TBR Thursday

I have a huge TBR list. Well, actually it’s books on books scattered all around my house, and I keep adding more. To combat the endless stream of books coming into my life, I’m going to resolve to read a book I buy every month, to put those purchases to good use. Here’s what I’m planning on reading in the next week, while I heal from my outpatient .tooth extraction to combat the raging infection.

  1. Unearthed: My mother bought this for me yesterday so that I would stress out less about my upcoming surgery. Not looking forward to being cut open, but I am excited to open this book! I got it from the campus bookstore at 30% off because it’s a bestseller–WIN.

amie kaufman, meagan spooner, illuminae, gemina

  1. Once Upon a Time: Regina Rising: I bought Red’s Tale in this series and read it a few years ago during Black Friday. LOVED IT. While it wasn’t a work of art, it was entertaining and well worth the read. I’m going to read this book. Once Upon A Time: Regina Rising, Toliver Wendy, fairytale retelling, fairy tail retelling, snow white
  2. Otherworld: A book I bought during Black Friday (the best time of the flilppin’ year) by judging it by its cover. Here’s to hoping it’s as good as it looks!

Otherworld, Jason Segel, science fiction, scifi, YA, young adult scifi


Ten Books I Can’t Wait to Own

aI’m making my own top ten list today because I’m overwhelmed with how many books I want to own. One day this will happen, and it’s going to be EPIC when I fulfill my list. The plan: Marry rich.

  1. Battlemage by Taran Mathuru. This book came out last weekend and I MUST have it one of these days. I was not granted an ARC, I’d had one for The Inquisition, so I have yet to read it.
  2. The Traitors Kiss by Erin Beaty. I saw this wonderful woman speak with Taran and I passed up her book, like I did Taran’s, because they were hardcover and I cannot afford da hardcover books right now. Once these two wonderful authors’ books come out in apaperback, THEY’RE MINE ALL MINE
  3. Nevernight by Kristoff Jay. Along with Aime Kaufman, he wrote Illuminae, one of my favorite books. I lent it to a friend and I never got it back, almost a year later 🙁
  4. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge. I love love LOVE the cover. I saw iton Black Friday 2016. I was hoping for an ARC but I’ll just go with a finished copy 😀
  5. Poison or Protect, by Gail Carriger, the woman who got me into Steampunk and kept my interest going. She is by far the best Steampunk author I’ve read, and I’ve read quite a few! I almost have her The Finishing School series, The Parasol Proctorate, and Prudence. I need to finish the last two series!
  6. Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh. I know nothing about this book but I know people like it so I’m all for it. Plus, the cover. Sometimes it’s fun not to know too much about a book so every little detail is new and surprising. 😀
  7. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I mean, doesn’t the title say enough?
  8. This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab. I talk to her on Twitter but have yet to read, let alone own this series.
  9. The Prey by  Tom Isbell. It’s the cover that drew me to it.
  10. Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus  Sedgwick. The cover is so beautiful.
  11. Also, House of Furies. It look terrifying, right up my alley.

If I didn’t like it, would I stay away?

If you read a book you ended up hating, would you stay away from future books by that author, or would you give them a second chance?
This has happened plenty of times before. As long as I don’t have an ethical problem with the author, then I’d try again. For instance, I read a book recently that I didn’t love but I went ahead and bought the second because I wanted to find out what happens. Unfortunately, I haven’t picked it up again yet, and I’m not sure I will.
I like to give everyone a fair shot at reading, and I know that what I don’t like may be something other people like. For instance, Twilight by Meyers, was such an awful book to me. It portrayed a weak female lead, and I worried about younger girls reading that series and thinking that that’s a proper way for a young woman to behave. Ladies, we’re stronger than Meyers wants us to believe. I think a book like that can be very damaging to younger readers.
Because she doesn’t believe in strong female characters, I’m staying away from her books. I read the whole series in order to see how Bella developed but I was disappointing to find out that the only change in her character happened near the end of the book.
The same goes for Fifty Shades of Grey. I hated the first book, but I’m going to finish the series because I don’t want to judge a book based on what I’ve heard, because, as a book blogger, I want my readers to be able to trust me, and judging a book based on what I’ve heard isn’t ethical.
I want to write a whole post about BDSM erotica in Fifty Shades of Grey and but that’ll come later, once I figure out how to protect it from younger readers who may not be ready for that.
So, the answer to this question is that it depends on both the author and the story, and how I want to represent myself as a blogger.
Happy reading!

I Can’t NOT Rearrange My Bookshelves


Book Blogger Hop

Do you re-arrange and move books around on the shelves or move books off of your bookshelves to another area after a certain amount of time or do you just leave them the way they are?

I move my books all the time. No placement will satisfy me more than a few weeks. I get a book high when I rediscover books I haven’t read but want to read. Usually I have a bookcase for (some) of my series and another for #booksfortrade and ARCs to review. On that bookcase I also have books on my TBR.

Right now I can’t figure out how to sort the books because I have too many I should rid of. Those books I know I should #booksfortrade but I just cannot part with them.  They are being wasted, though, sitting on my bookshelves, and I know that they’ll never be read unless I do something about t hat. They should have wonderful new homes. Rearranging a bit more will hopefully get me to pass those on.

Book Mail from March and April

It’s Monday which means that it’s time to showcase the books I got recently. There are many, some of which are ebooks from Netgalley. I’m thinking I’m going to be a wild woman and read more than one book at a time. I got a lot of book mail from Twitter last month, with several more on da way! Here’s what I have so far:

 First, let’s look at my Twitter Book Mail

Netgalley Book Mail

  • A Face like Glass by Frances Hardinge
  • Concealed by R J Crayton
  • Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

OwlCrate Book Mail

Other Book Mail

  • Daughter of the Pirate King
  • The Vanishing Throne

Book Sale Book Mail

These are the books I picked up at the book sale. I donate most of the books I get from the book sales but there are quite a few I got, thinking I could donate them, then I found out that the Veterans Association here cannot accept hardcover books. I started out by donating them to families overseas but then I realized I couldn’t afford to continue to do that so I opted to just give them to the VA Hospital by my house.
Unfortunately, it turns out that they do not accept hardcover books, which was pretty much all I stocked up on (because hardcover books are so much fun to get!) so I was considering selling them and using the money I get from those sales to buy more books to donate to the kids in African schools and paperbacks for the veterans 😀
Anywhoo, look at all dat book mail and tell me if you have any of these! I super-duper want to know what you thought. You can also link me to your reviews so I can pop on over and take a look.
Happy reading!

Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book

top ten tuesday, memeWhat I want to read

I love this question and when I first started this list I thought it would pretty much only be “The cover” and “The title” but it turns out there are many reasons I want to read a books, things that I didn’t realize I was looking for.

Books I’ll look for that I want to read

Now that I’m aware of my likes and dislikes, this is probably going to make choosing books easier, but it also means that I may not pick certain books. Now that I know a little more about me, I hope to expand my reading portfolio and try to want to read books that don’t match what I’m necessarily looking for. That being said, knowing what I’m looking for also gives me insight into what books I should pick. The last two sentences contradict each other, I realize, but they are both true. The former is wishful thinking, the latter is more realistic.

Without further ado, here’s what I look for in a book:

  1. The cover is by far the biggest one
  2. The title is only slightly less important than the cover
  3. When I see a book that reminds me of another I’ve read
  4. A well-known author I’ve either read or heard about
  5. An author I’ve read, even if I didn’t love their books
  6. Anything from a BookTube haul!
  7. Something a non-reader friend likes, though this isn’t as common as I’d like
  8. Often the font of the title and the feel of the book
  9. A blurb on inside of the dust jacket
  10. Something I’ve seen over and over and over and OVER in the blogosphere
  11. Anything with a terrifying cover

How about you? What makes you want to read a book? And what makes you not want to read a book? That list will be coming up shortly.

Here’s a list of future and past Top Ten Tuesdays. Do with it as you will.

Book Trends I’m Tired Of: Ladies, show us what you’re made of!

What are some things you are tired of seeing that are trends in publishing? Maybe something that pops up on a lot of covers these days, or the popularity of certain tropes in a particular genre? Let it out!

The first trend I thought of is so true of way too many YA books:

  1. The helpless female protagonist. The first two books that came to mind were Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey (not a YA book, but still). In Twilight Bella becomes so incredibly obsessed with her male counterpart, Edward Cullen, that she puts herself in life-threatening positions in order to feel him. What dafqu Stephenie Meyer? Give your female characters a life of their own to be in control of; stop making your female characters nothing without a man.
  2. Covers with faces. That’s kinda weird, I know, but I don’t like to see the face of characters. Think Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series or Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments. Not cool, don’t force your characters on me, bro. Instead, consider Sasha Alsberg’s and Lindsay Cumming’s Zenith or Light smoke, cold fire. Those covers are beautiful. While Zenith has just a beautiful shape on the cover that reminds me of Xmas, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire has human figures but sans the faces. The latter is very much appreciated. I can’t see their faces but I do get a sense of what the characters are wearing, something I often struggle with.
  3. Let’s not forget the spines of too many books. They’re too boring. When I read a book I want to see a pretty, naked book underneath the dust jacket. I know I’m being picky but on my book shelf the spine is usually all you can see…Like, make it interesting for me. I display all my books with pride and I actually prefer looking at the spines of books, rather than the front cover when they’re on my bookcase.
  4. The brooding male lead: Twilight and 50 Shades come to mind first. I know I’ve mentioned them a million times but it’s so true. These men even told the woman that they won’t make good partners and they just. Don’t. Listen. While other examples are slow to come to mind, I want to get that out there. Ladies, if he says he’s not going to be a good boyfriend, LISTEN TO HIM and flippin’ get away from him. You deserve better, and this goes for “real” women as well as fictional characters. Show yourself that you love you and stay the fudge away from him. Let him mess up someone else’s life.
  5. Girls are bad at math and if they aren’t, like Hermione, they’re bossy women who are so annoying that even the teachers don’t like her. Ladies, there’s nothing wrong with being smart, or being bossy. Think: Harry Potter and remember that Hermione saved Harry and Ron’s asses over and over again. They even admit that they wouldn’t have survived as long as they did if she hadn’t been their friend. Embrace your nerdy self and show the world what you’re made of!
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