My Life in Books Tag

I was quite determined to get up early today and get some shopping and errands done. I was even considering driving down to my hometown for their annual festival for some Swiss Cheese on a Stick and fry pies. But when I woke up it was in the 40s and raining, so I went back to sleep and now I’m in pajamas, drinking coffee, and watching Notting Hill on tv. What better time to do a tag? I was tagged for My Life in Books Tag by #LoveBooks (go check out her blog!).

1) Find A Book For Each Of Your Initials:

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2) Count Your Age Along Your Book Shelf: What Book Is It?

31 (*sigh*) = …

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3) Pick a book that represents a destination you would like to travel to?

The Greek island of Corfu. Yes please.

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4) Pick A Book That Is Your Favourite Color

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5) Which book do you have the fondest memory of?

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I absolutely loved the Wayside School books as a kid. They were a very particular kind of humor and it just so happened to be my sense of humor. I’ve looked and looked for these books, but I think they got tossed in one of our many moves. I’m going to have to buy them some day.

6) Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

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I really thought I was going to love this book and I just ended up hating it. I read it before I could DNF books so I powered through it and just hated it.

7) Which book in your TBR pile will you give you the biggest sense of achievement?

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It’s the longest book on my TBR and I find it very intimidating. I generally don’t read books over 400 pages (Nook length. The paging is always really different on my Nook than the hard copy), and usually they’re around 300 or less.

Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you would like

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Reviewing the Unreviewed: December

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. I thought I’d start doing a post once a month  with just the couple thoughts I shared on Good Reads.

Wild (The Ivy Chronicles, #3)

Wild (The Ivy Chronicles #3) by Sophie Jordan. Read November 30 – December 1. 2 (generous) stars.

One of those books that I read only because I had started the series and wanted to finish it. There were a couple sweet moments between Georgia and Logan, but overall it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I liked this book better than book 2, but nowhere near as much as #1. Despite how ridiculous the plot was of the first book, I thought the relationship between the characters were really well done and the rest of the series just didn’t live up to it for me. Another great example of why I shouldn’t be reading NA.

 

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken. Read December 3-7. 2.5 – 3 stars? I can’t decide.

This book probably could’ve been 100 pages shorter. The characters were pretty well developed, though. It was overall pretty depressing.

 

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Mara Hodkin. Read December 9-14. 2 stars.

I liked the ending of this one and that there were some answers, while still making me want to read the next book to find out everything – though I’m in no hurry to do so…

However, I found most of the book to be pretty boring and it took me about twice as long to finish as it normally would for a book of this size. I don’t like how dependent Mara is on Noah and how possessive Noah is of her. I don’t get how people who hate Twilight love Mara and Noah because Noah’s attitude towards Mara is very Edward Cullen-esque.

Dissonance (Dissonance, #1)

Dissonance (Dissonance #1) by Erica O’Rourke. Read December 21-27. 2 stars.

This book might have been better if it was about 100 pages shorter. I found the world building confusing. The main character often annoyed me and any time when she wasn’t with Elliot or Simon was pretty boring. It took about half way through before I really got into the story at all and the ending was interesting enough that I’ll probably give the second book a try, but I’m not in any hurry for it.

 

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BACK ON THE TBR SHELF

The Taking (The Taking, #1)

The Taking (The Taking #1) by Kimberly Derting.

I really wanted to like this book. It was ok, but I was just having trouble getting into it. I also realized that this is the beginning of a series and not a standalone like I thought, so I decided to stop reading it for now and maybe I’ll pick it up again once the rest of the series is published.

 

Made to Last (Where Love Begins, #1)

Made to Last (Where Love Begins #1) by Melissa Tagg.

This book sounded like something I would really enjoy, but I only got a few chapters in before I gave up on it. The writing wasn’t quite as up to par as I was expecting and the main characters were both a little annoying. However, I still might give it a try at a later date.

 

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon.

I’ve heard lots of conflicting reports of this series, but mostly it’s been good. I blame my reading rut for not making it past the first chapter of this one. I’ll give it another try some day!

 

Wicked (A Wicked Saga, #1)

Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

I got several chapters in, but just couldn’t get into it. It was very typical JLA, which don’t get me wrong, I enjoy, I just wasn’t feeling it right now. But, because this is JLA, I’ll eventually read it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Want To Start

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is: Top New Series I Want To Start. They suggested “New” as in the last year or so, but I think I’m just going to go with series in general. There are some I’ve been meaning to start for awhile.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling Yes everyone in the book blogging world has read this series except for me. I saw one of the movies…

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I’ve heard great things about this series and I even own the first book, I just haven’t started it yet.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

3. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. I complained in my review of the last book of the Mortal Instruments series that characters from the Infernal Devices made appearances and I didn’t understand the full impact of it. AND everyone says this series is way, way better than TMI.

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)

4. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. Mostly because I like the cover!

I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)

5. Jasper Dent by Barry Lyga. I think this book looks really interesting! AND I just realized there’s 3 books already published in the series!

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

6. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I haven’t seen the tv show, but everyone seems to be watching it. I read a review of one of the episodes that compared it to the  book and the book actually sounded better (though the show sounded good, too).

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)

7. Firebird by Claudia Gray. Again, the cover!

The Fine Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending, #1)

8. The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris. Because I love the fake relationship trope and this  book is taking forever to come off the waiting list at the  library!

Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1)

9. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden. I’ve heard great things about this book and even hosted a guest review and a giveaway of the book and have STILL to read it!

The Return (Titan, #1)

10. Titan by Jennifer Armentrout. Despite the awful cover and my trepidation of it being NA, Seth was probably my favorite character in the Covenant series, so I need to see what happens to him!

WHAT SERIES ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO STARTING?