April Wrap Up

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This month was a pretty good reading month for me! I read the same amount of books as I did in the month of March, however I read more pages. I read 8 books and a total of 3,119 pages! My Goodreads reading challenge is also progressing smoothly. My goal is to read 100 books this year. So far, I’ve read 42! To learn more about what books I read this month, keep on reading.


Books Read in April

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How did your reading go in the month of April? Let me know in the comments or link me to your wrap up post. I’d love to see what you read!

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Waiting on Wednesday #1

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where you talk about your most anticipated books. This is my first time participating and I already love it! There are so many books coming out in 2015 that I’m pumped for. I look forward to sharing them with you every week!


The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Publication Date: August 27, 2015

Publisher: Walker Books

Series: N/A

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy

Pages: 352

Synopsis: What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.


Why I’m Excited

I can’t believe I have to wait until August to have this book in my hands. I absolutely loved More Than This and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I plan on reading his Chaos Walking trilogy soon as well. I need another Patrick Ness book in my life. His writing style is so unique and wonderful. It just sucks you right in and doesn’t let you go until you turn that last page. Also, isn’t this cover so cool?? And that synopsis! August, please hurry up.


Which book are you most looking forward to? If you participated in Waiting On Wednesday today, leave the link to your post below. I’d love to see your most anticipated books!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Characters Who Make Me Laugh

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which you give ten answers to the topic for the week. To find a list of upcoming topics, go here. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who ___“. Since I could choose the ending for this topic, I decided to go with the books that feature characters who make me laugh. I read a lot of books with crazy and serious stuff going on and these characters provide the book with the perfect amount of comedic relief! The following list is in no particular order.


 1. Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

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2. Leo Valdez from The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

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3. Kenji Kishimoto from the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

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4. Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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5. Iko from The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

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6. Captain Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

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7. Simon Lewis from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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What are some of your favorite funny characters? Feel free to leave the link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below. I’d love to see what you did for today’s prompt!

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#1)

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“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a new feature I created to showcase books that have just been released. I plan to make these posts on the days in which several books from my TBR are coming out and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Without further ado, Happy Book Birthday to the following books and their authors!


An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 446

Synopsis: Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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The Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We Keep

Author: Trisha Leaver

Series: N/A

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (BYR)

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Pages: 304

Synopsis: A girl takes over her twin sister’s identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy’s shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she’s chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy’s world.

When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy’s death and everyone’s grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy’s life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister’s life.

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Magonia

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Author: Maria Dahvana Headley

Series: Magonia #1

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Page Count: 320

Synopsis: Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

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Are any these books on your TBR? If yes, which one are you most excited to read? Let me know down in the comments!

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Musing Mondays #1

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Today I’m participating in Musing Mondays, which is hosted by A Daily Rhythm. For this meme, you choose one of the prompts they have listed and you can also answer the week’s bonus question.


The prompt I chose today is: I blogged about ___ this past week.

Since I started my blog this past week, I decided this was a good prompt to start with. I’ve been loving blogging so far and I look forward to posting more throughout this week! 

This week’s bonus question is: Do you prefer hardcover, trade paperback, or mass market paperback? Why?

I prefer hardcover books because of their appearance and durability. However, I think it’s sometimes more comfortable to read a trade paperback book. I don’t care for mass market paperbacks since they’re so tiny and hard to hold!


If you participate in Musing Mondays, feel free to link to your post in the comments! I’d love to see your answers for today’s prompt. Also, what format of book do you prefer? 

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The Book Blogger Memory Tag

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While searching for some fun tags to do, I came across this one. Basically all you have to do is answer the following 10 questions without consulting Google or doing any other research. I wish it was as easy as it sounds!

*Note: I looked up the book covers after answering the questions so I couldn’t cheat*


1. Name a book written by an author called Michael.

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Gone by Michael Grant was the first book that came to mind!

2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover.

Seraphina

I believe there’s a book called Seraphina? I’m not sure if I’m spelling that right and I don’t know who the author is! This was the only book I could think of though.

Edit: Yes, I did spell it right! The author is Rachel Hartman as you can see in the picture above.

3. Name a book about a character called George.

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Umm, does George Weasley from Harry Potter count? I know the books aren’t about him, but he’s in them! I couldn’t think of anything else.

4. Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.

Winger

Yes! Finally one I didn’t have to think too hard about. Winger by Andrew Smith.

5. Name a book set in Australia.

Stolen

Stolen by Lucy Christopher. Another easy one! Plus side note: I really enjoyed this book.

6. Name a book with the name of a month in the title.

Maybe Someday

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. See what I did there? 😉

7. Name a book with a knife on the cover.

The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness has the word “knife” on the cover. Does that count..?

Edit: I didn’t know beforehand that there was a version of the cover with an actual knife on it since the edition I own doesn’t have it.

8. Name a book with the word “one” in the title.

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Plus One by … Again I am blanking on the author’s name. This time it was a book I’ve actually read!

Edit: As you can see on the cover, the author is Elizabeth Fama.

9. Name a book with an eponymous title.

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Any book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

10. Name a book turned into a movie.

Safe Haven

Yes another easy one! I’m going to go with Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks just to think out of the box. Plus I enjoyed both the book and the movie!


This was a challenging, yet fun, tag to do! If you’re reading this right now, consider yourself tagged! Feel free to comment the link to your post for this tag down below. I can’t wait to see what you came up with (: 

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Friday Finds #1

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Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Here are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads this week!


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Above are 6 awesome looking books that I added to my TBR in the last few weeks. If I had to pick only one that I’m most excited to read, I’d have to pick A Whole New World. This book is the first in a series that involves retellings of famous Disney movies. According to the synopsis, this series will focus around the question “What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed?” I think this opens up so many great possibilities! I can’t wait for A Whole New World‘s release date, which is September 1, 2015.


What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

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Taylor Swift Book Tag

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If you only need to know one thing about me, know this: I absolutely love Taylor Swift. I have been a fan of hers for about 9 years now and she’s definitely one of my favorite artists. When I saw this tag was created, I knew I had to do it. I hope you enjoy this post just as much as I enjoyed writing it!

1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Pick a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with

The Maze Runner series

The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner – I really enjoyed the first book, The Maze Runner, but as the trilogy went on, it unfortunately didn’t get better. I finished out the series but I didn’t completely like doing so.

2. Red

Pick a book with a red cover

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The Elite by Kiera Cass – This one is pretty self explanatory. I just picked the first red book I saw!

3. The Best Day

Pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic

Twilight The Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer – This series brings back a lot of good memories. I first read it almost 7 years ago at the same time my best friend was reading it. I just remember obsessing over these books with my friends and going to see each movie in theaters pretty much as soon as they came out. Looking back, it’s not that great of series, but my 12 year old self disagrees!

4. Love Story

Pick a book with forbidden love

Obsidian Obsidian (The Lux series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This series starts out with the main theme being pretty much forbidden love. The main character Katy starts to fall for her next-door neighbor who is, of course, a super attractive alien. This series is definitely one of my guilty pleasures and I definitely recommend you check it out if you love paranormal romance!

5. I Knew You Were Trouble

Pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love

SM3 Warner from the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi – Do I even need to explain this one?

6. Innocent

Pick a book that someone ruined the ending for

City of Bones City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – Unfortunately, I saw the big twist that happened at the end coming because my friend told me all about it before I even started reading the book. I think I would have enjoyed this book even more if I hadn’t been spoiled!

7. Everything Has Changed

Pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development

Since You've Been Gone Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – Emily goes through some serious character development over the course of this novel. She starts off as a shy and awkward girl but by the end, she’s completely different! Honorable Mention: Juliette from the Shatter Me trilogy

8. You Belong With Me

Pick your most anticipated book release

WinterWinter by Marissa Meyer – There are a lot of books I’m looking forward to coming out this year but the one I’m most excited about is this book. Winter is the fourth and final book in the Lunar Chronicles series and it’s going to be 800 pages long! November 10th, please come faster!!

9. Forever and Always

Pick your favorite book couple

PJO 5 Percy & Annabeth (Percabeth) – I have several favorite book couples, but one I’m really loving right now is Percabeth. If for some reason you don’t know, Percy and Annabeth are from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and The Heroes of Olympus series.

10. Come Back, Be Here

Pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much

HP1 The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – I could never lend out my copies of these books since they’re so near and dear to my heart. However, that doesn’t stop me from recommending this series to anyone who hasn’t read it yet!


Feel free to leave your answers to each prompt in the comments below or do the tag yourself! Do you share any of the same answers with me? 

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Currently Reading / Upcoming TBR

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I just wanted to make a quick post to let you all know what I’m currently reading and what I plan on reading in the immediate future!

Currently Reading:

The Mark of Athena

I’m currently reading The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan, the third book in The Heroes of Olympus series. For those of you who don’t know, The Heroes of Olympus is a spin-off/continuation of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series also by Rick Riordan. Since this is the third book in the series, I’m not going to talk too much about it since I don’t want to spoil anyone. For the synopsis for the first book in the series, The Lost Hero, click here.


Upcoming TBR:

The House of Hades

After I finish The Mark of Athena, I plan on immediately starting the next book in the series, The House of Hades. I’ve been highly enjoying this series so far and it’s been really fun marathoning them! That being said, after I read The House of Hades, I’ll be reading The Blood of Olympus which is the fifth and final book. I don’t want the series to end but at the same time I really want to know what’s going to happen!


What book or books are you currently reading? Are you enjoying them so far? Also, what do you plan on reading next? Feel free to comment below. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Top 5 Series I Want to Start

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It seems like every day my TBR list is growing more and more. One of my favorite things to read are books that are a part of a series. So today, I’m going to talk about my top 5 series that I want to start. Disclaimer: These aren’t in any particular order.


1. The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

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Synopsis: In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more? In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage – Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

I don’t know much about this trilogy other than the books include an amazing magic system and have gotten rave reviews. It sounds like an epic fantasy story that I can’t wait to dive into! Also, aren’t the UK editions gorgeous??

2. The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater

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Synopsis: It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. Click here for the full synopsis.

I’ve heard excellent things (especially recently) about this series as a whole. A lot of my friends on Goodreads have been reading these books this week and saying nothing but excellent things about the plot, the writing style, and the characters. I can’t wait to give it a go!

3. The Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

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Synopsis: In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface. As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love. Click here for the full synopsis.

I’ve only heard about this series recently when the third book was published. I’ve been loving fantasy lately so I’d love to start another fantasy series!

4. The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

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Synopsis: Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. Click here for the full synopsis.

I absolutely loved Patrick Ness’s other two books More Than This and A Monster Calls so I know I’ll be picking up this trilogy shortly. I already own the first novel and I look forward to starting it!

5. The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season series

Synopsis: The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing. Click here for the full synopsis.

Again, this is another series I don’t know too much about. I do know that it’s going to be a 7 book fantasy series and it’s about a girl who can see other’s dreams. It sounds so intriguing and I can’t wait to start the series!


Have you read any or all of these series that I mentioned? Which one do you recommend I start first? Feel free to leave a comment below with 5 series you want to start! I look forward to hearing from you. (:

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