Jun 02
Challenges – NetGalley Reading Challenge, Goodreads Challenges and DAC Update

Challenges – NetGalley Reading Challenge, Goodreads Challenges and DAC Update

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I just signed up with NetGalley and was approved for most of the books that I requested, so I thought this challenge would be perfect for me.  It’s hosted over at Red House Books.  Since I’m starting halfway through the year, I think I’ll aim for  green star status (reading and reviewing 11-20 books in 2013).  Hopefully this isn’t too ambitious.  I’ve been reading A LOT, but I’ve got lots of books besides the NetGalley books that I want to read.  We shall see! I’m also participating is a few challenges through Goodreads.  Of course, there’s just the standard 2013 reading challenge (I challenged myself to read 104 books in 2013, but I’m pretty far ahead of that goal, so I might up the number a bit).  Then there’s the the YA Book Club Quarterly Challenge.  Here’s are the requirements (all books have to be YA) and my list of books… Read more »


Jun 02
Review: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa

Review: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 8 ★★★★★

  If you haven’t read The Immortal Rules yet, go get it NOW (and then come back and read this review later—it contains spoilers from the first book in the series). Oh, Julie Kagawa, why do you torture me so?  That ending, REALLY?  REALLY?!  Okay, I think I can calm myself enough to write a review now, but honestly it’s going to be hard.  Let me start by saying, I could not wait for this book – I absolutely loved The Immortal Rules and I was a little nervous that this second book might be a bit of a let-down.  Um, no. Honestly, this book had everything I could have possibly wanted in a second book.  The same old Allison, a strong, fierce vampire fighting to hold onto her humanity.  In The Eternity Cure, Allison goes on a rescue mission, intent on saving her sire Kanin from the evil and… Read more »


May 31
Feature & Follow – Blogger Friends

Feature & Follow – Blogger Friends

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Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! This is a blog hop that allows bloggers to gain new followers and find some awesome new blogs to follow themselves! The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host has a blog that they feature each week! So, if you’re a blogger, come join in on the fun! Here’s today’s question – Q:  What blogger would you most like to meet in real life? Tell us about him or her. A: I’m relatively new to blogging, but there are a few bloggers who have come by my blog and commented often so I feel like I’ve gotten to know them a bit (and of course I really appreciate their comments!) – Naomi at Nomi’s Paranormal Palace, Eveline over at Eveline’s Books and Holly at Holly’s Reading Hollow… Read more »


May 30
What’s Next? – Parallel, Viral Nation, or Pretty Dark Nothing

What’s Next? – Parallel, Viral Nation, or Pretty Dark Nothing

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What’s Next? is a weekly meme hosted by Icey Books.  Here’s how it works – I show you 3-5 books that I’d like to read soon and you vote on which one I should read next!  Since I’m so indecisive, this is perfect for me! So…what do you think? Which one should I read next?? Parallel  Lauren Miller Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She’d go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper, all before she turned twenty-two. But one tiny choice—taking a drama class her senior year of high school—changed all that. Now, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she’s in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it’s as… Read more »


May 30
Review: MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

Review: MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

Reviews 18 ★★★

I had high hopes for MILA 2.0, but I ended up feeling generally underwhelmed.  I think, for me, the lack of real relationships in Mila’s life made it hard for me to be invested in her story.  The first part of the story tells of Mila’s life after moving to a small town. There is a boy who Mila is drawn to (Hunter), but we really only see a few interactions with him before Mila is forced to run.  A best friend who turns nasty as soon as Hunter shows more interest in Mila than in her.  A mom who is distant and can’t really show Mila any affection.  With these types of characters, it’s hard to feel any sort of connection to them – how are we supposed to believe that these are the people who have grounded Mila in humanity and made her truly start to feel? Then,… Read more »


May 29
Let’s Discuss – What do you use for your comments?

Let’s Discuss – What do you use for your comments?

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Okay, so I have a question for all you more experienced bloggers out there – Do you use a third party tool (like Disqus) for your comments?  If so, what do you use and how well has it been working out for you? I’ve been very disappointed to discover that people don’t get notified if I reply to their comments.  I always just assumed that if someone left me a comment on my blog and I replied to it, that person would get an email or some type of notification to let them know that I replied.  But, apparently with Blogger’s standard comments box, that isn’t the case.  This is a big problem as far as I’m concerned!  I mean, let’s face it, people aren’t so excited about commenting on my posts that they’re checking back constantly to see if I’ve replied.  That’s just not realistic.  But, what’s the point… Read more »


May 28
Teaser Tuesday & Top Ten Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday & Top Ten Tuesday

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This is a freebie week at Top Ten Tuesday.  Since I just started participating in Top Ten Tuesday, I thought I’d go back and look at past topics and choose one of those.  This is the one that struck me – Top 10 books I read before I was a blogger.  Since I haven’t been blogging for all that long, I thought this one would be easy! The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I absolutely loved this book and I’m pretty sure it introduced me to the dystopian genre, so I definitely need to give this one credit. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – I had to include this book because it got me back into reading.  When I was a kid all the way up into my mid-twenties, I read A LOT.  But, then I had kids and somehow couldn’t find the time or the energy to pick up… Read more »


May 28
Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Reviews 16 ★★★½

  I picked this book up because I really wanted to read it before I watched the movie, which is coming out on DVD in June.  The first thing that really struck me was that the book was written from the perspective of a zombie!  This was something unexpected and new – I loved getting into R’s mind and I thought that this made the book much more interesting and enjoyable than your typical zombie apocalypse novel.  It was often funny to hear R’s opinions of his fellow groaning, shuffling zombie “friends.”  Who expects to laugh at a zombie novel, right? I liked R.  I thought that Marion did a great job of creating a character who was detached from human emotion in many ways, but who still strove for that emotion in ways that allowed me to sympathize with him (and to care about what happened to him and… Read more »


May 26

Giveaway Round-up 5/25/13

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I’ve got a few giveaways on my blog that are ending soon, so I thought I would highlight them.  Plus, I thought I’d let you know about some of the giveaways I’ve run across recently on other blogs.  There are so many chances to win, I thought I should share! On My Blog –  Win a Kindle Fire – Who doesn’t want one of these, right?Win a Fern prize pack – Includes a $25 Amazon gift card, a signed copy of Fern and many more goodies!Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card – G.P. Ching, author of the Soulkeeper series is offering this awesome giveaway On Other Blogs –  May New Release Giveaway Hop – LOTS of blogs are giving you the chance to win a May new release.Win a Kindle Fire – To celebrate the release of Bound by Prophecy, author Melissa Wright is giving away a Kindle!The Nocturnal Library –… Read more »


May 25
Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon

Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon

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The Summer Lovin’ Readathon is a week-long readathon event hosted by seven independent bloggers! (Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland) Spend the week reading at your own pace, when and how you want to. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs. As if that weren’t enough – the week will end with a 24-hr marathon readathon! Twitter parties, mini-challenges, games, prizes given EVERY HOUR, and more chances to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs. Sign-ups will be open through July 6th. I’m in, are you?!