A Week’s Worth of #31bookpics

A Week’s Worth of #31bookpics

Remember that I’m taking part in the 31 days of book pics challenge, started by Quirky Bookworm? Read the original post here. Well, my plan had been to take a book pic each day like I’m SUPPOSED to and post them to Facebook and Twitter daily. But, I kind of failed this week between family visiting and getting sick. So… here is a week worth of book pics from where I left off on last weekend.

Mystery Books
10/13/14 Mysterious Books- Some of my favorite mystery series and I threw in a book about Nancy Drew for good measure. Nancy Drew started me off on loving mysteries! :)

 

Beauty and the Beast Thomas Kinkade portrait with my new Disney book, "The Beast Within."
10/14/14 Books and Portraits- Beauty and the Beast Thomas Kinkade portrait with my new Disney book, “The Beast Within.”

 

10/15/14 Fave Reading Place- My big, comfy chair next to my library!
10/15/14 Fave Reading Place- My big, comfy chair next to my library!

 

10/16/14 Red Books- I haven't read this book yet, but I've heard the author speak and LOVE him! :)
10/16/14 Red Books- I haven’t read this book yet, but I’ve heard the author speak and LOVE him! :)

 

10/17/14 Favorite Books- I couldn't find a bunch of my favorite books, so I put up some of my favorite ones I'd read from the year.
10/17/14 Favorite Books- I couldn’t find a bunch of my favorite books, so I put up some of my favorite ones I’d read from the year.

 

10/18/14 Books and Drinks- I'm not a fancy coffee drinker or anything, so this is my current read with a glass of water. LOL.
10/18/14 Books and Drinks- I’m not a fancy coffee drinker or anything, so this is my current read with a glass of water. LOL.

 

10/19/14 Reading Accessories- I don't use a lot of reading accessories, but here's my bedside lamp with a pillow. Ha ha.
10/19/14 Reading Accessories- I don’t use a lot of reading accessories, but here’s my bedside lamp with a pillow. Ha ha.

**The pictures are my own. I’m not paid by publishers or authors for my reviews or for featuring certain books.**

 

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31 Days of Book Pics Challenge!

31 Days of Book Pics Challenge!

Sorry, no Man Crush Monday today. I’m more excited about the 31 Days of Book Pics Challenge that I just discovered thanks to Quirky Bookworm. She has specific book images she is doing each day that you can find at the link above. I don’t know if I’m going to follow exactly what she does- I may substitute a few days for something more “chick lit chickadees-style.”

Unfortunately, I’m coming late to the book challenge, but I’m going to go ahead and post pics for the last three days, so I can link up with the blog for Friday! Friday was “current reads,” Saturday was “orange books,” and today is “Books and Nature.”

This is my "current reads" picture for Friday, 10/10/14. This is the book I was currently reading! (Well, one of them)
This is my “current reads” picture for Friday, 10/10/14. This is the book I was currently reading! (Well, one of them)
This is my "orange" book for Saturday, 10/11/14. Remember my book signing with this author?
This is my “orange” book for Saturday, 10/11/14. Remember my book signing with this author?  You can read about it:

                             here

Finally, here is my books and nature picture! I have loaned out the first in the series to my co-blogger Lindsey, so this is the last two in the series. I like how each book corresponds to a season that describes the main character's point in her life.
Finally, here is my books and nature picture! I have loaned out the first in the series to my co-blogger Lindsey, so this is the last two in the series. I like how each book corresponds to a season that describes the main character’s point in her life.

See the Quirky Bookworm’s current reads here, as well as the other link-ups!

**I do not get paid by author’s or publisher’s for my reviews or promotions of the books above. The pictures are my own personal ones.**

 

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Waiting on Wednesday- Accidents of Marriage

Waiting on Wednesday-Accidents of Marriage

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Every week, book nerds everywhere gush about upcoming books we CANNOT WAIT to come out!

This book touches on some serious issues that take place in families and relationships. Although it sounds heart-wrenching, it also sounds like one of those books that delves deeply into characters’ motivations and development. I enjoy reading books with such themes. “Accidents of Marriage: A Novel” by Randy Susan Meyers comes out September 2, 2014.

From the bestselling author of The Comfort of Lies, an engrossing look at the darker side of a marriage—and at how an ordinary family responds to an extraordinary crisis.

Maddy is a social worker trying to balance her career and three children. Years ago, she fell in love with Ben, a public defender, drawn to his fiery passion, but now he’s lashing out at her during his periodic verbal furies. She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids—which works to keep a fragile peace—until the rainy day when they’re together in the car and Ben’s volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life.

Randy Susan Meyers takes us inside the hearts and minds of her characters, alternating among the perspectives of Maddy, Ben, and their fourteen-year-old daughter. Accidents of Marriage is a provocative and stunning novel that will resonate deeply with women from all walks of life, ultimately revealing the challenges of family, faith, and forgiveness.” (Description from Amazon.com)

***Photo and description from Amazon.com. I do not get paid by authors or publishers for my reviews- they are 100% my personal, honest opinion! I do, however, receive a small commission when you purchase a book through Amazon by clicking one of the links above. This does not impact the authenticity of my reviews in any way.***

 

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Third Book Challenge Update #RRSS14

Hello again! As you know, we here at Chick Lick Chickadees are participating in the ReReadathon and Shelf Sweeper 2014 book challenge (Our Original Post Here) hosted by Beauty and the Bookshelf (Original Post Here) and Shea Lit (Original Post Here). We each committed to reading 8 books each this month in order to sweep our shelves! So with the challenge ending at the end of this month- which is in three tiny days, how are we doing?

At the last update (here), Elizabeth had read The Little Lady and The Prince by Hester Browne and The Moment Between by Nicole Baart. The latter’s review is written here. Number three was Matched, her favorite of the challenge books so far! Review is written here. She realized she had read the next book on her list already, so substituted book number 4 with Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch. While on vacation, she read Perfected and will be posting a review in the next week or two.

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Reading on the way to Catalina Island and Mexico. Can you tell it’s a cruise cabin?

Then, she loaned the book to my sister, who read it out by our Anaheim, CA hotel.

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Did you know we won a contest put on by the author of Perfected, Kate Jarvik Birch? She sent us a copy of the book to be the “traveling book” and see how far Perfected could go. It’s been to Northern California, Southern California, Catalina Island, and Mexico now!

The next book on the list is Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult and she is about 1/3 of the way in. It shouldn’t be difficult to finish it before the challenge ends, but Elizabeth probably won’t get to all 8 books- shooting to finish the current one and be at 5 or possibly squeeze in another one and be at 6. This is mostly due to a recent influx of authors requesting read for reviews and those went to the top of the priority list. However, even if the challenge isn’t fully met, Elizabeth read a lot of books she would’ve kept putting off and considers it a successful endeavor in that regard! :)

Lindsey, however, fails at life and this reading challenge in particular. She only managed to finish 3 out of the 8 books aimed for. Those 3 books have already been mentioned- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Looking for Alaska, and A Great and Terrible Beauty.

Of the 3 books she finished, her favorite was hands down Looking for Alaska, explaining why she chose Pudge as her last Man Crush Monday.

Lindsey has no good excuse for why she failed this challenge so epically. She chooses to claim that she is a wild thing, a hippie love child meant to roam where the reading whimsy winds blow her. A predetermined, stagnant list of must read books is far too stifling to a creative mind such as hers. Or so she says, anyways.

She deviated from the reading challenge plan and read Midnight Thief, which she found bitterly disappointing. (Be sure to check out her review on August 3rd!) Then, one night when she couldn’t sleep, she busted out The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotson. Since it was merely ok, and only meant to induce sleepiness, it probably won’t be featured here on the blog.

Finally, she DID meet the spectacularly snarky and hysterical author, Maggie Stiefvater at an event in the Bay Area, so she feels that ought to count towards the reading challenge somehow. Basically, she’s grasping at straws here.

I MET MAGGIE STIEFVATER!!! I MET MAGGIE STIEFVATER!!! #fangirling
I MET MAGGIE STIEFVATER!!! I MET MAGGIE STIEFVATER!!! #fangirling

How did y’all do on your reading challenge? Think you’ll make it in these last couple of days?

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Book Challenge Update! #RRSS14

Hello there, beautiful bookish peeps! As you know, we here at Chick Lick Chickadees are participating in the ReReadathon and Shelf Sweeper 2014 book challenge (Our Original Post Here) hosted by Beauty and the Bookshelf (Original Post Here) and Shea Lit (Original Post Here). We’ve each committed to reading 8 books each this month in order to sweep our shelves!

Last week, Elizabeth was one book in (The Little Lady and the Prince) and starting on her second (The Moment Between), while Lindsey was struggling to finish her first book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. You can find last week’s update here.

The good news is Lindsey FINALLY finished The Habits book (she thought she’s NEVER get through it!), and busted out John Green’s Looking for Alaska(which seriously almost broke her…).

See? Broken Lindsey...
See? Broken Lindsey…

The bad news is, she kind of got distracted and started re-reading Beautiful Disaster (after getting inspired by Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Oblivion event). THEN, since she was in a really crummy mood Saturday morning, her husband made an emergency book store run during errands so she could be happy again. The sad thing is, her new book, Midnight Thief, ended up being a total letdown (be sure to check back on August 3rd to find out why!).

Inspiration for re-reading instead of sweeping.
Inspiration for re-reading instead of sweeping.

She’s back on track, however, and is about halfway through A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. Next up, she’s planning on tackling Real Marriage by the Driscols.

Creepily fantastic read!
Creepily fantastic read!

It will be difficult to stay focused since Rainbow Rowell’s Landline just came in the mail, Kate Jarvik Birch sent Perfected for the Amazing Travelling Book contest, and Elizabeth just lent her Matched by Allie Condie.

Must not get distracted by the pretties...
Must not get distracted by the pretties…

Still, Lindsey is determined to succeed by finishing the remaining 5 books on her list in the next 13 days! Well, we’ll see how far she gets, anyways…

As for Elizabeth, she finished the Moment Between by Nicole Baart, which was not what she expected, and will be sharing the review in about a week. She started reading Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot today and realized she had already read it before! So Pants on Fire will be replaced with Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch, which she will read while traveling. If she decides to start a book before Perfected gets here, she’s planning to read “Just One Day next” or stay in order, which would make Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult next.

Pants on Fire

 

Who’s doing the reading challenge with us?? If so, where are you?

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