TGIF at GReads! (16) & Weekly Recap

This Friday blog hop is run by Ginger at GReads! (who also created this beautiful button). Every Friday you can answer a new question and recap your week. Click the button to join in!

This week’s question is:

Book Blogger Pride:
What do you take pride in when it comes to blogging?

I take pride in the quality of my reviews. I try not to slap something together just to get it up on the blog. I like taking time to reflect on what I’m reading, then putting my thoughts into a format that hopefully gives people an idea of what to expect from a book. I review so that people will want to check out the books that I’m reading, and enjoy them as much as I do!

*EDIT* Okay, everyone is writing such nice things that now I feel like the asshat who didn’t get the assignment. I’m the girl in Drop Dead Gorgeous who wore the Biggest Ball of Twine costume. So here’s my postscript:

I also take pride in the fact that my blog paved the way for me to meet some pretty amazing people and learn SO MUCH about YA fiction. Without this blog, I wouldn’t know half the stuff I do about the types of stories I like, who is publishing what books when, which authors go the extra mile, the generosity of readers, and how fawesomely individual we all can be while hanging out together in this cool little niche in the corner of the blogosphere.

That’s pretty damn amazing.


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If you’re a first time visitor, or just didn’t get the chance to stop by this week, here’s what you missed:

Reviews
INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows
3/5 stars
Debut Author Challenge

HOUNDED by Kevin Hearne
4/5 stars
First in a Series Challenge

SCARLET by A. C. Gaughen
5/5 stars
Debut Author Challenge
YA Historical Fiction Challenge

Enjoy your weekend everybody!

TGIF at GReads! (15) & Weekly Recap

This Friday blog hop is run by Ginger at GReads! (who also created this beautiful button). Each week she posts a new question for us to ponder. Click the button to join in!

This week’s question is:

Show & Tell: Where do you grab a book and get lost in it? Show us your favorite spot you like to read at.


Photo credit: Carolyn Surh/MEDILL

As weird as it may seem, I actually love reading on the train. My commute is one of the few times during my day that I can spend time alone and uninterrupted. I find it much harder to concentrate on my reading when I’m at home with the husband and the dog. Plus, the train noise and rocking is kind of soothing.


 

My weekly recap is inspired by the phenomenally talented, kind and generous Small Review. If you are not already following her, you are really missing out. Also, have I mentioned how much I love Cool Text? They’re the folks that allow me to make these cool (and simple) text buttons – for FREE!

If you’re a first time visitor, or just didn’t get the chance to stop by this week, here’s what you missed:

Reviews
LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins
4/5 stars

13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES by Maureen Johnson
3/5 stars
Vacation Reading Challenge

Features
Trailer Tuesday – Anonymous
Writing Wednesday – The Struggle to Revise

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TGIF at GReads! (14) & Weekly Recap

This Friday blog hop is run by Ginger at GReads! (who also created this beautiful button). Each week she posts a new question for us to ponder. Click the button to join in!

This week’s question is:

Banned Books: How do you feel about the censorship of the freedom to read? Do you think the education system needs to be more strict on what children are exposed to in books?
I strongly believe that the regulation of reading material among kids is the duty of parents. If parents have objections to material available to kids, it is their job to communicate that to their kids and teachers. Parents have the right to remove their kids from educational programming that they don’t agree with, but just because some parents may find material objectionable doesn’t mean that nobody gets to read it.

The right to free speech is one of our greatest liberties and is not something to be taken lightly. Self-expression is so important to public discourse on societal wrongs and to the further development of society in general. Ideas, in any form, can and should be expressed, and not one person should ever feel afraid to speak their mind. People take offense to a wide variety of materials, words, and concepts, and it is because of that subjectivity that limits on expression are so dangerous. The moment we start to homogenize our thinking is the moment our society starts to crumble. Progress is born on a foundation of daring, bold thoughts. We have to take risks and listen to the very things that frighten or abhor us in order to better understand the world around us.

Help me celebrate novel and bold ideas as part of Banned Books Week, and support authors who dare to be different. The Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop ends tomorrow, so click the link at the top of the page to enter!


My weekly recap is inspired by the phenomenally talented, kind and generous Small Review. If you are not already following her, you are really missing out. Also, have I mentioned how much I love Cool Text? They’re the folks that allow me to make these cool (and simple) text buttons – for FREE!

If you’re a first time visitor, or just didn’t get the chance to stop by this week, here’s what you missed:

Reviews
GLOW by Amy Kathleen Ryan
2/5 stars

WISDOM’S KISS by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
3/5 stars

Features
Let’s Talk About…Virginity in YA Fiction

Events
Waterfall Wednesday

Enjoy your weekend everybody!

TGIF at GReads! (14) & Weekly Recap

This Friday blog hop is run by Ginger at GReads! (who also created this beautiful button). Each week she posts a new question for us to ponder. Click the button to join in!

This week’s question is:

Reading Challenges: Did you sign up for any this year? How has your progression been?
I finished one! Finally! I’m officially done with 12 books for the Debut Author Challenge. That was by far my favorite challenge of the year, and I hope to read a few more before the year is out.

As for the other challenges, I’m progressing pretty well. I’m on track to finish by the end of the year, which was the goal, and I’ve narrowed down my choices to books I already own in an attempt to avoid a lot of book buying before the holiday season. I can’t wait to do a big recap post in the new year for all of the cool books I read for these challenges!


My weekly recap is inspired by the phenomenally talented, kind and generous Small Review. If you are not already following her, you are really missing out. Also, have I mentioned how much I love Cool Text? They’re the folks that allow me to make these cool (and simple) text buttons – for FREE!

If you’re a first time visitor, or just didn’t get the chance to stop by this week, here’s what you missed:

Reviews
PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White
4/5 stars
YA Paranormal Challenge

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor
5/5 stars
Fantasy Reading Challenge

THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin
4/5 stars
Debut Author Challenge

Events
Waterfall Wednesday

Enjoy your weekend everybody!

TGIF at GReads! (13) & Weekly Recap

This Friday blog hop is run by Ginger at GReads! (who also created this beautiful button). Each week she posts a new question for us to ponder. Click the button to join in!

This week’s question is:

Book Disappointments: Have you ever come across a book you were so stoked to read, but it failed miserably in your eyes?
Isn’t that the worst feeling ever? I’ve definitely had some that stick out from recent memory. Between by Cynthia Tefft – I thought it would be like a young Outlander style book and I was so excited to read it…and then it offended me and I ended up not enjoying it after all. So sad.

Another big one? Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. It was such a disappointing ending to the build up of the previous three books. Why the random shift to Jacob’s perspective? It irked me to no end that the middle third of the book just jumps away from the action. And after all their chaste waiting-for-marriage crap, I found the love scene less than desirable – and then she IMMEDIATELY becomes pregnant? Ack! No! Bad bad bad! And let’s not even get into the horror show that was the birth scene, or Bella’s fate as super vampire who needs no training, or the creep factor of Renesmee. I was such a fan of Twilight, and to have the series reduced to this crazy whacked out soap opera mess at the end really upset me.

In all seriousness, I could have a conversation for days about that book. Hit me up in chat if you ever want to get me going.

What books have disappointed you?


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If you’re a first time visitor, or just didn’t get the chance to stop by this week, here’s what you missed:

Reviews
LOVER UNBOUND by J. R. Ward
2/5 stars
Black Dagger Brotherhood Challenge

STARSTRUCK by Cyn Balog
3/5 stars
YA Paranormal Challenge

BURNOUT by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
3/5 stars

Giveaways
Win the River of Time series!
I’m picking TWO winners for a complete set of Lisa T. Bergren’s River of Time series and signed bookmarks.

Enjoy your weekend everybody!

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TGIF at GReads! (12) & Weekly Recap

This Friday blog hop is run by Ginger at GReads! (who also created this beautiful button). Each week she posts a new question for us to ponder.

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This week’s question is:

Books to Television: Which books would you love to see made in to a TV series? Or movie?

This may be cheating (since the rights for this one have already sold) but I would love to see Tempest by Julie Cross on the big screen. In fact, I think this one could work really well as a TV series, too. It read very cinematically, and the time travel thing always seems to play well on-screen.

I would also very, very much like to see the River of Time series made into a movie or TV show. Fingers crossed!

What books do you want to see on the big (or little) screen?


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If you’re a first time visitor, or just didn’t get the chance to stop by this week, here’s what you missed:

Reviews
FIRELIGHT by Sophie Jordan
3/5 stars
YA Paranormal Challenge
Shifter Challenge

FATEFUL by Claudia Gray
5/5 stars
YA Historical Challenge
Shifter Challenge

THE NAME OF THE STAR by Maureen Johnson
5/5 stars
YA Paranormal Challenge

Events
Waterfall Wednesdays
We discussed chapters 7-11 of Lisa T. Bergren’s Waterfall.

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TGIF at GReads! (10) & Weekly Recap

This Friday blog hop is run by Ginger at GReads! (who also created this beautiful button). Each week she posts a new question for us to ponder.

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This week’s question is:

Book Associations: Which genre, authors, or particular books do you think people associate with your reading style?
Well, I like to think of myself as a fairly eclectic reader, although the focus of this blog is mostly on YA fiction. I would guess most people would associate me with YA or paranormal genre fiction, or maybe even fantasy. I like almost anything with a fantasy element, though I’m not a big epic or high fantasy reader.

I don’t know! This was a hard one. What do you think?

What genres or books do you associate with me? Do you think you have a reading association?


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Reviews
BEHEMOTH by Scott Westerfeld
5/5 stars
YA Series Challenge

Events
Bout of Books Read-a-thon
Waterfall Wednesdays
Squeaky Books Birthday Bash Giveaway

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TGIF at GReads! (9) & Weekly Recap

This Friday blog hop is run by Ginger at GReads! (who also created this beautiful button). Each week she posts a new question for us to ponder.

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This week’s question is:

The Reviews We Don’t Write: Have you ever read a book and not wanted to review it? Are some books too personal that we want to keep our thoughts our own?
I think this happens the most often when I’ve really loved a book, though it can also happen to me when dealing with issues or topics that affect me deeply. I’ve hesitated reading certain books for fear that I won’t be able to adequately review them because of my own personal biases. How much of myself do I want to share here? Does sharing certain events from my past help or hinder my reviews and the people who read them?

As with most art forms, I think it can be hard to explain why you love something. When I see a dance or hear a song that brings tears to my eyes, I don’t know how to say I appreciated it other than “I loved it.” Similarly, with books I often find myself saying, “Well, I loved it because it made me cry.” That evocation of emotion is often its own indicator of a positive opinion. And sometimes, that should be enough, though I strive to be a bit more articulate in my reviews on the blog. 🙂

Do you find some books too personal to review?


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Guest Post
Everything’s Better with Lions at Ruby’s Reads

Memes
Waiting on Wednesday – Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

Reviews
THE POISONED HOUSE by Michael Ford
3/5 stars
Gothic Reading Challenge
Mystery & Suspense Challenge

Challenges
Reading Challenge Check-In

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TGIF at GReads! (8) & Weekly Recap

This Friday blog hop is run by Ginger at GReads! (who also created this beautiful button). Each week she posts a new question for us to ponder.

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This week’s question is:

Author Block Party: If you could gather a handful of authors to hang out with, who would you choose?
EASY. Lisa Bergren, Kiersten White, Lia Habel, Carrie Harris, Stephen King, Rita Mae Brown, and Diana Gabaldon.

Which authors would you hang out with?


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If you’re a first time visitor, or just didn’t get the chance to stop by this week, here’s what you missed:

Giveaways
Winner announcement for the Summer Giveaway Hop

Reviews
THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab
2/5 stars
Paranormal YA Challenge

ELEPHANTMEN VOL. 1 TPB
5/5 stars
Comic Book Review

ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake
4/5 stars
Paranormal YA Challenge
I Read Banned Books Tour

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TGIF at GReads! (7) & Weekly Recap

This Friday blog hop is run by Ginger at GReads! (who also created this beautiful button). Each week she posts a new question for us to ponder.

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This week’s question is:

Taking it Personal: Which books have affected you on a personal level and lingered in your mind long after you closed the pages?
I have to admit that I’m more often affected on this level by nonfiction books than I am fiction books. Some of the first books that came to mind for this question were books like Lies My Teacher Told Me, Dead Man Walking, Outliers, and How to Make Love Like a Porn Star. These were books that challenged me, outraged me, taught me. They put me in awe, put me in my place, put me in another’s shoes. Compelling nonfiction grabs me because it’s true. It is about real people, real lives, real truths that shed light on the human condition. That kind of knowledge impacts me far greater than fiction.

I highly recommend all four of those books, by the way. They are all 5+ stars for me.

What books have most affected you?


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Giveaways
I’m giving away $25 for any book(s) of your choice from The Book Depository as part of the Summer Giveaway Hop. Open internationally. Ends Sunday! Hop on over and enter.

Memes
Waiting on Wednesday – TEMPEST by Julie Cross

Reviews
HAUNTING VIOLET by Alyxandra Harvey
5/5 stars
YA Historical Fiction Challenge
Gothic Reading Challenge
Mystery & Suspense Challenge
I Read Banned Books Tour

THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa
4/5 stars
YA Series Challenge
Fantasy Reading Challenge

Enjoy your weekend everybody!


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