Cover Reveal For: Songs of Insurrection (Dragon Songs #1) by J.C. Kang

Happy New Year & Happy Friday, Peeps! ^_^

So, I have an exciting post for you all. Today marks the official relaunch day for Songs Of Insurrection by J.C. Kang. Previously know as The Dragon Scale Lute, book one of the historical, mythological, epic-high fantasy/Adventure, sorcery fiction, Dragon Songs (previously the Daughter of The Dragon Throne) series. As you can see on my blog, I’ve followed this series since early last year, and while I liked the old cover, the new one looks amazing.

In case you’re new to the series, here’s a bit about Songs Of Insurrection:

Only the lost art of evoking magic through music can prevent Cathay from descending into chaos. Blessed with an unrivaled voice, Kaiya dreams of a time when a song liberated enslaved humans from their orc masters.

Maybe then, the imperial court would see the awkward, gangly princess as more than a singing fool. 

When members of the emperor’s elite spy clan uncover a brewing rebellion, the court hopes to appease the ringleader by offering Kaiya as a bride.  Obediently wedding the depraved rebel leader means giving up her music.

Confronting him with the growing power of her voice could kill her.

And now… The moment we’ve been waiting for…

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Let The 2016 (Reading) Challenges Begin

Happy New Year, Everyone!!

I hope you’ve all had a fantastical and memorable (mostly) ringing in of 2016! ^__^ And for those of you who don’t really remember much of the night, but had fun anyway? *high-five* 🙂

Now, in light of the New Year, I’ve decided to commit to a few reading challenges I’ve found to help encourage me to get through some books I’ve had, but I haven’t been able to get too. And what I like about the three challenges I’ve found is that they actually cover the mix of books I’ve wanted to read but have not been able to make time for.

Such as, ARCs (ebooks mostly), purchased books and a few audiobooks. I’ve listened to a few audiobooks before, but I’ve always preferred physical to audiobooks because I guess having someone else in my head telling a story freaks me out a bit? [Or at least that’s what the voices in my head tell me 😉 ]

In all seriousness, I’ve recently discovered the joy and comfort of audiobooks and the flexibility they offer. I’m reading screenplays nearly everyday (on a laptop) and just over this past year, I’ve noticed an increase of strain on my eyes. The discomfort is so intense sometimes that I can’t properly focus on reading actual physical copies of documents or books.

The audiobooks help to ease that strain on my eyes and allow me to still enjoy a book even when I need to rest my eyes. Now, for all the avid audiobookers out there, I’m sure this is in no way a monuments revelation to you, but give a girl a break here :-D.

With my rambling out of the way, let’s get to those challenges 🙂

The First, is Bookish Lifestlye‘s 5th Annul TBR Reading Challenge

My intended level for this challenge is: 11-20 A Friendly Hug My list is below, but it’s a random list that I might change later (as with the other lists as well):

  1. Thank You, Goodnight by Andy Abramowitz
  2. Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
  3. The Other Son (Brinkmann Trilogy #2) by Alexander Soderberg
  4. Orient by Christopher Bollen
  5. It Started with Paris by Cathy Kelly
  6. I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter
  7. Hostile Takeover (John Lago Thriller #2) by Shane Kuhn
  8. Hard Love (Hacker #5) by: Meredith Wild
  9. Friction by Sandra Brown
  10. Demon Within (Silver Legacy #2) by Alex Westmore
  11. Deceptions (Cainsville #3) by Kelley Armstrong
  12. The Blessings by: Elise
  13. 3volve By: Josefina Gutierrez
  14. Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse
  15. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda By: Becky Albertalli
  16. The Shadow of Loss By: Josefina Gutierrez
  17. Half-Breed Queen (Skatia Narratives #1)By: L.A. Hendricks

The Second, is The YA Book Traveler’s RockmyTBR challenge:

Which will consist of TBR books I own/bought that were/will not be published in 2016, but haven’t gotten to yet:

  1. Greywalker (Greywalker #1) by Kat Richardson
  2. Eat, Pray, Love by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  3. Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) By Kristin Cashore
  4. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by: Mindy Kaling
  5. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, & Madness at the Fair that Changed America by: Erik Larson
  6. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of Lusitania by: Erik Larson

 

The Third, is The Book Nympho & Hot Listens’ Audiobooks Challenge:

The Book Nympho

Right now, I’m aiming for the Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) level with 5-10 books.

  1. The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. X (Kinsey Millhone #24) by Sue Grafton
  3. Half-Resurrection Blues (Bone Street Rumba #1) by: Daniel Jose Older
  4. The Diviners series (1-2) by Libba Bray
  5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  6. The Wrath and the Dawn (Book #1) by Renee Ahdieh
  7. The Dune Chronicles (1-5) by Frank Herbert
  8. The Queen of Tearling series (1-2) by Erika Johansen
  9. Soundless by: Richelle Mead
  10. Why Not Me? by: Mindy Kaling
  11. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Oldr
  12. Obsidian (Lux #1) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  13. An Ember in the Ashes (book 1) by Sabaa Tahir
  14. The Law Of Moses (The Law Of Moses #1) by: Amy Harmon

Pheww! That’s a lot! 0_o  I know that most of these titles will change and I might not like some of them so I wanted to at least start off with a nice range and variety. What do you guys think? Are you started a reading challenge this year, too? If not and you’re interested in joining one of these I highly recommend it. 🙂

Happy Sunday, folks! And thanks so much for reading.

Until next time,

Gia.

 

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Book Review Post For: Instant Happy Journal (365 days of inspiration, gratitude, and joy.)

Hiya,  Guys:

I am here to do a quick book review, but with this week’s book, things get a little bit personal. However, with the New Year literally around the corner, I don’t think it’s all that surprising that I chose this book, rather why it chose me.

The selection of this book, if not immediately obvious, was based on the idea of with the New Year, marks the beginning of a new start. And with my recent move and job setting change back in October, adjusting has been harder than I initially anticipated. So, one of my New Year resolutions was to find a new balance with this new stage in my life.

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(ignore my hand writing scribble please `-_-`)

Granted this new change will not happen automatically, or easily, I knew it’d be important to figure out small ways to progress the comfort level of this change; ergo, Karen Salmansohn’s Instant Happy Journal.

I was fortunate enough to receive this book from Bloggingforbooks just two days before Christmas(how cool is that?) and was able to gaze through it before beginning my 365-day journey with this journal.

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I’m four days in and I am loving it so far 🙂 and the best thing about this book is that you can get it at any point in the year and work your way through your own 365-day journey. Not just at the beginning or at the end of the year.

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It is the perfect ‘you time’ book and great, I found, for meditation prompts to just take a quote or fact of the day and apply it to your life in that moment. Plus: it’s an easy travel book; small, compact and durable.

That’s it for this post, guys. As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you all again in the New Year <3.

Until next time,

Gia.

I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day! xxoxoxoxoxo