Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Reading Wrap-Up


It's that time of year again: the end of it. We're at the brink of 2014, and with it comes new surprises, new goals, new pains and sorrows - and of course, new books. My reading goal of 2013 was 210 books originally; sadly, I didn't quite make it, and I had to bump the goal down to 150 books. This year threw some surprises my way (some good, others not so much), and I just got busier than I had anticipated. Nevertheless, Hedgie and I read a lot of books; some good, some bad. And out of the 150 of books that we read, here are the best and the worst, cataloged alphabetically by Author's last name.

Monday, December 30, 2013

December 2013 Book Haul


So Stacking the Shelves is a lot like this: listing the books that are new to my shelves. But I decided that it would be fun to do an end-of-the-month book haul post, detailing only the books that I bought/was given, and mentioning why I bought it, when I intend to read it (or maybe if I have already read it), et cetera. Because this is a December book haul, it's pretty big. I was on a book-buying ban this month, and I did a good job of obeying it. . . .for about three weeks. Then it came to a sudden and very big end. Not counting my Christmas books, I bought a total of 19 books. December also equals Christmas, and while my actual Christmas haul isn't until January (and will therefore be included in January's book haul), I still got a fair number of books. But I'm going to start with the ones I bought first.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Review: Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Series: The Reckoners #1
Genre: YA, science fiction
Published on September 23, 2013
Published by Delacorte
Pages: 384
Read From: 12.14.13 - 12.21.13










SYNOPSIS
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary people extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. 
Epics are no friends of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man, you must crush his will.  

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Review: The Clockwork Scarab - Colleen Gleason

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
Series: Stoker & Holmes #1
Genre: YA, alternate history, steampunk, Sherlockian fiction
Published on September 17, 2013
Published by Chronicle Books
Pages: 356
Read From: 12.7.13 - 12.14.13











SYNOPSIS
Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you're the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood, so to speak. And when two young society girls disappear - one dead, one missing - there's

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #29

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
It's a weekly meme about upcoming books we're excited about!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #26

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish 

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me. This is actually harder than you would think, because I have so many books I would love to get for Christmas. My entire to-buy list, in fact. But I will be good and choose only ten of them.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies - Gail Carriger

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School #2
Genre: YA, steampunk
Published on November 5, 2013
Published by Hatchette Little, Brown & Co.
Pages: 310
Read From: 11.30.13 - 12.7.13










SYNOPSIS
Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four full grown guests? 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Weekend Recommendations #28


This is a weekly feature, where I get to go all fannish about two randomly-picked favvies (which may not actually be favorites, but got a rating of 3 or more strawberries) that I would recommend to friends! But in honor of the Christmas season, I've invited three of my bookish friends to suggest two favorite Christmas reads that they would recommend to people!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - April Genevieve Tucholke

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Series: Between #1
Genre: YA, paranormal, romance, thriller
Published on August 15, 2013
Published by Dial
Pages: 360
Read From: 11.29.13 - 11.30.13











SYNOPSIS
Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White's sleepy seaside town. . . .until River West comes along. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #28

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
It's a weekly meme about upcoming books we're excited about!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #25

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish 

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2013. These will mostly be debut authors, as this year was mostly spent on finishing series and reading debuts.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Review: Golden Girl - Sarah Zettel

Golden Girl by Sarah Zettel
Series: American Fairy Trilogy #2
Genre: YA, historical fantasy
Published on June 25, 2013
Published by Random House
Pages: 320
Read From: 11.27.13 - 11.29.13










SYNOPSIS
Callie LeRoux is not in Kansas anymore. . . . 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Weekend Recommendations #27


This is a weekly feature, where I get to go all fannish about two randomly-picked favvies (which may not actually be favorites, but got a rating of 3 or higher) that I would recommend to friends! So, here are this week's two picks:

Friday, December 13, 2013

Review: "When Did You See Her Last?" - Lemony Snicket

"When Did You See Her Last?" by Lemony Snicket
Series: All the Wrong Questions #2
Genre: Middle Grade, mystery
Published on October 15, 2013
Published by Little Brown
Pages: 279
Read From: 11.25.13 - 11.27.13











SYNOPSIS
Before you looked any further into "When Did You See Her Last?" ask yourself these questions: 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #27

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
It's a weekly meme about upcoming books we're excited about!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #24

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish 

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Books on My Winter TBR List. Now, I don't really do monthly or even seasonal TBR lists. I rely on the local library too heavily to be able to pre-plan what I want to read; the library isn't always good about getting in what I need on time. However, because of my newfound income and because planning would be a good idea, I am going to start adhering to a monthly TBR list. So, what's for winter? Here's a brief idea:

Monday, December 9, 2013

Review: "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" - Lemony Snicket

"Who Could That Be at This Hour?" by Lemony Snicket
Series: All the Wrong Questions #1
Genre: Middle Grade, mystery
Published on October 24, 2012
Published by Little Brown
Pages: 258
Read From: 11.25.13 - 11.25.13










SYNOPSIS
Before you consider reading "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" ask yourself these questions: 

Friday, December 6, 2013

December Update

So you probably noticed that there wasn't a new post up yesterday. Unsurprisingly, the holidays have hit - and they've hit hard. I don't really know what leisure time is anymore; and no, I'm not exactly complaining. I like being busy! Though this week was a bit too much; hopefully next week won't be as bad.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Book Thief

Books to Movies is a feature where I review movies based off books! These reviews are for people who have read the book, so spoilers are definitely within.

Rated: PG-13

















Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #26

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
It's a weekly meme about upcoming books we're excited about!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #23

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish 

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 2014 Releases I'm excited about. There's so many! These are not listed from most anticipated to least; they're listed by publication date, because quite honestly, I'm excited about them all!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Review: Daughter of the Centaurs - Kate Klimo

Daughter of the Centaurs by Kate Klimo
Series: Centauriad #1
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published on January 24, 2012
Published by Random House
Pages: 362
Read From: 11.21.13 - 11.25.13











SYNOPSIS
Malora has always wanted to be a master horseman, like her father. To ride and hunt as he does, wheeling about and charging off, bow and arrows strapped to her back - she can't imagine anything better. It is no matter to her that for the People this is considered a man's job, or that she is gently discouraged by her parents at every turn. Malora feels, she knows, that this is what she was meant to do. 
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