Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 GOOOALS



  1. DO NOT PRESSURE MYSLEF ABOUT ANYTHING. Last year, 2013, I rushed to finish my goodreads reading challenge. This year, 2014, I haven’t completed my goodreads reading challenge. Next year, 2015, I don’t think I’ll even set a reading challenge. Or if I do, a really low one, like 5 books. Also, I won’t pressure myself about any other goals in this list.
  1. BLOG CONSISTENTLY. I blogged consistently for the first half of this year… then I got a job and stopped. Not because I didn’t have time, but I had less time and I lost interest and you know. I’d like to put up 4 blog posts per month: one on reading, one on writing, and two about whatever else I desire (which could include more posts about reading/writing)
  2. WRITE STUFF AND FINISH IT. I have a real problem finishing stories that I write. This year, I have some very specific writing goals in mind, which I will probably talk about in my writing blog post in January.

That’s basically it. I have other goals, like lose weight, save money, and wear more nail polish, but that’s not really relevant to the blog, so I don’t think I need to talk about those in depth.

See you in 2015! :)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Santa, Bring me Books!


Top 10 Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish

  1. Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
  2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  3. The Falconer by Elizabeth May
  4. The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney
  5. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  6. Fray by Joss Whedon and others
  7. Unremembered by Jessica Brody
  8. The Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman
  9. Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman
  10.  Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

At the End of the Year…



Looking back on this year and all (some) of my experiences.

BLOGGING:
I’m not too happy with my blogging record. I was doing well up until around July. I got a job in July, which has been eating up lots of my time. Though that’s no excuse.

READING:
As of right now, December 16th, I have to read 14 books to complete my goodreads goal. I could do it… but I’m not gonna pressure myself. And I might forgo having a reading goal entirely next year.
On the other hand, I hacked my way through quite a few books series (15) reread some favorite series (2) this year and cleared off some of my physical TBR (??), which is great, and overall, I’m quite happy with my reading this year.

WRITING:
Well… hold up, hold up. No, I don’t think that I’ve actually finished anything this year. But—no wait, I DID finish one manuscript and submit to a contest. I could win lots of money. I won’t know until February 25th, 2014. ((I don’t think I’ll win lots of money))
Yet, I did start some solid stories, I started redrafting a couple things and I’ve narrowed it down to four stories I mainly want to work on in 2015. Hopefully, I will report success on finishing these things next year.
I did participate in April Camp NaNoWriMo and won word-count wise but didn’t finish my story because I took a wrong turn and then wrote several chapters on top of that and didn’t want to go back and change everything… (That is one of the stories I’m planning on working on in 2015), and I technically participated in July camp NaNo and November NaNo, though I won neither. As I said, I got a job, my first job, in July and that threw a wrench in that NaNo, and during the November session I found out about the contest I mentioned and switched stoires, though that did end up being the story that I finished in 2014 (though I started it in 2013, so I’m not sure that’s a win.)
Overall, I’m not too pleased with my writing in 2014, but I have hope for the coming year!

REVIEWING:
I think I was doing a REALLY good job on reviewing, but then in like September I went on this rereading binge with Vampire Academy and then catching up on Bloodlines, and then rereading Percy Jackson and the Olympians and catching up on Heroes of Olympus… I didn’t re-review the ones I’d already read, but what can you do?



All in all, I think I had a pretty solid year doing the things that are important to me… but there’s always room for improvement. 2015, here I come!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Booktubeathon TBR+Day 1 Update




It’s Booktubeathon!

I want to participate, but seeing as I don’t have a youtube channel… well, my blog COUNTS. It DOES. Deal with it.

There are a lot of different reading challenges to complete. Below are the challenges and the books I intend to read to complete said challenges.

Book with pictures in it- Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham
Start and finish a series- Mind Games and Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
Read a book with read on a cover- The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
A book someone else chooses for you- Orleans by Sherri L. Smith
*Read and watch a movie adaptation- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson and both the 1985 AND 2007 films.  
Read a book in genre I’ve read the least- Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham
Read 7 books OR average of 300 pages a day- Legends in Exile (128 pages), Mind Games (237 pages), Perfect Lies (232 pages), The Murder Complex (398 pages), Orleans (336 pages), Bridge to Terabithia (128 pages) and Saga Volume 2 (144 pages)=7 books, 1603 pages.
I’d actually started Scorched by Mari Mancusi over the weekend and didn’t finish it til Monday, so I’m going to count those 70 pages towards the booktubeathon.
So, 1673 pages.

Well, I have seven books. And I might read more, we’ll just have to see how it goes.

So, as I said, yesterday I finished the last 70 pages of Scorched by Mari Mancusi, and I also start Legends in Exile, which I’m close to finishing now. I plan to start on Bridge to Terabithia later today and maybe even finish it.

Also, yesterday there were a couple video challenges, the cover recreation (which I’m not gonna do at this point) and to name the top three books that Booktube made you read. For me, those three are:
  1. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
  2. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  3. Vicious by V.E. Schwab.

*Bridge to Terabithia will be a reread, and both the 1985 AND 2007 films will be rewatched.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

TTT Top Ten Books So Far This Year



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Well. It’s been quite a long time since I’ve done one of these.

These books are in order of how much I like them.

*For whatever reason, I can't get the Number formatting Correct, but Wild Awake is number 1 and Premeditated is number 10. 

  1. Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
  2. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
  3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell


  1. Fahrenhiet 451 by Ray Bradbury
  2. Aimee by Mary Beth Miller
  3. The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney


  1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  2. Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  3. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
  4. Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Save Star-Crossed



I just got back from vacation and decided to catch up on my CW tv shows—The Vampire Diaries, the Originals, Reign, and last but not least, Star-Crossed.

I’m here today to talk to you about Star-Crossed. It wasn’t my favorite new show this season, but I did like it, and as with most things, the longer I watched it, the better it got. And throughout the season, despite knowing the show didn’t have the best ratings, I kept hoping it would be renewed. If only it got a second season, I’m sure this show would become GREAT.

As soon as I finished watching the season finale, I went online to see if it had been renewed or canceled. As I had suspected, it was canceled. I found a petition to bring it back, though, and instantly signed my name. I’m here today to ask you, whoever is reading this blog post, to do the same. Just give the show a second season. It’s a decent show and I think it deserves a chance at a second season, a chance to grow.

So, please. The link to the petition is below. We need 1,566 more signatures. Please help.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Spring cleaning—Goodreads TBR Pile

So I've been in a spring cleaning mood--ever since spring break (several weeks ago). I dumped my room and got rid of lots of old toys and clothes and other stuff that was just hanging out in my room that I didn't use anymore. It was extremely cathartic--like a weight off my shoulders. And I've been wanting to get rid of more and more stuff.

And I decided to dust off my TBR shelf on goodreads.



So… I mark TONS of books as want-to-read on goodreads. So much so that the My Books page has this on the side:


1121 book to read. 595 that I’ve read. (granted, that read shelf doesn’t include most of what I read in elementary, middle, and the first couple years of high school. But still.) My TBR shelf is OUT. OF. CONTROL.
                   
I saw Miss Fictional’s World of YA Books (http://missfictional.blogspot.com) do a post about taming her TBR pile, and I took it to heart and went through my TBR pile with tree-cutting ax.

To figure out how to remove books my shelves on goodreads, this blog post was very helpful: http://www.soobsessedwith.com/2014/01/get-organized-on-goodreads.html (I neglected to hide my activity. Sorry friends and followers)

After doing that, I brought my TBR shelf down to 797. Much more manageable, and closer to the size of my read shelf.

Then I clicked Find Duplicates on the sidebar and went through all my duplicates, deleting them all so I only had one edition of every book on my goodreads. (Now, this actually knocked off some of my read books, too, but whatever)



So now my TBR shelf is down to 777 books. Still a lot, but it’s more manageable now. And it’s back in the triple digits. 

I feel much better now. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

TTT-Top Ten Books Covers I’ll Frame as Artwork

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

I just this post on two bogs, Bookables (http://bookablesbooks.blogspot.com/) and Drugs Called Books (http://drugscalledbooks.blogspot.com/), and decided, ‘Man, that’s a good topic I can do pretty quick!’ so here it is, the first TTT I’ve done in forever.




  1. Unspoken—I own the lame paperback cover, but I love this one SOOO much.
  2. Find Me—Fantastic book, lovely cover.
  3. Above—this one just looks so magical. 




4. The Brokenhearted—this one is so interesting, and I think the robotic heart just looks so cool.
5. Drink Slay Love—this is so suave I feel it would make a great poster or something.
6. Unwind—I like this one for the same reason I like Find Me, there’s sort of a silhouette of a person, but not the real thing, and it’s so telling.




7. All Our Yesterdays—this cover is so cool, but I didn’t really get it until I read the book, but it’s so dark and moody, I love it.
8. All These Things I’ve Done—again, I own the lame paperback cover, but this one is so much cooler.
9. Babe in Boyland—this is just so CUTE!

Can't think of any more.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Series and Me--All the rest of 'em.


Does anyone remember that post I put up last month? I said it was gonna be a series of posts meaning, ahem, there would be more? Well, you’ll be glad to know that I final got my shit together and am posting PART TWO of this series.

 

This series of blog post is about book series—how many I’ve read. The first post was a list of the books series I’d completed, the old or the obvious. This post covers ALL THE REST OF THE SERIES I’VE COMPLETED.

 

I’m not gonna lie, there’s a lot. This is, however, the largest list in this series of blog posts, so let’s cut to the chase and look at the pretty picture (again, thank you to Nitzan of  http://drugscalledbooks.blogspot.com/ for creating the pretty picture)

 



  1. Mercy by Rebecca Lim
  2. Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
  3. Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Steifvater
  4. Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
  5. The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
  6. Immortal Beloved by Cate Teirnan
  7. Sweep by Cate Tiernan
  8. Balefire by Cate Tiernan
  9. Dark Visions by L.J. Smith
  10. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  11. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  12. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
  13. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  14. Chloe King by Liz Braswell
  15. Faeriewalker by Jenna Black
  16. The Hollow by Jessica Verday
  17. Gemma Doyle by Libba Bray
  18. Evernight by Claudia Gray
  19. Crave by Laura J. Burns
  20. Killer Unicorns by Diana Peterfreund
  21. Mistwood by Leah Cypess
  22. Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
  23. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
  24. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
  25. Curse Workers by Holly Black
  26. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  27. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
  28. Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  29. Theatre Illuminata By Lisa Mantchev
  30. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
  31. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
  32. Vampire Princess of Saint Paul by Tate Hallaway
  33. Need Pixies by Carrie Jones
  34. Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer 
  35. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  36. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
  37. Fury by Elizabeth Miles
  38. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
  39. Tallulah Casey by Louise Rennison
  40. Eve by Anna Carey
  41. Avatar the Last Airbender The Promise by Gene Luen Yang
  42. the Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
  43. Clarity by Kim Harrington
  44. Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
  45. Triple Shot Bettys by Jody Gehrman
  46. Glass by Maria V. Snyder
  47. Dark Divine by Bree Despain
  48. Unearthy by Cynthia Hand

(Not pictured)

  1. Gods and Monsters by Kelly Keaton
  2. Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London

 

Yes, yes, lots of books.

Monday, March 31, 2014

March Wrap-Up



Hey, I read a lot of books in March! Some of which were on my TBR!

  1. Entwined by Heather Dixon
  2. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
  3. The Gathering, the Calling, and the Rising by Kelley Armstrong—the Gathering was a read off of my General Unread Books Shelf.
  4. The Music of the Dolphins by Karen Hesse—I sort of read this book for school. It was quasi-research for a speech I did. Also, a general reread for me.
  5. Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst—which was not as amazing as Drink, Slay, Love, but it was pretty cool.
  6. Choices by Deborah Lynn Jacobs
  7. Darkness Becomes Her, A Beautiful Evil, and A Wicked Within by Kelly Keaton—this was a read off of my Unread Series Books Shelf.
  8. Switched, Torn and Ascend by Amanda Hocking—another off of my General Unread Books Shelf.
  9. Darkness Before Dawn, Blood-Kissed Sky, and After Daybreak by J.A. London
  10. Avatar the Last Airbender the Search Trilogy by Gene Luen Yang

20 books. Four finished trilogies. Remember that Series situation post? Yeah. We’ll be adding to that. All that is in purple COUNTS TOWARDS the Jumble Your Genre's Challenge.




Monday, March 24, 2014

Series and Me (idea from Drugs Called Books) The Old and/or Obvious Ones



WAAAY back in the beginning of February, my friend Nitzan over at http://drugscalledbooks.blogspot.com/ put up a post called Series and Me: Situation Report. I thought it was an excellent idea and decided to put up a similar post of my own. But you have to understand, I read an average of 18 books a month. That’s a) a lotta books. And b) it means I’ve read a lotta series. So instead of bombing you with two HUMONGOUS lists of books on one blog post, I divided my series up into five different lists, which are still pretty hefty, but not HUMONGONORMUS, you know? And I’ve decided to do this in a series of five posts one list per post.
((also, I would like to thank Nitzan for putting together the collages that go along with these posts to make it colorful and not just still-pretty-hefty lists of books) 

The first post in my five-post series of posts about series is going to be The Series Which I have Completed—the Old or Obvious Ones.

 



The Old or Obvious Ones means either really popular series, or series I read during or before early high school.


  1. Harry Potter By J.K. Rowling
  2. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  4. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  5. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  6. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  7. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  8. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  9. Animorphs by K.A. Applegate- This is my favorite series of ALL TIME.
  10. Deltora Quest/Deltora Dragons/Deltora Shadowlands by Emily Rodda—this is actually three separate series, but they all have the same main characters and everything, so I listed them together.
  11. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
  12. Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce
  13. The Immortals by Tamora Pierce
  14. Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce
  15. Trickster’s by Tamora Pierce
  16. Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce
  17. The Circle Opens by Tamora Pierce.
  18. The Dragonvarld trilogy by Margaret Weis
  19. The Windsinger Trilogy by William Nicholson
  20. Maximus Ride by James Patterson
  21. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  22. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
  23. Chemical Garden by Lauren DeStefano- I didn’t really like this series very much, check out my review if you don’t believe me. http://awesomemonica.blogspot.com/2014/01/chemical-garden-by-lauren-destefano.html
  24. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  25. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  26. Fallen by Lauren Kate
  27. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  28. Vampire Diaries (ONLY THE ORIGINAL FOUR) by L.J. Smith
  29. Matched by Ally Condie


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March TBR


Going over the books I plan to read this month. If I have a specific reason for wanting to a read a book, I have provided that explanation. It there is no reason, then there’s no reason.


 
  1. Entwined by Heather Dixon (I’ve already read this one)
  2. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger (Already read this one as well)
  3. The Gathering, the Calling, and the Rising by Kelley Armstrong—the reason I’m reading this series is because I read and enjoyed the Darkest Powers series and this is a spinoff. Also, I own the first one, and one of my goals this year is to read at least two books I own each month.
  4. Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst—I read Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst back in 2012, and ever since, I’ve thought of her as one of my favorite authors. BUT I HAVEN”T READ ANYTHING BY HER SINCE! GAHH! Rectifying that this month.
  5. Choices by Deborah Lynn Jacobs—a person I met in real life recommended this book, so I’m reading it.
  6. The Originals by Cat Patrick
  7. Darkness Becomes Her, A Beautiful Evil, and A Wicked Within by Kelly Keaton—this is the series that I OWN that I’m finishing this month. One of my goals for this year is to finish a series I own each month.
  8. Switched by Amanda Hocking—I’m reading this book to complete my read-two-books-i-own-a-month goal.
  9. Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
 
All together, that is thirteen books I’m planning to read this month (though I have Torn and Ascend, the rest of the Switched Trilogy on hold at the library, and I suppose we could count those as well)
I completely reserve the right to CHANGE THIS LIST. If, at any point during the month, I for some reason do not want to read a book on the list, or want to switch the order, or remove one book and read another in it’s place, I CAN AND WILL do that, man.
 

Friday, February 28, 2014

February Wrap-Up



I didn’t say I promised to stick to my TBR, did I? Because I shouldn’t have. I went WAAAY off-course.
Overall, I read seventeen books this month. Below is a list of all the books along with my brief thoughts on book (or story as to how or why I read this book at this time, though I usually include that in my full reviews as well) and links to full reviews, if I have full reviews.

As you may or may not know, I am participating in the Jumble Your Genres Challenge this year and planning each months TBR around whichever genre the challenge specifies. Last month, all the books I read counted towards the challenge. This month, not so much. Therefore, any book where the title is PURPLE counts towards the challenge.

  1. Requiem by Lauren Oliver: I rolled this from my January tbr into February, because I did not quite finish it January like I had hoped. Anyway, on the actual book… everyone said it was really disappointing. While it didn’t quite live up to the series, It certainly was no Mockingjay. (NO REAL REVIEW)
  2. In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane: I’d started this book in December 2013 and put it aside. I picked it up again in February and finished it. And I don’t know whether it was contemporary or paranormal. It FELT like a contemporary, but it READ like a paranormal. I’m gonna say it was contemporary with paranormal elements. Sound good? REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/510160349?book_show_action=false
  3. Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein: I liked this book. AND I WANT A TV SHOW OF IT!!! But I’ll live if one is never made. If they turn it into a movie, though, there will be serious protests. Like, maybe a sit-in. Or, I don’t know, how does one protest against a movie being made? REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/563765240
  4. Reality Boy by A.S. King: I don’t really have any strong thoughts on this book. REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/844959605
  5. Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill: this book was fun and cute and I really, really liked it. REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16067180-being-sloane-jacobs
  6. Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Coriell Shelley: This book was very real, and it was a hard thing to approach, and I enjoyed it. REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/660422034
  7. Unearthly, Hallowed and Boundless by Cynthia Hand: I loved this trilogy! So much! I’ve finished a Lot a series lately (Divergent, Wither, Delirium) and pretty much ALL of the last books were disappointing, but not this one. This one was… so satisfying. Loved it. (NO REAL REVIEWS)
  8. Noami and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: I have a thing on Goodreads that’s not a real review, but I’m gonna link you to it anyway, because I think it’s important. REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/850274091?book_show_action=false
  9. Bloodthristy by Flynn Meaney: REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/670858420
  10. Bumped and Thumped by Megan McCafferty: The first book in this series was alright, but I wasn’t in love. The second book was definitely and improvement. Bumped: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/852810462?book_show_action=false Thumped: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/853752410?book_show_action=false
  11. Aimee by Mary Beth Miller: This book really made me feel. REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/854629436
  12. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks: I saw the movie and the movie made me want to read the book. I know that’s not how you’re supposed to do it, but sometimes I need to wath the movie cuz I’m not at all interested in the book, okay? REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/442438848?book_show_action=false
  13. Fahrenhiet 451 by Ray Bradbury: The first classic that I have read willingly and actually finished. Also, I enjoyed it. Surprise. REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/858419528?book_show_action=false
  14. The Different Girl by Gordon Dalquist: This book was, eh. Sort of slow. Okay, it was slow. But it made a point, and I understand the point. But I didn’t really love it. REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/827136654?book_show_action=false
Overall, I read 17 books this month, 8 of which were contemporary and thus counted towards the Jumble Your Genres Challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Reign discussion



Before the mid-season hiatus, the most impressive about the show was the show. The weekly previews made it look SO LAME, but the episodes were so remarkably NOT LAME, it astounded me. I kept with it, and over those ten episodes, the show steadily improved. It was amazing!

And somewhere within those first ten episodes, around the episode Left Behind, the previews stopped being lame. They started making the episodes look AWESOME, and the episodes WERE awesome.

Then the mid season hiatus happened. I’m not going to tell you how many times I watched the For King and Country preview. But it was a lot. And that preview made the episode look SO. FRIGGING. EPIC.
And guess what?
The episode was frigging epic.

And then, last week’s episode. Sacrifice. Preview looked awesome. I’m not gonna say the episode was lame, though, because it wasn’t. It was just…awkward.
And this WAS NOT the previews fault. I’m just saying that the previews were lame at first and the episodes weren’t, and NOW, it’s sort of flipped.
My real problem with last weeks episode was the way the whole Pagan thing was played. It was just so… awkward.

**SPOILER ALERT** I will now be spoiling the episode Sacrifice

So, Bash’s mother’s family is Pagan. This we know. The episode Sacrifice starts with King Henry away and Bash in charge as a sort of dry-run for his future kingship. A test, if you will. To see if he can handle it. So he’s taking complaints from the people. Someone tries to assassinate him, but it didn’t pan out, so lets ignore it. Right after that, some dudes step forward accusing a pregnant girl of robbing them. Bash has the guards lock her in the dungeon and send people to search her house for the dudes’ stolen items.
Later on, Bash is talking to Mary and he pulls the pregnant girl out and he’s being all worried about her. Mary’s all like “If this chick is pregnant with your child, then—” well, we don’t know what would have happened then because Bash interrupts her, saying “This pregnant chick is my cousin and there’s pagan stuff in her house, that if they find and connect to me, well, we could get executed for treason.” Mary instantly steps up to help Bash smuggle her out of castle, coming up with a plan that involves them going in different directions so Bash and pregnant chick aren’t caught in the woods together. Something happens upsetting their plan and they all end up in the Bloodwood together with pregnant chick giving birth.
Seeing as Mary was raised by nuns, she knows how to help people give birth, and she steps right up to the task. At some point, she goes outside the tent to get some water or something and sees a pagan pendant or something hanging from a tree. She takes it down and goes back into the tent, yelling about pagans and that other time she was marked by them and how she tore their symbol down. Bash, his cousin and this other guy Bash’s mother sent all get very panicky and Mary realizes that Bash put the symbol up. She starts shouting and shadows start swirling around the tent and Bash, Prgnant Chick and the Other Guy start chanting and the shadows go away. And the Mary shouts some more, like “You’re pagans! All of you! Man-eating, bloodthirsty pagans! You too, Bash! AHH!” she runs out of the tent and Bash runs after her and talks her down, explaining that he is NOT a pagan, but he heard those chants as a child and they’re just in his brain but he doesn’t even know what they mean. Mary calms down.
About five minutes later, pregnant chick dies.
About ten minutes later, at the very end of the episode, Bash is burying pregnant chick and Mary comes out with some flowers to put on her grave. Bash stops her saying, “We—pagans—don’t put dead things on our graves.”
“So what do you put on your graves?” Mary asks.
“BLOOD.” Bash says, slicing his hand open, and Mary takes the knife and slices her hand open as well and they let their blood drip on Pregnant Chick’s grave.

Now, here’s the part I find awkward—Mary’s all paranoid about the pagans, shouting that she can’t trust Bash (implying that she’s scared of him, even hates him, for being pagan) and then she’s doing pagan shit with him ten minutes after it. It was just so… awkward. Like, there’s no other word for it.

**I wrote this post right before watching last weeks’ episode, Inquisition which was just too epic for words, and pretty much turned my brain into confetti. Sacrifice was a one episode slump, it seems.


Monday, February 3, 2014

February TBR

 





So, the pictures aren’t really in the order I want them in.

The SECOND picture is my ACTUAL TBR, whilst the FIRST picture is a selection of books for me to choose from if I end up not reading one on the first stack, or if I run out of books from the first stack.

Anyway, the SECOND picture, first stack, contains these books:

1.       Reality Boy by A.S. King*

2.       Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill*

3.       Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell*

4.       Unearthly, Hallowed and Boundless by Cynthia Hand

5.       Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler*

6.       Naomi and Eli’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan*

7.       The List by Siobhan Vivian*

8.       Bloodthirtsy by Flynn Meaney*

9.       Bumped and Thumped by Megan McCafferty

That’s actually 13 books, not nine, but I put series under the same number.

ALSO-- I have already finished Requiem by Lauren Oliver, and In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane. I'm also Currently reading Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein*

The FIRST picture, second stack, contains:

1.       Aimee by Mary Beth Miller*

2.       Trafficked by Kim Purcell*

3.       How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kristen Miller*

4.       I Don’t Want to Be Crazy by Samantha Shutz*

5.       Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green*

6.       Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price*

7.       Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zietlin*

8.       If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch*

9.       Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield*

10.   17 and Gone by Nova Ren Suma*

They ARE in the order I intend to read them in, so if you think I should prioritize any of these, please, comment!

 

(**February is the contemporary month for the Jumble Your Genres Challenge. Any book marked with an Asterix* counts for the challenge.)

 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

January Wrap-up



Look at me, keeping track!
I read 16 books month, which is pretty good considering my goal of 175 books requires I read 14 books a month.
ALL the books I read this month go towards my Jumble Your Genres challenge. Exxcept the ones that I didn’t really review. I mean, I’m pretty sure I wrote at least a sentence of two for each book I read, but I don’t count that as a REAL review.
So, I’m just going to list all the books I read, with a short sentence about how I felt about it, and inks to Goodreads review if I have a real one.


 

1. Sever by Lauren DeSefano: Dissapoointing. I reread the first two book I late december 2013 (and I started this one n December) with the sole goal of finally reading this one for the first time. the whole series was actually disappointing for me. SPOILERY SERIES REVIEW:
2. All Our Yesterdays by Christin Terrill: I LOVED this book! The characters were amazing, the plot was so twisty and turny and Time tRavel always makes shit fun. Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/639802538?book_show_action=false
3. The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney: most of this book was okay. The first half was slow and frustrating, but then, at the end, there was PLOT TWIST that just mad EVERYTHING that had happened in the book THAT much better. I gave this book four stars, because most of it was three-star material, but then the ending just blew my mind so I split three and five down the middle and came up with four. Goodreads Review:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/706783896?book_show_action=false
4. Desert Tales by Melissa Marr: Wicked Lovely is one of my favorite series ever. So, yeah, I read this book, just because. Now, I’m not gonna say it as GOOD as Wicked Lovely, or that it was necessary to the story. It was short and cheesy, but I enjoyed it, because I am a fan of Wicked Lovely. NO REAL REVIEW
5. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: I’ve heard about this author, and this book, for ages. I finally read it and oh, my feels! This really was a good story, and I fell in love with the characters. Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/675303470?book_show_action=false
6. Fly on the Wall by E. Lockheart: I checked this book out because of ArielBissett on youtube. It was a short book, and it took me longer to read than it should’ve. I liked it, I thought it was a fun idea, but I didn’t love it. NO REAL REVIEW
7. Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: The last thing I read by Jennifer Lynn Barnes was the Raised by Wolves trilogy in 2012. I loved it, but I was so damaged by the end of that series that it took me until NOW to pick up another book by her. And she did it again. The exact same thing. Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/447106814?book_show_action=false
8. Infinite by Jodi Meadows: I won this book of goodreads, so I read it and reviewed it before it was released. If I hadn’t read and reviewed this book before it came out, I probably would have read at least two more books this month. This book was just really meh. (Keep in mind, though, I didn’t especially LOVE the first two either. I just thought they were funny). Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/761677116?book_show_action=false
9-11. Withering Tights, A Midsummer Tight’s Dream, and the Taming of the Tights by Lousie Rennison: this trilogy has got t be the TWEENIEST thing I’ve ever read. Also, it had British words, so I found these books extremely funny. NO REAL REVIEWS.
12-14. Hourglass, Timepiece, and Infinityglass by Myra McEntire: Remember when I said Time Travel always make shit fun? Not this Time Travel. It didn’t make any sense. No matter what they did, they were going to create a new timeline, and don’t get why they couldn’t just…do that. But one thing I did LOVE about this series, was the chapter transitions. I don’t what it as about them, but the way that we went from one chapter to the next was just so compelling and kept me turning the page. Hourglass: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/629682735?book_show_action=false Timepiece: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/833788995?book_show_action=false NO REAL REVIEW of Infinityglass (yet)
15. Delirium by Lauren Oliver: as per my 2014 reading goals, I want to catch up on at least one series a month. I COULD have counted Sever, but I decided to shoot for Requiem and reread Delirium and Pandemonium. By the way, I LOVED rereading Delirium. Updated Goodreads Review:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/268174204?book_show_action=false
16. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver: Which I finished late last night, January 31st. Again, I loved rereading it, but I don’t have an updated review up yet, and I want to put one up, so NO REAL REVIEW (yet).

I was aiming to read Requiem by Lauren Oliver in January but didn’t quite make it so it’s been rolled into February.
**Hint: Look for a February TBR. I plan on putting one up RIGHT AFTER THIS.