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Books In My Mailbox: April

It was both a good month for pre-orders and bonus books as birthday gifts!

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Dead River by Cyn Balog
The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Rules (Project Paper Doll, Book 1) by Stacey Kade
Inferno (Chronicles of Nick, Book 4) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Walking Dead Vol. 4 by Robert Kirkman

Have you gotten any good books lately?

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Books In My Mailbox: March

I was bad this month and bought additional books outside of my pre-order allowance. At least two of those additional books were rather cheap novella's, though, so I'm not feeling too terrible about it.

March Books

The Dark-Hunters: Infinity Vol. 1 by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Reasons I fell for the funny fat friend by Becca Ann
Destroy Me (Shatter Me, Book 1.5) by Tahereh Mafi (not pictured, e-book)
Unravel Me (Shatter Me, Book 2) by Tahereh Mafi
Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices, Book 3) by Cassandra Clare
Breathless (Firelight, Book 3.5) by Sophie Jordan (not pictured, e-book)

(Titles that have been read link to my review on GoodReads)

What books have you bought lately?

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2013 Book Pre-Orders

There are some books I just must have on their release dates every year. Either they’re part of a series I’m in-love with or by an author I like a whole lot and want to show my support for. Usually there’s about 10-20 of them and last year I did pretty great at not buying that many more books outside of my pre-order purchases. As my TBR pile continues to live over a hundred, I hope to be even stricter with my purchases this year. So far this year, I plan on pre-ordering the following:

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Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices, Book 3) by Cassandra Clare

Inferno (Chronicles of Nick, Book 4) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Dark-Hunters: Infinity, Vol. 1 by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dead River by Cyn Balog

The Rules by Stacey Kade

Icons by Margaret Stohl

School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

The Lost Sun: Book 1 of United States of Asgard by Tessa Gratton

Styxx (Dark-Hunter, Book 18?) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

*Not all of these books have covers yet*

I know there will be more, like Maggie Stiefvater’s Requiem, but there isn’t an active link/release date for it yet. I imagine a lot of the fall 2013 releases haven’t popped up yet so there will likely be a part 2 of this further into the year.

What books are you most looking forward to in 2013? Do you pre-order?

August Books in my Mailbox!

August Books

  • Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings, Book 3) by Jackson Pearce
  • Time Untime (Dark Hunter, Book 17) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I wasn’t expecting any books in August because even though one was released this month, it wasn’t slated to ship until all of my September pre-orders shipped so I was surprised to see it shipped separately. But I was even more surprised that one of the books to be released on Sept. 4th was shipped two weeks early! I know this doesn’t help the author’s first week sales, and for that I feel bad because that’s part of the reason I pre-order books from authors I like a lot, but I can’t complain about getting a book I wanted early because that’s just awesome!

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Books in my Mailbox

March: The Walking Dead (Comic Book 1), Spell Bound (Hex Hall, Book 3) by Rachel Hawkins, and Infamous (Chronicles of Nick, Book 3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

April (this week): The Walking Dead (Comic Book 2), Wander Dust (Seraphina Parrish Trilogy, Book 1) by Michelle Warren, Purity by Jackson Pearce, Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross, and The Fault in our Stars by John Green

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2011 In Review: Books

Like so many of my goals this year, I even failed at meeting my reading goal. The only true thing I accomplished this year in regards to books was reducing the amount I acquired. Reading requires time and sadly time is something I had very little of this year. Also, I’m not a fan of reading a book that takes me a month of more to complete. If I can’t start and finish it in a week’s time (which is still pushing it honestly) then there’s no point in starting it at all for me.

However, despite not meeting my goal for the year, I did read quite a few awesome books. The list below reflects the order in which I’d rate them, the first being the best and the last being the worst (although none of them were actually horrible reads – picking a favorite was actually hard). At some point in the middle of the year I started writing mini reviews for all the books I was reading via GoodReads so if there is a review available for the book, I’ve made the title a link to my GoodReads page. Check them out, you might find a book worth reading. Feel free to ask me about any of the books that don’t have reviews. I’d be more than happy to share why I did or didn’t love it!

Books Read in 2011

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

Rampant (Killer Unicorns, Book 1) by Diana Peterfreund

Invincible (Chronicles of Nick, Book 2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel

The Mortal Instruments Series (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, & City of Fallen Angels) by Cassandra Clare

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Daughters of the Moon Vol. 1 & 2 (Goddess of the Night, Into the Cold Fire, Night Shade, The Secret Scroll, The Sacrifice, & The Lost One) by Lynne Ewing

Forever (Wolves at Mercy Falls, Book 3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Demonglass (Hex Hall, Book 2) by Rachel Hawkins

Trapped by Michael Northrop

Fins Series (Forgive my Fins, Fins are Forever) by Tera Lynn Childs

Other Series (Other, Bloodborn) by Karen Kincy

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Beastly by Alex Finn

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Retribution (Dark-Hunter, Book 20) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Passion (Fallen Series, Book 3) by Lauren Kate

Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

Indigo Blues by Danielle Joseph

Miscellaneous Other

For the Love of Gods by H.R. Holden (Unpublished)

Dark-Hunter Vol. 4 by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Manga)

School Bites Vol. 1 & 2 by Holly G! (Manga)

Archie’s Christmas Stocking (Comic book)

Night Embrace (Dark-Hunter, Book 3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Re-read)

Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, Book 1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Re-read)

What did your reading list look like in 2011?

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Last Book Purchases of 2011

I think back and still can’t believe the level of restraint I’ve shown in 2011 when it came to buying books in comparison to my complete inability to not splurge monthly in 2010. This year was all about pre-orders of the absolute necessities (books in series I’ve already read and books by my favorite authors). Surprisingly, I managed to keep that number relatively low.

 
The books pictured (and listed below) are the books I had to have between August and December. 10 books is the lowest amount in a 4 month span all year (see previous book posts #1 and #2). Sadly, because of a dry reading spell and NanoWrimo, I have only read 2 of these 10 books so far: Bloodborn and After Obsession. But I do hope to knock out at least one more before the years end. I’m leaning towards Sweetly or Vanish, as I’ve been really looking forward to both and they seem relatively shorter in comparison to the others, something that would feel easier to blow through quickly (as time is so limited these days).
 

The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, Book 2) by Pittacus Lore
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
Vanish (Firelight, Book 2) by Sophie Jordan
After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven Wedel
Bloodborn (Other, Book 2) by Karen Kincy
Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles, Book 3) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Guardian (Dream-Hunter, Book 5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices, Book 2) by Cassandra Clare

 
What books have you fallen weak to buying lately?

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*BOOKS*

So it’s been 4 months since my last book purchase post… guess it’s about time I finally blabber about all the new ones I’ve received since then. I’m astonished this year by my ability to only buy the necessities. Last time we talked books I had only bought 13 in the first 4 months of the year. This time I’ve only bought 10! To say this is a major improvement in comparison to my book splurging in 2010 would be an understatement.

Anyway, here are the books I’ve bought in the past 4 months: Blood Magic (Blood Journals, Book 1) by Tessa Gratton, Impossible by Nancy Werlin, Before, After, and Somebody in Between by Jeannine Garsee, Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers, Fins are Forever (Fins, Book 2) by Tera Lynn Childs, Passion (Fallen, Book 3) by Lauren Kate, Rampant (Killer Unicorns, Book 1) by Diana Peterfreund, Forever (Wolves at Mercy Falls, Book 3) by Maggie Stiefvater, Retribution (Dark-Hunter, Book 20) by Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Of those books, I’ve already read Blood Magic, Cracked Up to Be, Fins are Forever, Passion, Forever, and Retribution — all of which were pretty darn great, if not fantastic. I’m currently reading Rampant and it totally rocks already! I’ve been trying to get into the habit of commenting on finished books over on my Goodreads page. If you’re interested in reading any of those “reviews” click HERE. Feel free to add me too if you’re on Goodreads.

Oh, I also downloaded Dream Dark: A Beautiful Creatures Story by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl which I plan to read next. Guess that technically counts, even though I can’t show you a picture of owning it (being digital and all). The cover was really pretty though, see:

All of the remaining books I must have for the rest of the year have already been pre-ordered, but I’ll wait until they all arrive and do the last book post of the year in December. What books have you guys purchased in the last 4 months or read for that matter?

Peace – Sarah

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The Long Winded Sum of Things

I realize it’s been a super long time since I made a post that had to do with something other than music. I guess part of my lack of posting is due to the fact that for the most part only one person replies to my posts and I talk to her everyday anyway. Still, I was so active on here in 2010, even when there was no one reading and so it’s stupid to be so inactive in 2011 just because the blogosphere is quiet. I will try harder to be around more often in case there are any of you left wondering about my life.

I apologize in advance for how long this post will be.

Writing:

It’s been slow, I’ll be honest. Some days there is a lot going on in my mind, but others it’s completely silent. As much as the days where the chatter’s too much to decipher are difficult to deal with, the silence scares me even more.

My current WIP has had some improved scenes created, but the majority of the work completed on it in the last month was reviewing and revising. While this is partly because my characters have been off “playing with” my crit partners characters, it’s also because the next big series I will work on has been demanding my attention.

When I say demanding, I don’t just mean a few ideas either, I mean like whole books being fleshed out, characters with names and completely defined physical characteristics, their voices, the first two books prologues, actual narration that goes down in book 1 and more. It’s blowing me away how ‘alive’ they’ve become in my mind now, but it’s also exciting me.

It was an idea I had briefly a while ago, but really didn’t know what sort of direction it’d take and certainly didn’t think it’d be the next book I’d work on, but I’m pretty confident that after my Cleaphytes series is complete (2 books), I’ll be jumping into a 4 book series right away.

In fact, if my current characters don’t start “playing” in my mind again soon, I may just start this second series and attempt to write two stories at once (even though I swore that was something I was incapable of). I guess we’ll see what happens.

Reading:

Since my last “real” post I’ve read quite a bit. Not as much as I’d hoped by now exactly, but I’m 13 books into my to-be-read pile for the year so far. That’s not terribly bad.

I’m currently reading CITY OF BONES (Mortal Instruments, Book 1) by Cassandra Clare, which I will no doubt be finished with by the evenings end. I intend to read all 4 of the books in the series plus CLOCKWORK ANGEL (Infernal Devices, Book 1) this month in a challenge against a friend of mine to see who can finish first. At this rate, with the way I’m loving the story so far, I’m pretty positive I’ll win. I’d like to take a moment to give a shout out to alice_vd for turning me onto the series. Alice, I can absolutely see why you love it so much! It is quickly becoming one of my favorite reads!

Other books I’ve read since the last post include:

INVINCIBLE (Chronicles of Nick, Book 2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon – You all have to know by now how much of a Sherrilyn Kenyon fangirl I am, so obviously I swallowed this book whole the second it arrived in the mail. I absolutely adore how it connects to the Dark-Hunter world and the build up that’s being created in this YA series so that Nick can finally have his own Dark-Hunter book in that series when he’s grown. My only gripe is having to wait a whole year for more!

DEMONGLASS (Hex Hall, Book 2) by Rachel Hawkins – When I read HEX HALL last year it was just something with a pretty cover that *looked* interesting at the library and I honestly had no intentions of reading it quickly, but that’s exactly what I did. Rachel Hawkins writes from a teen’s voice spot on and the clash of characters oddly work so well together. In DEMONGLASS the bulk of the book takes place in London, but since the general story is boarding school based it really doesn’t matter where they are in the world – they issues they face are similar. It was a book I had a hard time putting down, but I expected that honestly. I can’t wait for Book 3!

FORGIVE MY FINS by Tera Lynn Childs – This was my first Tera Lynn book and also my first modern twist of Mermaid lore book. I blew through this book. It was a short read that moved at steady pace with all this wonderful water/fish like talk and a really cool take on mermaid life (which being a super fan of THE LITTLE MERMAID growing up, I thoroughly enjoyed). The characters were snarky to the max which was highly entertaining. I liked this book so much I even convinced my 50 year old mom to read it and she finished it fast too. It’s definitely a book I’d suggest picking up!

TRAPPED by Michael Northrop – I loved this book, especially with as cold as it’s been this past winter. There was nothing supernatural about it, just a handful of kids trapped in school during the worst snowfall on record. The panic the book builds as the days pass and trouble arises as a result is perfect! I just kept thinking – Are these kids gonna make it out alive?! My only gripe is how suddenly it ended. According to websites offering the book it claims it has 240 pages, while mine only had 232. I couldn’t help but feel like there could have been 8 more pages of the story I was missing. Receiving a second version of this book disproved my theory though so I guess it just ended and not in a bad way, just quicker than I expected. It was definitely a worthwhile read and if you’re someone who goes for cool effects in books, one of my favorite things was watching the height of the snow rise with the beginning of each chapter until the page was completely submerged!

After my Mortal Instruments reading challenge in April, I plan to read the Daughters of the Moon series (or at least the 2 volumes currently out (aka first 6 books)) for Heather’s (edgyauthor) birthday month. She loves this series so very much and since we pretty much like ALL of the same things, I have no doubt that I’ll enjoy it just like her!

I’ve also acquired quite a few books since the last time I actually took pictures of my beauties (which was what, Christmas?). I’ll do a separate post to glorify them all after my birthday in case I get any more. 😉

Life in General:

Remember that weight loss goal I set at the beginning of the year? Yeah, well I’ve failed, miserably. So bad that I actually gained weight and now that my sisters wedding is about 5 months away there’s no time like the present to finally take this serious. In an effort to make something happen, Mom made me actually join Weight Watchers with her. I’ve done a WW like diet before, but always on my own. Mom swears when you go to classes you take it more seriously. Maybe she’s right, I don’t really know. Right now though, all it feels like is an AA meeting for fat people. I don’t mean that in an offensive way. I know those sorts of things are the saving grace for some, but for me it just feels humiliating. *Sigh*

Work has been super stressful and draining. Do you remember The Mayo Thief AKA my nemesis at work? Well at the very end of February they finally let him go which made me happy because A: I wouldn’t have to deal with him or cover for him anymore –AND- B: Getting his workload dumped on me could mean a much needed raise. All that’s really happened though is that my workload is so tremendous now I’m barely ever getting on top of it no matter how hard I push myself. And the errors in the work he left behind are terrifying. It’s a constant struggle to set things right and so frustrating that my bosses let this nonsense go on for so long that it is at the point it is. Not to mention, a month later now and still no mention of a raise. I’m starting to wonder why I work so hard. He’s evidence of getting away with half assed work for years and he made at least 20,000 more a year than me. I make chump change and haven’t had a raise in 4 years. Work makes me angry more than anything most days now. *Sigh*

The weather here is driving me mad. I’ve lived in MD all of my life so it really shouldn’t surprise me how schizophrenic it can be, but its April, Earth. Don’t you know that means its spring? Why is it still cold enough to snow here? I mean, I love cold weather (Lord knows I hate being hot), but even I’m at my end with this dreary cold air. I want spring, I want flowers, and I want warm sunshine with a slight breeze. Is this too much to ask in April? SMH…

Speaking of April, it will be a rather busy month for me. I’ve got a hair appointment this weekend, my birthday next weekend, my sister’s baby shower next weekend, an unpleasant doctor’s appointment the following week, and that whole reading challenge (which equals reading 5-500 page books in 4 weeks). But even with all that I plan to really try and be active on here more than I’ve been so far this year. I feel bad for being so behind and while I know it will take me a while to catch up on all of your blogs, I plan to make a strong effort to do it!

One last thing before I go. I’ve always wanted an awesome piggy bank and while out shopping with my mom recently we stumbled upon one that was just calling my name. It was such an awesome pig that some old lady actually tried to take it from me. No joke. She crept up on me and threatened, “You’re lucky I didn’t see that first because it would be mine!” I was like, whoa omg! LOL! Funny/scary old lady. Anyway, without further ado I introduce to you Haywood Hall, possibly the coolest pig ever. (Just saying)

Until Next Time – Sarah

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Let’s Talk about Books

Not only the books I’ve read, but the books I’ve acquired recently!

Yeah, I know… you’re thinking – Sarah, you got like 37 books for Christmas. You can’t possibly need more! – But you’d be wrong. There is always room for new books in my heart. True, I have plenty to read, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be able to totally resist the urge to buy books as they come out or pass up opportunities like the last few I’ve had to purchase books without it costing me a thing. You want an explanation, right?

Well for one, I received a $50 gift card to Amazon from one of my best friends and I still had a $25 gift card to Barnes & Nobles left over from Christmas. In addition to those gifted cards, I received two offers from Deal of the Day and Groupon for a $20 gift card to both Amazon and Barnes & Nobles for half the price. I couldn’t pass up these opportunities. So do the math… that’s a total of $70 to Amazon and $45 to Barnes & Nobles… we’re talking lots of books here guys. And so this is what I bought and have already received or can expect to receive over the next two months!

First I purchased and received I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, Book 1) by Pittacus Lore, Fire (Graceling, Book 2) by Kristin Cashore, and Darkfever (Fever Series, Book 1) by Karen Marie Moning.

I’ve already read I Am Number Four and of the 5 books I’ve read in 2011 so far, it was the best. It has a great family element to it, innocence that’s rare in most YA, and the alien world-building part of the story is really well done. I’m really looking forward to the second Lorien Legacies book, The Power of Six, coming out this summer and even though I know it will be different than the book, I can’t wait to see the movie (though Alex Pettyfer could have something to do with that, just saying). Check out the trailer (in case you’ve missed it):

My next book purchases, which I can expect to arrive sometime this week, were Trapped by Michael Northrop and Unearthly by Cynthia Hand.

And the rest of my book purchases were books I know I will just have to have on their release dates so I pre-ordered them. At the end of February/beginning of March I will receive Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely, Book 5) by Melissa Marr, Demonglass (Hex Hall, Book 2) by Rachel Hawkins, and Dark-Hunter Manga Vol. 4 by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Then towards the end of March/beginning of April I will receive Invincible (Chronicles of Nick, Book 2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Daughters of the Moon Vol. 2 by Lynne Ewing, and City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, Book 4) by Cassandra Clare.


I know the next two months are likely to be filled with re-reading some of these series continuations predecessors instead of some of the still new books I have waiting in my to-be-read pile, but I just can’t help it. Some of these new arrivals I’m anticipating so much that it’s taking everything I have to actually wait to re-read their series now. While I wait for them to arrive though, or be close to arriving, I will continue to plow through my to-be-read pile at the steady pace I’ve been keeping. Today I picked up Other by Karen Kincy. I didn’t really intend on reading for long, but 40+ pages later I still hadn’t put it down. If I keep reading tonight at that rate, I will likely finish it tomorrow which in my world equals good book!

Until Next Time,
Sarah

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*Sorry for the size difference in pictures, there were too many to edit…

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