Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: What Makes Me Instantly Pick Up a Book

A weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, we answer the prompt each week. Come play along with us! 

This week's prompt:
Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book (thanks to Karin at My Life In Books for this topic & graciously letting us use it)

What a fun topic this week! It has forced me to think about which books I automatically purchase, and why that was. So that's helped me get to the following list:

1) Series that I love and want to own. I am a librarian so I am obviously a huge advocate of using your own library but there are some series that I just L-O-V-E and want to own. Usually, I have borrowed the first book and then I just got to have it in my personal collection as well as any additional books in the series.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0

I was fortunate to participate in the Bout of Books 6.0 and had a lot of fun doing it. I am looking forward to participating in the Bout of Books 7.0 and will do the best I can. :)

Bout of Books

Here is the Official Blurb from 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, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th 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 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Friday, April 26, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #3

A Weekly Feature by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Come join us as we learn about our fellow bloggers by answer a weekly question. 

This Week's Question:
Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or vice versa? What is the song and book?

This is a hard question...nothing is jumping into my mind at the moment. There is one quirk that is a different take on this question. Whenever I am talking about Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally, I cannot help but thinkof an older television show called Crossing Jordan. They are totally not related in any way shape or form other than a slightly similar title.

Ugh--I can tell it is Friday because my brain is just not wanting to come up with anything else. Do you have a combination you can think of? If so, let me know in the comments.

Happy Reading! 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Georgetown Academy: Book Three
By Jessica Etting Koosed and Alyssa Embree Schwartz

Georgetown Academy: Book Three 
By Jessica Etting Koosed & Alyssa Embree Schwartz
Reviewed from: eBook from Colilioquy—thank you!

Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Perceived Notions

A weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which we answer the posted questions. Come play along with us!

This week's theme is the Top Ten Books I Thought I Would Like More/Less Than I Did


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Georgetown Academy: Book Two
Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz

Georgetown Academy: Book Two 
By Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz 
Reviewed from: eArcs from Coliloquy—thank you! 

Overall Rating: 4 stars 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Feature & Follow # 2

A weekly feature hosted by Rachel at Parajunkee and Alison at Alison Can Read. To join in the fun, write a post and link up. Be sure to follow Rachel and Alison through GFC, RSS Feed or email subscription. Don't forget to follow me too--either GFC or RSS, either is good with me. :-)

This Week's Question:

 If you could hang out with any author (living) who would it be and what would you want to do?

Actually, this is a really tough question for me as I have so many authors that I would love to meet and hang out. Therefore, I am going to ask forgiveness because I am going to post more than one. :-)

On My Wishlist #2

Hosted by Workaday Reads, this is the post in which we highlight books we have on our wishlist. It could be an upcoming title, a just released, or an old title to me. 

Smart Girls Get What They Want
by Sarah Strohmeyer

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Georgetown Academy: Book One
By Jessica Koosed Etting and Alysssa Embree Schwartz

Georgetown Academy Book One By Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz 
Reviewed from: eArcs from Coliloquy—thank you! 

Overall Rating: 4.5 stars 

Waiting on Wednesdays: The 5th Wave

A weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, join us as we highlight titles we would like to read. 

This book just strikes me as an amazing read. Here is the GoodReads summary for it:

The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Exclusively Yours
Shannon Stacey

Exclusively Yours
By Shannon Stacey
ISBN: 9780373776788
Reviewed from: a copy from my library


Overall Rating: 4 stars


Top Ten Tuesday: REWIND Day!

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

This week is Top Ten Tuesday REWIND -- pick a past topic you missed or one you want to revisit!

Oh the luxury of choosing--how exciting! Then, I stopped and realized I had to make a choice and not just ponder it. There are so many delicious topics to want to go back and actually write my own blog post about since I have been a long time reader of Top Ten Tuesday but not near as long as a participant. Without further ado, I selected:

Top Ten Romance You Think Would Last Outside the Book

Here are my YA couples I think would make it should they be living, breathing people:

1) Anna and St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

2) Lola and Cricket from Lola and The Boy Next Door by  Stephanie Perkins

Monday, April 15, 2013

Blogger Confessions: How Long Do I Think I Will Blog?

A bimonthly posting, For What It's Worth and Midnyte Reader post questions on the first and third Monday of each month for us to respond to and link back to their sites. For a list of upcoming questions, go here

April 15th - How long do you see yourself blogging for? Do you think it's ok for a blog to evolve over time? For example: You may have started out as a book review blog but now your interest is in cooking as well. Do you incorporate that or start over?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

How My Summer Went Up in Flames
By Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

How My Summer Went Up in Flames 
By Jennifer Salvato Doktroski
ISBN: 9781442459403
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Reviewed from: eARC from Simon Pulse—thank you so much!

Overall Rating: 5 stars 

Feature and Follow Friday #1

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers - This week's feature is: 
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6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
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This Week's Question: We are about to see a lot of posts & tweets about reader conventions, RT, BEA, ALA and many more are starting soon. Which one would you love to attend? Where and why?

Grave Mercy
By Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy
By Robin LaFevers
ISBN: 9780547628349
Reviewed from: from my library and I know own a copy of it.

Reading time: solid day so you pick up the details 

Overall Rating: 5 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Book Blogger Hop: Not My Usual Genre

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer after Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books needed to stop hosting it. 

This week's question: What was the last book you read from a genre you don't normally read?

For me, I think the one that stands out seems to be Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. I love historical fiction but I have never really read historical fantasy books before. Can I just say I LOVED this book? 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

On My Wishlist #1

Hosted by Workaday Reads, this is the post in which we highlight books we have on our wishlist. It could be an upcoming title, a just released, or an old title to me. 

My selection this week is Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

GoodReads Summary:

Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it's a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part,Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy's car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: MUST READ New Releases This Month

Wow, it has been ages since I have participated in Waiting on Wednesday. It has been an insane couple of  months. I am writing this write on a reprieve from unpacking boxes but the good news is we are in our new house (mostly). :-)

WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

I want to acknowledge that there are two titles I am DYING to read that are coming out this month. I am over the moon waiting for:

1) The Elite by Kiera Cass

Can I just say I am one of those who just LOVED The Selection. I also read the novella that came out too The Prince and will be curious to see if there is anything introduced in there will come into play in the The Elite

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I Read Before I Was a Blogger

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I Read BEFORE I Was a Blogger

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Be sure to pop over to their blog to see what upcoming topics.

What a fun and interesting challenge it is to come up with this list. Let's see what I can come up with:

1) Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Hands down, one my sure bets and automatic buys is anything written by Miranda Kenneally. I just love her books! Catching Jordan is the first title I read by her and I just love it. Is it bad to say I have it as an e-book but I am contemplating buying a physically copy of it as well? My justification is I want to pass it down to my daughter to read when the time is right. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Let's Talk About It: The Nervous Side of Reading

Let's Talk About It is going to be a reoccurring series here on Love.Life.Read in which I discuss topics that have sparked an interest in me. I hope you all with join in with me with these discussions.

The Nervous Side of Reading

I posted this on Twitter:

It sparked a chord with so many others on Twitter than I realized it would. So why is it I get nervous when picking up a book that I have been highly anticipating? I think it has to do with hoping I did not build up the anticipation too much in my mind. I feel like a swarm of butterflies has been let loose in my stomach. Sometimes I get giddy with excitement too. Does that make me a geek? ;-)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Heir to a Desert Legacy
By Maisey Yates

Heir to a Desert Legacy
By Maisey Yates
ISBN 9780373131396
Publication Date: March 19, 2013
Reviewed from: eARC from Harlequin—Thank you!