Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Random List of Things I Would Like to Accomplish as a Blogger

I went off to read but suddenly felt like making a list of things I want to do or accomplish while I'm a blogger. I like reaching milestones and trying out new things in the blogosphere. Experiencing new things at least once is big for me (at least, when it comes to reading and blogging).

Without further ado, here's my list! It's not listed in any particular order.

- Reach 88 email followers (I'm halfway there!)
- Reach 888 total blog followers (because 8 is my favorite number!)
- Switch my commenting system to CommentLuv
- Receive my first print ARC from an email request
- Find a way to get approved by Simon & Schuster on Edelweiss more (I'm determined to improve my luck with them)
- Start reviewing print ARCs and giving them away on my blog
- Request print ARCs more frequently
- Participate in another giveaway hop
- Do a mystery box type giveaway
- Give away something book-related (not an actual book or swag--more like a movie or a bookish necklace)
- Organize a giveaway including post links (like this)
- Get one of my book signed at an author event (I would need to send my book to someone because signings are never in my area)
- Start interviewing authors on a weekly basis and STICK TO IT (I've tried this before and I've never kept it up for long)
- Receive an unsolicited ARC/other copy from a publisher that I have received review copies from (there's not much I can actually do to achieve this...)
- Write a really awesome guest post for another blogger and send it to them in a timely fashion
- Catch up on reviews and get back to posting them on time
- Trade a book with someone (this is why I have books up for trade here)
- Get into the habit of publicizing my blog posts better
- Join another blog or site where I can write an occasional guest post/review/discussion post
- Make better banners (or get them made) for the features/memes I post
- Host a really cool and fun event in my birthday month (October)
- Branch out and star reading more adult books
- Join a Secret Santa type program (aside from the one I'm participating in right now)
- Write more reviews/posts with gifs in them because they're really fun
- Host a giveaway on Instagram
- Reach 200 followers on Instagram
- Host a Twitter party/chat
- Interview a book character
- Interview a publicist about his/her job
- Reach 200 "yes" votes on my Amazon reviews
- Reach at least 90% helpful on Amazon
- Write a monthly recap post at least three months in a row
- Buy a copy of a book in a bookstore just for the sake of sending it to someone else
- Buy (or win, I guess) a reading-related tote bag
- Read all the debut books from the authors I featured in my Class of 2014 event
- Create a playlist to go with a book and post it
- Read two whole novels in one day
- Binge-read a whole series without reading any books in between
- Post a movie review
- Continue having fun blogging
- Continue to write random posts just because I feel like it
- Continue avoiding posting anything without including at least one picture/gif . . . 

so, yeah, that's why I'm including this random Supernatural gif:


What are some things you would like to accomplish as a blogger?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (30) ~ Rebecca Donovan's New One!

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

What am I waiting on?

What If by Rebecca Donovan
Releasing September 16th, 2014 by Grand Central Publishing

Goodreads description:
A new novel by the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Breathing Series . . . 

What if you had a second chance to meet someone for the first time?

Cal Logan is shocked to see Nicole Bentley sitting across from him at a coffee shop thousands of miles from their hometown. After all, no one has seen or heard from her since they graduated over a year ago.

Except this girl isn't Nicole.

She looks exactly like Cal's shy childhood crush, but her name is Nyelle Preston and she has no idea who he is. This girl is impulsive and daring, her passion for life infectious. The complete opposite of Nicole. Cal finds himself utterly fascinated-and falling hard. But Nyelle is also extremely secretive. And the closer he comes to finding out what she's hiding, the less he wants to know.


When the secrets from the past and present collide, one thing becomes clear: Nothing is what it seems.
 Why am I waiting on it?

A new Rebecca Donovan book? Yes, please! I love Reason to Breathe and I've been wanting to read another one of her books for a long time. Her new book sounds very interesting, right?

EDIT: I just found out that Reason to Breathe is being made into a movie (three, actually)!! I'm so excited--and I rarely ever get very excited over movie news! 

Read Rebecca's story on how this happened.

That's my WoW this week! What's yours?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (7) ~ Authors I Own The Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and a weekly meme where we simply make a top ten list for the week's topic.

Top Ten Author I Own The Most Books From

10. Cassandra Clare & Melissa de la Cruz  (7 books each)
I have all of The Mortal Instruments series and two of The Infernal Devices (I don't have Clockwork Angel, though I've read it twice). I have six books from the Blue Bloods series plus The Ring and the Crown (for now--I want to trade/give it away).

9. J.K. Rowling (8 books)
I have the entire Harry Potter series as well as The Casual Vacancy.

8. Simone Elkeles (9 books that are technically 6)
I have all her books (I believe) except for Wild Cards. I have How to Ruin a Summer Vacation and its sequels all in one book, so it's technically one book . . . but I'm counting it as three.

7. Richelle Mead (9 books)
This will soon be 10! I absolutely Vampire Academy/Bloodlines series.☺ (One of these nine books, sadly, is an ebook.)

6. Scott Westerfeld (9 books)
If you count my e-arc of Afterworlds, I have 10, but I'm only including finished copies (and print ARCs) in this list. I love his books! I have the entire Midnighters trilogy, three of the Uglies books, two in the Leviathan series, and Peeps. That last one is the only one I didn't love. All the others are favorites.☺

5. Julie Kagawa (10 books)
This includes almost all of the Iron Fey books (I don't have the newest from the spinoff series) and the Blood of Eden trilogy in print. I have The Iron Knight in both print and in ebook, but I'm counting both.

4. Kathryn Lasky (11 books)
The Guardians of Ga'Hoole series is my favorite children's (MG?) series! Sadly, I didn't finish it. I got to book ten. The 11th book I have by the author is Blood Secret

3. Sarah Dessen (12 books that are technically 11)
Sarah Dessen is one of my all time favorite authors--she may be my top favorite, actually. I have a copy of every one of her books (I have two-in-one edition, so I technically have 11 books).

2. Jennifer L. Armentrout / J. Lynn (14 books)
I've had a lot of the books by every one of these authors (except Julie Kagawa--I only had one print book by her this time last year) since middle school, but I only started reading JLA's books in December of 2012. I'm including all of the Covenant series, four of the Lux books, a Lux novella, White Hot Kiss, Bitter Sweet Love, Don't Look Back, and Wait for You.

1. L.J. Smith (It's kinda hard to tell...it's just a lot)
If you count the actual, physical books I have, I own nine. However, I've been counting two or three-in-ones as two or three books each for the rest of the list. Almost every copy I own by this author has two or three books inside it, so I have . . . a lot. Counting them is confusing. 

Do you have a lot of books by any of these authors? Are any of them your favorites?

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Keepin' it Real Update:

Isabel at Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews has interviewed Bethany Crandell! It's short and sweet and you should check it out here.☺

Yesterday's author feature can be found on Hiver et Café. Check out Kim Culbertson's top ten book vacations and enter to win a signed copy of Catch a Falling Star!

Don't know what Keepin' it Real is? Learn more about the event here.

Adi Alsaid's Top 5 YA Authors


Let's Get Lost
Release Date: 07/29/14
Harlequin Teen

Goodreads Description:
Five strangers. Countless adventures.One epic way to get lost. 

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. 

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love. 

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way. 


Early Praise:
“Reminiscent of John Green’s Paper Towns and road trip novels that feature a teen paving the way to adulthood, Alsaid’s debut is a gem among contemporary YA novels.” – School Library Journal

“Five love stories, beautifully woven together by a special girl in search of adventure, hope, and full appreciation of life’s simple pleasures. A do-not-miss.  ” – Justine Magazine

“Moving and poignant.”  - Glitter Magazine

“An entertaining and romantic road-trip debut.” – Kirkus

"Leila's quest to find the Northern Lights takes readers on a captivating cross-country journey, where four strangers' adventures collide into one riveting tale of finding yourself." ―YABooksCentral.com

“This will likely be a popular summer hit, especially for older teen about to embark on their own journeys of self-discovery.” –Booklist


Top 5 YA Authors
  • John Green
  • Leslye Walton
  • David Levithan
  • Corey Whaley
  • E. Lockhart
In the few years since I began reading young adult novels, I’ve taken a shotgun-blast approach when choosing what to read next. Rather than focusing on one author’s work to fully explore, I’ve tried to get my hands on as many different ones as possible. So, though I’ve only read one or two books by some of these authors, they wrote the books I most enjoyed within the genre, and am looking forward to reading more and more of their work. Three of them I only discovered this year while traveling to book conferences, and all three of their books (Whaley’s Noggin, Lockhart’s We Were Liars, and fellow debut author Leslye Walton’s The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender) are among my favorite books overall that I’ve read in the past couple years.

Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, then studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so it's no surprise that after graduating, he did not go into business world but rather packed up his apartment into his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He's now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he's lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him more places will eventually be added to the list. Let's Get Lost is his YA debut.
Let's Get Lost Website!

Author Links:
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1 signed hard cover copy of Let’s Get Lost
1 Let’s Get Lost luggage tag
1 Harlequin TEEN notebook
1 Let’s Get Lost sachel
1 Harlequin TEEN tote bag
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Keepin' it Real Update:

Today's author feature can be found on Hiver et Café.

Check out Kim Culbertson's top ten book vacations and enter to win a signed copy of Catch a Falling Star!

If you didn't catch yesterday's feature, stop by Part of that World to read an interview Holly has done with Jennifer Mathieu!

Don't know what Keepin' it Real is? Learn more about the event here. This book blitz can be considered part of it because Let's Get Lost is a contemporary book (which I'm currently reading).

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Keepin' it Real Kickoff!

Welcome to Keepin' it Real! Eli from RealityLapse and I have teamed up to host this contemporary based event and I'm so excited to get it started! Without further ado, I'll answer some basic questions you may have . . . 


What is Keepin' it Real?
As the button states, it is "a celebration of contemporary YA fiction." It is a contemporary event to celebrate contemporary and promote authors/books within the genre. There will be discussion posts, giveaways, top ten and other lists, author/character interviews, and Twitter fun.☺

When is it running?
July 26th - August 10th

There will be a different author feature each day. I'll include the link to the day's post in whatever post I have up the same day.

Where is this event taking place?
Eli and I will both have blog posts relating to contemporary. I plan to post random contemporary recommendations or ask questions about the genre on Twitter throughout the event with the hashtag #KIRCreads . A big part, though, is going to be author features on the following blogs: 


Who are the authors being featured?
Jaye Robin Brown, Jennifer Mathieu, Kim Culbertson, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Kevin Emerson, Philip Siegel, Janet Gurtler, Jennifer Echols, Lauren Morrill, Lauren Oliver, Kate Hattemer, Nikki Godwin, Bethany Crandell, Paula Stokes, Courtney C. Stevens, Amy Zhang


Why is this event taking place in the first place?
Contemporary is my favorite genre! Around the time I came up with the idea of this event (all the way back in January), I just wasn't seeing as much love for the genre as I thought it deserved. Also, I've seen a lot of events with focuses on different genres or themes (pirates, dystopia, new adult, debut authors, etc), but I don't see ones that are focus on only contemporary.

How can I participate?
Visit the author features. Thank the bloggers and authors participating. Enter the giveaways. Spread the word. Stop by my blog posts. Stop by Eli's blog posts. Chat about contemporary with me or anyone else using the hashtag #KIRCreads. You can even write your own posts about contemporary--what you like about it, what you don't like about it, your favorite books in the genre, your favorite contemporary authors, etc. Have fun!

So . . . if this event starts today, does that mean the author features start today as well?
Yes! Jaye Robin Brown, the author of upcoming No Place to Fall, is featured over at Fiction Freak. Well, Amber Vaughn (the main character of Jaye's book) is. Click on the button below to be taken to Nikki's interview with the character!


Fiction Freak

EDIT: Check out the second author feature! Holly at Part of that World has interviewed Jennifer Mathieu. Check it out right here. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (29) ~ Lots of Freebies

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we share what books we have recently added to our physical or virtual shelves. I like to use the meme to also give a recap of my week in reading and blogging.
(Click on the covers to go to Goodreads.)

My Haul

Digital
Freebies

For Review
Last week I wrote this: "I think this will be my last addition to my review copy pile for awhile." That sure didn't happen . . .

Thank you to Abigail Haas, Macmillan, Netgalley, Edelweiss, and Merit Press for these review copies!


Bookshelf Additions

Ordered through Abebooks
I got the UK paperback of Deception. Even though I have the first book as an ebook, I wanted this one in print (I prefer buying most books in print lately). 
Won
Thank you so much, Jessica Spotswood! I'm so excited to read these.☺

Reading

Read/Finished

Blogging
I added a bunch of books to Goodreads last week and shared some of the books--you can check out the Recommendations Edition and the "Maybe" Edition. I also posted seven ways to cure a reading slump (I'm in a small one right now), posted another Waiting on Wednesday, and helped reveal the covers for Fatal Abduction and Fire in the the Woods. I also posted my goals for ARC August, which I recommend everyone with even just a couple ARCs join in on!

Updates/Announcements
I now have 800 total followers! Thank you so much for following, everyone! 

My next blog event starts today. I'll have a post for it up today to explain what it is, who is involved, and what is going to happen. I'm co-hosting with Eli @ RealityLapse

I added books onto the YA Book Exchange. I have two books left from my blogoversary giveaway and one book I accidentally purchased (I bought Fever from Book Outlet for some reason--I already had a hardcover). Let me know if you want to trade with me!

How was your week? What books did you get?

Friday Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton

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Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton

presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Aren't the colors pretty?☺

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When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel.

But her father runs their house like an army barracks, and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere. Ever. So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met?

Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David. That doesn’t mean she won’t do it. It just means she can't get caught.

Helping David get home while protecting her heart—that’s gonna be the hard part. After all, she can't really fall for a guy who’s not exactly from here.

As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she's to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it.
Title: Fire in the Woods
Publication date: September 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Jennifer M. Eaton
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Jennifer M. Eaton
Corporate Team Leader by day, and Ranting Writer by night. Jennifer M. Eaton calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle.

Jennifer hosts an informational blog “A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers (or Learn from My Mistakes)” aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be.

Beyond writing and motivating others, she also enjoys teaching her dog to jump through hoops—literally.

Jennifer’s perfect day includes long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but her greatest joy is using her over-active imagination constructively… creating new worlds for everyone to enjoy.


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cover Reveal ~ Fatal Abduction by Julia Crane

Welcome to the cover reveal for Fatal Abduction! I really like the covers in this series, so I'm glad to help share the new cover in the series.☺

Fatal Abduction
by Julia Crane
Book 3 - IFICS Series
New Adult Sci-fi

There’s a serial killer at large. His victims just happen to resemble Kaitlyn—dark haired, pale skin and athletic build. Kaitlyn goes undercover, attending a prestigious high school to try to lure the killer into a trap and save the lives of other potential victims. Will she be able to catch the killer before his body count rises? Or will she become the next victim?
Here's the cover!



Check out the other books in the series!
Book 1 - Freak of Nature



Donate Body to Science. Check.

When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds. 

Book 2 - Fractured Innocence


*Warning 17+ due to sexual gritty topic and language.
Kaitlyn and Erik are sent on a mission to track down Vance Dasvoik, a ruthless monster. His latest thrill—abducting and selling young women.

Vance's current victim: Aaliyah, a seventeen-year-old who never imagined walking her brother home from school one evening would change her life forever.

The mission quickly turns personal for Kaitlyn when she finds Aaliyah beaten, her mind and soul fractured from abuse of the worst kind. Kaitlyn knows firsthand what it's like to be haunted by the past and resolves to bring justice to the elusive Dasvoik.

Julia Crane is the author of the Keegan’s Chronicles, IFICS and many more. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination.
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What do you think of the covers in this series?