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Showcase Sunday (#1) – ALA, Birthday, & Review Books Edition

Posted July 8, 2012 by Jana in Uncategorized / 12 Comments

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea. We get to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received, borrowed, bought, and downloaded!
Hello! June was a HUGE book month for me, and I had absolutely no time to film a vlog until now! So, this SS encompasses all the books I received or bought at ALA, books I got from my friends and family for my birthday, and other books I was sent for review over the last month-month and a half. It’s kind of a lot… And I’m sorry, but I tried to film a vlog 3-4 times and decided today is just not my day! So, here is a picture. Below, I categorized what came from where. :)

Review books (ALA & in the mail):

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Hidden by Sophie Jordan (Firelight #3)
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
Miss Fortune Cookie by Lauren Bjorkman
The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
Prodigy by Marie Lu (Legend #2)
The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando
What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass
Over You by Emma McLaughlin
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
Auracle by Gina Rosati
Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman
Breathe by Sarah Crossan
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
Starling by Lesley Livingston
A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends by Stacy Bierlein
Through to You by Emily Hainsworth
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez
Witch World by Christopher Pike
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Degrees of Wrong by Anna Scarlet
Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter (Goddess Test #2)
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Switched by Amanda Hocking
Legacy by Cayla Kluver

Signed books from ALA:

Origin by Jessica Khoury
Beta by Rachel Cohn (Beta #1)
Adaptation by Malinda Lo
Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #2)
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #2)
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
False Memory by Dan Krokos
Silver by Talia Vance
After Hello by Lisa Mangum
The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson (Fire and Thorns #2)
Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler

Purchased books:

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Signed at Fierce Reads Tour)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Signed at Fierce Reads Tour)
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne (Signed at Fierce Reads Tour)
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (Signed at ALA)
In Honor by Jessi Kirby (Signed at ALA)
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas (Signed at ALA)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor (Signed at ALA)
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti (Signed at ALA)

Books I won:

Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom – From Some Like it Paranormal
Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler (Signed) – From a Book and a Latte

Books I received as gifts:

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (Fire and Thorns #1) – From Daisy
The Chronicles of Narnia books 1-7 by C.S. Lewis (B&N Leatherbound) – From Kimberly

So, what did you get? Link me, and I’ll come visit!


Happy 4th of July!

Posted July 4, 2012 by Jana in Uncategorized / 4 Comments

 

To all my readers from the USA, happy 4th! I really love the 4th of July because of what it represents: our freedom. I’m free to worship the way I want, read what I want, and voice my opinions. I live in an awesome country.

I’m going to a Beach Boys concert tonight, followed by a spectacular fireworks display, which I can’t wait for. I’m also going to have a delish dinner from one of the best local Mexican grills. It’s going to be a wonderful day, and I hope yours will be too. Be safe in all your activities, and eat lots of food! Oh, and don’t burn your state down. We’ve been hit by a lot of fires over here in the West lately, so please be careful!(

So, what are you doing today? :)


June is Audiobook Month!

Posted June 19, 2012 by Jana in Uncategorized / 5 Comments

 

So, June is Audibook Month (I know! I’m way late!), and I think this is a wonderful time to introduce myself to audiobooks! I’ve listened to half of The Da Vinci Code, and got really bored… fell asleep… and that was it! But since there’s an entire month devoted to audiobooks, maybe I need to rethink my decision!

Anyway, there’s this website called audiobooksync.com that is giving away two audio books a week from now until August 22nd. There are some awesome titles on their site, so I thought I’d let you know about them! The titles include Anna Dressed in Blood, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Sense and Sensibility, A Tale of Two Cities, and more. And they are FREE if you want them! I’m really excited about this!

Here is the schedule. Right now, they are giving away The Eleventh Plague and the Grapes of Wrath.


Armchair BEA 2012: The Future of Book Blogging

Posted June 8, 2012 by Jana in Uncategorized / 10 Comments

Armchair BEA is a fun online event that those of us who could not attend BEA in New York City can participate in! There’s ways to network with other bloggers, posts on blogging tips, giveaways, and happenings at BEA from people who are there. Visit the Armchair BEA blog to see a schedule of events!

Hi everyone! Today is the final day of Armchair BEA, and I’m sad to see it go. Hopefully the friendships we have made will continue to grow after the event is closed, and we go back to our normal blogging lives. Today’s topic encourages all of us to ask our fellow bloggers any questions we’ve got about blogging. I’ve decided on posting a small bookish survey, hoping to gain insight on what people look for when they search for book blogs to follow, and how I can improve my own blog. If you’re a new visitor, would you mind taking a few minutes to look over my blog and let me know what you think? Help me make my blog a place that encourages readers to stay for a while! Thank you!

**By filling out this survey, you will be able to claim two extra entries in my birthday bash giveaway that I will be hosting, beginning on the 22nd.**

Start Survey Now!

It’s only 10 questions, and will pop up in a window momentarily.

Thanks for a wonderful week at Armchair BEA! I have loved getting to know all of you, and learning more about the bookish community. Hopefully we can all meet up at BEA in NYC someday soon!


Happy Easter from That Artsy Reader Girl!

Posted April 8, 2012 by Jana in Uncategorized / 3 Comments

Hi! What are you up to today? Happy Easter to you and your family! I had a little too much fun at JibJab and made a video of my family and I dancing the Jive! Sadly, I can’t embed this, so a screenshot will have to do. From left to right we have my cat Misty, my mom, me, and my little sister. They all wish you a happy Easter as well! One of the many reasons I love Easter is because Spring is SO close! Are you excited for spring? I know I can’t wait to read outside in the sun! Have a wonderful Sunday! (And if you celebrate, what are you doing? After church, we’re having a big dinner and then watching movies as a family.)

Coliloquy Titles On Sale Through February!

Posted February 4, 2012 by Jana in Uncategorized / 3 Comments

Hi again! So, I’m sure you’ve heard about the digital publishing company, Coliloquy, that publishes “active fiction” for Amazon Kindle. They are like choose-your-own mystery books! For the month of February, they are all on sale for $1.99 (usually priced around $5-$7) on Amazon. I just bought Getting Dumped and Witch’s Brew, and thought you might like to see check them out as well. Here they are! I’ve included the summaries below.

Dead Letter Office:
When Celia’s father is killed in Afghanistan, she moves with her mother to New Orleans, the city where her father grew up. Struggling to adjust and haunted by troubling dreams, Celia finds comfort in new friends like Tilly, a practicing witch, and Donovan, the son of police detective. On Halloween, bizarre supernatural occurrences rock the city. Celia meets the mysterious Luc and finds a letter, over a hundred years old, addressed to her.

The paranormal repercussions continue when Celia learns that Luc is the restless spirit of a young man murdered in 1854, only able to assume solid form at night. And then, to her shock, Celia finds that the letter, which describes the suspected murder of a man in 1870, contains uncanny parallels to the present-day death of Abel Sims, a homeless veteran.

With help from Luc, Tilly, and Donovan, Celia races to solve the murder—and the mystery of the letter—using both magical and forensic clues. 

Kira has written Parish Mail like a TV series–there are over-arching mystery and romantic story arcs that extend between the episodes, while each episode has a smaller case that is presented and solved. Along the way, she asks you, the reader, to make several small decisions as you read. These choices do not impact the overarching storyline, but certain combinations “unlock” clues to the series’ mystery, which are embedded in the text. Kira also asks you to cast a vote at the end of the episode, to get additional feedback from her fans about their preferred love interests in future episodes.

Getting Dumped:
Losing a cushy marketing job only to end up driving heavy equipment at the landfill would be a tough blow for most women.

But JJ Schultz isn’t most women, so she gamely swaps office politics and dry cleaning bills for a chance to crush garbage with a 150,000 pound machine. As it turns out, she doesn’t miss her old life too much…though her love life was sure a lot simpler when she didn’t wear a hardhat every day. Between her hot new co-workers and her on-again-off-again boyfriend, JJ has her hands full.

The drama kicks into high gear when JJ and her sister, Lori, find evidence of a counterfeit handbag operation – something local police deem only slightly more urgent than collecting fruit flies. JJ soon finds herself unraveling a sinister plot in the company of a tie-tugging accountant, a straight-to-video action hero turned secretary, a suspicious but sneaky-hot engineer, and a host of other characters with questionable hygiene and morals.  

In Getting Dumped, Tawna gives you one very simple choice point: Which guy should JJ call? Depending on your choice, you’ll get to know one of the guys a bit more intimately. Don’t be afraid to read all three versions–it’s for JJ’s own good, after all! And of course, feel free to re-read YOUR favorite over and over again. Tawna still isn’t sure who JJ should end up with, so she’s eager to see who her readers prefer. She sees the aggregate statistics on who gets picked the most, so the more you read, the more you influence what she writes.

Witch’s Brew:
The Spellspinners of Melas County is a fantasy YA romance series about a witch, a warlock, and their fight for their forbidden but prophesied love.

Once soulmates, the witch and warlock covens of the California coast have been estranged for a century. Raised to hate each other, their teenagers meet in the Solstice Stones, a magical battleground where they draw energy from each other to maintain their balance. 16 year olds Logan and Lily have spent years training for their first Stones…only to discover just days before that the enemy may not be what either of them had thought.

In Witch’s Brew, Lily is torn between her feelings for Logan and her coven’s need to know who—or what—he is. The young lovers race against time, their distrust for each other, and the powerful influence of their elders to unravel the mystery of their pasts before their future is destroyed.

In Witch’s Brew, Lily and Logan’s fate is already decided, but Heidi explores several different possible pathways for how they get there. She shares scenes that wouldn’t normally fit in a book format and gives readers more precious moments between the two young lovers. As the series progresses, you’ll see some normal narrative forms, interspersed with smaller scenes, alternate points of view, and a lot of “what if” scenarios.

Arcania:
In Arcania Trial By Fire, your input influences what happens to Adia, a young sorceress. Born without arcania in her blood, Adia has lived in the shadow of her magical twin, until the day she inherits her sister’s spellcasting talents. As she leaves for the training academy, there are plenty of people to show her the ropes: Grey, the darkly passionate top shield, Seger, a swashbuckling rogue with a talent for daggers, and Finola, a clever and empathic healer. With a battle heating up, Adia must learn to master her magic and earn a spot on a fighting team before the ancient war between the forces of magic destroys her loved ones on Earth. The author sees the aggregate statistics on what option gets picked the most, so the more you read, the more you influence what she writes! 

(According to the Goodreads descriptions, “Active fiction” is a new type of e-reading experience that allows the reader and the author to interact with each other and the text in new and different ways.)


2011 End of Year Book Survey

Posted December 29, 2011 by Jana in Uncategorized / 6 Comments

1. Best Book You Read In 2011?
I’d have to say that Anna and the French Kiss was my favorite book this year. It was really the book that turned me on to not only young adult contemporary, but contemporary fiction in general. I’ve always thought of reading as an escape from my life, so I’d read a dystopia, historical, paranormal, etc. Reading about the impossible or the “once upon a time” made me leave my own life and become immersed in another. Because of that, I’d never been interested in reading anything that took place right now. Then it wasn’t an escape, and I’d be reading about someone like my next door neighbors, or my students. Contemporary is an escape, though! I’d like to thank Stephanie Perkins for showing me that.

2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?
Halo, by Alexandra Adornetto disappointed me beyond anything I could have imagined. If you head over to The Broke and The Bookish, you will find all the reasons why I disliked this book so much.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?
Delirium surprised me the most! The hype that surrounded this book had me worried I’d be extremely disappointed. I was also pretty leery of reading a dystopian that marked love as a disease. I worried it would be really sad, or really dumb. Or both. Oliver’s writing is amazing, though, and I ended up really loving it! And, when you think about it, love really can be a disease. Breaking up sucks and leaves you depressed for a LONG time, and sometimes being in love makes you do really weird things. It’s pretty awesome, though, once you’ve found it. Just like Oliver’s characters, I think the positives of love outweigh the negatives. :)

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?
Haha. I have been singing praises for Anna and the French Kiss for months now. I really can’t be quiet about it. But hey. It did get me started on a whole new genre, which made my TBR list grow exponentially in a matter of weeks.

5. Best series you discovered in 2011?
Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series… Ally Condie’s Matched Series… Lauren DeStefano’s Wither series… Sophie Jordan’s Firelight series… It was a good year for series! Or, trilogies, rather. I’d love more stand-alones for 2012!

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?
Stephanie Perkins, Lauren Oliver, Rachel Cohn, David Levithan, Maureen Johnson, John Green. I made so many discoveries this year!!

7.  Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Someday My Prince Will Come, by Jerramy Fine. It was my very first memoir, and while it was cute, I had a hard time supporting some of her decisions. I did decide, though, that memoirs are worth paying attention to, and I have my eye on several more!

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?
OH MAN. This is really hard. Haha. Learning to Swim, by Sara J. Henry was intense, and I was dying to know what happened! Picture this… you’re on a ferry, it’s crispy cold outside, and in the distance you see a bundle thrown off the back of another ferry at the exact moment you pass it. It could have been trash, right? Or a hoodie that blew off the deck. But no, you just can’t shake the feeling that it is so much worse than that. Without thinking you, not even a very good swimmer, jump into the frigid Lake Champlain and make a beeline for the diminishing ripples in the water where the mysterious bundle hit moments before. As you frantically search the murky waters around you, your eyes meet the eyes of a scared, drowning little boy. You grab him, swim a grueling one-mile swim, hoping to avoid the hypothermia creeping into your very bones, and pull him to the rocky shore. He’s not breathing, so you try to remember the CPR lesson you had a LONG time ago. You succeed. He’s breathing. As his eyes open, he looks at you, lets out a little sigh, rests his sleepy head on your arm, and murmurs, “Merci.”Ahhhh! This is what happened to the main girl, and from here on out the craziness happens, and it was this really intriguing mystery with some suspense. LOVED IT. And I SO did not expect it. I’d never heard about this book, so when I was asked to read it, I was worried. It was pretty amazing, though.

9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?
I was really excited for the end of the Hourglass Door series, by Lisa Mangum. It’s called The Forgotten Locket. Books one and two in the trilogy ended in major cliffhangers, and I was so excited to see how everything was wrapped up.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011? .
Forever, by Maggie Stiefvater, has such awesome vector images. Wither, by Lauren DeStefano, has really great typography. Halo, by Alexandra Adornetto has the most beautiful cover, though, which is sad because of how disappointed in the book I was.

11. Most memorable character in 2011?
It’s really hard to pick just one. My characters are my friends! There’s Lily, from Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. She is absolutely hilarious, not to mention smart and bookish. And then there was Jubilee from Let it Snow. She’s also really quirky and completely adorable. Jacinda from Firelight was a dragon! That’s pretty groundbreaking. I’ll never forget Anna, and her life that I seriously wish I had. Carrie, from Carrie Goes Off the Map is also pretty awesome. She got back at her ex-fiance by crashing his wedding and destroying a really expensive floral arrangement with a hose! Loved her for that. Marian from Marian’s Christmas Wish got this amazing fairytale. Man, if only I could pick one of these people and live their life for a day! I read a lot of strong female characters, which I think I TOTALLY needed.

12. Most beautifully written book in 2011?
I have always loved Maggie Stiefvater’s writing, so Forever would be my choice. Although… Syrie James’s writing is also amazing. Nocturne is a close tie, but I think Forever pulls ahead just a bit.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011?
This might sound a little weird, but it was a book I read with one of my reading students. It’s called The Kid Who Ran for President. The book is not what had such an impact on me, but the experience I had while reading it. When I started working with this student, she was timid and didn’t like reading much at all. As we read this book together, we had so many awesome conversations. She’s from Mexico, where things are so much different. I learned a lot about the tough life she had led, her family issues, and how at 11, she was almost the mother of her younger siblings. We really bonded, and I grew to love her a lot. She moved on to junior high, and I’m not sure she’ll remember this experience. I hope she does, though, because I watched this book change her life. She became a better reader, and we became great friends. She grew more self-confident, and she smiled so much more. This was one of those times that I re-discovered how important books are, and how I had taken advantage of the fact that I could read with ease.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read?
Pretty much every book I read this year was published either this year or last year. Or else it wasn’t particularly noteworthy. I did read Dance Through Time, by Lynn Kurland. It’s almost 12 years old, and I loved it! I’m working my way through Pride and Prejudice right now, but it’s taking me some time. I’m really surprised that it has taken me this long to begin it, considering how long it’s been around, and how long it’s been on my TBR list. Loving it so far!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011?
Ok, so funny story time! I found a quote from Dash and Lily that I absolutely loved. I loved it so much that I posted it to Facebook as my status. Here it is:

“You think fairy tales are only for girls? Here’s a hint—ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn’t just the women. It’s the great male fantasy—all it takes is one dance to know that she’s the one. All it takes is the sound of her song from the tower, or a look at her sleeping face. And right away you know—this is the girl in your head, sleeping or dancing or singing in front of you. Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much. And they don’t want a very long courtship. They want to know immediately.”

The girls were all like, “Oh my gosh, I love this! Where is it from?” And the boys were like, “Not true. This is so wrong. I don’t want a snobby, stuck up, selfish princess. I am not looking for a girl who wants me to worship the ground she walks on.” The girls saw the symbolism, and the boys just didn’t get it at all, hence the reason they are boys. I loved this so much because it is SO true! So many of the guys I know want exactly what this quote says. It was nice to see that we girls are not blinded by some illusion of perfection. Guys are too.

16. Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012?
Let it Snow, by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle. It’s such a sweet Christmas read, and those are hard to come by. I know I will want to read it again next December.

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
Oooo… Tricky. Haha. At the end of Nightshade (Book #2 in the Poison Diaries series), by Maryrose Wood, I just wanted to die of frustration and eagerness to find out what happened next. One of the worst cliffhangers ever. Same with Delirium. I wanted to die at the end of that also. The problem with Nightshade, though, was that I know nobody who has read it! So I couldn’t vent to anyone, or I would have spoiled it entirely. So I had to suffer in silence. I ended up venting to the publicist for the series, and she felt exactly the same way. It felt good to get it out. lol.

Book Blogging Life in 2011

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2011?
I am limiting myself to only one favorite, or I know I would go on and on and on with this answer. I have met so many new bloggers and found awesome new blogs to follow since I started this blog a month and a half ago. I love Magan and Estelle’s blog, Rather be Reading. I just recently discovered it, but I absolutely love it! Magan and I actually discussed on Twitter how we’re pretty much the same ages and have the same taste in books, which equals perfection. So we either agree with whatever the other posted, or we put the book on our to-read list. They are definitely at the top of my list of blogs to visit everyday. Estelle and I kept reading the same books all December, so it has been really fun hearing her thoughts on the books I’ve been reading too! It’s like a buddy read, but BETTER.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2011?
Halo, by Alexandra Adornetto. This sounds so sad, but because I disliked it so much, my review was really fueled by that passion. I said exactly what I wanted to say in the exact way I wanted to say it. I also had a lot of people who agreed with me, which made me feel better about having a hard time loving it. I also really enjoyed my review of Nocturne, by Syrie James because I had a bit of a Q&A session with her, so I incorporated her answers to my questions within the review. It made for an awesome post!

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
My blog is such a little baby, that I haven’t really had any discussions on here yet. This is a goal for 2012. I did recently discuss Bookish Bad Habits, which was fun. I got quite a few responses on here and on Twitter. Earlier in the year, over at The Broke and The Bookish, I posted something on my job as a reading teacher, and how so many people are unable to read these days because of language problems, technology, etc. It spurred a really cool conversation about illiteracy, and how to prevent it. It loved it, and had no idea it would get so much attention!

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
Over at The Perpetual Page-Turner, Jamie posted a letter to her young blogging self. She posted it around the same time I began this blog, and I enjoyed reading the advice she had for me. It helped me set some of my fears and concerns aside, and just enjoy blogging.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Well… it wasn’t an event really… but I got the very first ARC of Forbidden, by Syrie and Ryan James. I loved that I was one of the very first people to read Forbidden for the purpose of enjoyment (rather than editing, etc.) My review is right here.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2011?
When I started my own blog here! I was so excited! My blog is not even a month old yet (as I write this), and I have already met so many amazing people! AND… Shortly after I started this blog, I read Carrie Goes Off the Map by Philippa Ashley. I’m quoted on her website!! (See it? I’m the first comment under the picture of Carrie Goes Off the Map!) I was SO EXCITED!! I took a screen shot of it. lol.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My Top Ten Books on My To-Read List for Winter. I got 25 comments! That was pretty exciting for me. :)

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Probably my review of Marian’s Christmas Wish. I really loved that book, and wish that more people had expressed interest in it!

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Hmmm… I’d have to say my discovery of NetGalley has proven to be extremely amazing. I’ve gotten to read and review so many books that aren’t out yet… plus, they are free! Oh, Kindle. That was also an amazing bookish discovery. I love mine, especially since I can read with gloves now! Kindle + NetGalley = best things ever.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I’m still working on the Goodreads College Students Fall/Winter 2011 challenge. It ends in February, and I’m loving it so much! Here’s my list of challenge reads. I’m going to do more challenges in the future. I did, however, reach my goal of 35+ books for the year on the Goodreads 2011 reading challenge, which surpassed last year’s goal.

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2011 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2012?
The Watchtower, by Lee Carroll. I read the first book, Black Swan Rising, last year, and I loved it. I was SO wanting a sequel. When I found out they were releasing one, I pre-ordered it immediately. I thought for sure I would have had time to read it by now! I bought it in August!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2012?
PANDEMONIUM!!!! Seriously, I hardly had to think about that one. Oh, but Isla… Oh, this question just got trickier.

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2012?
Well, I want to surpass my number of books read in 2011, for sure! I want to read 50 or 60 in 2012. I also want to really get this blog going. I’m SO excited for the reviews that will be going up in January and February. I want to reach over 100 followers, and start hosting giveaways and events. I love book blogging, and can’t wait to love it even more!


Merry Christmas to You!

Posted December 25, 2011 by Jana in Uncategorized / 2 Comments


I Elf’d myself!

Merry Christmas, guys! Or, Christmas Eve, I guess. Thanks so much to all of my readers, fellow blogger friends, and author friends! My blog is still a baby, at barely a month old, but I have already met so many amazing people! The book blogging community truly is one of the best networks out there. Thanks so much to all of you for welcoming me and being so supportive!

This is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the snow, the lights, the yummy treats baking in the oven, the music, the special holiday movies, and the BOOKS! I love reading a good Christmas book. I hope you’ve enjoyed my month of Christmas reads. Sadly, I did not have as much time to read as I had hoped. My kidney stone took out 10 days of the month. I can’t possibly read under those conditions! BUT, I was blessed to be well in time for Christmas. Tomorrow will be a busy day filled with family, food, and the spirit of giving, so I’m posting my merry Christmas today! I’ll post later about the bookish presents I receive, but I wanted to stop in and see what you’re up to! What do you hope Santa brings? What are you giving to your loved ones? If you’re here, and it’s now Christmas Day, what did you get? To set the mood, here’s a bunch of fun bookish Christmas trees that I absolutely love. Enjoy the day, everyone, and best wishes for the coming year. :)

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