Teaser Tuesday: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Teaser Tuesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. It’s super easy: open your current read to a random page and share two sentences from that page – but make sure you don’t spoil the book!

ForeverMy current read is Forever by Maggie Stiefvater. I opened it to a random page – 78 – and this is the quote I want to tease you with. It’s near the beginning and contains no spoilers for the series overall. It’s just got some pretty writing and adorableness.

After a while, Grace fell asleep for real on my chest, and I tried, unsuccessfully, to follow her. Then I picked my book back up again and stroked her hair and read to the soundtrack of her breaths. The weight of her pinned my fleeting thoughts to the ground, and in that moment, I was more in the world than I’d ever been.

Have you guys read this series? Isn’t it wonderful? I love that you can see Maggie’s writing develop through the series.

If you participate in Teaser Tuesday, link me up! Or if you don’t, tease me with your current read in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Releases I Didn’t Have Time to Read

Top Ten Tuesday

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

Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To

Can I just say ALL the books? Haha. There were SO many books that came out this past year that I wanted to read. I’ll attempt to narrow it down to 10. Actually, I’m just going to list the first 10 that come to mind. 🙂

2014 books

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater – I actually plan on reading this in the next couple of weeks.

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith – I own this one and because I’m doing a challenge to read at least one full shelf on my physical TBR before I buy more books, I’ll be reading this soon

Echo Boy by Matt Haig – do I really need to explain this one? You all know how much I love Matt Haig’s books.

The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey – Pretty much only heard good things. And zombies? Yes, please.

Jackaby by William Ritter – “Doctor Who meets Sherlock”. Is this real life?

2014 books

Atlantia by Ally Condie – I’ve always loved the idea of Atlantis and this is a man-made underwater world? Yeah, hand it over.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell – I really enjoyed her other adult novel, Attachments, so I think I’ll like this one as well

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – EVERYONE seems to love this one. I ordered it for my library but haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

Us by David Nicholls – sometimes you just need a sweet romance. I actually really enjoyed Nicholls other book One Day and was looking forward to Us. I hope to read it in the spring – seems like a good time for it.

White Space by Ilsa J. Bick – compared to Memento and Inception in the blurb, both of which I LOVE.

Honorable mentions:

Made for You by Melissa Marr
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Okay, I could seriously go on alllll day long. There were so many good-sounding books that came out in 2014. What 2014 releases did you not get to but wish you had? Link me up to TTT if you participated!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

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

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year

The Scorpio RacesThrone of GlassThe Rosie EffectSinnerLailah

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Throne of Glass / The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

A physical UK edition of The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (I have an e-ARC that I’m currently reading. I already know I’ll want a physical copy and I hate the US covers. I have a UK copy of The Rosie Project, so I need a UK The Rosie Effect to match)

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater (ditto needing a physical copy of this one)

Lailah by Nikki Kelly

The Best Exotic Marigold HotelFangirlSaga Deluxe EditionWingerShatter Me

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach

Fangirl and/or Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Saga Deluxe Edition, volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples

Winger by Andrew Smith

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I could go on and on with a list of books I’d like, but these are the first ten that came to mind. Only two of them were actually on my Christmas wishlist. What books would you like to see under the tree?

WWW Wednesday [10] – My true love gave to me embarrassing true stories

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?

My True Love Gave to MeI’m currently reading one story a day from My True Love Gave to Me (so far I’ve reviewed Rainbow Rowell’s “Midnights”“The Lady and the Fox” by Kelly Link, and Matt de la Peña’s “Angels in the Snow” and Jenny Han’s “Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me”. I’m also starting my reread of Maggie Stiefvater’s Linger today. I tried to do it as an audiobook like I did with Shiver, but the copy I checked out from the library skipped too much. 😦 It’s perfect weather to reread these books.

  • What did you recently finish reading?We Should Hang Out Sometime

Yesterday, I finished We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story by Josh Sundquist. It was pretty funny and very, very honest – to the point where you almost feel as embarrassed as he does. I related to it a lot, in ways that I’ll discuss in my review on Friday.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

The Iron TrialAfter I finish Linger (which should be by Friday), I believe I am going to read The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. I have a few others checked out from the library that I’d like to read, and I also got The Winner’s Curse and several other books from my Belles’ Enchanted Book Exchange partner that I want to dig in to, so I’m not 100% sure what I’ll read. I’ll see what jumps off my shelf after I finish Linger.

What about you? What are you reading?

My Entry for The Raven Cycle Art Contest

So you may have heard that Maggie Stiefvater is hosting an art contest for a chance to win one of ten decks of the tarot cards she drew for the Blue Lily, Lily Blue blog tour. They printed some extras and she’s giving ten decks away. I have like a genuine need to have these. They are absolutely beautiful and I adore this series and Maggie’s artwork. Anyway, you have to post your entry on your blog or Twitter or whatever. I thought you guys might enjoy seeing my Raven Cycle/Ronan inspired artwork. If not, I mean, just disregard this post. Ha.

Ronan is probably my favorite character from the series (along with Chainsaw, and closely followed by Noah). I think Ronan is a fascinating character, and his ability to pull things from his dreams is both incredible and terrifying. I think my artwork reflects him and myself; at least I hope it does. Let me know what you think in the comments, please! And if you want to enter the contest, you have three days left. Enter HEREDSCN0008

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 – Comics, Cities of Literature, and Strange Things

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.

December 1 – 7, 2014

Last weekend I was pretty busy, so I wasn’t able to post on Sunday. After Thanksgiving, I met my friend at her home in Alabama and we drove up to Chattanooga, TN, where we saw The 1975 live. Then we went to the Tennessee Aquarium, drove down to Birmingham, and saw Augustana live. It was a lot of fun!

This week, FOUR new UNESCO Cities of Literature were announced. I did my Master’s dissertation on the Cities of Literature, so this was really cool for me. New cities: Dunedin, Granada, Heidelberg, and Prague.

What you might’ve missed on the blog this week: My review of the audiobook for Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling and my excited post about Jared Leto being cast as The Joker in Suicide Squad

Coming up on the blog this week: My review of Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick; Top Ten Tuesday and Teaser Tuesday; Waiting on Wednesday and WWW Wednesday; my review of Evangeline Lilly’s The Squickerwonkers; another post or two thrown in that I haven’t decided on yet. Make sure you come by and check these out! Please?

Books read: I’ve been making my way through The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. It’s taking me a while but I’m enjoying it. It’s my first adult book in a while, which has taken some time to adjust to. It’s not necessarily action packed or anything, but it’s really interesting and full of soul. Expect a review in the next couple weeks.

TBR: I had a great comic book haul yesterday, and I also bought two of The Walking Dead Governor novels at Books-A-Million for $4 each! Check out my comic book haul below. I also received the package from Paige at The Paige-Turner – I won her giveaway! The second picture is the awesome books and swag I got from her!

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Non-bookish things I’m excited about:

Well, it’s by a bookish person. So does that make it bookish? I don’t know. Anyway, Maggie Stiefvater just opened a Society6 shop where she’s selling prints of some of her artwork. Yeah, you know I’m excited. I need some. I really want this one. There are several I really love, like The Raven Cycle Character Sketches. They’re not too expensive, so maybe I’ll buy one if I get any Christmas money. 🙂 Isn’t it beautiful? Sharing the link so others can check out her awesome artwork.

Maggie Stiefvater's Stag

So I had a pretty good week and my weekend has been full of making stuff for my Belle’s Enchanted Gift Exchange partner and my Bookish Christmas partner. I’ve read some, watched some Arrow, got paint all over my hands, and drank a lot of coffee. How’s your week been?

WWW Wednesday [8] – Strange Things and Lingering Legends

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

  • The Book of Strange New ThingsWhat are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Michel Faber’s new book The Book of Strange New Things. It is indeed strange so far, but in a seriously good way. I am really enjoying it. It’s sci-fi, fantasy, literary fiction, and it discusses religion, which I’m sometimes iffy about but I think it’s going to be done in a tasteful and really interesting way. So, we’ll see. 🙂

  • Black IceWhat did you recently finish reading?

In the past week, I finished reading/listening to the audiobook for Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling, which I reviewed HERE, and Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick, which I’ll be reviewing on Friday. I somewhat enjoyed both of them but I didn’t love them. That’s okay though. I liked several parts of them.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?Legend

Well, I posted my December TBR yesterday. I’m not really sure what I want to read next. I think I’ll probably reread Linger next, but I might do Legend next or… I don’t know. What do you think I should read next??

What about you? What are you reading and what will you read next? Tell me about your booooooks.

December TBR

Yesterday was the start of December. There are 30 days left in 2014. How is this possible? So crazy. Anyway, I decided to try this challenge on Instagram (one of those you post a themed picture every day of the month). I’m really, really bad at them, but I figured I’d try. I always have fun for the 5-10 days I actually post, so why not? 🙂

The post for the 1st of December was your TBR for the month. I thought it’d be fun to see what everyone else was planning to read this month. So here’s mine. Tell me what you plan to read in December in the comments! ALSO, I completely forgot to include My True Love Gave to Me in the picture, and I plan on reading one essay from that a day for the days leading up to Christmas. 🙂 I will probably read more than what’s in this picture, but I don’t want to feel obligated.

Legend by Marie Lu / Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (this is a reread) / Every Day by David Levithan / A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray / The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (which I’ve already started and really like so far)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my winter TBR

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

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

My True Love Gave to MeThe Rosie EffectLegendThe 5th WaveShadow and Bone

My True Love Gave to Me, Edited by Stephanie Perkins – I was going to wait until winter to buy this one, but couldn’t wait. However, I think I’m going to read one story a day during my holiday break from work. I think that’d be the perfect time. 🙂

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion – Can’t wait for this one. CAN’T. WAIT.

Legend by Marie Lu – I recently read and LOVED Marie Lu’s The Young Elites. I already own Legend (got it for my birthday), so I’m definitely looking forward to reading this one!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – I’ve heard mixed things about this one, but my friend Booknerderie just reviewed it and really liked it, so I’ve got to read it. Already own this one too.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – winter is all about dark books for me – dystopian, fantasy, sad books – and I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while. Good thing I already have a copy of this – signed too!

SinnerDaughter of Smoke and BoneShiftDustLet It SnowThe Scorpio Races

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater – I started rereading The Wolves of Mercy Falls series as audiobooks, but Linger was skipping, so I’m going to finish rereading them as physical books. I know I don’t have to reread the series to understand Sinner, but it’s been so long since I’ve read it and the series was due a reread anyway.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – same reason as Shadow and Bone.

Shift and Dust by Hugh Howey – These were on my fall TBR and I wasn’t able to get to them. I need to.

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle – I haven’t read this book yet and it is the only John Green book I haven’t read. What better time of year to read it than during winter?

(hopefully) The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – I saw hopefully because it’s on my Christmas wishlist. I love Maggie and I need to read everything she’s ever written!

What’s on your winter TBR?