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Top Ten 2014 Book Releases I’m Uber Excited For!

Top Ten Tuesday

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Well I will be off in library school all of 2014, well mentally anyway as it’s an all online program, but I will need fictional worlds to keep my sanity.  So these are the books I am looking forward to the most this upcoming year:

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Mixed emotions..this is the final book in the series right? So my fictional boyfriend is just leaving me…not fair! But I can’t wait to read it! And it’s released the day before my birthday!!

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)Cress by Marissa Meyer-Feb. 4

I should probably take the day off work when this comes out…

The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla (Pink Carnation, #11)The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla: A Pink Carnation Novel by Lauren Willig- Aug. 5

Every time a book by the lovely Lauren Willig comes out, I feel like I’m getting an early Christmas gift 🙂

That Summer by Lauren Willig

….and I get two by her again this year!!! Lucky me !

Dangerous Creatures (Dangerous Creatures, #1)Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl-May 20

I didn’t even know this was coming out until today…and now I don’t know what to do with myself. I. Love. Casters.

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)

The Blood Of Olympus by Rick Riordan-Oct. 7

OMG!!!!!!!!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo-June 3

Again…I may need to use some PTO…or become mysteriously ill…when this arrives.

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine, #2)Hollow City by Ransom Riggs-Today!

Great first book, excited for this one.

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness-July 15

So I despised the 2nd book. Ugh, so much, I was just bored out of my mind. But I’m hoping this conclusion can redeem itself.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor-April 8

Again, I couldn’t stand the second book in this series, but I hope this one is much better.

Thoughts, feelings, additions???

And the Awesomeness Continues: Pandemonium #2 by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)

Pandemonium (Delirium #2)
Lauren Oliver
YA Dystopian Fiction
Rating 4.5

There was a reason for putting this book off so long…Oliver’s writing sucks you in and doesn’t let you go.  I lost my whole weekend (time I had planned on doing homework and cleaning) to finishing this book and starting the last book in this amazing trilogy.  Not that I’m complaining.  It’s a sign of a great book if you can’t put it down, but be prepared to lose your reading self-control and ignore the real world for a while once you pick up these books.

So in this second installment, Lena continues on her journey, this time in the Wilds…and dealing with what happened at the end of the Delirium.

Grief is like sinking, like being buried. I am in water the tawny color of kicked-up dirt. Every breath is full of choking. There is nothing to hold on to, no sides, no way to claw myself up.  There is nothing to do but let go.

Let go. Feel the weight all around you, feel the squeezing of your lungs, the slow, low pressure.  Let yourself go deeper.  There is nothing but bottom.  There is nothing but the taste of metal, and th echoes of old things, and days that look like darkness.

This story flips back and forth between a not so distance past and the “now” all in Lena’s perspective.  We get to meet a whole crew of new characters who I found to be marvelous.  New dangers and, dare I say, possible boy are thrown Lena’s way which she handles in a very believable way. 

The writing style is still amazing and the messages are still super important.                                                        

That is what hatred is. It will feed you and at the same time turn you to rot.

It is hard and deep and angular, a system of blockades. It is everything and total.

Hatred it a high tower.

A well done dystopian!….But again, beware the ending!!! Yikes, have the 3rd one on hand…

 

Top Ten Books I’d Like to See as Perfect Movies

Top Ten Books I Would Like to See Made Into Perfect Movies

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The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I thought this was going to be a movie…I don’t think a movie will ever do this book justice, but if it could it would be the best movie ever 🙂

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

This would be such an awesome kid’s adventure movie! It would be inspiring and fun…and hopefully encourage reading?

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

If the casting was done right, these could be spectacular! Given time, I will think up my favorite cast…has anyone cast this series already?

Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

These would be fun to watch…if the casting is done right, it can be a-mazing! Fast paced, action packed, with a fairy tale edge; pretty darn close to perfect.

The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1)The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

I would love to see the Book World come to life! This could be such a cool movie…

Peter and the Starcatchers by Steve Barry and Ridley Pearson

Another awesome kid’s adventure movie. A movie about how Peter Pan became Peter Pan….it would be epic!

Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)Magyk by Angie Sage

These would be so neat to see as movies.  The books have really neat creatures and magic throughout them along with very vibrant characters.  It would be great to see it on the big screen.

Redone Books to Movies (ones that were butchered, but could be done so much better!):

Eragon (Inheritance, #1)Eragon by Christopher Paolini

The books were full of action and are un-put-downable, however, the movie was boring to me.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I’m sorry, but that was not my Ethan Wate on the big screen.  My Ethan was sweeter and softer. And there was no KELTING in the movie! Ugh..I’m donating my DVD to a library sale.

IInkheart (Inkworld, #1)nkheart by Cornelia Funke

This could have been an epic movie saga…I don’t quite know what happened (or what happened to my copy, I just realized it’s missing!).

Got any ideas on casting???

Top Ten Secondary Characters

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So this was a tough one for me as I have a hard enough time remembering the main character’s names. And I realized that most of my favorite secondary characters are from Harry Potter as they are the most memorable for me and I actually cared for them and not just Harry.

Malfoy from Harry Potter

Yes, he’s a “bad guy” but his character is just so interesting (and I’ve always had a huge crush on him). There is just enough information about him to picture him perfectly, but not so much you can’t picture your own stories about his life.

Dustfinger from Inkheart

My favorite character in this series.  He is always mysterious and elusive and just awesome..

Nico from Percy Jackson series

Another mysterious character I really wish I could see more of.

Annabeth from Percy Jackson series

Annabeth is amazing and she does get her own voice sometimes, but she’s never the star…however, she is by far  my favorite female character.

Sirius Black from Harry Potter

A wonderful character I wish I found was a secret godparent…I loved the scenes wit Sirius.

Isabelle Lightwood from TMI series

Another awesome female character who isn’t the main character…strong, beautiful, and independent.

Lupin from Harry Potter

Hmm, I may have spotted a theme for this post,…Lupin is another one of my favorite HP characters. Wish there were more stories about him too…

Who are yours? Got any similar ones?

Top Ten Things That Make Our Lives as Book Bloggers/Avid Readers Easier

Top Ten Things That Make Our Lives as Book Bloggers/Avid Readers Easier

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This topic is a pretty awesome one, even though I could only think of 8 at the moment, I’m excited to peruse other lists tomorrow night and see what I’m missing out on! So leave comments if you have suggestions or links to your blog so I can check ‘em out…I love connecting with other avid bookish people  : )

Libraries! Okay, so I may be biased, but without libraries I would be a wannabe reader. There is no possible way I could afford to get all of the books, ebooks, or audiobooks I want to read without libraries.  So go utilize them…NOW! 🙂

Book Bloggers  I love meeting and interacting with other bloggers and getting recommendations from others. It’s a great way to expand my reading horizon.

Goodreads  Another great way to interact with other readers and to keep track of what/when youv’e read and whether you liked it or not.  Plus it gives you awesome recommendations.Add me on Goodreads!

Library Thing My favorite place to catalog books…Plus I love SantaThing : ) And another way to connect with others and get recommendations.

Reading Journal Before blogging, Goodreads, and LibraryThing this was the only record I kept of what I was reading and also the only way I could remember what books were about later.  (Especially helpful when continuing series.)

My newly started Quotes Journal  I love finding quotes in books and I plan on keeping this with the current book I am reading at all times.  (A tip from a fellow blogger : ) Plus I love adding a quote or two into a review.

NetGalley A great way to discover new reads…for free : ) and be able to give honest reviews about them. I’ve been finding awesome books this way!

Book Stores I don’t actually buy a lot of books, because I just can’t afford too, but I still love book stores and I find them so helpful for discovering new authors and new releases.  I love looking at all of the displays and writing down titles to add to my TBR and library list.

Stacking the Shelves!

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I always forget to do these, but I’m going to try and be better about this and do them every week or two because Stacking the Shelves is a great meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.  So for the remainder of August I’m going to be optimistic and hope that these get finished before the dreaded return to school. (Reality of return hasn’t quite hit yet. After a 4 year break, school is bit hard to fathom. Full-time online grad school and full time public library work…should be interesting!) Anywho, here are the three books and a short story I hope to start and finish in the next two weeks:

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Library book)

I just really want to read this one.  I feel it will be a really fast-paced read from all the awesome reviews I’ve read.  Plus everyone keeps telling me to read it…so I will : )

The StorytellerThe Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (Library book)

I didn’t like the only other book I read which was “kind of” written by Picoult; Between the Lines, but this one sounds fantastic (but hey, so did that one). It’s about an ex-Nazi and a Holocaust survivor and I’m a sucker for WWII fiction, so we will see… I had to move this to the top of my list because I had been on hold for it since February..and there are still 45 holds on the book, so no renewals for this librarian. (Plus I really want the top that girl is wearing on the cover!)

The Lonely Tree by Yael Politis (received from publisher)The Lonely Tree

This sounds like a great historical fiction read.  Click here to read a summary.

The Son of SobekThe Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan (Amazon eBook)

I hadn’t realized this had been released…two months ago until I saw a review on Escaping Reality-One Book at a Time’s blog! So I immediately purchased it and will devour it as soon as I find the charger for my tablet…

Wonderful Sequel: The Apprentices by Maile Meloy

The Apprentices

The Apprentices
Maile Meloy
Junior Fiction
Rating 4.5

I was so ridiculously excited when I received an ARC of this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer’s Program because I absolutely loved the first book in the series The Apothecary.  The Apprentices by Maile Meloy is the second book in what’s turning out to be a wonderful, adventure filled and thought provoking juvenile fiction series. It deals with extremely difficult subjects like war, death, and young love all while keeping an overall not-too-depressing feel.

In this second installment, the three main characters from the first novel are all back in action; Janie, the tough and brilliant heroine, Benjamin, the apprentice to the apothecary, and Pip, the now movie star and still petty criminal at heart. When we start the story the three characters are spread out all over the world, so we get each one’s narrative in turn.

Janie has been working on a world changing science experiment, but someone may be trying to steal it, but she doesn’t know for what purpose. And when a jealous and rich roommate at her boarding school gets ideas about revenge for Janie being “too smart”, Janie’s situation goes from bad to worse. Plus, she has no idea where her best friend Ben is because none of his letters actually hold any information.  Until one day she receives a letter from Ben with a mysterious powder, which when taken provides her with a one-way form of communication of sorts…she can see through Ben’s eyes for brief periods of time. But what she sees makes her want to find him…and help him. However, Janie is in more danger then she knows…

Ben and his father have been using the Pharmoacopoeia, a book of magical remedies and different potions (like invisibility, turning into birds…etc.), to help save people who have been hurt during various battles, wars, and skirmishes.  Ben has also taken the powder and what he sees one day (not anything dangerous…just teenage jealousy) makes him send Pip over to “protect” Janie.

However, Pip finds Janie missing. And a master plan ensues to reunite all of our lovely main characters with plenty of action and adventure along the way.

I really enjoyed this story.  It was incredibly hard to put down and I found myself with very little sleep last week, but it was well worth it 🙂 Plus, the ending leads me to believe there will most likely be another one in this series…

Armchair BEA: Nonfiction Ups & Mostly Downs

So, nonfiction and I aren’t best friends. Sadly there isn’t even a section for it on my blog because it’s only once every few years I find one that I actually want/force myself to read. For me reading is an escape, so when I go to pick out a book to read I almost always pick up the nonfiction book…look at it…think “I should really read this,” then put it back down and grab something about dragons.

There have been a few nonfiction books I’ve really enjoyed, which does give me hope for others.  (Two of them I read thinking there were fiction, so I was baffled when I realized they were nonfiction and I actually liked them.)

So Far from the Bamboo GroveThe first nonfiction book I remember reading and then re-reading multiple times as a kid was So Far From the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins. (This was a story I didn’t realize was nonfiction until this past year when I was shelving it at my library!)  I still remember parts of the story and am trying to get my younger sister to read (no such luck) but I did recently purchase a used copy so I will be giving it a re-read in the future. It is a powerful story about Korean’s and Japanese after WWII ends.  I remember being shocked and impressed with the Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dogfemale characters in the story for everything they had to survive through.

Another nonfiction I enjoyed (but didn’t realize was nonfiction until after I finished) was Marley and Me by John Grogan.  This one actually brought me back into reading my freshmen year of college.  It was one of those books I was excited to come home to and read at night. (And yes, the book is better.)

Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank FamilyThe most recent nonfiction book I’ve read was Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Familiy by Miep Gies and Alison Leslie Gold.  I guess I also adore The Diary of Anne Frank, which is one read by most, but this story was so intriguing because it was told by Miep! The lady who helped hide the Franks.  I listened to this book on audio and will probably give it another listen someday, because it was amazing (I am fascinated by how people lived during WWII).

I did also try listening to the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and it bored me to tears. I was really excited about it, but just couldn’t stick it out.

So do you have any nonfiction-that-read-like-fiction recommendations for me? I’d love to expand my horizons!

Armchair BEA: Giveaway!

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The Ashford AffairSo it’s giveaway day on Armchair BEA…yay!!! And if you’ve been on my blog before you probably know that I think Lauren Willig is amazing.  Soo, I’m going to be giving away a copy of her latest standalone book, The Ashford Affair. (Check out my review here.) Willig is a super awesome author. She’s great to her readers (she sent me a Christmas card with a book plate a few years ago when I e-mailed her about not being able to make it to any of her book signings because I live in the middle of nowhere!)and she writes amazing books : ) Plus I was so excited about this book coming out I accidentally bought 3 copies without realizing it, but now one of you will be lucky enough to win one!

Rules:

  • Must be over 16 years old.
  • Must live in the US or Canada.
  • A winner will be chosen at random on June 3rd and I will notify the winner by e-mail.  Please respond to the e-mail within 48 hours so I don’t have to choose another winner 🙂

Despite the fact Rafflecopter doesn’t easily work with WordPress blogs…I’m using it anyways because I like it. So if you click on the link below where it says “Enter Here” a new page will just open with a Rafflecopter entry form to fill out. Good Luck!

Congratulations to the BookAttict on snagging The Ashford Affair!  Thank you to all who participated !!

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