Monday, May 30, 2011

What are you Reading? 5/30

Yay, back to doing this! I have a handful of awesome sauce looking books to read this week! Omgosh I can't wait to crack into them!

This is for my June 10th blog tour!

Ahhh! Carrie Ryan I love your face! With a capital L!

After hearing about how awesomesauce this book is and reading some posts about it via BEA stuffs..Oh yeah baby I'm there!

and last but not least...

I have not read a Meg Cabot book yet, but I thought this sounded pretty darn good! So I can't wait to see what the fuss is about!

So there be my stack for this week! It looks so pretty on my desk! :)

What's up for you?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ahem...Your Attention Please. ...

It has been brought to my intention that there is another read-a-thon that is going on this weekend. I don't want to step on anyone's toes, so I am going to postpone my read-a-thon for another date. I will post what that date is soon.

I should have done my research. Anyways, if you do wanna get some read-a-thon action in check out MotherReader's 48 hour Challenge.

I will be participating as well!

Jane In June Read Along

After dilly dallying around about this I finally decided that I'm going to pop my Jane Austin cherry! Yup, I have to admit I have never read a single one of her books. Well let me take that back..I've never finished one! So what better way to do it then to join along with other people?

The discussion dates and all that doesn't look too bad. I have the book already on my Nook so I am just going to read it when I can and keep up that way! :)

Discussion Dates:
June 1st: First impressions + Chapters 1-17
June 8th: Chapters 18-29
June 15th: Chapters 30-42
June 22nd: Chapters 43-51
June 29th: Chapters 52-61 + Final thoughts

Introducing the Stack 'em Up! Read-a-Thon!-POSTPONED FOR NOW

On June 3rd-June 4th, Must Read Faster will be hosting it's very first ever Read-a-Thon! The Stack 'em Up Read-a-Thon! I am not expecting many sign ups, but if you do want to join me I would LOVE that!

How can you join me?
  • sign up
  • pick out your books that you want to read and your snacks!
  • keep track of your progress (ie-post on your blog, facebook, twitter, etc)
  • check back here as I plan on having challenges! (at least one, maybe more!)
And the last and most important one..HAVE FUN READING! This isn't a serious event! It's fun!

Comment to sign up! :) Starts June 3rd at 7:00 am CST (adjust your time accordingly.) You do NOT have to read the two days straight! Just read! :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Saturday Thingamabobs...

Book Wise:
Today I'm reading The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes by Marcus Sakey. I'm nearly finished with it and let me tell you, it's quite intense. I won't go into too many details because I have a blog tour coming up for it! I will say that is is pretty awesome!

Life Wise:
I have quit one of my lesser paying work at home jobs and will go full time at the other. This will help free up some of my time while still making a wee bit more money per month. This will be awesome! I am so excited and thrilled and cannot wait til May 31st, which is my last day! I've been thinking about it for a while and finally got up the nerve to quit. This is also going to give me more time to be with the kiddo, read, and just basically live.

Blog Stuff:

Hey guess what? I'm hosting a read-a-thon! Yup! June 3rd and 4th! My post will go up tomorrow for sign ups and info about it! If you wanna join, super!

So have a good day!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Blog Tour: Summer Fit Workbooks

About the Book:
Summer Fit is the first workbook series in summer learning to take a multi-dimensional approach to what its creators see as an opportune time for today’s parents to reinforce and create well balanced and prepared students for the school year ahead using a combination of book and computer based learning. The Summer Fit series provides parents with workbook activities based on national standards in reading, writing and math, a daily fitness program designed by school coaches and trainers and core values activities using historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman and Mother Teresa. On-line resources include bonus activities in reading, writing and math, interactive on-line games that review basic skills, fitness videos to show children and parents how to properly perform daily exercises, and access to family friendly movies to reinforce core values.

“I use a values-based approach to coach 10-12 year old girls in track. Regardless of age or sport, children need to learn what it means to have courage and determination but also to be kind and generous. Whether you are coaching or teaching, it is increasingly important to help children develop socially. Summer Fit is a great resource that incorporates values with learning and exercise that will positively impact the over all development of a child.”

Catherine Raney-Norman
Speed Skater for USA
US All-Around Champion 1999, 2002, 2003

My Review: My son is 7 and is entering into the 2nd grade next school year. He's slightly more advanced academically than his peers, so he's always needed mental stimulus. I literally jumped when I was offered the opportunity to review this workbook!

We received the 2-3rd grade book to review. I immediately knew this would be awesome for him. There are sections a day with exercises and math and reading pages. These help keep him fit physically and mentally. I let him read through and he BEGGED me to let him do some of the worksheets! He wanted to go online and see what the website was like (at this time it's not up yet, but it will be on June 1st.)

The work sheets progress from basic to a little more challenging. I like this concept and will use it during my son's summer months. I think this would be a great and fun addition to a summer homeschooling curriculum or just to help kids retain what they learned in the previous year!

April 9- Thoughts in Progress
May 5- Family Literacy and You
May 6- The Life (and lies) of an inanimate flying object
May 10- So Many Books.. So Little Time
May 11- Acting Balanced
May 12- A Good Day To Read
May 12- 4 the Love of Books
May 13- I Am a Reader not a Writer
May 16- Cafe of Dreams ~ Book Reviews
May 17- Winning Readings
May 20- My Book Picks
May 25- Tidbits From A Mom
May 26- Cindy’s Love of Books
May 27- Must Read Faster
May 30- The Readathon
June 8- SMS Bookreviews
June 10- Pages I Turn
June 13- My Reading Room
June- One Day At A Time
June- For One Another

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Day 2 of Armchair BEA!

Design credit: Emily of Emily's Reading Room

So today's topic of discussion is: “Best of 2011!”
This was hard. I have liked so many this year. This one is the one that stands out for me the most!
Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar (book one)
This one just knocked my friggen' socks off! I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book!

So far this is my top choice for this year! I know there are tons more books out there just waiting for me to bumble upon!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Armchair Bea Kickoff!

So today is the first day of the Armchair Bea fun shenanigans going on over at the Armchair Bea Central blog! This will be what feels like my fiftybajillioneth year missing out on the fun but yeah money ain't cheap! So I have to stay home and listen to all the fun stories (torture) coming through via blogs and twitter. Don't get me wrong I am happy for everyone that gets to go and one day my time will come! Hopefully before I am too old to enjoy it!

So I was mucho pleased to stumble upon this event! :) Here I am!

So the first prompt pretty much is an introductory thingy. Basically the question is : Who are you, and how do you Armchair?

Well let's see. Who are I? I'm Melissa. I'm the crazy random book lady that posts here at Must Read Faster
I love my books and love to read, but am not much loved by the organizational gods (and goddesses! i can't be sexist now can I?) I am 30 and darn proud that I survived this long! I am married and have a kidlet who is 7 years old. He's thankfully becoming a book worm too so that's a big plus! I would post a picture but I don't want you to lose your lunch/breakfast/dinner (depending on timezone) so yeah.

I'm armchairing from Alabama. Not quite actually in an armchair, as we don't own one, but I am sitting in a chair! So that qualifies, right? I hope! I will be all over twitter and the blog. That will be how I stay in the loop! I'll do as many of the daily posts as I can too! It sounds like a fun week for everyone!

So there you have it! Let the fun begin! Mwahahahahaa!

Cover to Cover Challenge Read-a-Thon! Day 3

This is what I've supposed to do up until now: (Taken from a previous post)
Saturday 21st-
  1. Assassin's Apprentice-I would like to finish it tonight. (almost finished)
  2. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (haven't done)
Sunday 22nd-
  1. Catch Up-The Crimson Petal and The White (still need this)
  2. Catch Up-John Adams (i am not part of the read-a-long officially but I'd like to finish) (still need this)
Monday 23rd-
  1. Game of Thrones-finish it (ditto as above)

Yeah so you can see how far behind I am from my ridiculously self-imposed schedule! So what I'm going to focus on today is getting Assassin's Apprentice finished (shouldn't be that hard, it's really good!) and then grazing through these above!

Assassin's Apprentice:
starting: 329
ending: 435
Total Pages:106

I finished! Now onto the next book!

There that should do it! :)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Cover to Cover Challenge Read-a-Thon! Day 2

Hey guys! Didn't get finished with Assassin's Apprentice but today I believe I will. Then as per schedule that I picked out yesterday, I will be catching up with my big thick books!

So I'm going to start at 8am (Cst) which is coming up very soon.

  • started: 212
  • ended:329
  • Total: 117
Not such a great day either :( I made the mistake of making meatloaf for the first time. I'm not sure if it wasn't cooked all the way or what but I was not well most of the day. My stomach informed me that meatloaf is not it's favorite. :(

On to tomorrow!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Cover to Cover Challenge Read-a-Thon! Day 1

This Read-a-Thon starts at 10am pacific time (which if my calculations are correct makes it noonish my time CST)

Sooooo what I'm going to do today is finish up Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb (starting on page 171)
Which is goooooodddd. :)

And reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (starting on page 16)
Which I started before and didn't finish. So I wanna finish, just so I can say it's name again! lol

I am not going to do an hour by hour update but I will try and update this post in "chunks" to let you all know how well I'm doing. This first day is a 24 hour read-a-thon....I know for sure that I won't be able to read all 24hours but I'll give it a shot! :)

First Chunk: 12 (cst) -2pm
Progress: 41 pages of Assassin's Apprentice (plus laundry, vacuuming, sweeping, dishes, etc)
Second Chunk: 2pm-4pm
Starting pg: 212
Progress: not much of it! I had to work this chunk.
Third Chunk: 4pm-6pm
Starting Page: 212
progress: well I got a chunk read but again with the house work stuff. 61 pages read. Doesn't look like my second book will get read tonight.

Cover to Cover Challenge Read-a-Thon! Today!

The May readathon will be held from May 21 Saturday 10 am US Pacific time to May 28 Saturday 10 am US Pacific time. The one day readathon will be held on Saturday May 21. The timings for the 24 hour reading spree are left to your convenience. You can start whenever it fits your schedule and stop when you wish to.

So here are my reading plans today:

Saturday 21st-
  1. Assassin's Apprentice-I would like to finish it tonight.
  2. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Sunday 22nd-
  1. Catch Up-The Crimson Petal and The White
  2. Catch Up-John Adams (i am not part of the read-a-long officially but I'd like to finish)
Monday 23rd-
  1. Game of Thrones-finish it
Tuesday 24th-
  1. The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes by Marcus Sakey
Wednesday 25th-
  1. The Dark and Hollow Places-Carrie Ryan
  2. (Start) Johnny One-Eye-Jerome Charyn
Thursday 26th-
  1. Johny One-Eye
  2. Catch Up (TCPW) and John Adams
Friday 27th-
  1. Johny One-Eye
  2. Graveminder-Melissa Marr
Saturday 28th-
  1. The Emerald Atlas-John Stephens
Those be my plans! I know it's quite lofty but..What's a read-a-polooza for? :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Quick Review: Robopocalypse

The Blurb: (from amazon)
They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies…Now they’re coming for you.

In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans – a single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s menacing “smart” toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire – but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.

When the Robot War ignites -- at a moment known later as Zero Hour -- humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. Robopocalypse is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us…and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years.

My Review:
This is so good. Ignore the creepy/cheesy cover and just plow right into it! It's got everything that a geek loves! It's very much in the same vein as the Terminator movies, in a way. You got the creepy pissed off machines trying to take out all of man kind! The way between the humans and the robots. The friendly robots that are helpful. The struggles to survive. It's a very tightly written story!

I loved it. Every single last word of this book! I found out that the book has been optioned for a movie! If they do a true to book movie then it will DEFINITELY rock your face off!

I'm thinking it's pretty obvious by now that I liked this book..loved it in fact. Nuff said!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Blog Tour: Me and Bobby McGee

The Blurb:
Prepare to embark on a thrilling comedic adventure seen through the booze-blurred eyes of Keesey Cypher, a government-trained killer with an ill-fated abundance of classified memories who has since resigned himself to a regrettable existence, sipping away his tainted past. It is this powerful thirst coupled with Cypher’s hunger for games of chance that leads him to New Orleans’ coziest dive-bar the day after Fat Tuesday where one night of seeming misfortune leads to a frighteningly funny reality of subversive politics, corporate greed, backwards logic, and star (double)-crossed romance. In this gripping social satire of modern times, Me and Bobby McGee pokes fun at the inane absurdities ingrained in our society, proving that freedom is truly subjective and karma is not just a philosophy, but a fate that is unwavering. And as an added bonus, for the careful reader and music fan, there are subtle connections throughout the novel to the classic folk song that inspired its title. In a world of terrible truths and impending doom, find out what happens when the only man with the power to stop it… decides not to.

My Review:
This is a witty and fun book! Me and Bobby McGee reminded me a bit of John Dies at the End. It's random and engaging. That's a good thing! It's the randomness that made me fall in love with this book, quite nearly from the start. I have to admit it's a very addictive read. I picked it up and seriously did not want to put it down!

I definitely found this book well written and clever. It's fun from the start and will keep you locked in on the plot, even if it is an off the wall kind of plot! The word that pops into my mind to try to describe it is, colorful.

Keesey is a strange and a deranged character that I just enjoyed reading about. One minute you wanna sympathize with him and the next you wanna punch him in the nose. (Or kick him in the the book to get it!) It's a good thing! He's not a hero and he's not a total villain. He's just a guy, thrown into his situations. I liked finding out how he gets out of them.

I haven't literally LOL'd while reading a book in a good long time! This is a great book if you are into the random fun stuff!

Weekly Reading Plans

Well I have an itchin' to read a lot this week and I'm not going to fight it! I'll try and get these books read and reviewed! Yay! Feel very planny right about now ;) So here goes! Tell me what you think!

Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb. I kinda put that on the back burner in order to have Me and Bobby McGee finished by today. So this is definitely one I'm going to focus on!

next up...

I'm still chugging along with this one! Very fastly, mind you. I'm not aiming to finish this but I do want a good chunk done! It shouldn't be all that difficult since this is rocking my friggen' socks!

Plus also...

I started this one then got sidetracked with all the doings that I was doing, so I will finish this up. My husband read it one night and didn't give it a glowing review, but I wanna get my own perspective on it! So there. Take that, Sweetiepants. (My husband not you...unless you like me calling you Sweetiepants!)

Plus also thusly, I have the two big chunky 'ole books I am still reading.

The Crimson Petal and the White (parts 1 and 2) and John Adams.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Saturday Reading

So this is what I'm reading today!

Hey what the crap? So many posts from me all at once! Yah...get used to it ;)

Expect my post on Monday as part of the blog virtual tour!

Numbers: The Chaos

About the book: (from
The curse of the NUM8ERS continues in Rachel Ward's CHA0T1C, earth-shattering sequel!

Adam has more than inherited his mother's curse: When he looks in someone's eyes, he not only sees the date of their death...he feels the searing, shocking pain of it. Since Jem died, Adam has lived by the sea with his great-grandmother, Val. But when rising tides flood the coast, they return to London. The city is an alien, exciting, frightening place. Most disturbing of all, Adam can't help but clock how many people's numbers are in January 2027; how many are on New Year's Day. What chaos awaits the world? Can he and Sarah stop a catastrophe? Or are they, too, counted among the "twenty-sevens"?

My Review:

Let me just get this out of the way! I loved LOVED the first book! I loved the characters and the plot! Just the idea of seeing a person's death date by looking in their eyes is creepy! That and great writing made numbers a wonderful story. It quickly became one of my favorites.

When I heard about a squeal, I had my doubts. I didn't know if it could live up to the awesomeness of the first book. I have to be honest with you guys, I was totally off the mark. This is one great sequel! It totally lived up to the first book and had the same kind of squick factor.

I really enjoyed this one! I rate this book Awesome-Sauce!

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The Chicken House; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780545242691

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My Review:

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Hey guys! I'm not one to do this sort of post, but being in a county affected by the tornadoes last month, I have seen first hand how every little bit helps! We don't have much to spare, but as I said everything helps. Do what you can! If you could donate anything please do. Click the picture and get more info!


Friday, May 13, 2011

Hope This Works

I'm considering this a test post to make sure blogger is back to functional! I seem to have lost a post from yesterday so I will try and get back to normal this weekend!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I am So Excite!

The Season finale of the Vampire Diaries is tonight! I am soooo looking forward to this, it's kinda sad. I am an uber dork and I am very much addicted to this show! So here is some awesomeness for you!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

What's Melissa Reading Now?

Well so flattered that you asked! I happen to be on a fantasy kick this week! So I have two books that I am shoving my nose and brain into!

First up, since I've become a slave to the show...I'm reading (on my nook) A Game of Thrones. I'm not too far into it yet, since it's massive and I'm lazy but still. I did it bass ackwards and watched the show first, so I'm enjoying seeing how well they adapted it!

The other book I found by random bit of trivia. I LOVE the band Within Temptation and was listening to Hand of Sorrow, which is an amazing song! The lyrics are a story of a man that has to choose between obeying his oath and following his heart and being with his love. (A very fantasy kind of story) Well anyhoodle, I was curious to know if it was about anyone in particular and was DELIGHTED to find out it was inspired by a fantasy series by Robin Hobb called the Farseer Trilogy. So I picked up the first book called Assassin's Apprentice. Thus choosing my other fantasy read for the week!

So basically that's all I'm focusing on this week! I do have the two big super chunky books that I am reading as well. I'm still reading John Adams (even though I had to drop out of the read-a-long) and The Crimson Petal and the White.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Saturday Reading

Hey guys! Bet you thought I fell off the face of the Earth huh? Well I didn't. I'm still here and still reading! Soooo...suffice to say I think soon I'll be able to get some reviews up and all that good stuff!

This book is what I am currently reading. So far I am loving the h-e-doublehockeysticks out of it! It's like what World War Z should have been, 'cept with Robots. It's creepy and fun and just plain good! I bet you know how my review's gonna turn out already, huh? Well I haven't finished it yet, so my opinion could change! So there!

Oh and to make it even better! Stephen Spielberg *had to go check how to spell his last name* is going to direct this movie! I will be there to watch it! :)

This title will be released on June 7, 2011.
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385533853

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Goals and April Woes..

So this is me as I start May! April was brutal! The ONLY good thing was my son's birthday on the 15th. The rest was blah. The lack of energy, the tornadoes, the lack of energy..did I mention the lack of energy? Anyways, here is what I managed to do for April.

  1. Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
  2. The Dead Tossed Waves-Carrie Ryan
  3. Numbers: The Chaos-Rachel Ward
Yeah pitiful, right? At least I got three of them read! The awesome thing was that I loved ALL of them! Those are some good books right there!

Now onto May. My goal is 15 books both bound and ebooks. That would get me close to caught up with my 110 goal for the year. I'm taking down the rest of my challenges and just focusing on that one. So come on May, bring it on! You can't be any worse that April! Grrrr...