Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've Read So Far In 2013

I saw this theme at The Broke and the Bookish a few days ago and was like, "OOOH!  PICK ME!  PICK ME! I WANT TO DO THIS ONE!"  Obviously, that doesn't make any sense, since they don't pick who posts and who doesn't, but STILL.  I was just soooo excited.  I love talking and bragging about my favorite books. HA!

Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris - Because REASONS.  I just.  Everything.  My heart.  Barclay.  Ben.  Janelle.  LOOOOVE.

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh - I loved everything about this book:  the way it talked about family and love and adoption and foster care, the way it was written, the way it broke my heart.

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen - You know why.  So many reasons, all of them, but mainly Wes.  And, well, everything.  BUT WES.

The Host by Stephanie Meyer - Gosh, I will never be the same.  This book was so incredible, and I obsessed over it, and Jared, and how passionate and wild and lovely he was, and Ian, and how I just loved him and all his quiet glorious adorableness.  And also the aliens.  I mean.  Shoot.

Delirium series (the whole trilogy and short stories) by Lauren Oliver - The first 2 were re-reads, and Requiem and the shorts were new reads.  And, um, well, THEY JUST KILL ME WITH THEIR BEAUTY.

Everbound by Brodi Ashton - JACK CAPUTO!  I love him with every breath I take.  I can't even WAIT to see what darling Brodi has in store for us in the next and final book, even though Everbound made me throw the book against my bed, like, ten times, and also screech and cry and hyperventilate.  I'm addicted, what can I say?

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - Michelle has officially ruined me with Noah Shaw and all his sexy complexities.  Also, I love Mara.  I love unreliable narrators.  I love her writing.  I love the story.  I LOVE ALL THE SPOOKY.

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh - CREAGH.  She's my newest author to hate and love all at once.  HOW COULD SHE FREAKING DO THAT TO ME!?  I feel like my heart has been ripped out of my chest and stomped on and then tossed into a giant blender and then devoured by nasty giants.  All of them named Creagh.  I'm sorry - it's not that bad.  But, it kinda is.

Vortex by Julie Cross - This book...omg...I waited a year and it was SO worth every second of waiting.  Cross is a sci-fi goddess.  I love her so much.  And Jackson...he's like, pretty much, the guy I would marry if I could choose.  He's magnificent.  And there were so many moments in which I died of love because of the AWESOME decisions he made.  Ugh I just love this book.

And there you are!  I'm in love with these books!

Link me up! :)

Monday, June 24, 2013

Inkheart Read-Along: Discussion Questions for Week 3

Join us for the 3rd round of questions for Ems and my Ink-world Read-Along!

This is for Chapters 27-43.

1.  Why, after all the horror she's been through in the last week or so, do you think Meggie wants to be able to read things out of stories?  Would you want have that gift?

2.  If Pippo hadn't told Basta and the others where Meggie and Mo were hiding, do you think Basta would have found them anyway?

3.  As a writer, I cannot imagine the pleasure I would experience meeting one of my characters...even the villains!  How would you feel if you were meeting the characters you created?  What advantages do you think it would give you in a sticky situation with your villain?

4.  Do you think Farid and Dustfinger are good friends to each other?  Why or why not do you think they need each other?  Do they compliment each other?  Why do you think Farid take to Dustfinger so easily?

5.  When Farid mentions that Resa looks like Meggie, what were your thoughts?  Why doesn't Dustfinger want to tell Resa that Mo is there, or even what he looks like?

6.  And, as a general question:  How are you liking the book so far?? :)

Have fun answering!  Leave your answers in the comments ooooor you can make your own post and link us up in the comments.  XOXO

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Beach Reads

Check out The Broke and the Bookish, where this meme is hosted! :)

Considering I live next to the beach, you'd think I'd love the beach.  Well, I'm not a beach girl...but I do love to READ on the beach.  Here are my top favorites! :)  (And not in any particular order, as usual...)

1.  The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.  Because this is one of my favorite books ever, it really is wonderful no matter where you are.  And considering it's also a contemporary romance, it fits the beach mold epicly!

2.  Leepike Ridge by N. D. Wilson.  A book about a boy who gets lost in an underground river.  EPIC!  It's an easy read, too, so it's fun to sit in the sun and absorb all these adventures!

3.  Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke.  They're some of my all-time favorite books, so naturally, these also count.  Plus, they suck you into their adventure so easily that it's like you're there!  I'm reading them right now as a part of a read-along!  Join us if you'd like!

4.  Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris.  YESSSS!!  This book because it takes place in San Diego, and some scenes happen at the local beaches.  I could be sitting at Torrey Pines State Beach, off the 101, and reading this book, imagining Janelle and all her friends hanging out.  CRAZY AWESOME.

5.  Austenland by Shannon Hale.  It's much too adorable to pass up.  It's just.  WOW.

6.  The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. OMG THIS BOOK.  WES.  CATERING.  SUMMER TIME.  So yeah.  Excited much?  I could devour this book on the beach.  Seriously.

7.  Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan.  By Percy Jackson I mean literally any book that has the mere mention of Percy's name in it.  This includes the Heroes of Olympus series.  I'm so amazed by these books.  They're easy reads and wonderful reads, and totally beach-read-worthy.

8.  Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini.  I love this book so much. SO MUCH.  Andre-Louis makes me swoon, and there's so much action and a little bit of romance that I just...yeah.  I get excited.  TOTALLY a beach read for me!

9.  The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan.  Not only is the cover of the gorgeous ocean, but the inside is just as incredible.  It's a bit dark, so not very many people would enjoy this as a beach read, but WOW.  It's incredible.  And takes place on a small island.  And yeah.  It's a favorite book for sure.

10.  My Fair Godmother and My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison.  EEEEEK THESE BOOKS!  They make me so warm and fuzzy inside.  They're romantic and packed full of action and mystery.  Perfect for a lazy day at the beach.  (Or any day, really.  They're that wonderful!)

SO that's my list, but here I'm going to do something a little different.  I'm going to add 5 books that I WANT to read on the beach this summer.  Here goes:

1.  Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
2.  The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen
3.  Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
4.  Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
5.  Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

And there you go!  Let me know what you think of my list and link me up to yours! :)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Inkheart Read-Along: Discussion Questions for Week 1

How did everyone do this week?! :)  I'm a little late in finishing...my sister's birthday party was Saturday and it was a huge party and basically, I had no time to read...but WOW.  I'm loving it JUST as much, if not more, the 4th time as I did the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

SO.  Now onto the questions!  Feel free to make blog posts and link us up in the comments, or you can just comment if you wish! :)

1.  What did you think of Meggie and Mo's house?  Would you like to live in a house like that?  Would you care if your books were helter skelter around the house, or would you like them nice and neat?  How do you think this aspect of their home helps to set up their characters?

2.  (If you've read this book more than once and know what's *really* going on, then I suggest you answer carefully or not at all...no spoilers please!)  What do you think is the significance of Dustfinger's character in the first 15 chapters?  Do you like him?  Why do you think he betrayed Meggie and Mo?

3.  Do you think it was a good decision on Elinor's part to swap out the books, or did it just get them in more trouble?

4.  Meggie and Mo may be daughter and father, but sometimes they act more like brother and sister.  Why do you think that is?

5.  Meggie wants to know what the big deal is about the book, Inkheart, but she is hesitant to open its pages and find out.  If you were in Meggie's shoes, would you have been eager to find out?  Or would you have been afraid?

6. (I'm sorry...I know I said 5 questions...but this is just too good to wait to ask! haha)  How do you like the quotes at the beginning of the chapters?  Does it add to the story or take away?

And there we have it!  Again, answer in the comments or post your own blog post with the answers and link us up! :)  Can't wait to hear what everyone thinks! :D

Monday, June 3, 2013

Update: My Life

Um, so, I'm kind of a crazy person these days.
Flitting this way and that.
Doing things.
All the time.
Every day.

I love my life, and I'm having a great time, but I regret that I don't have more time for the blog.  For you awesome followers that I have.

So there need to be some changes.  Some prioritizing.

If you didn't know this already, I've quit school...and now I have a full time job as a night-time nanny...and I'm writing full-time.  It's my passion, and I'm following my dream.  I've set crazy goals for myself (finish Draft #2 by September 1st, which requires me writing an average of 890 words a day) and this takes up time.  But I WANT to make time for my blog.  I miss it.

One thing I don't miss about blogging is writing the long reviews.  Honestly, I was kinda sick of it.  I felt like I mentally criticized every book I read and I wasn't enjoying reading as much anymore.  On Goodreads I've been posting some random thoughts after each book, and that's been such a fun way to get out my opinion but not be overtly detailed about it.

So what does this have to do with anything?
I'm thinking about quitting the full-length reviews.  And in their place I will have "Mini-Review Monday", where once a week I post 2 or 3 mini reviews that just let you know how many stars I give the book and what I liked/didn't like about it, in very very verrrry quick terms.  That way, I'm still writing something *like* a review, but it doesn't take up all my time to write it.

I would also keep going with The Bookshelf Dilemma (things are always changing with my bookshelves) and do a VS post every once in a while.  Also, Best of the Bunch once a month is always super fun.  (Speaking of which...I need to write one for May...)

What do you all think?  Any ideas?  How do you bloggers prioritize your time?

Thanks for reading - I look forward to some fun posts in the near future! :)


Looking for a Summer Read-Along?

Yearning to Read

Have you ever read Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath by the amazing Cornelia Funke?  Well, I have, three times actually, and here I am to read them again.  And I want you to join me, whether you've never read them or you have them memorized.  I want as many people to read these books with me because, well, they're awesome.

If you're looking at the button and thinking, "Wait, didn't it start 2 days ago?"  Never fear!  You can still join!  I encourage it, in fact.  There's plenty of time to catch up.  :)

Ems @ Ems Reviews Books and I have concocted an awesome way to spend your summer reading these books.  You can read the original sign up post HERE.

Sign ups are still open, my friends!!  I know you want to join...so all you need to do is...


Signing up will add you to the list of people who want updates as the posts go up. :)

Anyways...hope to see you on the list! :)