Sunday, November 30, 2014

Three Series I've Missed Out On

You may have noticed from the posts on this blog I love young-adult fiction and consume quite a bit of it. Yet as much as I love young-adult books, they usually occur in sets of three (or more!). Committing to a new series is hard especially since I already have so many unread on my shelves. It is impossible to read every series that comes out since time is limited. Plus there are always new books and series being debuted.

Therefore, today I'm going to list three series I haven't read and I don't believe I am going to make an effort to read them. These are popular series, but they are not very appeal to me or I've tried to read them in the past without any luck.

Because I haven't read these books, I have no idea if these series are amazing or terrible. This is not a reflection on the merit of the book or their authors. For me, these series are not as appealing as some others I already own or want to purchase so I don't think I'll be picking them up.

1) Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin - I've heard a lot of talk about this series, but it doesn't really appeal to me. Even though so many people have been waiting so long for book three, I haven't jumped on the bandwagon. I don't think I'll be picking this one up just because it doesn't sound amazing to me and I've heard very mixed reviews. I have the first book on my Kindle though so you never know.

2) The Selection Series by Kira Cass -  While coming up with this list, I wasn't sure if I wanted to add this series or not. The three books in this series do appeal to me, but I've borrowed them in various formats from the library and I never read them when I have them. HOWEVER, I want The Heir on my shelves so badly, that cover is gorgeous, so it might happen eventually.

3) Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld  - For me, dystopians is not my favorite. I like it occasionally, but I don't reach for it without encouragement. This series is one of the original YA dystpoians and I doubt I'll ever pick it up even though so many people really rave about it. I do plan on picking up some of Scott Westerfield's other books, but this one is not as interesting to me.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1) The Selection (The Selection, #1) Uglies (Uglies, #1)

Let me know if I'm missing out or if I must check these series out!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Book Scenarios Tag

This one was filmed a little while ago and I just found the footage on my computer. This tag was a lot of fun! Thanks to the creator Lindsay Hearts Books for making this tag. Questions are in the video description. 

People Mentioned:

Lindsay Hearts Books:

Books Mentioned: 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR

This week on Top Ten Tuesday the topic is one I'm not very good at. I constantly make TBRs then never follow them. I'm a mood reader, but I still try to make lists of books I want to read now! So we shall see how this list pans out. Even though I want to talk about all the cool new released coming in the new year, mostly this list includes books I already own since the holiday season means I'll be shopping for other instead of myself and I need to reduce me enormous unread book pile.

1) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - This book has been on my Kindle for a few months. I really want to read it, but I don't want to be sad. Also there are a lot of people who tell me this is their favorite book and that is a lot of pressure! I want to read it and I want to like it. So I'm not sure if I'll make it to this one. I keep putting it off.

2) Blood Promise by Richelle Mead - This book has been on my TBR for what seems like forever even though its only been about a year. I really like this series and need to power throught the last three books.

3) Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl - I need to finish this series! I enjoyed book two, but since I read it so long ago, I forget a lot of it. Not many people have made it through this series, but I intend to!

4) Legend by Marie Lu -  So many people love this series. I think I might have spoiled the entire series by accident on Tumblr the other day. Even so, I'm going to try to read it without thinking about that too much.

5) The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle - Every TBR I create I say I want to finish this book. I am making progress! I've made it through a dozen stories in the last couple weeks and I have a goal to read The Hounds of Baskerville by Christmas.

Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles, #3) Legend (Legend, #1) The Book Thief Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4) The Complete Sherlock Holmes

6) Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Mariller - This book has been recommended to me so many times and I really want to check out this series. There are retelling elements and fantasy elements! I just started it, but I've started about a million things recently so I hope I get to this.

7) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - Everyone loves this book and I really want to read it. Somehow I've just ignored it sitting on my shelf even though it sounds amazing. Hopefully while I'm trapped inside due to snow and cold I'll check it out.

8) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert - This book has the honor of being on my TBR pile the longest according to Goodreads. I really need to read this and I always tend to pick up more classics in the winter so it seems like a good thing to add.

9) The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce - Already started this one too! I like it so far, but again need to finish it before I start yet another book.

10) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - This is the most iffy book. I'm not sure if I'll get to this one, but I want to try it over my Christmas break from work since I'll have a lot of time to just sit and read without distractions.

The Will of the Empress (Circle Reforged, #1) The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) Fangirl Daughter of the Forest  (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, #1) Madame Bovary

Last Week's TTT -----> Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait for

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Five Reasons to Check Out the Library

One of my favorite places in the world is my local library. You may know this because of my many library hauls where I talk about all the amazing books I've picked up recently. (1, 2, 3, 4) I love to visit and spend time there and everything about it I find relaxing and wonderful.  Recently though I was talking to someone who mentioned they don't like the library. I was shocked and confused! Not like libraries! So I thought I'd make a quick list of reasons why you should check out the library. 


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fall Time Cozy Time Tag

It is almost time for winter, but I had to squeeze this Fall Time Tag in before the change of seasons since Fall is my favorite. It competes heavily with summer, but since my birthday falls in Fall, the autumn always wins.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Top Ten Sequels We Cannot Wait to Get! This is a great topic and one that is really easy since there are so many series I am in the middle of right now! 

The amount of waiting I am doing right now for sequels is unacceptable! There are so many amazing things set to come out rather soon, but not soon enough! This time I have a mix. There are five sequels listed that are upcoming releases. The other five are books I just haven't gotten my hands on yet. Sadly two of my upcoming releases do not have covers yet, but the others have AMAZING covers so I think you'll be ok. 

I'm just doing covers this week since all of my descriptions will be: I loved this book! Give me the next one! 

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2) Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5) Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2) '

4) The Raven Cycle #4 - There isn't even a title for this book yet and I haven't finished Blue Lily, Lily Blue, but I am dying for the last book already! I know I am probably going to need it immediately no matter how the third book ends. 

5) Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas- Technically I already own this book, but I haven't put my hands on it to read it yet so I am throwing it on here because I want to read it so much! 

Previously released: 

The Unbound (The Archived, #2) In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds, #3) Exposure (Virals, #4)

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3) Deception (Defiance, #2)

My Last Top Ten -----> Books I Want to Reread

Monday, November 10, 2014

Cleaning Up These Used Books

A couple of weeks ago I spent an afternoon cleaning up some of my used books. I've purchase a good chunks of my books second hand and enjoy cleaning them up and taking stickers off of the books to help clean them up. I spent an few hours one afternoon working on these books. It can take a lot longer if you have several library copies to work on or if you only have a few stickers to take off, the process can go much faster. 

My Supplies: 
Hair Dryer
Paper Towels
Goo Gone
Kitchen knife 
(I've also used an exacto knife for this)

Other Things Needed:
A TV episode
Tasty Beverage

Time Requirements
2-3 minutes per sticker
8-10 minutes per Library covering 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Top Auto-Buy Authors

There are a few authors on my shelf I will buy books from no matter the cost or if it is going to be hard to get! I love these authors no matter how many or few books they've published so far. I have authors on this list who have published a lot and other who have only published one series. Check it out if you are interested in some of the authors are my absolute favorites. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Review - Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour

Everything Leads to You

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Hardcover: 307 pgs (Hardcover) 
Published: May 2014 by Penguin 
How I got it: Borrowed Library Copy 
Rating 5/5 

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.
Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

It is quite past the season for summery contemporary books, but I picked one up recently since I was in the mood for something light. It sounded like a good way to extend my summer! While contemporary isn't a genre I reach for often, I do love them when I pick them up. This book has a lot of hype surrounding it so my interest was piqued but I remained unconvinced it would thrill me when I brought it home from the library.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Top Ten Books I Want To Reread

Before this year, I rarely reread this book. I was so preoccupied with reading books that had just been released and new books! I ignored some of my favorite books from the past for so long! So this year I started rereading books and it is glorious! Anyway this Top Ten Tuesday topic is top ten books you want to reread. A lot of these are on this list simply because I want to reread the entire series of books attached to them, but other have made the list because I want to experience them again and try to catch more the second time around.

1) Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
2) Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare 
3) Eon by Alison Goodman 
4) A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
5) Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce  
6) Defiance by C.J. Redwine
7) Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 
8) Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst 
9) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 
10) The Hobbit by J. R.R. Tolkien 

This has been a hectic week so no pictures or fancy list making this time. Next week will be back to links and fancy list making! Happy Reading!

Monday, November 3, 2014

October Wrap Up

This month has been a confusing reading month. The whole month I felt like I wasn't making any progress in my reading especially toward the end of the month. I had a major book hangover from one of the books I read and could not read anything for the last 10-12 days of the month. Even so I read 11(I say 10 in the video because I forgot one) books this month which seems unreal to me! I'm finally getting out of my reading funk and finally spent some time reading today.

Books Mentioned: 

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan 
Red Flannel Rag by Peggy Anne Shifflet
Saga Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Linger by Maggie Steifvater
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers 
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan (Graphic Novel Adaptation)
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (Graphic Novel Adaptation) 
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G, Wells

**In the interest of transparency I did win a copy of Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers from the publisher, Harper Collins Harcourt, but the thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

#FridayReads (17)

I've been in a bit of a slump ever since I finished Mortal Heart. I'm really hoping to change that this weekend though and I started reading some books today to be proactive. If your interested to see what I chose check out my first #FridayReads video. Hopefully this will fix my reading problems!