Coming Soon!

I haven’t really been finishing any reviews for books lately (there’s been a lot of romance/pool reads for me the last month), so in an attempt to break the posting dry spell I’ve compiled this list of books soon to be released that I’m excited about!

NEW BOOKS

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J Maas    B&N     Target (not up yet)

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One of my favorite series, I’m super excited for this release! I can’t wait to see Chaol’s adventures in the Southern Kingdoms. The Target exclusive edition is going to have fan art on the end papers whereas the Barnes and Noble edition will have a pages from Maas’ writing journal. I personally will probably end up with both but the fan art for these books is always super awesome.

 

Godsgrave (Nevernight Chronicles #2) by Jay Kristoff      B&N

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I’m currently reading Nevernight right now and it’s an action packed with assassins. I’m already excited or the next book to release, and can’t wait for the Barnes and Noble exclusive edition which will have fan art on the endpapers, and will be signed! I just love seeing characters brought to life in illustrations.

Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo      B&N

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I was originally leery about the DC Ya Novel Series, but then I saw the list of killer author’s representing the best superheroes! I can’t wait to see how Bardugo represents Diana. Right now they have a signed edition of the book available for preorder at Barnes and Noble.

 

 

EXCLUSIVE EDITIONS

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare   Amazon

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The 10th anniversary edition of this book looks awesome! There will be illustrations and fan art throughout the book and it’ll be beautiful with gilded edges and cloth bound. There will be four stories previously available only in limited distribution (and a brand new one!). Even though I already have this book in paperback (signed no less!) I’ll definitely be picking up this edition of one of my favorite series.

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1) by V. E. Schwab   Amazon

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I just finished this book recently and can already tell it will be one of my favorites (see my review HERE). I don’t own it physically yet, so this edition is perfect for my collector (and bookstagram) needs! It’s the negative of the original cover (and foiled!) with a glossary of terms, an interview with the author, and best of all it will be SIGNED! Though there aren’t any plans for the rest of the series to have collectors, if this one sells well they will likely do it. So go support my crazy collector needs and preorder it today!

Thanks for reading! I’ll hopefully have more reviews to post soon!

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Mid Year Summary

I can’t believe we are already halfway through 2017! It feels like New Years was just last week! Here’s a summary of my favorites throughout the first half of this year.

10987Favorite Book

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon is one of the favorite books that I’ve finished this year. All the adventure and travel undertaken by two of my favorite characters, Claire and Jamie, boosted this to number one (along with the fact that other books that would clench this spot fit other prompts in the list). This is definitely my favorite installment in the Outlander series so far. I’m currently working my way through Drums of Autumn so we’ll see if this spot holds ;).

22055262Favorite New-to-me Series

I’m absolutely loving the A Darker Shade of Magic Series by V. E. Schwab. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books (and can’t believe it took me so long to start them in the first place). You can read some of my thoughts on this book HERE.

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Series I Blew Through

Earlier this year, I devoured the entire Vampire Academy series. I was nervous to start them because I had my “vampire phase” in middle school, but actually ended up enjoying them quite a lot. You can check out my full review HERE.

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Another series I love is The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I read a quarter of the first book about a year ago then put it down because I got distracted by all the other reads. This year, I picked it back up again and read the entire book in a day! Needless to say, Warden is now one of my many book boyfriends. I’m afraid to finish the other two books that are out because there are still four more to go in the series (and it’s been taking two years between each release!). You can check out my full review HERE. An honorable mention goes to Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic.

31451174Favorite Series To Return To

Definitely A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I loved the newest installment, A Court of Wings and Ruin. The only reason it didn’t top my list for the year was I had a few twinges of misgiving about the ending (which you can read about HERE. If you love the series as much as I do, you can check out my summary of Maas’ answers during Q&A at one of her tour stops HERE.).

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This one caters to my more nerdy side, and for this one I’m also going to cheat. There’s a tie between Horizon: Zero Dawn and Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia. Both games are so different and I play them in different settings. Horizon is a game I turn to when I want some action, fighting robot dinosaurs as an awesome cave woman. Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia is an awesome continuation/remake of my favorite series, that has some added elements like some dungeon roaming that I really enjoy. Needless to say, I’ve sunk many hours into both of these games.

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I’m super excited for the Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas release in September. Throne of Glass is my all-time favorite YA Fantasy series, and I can’t wait to return to it (and get the story about what Chaol is doing during Empire of Storms!). I also can’t wait for Dark Calling by Kresley Cole, the new book in the Arcana Chronicles series, although it doesn’t have a release date other than this year (it was pushed back from a spring release). There are tons of other books to look forward to this year, like Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, Vanguard by Ann Aguirre, and Little Monsters by Kara Thomas.

Thanks for reading, and keep checking back for new updates (a summer sale may be coming soon for my Etsy shop!)

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Inside and Out Book Tag

I saw this super awesome Book Tag on The Paperback Princess and decided to give it a try! Please feel free to try it yourselves, or comment your own preferences!

1. Inside flap/back of the booksummaries: Too much info or not enough? 

I love summaries for fantasy novels because they give you a better idea about what the book will entail; however, when it comes to contemporary romances (or really romances of any kind) I always feel like they’re a little TMI. Especially for books where the couple has a “back story,” I like to figure the back story out as I read rather than read about it in the book summary.

2. New book: What form do you want it in?

Definitely an Ebook! If it’s a book I love or one of my favorite series the hardcover will find it’s way to my shelves later on. EBook’s are so much easier to read, especially when traveling or laying in bed. I’ve been working through The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks for so long simply because I bought the trilogy in one giant volume and can’t easily take it anywhere!

3. Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?

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4. Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

It absolutely doesn’t matter to me, as long as it’s a good story. I actually thought that J.K. Rowling was a man until I was over halfway done the series! I normally find out author’s genders now because I follow my favorites on Goodreads or twitter, but it hasn’t influenced my book choices!

5. Ever read ahead? Have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

One of my darkest secrets: whenever I get bored at a certain part of the book, I turn to the last page/chapter and skim it to see what will happen. I hate that I do this, and really wish I could restrain myself, but as of yet have not been able to manage the self control!

6. Organised bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?

I love when all books of the same color are organized together, and as a result have my bookshelf organized in a rainbow! You can see a bit of my red/orange shelf in my blog header image!

7. Have you ever purchased a book based on the cover alone?

Absolutely! I love going in to used bookstores and finding cheap, pretty books to read. I actually found my favorite author/series (Sarah J. Maas and Throne of Glass) by looking through the covers in the library’s New section.

8. Take it outside to read, or stay in?

One of my favorite places to read in the summer is by the side of my local pool. I love being able to read and sunbathe with a waterslide only a few feet away! (yes, I am a 5-year-old stuck in a 20-year-old body) If not at the pool, I love curling up in an armchair with a cup of iced or hot tea depending on the season.

What’s your reading style?  Do we have anything in common? Please comment below or take up the Tag yourself!

As always thank you so much for reading!

emily

Liebster Award

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First off, I’d like to thank Naty from Naty’s Bookshelf for nominating me!  Go check out her blog! The Liebster Award goes to some of my favorite blogs (book related or otherwise). Sorry if this is a repeat nomination for anyone. Thank you guys for keeping up amazing content!

Here are the rules:

• Thank the person who has nominated you for the Award.

• Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you

• Nominate up to 11 people

• Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

The Answers

1. What is your favourite genre?

I have to go with fantasy, although I do love a good paranormal romance.

2. Who is your favourite villain?

Loki from the Thor movies is my all-time favorite villain.

3.  If you could be a character from a book, who would it be & why?

Elide Lochan from the Throne of Glass series. She is such an awesome and bad-a$$ person.

4.  Who is your favorite author?

Sarah J. Maas.

5.  What are you currently reading? And are you liking it so far?

I am a serial starter, and as a result am currently reading five books! Wintersong by S. Jae Jones, Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon, Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks, and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. City of Bones is a reread in preparation for meeting Cassandra Clare on Sunday! All of the others are very good, I just switch whenever one genre or story appeals to me (this drives some of my friends crazy).

6.  Which genre do you absolutely hate?

There’s no genre that I really can’t stand (or at least none that I can think of at the moment)! I probably read mystery books the least, but will pick one up occasionally–especially for reading on the beach.

7.  How do you organize your books on your bookshelf?

My main bookshelf is organized based on color in a rainbow! I have two side tables for books as well, where I keep some of my favorites and most of my signed editions.

8.  What are your bookish pet peeves?

I don’t like it when books are dog-eared or their dust jackets/pages get ripped (more so for hardcover than paperbacks).

9.  Which do you prefer: Hardcover, Paperback or ebook?

Ebook because of convenience, but Hardcover for collectors editions/my favorite books.

10.  Have you ever bought a book without reading the description?

I don’t believe that I ever have! I will pick up books based solely on their cover, but I always read the description first before actually buying it.

11. Where is your favorite place to read?

During the summer, I love to read by the local pool. When the weather isn’t nice, I’ll curl up in my bed or an armchair with a nice cup of tea.

My Nominees

Feel no pressure to complete this! Just want you guys to know you are appreciated. Looking forward to seeing your answers!

Maggie @ Massachusetts Novel

Jess @ Stars who listen

Gillion @ Gillion Reads

Dylan @ Playing With Thoughts

Sarah @ Between the Pages

My Questions

  1. What is your favorite genre and why?
  2. Where’s your favorite reading nook?
  3. Do you have a favorite type of nerdy merchandise?
  4. What hobbies do you have other than blogging?
  5. What’s your ideal vacation destination?
  6. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would you choose?
  7. How do you like to organize your books/video games?
  8. What’s your favorite subject to learn about?
  9. Who is your favorite super hero/villain?
  10. Do you prefer classic or futuristic?
  11. What do you like to do on a rainy day?

Thank you for reading!

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Book Tag

I found this cool tag on Book Princess Reviews and decided to give it a try!

The links in each round connect to the Goodreads so you can check the books out for yourself!

THE RULES

  • Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf.).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (a lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds.
Disclaimer: I would never actually burn a book!

ROUND #1

Burn: I have to go with Her Mad Hatter for this one.  This book was a nice Alice/Mad Hatter romance novel, and it was a quick mindless romance between hardcore fantasies.

Rewrite: I would rewrite A Rogue By Any Other Name. As with most romance novels, there are a few points that I believe could be expanded and changed. Overall, Sarah MacLean is one of my favorite period romance writers, and I thoroughly enjoy everything she writes.

Reread: I absolutely love the Mercy Thompson series, and will gladly reread it! Silver Borne is not my favorite in the series, but still an interesting mini mystery within it. The continuation of this series, with the change of the world as well as personal problems always intrigues me. If you haven’t checked it out yet, definitely do! The latest one in the series is one of my favorites!

ROUND #2

Burn: I know that I’ll probably get some flack for this, but I didn’t really enjoy The Fifth Wave. It may have something to do with my fear of Alien invasions/Zombie Apocalypse. It may also be the strange POV flips that kept happening and confusing me throughout the book. Just not my favorite read.

Rewrite: I found this series while trolling Amazon for cheap eBooks, and I found it interesting. The world of the Significance series made me hope to find my true love through imprinting (but let’s be honest, so does every paranormal romance ever written). It was a nice YA read, but as with most cheap eBooks that are an author’s first foray into young adult, it could’ve used some extra editing and dialogue boost.

Reread: The Gregor the Overlander series is one of my favorite from my childhood. I far prefer it to Suzanne Collins’ other series, the Hunger Games, and would love to reread it again. The Underworld is so interesting, and the story of Gregor so mesmerizing that I could not put it down. This is bringing back so much nostalgia, I want to pick this series up again!

ROUND #3

Burn: BURN BURN I absolutely did not like Someone to Love. This book I found very protagonist very childish and immature, and could not like her at all. The romance also seemed very stale, and I really wish I hadn’t wasted so much time trying to slug through this book.

Rewrite: While I really enjoyed The City of Ember, I feel like the author could have done a lot more in exploring the underground society. So many things are happening underground that we don’t really have time to explore before the rest of the series takes the narrative lead.

Reread: The Kricket Series is one of my favorite. I definitely don’t think that we are alone in the universe, and Kricket’s exploration of her heritage as she discovers this other planet for herself was enchanting and a quick read.

Feel free to do this tag! It was super fun and made me remember some books I haven’t thought about in years. Thanks for reading!

emily

Wine Book Tag

Thank you so much to Maggie @ MassachusettsNovel for tagging me in this great post. Few things go together better than books and wine (or tea/coffee).

Box Wine: A book that people will judge you for liking but you like anyway | The Host

1656001Many people hate Stephenie Meyer for what I deem no good reason other than the movie adaptations sucked. While in hindsight the Twilight Series wasn’t that great, I did enjoy it at the time. The book by Meyer that I loved then and still love now is The Host. Again, many people hate this book, but as a Sci-Fi lover, I really enjoyed the idea of an alien falling in love with a human against everything they were taught. It was also a different take that the alien species viewed themselves as helping, rather than trying to destroy and colonize.

Organic Wine: A book that doesn’t have any added crap and is written perfectly | Fangirl

fangirl-rainbow-rowell-cover-677x1024While I enjoy contemporary romance, there are very few where I become wholly entwined with the story of the main character. Fangirl was a book that drew me in the way a fantasy novel does, painting a complete world full of diverse personalities. I love all of the main characters little ticks, and I wouldn’t change anything about this book.

 

Gluehwein: A really spicy, wintry read | Outlander

21532133The most spicy read I can think of involved a certain Scotsman. Jamie Fraser is the epitome of a spicy wintry read (and he goes down like a fine wine). I absolutely love the Outlander series, both on television and in print. The world is so immersive, you can definitely get lost in it on a long winter night.

 

Sauvignon Blanc: A really sharp and aggressive read that you couldn’t put down | The Daughter of the Blood

47956The Black Jewels Series is very dark and horrifying in some parts, but it is a series that I could not put down. The world and the characters are so entrancing. It’s also a unique spin, because the story about the “chosen one” is told throughout her life by the family that surrounds her rather than her own point of view. This adds another lens on it, because adult males are viewing the tortured life of a girl from youth to womanhood. Plenty of death and maiming (in the first chapter someone gets their balls chewed off by rats), but an amazing story underneath it all.

Pinot Noir: A book you didn’t expect much from but ended up getting blown away by | Six of Crows

23437156I read the first book in the Grisha Trilogy, which occurs in the same universe as this series (events in this series are also mentioned multiple times in the Six of Crows Duology) and although I enjoyed it, I did not feel the need to continue on. I own all of the books but I never finished them, which is why I was hesitant when I first picked up Six of Crows. Man, did this book blow me out of the water. Bardugo really reached into the depths of her mind for the mischievousness and planning found in this book. Recommend to anyone loves a good heist story.

Chardonnay: A good summer read that was super zesty | Bad For You

18870159I love Abbi Glines and have been reading her books ever since she self-published Breathe so many years ago. One of my favorites comes from her Sea Breeze series, Bad For You. Who doesn’t love a sexy rocker finding out about love for the first time? A great read, perfect for a beach day and full of delicious drama.

 

Rose: A book that has a little bit of everything in it | Cress

13206828I know it is a little unfair to start in on this one with the third book in a series, however I believe that this book provides the best mix of themes. There is a lost princess and a lost daughter, government conspiracy and kidnapping. A false queen is on the throne and aliens have been hiding among humans, spreading disease. There is an outlaw helping them, discrimination against cyborgs, magic mind control abilities. I could keep going on but it might give away some major plot points.


Shiraz: A full bodied book that is dark and juicy | 
Dark Lover

42899I absolutely love J. R. Ward’s books, and The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is one of my favorite full of vampires and delicious men that provide all the dark juicy romance a girl could ask for. Definitely go and check this series out! It’s one of my favorites!

 

Merlot: A smooth easy read with a soft finish | Again the Magic

674220Again, a favorite romance series. It seems that there are quite a few appearing on this tag. I love regency romances and this book wasn’t an exception. There was a beautiful romance full of misunderstanding but above all love, and the happy ending. Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite historical romance novels, and I highly recommend books of hers. The Wallflower Series, which this is technically a part of is absolutely marvelous.

Champagne: Your favorite book | Heir of Fire

20613470I’ve said it once, I will say it again. Heir of Fire is my favorite book, especially by Sarah J. Maas because of the awesome character development and tackling of depression after major events. Not a lot of books tackle mental issues, and the description in this book really connected to me, as someone who was having a rough time in High School when these books came out. The Throne of Glass series is always my first recommendation to others looking for new reads, with A Court of Thorns and Roses series a close second (I just love Sarah J Maas).

Thanks so much for reading this tag! And now it’s time for you to do this tag too! Feel free to complete it even if you haven’t been tagged, just make sure you tag me in your post 😉

Niraja @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

Charlotte @ Pages and Plays

Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages

-Emily

Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

I found this awesome Book Tag on BOOKDRAGON1017 and thought it was the perfect spooky Book Tag to start off the month of October!

The Rules:

  • Choose 5 books!
  • Randomly set up your books in order.
  • Flip to a random page in the book and write the first two names you see.
  • Put the names in the categories listed below in the order you saw them!
  • Have fun imagining your apocalypse team get ripped to shreds one by one

The five books I have chosen are:

Let The Zombie Apocalypse Begin:

THE FIRST PERSON TO DIE| Evie Greene

I could see Evie from Poison Princess dying. Later in the series she becomes more of a badass, but especially in the first book she is a little helpless and would totally become overwhelmed by zombies (or bagmen) without the help of Jack. Love her as her character develops further into the series, and she becomes as awesome as Poison Ivy.

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THE PERSON YOU TRIP TO ESCAPE THE ZOMBIES| Matthew

I would attempt to trip Matthew, but he would probably have seen it coming. Plus, if he allowed himself to be tripped I would assume it was all a part of his master plan.

THE PERSON THAT TRIPS YOU TO GET AWAY FROM THE ZOMBIES| Zu

Zu would do anything to save her friends and family (and herself) so if we weren’t close I can see her tripping me. If we became close friends, I doubt that she would throw me to the zombies.

THE TEAM IDIOT| Clancy

Can’t really see Clancy as the team idiot, because he is always planning to help himself. Maybe post-operation Clancy? But even then, he is very sharp, just doesn’t have his previous ability set.

THE BRAINS OF THE GROUP| Elide

My baby and soul mate Elide <3. Elide would be an awesome planner, she is always observing and would be able to plan like nobodies business.

THE TEAM MEDIC| Manon 

It’s somewhat amusing imagining Manon heal people instead of kick major zombie butt, but she does have the magic for it. Maybe like a warrior-medic.

THE WEAPONS EXPERT| Merry

Merry, the little Hobbit who would be taking care of and distributing weapons. I can hardly picture him in this role, but I’m sure he would attempt to step into this role (even though he would probably lose half of the weapons).

THE TEAM’S BRAWLER| Saruman

Could totally see Saruman as a wizard brawler. Wouldn’t exactly trust him at all, but I do believe that he would benefit the team.

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RIP Christopher Lee ❤

THE FIRST PERSON TO TURN INTO A ZOMBIE| Stone

Ah Stone, you lovable but not very smart breeder. You would be the first to turn into a zombie trying to save your loved ones.

THE TEAM LEADER| Fade

I see Fade as more of a lone wolf, but he is awesome and would definitely step into the shoes of leader (especially if he has Deuce as his second to help lead with him).

I tag Maggie @ MassachusettsNovel and Jess @ starswholisten.

If anyone else wants to do this spooky tag, feel free! This tag is perfect and just in time for Halloween! Thanks for reading!

Emily

Stationary Book Tag

A big thank you to Maggie @ MassachusettsNovel for tagging me to do this tag! Am super busy with life right now so am using this as an excuse to blog ;D

  • Thank the creator – Sam @ RiverMooseReads
  • Answer the questions
  • Add pictures, if you want
  • Tag 5 people

Pencils: Favorite Middle Grade or Children’s Book | The Chronicles of Narnia11127
The Chronicles of Narnia is probably one of the first full series that I read through. As a young horse lover, I originally read The Horse and his Boy because horse was in the name. Narnia is a series and a world that remains in every young persons soul, and is a timeless story that I still enjoy today.

33Pens: A Basic Staple for any Reader | Lord of the Rings

I don’t believe that someone can call themselves a fantasy reader unless they have at least tried to ready either The Hobbit or The Fellowship of the Ring at least once. Whether you suffer through, or enjoy it immensely, this series is a must for all fans of fantasy and you can’t tell me otherwise.

Notebooks: What do you Own Multiple Copies Of | Empire of Storms

How could I not purchase multiple editions of Empire of Storms? I actually ended up with three (if you count digital). I purchased both the Barnes and Noble and Target exclusive editions because the fan art was incredible in both! While Heir of Fire still remains my favorite book in the Throne of Glass series, this one is tied for second (along with all the others in the series lol). Below is a picture of one of the four images inside the Barnes and Noble edition, along with one of the bracelets I sell on my ETSY shop.

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Markers: A Book With a Beautiful Cover | Three Dark Crowns

While I still have not picked the book up yet (it’s my bookclub’s October pick of the month!) I absolutely love the outside cover with the three gorgeous crowns as well as what can be found under the dust jacket! The pictures below are from when I got it in my September Owl Crate!

 

Glue: Two Characters That Work Really Well Together (friends or couple)| Matthias and Nina from Six of Crows

700d452e3630ef633035d91d1c682910Even though they started out hating each other, indeed Matthias was taking her to be killed when they first met, when I read Six of Crows these guys became an instant favorite couple. I adore relationships where the characters have to overcome all odds form a love that will last.  I can’t wait to see where their story goes in Crooked Kingdom (which released today!).

To the left is some gorgeous fan art by PhantomRin.

 

Scissors: A Book You Would Like to Destroy | Allegiant

I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, but this book did not do it for me. Other than the completely stupid ending, the story line just wasn’t as solid as the other two. Would have rather had a cut off ending at the end of Insurgent then have to deal with this book.

Art Kit: What Complete Series Do You Own | The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds is one of my favorite series outside of any Maas books and I am fortunate enough to have ordered them signed from the amazing Books of Wonder (not trying to brag, just let a reader know where you can order signed books in the future!). And I feel super excited flaunting my love for this series today, because yesterday they announced the casting for Ruby in the movie adaptation! Amandla Stenberg (you probably know her as Rue from the Hunger Games movies) is going to be Ruby! Amandla is an amazing person and actress and I know she will do justice to the character on the screen.

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Amandla Stenberg is going to be Ruby!

And now for the tags! Basically everyone I would normally tag on here has already been tagged, so I’m reaching out to some new people!

Cristian @ The Bookish God

Dee @ The Bookish Khaleesi

Deborah @ The Page Dreamer

Rachel @ Life of a Female Bibliophile

M @ A Blog of One’s Own

Thanks for reading!

Emily

Book Tag: The Book Blogger Test

I was tagged to do this by the lovely Maggie @ MassachusettsNovel and Jess @ StarsWhoListen.

What are your top 3 pet peeves for books and reading? | 

1. When an awesome Sci-fi/Dystopian or any book with a wonderful driving plot turns into a love story. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love stories and a good love triangle. But, I HATE it when this wonderful world, which has been built up by the author with a great external enemy fighting against the main character and then oh my goodness she/he can’t focus on any of it because of her love life. Um girl, the world is about to go to hell and you are trying to choose between guys. Let’s save it first.

2. When you’re reading a book and get sand in it…or have to kill a bug. I love having a physical copy of a book, however I really only keep them with me at home, one of the reasons being I hate messing up books. I’m fine with spine breaks or rippled pages, but I hate when foreign matter gets in between the pages. This is one of the main reasons I bring my kindle on travel. Also it’s a lot lighter.

3. When you’re totally engrossed in a book and then life happens. You know those books where you just want to sit and read for hours…but then you have to go to class or an appointment etc. Yea, that’s actually my number 1 pet peeve.

Describe your perfect reading spot | My bed, or a reading nook

I love to be able to cuttle or curl up and read. Natural light is always better than lightbulbs. I don’t like to read in public because I get distracted by everything going around me, and I find it hard to get engrossed in the book.

Tell us 3 book confessions |

1. I never finished the Mortal Instruments Series. One of my favorite series, I originally read them as they were releasing. However, when the fourth one came out I was super excited that it wasn’t a trilogy like I originally thought and then I did not finish it. I’m in the process of rereading the first three, and then will hopefully finish the series.

2. I read too many books at a time. I am currently reading three books at once, which is probably a new low for me. I constantly switch between books based on my mood. I find it very hard to only have one book option at a given time.

3. I look up spoilers on Tumblr. I hate myself for this, but I will look up spoilers on tumblr when I’m waiting for a really great book to come out (aka like Empire of Storms).

When was the last time you cried during a book | Empire of Storms

I sobbed during Empire of Storms. The ending killed me. All together a wonderful book that I recommend to everyone. If you want to read more about it, go HERE.

How many books are on your bedside table | Nine

I have an ever growing pile of books next to me. Most of them are from the library and will probably be returned before they will be read, an problem I have had since I had a library card.

What is your favorite snack to eat while you’re reading | Pretzels

I absolutely love the crunch of pretzels, and how they can stave off hunger so that you can continue reading uninterrupted. I will say that when I am deep in a book, I could care less about food and only the deepest hunger will make me rise to find a snack.

Name 3 books you would recommend to everyone | 

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

3.  Enclave by Ann Agguire

There are also so many other books that everyone should read that I have not put on this list, but these are the ones I’ve been loving the most recently.

Show us a picture of your favorite shelf on your bookcase | I’ll raise you an entire bookcase.

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Write how much books mean to you in three words| My entire life.

What is your biggest reading secret |

I constantly stop in the middle of books and put them aside. Even if I love the book, I often set it aside and start reading or continuing another one. The most recent book I have done this with is Winter. Absolutely love the book and series, but I put it down and have yet to pick it back up.

Who do you tag | because all my blogger friends have already done it, I’m going to try and make new ones! I tag you…

Ann @ AnntheBookmaster

Anna @ MyBookishDream

Goodreads Book Tag

I was tagged to do this Book Tag by the lovely Maggie at MassachusettsNovel.

What was the last book you marked as read | You Make Me by Erin McCarthy

Let me preface this by saying that I like to turn to romance novels to overcome the post-Maas slump after every book. After finishing Empire of Storms this weekend, I turned to this book which was free on Amazon. This book was a little lackluster as the retellings go. It was supposedly a retelling of Wuthering Heights, a book which I love but it wasn’t really except for same vague concepts and names. Overall very average, and okay for a free book.

What are you currently reading | Winter by Marissa Meyer

I am actually reading four books right now, two of which are re-reads, but out of all of them I absolutely love this book. Unfortunately it got put on the back burner when Empire of Storms released, but now that I have read my mandatory romance, I’ll be picking this one back up.

What book do you plan to read next | Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone is one of the books that I am currently re-reading because I would like to finish the original trilogy before I read Six of Crows. While I have read the first book before, I never finished (or started) the other two books. Hopefully I will be able to finish before my Duology hardcover set comes!

Do you use the star rating system | Yes

I always try and star the books I read, for me as much as anyone else who could be seeing them. Sometimes I’ll go back through by read list and totally forget what a book was about. The starring helps me remember how I felt at the time, and will sometimes remind me of impressions the book left.

Are you doing the 2016 reading challenge | Yes

I always like to set goals for myself as to what to read the coming year. This also tends to keep me on track and focused, as I can get easily distracted by life. This helps to remind me to take time for myself.

Do you have a wish list | No

If I want a book, I will either buy it or request it from the library. Don’t really have to “wish” for anything, unless it’s a foreign edition or such.

What book do you plan to buy next | Six of Crows Duology

I don’t know if it counts, but I do have the Six of Crows Duology box set pre-ordered. I’m getting the signed editions from Books of Wonder! I can’t wait to read this series because I have heard nothing but good things.

Do you have any favorite quotes. Share a few | Of Course

“All that is gold does not glitter/ Not all those who wander are lost.” -Tolkien

“My name is Celaena Sardothein and I will not be afraid.” -Maas

“She is my fireheart.” – Maas

“When a girl cries, few things are more worthless than a boy.” -Bracken

And I will stop there, although I could probably go on forever.

Who are your favorite authors | Sarah J. Maas (obvi.) and Alexandra Bracken

Perhaps I’m not a true Bracken fan because I still have not read Passenger or her first book, however I really do love The Darkest Minds enough for her to qualify as one of my favorite authors. If you haven’t read me waxing poetic about Sarah J. Maas before, you probably  only need to go back a few posts.

Have you joined any groups | No

I have always been a quiet reader. It wasn’t until recently when I found my Big Maggie (who tagged me for this post) and my G-Big that I really started getting in the “book club” mood. I don’t see myself joining any groups in the future either, in part because of some vicious posts I’ve seen in some when people don’t agree.

 

Thank you for reading! Feel free to do this tag, and keep stopping by!

-Emily