Monday, September 1, 2014

Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2014

August 2014: The month where I actually read something! Woohoo!

This month, I read four books but reviewed two. I waited too long to post a review for FANGIRL but I will definitely have it up before next week! And I will review ISLA soon--I purposely kept myself from posting until the start of September. I have a possible guest post brewing about ISLA and hopefully you guys will like it!! Now onto the books I did review....

You guys voted for this one and I'm so glad it won! I read and really enjoyed Morgan Matson's debut novel. It hit the spot and kick started my yearning for YA contemporary books! Also it made me want to take a road trip across the USA. :)

Then a friend lent me a copy of this beauty and OMG YOU GUYS. I posted literally moments after I finished this and it gave me the feels. I haven't reviewed this yet but beware: I will definitely gush about this one. 

Then I decided to try ToG again after I found out that Sarah is coming to NYC this month (tomorrow actually!) and because my friend who adores her books kept insisting I should try again. Well, I'm glad I had these two forces pushing me because I enjoyed it the second time around! I had some issues with it but overall it was a fun book. I definitely recommend it. :) Right now I'm reading the sequel and UGH IT IS EVERYTHING I WANTED FROM THE FIRST BOOK. I'm enthralled, yo. 

Snapshot of August 

It was quiet around these parts in August. But some things did happen!

Next Month's Reads 

This was a close one but you guys chose...

THE ARCHIVED! I'm super excited since I haven't read anything by Victoria. I have a feeling this will be really good. But we'll see! Thank you to everyone that voted. I feel like I should say that this book is "the reader's choice" or something. Should I?

I don't think there's anything else on my immediate to read list. Except finishing CROWN OF MIDNIGHT--and probably needing a fluffy book to read after because no joke, CoM is breaking my heart. UGH. 

Also, this is embarrassing but I never finished GRACELING! Not because it wasn't bad but I think I'm just not in the mood. Oh well. I still have the rest of this year, lol. 

What's going on with me: 
  • I'm finally working at my new library job! I'm in a page position but it doesn't matter, I really love it. The fact that I'm happy doing crafts and shelving things in alphabetical order amazes me. But then again, it doesn't. I've always wanted to work in a library and even though I'm just a page, I am genuinely excited to go in each day and my coworkers are SO NICE. I feel blessed :)
  • I'm also looking at masters programs. I had decided/resigned myself to going back to my university but I'm contemplating a masters in library science. I'm looking into it, but it seems like a possibility more and more each day!! 
  • I passed my last teaching exam on the first try AND saved money thanks to a voucher. SCORE.
  • There are a lot of upcoming bookish events happening. I had wanted to attend the event at Books of Wonder where Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard & Alexandra Bracken are signing but I can't attend :(  I also found out that Stephanie Perkins (!) and Gayle Forman will also be doing an event in NYC on the 10th so to anyone that lives in the NY area.....GO. I don't think I'll be able to go either but maybe I can live vicariously through someone?! 
  • It's finally September! So that means that everyone is in school or at least going back now. To anyone that IS going back--I wish you a happy, healthy and productive school year!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine

Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014 

Synopsis: Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.

The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for.

My thoughts: Someone I follow on twitter mentioned this graphic novel a while back and the title caught my eye so I had to find out what "El Deafo" was about. I'm glad I saw that tweet because this graphic novel is on my wishlist! :) 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Really Want to Read But Don't Own Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This is my first time doing this meme. I've been meaning to participate for ages!

I've read nothing but good things for this series and it seems like it'd be right up my alley. Also that cover is fun :D

Ok, so this book is coming out TODAY so my window of opportunity will be wide open by the time this post is up....

I haven't read the ACROSS THE UNIVERSE series but I read a snippet of this book and I was sold. I think I NEED this to be on my shelf.  Also, THAT COVER. 

This is a graphic novel by the same author who wrote/drew BLANKETS. I've been aching to purchase this but I'm waiting to treat myself after I complete grad applications or something. 

Yes, this book has sperm on the cover. But don't be scared off! I read a review for TROUBLE by Nomes  and now I'm convinced I must own this. Good thing the book depository has it! :)

This is coming out in 2015 so I will have to wait but it will be so worth it. I know it will be.

I need to get a move on and read this before the last book comes out! I adored GRAVE MERCY and I've heard that this one is even BETTER. I'll definitely be buying this but I'm looking for the hardcover. I don't like the paperback cover :P

I should smack myself for not buying this because I have the first book in both paperback and hardback!! 

I'm not in love with the cover for the third book but it doesn't matter. It's Maggie Stiefvater so this is an automatic buy for me. 

I recently reread THE GHOST & THE GOTH and I loved it even more so now I'm convinced I need all of Stacey Kade's books on my shelf. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

The winner for my LYING GAME giveaway is....

Entry #4 Audrey!!!

You have 48 hours to respond to your email!!

Thank you to everyone that entered. I am planning on having another giveaway at some point so stay tuned if you want to try your luck again!