Sunday, November 29, 2015

Stacking the Shelves

This link-up is hosted by the lovely Tynga's Reviews! Check out her blog.
Well, hello, lovely pineapples! How is life? How was Thanksgiving? Did you buy anything on Black Friday where the WORLD went on sale?
Anyway, this is what I bought and received this week. Most of it I didn't get on Black Friday.

SIDE NOTE: I was going to be artistic and take pictures of the things but I don't have a camera.

BOUGHT - ebook -


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Isn't this cover glorious? :D :D
















Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I basically got this one because it takes place in Wales. 
Oops.













Hollow City by Ransom Riggs






















A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray












Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch






















BOUGHT - audiobook -


The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken























BOUGHT - physical book -

I have not bought any physical books.

DRCs AND ARCs


The Girl From The Train by Irma Joubert














Darkness Reigns by Jill Williamson















The Heir War by Jill Williamson















The End of All Things by Jill Williamson














WON - ebook -
I haven't won any ebooks this week, sadly!

WON - physical copy -

Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh















BORROWED - ebook -
Nothing to report here.

BORROWED - physical copy -

A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers












GIFTS

The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis















The Bridesmaid by Beverly Lewis





















I was going to write little notes by each book but I'm out of time. Ugh, life awaits. 

DISCUSSION -

Have any of you read these books? Are they good? Let me know in the comments! And if you did this link-up, link your post in the comments!

P.S. I am still unable to respond to comments. My apologies! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

BLACK FRIDAY BOOK SALE - indie christian books

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Like most other bookworms, great books make their way onto my "things I'm thankful for" list every year. It's hard to choose favorites, but I went ahead and picked five books I read in 2015 and am thankful for.
  1. THE BOOK THIEF, by MARKUS ZUSAK: Okay, so I'm technically cheating with this one. We all know I first read it two years ago. BUT I reread it this year and HELLO how do I make a list like this and NOT put The Book Thief on there?
    1. AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, by AGATHA CHRISTIE: This book completely introduced me to the wonderful side of murder mysteries! I'm hooked now.
  2. CALLED FOR LIFE, by KENT AND AMBER BRANTLY: I honestly don't need to explain this. This book is raw and beautiful.
  3. THE SWORD AND THE SONG, by C.E. LAUREANO: This book is just so beautiful. And awful. AND GO READ IT. (but read the first two books first)
  4. TRUEST, by JACKIE LEA SOMMERS: This book was just so, so good!
I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to another great year of reading! Speaking of more reading, here's one more thing to be grateful for. Books on sale! In honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a group of independent Christian authors banded together to offer over seventy discounted books on Nov 27-30. There's literally something for everyone. Every single book listed on Indie Christian Books is on sale in one or more ways. Find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks, package deals and more. Even if you have a budget of $0, new reading material awaits you. Don't know what to pick? The fearless Indie Christian Books team created a quiz that will generate a book list perfect for you! Check it out! Book Quiz 

DISCUSSION
What awesome reads of 2015 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2016?
A note on the Ebooks Only page. All books are listed as "Sold Out." This only refers to paperback copies of these titles. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good for her work organizing this sale, Gloria Repp for completing the time consuming job of uploading book info to the sale website, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I'm Thankful For


Hello all! I'm jumping back into blogging with vigor and joining in with The Broke and the Bookish's weekly meme. This week's is a Thanksgiving freebie, so I'm going with "Ten Books I'm Thankful For"

TEN BOOKS I'M THANKFUL FOR

1. ON THE FENCE by KASIE WEST
This book is what pushed me into loving contemporary novels. It is also one of the books that encourage and inspired me to write my first contemporary novel, CHASING THE STARS. Though I lost CHASING THE STARS to the void of dead computers, I loved the writing experience and plan on rewriting it soon. And it all began with On The Fence. If you haven't read On The Fence, it's about a girl named Charlie and her journey of self-discovery through her first job, her first love, and the knowledge of how her mother died.










2. THE BOOK THIEF by MARKUS ZUSAK

Need I even explain this fierce love? No. You should have read it by now and understand me.
















3. ALL FALL DOWN by ALLY CARTER

This book is funny, well-written and it absolutely destroyed me. And the second book is coming out soon, so I'm definitely thankful for it!
















4. THE WAY OF KINGS by BRANDON SANDERSON (king of writing)

This book is the masterpiece of all high fantasy. It doesn't get much better than this. In fact, other books are just small and ugly after this one enters your life....













5. THE COLOR PROJECT by SIERRA ABRAMS
Okay, so this isn't a published novel. But it is so much better than so many novels out there! The characters and plot and everything is just so... good!

















6. THE SELECTION by KIERA CASS

Last year when I read these books, I was going through a hard time. I am so thankful that I was able to dive in and disappear into these books.











7. CINDER by MARISSA MEYER
This series is just absolute perfection and I'm thankful for it's originality and absolute beauty.





















8. CODE NAME VERITY by ELIZABETH WEIN
So, um, this book broke my heart and I'm supposedly thankful for that.


















9. THRONE OF GLASS by SARAH J. MAAS
Okay, so here's the deal. I'm thankful for this book. It is wonderful and relatable and all that jazz. I love the second book. But I don't like the third or fourth books. I get that this is an unpopular opinion. But it is mine.

















10. A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. SCHWAB
I love this book. I love the audiobook even more. I am just so in love with the world and characters and I am thankful that I got a chance to read it!

















That will be all for today's Top Ten Tuesday post! Until next time,

DISCUSSION
What ten books are you thankful for this Thanksgiving season? I'd love to hear. 
ANNOUNCEMENT: I am considering changing the name of this blog to "Ryebrynn's Random Reads" instead of "Ryebrynn's Random Ramblings". What do you think?? Which name is better?

(NOTE: I am unable to respond to comments due to a problem with my blog. If I don't respond to your lovely comments, that's why.)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Every Girl Gets Confused by Janice Thompson


Katie Fisher and Brady James may be a match made in heaven, but that doesn't seem to guarantee them a happily ever after accompanied by angelic choirs. In fact, the sounds being heard at the bridal shop where she works are on the contentious side lately, as a bride- and groom-to-be try to mediate the growing rivalry between their basketball-obsessed families in the middle of play-off season. On top of that, Katie's parents are nagging her to get out of Dallas and come home to tiny Fairfield where her former boyfriend Casey is waiting for her, ready to rekindle their relationship. Oy vey! What's a girl to do? And will she ever be able to wear that gorgeous wedding dress she won?

The breezy fun continues as Janice Thompson throws everyone's favorite small-town girl into big-city bridal chaos--and makes her choose between the love she thought she lost and the love she stumbled upon in the aftermath.

I honestly wanted to love this book. I had heard great things about the author, but for me... it just fell flat. I think my major problem with this book was that it was the second book in a series. I didn't know this. I haven't read Every Bride Needs a Groom. But I did figure this out 10% in and still pushed on without trying to pick up the first book. I don't advise that. It's stupid. Usually with series' like this, the books connect, but have different narrators, or some large change that will allow the sequel to be read out of order.
Unluckily for me, this was not the case for Every Girl Gets Confused. Honestly, I didn't know the characters, and not connecting with them was a HUGE problem for me! It was consequentially what kept me from feeling Katie and Brady's relationship completely. Sure, I liked it. But I didn't understand them as characters enough. I'm pretty sure that these characters go through a lot of development in Every Bride Needs a Groom, and I would have loved Every Girl Gets Confused as a sequel. But as a stand alone, it's impossible. I had trouble getting into the story, and once I did, I just didn't understand the characters.
Now, this isn't a problem with Ms. Thompson's writing. I enjoyed her style, and the humor of everything. It's the classic "it's not you it's me" situation. Maybe if I decide to pick up Every Bride Needs a Groom sometime, I'll reread this and come back with new thoughts. But until then, this is my honest opinion.

I rate this book THREE STARS. I liked the writing and humor, but didn't connect with the characters or story.

Thank you, REVELL READS for supplying me with a free ebook copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.

Until next time!

If You're An Awful Blogger (clap your hands!)

Hello readers!
I am an awful blogger. I need to write this down because even though people will protest, we all know it's true. I'm bad at blogging. And honestly, I think that it's just a lack of motivation. I think of good blog posts every day. It is just a matter of sitting down and writing them.
BUT HERE IS A POST ON HOW TO AVOID BEING ME(an awful blogger)
(four ways to be a good blogger and avoid being an awful one)


1. Blog once or twice a week
I honestly think that it doesn't matter what you post about. You are probably going to say that it does, but honestly, blogging is just content and habit. Blogging often will definitely help you get in the habit. But be careful! It is so, so easy to fall out of the habit, so be careful.
And then there's posting them. I usually let a post sit a day or two and read it several times before I post it. And honestly, that's a bad plan. DON'T DO IT. Yeah, there could be typos and other problems, but letting it sit WILL let you overthink it.





2. Share your blog everywhere
One thing that will make you return to your blog is having readers to return for. You won't want to write posts if no one will be reading them. But warning here: DON'T BASE YOUR LIFE ON WHO IS READING YOUR POSTS. Even if your reader number is tiny, that's still a few people. That's people who took the time to follow your blog.





3. Interact with other bloggers
Make friends, people. Essentially, you can break blogging down to community. And if you aren't in the community, swimming with the sharks(pardon the harsh word), then you gonna get eaten. And don't even pay attention to how that last sentence made no sense whatsoever. And on the sharing note, try to link your blog in comments. Something like this.
Awesome post, _____! I especially loved the part about _____. And your reviews are great!
Ryebrynn 
http://ryebrynnsrandomrambling.blogspot.com/
Then, if people think you're awesome (which you are!) they'll check out your blog.

4. Be you
This is my last piece of advice. Don't try to be who you think you should be for your readers. Your readers should be there because they honestly want to know more about you and your books or whatever you blog about. So out of all of my advice, this is probably the most important. Just. Be. You.








I hope you all enjoyed this post! Good luck in the blogging universe!
Also, what do you think will help people avoid being awful bloggers?

Sunday, November 8, 2015

NANOWRIMO UPDATE: Week One

NANOWRIMO UPDATE #1

Okay, so my plan was to do these once a week, but I forgot yesterday so today will have to work.
NaNoWriMo got off to a great start! I was originally planning to be writing on a bluetooth keyboard and my kindle, but due to my insane typing situation (at one point I half-learned to type, so I mix hinting-and-pecking with actual typing. It's actually quite fun), I was unable to pursue that course of action. Now, me and my sister are sharing a computer for school, NaNoWriMo, movies, etc. It's fun.
Per usual, I stayed up until midnight on Halloween to ring in the writing month. I wrote a total of 300 words that night. So far NaNoWriMo is going GREAT!

If you don't know what I'm writing about, here's a synopsis:

A greedy prince
The girl meant to be queen
A Ravenmaster's apprentice

For the first fourteen years of her life, Annette was raised in an abbey just outside of Winchester, England. The only person who could have represented a father to her was King Richard.
Annette is seventeen now, and he's dead. Annette was supposed to be his heir, until the greedy Prince John exiled her to the holiday palace, Ravensmaw, and took her crown. She has eight months to undermine his plans, before he is crowned England's king. But what can she do, a girl without even ten people dedicated to her cause?
Annette's plans are turned on their head when Prince John decrees for her to marry the abusive, obese Lord Thomas Quentin. Especially when she has just begun to love the Ravenmaster's apprentice that made her feel like living.

DAY: 8
WEEK: 2
WORD COUNT: 18,400
POSITIVITY SCALE: 9/10

Also, I discovered several new music obsessions this month already! But more on that later.

Happy NaNoWriMo!
(and may the odds be ever in your favor)

Ryebrynn