Friday, January 23, 2015

#Fridayreads + First Line Friday + #FF

First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews.
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I am currently reading The Look of Love by Sarah Jio. It's ok so far I'm only 2 chapters in. This is the first line of the book:

"In the fashionable fifth arrondissement along the river Seine, Elodie stands beside her flower cart watching couples stroll arm in arm"

Feature and Follow:

This weeks feature is Asterisk Pearl.

This weeks questions is :

Do you post your reviews anywhere besides your blog? Where else do you post reviews? - Suggested by 
A Great Read

Kind of. I try to post my reviews/thoughts on Goodreads but it is a habit I need to get back into. I also want to start posting my reviews on amazon. 

What are you reading this weekend? Read any good first lines lately? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

What's Next?- Ugly Love, Everything Leads to You and more...

What's Next is a feature hosted at Icey Books where we ask our readers to help us pick our next book.

Right now I am reading The Look of Love by Sarah Jio (I love that cover). I also just got back from the library so I would like some help choosing what to read next!

Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

 Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.
Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has a gift for profiling people. Her talent has landed her a spot in an elite FBI program for teens with innate crime-solving abilities, and into some harrowing situations. After barely escaping a confrontation with an unbalanced killer obsessed with her mother’s murder, Cassie hopes she and the rest of the team can stick to solving cold cases from a distance.

But when victims of a brutal new serial killer start turning up, the Naturals are pulled into an active case that strikes too close to home: the killer is a perfect copycat of Dean’s incarcerated father—a man he’d do anything to forget. Forced deeper into a murderer’s psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?
With her trademark wit, brilliant plotting, and twists that no one will see coming, Jennifer Lynn Barnes will keep readers on the edge of their seats (and looking over their shoulders) as they race through the pages of this thrilling novel.

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year's there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.

So, What do you think I should read next?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

5 Tips for Climbing Out of A Reading Slump

I often feel slump-ish. Last year I had a reading slump last for months. These are a few things I did to help me through it.

Read a Little

You can do this one of two ways. You can read a short book, or short story. You can also read a little of a larger book. This is helpful because you don't feel pressured by how much you still have to read. If the book isn't doing it for you, pick up another book and read a little of that one. 

Re-Read a Favorite

Sometimes we just need a comfortable book. I am not much of a re-reader but I have enjoyed reading some books again when I wasn't very motivated to read. 

Read from a Go-To Genre

My go-to genre is Contemporary Young Adult or Romance. I really love reading Dystopian, Sci-fi, mysteries, etc. For me I just need to get back to the realistic fiction and the mushy stuff to get me out of my slump. It's a familiar world which requires less thought on my part. It may be a different genre for you, like action/suspense. 

Get a Reading buddy

Reading a book with someone and talking about it as you go along can be a great reading experience. If you don't have a friend you can read with you can join a sit like Goodreads and find a reading buddy through a group (some groups have threads specifically to match up potential reading buddies).  Buddy reads have really helped my feel excited about reading.

Take a reading break

This may seem like the opposite of what you want to do but sometimes our brains just want a break. I try not to stress myself out to much about what I'm not reading because it takes the fun out of actually reading. So, catch up on some chows, watch a movie, take a nap. If you think your slump is lasting too long try steps 1-4.

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Do you have any reading slump tips, share them below or write your own post? Have you read any good reading slump articles?  If so let me know!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Favorites (better late than never)

TTT is Hosted @ The Broke and The Bookish

This week is a freebie, since I never made a list of my favorite books from 2014, here it is...

This one is probably my favorite of the year. I cried... a lot and I loved it. 

My first experience with comics was really great. I love this series (my Saga appreciation post is here) and I highly recommend it.

Another book that made me cry. I really enjoyed it.

While my life is very different from Ellen Forney's I still related to her graphic memoir (especially the parts about depression).

I really enjoyed this YA Contemporary. I am looking forward to the sequel. 

I enjoyed this book more than the second one (A World Without Princes) I like the twist on the fairytale idea and its characters. I am looking forward to the final book in the series.

This book took me  a while to read but it got me out of a very long reading slump. I also enjoyed this one more than Sharp Objects and I need to read Gone Girl this year. 

I really loved this book- I thought the world building was subtle and great (it was weaved into the story and not dumped). And look at that cover! 

I really enjoyed this one (I just read the sequel and the enovella) and I found it really relatable not the paris part but the rest of it). 

I loved the relationship between Samantha and Jace. I think I enjoyed what wasn't there- messy drama (well there is some drama), or a love triangle. It was very enjoyable and I am excited about The Boy Most Likely To

Those are my favorites from 2014. Let me know what you enjoyed and if you made a Top Ten Tuesday list let me know so I can check it out.

Monday, January 19, 2015

How Saga Got Me Interested in Comics

Before 2014 my experience with graphic novels and comics were as follows:

1.  A Spider-man, Venom, and Carnage comic left over from my older brother's childhood. 

2. Reading Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (which I love)

Oh, and 4) I also purchased the Fables Deluxe Edition Vol.1 (I spent a lot of money on a book I never read, and can't find). 

Last year I read some more graphic novels, Boxers & Saints (also by Gene Luen Yang), Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me (a graphic memoir), and Saga Volumes 1-3.

About Volume 1:

 When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. 
From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults. - From Goodreads

I don't know much about reviewing comics, or what to look for. I do, however, know when I enjoy something, and I really enjoyed Saga. It's sci-fi and the characters are aliens but they aren't all humanoid aliens. They look like animals, or like monsters, or they have wings, horns, spider legs, or computer monitors for heads. The setting is embraced- they live somewhere completely different from the world we are in, and because there are pictures we, as the readers, are able to see that and not just read a description of it.

Volume 4 was my first read of 2015 and I really enjoyed it, the story lines are continuing to intertwine, and I am excited. I am tempted to start buying the issues individually but I think I should wait and get the bind up. 

In the meantime I have already received some more graphic novels from the library and I am waiting for some comics to come through as well. I am really happy that I gave Saga a try and I'm looking forward to reading more comics in 2015!

I rate Saga 5 staches of awesome

Do you have any recommendations? What is your relationship with comics like?