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2013 End of the Year Survey – Looking Ahead + Resolutions

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I did this survey last year and LOVED it, so now I’m back for more! It’s a pretty long list, and I’m a bit wordy, so I’ve split up the list across several days so I don’t bore you all.

This is part four of the survey. You can find part one, two, and three, as well as my Favorite Secondary Characters interlude and 2013 Reading Stats.

Some questions have been broken down into subquestions (again, because I’m wordy), and I try to link all books mentioned back to their review at least once in the list. Enjoy! Continue Reading →

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2013 End of the Year Survey – Reading Stats

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I did this survey last year and LOVED it, so now I’m back for more! It’s a pretty long list, and I’m a bit wordy, so I’ve split up the list across several days so I don’t bore you all.

This is the statistical part of the survey where I break down my book log for the year. You can find part onetwo, and three, as well as my Favorite Secondary Characters interlude.

For the first time ever, I kept a fully functioning book log this year. I wasn’t always the best at remembering to enter books right away, so I can’t say I got every single book, but I got a good chunk of them. My main reason for doing so – other than to make searching for books easier – is to analyze my reading patterns and adjust accordingly for next year. Also, charts are fun! Continue Reading →

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Rewind & Review (32) – Christmas Edition

Rewind and review

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely Christmas, because I definitely did. Real quick, take a look at the posts I put up this week, and then I want to show you my presents!

POSTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

And now for my presents! I have a bunch of generous friends and family, so I am positively rolling in pretty hardbacks and paperbacks right now! Continue Reading →

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2013 End of the Year Survey – Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2013

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I did the End of the Year Survey last year and LOVED it, so now I’m back for more! It’s a pretty long list, and I’m a bit wordy, so I’ve split up the list across several days so I don’t bore you all.

This is part three of the survey. You can find part one and two here, as well as my Favorite Secondary Characters interlude.

Some questions have been broken down into subquestions (again, because I’m wordy), and I try to link all books mentioned back to their review at least once in the list. Enjoy! Continue Reading →

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2013 End of the Year Survey – Favorite Secondary Characters of 2013

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Welcome! If you’ve been following along like good boys and girls, today is the interlude of my End of the Year Survey, as hosted by Perpetual Page Turner. Yesterday, I wrapped up the books portion of the survey but found I needed more time to talk about the most memorable characters of the year. More specifically, I find myself captivated by secondary characters even more than protagonists in many cases, so I thought they deserved their own list.

This is the secondary characters interlude section of the survey. Here are parts one and two of the survey, if you missed them.

My rules for deciding who would make the list:

  • First, they must be secondary characters. That means no slipping in a protagonist’s love interest (so no Hector or Gansey, sadly) or any arch-villains (stay away, Mrs. Cavendish!). However, they may work either for or against the protagonist.
  • Second, they must be well-rounded. How well-rounded varies by how much page time a character was given.
  • Third, while I did look back through my reviews to jog my memory, I didn’t need to see any more than a name for why I liked the character to come flooding back.
  • Fourth, they have to be cool enough that I would follow them to their own book. Tall order, eh? Continue Reading →
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2013 End of the Year Survey – Best in Books, pt. 2

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I did the End of the Year survey last year and LOVED IT, so this year I’m back for more! It’s a pretty long list, and I’m a bit wordy, so I’ve split up the list across several days so I don’t bore you all.

This is part two of the BEST IN BOOKS section. You can find part one here.

Some questions have been broken down into subquestions (again, because I’m wordy), and I try to link all books mentioned back to their review at least once in the list. Enjoy! Continue Reading →

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2013 End of the Year Survey – Best in Books, pt. 1

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It is no exaggeration when I say I have waited ALL YEAR to do this survey. I participated last year and loved it (Jamie is a genius), so I’m thrilled to be back for more. It’s a pretty long list, and I’m a bit wordy, so I’ve split up the list across several days so I don’t bore you all.

This is part one of the BEST IN BOOKS section.

Some questions have been broken down into subquestions (again, because I’m wordy), and I try to link all books mentioned back to their review at least once in the list. Enjoy!

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? Continue Reading →

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Want For Christmas

The official topic this week is “Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me,” but I never believed in Santa, so if I attempted to talk like I did, I would be suspicious of myself. And I don’t care if that makes sense or not, because I have a head cold. So there.

Anyways, this list does NOT include books that I already received for Christmas, like The NaturalsThese Broken Stars, and Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls. They are already mine, no wishing required!

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Vicious by Victoria Schwab

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente [Edit: I just got this for Christmas from my bro and future sister-in-law! Yay!]

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen

Bonus: ALL of the Dear America, My Name Is America, Dear Canada, Royal Diaries, My Story, My Australian Story, and My Story (New Zealand) books.

Or, to be more succinct, pretty much anything on this list!

By this time tomorrow, I’ll know which of these books have found a new home on my shelves and which I’ll need to hunt for in the post-Christmas sales. Merry Christmas to you all, and may your morning be filled with family, food, and hardcovers! (Or paperbacks, if that’s your preference.)

And this guy is still creepy. I don’t care what anyone says.

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Two Mini-Reviews: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US and GOODBYE, REBEL BLUE

Mini-reviews: for when I have less than normal to say.

Rebecca Blue is a rebel with an attitude whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a soon-to-be dead girl. Rebel (as she’s known) decides to complete the dead girl’s bucket list to prove that choice, not chance, controls her fate. In doing so, she unexpectedly opens her mind and heart to a world she once dismissed—a world of friendships, family, and faith.

With a shaken sense of self, she must reevaluate her loner philosophy—particularly when she falls for Nate, the golden boy do-gooder who never looks out for himself.

Not much to say at all about this one. Though several of my favorite bloggers adored Rebel’s story, it made little to no impact on me. On the one hand, I found Rebel Blue’s irreverent sense of humor amusing most of the time. I especially liked when she mentally approved of having the creators of inspirational posters disemboweled. She reminded me a lot of the main character in Gina Damico’s Croak. But after a while, her devil-may-care attitude wore thin, which may have been a conscious decision on the part of the author. If so, I get it. I just didn’t enjoy it.

Also, points subtracted for being a hippie-dippy-trippy homeschooler who “knows nothing of American football,” and points added for the line “I’m a barefoot girl in a world that wears shoes.”

Note: I received a review copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

Ridiculously cute. Loved it! This is such a happy little fluff book, and I mean that as a compliment. I love Caymen and Xander’s banter (even if I dislike their names). The part where they joke about the dolls eating past customers’ souls made me giggle out loud. I also loved watching their relationship move from wary strangers to romantic feelings by way of comfortable friendship. They don’t set about to become friends. They just get there gradually over sipped hot chocolate and walks to school. Oh, and HOW COOL is Caymen for saying no to beer? Woot, Caymen! You go do legal things, girl!

I will say that some parts need to be ironed out. For instance, I thought West was a little ham-handed in driving home some of Caymen’s inner struggles and we heard about Xander’s smile too many times. Oh, and what “poor” kids sit around and talk about being poor? I thought they wanted to go have fun?

But again, really cute book. It surprised me in the little things, like the treatment of Skye’s boyfriend throughout the course of the story and how Xander was the one who needed his hand bandaged in a tender moment, not Caymen. Lovely, lovely book.

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