Featuring book reviews primarily in the sci-fi/fantasy, YA, and contemporary fiction genres.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Stacking the Shelves 09/30/12

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Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
I got Shiver on my kindle from my library, but they didn't have Linger or Forever, and I had to know what happened!

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
Love is a Many Trousered Thing by Louise Rennison
I love the Georgia Nicholson series. I've read them all, and I own the first 8 now. I hadn't bought one of these in years! Except it does drive me crazy that my first 4 books in this series are the older covers and the rest are the newer ones. They aren't even the same size! Sigh.

Torment by Lauren Kate
I read Fallen recently and I enjoyed it, although it wasn't a new favorite or anything. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews on this series, so I guess I'll just have to find out for myself if it's worth continuing reading. 

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Same with this series: a lot of mixed reviews. But it was one of the $5 copies they are selling for the release of Finale, so I thought I would give it a try. 

Room by Emma Donoghue
I read this book over the summer and absolutely loved it. Fantastic adult fiction.

Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
Bought this because I have Incarceron.... which I still haven't read yet. Whoops.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
I've heard wonderful things about this book, so I've been wanting this one for a long time. Plus who doesn't like dragons??

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Another one I've been wanting a really long time. I can't wait to read this one.

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
Read this one recently as well, and I honestly loved it SO much more than his Thursday Next series. I'm super excited for the next book, Painting by Numbers, which is due to come out sometime next year.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Yeah, I know. I haven't read any of these books. But I'm working on it!

Three cheers for Amazon gift cards!! A bunch of these were used from the Amazon Marketplace, so I saved a lot too.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bookshelf Tour!

I don't know about you guys, but I LOVE seeing other people's bookshelves. Not sure why, maybe I'm just nosy haha. So anyway, I thought I would give you a tour of mine!

This is my bookshelf at my mom's house... AKA all the books I've left behind for most of the year while I'm at college. I'm pretty sure the thing I'm most excited for when I graduate and get an apartment of my own is being able to have all of my stuff in one place, especially my books! It's so frustrating when I want to read a certain book and then realize it's 300 miles away haha. Anyway, this bookshelf is organized by genre, but besides that, I pretty much put things wherever they fit. I really need more shelves.

Starting at the top: this is pretty much my over-flow shelf. There are some comic anthologies (yes I have 15 Foxtrot books haha), my first edition, first printing signed copy of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close that my dad gave me, and then just some books that wouldn't fit on my other shelves.

The next shelf down is my sci-fi/fantasy shelf. What you are seeing is Harry Potter (obvs), His Dark Materials, and some of the Quirk Classics like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This shelf is double stacked, so... what you aren't seeing is a lot of Star Wars books haha.

The middle shelf is what I consider to be classics or pretty much whatever you would read in an English class in high school. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, To Kill a Mockingbird, Catch-22, Shakespeare, etc.

Next is the YA/chick lit shelf, with the Jessica Darling series, some Meg Cabot, and Twilight.

The bottom shelf is pretty much anything that can be called "contemporary." Mostly fiction, but a few memoirs and a couple of non-fiction too. This shelf is also double stacked and obviously way too full. Meep.

Here is the bookshelf I share with the boyfriend at our apartment, and I would say we split it about 50/50. There is absolutely NO rhyme or reason to how we shelve books on this one, unless you count by size. I pretty much threw the books on there that way just to maximize shelf use. It makes finding books a complete pain, and I hate having them stacked horizontally because I always seem to want to read the one on the bottom! But we are graduating and moving back to the home side of the state in May, so I'm just going to deal with it until then. Seriously, I can't wait to be a real person instead of a college student and have more bookshelves haha.

Here is my to-read pile on my nightstand. Mostly books I have never read before, but there are a few re-reads thrown in.

This is the boyfriend's to-read pile... as made by me. So yeah, we'll see how that turns out haha.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Stacking the Shelves 9/16/12

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Hit up Goodwill while I was home this weekend and bought: Tuck Everlasting, The Devil Wears Prada, Voyager, Dragonfly in Amber, The Help, This Lullaby and Lock and Key. Whew! 7 books for about $10 just makes the penny-pincher inside me soooo happy haha.

Also got Fallen from using my points on Random Buzzers!

I know I've been pretty MIA this week, but it was a really hectic one for me. I should be back with some more reviews soon, and I have a couple of other posts planned for this week. Happy reading!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Stacking the Shelves 09/09/12

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Double Clutch by Liz Reinhardt - (on Kindle)
I've been wanting this one for awhile, so when I saw that it was on sale for $.99 I bought it right away!

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi - (on Kindle)
Only $2.99 right now!

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin - (on Kindle)
Also $2.99!

That's it for this week. The HarperCollins sale going on right now on Amazon is super awesome!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday 09/05/12

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that allows bloggers to share which books we are most anticipating.

  Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
 Expected publication: September 25th 2012 by Harlequin Teen 

Blurb from Goodreads: Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

I mean really... look at that cover! So gorgeous. I can't wait for this book.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Unspoken Chapter Sampler

  Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Hey guys! Just wanted to share that you can check out a chapter sampler for Unspoken right here. I'm looking forward to reading this one!

Blurb from Goodreads: Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Stacking the Shelves 09/02/12

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Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta - (from Amazon)

Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta - (from Amazon)


Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake - (on Kindle)
Won an ecopy of this from Berd's Fly. Super excited to read this one soon!

That's it for this week! And now I'm putting myself on a book-buying ban for awhile haha. My bank account needs to recover from paying tuition....