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"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green

7.25.2016

BOOKTUBE-A-THON 2016 WRAP UP



BookTube-A-thon 2016 is officially over!  July 24th was the last full day of the event, and boy was this a looooong 7 days.  I have never read that many books in such a short amount of time.  Especially as it doesn't really work out to 1 book a day in practice; so books take longer than others do (I'm looking at you Wax, I'm looking at you).

Just to refresh your memory from last time (check out my update post) here are the challenges:
1. Read a book with yellow on the cover
2. Read a book only after sunset
3. Read a book you discovered through BookTube
4. Read a book by one of your favorite authors
5. Read a book that is older than you
6. Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation
7. Read seven books


(books correspond to the challenges from left to right)

I officially finished ALL the challenges!  Wooh!  I read every single book listed above!  Smashed it for sure.  Of course I'm sure some people read waaaaay more books, but with the fact that I have a full-time, 40 hour a week job, I am very pleased with my accomplishment!  

With the BookTube-A-Thon, there were three other places to do "challenges or activities: Twitter, Instagram, and, of course, YouTube.  I, unfortunately, rarely participated in the YouTube or Instagram challenges--I need to re-vamp my YoueTube Channel and I'm just not a good Bookstagamer yet.  BUT, I totally participated in the Twitter Sprints!  These are blocks of time when hosts for the BookTube-A-Thon issue reading "sprints", designated reading times, and offer challenges/activities to do during the blocks as well.  They were super fun, and while I only really got to do the 10:00PM to 1:00AM ones, I did participate!  

I LOVE this event, and really applaud Ariel Bisset for all the hard work she puts in to, first, create the BookTube-A-Thon, and then second, run it every year!  I also enjoyed the myriad of guest hosts, popular BookTubers from all over the interwebz; super fun to see everyone's different style in Tweet form!

Since I'm so pumped, and I finished all my challenges, I figured I'd do a little wrap-up going over the books I read as a celebratory "I DID IT!"!

FAVORITE BOOK READ!
My favorite book read was Wax by Gina Damico!  I can't say enough good things about this book; it was hilarious and horrifying, and hilariously horrifying all at the same time.  Definitely a book you want to check out (also look for my review and a giveaway coming Tuesday, July 26th)!

LEAST FAVORITE BOOK READ!
My least favorite books read was definitely The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway!  This book was picked for the "read a book that is older than you" challenge, and I regret that decision.  I know that as far as a literary achievement, this is touted as one of Hemingway's best novels, but it has a lot, and I mean a lot, of fishing in it.  Too much fishing.  All the fishing.  I couldn't handle it.  Good for a literary analysis, stinky for reading for fun!

FAVORITE CHALLENGE!
I really enjoyed the "read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation".  For this one I chose How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, which when the movie came out, I did not know it was a book.  So I saw the movie first, which in this case was fine because I didn't find them to be all that similar.  The very base of the plot is there in the movie, but the book and movie have a TON of differences.  Both enjoyable for sure, but I think I like the movie adaptation better, sorry to say!

LEAST FAVORITE CHALLENGE!
This is a toss up between "read a book that is older than you" and "read a book only after sunset".  The former because being 28 makes the genre that I typically like to read, Young Adult, pretty slim pickings to find a book, and one I hadn't read yet.  Hence, looking for those classics, and hence, winding up with "The Old Man Who Fished A Lot".  The later was problematic because right now it doesn't get dark until 8:30PM!!!  And remember that 40 hour a week job?  I'm tired by like 9:00PM!  I had to do some major caffeination in order to read my pick for that challenge, but it was still fun!

FASTEST BOOK TO READ!
That honor would have to go to How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. This is the last book I read, as I wanted to be able to watch the movie right after, so I read it all in one go on Sunday, July 24th.  Super short book too, so that obviously helped! The actual shortest book I read was really, George by Alex Gino, at 195 pages, but I read that over two days due to work.

LONGEST BOOK TO READ!
This honor has to go to Wax by Gina Damico.  This book took 5 days...well nights...to read!  That's only because sleep kept defeating me!  My body was so weak in the face of all this after sunset only reading!  This books was also the longest in page length at 368 pages.  So worth it though!!

MOST GENRES READ!
I read, out of the 7 books, 4 "contemporary" books: You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan, George by Alex Gino, Local Girl Swept Away, and Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh.  Each of them were very different books, but all fell within the contemporary genre.  And it just reinforces the fact that contemporary has a lot of different books within it!

Overall, I had sooooo much fun!  And I'm proof, along with many other participants, that you don't have to have a (active)BookTube channel in order to take part in the BookTube-A-Thon.  So definitely consider participating next year, and make sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel in order to get all the updates.




7.21.2016

BOOKTUBE-A-THON UPDATE



So the BookTube-A-Thon is chugging away!  We are currently on Day 4 with only 3 days left!!!!  that is NOT a lot of time!  I'm very much feeling the pressure....

But I figured I'd update on my progress so far in order to keep everything in perspective.

Here are the challenges:
1. Read a book with yellow on the cover
2. Read a book only after sunset
3. Read a book you discovered through BookTube
4. Read a book by one of your favorite authors
5. Read a book that is older than you
6. Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation
7. Read seven books


(books correspond to the challenges from left to right)
                                
 So far I have completed two of the challenges: #3 read a book you discovered through BookTube (George by Alex Gino, which technically could be used for #1 in a pinch) and #5 read a book that is older than you (The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, which could be used for nothing other than this one...it wasn't good).  Not too shabby considering I also have a full-time job.

I am also in the middle of completing two other challenges: #2 read a book only after sunset (Wax by Gina Damico, also could be used for #4--love me some Gina Damico), which is hard over the summer since the sun sets so late, and #7 read seven books (Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh in my 7th book).

The other 3 should be finished this weekend--all three of them are relatively short books (very on purpose for this read-a-thon), so I am very hopeful that I will crush this BookTube-A-Thon!  I haven't really had a chance to participate in the YouTube and Instagram challenges that go along with this, but I have been able to do a couple of Twitter pushes!  I just love this community, and I have read more in these last 3 days then I have in a month, so an added bonus there!

If you're also doing the BookTube-A-Thon, or you know of some fun read-a-thons coming up, let me know in the comments!  And as always, HAPPY READING!                              





7.20.2016

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow - Spotlight & Giveaway

     
     Girl in Pieces has been on my radar for a while.  I've been wanting to read this contemporary from the minute I heard about it, and I had the privilege of meeting Kathleen Glasgow at ALA.  I was able to get an ARC signed by her, and on the last day I was able to pick up an extra ARC because I knew I wanted to give my readers the opportunity to read it as well!

     I was also sent an ARC for review, so now I have TWO ARCs to giveaway to you all!  I'm really excited about this.  Girl in Pieces is a visceral book; you feel what Charlie feels; you go through what Charlie goes through.  It is a difficult story to get through at times, but so beautifully executed.  I think this will be classified by many to be a must read contemporary YA that really examines the aftermath of a life fallen to pieces, and what it takes to build it back up.



August 30, 2016

For fans of Girl, Interrupted, Thirteen Reasons Why, and All the Bright Places comes Kathleen Glasgow’s debut novel about a girl who has lost everything—almost even herself.

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge. 

A deeply moving portrait of a teenage girl on the verge of losing herself and the journey she must take to survive in her own skin, Kathleen Glasgow’s debut is heartbreakingly real and unflinchingly honest. It’s a story you won’t be able to look away from.


The room is too quiet, so I walk the halls at night.  My lungs hurt.  I move slowly.

     Everything is too quiet.  I trace a finger along the walls.  I do this for hours.  I  know they're thinking about putting me on sleep meds after my wounds heal and I can be taken off antibiotics, but I don't want them to.  I need to be awake and aware.

     He could be anywhere.  He could be here.
(Page 10)



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7.17.2016

Booktube-A-Thon 2016 - To Be Read List


It's that time of year, the BookTube-A-Thon 2016 is upon us!  Happening July 18th through July 24th, the BookTube-A-Thon is a week long readathon hosted by Ariel Bissett! A time for the BookTube community to all come together and do what we read best: consume books in massive quantities!

While my BookTube channel has been inactive for a little bit (this might be restarted soon), I love to watch other BookTubers and definitely want to support this awesome community!  Also, as Ariel mentioned, you don't have to have a BookTube to participate, so I figured I'd give it a go!

Essentially, the overall challenge of the BookTube-A-Thon is to read seven books over the course of seven days.  That is like one book a day!  Eeep!!  On top of that there are six other challenges:

1. Read a book with yellow on the cover
2. Read a book only after sunset
3. Read a book you discovered through Booktube
4. Read a book by one of your favorite authors
5. Read a book that is older than you
6. Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation
Of course #7 is Read seven books

The books I chose for the challenges are:

                                

Hopefully I get them all read, but I figured if not, that's okay.  It'll still be fun to try!  I'll be updating through Goodreads and Twitter, so sure to be following me both places!  

If you're participating in the 2016 BookTube-A-Thon, leave a link to your TBR video/post in the comments!  Happy reading!




7.15.2016

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Review)

Title: Throne of Glass
Author(s): Sarah J. Maas
Edition: Hardcover (original cover released)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Source: Bought
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Book Depository













The Summary

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
My Opinion

I was definitely late to the bandwagon with this one!  I had bought it when it first came out.  I met Sarah and had Throne of Glass, along with, the then newly released, Crown of Midnight signed.  Then I just popped them both on my shelf to be forgotten until...three years later (ohhh my bad).  But I couldn't ignore the siren call anymore, especially when ToG is blowing up my Twitter feed on the daily.  So I gingerly removed it from my shelf and fell head first into being complete ToG trash.

What is there not to love about this book?!  It has so much!  Great plot, great characters, great dialogue, great world building, it's all great!  The way this world comes together blows me away, and Maas just builds upon this fantastic foundation that culminates in such an engrossing story you hate for it to end (luckily it's a series)!

Celaena Sardothien is the badass girl of my dreams.  One of the best assassins in Adarlan, Celaena doesn't mind getting dirty when it's called for, murdering whoever the job determines.  But then she is also into fashion, clothes, books, sweets; she loves a good indulgence, which is a dichotomy I adore.  She kicks ass, kills men "stronger" than her, but still swoons over a good piece of chocolate.  This is the type of female protagonist I want to see more of; girls don't have to be all "I'm super serious and can't like frivolous things".  Uh, yes you can!  I hate when female leads are purposefully made more masculine just so they are believable as being tough.  Girls and women can be tough and still like to wear dresses.

Besides her obvious badassery, Celaena is a complex character.  There are multiple facets to her, and Maas does a masterful job of layering them, then peeling back a hint of the layers when the plot calls for it.  A great way she shows the reader the different sides to Celaena is by other characters' views of her.  Chaol and Dorian, the two main male protagonists, see Celaena two very different ways.  Through them you get to see different facets of her personality and realize there are deeper depths yet.  Also, one's the Crown Prince of Adarlan and the other is the Captain of the Royal Guard....so they're pretty hunky.  Hunky, but complex with a development shown throughout the story that mirrors Celaena's journey.  I can't pick which to love because I can see the best qualities in both of them.

The overall mythos of the book is super interesting too.  Just when you think you have something figured out, BAM Maas throws you a curve ball!  And none of these twists seem forced or unecessary; they all work together to enrich the story and make it way more engaging.  I feel a part of this world when I'm reading the book, and that's so important to a fantasy story.

This book, and this series (there are four more currently published with the fifth book coming out this year!!!!!!), is beyond epic.  It is funny, sexy, and intense; just the kind of fantasy I want to dig my teeth into.  Celaena is the female protagonist I've been looking for, and I love her with all her faults and merits.  If you have yet to pick this book up, THEN WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?  Take it from someone who did wait, once you finish the first chapter you will be utterly in love, so go read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and be ToG trash with me!!!!

Extras


Book Trailer

Other Books in Series


Final Rating

Book Cover: 3/5 (for this cover; love the new one)

Book Title: 5/5
Plot: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Endings: 9/10
Overall: 47/50: A

7.13.2016

Waiting on Wednesday (95) - Labyrinth Lost

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming/recent releases that we seriously can’t wait to read

Here's my pick for the week, that I seriously can't wait to read:



Labyrinth Lost
Publication Date: September 6, 2016


Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.


I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person who was in my house – my entire family — is gone.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

Beautiful Creatures meets Daughter of Smoke and Bone with an infusion of Latin American tradition in this highly original fantasy adventure.

(Summary from Goodreads)



Love this premise, love this cover, love this author!  Zoraida's first series, The Vicious Deep, was great, so I am very excited to read this book!  I am also a part of the Resting Witch Face Squad (RWFSquad); we're the Street Team, bringing you Lost Labyrinth realness!  so make sure to check my social media for any tweets/posts about fun happenings about the book!  I luckily got an ARC and I'm reading right now: sooooooo good!!

What book are you waiting for?

6.29.2016

My 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Photos



This past weekend, I had the amazing privilege of attending the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, along with my fellow Baby Librarian and Book Blogger, Erin (Check her out at her blog: Uniquely Geeky Girl)

So I had a TON of fun!  Being with librarians, who love books so much, is always a blast. Also, everyone is so polite and nice and organized (there was many a time when people just started forming lines because that's what you do, LOL).

And while I went to a few panels, I haunted that Exhibit Hall, met some awesome authors, schmoozed some publishers, and collected all the books!  Like...ALL the books people.

I captured some highlights in the snapshots below, but I was such a bad documenter because I didn't capture half of what I did!  But please enjoy what I have, and if you ever have a chance to go to ALA, take advantage!  It is so much fun!!!!!

The entrance up to the Exhibit Hall, my home away from home for four days!

I am all ready to defeat Day 1!  
Tried to keep it casual, but still nice because, boy, was it hot out!

Yes, that is my haul from Friday, Day 1.
Now the Exhibit Hall was only open from 5:30PM to 7:00PM, and just for full weekend attendees.
I got 34 books in a hour and a half!  CRAZY!

Day 2 here I come!!!!!
So excited to experience more of everything on Saturday!

Waiting for the Jay Asher signing!  We all received an ARC of his latest book, What Light.
Super excited to read that one!

ALA had gender neutral bathrooms.  
To achieve this, they put a curtain around the urinals to offer privacy.
While not a perfect fix, I've always though urinals needed more privacy anyway!

I got to meet Jesse Andrews!  
Sadly, I left my physical copy of The Haters in my hotel room, but he was signing book plates instead!
I loved Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl, and I can't wait to dive into The Haters!

Day 2 Haul!!!  That's 55 books....I got a lot of books!

Erin and I are all ready for Day 3!
We were waiting for the YALSA YA Author Coffee Klatch to start!

Speaking of the event, these are the authors we got to meet!
In order from top down, left to right: Jonathan Friesen, Laurie Halse Anderson (QUEEN), Jenny Han, Peter Brown Hoffmeister, Laura Ruby, Jordan Sonnenblick, Tim Federle, Morgan Matson, and Jonathan Auxier (not pictured: Terry Farish and C.M. Surrisi).

Look at that AMAZING tattoo, Laura Ruby got to commemorate Bone Gap!
If you haven't read that book yet, you really need to.  It is the 2016 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature winner.

So this picture has a story to it: "When Elizabeth was 14 yrs old, she was recommended a book from the Children's Librarian at Hudson Library. This book was titled Speak

Elizabeth scoffed at the recommendation because she liked to read adult books, none of that "kid" stuff. But the librarian was insistent, "You will find yourself in this book." (Elizabeth had been having a hard time and through the weeks of visits over the summer, the librarian had come to know about it). Elizabeth took the book, and started reading it that night. 

She finished it in one sitting. 

That book was written by the woman pictured here: Laurie Halse Anderson. She is the reason I love books and believe in books and treasure books the way I do. Speak was given to me at a time when I needed it (this also influenced me immensely--thank you Ms. Mary!!). 

Speak changed my life, and Laurie has continued to change my life with each book she writes. Then I actually got to meet her, and it was amazing. 

I got to meet my hero, and I cried. I cried for that young Elizabeth who was kind of lost and I cried for the help a simple book gave me and I cried because I don't know where I would be now if that didn't happen. 

So thank you, thank you, thank you Laurie for all the books you write; I'm sure I'm not the only one who's life you've changed."

Then of course, she actually commented when I posted to Instagram!!
I MEAN CAN YOU EVEN?!!!!!

Uh, Day 3's haul...that's 100 books.  
So if you're counting, I'm currently at 189.....
I feel both extremely repulsed and extremely elated.  It is weird.

This is how I started Day 4. So. Very. Tired.
I don't even have a photo from my haul, but I believe it was closer to what Friday's was.
I haven't counted the total yet...I'm still tired.


So that was my first ever ALA experience.  It was a freaking blast, and one trip I will treasure forever!  Authors/librarians/book bloggers/readers are such awesome, amazing, generous people (at least in my experience), and being able to be surrounded by those people for four days was just too good!






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