2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Michael has read 1 book toward his goal of 50 books.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday's Novel Talk (49)

Happy Monday Everyone!!!! I'm in such a good mood only because I don't work today and can do what I want! Like read all day! >.>

Since last Monday, April 23 I started and finished 4 books and started my 5th in the late hours of Sunday night. I did better than last week which is weird because I thought I read less books. Guess the days just dragged on for me.

Monday - Tuesday (23-24)
The Fault In Our Stars: Finally finished the book and I absolutely loved it. I think it's the one with the most potential to be made into a movie because it has all the things a person can want. There's the humor, yet the sadness, the badass moments and the aww moments of romance. One of his best books and I can not WAIT to see what John Green comes up with next!

Tuesday - Friday (24-27)
Lockdown: This book seriously took me the longest because of the feelings! ALL THE FEELINGS! The very beginning made me feel physically ill to the point that I had to put the book down and almost didn't read it. I think it was because of the way it was written that there didn't seem any hope for the characters and it was just so good that I hated it. But I got to the end and LOVED IT!

Friday - Sunday (27-29)
Solitary: The second book in the Escape from Furnace Series by Alexander Gordon Smith, this one I read a bit faster because I was kind of expecting some things already. I mean I know he won't escape until possibly the last book but when the main character was so close to escaping and I thought he was, I was so freaking excited it was like watching a movie. I hate it so much that I love it though but I'll need a break before reading book 3.

Sunday (29)
Every You, Every Me: I liked David Levithan's writing but only in some books. I am so glad that his independent novels are a lot better. This book was simply amazing and I could not put it down, hence how I finished it in the same day. I hope to see more novels like this from him though.

Sunday - * (29-*)
Paranormalcy: I started this book by Kiersten White around 10 PM and am currently on page 126 of 335. So far it's good, reminds me of Kelley Armstrong's YA novels which I love, so hopefully this one will go right up there as well.

That's basically what I've read and what I'm reading, leave your comments down below and let me know what you've been reading! =D

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Stacking The Shelves (1)

Hello everyone and welcome to my first post of Stacking the Shelves. Stacking the Shelves is a new weekly meme hosted by the wonderful and ever-epic Tynga from Tynga's Reviews! In light of the recent event of drama around the blogging community, Tynga has took it upon herself to create a brand new way to showcase the books we received in the week. So goodbye to In My Mailbox and Hello to Stacking the Shelves.

Basically the name stands for the books we've received that will help stack our shelves higher than they already are. But if you want more information just check out the video in the bottom! (And comment on it too!)

Yep, that's Tynga up there so go to her blog and leave some epic comments.

Anyway, this week was pretty good and I got 4 books in total!

I bought A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin along with A Feast For Crows. Both books 3 and 4 in what we now call the Game of Thrones Series. I seriously can't wait to read these and Book 3 is a big ass book!

I received The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge from Random House by their RandomBuzz.com program.

I received an ARC The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson from Harper Collins Publishers through Goodreads.com

All of these books sound so freaking good and I seriously can't wait to read them! I might explode if I don't soon especially Game of Thrones! -dies-

Anyway, these are the books I've got! Leave your comments down below with links to your posts! Hopefully this week I get some more good books! =D

Friday, April 27, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa

Yesterday, Julia Kagawa revealed the cover for her newest novel The Iron Legends.

The Iron Legends will consist of the two novella's Winter's Passing and Summer's Crossing along with a brand new novella.

Do I plan to get it? I do, and the cover isn't that bad. And I say this because when Julie Kagawa presented the cover for her spin-off series, The Lost Prince I felt as if my time with the author was over.

The cover definitely advertises to the female side and kind of pushes away the male. I mean I wouldn't want to be caught with that book in my hand because people would think it's something completely different. When I asked a couple of guys what they thought that novel was about based on the cover, they all said a cheesy romance novel with lots of nude men. Which is what it looks like.

I don't want to get into the business of covers yet because I have a post planned for it.

Let me know what you guys think of both covers in the comments below!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cover Reveal: Outpost by Ann Aguirre

Recently I saw a cover for a book and then figured out it was only the concept art. Today the author herself revealed the actual book cover and I'm LOVING IT! It's even better than what the concept art presented and so I present to you;

Outpost by Ann Aguirre! Book 2 in the Razorland Trilogy!

Ugh! What a beautiful cover really. If you've read the first novel, it adds so much to what might happen. Just the planks and the eye and the hands! It all looks freaking amazing.

The Razorland Trilogy begins with Book 1, Enclave where people live underground in tunnels in a post-apocalyptic world and when they reach outside, everything is completely different. If you like Dystopian and non-stop action then you'll love these books to the max.

The novel will be released 04th of September and you bet that I will be at B&N on release day!

What do you guys think of the cover? Leave your thoughts down below! =D

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (41)

Welcome, welcome, welcome my little children into the world. Your mission is to please us readers by letting us read your story and find out what you are all about. There are many of you, but only a few of you will truly reign. Only one of you though will sit on the throne. This week it's;

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa!

In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew savage for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked-and given the ultimate choice. Die or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outsider her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend-a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of the humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike. 

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what-and who-is worth dying for.

The Story: Like all other vampire stories, it sounds the same. I mean it sounded pretty cool but then the love was thrown in and I just about died myself. Why do authors feel the need to add love to every vampire novel? Just make it with no love! Seriously!

The Cover: The cover is beautiful though. If it were for the cover alone I would get it. I love the blood from the eye and the sort of background texture it has on the whole image. I actually want to go see what it looks like in person.

The Verdict: This one is a pass. I'm sick and tired of vampire novels that involve love and it's seriously like beating a dead horse. It's done and over with and I don't know why it's still around. 

What are your thoughts on the author, cover and story? Leave your comments down below!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday's Novel Talk (48)

Sigh! It's been a while since I said the same thing but posting has become quite difficult these past couple of weeks and I have no idea why. I think it's because of the constant reading and catching up on some shows and playing my PS3 and then work getting in the way. Hopefully things will get back to normal because I need to post or else I'll explode.

Anyway, since last Monday, 16 April I started and finished 3 books and started my 4th in the early hours of the morning. Funny thing is that they've all been John Green books as I'm doing my John Green marathon.

Looking for Alaska: I absolutely LOVED this book. I recall reading at work when the infamous swan scene happened and I busted out laughing and got some strange looks from my boss. Or during the cheer scene at the basketball game I began laughing as well. Luckily I was alone for that one. But this book was amazing, it was hilarious (I still laugh at those scenes now) it was heart-wrenching, emotional, and everything else I could think of. It was a pretty perfect book and the best way to start off my relationship with John Green.

An Abundance of Katherines: Unfortunately my relationship, like all relationships, hit a bumpy road with this book. While I did like it there was something about it that lacked what Looking for Alaska gave to me. I just felt sort of bland reading it. Perhaps it's because I didn't understand why the main character kept going after Katherines but I do know that if it weren't for the end this book would have kind of failed in my terms.

Paper Towns: Sweet baby Jesus! This book was like the marriage between me and John Green. This gave me what Looking for Alaska gave to me plus so much more! I absolutely loved this book and so far it is my favorite of him. The scenes were both hilarious and tear-jerking. The characters were amazingly written, the mysterious Margo winning the award for best character of the novel. I remember how by the end I began hating her so much and then when it was done I didn't hate her as much but something was still there. Yet I love her. This book should definitely be read by everything single reader if you want an amazing adventure. Plus that road-trip (which surpasses An Abundance of Katherines road-trip) was so freaking hilarious that I was imagining it if it were a movie and kept laughing so much.

The Fault In Our Stars: I started this book around 3 AM and so far I'm on page 113 of  313. So far I'm loving this book. It's definitely different than the others but it's making it that much special. I'm loving the characters and I feel so much for them. I can't wait to see the ending of this book but I think it won't be a good one.

So that's what I've been reading for the past week. Let me know what you've read in the comments below! =D

Monday, April 16, 2012

In My Mailbox/Book Haul (15)

It has been a while since I did one of these and another while since I last posted. Things got kind of busy and I was just all types of lazy to type up a post but finally I am back! In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren where we show the books we got the past week. This week was actually pretty good because I caved in and bought some books and plus a sequel came out. I was supposed to put this up yesterday but I had to work so I had no time.

Tuesday I went to Barnes and Noble in NYC with my niece because The Calling by Kelley Armstrong had just come out. I bought it and read it and it was actually really good. But my addiction got the best of me so I bought A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. I always said that I wouldn't read the books until I finished the three last books of Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind and I'm still keeping up on that. I just had to buy the books to have it! >.>

Thursday my addiction got the best of me again so I ordered the second book, A Clash of Kings and it arrived Saturday morning. I'm trying to get all of the books in Hardcover without the HBO thing on top and they look amazing in person.

But yea that's all I got this week. I doubt I'll be getting anything else real soon because I still need to lower my TBR Pile. Leave your links down below and show me what you guys got the past week!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Monday's Novel Talk (47)

Whoa! It's been a while since I've posted. I have actually been really sick, like in bed can't get up sick. Yea, that bad. But I've still been reading and finishing some books on top of that. Since last Monday, March 26th I have finished 3 books and started a 4th.

The Last Olympian: Finally finished the last Percy Jackson book and it was amazing. Loved how the whole book itself was a battle and it truly excited me because usually last books take their time to build up to the last battle and then have it last like 1/4 of the book. But this battle was more like 3/4 of the book and it was amazing!

Percy Jackson: The Ultimate Guide: I did say I was going to read all of the books but this was more like a recap of the whole series. There was a bit new information but it was basically just all five books wrapped up.

Percy Jackson: The Demigod Files: This offered 3 new short stories to the Percy Jackson universe and they were good. But I think I kind of wanted to finish the whole Percy Jackson and just move on to other books. But I still enjoyed the stories a lot. They were great additions to the universe.

Crossed: I'm currently reading Crossed by Ally Condie and am on page 271 of 367 and I'm enjoying it MORE than I did the first book Matched. There seems to be more action and suspense than there was in the first book and I only hope it keeps going up from here on. I'll be finishing this book tonight so let's see how it is!

What are you guys reading? Leave your comments down below! =D
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