Bout Of Books 10! (Sign up and goals post)

Hello BookNerds!

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It’s been a while!

Life has been busy and I was in the worst book slump of life. I have also been a nerdy dork and been playing an awful lot of video games! But there is nothing like Bout of Books to revive this old dusty blog. I’m not gone guys, just an awful lot spastic. I am currently running on 3 hours of sleep so please excuse any nonsensical sentences.

As some may know Bout Of Books is an especially important Read-A-Thon for me. Because it was a year ago, during Bout of Books that I met my Book BFFs. I may not read and blog everyday but I talk to these ladies on a regular basis. They are part of my life and couldn’t be happier about it. I feel like I always (and FINALLY) have a group of girls to rely on and share book related feels with.

So that is why I am participating in Bout of Books.

My goals Will be kept simple and I will almost certainly deviate from them.

Bookish Goals:

  • Read 5 books (minimum)
  • Read Sequels!
  • Read at least one contemporary
  • Read one adult book (likely a PNR)
  • Read a book my Book BFFs choose for me
  • Read 2-3 hours a day

Bloggy/Social Goals

  • Make Friends
  • Participate in most live chats
  • Cheer anyone who needs cheering
  • Recommend books
  • Write one review (at least)
  • HAVE FUN!

Some of the books I will be choosing from:

  • The One by Kiera Cass (Finish)
  • The Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • Asunder by Jodi Meadows
  • Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  • Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
  • How To Love by Katie Cotugno
  • Perfect Ruin by Lauren Destefano
  • Toxic Heart by Theo Lawrence
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  • Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  • Prodigy by Marie Lu
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*Not All Books Pictured*

I’d also like to take this opportunity to announce upcoming changes for this blog. I am gong to be giving The Pretty Nifty (YA) Reader, not only a makeover but also a new name. The new name will be to encompass both my love of reading as well as all my other nerdy pastimes. I apologize if you find the other posts uninteresting. I hope you will like it. I will let you all know when the big reveal. For now I leave you with the new name: ReaDorkable!

HAPPY BOUT OF BOOKS EVERYONE!

Bout Of Books 8.0

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

This is my FAVORITE readathon ever! I have made good friends on here in the past and I am excited to do it again! Last Bout of Books ! I got to meet my Book BFFs with whom we started a Goodreads Group, Twitter, Facebook Page and YouTube Channel!

This Bout Of Books the Book BFFs decided to participate in our own goals and challenges as well as our personal ones!!

  1. Read a Book with either a male or multiple POV.
  2. Read a Children’s Classic
  3. Read a book I’ve procrastinated
  4. Read a Novella
  5. Read a debut
  6. Read a book which has been made or will be made into a movie

And here are my personal challenges:
7.Read 150-200 pages a day
8.Start a series
9.Finish a series
10.Let everyone know about my awesome Book BFFs
11.Read a book that was recently Released
12.Read a Standalone

Books I have Selected to read (not all of course) that match my set Challenges/goals:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (1,6,8)
  2. Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry (3,5,8,11?)
  3. Reboot by Amy Tinterra (3, 5,8,11)
  4. The Giver by Lois Lowry (1,2,6)
  5. Sever by Lauren DeStefano (3,9,11?)
  6. Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout (4)
  7. Illuminate by Aimee Agresti (3,5,8)
  8. Anna and The French Kiss by Anna Perkins (3,5,8)
  9. Fingerprints Of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia (3,5,12)
  10. Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris (3,5,8)

So of course  won’t realistically be able to read 10 books in a week… Maybe… Who Knows! But this is my Bout Of Books 8.0 reading list!

Book BFFs:
Melissa @ Harley Bear Book Blog
Angela @ Reading Angels
Lindsay @ The Novel Life
Rie @ Mission To Read

Now this is my sign up and goal post !

Goals and Updates!!

Updates

Monday

Books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Thoughts: So today was the day after my son’s 4th birthday party (he has another one on the day of his actual birthday on the 25th) and I eneded up feeling HORRIBLE and went to sleep at 4:30 PM after watching Breaking Bad all day long! So all in all; today was an epic FAIL concerning Bout Of Books! OOPSIES!
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Happy Reading everyone!

I’m a BAD Blogger! (and other updates!)

I have been so M.I.A. lately that I am beating myself up over it! So I decided to share my recent feelings about blogging with you guys in the hopes that you all might help me get out of it! Yes? No? YES????:)

The Book BFFs YouTube Channel has so far taken Precedence over most everything else book related. And I am not even reading that much.

Why?

LIFE! That’s why. Recent events are making it hard for me to even want to blog/read. I found out last month that my mom is sick (Long story but she could die at any time) and she’s only 45 years old. Also I moved 2 hours away from all my friends and family for the sake of my son’s relationship with his father so that has been pretty hard on my morale. In more recent news our town has seen some extreme weather. Take a look below:

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And to top it all off, there is extra financial/marital troubles which I won’t go into details due to the boring and dramatic nature of these subjects.

So I am NOT abandonning this… Just putting it on the back burner. Not to worry however, you can find me among the other Book BFFs, the wondrous Lindsay, Melissa, Rie and Angela on our YouTube Channel/Twitter/Goodreads!

Book BFF’s Group:
Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/103792-book-bffs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/120634624806456/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BookBFFs

The Book BFF’s Blogs:
Lindsay: The Novel Life http://the-novel-life.com/
Angela: http://www.readingangel.com/
Melissa: http://harleybearbookblog.blogspot.com/
Rie: http://www.missiontoread.com/

{Review} Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Monument 14
by Emmy Laybourne
Series: Monument 14 #1
Published: June 5th 2012
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)
ISBN: 0312569033 (ISBN13: 9780312569037)
Pages: 294
Source: Bought Myself
Reading Level: 16 and up
Shelf Award: AMAZING!, Favorite!
Rating:  5 Stars

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Goodreads Summary:

Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

My Thoughts:

Cover Love:  This cover didn’t originally grab my eye. But after reading the book it makes a lot more sense! While reading I kept going back to look at it. I really illustrates the story well!

Review:

There is just so much I want to say about Monument 14. I randomly picked it up and before you know it I was submerged in the story! I read the first few chapters so quickly. I had meant to only read a few pages to get the general feel of it since it had been sitting on my shelf for a year! I didn’t read it for many reasons but first was because it seemed a bit juvenile what with kids taking care of kids. It was a bit too reminiscent of Lord Of The Flies, which I read twice and never enjoyed… WRONG! I was so wrong! It was NOTHING like Lord Of The Flies! Second reason why I didn’t read it was because it had a Male protagonist and POV. I’ve never been able to truly connect with Male protagonists/POVs (save for Harry Potter). Well I was wrong again!

The story might be told by Dean but it is the story of all 14 kids stuck in a Greenway! There are many controversial issues being talked about in the book but I can’t divulge them for risk of spoiling the book for you all! I loved the down right organized chaos and mayhem. I thought the children handled themselves exceptionally. Their adventure was not without some truly gory and horrifying times. I loved the harshness of the story, how it truly read like a retelling of some truly horrible global event. The author really hashed out every little detail of her story and gave us a compelling story about survival and human nature! It was easy to see how usually clique-y teenagers would come together as a whole (not without problems if I may say so.) and survive a truly horrible ordeal. The pacing was perfect! enough to keep you on your toes all the time but slow enough to give the reader time to think about what he/she is reading and speculate on the events within the book!

The secondary character did not feel secondary at all. I loved them all! They all had believable personalities and flaws. Niko, Josie and Max were my favorite characters. Also it was obvious that the older kids were teenagers who were also dealing with typical teenager issues. This book was just as much plot driven as it was character driven. I constantly wanted to know more about the disaster and those kids.  There was of course some romance. But it was truly minimal. there was a small hint of a love triangle (which formed for all the wrong reasons… Ahem.. vindictiveness) but the book really focused of the 14 kids stuck in a Greenway and the way they coped with the disaster and the hopes they had to finding their families.

Bottom Line:

This is the kind of YA I want to read more of! I never want this series to end. EVER!

Recommended for:

Anyone who loves a tale of adventures in the toughest of situation! Honestly, I recommend it to everyone!

Mini Reviews: Dystopias Face-Off (1)

These mini reviews are of books I read without the intention to review. However, it seems ALL the books I read deserve a review. So here goes my mini reviews of 2 books per post every Thursday! Both books reviewed will face each other and YOU will vote for which is better! To make it fair and not a battle of genres both books will be from the same genre! Are you ready to vote?

Dystopias Face-Off!

 The Forsaken by Lissa M. Stasse

In this dystopian world, every teenager must go through a test to determine if they are pre-disposed to crimes of violence, rebellion or too much independent thinking. If they fail, they are sent to an Island called The Wheel, where life expectancy is barely 2 years. Our main character Alenna, mysteriously fails and is sent to the island.

Although it took me a while to read this book, it wasn’t because it was boring or strenuous. This book is reminiscent of Lord of The Flies (which I read twice in high-school) and a bit of a disorganized Hunger Games type concept. These kids are just dropped on the island with no training or ways to survive.  It was intense and even violent at times. There were so many questions, most of which were answered. The whole book is a roller coaster. Never ending action with an edge of your seat feeling!

I gave it a 4 star rating!

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The Forsaken (The Forsaken, #1)

 Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

This dystopia is more futuristic and Science-fiction but it’s still a dystopian on a smaller, spaceship sized scale. Int this book we have 2 ships who are on their way to inhabit a new planet. There is a whole eco-system, society, laws. Life is pretty simple on the ship. Until…. (read it and find out!)   Anyhow, this book does feature a love triangle and the pacing is a bit slower. This book deals with a lot controversial issues and I was happy to see our heroine stand up for her rights! The book is very atmospheric. I almost felt claustrophobic while reading it. It was an very entertaining read and I recommend it for fans of Beth Revis’ Across The Universe series. It is not as good but it the same category!   I gave it 3.5 stars! Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

Glow (Sky Chasers, #1)

 

Waiting on Wednesday(8)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by The awesome Jill at Breaking The Spine, where we share books we are most anxious to be be released.

This week is Alienated by Melissa Landers! Aside from the pretty cover I just have a very VERY good vibe about this book!  I like aliens! What do you think? Will it go on your TBR pile? It sure is going on mine!

     Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World WideAlienated (Alienated, #1)

Interplanetary relations have never been more exciting! The first in a funny, romantic YA sci-fi series.

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.



What are YOU waiting for?

A Bit About A Book Blogger! (2)

A Bit About A Book Blogger is basically me giving some of my favorite book lovers and bloggers some well deserved spotlight! I think it’s important to make someone feel good and proud of their accomplishments every once in a while. I know many do Book Blogger Interviews and I always admired that. I though I might join in! I will try to have this as a regular feature on every Monday. If you’d like to be featured and interviewed You can contact me with your info! I want to know all of you!

Everyone say hello to Aimee/Christie! She is a young blogger from the Philippines and I fell in love with her AWESOME blog! It is SO SO pretty! You should all take a look!

Bio: Hi there! My name’s Aimee, but you people online know me as Christie. I’ve used Christie as a pen name for quite a while. I’m thirteen and I live in the Philippines. If I’m not reading, I’m probably online, eating or sleeping. I’m a bad student–I mean, I get good grades, but it’s hard to listen to a teacher’s lecture if you know that there’s a book sitting inside your bag, waiting for the bell to ring so that it can be read.

Twitter: N/A (I have a love/hate relationship with Twitter)

Blog: http://theshadowersshelf.wordpress.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5478965-christie-the-shadower-s-shelf

So tell me, how long have you been a book lover and what is it that made you decide to start blogging?

I used to hate reading. I only got into reading around 2011, when the Red Riding Hood movie came out and no one would watch with me, so I had to read the book instead. After that, I just bought book after book after book, and my book addiction began from there.

Aside from Goodreads, blogs are great places to look for more books to read. I love reading about other people’s opinions on things. I don’t have an extravagant story on how I began blogging, but I love to express my opinion, whether good or bad, and so I decided to start blogging. And I thought, Why not?

What kind of person are you outside of the Book Blogging world?

I get good grades and honors in school. I tend to get frustrated easily with other people (particularly my classmates), which is something I definitely hope to change about myself. I’m a really lazy person and I tend to procrastinate a lot.

I hear you have a multitude of names? Care to elaborate?

My real name’s Aimee, but I didn’t want to share personal information when I was starting out in places like Wattpad, FanFiction.net and Goodreads. My first pen name, I think, was Holly or something along those lines.  On Wattpad, I started using the name Christie Meyer and that kind of stuck with me, so that’s the name I use online.

What is a notable book you Just KNOW you will remember forever?

Although it’s not my favorite book, Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally is definitely a memorable book for me. I think it’s the book that kept me in my longest book hangover ever. I couldn’t read anything after reading it. I didn’t want to part with Jordan, Henry and all of the other characters. It was really an emotional book for me and I re-read it every now and then.

If you had to choose only one book character as a BFF who would it be?

I think I’d choose Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. He’s definitely a funny and heroic character. I would trade just about anything (except maybe my soul) to spend a day with him!

Do you have any odd bookish habits?

I tend to read two or more books at a time. I usually have one physical book to read and one e-book on my phone. I read the physical book when I’m at home and the e-book when I’m in school or at the mall. If I do bring a physical book to the mall with me, I end up reading while walking and I have to hold on to someone so that I don’t bump into a wall. I also end up losing all of my bookmarks and use scraps of paper to mark my page instead.

Quickly!! You have to name 5 books off the top of your head right now! GO!

The Program by Suzanne Young, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, Impostor by Susanne Winnacker, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins andThe Iron King by Julie Kagawa! Lol, I haven’t even read the first three books in this list.

Cake or Pie?

Cake! Is it weird that I’ve never eaten pie yet?

Favorite color?

It depends on my mood. On a bad day, I’d say black, but on a good day, I’d say blue.

Name 3 non bookish things about yourself?

(1) I’m underweight and too short for my age, which is really depressing. (2) People say I’m moody. (3) I have a collection of teddy bears and fluffy pillows.

How did you chose your blog name?

I’m really into dark fantasies and definitely wanted the word shadow in it. I did a bit of research and found out that, in some online game or something, a shadower is what they call some sort of assassin. It sounded really cool, so I went with The Shadower’s Shelf.