Thursday, September 25, 2014

Top Five Wednesday: Non-YA Novels

I've only recently (within the past year and a half) gotten into reading YA so this top 5 isn't so difficult for me. These five books are the books that stand out to me the most. 

1. The Shadow of the Wind
   I probably rave about this book enough on here and in life, but I absolutely LOVE this book. The atmosphere, setting, and plot are intriguing. I purposely dragged our reading this book because I didn't want it to end!

2. The Witching Hour
   This was probably the first adult book I read when I was in Junior High. I was completely engrossed with the back story and the descriptions of New Orleans. It is pretty long and there are a lot of descriptions, but I flew through this book. 

3. Magic Bites
  Another book I probably say enough about, but it is my favorite urban fantasy series. Action packed, witty, and Curran.

4. Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey
  This was one of the more inspiration books during high school. I wrote my college entrance essay based on this book. Jane Goodall has been such an inspiration for me and this book was perfection.  

5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  I remember reading this and feeling emotions (like shock) that I hadn't read in most books before. It is a griping, dark tale that left me wanting more at the end. The characters drink lots of coffee in the books. 
Friday, September 19, 2014

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Top 5 Wednesday: Series I Would Like to Read

The Top Five Wednesdays will be a little out of order on my blog. I am behind on so many that I will choose which ones to post. This one will be about series I would like to read. Most of them are pretty epic and these don't include the YA series I'd like to read. 


 
 
1. Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
    This has been such a hyped series that I really want to read it now. Especially in the nice UK covers that everyone has!

2. Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
    Even before it was made into a TV series I wanted to read it, but I was intimidated by the length.




3. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    I've had the first book for over a year and is a part of my A-Z Reading Challenge that I will post later. I'm looking forward to reading this quirky series.



4. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    Another series I have seen and have wanted to read forever.


5. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
    It is almost embarrassing how much I love the show and have not read any of the books. From what I hear regarding the differences between the books and the show it would be hard to separate them in my mind if I were to start reading them now.






Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I've Only Read Once

Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

1. John Steinbeck
What I Read: Of Mice ad Men

2. Mary Shelley
What I Read: Frankenstein

3. Diane Setterfield
What I Read: The Thirteenth Tale

4. Margaret Atwood
What I Read: The Handmaid's Tale

5. Isabel Allende
What I Read: Daughter of Fortune

6. Harper Lee
What I Read: To Kill A Mockingbird

7. Elizabeth Gilbert
What I Read: The Signature of All Things

8. Neil Gaiman
What I Read: The Graveyard Book

9. F. Scott Fitzgerald
What I Read: The Great Gatsby

10. Ernest Cline
What I Read: Ready Player One

Some of these are classics in which I need to read more from the author. Others are books that I adore the writing or the subject and would love to read more from the author.





Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A to Z Bookish Survey

Author you’ve read the most books from:

According to my Goodreads (I haven't added ALL the books I've read) that would be Ann M. Martin: California Diaries and The Baby-Sitters Club

Best Sequel Ever:

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

Currently Reading:

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Coffee, tea, water

E-reader or Physical Book?

LOVE physical books. Hands down. I'll read on my Paperwhite for galleys and to read in bed while my husband in trying to sleep or travelling

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

I didn't care about dating in high school, but I guess Ron Weasley. 

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. I read this when I was 14 or 15 and didn't know it was so well known. It was great for someone my age.

Hidden Gem Book:

Altaica by Tracy M. Joyce.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

When I found BookTube. It was such a great moment to find people who loved books and dedicated videos to them.

Just Finished:

Altaica by Tracy M. Joyce

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I'm not a big fan of New Adult or Romances. I'll read them if they sound good, but I don't generally gravitate towards them. 

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Th Witching Hour by Anne Rice = 965 pages... I think

Major book hangover because of:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. 

Number of Bookcases You Own:

My place plus my parents? 6

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Preferred Place To Read:

Our couch when it is rainy and chilly. Warm sunny days - on the terrace below the castle.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

Fermin's quotes in The Shadow of the Wind.

Reading Regret:

I never read some books that would have been great to read growing up: Percy Jackson, Chronicles of Narnia, other classic children's and middle age books.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

The Cemetery of Forgotten Books by Carlos Ruiz Zafon- Need to read Angel's Game.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

...........

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

I am always excited for Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. Love them!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Checking out or buying too many books than I can read. I am a bibliophile so I enjoy obtaining books, having nice covers and holding the books more. 

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Hmm... so my books are kind of spread out in my living area. I have an actual bookcase with fiction, travelling, and language books, plus papers. Then I have a shelf for history and academia. Then I have vintage books lying around. On my fiction bookshelf it is The Alchemist by Coehlo. 

Your latest book purchase:

I went to FNAC today. They had a lot of Catalonia independence books around for September 11. I got Victus in Catalan for my husband and La Mano de Fatima y La Sombra del Viento. 

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Go read it!!!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review: Altaica by Tracy M. Joyce

Title: Altaica by Tracy M. Joyce
Series: The Chronicles of Altaica
Publication Date: June 6, 2014
Star Rating: 4/5
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Genres: High Fantasy
More Info: Goodreads / Amazon

"“Look at her – she’s Hill Clan. Even the Matyrani don’t like them …”

Isaura – little is known about her race, but much is whispered. Born to refugees, she grows up enduring racism and superstition within a community that fears her. She has few friends, and those she treasures. Trapped, she longs for escape to a different life. 

Escape is only the beginning of her troubles. Having fled an invading army with her friends, Isaura is faced with heinous choices in order to survive. Secrets from her past emerge to torment her and threaten to destroy all she holds dear. Her struggles forge a bond with an ancient power – a power which may transform or consume her. Old hatreds and superstitions are renewed and at her most vulnerable she learns the true nature of those around her.

Her only hope lies in a foreign land – a land rich in tradition; ruled by three powerful clans. A land with a history marked by warfare; where magic as we know it does not exist. Instead what is here, in abundance, is a more primal power.

Survival carries a high price.

Welcome to Altaica."



My Review

This is a great book for the first installment of The Chronicles of Altaica! There is adventure, war, and love. It is about a group of refugees fleeing their land from the evil Zaragarians and accidentally sailing to the island of Altaica. The Altaicans are people with have different beliefs and appearances. Not to mention there is tension and distrust among the three clans: Boar, Horse, and Bear. It was full of action, even in the beginning. The pace of the book kept it really intriguing and there weren't lagging moments.

I love how there are the differences between the refugees and the Altaicans. I am looking forward to read how the refugees adapt to the new island and people... Being the outsiders, they will understand what Isaura had to cope with all her life such as racism. I love how the author used Turkish myth and influence in the book. The writing style was unique to what I have read before, but it was somewhat tedious at times when the POV changed abruptly in the next paragraph. However, the range of different characters was great and the myth in the book was enjoyable. This is an epic I would love to continue reading! 

I would recommend it to lovers of fantasy and those new to the genre.


Thank you to NetGalley for sending me this copy for review!

-Katie
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review: The Barter by Siobhan Adcock


Title: The Barter by Siobhan Adcock
Release Date: September 4, 214
Star Rating: 3/5
Publisher: Dutton Books
Genres: Thriller, Paranormal, Adult
More Info: Goodreads / Amazon


"A heart-stopping tale as provocative as is suspenseful, about two conflicted women, separated by one hundred years, and bound by an unthinkable sacrifice. 
The Barter is a ghost story and a love story, a riveting emotional tale that also explores motherhood and work and feminism. Set in Texas, in present day, and at the turn of the twentieth century, the novel follows two young mothers at the turning point of their lives."





My Review

   The Barter is told from two women's perspective living one hundred years apart that have a link between them. There is a parallel between the women: recent mothers coping with new responsibilities. These responsibilities seem to come at the price of their independence and taking on those catered to domestic life. Both are tested in bartering their lives and their loved ones. Would you take an hour of your life? 
    I believe this is a book for new mothers, or mothers in general, who like paranormal. It is a concept they can relate to: Would you give up something or do anything for your children or those you love? I took the message that one should never wallow in grief, keep living life, and loving others. Time can work against you and you should not waste it. You should always show your love to make it known and not live in regret for not doing so.
    This book definitely had some creepiness! After all the horror films out there it is easy to imagine what situations in the books would have been like. In the first chapter we are introduced to the ghost. The novel really picks up after the first 100 pages and I flew threw them. You are never really quite sure how the novel will end. 
   I would recommend this book to those who like paranormal and my new-mom friends. 




Thank you to Dutton Books and Penguin for sending me this ARC.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Series: Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews


  
  The Kate Daniels series has been one of my greatest discoveries in 2013. My good friend introduced me to this series and I have been obsessed ever since. This is an urban fantasy set in Atlanta, Georgia in which a rift has been opened between technology and magic. Magic has taken over parts of the city and there are waves of magic when technology will not work and monsters appear. Kate Daniels is a mercenary who fixes and cleans up the problems that arise during these flairs. Kate is a great female protagonist: sassy and kicks ass. I love this series and I recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy! 

-Katie

Best Books I Read in 2013

In 2013 I read 29 books in total. Of those 29 there were a few books/series that I really enjoyed. 

1. Kate Daniels Series #1-4 by Ilona Andrews.
   This has to be my most loved find in 2013. I love this series. It is an urban fantasy series set in Atlanta with humor, action, and a strong witty protagonist. These books are incredibly entertaining.Highly recommended. 5/5 Stars

2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
   I had my boyfriend and friend read this. A book filled with pop culture references perfect for nerdy people who love/d the 1980s. Since reading this book my boyfriend and I have been obsessing over 80s movies. 4.5/5 stars

3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.
  A book that doesn’t really need a summary. I felt the ending was too short, but I enjoyed it. 4.5/5 Stars

4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
  Written by a teenager and published in 1967, I read this book not only to see what a teenager at that time would write her own novel about, but to get a glimpse at the pop culture used during that time. I read it for pleasure and as a study. I’m happy I read this one. 5/5 Stars.


I read more that I felt were pretty good, but these are by far the books I would strongly recommend to others. Notables include: The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (really awesome reading it since I am living in Barcelona right now!), and Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson.  

-Katie

Confessions of a Bibliophile Tag

1. What genres do you typically stay away from?
    I don’t really like sports so I don’t like to read books that center on sports. 
2. What is one book on your shelf that you have not read yet?
    Princess Bride. 
3. What is your worst bookish habit?
    I buy too many books before I read them. I love acquiring books. I am also super picky on how people treat my books…
4. Have you read every review copy you have been sent?
    As of right now, no!
5. What is the most expensive book you own?
    I’m not sure… 
6. Do you buy second-hand books?
    Yes! There are books I prefer new and some I am okay and love getting secondhand.
7. What is your favorite bookstore?
    In Barcelona (where I live right now) there is a great secondhand bookstore, Hibernian Books. Otherwise FNAC has some nice editions of books.
8. What is your favorite online bookstore?
    I like Book Depository because I can get books in certain editions if I can’t find them anywhere else. I love Book Outlet, but if I can’t find prices to beat them or BD I go to Amazon. I really want to buy books from Persephone and Melville House Publishing.
9. Do you have a budget for buying books?
    I really should.. :S