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video 2016-06-05 19:09

 

So now it's time for you to help me, your vote is desperately needed as I have next to no clue on what to read next. The first vote is for what to read once I finish Vampire Academy, your choices are:

Blood of Eden by Julie Kawaga. 

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. 

 

The second vote is for what I should read on my lunch break, your choices are of two:

Time Lord Fairy Tales by Justin Richards. 

Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. 

 

So get to voting!! Your help is sorely needed. 

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text 2016-02-24 04:28
Books That Define Us

So this is just something I'd thought I'd blog about because I've been thinking about it a lot lately. 

Everyone has that one book, or that one series, or maybe dozens of books that stand out to them. Maybe it's because that's what got you into reading, maybe you connect with it on some level. Whatever it is, we all have them. And I just thought I'd talk about a few of mine today. 

 

Warriors by Erin Hunter

Yes, this is the series about the cats that live in the wild. Honestly, it seems a bit childish now and if I hadn't started reading the series eight years ago I wouldn't have just bought one of the books on Thriftbooks two days ago. I want to say that Warriors sparked my reading. Sure, I read a book here and there before that. I enjoyed reading but I didn't do it avidly. Then, my friend was reading these books and she showed me the website but I wasn't really that into it. That was until I went to the school library and checked out the fourth book of the first series one day (it was all they had okay?). Anyway, I started reading them after that. I read them so fast. I was ready for the final book of the third series when it came out in 2009. 

After reading all the Warriors I could I started with the authors' second series: Seekers. I loved that as well. I think after that I flew through any book I could get my hands on. 

 

Maximum Ride by James Patterson

Yeah, I talk about this series all the time and I'm sorry. It's just a really big part of my life. I started reading this series 7 years ago in 8th grade. I read it because my teacher had a few of the books in his library. And also because my friends all got into reading them. I actually started with the fourth book The Final Warning. Because that was all that was available when I wanted to read it. My friend had the actual first book. Max Ride became such a big part of my life, so much more then Warriors. This was mainly because a group of four friends and I all read the series. We all picked characters that were ourselves (I was Angel, a choice I regret so much now). We talked about the series nonstop. We let each other borrow the manga editions. I drew wolverine on steroids in art class (it was actually Ari but it was so bad). 

Even after I moved away from my friends Max Ride remained to be a central series that I read. I eagerly awaited a new book or a new manga. I reread. I supported the movie campaign (which failed...horribly). I wrote fanfiction. I had so many feels when the series finally ended with Nevermore (And then Forever happened but I'm trying to erase that from my mind). Max Ride is a series that I loved, and a series that I will always love (even though Forever is an abomination). 

 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

For me this series was another stepping stone towards the hoard of books that I call a library. I started reading the series after the saw the first movie (I know, I know it suckedm but I enjoyed it at the time). I read the entire series over the summer before my 2nd year in high school. When the school year started I was actually jealous of someone in my English class reading the Lost Hero because I wanted to read it but I didn't have any money to buy it. That person later on became my best friend. Not because I was jealous, because we were in other classes together and our other friend pulled us together. 

Anyway, she let me read the first two Heores of Olympus books (which was all that was out at the time). I loved them so much. Mark of Athena was one of the first books that I bought on release day I believe. Percy Jackson to me is a huge part of my life. With this series I really got involved in the fandom. I had a facebook page about it and then I followed social media. I loved this series. 

 

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

This series almost goes hand in hand with Percy Jackson for me because I started reading them both around the same time. This series however had a first for me: my first OTP or the first time I really even knew what the heck that even was. It was Clace, Clary and Jace. My OTPs of OTPs (and the show is breaking my heart because I do not like their relationship in it). I believe I really started hardcore shipping with this series. I had in the past but I didn't really know what it was. TMI is an important series to me. Like I said, it's were shipping really began for me. And to a fangirl, shipping is almost everything. 

 

Panic by Lauren Oliver

This is an odd one and one most people probably wouldn't even put on this list, but it's important to me. Panic was the first, or one of the very first, contemporary novels I ever read. People were raving about it so I had to pick it up. And I read it within a couple days. It was great and amazing and I loved every second of it. I don't really know why, but Panic sparked my need to read more contemporary novels. I verged away from just fantasy and science fiction and started to get into the core of YA (my bank account regrets this). 

 

And...that's it. Yeah. There's more books that have had an impact on me as a reader but none as much as these. When people ask "what's your favorite series?" or "What got you into reading?" these always pop into my mind.

As always, thank you for reading and listening to me ramble! Comment below or post your own blog! I would love to hear what you have to say! 

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text 2016-02-10 04:40
Underrated Books!
Under The Never Sky - Veronica Rossi
A Shade of Vampire - Bella Forrest
It All Started With An Apple - Ashley Winters
Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz
Sanctum - Sarah Fine

Hello all! This post will be about amazing books/series that I have read that are so, so amazing but have like no fanbase! We need to change that pronto! 

 

Under the Never Sky Trilogy by Veronica Rossi

This trilogy is one of my favorite trilogies of all time and I'll tell you why. I found this first book after looking at iBooks after I got my first iPhone two years ago. Here was the first book for like $2.99 and the cover was gorgeous. So, I bought it. This book has everything anybody could want. Dystopian world? Check. A kickass heroine? Check. Hot guy with family issues? Check. Amazing writing? Check. Fast-moving plot? Check. THE OTP OF ALL OTPS. Check. Seriously, this book had one of my first big book OTPs. I think that's why it hold such a special place in my heart. Perry (the main guy character) is one of my baes and will forever remain so. 

A Shade of Vampire Series by Bella Forrest

This series is the best. It's a very long series. I think we're up to like book 21 now. That being said, I haven't read all of it only up to like 11 or 12. But that doesn't make it any less amazing! Want a story with a sexy vampire? Yeah its a lot cliche but it's worth it. Yeah it's a love story between the girl and the main vampire like every vampire story ever. But...I don't know, it's hard to explain. It's almost a new take on things. There so, so many characters but you get to fall in love with (or hate) all of them! The POVs tends to switch at time but it gives you a well-rounded view of the story. Too long of a series for you? The first seven books tell the story of the two main characters. The next like 9 tell the story of two other characters, and so on. Love spin offs? Well there's A Shade of Kiev which is a direct spin off of like the sixth or seventh book. And then there's Shade of Dragon which I thought had nothing to do with the series but apprentlty I've heard it's going to tie in. It's a long series to read but a fun one at that. 

It all Started With an Apple by Ashley Winters

What happens when your best friend convinces you to throw an apple across the cafeteria to find out who you'll fall in love with? An amazing book that's what. This book started out as a story on Wattpad and it was one of the first things I ever read on there, I think that's why it has such a special place in my heart. This book is a great story about two kids falling in love (or do they?) and then there's a shocking plot twist that made my throw my phone across the room. The best part is this story is FREE on wattpad! However if you enjoy I would suggest buying it from the author! That's why I have a copy sitting on my shelf! (EDIT: apparently it's not being sold any longer :/) https://www.wattpad.com/story/2598009-it-all-started-with-an-apple

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

I've seen about zero hype about this series and it's kinda sad. I started reading this in 8th grade because my teacher made us read the first book for an assignment (he wasn't a very good teacher by school standards). It was amazing. I loved it and read the second on straight away. And then I went out and bought the rest of the series, or what was out at the moment. I haven't actually finished the series because I lot interest in it (not because it wasn't amazing, just because I started reading teen ya romance and like fantasy stuff). But if you want a story about a teenage spy then this novel is for you! Don't like romance? That's fine! This series has next to none! 

Sanctum by Sarah Fine

If you've been following my blog for forever and have read every post then you'll know I got the second and third book of this trilogy from a giveaway on Goodreads. Sadly I didn't win the first book and had to tract down a copy. This series really surprised me. I thought it wasn't going to be that great but it was really really good! I fell in love with the main guy character! The main chick got on my nerves at time but she was okay. And the side characters were life! Basically this series is about a girl ending up in Hell and working her way through it to find her friend who she doesn't think belongs there. Okay, it's a lot better then it seems and I recommend a try at least. It is (or was when I read it) available on Kindle Unlimited so try that! 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2014-05-08 23:41
LibraryThing - "Vous et nul autre" update

One of the book sites I use is LibraryThing, which, once you get past the learning curve, has some nice features. I just found out that the "Vous et nul autre" feature (found under: Home > Stats/Memes > Memes) got an update a couple days ago. It used to just show you which books you shared with one other member. Now it shows you which you share with 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 other members.

Maybe useless to some, but I like it as a "What should I read and review next?" tool, since sometimes it's nice to review something that dozens or hundreds of people haven't already added to their collections and reviewed.

 

(Cross-posted from my blog)

Source: familiardiversions.blogspot.com/2014/05/librarything-vous-et-nul-autre-update.html
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text 2013-07-01 21:19

You should all check out What should I read next?.  Just type a name of a book you have enjoyed and it will bring up a list of books you might like as well! 

I've always had trouble finding books I might enjoy, this website solved my problem.

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