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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

Hi there!

I have a real issue with not finishing books. If I make that decision to actually stop reading and put it down that choice stays with me forever. It feels like a little mini failure that plagues me! One time, however, a fellow book blogger (and I honestly can’t remember who it was) said that she doesn’t worry about not finishing books.  She said that there are too many books she wants to read that she isn’t going to waste time with books she isn’t enjoying.

This really resonated with me, but alas sometimes I just can’t give up on a book.  Sometimes it turns out to be a surprise and I actually end up enjoying the book, but other times I’m let down.  So, today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “Books I Almost Put Down but Didn’t”.  It’s going to be a mix of those I am glad I finished and those I regret finishing.

Those I Should’ve Put Down, But Didn’t

These are the books I kept pushing through thinking “Surely, I’m going to end up liking this.” Nope.

Fallen by Lauren KateFallen by Lauren Kate

The Hypnotists by Gordon KormanThe Hypnotists by Gordon Korman

Icons by Margaret StohlIcons by Margaret Stohl

Vixen by Jillian LarkinVixen by Jillian Larkin

Tunnels by Roderick GordonTunnels by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams

Those I’m Glad I Kept Reading

These were books I wasn’t necessarily in love with when I began them, but in the end, am glad I stuck around to finish them because some of them have become books I love!

Daughter of Smoke nd Bone by Lani TaylorDaughter of Smoke & Bone by Lani Taylor

If I Stay by Gayle FormanIf I Stay by Gayle Forman

Along for the Ride by Sarah DessenAlong for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Fever Crumb by Philip ReeveFever Crumb by Philip Reeve

Allegiant by Veronica RothAllegiant by Veronica Roth

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The Big Finish: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Welcome back friends!

I hope everyone has been having a fun weekend. It’s been pretty rainy all weekend here in South Carolina, but it’s been nice to have an excuse to stay in and work on the blog a little!

This book was so highly anticipated by me and pretty much everyone else out there! After I finished reading it however, I had to take a break before even considering this review. I wasn’t sure how to write a review of Allegiant by Veronica Roth so I decided to just go for it!

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles Allegiant by Veronica Rothand scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

If you’ve read this book, I know what you’re probably thinking. It’s a mixture of disappointment, surprise, betrayal, excitement, and meh. It’s like all those feelings were thrown into the little bowl of your heart and someone turned on the KitchenAid and just started going to town. A lot of people finished this book and just weren’t happy. I understand that. When all is said and done I was entertained by Allegiant. Was it an amazing finale to the trilogy? No. Did I hate it? No. For me, Allegiant just could have been stronger.

Initially, I really liked the relationship between Tris and Tobias but then somewhere in the middle of book two, they stop talking to each other and this silent trend continues into book three. Both characters are making big decisions and keeping them secret from one another. There is talk about how much they love each other and want their relationship to work, but how is that possible if you don’t talk to that person about anything? This silence kind of ruins the relationship between Tris and Tobias for me, which is sad because I want to love them so much!

My favorite thing about Allegiant was probably getting some questions about the society and factions answered, and I feel like there was so much potential to really delve into the history of the factions. When it finally got to the answers, I felt like so much of this part of the storyline was rushed. We only scratched the surface level of the “why” behind the factions. I wanted to know more about how the factions came to be and more about Tris’ mom who had all these crazy secrets.

Let’s talk the ending without giving anything away. I just knew something  big was going to happen. I knew it and then I read it. At this point I was so surprised that Veronica Roth had the guts to do what she did that I had to go back and read this specific “part that shall not be named” again. I read it about four times before I finally comprehended that what I thought had happened had, in fact, happened! And you know what? I wasn’t mad. I didn’t love it either. I rarely get angry at how an author chooses to end a book or series because it’s their creation. How they chose to end it all, is how it was meant to end, in my opinion.

I don’t question Veronica Roth’s choice of ending, but I do question the quality of the final storyline leading up to the big finish. All in all, I felt like Allegiant could have been a stronger story, I kind of wish it had been. However, if you are a fan of this series than I recommend reading Allegiant because it was entertaining and it does wrap up the trilogy in an interesting way. Just know that you’ve been warned. Get ready to be surprised and have all your feelings will be mixed up!

Author: Veronica Roth

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Oct. 22, 2013)

Format: Hardcover

Length: 526 pages

Series: Third book in the Divergent trilogy

YA/MG: MG/YA

Buy the Book: Allegiant (Divergent Series)

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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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October New Releases

Hi there!

Well it seems that October totally snuck up on me! I forgot to schedule this New Releases post for last week, but that’s okay, everything’s shiny. Better late than never right?

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As you may know, October is a VERY big month as Veronica Roth’s final installment in the Divergent series will release *squeeeeeeeeee!*

So, let’s just get right to all the new books!

Allegiant by Veronica RothAllegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth (October 22)

AHHHHHHHH!!!

The House of Hades by Rick RiordanThe House of Hades (Heros of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan (October 8)

My students have been asking me about this since August.

Unsouled by Neal ShustermanUnsouled (Unwinded Dystology #3) by Neal Shusterman (October 15)

Eye of Minds by James DashnerThe Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine #1) by James Dashner (October 8)

Just One Year by Gayle FormanJust One Year by Gayle Forman (October 10)

Time After Time by Tamara Ireland StoneTime After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone (October 8)

The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann CokelThe Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal (October 8)

Across a Star Swept Sea by Diana PeterfreundAcross a Star Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars #2) by Diana Peterfreund (October 15)

The Twistrose Key by Tone AlmhjellThe Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell (October 22)

The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny LundquistThe Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist (October 22)

So there you have it! In addition to candy corn and falling leaves October brings a bunch of brand new books to enjoy! Are there any October new releases you’re particularly excited about?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Allegiant

Hi there!

Allegiant by Veronia RothOkay, so today is my last day with my students at my school…

Yeah…so…

We’re moving to South Carolina this summer and I’ve been at this school for seven years, starting right after college. So, as you can tell, I’m going to be a bit emotional today.

To distract myself from the sadness I’ve decided to think about how much I cannot wait for the conclusion to Veronica Roth’s  dystopian Divergent trilogy, Allegiant

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

Tris! Four! What’s going to happen to the factions?! I need to know now!

If you haven’t yet read Divergent and Insurgent, the first two books in the trilogy, you really need to make them a priority! They’re really awesome reads and the Divergent movie (with Ashley Judd AND Kate Winslet!) is currently filming in Chicago as you read this!

If you’d like to know more about this series, check out my reviews of Divergent and Insurgent.

Allegiant is slated to release in October 2013, so unfortunately I still have a few months to wait.  But you can bet that when this book releases on October 22, I’ll have my copy! :)

What book(s) are you waiting for today?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books Read in 2012

Hello and Happy Tuesday everyone!

Every week I participate in the Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. A theme is posted each week and book bloggers near and far create lists centered on this theme. This week’s theme is Top Ten Favorite Books Read in 2012.

This is hard. I read so many entertaining, fun, well-written books this past year! Narrowing these all around good reads is extremely difficult and I know I’ll revisit this list in a few months wishing I had included, or not included, a specific title. Knowing this I am trying to do my best in selecting books that stuck with me for some reason.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Beautiful. This book was simply beautiful. If you haven’t read this fantasy you must! It may in fact, be my favorite read of the year.

A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine2. A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine

This fairy tale meets murder mystery was fun and I’d like to see more of this genre mashup.

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby3. Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby

My favorite Florida Sunshine State book of the year.

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier4. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Retold fairy tales get me all the time and this once was lush and well written.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth5. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

A highly anticipated sequel that did not disappoint!

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale6. Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

I prefer this gothic novel-esque sequelover the first book, Austenland! (Not YA or MG)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Adored this futuristic (and slightly Firefly-ish) spin on the classic tale Cinderella.

The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hirandani8. The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani

Beautifully well written middle grades fiction dealing with some serious family issues.

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner9. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

This is book two in the series but I prefer it to the others in the series because Thomas’ world opens up a lot more.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This book is hauntingly well done.

Are you like me and have a difficult time choosing?!  Well, here are some Honorable Mentions for 2012:

a. Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

b. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (Yes I finally read this!)

c. Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods

What were some of your favorite reads of 2012? Are any of your selected titles on my list?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books of 2013

Happy Tuesday everybody!

I am still on vacation this week (Paris!!) so I’ll only be posting my regularly scheduled posts while I’m gone.  You also won’t see me on Twitter because data plans while traveling internationally are mad expensive!

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra ClareEvery Tuesday I participate in a weekly event, called Top Ten Tuesday,  hosted by The Broke and Bookish.  Each week a theme is posted and book bloggers all over create bookish lists to go along with the selected theme.  This week the theme is our Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2013.  There are so many books that I can’t wait to read, and 2013 seems so darn far away!

1. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

2. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa MeyerScarlet by Marissa Meyer

3. Divergent #3 by Veronica Roth (This one is still untitled but I CAN’T wait!)

4. Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis

5. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

6. Star Cursed (Cahill Witch Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotswood

7. Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3) by Ally Carter

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter8. The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass

9. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

10. Size 12 is the New Black (Heather Wells #5) by Meg Cabot (not YA but I love this series!)The Elite by Kiera Cass

There you have it!  Some of my most anticipated books of 2013! As you can see I’m a huge fan of series and always have been!  What books are you excited for in the upcoming year?

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving Book Fest

Well hey there!
I hope all is going well! I’m currently in Europe on vacation (I know right?!) so you won’t see me on Twitter or posting anything but my regularly scheduled posts.

So, now let’s get down to business!  Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where they post a theme and book bloggers near and far create bookish lists related to that theme. This week’s theme, in honor of Thanksgiving, is Top Ten Books or Authors I’m Thankful For. All of the authors on this list are all authors whose books make me smile and wish for more!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenJane Austen: Need I say more?! We should all bow down to her genius!

Ally Carter: I want to live in her books so bad!

Shannon Hale: She is the queen of retold fairy tales and the worlds she creates are magical!Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Cassandra Clare: Her books helped me realize that I really enjoy supernatural fiction. Also she created Will Herondale, my favorite Welsh Shadowhunter! *squeeee!*

Veronica Roth: For writing a dystopian novel that rivals my beloved Hunger Games…seriously the Divergent books are THAT good.

Gordon Korman: I heart him and the fact that my students adore his books!

Rick Riordan: This guy knows exactly what my students want! Thank you for writing fabulous stories!

Jeff Kinney: For writing a new Wimpy Kid book every year because my circulation increases every time a new one is released (because my students are salivating over his books)!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff KinneyStephanie Perkins: For writing romances that make me want to hibernate in my house for days until I finish reading (and maybe rereading) them.

Heather Brewer: I’m thankful for Vlad Tod…this series made me realize, that okay…I do like vampires!

So, seriously if you are an author and your name is on the above list…THANK YOU so much for your wonderful books! They make my world (and my students’ world) a much better place!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I’ve Read During the Lifespan of Book Tasty

Hi!

After a busy, fun, motivating and tiring Pre-Planning week, the students came back to school yesterday.  I have high expectations for this school year and am excited to see the kids and get back to work. I am not excited that I got literally no reading done this past week because of the fullness of my calendar!

So, anyway it’s time for my favorite weekly feature Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by the wonderful people over at The Broke and Bookish.  This week’s list theme is Top Ten Favorite Books You’ve Read During The Lifespan Of Your Blog.  I’ve read so many awesome books since starting BookTasty about a year and a half ago and it was majorly difficult to narrow it down but there are some that just really stand out as books I simply adore. So, without further ado I bring you my favorite books since starting BookTasty and no I didn’t stop at just 10! I couldn’t!

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn ChildsForgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally CarterThe Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

Across the Universe by Beth RevisAcross the Universe by Beth Revis

The Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Maze Runner series by James Dashner

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba BrayThe Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray

Divergent by Veronica RothDivergent by Veronica Roth

Uglies by Scott WesterfeldUglies by Scott Westerfeld

Dark Life by Kat Falls

Incarceron by Catherine FisherIncarceron by Catherine Fisher

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David LubarSleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather BrewerChronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

So, I know that was thirteen books, but I just couldn’t narrow it down to ten!  Have you read any of these?  What are some of your favorites?