quotes Elisquared likes

"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


Waiting on Wednesday - Isle of Blood and Stone

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

Here's my pick for the week:

Isle of Blood and Stone
written by Makiia Lucier
Publication Date: April 10, 2018

Ulises asked, "How can I look at these maps, see this riddle, and do nothing? They are my brothers."

Elias reached across the table and flicked aside two shells with a fingertip. The map curled into itself. "It's bound to be a goose chase. You know that?"

"Or a treasure hunt," Ulises countered, "and you've always been good at those."

Nineteen-year-old Elias is a royal explorer, a skilled mapmaker, and the new king of del Mar's oldest friend. Soon he will embark on the adventure of a lifetime, an expedition past the Strait of Cain and into uncharted waters. Nothing stands in his way...until a long-ago tragedy creeps back into the light, threatening all he holds dear.

The people of St. John del Mar have never recovered from the loss of their boy princes, kidnapped eighteen years ago, both presumed dead. But when two maps surface, each bearing the same hidden riddle, troubling questions arise. What really happened to the young heirs? And why do the maps appear to be drawn by Lord Antoni, Elias's father, who vanished on that same fateful day? With the king's beautiful cousin by his side-whether he wants her there or not-Elias will race to solve the riddle of the princes. He will have to use his wits and guard his back. Because some truths are better left buried...and an unknown enemy stalks his every turn.
(Summary from Goodreads)

I think the mix of what sounds like historical and fantasy makes for a great story.  I like the idea of this mystery that needs to be solved, but that the background of the author is in historical fiction, so even the summary sounds like this could have really happened.

What book are you waiting for?


Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because they are particularly fond of lists there at The Broke and the Bookish. They'd love us to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week they will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of their bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND post a comment on their post with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post to share.  If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. 
The topic this week is:
Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To

Oh, ho, ho do I have SEVERAL of these!  I am so bad at starting books and then leaving them, which I think falls into this category perfectly.  In addition, there are just some books that I got, was really excited about, then never read....so yeah, my bad!

I'm only going over 5, because these were all on my "Current Reads" shelf on Goodreads that I never bothered to finish on time.

 Everything Is Awful: And Other Observations by Matt Bellassai - This was suppose to be the 70th book I read in 2017, then oops, I never finished it.

 Escape from Asylum by Madeleine Roux - At least I finished the Asylum series itself, but with vacation, and the fact I wasn't driving back and forth to work, this audionovella was discarded.

 The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli - I have only read two pages of this book.  I don't know what my problem is, because I adored Simon Vs. the Homo-Sapiens Agenda.  But I'm going to get this one done, and fall in love!

 Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy - I know, I know, I know, what have I been doing!  I promise that I am going to finish this book, because Julie is an absolute peach and her books should be immensely enjoyed by all!

 Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst - I'm almost 50% done with this, and I just am "eh" about it.  I don't want to DNF because it's actually good, I just don't think it's great.  But I do want to finish it out.

ABCs of the Year

So I had this idea that to help tackle my massive TBR shelf, that I would do an "ABCs" challenge of sorts.  I would take the first 12 letters of the alphabet, for the 12 months of the year, and choose two books from that have a title starting with that letter to read that month.  

None of these books will be 2018 releases (some are from 2017), and they are all books that I physically own.  I have linked the Goodreads page for each book, and then placed a (P), an (A), or a (L) next to the book to denote whether I have the book in physical possession, (P), or that I own the book, but I don't have the physical copy with me, and I need to listen to it on audio (A) or borrow it from the library (L).  

The formats or books may change based on availability (if I don't have a physical copy) or if it is a good book to listen on audio (not all are).

The ABCs!

January – A
February – B
March – C
April – D
May – E
June – F
July – G
August – H
September – I
October – J
November – K
December – L


2017 Review - Looking Back on My Reading Year

This year has been pretty steady for me, but only when it comes to reading.  My actual blogging has taken a backseat, which is very much due to the year that I've had and my changing feelings on reviewing/blogging about books.  But that's for another time and another post; let's look at all the books I managed to read in 2017!

Lucky for me, (as I am lazy and bad at making graphics), Goodreads made a handy "My Year in Books":

So I read a total of 69 books this year with a total of 20,666 pages.  The average length of my books was 300.  This makes sense as I read mostly YA, which is around 300-350 pages per book, typically.

I know for some people out there, 69 (which is a horrible number to end on) is not a large amount.  But for me, and my recent spats of slumps, this was a landmark amount.  Also, it's 14 books more than I read in 2016, so I'm glad my numbers are going back up!

Here are all the actual books:

So out of the 69 books I read this is how it breaks down format wise:

 ARCs - 4
Graphic Novels - 12
Novels -15
Audiobooks - 38

Then, the age-range was:

Adult - 7
Young Adult - 62

Finally, the genre breakdowns:

Non-Fiction - 2
        Memoir - 1
        Poetry - 1
Fiction - 67
        Contemporary - 25
        Fantasy - 22
        Sci-Fi - 10
        Horror/Supernatural - 10

Some of this surprised me and some of it didn't.  I've always been a huge reader of Young Adult, but this year I didn't read any Middle Grade, which is unusual.  Fantasy has always been one of my favorite genres, but Contemporary beat it out this year.  I also read more Horror/Supernatural than I have in the past, which was due to my participation in the Spookathon (hosted by BooksandLaLa, Bookerly, and Paige's Pages).  

Overall, the biggest change in my reading this year was all the audiobooks I read.  With my move back home, I have a an hour drive back and forth to work, so I have a good chunk of time to listen to books.  I also finally got my Overdrive account to work on my phone, so I take advantage of that all the time!  It's just so much easier listening to audio, than reading a physical book because I'm so exhausted when I get home.

But I have found that the narrator and style of book makes or breaks the audio.  Not all books translate great in audio format, in my opinion (like any of the The Witchlands series by Susan Dennard; great books, too hard to listen to with the weird accent the narrator puts on).

And while I may not have given each of the books a full review, I did enjoy some more than others.  Looking at the whole list, I've managed to narrow done my top 10 favorites read in 2017.

In no particular order:
  1. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  2. There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
  3. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
  4. Simon Vs the Homo-Sapiens Agenda by  Becky Albertalli
  5. Still-Life with Tornado by A.S. King
  6. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  7. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
  8. Power Up by Kate Leth & Matt Cummings
  9. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  10. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
So that's it for my little look back on 2017.  I've set a new goal for 2018 of 70 books.  I'm going to try to add 10 more each year, until I'm back up to the 100 a year I use to read.  So far, I am two in, so I am officially one book ahead of schedule!

I hope your 2017 reading year was awesome, and that 2018 will be even more so! 




I am so ready to see this amazing book be made into an amazing film!  I think that all the actors cast are spot on, and I tear up just watching the trailer (which is embarrassing when you're at work).

If you don't know what Wonder is, it is a film adaptation of the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio, a New York Times Bestseller that will steal your heart:  
My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.
August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.
But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go.
Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?
Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.
And if that didn't convince you, or you need some visual encouragement, check out the trailer for the movie: 

You can also get in on the fun, but creating your very own Wonder Portrait!

As always, I am an advocate of reading the book BEFORE you go see the movie, but either way you must go see this movie when it opens November 17, 2017!!

BLOG TOUR --- The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu [Spotlight + Giveaway]

I am a HUGE Star Wars fan, so when I got the opportunity to be a part of this book tour, I jumped at it!  Luke Skywalker is, some would argue, the central character of the Star Wars franchise.  He is the "Savior" of the galaxy and also the catalyst for future destruction.  Luke has been regular farm-boy, Padawan, and Jedi Master.  He is from a powerful lineage, and uses that power to protect, not harm.

There is so many stories that have yet to be told within the Star Wars Universe about all the characters, but I'm so glad that the exploration of those stories is including Luke himself.  Reading the legends, you get a sense of both the man and the hero.  A person whispered about in awe and in fear.

If you're a Star Wars fan, this book should not be missing from your home library!

Title: The Legends of Luke Skywalker
Author(s): Ken Liu
Edition: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook; 432 pages
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Publication Date: October 31, 2017
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Book Depository - Audible

Tour Schedule

Week One:
10/23/2017 - Page Turners Blog Spotlight
10/24/2017 - Twinning for Books Spotlight
10/25/2017 - Mama Reads Blog Spotlight
10/26/2017 - Tales of the Ravenous Reader Interview
10/27/2017 - Eli to the nth Spotlight

Week Two:
10/30/2017 - Nerdophiles Interview
10/31/2017 - Fiction Fare Spotlight
11/1/2017 - Mundie Moms Spotlight
11/2/2017 - BookHounds YA - Review
11/3/2017 - Margie's Must Reads - Guest Post

The Summary

As a cargo ship rockets across the galaxy to Canto Bight, the deckhands on board trade stories about legendary Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker. But are the stories of iconic and mysterious Luke Skywalker true, or merely tall tales passed from one corner of the galaxy to another? Is Skywalker really a famous Jedi hero, an elaborate charlatan,or even part droid? The deckhands will have to decide for themselves when they hear The Legends of Luke Skywalker.

A collection of myths and tall-tales about the legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker, written by Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy award-winning author Ken Liu.
About the Author

Ken Liu is an author of speculative fiction, as well as a translator, lawyer, and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places.

Ken’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings (2015), is the first volume in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, The Dandelion Dynasty. It won the Locus Best First Novel Award and was a Nebula finalist. He subsequently published the second volume in the series, The Wall of Storms (2016) as well as a collection of short stories, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (2016). He also wrote the Star Wars novel, The Legends of Luke Skywalker (2017).

In addition to his original fiction, Ken also translated numerous literary and genre works from Chinese to English. His translation of The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin, won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015, the first translated novel ever to receive that honor. He also translated the third volume in Liu Cixin’s series, Death’s End (2016) and edited the first English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese science fiction, Invisible Planets (2016).

He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.


3 winners will receive a finished copy of The Legends of Luke Skywalker, US Only


#Spookathon Wrap-Up!

So I ended up only reading 3/6 books for #Spookathon in their entirety during the actual readathon, which is a fail.  But, I am still going to try and finish all the books this week because they are all excellent.  Coincidentally, I just finished my 4th one today!


  Bonus Book! - So Anna Dressed in Blood was not one of my specified Challenge Books, but I've been meaning to read it for quite awhile, and it seemed to be a perfect time to do so.  I am so glad I did!  I listened to the audio of this book, and it was perfect!  The narrator, August Ross, did an amazing job.  His attitude for Cas was spot on, and he did a great job with all the different characters, differentiating between them so well.

This book was terrifying and creepy, but also beautiful and tragic.  Cas comes up against some scary-ass ghosts and the fight is for not just his life, but his loved ones as well.  I can't really give more about the plot, because there is multiple arcs within the book, but I enjoyed each of the characters for different reasons.  Also, I have a big ole' book crush on Theseus Cassio Lowood. I've already requested the sequel from the library, and am anxiously awaiting it's arrival!

Five/Five Stars

Still Reading

So I am still reading my book for challenge #4 (read a book with orange on the cover) and challenge #2 (read a book with a spooky word in the title).

For me, Turtles All the Way Down may not have been the best choice for this readathon, but honestly, I don't have many books with orange on the cover (I hate the color orange). Also, John Green books and I have a weird relationship. As I explained in my last update, I get really excited for them, and then they sit on my shelf. I think it's because I know they will be heavy in emotion, so I have to feel ready to read them. I don't think I'm ready to read TatWD, so it may get shelved again.

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy is really interesting. The writing prompts are interesting, and not only is there the short story written by the young adult author, there is also an essay exploring the prompt by the booktubers. So it's an interesting mix of story-telling and analysis. Currently, there is only one story I wasn't quite into, and it was only due to the writing style (it's all in text messages, which is a hit or miss for me). I'm excited about this addition to my anthology collection.

I hope you enjoyed #Spookathon if you participated! I love readathons because it helps kick my butt into gear and read some books. And I read 4 books in a week, which is quite a lot as I go through months of 1 or 2 books only.

I hope you have a fun October, and check out some of my books for a good spooky read before Halloween!


BLOG TOUR --- Dear Martin by Nic Tone [Excerpt + Giveaway]

I am so excited to bring you this excerpt from the fantastic, and newly released, debut by Nic Stone: Dear Martin!  Jus's story is one that hundreds of African-Americans, not just kids either, go through every day in America, the "Land of the Free".  With books like this one highlighting these stories, both of racism and the strength to fight, the reader will be forced to examine themselves and how they exist in this system.

Title: Dear Martin
Author(s): Nic Stone
Edition: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook; 224 pages
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Book Depository - Audible - iBooks

Tour Schedule

Week One:
10/16/2017 - LILbooKlovers - Interview
10/17/2017 - YA Bibliophile - Review
10/18/2017 - Mama Reads Blog - Guest Post
10/19/2017 - Here's to Happy Endings - Review
10/20/2017 - Eli to the nth - Excerpt

Week Two:
10/23/2017 - Chasing Faerytales - Review
10/24/2017 - Omg Books and More Books - Interview
10/25/2017 - BookHounds YA - Review
10/26/2017 - Novel Novice - Guest Post
10/27/2017 - The Bookish Libra - Review

Week Three:
10/30/2017 - Never Too Many To Read - Review
10/31/2017 - Mrs. Knott's Book Nook - Interview
11/1/2017 - Reese's Reviews - Excerpt
11/2/2017 - Novel Ink - Review
11/3/2017 - Wandering Bark Books - Guest Post

Week Four:
11/6/2017 - Amanda Gernentz Hanson - Review
11/7/2017 - Lisa Loves Literature - Excerpt
11/8/2017 - Feed Your Fiction Addiction - Review
11/9/2017 - Lost in Ever After - Interview
11/10/2017 - A Backwards Story - Review

The Summary

Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.

Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.


About the Author

Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work.

You can find her goofing off and/or fangirling over her husband and sons on most social media platforms as @getnicced.


3 winners will receive a finished copy of Dear Martin , US Only

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