Banned Books Week!

Happy Banned Books Week, all!

Celebrate your right to read with a banned a book. I had a blast putting together our display for the week. All of these books have been challenged for one reason or another. We’ve got booklists available to the curious reader, quotes from the books on display, and “I stand for the banned” postcards.

A couple of my favorite quotes from my favorite banned books:

“Burdens are for shoulders strong enough to carry them.” ~Gone with the Wind by: Margaret Mitchell

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, as long as somebody loves you.” ~The Witches by: Roald Dahl

“It’s strange because sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book.” ~The Perks of Being a Wallflower by: Stephen Chbosky

“The loneliest moment in someones life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” ~The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald

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When did I become the person that starts ten books and takes ages to finish them? I’ve always had a book, audiobook, and eBook going at the same time…but now it’s getting ridiculous. Maybe it’s the Millennial in me? My attention span is the worst? Who knows…but I now am the reader that starts a million books before semi-committing to one. Which is probably why I have been finishing audiobooks at a 5-1 ratio. And even then, it’s a struggle! Has anyone else developed odd reading habits over time?!

In my bag:
Lord of Shadows by: Cassandra Clare
We Were Liars by: E. Lockhart

In my headphones:
A Well-Behaved Woman by: Therese Anne Fowler
Fiery Cross by: Diana Gabaldon

In my playlist:
Hold On by: Chord Overstreet
Helpless When She Smiles by: Backstreet Boys
Young And In Love by: Ingrid Michaelson
Someday Out Of The Blue by: Elton John
Villains by: Johnnyswim
I Want You to Want Me by: Cheap Trick

Marathoning:
Parenthood
Criminal Minds
Cold Case
American Ninja Warrior
Downton Abbey
Alias

TTT: Things That Immediately Make Me Want to Pick Up a Book

This week on Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl), we are discussing what makes us want to pick up a book…which let’s be honest there a MILLION. But today we’re narrowing it down to ten. And we’re using that LOOSELY. And clearly, this list will be in whatever order they pop into my brain, because it’s difficult enough to just list ten, let alone deciding on the NUMBER ONE reason you pick up a book. This was a CRAZY fun list to put together…and yep, it’s a tad long…but honestly…it could’ve been longer!!

1. THE COVER.

I’ll admit it: I judge books by the covers *raises hand*. I love a gorgeous cover. Not to say I WON’T pick up a book without a nice cover…but I have been known to drool over a fair few aesthetically pleasing books. Bonus points if it has any sort of embossing!

2. NERDINESS.

I’m a sucker for books with a lot of pop culture/book/music/tv references. The characters feel like my people.

3. TRAVEL.

It’s no secret I LOVE to travel. I want to see all the things…so books that take place in other countries have become one of my favorite past times. When I’m not traveling, I like to read about OTHERS traveling. Not to mention it helps me scout out where I’d like to go some day.

4. ROADTRIPS.

Separating this out from Travel because it’s a more specific branch of traveling books, and I think I’m more likely to pick it up? I’m a sucker for roadtrips and all things spontaneity, so there’s a bonus for both.

5. BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS.

Is it a secret that readers like to read about other readers? It’s like a weird Inception like fetish…but I love it! I feel so accomplished and well-read when I understand the references. Now that I think about it…this might be number one…or at least Top 3.

6. FAVORITE AUTHORS

Can I count auto-buy authors? Is that a cheat? Well if it is: I’m Cheating. There are a number of authors that I will read anything by and I love them all. They never disappoint (much). They wrote it, I’ll read it.

7. LOVE STORY.

I DO read books without a love story…I do…I promise. But on the otherhand…what’s reading without at least a HINT of romance? Even if it’s just a tad….or more than a tad….I’m sold. It’s not a requirement…but it is definitely a plus!!

8. TOPICS.

There are certain topics that I LOVE and will read anything and everything about it (WWII; Titanic; Anastasia; Fitzgerald; Jane Austen). I like the various points of view, the twists, the dynamics. It’s fun to see different perspectives.

9. VILLAINS.

Is it too much to ask to just have a real stellar villain? I love them. I love to hate them. I love when they own how awful they are. I love when they get redeemed. I find them so interesting and sometimes I just REALLY want them to be happy (or give them a hug). SO if a book has a very well-done villain, or is more villain-centric, I’m all for it!!

10. QUICK WIT.

I devour books with witty/snarky characters. Might be because I consider myself fairly witty at times (and snarky the rest of the time). But it also makes for a really fun read. And I’ve found several authors that do it very well!

I’m back!

Don’t mind me…I’ve just been venturing through my first year in Grad School, thus my lack of posts over the last few months. So, for that I apologize! I have been reading endlessly in my studies to become a librarian, the good news is I will have many a new quotes to post here. I’m also working on adding a place for quote suggestions and/or reading recommendations, because, as you all know, we readers are always in need of suggestions.

I’m so excited to get back into posting regularly, to reflect on the many great books I’ve been reading, and to share my favorite quotes with you all. Books are magical and that has become even more evident over the last few months as I’ve discovered so many new genres and authors!

Let me know your favorites quotes, authors, and/or books. At the time, because I know how we readers change them daily/weekly/monthly!

BTT: Playing With Your Emotions

Hey all! Today I’m going to do the Playing With Your Emotions Book Tag, I read this one over on Books, Biscuits, and Tea and had to snatch it up. I get super emotional over everything, just because you know those feels get to me. Say Something STILL reminds me of If I Stay, making me all teary eyed every time it comes on. Just to name one example, and believe me there are about a million others. Oh the feels. But what would be reading without them?! Without further ado, here we go:

The book that makes me HAPPY…

For this one I’m going to go with Attachments by: Rainbow Rowell, super witty characters with some incredibly awkward happenstances that I found completely relatable.

The book that makes me SAD…

My final decision is The Best of Me by: Nicholas Sparks. This one had me bawling my eyes out (not the only book that resulted in this reaction) at my kitchen table, while my family shook their heads at me…although the writing is beautiful and the ending was just plain poetic. My heart can’t handle this.

The book that makes me ANGRY…

Allegiant by: Veronica Roth. Just to clear things up the ending actually isn’t why this book makes me angry. I really like the ending…don’t throw stones at me. But I hated the direction the series went, the first two books are INCREDIBLE and this one fell really short for me.

The series that makes me NOSTALGIC…

Is this answer anything but Harry Potter? LOVE.

The book that makes me SCARED…

Unbreakable by: Kami Garcia. I don’t read horror or even many mysteries but this series has ghosts and seances and all things haunted. Great book…still slightly terrifying.

The book that SURPRISED me the most…

I’m going with City of Bones by: Cassandra Clare. I’ve said this time and time again…who does this to their readers?! Took me completely off guard!!

The book that DISAPPOINTED me the most…

I don’t get too disappointed with my books often, but I’d have to go with The Casual Vacancy by: J.K. Rowling. She did tie up all the loose ends by the last page, in that precise, intricate way Rowling does that was literally flawless. But the journey to getting there was not my favorite. A little too crude and graphic for my taste.

The book that made me feel DISTRESSED…

Looking for Alaska by: John Green. I was stressed, frustrated, and a little pained at reading this. Just not my cup of tea. The entire time whilst reading I kept thinking about how much everyone raves about this one, I just couldn’t see it.

The book that CONFUSED me…

I just finished This One Summer by: Mariko Tamaki, and granted this was my first take on a graphic novel but I was SO CONFUSED. I got to the end, and I couldn’t figure out if there was a moral of the story or what. The scenes jumped around, and back and forth. Sorry…maybe I’m just not meant for graphic novels!!


Book Tag Thursdays: A-Z Bookish Survey

I have decided to take up the weekly challenge Book Tag Thursday. Over the last month or so I have discovered the wonderful world of Booktube–how I did not know about this phenomenon I don’t know. Needless to say, I’m addicted! So here I am with my very first book tag. I figured I needed to start with something particularly epic, so here is the A-Z Tag!

Author you’ve read the most books from:
Meg Cabot has been at the top of my list for some time now (she’s a rock star), but I do believe Sara Shepard just by passed her. My curiosity got the best of me and I dove into the Pretty Little Liars series this past year!

Best Sequel Ever:
Catching Fire by: Suzanne Collins….My Heart.

Currently Reading:
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by: Mildred Taylor

Drink of Choice While Reading:
Coke, Pepsi, or Dr. Pepper

E-reader or Physical Book?
Physical Book, no question!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
Julian Fineman from the Delirium Trilogy is my bookish love, and in my head if we went to high school together we would have been madly in love…so I’m going to go with Julian.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
The Fault In Our Stars by: John Green, I put off reading this for so long because everyone was OBSESSED with it. When I finally picked it up, I was not disappointed.

Hidden Gem Book:
Jurassic Park by: Michael Crichton, one of the many books I had to read in school and it is one of my all time favorites!

Important Moment in your Reading Life:
The Twilight Series–the first series I read outside of Harry Potter that I read and loved, it was all down hill from there. There are so many series that I have fallen in love with since then.

Just Finished:
And We Stay by: Jenny Hubbard

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
Erotica & Horror…no thanks!

Longest Book You’ve Read:
I believe that honor goes to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Major book hangover because of:
City of Bones by: Cassandra Clare…who does something like that to their readers?!

Number of Bookcases You Own:
Three

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Preferred Place To Read:
On the couch

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
Oh the feels…I don’t know how I can pick just one. But as far as full fledged feels, I have to go with:

I must have loved you a lot. ~Mockingjay by: Suzanne Collins

Reading Regret:
Not reading more when I was younger…I had a number of years where I didn’t read too much–such a mistake!

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
Beautiful Creatures
Lunar Chronicles
The Testing Trilogy
Heather Wells Mysteries

Unapologetic Fangirl For:
Harry Potter…no shame!!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
The next book in Kami Garcia’s Legion Series

Worst Bookish Habit:
This is weird but I don’t use bookmarks (I make mental notes of the pages), but whilst refinding my spot I get snippets of forthcoming scenes…sometimes I peek…but only a line or a paragraph here and there.

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

Your latest book purchase:
Hunted by: Missy Kalicicki and Abi Ketner

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
Clockwork Prince by: Cassandra Clare

Top 10: Classics

I have been MIA for a couple of weeks, actually I have been in Florida adjusting to life. But as it is, I have had little time for posting and I’m sick right now, so hurray I’m doing a TTT to make me feel better. My classics list is indeed classic because this list has varied little over the years! So they probably seem familiar! But I’ve read many more classics due to my English classes for my major and the majority of my favorites have held strong. Particularly my LOVE for F. Scott Fitzgerald. He is indubitably my favorite by far. My goal is to read several others of his stories this year. Cross your fingers!!! His language is to die for. If I ever received a love letter from him I would have a literal heart attack, his writing is that incredible. ANYWAYS because it can be boring reading the same list over and over. I did my Top 5 Best and Worst. Hoping to add explanations later but as my schedule has been crazy, we shall see if that happens! So without further ado…my TTT:

BEST
1. The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. Of Mice and Men by: John Steinbeck

3. Pride and Prejudice by: Jane Austen

4. Catch 22 by: Joseph Heller

5. Romeo and Juliet by: William Shakespeare

WORST

1. Crime and Punishment by: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

2. The Chosen by: Chaim Potok

3. Red Badge of Courage by: Stephen Crane

4. Beowulf

5. Dracula by: Bram Stoker

Elana Johnson: ELEMENTAL SERIES

The wondrous Elana Johnson has her new series coming out!! It consists of two novellas, Elemental Rush and Elemental Release. The latter follows her full fledged novel Elemental Hunger. I am currently reading this book and let me tell you it ROCKS. Not that anything Johnson has written hasn’t blown my mind, it often does. She is a killer author, and if you haven’t read anything by her GET ON IT. Not to mention the amazing covers. Really, they are gorgeous! Read up on the series and get obsessed with this incredible series!!!

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About Elemental Rush:

Eighteen-year-old Adam Gillman has trained for twelve years to earn a coveted spot on the Supreme Elemental’s elite sentry squad. His brother, Felix, is the commander, but Adam is still thrilled when his official assignment to serve Alexander Pederson comes.

He moves into nicer quarters and can stop getting up at four a.m. to complete his mandated work out time. He still rises early though, because he needs the solitude of early morning to practice his airmaking Element—something that Adam has kept secret from everyone, even Felix, because he can’t be both an Airmaker and a sentry.

When Alex assigns him to kill a group of rogue Elementals, he balks at completing his mission for the first time. See, his only friend is Isaiah Hawking, and he’s the Earthmover on the accused Council. When faced with the prospect of killing him, Adam finds he can’t do it.

He’s well trained in assassination, but he thought he’d be murdering bad guys—not innocents.

When Alex buries the Elemental Academy—and kills over one thousand Elementals—in a fit of rage, Adam’s loyalty cracks. When he discovers that Alex is really a woman, and his brother’s lover, he defects. He hops from city to city, from Elemental school to Elemental school, always escaping only minutes before Felix can embed a knife in his heart or a tsunami can make a classroom his watery grave.

He tries to fight back, but he’s just one Airmaster with exceptional tracking skills. He does his best to warn those in danger, but as the last Elemental school goes up in flames, he knows he needs to get some real firepower on his side.

ELEMENTAL RUSH is a prequel novella to the full-length futuristic fantasy novel, ELEMENTAL HUNGER, which is also available now.

Find this novella on Goodreads, Amazon, Smashwords, iTunes, Kobo, and Wattpad

About Elemental Hunger: The second installment in the Elemental series, a new futuristic fantasy for young adults and new adults, ELEMENTAL HUNGER is a full-length novel.

Sixteen-year-old Gabriella Kilpatrick can shoot fire from her hands, which would be great if she didn’t get blamed for a blazing inferno that kills 17 schoolmates. When Gabby is commanded to Manifest her Element, everyone knows what she is: a genetic abnormality. Not to mention guilty.

So she does two logical things to survive.
1. She runs.
2. She hacks off her hair to assume a new role—that of “Gabe”, because in her world, only boys are Firemakers.

Not only does she have to act like a guy, she has to pretend to know everything a Firemaker should know. When Gabby meets Airmaster Adam Gillman, he believes her act and pledges to serve on “Gabe’s” Council. But Adam has the mark of a sentry and spent years obeying Alex, the Supreme Elemental. And Alex wants Gabby-the-genetic-freak dead and gone before she can gather the magical protection of a full Council.

With Adam’s lies that sound like truths and rumors that Alex isn’t really a Firemaker—or a man—Gabby sets out to charter a Council of her own. In order to uncover the truth, Gabby will have to learn who she can trust, how to control her own power, and most of all, how to lead a Council of Elementals, most of whom have more control over their power than she does. If she can’t, she’ll find herself just like those 17 schoolmates: burned and six feet under.

Look for the third and final installment, ELEMENTAL RELEASE, an Elemental novella, coming on July 2, 2014.

Find this novel on Goodreads, Amazon, Smashwords, iTunes, B&N, and Kobo

Elana Johnson

About Elana: Elana Johnson is the author of the Possession series, which includes full-length novels POSSESSION, SURRENDER, and ABANDON, and short stories REGRET (ebook only) and RESIST (free). She is also the author of ELEVATED, a young adult contemporary romance novel-in-verse.

Her novella, ELEMENTAL RUSH, began a new futuristic fantasy series. ELEMENTAL HUNGER, a full-length novel, is the second part of the story. The series will conclude with ELEMENTAL RELEASE, the final novella, which will release on July 2, 2014.

Elana wishes she could experience her first kiss again, tell the mean girl where to shove it, and have cool superpowers like reading minds and controlling fire. To fulfill her desires, she writes young adult novels. She runs a personal blog on publishing and is a founding author of the QueryTracker blog, a regular contributor to The League of Extraordinary Writers, and a co-organizer of WriteOnCon.

Find her on Facebook, twitter, tumblr, Wattpad, or her blog.

Top 10: Books in My Beach Bag

I am currently preparing to move to Florida for a few months, so with plenty of sunshine available I will need a bag full of books. But as books are difficult to fly with, they will have to be eBooks. So I guess it is more of a virtual bag of books. Special thanks to The Broke and The Bookish for hosting TTT each and every week. My beach bag would include light reads that are easy and fun, or may just take place at a beach itself. Favorite books that I thoroughly enjoy.
I haven’t read a couple of these (cough cough, Paper Towns, Big Boned, & Killer) but I plan on reading each this Summer. (Hence carrying them in my imaginary beach bag). BUT all of the others I know for a fact are great reads! Check them out!!

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