2014 Reading Challenge

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

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (50)

Hey Chroniclers! I am here today with Tuesday's Novel Spotlight. As I've said before, I've split books into two different categories. Sequels for books I've already read or want to read will be posted under Tuesday's Novel Spotlight, while debut books will be posted on The Novel's Court and be judged into oblivion. This week, I will be talking about...

Prodigy by Marie Lu!

I won't give you the synopsis because I wouldn't want to spoil the first book for you. The truth is, I might have to re-read the first book. While I remember major parts, the rest of the book feels kind of hazy and if I read this one I won't really know much of what's going on. I do know that I really liked Legend so I'll have no problem re-reading it. I seriously can't wait to read this one though. I've heard such good things about it and everyone who has read it is loving it! Ugh the excitement!

Will you be reading Prodigy? Leave your comments down below along with what you thought of Legend.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday's Novel Talk (57)

Hey Chroniclers! How's everyone doing on this Monday? I feel a bit blah. My body is killing me, I have a huge headache, my fingers are spazzing out and doing this weird thing. In conclusion, it's blah. But, we are here to speak of what I've been reading!

Since last week's post I have finished Phantom by Terry Goodkind. Book 10 in the Sword of Truth series. I actually finished the book at 3:30 AM today. It was so good and the ending killed me so I had to start the final book in the series. Now when I say final book in the series I mean, final in the main arc. Which is the main story. Then there's the prequel, the companion which is said to be set thousands of years into the future and then the sequel. The sequel, while it continues off from where the main arc leaves off, following the events right after the last book (11) it's book 1 in the new series arc. There's also the novella about the first Confessor. It's an e-book but I seriously wished it were published as an actual book.

But, at 3:30 AM I started reading book 11 Confessor by Terry Goodkind. I read until 4:45 AM and got to page 72 out of 757. It's going good and it's fast paced and I can't believe I'm finishing the series years later. I think it's been three years already. It's making me a bit sad but I know that there's more for me to read and there's more to come out soon!

But that's all I've been reading. I'm trying to finish this book by Thursday so we'll see how that goes. Nothing ever goes as planned as I have learned.

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And don't forget to check out the book that started it all along with the last two...


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Stacking The Shelves (6)

Hey Chroniclers! I am here on this blah Sunday to bring you the newest addition that will help me Stacking The Shelves! Before I continue though, can I just say that Saturday passed by in such a rush. I mean I looked at the clock and it was 2:00 PM and next thing I know it's already 10:00 PM. I literally did nothing but sit down on a chair and so many hours passed by. It felt so crazy and weird but it's a new day. Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful Tynga over at Tynga's Reviews! Stacking The Shelves allows people to share the books they got during the week to help others find books they might be interested in.

This week I only got one book once again.

I bought Street Magic by Tamora Pierce. It's book 2 in The Circle Opens Quartet, which is a sequel series to The Circle Closes Quartet. I'm super excited to read this book even though I want to get the last two before I start this series. I read the first two of this series years ago along with the first book of the first series. Then recently I bought the first four and re-read the first one and read the next three and it felt good to go back to my childhood. I really can't wait for this one.

But this is all I got. Because I'm officially broke and have about $1 to my name, I'm not sure that I'll be buying anything anytime soon. Unless I see my friend who got me a B&N Gift Card for Christmas. =P

Anywho let me know what you guys got this week down below in the comments!

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And be sure to check out the first four books in the first quartet!


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Honesty Hour (4)

Ola Chroniclers! (Just went all Portuguese on you guys!) How is everyone doing? Hopefully not as lazy and cold as I am. I'm dreading going into that freezing bathroom and taking a shower. But, we are here to talk about books! Today I'll be bringing back another post that I haven't done in the longest. It is called... Honesty Hour! Honesty Hour is this thing I do where I talk about a series or characters or something from a book. It's not a book review nor is it like one. This is more of a discussion WITH SPOILERS that I kind of tell the truth on how I really feel and don't try to sugar coat anything. You can check out example of the previous three down below;

Harry Potter Characters James Potter, Cho Chang, Severus Snape, and Draco Malfoy
The Mortal Instruments Pre-Lost Souls
Nightshade Trilogy Pre-Bloodrose

For this week I've decided to do another trilogy of which I have some feelings towards and that is...

Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie!

I bought Matched around the same time it had just come out and I bought it simply because the cover looked amazing. I'm a cover freak and judge a bit by the covers. I didn't even read the synopsis with that much attention. I knew it was Dystopian so I figured it would be good. So I finally read it and while it was good it lacked so much! I found myself bored at times, especially when the main character, Cassia, spends the majority of her time climbing a hill and thinking. When I think of Dystopian I think of action and a revolution. While there was talks of revolting and Cassia says she is, I didn't see it. No action was taken for there to be a revolution.

Also as we know she gets Matched with her best friend and then another guys picture flashes. The fact that she falls in love with this other guy simply out of curiosity. I thought it was a low blow to her best friend. There was no way that she could just instantly love this guy she has basically never fully met. I thought it was a cheap way to get into the love story and perhaps should have been played out a bit better.

The only part that really got me pumped up was towards the end. A certain scene where two parents are being separated from each other and are trying to grab each others hands. That's what got me going. It showed me that the world Cassia lives in has power to do whatever they want. But then it went back to falling flat.

Enter Crossed. I was a bit hesitant to getting into this one but I finally did. It was certainly much more action-packed than the first one but at times it got a bit boring as well. I liked the whole running away thing but again it didn't feel like Cassia was giving the revolution she keeps talking about. The part that really got me infuriated was the ending.

After everything Cassia and the others went through. After everything they had to do. Out of nowhere they go back to the city. Just like that. Again it felt like such a cheap shot and I felt as if I was stolen a good ending for the book. The set up for this "revolution" to play out in book 3 was so random at the end of the second book I can't even put it into words. The way it was played out felt dumb to me. I just really felt cheated. The characters spend the whole time running away not wanting to go back and in one page they end up back. Not captured. They went back themselves. There was nothing leading up to that, it was so random.

And thus, I am afraid for Reached. Especially since the book is huge, I'm so afraid that it'll disappoint me. I'll read it soon this year but I'm so afraid that I'm going to get a crappy ending that it'll probably just make me wish I've never read the trilogy in the first place. But we shall see how it goes. I personally think that this trilogy got too much hype for what it's not worth.

AND! They're making it a movie which let's be honest, I will watch. I like watching adaptations and seeing how they play out compared to the book. I don't complain about scenes not being in there or some changes because if I want the actual thing, I'd read the book. A movie is a movie is a movie. But I am afraid that it's going to be a bit boring like the book unless they change it up a bit.

What are your thoughts on the trilogy? Was it over-hyped or do you think it was actually good? Leave your comments down below.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cast Them Away (2)

Holy shiznet Chroniclers! It has been the longest since I did another one of these. Almost a year really but I've got some inspiration to do it again. Cast Them Away is a weekly meme hosted by me in which I choose an actor or actress to play a role of a character from a book if it were ever a movie. This week I chose to do the Nightshade Trilogy by Andrea Cremer!

Who am I casting though? Today I shall cast the role of Calla Tor! The main character of course. Now I didn't exactly picture anyone while reading this but thinking about an actress only one person comes to my mind. Especially since the girl on the first cover (of the new covers) looks a bit like this actress. I'm talking about...

I tried to get a side shot so you can see how she resembles the cover model a bit as well. Not that much but I can see it. I think that Dianna Agron might be a good choice. She's done her part in an action movie already and she wasn't that bad and I sincerely think that it's time for her to star in her own role of a main character and who better than Calla? Just dirty her up a bit and bam! We got the wilderness girl we all love.

Also, there's a part in the series where Calla's hair gets chopped off and who else chopped off their hair at one point and still looks good and edgy and like she's ready to kick ass?

That girl.

She looks very good in that picture and like she's ready to kick ass of course. So should the Nightshade Trilogy be made into movies? Of course! Should Dianna Agron be cast as Calla Tor? Hell yes! Will it happen? Not sure but if I were the one making the movie I'd cast her in a heartbeat.

What do you guys think of this casting? Do you have anyone else in mind? Leave your comments down below and let me know!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Novel's Court (1)

Hey Chroniclers! Last week I put up a post about some problems going on but in the end I'm just like screw it. It still boggles my mind and I'm still kind of eh but I'm still posting and fighting for what I want. And with that I continue my posts! And with the continuing of the posts I'm making a little change. Tuesday's Novel Spotlight will officially be changed to The Novel's Court ala The People's Court. Kind of. I do this because change can be good and I feel like I'm a judge when talking about these novels. I'll still be keeping Tuesday's Novel Spotlight except that'll be for books which are sequels from series that I have read or want to read. The Novel's Court will be for debuts only. The Novel's Court will be a weekly meme hosted by me (hopefully no one is doing it already and that I'm copying them or I'll cry.)

So let us get it started!

The Archived by Victoria Schwab!

Man I'm freaking loving this cover but onto the synopsis!

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous-it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da's death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed  And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard won redemption.

Time for court! 

The Story: Holy crap! What the hell is going on in that synopsis?! It sounds dark and a tad bit scary and just overall holy crap it sounds fantastic! Finally the synopsis is focusing on the story and doesn't mention a guy she's doing this for. (Here's to hoping there isn't or if there is it's not as crappy). But this sounds so freaking good and let's just hope this become a movie.

The Cover: I am in love with this cover! I love the key and how the smoke flows from the key with the image of the girl in the mix. I love how it's simple yet speaks a lot. Along with the colors. That golden key just pops out enough to bring life to it but not take over the whole cover. Love the blueish-hue of the smoke that sets itself very well against the dark blue background. I just want this cover in my hands right now.

The Verdict: Guilty! Guilty of catching my interesting and making me want to buy this! So I will have to find some way to get money to buy this because I need it NOW! And that, my fellow Chroniclers, is law. 

What are your thoughts on the cover and the story? Have you read it yet or no? Leave your comments down below! 

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Monday's Novel Talk (56)

Hey Chroniclers! It is a Monday and so far this Monday has been the best one so far. Good things are coming to me and I'm so grateful for the people who've helped me and can't thank them enough and possibly might even love them? >.> It's true, it's true. But today, I tell you what I've been reading and such.

Since last week I have finished Chainfire by Terry Goodkind! Book 9 in the Sword of Truth series and it's building up to an epic conclusion in the final three books.

With that being done I have moved on to book 10, Phantom by Terry Goodkind and it is becoming such an amazing story. I just can't handle all of the craziness that's going on and sincerely hope for the best. I'm currently on page 90 of 673. It's less pages than the previous book so I should be able to finish this one sooner.

Aside from reading I've been catching up on some shows! American Horror Story, Once Upon A Time, and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (don't judge the boo boo) to name a few. I've also been watching The Biggest Loser now which makes me tear up every episode watching the people and how much weight they lost. It's all so crazy and it continues today!

And that's everything that's been going on in the past week. How has your week gone?

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Discouraging Numbers

Hey Chroniclers!

That's me up there. The red one not one of the many yellow ones. Basically something very wrong is going on. I used to get hundreds of views on my page every single day. But on January 11th it just went and now I'm getting less than 100 views per day. Which is something that is very odd and I'm thinking it's a bug on blogger. I mean you can literally see the dip in the bar it's that much of a drastic change. But then I keep thinking what if it isn't a bug and it's a real and people all decided to stop coming to my site. It sucks because it is discouraging knowing that people aren't (if it isn't a bug) coming to the site to read anything. But aside from that a few things have been going on as well on other sites.

On Amazon, some friends liked my reviews and it brought me up to well past 100 likes on my reviews. So it was about 100s out of 100s likes. But out of nowhere all those likes disappeared and it went down to 61 out of 68 likes. Which sucks because my friends took their time to like my reviews and read them and then it didn't count. WHICH didn't help me lower my ranking towards one. In fact my ranking has been going up away from one which is not what we want. So there's that.

Then on my facebook's like page I don't know what's going on. It's not as discouraging as the other two but I had over 100 of my friends who liked my page aside from the other likes. I was at 294 with around 100 being my friends. But then out of nowhere it says only 60 friends like it but it was still 294. And now friends who had liked it before, for them it says they don't like it so when they like it again the 294 goes up. But not the 60. So that's discouraging because now I don't know how many people really like my site.

As you can see the internet clearly hates me and it doesn't help the fact that some other tough crap is going on in my life and it's making me just want to quit everything. This isn't exactly a pity post or anything I just really need to get this out there. I'll still keep posting and acting like everything is normal but I do hope that everything goes back to normal soon. I'd like it very much to see normal numbers.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (49)

Hello Chroniclers! It is Tuesday which means another batch of books have been released. From sequels to series enders but today what we shall focus on is a debut novel. I haven't heard much of it and only a few days ago did I actually hear about it but that novel is...

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans!

In this gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife, a teen discovers that death is just the beginning.

Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she's lost-family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.

Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian-a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life-comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.

Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it's not just her own redemption at stake... but the salvation of all mankind.

Time to break it down.

The Story: The story sounds good if it didn't involve the love. We all know how I'm starting to feel about the whole love thing in YA. It's really taking over these characters lives who think love is something it's not. If I were dead and had a chance to go back, I'd want to go back to be alive not because I can be with the love "of my life". I mean I'd think about it but my first thought would be I can be alive again! If it didn't have the love and were something else it would sound really good!

The Cover: I like the simplicity of the cover. The white with the red, how nothing is bold yet it all stands out. Except the girl. I kind of wish it didn't show the girl as clearly as it does and that it was hiding her a bit more. Would've made the cover more mysterious. I also think she's sitting in an odd position. 

The Verdict: Unfortunately I will not be getting this book. I might check some reviews out about it but other than that, it's guilty for me. Guilty of not catching my interest! That is law.

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

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday's Novel Talk (55)

Hello Chroniclers! It is another Monday that none of us like and would rather not have. I might actually catch up with American Horror Story Asylum to pass time. But anywho I'v been doing so bad with the reading.

I am still reading Chainfire by Terry Goodkind. Currently on page 554 of 748. Almost done but I could have been done earlier if I hadn't been so tired and falling asleep! But I plan to be done with it this week and go onto the next book. I think it's going a bit slow because I'm really missing a certain character and wish they were in the book. Perhaps the next one though! We'll just have to wait and see.

Aside from that nothing really has been going on. I'm feeling a bit tired right now and am too lazy to go cook food which I really want because I'm starving. But now I shall go and try to accomplish that or else I will starve to death. I'll see you all tomorrow!

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Book Review: Untimed

Title: Untimed
Author: Andy Gavin
Pages: 326
Publication: 19 December, 2012
Rating: O for Outstanding
Copy: ARC received by Andy Gavin

Review: I have always enjoyed the subject of History in school. I loved reading about the wars and the people and how different the times were. I could not wait until I was about to write a paper or an essay on an interesting topic. It was one of the easiest subjects in High School and a breeze in College. Reading a History book, though? Now that’s something I have never done. I was able to read passages but I could not exactly go to bed with a novel about History. It was than exciting news when I found out that Andy Gavin was writing a book about time-traveling because not only could I read and go back in History, I could do it with out of this world elements like clockwork humanoids.

Yes, you read that right. Clockwork. Humanoids. Untimed by Andy Gavin revolves around a boy named Charlie who is able to travel through time. The problem is, because he is a male, he can only travel back in time. It is pure luck that, when he finally travels to 1725 London, he meets Yvaine, a fellow time-traveler, a girl who can only travel forward. Now to make sure you understand this, males can only travel to the past while females can only travel to the future. Together though, they can move back and forth however they want. By the end of the novel, Untimed shows us the perils of changing history and how it could affect our future, making it one hell of a novel.

I  enjoyed Andy Gavin’s first novel so I was really excited for this one. I have never read about time-traveling and thought that it would be an amazing experience to be introduced to it by this author. Andy Gavin did things that made me jump with joy and squeal like a fan boy. One of those things was how he brought our very own historical people into his world and made them have a this secret life that ties in with his story. An example of this is Benjamin Franklin and his son William Franklin. We’re introduced to these characters and see how William is part of the novels world and how he‘s connected to our main characters. I don’t want to ruin it but it’s pretty amazing and genius.

Another amazing thing is not only the way they travel and what they need to travel but the connection that they have between the past and the present. In one instance, when Charlie and Yvaine are in trouble in 1725 in London, fellow time-travelers who are even more in the past, do stuff that affects their future and help our main characters. It sounds a bit confusing but once you read the book you’ll just be jumping with amazement.

It was interesting meeting characters we know in our world and seeing them interact in this novel. I enjoyed the way the characters were written and how they had such life to them. Each character matched perfectly to their time period and some even had this theatrical air about them. It’s all thanks to Andy Gavin’s writing style of course. While it differed from his other novel, it had that quality and that signature touch that let us know it was his. I loved the world it was set in, loved seeing the different time periods and how Charlie and Yvaine were dressed to fit with the times and how even the dialogue was corresponding with the year. I especially loved how the writing reflected off of these time periods and if you left the book off in one part, you’d know where they were right away when picking it up. The writing style in general was different and I found it interesting. It did not linger with many details but it gave us enough to give us satisfaction. Andy Gavin’s writing flows with the consistency of action the novel presents us with.

Now the novel is geared towards the younger crowd and considered a Young Adult novel. In my opinion I think it’s a bit over the YA genre but not yet close to Adult, and if this is what YA is becoming I’m all for it. Gavin didn't belittle us or try to minimize the general writing style. He presented the writing and emotions of these characters as if we were able to handle it and made sure to incorporate explicit scenes in an appropriate manner. He didn't take it over to the adult side but then again, he wrote it knowing that many teenagers and young adult know damn well what’s going on. The feelings between the two main characters were real and not lovey-dovey. Not only was love being involved but there were hints of teenage lust which is something that is fresh and hardly tackled and admitted in YA.

In general, I think that the novel was brilliantly played out and allowed us to see the effects of how a simple change in the past can make such a big difference in the future. It was interesting seeing the what-ifs of the modern time and made me think a lot of what-ifs as well. It’s a bit scary knowing how everything that’s happened and everything that is happening is shaping up to go down a certain path and that there are many, many paths that differ from what is now. Untimed made me think a lot and with that ending, I can not wait for the sequel.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Mindjack Trilogy Book Trailer! + Sale!

The Live-Action Mindjack Book Trailer Reveal
(from the bestselling Mindjack series by Susan Kaye Quinn)

With the help of over 20 cast and crew members, award-winning director Beth Spitalny has brought the concept of the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy to life on the screen.

When everyone reads minds,
a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.
Please share!
Ways you can share the trailer:

1) Watch the trailer on YouTube (or here)!
(more views=higher visibility)

2) Post it to Facebook (copy & paste below)

Check out the live-action Mindjack Book Trailer (from the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy by Susan Kaye Quinn): When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep. http://bit.ly/MindjackBookTrailer

3) Post it to Twitter (copy & paste below)

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep. Watch the live-action Mindjack Book Trailer http://bit.ly/MindjackBookTrailer

4) Share to Google+, Tumbler, Pinterest, and more
Go to the trailer on YouTube and click the "share" button. Click the arrow to expand and see all the options. Easy peasy. (While you're there, click "like" on YouTube, or leave a comment!)

5) Post the trailer on your blog
Grab the embed code from YouTube or email me for a copy of the HTML for a complete post announcing the trailer and ways to share!

Thanks so much for sharing!
To celebrate the release of the trailer,
I'm putting Open Minds on sale!
$2.99 now $0.99
for one week only

$9.99 now $7.99
for one week only

THANK YOU to everyone who is sharing the trailer today!

everyone involved in making the trailer a reality, including Director Beth Spitalny, Producer Angel Acevedo, Director of Photography Lance Kaplan, lead actor Nikki Flemming (Kira) and the many fine actors, crew members, and post-production staff who donated their time and talent to the project.

For the making-of the trailer, see the Mindjack Trilogy website.

Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling Mindjack Series, which includes three novels, three novellas, and a trailer. She's currently writing a steampunk fantasy romance, just for kicks. When that's out of her system, she has ambitious plans to embark on a series about the Singularity (the time when computers become more intelligent than humans) that should appeal to fans of the Mindjack novels. Or possibly play on Facebook all day. Could go either way.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (48)

Hey Chroniclers! It is Tuesday which can only mean one thing. Books have been released into the world! And there's so many but only one will be chosen to be featured on the blog. Today will be a bit different than usual because the book is actually a sequel so I won't do my usual verdict, cover, story thing. Especially because I didn't read the first book yet so I don't want to be spoiled! That book though is....

Rise by Andrea Cremer.

This is the second and last book in her two-part sequel to her Nightshade Trilogy. I love it when authors write a bunch of books set in the same world and then match the covers along the way. And as much as I don't exactly like the covers for her books, I do enjoy how the spines look all together on a bookshelf. I do hope they continue the theme with black and one color with the next books if there are any. I'm thinking Orange, Pink, White, Brown, Gray, etc. etc. It'll just be cool all together.

I will buy this one for sure as I seem to enjoy Cremer's work. Or most of it.
You can check out what I mean in my Honesty Hour of the Nightshade Trilogy. And since then I have read Bloodrose and enjoyed it immensely.

But yea that's it. I don't know when I'll buy this one seeing as I'm trying to save my money until I get a job but I will buy it for sure someday.

Will you guys be getting Rise? Let me know in the comments below.

And remember;
Save a Panda: read a book.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Monday's Novel Talk (54)

Hey Chroniclers! I'm here with a quick post since I have some stuff to do and Titanic will be giving soon and yea. >.>

Anyway I'm currently reading Chainfire by Terry Goodkind which is Book 9 in the Sword of Truth series. I'm loving it of course like all the other books and it feels good to be reading an adult book. I'm currently on page 232 of 748 and have a lot to go still. D= But I'll finish it soon!

But that's all I've been doing. I shall go now and finish taking down my Christmas decorations and then watch some Titanic. Hope you've been doing well and remember, Save a Panda and read a book!

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Also don't forget to check out the book on amazon and if you like this you should check out some others as well.


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Stacking The Shelves (5)

Hola Chroniclers! I am here today on this beautiful Sunday with a new addition to Stacking The Shelves! Lately I've forgotten to say one special thing that I should have said every Sunday! Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful and beautiful Tynga over at Tynga's Reviews! I can't believe I forgot to give credit where credit is due! But yes, I have given it and can now go on with showing you what I got.

I only got one books this week! D= Well, I got four books but here's the thing. HarperCollins Publishers sent me two packages. I got one package one day and I opened it so freaking excited and it turned out to be a Justin Bieber and One Direction book. The thing is, they previously sent me the same exact copies of these books which I gave away. So I was kind of bummed out. The next day I get another package. And I remember saying, if this is a One Direction book I'm shaving my head off. I opened the package and those five guys were just STARING at me. I didn't shave my head but I felt like crying. Again I was excited and then let down. I'm giving the three book away as well and hope to not receive them again!

Endlessly by Kiersten White I bought using a Barnes & Noble gift card along with Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. Except Endlessly was delayed and I just received it this week. I can't wait to finish the series as I think it's a light, entertaining read.

But that's really all I got. I'm not sure if I'll get books next week but I hope I do. But then again I hope not because I really would like my TBR Pile to go down not up.

But I hope you're all having an amazing Sunday! Let me know what you guys got this week!

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Also, don't forget to check out this book and the other two of the trilogy!


Friday, January 4, 2013

My Top 12 Books/Series of 2012

Hey Chroniclers! Welcome back to another post from me =D Today I'll give you guys my Top 12 Books of 2012 along with some cool information! I feel like I might have a hard time choosing my Top 12 books because a lot of them are from the same author. So it might be a mix between books and author. But let us get to it. And these are in no particular order! I also won't count rereads such as Harry Potter or Impulse.

  • Ellen Hopkins
  1. Tilt
  2. Collateral
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Andy Gavin
  1. The Darkening Dream 
  2. Untimed
  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  • Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  1. Beautiful Creatures
  2. Beautiful Darkness
  3. Beautiful Chaos
  • John Green
  1. Looking For Alaska
  2. An Abundance of Katherines
  3. Paper Towns
  4. The Fault In Our Stars
  • Tamora Pierce 
  1. Sandry's Book
  2. Tris's Book
  3. Daja's Book
  4. Briar's Book
  • The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • Fear by Michael Grant
  • Rick Riordan
  1. The Lightning Thief
  2. The Sea of Monsters
  3. The Titan's Curse
  4. The Battle of the Labyrinth 
  5. The Last Olympian
  • The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer 
And there you have it! My Top 12 Books/Series of 2012! Like I said none of them are in order because I just can't choose and they were all amazing! 2012 was such a good reading year and I'm hoping this year will be just as great if not better! So here's to reading! Also check out some of the stats down below!

Books Read In Total: 86
Pages Read In Total: 29,692
Longest Time To Read A Book: Silence, Becca Fitzpatrick -November 22/December 13
Shortest Time To Read A Book: Tie betwen;
  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling - February 20/February 20
  2. Every You, Every Me, David Levithan - April 29/April 29
  3. The Field Guide, Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black - August 4/August 4
  4. The Ironwood Tree, Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black - August 6/August 6
  5. Invisible Inkling: Dangerous Pumpkins, Emily Jenkins - October 5/October 5
Longest Book I Read: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling - 870 Pages
Shortest Book I Read: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - 42 Pages
Most Books I Read Of The Same Author: J.K. Rowling - 10
Most Books Read In A Month: April - 12
Least Books Read In A Month: November & December - 4

It's clear that J.K. Rowling is a big winner in MANY of the categories here! If this were an award she would've blown the others away. =P But 2012 is long gone and it is now time for 2013. I've already begun reading and starting my new list. I plan to read another 50 books this year. I would take the goal higher but for the first half of the year I'll be reading some big adult books that might take a while to read, but hopefully I can make it past 50 again! I will see you guys back here next year for 2014! Happy reading everybody! =D

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Books Read In 2012

Hey Chroniclers! Welcome to the New Year! Colors look more vivid and sounds are like freaking HD! >.>
Anyway.... I am here with my list of all of the books I have read in the year of 2012! It's a pretty long list coming up to 86 books but it was fun reading them! I planned to read 50 books and was surprised that I passed it by a lot!

Like last year, the list will be in my OCD format. Title, Author - Pages - Date Start/Date Finish. After all of this I'll put up another post with my Top 12 books and a whole bunch of information. So shall we start? Let us go!

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling -309 Pages- January 1/January 4
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling -341 Pages- January 4/January 9
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling -435 Pages- January 9/January 16
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling -734 Pages- January 16/January 22
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling -870 Pages- January 22/January 31
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling -652 Pages- January 31/February 7
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling -759 Pages- February 7/February 19
  8. Quidditch Through the Ages, J.K. Rowling -56 Pages- February 19/February 20
  9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling -42 Pages- February 20/February 20
  10. The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling -179 Pages- February 20/February 21
  11. The Darkening Dream, Andy Gavin -379 Pages- February 21/February 27
  12. Hunger, Jackie Morse Kessler -174 Pages- February 27/February 28
  13. Rage, Jackie Morse Kessler -209 Pages- February 28/March 2
  14. Dear Bully, Various Authors -339 Pages- March 2/March 4
  15. The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan -375 Pages- March 4/March 8
  16. The Sea of Monsters, Rick Riordan -279 Pages- March 8/March 13
  17. The Titan's Curse, Rick Riordan -312 Pages- March 13/March 15
  18. The Battle of the Labyrinth, Rick Riordan -361 Pages- March 15/March 21
  19. The Last Olympian, Rick Riordan -381 Pages- March 21/March 27
  20. Percy Jackson: The Ultimate Guide, Rick Riordan -148 Pages- March 27/March 28
  21. The Demigod Files, Rick Riordan -151 Pages- March 28/March 29
  22. Crossed, Ally Condie -367 Pages- March 29/April 3
  23. Fear, Michael Grant -509 Pages- April 3/April 7
  24. Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List, Rachel Cohn & David Levithan -230 Pages- April 7/April 10
  25. The Calling, Kelley Armstrong -326 Pages- April 10/April 12
  26. Enclave, Ann Aguirre -259 Pages- April 12/April 16
  27. Looking For Alaska, John Green -221 Pages- April 16/April 17
  28. An Abundance of Katherines, John Green -215 Pages- April 17/April 21
  29. Paper Towns, John Green -305 Pages- April 21/April 23
  30. The Fault In Our Stars, John Green -313 Pages- April 23/April 24
  31. Lockdown, Alexander Gordon Smith -273 Pages- April 24/April 27
  32. Solitary, Alexander Gordon Smith -225 Pages- April 27/April 29
  33. Every You, Every Me, David Levithan -245 Pages- April 29/April 29
  34. Paranormalcy, Kiersten White -335 Pages- April 29/May 1
  35. Supernaturally, Kiersten White -336 Pages- May 1/May 3
  36. Puddlejumpers, Mark Jean & Christopher C. Carlson -328 Pages- May 3/May 8
  37. Insurgent, Veronica Roth -525 Pages- May 8/May 14
  38. Legend, Marie Lu -305 Pages- May 14/May 17
  39. Beauty Queens, Libba Bray -390 Pages- May 17/May 22
  40. The Iron King, Julie Kagawa -363 Pages- May 22/May 29
  41. The Iron Daughter, Julie Kagawa -359 Pages- May 29/June 2
  42. Scored, Lauren McLaughlin -226 Pages- June 2/June3
  43. The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, Stephanie Meyer -543 Pages- June 3/June 7
  44. The Iron Queen, Julie Kagawa -358 Pages- June 7/June 14
  45. The Iron Knight, Julie Kagawa -361 Pages- June 14/June 21
  46. (ARC) Tilt, Ellen Hopkins -604 Pages- June 21/June 23
  47. It's Kind of a Funny Story, Ned Vizzini -444 Pages- June 23/June 26
  48. Zombies vs Unicorns, Various Authors -415 Pages- June 26/July 1
  49. Bloodrose, Andrea Cremer -406 Pages- July 1/July 4
  50. Clockwork Prince, Cassandra Clare -498 Pages- July 4/July 12
  51. City of Lost Souls, Cassandra Clare -534 Pages- July 12/July 19
  52. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, Chris Colfer -438 Pages- July 19/July 24
  53. Outside In, Maria V. Snyder -326 Pages- July 24/July 31
  54. The Waxing Moon, J. Lloyd Morgan -334 Pages- July 31/August 4
  55. The Field Guide, Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black -107 Pages- August 4/August 4
  56. The Seeing Stone, Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black -108 Pages- August 4/August 5
  57. Lucinda's Secret, Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black -108 Pages- August 5/August 6
  58. The Ironwood Tree, Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black -108 Pages- August 6/August 6
  59. The Wrath of Mulgarath, Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black -136 Pages- August 6/August 7
  60. Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl -563 Pages- August 7/August 21
  61. The Kill Order, James Dashner -327 Pages- August 21/August 28
  62. (ARC) Collateral, Ellen Hopkins -496 Pages- August 28/September 4
  63. Blood Red Road, Moira Young -459 Pages- September 4/September 17
  64. Sandry's Book, Tamora Pierce -252 Pages- September 17/September 19
  65. Tris's Book, Tamora Pierce -251 Pages- September 19/September 22
  66. Daja's Book, Tamora Pierce -232 Pages- September 22/September 24
  67. Briar's Book, Tamora Pierce -258 Pages- September 24/September 26
  68. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky -213 Pages- September 26/September 27
  69. Buffy the Vampire Slayer 3, Various Authors -853 Pages- September 27/October 5
  70. Invisible Inkling: Dangerous Pumpkins, Emily Jenkins -151 Pages- October 5/October 5
  71. Coraline, Neil Gaiman -160 Pages- October 5/October 6
  72. Ten, Gretchen McNeil -294 Pages- October 6/October 7
  73. The Turning, Francine Prose -246 Pages- October 7/October 9
  74. Always October, Bruce Coville -367 Pages- October 9/October 11
  75. Dark Eden, Patrick Carman -316 Pages- October 11/October 16
  76. Dark Eden: Eve of Destruction, Patrick Carman -277 Pages- October 16/October 17
  77. Beautiful Darkness, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl -503 Pages- October 17/October 26
  78. Beautiful Chaos, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl -518 Pages- October 26/October 31
  79. The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling -503 Pages- October 31/November 13
  80. The Freedom Blade, J.B. Hoel -262 Pages- November 13/November 18
  81. Impulse, Ellen Hopkins -666 Pages- November 18/November 19
  82. Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi -338 Pages- November 19/November 22
  83. Silence, Becca Fitzpatrick -438 Pages- November 22/December 13
  84. Big Nate: In a Class by Himself, Lincoln Peirce -229 Pages- December 13/December 14
  85. The Great Unexpected, Sharon Creech -226 Pages- December 14/December 18
  86. (ARC) Untimed, Andy Gavin -326 Pages- December 18/December 30

And there you have it! All 86 books I read this year! Now tomorrow I'll put up the post of my Top 12 books of 2012 along with some information like total pages, most author read, shortest time, longest time etc. etc. So be sure to check that out!

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