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Sunday Post #24

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!

This week I didn’t really go after too many books, but I did get a couple eBooks and NetGalleys that I’ll share. ^.^

                               Book Haul The Wicked Ever After

The Wicked Ever After by Kelly Apple

Depression, Love, & Swimming Pools by Leigh Wilder

I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre (via NetGalley)

As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre (via NetGalley)

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Last Week on the Blog

Monday – Mini Review Monday: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga The Glass Arrow

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

Thursday – Killing My Kindle: Alexander Death by J.L. Bryan

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday: He Needs Discipline by Dominic Rod

Saturday – Book of the Week: Horde by Ann Aguirre

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Another successful blogging week, and a great reading week is in the books! (Book blog puns are fun! ^.^) I finally read Horde, a book I had been saving for quite a while, and it was every bit as good as I could have hoped for. Alexander Death was a nice return to a series I’ve enjoyed and He Needs Discipline definitely satiated my naughty read for the week. Overall I was pretty happy with getting the books in that I did because the week was a little hectic.

For those who stopped by last week, you know I was dealing with some real life issues involving getting into the University, but it’s all good because I got the last appeal approved! Huzzah! I’ll be starting classes in just a couple weeks which is a bit crazy, but I’ve already got my books and I’ve been trying to study a bit to get ahead. Yay, education?! >.>

As far as blogging goes it went well as you can see since I had another week of daily posts, yay! I don’t know if that will continue when classes start and assuming I’ll have a work study job, but I’ll keep you posted. (More puns!) Thanks for stopping by, I hope you had a great bookish week, and thanks for reading. Enjoy your Sunday!


Sunday Post #23

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

 

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!

This week I didn’t really get much on the book haul front, but I did get one from Netgalley and a couple eBooks!

Book Haul

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (Via Netgalley) I Hunt Killers

He Needs Discipline by Dominic Rod

My Sister and the Priest by Rosalyn Coleman

In Decline (stories) by Michael Crane

The Unexpected Gift (The Hunted) by Amanda Shofner

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Last Week on the Blog

Monday – Mini Review Monday: The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Horror

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

Thursday – Killing My Kindle: Elusive Memories by Amanda Shofner

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday: Daybreak by Leigh Wilder

Saturday – Book of the Week: Rogue by Gina Damico

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This was another fun blogging week, but a bit of an up and down reading one. I loved Rogue and Daybreak, and I Hunt Killers was thrilling in its own way, but there were a few books I had been looking forward to that either I didn’t enjoy or were just alright. Still, I have plenty of books that I am excited to get to, so hopefully this next week will be a bit better!

Getting back to consistent posts has been a lot of fun for me, and it has kept me distracted from real life which has been a pain as of late. I’ve been working since May on jumping through all the hoops, but this week I found out I won’t be on campus for at least the first semester back at the University of Minnesota, and I might not be at all depending on a financial aid appeal. If that falls through things get ugly very quickly, but I’ll deal with that if/when it happens.

I don’t have set posts yet for this week, but hopefully I’ll be able to continue this run of daily (or nearly daily anyway) posts! I hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you had a great bookish week, and thanks for reading. Enjoy your Sunday!


Sunday Post #22

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!

This week I am covering the awesome books I bought when I attended the Minnesota stop of the Mighty Mississippi Book Blast YA Tour!

Book Haul + Swag

Book Haul July 2014

The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr Swag Haul July 2014

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

Swag!!! ^.^

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Last Week on the Blog

Sunday – Secrets of the Eternal Rose Trilogy Review

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday: Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

Thursday – Killing My Kindle: Pieces by Michael Crane

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday: The Wicked Lovers by Kelly Apple

Saturday – Book of the Week: The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

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This week was a return to blogging in full force, both here and on my other two blogs that I’m working on. The best part was that it was simply for the love of doing it, and that made it incredibly fun and fulfilling. Being a content creator, even when it is just reviewing other people’s content, has to be a labor of love for me to do it, so times like this are awesome.

I read quite a bit this week too! I finished the Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy, read The Murder Complex, breezed through a few novellas that were sitting on my Kindle app, and finished it off with The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr! Having a great bookish week always makes everything better, and this was no exception.

I don’t know what I’ll be posting this coming week, but if the mood continues I’ll likely have at least a fair few for you all. I hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you had a great bookish week as well, and thanks for reading. Enjoy your Sunday!


Sunday Post #20

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Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!

This week was the opposite of the last one. I didn’t receive any books at all so we’ll be skipping that portion, but I did have a few great reads that I’ll mention, so let’s get into it! ^.^

Last Week On the Blog

Monday – Mini Review Monday: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell The Fall

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Covers I Need On My Shelves

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday: The Fall by Bethany Griffin

Thursday – Killing My Kindle: Lessons III by Michael Crane

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday: The Dragon’s Bride by Leigh Wilder

Saturday – January & February Wrap-up

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Books Read Last Week

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – 5/5 (Review Above) 

Pressure by Jeff Strand – 4/5 (Truly creepy, really enjoyed it)

Lessons III by Michael Crane – 4/5 (Review Above)

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut – 2/5 (So surprisingly boring)

The Dragon’s Bride by Leigh Wilder – 4/5 (Review Above)

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer – 5/5 (Excellent, can’t wait to continue the series!)

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This Week on the Blog

Monday – Mini Review Monday

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday

Thursday – Killing My Kindle

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday

Saturday – Book of the Week

Sunday – Sunday Post

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After getting so many books in the mail last week it was both weird and oddly relieving to not receive any this time around. I am trying to make my TBR piles get smaller after all, even though sometimes it doesn’t seem like it. I was much happier with the books I read this week, though Slaughterhouse-Five still bothers me as for how dull it was with such a great premise, but there is nothing to be done about that. Storm was fantastic, Lessons III and The Dragon’s Bride were great novellas, and Attachments increased my adoration for Rainbow Rowell’s writing prowess.

I posted my 2-month wrap-up very late last night so I encourage you to check that out. I talk about how challenges are going, what my favorite and least favorite books have been so far this year, and a few things I am looking forward to in the next couple months. Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to check it out! Enjoy your Sunday! ^.^


Sunday Post #19

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Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!

This was a mixed week for me, great for getting books, but blah for reading. First, the new (to me) books!

Book Outlet Binge

The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell 

The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

The Humming Room by Ellen Potter

Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

Mind Games by Kiersten White

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Seemingly Random Purchases

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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Last Week On the Blog

Monday – Wicked Valentine’s Readathon Vol. 2 Recap

Tuesday – Totally Random Tuesday: What Kind of Reader Are You?

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday: In a Handful of Dust

Thursday – Killing My Kindle: The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday – The Battle of the Dragon Slayer

Saturday – Middle Grade Books: Why I Love Them & Need to Read More

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Books Read Last Week

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – 2/5 (Ugh. So disappointed.) unearthly

Sheep and Wolves by Jeremy C. Shipp – 3/5 (Not my favorite of his.)

The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe – 3/5 (Review above)

The Battle of the Dragon Slayer by Leigh Wilder – 4/5 (Review above)

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand – 5/5 (Review next week!)

Send in the Clowns by Sheena Stone – 1/5 (No to all of this, ew.)

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This Week On the Blog

Monday – Mini Review Monday

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday #21

Thursday – Killing My Kindle

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday

Saturday – Book of the Week

Sunday – Sunday Post #20

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As you can see the book haul was pretty great this week! I got some new MG to read (see yesterday’s post all about that!), a couple I had been considering for a while (Mind Games & Uses For Boys), and two recommendation books (Bruiser and D&LBoD) from Book Outlet for (as usual) crazy cheap. Attachments was another recommendation book that I saw on ze booktube, and Slaughterhouse-Five is because Crash Course (John Green in this case) is going Literary and it is giving me an excuse to read classics! ^.^

On the other hand is my reading week…goodness that was brutal. I had high hopes for Cruel Beauty with that gorgeous cover, but 2/5 was generous and I’m definitely a black sheep on that one. Speaking of sheep, Sheep and Wolves by one of my favorite authors, Jeremy C. Shipp, wasn’t bad, but comparatively not nearly as good as his other work. Anne Merchant was one I really had been looking forward to and for the most part it let me down, and don’t get me started on the atrocity that was the clown book. *shudders*

The bright spots were The Battle of the Dragon Slayer by my favorite “naughty” author Leigh Wilder, and especially Unearthly by Cynthia Hand which I will be reviewing next Saturday for Book of the Week! They saved what otherwise was a sluggish, disappointing, and altogether blah reading week, but as a whole it was probably the worst I’ve had so far this year.

On the blog I did two more “original” and random posts where I asked what kind of reader are you and also all about middle grade books and how I need more of them in my life, so that was a lot of fun! Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to check it out! Enjoy your Sunday! ^.^


Sunday Post #18

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Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!

This was a fun week as I received books from all sorts of sources: a book I won, one via ARCycling, a few random orders, and pre-orders!

Book I Won

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – Thanks Ann Aguirre!

Book From ARCycling

Oblivion by Sasha Dawn – Thanks to ARCycling and Gaby from Ella Bee Reads!

Pre-orders

Lady thief

Split Second by Kasie West

Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen

Random Orders

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

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Last Week On the Blog

Monday – Cover Reveal: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday – Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Three by Kristen Simmons

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday: The Invisible by Amelia Kahaney

Thursday – Killing My Kindle: Tommy Nightmare by J.L. Bryan

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday: Taken By the Fairies by Celestia Dew

Saturday – Book of the Week: This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Grace Earl

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Books Read Last Week

Three by Kristen Simmons – 5/5 (Review Above)THREE

Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen – 5/5 (Review To Come)

Split Second by Kasie West – 5/5 (NEED BOOK 3!)

Tommy Nightmare by J.L. Bryan – 2/5 (Review Above)

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch – 5/5 (ALL THE FEELS!)

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – 4/5 (Very Powerful)

The Future of Us by Jay Asher – 4/5 (Love Jay Asher!)

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This Week On the Blog

Monday – Wicked Valentine’s Readathon Results

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday #20

Thursday – Killing My Kindle

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday

Saturday – Book of the Week

Sunday – Sunday Post #19

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Despite the fact that I managed to read a book a day this week (even though I got more sick) I’m not thrilled with my reading progress. This was the main part of the Wicked Valentine’s Readathon and I wanted to get at least 10 books in during that portion, so while 7 is alright, for a readathon it isn’t stepping up my usual levels at all. However, I didn’t read any novellas this week, everything was full length novels (some of which were even 350-400 or so), so that’s good.

Even though the quantity wasn’t there this week the quality sure was! Lady Thief and Split Second, my two pre-orders for this week, both lived up to every possible expectation I could have had for them and I’m already pining for the next in each series! Three was just as excellent and a wonderful way to end the trilogy, and If You Find Me gave me ALL THE FEELS. So ya, good stuff.

I’ve already read almost half the books I received this week, and will likely pick up another soon because they just look so pretty! I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading The Name of the Wind though, the book is massive. o_o I hope you enjoyed the variety this week with a cover reveal AND a blog tour review, it was a ton of fun to participate in both! Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to check it out! Enjoy your Sunday! ^.^


Sunday Post #17

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Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!

This week I bought a bunch of books, ones from Book Outlet, a few from Target, and some via NetGalley! Here we go!

Books From Book Outlet

 Partials by Dan Wells

 Easy by Tammara Webber

 If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

 Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

 Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Books From Target

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Books From NetGalley

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Pre-Order

Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Last Week on the Blog

Monday – Mini Review Monday: Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Give You All the Feels

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday: Gilded by Christina L. Farley

Thursday – Killing My Kindle: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday: The Wicked Dragon by Kelly Apple

Saturday – Wicked Valentine’s Read-a-Thon Vol. 2: Update/Goal Post

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Books Read Last Week

 Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons – 4/5 (Review above)

 This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales – 3/5 (Review to come)

 Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn – 4/5 (Pretty good, review near release)

 Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover – 5/5 (Review above)

 Taken By the Fairies by Celestia Dew – 4/5 – (Review to come)

 This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl – 5/5 – (Review next week)

 Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – 2/5 – (Not for me)

 Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor – 3/5 – (Wanted to stab MC, but great writing)

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This Week on the Blog

Monday – Cover Reveal!

Tuesday: Blog Tour Post for Three by Kristen Simmons!

Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday #19

Thursday: Killing my Kindle

Friday: Frodo’s Frisky Friday

Saturday: Book of the Week

Sunday: Sunday Post #18

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This was another decent reading week, with 8 books in total. Ideally I will be stepping that up this coming week with it being the WWReadathon and all, but I can’t make any promises with school/work in mind. As for all the books…well I binged a little. I had a 25$ GC for Target I hadn’t used since Christmas so that’s why I bought those this week. Book Outlet ones were books I had considered buying multiple times in the past, but they were at good enough bargains to “justify” me giving them a try now. The NG books well… that’s just me wanting to read ALL THE BOOKS. o_o

I have a pretty big post coming up on Tuesday where I’ll be on the blog tour for Three by Kristen Simmons, so I hope you stop by for that if nothing else this coming week! Hopefully I can do the book justice. ^.^ Book of the Week WILL be returning this coming Saturday, so if you are enjoying that feature fear not! Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to check it out! Enjoy your Sunday and the Olympics if you are watching them!


Sunday Post #14

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Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!

Books I Bought

I went a bit crazy this week, but it was a needed pick-me-up because I’ve been sick for ~2wks and it’s getting to me. Here we go!

POMI cover Pigments of My Imagination by Angela Kulig – I’ve read and reviewed this already (loved it), but I needed a physical copy.

 Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando – Heard mixed things about this one but I’m a sucker for school settings.

 Winger by Andrew Smith – School settings again, also a lot of people have been raving about it lately.

not a drop to drink  Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis – Too much hype from Epic Reads during Tea Time, had to.

 The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – This is all Kat from Katytastic, check her channel out!

 Vitro by Jessica Khoury – Saw it highlighted in new releases somewhere.

 The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe – Same as Vitro & awesome premise!

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Last Week on the Blog

Monday – Bout of Books 9.0 Recap

Tuesday – Top Ten 2014 Debuts I’m Excited For

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday #15

Thursday – Killing My Kindle: Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday: The Wicked Woods by Kelly Apple

Saturday – Book of the Week: Pivot Point by Kasie West

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Books Read Last Week

The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney – 4/5 – MC was mildly frustrating at times but beautifully written.

The Wicked Wolf by Kelly Apple – 3/5 – Fun at times but during “happy time” it felt off, weird.

Fungus of the Heart by Jeremy C. Shipp – 5/5 – Review on Monday!

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons – 4/5 – MC whined/obsessed over love interest a bit much, but great story.

Pivot Point by Kasie West – 5/5 – (Review above)

Coffin Nails and Other Beasts by Angela Kulig – 4/5 – Enjoyed it quite a bit, definitely worth checking out.

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This Week on the Blog

Monday – Mini Review Monday – Fungus of the Heart by Jeremy C. Shipp!

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday – Reading Wishlist!

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday #16

Thursday – Killing My Kindle

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday

Saturday – Book of the Week

Sunday – Sunday Post #15

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This was a tough week as it was my second battling sickness, but book-wise it was another excellent one. I am still a tiny bit ahead on my challenges, this was the first week of the spring semester for college (I got ahead and did my homework for the month), and I enjoyed all of the books I read. Pivot Point made the week by itself, so freaking good!

Stop by tomorrow for Mini Review Monday to read about one of the best anthologies you’ve probably never heard of! Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to check it out! Enjoy your Sunday! ^.^


Sunday Post #13

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Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!

Books I Bought

I only bought one book this week, an eBook that just came out on the 5th, The Wicked Wolf by Kelly Apple. The Wicked Wolf by Kelly Apple

This is book two of the Monstrous Tales series, a naughty Adult series with paranormal fantasies. I read book one, The Wicked Woods, as part of an event in the Bout of Books readathon and really liked it so I can’t wait to check out this one too!

You’ll likely be seeing both of them appearing on the blog soon for Frodo’s Frisky Friday. ^.^

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Last Week on the Blog

Monday – Bout of Books 9.0 Signup/Goal/Update Post

Tuesday – Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2014

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday #14

Thursday – Killing My Kindle – Giggles by Michael Crane

Friday – Review of Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Saturday – Book of the Week – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Books Read Last Week

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson – 4/5 – Tough, slow start but came together very well in the end.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – 5/5 (Review Above)

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan – 5/5 – I really, really enjoyed this one, my favorite of the series so far!

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West – 5/5 – I didn’t think I would enjoy this as much as I did, but it was great.

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger – 5/5 – I LOVE this series so much! Humor, cool steampunk machines, and fabulous dresses!

Unhinged by A.G. Howard – 4/5 (Review Above)

Giggles by Michael Crane – 2/5 (Review Above)

Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan – 5/5 – This was such a great book, review on this week’s Killing My Kindle!

The Wicked Woods by Kelly Apple – 5/5 – Hilarious, naughty, and a special review of it to come Friday!

Scorch by Gina Damico – 5/5 – This was almost my Book of the Week! Really enjoyed it and can’t wait for Rogue!

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This Week on the Blog

Monday – Bout of Books 9.0 Recap/Thoughts Post

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday

Thursday – Killing My Kindle

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday

Saturday – Book of the Week

Sunday – Sunday Post #14

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This was a great week! I enjoyed almost all of the books I’ve read, I’m a tiny bit ahead, and the readathon has been so much fun! Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to check it out! Enjoy your Sunday! ^.^


Sunday Post #12

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Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This begins my weekly posting of Sunday Post so that I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week.

Books I Received for Christmas

 Reboot by Amy Tintera – I was on the fence for this one, but I liked the premise enough to put it on my list and I got it, sweet!

 Resist by Sarah Crossan – I still need to read Breathe, but I have a good feeling about these books and was thrilled to see the pretty cover of Resist after I tore off the wrapping paper.

 The Future of Us by Jay Asher – This was my gift to me because of how much I loved Thirteen Reasons Why, can’t wait!

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Last Week on the Blog

Goals and Challenges for 2014 – Also includes my weekly schedule for this year!

Killing My Kindle: The Sorcerer’s Daughter by Larry Kollar – My first post on the new eBook feature!

Frodo’s Frisky Friday: Taken by the Centaurs by Celestia Dew – Things get a bit naughty and very humorous.

Book of the Week: Bang by Lisa McMann – Another new feature and me gushing like crazy!

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Books Read Last Week

The Sorcerer’s Daughter by Larry Kollar – 5/5 (Review above)

Bang by Lisa McMann – 5/5 (Review above)

Taken by the Centaurs by Celestia Dew – 5/5 (Mini-review above)

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally – 3/5 – I thought this was pretty good but the MC kinda drove me nuts in the 2nd half.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth – 4/5 – Same thing with Catching Jordan except I liked the story and dialogue a LOT, the MC was just incredibly whiny and indecisive.

Fantasy Life by Matthew Berry – 5/5 – I enjoyed taking a break of fiction to read about fantasy football. Yes, that totally makes sense.

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This Week on the Blog

Monday – Bout of Books Readathon Goal Post

Tuesday – Release Day Review of Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday #14

Thursday – Killing My Kindle #2

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday

Saturday – Book of the Week #2

Sunday – Sunday Post #13

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It has been a pretty good start to the year! I’ve enjoyed all of the books I’ve read, I’m a tiny bit ahead, and with the readathon next week I should get even farther. Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to check it out! Enjoy your Sunday! ^.^


Sunday Post #11

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

It has been ages since I last participated in a Sunday Post! I’m just going to focus on the ones I bought in December, though I will mention buying two favorites of Epic Reads, that being Another Little Piece and Tiger Lily. ^.^ On to the books!

Because of the Hype

 In the After by Demitria Lunetta – I’ve heard on multiple Tea Time broadcasts  that the first 100 pages of this book are AMAZING so I finally gave in.

                       Amazon Sales Are My Weakness

 Breathe by Sarah Crossan

 Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

 Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

 Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrcik

 Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

 The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

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The common theme with all these books, you may have noticed, is that they are all book 1 in a series. All of these are series I have considered diving into in the past, but the sale Amazon had was the deal breaker, I think I got all six (not including In the After) for ~26$ which is pretty great especially with Breathe being hardcover. ^.^

I’m looking forward to trying these series out and hopefully I’ll like all of them and then I’ll have even more books to buy since these have been out for quite a while.

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Last Week on the Blog

Top Ten Books in my Winter TBR

Waiting on Wednesday #12

This Week on the Blog

Mini Review Monday

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #13

Frodo’s Frisky Friday

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I’ll probably do my next Sunday Post after Christmas so look for that! Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to check it out! Enjoy your Sunday! ^.^


Sunday Post #10

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

It has been almost a month since the last Sunday Post I participated in. The amount of books I’ve received is a tad on the crazy side so alas I won’t be including pictures this time, but hopefully you’ll enjoy anyway. On to the books!

New Releases

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney

Fear the Reaper edited by Joe Mynhardt

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff

Once We Were by Kat Zhang

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Vicious by Victoria Schwab

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Long Overdue to Read

The Program by Suzanne Young

Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Fallen by Lauren Kate

The “I Love This Series and I Need to Own All of it NOW” Section

Artemis Fowl Books 1-8 by Eoin Colfer

Random

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher

Book Haul Talk

So this haul is pretty crazy and that comes from a few areas. The Artemis Fowl series buy was because I mentioned it as part of a Top Ten Tuesday post and realized that I had stopped reading that series for no good reason, I’m now working on fixing that. The Screaming Staircase and a couple of the “long overdue” books, as well as Steelheart were bought at a book signing I went to. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is one I saw at Target and had to grab. As for the rest, well, the “new releases” section is essentially all pre-orders with the exception of The Brokenhearted (awesome premise & cover buy) and Fear the Reaper (Has Jeremy C. Shipp in the anthology and I want a complete collection of his work). So ya, that’s why I got so many freaking amazing books in this haul. However, I may not do another one of these until sometime in early November because, besides pre-orders, I don’t plan on buying many books in the near future. So ya.

Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to stop by! Enjoy your Sunday and I’ll see you in about a month for another Sunday Post! ^.^


Totally Random Tuesday: The I’m Not Abandoning You Edition

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Totally Random Tuesday

If you have been following the blog recently you may have noticed that there wasn’t a post on Sunday or Monday, for this I apologize. School caught up and I was sick for the last week with a mixture of stomach, nose, and headache issues. Yesterday was the first day I managed to leave the house so obviously it wasn’t a funfest. However, I do have today as the last day of the wonderful Fraterfest readathon and I plan to read at least one more book, possibly two. I also have the next two days free of college stuff AND my favorite readathon of the year, at least for 24hr ones, Dewey’s readathon is SATURDAY!!! I’m incredibly excited because Dewey’s is always amazing, a ton of fun, and I have that day free as well so I’m all in on the 24hr book/twitter/challenge/awesomeness.

What does that rambling all mean? I’m stockpiling reviews, huzzah! I currently have six books read and waiting to be reviewed plus between now and the end of Dewey’s I should have that number into double digits which would be awesomesauce and amazeballs and all of the other goofy combo words we use now. So here’s the deal for this week. There will not be a YA Wednesday tomorrow, but there WILL be a wrapup post for Fraterfest to make up for that! There WILL be a Frodo’s Frisky Friday AND I’m doing another giant book haul Sunday Post to recap all of the amazing things I’ve received in the past ~3weeks, so hopefully that gets you a bit excited! Thanks as always for reading and I’m off to do some reading of my own! See you tomorrow! ^.^


Sunday Post #9

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

If you saw my Sunday Post a couple weeks ago you would know that I had planned for it to be a monthly feature. This would allow me to have plenty of books to share as well as news and a good overall recap. Well I’ve accrued 15 books in the last two weeks and if I don’t post this now I’m a bit scared of the number I’d be trying to share by the end of the month. So here we go.

Ze Book Haul

New Releases

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

Rogue by Gina Damico

Main Haul/Sequel Mania

A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards

Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Deception by C. J. Redwine

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver

Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

Fire With Fire by Jenny Han

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Needed It In Print

Attic Clowns by Jeremy C. Shipp

Book Haul Talk

If you read my last Sunday Post two weeks ago you may be wondering why I’m doing another one so soon. The answer is quite simple, I already had built up such a large amount of books that had I waited until the end of the month to do a book haul it would have been a mile long. This haul has new releases (Antigoddess!), ones I’ve read before but wanted a print copy of (Attic Clowns), and a ton of books that I’m really looking forward to. The top section of the stack of books is made up of sequels and while I am looking forward to all of them I haven’t even read book one of any of those series. XD I just couldn’t help myself! Also, at the bottom of the stack are two MG books, Doll Bones and Liesl & Po which I got purely because Kat @ Katytastic really enjoyed them. ^.^

The Last Two Weeks

I am hosting a giveaway (still open!) as part of the Off to Oz Giveaway Hop and am giving away 3 Amazon Gift Cards!

I wrote about the Top Ten books that I wish were taught in schools

Read and reviewed Croak by Gina Damico (which I loved)

Gushed over my pretty new pictures for my weekly features created by the amazing Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal!

Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to stop by! Enjoy your Sunday and I’ll see you in a couple weeks for another Sunday Post! ^.^


Stacking the Shelves #11

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves

A quick reminder that Stacking The Shelves is a wonderful way that we can share books we’ve won, bought, or been gifted in either printed or eBook form. It is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews that is generally posted on Saturdays.

Finally, another Stacking the Shelves post! It helps when I actually get books. 😛 I’ve been trying to limit how many books I buy since I have such a ridiculous TBR pile already, but I had to get a few pretties! So this will essentially cover my books for the last month:

Some Awesome eBooks

Print Books

I am so excited to read all of these new books, though I have already read The Wind Through The Keyhole and really enjoyed it (review here). The Demetri Martin book I just happened to see while in the cities a couple days ago but it looks like it should be pretty funny and a good change of pace from my seemingly constant barrage of fantasy/general YA.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you find something in that list of books that interests you! Please feel free to leave comments about my post or with your own Stacking The Shelves, I do read them all and would love to see your hauls for this week! Enjoy your weekend! :)


Stacking the Shelves #10

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves

A quick reminder that Stacking The Shelves is a wonderful way that we can share books we’ve won, bought, or been gifted in either printed or eBook form. It is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews that is generally posted on Saturdays.

Wow, it sure has been a while since I’ve done one of these! The amount of print/eBooks I’ve received since my last one way back on November 9th, 2012 is a tad ridiculous so I’m just going to do a recap of the print ones I’ve received/bought since the start of 2013 and include a select few eBooks as well. Sound good? Alrighty! Without further ado, my haul for the last month!

Some Awesome eBooks

Duplicity by Nikki Jefford

Shift by M.R. Merrick

Cold Hearted Son of a Witch by M.R. Mathias

Derailed by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Print Books (Bought)

Print Books (Won/Gifted)

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

The Dark Lord by Kathryn Le Veque

There you have it! Yes, I know it is an insane amount of books, especially in the “bought” group, but I can’t help it! They’re so pretty…oh boy do I have an addiction. Well, at least it is to books right?! Right? Anyone? Oh well…

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you find something in that list of books that interests you! Please feel free to leave comments about my post or with your own Stacking The Shelves, I do read them all and would love to see your hauls for this week! Enjoy your weekend! 🙂


Stacking The Shelves #9

Stacking the Shelves

A quick reminder that Stacking The Shelves is a wonderful way that we can share books we’ve won, bought, or been gifted in either printed or eBook form. It is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews that is generally posted on Saturdays.

Once again this week I have a ton of books to share! This week my eBook haul is again substantially bigger than my print one but I still got some great additions to my library! ^.^

The Freebies (eBooks)

Exiled by M.R. Merrick

Ignite by Kaitlyn Davis

Shaman, Healer, Heretic by M. Terry Green

Katia’s Stone by Ashleigh Blanchard

Ghosts: The Complete Series by Amy Cross

Blood, Smoke and Mirrors by Robyn Bachar

The Homecoming Masquerade by Spencer Baum

Lethal Takeout by Vered Ehsani

Eternal Vows by Chrissy Peebles

GPS With Benefits by Vanessa Morgan

The Selkie Enchantress by Sophie Moss

A Girl’s Guide to Demon Hunting by Emily Miles

Special Offers by M.L. Ryan

The Drake House by Kelly Moran

The Skeleton Song by Angela Kulig (no picture)

Revenge by Jack Parker (no picture)

Won in Giveaways (eBooks)

Forever Woman by January Bain

Moonbeams by Lakisha Spletzer

The Tempo by Lakisha Spletzer

Won in Giveaways (Print)

Sweet Sofie by Elizabeth Reyes

Lancaster House by Taylor Dean

Ascension by Sable Grace

The insane amount of eBook goodness continues! I want to give some major kudos to Sarah Elizabeth’s Bookshelf & Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for posting free eBooks every week, they are how I find the majority of my freebies. A few of the eBooks I won showed up this week. Forever Woman was won in a giveaway from Enchanted Book Promotions. Moonbeams & The Tempo were both won in the Fall Into Fantasy Hop at the Kishaz World stop.

Now for the print books! I won my choice of Elizabeth Reyes’s books in a giveaway by A Book-lovers’ Review and I picked Sweet Sofie, this one also came with about ten awesome bookmarks that I was a bit too lazy to take a picture of, sorry! Lancaster House I won in the Spooktacular Giveaway at Taylor Dean Books. Finally, I won a signed copy of Ascension from Goldilox and the Three Weres which is freaking awesome. ^.^

It seems as if the cycle of giveaways ending and beginning never ends which is both awesome and pretty darn amazing. A big thank you to all of the blogs who are able to do them, someday I will do one I swear! Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you find something in that list of books that interests you! Please feel free to leave comments about my post or with your own Stacking The Shelves, I do read them all and would love to see your hauls for this week! Enjoy your weekend! 🙂


Stacking The Shelves #8

Stacking the Shelves

A quick reminder that Stacking The Shelves is a wonderful way that we can share books we’ve won, bought, or been gifted in either printed or eBook form. It is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews that is generally posted on Saturdays.

Once again this week I have a ton of books to share! This week my eBook haul is back to being substantially bigger than my print one but I still got some great additions to my library! ^.^

The Freebies (eBooks)

Survival by A.M. Hargrove

Beginnings, Prequel Novella to Survival by A.M. Hargrove

Rua by Miranda Kavi

Phantom Universe by Laura Kreitzer

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Redeemers by Michael Scott Miller

The Lost Girls by Jason Halstead

Legacy Forgotten by Nicole Hill

Why (A storyteller’s diary) by Michael Edward

Fearlings by Michael Edward

Fearlings: Book Two by Michael Edward

Fearlings: Book Three by Michael Edward

Enter Sandman by Michael Edward

The Beginning Of The End: Book One by Michael Edward

The Beginning Of The End: Book Two by Michael Edward

Beyond by Willow Rose

Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter by Brian P. Easton

The Medium by C.J. Archer

Awaken: Dark Magic by Rachel D’Aigle

A Demon Made Me Do It by Penelope King

The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen

Won in Giveaways (eBooks)

Shadowborn by Jocelyn Adams

Won in Giveaways (Print)

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes

The Infects by Sean Beaudoin

Wow there sure were a ton of freebies this week! This was mostly due to the awesomeness that is Michael Edward who decided to make all of his books free for a day which I definitely took advantage of. I only had one eBook that I won actually make it to me (though I won a couple that for some reason haven’t been emailed to me yet >.<) which was Shadowborn courtesy of a giveaway by Dark Obsession Chronicles.

I also had a few print books that I won arrive this week. I won Crank in the Banned Books Giveaway Hop at the Sarcasm and Lemons stop. I got Two and Twenty Dark Tales from a giveaway by Brenda Drake Writes. Finally, I got The Infects which I can’t wait to read (if I ever get to it) which I won from Ginger-read Reviews in the Zombpacolypse Trick or Treat Hop. By the way I was informed I won that on Halloween and it already showed up, way to be on top of sending your books out Ali! ^.^

A bunch of giveaways and hops ended since October has come and gone so I’ve got a few more print books that I can look forward to coming in the next week or two. It seems like I’ll never have a week without at least one or two which is just crazy, but awesome. Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you find something in that list of books that interests you! Please feel free to leave comments about my post or with your own Stacking The Shelves, I do read them all and would love to see your hauls for this week! Enjoy your weekend! :)


Stacking The Shelves #7

Stacking The Shelves

A quick reminder that Stacking The Shelves is a wonderful way that we can share books we’ve won, bought, or been gifted in either printed or eBook form. It is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews that is generally posted on Saturdays.

Once again this week I have a bunch of books to share! This week, due to a bunch of giveaway wins my print book haul is again almost as big as my eBook one which is always amazing! ^.^

The Freebies (eBooks)

Pride and Prejudice and Vampires by P.J. Jones

Word and Breath by Susannah Noel

Released by Megan Duncan

Deep Into the Soul by J. L. Vallance

Time to Dance by Melinda Killen

Dive: A Quartet of Merfolk Tales

Project ELE by Rebecca Gober

Marked by Elisabeth Naughton

Mortal Obligation by Nichole Chase

The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter: Part I by Jennifer Wright

The Soul Series by Julia Barrett

Won in Giveaways (eBooks)

Dark Promise by Julia Crane

Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec

Caged by Amber Natusch

Won in Giveaways (Print)

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer & Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride

Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

A Whisper to a Scream by Karen Berner

Crewel, The Iron King & Lucid

Netgalley

Entangled by Nikki

Once again a ton of books to go through! I found a slightly smaller amount of eBooks than normal but there were still plenty of interesting ones that will now reside in my ridiculous electronic stack that I may or may not ever get to. o.o Now onto the eBooks that I won! I got Dark Promise from the Fall Into Fantasy giveaway hop, this particular one from Talia Jager who is one of the authors of the book. Seduction and Snacks I won in the Hot in Handcuffs giveaway hop and specifically from Ana from Beach Bum Reads. Finally, I won Caged in the Got Caged giveaway hosted by Maryann at Chapter by Chapter!

On to the print books! The two Lish McBride books which have some of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen (that cell phone picture does not do them justice) I won from Ed and Em’s Reviews and they are signed which is even more awesome! I won Kiss of Steel from a giveaway by Tynga’s Reviews which will be part of my toe dip into the world of Steampunk books. I got A Whisper to a Scream from a giveaway the author did at her blog Bibliophilic Blather and it is signed as well! Finally, I won a 20$ gift card which I mentioned in my STS last week and I asked people to comment as to which books I should get. The amazing trio of young women book bloggers (more on them in a post soon so look for that) really liked the books you can see above which are Crewel, The Iron King (book 1 in the Iron Fey series) and Lucid. I can’t wait to read all of them as they look amazing and I was already really excited for Crewel! ^.^ I also got Entangled from Netgalley because it was a “Read Now” option at the time. I will be doing reviews of some of these though no guarantees on which or how many. =)

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you find something in that massive list of books that interests you! Please feel free to leave comments about my post or with your own Stacking The Shelves, I do read them all and would love to see your hauls for this week! Enjoy your weekend! 🙂


Stacking The Shelves #6

Stacking The Shelves

A quick reminder that Stacking The Shelves is a wonderful way that we can share books we’ve won, bought, or been gifted in either printed or eBook form. It is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews that is generally posted on Saturdays.

Once again this week I have a ton of books to share! This week, due to a bunch of giveaway wins my print book haul is again almost as big as my eBook one which is always awesome! ^.^

The Freebies (eBooks)

The Initiate by Megg Jensen

Anathema by Megg Jensen

Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman

Found Wanting by Joyce Lamb

Waiting For Midnight by Merrie Destefano

Ordained by Devon Ashley

Perception by Lee Strauss

Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer

Take No More by Seb Kirby

Nordic Fairies by Saga Berg

Faith Creation by Christine Dougherty

Synthetic by Shonna Wright

Shadow Unit 1 by Will Shetterly

The Charmer by Autumn Dawn

Dreams Unleashed by Linda Hawley

The Prospect of My Arrival by Dwight Okita

Won In Giveaway (eBooks)

Love’s Providence by Jennifer H. Westall

The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton

Won In Giveaway (Print)

Tarnished by Karina Cooper

Run The Risk by Lori Foster

Jan Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes by Betsy Woodman

It’s a Waverly Life by Maria Murnane

Honey On Your Mind by Maria Murnane

Ransom River by Meg Gardiner

The Wind of Life – The Flyers by Oliver Neubert

Wheels by Lorijo Metz

From Netgalley

Swag

Alice in Zombieland bookmarks from Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Romance

Lily Drake Swag form InkSpell Publishing

Swag from Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Swag Pack from Jessica E. Subject

This week has been insane with how many things I have received in the mail, it seemed like I was receiving multiple packages every day! I hardly even know where to begin. o.o I guess I will start with the eBook wins since that is smaller than normal. I won Love’s Providence in a giveaway held by the wonderful people over at Reading Addiction Blog Tours and I won The Forever Girl thanks to its author Rebecca Hamiltion. ^.^

Now for the print books I won, oh boy. I won Tarnished by Karina Cooper in a giveaway by My Bookish Ways and Run The Risk by Lori Foster courtesy of a giveaway by Reviews By Molly. Jan Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes, both Maria Murnane books and Ransom River were all in giveaways held by Girls Just Reading. Finally, I won The Wind of Life – The Flyers from Little Miss Bookworm and Wheels from a giveaway held by Read Review Smile. That sure was a ton of print books that came in! For anyone wondering the ones I might review are Wheels, Tarnished and Run The Risk though I don’t have definitive dates set for them yet.

As for the ridiculous amount of swag that I received, that was crazy! All of the links are already set up above so please do check out those amazing blogs, I know they’d appreciate it and so would I. ^.^ Oh, and I also won a 20$ Amazon giftcard from C.M. Brown‘s latest giveaway, still not sure how I’m spending it (will be on books but I am having such a hard time picking).

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you find something in that massive list of books that peaked your interest! Please feel free to leave comments about my post or with your own Stacking The Shelves, I do read them all and would love to see your hauls for this week! You can also suggest what book(s) you think I should get with my GC, I have no problem using a bit of my $ to make it two books instead of one. ^.^ Enjoy your weekend! 🙂


Randomness #1: Reminiscing and Books

If you read my (ridiculously long) post during Dewey’s Read-A-Thon you would have come across one of the mini-challenges I participated in called Literacy Mini-Challenge. The point of that challenge was to celebrate the reading child in some way, I chose to do so by discussing my relationship with reading when I was younger. For those who don’t want to scroll through that crazy-long post here is what I wrote:

I was a very lucky kid when it came to reading and books in general. My mom is a high school teacher and my grandmother was a librarian, so my love of books began almost immediately when my mom and grandmother would read to me before I learned how to myself. A little after I turned four years old I started reading by myself, small books at first, but chapter books followed soon after. Reading to me still reminds me of that time with my family, even if we weren’t reading the same thing it was a closeness that we shared and still do at times. I also remember feeling that because I could read I was growing up, I was capable of doing the same things as the people I looked up to the most and that made me feel special. I’ve never lost that love for reading, books fascinate me in a way that nothing else can and I am forever thankful to my family for sharing that gift with me.

As you can see my love of books stems from an upbringing that allowed me to surround and immerse myself in them from a very early age. Now, you may be wondering why I am bringing this up again. I went with my mother and sister to a 2-day gigantic book sale held by Half-Price Books where EVERYTHING was 3$ or less. I should have taken pictures of the event itself to give you an idea of the sheer size but alas I did not. You walk into this giant area where on rows upon rows of connected long tables there are thousands of boxes of books. There were also rows of cds and dvds but my focus was solely on the books. Of course, if they are offering them at 3$ or less you won’t find many new books, but the selection was still quite astonishing. How does this connect with reminiscing? It was the kind of books I found and ended up purchasing. Did someone ask for pictures? Why yes I do have some!

As a kid I immersed myself in fantasy books and as such there were three main series of books that I loved dearly. (I apologize for the photo quality, all I have is my phone =/)

The Pendragon Series by D.J. MacHale:

The Star Wars Books:

The Dragonlance Books by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman:

Only the Pendragon books could be considered a true “series” just based on length and having one true ending. The Dragonlance and Star Wars books, amazingly, are still being continued with no true end in sight. I don’t see the interest, especially in the Star Wars books, dying out anytime soon so they will keep being written for quite some time.

All three sets of books captivated me when I was younger, sending me into different times and realms, filling my head with intergalactic battles, a variety of alien races and even a romance or two. My imagination was at its peak while I was reading these books and I wish I could thank the authors for that with more than just a blog post.

With all of the new books out there now, and a seemingly never-ending stream of ones being written as I type these words I can see how it would be hard to go back and read some of the books that you enjoyed as child or teenager. So my questions to any who read this are:

What kindled your passion for books?

Do you ever go back and read the books you loved when you were younger?

Did you keep all of them so that you could re-read them or did you, like me, have to give away or sell them at some point?

While reading this what books were you thinking of and are you now more inclined to go back and read them?

To be honest I have no idea when I will get to read any of these books. I may be participating in another read-a-thon next week (more on that in a later post if I decide to do it) which could help with this but I have a hard time keeping up with the new books I get as I imagine many of you do as well. Blogging every day and reviewing about three books a week keeps me pretty busy so as much fun as reliving my childhood by reading these books would be, I don’t know when I will, though I know I will get around to it someday.

You may be wondering how I could only get books I’ve read the majority of before when there were countless rows of books to choose from. Don’t worry, I got some other ones too! One of my favorite authors is Stephen King but I don’t actually own that many of his books (it pains me to admit) so I picked some up while I was there.

The Stand, Pet Sematary, IT, Everything’s Eventual, Four Past Midnight, Lisey’s Story, Hearts In Atlantis

I can’t wait to read these, though again I don’t know when I’ll be able to.

Finally, I did pick up some random books! Here you go:

Tersias by G.P. Taylor, Snow Garden by Christopher Rice, Red Leaves by Thomas H. Cook, Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Emperor: The Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden

These ones I had never heard of and simply got because they sounded really interesting. I’m a bit of a Roman history nut so that’s the reasoning for that one.

Thank you for putting up with me while I took a bit of a trip back to when I was younger. I really appreciate it. ^.^ Please leave comments if you enjoyed this kind of post so I know whether I should do other “randomness” ones in the future and if you’d like to answer those questions I asked earlier feel free! That’s all from me for now (thankfully), as always thanks for reading. 🙂