Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Waiting on The Haven!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features upcoming books that we're looking forward to!

For the teens at The Haven, the outside world, just beyond the towering stone wall that surrounds the premises, is a dangerous unknown. It has always been this way, ever since the hospital was established in the year 2020. But The Haven is more than just a hospital; it is their home. It is all they know. Everything is strictly monitored: education, exercise, food, and rest. The rules must be followed to keep the children healthy, to help control the Disease that has cast them as Terminals, the Disease that claims limbs and lungs—and memories.

But Shiloh is different; she remembers everything. Gideon is different, too. He dreams of a cure, of rebellion against the status quo. What if everything they’ve been told is a lie? What if The Haven is not the safe place it claims to be? And what will happen if Shiloh starts asking dangerous questions?

Haven will be released on March 4 by St. Martin's Griffin.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Waiting on Fire & Flood!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features upcoming books that we're looking forward to!

A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.
Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.
Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.
The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

Fire & Flood will be released on February 25 by Scholastic Press.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Waiting on Red Rising!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features upcoming books that we're looking forward to!

Darrow is a miner and a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he digs all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of the planet livable for future generations. Darrow has never seen the sky.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better future for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow and Reds like him are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow joins a resistance group in order to infiltrate the ruling class and destroy society from within. He will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies... even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

Red Rising will be released on February 18 by Del Rey (Random House).

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (32)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

From the Library:

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Waiting on Fates!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features upcoming books that we're looking forward to!

What if your destiny was to kill the one you love?
One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.
She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people’s fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.
But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she’s falling all over again—this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die.
In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?

Fates will be released on February 11 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Blog or BookTubing?

Lately I've been wondering which is preferred among book lovers-blogs or booktube? I've been blogging for almost two years, and I really enjoy it. But I've been thinking I may want to try booktubing. I did it for a while last year and it was pretty fun. I just don't know if it's more enjoyable or less enjoyable than blogging.

I know that I tend to watch BookTube videos way more often than I read a blog post. I check YouTube daily for new videos.

There's definitely perks to both, such as being able to watch vs. having to read. What do you guys think? Blogging or BookTubing? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

2014 Blogging Goals

I did a post on all of my goals last year, so I thought it would only be great if I did it yet again!

First off, let's take a look at my goals from last year and see how I did on them.

1. Either continue or finish series. So, I did okay with this one. I finished the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater, the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness, and the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie. I continued a total of 9 series.

2. Reach twice as many followers as I have now by the end of the year. I'm pretty sure I did this and I'm quite proud of what I've accomplished. :)

3. Finish at least 108 books, if not more. I completely failed this one. I read 67 books this year, though I read many books that were much thicker than 400 pages.

4. Read more books that are soon-to-be movies. I did okay on this-I read 3.

5. Finish at least 3/4 of the books on my shelf that I haven't read. So apparently I was really ambitious last year if I thought I could accomplish this. Of course, I didn't. I've probably got way more books on my shelves than I did last year. Silly me! 

6. Read at least 15 contemporaries. I'm actually quite surprised of how I did on this goal; I read 12! I'm not the biggest fan of contemporary so this is impressive.

7. Read more John Green. Sadly, I only read one John Green book-Looking for Alaska. I really loved it though!

8. Read more Jennifer L. Armentrout. I didn't read any Jennifer L. Armentrout this year... FAIL.

9. Read all of the released books by Cassandra Clare. I tried so hard to do this. I kept borrowing the rest of the series from the library but I never read them. Maybe this year?

10. Review at least 75 dystopian books. I reviewed 34 dystopian books, which is pretty impressive.

SO I clearly set really high goals for myself and I'm not sure why! Let's see what goals I have this year for reading and blogging.

1. Read 60 books. This is pretty reasonable, I think.

2. Read what I want. I'm not going to read books because I think I have to-it's too stressful. I'm just going to read what I'd like.

3. Maybe get rid of some books. I have sooo many books on my shelves. I think maybe I should go through and get rid of some.

4. Finish more series. This year, I'd like to finish 5 series.

5. Not have any breaks! This year I had two blogging breaks, and I'm not sure I want to do that again. I feel bad when my blog is sad and nothing new is being posted!

6. New design? I may make a new design sometime. I really want to buy a design, but I may just make one for myself again.

7. EXPERIMENT! I really want to try new things this year, and try new ways of blogging.

What are some of your blogging and reading goals?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

My Top 13 of 2013

This year I read a total of 67 books. It may be not even close to the 108 I read last year, but I read quite a few larger books rather than small ones. In the end, this year was a really good year, so I don't know how I'll be able to pick my favorites, but it must be done! So here they are!

1610821210. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
As soon as I read the first book in this series, I just couldn't wait to get my hands on the next book. This one was even better than the first one and I just couldn't put it down! Plus, the ending... I JUST CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK.

9. Pawn by Aimee Carter
I found this book on Goodreads and I just automatically knew that I had to read it and I'm so glad that I did. This book was just so unique and unlike anything that I've read. It's really adventure sci-fi which I loved. There's also Knox, who I absolutely adore
8. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
15842439I'm one of the biggest time travel fans... I absolutely love Doctor Who. That's probably why I loved this book so much. I just loved the characters and the whole idea that Terill came up with. I definitely recommend it.

7. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
16101128I originally picked this up because I wanted to read it before the movie came out. All that I knew was that it was about zombies. It's actually about a lot more than that, which is probably why I loved it, as well as the movie! I'm probably going to reread this one this year.

6. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
I've found that I really love reading bigger books, so this one was just a perfect read. I loved how mysterious the characters were, as well as how the past and present were interwoven. This is just such a fantastic adventure novel that everyone should read.
5. Looking for Alaska by John Green
I read The Fault in Our Stars in 2012 and I really loved it, so I knew that I had to read more of John Green's books. I actually chose this one because of the quotes that I'd seen on Goodreads. Any book with good quotes is worth reading, and this book definitely proved that statement.

4. Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer
6514178Wow... this book was just unbelievably awesome. I didn't know that I'd love it this much. I think I loved it because it really made me think. I got to think about what the characters in books really do when the book is closed. I also got to fall in love with a fairytale prince. It was just a really fun read.

3. The Knife of Never Letting Go Trilogy by Patrick Ness
15790843I read this entire series in a week, and with good reason. I love my dystopians, and I'd heard such great things about this series. I really loved all of the characters and the great writing. I really want to read more by Patrick Ness.

2.  172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
This book was so creepy and awesome! I really don't want to go to the moon now. I don't want to say too much, but if you're looking for a creepy horrorish-science fiction read, definitely pick this up.

1. Gated by Amy Christine Parker
I can't even use words to express how much I loved this book. Everything that happened was just. so. unexpected. I couldn't believe what was happening and I just couldn't stop reading. I will never stop recommending this one to friends and other readers, because this is a book that everyone NEEDS to read. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Waiting on The Glass Casket!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features upcoming books that we're looking forward to!

Death hasn’t visited Rowan Rose since it took her mother when Rowan was only a little girl. But that changes one bleak morning, when five horses and their riders thunder into her village and through the forest, disappearing into the hills. Days later, the riders’ bodies are found, and though no one can say for certain what happened in their final hours, their remains prove that whatever it was must have been brutal.
Rowan’s village was once a tranquil place, but now things have changed. Something has followed the path those riders made and has come down from the hills, through the forest, and into the village. Beast or man, it has brought death to Rowan’s door once again.
Only this time, its appetite is insatiable.

The Glass Casket will be released on February 11 by Delacorte Press.