The Sunshine Blogger Award

 

I was nominated by Jessica from Reading with Jessica. Thank you so much! I can’t wait to do this one.

 

Rules:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

 

Jessica’s questions:

1. What’s your most recent favorite song?
It’s a few months old, but one of my new favorites is Crying in the Club by Camila Cabello.

 

2. What are some of your hobbies besides reading?
Writing, listening to music, baking, dancing, and binging shows on Netflix/Hulu/via library DVDs. Some of the recent shows I’ve loved are The Mindy Project, Mom, and The Bold Type.

 

3. How many bookmarks do you own?
Well I’ve gotten a lot of swag from pre-orders and things I’ve won, so if you count those, probably 30 or so? But I don’t use those, so I’ve got about 5 bookmarks that I use. Although sometimes I just use a piece of paper to hold my place. I do NOT dog-ear pages.

 

4. Most anticipated Fall TV show?
I’m looking forward to more Grey’s Anatomy, the Chicago shows (Chicago Fire & Chicago P.D.), and the new season of Mom. As far as new shows, one that looks really good from the previews is The Mayor.

 

5. If you could star in a book what would you want it to be about?
I have no idea haha. Um me being a famous author. My brain is out of creative juice at the moment to think of some awesome story idea where I’m the star. I’m pretty boring IRL.

 

6. What is your favorite snack?
I’ll go with chips, seeing as how dessert is a few questions below. I also like gummy worms quite a bit.

 

7. What is the most recent book you’ve purchased/received?
I pre-ordered Save the Date by Morgan Matson after I saw on Instagram that she’s signing all the first edition copies.

 

8. Do you like warmer and cooler weather?!
Definitely warmer weather. I live in Wisconsin, and the winters SUCK.

 

9. How often do you visit the library?
I’m trying to go less often in an attempt to read my own books, but I probably still go at least once a week.

 

10. Who is the newest author you’ve discovered and loved?
Probably Leila Sales. I absolutely loved This Song Will Save Your Life.

 

11. What is your favorite dessert?!
Probably cheesecake. Although a recent favorite is the Black Tie Mousse Cake from Olive Garden. It’s so yummy! Thanks Jessica for the recommendation. 🙂

 

I’m nominating whatever blogs want to do this. It’s super fun, and I think it’s nice to know more about bloggers. My questions for you are below.

 

Nominee questions:

1. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?
2. Are you a mood reader, or do you follow a strict TBR schedule?
3. If you could be friends with any fictional character, who would you chose and why?
4. Do you prefer vanilla or chocolate?
5. What’s your favorite book? Or if you can’t choose, what’s your favorite genre of books?
6. What are 5 things you’d want to have with you if you were stuck on a deserted island?
7. What’s your favorite food?
8. When it comes to book boyfriends…nice guy, bad boy, or a little of both? 😉
9. Do you have a number of books to read yearly goal? If so, what’s your goal for this year?
10. What’s your favorite movie/TV show? Name both, if you’re so inclined.
11. When it comes to shopping for books, do you prefer online or a physical store?

 

Once again, thanks for the nomination Jessica!

Waiting on Wednesday [55]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: September 26, 2017
Summary (via Goodreads): Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.


Why I Chose This Book:

I’ve seen a lot of praise for this book, and it sounds pretty interesting based on the summary. Not sure I’ll pre-order it, but I’ll definitely be checking it out after it’s published. I hope it lives up to my expectations.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week’s topic is Ten Books On My Fall TBR List. Most of these are books I already own, but haven’t gotten around to reading yet. Oops.

 

        

1. The Upside of Unrequited  I absolutely loved Becky’s debut book, and this one sounds equally amazing. The reviews are pretty overwhelmingly positive, so yay!

2. Alex, Approximately  I think I helped pick this cover, and I absolutely adore it. This one sounds like my kind of read, especially since I loved Jenn’s debut YA book so much.

3. The Names They Gave Us – Emery everything please! I really enjoyed all her books, especially The Start of Me and You. The religion aspect is kind of iffy for me, but I’ll read anything she writes.

4. The Hate U Give – This one has gotten so much praise, and I bought it with the intent to read it right away. As usual, I epically failed at doing that. I do want to read this one soon though.

5. Lucky in Love – Kasie’s stories are always super cute, and usually pretty fluffy. If you’re looking for a cute contemp read, check her out. I can’t wait to devour this one.

        

6. When Dimple Met Rishi Such a cute cover, and I’ve heard great things about this one. There was some small controversy, but I think it was kind of blown out of proportion. I am so ready to read this one.

7. Scoring Wilder – I need to read this one ASAP! I requested it from the library based on my friend Jessica’s raving about how good it was. This will probably be one of my first fall reads, once I get my hands on a copy.

8. Fraternize – I requested this one from Netgalley to read, and then I read a review that made me even more excited. I need to make it a priority to read it soon.

9. The Score  I read book 1 and 2 of this series, and then kind of didn’t want the series to end, so I’ve been procrastinating on reading this book and book 4. But I need to soon, especially since I’ve been told Dean is pretty great.

10. How to Make a Wish – I loved Ashley’s debut book, and I was super excited for this one as soon as I heard about it. I am ready for the feels. Bring them on!

 

Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

Book Review: Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

Title: Lover Awakened
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #3
Publisher: Signet
Publication date: September 5, 2006
Pages: 434
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

 

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

 

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

 

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Sooooo freaking good! I decided to get the first several books in the series from my local used bookstore, and quickly devoured book 1, which I enjoyed. Book 2 was even better, although some parts were kinda like OMG what’s happening. Somewhere along the line, I ended up buying 10-11 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, just because I like the characters so much. And I have a thing for vampires. So here we are with book 3 and my review. I was so nervous about reading this one based on the couple (mostly the male); that is until my friend Jessica read it and loved it hardcore. I also loved it so much. There are no words that can fully express my love. This book definitely gets 5 stars.

 

There were so many emotional parts; it broke my heart sometimes. I definitely cried while reading this book, especially towards the end. That ending was absolute perfection. 5 extra stars just for that haha. I don’t want to give things away, especially for people who haven’t read any of the books. But I’ll say that I knew who the club owner really was way before he was revealed. I’m definitely excited to read the next book, to see what happens going forward. I am so glad I finally got around to reading this book, because it’s exactly what I needed right about now. Vampires will always be a love of mine, and I don’t read about them nearly enough. So give me all your favorite vampire recs now! Please and thanks.

 

One thing to note about these books is the fact that they kind of jump around from head to head, showing you a little of what this person is thinking/feeling, and then this person, and so on. It’s a little annoying at moments when you just want to stay in someone’s head at a really good/intense part, but then it jumps to someone else’s head for a while instead. I think the different POVs are well done though, so no complaints really from me. I highly recommend these books to anyone who likes vampires, paranormal romance, and some alpha males.

 

 

Stacking the Shelves [34]

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

I haven’t done a Stacking the Shelves post in over a year, so I’m going to slowly start showing you books I’ve bought over the months. I’ll probably just do mostly 2017 books, because yeah…it’ll get too crazy otherwise. With that said, I bought some books from Amazon, BookOutlet, and Half Price Books. I’ve borrowed books from the library (I’ll only show recent ones). I’ve gotten some new approvals from Netgalley, and I’ve won a couple books here and there.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received:

 

Bought:

       

 

Netgalley:

    

 

Borrowed:

     

 

Won:

   

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

To Be Read Tag

 

I was not tagged for this, but I wanted to do it anyways. I have no idea who started this tag, so I can’t give credit where it’s due. So without further ado, here we go:

 

Q1: How do you keep track of your To Be Read pile?

Goodreads. I honestly don’t know what I did before I found that amazing website.

 

Q2: Is your To Be Read mostly print or E-books?

There’s a lot of books I don’t even own, but of the TBR books I own, mostly print. I gravitate towards printed books because I get migraines, and the less screen time a day, the better.

 

Q3: How do you determine which book from your To Be Read to read next?

Whatever I’m in the mood for, or whatever I’m going to buddy read with someone.

 

Q4: A book that has been on your To Be Read the longest?

On my Goodreads TBR shelf, it’s Family Pictures by Jane Green. I added it on January 4, 2013.

Q5: A book that you recently added to your To Be Read?

One book that I recently added that I’m super excited about is Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken. I got an eARC from Netgalley, so I’m hoping to read this one soon.

Q6: A book on your To Be Read strictly because it has a beautiful cover?

I never add books just because it’s got a pretty cover. It’s got to have an interesting sounding summary too. But one book that has a beautiful cover that drew my attention is Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. This one I was debating on adding for a while, but the cover—and other people’s reviews—finally made me add it.

Q7: A book on your To Be Read that you never plan on actually reading?

I got rid of most of these when I deleted books from my TBR, but I guess maybe The Privilege of Youth: A Teenager’s Story by Dave Pelzer. I read his other books before this one was published. I’m just not in the mood for depressing stories when the world is a garbage fire. I need happy things right now.

Q8: An unpublished book on your To Be Read that you’re excited for?

There’s a long list, but I’ll go with The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. What I’ve read by her, I’ve really enjoyed.

Q9: A book on your To Be Read that everyone else has read but you?

Um maybe Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead?

Q10: A book on your To Be Read that everyone recommends to you?

Off the top of my head, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I’m newer to fantasy (besides Harry Potter), and that one has been recommended many times.

Q11: A book on your To Be Read that you are DYING to read?

Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey. My friend Jessica just finished it, and LOVED it. Therefore I want to read it ASAP.

Q12: The number of books on your To Be Read?

2,416. Don’t judge. Last year I had 7,000+ books on my TBR before I went through and got rid of a lot of them.

 

I’m tagging the below people, and whoever else wants to do this:
Jessica @ Reading with Jessica
Paige @ Books And Belle

Audiobook Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: February 9, 2016
Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

 

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

 

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

 

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

 

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

 

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

 

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

 

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Book 2 picked up right where the previous one left off. It was the same narrator, which I really like. I absolutely hate when they change who reads the series. This was pretty interesting, although I found the beginning a little slow again. I’ll give this book 4 stars overall.

 

I had to do a re-read of book 1’s summary. Frankly it’s been a while since I listened to that audiobook, and I’d forgotten most of the finer details. Book 2 is a lot more “war” focused than book 1, for obvious reasons. Cal and Mare escaped and have to fight to maintain their freedom. Maven is pretty much constantly chasing them, or in the back of their minds. I’m still not 100% sure of my stance on Maven.

 

There’s some sad parts in this, particularly in the last couple hours of the audiobook. I won’t spoil anything by saying who, but one of my favorite characters dies. I know casualties are to be expected, but noooooo! Not this person. I was heartbroken. Can I also just say that the ending was twisted? As weird as it sounds, I kind of dug it though…it made me want to read book 3 really badly.

 

I’m still wishy-washy about my feelings for Cal. The reader loves him, the reader loves him not. Kilorn drove me nuts several times, and I seriously wanted to smack him at least once. I liked seeing newer characters, particularly the Red-and-Silver army Mare’s determined to recruit, determined to fight Maven with. There were definitely moments I pretty much held my breath (cliché, I know), wondering if everything would turn out okay. No comment on if that’s a yay, or a nay, outcome wise.

 

I can’t say much else without being spoilery, but I liked book 2 and can’t wait to dive into book 3 whenever I’m so inclined.

 

Waiting on Wednesday [54]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

Title: Starfish
Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: September 26, 2017
Summary (via Goodreads): Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.

From debut author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes a luminous, heartbreaking story of identity, family, and the beauty that emerges when we embrace our true selves.


Why I Chose This Book:

First, the cover is gorgeous…as is the summary. Second, everyone has praised this book non-stop. The reviews I see so far are pretty much all 5 stars, which makes me even more excited to read this. Plus there’s pre-order goodies. What more could a person want?

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Loved During The First Year of Blogging

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week’s topic is Throwback Freebie: Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog, Favorite Books Published 5 or 10 or 15 Years Ago, Ten Older Books I Forgot How Much I Loved, etc. etc. Tweak however you want! I went with Ten Books I Loved During The First Year of Blogging.

 

       

1. Fangirl This is the first Rainbow book I read, and I absolutely adored it. Cath is so me, it’s not even funny. I definitely want to re-read this one ASAP. My review is here.

2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda  I absolutely loved this book. Super cute, and I stayed up too late reading it…even though I had work the next day. My review is here.

3. Cinder – I haven’t read much sci-fi, but I really enjoyed this entire series. Cress and Thorne are my favorite characters, although Iko’s a close third. My review is here.

4. The Start of Me and You – This book was perfection. It’s my favorite Emery book to date, although I still need to read her latest. I’m so happy there’s a sequel coming out! My review is here.

5. Anna and the French Kiss – This series is swoony and so cute. Étienne is super adorable in this book. Isla is my favorite girl character (book 3), and I also really like Cricket (book 2). My review is here.

       

6. Summer of Sloane Such an amazing debut. Erin’s a sweetheart, and I just loved her writing. I highly recommend this one. So, so good. My review is here.

7. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart – It’s a little gross since there’s cadavers, but honestly, the romance makes me forget those parts. I really enjoyed this one, and I need to read Jenn’s latest book ASAP. My review is here.

8. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook. The narrator was fantastic, and the writing was great. Kitty was super adorable, I liked Lara Jean, and Peter Kavinsky was pretty good overall. My review is here.

9. Throne of Glass  This was one of the first fantasy books besides Harry Potter that I’d read. Contemporary is usually my go-to genre, but I really enjoyed the story in this one. That said, I still need to read Empire of Shadows and Tower of Dawn. Oops. My review is here.

10. Everything, Everything – I really enjoyed this one. Nicola’s storytelling is amazing, and usually I can see twists coming, but I didn’t see this one. I still need to read her latest book. I’m so behind of books I’m dying to read. My review is here.

 

Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

The Reading Quest Update Post

 

Aentee from Read at Midnight hosted #TheReadingQuest! The quest took place from August 13th to September 10th. I chose the Knight path.

 

My stats from this challenge are as follows:

EXP: 150

HP: 341

Level: 3

Books finished: 9

Total pages read: 1,779

Audiobook hours: 48 hours 44 minutes

 

 

The Knight’s Quest:

  • The first book of a series – Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon – approx. 8 hours
  • A book with a verb in its title – Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally – 304 pages
  • A book with a weapon on its cover – Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward – 434 pages
  • A book with a red cover – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – 421 pages
  • A book that has a TV/Movie adaption – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – approx. 13 hours 45 minutes
  • Grind: A book with 500+ pages (side quest) – Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens – 530 pages
  • Open World: Read whatever you want (side quest) – City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare – approx. 12 hours 20 minutes
  • Mini Game: Read a graphic novel, novella, or poem collection (side quest) – Seducing His Student by London Hale – 92 pages
  • Time Warp: A book set in either the past of the future (side quest) – Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – approx. 14 hours 40 minutes

 

       

     

 

I shared some updates on Twitter via the hashtag #TheReadingQuest. Overall, I’m really happy with my progress. After being in a reading slump, finishing 9 books is great. All of the artwork was provided by Aentee of Read at Midnight, and was created by CW of Read, Think, Ponder.