March Releases in my TBR

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, Book 1)
by Cassandra Clare

The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology, Book 1)
by Wendy Higgins
I love the Mortal Instruments but I’ve been stuck with book 3, and years later, there’s a load full of prequel and sequel to the original, I need to keep up.  And this new series from Wendy Higgins?  I love her Sweet series so, let’s see.
The Study of Seduction (Sinful Suitors, #2)
by Sabrina Jeffries

The Princess Wore Plaid (The Oxenburg Princes, #2.5)
by Karen Hawkins
I really like these historical authors (among the many historical romance authors that I love), and the Hawkins’ book in particular has a very interesting premise.
Pocket Prayers for Moms
Pocket Prayers for Friends
Pocket Prayers for Teachers
by Max Lucado

I’ve read a Max Lucado before and it was inspiring. And these books are good to give as gifts.
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Share The Load

My husband works, while I stay at home. So, I do the laundry.  I alone do the laundry, and that’s the way I like it.

In general, moms do all the work while having full time jobs. I salute them because I don’t think I would be able to do all the work around the house like in the video.  I wasn’t built not to share the load. My husband on the other hand, was raised helpful, he was brought up to help around the house, along with his siblings, hence…

When I’m busy, or doing nothing at all, he helps me in the kitchen.  He washes the dishes most of the time, prepare food for us when I can’t or won’t.  I know at times he doesn’t like it, but he helps me anyway.

He helps me around the house most of the time, so I wanted to do the laundry all by myself. He can help me fold them though, but the laundry is mine.

I know it’s different for everybody, and I can only share what is mine. Yet it comes down to the family, how we were nurtured, and if it’s in our nature. Outside of that, I presume change?


Middle Grade Bestsellers

Serafina and the Black Cloak
by Robert Beatty 
Living secretly in the basement of a grand estate where her pa works as a maintenance man, young Serafina narrowly escapes a black-cloaked man who has been abducting local children and who Serafina, aided by a youth from the estate, endeavors to expose. 
The Isle of the Lost : A Descendents Novel 
by Melissa De la Cruz 
The teen offspring of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella de Vil search for a cursed magical relic that will help them escape from the dreary isle where their wicked parents have been exiled. By the author of the Blue Bloods series.

The Thing About Jellyfish 
by Ali Benjamin 

A teen determinedly investigates the drowning death of her best friend to prove that the tragedy occurred because of a rare jellyfish sting. A first solo novel by the co-author of The Keeper. 

 by Katherine Applegate 

Fearing his family will have to move into their minivan when they suffer another financial setback, Jackson finds support and comfort through his friendship with a giant imaginary cat. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan. 

September Releases on my TBR

A fourth installment to my favorite series, Sweet; and following Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter.
I admit, Niffenegger relationship with the ghostly is kind of creepy. Nevertheless, she’s on my list since I read Her Fearful Symmetry (not a favorite, but she delivered).  And look at that, Miss Peregrine, the most peculiar of plots, IS a trilogy.
Haven’t read these two but I do have the first book in these series.
My aim to collect all the books in the Death series; and my recent fascination with Leigh Bardugo.


Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

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  1. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – I’ve started this when there were still three books. I’ve finished the 3rd book last 2012, and I haven’t since picked up the 4th installment. I’ve seen the movie, and ticked the prequel to the series (Infernal Devices) to be read, but I HAVEN’T PICKED UP the 4th book in the series. Why? I’m planning to reread books 1-3, like RIGHT NOW.
  2. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard – The second book left me no longing to grab the conclusion in the series. It’s good but I was disappointed with the heroine’s lost hand.
  3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner – I’ve seen the movie, and justified some questions when I read the book.  I guess I loved the movie (and Thomas in the movie – blame it on Teen Wolf), and I wasn’t in a hurry to finish the series since the movie itself satisfied my craving.
  4. House of Night by P.C./Kristin Cast – I think I need a pat on the back for this series. I went on and on even when I’ve read a lot of negative reviews. For a while I was like, finish the series already! I promised myself to stop at book 10, and I did.  Two books later, the series was concluded. Gaaah!
  5. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – I recently read the Darkest Minds, and it has a compelling plot, and one of my interesting reads in YA. I’m not sure if it’s a trilogy but this is one among many series that I wanted to do a ‘readathon’.
  6. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen – This lady in tights ala Robin Hood. Two books more to go!
  7. Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong – there’s a lot of novellas in the series, and I haven’t read them one bit. I try to stay away from the novellas and concentrate on the books, and I’m only one book left.
  8. Divergent by Veronica Roth – the truth is, I’m seldom into Dystopia and Science Fiction, but for me to understand the whole of the story, I need to delve into the books. So, book first, then movie. At a time.
  9. The Keatyn Chronicles by Jillian Dodd – This is a chick lit that I really like. I just don’t have access to it since it was not available in my local library. I bought the e-book online, and I’m itching for the succeeding installments.  Gotta have control. Gotta have control.
  10. Historical romance series by Various Historical Romance Authors – my list won’t be complete if I don’t include historical romances in my top ten. I can’t list them since they go by the dozens but they’re definitely included in my YET TO FINISH list.


Cover Characteristic – OWL

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants! – Sugar and Snark


Summer Reading

School is almost over, and right now I’m racking my brain on the books I want my kids to read even though it was encouraged that kids should choose the books they want to read. Oh well, they might want to read the books I’ve already queued from the library.

My First wanted to read the Heroes of Olympus series, so I’m good with that.  My concern would go to my Second, who would prefer not to open a book this summer as he’s looking forward to playing.  Well, even with that, I planned to give Second my choice of books, and I found an awesome site just for that with a ton of summer reading recommendations.
The site was a program from Pizza Hut called BookItProgram. There’s a list of schools that participate in the program, but I didn’t find my kids’ schools, so I couldn’t enroll or join in the challenges.  Nevertheless, it has a variety of great lists that one can refer to listed from Pre-K to 12th grade.  That alone is fine with me.
These might not look extensive, but they are, especially for my reluctant readers.  I just hope I find books in this website that they would love, and encourage them to read more.

Sample list of books for 9-12 YEARS
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L ‘Engle
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
The BFG by Roald Dahl
The Giver by Lois Lowry
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Lois Sachar
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis



I have always been fond of Pinterest, but the thing about Pinterest is that it can be overwhelming, and somehow, the stuffed you’ve pinned would be drowned with all the other things you’ve gone over.  So even with pinning, my bookmark bar is brimming with pages from all over the internet.  Therefore, I have decided that instead of my bookmarks hiding away in my bar, I should showcase it here…
Booklists and Awards
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