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text 2014-12-15 13:52
Top books of 2014
Angelfall - Susan Ee
Scarlet - A.C. Gaughen
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey
Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
The Emperor's Edge (The Emperor's Edge #1) - Lindsay Buroker
Fire - Kristin Cashore
Branded - Abi Ketner,Missy Kalicicki
White Horse - Alex Adams,Emily Durante
Nottingham - Jaron Lee Knuth

being that I'm apparently amazing at shelving on GRs i can easily choose out my top 10 books....... now can i explain why?

Alright the first 4 were easy, they are the books i gave 5 stars too.

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

Angelfall was technically a re-read, but it was still just as amazing as the first time i read it, so it got another 5 stars and stayed as one of my fave's.

Scarlet (Scarlet, #1)

Scarlet was another fantastic read. I've never read a Robin Hood book before, never truly like the videos of him as i was growing up, i think he was played by a fox? anyways this book just resonated really well with me. I loved the main character, and adored the rest. Their plight was sympathetic, and what they stood for was amazing. i felt this book was really well written.


The Fault in Our Stars

This book was so touching and wonderful and sweet and bitter, how could i help but not love it. Plus it made me cry, one must rate highly of books that make them move so much. The characters were fantastic and so lovable. even now thinking back on this book i have a smile on my face, i feel like these incredible characters are my friends and i'll always have kind if not slightly sad memories of them.


The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)

Now i had heard some amazing things about this book, but then same could be said with other not so fantastic books.... luckily this lived beyond the hype it was that good! This book was everything YA should strive for. Wonderful adult characters, who dont spend their time bitching and moaning, they are enjoyable for all ages (this is a guess being as i havent read this at all ages myself) The writing was fantastic and smooth, and a pleasure to read. The world was incredible and well thought out.
Really a YA should be a book anyone can enjoy with a younger cast of characters, there should be just as much effort put into the writing and editing as any adult book. The characters should be as in-depth as any you'd expect from adult books as well. The 5th Wave lived up to this, the story was interesting and kept me glued to the pages from the get go. This is why this book made my top 4.





The Rest of the books got four stars, and i recall ranting and raving over how amazing they where and how delicious they tasted to my devouring mind. and i could go into detail, but I'm lazy and besides who wants to read all that? just trust me to the fact they're amazing and you need to read them if your havent already!!!

Looking forward to next year's new books!!!

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text 2014-06-30 16:29
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
[ { HERO (WOODCUTTER SISTERS #2) } ] by Kontis, Alethea (AUTHOR) Oct-01-2013 [ Hardcover ] - Alethea Kontis

Done! And so unbelievably in love with these books I can't even get the proper words together!!! Full review to come. If you love Fantasy you MUST give this book a read!!!

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text 2013-10-04 13:26
Reading Bits, Nook's Friday Freebie, and 30 Day Challenge
Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot - Bill O'Reilly,Martin Dugard
The Wolf Gift - Anne Rice
Without Warning - John Birmingham
Robin Hobb The Rain Wild Chronicles Trilogy Collection 3 Books Set Pack (Titles in This Set Book 1: The Dragon Keeper Book 2: Dragon Haven Book 3: City of Dragons (Hardback)) - Robin Hobb
An Irish Country Doctor - Patrick Taylor
Hounded - Kevin Hearne
Dies the Fire - S.M. Stirling
The Guns of the South - Harry Turtledove
Worldwar: In the Balance - Harry Turtledove
Right Ho Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse

Reading Bits


When I imported my GoodReads, I wiped my 'planning to read' shelf here because it was monstrous and not categorized... I had to hunt through the list to find the genre I was in the mood for.  Slowly, the planning to read shelf here is growing, but thanks to being able to make exclusive shelves, I have a plan to keep it organized.  


I just see so many interesting books... I need to be more discerning when I put one on my planning to read shelf.



Nook's Friday Freebie


For those with a Nook or Nook app, today's freebie can be found here:




I might actually read this one (I have a ton of Free Friday books that are simply not my cup of tea, but who is going pass up a freebie, right?)


30 Day Challenge


Late to the start with this one, so hold on and I'll do a quick catch-up:


Day 1-  Best Book You Read Last Year


Well, despite stating that Badreads was dead to me, I had to log into my account to look at my list to make sure my choice was a read from last year (for a historian, I suck with dates :P).  There were so many good ones... I cannot simply choose just one, so I'll give the top five:


Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly - No matter what you think of this bloviating windbag, the book was factual and well done and should be read by all.

The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice - I liked her take on the werewolf mythos, far better than anything I've seen recently.

Without Warning by John Birmingham - Fascinating romp, had me at his imagery of Bill O'Reilly gone *smirks*.  

Rain Wild Chronicles by Robin Hobb - Cheating here, but the whole series is amazing.

An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor - Great book (and series) to curl up with when you are looking for an escape into the past.


And honorable mention for a short story, Shtetl Days by Harry Turtledove- it was available to read free at Tor, but you can also purchase it for your e-reader for .99 cents, worth every penny! - http://www.tor.com/stories/2011/04/shtetl-days


Day 2- A Book You've Read More Than Three Times


That one is easy, Trinity by Leon Uris.  There are others though, many of the Spenser novels by Robert B. Parker (when he was the author), several of Wodehouse's collections featuring Jeeves, the World War series by Harry Turtledove, and more.  


I am a chronic re-reader if the book grabbed my attention the first go around. 


Day 3 - Your Favorite Series


Asking me to pick one book or one series is like asking a carb addict to eat only one potato chip... here are a few of my favorites:


Rain Wild Chronicles by Robin Hobb

Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne

Emberverse series by S.M. Stirling

Worldwar and Great War series by Harry Turtledove

Irish Country Doctor series by Patrick Taylor


Day 4 - Favorite Book of Your Favorite Series




Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling

Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove




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