Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#EMPTYSHELFIE Spookie Shelfie TBR

 

Empty Shelfie is a year-long reading challenge to empty your incredibly long TBR list. For the Halloween season this month, here are 7 challenges from 7 hosts: Heather at Zether Books, Taylor at Bookish Taylor, Roya at Unicorn Hunter Books, Britt at Britt, Ali at Hardback Hoarder, and Desi at Libri Labra Twitter.

Challenges:
Serial Killer POV
Read a book involving a spell or curse
Supernatural/paranormal elements
Freakish characters
Read a book with a Mask in title or cover
Black and orange cover
Concept of a person/place/thing that terrifies you



I'm not a huge fan of horror or supernatural genre, so my TBR will be pretty small, compared to last month.

Challenges:



Serial Killer POV - Because You Love to Hate Me by 
Best-selling authors working with Booktubers on the perspectives of villians? Yes, please!!

Summary:
Leave it to the heroes to save the world--villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains' points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like "Medusa," Sherlock Holmes, and "Jack and the Beanstalk" provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains' acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage--and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Featuring writing from . . .

Authors: RenΓ©e Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon

BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), ZoΓ« Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).
 



Read a book involving a spell or curse - One Wish Away by Ingrid Seymour

I'm a member of Ingrid's ARC team, but I haven't read her latest works since her first book, Ignite the Shadows back in 2014. So I'm excited to try to get into this one for this challenge. 

Summary:
Faris is a Djinn with a secret and Marielle the first master to give him hope. Will she be the one to break his curse? There is no telling. All he really knows is she's ONE WISH AWAY from breaking his heart.

When Marielle was little, she used to believe Grandpa about his wish-granting Djinn. But now that she’s older, her beliefs have changed, and things like lousy ex-boyfriends and alcoholic fathers have become her reality.

Life isn’t done shattering her truths, though, and when Grandpa dies and the Djinn he warned her never to trust shows up at her doorstep, the world becomes a dangerous, magical place she never knew existed. Reeling for her once-normal life, Marielle soon realizes there’s no going back—not when she’s become part of a mortal conflict between two spell-bound Djinn. Faris—her handsome slave. And Zet—his vengeance-hungry brother. They both want something from her. One, her love. The other one, her life.

Now she’s afraid she will die in love.

One Wish Away is a young adult paranormal romance that will appeal to lovers of Hush Hush, Twilight, and the Fallen series.
 



Supernatural/paranormal elements - Unreality by Ingrid Seymour (blog tour with Marked by Fate box set, where the book is from)

Summary:

Ever since she helped solve her mother’s gruesome murder twelve years ago, Meadow Bright has kept her psychic abilities locked away. As a five-year-old, the brutal visions of her mother’s death nearly destroyed her. Now, a senior in high school, she still fears her nature and what opening up could do to her.

But when a classmate is found viciously tortured and murdered, her powers return with a vengeance, flooding her mind with new visions and opening old wounds. Worst of all, the new victim wears the signature of her mother’s killer, a man who’s still in jail under a life sentence without parole.

It seems that, all those years ago, she made a mistake and helped put the wrong man in jail. Now, she must redeem herself before more people die.


Freakish characters - Shadowshaper by

Summary:

Read a book with a Mask in title or cover - Sadly, I can't think of a book that can fill in this prompt, so I'll skip it. 


Black and orange cover - Mexican Whiteboy by

Summary:



Concept of a person/place/thing that terrifies you - The First Hour I Believed by Wally Lamb
Not only does the cover haunt me, but the summary does too. Columbine High School shooting? Trauma? PTSD? Whoa...what an experience. 

Summary:
Wally Lamb's two previous novels, She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, struck a chord with readers. They responded to the intensely introspective nature of the books, and to their lively narrative styles and biting humor.

In The Hour I First Believed, Lamb travels well beyond his earlier work and embodies in his fiction myth, psychology, family history stretching back many generations, and the questions of faith that lie at the heart of everyday life. The result is an extraordinary tour de force, at once a meditation on the human condition and an unflinching yet compassionate evocation of character.

When forty-seven-year-old high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his younger wife, Maureen, a school nurse, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, Caelum returns home to Three Rivers, Connecticut, to be with his aunt who has just had a stroke. But Maureen finds herself in the school library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed, as two vengeful students go on a carefully premeditated, murderous rampage. Miraculously she survives, but at a cost: she is unable to recover from the trauma. Caelum and Maureen flee Colorado and return to an illusion of safety at the Quirk family farm in Three Rivers. But the effects of chaos are not so easily put right, and further tragedy ensues.

While Maureen fights to regain her sanity, Caelum discovers a cache of old diaries, letters, and newspaper clippings in an upstairs bedroom of his family's house. The colorful and intriguing story they recount spans five generations of Quirk family ancestors, from the Civil War era to Caelum's own troubled childhood. Piece by piece, Caelum reconstructs the lives of the women and men whose legacy he bears. Unimaginable secrets emerge; long-buried fear, anger, guilt, and grief rise to the surface.

As Caelum grapples with unexpected and confounding revelations from the past, he also struggles to fashion a future out of the ashes of tragedy. His personal quest for meaning and faith becomes a mythic journey that is at the same time quintessentially contemporary -- and American.

The Hour I First Believed is a profound and heart-rending work of fiction. Wally Lamb proves himself a virtuoso storyteller, assembling a variety of voices and an ensemble of characters rich enough to evoke all of humanity.

What's your TBR list for Empty Shelfie's Spookie Shelfie season? Leave comments below!



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Sunday, October 15, 2017

#BookBloggerHop October 13-19: "Favorite" Horror Authors


         
Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition!

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

 This week's question submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm:

Who is your favorite horror/suspense author and why?

My Answer

I'm not a fan of horror; it's just not my favorite genre, so I don't have a favorite author. I know of horror authors like Stephen King, James Patterson, etc. But no, I do not have a main favorite. 

I ask this question back to you guys. Do you have a favorite horror author, and why? Leave comments below!


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#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: "I Run with the Vampires, Of Course!"


Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 4 books featuring vampires. It's hard to believe only a few years ago, I was terrified of vampires; now I embrace them like they're my own family haha! Anyway, here are my choices, in no particular order:
October 18th: Books Featuring [paranormal creature of your choice] --Here is the previously mentioned paranormal creature topic. This topic will revolve around one type of paranormal creature of your choice. So books featuring vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, demons, fae, zombies, etc.

 

4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - Vampire Royalty! Before this book, I didn't even know vampire royalty was a thing. I'd just thought they rocked with a family or went rogue. But royalty? Wow! The concept from VA was interesting, especially since Lissa was the only surviving member from her family. 

   


3. City of Bones/Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare - Downworlders! Another world I knew nothing of for vampires. For them to be somewhat separate from Shadowhunters, werewolves and the like, but still have to work together to fight evil. Astounding for all of this group power! 


2. Running in the Dark by Inger Iversen - Vampire Spies! I knew vamps loved to hunt (animals, humans, whatever), but them being spies in this small novel made their supernatural powers stand out even more. Their powers were necessary to find their victims and kill their prey. 






1. The Twilight Saga - Vampire Families (and yes, they sparkle. So what? It's different!) - The one and only Cullens! And their friends lol. These vamps were not only understanding of humanity, but used their powers and gifts to make immortality interesting. If I were a vampire, I'd love to join the Cullen family as an honorary member, but A) they'd probably be too "famous" to take up anymore people, or B) the Volturi would want to attack me. But the way they protect and love each other, even though they're not blood-related, is very nice to see in fantasy YA. 

Which vampires are your favorites? Leave comments below!

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Friday, October 6, 2017

#BookBloggerHop - October 6-12: Have I Ever Read FRANKENSTEIN or DRACULA?!

 

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 


Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

 This week's question submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer:


Bram Stoker's Dracula and Marry Shelley's Frankenstein are both considered classics. Have you ever read either of them?


My Answer


I've never read either Frankenstein or Dracula, not even in grade school. I didn't get into vampire culture until Twilight, to be honest! I used to be quite scared of them until Edward Cullen's sexy vampire self walked into my reading life back in 2006 lol. I'd thought vampires were supposed to be bad and no-good scary creatures during Halloween, and that was it. Authors like Stephenie Meyer helped spread a different trend for vampires. Vamps like Dracula and Frankenstein are still quite freakish for me, though. Plus, I'm not a fan of hardcore horror, so I don't think either books would be interesting for me to read. 


I ask this question back to you guys. Have you read Frankenstein or Dracula? Which of the two do you like the most? Leave comments below.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Witchiest Witches of All Time!



Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 books featuring witches. This prompt is in light of the Halloween season, but since I don't celebrate the holiday, I'll still add my fave witches!


4. Matilda - Matilda by Roald Dahl - She's a Witch?! - Am I the only one who didn't think Matilda was a witch? I thought she was just a telekinetic or special little girl. Wow! Although I've never read the book, I watch the movie all the time, and I still think it's the cutest ever!


3. Magnus Bane - City of Bones by Cassandra Clare - I haven't read these books in a long while, but I do remember how extensive the Shadowhunter world is. Filled with witches, warlocks, faeries, and more! Their warlocks focus more about politics than power, which is interesting.


2. Lena Duchannes - Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia - Forgot about "Castors" - I totally forgot about this series having witches, what they call castors. Lena Duchannes is the most powerful castor in her family because when she turns 16, she gets the choice to be either dark or light. SPOILER ALERT: she chooses to be both and claim herself! Awesome!



1. Hermoine Granger - Brightest Witch of Her Age! Do I even need a reason as to why Hermione is my girl?! Not only is the brightest witch of her year, but she relies on her books and cleverness to get ahead. Sure, she has her winning personality, but it's her sheer, unapologetic intelligence that almost doesn't fail her. She can whip out a spell faster than The Chosen One ever could!

Who are some of your favorite witchiest witches? Comment below! 



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Monday, October 2, 2017

#BookBloggerHop - September 29-October 5: Who Sleeps with Books?!






About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 
 This week's question submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books:

Have you ever slept with a favorite, beloved book under your pillow, or cradled in your arms?

My Answer:

I've never really slept with a book before. That sounds so dirty haha!! But I have fallen asleep while reading, and have dreamed about scenes I've read. I feel like if you're dreaming about a book, then you know you're in love with it. ♥

I ask this question back to you guys. Do you sleep with books under your pillow?

College Graduation, New Reviews, Readathons & More | September Wrap-Up


Since so much has happened in September, I decided to share my experiences in a monthly wrap-up. This month was filled with both good and interesting things.

IN REAL LIFE (IRL)

On Saturday, September 16, I graduated from University of Phoenix's online degree program with my Bachelor's of Science in Communication, with a concentration in Journalism. Yay!! I'm finally done with school!! It's been a long, hard six years but I finally made it. My dad and sister flew in from Atlanta and Texas, respectively, as well as my cousins in New Jersey. My Instagram was flooded with photos from the big day, both with my cap & gown and my dress. At first, I did not want to do the big walk because I had enough with it; I'd felt obligated to do it both in high school and community college, and I'd didn't want to do it anymore for this degree. But my dad and sister had both wanted me to, so I'd done it for them.







Even though the walk was confusing and overwhelming, I'm kind of glad I did it; I'm glad that almost my whole family came to celebrate my event. Afterward, we'd went out to my cousins' home to celebrate for a party. We'd stayed until 2 am, a few hours before my sister was due back home in Texas. Everyone had made speeches about me, and if you know me, being an introvert/Pisces, I get nervous being the center of attention for too long. So while it was a bit uncomfortable for me to hear everyone make speeches for me, it was nice to hear everyone's love and support.

BLOG POSTS

Weekly Memes




Book Blogger Hop - This was the first month I participated in a new meme called Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Billy at Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

Posts:
August 4-10
August 11-17
August 18-24
September 8-14
September 15-21
September 22-28



Top 5 Wednesday - I didn't participate in a lot of T5W's this month. but here's what I did do.

Posts:
Favorite Fancasts
Books to Read Without the Synopsis


Readathons and Blog Challenges

Also for the first time, I participated in more readathons and actually followed along with the Twitter sprints haha! I participated in Bloggiesta, RainbowRead-A-Thon, Read-A-Thin, Empty-Shelfie, Bout of Books, and Cosmo Readers.

I also did something bold and hosted my first Twitter reading sprint at Cosmo Readers! It was early in the morning, and I was super nervous, but I'm glad I'd stepped out of my comfort zone and did it.
My starting Tweet
My ending Tweet


Book Reviews and Blitz Posts

I did one book review for debut author Akemi Dawn Bowman's book Starfish, for Rich in Variety Book Tours. I was incredibly pleased with this novel. I thought it was an incredible debut read; so heartbreaking, touching, relatable, and more. My review HERE!

Blitz Posts

BOOK BLITZ + Giveaway + Music Playlist + Fancasting of Characters from THE VICTORIA IN MY HEAD by Janelle Milanes

Asper Blurry's 'TRAIN to the EDGE of the MOON' #BOOKBLITZ + #GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win A $25 Amazon Gift Card

How was your September this year? Comment below!


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