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Reading Queue: July & New Things

The Reading QueueHiya!

Well, as of July 1, I officially live in the United Kingdom! What!?

As you can imagine life has been full of boxes, trips to Ikea, and basically setting up house hence no Reading Queue post until today! Jessica over at Books a True Story and I have been talking a little about the Reading Queue and how we can improve it. She came up with the pretty cool idea of moving the meme to Instagram instead of doing a monthly post with linkup. Our main reasoning is to make it possible for more people to participate in the Reading Queue each month, so we’re going to try it out!

If you’re interested in joining, just use the hashtag #readingqueue with the books you are planning to read! It can be books you’re planning to read for the day, the month, the year – whatever :). Honestly, I might still post a monthly Reading Queue here on BookTasty, but there won’t be a linky.

It’s been about two years since Jessica and I had the idea to start Reading Queue, which I almost can’t believe! We’ve had a lot of fun and read a lot of books during that time! It’s been awesome to have an online book friend to bounce ideas off of and talk books with. I’m looking forward to seeing where our friendship and Instagram Reading Queue go in the future!

Also, thank you so much to all the other awesome bloggers who have supported and participated in the Reading Queue in the past! It’s been fun to connect with you guys through this meme! If you’re into it, keep on posting your monthly Reading Queue, but please also join us on Instagram!

I’ve posted my ReadingQueue for July on Instagram so come check it out! IMG_4623Be sure to follow me on Instagram and tag both Jessica and me if you want to participate with us – we want to know what you’re reading!

 

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Author Interview/Giveaway: Jessica Spotswood

Happy Monday! A special Monday!

In the miJessica Spotswooddst of the chaos that is my life right now I recently managed to read Sisters’ Fate, the final book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles trilogy by Jessica Spotswood (you can read my review here). This series is one of my favorites because I think magic and alternate histories are super cool…also romance. I like romance!

Due to how much I enjoy the Cahill Witch Chronicles, I’m super excited that today is a special day because we have Jessica Spotswood here with us answering some questions! Recently Jessica offered a free book to any blogger who wanted to host an interview and giveaway, and there was no way I was going to pass on the opportunity to chat a little with her…and giveaway a really fun read!

Interview

Q. Can you share with us 6 words that describe the Cahill Witch Chronicles for those who may not be familiar as familiar with them?
A. Sisters & witches & kissing! 
Q. I love the mix of alternate history and magic that you get when you read this series! What initially inspired you to write an alternate history mixed with fantasy?
​A. Thank you! ​My inspiration for the magical aspect was a dream I had in which my sisters and I (like Cate, I’m the oldest of three sisters) were fighting over a magical locket. The idea of writing about sisters with a powerful magical inheritance and exploring the mix of love and sibling rivalry really stuck with me. My inspiration for the alternate history was wanting to create a society – worse than today, or real history – in which powerful, clever, independent women were feared and scorned.

Q. The Cahill sisters are all so different. How you identify with one (or all) of the Cahill sisters?
​A. I identify most with Cate because I was in her head for three books; I know her best, know what she would do or say in so many situations. But I’m probably most like Tess – bookish, quiet, observant, good at school, always playing the peacemaker. Maura was hardest for me to identify with because she’s always picking fights, and I am so non-confrontational!

Q. So, Maura just
makes me so angry but I also empathize with her—she really is interesting. If you were ever to rewrite the story from Maura’s perspective what do you think would surprise us about her story? Sisters' Fate by Jessica Spotswood
A. I hope it would be surprising how easy it is to identify with her. She makes a lot of terrible mistakes, but she has a very big heart and big dreams and is really just so full of wanting that she gets in her own way. Also, remember: she’s only fifteen. I bet most of us can think of a time when we acted out of jealousy or ambition and regretted it later.

Q. I’ve heard that you had to completely rewrite book 2, Star Cursed, from scratch. Did you have any similar stressful situations while writing Sisters’ Fate or did wrapping up the series come easier?
​A. No, fortunately writing Sisters’ Fate was much easier! I knew how I wanted the book to end, and at the end of Star Cursed, the stakes were already so high in the relationships between Maura and Cate and Cate and Finn, and tension was already at a breaking point both in the convent and in the city, so it was fun to get to ignite all of that. 

Q. What are you working on now that the series is finished?
​A. I just finished editing an anthology, Petticoats & Pistols, which will be out next April! It’s historical YA – fifteen short stories about American girls throughout history, from pirates to protestors and belles to bank robbers. My authors are amazing: J. Anderson Coats, Andrea Cremer, Y.S. Lee, Katherine Longshore, Marie Lu, Kekla Magoon, Marissa Meyer, Saundra Mitchell, Beth Revis, Caroline Richmond, Lindsay Smith, Robin Talley, Leslye Walton, and Elizabeth Wein. And I just finished writing my first contemporary YA, Wild Swans, which will also be out next April! It’s about a girl dealing with her mother – who abandoned her when she was two – coming back home with the two half-sisters she’s never met. She also falls in love with a tattooed poet.

Q. I know you’re now working in a library (me too!), so you’re surrounded by books all the time. What have been some of your favorite books that you’ve read so far this year?
​A. Yay libraries! My favorite books so far this year have been All The Rage by Courtney Summers (such an important, searingly angry book about rape culture); The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (creepy gorgeous and a master class in voice); ​The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace (a fabulous fantasy which I loved so much I blurbed); and Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt (which I also blurbed – the heroine Penny has an incredible journey).

Q. Okay, this is totally random I know, but I follow you on Instagram and Twitter and I need to know where on Earth do you get all of those adorable dresses that you’re always wearing?!
​A. Thank you! Mostly they are from Modcloth! ​I love a good quirky print.

Giveaway

Have you already read Jessica’s Cahill Witch books? Whether you have or have not, you should still enter the giveaway…because nothing is better than a free book!

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Reading Queue: February

The Reading QueueWelcome to this month’s Reading Queue (hosted by myself and Books A True Story)!

Me last week (35 weeks)!

Me last week (35 weeks)!

Well, I’m officially about a month away from my due date and from meeting our little Marshmallow! Things are about to get crazy! Mentally, I need Marshmallow to come after the due date (March 2) because I just feel completely not ready for anything earlier! But of course, baby will come when baby wants to come!

On to more bookish things!

It’s time for my monthly Reading Queue, which means I’ll recap last month’s books read and preview what I plan to read this month. Notice I say “plan”! It’s a loose goal that I try to keep to stay organized, but I usually end up getting distracted by other books that come my way!

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How I Did Last Month

Okay so I didn’t stick to my queue for January. Oh well. I did read some good books though! I actually chose to put down two books this month because I just was struggling with them and decided that I’d rather be reading other titles instead.

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers (print)

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson (print)

Waterfall by Lisa T Bergen The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Waterfall (River of Time #1) by Lisa T. Bergen (audiobook)

The Young Elites by Maire Lu (audiobook)

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare  DNF

The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa DNF

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My February Reading Queue

I’m really excited about these books this month!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (print)

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd (audiobook)

Firelight by Sophie Jordan The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford

Firelight by Sophie Jordan (print)

The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford (print)

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman (e-galley)

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Okay, so here we go February! Let’s get a ton of reading in before life gets nuts! haha

Do you have any suggestions for which ones I should make priority?  I’ve already started The Glass Throne and The Madman’s Daughter and I think I’m going to love them both!

If you’d like to join us this month, please add the link to your Reading Queue below!


 

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2014 End of the Year Book Survey

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Well hello there and Happy New Year! It feels good to be back at my laptop working on a post for this blog! I couldn’t let 2014 slip by without reflecting on all the bookish things. In some ways this past year has been challenging and difficult, but overall it was a very good year and I have high hopes for 2015. Please enjoy my End of the Year Survey and feel free to leave a link to yours in the comments, so I can see what you’ve been up to this year!

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Number Of Books You Read: 86
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

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1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

Contemporary: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Fantasy: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Historical Fiction: A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

We Were Liars by E Lockhart Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen. I thought I’d be really into Dessen’s newest summery contemporary novel because I have loved the other books that I’ve read by her. In the end the storyline in this one just wasn’t up to par with her other novels so, in the end I was pretty disappointed.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 

The Boy on the Wooded Box by Leon Leyson. I normally don’t lean toward nonfiction reads and probably wouldn’t have picked this one up if it wasn’t required reading for a committee I’m a member of, but I’m so glad I did! This was such an enthralling true story of the Holocaust that I just couldn’t put it down.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

 The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. This was by far my most recommended book in 2014. I pushed this book on almost every student I met, especially my reluctant readers because it’s different (written in verse), it’s realistic fiction, and it’s about basketball. A lot of students (mostly boys) took my advice, read it, and shared it with their friends. It is a middle school librarian’s dream! haha

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

The Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes was probably the best series I started in 2014. I love fantasy and this series has it all even though I’ve only read the first two books so far.

TIE: Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School #3) by Gail Carriger was one of my favorite sequel of the year. Carriger’s steampunk/supernatural Victorian, England has yet to treat me wrong. Cress by Marissa Meyer is by far my favorite book in the Lunar Chronicles series and Cress is my favorite of all Meyer’s heroines so far!

The One by Kiera Cass was my favorite series ender of the year. Okay, so I know that the series is technically not over yet since the announcement of The Heir (which Goodreads has marked as #4), but it doesn’t count in my mind because it’s supposed to be about a different generation and a totally different Selection. It just doesn’t count okay?!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Airborn by Kenneth OppelKenneth Oppel. I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed his Matt Cruse trilogy that I ripped through those audiobooks like no one’s business! The mix of adventure and steampunk/fantasy knocked me off my feet. I’ll definitely be looking for more of his books in 2015.

 7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe by Dan Poblocki. Anything in the horror genre usually sticks in my mind and gets worse as my imagination mulls over it, which is why I tend to stay away from anything scary. This one was required reading for the previously mentioned committee I’m on, and I was surprised at how much I liked it, even though I did have to stop reading it when I was home alone!

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Diviners by Libba Bray. I was completely obsessed with this paranormal thriller set in the roaring twenties! My husband had to ask me on numerous occasions to take my earbuds out and press pause on the audiobook for a while! It was that intriguing!

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Honestly, probably none. I don’t usually re-read books…unless they’re written by Jane Austen. There are just SO MANY new books to explore I can’t justify spending time on one I’ve already read.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

 Shadow and Bone by Leigh BardugoShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I just love how gorgeously typographic this cover is. The illustration at the bottom and the use of only three colors just makes this cover stand out in my mind. It’s simple yet dramatic all at once and when you know the story better you see that there are symbols representing the different characters on the cover itself.  It helps that I completely loved this book too!

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Alanna of Trebond. I started The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce because it was one of those “OMG You haven’t read that series yet and you call yourself a fantasy lover?!”.  So I finally read it and yes I adore Alanna in all of her stubborn, strong, fearful, brave confusion! She could be Katniss’ older sister!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

Forest Born (Books of Bayern #4) by Shannon Hale. Shannon Hale will always be one of my favorite authors because she creates these poetic and lush fairy tale retellings that just make her stand out among all the other authors out there. I always love her books.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

Counting by 7′s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. I wouldn’t say that I enjoyed this story. I would say that it really got me thinking about relationships, community and the importance of being connected to people. It was too much of a crying book for me to actually like, but it did get my thoughts moving.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCaffertySloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. For years everyone has been talking about this book and how awesome Jessica Darling is. Now, since I’ve read the first two books, I finally know what the fuss is about!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

“Gogo’s word make me feel taller. / People really are like plants – / kind words make them grow.”  -Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg

This beautifully true quote comes when Serafina is working on a garden with the help of Gogo, her grandmother, who praises Serafina’s hard work with the plants. It’s one of those quotes that reminds me why being a middle school educator is so significant and the responsibility I have to speak kind words.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

March: Book One by John Robert Lewis. This graphic novel memoir of John Lewis experiences during the Southern Civil Rights movement was my shortest read in 2014 with just 128 pages.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor. This trilogy finisher was my longest read of the year at 613 pages. I did listen to it on audiobook which though, with translates to 18 hours and 11 minutes.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I’m completely sure that almost every other YA fan will also list this one for this category. I JUST read it about two days ago and my mind was pretty much blown. Not because what happened was that shocking, but because Lockhart’s writing was so excellent that I TOTALLY did NOT expect it to happen. I had no idea. THAT is great writing!

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie.  I know I’m like over a decade behind with The Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty but COME ON! I’ve only read the first two books, and already I swoon thinking of their secret little coded messages and realistic friendship/relationship.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Jack Baker and Early Auden. The friendship between these two boarding Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpoolschool outsiders in Clare Vanderpool’s Navigating Early is so sweet and tender. You have these two teenage boys who both feel abandoned in some way forging a friendship while at that important coming of age time in their lives. Its good.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. I read Westerfeld’s Uglies series years ago (and LOVED them) and have known about this steampunk alternate history series for a while, but just never got around to giving it a try. I can’t wait to get my hands on book two, Behemoth!

 

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I’ll be honest. I was not interested in this one when it first came out. I think it was mostly because of all the hype it got online. Everyone was talking about how amazing it was and I kind of thought…meh. But then I read it and yeah…I understand the hype! haha

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan RhodesI apparently had a thing for “bad boys” in 2014 because this is normally not my type! Some of my most major book crushing has been on guys that aren’t stereotypically good and might even be bad when you get down to it! Here are the first four that come to mind. Prince Magnus and Jonas Agallon both from Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. How is it possible that I would be happy if she ended up with either one?! Also, The Darkling from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.  I know he’s pretty evil and really like a hundred years old, but he’s also pretty sexy! And don’t forget Ignifex from Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge.

 23. Best 2014 debut you read?

A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller. I really like historical fiction and this debut had me hooked from the very beginning! It’s full of art, suffragettes, hot cops, romance, Victorian England…who wouldn’t love it?!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Diviners by Libba Bray. This book is a great paranormal thriller, but the roaring twenties setting was by far my favorite part of the book! From the clothing, to slang, to historical events, music and cultural trends Bray had me thinking I was living in 1920s New York City the entire time I listened to this audiobook!

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg. This was such a sweet story of friendship, romance and coming of age. I purely enjoyed every minute of this book! If you’re looking for a quality feel good contemporary novel, this one is sure to make you happy.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. I’ve already said it but I didn’t enjoy this book. I tend to stay away from crying books as a general rule, but if one book was going to make me cry this one gave it a good try. It almost did, I promise.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. This was such a clever and quirky middle grades mystery I can’t believe it didn’t get more press.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

 Icons by Margaret Stohl. I thought “Margaret Stohl…she’s really popular it has to be good”. I was wrong. I read it all the way through though just to be sure. This book was so bad that my soul was crushed because I can never get back that time spent reading it.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

Gated by Amy Christine Parker

Gated by Amy Christine Parker. Was it the best book I read this year? No. But there is no other YA dystopian title out there about a religious cult/commune. I read it as a part of that committee I’m on and I’m really glad I did because like, I said, although it had its faults Gated sticks out the most to me as the most unique book of 2014.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman. I was just so disappointed in this one that it made me angry.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

Honestly, I didn’t do much new blog shopping this year. I was barely able to keep up with my own and the blogs I already love.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? 

Probably my favorite review was the one I wrote for The Dream Thieves. It was not my favorite book in any way (Actually it was a major struggle for me to read) so the review was a difficult one for me to write. I feel like in the end I challenged myself and what I got was a very honest, sincere review.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I have been a little (okay A LOT) M.I.A. with reviews and the blog in general since school started. I’m currently in my third trimester of my first pregnancy and honestly all I could manage for many months was work, reading, resting. It’s normal, but when I realized that I had forgotten my monthly Reading Queue for November, I felt awful. So I had to be brave to come back for my December Reading Queue and confess that I forgot and just couldn’t handle anything extra. The response from followers was so kind and encouraging. This was by far my favorite post of the year for that reason. Thanks guys!

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I was pretty out of the loop for anything extra related to blogging this year (I didn’t even make it to YALL Fest boooo). But I have continued to love keeping up with my Reading Queue meme whom I co-host with the awesome Jessica at Books A True Story. The Reading Queue is still really small, but I like getting to know the others who participate regularly a little better!

5. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My most popular post was: YA Reads for Fans of Period Dramas.

 6. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My review for Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord, which was such a great contemporary middle grades read. Give this review some love people! :)

7.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?completed

YES! After not meeting my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal for 2013 I am excited to announce that I surpassed my Reading Challenge goal for 2014! My goal was set at 70 books and I have finished with 86 books read this year! WHOOT!

Sadly though, I did not meet my 2014 YA Audiobook Challenge goal (hosted by Book and a Latte). I only listened to 34 audiobooks this year (instead of the planned 36) and because of my pregnant blogging slump I didn’t even come close to reviewing 24 of them. OOPS! Oh well, there is always 2015.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

 Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers and The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas were both on my December Reading Queue, but I didn’t make it to them before the end of the year. Both will be some of the first books I try to attack in January!

PerilousSeaMortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

I can’t pick just one!!

Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer. (November 2015)Winners Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Crime (Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski (March 2015)

Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School #4) by Gail Carriger (November 2015)

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas (Feb. 2015).  A new fairy tale retelling!

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

See #2! haha

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

I hope to post more regularly. Even after the baby comes. That doesn’t have to be multiple times per week. Maybe only once a week…we’ll see. I’d like my posting to be more regular though.  I know a baby will be time consuming, but with staying home there might be some wiggle room! :)

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Thanks so much to everyone to reads/follows BookTasty! You’re all so encouraging and I appreciate you! I hope you have a fabulous New Year!

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I Even Funnier Giveaway Winner Announcement

Hello!

You’ll remember my giveaway post for James Pattersons’ I Funny and I Even Funnier books? Yeah that was all the way back in late December! OOPS!  I’m just now getting around to announcing the winner officially.  Sorry about that guys…sometimes life just gets in the way.

Well, let’s get to it! The winner of the giveaway was:

Lonni G. from San Jose, CA!!!

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Yay! I was so excited to be able to send Lonni her bookish winnings! And I hope that Lonni did her happy dance when she got her package in the mail! Yes, even though I kept forgetting to post the winner announcement, I did already send the books to her.  I hope she enjoys them and gets to share them with some awesome teen readers!

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this giveaway and a very special  thank you to the awesome people at Little, Brown Books for making this giveaway possible!

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It’s Giveaway Time!

Hi there BookTasty friends!

Yeah! You read it right! It is definitely giveaway time! Whoot!

Being a middle school librarian, my heart has a special place for middle grades fiction. In fact some of my favorite authors write primarily for those readers in the middle school years!

One of the most popular authors in my library right now is I Funny by James PattersonJames Patterson. Yes! The very same James Patterson who writes adult thrillers also writes middle grade books. His Daniel X books are rarely checked in and it’s the exact same with his Middle School series! Additionally, Patterson’s humorous I Funny has a hold list a mile long and it’s popular among both my boys and girls.

Well, I Funny has a new sequel called, I Even Funnier, which releases TOMORROW Monday December 9!!

Middle schooler Jamie Grimm has big dreams of being the best stand-up comic in the world – and he won’t let the fact that he’s in a wheelchair get in his way.

I Even Funnier by James PattersonAfter winning the New York state finals in the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic Contest, Jamie’s off to Boston to compete in the national semi-finals. But when one of his best buddies runs into trouble at school and a sudden family health scare rears its head, Jamie has to put his comedic ambitions on hold and stand by the people he cares about. Can Jamie pass up the big competition for the sake of his friends and family?

To celebrate the release of I Even Funnier I’m giving away a copy of BOTH I Funny and I Even Funnier! YAY! Thanks so much to the people at Little, Brown  for donating both books for this giveaway! I’m so excited to be able to host this giveaway!

Okay! So, how do you enter the giveaway? Well, there is just one step to enter. The only thing you have to do is fill out the form below.

All entries must be completed by Sunday, December 15, 2013  (midnight Eastern Standard Time). This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. I will announce the winner on Monday December 16, 2013 on a special winner post. That person will have 48 hours to email me their mailing address or I will select another winner.
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Reading Queue: December

The Reading QueueWelcome to my December Reading Queue!

The Reading Queue is a monthly meme, hosted by Book Tasty (hi there!) and Books: A true story , where we share our reading plans  for the month. You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide. Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

Each month I love getting the chance to visit the other blogs who participate, it’s just fun to see what everyone else is reading!

How I Did Last Month

Okay, so November turned out to be pretty crazy what with all the traveling through Europe I did!

Belgium 2013

Here we are in Bruges! (Max, me, Greg the Husband, and Steve)

So, I only made it to four books and only two of them were on my original November Reading Queue. And here they are!

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas (audiobook)

I absolutely adored this fantasy!

Icefall by Matthew J. KirbyIcefall by Matthew J. Kirby

This was such a surprise for me! I did not expect to enjoy this one as much as I did!

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant by Veronica Roth (print)

So, I really, really thought this was a great ending to the series! I can’t wait for the Divergent movie!

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail CarrigerCurtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

Seriously, this series is hands down one of my favorite newish series right now. I can’t even begin to explain to you how much I love these books.

My December Reading Queue

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie StandifordThe Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon CameronThe Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Runaway King by Jennifer A. NeilsenThe Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Okay! Well, these are my reading plans for the upcoming month.  What are you planning to read during December? Have you read any of the titles on my Reading Queue? Do you have any suggestions on which I should start with?

If you’re interested in joining up, add your Reading Queue post to the linky below! We’re happy to have you!

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Reading Queue: November

the-reading-queueHi there!

Welcome to my November Reading Queue!

The Reading Queue is a monthly meme, hosted by Book Tasty (hi there!) and Books: A true story , where we share our reading plans  for the month. You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide. Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

Each month we’ve had a few more people join up with us which is pretty exciting! I love visiting the other blogs who participate, it’s just fun to see what everyone else is reading!

How I Did Last Month

Guys, I completely sucked with reading in general during October! And when I did read I didn’t keep to my Reading Queue! LAME. Plus, I didn’t even read anything in print this past month, I only listened to audiobooks, which is not a bad thing (because I love audiobooks), just odd.

Chime by Franny BillingsleyChime by Franny Billingsley (audiobook)
I loved this strange supernatural read. It reminded me a lot of The Gemma Doyle trilogy.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. LockhartThe Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (audiobook)

Okay, so I liked parts of this book a lot, but the end left me feeling “meh”.

Legend by Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu (audiobook)

My husband and I started and finished this on the drive to and from my little brother’s wedding.

Pandemonium by Lauren OliverPandemonium by Lauren Oliver (audiobook)

Requiem by Lauren OliverRequiem by Lauren Oliver (audiobook)

I really enjoyed this series, but wanted more at the end.

My November Reading Queue

Again, I have high hopes for my reading this coming month. Hopefully I can actually stay on track because I REALLY want to read all the books I have listed here. I’ll be on a plane to and from the UK later this month, so that will be a big help!

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell (ebook)

City of a Thousand Dolly by Miriam ForsterCity of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster (print)

The Burning Sky by Sherry ThomasThe Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas (audiobook)

I just started this one and I’m really liking it a lot so far!

United we Spy by Ally CarterUnited We Spy by Ally Carter (print)

Allegiant by Veronica RothAllegiant by Veronica Roth (print)

AHHHHH!

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon CameronThe Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron (print)

Some steampunk to brighten my month!

Days of Blood and Starlight by Lani TurnerDays of Blood & Starlight by Lani Taylor (audiobook)

 There you have it! What are you planning to read during November? Have you read any of the titles on my Reading Queue? Do you have any suggestions on which I should start with?

If you’re interested in joining up, add your Reading Queue post to the linky below! We’re happy to have you!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8)

Happy Wednesday everyone!

For this week’s Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine) I’m showcasing Jeff Kinney’s newest addition to the Wimpy Kid series, Hard Luck.

Hard Luck by Jeff KinneyGreg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story?

Now I admit, I haven’t read all the other books in the Wimpy Kid series (only Book 1), but as a middle school librarian I completely love and adore Jeff Kinney. As long as he keeps writing books in this series my students will be checking them out and reading them which makes me an incredibly happy librarian! Seriously, I have to keep 4-5 copies of each title in this series circulating because the want is so high! It is seriously like tween crack.

Well, we have until November 5 to wait although my students have been asking me about Hard Luck since August!