Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Favorite Books of 2014

These are my favorite novels of this year....

The Top 3:
  1. The Final Empire By: Brandon Sanderson
  2. Vicious By: V.E Schwab
  3. Shadow & Bone By: Leigh Bardugo

All The Rest (No Specific Order)
  • Let's Get Lost By: Adi Alsaid
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer By: Michelle Hodkin
  • The Ocean at The End of The Lane By: Neil Gaiman
  • The Graveyard Book By: Neil Gaiman
  • Winger By: Andrew Smith
  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone By: Laini Taylor
  • A Christmas Carol By: Charles Dickens
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower By: Stephen Chbosky
 
Goodreads Links
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Its The End Of 2014 Readathon Challenge #11

 
Challenge: Show your top 10 releases of 2015, I am super excited for all of these books, not in order...
 
Entry:
  1. A Darker Shade of Magic By: V.E Schwab
  2. The Return By: Jenifer L Armentrout
  3. Stand Off By: Andrew Smith
  4. Six Of Crows By; Leigh Bardugo
  5. Salt And Stone By: Victoria Scott
  6. Dumplin By: Julie Murphy
  7. The Red Queen By: Victoria Aveyard
  8. All The Bright Places By: Jenifer Niven
  9. Simon Vs. The homeosapien agenda By: Becky Albertalli
  10. Armada By: Ernest Cline
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goodreads Pages:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Its The End of 2014 Readathon Challenge #10

Challenge: Recreate a book cover ( I am changing this to show you guys my favorite editions of an amazing classic I recently read, as I cannot recreate a cover)

Entry: A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens...

 
 
 
 
                                                 (All of these are my top cover designs for this novel, however the bottom left is not a cover, but rather an artwork by a blogger who is incredibly gifted :)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Its The End of 2014 Readathon Challenge #9

Challenge: Scavenger Hunt find an item from every cover on your TBR\\

Entry:
( I Know I know sorry for the foot...) :)
 
Symbolism:
Foot: The Retribution of Mara Dyer
Bird: Ruin & Rising
Ring: The Sun Beam on The Stranger
Cloak: Mistborn (The Final Empire)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

It's The End of 2014 Readathon Challenge #8

The Task: Building Blocks, create a work of art with books...


My Entry:
( I do have more books than are shown but I did not want to spend all day fixing the shelves, now I only will need to spend half a day working with the shelves :)

Friday, December 26, 2014

It's The End of 2014 Readathon Challenge #7

Todays Challenge:
Write a story using book titles and author names...

My Story:

The Final Empire was put in Ruins after VE Schwab and her band of Vicious Fangirl(s) had Taken The Ocean at The End Of The Lane. The Kill Order was issued on Plum Island warning the people of The Final Empire that the Darkest Minds, Alexandra Bracken and Brandon Sanderson, were on their way to fight The Young Elites in the epic last stand between nations that is known as the Old Man's War. The Sea Of Shadows enveloped the Afterworlds when the dynamic duo crushed the Noggin(s) of all surviving Anansi Boys.

Can this please be a book I really would love to read this compilation.... Hmmm VE Schwab I created your next masterpieces idea :)

Books/ People Used:

The Final Empire By Brandon Sanderson
Vicious By VE Schwab
Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell
The ocean at the end of the Lane By Neil Gaiman
The Darkest Minds By Alexandra Bracken
The Young Elites By Marie Lu
Old Man's War By John Scalzi
The Sea Of Shadows By Kelly Armstrong
Noggin By John Corey Whaley
Anansi Boys By Neil Gaiman

Thursday, December 25, 2014

It's The End of 2014 Readathon Challenge #6

Challenge of the Day!
Take a Picture and show your current reads to us in a festive setting...


More entries will come later when the presents are under the tree but here are my entries for now...


 
                                                                                       (Photos from Me!)
            (recently re-read and finished Harry Potter 1)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

It's The End of 2014 Callenge #5

The Challenge: Movie night... Pick your top five books that you believe could be turned into movies...

My Picks:

1. Vicious By: VE Schwab
-This book has the greatest potential for a movie, with its addictive plot and logical scenarios and the enthralling characters that she has created I feel that this would make the best possible movie with the right director.

2. Daughter Of Smoke & Bone
- This book is one of my favorite reads of the year. This being said it honestly is just a fantasy of mine to see in film form... However I do think that this does have enough depth and stunning world building to support a film.

3.Ready Player One By: Ernest Cline
-This book has so much to do with film and gaming that the graphics and leeway that a producer would have could be immense, thus allowing plenty of room for expansion, I also could not get enough of this book so I would LOVE to re-experience this plotline.

4. Let's Get Lost By: Adi Alsaid
- This is a great contemporary read with so many elements to be adapted to film from the car and the characters. This is a wonderful author and honestly the plot and author deserve more than they are getting it is a MUST READ!

5. Shadow & Bone By: Leigh Bardugo
- THIS FANTASY NOVEL SHOCKED ME INTO LOVING RUSSIA, CAN WE PLEASE JUST GET A FILM TO GO WITH IT SET IN THAT WONDERFUL NATION! 

(Photos Courtesy of Goodreads)










Tuesday, December 23, 2014

It's The End of 2014 Readathon Challenge #4

The Challenge: Psychic or not try to predict what will happen next in your current book...

Prediction: Ed Kennedy will stand up to the rapist and hopefully save their family from the abusive and sick man that lives with them. ( My Book: I Am The Messanger By: Markus Zusak)


(Goodreads Photo Courtesy)


Monday, December 22, 2014

It's The end Of 2014 Readathon #3 Challenge

Spell out a wintry word with letters on a book spine....

My Entry:



My word was 
Noggin By: John Corey Whaley
Old Man's War By: John Scalzi 
Everybody Sees the Ants By: AS King
Eleanor & Park By: Rainbow Rowel 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

It;s the end of 2014 Readathon Blog Challenge #2

Today's Challenge....

Organize a shelf by rainbow order... I.E make the covers of your books go from red, orange, yellow,green, blue, violet...

Here is what my attempts looked like! :)




Check Back tomorrow and see me spelling words with book spines, oh boy that photo will be interesting. :)


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Winter Re-Readathon TBR December 22nd-January 2nd

I am planning an ambitious TBR that includes ANY of the Following...

The Wolf Gift & The Wolves of Midwinter By: Anne Rice
These novels hold a very special place in my heart, because they were the first true adult books that I had ever read. The rich story telling and history that Anne Rice put into this series makes this an eerie, mesmerizing and gripping read.
Plot: This story follows Reuban Golding an up and coming star in the journalism industry when he is assigned a story dealing with an old house up for sale and his life changes in a single night. Reuban goes to the famed mansion which his story is about, and he meets and falls for the owner Marchent; but when he spends the night in the mansion he is bitten and has to deal with his life hiding between the human world and the world of the werewolf...

Legend By: Marie Lu
This was the first book that I read this year and I would also like it to be my last it was an epic story showing the collision of two societies, and how they come together to rise from the oppression.
Plot: Day and June are both very well known, however Day is the most notorious thief in their society and June is the military Prodigy that is sent to capture him. the story is an action packed dystopian that has you reading into the late hours of the night to finish it...

Daughter Of Smoke & Bone By: Laini Taylor
This book is what hooked me into urban fantasy and the whole idea of multidimensional worlds and I thank Laini for that...
Plot: This is going to be vague on purpose... but here is a quote that is on the back that had me intrigued from the beginning. " She had been innocent once, a little girl playing with feathers on the floor of a devils lair. She wasn't innocent now...."

OR
Any of the Harry Potter books that I will be re reading through December for the #Harryxmastoyou Readawatchalongathon that is happening over on twitter. Sorry not providing plot for Harry Potter everyone knows it is the story of the boy who lived...


Most Likely I will be reading the Harry Potter Books as I want to reread them all in the month of December....

(Photo Courtesy of My Iphone)

It's The End of the year readathon! TBR

I was asked by my friend on Goodreads, Jayne if I would like to participate in a very low key end of the year sprint to finish as many books as possible. I obviously said that yes I would do it.

The Challanges 
Read 2000 Pages 
Reread a favorite of 2014
Make Your own Challenge (Finish up 2 series)

MY TBR!: 
The Final Empire By: Brandon Sanderson
This book adds towards my page count goals.

Ruin & Rising By: Leigh Bardugo 
This is for the finish two series challenge.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer By: Michelle Hodkin
This completes the finish two series challenge.

The Stranger By: Albert Camus
This is my reread of 2014, my favorite classic to date!

I will most likely have more read with all the other readathons going on, but this readathon ends on the 31st of December and starts today the 20th. 

There are also blog challenges, so be sure to check in every single day to find out the new and exciting content that is planned...

I Only ended up reading the entirety of The Final Empire in this readathon, I knew I was a bit ambicious!... :)

The Final Empire Goodreads Page
Ruin & Rising Goodreads Page
The Retribution of Mara Dyer Goodreads Page
The Stranger Goodreads Page

Friday, December 19, 2014

XMAS Booktubeathon!

Yes Yes I know that I am already set up for failure this month with all of the books I plan on reading, however when I found that the Booktubeathon was coming back for Xmas time I had to participate from December 19th-21st.

My TBR for this readathon is kind of light and Bending the rules, because I am counting a book from the #Cramathon as part of my Booktubeathon TBR.

Read a book with...

Red & Green on the cover:
Fangirl By: Rainbow Rowell

Read a Book that was Gifted to you:
Snow Crash By Neil Stephenson

Read a Book you Have wanted to read all Year:
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane By: Neil Gaiman

What I actually read was Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets, for green and red on the cover.
The ocean at the end of the lane, for its intended challenge & As a gifted/recommended book.


#CramAThon TBR

Lets do this and read four books in four days..... :)

My TBR:

I am The Messenger By: Markus Zusak
 Charlottes Web By: E.B White
The Ocean at The End of The Lane By: Neil Gaiman
Revolver By: Markus Sedgwick

I ended up reading all but Charlottes Web because it was the least interesting to me at the time...


This is very impromptu and I am not sure how it will go, but check back after the readathon ends on December 24th to see if I failed or not.... :)



Monday, December 15, 2014

Allies & Assasins By: Justin Somper

Wow! This book was given to me to review by the lovely publishing company Little Brown, on a Goodreads Giveaway, and I would like to first of all thank them for this amazing book, but more importantly for the gift of a new author Justin Somper...

*This will be a very short review because this book has much of the plot that can spoil you..*

One Line Review: Mesmerizing, Chilling, and enchanting to the very end.

Tag Line: Game of Thrones meets Law & Order (AGREED!)
- This is the best description I could ever give this book, this is a fantasy world laced with murder and intrigue, just like Law & Order (Not as Predictable as Law & Order :)

Witting: The writing style in this book although is considered to be fit for middle grade, has not lost any of the great fantasy aspects that an adult book would have. The ease of diction and the flow have allowed me to fly through this book and focus all of my time and energy on these striking characters.

Characters: When the book begins it is very hard to relate, or even like anyone, however as the book progresses you find yourself wholeheartedly invested in each and every one. By the end of this book if you do not want to keep reading, I do not know what book will make you want to read more. The characters develop very slowly, giving you time to form a crush or favorite; my personal crush is Asta Peck, the spunky red headed Physicians Apprentice who sees all in the Princedom.

Closing Statement:
This is a Must Read!, The world, characters, and political perspective that you receive will have you hooked from page one...

Five Stars!
*****
(Photo From Goodreads)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Kindle E-Reader Discussion

Hello all
I wanted to make a post for the Kindle ereaders, I know many of you out there do not like the ereader and would prefer a physical book to start with, however I have had the pleasure of using both a Kindle Fire, and the Kindle 2 with buttons; and would like to show you all my thoughts...

Kindle 2:
Pros:
Great ereader, very inexpensive now, and has a very portable size for me to carry thousands of books on if I wanted to...

Cons:
It is out of date and slightly less clear than the Fire that I have, and has no backlight of any kind.


Kindle Fire:
Pros
You have an ereader and a tablet in one and you can read or watch movies or search the web. although all these features may sound good it decreases my reading time. this also is an LCD screen and has a light.

Cons:
The light is an LCD light and hurts your eyes if you read for long periods of time in the dark...


I now want to know all of your thoughts on the matter of Kindles, do you like them, or would you even use them....

I love my kindles for what they are but nothing will ever beat the feeling of a physical book.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Vicious By: VE Schwab REVIEW

One word review: Mesmerizing!

Plot: this novel follows Mitch, Victor Vale, and Sydney on their journey to end the dangerous 'villain' Eli, who has been long term friends with Victor since their times in university. This book is set in three times, ten years ago at their university, two nights earlier, and the present which is where we see the devious and divine characters on their on their sinister quest to kill Eli and stop his escapade of playing god.

Writing: Usually I am a slow reader, however V's style of simplistic prose and vivid descriptions allowed me to read this book at a much faster rate. The writing is very simple, but the descriptions are so well done that the story leaps from the page and becomes a film inside your mind.. V knows how to write suspense and definitely is one of the Queens of battle scenes..

Characters: Every single character has many flaws and in general an air of danger to them that is distinctly unique, none have 100% innocence by any stretch of the word. However that is what attracted me to them so much while reading this it felt more like seeing the world through a whole new filter that mirrored reality but took a  turn to the sinister.

General star Rating: *****/*****

General statement: This novel has taken the macabre and the contemporary and blended them into a dangerously sweet concoction that no reader will resist, this is a MUST read...

BUY VICIOUS HERE...
Goodreads Page for Vicious

(Photo courtesy of Goodreads.com)