Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Revisiting 2014 - SERIES


Series. Sometimes I hate them.
There are just so many and I tend to start way more than I ever finish as seen in my 'Series I Started & Series I Finished in 2013' post. Waiting on sequels to release really doesn't help at all and after a while I start to lose track so I need a list so I can maybe possibly finish them in the future. 


Series I Started in 2014

 The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1) by Catherynne M. Valente

 The Companions (The Sundering #1) by R.A. Salvatore 
(following books in this series by various authors)

The Maze Runner (#1) by James Dashner

The Ring and the Crown (#1) by Melissa De La Cruz

Cinder & Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #1 & #2) by Marissa Meyer

Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower #1) by Jessica Day George

Series I Made Progress In

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's #2) by Ransom Riggs

Sweetly (Fairytale Retellings #2) by Jackson Pearce

A Storm Of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by George R.R. Martin

A Feast For Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4) by George R.R. Martin 

The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey

Series I Finished in 2014

Between the Spark and the Burn (Between #2) by April Genevieve Tucholke
(does this count as a series if it only has 2 books?)

Eleanor Trilogy by Julie Sternberg 
(read all 3 books this year)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #41


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Books I Read In 2014


Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell


Cinder by Marissa Meyer


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


Hollow City by Ransom Riggs


The Maze Runner by James Dashner


A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett


A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin


Beloved by Toni Morrison


The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery


Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

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Monday, December 15, 2014

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by Scott and Judith Powell

YA Paranormal Fantasy

SYNOPSIS

Being nineteen for over three hundred years bites, and being single in New York with magical powers isn't much better. 

Eva is trying to live an everyday life in New York. When this fails, she takes a seemingly unmagical job as a translator for a wealthy American family in Spain. Eva cannot stay out of trouble for long as she runs into a friendly but hungry vampire named Louis. Eva feels drawn to this handsome, dangerous stranger who has problems of his own. 

Louis's life was just fine until Eva walked into his church. She smells like heaven. Or is it hell, always smelling but never partaking? Surely she is the devil coming to collect on his lost soul.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Book Blogger Hop (Dec 12 - 18)


The Book Blogger Hop is hosted at Ramblings Of A Coffee Addicted Writer and this week's question is: 


How many books do you read in a week? 
How many hours a day do you spend reading?

If I had been asked this last year, I would have had a completely different answer. Even then it depended on the day and I might have read for an hour or two on no set schedule throughout the day. 

But this year is different. Much different. 
With a newborn, I have little to no time to read. I do try to read to my daughter every day, if only just a few pages of whatever I'm reading for me or a short quick picture book from the little library I've accumulated for her. 

I also now have a cheap tablet to read on which means if I'm awake in the middle of the night I'll read for a little while. In the past, I couldn't turn on a light to read without the risk of waking up the hubby. This newborn business is all very new to me, though, so I don't know how long it will all last. I could be up all night with the baby or passed out from exhaustion. For now, it's looking to be maybe a half hour tops of reading per day, though. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Blast & Giveaway: Tears For A World

Tears for a world

Tears for a World by Alexander Fernandez 

The holy artifact bonded around Marisylia Malludar's neck gives her incredible physical and magical powers—at a price. The bloody piece of vein is consuming Marisylia's body inch by inch, her skeletal hands and feet only the beginning of a slow death. A cruel sorceress and her assassins are on the hunt for Marisylia to steal the artifact. Religious fanatics, volatile and unstable in their blind faith, also seek her to exploit the vein’s most dangerous purpose—liberating the erratic Creator of the World, Lysielle, from her 1,000 year incarceration. With the vein the key to Lysielle’s freedom, Marisylia must use her abilities to survive long enough to find Lysielle first. Then her most grim challenge awaits—deciding if the Creator has truly repented for attempting to destroy all life. To achieve global peace, Marisylia must discover faith in the unpredictable Lysielle or rely on her own instincts to set the world’s fate.



  Excerpt:

Marisylia blinked and rubbed milk out of her eyes, but the mob wasn’t finished. A stiff hand shoved her from behind and she stumbled against the table. Unfinished slices of pie and rolls of bread pelted her. With nowhere to hide, she dove into the horde and tried to shove her way out. Most of the people only yelled insults as they let her pass. Others bumped her roughly with their shoulders, tried to trip her, or pushed her around so she bounced back and forth between pairs of hands. One woman caught Marisylia and carefully steadied her. She peered into the woman’s eyes, one friendly person amid the riled swarm. The lady smiled softly, then suddenly spit into Marisylia’s face. When the saliva splattered her cheek, Marisylia stopped caring why the citizens acted like this. Whether due to fear of the religious power, worry that it would infest Three Fingers, or simply senseless anger, none of it mattered anymore since the time to quit had arrived. All of her determination to succeed had been ripped to shreds by the crowd. Each hand that shoved, every object that struck, drained her enthusiasm. Her devotion to the religion had drowned in the woman’s spit. It was all too much. Marisylia didn’t have Milick’s iron skin or Shri Lilyn’s boldness. She had nothing, only the desire to run away and forget everything. 

Praise:

"This is a fantastic story, and the various characters will blow you away. It's one of the best reads I've had in a long while." ~ Author Trana M. Simmons 
   
Alex

Author Alexander Fernandez

Alexander Fernandez was born in Santa Monica, CA and grew up in Rancho Cucamonga. Currently serving over 20 years in the United States Air Force, he lives with his wife Helem in Rocklin, CA. Alex has been writing fantasy stories since early childhood for both school and for pleasure. He hopes to make a lasting emotional impact in his readers. He thrives in the exhilaration of creating memorable characters and adventures that become a part of the reader’s life.



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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Revisiting 2014 - Goals/Resolutions


I've already started my 2015 Resolutions/Goals list (a few months ago, to be honest) and wanted to revisit this past year's goals and see how I did with them. 

Disclaimer: I had 3 months of morning sickness that didn't even allow me to read Facebook messages let alone a book and the rest of the year was busy, busy, busy. A big chunk of my year seems to have disappeared so I did really bad on my goals! 

Let's revisit THIS Top Ten Tuesday and see how I did with those resolutions! 

1. Read 100 books
2. Read more classics
3. Read more children's books
4. Read at least 5 books from the 1000 Books To Read Before You Die list
5.  Read at least 5 banned or challenged books
6. Do the 26 book ABC Challenge
7. Dothe Book Genre Challenge
8. Take more pictures of books
9. Read all the books that are being turned into movies
10. Write more of my own book

1. Read 100 Books
Nope. Didn't happen. I cut my Goodreads goal back to 50 books and I'm currently only 2 books away from that goal. So not too bad, but I read a lot of children's books this year.
2. Read more classics
A big fail. I think I read 2-3 classics which, compared to previous years, is nothing. 
3. Read more children's books
Yay! Something I did accomplish! I read at least 20 children's books this year. Wasn't hard since I decided to read aloud to my baby girl in utero! 
4. Read at least 5 books from the 1000 Books to Read Before You Die List
Another fail. I read 2 and am currently reading 2. 
5. Read at least 5 banned or challenged books
Yay! I did read 5! Beloved, Blood and Chocolate, Child Of God, Tiger Eyes, and I re-read The Giver! 
6. Do the 26 book ABC Challenge
I did participate and keep track of this challenge but I did not read a book for each letter of the alphabet. So... fail. 
7. Do the Book Genre Challenge
This was a pretty big fail. I only participated in one month in which I coincidentally read a fairytale retelling (Cinder).
8. Take more pictures of books
I love photography but I really slacked off on this goal. 
9. Read all the books that are being turned into movies
ALL? That would take forever! I did read 13 books that were or would be adapted into movies and the 2 books I am currently reading are also adaptations. 
10. Write more of my own book
Biggest fail of all. I don't think I wrote a single sentence all year. :(

Here is a bigger list of goals and specific books that I wanted to read that I have gone back and crossed out if I got around to them. 

So, yeah, it wasn't the greatest year and I'll probably have even less time for any of these next year but it won't stop me from having outrageous goals or making lists! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #40


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors That I Read In 2014

Marissa Meyer


David Mitchell

Holly Black 

Jessica Day George

James Dashner 

Catherynne M. Valente

Toni Morrison

Mitch Albom

Annette Curtis Klause

I guess 9 will have to do!