Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Would Make Great Book Club Picks

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. It was created due to their love of lists.

This weeks topic is:
Top Ten (Eerrr.. 7) Books That Would Make Great Book Club Picks

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - This book is just amazing. Especially if your say doing dystopian novels, this would be a great pick.

2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - This book... It really makes you stop and think about how you treat the people around you or how you've been treated by the people around you. Its a powerful, emotional read (at least it was for me).

3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - This book is just an all around fun read. I mean its one of those books that you cant help but love and wanna buy a copy of for everyone to read.

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth - Another book that should definitely be a book club pick, especially if you're a fan of The Hunger Games and want more dystopian. :D

5. The Host by Stephenie Meyer - Ok, I'd just make this a pick to show everyone that all of Stephenie Meyers books are not like Twilight. (This one happens to be loads better!)

6. Any John Green book. Lol. This is pretty much self explanatory.

7. The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith - This is just a cute short contemporary that would be great for a group that doesnt have much time on their hands but wants a FANTASTIC read! Like seriously, its fantastic, even if you stopped believing in love at first sight it makes you want to. LOL.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [#25]

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! just do the following:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a random page
3. Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

1. "Popularity's a weird thing. You can't really define it, and it's not cool to talk about it, but you know it when you see it."

2. "Like a lazy eye, or porn."

pg. 17 of "Before I Fall" by Lauren Oliver

Saturday, January 28, 2012

In My Mailbox [#25]

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren where we share new books we bought, received, won etc.

Library Haul Part I:

Library Haul Part II:
    Whats in your mailbox?

    TBR Intervention Challenge [#16]


    TBR Intervention is a weekly challenge hosted by Dani@RefractedLight, Anayami@Whatever You Can Still Betray & April@Books4Juliet. 

    The goal of this challenge is to help each other (fellow readers and bloggers) manage our enormous and constantly growing TBR (To-Be-Read) List. The rules are simple and everyone is encouraged to participate. It does not force you to commit to more than what you can manage to read in a week or so, but participants are encouraged to read at least one book within a week. You are free to choose the book you want to read and commit to this challenge. You may post your entry every Saturday, at the frequency of your choice--EVERY WEEK or EVERY TWO WEEKS. However, we will sponsor this event regularly every Saturday.

    Here are the rules:  

    1. Post the book(s) you committed to read in your last TBR Intervention post and tell us something about it. Did you finish it? Did you enjoy it or not? Post the link to your review (if you have one).

    2. Post a book that you want to read and already own. Pick something that has been sitting on your shelf for too long now (6 months or longer). Commit to read the book in the next couple of days or week.

    3. Grab the TBR Intervention Button and post it on your blog sidebar so you will be constantly reminded of the challenge, making it easier for you to commit. This will also encourage other readers/bloggers/visitors to join the challenge.

    4. Add the link to your post in the Linky below and make sure to visit the other blogs. Comment, encourage, and spread the love to our fellow readers.
     
    Last weeks TBR book: 
    Vampire Academy
    Author: Richelle Mead

    I'll be straight up. I haven't even started it yet. I've had a bit of a rough week. My allergies are acting up like A LOT! I cant breathe out of my nose at all and because of that I've been getting headaches all week. My goals this week were to finish Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey, Across The Universe by Beth Revis & Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. But every time I sat down to read this week I just couldn't do it. My headaches were causing me too much of a problem for me. So because of that I'm keeping Vampire Academy as my TBR for the next week as well. Hopefully I'm able to sit down and read this next week without having an issue! 
     
     
     

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    Follow Friday [#24]

    Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Its a way to get out there and meet new bloggers and discover new blogs. :)

    Q. Which book genre do you avoid at all costs and why?

    Um, lets see. Definitely memoirs. Also, historical fiction. Once in a while I'll find a book that pulls it off but other than that once in a while everything else I've attempted to read under that genre bored me or I just wasn't into it.



    TGIF is hosted by Ginger at GReads. Theres a weekly question and then we do a re-cap of the weeks posts.

    Q. Buy or Borrow: Where do your books that you read come from? The bookstore? The library? Do you prefer to own a book, or have it on loan? 

    I like a mix of the two. Obviously I cant afford to buy every book I want so usually I'll buy the books that I absolutely need to have asap and then I'll check out the books I don't have the money for from the library when they get the books. I also like the library for books that I'm not sure about reading, because then I can check the book and if I like it then I'll spend my money on my own copy. Do some of you do the same thing with books your not sure about? I also utilize my local indie bookstores trade credit program. I'm always bringing books in to trade for credit to get more books. :)

    Weekly Recap:
    Review: Dark Flame by Alyson Noel
    TBR Intervention Challenge [#15]
    In My Mailbox [#24]
    Teaser Tuesday [#24]
    Top Ten Tuesday: Another Freebie Week!!!
    Waiting On Wednesday [#23]
    Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano 

    Also in the weekly recap; I changed the blog template & colors. For all my old followers I'd love for you to tell me how you like it compared to the old design. And new followers your more than welcome to tell me how you like the new look as well. :) So far all my feedback about it has been positive. :) Thanks everyone!

    Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

    Wither (The Chemical Garden #1)
    Author: Lauren DeStefano
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Publication Date: March 22, 2011
    Pages: 358
    Source: Hardcover/Library

    What if you knew exactly when you would die?

    Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

    When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

    But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant she trusts, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.


    Review: I really enjoyed Wither! I really liked how this book was unique. Guys live until they turn 25, girls only until their 20. First of all, can I say that sucks! If that really happened I'd be a year and a half away from dying and that doesn't sound much fun to me. It must suck to be one of the girls being kidnapped and married off to bread the new generations just so they can undergo exactly what happened to the generations before them in HOPES of finding the cure. Just hope, no concrete science that might say their getting closer, just hope. I really didnt like how the girls were chosen only if they were "Good Enough" and the rest were just disposed of. The "Disposing" of the ones who werent "Good Enough" was just not right. I really felt for those girls. I also felt for Rhine. I mean yes she was good enough, but who would want to be married off? 

    Linden... I really didnt like him at first because I thought he was just a massive JERK for kidnapping the girls, but then as we got to know him my opinion of him completely changed. After we found out that it was Vaughn behind all the bad stuff (like the girls being taken, what happened to Jenna, Rose...) I actually liked Linden a little. Not a lot, but a little. He wasnt as big of a villan as I originally thought. I honestly kind of felt bad for him because of how in love he was with Rose and how much he missed her. GABRIEL! I really really liked him! I loved how he was there for Rhine to talk to and he was just such a good friend to her. I hated Vaughn for sending him to work elsewhere in the mansion after he found out that they were close. I also thought it was so cute how Gabriel would sneak candies from the kitchen to bring to Rhine. I also loved how in the end Gabriel trusted Rhine enough to run away with her, and I'm ecstatic that they actually got away! And with Cecily's help as it appeared! Even though this isnt exactly my favorite book I'm definitely excited for Fever to come out. 

    4 Stars!


    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    Waiting On Wednesday [#23]

    "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

    Fever (The Chemical Garden #2)
    Author: Lauren DeStefano
    Expected Publication: February 21, 2012

    Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

    Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

    The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion...by any means necessary.

    In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.


    I really enjoyed Wither! I thought it was interesting and it wasn't like some of the stuff I read. I definitely cant wait to read Fever to find out what happens with Rhine and Gabriel! And guess what guys! I was just emailed early Tuesday morning saying I was one of the Winners of the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway of an ARC of Fever! EEEPPPPP!!! I was so excited to receive that email! :) 

    What are you waiting on this week?

    Monday, January 23, 2012

    Top Ten Tuesday: Another Freebie Week!!!

    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. It was created due to their love of lists.

    This weeks topic is:
    Top Ten Books I Couldn't Resist Picking Up At The Library This Past Week

    Make sure to read the note after number 10 you guys! Thanks! :)

    1. Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly - I've been really wanting to read this, especially since Angel Fire just came out and when I saw this just sitting on the shelf I grabbed it.

    2. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini - I know a lot of other bloggers really liked this book and I've been trying to get my hands on a copy for a while. I saw it finally at the library for the first time on Saturday.

    3. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain - I just really wanted to read this one! Lol. And like Starcrossed it was the first time I saw it on the shelf.

    4. The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams - Ok, so since I've seen this book I've really wanted to read it, and since I also check out the new release shelf as soon as I get in the library I managed to snag it before some one else did. I plan on reading it this week.

    5. The Demon Trappers Daughter by Jana Oliver - I've wanted to read this for a long time. And everytime I tried to get it before at the library someone managed to get it right before I went. I finally got it this time.

    6. Soul Screamers Vol 1 by Rachel Vincent - Technically I rechecked this out but I'm dying to start this series!!!!!

    7. Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan - I've been wanting this book so badly since it came out!!! I mean it sounds amazing! And my library finally got a copy! I mean I had to contain my excitement of finally seeing it on the shelf.

    8. Winters Kiss by Jennifer Echols & Catherine Hapka - So this just came out and its a contemporary. I've really gotten into contemporaries lately and decided to pick this up.

    9. Wings by Aprilynne Pike - Ok, so I've been meaning to read this for like forever. I always looked at it but I never picked it up. I finally picked it up this week.

    10. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver - Ok, so we all know I loved Delirium and I've heard this book is really good as well. And I really like Lauren's writing so I checked out the book while I could!

    So guys I want your suggestions! I have a bunch of great books here and I'd love all of your opinions on what to read next! I'll start reading the book that you guys suggest the most! :)

    Teaser Tuesday [#24]

    Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

    Anyone can play along! just do the following:

    1. Grab your current read
    2. Open to a random page
    3. Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
    BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
    4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

    1. "It's not a Black Wing's sorrow I'm feeling, in the dream. It's mine."

    2. "Someone I love is going to die."

    pg. 63 of "Hallowed" by Cynthia Hand

    1. "The memory of the storm Alden had given me replayed."

    2. "When it reached the kiss, I jerked my eyes open and stared down at the black paper rose resting in my palm."

    pg. 88 of "Shattered Souls" by Mary Lindsey

    Saturday, January 21, 2012

    In My Mailbox [#24]

    In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren where we share new books we bought, received, won etc.

    Bought:

     Bought with Trade Credit at local Indie Bookstore:

     Gift From My Mom:
    This just came in the mail a few hours ago.

    Library Haul:

    From Putnam:

    For My Kindle:

    Hey guys. I just got a new phone yesterday and so the pics I took I took on my new phone. Tell me how they look ok? I think they look more clear than the ones I took with my old phone. 

    What's in your mailbox?

    TBR Intervention Challenge [#15]


    TBR Intervention is a weekly challenge hosted by Dani@RefractedLight, Anayami@Whatever You Can Still Betray & April@Books4Juliet

    The goal of this challenge is to help each other (fellow readers and bloggers) manage our enormous and constantly growing TBR (To-Be-Read) List. The rules are simple and everyone is encouraged to participate. It does not force you to commit to more than what you can manage to read in a week or so, but participants are encouraged to read at least one book within a week. You are free to choose the book you want to read and commit to this challenge. You may post your entry every Saturday, at the frequency of your choice--EVERY WEEK or EVERY TWO WEEKS. However, we will sponsor this event regularly every Saturday.

    Here are the rules:  

    1. Post the book(s) you committed to read in your last TBR Intervention post and tell us something about it. Did you finish it? Did you enjoy it or not? Post the link to your review (if you have one).

    2. Post a book that you want to read and already own. Pick something that has been sitting on your shelf for too long now (6 months or longer). Commit to read the book in the next couple of days or week.

    3. Grab the TBR Intervention Button and post it on your blog sidebar so you will be constantly reminded of the challenge, making it easier for you to commit. This will also encourage other readers/bloggers/visitors to join the challenge.

    4. Add the link to your post in the Linky below and make sure to visit the other blogs. Comment, encourage, and spread the love to our fellow readers.
    Last weeks TBR books: 
    Dark Flame
    Author: Alyson Noel

    Ok, so I'm not gonna post all three pics. Lol. So I finished both Halflings (which I enjoyed more than I thought I would), and Dark Flame. I liked Dark Flame a little more than Shadowland. It picked up just a little bit in Dark Flame. Not a lot, but enough to make me like it more than Shadowland. Lol. I'm currently reading Goddess Interrupted and right now I'm kind of enjoying it but I still feel like its in the same area I felt The Goddess Test was at. I'm hoping it gets better though since I'm not even halfway through the book yet. But you'll have to wait for my review of it until the end of February or early March. 


    This week I'm committing to read:
    Vampire Academy
    Author: Richelle Mead

    Summary from Goodreads:
    Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
    Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever...
    Ok, I've had this on my shelf for probably at least a year now. I know a lot of people like this series, which is why I picked it up. It's just soon after I picked it up I got bored of Vampire books. It's been a while since I really read a vampire book so I'm definitely up for reading this now! And plus I keep hear awesome things about this series so I really wanna get started on it. Lol.  

    Review: Dark Flame by Alyson Noel

    Dark Flame (The Immortals #4)
    Author: Alyson Noel
    Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
    Publication Date: June 22, 2010
    Pages: 320
    Source: Hardcover/Own 

    In Alyson Noel’s most darkly seductive Immortals novel yet, Ever fights for control of her body, her soul—and the timeless true love she’s been chasing for centuries. 

    Ever is trying to help Haven transition into life as an immortal.  But with Haven drunk on her new powers and acting recklessly, she poses the ultimate threat—exposing their secret world to the outside.  As Ever struggles to keep the Immortals hidden, it only propels Haven closer to the enemy—Roman and his evil companions.

    At the same time, Ever delves deeper into dark magick to free Damen from Roman’s power. But when her spell backfires, it binds her to the one guy who’s hell-bent on her destruction. Now there’s a strange, foreign pulse coursing through her, and no matter what she does, she can’t stop thinking about Roman—and longing for his touch.  As she struggles to resist the fiery attraction threatening to consume her, Roman is more than willing to take advantage of her weakened state…and Ever edges closer and closer to surrender.

    Frantic to break the spell before its too late, Ever turns to Jude for help, risking everything she knows and loves to save herself—and her future with Damen …

    Review: I did enjoy this one a little more than I enjoyed Shadowland. Dark Flame seemed to pick up the pace a little, not much, but enough for me to enjoy it more. So this review is probably gonna be shorter than my other reviews because I dont have as much to say about this book. Ok, so first of all. With Haven becoming an Immortal she turned into a serious jerk (because I'm not going to cuss in this review, so I cant say a certain other word). She acted like everything was about her. Ever and Damen were only trying to help her and protect her and she just completely blew them off. So much for "Best Friends". I found it really disturbing that due to the spell Ever had tried in Shadowland, that the dark magic kept attracting her to Roman. It seriously creeped me out.  I was glad when she found a way to get rid of the dark magic that was causing it. It made this much less weird. Lol. I was also happy that thanks to Ever getting rid of the dark magic and the things that were bringing her down and to the dark side she was able to find her way back into the Great Hall of Learning. And omg! This shocked me when I found out about it. Ava is apparently the twins aunt! Rayne & Romy's aunt came back as Ava! I found that so cool. (And Ava was the person who helped Ever get rid of the dark magic, so I kind of like Ava again). OMG! I was so mad at the end!!!!! Ever was finally getting through to Roman, and was so close to getting the antidote and then Jude just had to barge in there and kill Roman!!!! UGH!!!!!!! I kind of liked Jude up until that point. And what's worse is that when Haven found them, Ever got blamed for Romans death! I mean seriously, that was a WTF moment. I was seriously like are you kidding me??? That is so not fair! GRRR!!!!

    3 Stars! 

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

    Follow Friday [#23]

    Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Its a way to get out there and meet new bloggers and discover new blogs. :)

    Q. What's the craziest thing you've ever done to get your hands on any particular book?

    I haven't really done anything crazy. Well, except maybe checking out every book I possibly can that I wanna read from the library so no one else can take it before I get a chance to go back and get it. Lol. Well, I did brave the crowds at Barnes and Noble when Breaking Dawn came out but that's about as crazy as its got.

    TGIF is hosted by Ginger at GReads. Theres a weekly question and then we do a re-cap of the weeks posts.

    Q. Recommend It: Which book from the last 10 you've read would you recommend to a friend?

    Oh, this one is simple... 
    Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout! This book was beyond amazing!!!! Seriously guys. READ IT!!! :D

    Weekly Recap:

    Featured Post

    Review: The Infected by Michelle Pickett