Showing posts from May, 2015

Kindle Kandy #1

Kindle Kandy is a Friday weekly bookish feature hosted by The Book Dame. We scan our shelves and eReaders to rediscover books that we own but have not read, to this point little more than shelf or Kindle Kandy.  To many books and too little time and all that jazz.

LOVE this idea of this meme!  Here's my Kindle Kandy for this week:

Deep Blue
By Jules Barnard
292 pages, published March 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance

From Goodreads:

When Cali Morgan kicks off her perfect post-college summer in Lake Tahoe, she has everything she ever wanted: acceptance into a top law program, a gorgeous boyfriend, and an incredible summer planned with her best friend.

Confident about her place in the world, Cali makes it her mission to be her friend’s wingwoman over the break and help her meet guys. What Cali doesn’t count on is running into Jaeger Lang, one of her older brother’s high school friends, or the sparks that fly when she’s around him.

Jaeger has changed, and it’s not just the added height …

Review: The Girl on the Train

Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
336 pages, published January 2015
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, or Before I Go to…

Armchair BEA: Introduction Questions!

Since I can't go toe the actual BEA Conference this week, I am participating in Armchair BEA! It's a way to "virtually attend" the conference and connect with other bloggers! I loved this event last year and am excited to participate again! The hosts have created some Intro questions for today, so here are my answers!

Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging?

My name is Lori Palmer, and I live in a small town in the state of Oregon! I've been blogging for just over a year, and I love it! I've always loved reading and writing, and friends started recommending I blog book reviews, so I thought...why not? I've loved it and am so glad I started blogging. I've met so many other awesome blogger friends! In addition to reading, writing, and blogging, I also love to dance, and spend time with my husband, black Lab, and four kitties :)

What is your theme song?

Couldn't resist this one! So …

Top Ten Tuesday: Great Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer or Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads. I'm going with a combination of both! The first part is beach reads I love, the second half are beach reads I plan to have in my beach bag  this summer! Here's the list!

Beach Reads I Recommend:

In my beach bag this summer:

What's in your beach bag this summer? What do you recommend for a great beach read? Happy Reading!

COVER REVEAL!! Wild Blue Yonder (Ceruleans Book 3)

I'm super excited to be a part of the Cover Reveal for Wild Blue Yonder, the third book in the Ceruleans series by Megan Tayte! I absolutely loved Death Wish and Forget Me Not and am eagerly (and impatiently!) waiting for the third book, Wild Blue Yonder!!

Here's the synopsis (and the cover!!):


When Scarlett Blake chose life-after-death as a Cerulean, she expected to grieve for all she left behind: her boyfriend, her best friend, her mother, her home. But at least Cerulea, her heaven, would be… well, heavenly. Right?


The world in which Scarlett awakens is very far from her idea of a utopia. Picturesque, sure, and serene. But there can be no paradise within the unforgiving walls of a prison, be they of cold, hard stone or beautifully blue water.

Now Scarlett faces her hardest decision yet: be a good, dutiful Cerulean, or be true to herself and fight for freedom.

And if she can find a way to escape, …

TLC Book Tour: The Last Book Ever Written

About The Last Book Ever Written• Paperback: 280 pages Publisher: PanAm Books; first edition (April 28, 2015)
In a futuristic American society where all citizens have computerized chips in their brains and insert needles into their veins to enter a virtual reality, Victor Vale leads a fairly typical life.  He is an officer of the law with greater ambitions, a family man, and a dutiful citizen of the Nation.  Yet when The Chief assigns him a case to go undercover and expose a community of illegal “creators,” Victor finds himself strangely compelled to write.  For the first time, he starts to question the world around him, and becomes involved in a web of lies, uncertain of whom to trust, and unable to distinguish between virtualism and reality.  As he searches for answers, Victor slowly begins to unravel hidden truths about the world, and even uncovers an astonishing secret from his own past. The Last Book Ever Written satirizes our competitive, success-driven society, foresees the ef…

Spotlight Feature Tour: Spelled

I recently got an advance copy of Spelled from NetGalley and I am super excited to read it! I'm participating in a Spotlight Feature Tour this week hosted by Sourcebooks.  Here's the info on the book:

Title: Spelled
Author: Betsy Schow
352 pages, published June 2, 2015
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling

From Goodreads:

Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.
Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after.
Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called "Kansas." Now it's…

Top Ten Books I Will Be Reading SOON!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is a freebie. I chose Top Ten Books I Will Be Reading SOON--these are books on my immediate radar that I plan on reading and/or reviewing in the near future. Here's the list!

1.  The Last Book Ever Written by Jonah Kruvant: halfway through this one right now for TLC Book Tours! My review will be posted this Sunday!

2. Spelled by Betsy Schow: Look for  promotional post with a Giveaway on my blog Thursday!

3. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid: Got this from NetGalley! So excited!

4. The Lake Season by Hannah McKinnon: also got this from NetGalley!

5. The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson. Intended to read this for Bout of Books but haven't gotten to it yet.

6. Paper Towns by John Green: John Green has been hit or miss for me but I saw the preview for the movie and it looked good--wanted to read the book first!

7. Never Never: Part Two by Colleen Hoover and Taryn Fisher: DUH.

8. The Coinci…

TLC Book Tour: Five Night Stand

Title: Five Night Stand
Author: Richard J Alley
307 pages, published May 12, 2015
Genre: Generaal Fiction

Note: I received this book from TLC Book Tours
to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

Purchase Links
Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble
Plot Summary:

Legendary jazz pianist Oliver Pleasant finds himself alone at the end of his career, playing his last five shows, hoping the music will draw his estranged family back...

Frank Severs, a middle-aged, out-of-work journalist, is at a crossroads as his longtime dreams and marriage grind to a standstill...

And piano prodigy Agnes Cassady is desperately grasping for fulfillment before a debilitating disease wrenches control from her trembling fingers...

When Frank and Agnes come to New York to witness Oliver’s final five-night stand, the timeless force of Oliver’s music pulls the trio together. Over the course of five nights, the three reflect on their triumphs and their sorrows: f…

Bout of Books 13: Wrap Up!

Bout of Books 13 is complete! I'm rolling my final update with my Days 5, 6, and 7 updates.  This weekend was pretty crazy, as I had to work most of the day Saturday and spent the rest of the weekend worn out from my six day workweek, so I didn't get hardly any reading in this weekend, which was disappointing. However, since my goal was to HAVE FUN, I definitely accomplished that! I sadly didn't get to participate in the Twitter chats (they were at times that didn't work for me this week) but I did get to participate in some of the daily challenges. And I finished two books! Here's the stats:

Final Stats:
Pages Read This Week:  720
Books Completed This Week: Five Night Stand, The Girl on the Train

Books Read from but not completed yet: Sea Glass Sunrise

How did your Bout of Books go? Hope you had fun!

Bout of Books Day 4 Progress!

The fourth day of Bout of Books 13 is complete!  I read a lot from The Girl on the Train  today! It's the perfect book for Bout of Books--hard to put down! Here are the stats:

Day 4: Thursday, May 14:
Pages Read Today: 152
Pages Read This Week:  630
Books Read from:  The Girl on the Train
Books Completed This Week: Five Night Stand

Happy reading, fellow Bout of Books friends!

Bout of Books Day 3 Progress!

The third day of Bout of Books 13 is over, just about halfway through the week. I didn't get as much reading done as I'd like, as I had a mid week date night with the hubby to Buffalo Wild Wings--it was a fundraiser for a club at the university I work for. But overall I still got some reading in! Read a little from  Sea Glass Sunrise and mostly from The Girl on the Train  Most of my reading was in the morning before work, at lunch, and just before bed. Here are the stats:

Day 3: Wednesday, May 3:
Pages Read Today: 120 Pages Read This Week:  478
Books Read from: Sea Glass Sunrise, The Girl on the Train
Books Completed This Week: Five Night Stand

Happy reading, fellow Bout of Books friends!

Bout of Books Day 2 Update

The second day of Bout of Books 13 is behind us! I finished my first book on Day 2--Five Night Stand. Despite it's 307 pages, it has larger font and reads fast. Tuesday night I also got 25 pages into The Girl on the Train before I fell asleep. Already loving that book! Wish I could stay up late to read but this girl needs her sleep! I also read a little in Sea Glass Sunrise at lunch.  Here are the stats:
Day 2: Tuesday, May 12:
Pages Read Today: 170 Pages Read This Week:  358
Books Read from: Five Night Stand, Sea Glass Sunrise, The Girl on the Train
Books Completed: Five Night Stand

Happy Reading, fellow Bout of Books friends!

Top Ten Authors I REALLY Want to Meet!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's theme is Top Ten Authors I REALLY Want to Meet. I absolutely love this topic! I love meeting authors. I've met Cathy Lamb and Cheryl Strayed, and both were amazing experiences! I'd love to meet as many authors as possible! Here's my list, in no particular order:

1. Rainbow Rowell (favorite book she's written: Eleanor and Park)

2.  Alan Brennert (favorite book: Moloka'i)

3. Colleen Hoover (favorite book: Slammed)

4. Adriana Trigiani (favorite book: The Shoemaker's Wife)

5. Jane Green (favorite book: The Other Woman)

6. Emily Giffin (favorite book: Something Borrowed)

7.  Sarah Jio (favorite book: Goodnight June)

8. Barbara O'Neal (favorite book: The Lost Recipe for Happiness)

9. Stephanie Perkins (favorite book: The Anna and the French Kiss series)

10. Megan Tayte (favorite book: The Ceruleans series)

It was hard to only pick 10! Who are some authors that you'd love to meet?


Bout of Books Day 1 Update

The first day of Bout of Books 13 is done! I actually got a ton of reading done! I read before getting ready for work in the morning (my puppy wakes up early, wants to be fed and taken outside, then goes back to sleep....). Also read on my lunch and after dinner for awhile last night! I read from Five Night Stand by Richard J. Alley (a TLC Book Tours book) and Sea Glass Sunrise by Donna Kauffman, which I'm reading and reviewing for NetGalley. Here are the stats:

Day 1: Monday May 11:
Pages Read Today: 188 Pages Read This Week: 188
Books Read from: Five Night Stand, Sea Glass Sunrise
Books Completed: None yet!
Happy Reading, fellow Bout of Books participants!

Bout of Books: Bookish Survey

Today is the first day of Bout of Books 13!! I'm so excited, as this is my favorite readathon!! I'm participating in today's challenge, which is The Bookish Survey.  The Bookish Survey is hosted by Lori @ Writing My Own Fairy Tale. The task is simple: answer these survey questions! Here are my answers:

1. How do you organize your shelves?

I'm weird. I don't organize them alphabetically, or by color or any sort of system, despite my OCD in other things.  I do organize by author though, and size--I like all the mass market paperbacks together, and all the hardbacks together, etc.  I have two bookshelves, and one of them is specifically for books I haven't read.

2. What is one of your favorite book that’s not in one of your favorite genres?

Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  I don't usually get into biographies or memoirs, but this book was absolutely fantastic!

3. What is the last 5 star book you read?

Forget Me Not by Megan Tayte. It's Book #2 in her Ceruleans series.…