Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Review: This Shattered World by Kaufman and Spooner (#2)


Star Rating:
5/5 golden stars of awesome
Forever Favorite

If you haven't read These Broken Stars, please do.

Crying now because of how beautiful this book is.

I'm not going to write a huge review because I just....I don't know where to begin and so much is going on in my head.

Lemme just say that I really appreciate the uniqueness of both Flynn and Jubilee.  For starters, their names are AWESOME.  And just really - their voices were so distinct and flowed so well with the story.  I adored them both separately and together.

I love everything that's opening up to us as readers.  We are starting to see some of the big picture now, everything is coming together.  I have some questions answered, but I also have more new questions that I had before.  I'm quite all right with that, because I really do believe these incredibly talented ladies will pull through.

My only problem was that a few things were fuzzy for me in the beginning.  It might have been my mood, or how distracted I was with starting the second draft of my own novel, but I was a bit confused by things such as:  the Fury, why there were Rebels, etc.  My questions were all answered about these things, and my fuzzy head was cleared, but it felt like a little later on in the book than I would have preferred.  It didn't really matter, in the end, because I was just so into the story and intent on finding things out and just JUBILEE AND FLYNN OKAY.

If I compare this book to These Broken Stars, it's not quite as good.  But it's close, and I am thankful for even half as much awesome as the first book.

So yeah, there you have it.  I am dying for the next book already (I was dying for it before I even finished this one) and I am so looking forward to what Kaufman & Spooner have in store for us.

Have you read This Shattered World?  What did you think?  Leave your comments below - gimme some good ole book talk.



SUMMARY

The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.



Content Review
This book has a few uses of GD, one F, and some kissing.  A couple talking on a video comm flirt and the girl flashes her fiance by pulling down her robe.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

First category: A Book Set Somewhere You've Always Wanted to Visit

Aha! My first category pick - and I am so excited!!

Now, this book doesn't have great reviews, but for some reason I am still SO interested. It's short, I've discovered, which usually isn't a good sign for me. I prefer long books. But. I am willing to give this book a go!!


Plus, the cover...the hopeless romantic in me is in love with it. And Russia during the Cold War? Yes, please. Give it here.

I will be starting this book on January 1st or 2nd, depending on when I finish the books I'm working on now.

Anyway - have any of you read this book? What did you think?

XOXO,
Sierra

Friday, December 19, 2014

I'M BACK!!!

Okay, I have no idea for how long.  But you'll never guess what I'm doing this year.....


That's right - a reading challenge!

Now, if you know me, you know I have a hard time with reading challenges.  I often feel like they make it hard for me to read spontaneously.  Buuuuut.  I'm doing this one with my nearest and dearest friend, and a few other people have decided to join, and I'm just really excited!

The fun starts on January 1st.  I have to read 52 books next year to complete this, and I have faith I can do it.  I actually am hoping to read around 80, but that might be kind of a stretch, what with writing and all.  (I'm writing the 2nd book in my series and about to query for the 1st. EEEP!)

Anyway.  I will try to devote 30 minutes of blogging time a week, so basically one book review.  It will be simple and fun and my signature silly fangirly-ness.  Ans I hope you'll all join me for some of this fun madness - I'd love to discuss!!  I might even start blogging about writing on here...we shall see.

I will be back hopefully right after Christmas to talk my picks for each thing on the list and gush some more about how happy I am to be back.

Love you all!! Xoxo

Friday, March 14, 2014

Five Commonly Misused Words That Make You Cringe (video)


My cousin made this video and I find it incredibly accurate - and undeniably funny!  Watch, share, etc etc.  Spread the word and help her reach her goal of 2,000 views for her writing assignment! :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Five Reasons Sarah J Maas is the Coolest Ever

This morning I discovered it was Sarah Maas' birthday.  And you know what I was inspired to do?  Write this post, to tell you all how awesome she is, and just...fangirl and flail.  

If you've read ToG and CoM, you'll know what I'm talking about.  If you haven't, well, then, be quiet and sit in the corner and think about what you've done.  Then buy all the books and read them.

And without further ado...

1.  Her fabulous mind was so brilliant that it magically created such a being as Chaol.  I sometimes like to imagine that Chaol was the First Great Idea of the world and that Sarah just built the world of ToG around him because he needed something Just That Awesome to fill with his Great Beauty.  And that in the process of this An Angel Got His Wings and every unicorn produced a baby unicorn and that every flower bloomed in rainbow colors and sparkles.


2.  Reason #2....she looks like Jennifer Lawrence. And, in some ways, she reminds me of the cover model on the original ToG covers.  Can we just marvel at her good looks?  She is a goddess.  I'm convinced JLaw is her alter ego, and that on the side they model for book covers.  Oh, and in case you can't tell, Sarah is the one in the middle.  Just so you're sure.


OH!  And apparently I'm not the only person who thinks this.  You type her name into Google, and guess who else is popularly Googled with her?  You got it.  Susan Dennard and...Jennifer Lawrence.  Oh, no big deal.  I have proof:



3.  She and her best friend, Sooz (^^ listed above), fight Kaiju with Jeagers.  Here, I have more proof.  I'm just cranking out the proof today.  (And in case anyone was wondering...I actually did make this...and proceeded to give it to her at a book signing.)



4.  So I know I already mentioned Chaol, but really - the stories in her books and the other characters are so FREAKING WONDERFUL.  I've never read anything like them and they draw me in and I can never get enough.  I mean, really, Cinderella + assassins + swoony men = my favorite kind of book.  Which is basically only Sarah's books - because who else has that combination?  NO ONE!  Sarah is a one of a kind writer, and in this day and age of writing, that's the best thing you can possibly be: one of a kind.  Her stories and characters inspire me every day to do what I love and be the writer I've always wanted to be.  Only the Coolest of the Cool People can do that.  Just sayin'.

5.  The fifth reason Sarah Is The Coolest Ever (but not the final reason...I just can't list them all because that would be an entire book of reasons) is demonstrated clearly at her Twitter account.  @sjmaas is one of the best places to be on Twitter...nope, just kidding.  It is The Best Place to be on Twitter.  You just want to be there, okay?  Even if you haven't read her books (which you should have and if not go back to the corner where you belong), you'll want to be there.  Sarah interacts with her fans and basically, we're all just one big happy family and it is perfect.  She also has Twitter conversations with @stdennard that will rock your world and make you laugh rainbows.  ( <--- a="" div="" is="" joke.="" not="" this="">


Ta da!  There are my five reasons that Sarah Maas is the Coolest Ever.  So go read her books.  Even if you already have, just...go.  GO!

And Sarah, happiest of all happy birthdays to you, love!  Eat lots of cake, just like Celaena would.  I already had a cookie and ice cream sandwich in honor of your birthday...well, actually, also because I wanted it.  But mostly for your birthday. ;)  XOXO

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Authors I've Never Read

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  I LOVE THEM! ;)

1.  Libba Bray.  She's the first name I saw when I was looking over my shelf.  I've always wanted to read her, but never got around to it.  Beauty Queens is sitting up there, waiting patiently.  I need to get around to reading her!

2.  Lauren DeStefano.  It's such a shame.  I really need to read Wither and also Perfect Ruin.  Both are sitting on my shelf.  READ ALL THE THINGS!

3.  Ned Vizzini.  Ugh.  This one kills me to list.  I have House of Secrets on my shelf, which I purchased like 1 month before the tragic incident.  I want to read all his books now!

4.  Veronica Rossi.  Ooops.  I feel like an awful person when I say this.  I REALLY WANT TO.  I own the first 2 books in the trilogy, and one of them is even signed.  Someday soon, I will get to it.

5.  Orson Scott Card.  No comment.  (Because I am no longer worthy of being called a human being.)

6.  Maggie Stiefvater.  I own three of her books and every day I look at them and go WHY HAVE I NOT READ THIS YET and do the walk of shame.  It's awful.

7.  Garth Nix.  Yikes!  I feel like a worthless fantasy lover when I say this.  It's really truly a sad thing.

8.  Margaret Stohl.  Now, I have no desire to read Beautiful Creatures (just not my thing) but I do have Icons on my shelf.  I received an ARC....a year ago...and still...haven't....freaking.....read it.  *headdesk*

9.  Michael Scott.  I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed to read The Alchemyst.  I'm sorry to everyone who has told me to read them.  I will soon. I WILL I WILL I WILL.

10.  Michelle Moran.  I really really really want to read her historical fictions!  I have Cleopatra's Daughter and Madame Tussaud.  They've been high on my list for about a year now...and apparently that doesn't mean anything because I still haven't read them.  This makes me feel awful, yet again.  Reading often makes me feel awful, I'm discovering.  Or, not reading.  Yeah, that's it.  The not reading is what makes me feel awful.

The end.  *shovels ice cream into mouth for self-pity reasons*

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Best of the Bunch February 2014


It's been a while since I wrote one of these...and I've missed it.  It's nice to have because when I can't write a full-on review about a certain book right after I finished it, I can still at least tell you guys what I thought of it by a rating.  So here it is again - the number one favorite book I read in February 2014 is:

BEST OF THE BUNCH

THE TRAP by Andrew Fukuda
5/5 stars
This book you guys.  THIS BOOK.  This entire series.  I promise, a full review is coming up soon.  But FOR REALS READ IT NOW.


The rest of February consisted of....

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
5/5 stars
The only reason this isn't #1 is because it's been #1 before.  I had to let other books have a chance.  In many ways, Delirium will always be #1.  So if Delirium is in a bunch with other books and I say I liked another one best, I actually mean that I like that one best second to Delirium.  It's just the way the world works.

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
2/5 stars
To say the least, I was VERY disappointed with this book.  A review is coming soon...

The Program by Suzanne Young
4/5 stars
I really enjoyed this book a LOT.  There were some things that bugged me, BUT overall it was a great emotional roller coaster that left me begging for more.  I can't wait for The Treatment next month! :)

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
4/5 stars
What a lovely book!  I chose it for book club and can't wait to talk to the ladies about it in 2 weeks!

And there you go!  What did you read in February? :)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

March TBR

Okay...trying something new.  I normally don't plan out what I'm going to read during each month, because I usually like being surprised.  However, this month I have a LOT to read, and I know I have to read it, for certain book clubs and what not.  So here you are - my March TBR - or what I know of it right now.  Hopefully there will be more than this! :)


  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  • Requiem by Lauren Oliver
  • Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver
  • Panic by Lauren Oliver
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This is the plan.  I'm currently over half-way through Great Expectations and will be finishing it this month.  IT IS AMAZING YOU ALL NEED TO READ IT ASAP OKAY.
I'm in the middle of my Delirium trilogy read-a-thon that I do every year, around the time that one of her new books comes out.  Delirium and the rest came out around the beginning of March every time so it's always when I read them.
Panic, because I cannot wait a SINGLE SECOND LONGER to read it.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone because it's the next pick for book club.  (Btw, if anyone's in the San Diego area, join us at the 4S Ranch library the last Tuesday of every month for book club...it is awesome!  Join us at 4:30.  I'll do another post on all the details at the beginning of the week!)
Fangirl, because it came in at the library and I've been waiting so long to finally read Rowell's fabulous-sounding books.

There might be one more, if I can squeeze all these in.  Hopefully I'll get it all done.  HOPEFULLY.

Anyway.  What are YOU reading in March? :)


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wise Wednesday: How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend by Janette Rallison


Stand-Alone
2/5 stars

I'm pretty sad about this book.  Like, I LOVE Janette Rallison.  She has been one of my writing heroes ever since My Fair Godmother.  But this book...it lacked so much.  I don't even remember it that well.  It wasn't like I hated it....it was just boring.  It lacked character development and story development, too.

Giovanna, the MC, was just...ugh.  Nope.  She's the one thing I really remember about the book - she made me mad.  She made the worst decisions and was so dramatic and just could not see past her own nose.  This bothered me so much because, while I like realistic believably flawed characters, Giovanna was just....stupid.

The rest is kind of a blur.  Her boyfriend seemed to be attempting to get her back the whole time, and she wanted him back but, like, I just don't understand.  IT WAS SO POINTLESS. Haha!

I also remember, although I don't know the reason, that I felt like the end was preachy and there was an obvious moral to the story, which always irks me.  But I've blocked it from my mind because I just don't care that much.

In the end...be wise.  Read Janette's other books.  Start with My Fair Godmother, and then My Unfair Godmother.  Those will make you laugh until you're blue in the face and also become totally attached to the lovable characters that deserve your attention and love.  Just don't read this book.  Really.  (If you want a book like this one, I suggest 

Summary -
Sixteen-year-old Giovanna Petrizzo finds it hard enough to fit in. Three years since her family moved to Texas, she's still the newcomer compared to everyone around her. It doesn't help matters when her twin brother, Dante, takes on the mayor's son by running for class president. The least she could expect, though, would be for her boyfriend, Jesse, to support their cause. But Jesse's apparent defection triggers Giovanna's rash emotional side, and before she knows it, she's turned Jesse from the boy of her dreams to the ex-boyfriend she dreams of winning back.
In her trademark style, Janette Rallison delivers a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that only leaves readers wanting more.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thorough Thursday: These Broken Stars by Kaufman and Spooner (#1)


These Broken Stars by Kaufman and Spooner
Book 1 in a trilogy
5/5 stars
Forever Favorite

My feelings for this book are nearly impossible to discuss in a human-like way so I might just channel my wild animal side and just shriek for a few hours until you really know how I feel.

*insert flailing of arms and jumping and crying and a bit of drooling*

All right.  I'm done.  I'll be good.  I'll use the English language to the best of my ability to explain how much I love and adore this book.

I love this book so much that I wanted to read it again the second I put it down.
It's not often that I feel this way...it's pretty rare, actually.  Even if I love a book, even if it's a favorite, I usually wait at least a year before a re-read.  But this one I am preparing to read again in the next few weeks, even though I read it a month ago.  It's just that wonderful.

The characters - let's talk about Tarver and Lilac.  In this tweet I told Kaufman and Spooner that I will name my firstborn son Tarver because I love him so much.  He is everything I love about YA boys...except he's a YA man.  a;sldkfjaslkdjf I cannot even with him anymore.  He's no older than most of the YA boys I read about, but he just had this air of maturity that is sooooo attractive to me.  He is manly and strong, but also has a vulnerable side.  He loves and cares deeply, and omigosh those few moments about half way through the book - all my peeps who have read it will remember those moments with the gun...those life or death moments when Tarver had to make a decision, every. single. night. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH MY HEART.

And Lilac.  She was AWESOME.  I wasn't sure what to think of her when the story opened - I just knew that I liked her in spite of her snobbishness.  I knew change was coming so I could just relax and enjoy her.  She made me laugh.  She surprised me.  She was a GREAT partner for Tarver.  They were two halves of a whole, they were so perfect.  Her growth was just amaaaazing.

I want to write poetry because of this book.  Sing songs, do interpretive dance, write epic novels, etc etc.  The story of this book swept me up.  From PAGE ONE I was huddled over, worried for the characters, wanting them to be safe - just because I knew danger was coming.  That's how much I cared.  And the story DID NOT DISAPPOINT.  I was RIVETED.  (Excuse all the caps. I can't seem to control my finger.)  Everything Tarver and Lilac went through had me on the edge of my seat.  And the romance.  Omigosh can I just say SAWOOOOON.  I couldn't even handle all my giggles and squeals and happy sighs and "JUST KISS ALREADY YOU IDIOTS" and OMIGOSH NOOOOO's and all the heartbreak and happiness that came from this book.

I know everyone else is saying this, but lemme say it, too:  I loooove how the romance is the main focus, but I also looooove how the world they live in is NOT underdeveloped.  I could see everything and I understood everything and just the entire thing was developed SO WELL.  The world-building wasn't untouched for the sake of the romance.  There was a great balance between the two that made my heart soooo happy.  I'm addicted to this world and cannot WAIT for book 2.  New characters, new setting, same awesome world, same awesome authors.  Does it get any better than this? Nope!

Oh, and the ship's name was Icarus.  Can we just revel in the perfection of that foreshadowing?  Kthxbai.

Now, you'll have to excuse me while I go pick up These Broken Stars again...

This book reminds me of...
Epic space travel
Terra-forming
EPIC LOVE
Best kisses ever
Painful shoes
Ghosts
Tragic loss
Beautiful dresses
Delicious men I'd like to marry
Let-me-live-in-space

Summary -
It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. 

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. 

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

--

A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

End of 2013 Bookish Survey


Best YA book 2013


1. Best Book You Read In 2013?

I have to do this by genre because there's noooo way I'm going to pick just one book.
  1. Science Fiction/Romance - These Broken Stars by Kaufman and Spooner.  (Yes, I'm mixing these two genres, because this book really was the best in both genres.)
  2. Historical - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  (Excuse me while I go cry yet again for my poor broken soul that will never be the same again.)
  3. Dystopian - Allegiant by Veronica Roth.  (Requiem was a close shot...but Allegiant's sacrifice was more than I could ignore.)
  4. Mystery - The Sins of the Wolf by Anne Perry.  (Of course, because who else would I pick but the master of all mysteries?)
  5. Standalone/Contemporary - The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  (I can do that because I listed two categories.  Mwahahaha!)
  6. Fantasy - Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Mass, the boss of all awesome.  ('Nuff said.)
  7. Adult Fiction - Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman.  (WOOOOW this book blew me away.  The writing and the story...ach!  So romantic!)


2. Book You Were Excited About and Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

 Ummm ok so.  It has to be Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos.  I met Carrie and she was the SWEETEST lady and was so kind and interesting to talk to...but I just didn't like her book.  I felt pretty bad about it, too, especially since it was one of my most-excited-for reads of this year.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013? 

I think the most surprising book of 2013 would be The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.  Up until I read it I had no idea if I'd like it or not.  Actually, even while reading it I was hesitant...and then the book exploded my mind with its fantastic story and characters.  Ben Parish is now officially one of my favorite book characters...ever.

 4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - there's something in it for everyone.  Literally everyone.

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

I'd say These Broken Stars (the Starbound trilogy) but they're all individual stories so I don't know if it counts.  Aside from that I'd say Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.  I can't even with those books anymore.  Siege and Storm wrecked me.


 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Michelle Hodkin deserves a shout out here.  I think she's my favorite of this year, as far as new authors go, because I was NOT expecting to like her books.  So when I picked them up and found that I was madly in love...I just yes.  I feel like she deserves more credit from me.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

Definitely The Orchard by Theresa Weir.  Annnnd....yeah.  I didn't like it.  There's a reason I stay away from memoirs - it's mainly because I don't like the style of how they're written, and for this one it was because it was just too fast and depressing.



8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

These Broken Stars...again.  I'm telling you, you guys, this boooook.  It is perfect.

 9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

These Broken Stars.  Have you noticed the pattern yet?  The other would be Crown of Midnight...which I probably will once I read Throne of Glass again as well.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?




11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

There are a few, actually.  And all for different reasons.  Ben Parish from The 5th Wave, because of his narrative and the person he was and the jokes he told and the way he smiled.  Tris Prior from Allegiant, because I think we all know why.  Augustus Waters from The Fault in our Stars, because I still haven't said his name out loud since finishing this book and because he is Gus (period, end of story).  Hans Hubermann and Max Vandenburg from The Book Thief, because of so many reasons I cannot name.  Chaol from Crown of Midnight, because he is my true love and I discovered I love him as much as my own characters in my own books.  And last but not least, Taylor Barclay from Unbreakable, because of everything he did in this book that left my mouth open wide and how much I loved him in the end.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

The Book Thief, because it was the most extraordinarily written book I've ever laid my hands on.  (Shatter Me comes in as a close 2nd.)  But yeah.  TBT changed the way I look at writing...completely.  Forever.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013? 

The Book Thief.  But The Fault in Our Stars and Allegiant are also a candidates.  I think between these three, you have my year summed up in one giant sobbing mess of a lake to drown yourself in.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read? 

Because I'm an idiot:  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  Applaud me for finally making the best decision of my life.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

 Oh man this is hard.  Ok.  Because all of these favorite books of mine this year...they have some of the greatest quotes ever written.  Shoot.  Ok, here goes:
Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.   -    The Fault in Our Stars
I've seen so many young men over the years who think they're running at other young men. They are not. They are running at me.   -   Death, The Book Thief
His soul sat up. It met me. Those kinds of souls always do - the best ones. The ones who rise up and say, "I know who you are and I am ready. Not that I want to go, of course, but I will come."   -   The Book Thief 

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

 Longest:  The Host by Stephanie Meyer  (619 pages)
Shortest:  That Summer by Sarah Dessen  (198 pages)

 17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It?

THAT MOMENT WHEN I FINISHED CROWN OF MIDNIGHT AND WANTED TO DIE.  My sister is finally reading it, months later, and I'm trying to contain myself and not ask her every single second of the day what page she's on.


18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013.

Romance:  Tarver and Lilac in These Broken Stars.  The epic level of sacrificial love and passionate desire between them was almost too much for me to handle.  I seriously had to slow down and just...yeah.  I died a little.

Friendship:  Liesel and Rudy in The Book Thief.  as;dlkfjas;dklfj THOSE TWO OK.


19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously.

  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  • Requiem by Lauren Oliver
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas


20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.  It was literally the ONLY book I read based on a rec from someone else.  Every other book was just because I wanted to read it or for book club (which also means I wanted to read it) so.  Yeah.  TSiE got 3/5 stars from me.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
I think it's a mix between science fiction and dystopian.  Everything's pretty evenly read but those two had the most.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Runner up would be Max Vandenburg from The Book Thief.  HOLLA

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Can I mention it YET AGAIN?  These Broken Stars.  I know Spooner had written more than just this but for them together, it was a debut, so it counts. IT DOES.


24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

The Prey by Andrew Fukuda.  Just the way his world building works...how the world he has created got under my skin and made me shiver with nervousness and anticipation and fear...

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith - ahhhh so much fun! I laughed and got misty-eyed and yeah.  It was so cute.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

HA!  Need I even think about it?  I have a list, okay?  Okay.  (See what I did there?)
  1. The Book Thief - I have never cried so hard reading a book...ever.
  2. The Fault in Our Stars - Ummm from the car scene on I was a disaster.
  3. Allegiant - a;ldksjf;alskdjfl;kasjdf I was in my car sobbing my eyes out and feeling miserable and wondering how my life would go on from there.
  4. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - A re-read to be sure, but an absolute favorite, top 5 in the whole world, and of course it makes me cry.
  5. Requiem - Der.


27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

Vortex by Julie Cross... My question is:  WHY ARE PEOPLE NOT GOING GAGA OVER THIS SERIES?!?!??!  I mean, I'm sure there are people who won't love it, but the people who love sci-fi don't seem to be that excited about it and it drives me up the wall.  These are some of my favorite books and I just...a;lsdkfja;lksdjf Yes.  So much yes.

2014-books


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons.  I'm an idiot.  Why did I not read this the second it came in the mail ELEVEN MONTHS AGO?!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

This Shattered World by Kaufman and Spooner because a;dlkfja;ldksjf MORE SPACE OPERAS.

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings - I love Lindsay's blog and am just soooo excited for awesomeness!

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton.  Kill me now.  Just kill me before Brodi breaks my heart any more.  Because that's all she's done and now I'm just crying because a;lsdkfja;lsdkjf Evertrue comes out in a month and I'm going to die.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

Not make any plans.  I know right?  Weird.  But this year I was stressing so much about reading a certain amount of books and even blogging a certain number of posts each month.  I'm pledging to read more classics and just not worry about finishing certain books on time.  I don't want the pressure.  And if I'm halfway through the year and doing well and I want to make a goal, I'll go for it.  But I want to go at least 6 months with no pressure.  Just me, my books, and my blog.  Nothing to worry about or deadlines to meet.  I hope that this will help me to do more, to accomplish more, to be happier with everything.  It's going to be grand!