Favorite Quotes

'Once upon a time, there was a man as great as the gods...... But even the great can tremble with fear. Even the great can Fall.

Mary E. Pearson, Kiss of Deception

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Blogging and Reading Resolutions

This post is a little late, but  better late then never.

1). Comment More
I am really bad at commenting, really bad at it. And this year I want to get better at it. Not just commenting on other blogs but also replying back to comments on this blog.

2). Write More Discussions
I love writing discussion posts. I like putting my thoughts on a post and actually discussioning it with people. However, I rarely do them because A) they take to long and B) I often can't think of topics to talk about. However, I had a brainstorming session and have come up with several discussion topics.

3). Write More book Recommendations
I love writing these posts. The only problem is they are very time consuming and I don't often have a lot of time to devote to only one post. However, I still want to post more of them and I am determined!

1). Finish the Mistborn Series
By Finish I mean finish The Hero of Ages. I've had that on my shelf for years. I started the series two years ago now and I want to finish the original trilogy. I'm not going to say the whole series with all the new books because I have no chance of that. However, I will read the Hero of Ages efore this year is out!

2). Read 60 books.
My Goodreads challenge is 100 books but that is just my auto challenge. I always wanted to read 100 books in a year but I have never made it and I don't beat myself up because it. And 2015 was a very bad reading year for me and so I want to read at least 60 books.

3). Read 12 Sequels
I am horrible at continuing series. I find a really great first book in a series and love it but never read the sequel. This has led me to have so many open series and a lot of sequels on my TBR shelf. I want to thin that down and actually continue these series. So, I want to read at least one sequel a month. I think I can do that.

Those are my Reading and Blogging Resolutions.
What are your Resolutions??

Happy Reading

Thursday, January 7, 2016

2016 Reading Challenges

These are all of the challenges I will be participating in 2016. I will try to succeeed but I know I will fail, miserably but I don't care. Its fun to do them so why the hell not.

~Series Enders Reading Challenge 
This challenge is about finishing all of your open series.

"This challenge is for all of you series readers who are scared to death of that last book in the series. You anxiously await it. You stalk it. You get your hands on it as soon as possible. But then…you put off reading it for fear that it might not be everything you thought it would be. Or, maybe you just have a backlog of series started and you need to finish that last book.
Join us in knocking out those pesky last books in a series. This is your chance. Here’s your motivation. Better than that, we have prizes!"

Level 1: 1 – 5 
Level 2: 5 – 10 
Level 3: 10 – 15 
Level 4: 15+

My Level
Level 2: 5-10

My Potential books:
Lion Heart by A. C Gaughen 
Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep
Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
In the Afterlife by Alexandra Bracken

~ Fairytale Retelling Challenge
This challenge is about, you guessed it, reading books that are retellings of either myths or fairytales. It is hosted by Mel at The Daily Prophecy. Check out her post to see the full list of details.

Here is the gist of te goals and rules

  • "The goal is to read fairytale retellings, but if you want you can also pick other retellings. Think about mythology, myths, legends and folk tales. It's all up to you!"

  • "The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st 2016."

  • The Levels
    -Enchanted Moura: 1 – 4 books.
    -Goose Girl: 5 - 9 books.
    -Evil Queen: 10 – 15 books.
    -Wise princess: 16 – 20 books.
    -Kuma Lisa: 21 – 25 books.
    -Cheshire cat: 26+ books

    My Level:
    -Evil Queen: 10 – 15 books.

    Potential Books:
    Lion Heart by A. C. Guaghen
    Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
    For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
    Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
    Unhinged by A. G. Howard

    ~Eclectic Reader Challenge
    2016EclecticReader_BookdOutThis challenge is all about reading books in different genres. It is hosted by Book'd Out. You have to read at least one book from each genre below.

    The Genres:

    1. A book about books (fiction or nonfiction)
    2. Serial Killer Thriller
    3. Paranormal romance
    4. A novel set on an island
    5. Investigative journalism (nonfiction)
    6. Disaster fiction
    7. Steampunk sci fi
    8. Any book shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
    9. Psychology (nonfiction)
    10. Immigrant Experience fiction
    11. YA historical fiction
    12. A debut author in 2016

    I have no idea what to read for any of these genres, but thats all right.

    Which reading challenges are you doing this year?

    Monday, January 4, 2016

    Most Anticipated Books of 2016

    Here are my top releases that I can not wait for in 2016. They are categorized by release date, not by my personal opinion.

    ~Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
    January 5th
    I've heard a lot of positive reviews for this book but also a few negative ones as well. So, I am really excited to read this one for myself and see what I think! Also, its a fantasy written by Susan Dennard, hell yeah!

    ~Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers
    February 2nd
    This book is kinda new to me and so is the author. However, I read the summary and was instantly hooked. A gang war between assassin families? A Godfather and Romeo and Juliet retelling? Heck yeah!!

    ~The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
    March 8th
    I love Wendy Higgins' books and this one sounds really freaking great!

    ~The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
    March 29th
    This is another sequel that I need like air! I love this series so much and I am sad its going to end.

    ~Flamecater by Cinda Williams Chima
    April 19th
    This author writes amazing fantasy stories! And I will read every fantasy book she writes!

    ~A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
    May 3rd
    Some as Throne of Glass #5. Also, I need this like air!! Why can't it be May already!!

    ~The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
    May 3rd
    I. Need. This. Book. Enough said.

    ~The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
    August 2nd
    So many sequels on this list and this is one of the top sequels I can't wait to read! I need to know what happens next! How its going to end and how the hell they are going to live through that.

    ~A Torch Against the Night
    August 30th
    I loved the world in this series and I can't wait to see what happens in this book! The first book didn't end in a too terrible cliffhanger but I still can't wait!

    ~Throne of Glass #5 by Sarah J. Maas
    September 6th
    Do I need to explain myself here? Anything Sarah J. Maas will be on this list.

    ~Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    November 8th
    I'm not to big on the Lunar Chronicles but I still really liked her writing style. Also, the premise of this book sounds freakin great! The young Queen of Hearts, hells yeah!

    What books can't you wait to release in 2016?
    Happy 2016 reading

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

    Fandom Mash-Up

    This is a new fun feature hosted and created by Micheline over at Lunar-Rainbows. For this feature, there will be a new fictional scenario each week and you will create your dream team of five different characters from five different fandoms around this scenario.

    In a nightmare come to life, a gang of villains from all magical realms have somehow teamed up and are set to takeover all of the Universe! Which villains are on this terrible team?! (Part 1/2)

    He is the badest of the baddies. He essentially has no soul and to take over the universe yuo can't have a soul.

    ~Darth Vader
    He is another bad ass baddy. Before, you know, his heart grew three times larger he was taking over the universe. The Empire was taking over everything and he was essentially leading the Empire. 

    Loki is one of my all time favorite villians. He is crazy and he loves it. He doesn't care what others think about him, he just wants chaos. However, that mind set might not be the best to takeover the univerrse because he'll be focused on making chaos not strategic attacks.

    The Daleks have no heart at all and unlike Voldemort (who I don't think could feel anything) they only feel hatred and rage. They are the perfect villians because they are almost indestructible and smart as all hell. Also, they have almost taken over the universe by themselves. 

    ~The Borg
    The Burg are terrifying! They kill everything they believe is inferior. And they have the brilliant strategy of just converting their enemies into slave soldiers instead of just killing them. This means they gain soldiers instead of losing them. However, I don't see them easily working with other villians, but I'm sure they'll work it out. 

    My team seems very disfunctional and I almost believe they'd kill each other before taking over anything. 
    Who's on your team?

    Happy reading