11 January 2014

What Should I Use Instead of Goodreads?

Hey Everyone!

So I thought I would post a discussion-like post. I wanted to find some websites that could find me some books instead of goodreads. Why? Because I hate surfing through listopia for hours to search for Friday Finds and just for books in general. So here is a list, and my thoughts on each one. Enjoy, and feel free to leave sites you found as well!

What Should I Read Next?
This website, I found, is relatively easy to use. You just type the title or the author in the search bar and it will bring you to a list of books. You just click info/buy and it will bring you to It's a nice site and it gives good suggestions. Sometimes, they'll bring you right to the Bargain buys.

Your Next Read
This website is great. You type the author or name of a book and you click on a book. Then, once you've selected a book, it will give you a map of books like it. It's neat.

I couldn't find many that aren't unknown, but these are ones I found! Let me know of any others you found!

10 January 2014

Friday Finds (10 January 2014)

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).
So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen | Goodreads
The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window by Kirsty Moseley | Goodreads
Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren (ADULT FICTION) | Goodreads

Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts | Goodreads
Tangled by Emma Chase (ADULT FICTION) | Goodreads
Consequences by Aleatha Romig | Goodreads

A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso | Goodreads
Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton | Goodreads
The Watcher by Lisa Voisin | Goodreads

Deamhan by Isaiyan Morrison | Goodreads
Surface by Tiffany Daune | Goodreads
Descendant by Nichole Giles | Goodreads

08 January 2014

WWW Wednesday (8 January 2013)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?
Entwined with You by Sylvia Day. Haven't started yet as I just finished one, but this is my book I entered on Goodreads.

What did you recently finish?
Reflected in You by Sylvia Day. Loved it! My full review is here on my blog.

What do you think you'll read next?
Emma by Jane Austen. I want to read more classics this year.

Reflected in You by Sylvia Day

Title: Reflected in You (Crossfire #2)
Author: Sylvia Day
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Published: October 23, 2012

Pages: 338 pgs.
Own it?: Yes, paperback
Genre: Mature Adult/Erotica
Goodreads: Click here

Cups of Tea: 4 cups

Hey Everyone,

This is the continuation of the last book review I did. I rated this one, yet again, four stars. Don't get me wrong, I adored this book as well, but I felt that it was lacking in some areas. 

The thing I felt it lacked was a climactic point. I felt that at the end of the story, we were thrown this curve ball that left me like, "What? What just happened?" I felt she could have built it up because it wasn't really foreseen and there was no inevitable problem. It was just very anti-climactic.

The sex in the book was great as always, and this story showed a lot of improvement in the characters and the fact that they were willing to do something that helped their relationship. They were willing to go to couples therapy and it showed a lot about both characters. The shrink says something that becomes important and I honestly forgot about it for a good majority of the book.

This book, I felt, was almost necessary because it strengthened Eva and Gideon's relationship. It shows that they are willing to do anything it takes. I typically don't read mature adult, but if more books out there are like this one, I am more than willing to pick them up. These two characters just show there is more than an overly sappy first love relationship. I will continue to rave about this book on the next review for Entwined in You

07 January 2014

Top Ten Bookish Resolutions - Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. To find out more about it and its future topics, click here


Hey Everyone,

So I was going to do something like this, and what perfect timing this Top Ten Tuesday had! I have so many reading related resolutions that I want to do in 2014. 

Read more than 50 books. Last year, I read 37 and that is only because my goal was 30 and I had a slow start to my reading year. Therefore, this year on goodreads, my goal is to hit 50 books.

Read classics. I admit, I am the person to only read classics when I have been told to read them. I have purchased five or six classics and will be reading them.

Blog about book reviews more. I admit, I don't do book reviews as much and am still getting the hang of things in book review world, so I want to better my reviews and get the hang of things.

Read whenever I don't have a lot going on. My problem last year (namely September through December) was that I spent too much time cramming reading in that I forgot to study sometimes. I'm changing that, though. I want to read more on the weekends and study more during the week. Yep, that is what I am doing.

Be more critical of the books I'm reading. I find that I will love a book for what it's worth and appreciate it no matter how bad the writing is. I want to be more harsh and more critical.

Ignore reviews when buying a book. If I see a book that I want, I want to not care what other people have thought and just focus on what books I want. I've done this already, but I want to not look at the ratings and reviews until after I read the book.

Read more debuts and new releases. I was a little behind on the John Green, Cassandra Clare, and the Kiera Cass bandwagon's so I want to get on the new releases that are most anticipated quickly. I am still catching up from 2013!

Happy New Year!
Leave your own Top Ten Tuesdays in the comments below!

06 January 2014

Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Hey Everyone,

First review of 2014!

Title: Bared to You (Crossfire #1)
Author: Sylvia Day
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Published: June 12, 2012

Pages: 338 pgs.
Own it?: Yes, paperback
Genre: Mature Adult/Erotica
Goodreads: Click here

Cups of Tea: 4 cups

So first, I would like to say that I rarely ever read erotica or adult fiction. Sure, I read some last year, but I mostly read Young Adult. I was recommended this series and I like it thus far.

The story is about a new employee to Crossfire Industries name Eva Tramell. The novel starts off when Eva goes for a jog and runs into super hot guy in a suit named Gideon Cross (though she doesn't know his name at that point. Takes her a while). She finds out that he owns the building, and practically the whole town, and they have a steamy office romance.

I have to say, I enjoyed this a lot better than 50 Shades of Gray. I read that book last summer and enjoyed it, but this one had much more plot and characters that you become involved with. When I started the book, I thought it was interesting, but wasn't able to tell whether the main character's best friend, Cary, was a boy or girl.

This book is one of those books that I feel deserves more hype than it has been getting. I feel as if 50 Shades has taken more hype than this book deserves. This book has no contract and is just about a relationship between two people who have their fair share of life problems. Between her overbearing mother and his mysterious past, they make a couple who needs each other more than they need food.

I don't usually get invested in an adult book like this, but this one deserves so much recognition and it's just well written. The best writers don't get the recognition they deserve.

Thoughts if you read this?

Musing Mondays (6 January 2013)

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme created by Should be Reading

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
This is my first one, so I think I'm going to start off with my reading habits since this is something I need to improve. This past year, my reading has been slowly going downhill due to school. When I started University, I found it hard to read, but I found the perfect time to read and that was when I was at work. I work in the library, so it only seemed fitting that I read there.
I could finish a book in two days of working and I loved that about my job. However, when the term ended almost a month ago, my reading began to go down hill. I just didn't have a great reading streak. I have to find time to fit reading into my nonexistent schedule and it's harder than it looks. Sometimes, I want to read, but I just can't be bothered.
If the books I am reading are some of the best books I have ever read, then yes, I will make an effort to read them quickly. 
One of the hardest things for me is finding a place to read. I love sitting in a big chair with music playing. The hardest part at home is finding that kind of space since my siblings are always around and they seem to love making loud noises. I need to get a comfy big chair where I can do all of my reading.
I tried reading before I went to bed, but I ended on a really good part and it kept me up most of the night thinking about it. Reading when I go to bed just doesn't work for me.

03 January 2014

The Friday 56 (3 January 2013)

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by fredasvoice.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.

"I couldn't breathe, my lungs shuddering with sobs, my nostrils plugged by the heel of his palm. Spots danced before my eyes; my chest burned. I fought again... needing air.. desperate for air -"
~Sylvia Day, Reflected in You book 2 of the Crossfire Series (page 56)

Friday Finds (3 January 2014)

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).
So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson | Goodreads
  • Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky | Goodreads
  • The Annihilation of Foreverland by Tony Bertauski | Goodreads

02 January 2014

Writing Update: December 2013

Hey Everyone!

So... not much writing happened in the land of my NaNo novel. I tried, but I was so drowned in the holidays and finishing some other projects that I simply didn't have time.

One good thing came out of December. I finished another one of my stories I write. I was proud since it took me over a year to write. It's not going to be published, I know this already.

January is going to be me working on edits and reworking the story. I have a lot to change. I've decided to let it sit for a month, that's what Stephen King does, and it's probably a good thing. I just want to make it the best story I can before I begin querying.

For all of you writers out there, how many edits did you go through before submitting?

Reflection Time: December 2013

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Hey Everyone!

So this month started off as the most stressful month ever. I think at the beginning of the month, I was just ready for Christmas break. The third day of the month, though! I was supposed to present a debate, but my partner and I did the wrong side (it was a confusing topic), I was under the weather, and I almost got hit by a car who saw me. Yeah.... what a lovely way to start of December.

I also had finals this month. It was an exceptionally stressful time and I have never felt more stressed in my life. I felt the need to suck on my tea whenever I could and watch Supernatural and not do homework. I also found myself worrying that I could not be in school because of my Spanish grade (as of writing this on the 11th...this part anyways... I didn't know my score). I also found myself wanting to go more into trying to get published. Yeah... STRESSING!

My roommate, Hannah, and I exchanged gifts and I giggled like crazy when I opened mine. She had gotten me a target bag full of One Direction things. Magnets, tape, a notebook, dry erase boards, stickers, and a pen and pencil. I couldn't help but laugh because she knows me too well, I gotta love my boys. She doesn't even like One Direction much, but she still put their stickers (with their faces) on the back of her phone.

When we went home for Christmas, I was so relieved and... life is good. I was just excited to gloat to my siblings about not having school when they did. I was most excited to spend time with my family over the holidays and get the books I had been wanting.

I also finished one of my stories, so that was exciting. My goal was to finish it by the 31st and I did it! I finished it by the 31st! I was close to tears when it was over, I didn't have a clue what to do with myself because I started it last January!

How were your holidays? Did you get whatever it is you wanted for Christmas?