Flaky Friday — January 17, 2014

Flaky Friday

Movies I’m Excited for This Year:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
How to Train Your Dragon 2
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The Hobbit
Maleficent
Guardians of the Galaxy

More Books I Want to Read:

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (10/7/14)
Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Shulz (9/16/14)
Exile by Tamora Pierce (9/14)
Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George (9/14)
Wordles by AdriAnne Strickland (8/8/14)
Between by Megan Whitmer (7/29/14)
The Fire Wish by Amber Lough (7/22/14)
Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne (7/8/14)
Relax, I’m a Ninja by Natalie Whipple (6/3/14)
Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose (5/8/14)
The Falconer by Elizabeth May (5/6/14)
House of Ivy and Sorry by Natalie Whipple (4/15/14)
The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin (4/8/14)
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (4/1/14)
The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen (3/4/14)
I See Londo by Chanel Cleeton (2/3/14)
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (1/28/14)
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (Out now)

Books I’m Looking Forward To — January 10, 2014

Books I’m Looking Forward To

There are a few books this year I’m looking forward to. This list is in no way meant to play favorites or anything. They’re just the ones I know are coming out and are already on my radar.

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
Relax, I’m a Ninja by Natalie Whipple

I would love to add more books to this list. In fact, if I’m going to meet my Goodreads challenge this year, I need to add more. I especially want to start diversifying my reading list. I’d love recommendations if you have them. YA preferred though I’m open to others if they’re not too salty. UF and fantasy, even some sci-fi if it’s on the softer side (not too technical).

2013 Books I Read — December 30, 2013

2013 Books I Read

I read not near as much as I should have this year, but thankfully it was more than nothing. (Though not equal to last year’s meager 30 books.)

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson
Transparent by Natalie Whipple
Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
Transcend by Christine Fonseca
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson
River Road by Suzanne Johnson
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson
Austenland by Shannon Hale
The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman
The Teacher’s Vet by Wendy Sparrow
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
House of Hades by Rick Riordan
Even Villains Go to the Movies by Liana Brooks
How to Bring Your Love Life Back from the Dead by Wendy Sparrow
On His List by Wendy Sparrow
Frosted by Wendy Sparrow
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

How was your reading year?

Books of 2012 — January 7, 2013

Books of 2012

Continuing with the January recap theme, here are the books (or shorts) I read in 2012:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
The Breakaway by Michelle Davidson Argyle
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
Even Villains Fall in Love by Liana Brooks
Dragon Flight by Jessica Day George
Dragon Spear by Jessica Day George
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
Die for Me by Amy Plum
The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
Academy Defenders by T.J. Robinson
D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths
Fey Lights by Liana Brooks
Endlessly by Kiersten White
A Thief of Nightshade by J.S. Chancellor
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare
Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George
A Scandal in Bohemia by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Red-Headed League by Arthur Conan Doyle
A Case of Identity by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Boscombe Valley Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Five Orange Pips by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Man with the Twisted Lip by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

There were 12 books which I started to read but couldn’t bring myself to finish. For obvious reasons, I won’t be listing those here.

Here’s to a new year of more reading and less leaving books unfinished.

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Books of 2011: A Retrospective — January 3, 2012

Books of 2011: A Retrospective

Since I’m still on writing hiatus while I work out issues, our regular update post will be taken over by a reflective post.

These are the books I read or started to read in 2011:

Monarch by Michelle Davidson Argyle
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Herafter by Tara Hudson
Shifting by Bethany Wiggins
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
To Catch a Pirate by Jade Parker
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Supernaturally by Kiersten White
Possession by Elana Johnson
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Second Chance Courtship by Glynna Kaye
Scene of the Crime: Bachelor Moon by Carla Cassidy
My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Witch Song by Amber Argyle
Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Matched by Ally Condie
Light of Epertase:Legends Reborn by Douglas R. Brown

Looking at this list I see a few things.

1-If you didn’t know any better you’d think I had an affinity for a certain author.  The truth is I just got that far behind on the books and ended up reading the first two in each series in the same year.

2- I tried to branch out but it so did not work.  (Read, I read two straight up romances.  I ran back to my YA fantasy world very quickly.)

3- It’s a good thing for ARCs and contests and meeting people and just having conversations.  Several of the books on this list came about that way.

4- Not every book is created equal and not every genre is my cup of tea.

Books of 2012 — January 2, 2012

Books of 2012

Well, I’ve been on hiatus from writing of late.  I’ll get back to it soon.  Soon as I stop wallowing in self-doubt and get my writerly act together.

Meanwhile, here’s a list of books I’m a) looking forward to in the coming year and/or b) have blurbs intriguing enough to land them on my to-buy list.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (1/3)
Winterling by Sarah Prineas (1/3)
Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey (1/5)
Everneath by Brodi Ashton (1/24)
Bewitching by Alex Flinn (2/14)
A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont (4/1)
Magic Under Stone by Jaclyn Dolamore (4/10)
The Breakaway by Michelle Davidson Argyle (5/1)
Kane Chronicles Book 3 by Rick Riordan (May)
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini (May)
Until I Die by Amy Plum (5/8)
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis (5/8)
Fated by Alyson Noel (5/22)
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (5/22)
Arise by Tara Hudson (6/5)
Endlessly by Kiersten White (7/24)
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (Fall)
Queen of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (sometime this year)

Obviously this list is in no way complete or comprehensive.  I just got tired of going through the Goodreads YA 2012 list so stopped there.  What books are you looking forward to this year?

Books of November — October 27, 2011

Books of November

Don’t Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough (11/8)

I first heard about this when I got a bookmark for it in a prize pack when Elana’s Possession launched.  It sounds like a lot of fun and a fun twist on the fairy godmother tale.

Become by Ali Cross (11/11)

Well, how could I not want to read this?  It’s YA.  It’s fantasy.  It’s super ninja sensei extraordinaire Ali.  And it’s gonna be awesome.

October Books — September 29, 2011

October Books

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick (10/4)

The conclusion to the trilogy.  Sigh.  It’s always sad when something comes to an end, but then I remember I get to read the books again if I want and so it’s not as sad.

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (10/4)

This is the second book in his Heroes of Olympus series, the follow-up to the Percy Jackson books.  I quite enjoyed the first book in this one, The Lost Hero.

Half-Blood by Jennifer Armintrout (10/18)

This one sounds interesting. I rather enjoy stories (see above) involving gods and mythology and this one sounds intriguing.  Plus, she’s a debut author and I love supporting debut authors.

Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore (10/25)

I adored Magic Under Glass.  (Sequel to that coming in April.)  I think the story premise of this sounds really intriguing.  A mermaid who wants to be a siren, the highest social/political position a mermaid can attain and who has the ability to change her tail to legs?  Totally there.  Add in mystery and romance and I’m sold.

Mastiff by Tamora Pierce (10/25)

This is the third book in this series.  I’ve loved pretty much every single book by Tamora Pierce.  Her books are a big part of my reading past.  They’re ones I re-read just for the sheer enjoyment of the characters and story.  I started re-reading one to look at how she dealt with the passage of large spans of time and before I knew it the book was over.  I’d completely stopped paying attention to the craft behind the story.

100 YA Books — September 22, 2011

100 YA Books

 So, earlier this week I saw this post over on Chantele Sedgewick’s blog with a list of 100 YA books that she’d marked up showing which she’d actually read.  I thought it would be fun, since my muse is deciding it wants me to be a YA writer, to indicate which I’ve read.  So, here goes.

Bold=Read it

1. Alex Flinn- Beastly
2. Alice Sebold- The Lovely Bones
3. Ally Carter- Gallagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
4. Ally Condie- Matched
5. Alyson Noel- The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
6. Anastasia Hopcus- Shadow Hills
7. Angie Sage- Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
8. Ann Brashares- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
9. Anna Godbersen- Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
10. Anthony Horowitz- Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,8, 9)
11. Aprilynne Pike- Wings (1, 2, 3)
12. Becca Fitzpatrick- Hush, Hush (1, 2)
13. Brandon Mull- Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
14. Brian Selznick- The Invention of Hugo Cabret
15. Cassandra Clare- The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)
16. Carrie  Jones- Need (1, 2)
17. Carrie Ryan- The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3)
18. Christopher Paolini- Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4)
19. Cinda Williams Chima- The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
20. Colleen Houck- Tigers Saga (1, 2)
21. Cornelia Funke- Inkheart (1, 2, 3)
22. Ellen Hopkins- Impulse
23. Eoin Colfer- Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
24. Faraaz Kazi- Truly, Madly, Deeply
25. Frank Beddor- The Looking Glas Wars (1, 2, 3)
26. Gabrielle Zevin- Elsewhere
27. Gail Carson Levine- Fairest
28. Holly Black- Tithe (1, 2, 3)
29. J.K. Rowling- Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
30. James Dashner- The Maze Runner (1, 2)
31. James Patterson- Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
32. Jay Asher- Thirteen Reasons Why
33. Jeanne DuPrau- Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)
34. Jeff Kinney- Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
35. John Boyne- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
36. John Green- An Abundance of Katherines
37. John Green- Looking for Alaska
38. John Green- Paper Towns
39. Jonathan Stroud- Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)
40. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl- Caster Chronicles (1, 2)
41. Kelly Armstrong- Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
42. Kristin Cashore- The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
43. Lauren Kate- Fallen (1, 2)
44. Lemony Snicket- Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
45. Libba Bray- Gemma Doyle (1, 2, 3)
46. Lisa McMann- Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
47. Louise Rennison- Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1-10)
48. M.T. Anderson- Feed
49. Maggie Stiefvater- The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3)
50. Margaret Peterson Haddix- Shadow Children (1-7)
51. Maria V. Snyder- Study (1, 2, 3)
52. Markus Zusak- The Book Thief
53. Markus Zusak- I Am the Messenger
54. Mark Haddon- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
55. Mary Ting- Crossroads
56. Maureen Johnson- Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
57. Meg Cabot- All-American Girl (1, 2)
58. Meg Cabot- The Mediator (1-6)
59. Meg Cabot- The Princess Diaries (1-10)
60. Meg Rosoff- How I Live Now
61. Megan McCafferty- Jessica Darling (1-5)
62. Megan Whalen Turner- The Queen’s Thief (1-4)
63. Melina Marchetta- On the Jellicoe Road
64. Melissa de la Cruz- Blue Bloods (1-5)
65. Melissa Marr- Wicked Lovely (1-5)
66. Michael Grant- Gone (1-4)
67. Neal Shusterman- Unwind
68. Neil Gaiman- Coraline
70. Neil Gaiman- Stardust
71. Neil Gaiman- The Graveyard Book
72. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast- House of Night (1-8)
73. Philip Pullman- His Dark Materials (1-3)
74. Rachel Caine- The Morganville Vampires (1-10)
75. Rachel Cohn & David Levithan- Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
76. Richelle Mead- Vampire Academy (1-6)
77. Rick Riordan- Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1-5)
78. Rom LcO’Feer- Somewhere Carnal Over 40 Winks
79. S.L. Naeole- Grace (1-4)
80. Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers- Princess of Gossip
81. Sarah Dessen- Along for the Ride
82. Sarah Dessen- Lock and Key
83. Sarah Dessen- The Truth About Forever
84. Sarah Shepard- Pretty Little Liars (1-9)
85. Scott Westerfeld- Leviathan (1, 2)
86. Scott Westerfeld- Uglies (1-4)
87. Shannon Hale- Books of a Thousand Days
88. Shannon Hale- Princess Academy
89. Shannon Hale- The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
90. Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
91. Simone Elkeles- Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
92. Stephenie Meyer- The Host
93. Stephenie Meyer- Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)
94. Sue Monk Kidd- The Secret Life of Bees
95. Susan Beth Pfeffer- Last Survivors (1-3)
96. Suzanne Collins- Hunger Games (1-3)
97. Suzanne Collins- Underland Chronicles (1-5)
98. Terry Pratchett- Tiffany Aching (1-4)
99. Tonya Hurley- Ghost Girl (1-3)
100. Wendelin Van Draanen- Flipped

Okay, after putting together my list, I debated whether I’d actually post it.  It’s rather embarrassing when you look at this list and there are so few marked as ones I’ve read.  In fairness, there are some on this list that I picked up and started reading but couldn’t get into so I set them aside and/or gave them to my sister-in-law or to DI.

But if you look at my Goodreads shelf you’ll see a ton of YA books.  They’re just not on this list.

What’s your favorite from this list?  Your favorite not on this list?  What ones should I absolutely try to get my hands on?

Books of September — August 30, 2011

Books of September

Wow, September already?

Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars by Nick James (9/8)

I’m trying to branch out a lot in genres.  I’ve given romance a try and while enjoyable I need more than just “I like him” plot.  This is steampunk/dystopian and it sounds really like something I’d enjoy.  I love sci-fi and fantasy so I don’t think this is really a stretch.  I just hope that it doesn’t take a turn I’m expecting it to take.

Monarch by Michelle Davidson Argyle (9/15)
I read the ARC of this (my full review coming on release day).  Michelle is a dear writer friend of mine and an amazing woman and mother.  I’m thrilled beyond belief that y’all can finally read this book.  Go buy a copy and enjoy it.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (9/20)

Love triangles. Magic. Fantasy. Kinda has it all, it would seem.

Shifting by Bethany Wiggins (9/27)

I’ve met Bethany.  She and her sister (whom I’ve also met) are awesome women and have a pretty cool blog.  They’re also part of the Bookanistas who regularly review YA (and MG?) books they love.  This is Bethany’s debut and I’ve been excited for it for a long while.