Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I would classify as my ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS/SERIES since I signed up with Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I would classify as my ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS/SERIES from the past 3 years since I signed up with Goodreads

The Birthright series by Gabrielle Zevin 

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

The Finishing School series by Gail Carriger 

The Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Study Series by Maria V. Snyder

What are some of your all time favorite books and/or series?

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Book Summery (Via Goodreads): Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.
Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.
At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.
Until one day, he does…
As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

Book Review:
Let me start by saying Holly Black is one of my most favorite authors. Ever. It all started with her Tithe series. If you are ever looking for a gritty tale of the fae, look no further. Then I fell in love with her Curse Workers series (though, admittidly, I need to read the final book in the series, which I own, I just don't want it to end!). Now I am adoring her stand alone books, such as The Darkest Part of the Forest and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

I was shocked when I found this book on goodreads to discover that my bookish friends reviews were split. It seems that people either love or hate this book. I absolutely adored it. This brought me back to the Tithe series, but with a little more polish. Hazel makes an amazing, flawed, beautiful narrator and main character. I enjoyed discovering her secrets right along side of her. I also enjoyed Jack's character immensely. He was a great counterpoint to Hazel. Ben helped to ground Hazel and give the reader a glimpse into Hazel's childhood and upbringing, which is a valuable part of the story. I loved the integration of fae into a modern day setting. Very refreshing. Overall, if you're looking for a story filled with mystery, action, secrets, and magic, look no further! I anxiously await Black's next book!

Cover Art Commentary:
To be honest, this isn't my favorite cover. I understand the natural feel to be akin to the faerie folk, but it just doesn't do it for me. I see them making a different cover for when the paperback comes out.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Reading Reflections: February 2015

Books Read:
Compulsion (The Heirs of Watson Island #1) by Martina Boone
Fairest: Levana's Story (The Lunar Chronicles 0.5) by Marissa Meyer
Geek Girl (Geek Girl #1) by Holly Smale
Forsaken (Daughters of the Sea #1) by Kristen Day
Love, Lies and Lemon Pies by Katy Cannon
Secrets, Schemes and Sewing Machines by Katy Cannon
The Body Electric by Beth Revis

Total Number of Books Read This Month: 7

Total Number of Books Read This Year: 12

Favorite Read:
A tie between Compulsion (The Heirs of Watson Island #1) by Martina Boone and Fairest: Levana's Story (The Lunar Chronicles 0.5) by Marissa Meyer

Highest Rank: 5

Lowest Rank: 3.5

Overall Reflection:
The month started out with some strong stories. However, I had a lot of 4 star reviews this month, which means I really enjoyed the books I read, but didn't love them. My reading tapered off towards the end of the month due to a lingering head cold. I spent a lot of time resting/sleeping, even when I would try to read. Here's to another great month of reading!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Life of a Blogger: Routines

So this week's topic on Life of a Blogger is Routines.
Hosted by Jessi from Novel Heartbeat

Unsure of how this topic works, I just decided to take you through a typical day.

First thing in the morning I do is have breakfast!

After breakfast, I usually shower. 

This is when I usually watch TV. Obviously, I don't watch a lot. My favorites are The Today Show, Food Network, Family Feud, and The Simpsons. 

Then it's usually lunch time. I try to eat as healthy as possible!

I almost do laundry every day. 

I always try to get some reading time in. 

I'm addicted to YouTube. Especially make-up videos. 

I usually make/eat dinner.

I try to get some blogging, whether it be on my blog, or commenting on other blogs, at every other day.

Honestly, one of my favorite times of day is bedtime. I usually curl up with a good book before drifting off to sleep.

What are some of your daily routines? 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Heroines

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Heroines (TV edition)

Daenerys from Game of Thrones

Liz Lemon from 30 Rock

 Violet Crawley the Dowager Countess of Grantham from Downton Abbey

Amy, Bernadette, and Penny from The Big Bang Theory

Lily from How I Met Your Mother

Lorelai from Gilmore Girls 

Marge from The Simpson's

Kelly from The Office

While they may not all be what we would consider your standard heroine, they all are heroines within their own rights! :) Who are some of your favorites?