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2017 Audiobook Challenge Mid-Year Update

This is my update post on how my Audiobook Challenge is going. I am going for Weekend Warrior (I'm Getting the Hang of This) 5 - 10 books. So far I have four books listened to so that means I only one more to go! I only started to listen to books this past May and none of them are on my list of books I wanted to listen to. Go figure.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

To Be Reviewed

Private - Perfected

Have you listened to any good books lately?

Library Loot #3: Comics and Steampunk

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

I haven't done one of these in a long time, but I recently decided to get a bunch load of books from the library. These books are mainly for challenges on Goodreads and the yearly challenges I've signed up for.

I watched Over the Garden Wall a while back now. The world was fun, interesting, and a little bit dark. I can't wait to get back to that story.
I decided to read Perfect Ruin for a team challenge I'm participating in. I started reading it and so far it's very different from the books I've read lately. The writing is really well done.
The Star Thief and Vermilion are both steampunk reads. I am failing at my steampunk reading challenge so I thought I would pick up a couple of steampunk books. The Star Thief was picked because of it's beautiful cover and the same …

Anne with an E: Netflix Review

Anne of Green Gables was a book I avoided reading for years on end. I feel like I've always had this mass market paperback in my closet. I finally got rid of the book or so I think because I can't find it now....

And then.... I watched the YouTube series. It wasn't perfect but I ended up loving the story. More than anything I fell in love with Gilbert.

Fast forward this past year; I read Anne of Green Gables. It has a lot of differences from what I can remember from the TV series to the book. It does continue to have Anne as a talker and a dreamer as well as Gilbert continually being amazing.

If you don't know Anne might be strange when you first meet her. She's a dreamer, a reader, a talker, and very, VERY dramatic. She feels a lot more just like your average reader or someone who has dealt with the heartache in her past.

Anne's parents died when she was a baby so she was sent to a foster care home for girls. The girls there ended up bullying her. She's s…

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

Standalone. Tantor Audio. (July 2015) Library
In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancĂ©…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never dis…

Stitched Vol. 1: The First Day of the Rest of Her Life

Stitched #1. Charmz (May 2017) NetGalley
Crimson Volania Mulch has a problem; she just woke up in a crypt and, besides her name, has no idea of who, where, or what she is. Welcome to the Cemetery of Assumptions, a vast landscape of stones, mausoleums, and secrets. Home to monsters and mayhem, it may also hold the answers to her unknown parentage. 

Crimson is a resourceful patchwork girl and determined to find them. Along the way, she meets the mysterious Wisteria, who has a tendency to change and a witch named Parameter whose spells tend to go awry. And two boys, Simon and Quinton, who make her feel something besides lost and confused. She must battle ghosts, zombies, and monsters in order to learn where she came from and who her real "mother" is. But will she do it alone, or will she have help from her new friends and unexpected crushes?

Crimson Volania Mulch has just awoken to a new life where someone has been calling her name. With no clue who she is or where her mother is,…

2017 Summer Bucket List

I've been thinking a lot about this Summer and what I wanted to do. Before long I started looking up Summer Bucket Lists which I've done in previous years. I've never made one but thought this was the year to do it. Some of my summer bucket list might not make sense but it's what I want to do.
I don't know people who have ever done Summer Bucket Lists personally so it does sound like a weird thing to want to do. But I want to have a Summer where I proactively do fun things for myself and others. The most exciting Summers for me were swimming in the pool constantly as a kid, going to Disney, or that trip to Georgia I can't believe my parents agreed to. I have no money for a trip but I'm excited to see what the Summer has in store for me. 

What do you want to do this summer?

Mini Reviews: Misfit City, Redwall, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Misfit City #1. BOOM! Box (May 2017) Library
Misfit City has this old school movie vibe just like the one the town is famous for. In this first issue we are introduced to the heroines, the villains, and the adventure they are all about to embark upon. There is a lot of diverse personalities and characters with different interests. I liked the cast of characters. They are unlikely friends and heroes. Wilder looks to be the natural leader. She an eco-warrior - an activist - which I think is pretty awesome to see in a character. Dot is our reader. She can be seen reading anywhere including while on the job shucking oysters. Karma is the sweet, good-natured, "hippie" girl. She's vegan so I instantly liked her as well as being the sweetest. Macy is the edgy friend who is lead singer in her band. Macy is the one who begins the adventure even if she wants no part of it. I thought this was a great start. The characters are all awesome. The town's history is cool. And the ad…

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Standalone. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (May 2017) NetGalley
Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She's for sure going to Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It's a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and b…

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Hannah Swenson #1. Kensington (April 2000) Library
Hannah Swensen already has her hands full, between dodging her mother's attempts to marry her off, and running Lake Eden, Minnesota's most popular bakery, The Cookie Jar. But when the Cozy Cow Dairy's beloved deliveryman is found murdered behind Hannah's bakery with her famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, Hannah sets out to track down a killer. The more Hannah snoops, the more suspects turn up. This is one murder that's starting to leave a very bad taste in Hannah's mouth, and if she doesn't watch her back, her sweet life may get burned to a crisp.

Cozy mysteries are a rare read for me. Which is strange because I like mysteries and I like food (most of them have a food related theme). Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder has always felt like the epitome of a cozy mystery. Whenever I have looked up the genre, there it is. I have had this book for so long no my TBR I thought I would never get to read…

2017 Young Adult POC Books

POC books or People of Color books are things that I've found lacking in my reading. I'm Hispanic, my family is from Cuba and before that from Spain. I recently just found out there are members of my family still in Spain. And as I've gotten older it's now that I feel like I care more about whether a book has POC characters in the books I read. It's a little ridiculous how small the amount is. And I don't mean the bad boy the MC is into that has "olive" skin tone. I mean ACTUAL characters that are identified as a different race or ethnicity other than white. It's not like there is anything wrong with having white characters - I'm white. It's just that there are so many more people out there. Not everyone looks the same...

So I've been on a hunt to find POC characters in YA books published this year. I thought I could at least recommend one and find some more that I would like to read. And here are the results of my search:

Desi Lee kno…

Searching Saturday: Water on the Cover

Hosted @ The Night is Dark and Full of Books
This honestly took way longer to do than I thought it would. Searching Saturday is challenging you to find new-to-you books every week depending on the theme. Apparently, I know a lot of water based books because all the one's I could find on Goodreads before I found these were one's I've seen before/know of. I decided to participate because I like scavenger hunts and discovering new books. 


Lose Me by M.C. Frank
"Today is not the day I die."

Ari Demos starts every day with this thought. Fresh out of high school, she's landed a coveted role as a stunt double in a new Pride and Prejudice adaptation starring the Hollywood phenomenon Weston Spencer. But this job isn't going to be easy: Ari will be performing complicated water stunts and driving fast cars along the narrow cliffs of Corfu. One false step and she could lose not only her job, but he…