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The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher

Young and Yang Mysteries #1. HarperCollins (June 2013) Library Best friends and seventh graders Sophie Young and Grace Yang have made a game out of spying on their neighbors. On one of their midnight stakeouts, they witness a terrifying, bloody scene at the home of their bizarre middle-school counselor Dr. Charlotte Agford (also known as Dr. Awkward).
At least, they think they do. The truth is that Dr. Agford was only making her famous pickled beets. But when Dr. Agford begins acting even weirder than usual, Sophie and Grace become convinced that she’s hiding something—and they’re determined to find out what it is.                                                                                                                    Soon the girls are breaking secret codes, being followed by a strange blue car, and tailing strangers with unibrows and Texas accents. But as their investigation heats up, Sophie and Grace start to crack under the pressure. Will solving the case destroy their frie…

A Word on Blog Tours

I don't know if I've ever wrote a post about blog tours on this blog before but I know I have mentioned how time consuming they can be - IF I go crazy and pick all that I can possibly want. It's like NetGalley with me. I pick as much as I can and then I fall short or take forever to read and review the book. I've missed a couple of blog tours or have done them late before because I always pick them on the wrong day. I don't know the future. I don't know what it holds for me and yet I've picked 10 books to read in two months. Thankfully, I've learned my lesson to not go absolutely crazy signing up for blog tours that are on the exact same month. Although, it seems I have a new lesson to learn. 
I must learn to read and write the review of a blog tour book well before I have to post it. I've become a tiny bit better by reading or listening to a book a day or two before I have to write the review. Sometimes I'm even finishing off the book in the mor…

Blood Tests, Unschooling, and Being Proactive

I had to get my blood taken out of my body Saturday. It was one of the scariest experiences of my life because I've always thought that if a doctor ever needed to do that to me I wouldn't be able to. But, I did it even if as I stood up I got extremely dizzy and needed to lie down. I also got a couple of other tests done and got a lot of peace of mind from questions answered and tests run. I've always thought there was something wrong with me. I won't tell you why but I've always had this underlying fear inside me that something just wasn't quite right. I'm thinking back to that day and some other things I've come across. Really I'm very proud of myself that I got what I needed to get done. I feel like I've been holding myself back with different areas of my life. I turned 20 not too long ago and whenever I have a birthday nowadays I always contemplate my life and what I really want out of it. I know what I want out of my life but I still struggl…

Audio Blog Tour: Lethal Circuit by Lars Guignard

Michael Chase #1. Fantastic Press (Aug. 2013) Blog Tour
A Chinese satellite is on crash course with Earth. 
It contains enough plutonium to irradiate a large city.
And that's the good news... In the tradition of Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, and Robert Ludlum, comes a new hero. Michael Chase is a twenty-six year old backpacker, a recent college grad, an amateur. He flew to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Four hours later, he's running for his life. The Chinese Secret Police want him dead. The Conspiracy wants him dead. And the one person who he thinks is on his side, may want him dead too. If Michael is going to live, he'll need to find a hidden piece of Nazi technology lost since World War II. And he'll have to do it before anyone else. Because if he doesn't, a little plutonium is going to be the least of his problems. 

So I've never listened to an audiobook before Lethal Circuit. It was a very different experience than just reading a book for obvious reasons…

Blog Tour: Destiny by Cindy Ray Hale

Destiny #1. Self-Published (Nov. 2013) Lola's Blog Tours Destiny Clark, a young Mormon girl living in Tennessee, is wildly infatuated with Isaac Robinson, the headmaster's son at her Baptist high school. When they're cast together in the school's production of Les Misérables, Destiny is horrified to find that she has to be publicly humiliated by acting out her true feelings of rejection onstage. 
As their rehearsals begin, Destiny realizes the unimaginable: Isaac has developed deep feelings for her despite their religious differences and the fact that he has a girlfriend.
But will they be able to find their place amongst the backbiters of their ultra-conservative world?                                                                           
Weaving around Destiny and Isaac's alternating viewpoints, Destiny is the first book in a series inspired by the characters of Les Misérables and explores heartbreak, self-discovery, intolerance, and love.

Destiny's family con…

Blog Tour: The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

Standalone. HarperCollins (Nov. 2013) TLC Book Tours The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief--and a page-turner that will touch your soul--Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.
Readers of The Five People You Meet in Heaven will recognize the warmth and emotion so redolent of Albom's writing, and those who haven't yet enjoyed the power of his storytelling, will thrill at the discovery of one of the best-loved writers of our time.

I've only ever read Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie but it only took me that one book to fall in love with Albom's storytelling. I was delighted to get a chance to read his new book -The First Phone Call fro…

Blog Tour: Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan

Standalone. Thomas Nelson Publishers (Nov. 2013) YA Bound Tours Tom Harding only wants the truth. But the truth is becoming more dangerous with every passing minute. As a reporter for his high school newspaper, Tom Harding was tracking the best story of his life when, suddenly, his life turned very, very weird. He woke up one morning to find his house empty . . . his street empty . . . his whole town empty . . . empty except for an eerie, creeping fog and whatever creatures were slowly moving toward him through the fog. Now Tom's once-ordinary world has become something out of a horror movie. How did it happen? Is it real? Is he dreaming? Has there been a zombie apocalypse? Has he died and gone to hell? Tom is a good reporter he knows how to look for answers but no one has ever covered a story like this before. With the fog closing in and the hungry creatures of the fog surrounding him, he has only a few hours to find out how he lost the world he knew. In this bizarre universe nothing…

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil #1. HarperCollins (May 2013) Library
At the School for Good and Evil, failing your fairy tale is not an option. Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil. The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed—Sophie's dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really…

Trailer Reveal: The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky

If you haven't noticed the countdown on the side of the blog... there is one. On February 15th, I'm happy to say I'm having the author of The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky (release date: February 6th) Holly Schindler on She's Got Books on Her Mind for a guest post. The first guest post ever on here which I'm really excited about. The trailer came out today and Holly asked us all in the blog tour to share it if we want so that's what I'm going to do. The book is very unique and very much something I'm sure many people will love and can learn from.
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” meets Because of Winn Dixie in this inspiring story of hope.
August “Auggie” Jones lives with her Grandpa Gus, a trash hauler, in a poor part of town. So when her wealthy classmate’s father starts the House Beautification Committee, it’s homes like Auggie’s that are deemed “in violation.” Auggie is determined to prove that she is not as run-down as the outside of her house might sug…

October 2013 Reads Wrap Up

I'm facing the facts that I'm reading less and less these days. With 35 books left in my yearly Goodreads Challenge I know I probably won't make it. So my list this month will be rather short. Once the semester's over I'll go crazy reading but until then I will settle with reading at least seven books. I am thinking of so many different things I want to do next year. Different posts and themes... Since I have two weeks before the spring semester I have a bunch of time to plan out everything for January. October I got very much into Once Upon a Time the showwhich is going to play a major role in my plans. It's going to be very different next year...
Here are the books I want to read in November:
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan Lethal Circuit by Lars Guignard The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher
Destiny by Cindy Ray Hale Sia by Josh Grayson
I honestly don't really have…