Feature & Follow (September 1).

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Feature & Follow is hosted by Parajunkee and Allison Can Read.

 

Spell out your blog name with book titles – the beginning letter of one book representing one letter of the blog name.

G: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

I: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

N: Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

G: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

E: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

R: Rogue (Shifters, #2) by Rachel Vincent

N: [The] New Hunger (Warm Bodies, #2) by Isaac Marion

I: If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) by Gayle Forman

G: Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) by Victoria Aveyard

H: H20 (The Rain, #1) by Virginia Bergin

T: Teach Me by R.A. Nelson

O: [The] Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

W: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

L: Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott


How would you spell your blog name with book titles?  🙂

 

Waiting on Wednesday (August 24).

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating!



Title: The End of Oz
Series: Dorothy Must Die, #4
Author: Danielle Paige
Pub. Date: March 2017

Description:

In this dark, action-packed fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Amy Gumm travels from Oz to the twisted land of Ev, where she fights to free Oz from evil once and for all.

My name is Amy Gumm. You might remember me as the other girl from Kansas. When a tornado swept me away to the magical land of Oz, I was given a mission: Dorothy must die. That’s right, everyone’s favorite Wicked-Witch-slayer had let the magic of Oz corrupt her. She turned evil. So I killed her.

But just when we thought it was safe to start rebuilding the damaged land of Oz, we were betrayed. Now I’m following the Road of Yellow Brick as it helps me escape toward the mysterious land of Ev, where the Nome King rules a bleak and angry world. And what I’m about to find is shocking: My original mission may not have been successful.

I thought my job was over, but it’s only just beginning. And it’s up to me to foil Dorothy’s plans for revenge—and finally save the land I’ve come to love.


I absolutely love the covers of these books! They are absolutely gorgeous. I’ve decided not to read the series yet until after this comes out, since it’s the last of the series and I really enjoy binging. I’ve always liked Wizard of Oz, and I’m really getting into all of these re-tellings.

Have you read the series yet?  🙂

By the Book

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The New York Times ‘By the Book’ tag was originally created by Marie Berg on YouTube. Shoutout to He Said Books or Me for posting it! 😀


What book is on your nightstand now?

I have Dead to the World, Dead as a Doornail, and My Lady Jane on my nightstand. Then several more on my Kindle, but that usually stays in bed with me.

What was the last truly great book that you read?

I recently finished the Ignite the Shadows series by Ingrid Seymour and it was amazing. I’ve been recommending it to everyone I can think of, 😊

If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?

Oh, man. That’s a good question. I think J.K. Rowling would be a wonderful person to sit down with and just talk about Harry Potter. Who else better, y’know?

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

I’m not sure. I mean, I read a little bit of everything. I guess maybe my whole shelf of Stephen King? Not that I can bring myself to read them . . . the man is wordy.

How do you organize your personal library?

For right now, they’re alphabetically by author, then chronologically by publication date by the same author. The Walking Dead collection is the only thing out of order because they’re heavy and there’s only one shelf that was sturdy  and wide enough vertically to hold them. Eventually, I’m going to have a “features” shelf.

What book have you always meant to read and haven’t got round to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read?

Not embarrassed. I’ve been meaning to get around to reading a lot of series: the Lunar Chronicles, Dorothy Must Die, and Hunger Games.

Disappointing, over-rated, just not good: what book did you feel you were supposed to like but didn’t? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?

Nothing as of late. I am new to the book community, so I haven’t read a lot of the popular series or books, especially newer titles, but my opinion on a lot of these “overrated” books seem to be of popular opinion.

What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

Honestly, I read a little bit of everything. I’m not really drawn to stories in particular – covers, maybe. I do like supernatural-ish stories, dystopian, apacolyptic the most.

I stay away from non-fiction and anything with Christianity.

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

I’m going to pretend like this question wasn’t asked, because I don’t have an answer.

What do you plan to read next?

I have a few more books left for ARC August and/or promised reviews, so I’m not counting those. I really want to get into Illuminae. There’s so many I want to read but I’m a mood reader, so who knows.

Feature & Follow (August 12).

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Feature & Follow is hosted by Parajunkee and Allison Can Read.

Do you listen to audiobooks? Who are your favorite narrators? (If not an audiobook listener – why don’t you listen to audiobooks?)

I’ve never listened to an audiobook in my life. My reasoning is pretty simple, really. If I were to listen to an audiobook, I would get that sense that I am being read to. And let me tell you – there is nothing worse (to me, anyhow) than being read to.

It’s a major pet peeve, actually. I zone out and I stop listening. Then I retain absolutely nothing. I really wish I didn’t feel this way, because I’ve heard there are some really good audiobooks that are great to listen to, 😁

Do you like audiobooks? What are some of the best audiobooks you’ve listened to and what do you like to do while you’re listening?

Waiting on Wednesday (August 10).

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating!

I’m going to break the mold a little bit with my first post for Waiting on Wednesday. Instead of mentioning titles that everyone is anticipating and go without saying – I’m going with the lesser knowns.



Title: The Walking Dead
Series: The Walking Dead, Book #13 (contains issues 145 – 156)
Author: Robert Kirkman, et al
Pub. Date: October 2016

Description:

After a devastating encounter with the Whisperers, Rick must rally the communities to take action. But have they already reached their breaking point?


I don’t really collect things. Except books, but that’s obvious. What I mean is I don’t really collect merchandise or things from fandoms, and I’m really not that crazy about graphic novels (comics? which is the politically correct term?)

However, when I was told about The Walking Dead (the show) and binge watched the first season to be prepared for the second season – I learned about the graphic novels and became such a fan of the show that I just had to have them.

Now that the show has been on for several seasons, even with a spin-off, my love for the show isn’t as extreme and has dwindled dramatically. The show just seems to have gone downhill, even though I do still watch religiously every Sunday when it’s on. It hasn’t swayed me from collecting the compilation hardcovers, however.

The funny thing is – they’re all still in their plastic wrap, except the first one. I’ve made my mind up that after this next season, I am going to binge read the entire collection. I can’t read and watch at the same time, because I would confuse the two plots since they’re vastly different.

I’m slightly disappointed that these compilations are only in black and white. Which is kind of cool, because it makes it feel more . . . apocalyptic. I just know the color version of each issue would be amazing. I also enjoy how seamless it goes from one issue to the next. I’ve only read book one, but it was so flawless.

Now once I get the Funko Pop! of Michonne and maybe the Carol Funko Pop!, I’ll have a nice little setup. I already have Rick Grimes protecting the collection, and all of the other Pop! figures are kind of lame looking. Especially the Daryl, but let’s not get started with that.

Teaser Tuesday (August 9).

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat.

Here’s all that you need to do:

  • grab your current read
  • open to a random page
  • share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! you don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

  • share the title and author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!


Title: Eclipse the Flame
Series: Ignite the Shadows, #2
Author: Ingrid Seymour

Description:

In the new world of The Takeover nothing and no one will be safe. Marci must choose: love or vengeance.

One night she secretly follows her lover to a club. To her horror she discovers those closest to her, mingling freely with parasitic creatures which have secretly possessed human minds. A bloody ambush follows, leaving Marci a shadow of her former self.

Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious attacks. Ignite, the only resistance group, is disintegrating. As the world catches fire, Marci struggles to control the buzzing spectres in her own head.

Her hardest battle is between the forces of good and evil within herself. For Marci must fight. She was meant to burn.

Teaser:

“‘I have to do this.’ The thought of going back scares me to the core, but I can’t waste this opportunity. ‘I have to redeem myself.'”

Reading Habits

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Shoutout to Karina @ Afire Pages for posting this Reading Habits tag created by TheBookJazz! 😀


Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Yes. I must read in my bed. I can tolerate reading my Kindle sitting in the chair or curled up on the couch in the living room, but not physical copies. My room, though, is just the most mellow and less distracting place. My little safe haven.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Bookmark! I have a nice collection of bookmarks, and each one gets its turn for a few books before I choose the next.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/certain amount of pages?

I have to stop at a chapter. I can’t just stop in the middle of a page. When I’m reading a book that has really long chapters, I’ll find a place where there’s a scene change.

Do you eat or drink while eating?

I have a drink next to me at all times when I’m reading, but I will never eat while I’m reading! 😖 I’m very creeped out by fingerprints as it is, so having the risk of causing stains or fingerprints on the pages creeps me out even more, 😂

Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Never. I’m very easily distracted.

One book at a time or several at once?

Usually one at a time. Sometimes I’ll mix up characters or storylines if I’m reading more than one at a time. Every once in awhile, I’ll start one and put it on the back burner for another.

Reading at home or everywhere?

Only at home. I’ve tried reading at places like the doctors office or at the park, but I just can’t do it. I’m just a very easily distracted person and I have difficulty tuning sounds out.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head. To be honest, I can’t stand reading out loud (or being read to).

Do you read ahead or ever skip pages?

I’ll skip ahead if the book is boring and I’m still interested enough to see what happens, but this is rare. I’ll never read ahead in a book that I’m really interested in.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Is this a legit serious question? 😧 I take very good care of my books. I can’t even handle a slight dent or a bent corner, so a cracked spine is just blasphemy! A huge no-no.

Do you write in your books?

No! I didn’t even write in textbooks when I was college. Who would do such a thing?

Who do you tag?

Everyone who is interested in doing it! Link me to your post so I can read all about your reading habits! 😊