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Best Book You Read in 2012
There’s too many. Honestly.. I have to break this down.
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
…the entire Hunger Games Trilogy.
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love More But Didn’t?
Crossed by Ally Condie. I really enjoyed Matched but couldn’t finish Crossed.
Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
Honestly? BASICALLY ALL the New Adult I read. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, and the Avoiding Series by K.A. Linde especially.
Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Hands down (THREE way tie). Divergent by Veronica Roth, Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry and Slammed by Colleen Hoover.
Best series you discovered in 2012?
Shatter Me Series/ Hunger Games Series. I was late, I know!
Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Is all the YA an acceptable answer? Because I mostly read adult before this year. And due to the Hunger Games and the Maze Runner, I became an AVID lover and reader of ALL the YA.
Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
..Its technically 2013 release, but Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi.
Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I really don’t re-read. But, maybe I will re-read Catching Fire, but only because I’ll have to catch myself back up before seeing the movie.
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
Most memorable character in 2012?
Mara Freakin’ Dyer. [The Unbecoming/Evolution of Mara Dyer]
Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
Delirium Series. Lauren Oliver can destroy anyone with a pen and paper.
Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
Where She Went, Gayle Forman. And yet again.
Slammed; Colleen Hoover.
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
The Hunger Games series. What was I THINKING!?
Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
“Love: It will kill you and save you, both”
― Lauren Oliver, Delirium
“I run for I don’t know how long. Hours, maybe, or days. Alex told me to run. So I run. You have to understand. I am no one special. I am just a single girl. I am five feet two inches tall and I am in-between in every way. But I have a secret. You can build walls all the way to the sky and I will find a way to fly above them. You can try to pin me down with a hundred thousand arms, but I will find a way to resist. And there are many of us out there, more than you think. People who refuse to stop believing. People who refuse to come to earth. People who love in a world without walls, people who love into hate, into refusal, against hope,and without fear. I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.”
― Lauren Oliver, Delirium
Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
Hana– A Delirium Novella- Lauren Oliver [Shortest]
The Evolution of Mara Dyer– Michelle Hodkin [Longest]
Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
ALL of Unravel Me, and The Evolution of Mara Dyer. I can’t speak about it, STILL.
Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Ugh, SO MANY! Adam & Mia, If I Stay & Where She Went. Will & Lake, Slammed. Noah & Echo, Pushing the Limits, and Samantha & Jace, My Life Next Door
Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously?
Lola and the Boy Next Door Stephanie Perkins. I adored Anna, and Lola was seriously amazing as well!
Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else?
A Want So Wicked; Suzanne Young. Loretta from Between the Pages told me about this series, and I LOVEDDDD this book!
One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
The Unearthly Series by Cynthia Hand.
Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
The conclusions! Aka; Reqiuem, Lauren Oliver and Divergent #3, Veronica Roth, ALSO – Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller!
One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging in 2013?
Going to a bookish event! That would be really fun and I wish I could have gone to anything this year but I was far too “new” to this world!
I opted to skip the Blogging Section simply because EVERYTHING was new to me this year. But, there was a question about the post that got the most love, and that was my Author Interview with Trish Doller. Since I adore Trish so much, I wanted to link back to that so if you didn’t read my blog then, you can check it out!
One Good Hustle
by: Billie Livingston
Received: From the author
The child of 2 con artists, 16-year-old Sammie Bell always prided herself on knowing the score. But now she finds herself backed into a corner. After a hustle gone dangerously wrong, her mother, Marlene, is sliding into an abyss of alcoholic depression, spending her days fantasizing aloud about death–a goal Sammie is tempted to help her accomplish. Horrified by the appeal of this, Sammie packs a bag and leaves her mother to her own devices.
With her father missing in action, she has nowhere else to go but the home of a friend with 2 parents who seem to actually love their daughter and each other–and who awkwardly try to extend some semblance of family to Sammie. Throughout a long summer of crisis among the normals, Sammie is torn between her longing for the approval of the con-man father she was named for and her desire for the “weird, spearmint-fresh feeling” of life in the straight world. Sammie wants to be normal but fears that where she comes from makes that beyond the realm of possibility.
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This video is my thanks to all my readers, bloggers, friends, authors, etc. For real, you all ROCK. I didn’t expect much coming into blogging, but I got so much more! This is the season of giving. So I would like to offer a December e-book giveaway! I will give away two books. Please, sound off in the comments for what you’d like to receive. Watch the video below to see my faves of 2012!
It is my great honor and priviledge to present to you, my lovely readers, the amazing cover for Miss Chelsea Cameron’s new novel, Deeper We Fall. This cover reveal brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours!
*The cover is designed by Okay Creations
Deeper We Fall
by: Chelsea M. Cameron
Release date: January 12th, 2013
Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to try and forget the night that ripped her life apart.
Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.
Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie’s face.
Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can’t help but listen. He loves “To Kill a Mockingbird” as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible.
The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie’s discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. She must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache.
#1- Reading by the fire
[photo by me!]
#2- Reading with family!
-This only happens during this season with my family!-
[photo by me!]
#3-Reading Books about the City!
[photo by me!]
#4- Reading books where it IS Christmas Time!, duh!
-any suggestions greatly appreciated!-
#5- Shopping for books for others! (and……….myself ;] )
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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the FABULOUS Broke and the Bookish, be sure to join in!
This weeks topic is:
A Quick Rundown:
This book very easily could have been a romantic comedy movie released for all us teens and adults alike who want to fall in love with the player and root for the couple that is the underdog. Sam and Ally have been best friends for like, ever. She’s never been the pretty girl, but suddenly she finds herself feeling like she needs to change a bit (can we say EVERY rom-com ever?, starting with Grease) to impress the opposite sex. Enter Sam, the bffae-aeaeaeae to give her a magical makeover that makes her some sort of Goddess. [Who knew makeup and wardrobe could change a person?] What happens next is to NEVER be expected… (sarcasm, ladies and gents!)
Its not that I didn’t like this book, because I did. It was a light read, and it was cute. Nothing intense, nothing unpredictable. I would have preferred some unforseen moments, however. Meaning.. I would like not to be able to write my books myself due to the cliche romantic comedy stereotype. Sam and Ally were great characters, and each had a sassy little attitude and personality about them that were unique and quirky. I loved the “rules” that Sam had, and how he pretends to be a little hardass, but in reality.. the kid has a heart. Ally was just adorable, I felt she could be my little sister that I had to help through the hard times and pressures of high school.
Who Should Read This?
Anyone looking for a light, quick, fast-paced read should give this book a shot. It is definitely cute, and for sure an easy read. The characters are loveable, the only issue I had was for the younger audience (15 and below) this book definitely had some sexual moments that may not be appropriate. Therefore, I would advise that you should be at least sixteen to dive into this one. Tellulah Darling definitely has potential as an author, and I would not hesitate to pick up something else from her in the future! My biggest gripe with the book – like I stated before was the predictability. But, still a cute, light-hearted read!
In honor of Thanksgiving, and Black Friday.. I will be offering a giveaway for all of you to enjoy! The prizes are an ebook of your choice. This prize is available for either Amazon or Barnes and Noble eBooks. The choice is yours!
And they are as follows..