ONE DEATH NINE STORIES, and LOSING IT. Two more YA novels to come in 2016 & 2018. Find more at

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