Saturday, September 28, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #4

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by  Tynga's Reviews! This meme showcases the books received, bought, or checked out from the library over the past week. 

I know, I know. I'm spending way too much money all the books that I'm buying. I have a new STS all the time, and I'm alway buying like crazy. But I have a good reason for this one! Well, not exactly a good reason per se, but good enough for me, anyway. It's story time, guys.

School started about a month ago, and in all that time, I have done so bad in physics that I don't think there are truly words to explain the level of suckage that I've landed myself in. Like, usually I'm a straight A student, but as I told one of my friends earlier, my A's and I have said our goodbyes and parted ways. The only way for me to get over this loss is to go on Amazon and buy the books that I've been wanting for a while. Okay, so that's not the only way, but it's the one that makes me happiest.


  • Angelfall by Susan Ee 
  • Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Half-blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Let's be real - I always get a new book by her. She's just too perfect.)
  • A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
  • Everneath by Brodi Ashton 
  • All you Desire by Kirsten Miller
  • Love, Life, and Lemons by Magan Vernon (not pictured)
For Review:
  • Permanent Shadows by C.E. Wilson (not pictured, but look forward to the review!)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Liebster Award!

Well, it looks like I've been nominated for the Liebster Award thanks to Tanya at A Book Paradise! This is so exciting and I'm so honored that someone took the time to consider my blog. I'm only a few months into blogging, and I know I'm not active all the time, but this still means a lot to me, anyway.

The Liebster Award is basically a way for bloggers with less than 200 followers to get more attention to their blogs, recruit new followers, and connect with more people.

The Rules:

  • Link back to the person who nominated you and answer the questions that they've asked
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers
  • As your nominees 10 questions for them to answer
  • Let your nominees know about their award
The Questions:

1) If you had to be one of your favorite characters for a day, who would you be?
I would want to be Anna Whitt from Sweet Evil (because of Kaidan). I would want to be Katy Swartz from Obsidian (because of Daemon). I would want to be Hermione Granger from Harry Potter (because I'd make Draco + Hermione a real thing). I can't choose. It's too hard!

2) Is there a book you thought you would hate, but you loved?
I don't really like reading about the World Wars (unless it's the Holocaust) and I'm not into biographies, but Unbroken is both and I loved it more than most YA books I've read this year. It's in the top 10 for 2013. I recommend it to EVERYONE. It's one of the most inspiring stories I've ever come across.

3) What is the next book you will read?
Maybe The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer? I have a huge TBR pile, and I decide what to read mostly based on how much time I have, what day of the week it is, and what phase of the moon we're in. No, but really, there are a lot of factors. I could easily decide to read Grave Mercy or The Selection instead. 

4) Who are your all time favorite female and male protagonists?
For female, I'd have to say Tris from Divergent or Katy from Obsidian. For male, Will Herondale from TID. There are actually many choices for male, but I just picked one at random from the names because I can't make a decision. I LOVE THEM EQUALLY.

5) What is your favorite book that you have read this year?
My favorite discovery for this year is the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, and Divergent by Veronica Roth, and Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins. I know that's more than one. DEAL WITH IT. 

6) Would you like to write a book someday and what would it be about?
I write a book every year for NaNoWriMo. The first one was about Stockholm Syndrome and the second was sort of a paranormal-ish story about a girl who had to move to this house and take care of this guy in order for him to stay alive. It's better than I'm making it sound (at least I hope so!)

7) Who are your least favorite authors or genres?
  • James Patterson, because I don't like the way he formats his books. I can't concentrate when the next chapter comes three pages later after the last one. 
  • Sarah Dessen, because all her books are the same to me. It's about a girl with issues in her life that are totally cliche and she mopes about it until the last page.
  • Abbi Glines, but I feel conflicted about her. I partially hate her work, but I partially love it also. It depends on the day. This chick has some good male characters though, very swoon-worthy.
  • Alyson Noel, because have you read her books? They're just not good. The protagonist is always whiny and the love interests suck.
8) Why do you love blogging?
When I blog, I can express my love for books much clearer than I can in person. I can't say as much as I'd like, but since most of my friends don't talk about books much anyway, it's more fun to share with other bloggers who are just as passionate as me. 

9) Do you get into reading slumps? If so, how often and do you have any tips to get out of them?
I actually don't really get into reading slumps often, but when I do, I just play guitar and feel sad for myself. And then, I go on Goodreads and Amazon and buy more books that have awesome reviews and everything is better. Buying is my tip, but it's a bad one, so don't follow it. 

10) What is the largest amount of books that you've read in a month and name that month in which you read that many books?
I don't really keep track for more than a year, but this year, the most was fifteen books in May. Also, I created my blog in that month, so that may have been why I marathon-read.

The Nominees:
1) What was your favorite series of the past year?
2) Who is your favorite minor character in all the books that you've read?
3) Have you quit a book recently? If so, what was it's name and why'd you quit it?
4) What is the largest amount of books that you've bought at one time?
5) Why did you start blogging?
6) What are some books that you love, but most others don't?
7) Have you ever been ashamed to read a certain book in public? Which one?
8) What are your favorite reading spots? 
9) How do you organize your bookshelf?
10) What author would you love to meet? Why?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Origin (The Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
366 pages of ACTUAL perfection
Rating: 4/5
Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.
All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?
Together, they can face anything. 

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? 
And will they even be together?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Meeting Veronica Roth!

I MET VERONICA ROTH AT THE NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL! I almost can't believe it, even though I have pictures and everything. My friend and I waited in line from 11:30-2:00ish which was about when she arrived for the signing. It probably sounds really boring, just sitting on the grass, waiting for her to get to the signing tent, but everyone in line seemed to be able to keep themselves sufficiently entertained. Either that, or they were to busy fangirling to bother feeling anything but that I'M ABOUT TO EXPLODE sort of tingling in their chest. And then people saw this sign and I'm pretty sure I heard at least everyone squeal.

The never-ending line
I was lucky to be so close up to the front considering the fact that there was probably 23,915,604,870 people in the line in total. Anyway, the people around me were awesome. The girl in front of me, this chick named Alexa, was book-talking with me and my friend the entire time to stave off boredom and heat (She also has a blog, guys! Writing the Universe). It was awesome, and I got a whole bunch more book recommendations, although I will admit that that's probably a bad thing. My TBR pile is actually getting too big to handle now. The books may actually topple from the stack any second. ANYWAY, the people behind us were friendly also, and we were listening to their old-style Taylor Swift music (I secretly love those songs. Shhhh... it's a secret.) from their iPods. We also temporary tattooed ourselves as Dauntless, even though I know for a fact that I'm probably Erudite. I CAN PRETEND.

AND THEN, after waiting forever, THIS HAPPENED and my life became complete. Until the authors for next year are announced, anyway.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #3

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by  Tynga's Reviews! This meme showcases the books received, bought, or checked out from the library over the past week. 

I made use of a VERY wonderful Target card the other day and I think I'm in love with the new books I got. Usually, I don't read much contemporary, but I'm just too pleased right now to even care that I'm out of my main genre!

ALSO, I'm meeting Veronica Roth (author of Divergent) today so EVERYTHING IS BETTER THAN USUAL. If there were words to describe how excited I am. I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but last year when I went to the National Book Festival, I started crying a river when I met John Green. Granted, I was WAY more excited last year, but this is still AMAZING.
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I won a few books and have them for review and whatever, but I can't be bothered to put them up, so... yeah.

  • Everyday by David Levithan
  • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • Alice and Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Friday, September 13, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #2

Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by both Alison Can Read & Parakunkee’s View. The point of Feature & Follow Friday is to gain blog followers for book bloggers.

Each week there's a new activity! This week:
It is up to you to do a Kickstarter campaign for your favorite book!!! Who are you casting for the main characters?

Sweet Evil

I actually have a lot of favorite books, so I just glanced at my Shelf of Favorites and chose the first series that I saw. It's a good one though. Actually, it's a supermegafoxyawesomehot one.

Okay, so I always have issues casting people because I'm just not very good at doing it. I don't know enough actors and actresses to find the perfect matches, so I'm basing this partially off other dream casts that I've seen for them and partially off what I imagine.

Anna Whitt
Pulpit rock

I just feel like she'd make a really fantastic Anna. Her face is kind of perfect for the job, because she has a lot of Anna's features, but not only that, she's a great actress as well!

Kaidan Rowe
Pulpit rock

This is the guy that's always portrayed as Kaidan, and I must say, they got it REALLY, beautifully, sexily accurate. Look at his face! His name is Wade Poezyn if any of ya'll want to fangirl or something after looking at his undeniable beauty.

So, there are my two leads. Who would you cast for your favorite book? Leave a link in the comments so I can visit you!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Liberator (Dante Walker #2) by Victoria Scott

Bad boy, meet bad girl.
The Liberator (Dante Walker, #2)
The Liberator by Victoria Scott
331 pages of snarky wonderfulness
Rating: 3.5/5
Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn't like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance.

When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long…and old demons die hard. 

With Charlie becoming the girl she was never able to be pre-makeover and Aspen showing him how delicious it feels to embrace his inner beast, Dante will have to go somewhere he never thought he’d return to in order to accomplish the impossible: save the girl he’s been assigned to, and keep the girl he loves.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #2

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by  Tynga's Reviews! This meme showcases the books received, bought, or checked out from the library over the past week. 

My will to not buy books is slowly disintegrating the more and more I step into the blogging universe. I think I'm literally unable to control my urges anymore. Can't. Stop. BUYING. Ohgosh. If I stop, I have strong suspicions that I'll fall into serious withdrawal. But I'm okay with that, because look at all my new lovelies! I assume many of you have rad at least one of these, but I can't help being slow. I have an ENORMOUS TBR pile at this point, so I'm going to be slow in finishing them.

Also, as a heads up, I won't be able to do book reviews as frequently (not that I post many of them, anyway) because school has started and the teachers have already proceeded to treat me like a kindergartener and give me homework like a college student. One of them actually wants me to do that fingers crossed thing as a sign that I want to go to the bathroom. I haven't done that since SECOND GRADE.

  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
  • The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long
  • Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout (aka the Goddess herself)
  • His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #1

Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by both Alison Can Read & Parakunkee’s View. The point of Feature & Follow Friday is to gain blog followers for book bloggers.

Each week there's a new activity! This week: 
Bookshelf Tour!

Okay, so you'll have to forgive how messy everything looks in my room. Usually, I'm pretty OCD about my book areas, but since school started, there's not much time for anything anymore. I've even had to cut back on what little blogging I actually participated in! Anyway, enjoy the tour!

This is my shelf of absolute favorites! I LITERALLY CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT THEM.   There are actually a couple of my other favorites lying about (Lux, Divergent, etc.) on another shelf, but I can't help how disorganized I am right now. I'll fix it all later.

A couple of my favorite books when I was younger and a few classics are on here. Also my reference/non-fiction books are there as well. I accidentally added my Tom Felton print in the picture, but let's be real. Is anyone complaining?

And I know a lot of people like to sort there books by color or genre or author, and I do that to an extent, but mostly, I generally just sort them by how awesome I think they are. It's a system that only makes sense to me, I guess. Most others just think they're placed around randomly.

The top shelf has all the contemporary that I like (especially Anna and the French Kiss!). This is also something like a continuation of my favorite books shelf (aka the short one) because I started running out of space.

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