Friday, December 11, 2015

#TBRTakedown 3.0

It's finally time for my readathon to come back!
Here is my announcement video on my YT channel:

It's almost time for #TBRTakedown 3.0! Get excited!
Here is all the information you need to know for the readathon :)


January 4th (12:00 AM) - January 10th (11:59 PM)





TBR Challenges

1. Read a book from your most recent book haul.
2. Read a book on your TBR Shelf over a year (or longest).
3. Read a book outside your comfort zone! (Genre, content, etc).
4. Read a first book in a series
5. Complete a series/Read a sequel in a series
6. Read a FIRE color book (Fire colours such as shades of red, pink, purple, lilac, burgundy.) Lucky Colors for 2016
7. Read a non-novel item: poem, verse, novella, short story, etc.

*You can use one book for multiple challenges.
*There is no set number of book you need to read.
*This readathon is FUN! So relax and enjoy!

I hope you join me for #TBRTakedown 3.0!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Harry Potter Meme of the Week #2 - Skrewt v. Slug?

Would you rather care for a blast-ended skrewt or get hit with the slug eating curse?


To be quite honest, this is a no brainer.
I'd much rather care for a blast-ended skrewt, despite their dangerous and large appearance, I trust that I could have the proper equipment available to me and possible help from Hagrid... but eating/vomiting slugs? 
Just no.

HP Meme of the Week is a feature created by Uncorked Thoughts.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #6 | Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Morning Star

Red Rising, Book 3

by Pierce Brown
Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: 9780345539847

Available for pre-order:
Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble

*DISCLAIMER: Morning Star is the third and final book in a series and therefore the synopsis may contain spoilers for the previous books in the series.

Born a lowly Red in the mines of Mars, Darrow lost his beloved wife to the treacherous Gold overlords. Vowing to fight for the future that his wife believed in, Darrow joins a secret revolutionary group and is remade into a Gold so that he can infiltrate the ruling class and bring them down from the inside. Now, after years of hiding amongst the Golds, Darrow is finally ready to declare open revolution and throw off the chains of oppression. Nothing in Darrow’s world has been easily won, and this final fight will be the most harrowing of all.
Red Rising is a SUPER hyped series that I have just gotten around to reading.
I have started the second book, Golden Son, and hope to finish it by the end of the month.
The world is very interesting and while I wasn't OBSESSED with the first book, I thought it was a really strong start and I've heard the second book is even better!
Morning Star is the third and final book in the trilogy and it comes out in February!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

*Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #4 - 2015 New-to-Me Authors!

Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

What do you think of when you think of new-to-me authors? My instinct says that it is authors who are not 2015 debut authors, but were authors that I picked up for the first time this year. Here is a list of the best new-to-me authors I've read so far this year!

Sophie Kinsella

This is a classic case of, "better late than never!" 
I kept hearing great things about her stand-alone books, so I decided to give them a try. And I'm really glad that I did because it gave me the opportunity to fall in love with Sophie's writing without feeling the pressure to commit to a 8+ (and growing) series. 

I am so glad that I have read Sophie's books and I look forward to many more in the future.

Read in 2015:

Remember Me
Can You Keep A Secret
Twenties Girl
The Undomestic Goddess
I've Got Your Number
Finding Audrey

Colleen Hoover
You may be surprised to discover that I am new to the Colleen Hoover train.
I didn't pick up her books until 2015!
I have loved most of her works and there is something so addictive and fast-paced about her writing.
2015 was supposed to be my year to take all the unread CoHo books I had on my shelf and get them read and I succeeded for the most part!

Read in 2015:

Point of Retreat
This Girl
Maybe Someday
Maybe Not
Ugly Love

Jonathan Maberry

I wasn't sure if I should put authors that I have only read one book by on this list but I loved this man's book SO much that I couldn't not!
I was challenge by a friend to read Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry at the end of 2014. Of course, I almost waited until the year was over to get to it. And I will be the first person to tell you I'm not a fan of zombie. I just find them weird and usually gross. HOWEVER, I didn't know what I was getting into with Joe Ledger. He's my new book boyfriend and I have since bought the entire series and can't wait to read more about Joe!

Read in 2015:

Patient Zero

Mary E. Pearson

When The Kiss of Deception came crashing into my life, I wasn't ready for it. I loved it and was literally DYING for the next book in the series. So when The Heart of Betrayal finally came out, I read it immediately. I love them so much, so when I found out that Mary had other books, I finally decided to pick them up. I just finish the first book in her Jenna Fox series and have picked up the second two books from the library to read!

Read in 2015:

The Kiss of Deception
The Heart of Betrayal
The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Morgan Rhodes

Ah, Falling Kindgoms.
Morgan Rhodes also came crashing into my life in 2015. Her books were getting an insane amount of hype on the internet and so I decided to finally pick up the first book and read it. And then I immediately when out and bought the next two. Morgan's Falling Kingdoms series is hailed as YA-Game of Thrones and/or light Game of Thrones and to a point, I would say that's true, but it is definitely it's own entity and definitely worth reading!

Read in 2015:

Falling Kingdoms
Rebel Spring
Gathering Darkness
A Book of Spirits and Thieves

Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See is probably my favorite book of all-time. I bought it originally in the summer of 2014 and read about 80 pages of it and never continued on for whatever reason. So when my book club decided to read it, I jumped in. I cannot begin to tell you what this book means to me. It's SO beautifully written and it definitely changed my life. I have since bought all of Anthony's other books and hope to read some of them in 2016.

Read in 2015:

All the Light We Cannot See

Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins is an iconic name when you think of young-adult literature. She is ground-breaking and constantly challenging the world in which teenagers live. Her stories are heart-breaking and brave and while I've only read three of her books, I look forward to reading many more.

Read in 2015:


Andrew Smith

Ryan Dean West!
I finally read Winger and then it's sequel, Stand-Off in 2015. I had been putting it off despite the hype around the book because I didn't see how I would want to read a book from the perspective of a 14-year-old boy. But I was wrong and I fell in love with Ryan Dean (despite being so annoyed with him sometimes) and Andrew Smith's writing. I look forward to reading more of his books in the future!

Read in 2015:


Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo's Grisha trilogy is one of the most hyped series on BookTube and in the YA book community. I couldn't stop hearing about it in 2014 and though I had bought the books, I never actually picked them up until halfway through 2015. And while I really enjoyed them, I didn't ever connect fully to the characters. So I was happy to hear that Leigh was writing another series set in the Grisha world (which is AWESOME), and I was much happier with Six of Crows. I like Leigh's writing and I look forward to seeing what she does next!

Read in 2015:

Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising
Six of Crows

Meg Cabot

And last but not least, we have Meg Cabot, author of the very famous Princess Diaries series.
I never read Meg's books growing up, despite being the right age for them as they were released. The truth is I didn't read much middle-grade/young-adult as a teen. So I decided to finally read the iconic series this year, after the newest book, Royal Wedding came out. The series is light-hearted and fun and while I didn't LOVE it, I enjoyed the world and would like to pick up other books by Meg.

Read in 2015:

The Princess Diaries
Princess in the Spotlight
Princess in Love
Princess in Waiting
Princess in Pink
Princess in Training
Party Princess
Princess on the Brink
Princess Mia
Forever Princess
Royal Wedding

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