Monday, August 19, 2013

A-Z Bookish Survey!

A-Z BOOKISH SURVEY

The lovely wonderful Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner is fabulous and has created a fabulous survey and I am soooo excited to take it myself! :)

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Even though I no longer read her books, just because I've aged out of them, I still have them on my shelf: Lauren Brooke.  She wrote the Heartland series and I love every single book and still have them all lined up on my contemporary shelf.  YAY! :)

Best Sequel Ever:

Sapphique by Catherine Fisher.  Because Incarceron was brilliant, and then there was Sapphique.  You know?  YOU DON'T KNOW UNTIL YOU'VE READ IT.  So.  Read it.


Currently Reading:

The Sins of the Wolf by Anne Perry (;asldkfj;askldjf THIS WOMAN); The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (meh...not so much); Liesel & Po by Lauren Oliver (I'm in love with Lauren, basically!).

Drink of Choice While Reading
Tea!  Always tea.  Of course tea.  My favorite is TARDIS or Peeta tea...from http://www.adagio.com/

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book.  OMG I can't even concentrate on an e-reader.  I tried - trust me, I tried.  But to no avail.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Ermergersh.  Ummm...???  In high school I actually had no real boy interests...more like middle school.  That was my time.  And in that time I would have picked the misunderstood bad boy. AKA someone like.... Cole from Everneath/Everbound by Brodi Ashton.  But now I'd go for someone like Oliver.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.  Because I almost didn't read it and omg I'm glad I did because my life has changed completely because of this book omg you have no idea just reeeeeaaaaad it.  And then I met Elizabeth Wein and I almost started crying while thanking her and yup.  (A runner-up would be Delirium.  Yep.  It changed me.)

Hidden Gem Book:

The Queen's Daughter by Susan Coventry.  OHHH this book.  It was incredible.  I'm not one for historical fiction but TQD captured me in such a way that I never wanted to put it down.  It has some more mature content, so beware younger teen readers.  But everyone should give this book a shot one time or another.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

I think just starting Yearning to Read was the biggest step.  It pushed me to read more than I'd ever read...it pushed me to realize I wanted to be the author on the other end of the interviews...it just...pushed me.  In such an awesome direction.  So blessed!

Just Finished:

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones - super cute! :)

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Erotica is obvious.  I just won't.  Nuh-uh yuck.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1276 pages) - Proud to say it's one of my top favorite books! :)

Major book hangover because of:

Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris.  UGH this book I just can't even with it anymore.  It's too much lovely and wonderful and goodness all wrapped up with a HORRID CLIFFHANGER ENDING that ripped my heart into shreds.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

ERM.  Well.  I suppose 5?  Two are shelves, one is a nightstand, one is a dresser (it holds probably 250 books) and the last one is giant with cubes and it holds another 200-250 books.  These are all filled to the brim, overflowing, actually.  It's scary and wonderful all at once.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The City of Ember by Jean DuPrau.  It's still one of my all-time favorites!

Preferred Place To Read:

The bed!  Definitely.  So much relaxing.  :)

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
"KISS ME, HARDY!  Kiss me, QUICK!" - Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.  So, um.  I cried just writing that out.

Reading Regret:

OOOOH I have no idea...  Ummm....  I guess...not reading more classics like I said I was going to.  There are about 100 of them, unread and sitting on my shelf, that I have not read.  I should change that shortly.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
Well that's just evil.  THERE ARE A LOT OF THEM.  I feel like it, at least.  Maybe not.  Actually, there aren't.  The Eve trilogy is one.  River of Time series (one book left!) and Relic Master.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
Oh dear.  Ok so.  1.  The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky.  2.  The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.  3.  Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:
Sarah J. Maas, N. D. Wilson, Lauren Oliver, Cornelia Funke, Elizabeth Norris....

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Oh goodness.  There are a lot right now, but I think right now, of books coming out in 2013, I'd say These Broken Stars by Kaufman and Spooner.  It has the most delicious cover AND I'm a hopeless romantic and sci-fi junkie, which is what this book is all about.  WIN-WIN.  For 2014, I'd say Panic by Lauren Oliver is my pick!

Worst Bookish Habit:
Being supa-dupa OCD about my books.  I mean, sure, it's good to have organization.  But I get teased.  I do, and it probably won't ever stop.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, coincidentally.  :D

Your latest book purchase:
A;LSDKJFA;LSDKJF all the books. >:[  Except not.  It was a trio:  Silas Marner by George Eliot, Confessions by Saint Augustine, and Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout.  I went and ordered the next book early the next morning.  I still have not read it (it's been only a couple weeks) - but that's still dumb. I NEED TO READ IT.

Ok that was SUUUUPER fun.  Everyone else should hop on over to Jamie's and give it a whirl!! :)  XOXO

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 - I'm participating!!

I can't even wait you guys.  I loved the last one, even though life got in the way and I didn't have a whole lot of reading time.  BUT WHATEVER.  This week I will try my hardest again.  PROMISE!

Here's the official blurb and button:

Bout of Books

The Bout Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

GOALS

Lately my number of books per week has been lame about 2.  I'm going to up that and say I want to read approximately 3.  Let's hope for 4, but don't get your hopes up.

I'm going to finish the last half of The Sins of the Wolf by Anne Perry.
Read Liesel & Po by Lauren Oliver (I'm 2 pages into it today).
Read Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout (for later this week/weekend).
Read or at least start 1 other book.  It will be a mystery book! (For me and for you! haha) :D



Anyone else want to join in on the fun??  Just visit Bout of Books and read THIS POST.  You can sign up there! :)

XOXO
Sierra

Friday, August 16, 2013

Fun Friday: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh


Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Book 1 in a trilogy
5/5 stars

First there was this:
And then some of this:


Except you want it to be more like this:

Photo Caption: DEATH

But that's beside the point.  There's also a little bit of this:

This is probably the strangest combination of story elements that I've ever experienced before, but boy oh boy, I was HOOKED.  Like, this book is over 500 pages long.  You'd think it would take me a while... But no.  I devoured it within about 3 days time.  I WAS SO ENTHRALLED.

VAREN NETHERS is a beautiful, wonderful book boy who I love tremendously and want to take into my arms and hold tightly and never let go.  Isobel is actually very wonderful, despite the fact that she makes mistakes.  She's her own person and I loved that about her.

And BRAD.  (See "DEATH" photo above.)  We'll just say by the end of the book I felt horrible.  I have no other words on this matter.

Basically these are my reactions to this book:

First - "How is this going to work?"

Second - "OMG THIS IS GOING TO WORK!"

Third - "WOW this is good."

And then -




And then.


Basically this sums up my entire Nevermore experience.  Which you should all go out and try to experience as well.
Ok?
Ok.
(On the technical side:  This book is well-written, suspenseful, surprisingly clean, with lots of character development, love, a great story-line, and a killer ending.  LET THE READING COMMENCE!)


This book reminds me of...
Poe (obviously)
Amazing romance
Unexpected awesomeness
Goth boys
Lip rings
Many emotions all jumbled up
Cliffhanger endings

Content level -
Recommended 15+


Summary -
Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look. 

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. 

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares. 

His life depends on it.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Mini Monday: That Summer by Sarah Dessen


That Summer by Sarah Dessen
Stand-Alone
4/5 stars

This book was just sooooo adorable!  I knew I'd get into it and not be able to put it down...and I was right, of course.  It's Sarah Dessen, which means I devoured the pages in two, one hour sittings.

I loved Haven, and I really enjoyed reading about her family.  To be honest, I am most like her sister Ashley...like...wow.  I was surprised at how many ways I could relate to her.  She was a little more extreme in some ways, but she is definitely my bent.  I loved how even though she made mistakes, she had her strengths, too, and everyone still loved her.  (Yay me! Haha)

Sumner was my favorite character, because he was so complex.  So many layers went into his character and how he changed and what he did and who he was.  He was just...great.  He lifted my spirits and also reminded me that no one is perfect.

Really, this is such a great, quick read.  Anyone who is looking for an easy book with a tiny side romance (not what you think) and good lessons to learn - read this book! :)


This book reminds me of...
My sister, whose name is Haven
First love
Mistakes
Individuals, and what makes us different from each other
Getting to really know people
Coming-of-age
Good laughs

Content level -
Ages 15+ for some brief, strong language (GD, B)



Summary
The more things change...
As far as Haven is concerned, there's just too much going on.
Everything is changing, and she's not sure where she fits in.
Then her sister's old boyfriend shows up, sparking memories of the summer when they were all happy and everything was perfect...
But along the way, Haven realizes that sometimes change is a good thing.