Tuesday, June 25, 2013

TTT #21

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’ve read so far in 2013.
Well, I’ve actually been keeping track of my favorite books from each month, so this should be easy.

  1. Team Human by Justine Labralestier: This one has popped up on a couple of my previous Top Tens, because I liked it. I’m pretty sure this one was released before 2013, but I read it in 2013, so it counts, yeah?
  2. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian: This one was released in 2012, I am certain, but like Team Human, I read it in 2013, and LOVED IT. SO MUCH.
  3. A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest: THIS BOOK WAS SO AMAZING.
  4. Everbound by Brodi Ashton: I think this is the first 2013 release in this list, but that’s okay, right?
  5. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare: Is there any wonder this made my list? If there is a single person whom has a list without this book on it, I will want to know why.
  6. Angelfall by Susan Ee: We’re back to pre-2013 releases. DEAL WITH IT.
  7. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I’m kind of sad it took me so long to pick this up, but also kind of glad, cuz I didn’t have to wait near as long as others did to read the second book. And have the third book in my possession.
  8. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: Another 2013 release, yay! So, I originally was not sure if I would like this book or if I even wanted to read it, because Cinder wasn’t gonna be a main character! What was I to think of that? But I did read it, and, BOY, am I glad I did.
  9. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda: Another pre-2013 release. But I read the Hunt and LOVED it. It was so unique, especially for a vampire book, and I thought it was amazing.
  10. Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder: This was released in 2007, I think, so I was very late to this party. On the upside, I only had to wait about a month for books two and three, as opposed to a year each. Still, AH-MAZ-ING.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summer of the Contemporaries

I’m putting this out there. Making it extra-official.
I have set a reading goal for myself this summer. The goal is to read AT LEAST 20 contemporary novels. Because, in the seven years of middle school AND high school put together, I read about 10 contemporary novels. TOPS. And that’s me estimating high.
(If I add my freshman year of college to that number, it grows to about 13)
So, in making this personal challenge extra-official, I’m posting the list of the books I’ve already read, and the ones I PLAN to read for this challenge.
1. Catherine by April Linder
2. Trinkets by Kirsten Smith
3. It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han (I am NOT reading book 1 or 3 in this series)
4. 52 Reasons to Hate my Father by Jessica Brody
5. Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman
6. Cut by Patricia McCormick
7. Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
8. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
9. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
AND THAT WHICH I PLAN TO READ (and may not happen in the order listed):
            10. 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues
            11. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
            12. Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale
            13. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
            14. Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman
            15. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
            16. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
17. DUFF by Kody Keplinger

As you can see, I don’t even have 20 books planned out, so I’m also asking for recommendations! Any contemporary books you feel I should read?

I’m also asking which Sarah Dessen book would you recommend I read?

Please, comment below! (No, really. COMMENT, WOULD YOU?)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

TTT #20

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is Top Ten books at the top of my summer 2013 TBR list.

Well, looking at the TBR pile that sits my bed (Which consists mostly of Library Books, some owned books, in the order in which I plan to read them. When I finish the book I’m currently reading, I pull the top book off of the pile. When I get more books from the library, they go to the bottom of the pile. It works quite well for me).
Anyways, looking this pile, there are nine books on it right now. So I guess I’ll just tell you them.

  1. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain: (Library book) This is a werewolf book. I don’t know much else about it. The cover looks boring, though. Hopefully I’ll read the whole thing through.
  2. Banished By Sophie Littlefield: (Library Book) I actually have no idea what this book is about. I’ve checked it out from the library a couple time before, but had to return it before I could read it. But this time around, I read the back, and opened up and looked at the first page, and I can’t wait to read it. It just seems so interesting.
  3. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab: (Library Book) Looks like it’s a bout a witch. Like Banished, I’ve checked this out from the library before, but unlike Banished, I started it and then abandoned it. But most booktubers seem to like Victoria Schwab, So I’m giving it another chance. (But I only read one or two pages, which isn’t much of a first chance)
  4. Ripple by Mandy Hubbard: (Library Book) This is a mermaid book. I read my first mermaid book back in May, and it was good. I hope this one is good, too.
  5. 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues: (Library Book) This is a contemporary. I think I said somewhere on my blog that I’m making this my ‘Summer of the Contemporaries’. I don’t read a lot of Contemporary books, so my goal is to read more contemporary books this summer than in the rest of my life combined. THE summer (for me) started in May. So right now I’m at 9. I’m hoping to get to twenty, which will be well over the number of all the prior contemporaries I’ve read.
  6. Crewel by Gennifer Albin: (Library Book) Preeeeetty cover. (As my brother’s been telling me, I am so shallow)
  7. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: (Owned book) I have never read this book before! I’ve never owned it before, either, for that matter. Anyways, this’ll go towards my personal contemporary challenge, and it seems like a summer book. Also, I’ve seen the movie a couple times, so I should read the book.
  8. Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris: (Library Book) I have no idea what this book is about. And it’s really thick. I don’t wanna read it! *I say in a whiny voice* It’s scary! No, no, I’ll give it a chance, promise. The books I’m scared to read usually tend to become my favorites. Examples: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Angel Burn, etc.
  9. The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress: (Library Book) This will be my first steampunk novel! Here’s hoping for new time-consuming obsession!

I don’t have any more books on the pile right now, but I do have a book on hold at the library that I want to read this summer that I want to talk about: The Fifth Wave. I’m currently 49th on the queue to get this from the library. But everybody on the internet (Booktube and goodreads) seems to really like this, so I can’t wait to read it!

FREE BOOKS! Mid-june book haul


Books mentioned in Haul:
The Last Song and Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket
New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn and the Host by Stephanie Meyer
The PJO series-The Lightning Thief, The Sea on Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Specials by Scott Westerfeld
The Scorch Trials and the Death Cure by James Dashner
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The True Sight Trilogy- Truesight, The Seer, and Otherspace by David Stahler Jr.
Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck
The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

It’s 23 books, people!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


So, some of you may or may not know, but I live Colorado. And some of you may or may not have heard that right now, there are a number of fires going on in Colorado. Last summer we had the Waldo Canyon fire, which was big and scary and lasted for a long time, and was pretty far away from my house. This year, one of the various fires going on as I type this, the Black Forest fire is VERY close to my house. My house isn’t within one of the evac areas, but if the winds blow the fire east, that might change. And that’s scary. That’s my HOUSE. That’s where I’ve lived since I was, like, three. That’s where MY WHOLE LIFE has taken place. And, when I think about… about it burning down, not being there anymore… about having nowhere to go to… it’s really scary. And I don’t want to think that it might happen. I want to close my eyes then open and have it all have been a big prank or something.
I want the fire to be put out.
I know people who live in or close to Black Forest (closer than me, that is). I’ve been trying to talk to all my friends and make sure that they’re okay, but I don’t have all their phone numbers and everything. I
M scared for my friends. I’m scared for my friends houses, I’m scared for my house.
And I’m scared for me.
I’m just…scared. Because it is scary.
So here’s me, hoping and praying that my friends and their houses are all right.
Here’s me, hoping and praying that my house stays safe.
Here’s me, hoping and praying that the firefighters will be able to put out the fire.
Here’s me, hoping and praying that everything will turn out okay.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

May Book Haul

Okay, guys, here is my May book Haul. I actually filmed it on, like, Tuesday, but haven’t posted it til now because… I am a lazy butt.

Anyways, here is a list of the books mentioned in the video and links to Goodreads reviews (if I have them)
A Beautiful Dark