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Reading Queue: June

The Reading QueueHi guys!

It’s about that time! Summer is getting so close I can almost taste it!

In my opinion, the absolute best thing about summer is not having to get up and go to work, which leads to spending tons of time with my husband, friends, and books!

So, what is this Reading Queue?  The Reading Queue is a monthly event hosted by me and Books: A true story where we share our reading plans for each month. You can check out other participating blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you!  Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

How I Did in May

This past month I finished six books from my May Queue, but also read six that weren’t on my original plan. That brings me to twelve books read for the month of May, which I’m pretty proud of!

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J Freedman Caminar by Skila Brown

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman

Caminar by Skila Brown

Can You Say Catastrophe? by Laurie Friedman The Crossover by Kwame Alexander The Last Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Can You Say Catastrophe? by Laurie B. Friedman

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick

The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

In the Hands of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2) by Tamora Pierce

Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor Woman Who Rides Like A Man by Tamora Pierce Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness #3) by Tamora Pierce

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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My June Reading Queue

I always have high hopes for my summer vacation reading plans! Educators put their heart and soul into their students for ten months out of the year, so we need these lazy days of sleeping in, spending time with our family and friends and just allowing time for ourselves to rest and recoup. For me, resting and recuperating means reading! Here are all the books I plan to start my summer break with!

The One by Kiera Cass Prisoner B3087 by Alan Gratz The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick

The One by Kiera Cass

Time Fetch by Amy Herrick

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Counting by 7′s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Paperboy  by Vince Vawter A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher

Paperboy by Vince Vawter

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher

Belles by Jen Calonita Nantucket Red by Leila Howard The Key and the Flame by Claire Caterer

Belles by Jen Calonita

Nantucket Red by Leila Howard

The Key and the Flame by Claire Caterer

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What books are on your Reading Queue for June? We’d love it if you’d link your TBR or Reading Queue up with ours!

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Reading Queue: May

The Reading QueueHola!  Happy May!

It still amazes me how fast this school year is going! We’re already only a few weeks away from the start of summer break! The weather has become absolutely gorgeous and both my porch and a good book are calling out to me!

What is the Reading Queue?  The Reading Queue is a monthly meme, hosted by Book Tasty (hola!) and Books: A true story where we share our reading plans for the month. You can check out other participating 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!

What I Read in April

I’ve been reading a ton of middle grade books recently and my total number of books read in April was 8! I know I didn’t stick tight to my April Reading Queue but I did read a lot, even if they weren’t the titles I originally planned.

The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff Icons by Margaret Stohl

The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff

Icons by Margaret Stohl

Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper Searching for Sarah Rector by Tonya Bolden Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore

Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper

Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America by Tonya Bolden (nonfiction)

Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore

Alanna by Tamora Pierce The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman Doll Bones by Holly Black

The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

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My May Reading Queue

Seriously, I just want to cancel everything I’m supposed to do this month so I can sit on my porch and read! Here are the ones I hope to finish this month!

TheBoyOnTheWoodenBox My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J Freedman The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman

The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick

The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord The Last Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson The Boy Problem by Kami Kinard

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

The Boy Problem by Kami Kinard

Can You Say Catastrophe? by Laurie Friedman PrisonerB3087 by Alan Gratz Caminar by Skila Brown

Caminar by Skila Brown

Can You Say Catastrophe? by Laurie Friedman

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

The One by Kiera Cass

The One by Kiera Cass (My precious!!!)

Okay! I’m off to get reading! Have you read any of the books on my Reading Queue?  Please feel free to link up and join us this month! I’d love to check out your Reading Queue too!

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Decision Paralysis: The Elite by Kiera Cass

I’m always excited when there is even a spark of romance in a book I’m reading, so it’s no wonder why I am such a fan of Kiera Cass’ Selection series-romance! I recently finished the second book, The Elite and I’m craving book three!

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea. America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream The Elite by Kiera Cassof being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

I really enjoy reality type shows like “The Bachelor” (although I rarely watch it) or “House Hunters” where the characters have to choose between multiple options by the end of the show. There is something deeply interesting about observing someone else make a decision. I’m always intrigued by what factors they consider as the options are weighed and, in the end seeing what they considered to be the most important. I think this is where the main interest is for me with this series; I want to know what choice will ultimately win for each character.  Also, there is some big time romance!

The Elite picks ups exactly where The Selection (see my review) left off. America Singer is one of six contestants left in the competition to win Maxon’s affection and become Princess of Illea. America is struggling to make a choice- is her heart in the competition (with Maxon) or does it still belong to her first love (Aspen)? As someone who has a difficult time making even insignificant decisions I totally understand where America is coming from. She is enjoying herself more than she thought she would in the palace, but sometimes wonders if she is really the right girl for the job. I get this and I do love America, however I found myself very frustrated with America’s waffling throughout the story. She wants Maxon’s attention is surprised by her jealousy over the other girls, but continually sneaks off with Aspen when no one is looking. She’s hot and she’s cold. It really does just make a reader want to throw something at her! But, when I really sit down and think of it, America is smack dab in the middle of a highly stressful situation and who wouldn’t get decision paralysis if your choices had so much riding on them?!

So, America is a little annoying, but I really got into the way Cass added a little more depth to the story with all of the politics, rebellions, and dark family secrets. The story is obviously still focused on the competition of the Selection, but now there are other factors to consider which clearly add more stress to the situation. This made it much more than a YA version of “The Bachelor”. Plus we get to know a little bit more about Maxon’s backstory and his relationship with his parents, which I want to know more about. But don’t be alarmed by the addition of darker things, there is still a lot of romance going on, thanks to that love triangle America can’t seem to wriggle herself out of!

If you’re like me and you enjoy romance and a good reality-show-like vibe, then you need to get your hands on this series. The Elite is just plain romantic fun and I seriously don’t know how I’m going to wait until May to read the final book!

Author: Kiera Cass

Publisher: Harper Teen (April 23, 2013)

Format: Hardcover

Length: 323 pages

Series: Second in The Selection trilogy

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book: The Elite (Selection)

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Reading Queue: February

The Reading QueueWell hi there!

What is the Reading Queue?  Well, the Reading Queue is a monthly meme, hosted by Book Tasty (hiya!) 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!

How I Did Last Month

January is such a great month! I’m always so motivated to do stuff…you know, the whole New Year Effect! haha So, I managed to read seven books in January, three of which were on my Reading Queue! I just feel so accomplished!

Runaway King by Jennifer A. NeilsenThe Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy #2) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Fever Crumb by Philip ReeveFever Crumb by Philip Reeve

The Elite by Kiera CassThe Elite (The Selection #2) by Keira Cass

Under the Never Sky by Veronica RossiUnder the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Airborn by Kenneth OppelAirborn by Kenneth Oppel

Cress by Marissa MeyerCress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer (ARC)

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon CameronThe Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

My February Reading Queue

Oh hai February! You’re already here! Wow! Well, my hope is to continue my motivation and read the heck out of some books this month! I was just talking with Alexa Loves Books on twitter last night about how there are just so many books to I want to read!  She said:

Oh so very, very true! hahaha Considering that deep thought, let me share my Reading Queue with you!

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

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell (print)

Defy by Sara B. LarsonDefy by Sara B.. Larson (e-galley)

The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. NielsenThe Shadow Throne (The Ascension Trilogy #3) by Jennifer E. Nielsen (e-galley)

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFeversDark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers (audiobook)

The Diviners by Libba BrayThe Diviners by Libba Bray (audiobook)

Eye of Minds by James DashnerThe Eye of Minds by James Dashner (print)

I did pretty good with six last month, so let’s try one more! Have you ready any of the titles on my Reading Queue for February? If so, which ones should I make top priority?  Also, don’t forget to join up with us this month!

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Reading Queue: January

The Reading QueueHappy New Year!

Welcome to the first Reading Queue of 2014!

The Reading Queue is a monthly meme, hosted by Book Tasty (howdy!) 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!

How I Did Last Month

Okay…so I didn’t read any of the books on my queue for December 2013! WHAT?! I know! I DID read, just not any books that I had planned to. That is a great example of how I was feeling in December! haha Okay, so here are the titles I actually did read last month:

Changeling by Philippa Gregory Changeling (Order of Darkness #1) by Philippa Gregory (print)

Prodigy by Marie LuProdigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu (audiobook)

Days of Blood and Starlight by Lani TurnerDays of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor (audiobook)

The Humming Room by Ellen PotterThe Humming Room by Ellen Potter (print)

My January Reading Queue

I have high hopes of starting 2014 off right! I hope to read all of these this upcoming month. I think I can! I think I can! Which should I make a priority?

United we Spy by Ally CarterUnited We Spy by Ally Carter

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon CameronThe Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Fever Crumb by Philip ReeveFever Crumb by Philip Reeve

Under the Never Sky by Veronica RossiUnder the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

The Elite by Kiera CassThe Elite by Kiera Cass

What books are you planning on starting the year off right with? If you’re interested in joining up, please add your Reading Queue post to the linky below! We’re happy to have you!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait to Devour

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a lovely Tuesday! I’m very happy that its officially November because November is my birthday month! Yay! Also, November means that it’s time for YALL Fest and my trip to the UK and Belgium over Thanksgiving Break!

I have so much to look forward to this month, but I’m also looking forward to getting my hands on this list of sequels! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by Broke and Bookish) theme is sequels I’m excited about. Some of the books on my list have already been released and some won’t release for a while now, but they’re all books I can’t wait to devour as soon as possible!

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail CarrigerCurtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger

It releases tomorrow! Its on pre-order!

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonThe Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson

Should be released sometime in 2014.

Prodigy by Marie LuProdigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

One that I own already. I just haven’t read it yet.

Runaway King by Jennifer A. NeilsenThe Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy #2)  by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Already released and I just bought it at my Book Fair!

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFeversDark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers

Already released, I just need to get it!

Sisters' Fate by Jessica SpotswoodSisters’ Fate (Cahill Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood

Scheduled for August 2014. Come on summer!

Cress by Marissa MeyerCress (The Luna Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

Up for release in February 2014.

Seraphina by Rachel HartmanThe Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman

Not until March 2015?! WHAT?!

The One by Kiera CassThe One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

I have to wait until May 2014.

United we Spy by Ally CarterUnited We Spy (Gallagher Girls #6) by Ally Carter

This was released a few months ago and I own it!

In the word of my friend Steve, “But I NEED them!” Who else needs these books?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The One

Hi there fellow book lovers!

Have you noticed that there are a ton of fabulous books being released in 2014? I guess that’s a silly question because really, there are always a ton of fabulous books being released!

Well, this week for Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine) I am excited because we’re one month closer to the release of The One by Kiera Cass!

The One by Kiera CassThe Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen. America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers’ hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey… Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

GUYS! This cover! I can’t even handle how absolutely gorgeous that ivory gown is! It’s just so…frothy!

This series is just so fun to follow along with that I can’t wait to see what happens in this third book! But alas, May 6 just feels SO FAR AWAY!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Covers with Gowns I Want to Wear

Hi there!

I skipped out on my Top Ten post last Tuesday because life got kind of busy and I kind of forgot about it! Oh well! It’s to be expected because the end of the school year is always a busy and exhausting time.  But I’m back this week! Yay!

For those of you who arent’ familiar with it, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Every week they post a theme and we create a list surrounding that theme. This week the theme is Favorite Book Covers of Books I’ve Read. I have such a hard time choosing on favorite covers because I like to many different types of covers for so many varied reasons.  So, instead of picking favorites, this week I’m choosing based on Book Covers with Gowns I Want to Wear.

Entwined by Heather Dixon1. Entwined by Heather Dixon

So gorgeous!!

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White2. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

I love the breezy flow to this one. I do prefer the dress on the cover of Endlessly, but I haven’t read it yet so it doesn’t count.

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen3. The Luxe series books by Anna Godberson

I’m sure it would be insanely heavy but just standing it in for an hour would make me happy.

The Selection by Kiera Cass4. The Selection by Kiera Cass

I do love this one’s fluff, but to be honest I prefer the one on the cover to The Elite…but I haven’t read that one yet.

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger 5. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

WANT.

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen6. Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

A slinky little one!

Vixen by Jillian Larkin7.  Vixen by Jillian Larkin

I must add that I completely disliked this book. But I can’t help but love that gown!!!

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George8. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

I love the way it flows and it’s purely fairy tale style.

Matched by Allie Condie9. Matched by Ally Condie

It’s just so green and soft looking!

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare10. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Its Victorian!!!

Aren’t they all so beautiful?! I would love to wear them! There are TONS of other gorgeous gowns on book covers that I also love but I haven’t read them yet or else they’d be on this list. :)

Are there any dresses on book covers that you just wish you could wear? Which of these are your favorites?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Qualities that Instantly Make Me Pick Up a Book

Hi there everyone!

It’s time again for Top Ten Tuesday! Every week the wonderful people at The Broke and Bookish post a theme to create our lists by.  This week the theme is qualities that will instantly make me pick up a book. I have a few that will guarantee I pick up your book. Chances are that if I pick up a book with some of these qualities I’m going to enjoy it! (I’ve done extensive “research” on this topic…)

Entwined by Heather Dixon The Luxe by Anna Godbersen The Selection by Kiera Cass

1. Girls In Pretty Gowns.

I just LOVE pretty gowns and want to wear them. I also generally enjoy books with this type of cover.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

2. Romance Included.

Not romance novels, but novels with some romance in them. Le sigh…

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale Cinder by Marissa Meyer

3. Fairy Tales.

Yes. I will most likely pick up the book if its a retold fairy tale. Fairy tales are just so classic and I love the magic of them.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore Smile by Raina Telegmier  Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

4. Female Main Characters.

I just have a hard time connecting to male main characters so it’s always a tough sell for me.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

5. England.

If your book is set in the UK in some way…historical, contemporary, fantasy whatever. I want it. I am 100% Anglophile.

I'd Tell You I Love You but then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter HarryPotter & the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

6. Boarding Schools.

I have always loved boarding school books. Boarding schools just seem so fun without your parents watching you all the time!

Austenland by Shannon Hale prada and prejudice Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris

7. Jane Austen Related.

If your book relates to Jane Austen because it’s a retelling or something similar then I’m probably going to pick it up.

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins The Parting by Beverly Lewis

8. Amish People.

I’m just so intrigued by their community and culture! I want to read about them!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

9. Husband Appeal.

If you’re book has qualities that both my husband and I will like, then the chances that I’ll pick up your book increase greatly. I’m not sure what those qualities are though…murder (judging by the three books above)?!

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

10. Audiobooks Narrated with a British Accent.

Yup. I’m 100% Anglophile.

So there you have it.  The qualities that will instantly make me pick up a book…all laid out in front of you.  Some one should write one book to rule them all….one that fits all of my favorite things! haha

What book qualities always entice you to read?  Thanks for visiting!

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Top Ten Tuesday: April New Releases

Hi there and welcome back!

Every week I participate in the Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday meme.  To find out more about it click here.

My theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is April New Releases.  Each month brings us brand new books to drool over and each month I highlight ten of the ones I find particularly interesting. So, since we’re so close to the start of April, let’s get started with ten new books for April.

Dark Triumph by Robin LeFeverDark Triumph by Robin LaFevers (April 2) YA

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. SmithThis is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (April 2) YA

Light: A Gone Novel by Michael GrantLight: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant (April 2) YA

The Key and the Flame by Claire M. CatererThe Key and the Flame by Claire M. Caterer (April 2) MG

Rump by Liesl ShurtliffRump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff  (April 9) MG

Strangelets by Michelle GagnonStrangelets by Michelle Gagnon (April 9) YA

Game by Barry LygaGame: The Sequel to I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (April 16) YA

Taken by Erin BowmanTaken by Erin Bowman (April 16) YA

The Elite by Kiera CassThe Elite by Kiera Cass (April 23) YA

The Program by Suzanne YoungThe Program by Suzanne Young (April 30) YA

I love seeing what new treats are out there for me to read and I think I’m most excited for The Elite since I read the first book, The Selection, last year and really enjoyed it. Which April new releases are you anticipating the most?