Summer Reading List (You Tell Me)

Well, helllooooooo there.

I know it’s been a while. Like, a long, long while. Alas, college will do that to a girl. But now that summer is here, I’m excited to get back to blogging! And reviewing!

But what to read, what to read? During the semester, I have so little time to read (besides 7oo pounds of pre-1900s literature, of course), and so it’s easy to get really behind the current trends. That’s why I’m asking for help.

Tell me what books I should have on my summer reading list! What’s your favorite book of the year? What new releases are you most excited about? What books should I be pumped for? Let me know; I’ll love you forever!

Thanks, and hopefully I’ll be back with an actual blog post soon enough!

A Party in the Pages

It’s New Year’s Day! That means new resolutions, new starts, and new opportunities. And New Year’s Eve means champagne and watching the huge ball drop in NY, and maybe a little partying. So, if you’re looking for the fun from last night to continue in the comfort of your own bed, then there’s plenty of books out there that will keep the festivities rolling. Here’s my top five choices (in no particular order).

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

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What party list would be legitimate without The Great Gatsby? It reminds me of that T-shirt: “Ain’t no party like a Gatsby party because a Gatsby party don’t stop until at least two people are dead and everyone is disillusioned with the Jazz Age as a whole.” The truth. But in the meantime, a glass of gin, a thick blanket, and this book can’t hurt…can it?

2. Party Princess (The Princess Diaries VII) by Meg Cabot

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Otherwise known as one of the most awkward party scenes that I’ve had the good fortune of reading, because Mia’s nerves are just so painfully tangible, and you sympathize with her so much, and gah. But still–a party!

3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen 

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This is one of my favorite Austen novels because it’s so fun, quirky, and charming. The protagonist, Catherine, is naive and gullible enough to create chaos, but sweet and innocent enough so that you can’t really blame her, can you? Anyways, like most of Austen’s novels, there’s always a ball or two involved, with lush descriptions of ball gowns and dances that will make you wish you lived in the 18th century (well, until you realize that things back then really sucked for anyone who wasn’t a white, land-owning male.)

4. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison

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Each and every one of these books is as fun and lively as a proper party should be, but ignoring that there’s also plenty of actual gigs and concerts and dancing in the books–and in a couple of the books Georgia and her crew will actually teach you some moves. (HOOOORRRRRRNNNN)

5. Dollface by Renee Rosen

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Another novel set in the 1920s, Dollface is a indulgent historical novel that features lots of jazz, and lots of bourbon. Follow in the footsteps of Vera Abramowitz as she enjoys the new, exciting life that she’s wedged herself into. Exciting, and dangerous. Because both of the men hooked on her are mobsters. Rival ones, too, and with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre looming on the horizon, nobody is safe.

It’s raining in my city right now, and even though it’s mid-afternoon I’m feeling very lazy and lethargic, so I think the best plan of action will be to make myself some hot chocolate, sneak a cookie upstairs and get reading one of these. A good start to the new year? Heck, yeah!

What are your favorite ‘party’ books? What do you think of my choices? What are your New Year’s goals? Let me know in the comments! 

Winter Wishes (To Be Read List)

My Winter To Be Read List 🙂

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Whoah. Dude, it feels like just last week that I was creating my Fall TBR list, and now it’s already time for the winter one? That’s crazy! But with December right around the weekend, I have to face the fact that fall has slipped through my fingers. My favorite season! Gone! Luckily winter is my second favorite season, but I still feel the need to point out that this isn’t a race, time. You can sit back and chill occasionally, you know?

Anyways, before creating my new TBR list, I went back and counted how many of my fall books I actually managed to get my hands on. And I did not do so well. Like, I did not read many of them at all. At all. I’m so disappointed that I won’t even tell you how many I read. *singing softly: one is the loneliest number…* Although, if I’m being honest, most of the times my TBR list fades away into random book choosing, unless I have reason to reaaaaally buy the book (example: I’ve read and loved other books from the author, the plot has me shivering with anticipation). That said, I’m not sure why I bother creating TBR lists since I never follow them…but I do like making them! And maybe this winter will be different. With that said: My Winter Wishes.

*Oh, by the way. I say Winter Wishes because I want to read them this winter. But most of these books are not new, because I’m behind with the times, guys. If you have your eye on any books that are actually coming out this winter, tell me about them! Please.

1. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Ugh. Don’t judge me. I know. I know. Everyone and their grandma’s incredibly smart Yorkshire Terrier have read this book by now. And if you asked me why I haven’t, then I’d reply like this: because blksdl;gkfsldg. Gah, I mean, I love the Mortal Instruments series. Or, at least, I really liked the books while I was reading them. But it’s been such a long time since I’ve read them that too many details have slipped out of my mind, and so before I read the final installment I need to read all of them again. And I just keep putting it off, and off, and off, and NO MORE. It stops this winter! There is no book series that cannot be conquered via a freezing, drizzly weekend stuck at home with nothing but hot chocolate and blankets. That is my motto, and I’m sticking to it.

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This book seems like it would be a gorgeous read. Like, I can already tell that the prose will be meaningful and beautiful and thoughtful. Well, technically I really don’t know what it will be like, but every time I walk by this book in a store, I think to myself I bet that book is really good and then I just keep walking and I never, ever even pick it up. So, hopefully that changes this winter.

3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Because I read American Gods over the summer, and it was superb. Just excellent. It’s now on my favorite’s shelf, and I’m in that state of mind right now where I wish I wasn’t thousands of miles from home right now, because I miss my bookshelves. (You know, along with my family and friends…you’re important too, guys!) I’ve had the intense craving to read American Gods, the Book Thief, and the complete Harry Potter series over the past week, but I don’t have a library card in England yet, and I refuse to buy the books again knowing that they’re all waiting for me at home, and so I’m just slowly withering away. Luckily, I do happen to have a copy of Stardust with me over here, so since I can’t read American Gods, I might as well read a different work of Gaiman’s.

4. A House Without Mirrors by Marten Sanden

I came across this book while idly browsing through the up-and-comings on Barnes and Noble’s online website, and it was the only one out of a dozen or so that got me thinking I wish this was out right now. Here’s a quote from the summary: “But one day, her youngest cousin makes a discovery: a wardrobe, filled with all the mirrors missing from the big house. And through the mirrors, a different world – one in which you can find not what you most wish for, but perhaps what you most need.” I don’t know what it is, exactly, that’s got me so anxious to read this book. It’s just a feeling. In any case, it goes on sale December 9th, so hopefully soon I’ll be able to see if it really is as great as I think it will be.

5. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

I already know all the spoilers for this book, and that does not stop me from wanting to read it. In fact, it’s probably the reason why I want to read it. Because if it weren’t for the twist ending than I probably wouldn’t have been compelled to read it in the first place. But now. Oh, now…now I want to see how the author sets this thing up like she does. Plus, the rave reviews don’t hurt. I’d tell you more about the book, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so you’ll have just to read it right alongside with me.

So, those are the books that I’m in the mood for right now. What are your winter wishes? Tell me about them in the comments below!

 

 

Spooky Spines (My Favorite Creepy Books)

Okay. Okay.

I admit it. My titles are the epitome of lame. In fact, my usual blog post title thinking process is taking an adjective that relates to my post, and pairing it with a bookish word that starts with the same letter. I’m all about that alliteration. So although I know it’s hard, please don’t judge me too harshly. I’m in the midst of midterms at my university, and so I’m a bit frazzle brained right now.

Anyways, I’ve been in a very Halloween-y mood this week. I’ve been snacking on cupcakes decorated like pumpkins, watching episode after episode of Goosebumps on Netflix, and scoping out ideas for my Halloween outfit. Halloween is not my favorite holiday or anything–I’m just a really festive person who lives for the chance to celebrate. I especially like celebrations that include eating candy corn. Just saying.

That said, I was studying (really, procrastinating studying, but same thing, right?) for my exams tomorrow when I happened to glance down at my toolbar (looking for something that would make me procrastinate my studies) and saw the date. When I realized that it was the 13th, I started thinking ‘ooooh, spooky stuff…ooooh, Halloween….oooh, it’s not even Friday, but ooooooh’. And then I thought: Oh, hooray! I’ve found something that will allow me to procrastinate. And then I logged onto WordPress to bring to you:

My Halloween Hall of Fame: The 5 Creepiest Books I’ve Read 

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It was only when I started composing this list that I realized something…I have not read that many horror novels. For some reason, I thought I had read a lot more than I really have. Maybe because I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about maybe reading horror books like American Psycho or Misery. ‘They’re so popular!’ I’ll tell myself. ‘I should really read them so that I can form my own opinions and thoughts on them.’ And then I remember: I’m a wimp. And I read the Princess Diaries instead. Still, I have read a few scary stories, and the best of them are:

5. Cell by Stephen King

This is the only one of Stephen King’s horror stories that I’ve read. I attempted one other, wimped out twenty pages in, and read Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America instead. When I read Cell, I was more interested in forcing myself to finally read a Stephen King novel than I was in the actual plot. But suffice it to say that there were Zombies. And blood, violence, and shocks. It was like a scary movie, but in book form!

4. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Although Gone Girl is her most famous book, it was Dark Places that made me cringe the most. The whole thing sent chills down my spine. Ack. The ending made sense in a weird, twisted, ‘oh my gosh, I see the light–er, dark’ way, and I’ll end with this: those poor cows!

3. Dracula by Bram Stoker

I can’t make a Halloween book list without leaving our Transylvanian friend out of the loop. This book is a classic, and it’s more ominous tension and creepy guys eating flies than it is gore and guts. That means you can read it at night and actually get some sleep later on…if you don’t end up reading all night, that is.

2. I Am Legend and Other Stories by Richard Matheson

My cousins’s boyfriend gifted this book to me while I was visiting my cousin in Korea a couple summers back. All of the libraries in the area were, of course, Korean, and as I can understand only basic Korean I was going through book withdrawals. Even though horror isn’t my usual genre, I gratefully consumed this collection of stories in less than a day. While I Am Legend still makes me shiver occasionally, the short stories that came with it were also fear-worthy.

And finally:

1. The Goosebumps Series by R.L. Stine

So, maybe not *the* most terrifying books on the planet…but, I certainly could never get enough of them come Halloween. And, yes, maybe it’s cheating to put a whole series on this list, but how could I choose between Say Cheese and Die! and Attack of the Mutant?

Really, all of the spine-tingly books in this classic series are forever entertaining, and will forever be giving me: that’s right, Goosebumps.

What are your favorite creepy reads? Do you agree with my choices? Let me know in the comments! 

 

Falling for Fall (Book List)

Mmm, Fall. It’s my favorite season, and how could it not be? Fall is when the leaves turn all orange and red and float down from the sky, coating the pavements with seasonal beauty. It’s when the cold weather finally tells the summer heat to chill out, and it’s when all my favorite holidays are on the horizon. Halloween! Thanksgiving! CHRISTMAS! Eeep!

It’s when I get to dress cozy in sweaters and flannel and it’s when I start drinking hot cocoa and hot coffee drinks again. I could really just list so many reasons why I love autumn. A huge one, however, is that fall is the perfect season for book reading (although any season is great for books, because there is never almost never a time where book reading is inappropriate.) I mean, come on, admit it! Grabbing a blanket, a Pumpkin Spice Latte, and your favorite paperback is pretty damn appealing right about now.

That said, here are My Top Five Books I’m Looking Forward to this Fall.

1. Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

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I read the first book in Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series, and I didn’t love it. In fact, I was just ‘meh’ed by it. But this new novel by her looks like it has potential to be something v. cool. I think the mysterious, dark feel of it is perfect for these darkening autumn days…

(Available October 7th)

2. The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

I really did like the Pretty Little Liars series…well, all of the books that I ended up reading, that is. The series was just so long. It went on forever, and I just got so tired of all the false endings that eventually I was like ‘blewrljdlkgs’ (yes, that noise is real) and I ended up moving onto other books. Maybe it’s time for a fresh start with Sara Shepard. Her new series contains the same mystery elements of PLL along with the seemingly perfect group of teens, but I’m hoping that (unlike PLL) it will come to an end at some point.

(Available October 28th)

3. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

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Parks and Recreation. Enough said. Well, okay, maybe I’ll elaborate a little more. I really love Poehler’s comedic style, and this book looks like it will be greatness to the square of awesomeness.

(Available October 28th)

4. Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

“Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them.” For some reason, I like that. I have an imagined concept of what this protagonist might be like, and I approve. Plus, it’s about a teen con-artist, and I love teen con-artists. I really do…if, that is, they are done well. I hope this book does teen con-artists well.

(Available October 9th)

5. Party Games (Fear Street Series) by R.L. Stine

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This book was published a week or so ago, and I can’t wait until I find it! I used to love R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books, and although I’m super surprised that he’s finally continuing the series, I’m also really excited. Yay for nostalgia! Since Stine is a master of spooky thrills, I think I’ll save this book for a few days before Halloween!

So, what’s on your Fall TBR list? Let me know in the comments! 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Characters I’d Want on a Deserted Island With Me

It is Top Ten Tuesday time, otherwise known as one of the greatest days for making bookish lists. This week’s topic is Top 10 Characters I’d Want on a Deserted Island With Me. Hmmm…the possibilities! As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. So, after you’re done reading my list, go on over there and join Top Ten Tuesday yourself! 😀

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Top 10 Characters I’d Want On a Deserted Island With Me (In No Particular Order) 

…For Their Physical Abilities

1. Katsa from Graceling

The girl has the power of survival. ‘Nuff said.

2. Katniss from the Hunger Games

I know a lot of people probably included her, but I mean, you can see why. She’s already had experience in extreme living, and she’d be the designated hunter.

3. Wesley from the Princess Bride

He got Buttercup through the Fire Swamp, he could get me through my stint on the island.

4. Jace from the Mortal Instruments

I mean, Jace belongs in two categories. Like, I wouldn’t mind at all being stuck on a deserted island with him, because he’s just so Jace-ish, but also if anyone tried to attack the island, then he’d be able to help ward them off.

…For Their Minds 

5. Artemis Fowl

He might be young, but he’s a genius, and if anybody knows how to get a group of eleven people off a deserted island, it’s this kid.

6. Hermione Granger

Magic seems like a smart choice if you’re going to be on a deserted island, and what’s a better wizard to include than the Hermione Granger? Not only is she magic, but she’s also one of the smartest wizards I could choose. Duel deal!

…For Them 

7. Damon Salvatore from the Vampire Diaries

Because he’s ruthless enough to make sure that I survive, and because he’s an excellent hunter, and because, well, you know…he’s Damon Salvatore. That’s kind of reason enough. I mean, swooooon. Plus, the actor who plays Damon in the TV show is Ian Somerhalder, and he’s already had experience with the whole mysterious island thing.

8. Dave the Laugh from the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Series

I think when stranded on a deserted island it’s important to have someone that can lighten the mood. Dave the Laugh is perfect for this–I mean, his name says it all. He’s just the kind of person to have when you’re sitting around the campfire that Katsa has started, telling stories to pass the time.

9. Fred and George Weasley (No, it’s not cheating to combine the two of them!)

I picked these two for the same reason I picked Dave the Laugh. Because while the other people are busy helping the group survive/get off the island, these two would be starting massive prank wars, or else telling us all about the time they exploding the upstairs bathroom. Plus, I imagine they would be down for a massive game of hide-n-seek through the forest. Okay…so, probably including these two might put me more in danger than not, but I too like to live dangerously. (What? That reference doesn’t even work in this context…) And, to be honest, I’ve always had a crush on the Weasley twins.

10. Suze from the Mediator Series

Because I think I would need at least one good friend, and in terms of gathering wood piles and hunting down little rabbits, Suze and I are at about the same level: that is to say, miserable. Seriously, I mean, I don’t think I’d be much help at a deserted island. I’m not saying that I’m horrible at survival, but I am saying that I’d probably manage to drop a bucket of water on all the firewood, gather the berries that make everyone sick for days, and lead a wild, furious hog back to our camp sight. So, yeah, pretty horrible. But Suze and I could tan on the shore of the beach and gossip during the days, and plus, if anybody had mysteriously died on the island, Suze would know what to avoid.

So, that’s my Top 10 Tuesday. What’s yours? Are any of our picks the same? Let me know in the common below! 

Stacking the Shelves (1)

Hi, everyone. I already do a few weekly memes, such as Top Ten Tuesday, and my own What I’m Working on Wednesday, so this isn’t an official meme that I’ll be doing every week, but I thought that I’d try it out once, and since I have a pretty sizable book collection that I acquired this week, I figured why not now? Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Here’s the list of books that I got this week, whether it be from the library, NetGalley, or an actual bookstore.

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1. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira (Library) 

I saw so many good reviews about this book on other blogs, and when I saw it at my library I got really excited. I finished it the same day. The general feel of it was similar to Perks of Being a Wallflower, and although I liked Perks more than I liked Love Letters to the Dead, it was still beautiful and vaguely haunting.

2. and 3. American Gods and Stardust by Neil Gaiman (Bought) 

Yay! I’m so glad to finally have some Neil Gaiman books on my shelves. I can’t believe it took me so long to start reading one of his books, but a lot of people have recommended him to me, and so I finally started to actively search for a couple of his titles. I’m about 200 pages into American Gods, and I’m surprised at how funny it is. Some parts kind of freak me out (I’m barely a college student–still reading mainly YA books!) but everything is written so great that I see why he’s considered a legend.

4. Dave Barry Turns 50 by Dave Barry (Library) 

He is hilarious. His books are hilarious. What else can I say?

5. Obsidian (Lux series) by Jennifer Armentrout (Library) 

One of my friends said this book was cool, and I’ve seen it mentioned a couple of other places, so I decided I’ll give it  a try.

6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Library) 

I’m re-reading this series before I get to City of Heavenly Fire. I just want to make sure I freshen up on all the little details, and besides, it’s not like I mind reading this series again, haha. I mean, who would? I have the second, and fourth book in this series, so the rest I have to borrow before I finally buy the last one. I’m really looking forward to meeting some of my favorite characters again.

7. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Library) 

The librarian picked this one out for me. It looks promising, and from what I’ve heard, Stroud is just the kind of snarky, sarcastic writer that I like!

So, those are the books that I have stacked up this week, and I’m eager to get started on them all. I’m always excited when I get new books, but I feel like these are some pretty strong titles that won’t disappoint!

What are you reading this week? Stacked up any new reads? Tell me about them! Or leave suggestions for new books!