Thursday, 28 March 2013

What Books Am I Bringing On Vacation? (3)

I have a week-long trip of camping, reading, and chillin' with my family. This calls for books!

Here is a list of books that I will be bringing with me:

  1. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
  2. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
  3. Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
  4. Hunger by Michael Grant
  5. Mind Games by Kiersten White
  6. Insignia by S. G. Kincaid
  7. A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  8. Eve by Anna Carey
  9. Altered by Jennifer Rush (and a HUGE thank-you to Danika @ Books to Dream for lending her copy to me!!!!)
Yeah... Quite a few, but you never can be too sure... Happy reading (and be sure to comment on my viewers choice)!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

April TBR 2013 Viewers Choice

The time has come once again... Viewers choice! This month I have chosen 6 themes, each with 10 books categorized with them. I will choose 3 books from the 7 (or more) when the time comes. Also, there will be no overlaps. Here are the themes!

Theme 1: New Releases
  1. Altered by Jennifer Rush
  2. Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
  3. Dualed by Elsie Chapman
  4. Revolution 19 by Greg Rosenblum
  5. Pivot Point by Kasie West
  6. When We Wake by Karen Healey
  7. Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters by Suzanne Weyn
  8. Mind Games by Kiersten White
  9. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
  10. The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepard
Theme 2: Dress On The Cover
  1. The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Long
  2. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  3. The Luxe by Anna Godberson
  4. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica George
  5. Wither by Lauren DeStephano
  6. Betrayal by Mayandree Michel
  7. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
  8. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  9. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
  10. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Theme 3: Eye'm Watching You
  1. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
  2. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  3. The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
  4. The Iron King by Julie Kagawaga
  5. Warped by Maurissa Guibord
  6. The Immortal Rules
  7. Dark Inside by Jayen Roberts
  8. The Sight by David Clement-Davies
  9. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
  10. The Declaration by Gemma Malley
Theme 4: Titles That Start With "S"
  1. Skylark by Meagan Spooner
  2. Slide by Jill Hathaway
  3. Swipe by Evan Angler
  4. The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
  5. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
  6. Shards and Ashes Marissa Marr
  7. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  8. Swordbird by Nancy Fan
  9. Sweet Venom by Lynn Childs
  10. Suck It Up by Brian Meehl
Theme 5: Authors Last Name That Start With "S"

  1. The Help by Margaret Stockett
  2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  3. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trennon Stewart
  4. The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
  5. The Forsaken by Lisa Stasse
  6. Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  7. One Of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
  8. Storm Glass by Maria Snyder
  9. Devestation by Gloria Skurzynski
  10. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
Theme 6: 2012 Debuts
  1. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  2. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  3. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
  4. What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
  5. Crewel by Gennifer Albin
  6. Glitch by Heather Anastasui
  7. Tempest by Julie Cross
  8. Black City by Elizabeth Richards
  9. Fracture by Megan Miranda
  10. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
Be sure to vote on my poll on the sidebar OR leave a comment below with your top two choices! Voting closes on the 1st. Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday - March 26th, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish, and it's where book bloggers list their top tens. Feel free to check out their blog if you are interested in joining, or if you would like more information.

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is...

The Top Ten Books I Would Recommend (which are in no particular order)
And I'm not recommending The Hunger Games... Even though it's amazing
  1. Variant by Robison Wells. SOOOOO GOOD!! This is probably one of the best books that I've ever read. I can't stress enough how great this book is!
  2. Legend by Marie Lu. I just read this recently and it easily became a new favourite.
  3. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I read this book at the beginning of this year and it was such a great way to start off.
  4. Blood Red Road by Moira Young. This book takes a bit of getting used to, as far as the writing style goes, but after 40 pages you can't stop reading.
  5. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I know that this book isn't for everyone, but I still really enjoyed it and I think everyone should try it out.
  6. The Breadwinner Trilogy by Deborah Ellis. I love it!!! This book is what makes me want to read more historical fiction.
  7. Divergent by Veronica Roth. I hope you all know what this book is. It's really extremely good, and if you don't know what it is... I don't know what to say.
  8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This book was only a 4 four for me, but the second book, Scarlet, was soooooo good and made up for it.
  9. The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Beware. The main character is SOOOOO annoying. But the plot is so good and the world is so interesting!
  10. Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher. This book is life changing. Life. Changing. Everyone must read this book.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Books with Theme! (1)

New series time!!!!!

I realize that I haven't made a post in a while, so I decided that I wanted to make a post about unicorn-themed books. Then I decided to make a whole "series" out of it. This could help when choosing some books/themes in future months as well. So yeah, a few unicorn books. And by the way, I haven't read any of these books...

  1. Warped by Maurissa Guibord: The synopsis mentions a "dusty unicorn tapestry".
  2. Zombies vs. Unicorns by Various Authors: Amazing authors, amazing creatures. What more could you ask for?
  3. Rampant by Diana Petereund: The series is called"killer unicorns" enough said.
  4. A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang: Something about a character with an enchanted iPod and a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer...
  5. Into the Land of Unicorns by Bruce Coville: The cover looks... interesting, but it's about unicorns.
  6. Birth of the Firebringer by Meredith Ann Pierce: Prince of the unicorns goes on an adventure.
If you would like to add any unicorn books to this list, feel free to comment below. Happy reading!!

Saturday, 16 March 2013

The Hunger Games Continued...

For the Hunger Games poll that I made/took a while ago, I got a 3 way tie between Saba from Blood Red Road, Tally from Uglies, and Hagrid from Harry Potter. It's time to vote, once again, for a winner!!!! Click here to see the previous post on THG, as well as a couple mini biographies if you don't know who they are or what they do. May the odds be ever in your favour.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1........

March 15th - 31st TBR

Earlier in the month I made a TBR for the first bit of the month stating 2 of the 3 books that I would like to read. Click here to see it.

Anyways, I have changed a bit of what I said, and have decided to only pick 2 books within the topic, because I really like the freedom to pick any book that I feel like up, and since I don't feel like reading Magic Study, I have decided to take it off of my TBR. Hunger, however, still remains, and since that it is both a sequel and over 500 pages, it makes sense to me to keep it there.
For the green book cover of the month, I have chosen Splintered by A. G. Howard which is a new release. It is based off of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and I am super excited for it, even though I have heard mixed things. I love fairytale re-tellings. <3

What have you read so far this month? What are you planning to read in the second half? Leave a comment below telling me. I would love to hear from you. Happy reading!!

#FridayReads - March 15th, 2013

Sorry this is a bit late!!!!! Anyways, this weekend I am reading two books, one of them being Across the Universe by Beth Revis, which I was reading last week. The reason why I am still reading this book is because I'm focusing on the other book, as it is a new release and I cannot renew it at my local library since it has holds on it.

The other book that I will reading this weekend is Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and it is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series. I'm really enjoying this book so far and am excited to continue.

If I end up finishing Across the Universe this weekend, which I am pretty certain that I will, I will be starting Hunger by Michael Grant. This is the second book in the Gone series, and I am super excited to get into it.

And finally, if I end up finishing Scarlet which is unlikely but possible, I will be reading Prophecy by Ellen Oh, which is another new release that I need to get finished before it's due date.

I hope you enjoyed this #fridayreads. Leave a comment below telling me what you are going to be reading this weekend. Have fun!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish, and it's basically where we book bloggers share our top tens. I would encourage you to join in! It's so much fun.

For this top ten tuesday I included books that were in the same series in the same bullet point because otherwise, I would be taking up all of them up with basically the same book.

Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR List – Mar. 12th

- A Million Suns & Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
- Hunger, Lies, Plague and Fear by Michael Grant
- The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure and The Kill Order by James Dashner
- Rebel Heart by Moira Young
- The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
- Sister's Red by Jackson Pierce (and possibly Sweetly if I enjoy it)
- The Iron King (and possibly the others if I enjoy the first one) by Julie Kagawa
- A Great and Terrible Beauty (and possibly the others if I enjoy this one) by Libba Bray
- Under the Never Sky (and possibly the second one if I enjoy it) by Veronica Rossi
- Crash by Lisa McMann

Friday, 8 March 2013

#FridayReads - March 8th, 2013

#FridayReads was started over on Twitter and it is where you share what book(s) that you will be reading that weekend. It was then brought over to YouTube by Bunny Cates, and I'm now bringing it over to Blogger.

This weekend I am going to be reading The Archived by Victoria Schwab. It is about a place called the Archive which is where Histories, which are basically ghosts, are kept. Librarians organize them and keep them, and keepers fetch them if they escape from the Archive into the Narrows. Our main character, Mackenzie, is a Keeper which means a dangerous life. Not only that, but it is a constant reminder of her losses. Her grandfather, Da, died a few years ago, but now with her little brother gone as well she starts to wonder, and starts uncovering information. Someone is altering the Archive, erasing essential chapters, and it's Mac's job to piece them together before it falls apart. I am about 24% through, and since I am away from school today (and of course the weekend) I will be able to read quite a bit.

If I end up finishing The Archived I will continue reading Across the Universe by Beth Revis, which I have also started. I am only a few pages in (pg. 48). In this novel there is a spaceship called Godspeed which will take humanity on a 300 year journey to another earth. These people are frozen so that they don't age or die before they arrive on the new planet, but suddenly Amy is awoken from her slumber... Meaning someone tried to murder her. Amy, with the help of Elder, must find out who unplugged her, and uncover the secrets of Godspeed.

What are you reading this weekend? Post a video response to Bunny's weekly video on YouTube, tweet it on Twitter, or comment below with your answer or a blog post URL. Happy reading! ~ Brianna

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Top Ten Series That I Would Like To Start But Haven't Yet

I didn't do a top ten tuesday last week, and that's simply because I didn't feel like it. Now I'm back in the game. Since that I didn't do one last week I'll choose 20 for this week, plus there are just so many things in this category that I kinda need to have 20 (or more) anyways. Top Ten Tuesday was originated at The Broke and The Bookish. If you would like to join I would suggest you check them out.

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is... (In no particular order)

Top Ten Series That I Would Like To Start But Haven't Yet – Mar. 5th

1. Fairytale Retellings Series by Jackson Pearce
2. Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
3. Mother-Daughter Book Club Series by Heather Vogel-Fredrick
4. Starcrossed Series by Josephine Angelini
5. Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
6. Unearthly Trilogy by Cynthia Hand
7. Unwind Series by Neal Shusterman
8. Beautiful Creatures Series by Kami Gracia and Margaret Stohl
9. Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray
10. Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa
11. Under The Never Sky Series by Veronica Rossi
12. Lord Of The Rings + The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
13. Birthmarked Series by Caragh O'Brien
14. Razorland Series by Ann Aguirre
15. The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStephano
16. Awaken Series by Katie Kacvinsky
17. The Bar Code Series by Suzanne Wayn
18. The Declaration Series by Gemma Malley
19. Ender's Saga by Orson Scott Card
20. Breathe Series by Sarah Crossan

What are your top tens? And what series should I start first? Happy reading!!

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Liebster Blog Award

:D :D :D Thanks to Julia @ Books as Wings for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Award!! I appreciate it so much!! :D :D :D

The Rules...
  1. Thank the Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
  2. Answer 11 questions from your nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself, and create 11 questions for you nominees.
  3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen. (No tag backs!)
  4. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.

My Answers to Julia's Questions
  1. What is your favourite place to read? I love to read in my bed just before I go to sleep. I know it's bad... I know, but it is so comfy cozy that I can't help but snuggle in my dozens of blankets and read a good book, preferably with some tea at hand. During the day I love reading in these huge, comfy blue coaches that are in my school library, and at home I have this amazing, electronic leather chair...
  2. What blog post of your represents who you are? Huh. I don't know. I haven't ever really DIRECTLY mentioned anything about who I am, except for a q & a, although I don't think that's the "right one". Maybe my literary love letters... yeah. That one. (Special thanks to Marline, who is one of my nominees, for giving me the idea.)
  3. Have you ever dreamt of becoming an author? Yes!!! Yes, yes, yes YES!!! This is basically my life all summed up into one. Writing for a living would be the best thing that could ever happen. I would be doing the things that I love ALL DAY!!!!!!! Can you imagine anything better? 
  4. What's better, reading or writing? Hard choice. For me, it really just depends on the day. Sometimes I have a really great idea for a story and have the urge to write. Other times, when I'm in the middle of a good book I really want to sit down and read.
  5. What fictional world would you most like to live in? The Frog Princess series maybe? I have always imagined (when I was little) going to my great-aunts and learning magic. This sounds really stupid, but it's probably my favourite "safe" environment to be in. I mean, sorry, but I don't really want to live in a Maze, or trapped in a school.
  6. Do you like/agree with the current trends in reading currently? I don't think that it's a matter of agreeing or disagree with the current trends in books (yes, I know that's not the question). Authors will write what they feel is good, or what they are personally interested in. Personally, I really love the things that authors are coming up with these days. I think that they are (for the most part) original and include amazing aspects.
  7. What would your dream library look like? First of all, pretty book covers. The first picture on my new Instagram (glowing13glowworm) is a photo of Splintered by A. G. Howard, and it is a great example of this. It is absolutely flawless. Next, it wouldn't be in the city. Don't get me wrong, the city is good, but if the library was placed on the top of a mountain, or in the middle of a field of unicorns (use your imagination people!) then it would be a great place to get inspired. I would rather be in one of those places than in the midst of musty fumes and dirty grim. Extras: internet, coffee/tea machine, and comfy chairs.
  8. How do you judge whether or not to read a blog? First of all, personality. I LOVE people who show who they are through their writing. Similarities are also good (likes/dislikes) as well as it being updated regularly. All that fun stuff. :D
  9. What's your view on graphic novels? Graphic novels are not my favourite. Sure, they are fun to read sometimes, but I don't find myself getting engrossed in the story when having a graphic novel in front of me. I also think that they are much less imaginative. I mean, I hate it when their are people on the front cover on the book, because I can't use my imagination to come up with they look like on my own. It's the same with a graphic novel. Dozens of pictures are used when explaining one scene. Often times they aren't very deep either. Sure, there are some GREAT things about graphic novels, but honestly, I would rather sit down with a book. The only reason why I would recommend a graphic novel is if you have watched the movie or read the book that it goes with. In that case, it's a great way to, indeed, go deeper, and have fun.
  10. E-books, hardcover, or paperback? I like light book since I'm still in school. E-books are often lightest, but since I don't have an eReader, I can't experience reading on an electronic device. That leaves hardcover and paperback, and to be honest, I don't really care TOO much. I HATE broken spines, don't get me wrong, but I don't buy books, so spines aren't a big issue. Overall, I guess I like paperbacks because they are light. Not only that, but it gives the pleasure of holding a good-old book.
  11. What makes you want to blog? I have a couple things. One, you. My viewers play a big part. They make me want to be on here every moment. Two, my love for literature. My blog is a great way to share with others my passion, and it is a great way to dig deeper into the world of books.
11 Random Facts

  1. I play piano, and I don't really enjoy it.
  2. I don't watch any TV. Ever.
  3. I am 3 sessions away from being a lifeguard, and I'm too young to continue on right now.
  4. I don't like hot chocolate, and I love pickles.
  5. I really want to go to the U.K.
  6. I talk to myself like a booktuber would... without a camera.
  7. I play volleyball and I love it!
  8. I think that Winnie the Pooh is "DA BOMB!"
  9. I write a lot... Sorta. Kinda in a slump right now. Or should I say "write" now. Haha... okay
  10. I make up really cheesy jokes. A lot.
  11. I've only been on a public plane for 2 trips, one when I was a little child, the other in October. The rest of my days in the air were private.

My 11 Nominees (Which I sort of which was more. So many great blogs!)
  1. Katie @ GrazingPages
  2. Ben @ Benjaminoftomes
  3. Marlin @ Marlin Elina Reads
  4. Samantha @ The Secret Life of a Bookworm
  5. Phil and Geraldine @ Stack of Hardbacks
  6. Alyssa @ ACReads
  7. Jess @ Books For a Dreamed Teen
  8. Michelle @ Sweet Book Reviews
  9. Elizabeth @ Elizziebooks
  10. Lauren @ The One Minute Bookworm
  11. Rosiee @ Book Hobbit
My 11 Questions For My Nominees
  1. What trait do you admire/pride yourself on, what trait do you like in others, and what trait do you like in female and male fictional characters?
  2. Who is the most relatable character in a book that you've read? Movie? TV show?
  3. Where/when are you inspired to go and pick up a book?
  4. What would be more fun: Editor (reading books) or author (writing books)?
  5. To those of you who buy books: If your house was on fire, and you could only save one book, what would it be and why? To those of you who borrow books: If your library was having a "giveaway" and you could keep one book for free, what book would you choose and why?
  6. What is the most well-known book that you've read that deserves the hype? What is the least-known book that you've read that deserves more hype? You can use Goodreads for help.
  7. Who is your favourite commonly known author? Who is you favourite lesser-known author? What do you admire in them?
  8. What was the turning point in literature for you? When did you start loving books?
  9. What is your favourite type of post to make out of the following: tags, book reviews, hauls, tbr, or wrap-up? What is your favourite one to read?
  10. What is the most important literary element to you (of the following): characters, setting, plot, writing style, or romance? Do you look for a character-driven book or a plot-driven book?
  11. To those of you who buy books: Do you agree/like book buying bans? To those of you who borrow books: Do you get too many? Do you agree/like "book getting bans"?
Again, thanks Julia! I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Thanks for reading!