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Precious Stone trilogy

I finished the Precious Stone trilogy. I had no idea it was called that until two seconds ago but I wrote about book one, Ruby Red, last week and I finished books two and three this week! I actually read Ruby Red in 2011 but went back to read it recently because all 3 books are out now. They weren’t back then and I don’t like waiting.

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Aren’t these covers divine? I adore them. Sapphire Blue is book 2 and Emerald Green is book 3. I read them both within a few days so I can’t remember what happens in each individually but basically, Gwyneth has found out she’s a time traveler in book 1. In book 2 she starts traveling with her cohort, Gideon, the male time traveler with the gene. Their alliance is run by a man named Count Saint-German, someone Gwyn has been told not to trust. She soon finds out why, with the help of her time traveling cousin (or is she) and her best friend. I won’t get into specifics of what their goal is because it’s too complicated to explain but eventually Gideon and Gwyneth work together to sabotage the Count’s plan, and they also fall in love. Of course. Because it’s a YA novel. Thankfully, there is not a love triangle. I highly recommend these books to anyone who likes YA and wants a good time travel / historical feel. I listened to them on audio, one from Audible and the others from Libby / Overdrive / Hoopla. The reader is great.

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : the next book in a series you started (Sapphire Blue)

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book about time travel (Emerald Green)


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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier


I just finished Ruby Red, again. It was on sale on Audible for $4.99 a few weeks ago when they were having a sale for first books in a series. I had previously read it in 2011 (post here about how I was excited for book 2) and I received the advanced reader copy at ALA that year so I even own book 2!

Ruby Red is a German translation about Gwyneth, a sixteen year old in London who finds out she’s a time traveler! Her cousin, Charlotte, was the supposed ‘chosen one’ for the time traveling gene in her family but it turns out that was a mistake. Gwyneth knows nothing about time travel or the circle of time travelers she’s meant to meet in the past with the help of her traveling companion, Gideon. Everything in this story happens within the span of 2-5 days and book 2, Sapphire Blue, picks up exactly where book 1 ends, which I like. Because it’s so quick in time it also reads very quickly. I’m shoving on to book 2 right now, immediately so I don’t stall and crash like I did in 2011. I’m listening and have the print book at my house as a back up if I become enthralled. On a positive note, book 3, Emerald Green, has already been released whereas if I read them in 2011 I would have had to wait.

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge : a in translation

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book with alliteration in the title

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Airplane reading 2

I have lots of posts about travel reading. Airplane reading circa 2017. Books for flying 1 and 2 circa 2015. Apparently I didn’t travel in 2016. Which isn’t true, I went to Mexico and I read the Selection series but anyway.. I don’t travel a ton, probably once a year, but when I do I use it as a time to read as much as possible. When I’m on a plane I am not watching TV, I am reading. The whole time. Walking down the aisle, waiting in line, flying over states. It is the best. Even when I’m with my husband. He watches movies on his tablet and I read and we basically pretend like we’re traveling solo. There’s very limited talking and I’m pretty sure he likes it that way. Sometimes I think I get as excited for the uninterrupted reading as I do for the trip I’m taking.

So, this is my process. I check out dozens of books, typically paperbacks because they travel the best and because they’re my preferred format. Then, before I leave, I read the first 20 or so pages to see if I’m into it. I have to be hooked right off or I just want to put it down and then it’s wasted space in my travel bags. I also like to binge read series’ when I travel which means I have to have them all lined up and ready to go. I have a Kindle Paperwhite, which I love and I fill that sucker up too. Here are the books I have waiting for me for my 4 day trip, which includes 3 planes and a 4 hour car ride.


The End we Start From by Megan Hunter. I don’t even think I’ll take this with me. From what I’ve heard it’s a one sitting read so when I go to read the first 20 pages I might just finish the whole thing and then I won’t have to pack it. However, it’s very thin and would fit nicely without taking up much room.


A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. My Goodreads tells me I tried to read this and never finished. I don’t remember that so I must not have gotten very far and it obviously didn’t scar me. So I’m considering taking it.


Any Human Heart by William Boyd. This book has 4.26 stars on Goodreads. What a great review! This cover is also very familiar looking, I may have checked it out before but never opened it. It is a wonderful paperback. The kind I love. The thick paper and hefty feel. I can’t wait. This one is definitely coming with me.

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien. I checked this out a few months ago after I read (and loved) Pachinko. which is a great multi-generational novel. This book has a family tree at the beginning. Love! I think it was just too much to go from one slow burn to another slow burn novel. But I think I’m ready now. I’ll definitely read the first 20-50 pages to make sure I’m interested before I pack this one since it is a long paperback.


Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan. A few years ago I randomly picked up The Good Wife by O’Nan. A very simple book about a good woman’s life. A co-worker suggested this to me and since I know about his writing I think I’ll probably like it. It’s slim, perfect for traveling.

I have so many things on my Kindle that I’m going to (possibly) dive into that I decided to make a separate post.. I will probably only finish 2 or 3 of these books but a girl needs options. Am I right??!


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I had been meaning to read Caraval ever since it came out last January. It had a lot of press hype before its release and I ended up liking it a lot. It reminded me a little bit (just a little!) of the Night Circus (which in case you didn’t know – I adore). There was way too much dialog and angst though, but it is YA so that should be expected. Night Circus was often times a lot more about the setting than what was happening with the characters. The ambiance seemed to be its own character. Caraval was very character driven, but not in an overwhelming or annoying way. I could’ve done without the epilogue set up. Book two could’ve told us what the epilogue did in its book jacket summary without leaving such a cliff hanger in book one. I will probably read book two though, but since it took me a year after book one’s publication to read it I wouldn’t count on it happening any time soon. Book two is titled Legendary and set to be released May 2018.

BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge : the first book in a new-to-you YA series

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to

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New Wrinkle in Time Trailer

I posted the previous Wrinkle in Time trailer here and then my review of the book (which I just read a few months ago). Check out the new trailer!

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Book of Dust


I finished La Belle Sauvage aka The Book of Dust. I have never read the Dark Materials series, of which this is a prequel. It was sort of slow at the beginning with the character building and occasionally a character would be introduced and it would seem like, had I read the other books, there would be a light bulb going on in my brain like “oh that’s who that is” but because I hadn’t, there was not. It might be better for those who know the foreshadowing. I liked the characters, Malcolm was endearing. Also, because I haven’t read Dark Materials or any other Philip Pullman I didn’t know what to expect. At times I was thinking, is this supposed to be current times? There are cars but no phones. Oh and people have demons. And then there were giants and magical fairies and all pretense was lost. Michael Sheen is the reader, and he does a great job at the exciting parts. Detour, did you know he’s with Sarah Silverman? And has a kid with Kate Beckinsale? I went on a serious black hole with all that information. I digress, although there are loudly narrated exciting parts at the same time there’s also a lot of nothing. I wasn’t completely enthralled and it took me awhile to finish. Read if you liked Dark Materials.

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Graphics for Kids

I read some graphic novels for kids recently and loved them!


Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani. I kept seeing this gorgeous cover at bookstores so I was very pleased to pick it up at the library. Pri and her mother live in California. Pri finds a pashmina in a secret trunk in her house that when worn takes you to see you desire. When Pri wears it, it takes her to India. Pri wants to know more about her father, who she thinks is in India but her mother refuses to talk about him or why she came to America. By mysterious circumstances her aunt calls and requests Pri come to India, and her mother relents. This story is about learning about yourself and what you want and even learning answers to questions you may have wish you never asked.


Swing it, Sunny! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. This is the second book about Sunny. The first is Sunny Side Up, where she is sent to her grandfather’s 55+ community for the summer. She’s not sure why she’s spending her summer there but she finds out that it’s because her brother Dale is acting out and he needs attention from her parents. In this second book Dale is sent away to what looks to be a military school. Sunny and her family have to change their dynamic now that one of the siblings is missing. These books are real life! I did just notice that on the Sunny Side Up cover she is in the same position as this cover but on a pool float and now she’s in a fall scene. Perhaps there will be winter and spring covers coming soon.


Jane by Aline McKenna is probably technically for young adults. It is a retelling of Jane Eyre through graphic novel and during current day rather than the 1800s. Now, I love Jane Eyre. I read The Flight of Gemma Hardy last year which is also (supposedly) a retelling of Jane Eyre. I did not enjoy it so I was a bit wary when picking this one up. However, this one was good! I loved the art, Jane in this book is an artist. I also liked the way they transferred the mother character. You can’t really claim insanity when locking someone up in an attic in 2017 so I think they did a good switch with that. I liked the relationship with Rochester. The only thing I didn’t like is the brother-in-law angle. It was a bit much. You’ll know what I mean if you read it.


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