W.W.W. Wednesdays (1)

Hosted by Should Be Reading.

What are you currently reading? 
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone 1) by Laini Taylor
Really, really loving this one so far! I'm a little over halfway and I can't wait to see what happens next! I'm reading it in sections with Ryan and it's definitely fun to discuss what we think will happen next! We're planning on finishing it before February, wish us luck!

What did you recently finish reading? 
I've been a horrible reader this month, so the last book I read wasn't really that 'recent'. I read it in the beginning of January: Crewel (Crewel World 1) by Gennifer Albin

What do you think you'll read next? 
I think I'll either read Destroy Me (Shatter Me 1.5) by Taherah Mafi so I'm ready for Unravel Me's release next month or Shades of Earth (Across the Universe 3) by Beth Revis because seriously, how could I not want to read this book?!








Video: 'Crazy in Love' Giveaway!



Check out the video I made for my Valentine's Day 'Crazy in Love' Giveaway! 


What type of Valentine's Day Reader are you? 

Click here to enter!

I also made buttons so you can show off what type of reader you are: The Hopeless Romantic, The Adventurous Lover or the Independent Beauty? 







Crazy in Love: Valentine's Day Giveaway!


What kind of Valentine's Day reader are you? 


The Independent Beauty: 
    When you don't want to read a book about a girl falling head over heals in love with some perfect guy. You just want a book that will make you laugh until your sides hurt and even help you love yourself a little more!

The Hopeless Romantic:
    You just want that adorable read where two people fall in love. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a little more than that though! It deals with some difficult issues, but definitely doesn't lack that special warm-Valentine-y feeling!

The Adventurous Lover:
     Why spend Valentine's Day stuck at home when you can travel the world?! In Anna and the French Kiss take a trip to Paris with Anna. Have many adventures in France that involve a hot guy, fun nights out and tons of hilariousness!


What a better way to celebrate a day about love than with the books you love the most! These are three of my all time favorites that I'd love to share with three of my loves, my readers! AND not only will you get an awesome book, you'll get an fancy-pancy note pad!

Here's the packages that you could win:

There will be 3 winners. 
This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL. 
There will be one international winner and two U.S./ Canada winners so please specify what country you're from in the entry form below. 

Check out my Contest Policy for more details.

This giveaway ends on Valentine's Day: February 14th, 2012 at midnight. 

There's tons of ways to enter so all of my readers have a chance to win! 



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Hopeless Romantic

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Good luck, loves!








How to Get Out of A Reading Slump

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I was sitting in one of my many doctor's offices last week and while I was waiting for eternity for him to come I realized three things: 1. I forgot my book in the car 2. My iPhone wasn't getting any service and 3. they only have car magazines and those Teen ones.You know, the ones that tell you how to find you perfect shade of lip gloss to get all the boys to come into your yard. I didn't move fast enough so the old guy next to me grabbed the car on so I was stuck with reading horoscopes.

While flipping through this brilliant periodical discussing wardrobe changes to reflect the seasons and how to tell if the boy two lockers down is 'into me' I noticed how there was absolutely no mention of the advice that I really needed. Which was...


 How to Get Out of A Reading Slump

1. Reread an old favorite
     Sometimes it helps just to get into the swing of reading again. Rereading an old favorite is a for-sure way of knowing you'll love the book because, duh! you've read it before!

2. Try a shorter book
      Looking at your Books Read in 2013 list and seeing that you've only read a couple can kind of be a bit of a bummer. Try a shorter book (like under 250 pages) to boost your bookaholic-ego! You'll still be reading and it'll feel awesome to extend that Read in 2013 list!

Read more books, it's good for your soul3. Join a Read-A-Thon
      Seriously, there's a Read-A-Thon going on pretty much every month around the internet. The daily updates you have to post and the fun giveaways/ interviews/events will inspire you to keep reading!

4. Set a goal to read one chapter a night 
      This is what I've been doing lately. Being busy with school again it's hard to fit in a huge reading session but I can usually fit in a chapter before bed. It may take longer to finish a book, but hey, you're still not in a reading slump!

5. Try reading a holiday/season related book 
      Instead of trying to match the color of your socks and shirt to the seasons, try matching your reading choices! Try a book that takes place in Winter or it could be a lovey dovey book since Valentine's Day is right around the corner!

6. Join or work on your 2013 Challenges (D.A.C.; YA Contemp, etc.)
       For those of you who joined challenges (or wish to join) work on checking the books off your goal lists!

7. Read along with a book-buddy! Break the book up into sections and set a date for when you'll discuss each part before you read on
      I'm doing this right now with Ryan and it's help me incredibly! We're reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone and are discussing it every hundred or so pages. It's fun, you're getting reading done and you'll have someone to obsess about fictional characters with!

.8. Try something out of your to-be-read pile or pile that needs to be reviewed 
      Sometimes I feel like I need to read a book that I've had for a while or that I need to read a book because I'll let someone down if I don't. This just lands me not reading anything, including the old books or the books for review!

9. Read something that's been sitting on your shelf for a while
       I know I'm contradicting myself since in the last tip I said to step away from books you've had for a while, but maybe that is exactly what you need! Find one that you forgot you had or that you've been eyeing to read instead of the 'next book on your list'.

10. Take a trip to the library so you can find something totally new and get excited about reading it!
       Being surrounded by rows and rows of books will definitely inspire any bookworm to read! Grab a book that has been recently released, an old one or whatever looks good! It'll be something totally new and you won't have the guilt of buying a new book.








Book Haul (54)



I took a trip to Barnes & Noble and also the library this week!











-Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles 1) by Lenore Appelhans











Operation Find My Next Bookstore: Town House Books


My mom and I are on a mission to find my next bookstore. After Borders closed a year or so ago and last month my Barnes and Noble closed I need a new bookstore. I'm a very picky person when it comes to bookstores and pretty much any public place. For my new bookstore I want it to have tons of awesome books, lots of space, nice employees/ customers and somewhere I can go by myself if I'd like. 


What I Liked:
-It was huge. Every nook and cranny was filled with books. It was like a maze.
-There was a cafe.
-Books I've never heard of and lots of history books. Good place to get my dad a gift.
-It was downtown and it was a fairly pretty area. There's also a nearby yarn shop which is perfect for my mom. Since we'd have to travel all that way, it's nice that she has something to look at too.

What I Didn't Like: 
-High prices (Most of the books were used and they were going for full retail.)
-There was lost of dust and a dead fly on the books. I sneezed too much.
-Too far away, definitely not somewhere I'd want to go alone (I'd totally get lost on the way there).
-Have you ever been to Ikea? If you haven't it's seriously like a maze with only one way out. The rooms were small, but stacked with shelves of books. I both liked this and didn't.
-I felt like I was trapped sometimes and had no idea where to get out. I hated that! I need to know where all exits are at all times and I couldn't tell who was in the next room or if someone was coming or not. I think that's just me and my social phobia though, yeah probably!
-The cafe was flipping packed and the table were right next too each other. 
-It was very loud, as you got deeper in the book maze it got a little quieter, but there was a lot of drifters from the restaurant just lazing around and blocking the books while talking about their daughter-in-law's bad cooking or about their gel shoe inserts. 
-It was freaking HOT in there. I know it was a heck of a lot warmer than usual for a January afternoon, but come on, crack a window! I thought I was going to turn into ash! 
-The staff wasn't that friendly and the customers were rude. No one said 'excuse me' and there were very grabby. Like please don't put your veiny hand in front of my face when I'm looking at books. I do not what to smell your Elizabeth Taylor perfume, I mean really!

Verdict: 
Definitely not my next bookstore, thought I'm glad I went. It was interesting to see a completely different type of bookstore from what I'm used to and a very fun day out with my mom.


Thank you to my amazing mom for making this a fun adventure. It makes me feel a lot better about my other bookstores closing. Love you! (She doesn't read my blog, but whatever haha!)







Review: Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Bought from Indie Bookstore
Published: October 16, 2012
Series: Crewel World #1
Crewel on Goodreads
Crewel (Crewel World, #1)



   Enter a tangled world of secrets and intrigue where a girl is in charge of other’s destinies, but not her own.
   Sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has always been special. When her parents discover her gift—the ability to weave the very fabric of reality—they train her to hide it. For good reason, they don’t want her to become a Spinster — one of the elite, beautiful, and deadly women who determine what people eat, where they live, how many children they have, and even when they die.
   Thrust into the opulent Western Coventry, Adelice will be tried, tested and tempted as she navigates the deadly politics at play behind its walls. Now caught in a web of lies and forbidden romance, she must unravel the sinister truth behind her own unspeakable power. Her world is hanging by a thread, and Adelice, alone, can decide to save it — or destroy it.
The first time I saw this book at my old bookstore I didn't buy it, but I couldn't get it out of my head! The cover is just so gorgeous and I loved the idea of being able to weave time. The next time I was at the bookstore I immediately picked it up and I'm so happy I did, it was amazing!

Adelice was a great main character that was taught not to weave by her parents. In a society that worships Spinsters (special people who are able to weave time) this was definitely considered rebellious behavior. During testing she slips and weaves perfectly so Arras (the country) recruits her to be a Spinster away from her parents and younger sister. Adelice was independent, brave and always had her family's safety in mind which made it very easy to adore her!

There were tons of supporting characters and I loved each and everyone of them! I even loved the bad guys, like ambassador Cormac Patton who has a secret plan of his own and the crazy older Spinster Maela. I adore Adelice's mentor, Enora, she was so caring, loving and brave. The love interests in the book were great too! I love that both are on two total difference sides of Adelice's world (one being against the Guild and the other for).

There was one part of the story that greatly reminded me of Lauren DeStefano's Wither and also Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien. The part was how it was a dystopic society where the government/men would take people (mostly women) into the confined walls of either the city or a new husbands house or in this case a Spinster's compound. The stories are all so different with what the main characters' talents and futures are, but the settings and some of the plot similarities definitely stuck out to me. Don't get me wrong, I really loved this book and I'm definitely curious to see where the story goes next.

Amazing Quote:
"How do you close opened eyes?"

Characters: 4/5
Creativity: 4/5
Voice: 4/5
Plot: 5/5
Impact: 4/5
Overall: 5/5

My favorite part of the book was the plot and the idea that people could weave time. Albin's descriptions were spot on and made it so easy for me to picture Adelice gracefully manipulating the weave around her. I did, however, spot some parts coming very early on in the book, but it didn't take away from the awesome story line. With that crazy ending I'm just dying to get my hands on book two!! 







Weekly Report (2)


A day late... whoops! 

Read:
-Crewel (Crewel World 1) by Gennifer Albin
-Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
    (I didn't finish this one, I had around 75 pages left and I just couldn't take it anymore. I hated how mental illness was handled and how the words 'cutter' and 'crazy were thrown around. Also, what's with the whole "in" thing? I wasn't really present in high school, but seriously it just annoyed me.)

Watched:
-The Shawshank Redemption (LOVED!)
-The Break-Up 
-The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

Listened: 
-Hello World by The Maine
-Live and Let Go by All Time Low


Picture:

We haven't had much snow this year, at least none that's stuck to the ground. This week we had the most beautiful snow globe-type snow. I must say, I love the view from my bedroom window :) 







My Bookstore Closed...

Not a poem or amazing words, just a little bit of thinking I let escape my head.


My bookstore closed.
I feel like it shouldn't matter,
shouldn't hurt as much as it does.
I don't know why I feel personally rejected
all because no one wanted my bookstore.
December 31, 2012.
My heart dropped,
stopped,
skipped a beat.
I don't feel safe in a lot of places,
especially when those places aren't home.
It was my safe haven.
No one looked at me strangely when I held a bundle of books in my arms,
no one stared when I would jump for a book I had been waiting months for.
The books outnumbered the people.
The heroes and heroines of the pages protected me.
I was safe within the shelves.
I wish they wouldn't have taken my safety, my place.
Books are such a huge part of my life, of me.
I feel like when society rejects my bookstore, they're rejecting me.
I rarely relate to others,
books were our common ground.
They're taking that away from me.
I need the printed word, the physical pages to keep me safe.
I'm scared of a world without books.
I'm scared of the world.
I want my bookstore back.






Book Haul (53)




-Just One Day (Just One Day 1)  by Gayle Forman
      OH. MY. GOODNESS. I can't believe I found this one! It's not suppose to be out until Tuesday so I was totally surprised! I've only heard amazing things so I can't wait to start it!

      Target had this baby marked down all the way to $12 dollars, so how could I turn that down especially since I have books 1-4 (I need to read book four, I'm a little behind!)

-Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
      I FINALLY found this one! I seriously searched three bookstores and Meijer until I found it at Target. I did a little victory dance once I saw it! 


Last weekend I painted a wall in my room with 'Raspberry' Chalkboard paint! I love how it looks (not so much my handwriting though.) I have that quote and another one from The Shawshank Redemption, other than that I don't know what to put up there, haha! 




Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Borrowed from friend.
Published: June 7, 2012
Amazon - Goodreads






   A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here - one of whom was his own grandfather - were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive


I borrowed this book from my mom's friend and didn't really know what to expect. I knew it was going to be something totally unique, since it has photography scattered throughout the book and that's something different for me to read, but I'm SO happy I was loaned this book because it was amazing! I've never read a book quite like Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. It's definitely one of my favorite reads of 2012!

The best part was definitely Riggs' incredible writing. I could so easily picture the setting of the remote island where the children lived. I also loved the main character Jacob, he had a dry wit that definitely had me laughing at points. I found it easy to relate to Jacob despite his unique situation, his voice is very teen and how I'd imagine a teen boy's head to be! 

I love that the story started off with Jacob at home and just living an ordinary life, but when his grandfather dies everything gets turned upside down. It definitely drove the point of 'before and after' something life changing happens to you and how you can never really go back. 

All of the children in the home where each so different from one another, but still managed to get along with each other, sort of like siblings. I don't want to give too much away, but I love where the house is and the twist that Riggs' added to the story that I never saw coming. 

The ending was climatic and had me frantically turning pages to find out what will happen next. It tied up that portion of Jacob's story, but left it open for a sequel, which luckily will be out this Spring! 

Amazing Quote:
"We cling to our fairy tales until the price in believing in them becomes too high."

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 5/5
Voice: 4/5
Plot: 5/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

Ransom Riggs' tells the story of Jacob, an ordinary teen boy with an extraordinary story, flawlessly. Riggs' writing transports you into the story of Jacob, who's trying to discover if his grandfather's stories, which he believed were fairy tales, are true. With unique supporting characters and a plot that keeps you reading, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a must read for any book lover.




2013 Wishlist: Sequel Edition!














1. Shades of Earth (Across the Universe 3) by Beth Revis
       Seriously, the ending in A Million Suns (Book 2) was just plain insane! That cliffhanger was killer and it has been complete torture waiting for this book to be released! Luckily we don't have much longer to wait since it's publication is on January 15th!!

2. Requiem (Delirium 3) by Lauren Oliver
       Is it just me or was 2012 the year of the cliffhangers?! I need, need, to know what is going to happen to Lena and with the person that appeared at the end of the book! Why must March 5th be so far away!?!

3. Unravel Me (Shatter Me 2) by Tahereh Mafi
       I adored Mafi's writing style in Shatter Me and immediately fell in love witht he storyline. I loved how she made me even like the 'villian' character too. I can't wait to find out what happens next on February 5th!

4. Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles 2) by Marissa Meyer
       I honestly didn't think I'd love Cinder as much as I did. I'm a little worried on how this book will follow a different character, Scarlet, which I believe will parallel some of Little Red Riding Hood. The plot sounds awesome, I'm just hoping Cinder won't totally be forgotten, she was kick-ass! This comes out on February 5th.

5. Untitled (Miss Peregrine 2) by Ransom Riggs
      No cover, not really much of a plot released other than that it will follow the children's story and that it'll come out in Spring of 2013. All I know is that I WANT THIS BOOK! I recently finish book one, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and totally loved it! I can't wait to find out what happens next and I'll be constantly checking goodreads for updates on the plot, release and cover!