Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top Ten Topics that Make me Pick Up a Book

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is Top Ten words/topics that instantly make me pick up/buy a book.

  1. Werewolves!!!!
  2. Angels that aren’t-entirely-good (not fallen angels, mind.)
  3. Vampires+dystopia
  4. Dystopia
  5. Vampires
  6. Romance/Love Triangles
  7. Richelle Mead
  8. Fairies
  9. Cassandra Clare
  10. Fantasy

Friday, April 26, 2013

Another Sacrifice to the Goodreads Gods+some other news


I’m sorry you guys can’t see the top part of my face for the first minute or so. I’m not a good judge of what my phone camera can see and what it can’t.

If you’re new and wonder what the Altar to the Goodreads Gods looks like, here are some posts I’ve done about it in the past: http://awesomemonica.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-goodreads-gods.html

Also, if this sacrifice doesn't work, I'll probably dismantle the altar and never do a sacrifice again, because, honestly, there is nothing that I can sacrifice that is more precious to me than THOSE SHOES.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Problem with Goodreads

Hey, y’all. So, I haven’t done a non-meme post in… quite a while. So I’m just gonna talk about something that has been percolating in my brain.
The PROBLEM with Goodreads.
I know, you love goodreads, and I love goodreads. We all love goodreads. But it does have it’s flaws.
The one I’m going to talk about is THE PEOPLE THAT USE IT.
Understand, I’m not talking about EVERYONE who uses goodreads. Just a few, select people.
What do these few, select people do?
And see, goodreads has this thing, where you can go like this: <spoiler> </spoiler> and if you put your spoiler between those things, OTHER PEOPLE DON’T HAVE TO SEE IT IF THEY DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED.
This topic has been in my brain since February. I joined a group specifically to ask Lauren DeStefano questions, and I asked my question, then started scrolling through, looking at other peoples questions. In hindsight, that was a bad idea, and I usually don’t do that for just this reason.
Someone’s questions contained a HUGE spoiler for the third book, Sever. At that point, I had not even procured that book yet, and when I saw that spoiler, it made me just… GRRRRR.
I did buy the book, and even now, it sits on my shelf, taunting me.
I will try to wait until I have forgotten that spoiler before reading the book, but, sadly, owning the book, the longest I’ll be able to wait is 6-9 months, tops. And the emotion I felt in relation to the spoiler, the anger, stamped it into mind pretty solidly.
The topic resurfaced in my mind this week, this very week.
See, I got the Clockwork Princess about 3 and a half weeks ago, at this point. About two weeks ago, I was watching a booktuber who said that one of her friends had warned her about a spoiler on the DUST JACKET of the Clockwork Princess. Knowing that I, knowing about the spoiler, would not be able to resist looking at it, I WENT TO THE TROUBLE TO REMMOVE THE DUST JACKET FORM THE BOOK AND GIVE IT TO A FRIEND. I had my Friend take the Dust Jacket TO HER HOME, where I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO LOOK AT IT. All so I wouldn’t be spoiled. After doing all that, SO I WOULD NOT SPOIL MYSELF, imagine my intense anger, when, just casually reading a TMI/TID discussion on Goodreads, someone spoiled THE EXACT SPOILER THAT WAS ON THE DUST JACKET THAT I WENT TO THAT MUCH TROUBLE TO AVOID.
Seriously, someone needs to get on this.
I’ll just show everybody what they look like again:
<spoiler> </spoiler>
They’re not hard to type. Really, I promise. It took me three seconds to do that, and I type with seven fingers, not ten.  

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

TTT #14

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is Top Ten books I thought I’d like MORE/LESS than I did.
So let’s start with the obvious one:

  1. THOUGHT I’D LIKE MORE: Terrier by Tamora Pierce. I Love Tamora Pierce. I love everything by her. She is my absolute favorite author. When my friend told me about her new trilogy (this was some years ago) of course I bought it. And was shocked when it took me forever to read. That I had to FIGHT my way through it to finish it.
  2. THOUGHT I’D LIKE LESS: Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Neither the cover nor title nor blurb caught my attention enough for this book to make it onto my LIST. But then, one of my groups on goodreads was reading it, so I put it on hold at the library. Full story here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/437375794
  3. THOUGHT I’D LIKE MORE: Reached by Ally Condie: I really liked the first two books in the series and all the epic-ness, but when I read this one, it just wasn’t as… epic as the first two had been. I just… I wish it had been epic-er.
  4. THOUGHT I’D LIKE LESS: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han: I don’t usually get INTO contempories. I mean, I read them and I like them, but I never really get sucked in to the point where “omigod, I need the next one!” (if there is a next one). This one did that to me.
  5. THOUGHT I’D LIKE MORE: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: I really like Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve read her faerie books and liked them and I read, own and love the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. So I just bought this one, but it… it didn’t suck me in.
  6. THOUGHT I’D LIKE LESS: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White: I never read this one because I didn’t like the cover. But then someone on goodreads recommended it to me, so I checked it out from the library, and I loved it! Which just goes to show, you really CAN’T judge a book by it’s cover.
  7.  THOUGHT I’D LIKE MORE: Thirst by Christopher Pike: Vampires, you know? I am one of those people. So I bought this one and read it, and it’s not that the plot annoyed me, or the characters, or anything like that. I thought all that was good. But it was the writing that got on my nerves.
  8. THOUGHT I’D LIKE LESS: Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst: I don’t know what I expected when I picked up this book. But it certainly was not the awesomeness that is WERE-FREAKING-UNICORNS.
  9. THOUGHT I’D LIKE MORE: Changeling by Phillippa Gregory: I really liked the Boleyn books, so when I heard she was writing a paranormal series, of course I was all over it. But… there wasn’t anything paranormal. And… it wasn’t really interesting. I mean, there wasn’t even any court intrigue or anything going on. It was… lame.
  10. THOUGHT I’D LIKE LESS: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund: I’m not a big fan of Jane Austen. I’ve attempted to read a couple things by her. Never quite have succeeded. I had to get a friend who IS a big Jane Austen fan to explain the plot of Persuasion to me so I could read this one. And this one was AWESOME! So awesome that I got Persuasion on my nook! …and have yet to read it.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

TTT #13

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is Top Ten Rewind. So, you can go back and redo a topic if you feel like it or pick up on one you missed.
Now, SOMEHOW, I missed the Top Ten Books on Spring TBR list, and even though we are now well into spring, I figure I can still do it, right? I mean, I haven’t read ALL the books I want to read.

  1. The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver. For those of who don’t know, I’m a BIG rereader. As in, whenever a new installment comes out and I have it in my possession, I REREAD THE ENTIRE SERIES. That is what shall be going on here as I reread Delirium and Pandemonium before reading Requiem for the first time.
  2. The Mortal Instruments Series (Or maybe not the whole series, just City of Bones): Another reread for me, but no new installments. I want to reread this series so it will be in my mind for the movie, but, as we all know, the movie isn’t coming out til august. See, the thing is, if I read a book like a week or even a month before watching the movie, I’m always really bitter. I don’t like being Bitter. And I haven’t read City of Bones for at least two years (whenever book four came out was when I last read it). Now, I know what you’re thinking: If I reread for EVERY new installment, why didn’t I reread this last year when City of Lost Souls came out? Well, since I remembered the end of City of Fallen Angels pretty well, I didn’t need to. In fact, I remember that I started reading City of Lost Souls before my mom even got it for me. Sat down in the middle of the grocery store, opened it up and started reading, because I could, because I didn’t need the reread.
  3. The Mercy Series by Rebecca Lim: The first book in this series will be reread for me. I first read the first book checked out from the library, and loved it. So I got Mercy, Muse and Exile, which I thought at the time was the complete series. Then, I’m on goodreads and what do I come across? A fourth book in the series. So of course I have to get it, because if I can read the whole series in one straight shot, that’s amazing. So I got it. Then Rebecca Lim put up a blog post saying she was working on book 5 of the series. See my dilemma? I commented, and she told me it might be awhile, so I should just go ahead and read what I have anyways and I will, because the first time I read a book I read it really fast and miss a lot of stuff, and I always say ‘That’s what the reread is for. Catching everything. The first read is just to know how it ends.’
      Yep, I actually say that.
(I actually have a lot of series up here so far. Let’s count Delirium as 3, City of Bones as 1 (cuz I might not read the whole series, still undecided on that) and the Mercy series as four. So I have 8 books on this list already, even if only looks like three)
      So, here we go, last item on the list:
  1. A Touch Mortal and a Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford: I bought these back in late 2012 or early 2013 (What? You expect me to remember?) so they’ve been sitting on my shelf for a while and I have a challenge on goodreads that I’m supposed to read these for, so let’s just go with it, huh?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

TTT #12

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I read Before I was Blogger.
Now, I haven’t been a blogger for an incredible amount of time. Since October last year. That’s, what? Six months, seven if you count this one? And I’ve been reading for how long? Since, I don’t know, the second grade probably? (too put that in perspective: I’m a freshman in college)
So, yeah. There’s quite a few books on that list. And I really can’t be expected to remember them all, least of all the ones I liked best out of all those years. Who am I kidding? I liked them all, for the most part, equally.
But I’m going to try with this.

  1. The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I can understand people hating on Twilight. It does not rank very high on my list either. Higher than the Hunger Games, but I have personal reasons for that. I CAN UNDERSTAND NOT LIKING TWILIGHT. But when I tell people they should read the Host because it’s WAAAY better and I’m met with a response like “Oh, I won’t read anything by Stephanie Meyer. Because of Twilight, you know.” It just makes me implode a liiittle bit. Just a little.
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Okay, here’s a weird story: I did not want to read the Harry Potter series until this one came out. And then, when this one came out, I wanted to read without reading the first four. I know, I don’t understand what my logic was either. But my dad told me I had to read the first four books first, so I did. Thanks, Dad.
  3. Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce: Anyone who was around me on goodreads during February and March this year knows I got a little Tamora-Pierce-Obsessed. What you don’t know is I was obsessed with Tamora Pierce far before that point in time. Tamora Pierce was the first Author I remember truly LOVING, in the sixth grade, and set me on a path to become an author myself.
  4. Kirsten: American Girl Storybook Collection by I don’t even know who this is by, why are asking me?: Sadly, I gave away all my American Girl books to make room for new books on my shelf, but I really wish I’d kept this one, because Kirsten was always my favorite.
  5. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull: I remember once upon a time, I took it upon myself to go into the room that my two little brother sleep in and organize their bookshelves (trust me, they needed it) While organizing, I saw this series and marked it in my mind. I read books 1 and 2 and then when I went into their room for book 3 two weeks later, it wasn’t there! They’d lost the entire series! It was a year or two before we found it again and I finally finished the series!
  6. The Dragon’s Son by Margaret Weis: this is book two in the Dragonvarld trilogy, and my favorite, because I just love Ven.
  7. The Dragon Rider and the Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke: Like Tamora Pierce, Cornelia Funke is one of those authors that my base as a reader and a writer is built upon.
  8. The Fire Eternal by Chris D’Lacey: I remember my middle school library was having a book fair, and buying this book there and thinking it was the last in the series and reading it and feeling resolved at the end. And then, at some point in early 2012, I was on goodreads and saw that, omigosh, two more books had been published in the series since with another one, the seventh and last, on the way. I checked out 5 and 6 from my local library, but I still need to read the seventh, but I’ll have to reread the entire series before, so I’m gonna wait till I have a good chunk of time with no new books to read until I do that.
  9. The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill: Ah, the fantasy! The werewolves! Grishmak! My favorite.
  10. Graceling by Kristin Cashore: I actually only read this one a couple years ago, because my best friend from high school told me I had to. I have fond memories of it, though I haven’t read Fire or Bitterblue yet.

So, as you can see, I was REALLY into fantasy when I was younger (most of these I read in middle school). And I wouldn’t say that I’ve grown out of fantasy because I still routinely bounce back to these titles, but I’m much more into Paranormal Romance and Dystopias and Urban Fantasies (which bare no resemblance to these fantasies at all) now.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Men in YA giveaway

Hey, y’all, so if you click on this link:
http://evie-bookish.blogspot.com/2013/04/men-in-ya2-stars-today-schedule-giveaway.html it will take you to a post about a schedule for the Men in YA month, plus a giveaway of some books written by Men in YA at the bottom. Super cool, right? Also, if you look to the side of my blog, you will see a brand-new Men in YA button there! Yays!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

TTT #11

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On If I Were Also A Fictional Character.

First of all, I would like to point out that I DO NOT NEED TO BE A FICTIONAL CHARACTER TO CRUSH ON THE FOLLOWING LIST OF PEOPLE. Nope, I am, in fact, a real person and a crush on these people anyway.

If you know me, number one shouldn’t be too hard to guess, but I’ll tell you anyways.
  1. ADRIAN IVASHKOV <3 <3 <3
  2. Akiva (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)
  3. Simon (The Mortal Instruments)
  4. Tucker (Unearthly)
  5. Julian (Delirium)
  6. Ash (The Iron King)
  7. Will (The Infernal Devices)
  8. Ian (the Host) ((I saw the movie!!!!! It was so good)
  9. Graves (Strange Angels)
  10. George (The Song of the Lioness)
  11. Tobias (The Animorphs)

Again, keep in mind that I AM NOT A FICTIONAL CHARACTER. But I love these guys anyway.

**Edit** So, after posting this, I checked a bunch of other people's TTT's and noticed that a lot of people included movie/TV crushes. I did not know we were allowed to do that. Since I do now, I would go put Damon from TVD at number 2, but that would push George off the list and I DON'T want that, so I thought maybe I could cheat by doing a separate TTT  for movie/TV characters only and keep my book one intact. So, here goes:

  1. Damon from TVD (obviously)
  2. Elijah from TVD
  3. Klaus from TVD
  4. Matt from TVD
(a lot of TVD, yeah?)
  1. Aiden from Being Human
  2. Dyson from Lost Girl (My god, Bo! Lauren dumped you! Run back to Dyson already!)
  3. Vincent from Beauty and the Beast
  4. Ben from Falling Skies
(and now for some no-longer-on-the air shows)
  1. Jake from the Secret Circle (it is because Chris Zylka I now have a very weird fetish with noses)
  2. Jayne from Firefly (Because come on, it’s Firefly, and it’s Jayne)
  3. (And because I have to have one extra (as a throwback to my username on goodreads) Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Go ahead, call me cheater-cheater. I am one. I know it. And I'm cool with it.

**Another Edit** Since I had eleven on my Movies/TV list, I also added one to my books list because I just had to. I JUST HAD TO.