November Wrap Up

november-wrap-up-2015

November was an excellent reading month for me! It was also the month of rereads – seven of the books I read were ones I had read before. That being said, I read 10 books, 1 novella, and a total of 4,547 pages! Since Goodreads doesn’t count rereads towards your yearly challenge, I still have 8 more books to go before I reach my goal of reading 100 books in 2015.


Books Read in November

Firebird trilogy

I started off the month by rereading A Thousand Pieces of You, which I first read in February of this year. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the book’s premise and its characters! Next, I read the second book in the series, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, which I liked even more than the first one! Things got even more complicated in this book and I loved it! I unfortunately didn’t get to see a lot of one of my favorite characters, but I’m sure he’ll have a major role in the next book.

The Lunar Chronicles series with Fairest

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer – 4.5 stars
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – 4.75 stars
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer – 5 stars
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer – 4.25 stars
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer – 4.75 stars

For two weeks, I read nothing but the Lunar Chronicles and it was amazing! I reread the first three books + Fairest then read Winter. It was a fantastic conclusion, but I’m so sad that there will be no more books taking place in this world. I’m going to miss the characters so much!! BUT there is Stars Above to look forward to! (The bind-up of TLC novellas including an epilogue, coming out in February.)

Last 3 reads (59)

Next, I reread Illuminae by listening to the audio book and following along in the physical book. This was my first time listening to the audio book and it was great! (For more on my experience, check out my Goodreads review.) I then read the second book in the Grisha trilogy, which I unfortunately didn’t love. The plot really lacked in this book and the main characters got on my nerves. I did love Nikolai though! Lastly, I reread the graphic novel Nimona which I first read in July of this year. It was just as funny and fantastic as when I first read it!

Novellas Read in November

The Little Android

The Little Android is a retelling of The Little Mermaid that takes place in the Lunar Chronicles world. This is a short novella (only 35 pages), but still very enjoyable. I was very happy to see that Cinder had a small appearance as well! This isn’t a novella that is crucial to the series, but one I would recommend reading just for fun. Check it out on Marissa’s Wattpad by clicking here!


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

goodreadstwitterinstagrambloglovin

Advertisements

Friday Finds #18

Friday Finds

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!


ff1

ff2

Not pictured:


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!

goodreadstwitterinstagrambloglovin

November Book Haul

november-book-haul-2015

Hey everyone! Today I’m doing a type of post I’ve never done before: a book haul. The reason why I’ve never done a book haul is because I don’t normally buy a lot of books in one month. This month, however, I bought a total of 19 books (which is crazy). BUT, a majority of these books were extremely discounted (cheapest being $1). So I guess it isn’t so bad?

Amazon

bh1

I started off the month strong by ordering all these books from Amazon. While I didn’t get them nearly as cheap as the books in the later portion of this book haul, I definitely got them cheaper than if I had bought them in a bookstore. Before purchasing, I had already read 3 out of the 5 of these books – Scarlet, Cress, and Night Film. I really enjoyed them all and I wanted to own them! I have since read the remaining 2 books.

Library Sale / Dollar Store

bh4

I got all six of these books for only $9!! The first five books came from my library’s book sale where paperback books were $1 each and hardcovers were $2 each. MILA 2.0 was from the Dollar Store. I’m so glad I was able to get these books for such a low price!

Book Outlet

bh5.jpg

bh6.jpg

I got all 8 of these books for less than $24 including shipping from Book Outlet! I ordered them during Book Outlet’s Black Friday sale, taking advantage of the 30% off. It was an amazing deal!


What books did you acquire this month? Which ones are you most excited to read?

goodreadstwitterinstagrambloglovin

Friday Finds #17

Friday Finds

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 in the last two weeks!


FF1

FF2

FF3

Not pictured:


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!

goodreadstwitterinstagrambloglovin

My First Book Signing | Illuminae Book Tour

1

On Friday, November 13th I attended my first ever book event! I was lucky enough to meet Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the authors of one of my favorite books of the year, Illuminae. This was my first time meeting an author and it was such a great experience! My friend and I traveled almost two hours to get to the Barnes & Noble where the event was being held at and it was so worth it!

The event itself lasted about two hours and was moderated by Claire Legrand, author of several books including Winterspell and the upcoming release Some Kind of Happiness. There was a Q&A featuring questions from both Claire and attendees. I wish I had recorded this part because it was super interesting to hear about the writing process for Illuminae and also learning more about the authors themselves!

The Signing

IMG_5719

Though the Q&A was super great, I have to be honest – the signing was my favorite part. It was such a pleasure meeting Jay and Amie! They were so nice and took the time to have a conversation with each person who came up. They were so easy to talk to and funny as well!

image4

Pictured above is my copy of Illuminae signed by both Amie and Jay. In addition, Jay wrote, “For Brooke – Fight like a girl!” I also had Amie, Jay, and Claire sign my tote bag that is designed to look like an old library card (picture of the full bag here). My idea is that I’m going to have all authors I meet sign the tote bag. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I definitely think this is a fun way to collect autographs!

Overall, my first book signing experience was an amazing one. It will definitely be a memory I cherish for years to come!

My Dream Literary Collection

my-dream-literary-collection

I don’t know about you, but I certainly have a seemingly endless list of books that I would LOVE to have displayed on my bookshelves – from books I’ve already read and loved to books I haven’t had the pleasure of reading yet. In this post, I’ll be discussing only a few of the books on my wishlist. If I talked about them all, we would be here forever!


All Editions of Harry Potter

HP Editions

Even though I already own all seven books in the series, I still have this yearning for all the other editions. There have been so many beautiful covers that have been made in the recent years! I especially would like to own the illustrated edition of The Sorcerer’s Stone (not pictured above). From what I’ve heard, it’s a wonderful new way of experiencing the book that we all love!

The Heroes of Olympus Series

The Heroes of Olympus series

This one is definitely more reasonable than my first wish, since this series only contains five books. Rick Riordan has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I would love to add these books to my rapidly growing Riordan collection!

The Lightning Thief 10th Anniversary Edition

Percy Jackson 10th Anniversary

I already own a copy of the Lightning Thief so you might ask, “Why do you need another copy of the same book??” In which I would say, I don’t! It’s just something that looks really cool to me and I would love to have. Special editions of books (especially books I love) are just so awesome to collect! It’s the same reason why I want every Harry Potter edition.

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods & Greek Heroes

PJ

One of my favorite parts of the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series was learning about Greek mythology. Beforehand, I only knew very little about it. It was so great to learn more about mythology in a fun and entertaining way! That being said, I would love to add these two books to my collection so I can learn even more about Greek mythology!

Note:

Thanks to Ryan from Invaluable.com for the wonderful idea this post is based on. For those of you who are curious, Invaluable.com is an online auction site that auctions off collectible and antique books as well as art, jewelry, furniture, and more. If you’re interested in that kind of thing, feel free to explore the website!


I had a lot of fun coming up with this list! If you all are interested, I’d definitely consider making a part two to this post sometime in the future. In the meantime, comment down below the name of some of the books you’d love to add to your collection!

goodreadstwitterinstagrambloglovin

Happy Book Birthday To… (#6)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Winter

Winter

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Retelling

Pages: 832

Synopsis: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Amazon


My Thoughts

2

I can’t believe that the book I’ve been anticipating for so long is finally here!! Winter was definitely one of the releases I was most looking forward to in 2015. All I want to do is drop everything and read it, but unfortunately I won’t be able to. I’m currently rereading Scarlet (book #2) and plan on rereading Cress (book #3) next. I’m considering rereading Fairest as well, but it depends on how impatient I am to get to Winter. I guess I should have started rereading the series a little earlier!


Happy Book Birthday to Marissa Meyer and congratulations on concluding a fantastic series!

goodreadstwitterinstagrambloglovin

Your Future Book Tag

your-future-book-tag

I first saw this tag being done by Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner and I thought it looked like tons of fun! Instead of tagging particular bloggers, Josie tagged anyone that was reading her post. Therefore, I guess I’m sort of tagged?

How It Works:

Select 5 books (either randomly or your choice) then answer the 10 questions. Questions 1 and 2 correspond to book one, questions 3 and 4 correspond to book two, and so on. Let’s get started!


Book One: Illuminae

Illuminae

1. Open book 1 to a random page and look at the first word on that page. If the word is less than 5 letters long, you’ll go to college. If it’s more than 5 letters, you won’t be going to college.

The first word on the random page was “intersections,” which is definitely more than 5 letters. Looks like I won’t be going to college! (Even though I’m actually in college now…)

2. After opening book 1 to a random page, use the first name you see and think of what their job is. That will now be your future job. If the person is still in school, you’ll be a teacher. If you don’t know the person’s job, you’ll be unemployed.

The name I saw was Ezra Mason who used to just be a high school student but then got recruited into the military after the planet he lives on was attacked. So I’m either going to be a soldier or a teacher? I’m definitely going with a teacher since I’m pretty sure I’d do terrible in the military.

Book Two: Shatter Me

Shatter Me

3. Open book 2 to a random page. The first name you see will be the person you marry.

The first name I saw was Adam. Nooo!! I was hoping for literally anyone but Adam when I opened the book. Adam isn’t as annoying in the first book as he is in the last so if I’m marrying first book Adam, I guess I’ll survive.

4. Open book 2 to a random page. The first name you see will be your best friend.

The first name I saw was Warner. Of course I couldn’t see his name first in question #3! While being only friends with Warner isn’t ideal, I’m definitely still excited that he’s still in my life.

Book Three: The Red Pyramid

The Red Pyramid

5. Open book 3 to a random page and look at the second word on that page. Count how many letters that word has and then subtract that number by 2. This number will be how many children you have.

The second word on the page was “rib” meaning I’ll only be having one child. Considering I have to have this child with Adam, one is fine with me!

6. Open the book to a random page. The first name you see will be your child. If you have more than one child, repeat this process for each one. 

The first name I saw was Sadie, so that means Sadie Kane is going to be my daughter. Considering the amount of evil gods/goddesses in this book, I’m very lucky I got Sadie!

Book Four: Cinder

Cinder

7. The setting of the book will be the place where you live. That being said, where do you live?

Cinder takes place in a futuristic version of Bejing, China called New Beijing so that’s where Adam, Sadie, and I will be living!

8. Open book 4 to a random place. After selecting the first name you see, think of the way this character gets around (car, bike, etc). This will be your future mode of transportation. Teleporting, broom, etc. are allowed. If your character has no means of transportation that you know of, you will be using public transportation.

The first name I came across was Cinder and she travels in various ways but I decided to go with the coolest mode of transportation – Captain Thorne’s spaceship. It would be so awesome traveling everywhere in that thing! (Note: I realized afterwards that Cinder doesn’t actually travel in the spaceship in this book of the series, but I’ve decided to keep my answer)

Book Five: Falling Kingdoms

Falling Kingdoms

9. Does this book have any animals in it? Pick your favorite animal and that will be your pet. If there are no animals in the book, you will have no pet.

The only animal I could think of that was in this book is Lucia’s rabbit. I’m pretty certain it was this book in the series that she had the rabbit, but I could be wrong.

10. Open book 5 to a random page. The first name you see will be your enemy.

The first name I saw was Magnus. Dang it! I was hoping for King Gaius or Aron, since those two are really easy to hate. While Magnus makes some questionable choices, I still really like him. I’m bummed that he’s going to have to be my enemy!

Synopsis of My Future:

After not attending college, I miraculously still get offered a wonderful teaching position in New Beijing, China where I meet my husband-to-be, Adam Kent. After getting married, Adam and I have a baby girl, Sadie, and later adopt a pet rabbit for her to play with. When I’m not working or spending time with my family, I hang out with my best friend Aaron Warner in Captain Thorne’s spaceship (that we totally didn’t steal). While with Warner, I enjoy complaining about the two most annoying men in my life: my husband Adam and my enemy Magnus Damora.


I had a lot of fun with this tag! To spread the joy, I want to tag ALL OF YOU to take part! Make a post participating in the tag and leave the link below. I would love to see how your futures turn out!

goodreadstwitterinstagrambloglovin

Friday Finds #16

Friday Finds

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 the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads this week!


FF1

FF2

Not pictured:

  • Untitled (Vicious #2) by V.E. Schwab
  • Untitled (The Shaw Confessions #1) by Michelle Hodkin

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!

goodreadstwitterinstagrambloglovin

Happy Book Birthday To… (#5)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here. Without further ado, Happy Book Birthday to the following books and their authors!


Ten Thousand Skies Above You

Ten Thousand Skies Above You

Author: Claudia Gray

Series: Firebird #2

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 432

Synopsis: Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.

Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Amazon


Until We Meet Again

Until We Meet Again

Author: Renee Collins

Series: N/A

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Genre: Young Adult, Time Travel, Romance

Pages: 336

Synopsis: Cassandra craves drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger shows up on their private beach claiming it’s his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making. 

As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence’s life—into jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history…or risk losing Lawrence forever.

Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Amazon


Hotel Ruby

Hotel Ruby

Author: Suzanne Young

Series: N/A

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Pages: 288

Synopsis: When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief. 

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn’t have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she’s met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems… Welcome to the Ruby.

Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Amazon


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

goodreadstwitterinstagrambloglovin