Tuesday, December 31, 2013

December in Review

As y'all may have noticed...December was a kind of bare month for the blog...more on that tomorrow. It's not necessarily bad news. :)

On the blog this month:


Top Ten Books I Read In 2013


This was such a hard TTT to do...I feel like I've read so many amazing books this year. I did narrow it down to 10. I think it's funny that they are all darker covers :)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)The Silver Linings PlaybookPoisonMila 2.0 (MILA 2.0, #1)Enclave (Razorland, #1)All Our YesterdaysPivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Opal (Lux, #3)Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)

All of these books were incredible to me in some fashion. There were angels, assassins, androids, time travel, zombies, aliens, and superpowers galore. I tried to pick a top book and I can't choose. They are all amazing and I highly recommend them to everyone!!


What are your favorite 2013 reads?

Monday, December 30, 2013

Bout of Books 9.0: Goals & Book List

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.  It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in.  Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week.  There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

The Goals:
  • Read 200 pages a day
  • Visit one new blog a day
  • Participate in 3 challenges and 1 chat
The Books:
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Finale (Hush, Hush, #4)The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

Extras, if I have time:
Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1)Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)


This go-around I'm not making a finish x amount of books goal. I have school starting and need to focus there first :) However, I'm going to be a BOB Expert again, so I will be visiting and rooting everyone on!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Pride & Popularity [Book Review]

Stats:
#1 in The Jane Austen Diaries series
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 13th 2011 by Inkberry Press/Brigham Distributing (first published May 7th 2011)
ISBN: 0983829306Find on Goodreads


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Seriously Series Reading Challenge 2014

So I saw this reading challenge but didn't sign up for it this year...

However, I'm ready to do it in 2014. I'm currently in the middle of 56 series and in dire need of finishing some of them.

Reading the Paranormal - 2014 Seriously Series Reading Challenge

Definitions
For this challenge, a series is defined as a collection of two or more books that belong together and where the second book is published before the end of 2014. This is a pretty broad definition of series, and it includes traditional series like the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, less traditional series like Stephanie Perkins's YA contemps (Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door), and shorter series, like Kendare Blake's Anna series (Anna Dressed in Blood, Girl of Nightmares).

A series is considered complete in one of two ways: either as finishing all the books that you own in the series or as obtaining and reading all the books that have been published in the series to date. Because we don't want this challenge to become a financial burden, how you choose to define completion is left to your discretion.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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


This year I have finally caught up on some of the bigger YA authors and books. I've read over 130 books and a lot of them are new-to-me authors. The following are definitely my top ten favorite new-to-me authors of 2013:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)Obsidian (Lux, #1)Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)The Vicious DeepThe Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Did any of these make your list? If not, who was on your list?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Bout of Books read-a-thon 9.0: Coming Soon!

Ohhhh, it's baaaaaccckk!!!!
I already have my book list and goals post scheduled and I'm ready to go! 
It's my 6th Bout of Books and I'm so excited :)


Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? [Book Review]

Stats:
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published November 1st 2011 (first published January 1st 2011)
ASIN: B004JN1D3M 
Find on Goodreads


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR


Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2)Brisingr  (The Inheritance Cycle, #3)Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle, #4)Uglies (Uglies, #1)Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3)Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)

1-4. My husband read the Inheritance series before leaving for deployment in the spring. I also had a friend in middle school who recommended them to me and I'm finally getting around to them.
5. Uglies is my December Random Read. I've heard amazing things about it :)
6. Alice in Zombieland - this was the November Book BFFs book of the month, but I also have it slotted for my January TBR. I'm in love with Alice retellings!
7. Anna and the French Kiss has been on my TBR several times in 2013 and it has also been book of the month...plus it's also been a Random Read pick that I never got around to reading...and I also have it slotted for my January TBR. I WILL read this book this winter!
8. I finished The Last Olympian at the very end of November and I'm so excited to start the Heroes of Olympus series! Rick Riordan is amazing!
9. Katie McGarry's books made a few of my Top Tens for their amazingness. I jumped at the chance to get Crash Into You on Netgalley.
10. Pawn has a very interesting premise and also received this from Netgalley, so I'm very excited to read it, too.

What books made your winter TBR?