Stacking the Shelves: January 2015

Okay, let me preface this by saying there was a sale. A huge sale! It was on Boxing Day at Book Outlet and most of these books I bought for around three-four dollars and most are hardcover. Seriously! I'm still in shock by the amount of books I purchased, but the deal was great and I couldn't pass up some of these awesome titles.

Book Outlet's Boxing Day Sale: 
-The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy) by Marie Rutkoski
-Siege and Storm (The Grisha 2) by Leigh Bardugo
-Ruin and Rising (The Grisha 3) by Leigh Bardugo
-Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy 3) by Anna Banks
-Vicious by V.E. Schwab
-Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices 3) by Cassandra Clare
-The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter 1) by Megan Shepherd
-Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity 1) by Elizabeth Wein
-Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
-Girl of Nightmares (Anna 2) Kendare Blake

-The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
-The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
      Thank you Mom! :)

For Review:
-Seraphina (Seraphina 1) by Rachel Hartman
-Shadow Scale (Seraphina 2) by Rachel Hartman release date: March 10, 2015
      A big thank you to Random House!

I haven't read the first/beginning of all the above series, but I own them. I just thought since the price was so low that it would be a good time to pick up the rest of the books in the series (even if I end up not liking it, it's not so bad because of the price!)

I found out yesterday that the Super Bowl is this weekend, apparently I live under a rock (or at least a rock that blocks out all things sports). Anyways, have a great weekend and I hope your team wins! I don't even know who's in the game, I just know the Bears didn't make it! Boo!

I'm going to go curl up with a good book (I'm leaning towards Seraphina), grab some rum punch and have a relaxing night. See you on Monday with a new post!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Weekly Wrap Up

I've been seeing a lot of weekly wrap up posts around the blogosphere and thought it would be fun if I did one at the end of the week too! (Or maybe at the end of each month so it doesn't get to be too much.)

Read This Week:
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 

    I still can't stop thinking about this book. Oh man, did it just completely mess me up! I think that's because it told me things that I wasn't ready to hear, yet needed to hear. I feel like I'm grieving the loss of a close friend, I just don't want to book to be over. I want to go back....

Currently Reading: 
Seraphina (Seraphina 1) by Rachel Hartman

I've only just finished the prologue, but it has already caught my interest! I mean come on, dragons!? Yes please!

Listening To:
Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy
I can't stop listening to this song, it's so extremely catchy!

I'm loving the more creepy places that they're investigating! I'm also super happy that Jay and Billy are more involved with the team!  

Links lead to Goodreads, Youtube and TravelChannel

Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Gift from Briana at Bree's Books.
Publisher: Viking
Published: December 2012
Amazon - Goodreads

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

Me Before You is now one of my favorite books. I highly, highly, recommend you pick this one up.

I was completely committed to our main character, Lou's, story and Will’s too. I found Moye’s writing to be absolute perfection. With everything going on in my life right now, for me to feel a complete escape with a book is not something I was expecting.

It was impossible to put down, seriously. If it wasn’t the start of the semester I would have stayed up all night and finished it. I started this book on Wednesday night and finished late Thursday night. All of Wednesday it was the only thing that my thoughts kept drifting to. Now after finishing it, it's still what my mind keeps going back to.

If you pick up this book, which you without a doubt should, be prepared to be completely immersed and have your mind belong to only the story. I’ve never really felt this way about a book before. It’s a new experience with reading that just validates how incredibly special books can be.

Trying to form coherent thoughts on this book is impossible. All I know is I can't stop thinking about it and that Me Before You will stick with me for decades to come.

It’s like I’m not really sure how I’m suppose to feel and maybe that is the point. Maybe there’s not suppose to be answers to everything, even the important things.

Thank you so much to Briana! Seriously you have the absolute best taste in books! Thank you! :)

Covers in a Series

Over the past few years I feel like changing covers in the middle (or even the very last book!) of a series is becoming a new trend. I don't mind it as much as I used to, but I still very much prefer having my books match. I mean come on, it looks so much prettier on the shelf with the matching spines and heights!

I decided to make a list of some of the wonderful books that kept the similar cover feel throughout the series.

(I chose the series that I've reading/ am in the middle of reading and covers that I really love.)

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

I absolutely love these covers. I adore the color pallets and how each book has a different pop of color. The bindings of the books are gorgeous too, they look perfect on my bookshelf!
(Looking at the covers laid out next to each other, I never really noticed that Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a bit different from the other two covers, but I still love it!)

The Iron Fey by Julia Kagawa

Not only do I really like the titles of the books in this series, but the covers are amazing. The detailing is spot on with the feel of the story and the design of the covers even carries over to the accompanying series, Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten.

The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano

The cover of Wither is still one of my favorite covers. I am completely over the moon with the combination of the font's placement and the purple cover with the subtle pop of the ruffled cream dress. It's also awesome because there's little clues to the book on the cover that you discover after you read. I'm not a huge fan of Sever's book cover, but I'm giving props for keeping it the same!

Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

These covers fit the feel of this trilogy so well. I love that their faces aren't shown so it doesn't mess with my idea of the characters.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Seriously, they made it six books without messing with the covers (not even including the prequel series The Infernal Devices which follows the theme of these covers!)  I really love the fantastical vibe and how easily identifiable the covers are as a book by Cassandra Clare.

Series I wish would have followed this similar cover trend, but didn't:

Curse Workers by Holly Black

     Come on, the very last book and they changed the cover designs completely! I prefer the original covers so much more, they stood out among the other young adult book covers. I get the new covers have designs in the little dots behind the title, but I'm not feeling it. 

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

    These books are some of my all time favorite reads, but why couldn't they wait to change up the cover design until after the third book was released?! I mean I like the new covers but, I still can't decide which I like better. I love the galactic feel of the first two, but I like the more metal-like colors of the new covers too. 

Series I'm hoping that will follow this similar cover trend:
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

What are your favorite covers that continued to have a similar cover designs throughout the series?
What series do you wish would have kept the same cover designs?

Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Bought from B&N
Publisher: Doubleday
Published: September 2011
Amazon - Goodreads

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called "Le Cirque des Reves," and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway--a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love - a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

I've had this book sitting on my shelf for years, but only picked it up this past week. After I started reading all of the good buzz and hearing about the multiple awards this book won, I knew I was going to love it. Wanting to kick off the New Year right, I started The Night Circus on January first and oh man, did it start my year out with a bang!

The setting of this book is completely blew my mind. The circus is so well created and described that I could feel the chill of the Autumn weather and the smell of the caramel popcorn. I've felt 'present' in books before, but nothing like this. When I think back to the circus, it feels more like a memory of an event in my life more than only a setting in a book.

The book doesn't only focus on Celia and Marco's game, but also on everyone revolving around it. It tells the stories of other circus performers and some outsiders that impact the circus as well. I loved how Morgenstern was able to weave all of these characters together in such an unexpected way.

The timeline jumps around quite a bit in the book, but after a few chapters I was able to keep up with the what year it was. I usually struggle with following a non-linear timeline, so I was very happy that it was created and written so wonderfully. The location also changed (from the circus traveling around the world and the entire book doesn't take place in only the circus). Each location felt so real and was unique in its own way.

"We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place." 

The Night Circus is an incredible read that offers an undeniably amazing atmosphere and setting mixed with magical characters. I was drawn in to the circus life immediately and loved Morgenstern's flawless imagery and plot. It's been a few days since I finished the book and I keep finding my mind drifting back to it. After reading The Night Circus and visiting Cirque de Reves I'm definitely a reveur.

New Blog Name: The Literary Files

I know this is completely insane, but I have decided to rename my blog again. 
Call Me Crazy Reviews went to Katie Marie Blogs to now The Literary Files

In December I really tried to blog about other things than books, but I just didn't enjoy it. 

I really miss book blogging and I want to return to my first blogging-love! 
I think this new (and permanent!) name, The Literary Files, is a perfect fit! 

I apologize for all the the change within the past few months, but with this new name comes stability and oh so much bookish love!

Thank you so much for sticking with me during these crazy last few months. 
I promise no more name changes! ;)