Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Reader Challenge- Breaking Out of the Safety Zone

I am all about pushing the envelope on my comfort zones. I don't like to get stagnant or fall into a routine. I do this in practically every aspect of my life which is why I scale 50 ft. boulders in my spare time or try to not order the same exact thing at a restaurant that I frequent. However, the one area where I do not tend to truly push myself to grow and to expand my horizons and my comfort zone is my reading material. I love young adult, fantasy, sci-fi, and throw in a few classics. Other than that I don't really branch out that much I pretty much just stick with what I am comfortable with and never really try new books.

So, as a personal challenge to myself I am going to force my unwillingness to expand stop and decease with an ultimatum that I will branch out of my comfort zone and expand my reading list to include more adult fiction and even some nonfiction. I will be relying on Goodreads and some book review blogs to help guide the way (of course I will also use my tried and true method of wandering the aisles until something pops out at me). I have already done well by adding the books:

  1. The Memory Keepers Daughter
  2. Open Doors by Ian Rankin
  3. Just One Day by Gail Forman- not the type of book I would normally pick up off the shelves
  4. Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
  5. The Late Mr. Shakespeare by Robert Nye
  6. The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han
to my shelves in the hope that maybe I can get a taste for something new. Not that there is anything wrong with what I normally read, but I believe that books should make you grow as a person. As much as I love getting caught up in fantasy worlds and a lot of the books do touch on some very deep and profound subjects and questions, they are first and foremost  reads that are just for fun. I want to expand and grow as a person and as a reader.

Honestly this scares me more than I think it should, I mean come on I climb 50ft rocks for crying out loud with nothing attached to me but I walk into the fiction section of a bookstore and I freeze up like a little wussy. It's a scary challenge and I will probably have a panic attack but I will do it. This will probably mean that I will get most of my books out of the free bin at Second & Charles (a used bookstore), my dad's stash, free kindle books, the library, or really really cheap at the thrift store. This is mainly because even books within my normal genres have to be ones that I am pretty sure I will love for me to break down and spend the money. Maybe I will find a new favorite author or genre of book.

If you guys have any suggestions of books that deviate away from the sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, fantasy, young adult genres (or any really good books within those genres, because ya know I have no self-control) please do tell in the comments!!!!!!!!!!! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Top 10 Tuesday- Books That I Want to Read but Don't Yet Own

Hey guys!

Every week the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish Blog give us a pre-determined topic to list our top ten books. This week the topic is Top 10 Books that You Want to Read but Do Not Yet Own. So, without further ado here is my list:

First of all I want to say that this list is much longer than just 10 books and I would like to call out my bank account for not being vast enough to accommodate my book-buying habit. I blame that fact that I need food, gas, and somewhere to live as the reason why I can't have all the books.

Books that I need to complete my series (well some of my series):

1) Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
2) City of Heavenly Fire by  Cassandra Clare
3) Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
4) Cress by Marissa Meyer
5) The rest of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
6) A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (I only own the second book in this series)
7) The rest of the Shadow and Bone series by Leigh Bardugo (I only own the first one)
8) Shadow kiss, Last Sacrifice, Bloodlines, The Indigo Spell, The Fiery Heart, The Golden Lilly by Richelle Mead
9) The Iron Queen, The Iron Prince, Talon, The Forever Song, The Iron Knight, The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
10) Prodigy and Champion by Marie Lu

Books that I just need:

1) Shakespeare After All by Marjorie Garber
2) The adult books by J.K. Rowling
3) The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherine's, and Let it Snow by John Green
4) Leviathan series by Scott Westerfield
5) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
6) Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
7) Black Heart and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

8) The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
9) Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling
10) Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Again this only scratches the surface. I am sure that I could make a top ten books in ever single category (excluding romance) and I would still not be able to get in every single book that I currently want to own!

Review: White Cat

White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)
Author: Holly Black
Pages: 320
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: 5/4/2010
Standalone or Series: Curse Workers #1
Source: Bought
Rating: 4.5

Brief Synopsis Via Goodreads: Cassel comes from a shady, magical family of con artists and grifters. He doesn't fit in at home or at school, so he's used to feeling like an outsider. He's also used to feeling guilty; he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago.

But when Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat, and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas and a plan to con the conmen.

My Review: Overall this was a really good book, somewhere between great and freaking fantastic. I will definitely be reading the second book in the series to find out what happens next.

What I did not like:
  • The plot was hard to follow at times. There were points when I had a really hard time trying to figure out where in the world this book was going with the plot line. In the end though it all ironed out for a phenomenal end.
  • The main character was slightly whiny. It felt as though half the book was Cassel just whining about how unfair his life was and how he wanted to be a curse worker but he wasn't. There was character growth here though so I liked that he became less whiny.
What I did like:
  • The action was pretty much from beginning to end. While the plot did kind of meander at times it was engaging and entertaining. So, it was easy to sit through not quite knowing where the author was going with this story at certain parts. 
  • The fact that the characters are well developed. There are some characters that you like and are rooting for, some that you don't like at first and then end up loving, and some that you just love altogether. It makes for a nice mix and all of the characters felt real, except for them having magical powers (I am still waiting for mine).
  • The fact that there was a cat. I am a sucker for a good cat story so this one was right up my alley.
  • The incorporation of magic did not feel forced. Sometimes when reading a book about magic and powers the story can just feel too forced. As if the author is trying to hard to world build. While the setting for the story did take some time it was not just thrown in your face in the beginning but rather developed as the story progressed.
  • The characters were funny. Not in an absurd way but just in a dysfunctional family type of way. Kind of reminded me of my own family funny farm that I run.
I recommend this book to anyone who like magic with a twist. I have never read a book quite like this one so I appreciate Holly Black staying away from the cliché.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday- Books that people have been telling you to read

Hey guys!

Every week the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish Blog give us a pre-determined topic to list our top ten books. This week the topic is Top 10 Books that people have been telling me to read. Now I put my own spin on this and listed out the top 10 books that I currently own but just for whatever reason have not yet read. Whether that is because of some very unfortunate spoilers or just a whole bunch of negative reviews. So without further ado here is my list:
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1) The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
2) The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
3) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
4) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
5) Delirium by Lauren Oliver
6) Shatter Me by Tahara Mafi
7) Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
8) Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare
9) The Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
10) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pay Day Book Haul on a Monday

Hey guys!

Due to some recent financial stuffs, such as saving up for graduate school in January, I have decided to move this link up to be once a month. So it will just be a monthly book haul that will probably coincide with a pay day.

Buying enough books to haul every week is kind of tiring and very expensive. I will host these hauls on the last Monday of the month from now on.

See you in a few weeks!

August- 8/25
September- 9/29
October- 10/27
November- 11/24
December- 12/29

Thursday, August 14, 2014

My Goals for The Bout of Books 11.0

Here are my goals for this Bout of Books!

My TBR for this read-a-thon:
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Death Cure by James Dashner
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

In total I will read 4 books during this period. Each day I will read as many pages as I possibly can and give a daily update on the book, how many pages, and how many books read to date. If I finish all four books before the end of the period then I will add Fragments by Dan Wells.

Twitter chats: I will be participating in the twitter chat on Wednesday @ 8 pm. This is the only one that I can do, sadly. :(

Monday- Book Scavenger Hunt -- The Book Monsters
Thursday-Like This, Try This -- Writing My Own Fairy Tale
Friday- Book Chain -- Christian Bookshelf Reviews
Sunday- 5 Books -- Falling Down the Book Hole

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Book Review: It's Kind of a Funny Story

Disclaimer: This book does deal with some adult topics such as depression, mental illness, and self harm. In my video talk and written review I do touch on these topics. Please be aware of this before you watch the video, read the review, or read the book.

It's Kind of a Funny StoryAuthor: Ned Vizzini
Publication Date:
Series or Standalone: Standalone

Source: Bought
Rating: 5 stars

Summary via Goodreads:

Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life - which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig's suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.

Here is my video talk of the book:

Here is my written review of the book:

What I liked-
  • The plot was intriguing and well-developed. There were some slow parts and this book was not a fast paced action thriller type of book. The slower parts are used to help you to understand how Craig came to be depressed and how this depression affects his way of thinking, the relationships that he forms, his family, and his friends.
  • The writing was amazing. This book had me gripped and intrigued in the first few pages and held me spellbound until the very end.
  • The characters were all well-developed and our main character Craig definitely had a lot of growth throughout this novel. When he went into the psychiatric care unit he was just a teenage boy who did not know how to deal with his issues or how to relate to people or the world. While in the care of the psych ward he learned a lot about himself and about others. He found that he really did care about these people and that he already had the keys to success he just did not know how to use them properly.
  • The focus on family was a nice change from the dystopian post-apocalyptic worlds that have been dominating my bookshelf lately. In those books the family unit is broken up but in this book family is the main focus. Craig realizes that his family is very important to his success and that with their help he can overcome this depression that has consumed his life.
  • The whole book felt very authentic to me and that is something that I loved. The plot line was relatable, the characters were relatable, and the book dealt with some darker issues that people really do struggle with. Unfortunately the age at which these issues comes up seems to dip lower and lower and the years go on. Mental illness and drug abuse is a real thing and I wish that more books would deal with these tougher topics.
What I did not like-

I had to dig deep and what I didn't like is just little trivial stuff.

  • I thought that the relationship between Craig and Noel was a bit weird. But, they are about fifteen or so years old so I guess I was not a smooth talking awesome at romance type of person then (or now for that matter).
  • Sometimes it seemed like Ned Vizzini tried just a bit too hard to make his characters seem funny. At times it was slightly over the top but nothing to really distract you from the book or the message that you receive from it.
This book is at the top of my recommendations list and is just so beautiful and powerful. Please read this book! I cannot say enough wonderful things about it, just read it and you will never view the world the same way again. Absolute perfection.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

W.W.W. Wednesday- August 13

The lovely blogger over at Should Be Reading started this weekly meme to help us answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading:
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfield
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license - for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.

But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all.

The choice Tally makes changes her world forever...

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

What did you just finish reading:
  • The Young World by Chris Weitz
After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he's secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.

The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park...and discovers truths they could never have imagined.

  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

What do you think that you will read next:
  • I AM the Other by c/o Goodreads First Reads
 At 9:27, the brief message I AM Aaa ome interrupts the work of Sunshine Borden, designer of autonomous, self-programming software. He’s initially annoyed, but then wonders if his programs could have produced a cyberentity. He later discovers that the message appeared globally on all computers and communication devices connected to the World Net. Even top cybersecurity experts cannot determine the source. There is no trace.

As the world struggles to understand what is dubbed the I AM phenomenon, a series of mysterious laws appear. Governments are considering the possibility that I AM is an alien threat. Others are claiming direct contact with the entity, and there is even talk that I AM could be God. In the midst of increasing cultural turmoil, Sunshine Borden must face his own demons as I AM permeates the world. To add to the chaos, a psychopath with a face-altering mask is stalking and killing women. I AM the Other is a novel about the nature of reality, an unexplained mystery, unexpected love, transcendent spirituality, and a probable future that is right around the corner.

  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.

Waiting on Wednesday- The Infinite Sea

Book Cover Image. Title: The Infinite Sea:  The Second Book of the 5th Wave, Author: Rick Yancey

The lovely blog Breaking the Spine hosts a weekly meme called Waiting on Wednesday which allows us to showcase a book that we can not wait to be released.

Author: Rick Yancey
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication Date: September 16, 2014

Summary via Barnes and Noble:

The riveting follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave, hailed by Justin Cronin as “wildly entertaining.”

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.
Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Why I want it: I have not yet read the 5th Wave but I really really want to! It just sounds so interesting and suspenseful. Maybe I will wait until this book comes out and then I will just marathon the series. Hopefully both books will live up to the praise that they are getting and will be a winning dystopian series and earn a place of honor on my bookshelf.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday- Books I am not Sure I Want to Read

Hey guys!

Every week the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish Blog give us a pre-determined topic to list our top ten books. This week the topic is Top 10 Books that I am not sure that I want to read. Now I put my own spin on this and listed out the top 10 books that I currently own but am not sure that I really want to read now. Whether that is because of some very unfortunate spoilers or just a whole bunch of negative reviews. So without further ado here is my list:

1) Allegiant by Veronica Roth- I am not ready to get my heart pulled out of my chest.  Darn people who spoiled me!

2) Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Cami Garcia- I have heard mixed reviews about this series but not many people just love it. Makes me nervous to try the series.

3) Matched by Allie Condle- Again I have heard such mixed reviews that I am hesitant about this series even though I own all three books.

4) Requiem by Lauren Oliver- I have heard good things about Delirium and Pandemonium but apparently the last book is a non- end type of thing. I hate open-ended endings!

5) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer- I feel like I should re-read this series due to the fact that public shaming and horrible acting have ruined what I though might have been love for this series.

6) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien- I have read and love the Hobbit but I just don't think I could make myself sit down and read such massive books.

7) Legend by Marie Lu- Another one of those series that gets so many mixed reviews I am just not sure if I want to be disappointed by a book.

8) Fallen by Lauren Kate- Most specifically Rapture which I have heard has an infuriating ending.

9) The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead- Some people love it, some people hate it, some people hated it but then loved it. I am just not sure that it is my kind of book. I have heard you just have to suffer through the first book but then they get so much better after that.

10) Foundling by Robert Cornish- Bought this book because it looked interesting but I am just not sure that it something that I want to read. I have so many books on my TBR shelves  which I am dying to read that I just can't bring myself to pick this one up.

Honorable Mention: the Hush Hush series- another series where not too many people have positive things to say about it.
Thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Pay Day Book Haul #4

Hey guys!

Here is my 4th pay day book haul! As usual please feel free to link up your own bookhauls and comment on the books that I talk about and the books that I should pick up.

As usual here is my video:

Hope that you enjoyed my book haul!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Treat yo' Self Thursday- Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

The lovely blog No Money 4 Books has started a weekly meme called Treat Yo Self Thursday where you can share a book that you have treated yourself to this week.

Dash & Lily's Book of DaresTitle: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares
Author: Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan
Publisher: Knopf books for young readers
Publication Date: 10/26/10
Source: Bought from Second & Charles
Price: $6

Summary via Goodreads:
 “I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

Why I wanted this book: I have seen booktubers raving about this book for a few months now. So you can bet your bottom that when I discovered it on a rack at Second & Charles that I was ecstatic and grabbed it up. I was so happy to find this book! I have not seen it at any of the other bookstores in my area and thought that I was destined to have to search the depths of Amazon for this book. I might wait until closer to the holidays to read it since technically it is a holiday book. Or I might be able to restreain myself and I will need to read this book ASAP!

Let me know in the coments if you have read this book! Did you like it? Was it as cute and awesome as I think that it is going to be?

Monday, August 4, 2014

Dusting off the Shelf Read-a-thon

I found this Read-a-thon via Mimi at Mnmmariam (you guys should check her out because she is pretty cool and she also does booktube! which is awesome). The purpose of this read-a-thon is to get some of the TBR books that have been cluttering up your shelf for a while now and new and honorable place in your read pile.

dusting-off-the-shelf-read-a-thon-graphic1 read a thon

So, without further ado here is my TBR list for this read-a-thon:

Read a book set in the past: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame Smith

Read a classic: I will choose a story from my big bind up of Edgar Allen Poe stories and do a post about that.

Read a book written before 2010: The Princess Bride by William Golding

Other books to read:

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (I am reading this for a read a long with Elizzibooks)

The Last Mage Guardian by Sabrina Chase (c/o Goodreads First Reads and I really need to get it read so I can review it)

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (the time has come to start reading this series!)

I think that I can do it!!!!!!! 6 books in about 15 days should be plenty doable. Plus I am also participating in the bout of books later on this month. So you know what that means? Lots of books read in August means that I can buy even more books in September!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or not... I should probably not.

Top Ten Tuesday- Books That I Would Recommend: Twisted tales

This week the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish are asking us to list out our top ten books that we would recommend to people in any genre that we choose. I have decided to pick books that are based on fairy tales or stories and giving special emphasis to those with a supernatural twist.

Just like the last few weeks the main discussion with be in v-log form but I have provided a written list with a short little blurb explaining the reasoning. First seven are ones that I currently own and the last three are ones that I have either read and do not own or have not read yet.

1) The Lunar Chronicles series- books that put a spin on fairy tales are awesome and these have a sci-fi twist that rocks my world.

2) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Graham Smith- a book that takes the classic Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin and throws in some walking dead type action.

3) Once by Cameron Dokey- a collection of stories that are based on Disney fairytales. Have not read this one yet but looks awesome. Also has another book Kiss.

4) Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Graham Smith- take some historical fiction add in some vampires and you got yourself a winner.

5) The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor Vampire Slayer- historical fiction takes on the vampires in this awesome tale of one of history's most prominent figures.

6) Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black- I am sucker for stories that involve fairies so this series is right up my alley.

7) The White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter- Alice in Wonderland retelling with a zombie apocalypse twist? Count me in!

8) Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine- a lovely book about what happens after 'happily ever after'

9) Robin Hood & Friar Lock: Zombie Killers by Paul A. Freeman- Robin Hood... zombies... what is there not to like?

10) The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells- gotta include the classics people.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pay Day Bookhaul #3: Alternate title would be the video in which I introduce the concept of a Moose Stache


I am back with a huge book haul. I blame the combination of tax free weekend and the total lack of self control for the massiveness of this book haul. I think I probably broke some kind of record.

Also as a sort of plus to this little weekly thing that I do. I decided to show you guys some nerdy and somewhat non-book related items that I picked up. There is also some Moose Stache-ness going on (don't know what that is well then watch the whole video and you will find out my friends).

As usual please feel free to link up your own book haul post in the comments below, comment on the books and non-book stuffs that I picked up, and talk about the books. Because there are a lot of them and my TBR pile is out of control.

I look forward to hearing about what books you guys got this past weekend/week/month!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Bout of Books: Book Reading List

Here it is! After much hemming and hawing I have finally decided which books I am going to be reading during the Bout of Books reading challenge.

Books That I Will be Reading:

1) City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
2) Insurgent by Veronica Roth
3) Uglies by Scott Westerfield (I will no longer be able to say that I have not read a Scott Westerfield book!)
4) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
5) The Death Cure by James Dashner

Other Goals:
  • Complete at least three challenges during that week
  • Comment on at least five posts by other bloggers each day (should be able to do this on my lunch break)
  • Update my progress each day
  • Make a wrap up video at the end of the Bought of Books read-a-thon
  • Make some bout of books twitter friends
Remember that you too can join in the fun at the Bout of Books blog! Here we go guys hopefully I can both complete all of my goals and maybe dwindle dat darned old TBR list just a teensy little bit.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Bout of Books: My first bout of books ever!

So, I am a bought of books virgin but I am so excited because I have heard nothing but great things about this challenge.
Bout of Books 11

It's back! The Bout of Books Read-a-thon is upon all of us again. This is a challenge that is hosted by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. This challenge begins at midnight on Monday, August 18 and ends on Sunday August 24. There is no pressure to this challenge and the only competition is between you, yourself, and I. The goal is to just increase the number of books that you normally read on a weekly basis. There are additional challenges, some giveaways, and prizes involved. So be sure to check the Bout of Books website to keep updated on all that is happening.

Be sure to link up your official "I am participating" post so we can all be one big happy family who loves to read!

I will be back later on this week once I have finalized my list for this challenge and will share that with you guys.

Eeeeeek! I am so excited to be doing this! It will be tons o fun. :)

My August Goals

Hey guys!
I just wanted to let you guys know what my August bookish goals are, so without further ado here they be!
Books I want to read:
The Last Mage Guardian by Sabrina Chase (my last ARC from a Goodreads competition)
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments #5)
The Death Cure by James Dashner (Maze Runner #3)
Harry: A History by Melissa Anelli 
Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #2)

Books I am going to be reviewing:

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (the first 5 b/c I don't own the 6th)
The Young World by Chis Weitz (The Young World #1)- c/o Goodreads First Reads
Invincible by C.A. Gray (Piercing the Veil #2)- c/o Goodreads First Reads
Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #1)
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Booktube type stuffs:

  • Make an Intro to Booktube video
  • Make a TBR shame video
  • Make a few tag videos just for funsies
  • Participate in a read along with other booktubers: This month the book is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (I do need to buy this book because I do not yet own it).
  • Start my Blogging Confessions tag thingy majig

Other stuffs:
  • I will hopefully read and review more books than I have set for my goals
  • I will not be buying any more books (with the exception of the read along book) and just focus on dwindling the TBR pile down some)
  • I am going to read the rest of series that I have not finished first in order to catch up on my reading type stuff
  • I am also going to be better about linking up to memes during the week: read I am actually going to make a concious effort to visit new blogs and make some friends
What are your bookish and non-bookish related goals for this month? Let me know in the comments and thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internets!