Top Ten Tuesday: Books I read in 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Top Ten Books I Read In 2014 (Overall, By A Particular Genre, 2014 Releases)

This is one of the hardest TTT posts I’ve ever had to do. I read SO MANY good books this year. Because of that, I’m going to list more than ten books. Sorrynotsorry. I’m going to give you a list of books published before 2014 that I read this year and a list of books published during 2014. Hope that’s okay! All of the titles are linked to my reviews.

Published BEFORE 2014

It's Kind of a Funny StoryLola and the Boy Next DoorMaze Runner cover image
The Incredible Book Eating Boy CoverThis Is What Happy Looks LikeThe Day the Crayons Quit Cover

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Every single book I read by Oliver Jeffers (you can find all my reviews under this tag – sorry it has some other stuff in there too)
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Published DURING 2014

Since You've Been GoneThe Young ElitesBlue Lily, Lily BlueLet's Get Lost
Love Letters to the DeadRivers by Michael Farris SmithRain Reign

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Rivers by Michael Farris Smith
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Well, look at that. I only went THREE over. I will stop there because I could probably list about 50, but I don’t think you guys would be too happy with that. What are the top books you read this year?

SUNDAY FUNDAY: WEEK IN REVIEW [16] – Wisdom teeth, wands, and blue lilies

The lovely Cristina over at Girl in the Pages started Sunday Funday as a way to recap the bookish (and not-so-bookish) things that have happened that week.

October 13 – 19, 2014

So I got my wisdom teeth out on Friday. Fuuuun. Yeah, that was sarcasm. It wasn’t nearly as bad as everyone I’d spoken to made it out to be, but I’m still a little sore and that’s no fun. Luckily, I didn’t go crazy on the anesthesia or have a lot of swelling or anything!

Things you might’ve missed on the blog this week:

ARC Review of Maggie Stiefvater’s Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Members of Adi Alsaid’s (Let’s Get Lost) street team, of which I am a part, have started a weekly meme called Seize the Tuesday. Here’s my first post.

I really enjoyed this week’s Top Ten Tuesday – Places books have made me want to visit.

Coming up on the blog this week: My first blog tour! I’ll be participating in Stacey O’Neale’s Mortal Enchantment blog tour on Tuesday. Usually I have more of the week planned, but the whole wisdom teeth thing has put me behind schedule. I’ll have Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday as usual, and probably Seize the Tuesday and WWW Wednesday. I plan on having a couple of reviews too! 🙂

Books read:

I didn’t read that much this week, unfortunately. I read Bats at the Library at the library. 🙂 I also started The Night Circus, finally. I had to take a break from it this weekend, 1. Because of the wisdom teeth, and 2. Because I needed to reread Mortal Enchantment before the blog tour. I read some comics and I am now completely caught up with Saga and The Walking Dead! I also tried Gotham Academy, but I’m not really sure how I feel about that one. Has anyone tried that one?

TBR: I didn’t buy any new books/comics this week, but I added a few books to my TBR. In Mississippi, there’s this award called the Magnolia Award, which is awarded two children’s books in a few different categories. I will be reading the books nominated in the young adult category (9-12 age range) for my library, so I’ve recently added these books to my TBR (Eleanor and Park and Every Day were already on it):

45 Pounds (More or Less) by K.A. Barson; Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell; Every Day by David Levithan; Orleans by Sherri L. Smith; Since You Asked by Maurene Goo; I’ll also be reading Doll Bones by Holly Black, which is in the 6-8 age range. Have you guys read any of these? I plan on starting with Every Day.

Non-bookish things I’m excited about:

I got these awesome new shoes today!

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At the library where I work, I planned a wand making event. We had a huge turnout, and it was a lot of fun. These are the wands that my boss, my coworker, and I made. Mine’s the one in the middle. 🙂

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Update me on your liiiiives! What have you read this week? Anything exciting happen?

ARC Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue
So if you’ve read my reviews of The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves, you could probably tell that I LOVE The Raven Cycle series. I was super excited to get approved for an e-ARC of Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and I was not disappointed.

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Fantasy, young adult
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: October 21, 2014
416 pages, hardcover

WHY? WHY IS IT OVER??? WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT SO LONG TO FIND OUT WHAT’S NEXT?? Ahhh.

Okay. Breathe, Stefani. Breathe.

If you haven’t read either of the other two books in the series, this review might contain some spoilers. If you haven’t read either of the other two books in the series, what the heck are you doing with your life?? Seriously. Drop everything, and go read them.

This book picks up where The Dream Thieves left off. Everyone is heading back to school. Blue’s mother is still missing. The Gray Man is still in Henriette, but now so is his employer, Greenmantle. I don’t want to give anything else about the plot away, so if you need more, check out the synopsis on Goodreads.

This book was all about character development. Stiefvater continues to develop the characters in these books in such a subtle and careful way. The characters develop in ways that make you wonder if you haven’t always known that about said character. Stiefvater is a master of her craft.

The Raven Cycle series hypnotizes you when you turn the first page. The books put you under a spell. I don’t think about whether the book is good or not. I completely forget that I’m even reading a book and I float through the pages spellbound by the magic and power of Stiefvater’s words.

The pacing in this book was perfect. It had me on the edge of my seat or relaxed and grinning like a fool when I needed to be. This book had more Gansey and Blue moments that the other two, which was lovely. SPOILER if you haven’t read: I wish it had a few more Ronan and Adam moments. I ship them SO hard.

Even though there’s A LOT happening in this book (mysterious caves, lawsuits, missing people, new characters, tombs, death) this book is about friendship: the friendship between five people who are all in love with each other in different ways. The friendships between the Raven Boys and Blue are beautiful, obsessive, loyal, and downright real. Love love love.

Also, the ending.

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The bottom line: My only complaint is that I read this book on my Kindle. I wish it had been a print book so I could flip its pages and feel the magic brushing off on my fingers with each turn. I will most definitely be buying a print copy of this. I cannot wait to reread The Raven Cycle books.

Rating: 9 – practically perfect

SUNDAY FUNDAY: WEEK IN REVIEW [15]

Cristina over at Girl in the Pages started Sunday Funday as a way to recap the bookish (and not-so-bookish) things that have happened that week.
October 6 – 12, 2014

So this week was nuts for me. I was supposed to have Tuesday off, but ended up having to go into work. I had one of those days when I just wanted to shut down and do nothing even though I had a ton of stuff to do. That sucked. But I just went to bed early and then got up early to get things done. It worked. Thank goodness.

Things you might’ve missed on the blog:
Book Review of The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
ARC Review of Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw
Things I wrote over on WatchPlayRead:
Book Review of The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer
Review of Gotham’s third episode

Coming up on the blog this week: ARC Review of Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, Top Ten Tuesday – places books have made me want to visit, (probably) Teaser Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, (probably) WWW Wednesday, Audiobook Review of Panic by Lauren Oliver. That’s all I have planned so far, but there will probably be more.

WytchesBooks/comics read: I read several comics this week, including Thor #1 (my review will be up on WatchPlayRead tomorrow), about 8 issues of Batman Eternal, Punks: The Comic #1, and Wytches #1 (which I’ll probably review soon because it was AWESOME). Additionally, I read Volume 21 of The Walking Dead comics.

I also read and reviewed Oh Yeah, Audrey! and Blue Lily, Lily Blue (which will be reviewed on the blog tomorrow!). I’m rereading Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver but as an audiobook this time. It was tripping me up at first because the narrator, Jenna Lamia, also narrated The Help audiobook, so it was like, “Why is Skeeter in Mercy Falls?!” Haha.

Books/comics I’ve added to my shelves: I added a few things to my TBR this week. I forgot to mention it last week, so I wanted to say that I bought Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. I’m really looking forward to that one! I didn’t buy any books this week, but I bought a few comics, including Gotham Academy #1, Bodies #3, Wytches #1 (SO GOOD!) Thor #1 (which I already mentioned), and several issues of The Walking Dead, which will catch me up on that series!

Non-bookish things I’m excited about:Gotham 1.2 Oswald

I’m really enjoying Gotham on Fox! I’m reviewing each episode over on WatchPlayRead if you are interested in reading that. 🙂

We’re doing wand making at my library this week. I can’t wait to make my own wizard wand. Pictures next Sunday!

This is such a fatty thing to be excited about, but Keebler is now making red velvet fudge striped cookies, and they are delicious. Haha.

I am NOT excited about the fact that I am getting my wisdom teeth taken out this Friday. But rest assured, there will be NO crazy videos of me high on meds. I’ve already made my family promise. Lol.

What about you? Update me on your liiiiiiiives!

WWW Wednesday [2]

WWW Wednesdays are hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three questions: (As always, all titles are linked to their corresponding Goodreads pages)

  • What are you currently reading?Blue Lily, Lily Blue

I haven’t started it yet, but I’ll be starting Blue Lily, Lily Blue today!! I’m so excited that I have an e-ARC of this. I know it comes out in just a couple of weeks, but I don’t want to wait. Maggie Stiefvater is a wordsmith and her books are incredible. I can’t wait to go back to Henrietta and the Raven Boys. Yeah, I’m going to hurry up with this post so I can start that!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

Oh Yeah, Audrey!I just finished reading Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw. I read it in approximately 2.5 hours for a few reasons: it’s a ridiculously quick read; it’s not really that deep so it’s easy to fly through it; and more reasons, which I’ll cover in my review of it. Should be up this week.

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?Mortal Enchantment

After Blue Lily, Lily Blue, I’m going to read Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O’Neale. I’m one of the blogs that’s participating in the Mortal Enchantment Blog Tour. I recently read and quite enjoyed the prequel to Mortal Enchantment titled The Shadow Prince, so I’m looking forward to reading this one.

What about you? What are you reading? What did you just finish? And what’s next?