Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Buys - The Lauren Oliver Edition


Now I can officially say I've met one of my heroes.  Lauren Oliver is one of the people I most look up to in my life - and even more now that I've met her and heard her stories and just listened to her voice.  I think heaven should have a room in which Lauren Oliver reads out loud to you all day long because omg that woman has an amazing reading voice.  Just, so much presence.  She commands you to listen and grips you and....crap.  It was so great.

So.  Pictures:

Me, my sister, and LAUREN OLIVER.
(In case you don't know, I'm the one in the middle, my sister's the one with wavy hair, and Lauren is...Lauren.  And also, she's sitting down.  My mom thought she was just really short. hahahaha)
Basically, I'm so happy about this. SO HAPPY.

And there they are.  So gloriously signed and just BEAUTIFUL.  I still can't believe it.  It's a dream come true!! :D

Annnnd now on to the other books I bought these last few weeks.

Illuminate by Aimee Agresti - gift
Darling Ems @ In Which Ems Reviews Books... sent me this lovely gem - an ARC of Illuminate!  I've been dying to read this and she was just so lovely to gift it to me.  LOVE HER!  You should follow her, btw, because we have some lovely special surprises coming up for you all this summer.  (Shhhh don't tell!)  :D

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough - $4
The False Princess by Eilis O'neal - $7
I've been looking to buy both of these for a while now!  I found Long Lankin used, so that was perfect, and The False Princess I just broke down and bought.  *sigh* I have no self control! haha ;)

The Warrior Heir
The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
For $.50 and $1.00!!! :)  I'm really intrigued by the synopsis of both of them and hope I enjoy them! :)

Fracture by Megan Miranda - traded via YA Book Exchange
You all know how much I love YA Book Exchange!! I traded with Emily @ Falling for YA, who is also awesome.  You should follow her! :)

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand - $4
I now have a collection of 2 Rand books and I haven't read either.  MUST READ SOON.

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel - $8
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - $4
I loooooove Oppel and this book and the next book and wowowowowowowowow they just blow me away.  And apparently it is being made into a movie?!  SCORE!
So I bought it to appease all the fans out there...and also to read it before the movie because OMG I LOVE ASA BUTTERFIELD.

Ahhhhh yahhhhh look at that pile!!  WHOOOHOOOO!!  Except, one problem:  I have no more room.
SO.  All my library books have to go back so I can read the books I own.  Because I'm drowning here.
That is all.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Fairy-Tale Read-A-Thon - How it Happened

I'm actually pretty proud of myself.  With my friend being in town and my crazy schedule, I am proud to say that I finished half of Sisters Red.  And I'm LOVING IT.  I can't wait to finish it.  It's a pretty quick read and super fun and intense and just really cool.  You should all read it.  Really.

Anyways, thanks to Debz for hosting and being awesome!  I had so much fun - and the read-a-thon forced me to pick up a book I'd really wanted to for a long time but hadn't made time for.  So much win.  For reals.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Fairy Tale Read-A-Thon  This didn't happen how I wanted it to.  I wanted to have my post up on Sunday and start reading Monday.  No such luck.  Happily, and sadly, I will get to read one book (yes, only one) over this weekend. And I'm currently deciding.  Here are my top choices:

At the moment I'm really leaning toward Sisters Red, but Switched has definitely been presenting itself to me.  They'll both be quick and easy reads and I look forward to whichever book I pick!

Are you participating in this great read-a-thon?  If so what are you reading/plan to read?

Monday, March 4, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I'd Like To Start But Haven't Yet

This amazing meme is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. ;)

This week's theme is giving me major guilt...  (Listed randomly.)

1.  Wildwood Dancing and Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier
Of course, I hear the best of all possible things about this series.  I might do a read-a-long with these books, to get motivated.  I'm dying to dive in!

2.  Wither, Fever and Sever by Lauren DeStefano
I'm in love with these covers - all of them!  I own the first book in hardcover and it looks so pretty on my shelf.

3.  The Dark Divine, The Lost Saint and The Savage Grace by Bree Despain
I met Bree at Mysterious Galaxy about a year ago, when she was touring with Brodi Ashton.  I bought The Dark Divine with hopes of reading it soon - and allll the time since then, I think, Goodness I want to read that book so badly.  I'm so bummed I haven't gotten to it yet - but soon!  That is a promise!

4.  Sisters Red, Sweetly, Fathomless and Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce
Never in my life had I read a Pearce book, and I'm just aching to.  Fairy Tale retellings are SO FREAKING GOOD.  I need that kind of inspiration all the time.  Can't wait to read Sisters Red, which is sitting on my shelf right now!

5.  A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L'Engle
My sister loved these books, and when I read a bit of the first one I was totally intrigued!  I will definitely pick them up soon, hopefully this year.

6.  Any series by Jennifer L. Armentrout  (Luxe and Covenant)
SUCKS TO BE ME.  I own Obsidian, and want to buy Half-Blood, but I haven't read anything by her and it makes me sad!  I'm so intrigued and want to know what all the fuss is about.  I feel so teased by all the rave reviews/awesome quotes I read all the time. SOON.  I PROMISE.

7.  The Jane Austen Diaries by Jenni James
Who doesn't want to read a super fun, light-hearted, clean chick-lit??  I certainly need to read this series, which starts with Pride and Popularity!  They just sound like good fun and everyone needs a little bit of that every now and again.

8.  Nevermore, Enshadowed and Untitled by Kelly Creagh
DYING. DYYYIIINNNNGGGG TO READ THIS TRILOGY!  Oh, trust me, based on what my sister's told me about Varen, I'm already madly in love.  I need no more coaxing.  I will read this book. NOW.  (Ok, as soon to "now" as I can.)

9.  Legacy, Allegiance and Sacrifice by Cayla Kluver
I hear mixed things about this series, but I'm just still soooo drawn to them.  The covers, the plot line, the impending romance, the politics, even the names of the characters - they suck me in!

10. Under the Never Sky, Through the Ever Night and Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Yah.  I still haven't read these.  For a while, they've just felt like "just another dystopian trilogy".  It's taking a lot to make dystopians amazing, especially lately, because there are so many, and only a few that really make the cut.  But lately, I've been more and more interested.  I think I'll read them soon!!

So, ladies and gents, there's my list.  Link me up below! :)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Fairy Tale Read-A-Thon!

I've always wanted to participate in one of these...and this one is happening over my spring break, so YAY! :)  I can't wait to join in on all the fun!

Just a quick post to say I've joined and to spread the word.  Check it out!

Best of the Bunch (1 & 2)

I keep meaning to start this meme.  Since I missed January's "Best of the Bunch" post, I'm doubling up today.  And explaining how it works.

It's pretty simple, actually.  Each month I'll post one of these, listing the books I read that month and which one I recommend out of the bunch.  I'll link the pictures to Goodreads so you can check them all out if you want.  These posts will go up at midnight on the first of every month.

And hopefully soon, I'll have a button for it. :)  If anyone wants to join in on the fun, comment and let me know so I can make the button and post the code.  All I ask is that you link back to me.

So.  Here's for January:

5/5 stars for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
(Recommended ages 16+ for sexual content)

Other January reads:



5/5 stars for Everbound by Brodi Ashton
(This is Book 2.  Read my review for Book 1.)

Other February Reads:


And there it is!  Simple enough.  A quick fun way to see what I've read this month and to see what's best of the bunch!

Have you read any of these books?  What did you think of them?  Any thoughts on the meme and how I can make it better?