NOOK/Kindle Book Hoarding?

So I was looking at my NOOK and Kindle apps on my iPad and couldn’t believe how many books I have had on both that I haven’t even thought about touching or forgot about being there! It got me thinking, am I a book hoarder(okay, okay, no comments from the peanut gallery!) or do I just have to buy something when I see a book deal, especially when it comes to books? This got my mind going and I asked a few friends if they would mind showing me what is on their NOOK/Kindles. Every week for the next 6 weeks I will share just what they shared with me and then you can decide, is it book hoarding or one of a good thing?

First up is Amanda. I became friendly with Amanda on Twitter this year due to our love of books, TV, and a good laugh at Mariah Carey’s expense(she totally leaves herself open to the ridicule…just sayin!) Amanda likes a variety of things all of which you can read about at her blog Maestra Amanda’s Bookshelf. Below is Amanda’s Kindle app on her iPad. As you can tell Amanda has an eclectic taste in books that range from the super popular Fifty Shades of Grey to Hold Me Closer Necromancer to the book version of the soon to be released movie, Beautiful Creatures.

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1) Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

2)The New World by Patrick Ness
In this dramatic prequel to the award-winning Chaos Walking Trilogy, author Patrick Ness gives us a short story of Viola’s journey to the New World.

3) Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.

Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.

With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?

So there you have it, Amanda’s Kindle. Stay tuned for next week when you get a look at my friend Heather’s Nook and Kindle apps.

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Monopoly Money Monday and a Vote

Welcome to another installment of Monopoly Money Monday. This Monday I am going to spend my fake $100.00(okay, a tad over) on books. Well Pre-Order books from Amazon that is. It’s funny because you would think it would be easy to buy 100 bucks worth of books but it’s actually really hard. Not hard to pick out the books, but to narrow it down to just $100. But after much struggle I narrowed it down to 9 books** that come out over the next couple of months. Now under no circumstance is this list in any order or the only ones I’m dying for. These are just the ones I could “afford”. Without further ado:

madnessThe Madness Underneath(Shades of London Series) by Maureen Johnson
Price: $11.98
Release Date: February 26, 2013

After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades— the city’s secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it’s too late.

thingsThings I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally
Price: $9.99
Release Date: March 1, 2013

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt…with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…

imposterImposter(Slide series) by Jill Hathaway
Price: $11.98
Release Date: March 26, 2013

What if a killer took control of you?

Vee Bell’s gift (or curse) of “sliding”—slipping into the mind of another person and experiencing life, briefly, through his or her eyes—has been somewhat under control since she unwillingly witnessed the horrific deaths of her classmates six months ago.

But just as things are getting back to normal, Vee has a very bizarre experience: she loses consciousness and finds herself in a deserted area, at the edge of a cliff, with the broken body of the boy who took advantage of her on the rocks below.

As Vee finds herself in stranger and stranger situations with no memory of getting there, she begins to suspect that someone she knows has the ability to slide—and that this “slider” is using Vee to exact revenge on his or her enemies.

brokenThe Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
Price: $11.46
Release Date: May 21, 2013

Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.

Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?

Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?

Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.

criminalCriminal by Terra Elan McVoy
Price: $11.20
Release Date: May 7, 2013

Nikki’s life is far from perfect, but at least she has Dee. Her friends tell her that Dee is no good, but Nikki can’t imagine herself without him. He’s hot, he’s dangerous, he has her initials tattooed over his heart, and she loves him more than anything. There’s nothing Nikki wouldn’t do for Dee. Absolutely nothing.

So when Dee pulls Nikki into a crime – a crime that ends in murder – Nikki tells herself that it’s all for true love. Nothing can break them apart. Not the police. Not the arrest that lands Nikki in jail. Not even the investigators who want her to testify against him.

But what if Dee had motives that Nikki knew nothing about?

Nikki’s love for Dee is supposed to be unconditional . . . but even true love has a limit. And Nikki just might have reached hers.

rightRight of Way by Lauren Barnholdt
Price: $10.98
Release Date: July 9, 2013

Here are Peyton and Jace, meeting on vacation. Click! It’s awesome, it’s easy, it’s romantic. This is the real deal.

Unless it isn’t. Because when you’re in love, you don’t just stop calling one day. And you don’t keep secrets. Or lie. And when your life starts falling apart, you’re supposed to have the other person to lean on.

Here are Peyton and Jace again, broken up but thrown together on a road trip. One of them is lying about the destination. One of them is pretending not to be leaving something behind. And neither of them is prepared for what’s coming on the road ahead…

thousandThousand Words by Jennifer Brown
Price: $10.98
Release Date: May 21, 2013

Ashleigh’s boyfriend, Kaleb, is about to leave for college, and Ashleigh is worried that he’ll forget about her while he’s away. So at a legendary end-of-summer pool party, Ashleigh’s friends suggest she text him a picture of herself — sans swimsuit — to take with him. Before she can talk herself out of it, Ashleigh strides off to the bathroom, snaps a photo in the full-length mirror, and hits “send.”

But when Kaleb and Ashleigh go through a bad breakup, Kaleb takes revenge by forwarding the text to his baseball team. Soon the photo has gone viral, attracting the attention of the school board, the local police, and the media. As her friends and family try to distance themselves from the scandal, Ashleigh feels completely alone — until she meets Mack while serving her court-ordered community service. Not only does Mack offer a fresh chance at friendship, but he’s the one person in town who received the text of Ashleigh’s photo — and didn’t look.

15thFifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton
Price: $9.99
Release Date: May 7, 2013

Chelsea isn’t looking forward to her summer at the lake. It’s the first time her family has been there since her grandmother died, and she can’t break out of her funk. But her summer takes a turn for the better when she meets a boy who works in the bookstore. Josh is cute, sweet, funny…and best of all, seems to like her as much as she likes him. As the days pass by in a blur of boat rides, picnics, and stolen kisses, she can’t believe how lucky she is. No one has ever made her feel so special, or so beautiful.

But Chelsea knows her days with Josh are numbered. She’ll be heading home at the end of the summer—and he’ll be staying behind. Will this be Chelsea’s summer of love? Or will it be the summer of her broken heart?

annalolaIsla and the Happily Ever After(no cover available) by Stephanie Perkins
Price: $11.98
Release Date: September 17, 2013

Falling in love in the world’s most romantic city is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year at the School of America in Paris, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to deal with the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever. Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

So there you have it, the 9 books I would buy right now if a) the were all out already and b) I had $100.54 laying around(told you I went a little over budget). But really who are we kidding? You all know I will be buying all of these anyway. But man is it fun to pretend today.

*all book descriptions have come from goodreads.com

**Honorable mention: Requiem by Lauren Oliver, The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen, The Elite by Kiera Cass, Dare You To by Katie McGarry, How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler

And because I love books, I’m letting you all vote on which one I should buy. Please fill out the form below and I will pre-order the one with the most votes by February 11th.

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Second Chance Sunday – Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

In honor of Super Bowl Sunday Second Chance Sunday is brought to you by:

Second Chance Sunday – Catching Jordan by Miranda KenneallyCatching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc.
on December 1st 2011
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted
Amazon, Goodreads

ONE OF THE BOYS

What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?

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To say I was excited for this book is an understatement. A book about football and cute boys? Sign me up. I mean how could you go wrong with two of my favorite things! And Kenneally didn’t let me down. She took what could have been a typical story of finding out what you wanted may not be what you need and made it into more than that.

Jordan is a funny, sassy, tough QB of her high school football team. She has the respect of all the guys on her team and her coach. She isn’t a girly girl or a primper. She is a tomboy that loves the game of football and wants nothing more then to play college ball and to gain the support of her NFL pro father. She has worked hard for this, her spot in life and doesn’t want it to be taken away. And then comes Ty. Ty literally flips Jordan’s whole world around leaving her feeling like she was sacked in the end zone, changing everything she thought she knew and wanted and complicating things.

Complicating things even more is Henry. (And in a complete fan girl moment I must admit I am head over heels for him. LOL). Henry has been Jordan’s bestie for ten years. The two of them are closer then close and when he starts acting weird Jordan is left grasping for something to hold on to. He backs off and Jordan freaks out because Henry is everything and I can’t say I blame her.

I have to say my favorite part of this book was the friendship between Jordan and Henry.
I loved how they were with one another. It is very rare to find a friend that is your soulmate and I truly think these two were that for one another. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every character in this book. From the other guys on the team to the cheerleaders, to Jordan’s parents. Every single one of them added to the story, but Henry and Jordan were the shining light.

Miranda Kennally’s debut was an amazing mix of smiles and tears and laughter and yearning. Add in a Tom Brady and a Nomar Garciaparra mention and this girl is sold! Awesome awesome book. Can’t wait for more from her.

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February Wish List

Starting this month I am going to create a wish list of the items I am hopeful to find and buy. It’s important to know exactly what you are looking for so you don’t head blindly into a store and end up buying everything in site(which I may or may not have been guilty of in the past). This month I’m looking to get 6 pieces for my wardrobe/book shelf/accessory &shoe pile.

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1) Animal print Skinny Jeans: I truly heart these ones from Old Navy. They currently have my size online and the price is right, but I question if they will be too young for a 30 something year old like myself. I may have to bit the bullet and buy them to find out.

2) Anchor Printed Flip Flops: I admit it, I wish I had a boat, I am obsessed with anchor prints, anchor jewlery, anchor iPhone cases. If it has an anchor I want it. I saw these adorable flip flops on Forever 21‘s Website and I’m lusting after them.

3) The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson: It’s the sequel to The Name of the Star which was phenomenal and left me itching to find out what happens. It will be released late February and this kid may just have to buy it then.

4) Polka Dot Loafers: I have seen these at the Gap in person(they aren’t available on line) and I want them badly. I was never a huge loafer fan until recently and now I want to get like a million pairs. First off my check list, polka dot ones.

5) Mint Boyfriend Cardigan: I heart all things cardigan. They are such a staple in my wardrobe and can worn so many different ways. I have a huge assortment of colors, but what I don’t have is a mint green one. I saw this one on American Eagle‘s website and it is super cute. I’m just not sure if the color isn’t minty enough. Well either way the hunt is on.

6) Mint shorts: This is the main shopping purchase that I want to get this month. I saw them in the J. Crew catalog and was smitten. I’ve always been a fan of J. Crew’s fit when it comes to shorts and this color just adds to the lust factor. Since J. Crew is currently offering free shipping on their site for all purchases, these may be bought sooner rather then later.
What’s on your February Wish List?

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January Shopping

And this begins my monthly shopping posts. Every month I will show you what I have purchased and roughly what I have spent on those purchases. Some months will be higher than others and some months will have mostly nothing(highly unlikely knowing me). The purpose of this post, which I have seen on a lot of blogs, is a way for me to see just what I am spending and for you to see how you can spend on some sort of a budget.

 The Clothes

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Gap and Old Navy were having a sale earlier this month and when Gap and Old Navy have a sale I usually take advantage of it for the things I have had my eye on. It started with some XMAS money I got in the form of an Old Navy gift card then moved on to the center sweater(#10) that I had been lusting over. It look a mind of its own from there. The other items, the J Crew items were purchased at the factory outlet store. I went with the mindset that I would love navy pixie pants but was unlikely to find them, to actually finding them for cheaper and a couple of other useful pieces.

1) Old Navy The Rockstar Jean Jacket
2) J Crew Pixie Pant
3) Gap Slim Cropped Refined Dot Pants
4) Old Navy The Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans
5) Old Navy Striped Tee Dresses
6) Old Navy The Rockstar Micro-Dot Skinny Jean
7) J Crew Toothpick Jean in Garment-Dyed Twill
8) Old Navy Striped Jersey Dresses
9) Old Navy Tab-Sleeve Plaid-Chiffon Shirt (purchased in black, no longer available)
10) Gap Intarsia chevron sweater

Not pictured:
1) J Crew Striped Shawl Front Cardigan
2) Target Mens Striped Buttoned Down

The Shoes


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The shoes are pretty self explanatory. If you know me at all you know I have never met a shoe store I didn’t like. I went into DSW with the sole purpose of checking out the ballet flats. I had just recently purchased a pair of mintish green flats at Old Navy which I loved but weren’t the exact shade I was looking for. Seeing this Steve Madden pair(#2) and it being a style that I already had 3 other pairs in, I was sold immediately. From there it went downhill as I hit up the sale rack and the rest is as they say, history. However I did get the Sperry’s for under $50.00 and that just couldn’t be passed up. I haven’t decided if I will return them yet as they are the only pair I haven’t worn, but for right now they are part of my January purchases.

1) Sperry Top-Sider Intrepid Metallic Boat Shoe
2) Steve Madden Heaven Pastel Patent Flat
3) Adrienne Vittadini Monet Ballet Flat (out of stock)

 

Final 2 Items

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I was originally done shopping for the month after my Gap shopping trip, but a deal came about at The Loft that I couldn’t pass up. I had a coupon for $20 off my purchase thanks to Loft credit card rewards and there was a coupon code for $50 off a regular price purchase of $100 or more so I got a steal on both items.

1) Farah Cap Top Ballet Flats
2) Gravity Stripe Ponte Shift Dress

All in all I probably spent about $200.00 this month of my own money with the rest being spent on gift cards I had received for Christmas. Not bad for all the things I got. A tad over my budget, but still not bad at all. What did you buy this month?

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