Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year, Goodbye 2011!

Health, Wealth and Happiness (plus all the good books you can read) in 2012!
 Good-bye, 2011!

Here's to the New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Top 11 Covers of 2011

There's nothing I love more than a post full of gorgeous covers! 
Here are some of my favorites of 2011!

1. Perfect (Impulse #2) - Ellen Hopkins - Ummm this might be the most beautiful cover I've ever seen. It's even prettier in person. The first time I saw it on the shelf I did a little happy dance in my head it was so pretty. Even if it was the worst book in the world (Which I'm sure it's not, given that it's by the awesome Ellen Hopkins - one of my all time favorite writers), I would still want a copy for my shelves. I could seriously stare at this cover for like twenty minutes.

2. Wither - Lauren DeStefano - This cover is just gorgeous. This dress - AAAAHHH! I think this was probably the most popular cover this year! 

3. Triangles - Ellen Hopkins - Another cover by Ellen Hopkins in my top three. Love the font and I also have a shirt kinda similar to this one. YAY! So pretty!

4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (#1) - Michelle Hodkin - I loved seeing all the extra pics from the photo shoot! This one is the perfect combination of creepy and beautiful!

5. Tris & Izzie - Mette Ivie Harrison - Even though I've heard lots of not so great things about this book, the cover is still totalllllllllly gorg.

6. Wildefire - Karsten Knight - Awesome Author. Awesome Book. This cover is just beautiful!

7. Virtuosity - Jessica Martinez - Totally love the pink and the black. I'm partial to this one as well because of the long hair...I have long hair. I like to envision myself as this cover model....errrr Just Kidding.

8. Slice of Cherry (#2) - This cover is cute yet creepy. Something about this cover just makes me want to pick this one up.

9. Juliet, Immortal (#1) - Stacey Jay - Love the red dress, also the ocean is just beautiful...Looks soooo romantic. 

10. Away (The Line #2) - Teri Hall - This cover represents the book soooo well. I just love it!

11. Trapped - Michael Northrop - I love me a good blizzard. This one just makes me want to curl up under the blanket and read all night.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Break

I'll be taking a 2 week Christmas Break from Memes and Reviews. I'll still probably post one meme - an IMM (so many books to show you guys), a giveaway and a few top 2011 lists. I have lots of reading to catch up on and I'll be spending a lot of time with my family in the coming weeks. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!  See you back in 2012! 

In My Mailbox #32

Thanks to Kristi at The Story Siren for hosting!

I seriously need to stay away from the NetGalley site! There are so many awesome books I want to read though. I check it obsessively....multiple Times a day. I think I have a Netgalley addiction!

Huge thanks to Macmillan, Random House, Penguin, Multnomah and Bell Bridge Books

Life Is But a Dream - Brian James (March 27, 2012)
After the Snow - S. D. Crockett (March 27, 2012)
The Night She Disappeared - April Henry (April 10, 2012)
Lexapros and Cons - Aaron Karo (April, 2012)
May B. - Caroline Starr Rose (January 10, 2012)
Post-It Note Diaries - Arthur Jones 
Slow Love - Dominique Browning
Eyewall - H.W. Bernard
Summer Promise - Robin Jones Gunn

Thank you Simon & Schuster!

Crazy - Amy Reed (July 12, 2012)

Being Kendra - Kendra Wilkinson
Summer and the City (The Carrie Diaries #2) - Candace Bushnell
What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty
Hot Property - Michele, Samantha and Sabrina Kleier
World War Z - Max Brooks

  • So this week we got new carpeting throughout our house. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on the way you look at it) I had to take all the books off my shelves and move them. This gave me the opportunity to sort through my books. I got rid of over A HUNDRED BOOKS! They are either books I have already read and want to pass on, or books that I'm no longer interested in reading. It's hard to get rid of ANY books, but I seriously have to be very "discerning" when it comes to books I read and buy. I only am reading books now that I REALLY want to read. There are so many amazing books I honestly don't have time to read books I'm just "eh" about. Thankfully most of the books I got rid of were ones I either got for free or cheap at library sales and such. 
  • 2011 is winding down and i'm still like 15 books from my goal of reading 100 books this year. I'm going to have to find all the shortest books I have lying around and read those - lol! Is that cheating?!
  • Just to clear it up, there was no Galley Grab newsletter this month. There hasn't been a newsletter since October. However, Simon & Schuster said they were changing the platform (whatever that means) and would be back in the new year with a newsletter. I found the link to Crazy on Twitter. 
  • Shameless beg! Does anyone have a copy of Pandemonium lying around? I am seriously dying to read it!
What did you get in your mailbox?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

TBR Thursday - 2012 & 2013 YA

There have been a bunch of new titles announced in the past few months. I always keep my eye out for new books by my favorite authors.  Some of these books sound so amazing. Most of the goodreads links have summaries already. You'll probably find some more titles to add to your goodreads to-read list! I apologize in advance for adding to the problem of the never-ending TBR pile! 

  • Starglass - Phoebe North (Simon & Schuster - 2013)
  • Through To You - Emily Hainsworth (Balzer & Bray - November 20, 2012)
  • Crewel - Gennifer Albin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 16, 2012)


November Giveaway  - Anita Y.

Book Lover's Holiday Giveaway - Jennifer L.

Both winners have been confirmed! Enjoy your gift cards, ladies!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

TBR Tuesday - Double Edition - Contemps & Creepy Covers

Welcome to To-Be-Read Tuesday aka Cover Lust! There are so many amazing covers being released each week, I had to make this a double edition! I think I'm most excited for Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne! I'm seriously hoping that Macmillan puts it up on NetGalley !
I hope you find some titles to add to your ever-growing TBR List!
Links go to GoodReads!

Being Friends With Boys - Terra Elan McVoy (May 1, 2012)
Home In Time For Dinner - Kathryn Ellis (May 30, 2012)
Choke - Diana Lopez (July 28, 2012)

 Smashed - Lisa Luedeke (August 21, 2012)
The Waiting Sky - Lara Zielin (August 2, 2012)
Second Chance Summer - Morgan Matson (May 8, 2012)

Narc - Crissa-Jean Chappell (August 8, 2012)
Small Damages - Beth Kephart (July 19, 2012)
Between You & Me - Marisa Calin (August 7, 2012)

Vampire's Kiss (The Watchers #2) - Veronica Wolff (March 6, 2012)
Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters #1) - Jessica Shirvington (March 1, 2012)
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) - Julie Kagawa (April 24, 2012)

 Monument 14 - Emmy Laybourne (June 5, 2012)
Touching the Surface - Kimberly Sabatini (September 4, 2012)
The Raft - S.A. Bodeen (August 21, 2012)

Eve of Destruction (Dark Eden #2) - Patrick Carman (April 24, 2012)
The Nightworld - Jack Blaine ( April 2012)
Fever - Dee Shulman (April 5, 2012)

Are there any titles you think I should add to my TBR pile? I love suggestions!
 Any books from my list that you plan on reading?

Monday, December 12, 2011

What Are You Reading? #49

Thanks to 
One Person's Journey through the World of Books 
for hosting the weekly Link-up!

    What are you reading this week?

    Tuesday, December 6, 2011

    Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favorites

    Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting my new favorite meme!
    So this week's topic is: Top Ten Childhood Favorites. I had so much looking through all these old covers. They triggered so many fun memories. It made me want to re-read some of my favorites. I can't wait til my kids are a little older, so I can read these classics to them. My Mom passed down her love of reading to me. She brought us to the library all the time. My favorite thing was heading to the library on Friday and stocking up on books for the weekend.

    1. The Littles - John Peterson - I completely loved this series when I was growing up. They are kind of weird if you think about it, but I loved going on all their adventures with them!

    2. The Boxcar Children - Gertrude Chandler Warner - Classic Series growing up. I'm sure most people have read these. I was obsessed with the series and I read each one at least a few times.

    3. The Baby-Sitters Club - Ann M. Martin - My absolute favorite series when I was a kid. I owned most of them and read them over and over and over. My favorite ones were the super specials. I was a part of the Baby-Sitters fan club ( Can you say L O S E R! :) I had a map of Stoneybrook that I got with one of the books and I was seriously obsessed with it. I had it memorized. I would pore over it and imagine I was babysitting with the girls!

    4. American Girl - Various Authors - I read all of the American Girl books, at least the ones that were around when I was in Elementary School (Felicity, Kirsten, Samantha and Molly). I also LOVED going through the catalogs and picking out the things for my wish list!

    5. Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder - I remember reading this series with my Mom when I was growing up. Laura Ingalls Wilder inspired many hours of dress-up for me and my sister!

    6. Betsy-Tacy - Maud Hart Lovelace - Just love. Love. Love. Love. I can't say enough about how wonderful these books are. They were written in the 1940's and they are still relevant today.

    7. Nancy Drew - Carolyn Keene - I loved reading the Nancy Drew mysteries! I spent many Friday nights curled up and reading by my night-light with these books!

    8. Amelia Bedelia - Peggy Parrish - These were some of my favorite books when I first started my reading journey.

    9. Mandie Series - Lois Gladys Leppard - I read a lot of Christian Fiction growing up, and Mandie was one of the most popular "Christian" series out there. I don't remember the books being overtly Christian, although they were clean.  This is a lengthy series and I think I read most, if not all of them.

    10. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle - Betty MacDonald - I think this is one of the most fun, under-rated Children's series out there. They are completely whimsical and imaginative. My kids will definitely  be reading these when they're older!

    Monday, December 5, 2011

    Nook Daily Find - Touch of Frost

    So I stalk the Nook Daily Find site every day. I was excited to see Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep for only $2.99! I've seen a lot of great reviews of this book. People seem to really love it. I think the Nook Daily Finds last only 24 if you're interested hurry up and grab it!

    Sunday, December 4, 2011

    In My Mailbox #31

    Thanks to Kristi at The Story Siren for hosting!

    Every week I always promise myself that I'm going to do an In My Mailbox post, but let's face it, most weeks I forget/ don't feel like making one. So this is a few weeks worth of books, since I haven't done one since the end of October. I've been trying to cut down on the number of paper books I receive, simply because I don't have the room. I have 4 huge packed to the gills bookcases already. I mean if it's something I've been dying for (ie Pandemonium, Fever) I would happily accept it...But in most cases, really trying to practice restraint. Anyways, I absolutely LOVE ebooks and much prefer those. 

    Huge thanks to Harper Collins/ Harper Teen, 
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Random House, Grand Central, Lerner and Bloomsbury! 

    Illuminate (Gilded Wings #1) - Aimee Agresti (March 6, 2012)
    Incarnate (NewSoul #1) - Jodi Meadows (January 31, 2012)
    Hallowed (Unearthly #2) - Cynthia Hand (January 17, 2012)
    Pure (#1) - Julianna Baggott (February 8, 2012)
    Everneath (#1) - Brodi Ashton (January 24, 2012)
    Under the Never Sky (#1) - Veronica Rossi (January 3, 2012)
    Don't You Wish - Roxanne St. Clair - (July 10, 2012)
    Between the Sea and the Sky - Jaclyn Dolamore (October 25, 2011)
    Drowning Instinct - Ilsa J. Bick (January 28, 2012)

    Thank you Simon & Schuster!

    Never Enough - Denise Jaden (July 10, 2012)

    Thanks to the awesome and my B&N Lend Me Friends!

    Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling #1) - Megan McCafferty
    Shine - Lauren Myracle
    Heisty Society (#1) - Ally Carter
    Sorry I'm Not Sorry - @Sorority Problem

    What did you get in your mailbox?

    Friday, December 2, 2011

    Steals and Deals for Nook

    99 Cents



    Under $5

    Prices can change quickly at Barnes & Noble, so always make sure you double check the price before buying! 
    Hope that some of these deals were on your wish lists! Enjoy!

    Thursday, December 1, 2011

    Book Lover's Holiday Giveaway

    Thank you to Kathy @ I am a Reader, Not a Writer and Alyson @ Kid Lit Frenzy !

    See a list of all the participating blogs HERE!
    I like it simple! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. 

    One winner will get a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card! Winner's Choice!
    If you are an International winner, you will receive up to $20 in books from The Book Depository!

    You must be a Google Friend Connect Follower to enter! 
    By filling out this form you are verifying you are over 13 years old.

    The Boring Stuff.....
    • Giveaway ends at 12:01 AM EST on Saturday, November 11th.
    • By filling out the form you are verifying you are over 13. 
    • Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond to my email and claim their prize.
    • I obviously cannot be held responsible for damage that occurs during shipping.

    Entries will not be accepted in the comments, but OF COURSE I love any comments that my amazing readers leave me! 

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