Super Six Sunday – Favorite Covers of 2013

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Super Six Sunday is an original bookish meme hosted at Bewitched Bookworms and inspired by “Top Ten Tuesday” from The Broke and The Bookish. Check out the weekly schedule of themes here.

Posting a bit late this week.

Rose Under FireOne SummerHereafter (Shadowlands, #2)The Book of Broken HeartsEerieThese Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

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Super Six Sunday – Six Books That I’m Glad I Took A Chance On

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Super Six Sunday is an original bookish meme hosted at Bewitched Bookworms and inspired by “Top Ten Tuesday” from The Broke and The Bookish. Check out the weekly schedule of themes here.

  1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  3. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
  4. One Summer by David Baldacci
  5. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)Rose Under FireOne SummerBefore I FallGone Girl

Weekly Recap – 09/30/13 to 10/06/13

I Read:

I had more time to read this past week and finished four books.  I read two other books also.  With Game of Thrones I am listening to the audio book and reading the eBook.  I hope to finish it this next week.

  • 9/30 – read/listened to 40 pages of Game of Thrones, read  15 pages of Rose Under Fire, read 120 pages of Book of Spells, and read 90 pages of Doctor Sleep
  • 10/1 – read/listened to 32 pages of Game of Thrones, read 107 pages of Rose Under Fire, and 43 pages of Doctor Sleep
  • 10/2 – read 300 pages of Doctor Sleep and finished last 55 pages of Rose Under Fire
  • 10/3 – read last 98 pages of Doctor Sleep and 78 pages of Save Me
  • 10/4 – read 74 pages of Save Me and read/listened to 88 pages of Game of Thrones
  • 10/5 – read 257 pages of Save Me
  • 10/6 – read/listened 80 pages of Fade Away and fnished last 200 pages of Save Me
  • Total pages for the week = 1740

Rose Under FireSave MeThe Book of Spells (Private #0.5)Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)

Fade Away (Myron Bolitar, #3)A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

From the Library:

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

 

  • I watched this series on Netflix and had to check out the book.  It came this week through the inter-loan system.

NetGalley:

None

Review – Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Rose Under FireTitle:  Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity #2)

Pages:  368

Author:  Elizabeth Wein

Series:   Code Name Verity #2

Type/Genre:  Young Adult, historical fiction, war

Publisher:  Disney Book Group

Date Published:  September 10, 2013

Source:  from publisher

My Rating:  ****

Goodreads Summary:  While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women’s concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that’s in store for her?Elizabeth Wein, author of the critically-acclaimed and best-selling Code Name Verity, delivers another stunning WWII thriller. The unforgettable story of Rose Justice is forged from heart-wrenching courage, resolve, and the slim, bright chance of survival.

My Thoughts:

This is my first time reading this author and usually I do not read books like this.  I enjoy reading historical fiction but tend to avoid war stories.  Ever since my younger brother served in Iraq (thankfully he is home safe now & out of the Army) I just don’t want to read or even watch movies about wars.  I will say that I’m glad I gave this book a chance.  The story was well written and if you didn’t know differently you would think it was a true story.  I did not read Code Name Verity before I read Rose Under Fire, but I will have to add it to my ever-growing TBR list.

  • I love the cover.  I think it’s perfectly fitting for the story.
  • Parts of this story just made me cringe – the conditions these people had to survive and the torture they had to go through.   The author has a note at the end of the book that this story is only a small part of WWII.  I mean obviously, but it’s just heart-breaking that there is more.
  • The friendships forged over Roses’ six month span in the camps were very touching.  I think my favorite characters were Rose and Irina.  I really liked Roz a also.  The small rebellions they staged and the way they looked out for & protected each other showed their courage and gave the reader hope they would survive.  My least favorite character would be Nick, but I don’t want to give away too much there.
  • I don’t know if or how it detracted from the story but I could not read the letters or handwriting samples on my Kindle.  The print was very faint.

About the Author:

Check out her website http://www.elizabethwein.com.

Author’s Other Books:

  • Code Name Verity #1
  • The Lion Hunter Series

Would I Recommend This Book?  Yes

WWW Wednesday – 9/25/13

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

This is hosted by Should Be Reading.

What are you currently reading?

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)Rose Under Fire

  • Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin – About halfway through.  I like this book so far, but it is still a lot to keep track of.
  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein – A little bit farther in this one.  So far, so good.

What did you finish recently?

Deal Breaker / Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar, #1-2)
  • Deal Breaker/Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar #1/2) by Harlan Coben
What do you think you’ll read next?
Until It Hurts to Stop
  • Looking forward to reading this one – Until It Hurts to Stop by Jennifer Hubbard

Top Ten Tuesday – Best Sequels Ever

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they pick a new topic.

  1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – loved this book  & I can’t wait for the movie to come out.
  2. Locked Doors by Blake Crouch – love his books, but they are too short
  3. The Last Christmas by Kate Brian – technically this is a prequel, but I liked it somewhat better than the series
  4. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  5. Harry Potter- Prisoner of Azkaban
  6. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King – This one I haven’t read yet, but I’m really looking forward to it.

 

I could only think of six this time.
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Locked Doors (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite Series - Book 2)Last Christmas (Private #0.6)

Eclipse (Twilight, #3)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)

 

 

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon Wrap Up

Hosted by Tressa’s Wishful Endings.  

I didn’t do as well as I thought I would.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Game of Thrones, but it is not one of those books you can just fly through.  Or at least I am not.  It wasn’t the best pick for a read-a-thon I guess, but I did manage to finish three books during this time and am part of the way through two more.

I finished three books and read, on average, about 70-80 pages a day for me.  That’s pretty low for me, but I have been busier at work the past couple of weeks which is where I was getting more reading done.  I have downloaded some audio books though.  I really enjoyed doing the read-a-thon and hope to enter more of them.

Updates

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Books currently reading: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Today’s finished books: Dark Places
Total finished books: 1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Monday, September 9, 2013

Books currently reading:   12 pages of Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Books currently reading: 12/24 pages of Game of Thrones
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Books currently reading: 40/64 pages of Game of Thrones read
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Books currently reading: 30/94 pages of Game of Thrones read
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Friday, September 13, 2013

Books currently reading: 14/108 pages of Game of Thrones read
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Books currently reading: 28 pages of If There Be Thorns
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Books currently reading: 29/57 pages of If There Be Thorns
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Monday, September 16, 2013

Books currently reading: 113/170 pages of If There Be Thorns
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Books currently reading: 70/240 pages of If There Be Thorns, 31/139 pages of Game of Thrones, 7 pages of Rose Under Fire
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Books currently reading: 132/372 pages of If There Be Thorns, 88/227 pages of Game of Thrones, 7 pages of Rose Under Fire, 7 pages of Deal Breaker
Today’s finished books:  If There Be Thorns
Total finished books:  2
Titles of finished books: Dark Places, If There Be Thorns

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Books currently reading:  48/275 pages of Game of Thrones, 2/9 pages of Rose Under Fire, 60/67 pages of Deal Breaker
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  2
Titles of finished books: Dark Places, If There Be Thorns

Friday, September 20, 2013

Books currently reading:  24/299 pages of Game of Thrones, 68/132 pages of Deal Breaker
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  2
Titles of finished books: Dark Places, If There Be Thorns

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Books currently reading:  57/356 pages of Game of Thrones, 132/264 pages of Deal Breaker, 14/23 pages of Rose Under Fire
Today’s finished books:  Deal Breaker
Total finished books:  3
Titles of finished books: Dark Places, If There Be Thorns, Deal Breaker