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Reading Queue: May

The Reading Queue

Hello there!

April was such a busy, yet fun, month!

In addition to staying on routine with a newborn (now two months old!) we had a bunch of family visitors over the past few weeks. First, my brother and sister-in-law came for a long weekend to meet their little nephew for the first time! A few days later, my parents came to visit for few days. Then after that, my in-laws came into town to see Colin as well.  I’m telling you, they only want to see Colin!

Let’s talk about my May Reading Queue. I don’t know if May is going to be any slower than April, but we can hope that I get more reading in! Remember that I co-host this monthly event with Jessica at Books A True Story, so be sure to visit her blog (and her Reading Queue) too!

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How I Did Last Month

With so many visitors April was a rough reading month for me as I only finished two books. Also Shadow Scale was SUPER long so I didn’t have much time for other books this past month.

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

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My May Reading Queue

In May I think I’ll do better than I did last month. None of the books are as massively long as Shadow Scale was and we don’t have nearly as many visitors coming in town. Plus, I’ve been cleared to start exercising again and I’ll be working my way back into running, so audiobooks are my game again!

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

All Fall Down by Ally Carter Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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What are you planning to read in May? Did you reach your goals in April?  We would love for you to join up with us! It’s a fun way to see what others are planning to read each month. Plus, you never know who wants to read the same book you do! If you’d like to join up, just link to your own Reading Queue post below!

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Reading Queue: April

The Reading QueueHi there!

As of today I’ve officially been a mom for a month! I have to say that it’s pretty darn challenging…but also very, very awesome as well! Colin and I are getting to know each other a little better every single day.

But as I said, it’s a new month which means it is time for a new Reading Queue. I co-host this monthly event with Jessica at Books A True Story, so be sure to visit her blog (and her Reading Queue) too!

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How I Did Last Month

I had no idea what to expect reading-wise during my first month with a newborn, but I was pleasantly surprised! I managed to read three books during March. I already loved audiobooks to begin with (which you already know! haha), but I can see that they’re going to be my main source of reading material in these early months because I can “read” and be hands-free!

The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford Ruby Red by Kertin Gier Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford (print)

Ruby Red (The Ruby Red Trilogy #1) by Kerstin Gier (audiobook)

Sapphire Blue (The Ruby Red Trilogy #2) by Kerstin Gier (audiobook)

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My April Reading Queue

I have high hopes for this month because I hit the mother load when I visited my local library the other day. I found a bunch of new titles on audiobook! I couldn’t believe some of them were just sitting there on the shelf! I was like “WHAT?! NO ONE HAS CHECKED THESE OUT YET?!” It was awesome. So here are the titles that are in my plans for the month – all are audiobooks.

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson

Emerald Green (The Ruby Red Trilogy #3) by Kerstin Gier

Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman

The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson

All Fall Down by Ally Carter Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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What are you planning to read in April? Did you reach your goals in March?  We would love for you to join up with us! It’s a fun way to see what others are planning to read each month. Plus, you never know who wants to read the same book you do! If you’d like to join up, just link to your own Reading Queue post below!

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Reading Queue: March

The Reading QueueHi!

Happy March! Here at BookTasty we are officially on Baby Watch! My due date is tomorrow and I’ve been having contractions every hour or so, so things are definitely progressing and are about to real, really soon!

It’s also time for another Reading Queue! The Reading Queue is a monthly event hosted by myself and Jessica at Books a True Story where we reflect on our reading from the previous month and set our reading plans for the upcoming month. I find that having reading plans for the month (even loose ones) helps keep me relatively focused…most of the time! haha

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How I Did Last Month

Audiobooks are my friends! When I feel like I don’t have time to sit and read a print book, audiobooks keep my “reading” going! In February 3 of the four books I finished were on audio.

Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd (audio)

Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman’s Daughter #2) by Megan Shepherd (audio)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (print)

Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3) by Morgan Rhodes (audio)

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 My March Reading Queue

With Marshmallow coming soon, I have no idea how much reading I’ll actually get done in March, but it’s totally okay to bit off more than I can chew right?!

Ruby Red by Kertin Gier The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford

Ruby Red by Kerstin Geir (audio)

The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford (print)

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (print)

Siege and Storm (Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo (print)

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Okay, so there you have it! March’s plans are, let’s say…optimistic…with a newborn on the very near horizon, but we’ll just have to see how things work out. I already started both Ruby Red and The Boy on the Bridge yesterday, but which titles from my queue should I pick up next?

As always, please join up with us for this month’s Reading Queue! We love to checkout what everyone else’s reading plans are!

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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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2013 End of the Year Book Survey

2013 End of Year Book Survey

Happy New Year’s Eve!

So much has happened in 2013! I’ve read tons of books (although I didn’t reach my goal of 80), moved to South Carolina, began work at a new school, went to Europe, celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary (!!), among so many other things! Thank you to all the BookTasty friends out there who helped make 2013 a wonderful year! Since this is a book blog, we’re going to take some time to reminisce on the books I read in 2o13 with the annual End of the Year Book Survey!

Relating to Books!

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Apparently, 2013 was the year of fantasy for me because my 5 favorite books were ALL fantasy! In 2013 I loved:The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

  • Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
  • The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  • Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

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

I really thought I’d adore The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater so much more than I did. It took me forever to finish it because I just couldn’t get into it. I should have just put it down and not finished it, but I felt so bad because I loved The Raven Boys (book 1).

 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013? 

I had seen Icefall by Matthew Kirby sitting on the shelves in my Media Center for a LONG time. I always looked at it and then put it back down, never thinking it sounded really interesting. Well, I finally read it because it is on the 2013-2014 SC Junior Book Award List and lo and behold I REALLY LIKED IT!

 4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

I definitely recommended The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson to the most people this year!

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

Hands down Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series! I love fact that it is a mash-up of fantasy, steampunk, and mystery genres! Seriously, these books are so refreshing and fun, they’re my favorite!

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossI really enjoyed “meeting” three new debut authors this year. Elizabeth Ross (Belle Epoque), Rachel Hartman (Seraphina), and Alex Lidell (The Cadet of Tildor) are all authors whose future work will definitely be on my radar!

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

I don’t know if it was the best “out of my comfort zone” book or if I’m listing it because it was the only one I read that was out of my comfort zone…but I’m listing If I Stay by Gayle Forman. This was a 100% pure CRYING book. I generally do not do crying books. I didn’t love it, but it was out of my comfort zone.

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

I seriously could not put down Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys! I was absolutely riveted from the start!

 9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Honestly? I don’t know…it’s rare that I re-read books (unless it is Pride & Prejudice which I have read three times).

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

Most definitely the covers for Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series. Aren’t these covers just breathtaking?! I want to wear the gowns!

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

Is it cheating if I choose three? They kind of come together in a pack so I’m including them as one: Ronan, Gansey, and Adam…The Raven Boys! Although I wasn’t a fan of The Dream Thieves, I really liked book one, The Raven Boys. These three boys together are all pretty awesome in their own ways, but they also have magic among them!

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys was just so moving I have to give it this title. The subject matter and Sepetys writing wove together to create a haunting story full of beauty, pain and hope.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013? 

This is a tough question. As much as I hate to say it (ducks from internet wrath about to come at me) Paper Towns by John Green just may have been the book that impacted me the most. Although this story was entertaining, it was not in any way a favorite of mine. I didn’t hate it, but it did leave me thinking a lot about relationships, selfishness, and pain. I think that Margo Roth Spiegelman may be one of my least favorite characters ever written, but she did make me think about things, so she has that going for her.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read? 

With the movie releasing this past November, my Husband and I listened to the audiobook of Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and neither of us could believe that it had taken us that long to actually read it!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

Lions of Little Rock

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.

Longest: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare with 570 pages

Shortest: The Humming Room by Ellen Potter with 192 pages

 17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

Definitely The Crown of Embers and The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson! I was dying to talk to my friend Mandi about a certain someone and specific scenes, but she hasn’t made it past book one yet! Get reading Mandi!! We have lots to discuss!

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Okay so we all know romantic is the type of relationship I’m going with here. The smouldering relationship between Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversIolanthe Seabourne and Prince Titus VII, in The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas, was by far one of my favorites of 2013! I can’t wait for the other books in this trilogy! Another favorite was the romance between Ismae Rienne and Gavriel Duval in Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers! And let’s not forget Elise and Hector from The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson!

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

I used to read a lot of Philippa Gregory novels in college, but hadn’t been excited about any of her recent titles until I saw Changeling, her foray into YA, at my school Book Fair! I bought it and read it in like a week. I had forgotten how quick and enthralling her books are!

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

I’m pretty sure Delirium by Lauren Oliver had been recommended to me by about fifteen students in less than a week’s time. I figured it was time to read it! I liked books one and two but was disappointed in book three.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

No questions asked, I was completely in love with fantasy in 2013!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Okay, definitely Prince Titus VII from The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas! He reminds me a a little of Will Herondale with his cocky swagger!

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

I didn’t read as many debuts as I wanted to this year, but I think my favorites was definitely The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas, The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell, and Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross. I can’t pick just one!

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

Oh most definitely the most vivid world was found in Gail Carriger’s Finishing School books, Etiquette & Espionage and Curtsies & Conspiracies. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I want to live in this fantasy steampunk world she has created! I want to play with all the cool gadgets and wear all the pretty Victorian gowns. Also I want a mechanimal named Bumbersnoot!

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

Probably Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card because my Husband and I listened to it together and now we have all these hilarious (to us) inside jokes from the book that come up frequently!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

So this is a short list because I strive to keep my distance from books that want to make me cry. If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys were the two I allowed into my reading list this year. This is all we shall ever say of the crying…let’s never speak of this again.

Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

I think Icefall by Matthew Kirby got overlooked whenever it was released. How could have not known about such a gem of a book until now?!

Relating to the Book Blogging Life

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013? 

Okay, so for sure Jessica B. from Books a True Story! She and I met on Twitter and we decided to create a new monthly meme called Reading Queue! It has been really fun and helpful to organize my reading plans and Jessica has been super friendly and sweet!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013? 

Oh I think the books I loved the best get the best reviews…so let’s go with my review for Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger! I was definitely fangirling, but I believe I had a right to be!

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I had a lot of fun with my Escapism or Emotion? post over the summer. I loved hearing form people with differing opinions on why they read. It was enlightening to consider a reader’s reasons for reading and remembering that we all have out own preferences when reading.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?YALL Fest2013

GUYS! In November I went to YALL Fest in Charleston, SC for the first time ever! AND. IT. WAS. AWESOME.

Seriously, I have been a bad book blogger the past two months, but I will post a highlight post from YALL Fest. I had such a good time mingling with “my people” and showing love to some impressive books and authors!

5. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

Definitely starting Reading Queue with Jessica B.! You should check it out and participate with us!

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

My most popular post of 2013 with a whopping 82 views (haha) was my April New Releases post which posted on March 26, 2013.

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Definitely my regular reviews. I know it’s been a while since I posted one, but they just don’t get as much love as weekly memes do, which makes me a little sad.

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

Okay, so in regards to my regular Goodreads Reading Goal for 2013, I have failed miserably! haha Seriously, though my goal was to read 80 books this past year and I only made it to 53 books for 2013. Oh well…53 is still a lot of books!

I did do a fab job with my 2013 YA Audiobook Challenge coming in at 35 audiobooks finished in 2013! This was 5 more audiobooks than 2012! WHOOT!

However, I didn’t succeed at my 2013 Debut Author Challenge. I only manged to read 6 of the 12 I had planned on finishing. Oh well! Of the 6 I did read, I discovered some awesome authors who I will definitely be seeking out in the future!

Regarding Looking Ahead to 2014

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?United we Spy by Ally Carter

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell for sure! Also United We Spy by Ally Carter!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

Oh Lord! I haven’t even begun to think about my most anticipated releases for 2014.

  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  • The One by Kiera Cass
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer
  • Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger

Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood by Bajaj3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I think Alienated by Melissa Landers sounds like it could be a really fun read as does Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood by Varsha Bajaj!

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?The One by Kiera Cass

The One by Kiera Cass! I really just love this fun series and can’t wait to see how Cass wraps it all up.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

I did a really good job with keeping my blogging schedule organized during the first 3/4s of 2013.  I want to start 2014 organized and continue it through the end of the year. I already bought my 2014 blog planner, so I’m off to a good start!

May 2014 be filled with love, joy and really good reads!

 

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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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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

Hi there!

Happy Tuesday! It’s time for the weekly Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and Bookish!

I KNOW! I KNOW! This theme was from like two weeks ago. But our internet choose to be finicky so I couldn’t post it. Also, I wasn’t a huge fan of this week’s official theme, which was favorite beginnings or endings in a book. I have way too many of those and can’t even begin to list them, so I’m going back to the one I skipped.  :)

Mini Life Update: We’ve been in Columbia, SC for about two weeks now and are slowly but surely getting the house put together.  We’re enjoying exploring our new neighborhood and city – we even visited out local public library on date night!

House

Isn’t our new house adorable?!

Well, let’s get back to Top Ten Tuesday – my theme is Authors Who Deserve More Recognition. There are so many authors who are awesome but they aren’t the ones you hear about all the time. These are authors who are newer or maybe they’ve been around a little while and they just fly under the radar. All of these authors come with a high recommendation from BookTasty, so if you haven’t ready any of their books, you really need to!

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger Gail Carriger

She writes super fun steampunk stories.

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day GeorgeJessica Day George

I love her light-hearted fairy taleish books.

Entwined by Heather DixonHeather Dixon

Awesome fairy tale retellings.

Seraphina by Rachel HartmanRachel Hartman

A debut in 2012 that was a great addition to the fantasy world!

The Cadet of Tildor by Alex LidellAlex Lidell

A 2013 debut and I can’t wait for more!

Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda WoodsBrenda Woods

Such a well written middle grades look at Hurricane Katrina mixed with a coming of age story.

How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal AllenCrystal Allen

She writes a loveable main character in this story of bowling and character.

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny RorbyGinny Rorby

Awesome survival tale set in the Everglades.

DarkLifeKat Falls

Wonderfully imagined dystopian mystery set under the ocean surface.

joltedArthur Slade 

What a fun and quirky read!

If you haven’t read anything by these authors you really should. I think they’re all delightful authors who definitely deserve to have more people read their books.

So…what are you waiting for?!

GO READ!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I’ve Read So Far in 2013

Hello!

Every week I participate in The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday. This week we’ve been given a Freebie Week to create lists based on whatever theme we’d like. So, since we’re almost six months into 2013, I thought I’d focus on my favorite books that I’ve read in 2013.

My Reading Goal for 2013 is to read 80 books. So far I’m a little behind on that goal, but I have read 22 books so far. Of those 22 books the list below are the ones that I’ve enjoyed the most.  They all have the BookTasty stamp of approval!

Okay for Now by Gary D. SchmidtOkay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Read: May 18

Poison by Bridget ZinnPoison by Bridget Zinn

Read: March 23

A Northern Light by Jennifer DonnellyA Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

Read: March 20

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Read: March 8

The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Read: February 2

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra ClareClockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Read: March 26

Entwined by Heather DixonEntwined by Heather Dixon

Read: February 15

Seraphina by Rachel HartmanSeraphina by Rachel Hartman

Read: January 2

The Cadet of Tildor by Alex LidellThe Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell

Read: January 27

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina MarchettaFinnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Actually, I haven’t finished this one yet. I’m listening to the audiobook and am only about 40% of the way through.

So, what books are you favorite reads of 2013 so far? Have you read any on my list?

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I Like Dragons! Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Well hi there!

Have I told you how much I love audiobooks? Well, I do! So, let’s talk about an audiobook I recently finished, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, because it’s really stinkin’ good!Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

So, I love fantasy but when I first read the summary for Seraphina I thought, “Dragons? Hmmm….not really my thing…”. So, I hesitated and didn’t read it. Then, I heard great things from other book bloggers and decided that it was time to read it, dragons and all.

I am so glad I did! I think I like dragons! Seraphina was a beautiful story of a girl with great talent but also a potentially dangerous secret. Hartman is definitely skilled at building a fantasy world. Everything from the society’s history, religion, customs, philosophy, fashion and music was so richly constructed. Seraphina’s world draws you in and quickly engulfs you.

I was attached to and loved Seraphina as a heroine. She is intelligent, brave, determined, sensitive, kindhearted, witty and easily able to connect with. If I lived in this made up fantasy land I think we’d hit it off pretty well. :) Her growth as a character comes with learning to accept her whole self and trust those who love her. All the supporting characters are three-dimensional as well, in the beginning I wasn’t sure if I liked Princess Glisselda, for example, but she greatly evolves throughout the story from a giddy princess to a mature young woman.

And there is romance. Yes…that’s right. *winks*

I didn’t realize until I finished reading that Seraphina is the first book in a series and that Dracomachia, book two, is slated to be released this coming July! YAY!!!

I feel like Seraphina is a little bit of a mix between Libba Bray’s The Gemma Doyle trilogy and Fire by Kristin Cashore – it just has similarities while also being its own story. So, if you were a fan of either books mentioned above, or you’re just a fantasy fan you’ll probably love Seraphina like I did!

Author: Rachel Hartman

Publisher: Listening Library (July 10, 2012)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins

Narrator(s): Many Williams and Justine Eyre

Series: First in the Seraphina series

YA/MG: YA/MG

Buy the Book: Seraphina

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring Break To-Read List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and Bookish.
Its March in Florida which means is Spring! The weather is hitting the mid to high 80s again and we’ve had the AC more than once this past week. Also, my county’s Spring Break starts next week which is fabulous! I love spring Spring Break because a. I don’t have to work, b. I get to work out in the morning, c. I get to do tons of reading! I have a few books I’d like to finish over the break and some I’d like to begin. So, today’s top ten list is all about the books I’d like to read over my Spring Break.

First, the books I’d like to finish:

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner1. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Cinder by Marissa Meyer2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cross My Hart by Sasha Gould3. Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould

Now, for the books I’d like to start:

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins1. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale2. Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater3. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen4. Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Above World by Jenn Reese5. Aboveworld by Jenn Reese

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith6. The Statistical Probability of Falling in Love by Jennifer E. Smith

Serephina by Rachel Hartman7. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

I’m sure I won’t be able to get to all of these, but its worth a try! What are you hoping to read this Spring? Is there anything I need to add to my list?