Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Reading List

All These Things I've Done - Mixed
Ashes - DNF 

Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3) - Mixed
Everneath - Read This 
The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Read This 

Garden Plot - Read This
The Ghost and the Goth - Read This

I Am the Messenger - Mixed
In Honor - Skip This
Insurgent (Divergent #2) - Read This
It's Not Summer Without You - Read This



My Life Next Door - Read This
My Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions - Read This 
My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece - Mixed 

Pandemonium (Delirium #2) - Read This
Past Perfect - Mixed
Pretty on the Outside - Skip This
Princess Academy: Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2) - Read This
The Probability of Miracles - DNF

Queen of the Dead (Ghost & the Goth #2) - Mixed

The Raven Boys - Read This 
Reached (Matched #3) - Read This
The Ruby in the Smoke - Read This
The Reluctant Bachelorette - Read This 

The Thing About the Truth - Mixed


Waiting - Read This 
We'll Always Have Summer - Mixed
Wherever You Go - Mixed
Withering Tights - Mixed 




2012: Recap & Year End Survey

It's the last day of 2012! And it's been a good year for me and my family. I didn't blog as much, but I had a baby. So I'll cut myself some slack.

This year I managed to hit my Goodreads goal (60 books!) And I think my biggest blogging highlight was Utah Book Month. That really got me back into blogging, and it was so fun.

I also wanted to play along with some of Jamie's (from Perpetual Page Turner) year end questions. You can link up here.

This is Jamie's awesome graphic

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This will be a popular answer.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Don't hate me, but The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Just, no.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?  
Everneath by Brodi Ashton. I was expecting this book to be very meh, but I liked it a lot.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I don't usually read historical fiction, or things that have torture. I won't read it again, but it made an impact.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012? 
The Evolution of Mara Dyer. Holy molies, that book.

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year: 
Um yeah, The Raven Boys. (it's the March book club pick)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
11. Most memorable character in 2012? 
Good: Xander from Reached. I'd read a whole series about him.
Bad: Saba from Blood Red Road. She was exhausting.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
Reached by Ally Condie. It's so good. I liked it even though I didn't like Crossed.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Made me think when I first read it, but has really impacted me since one of my college roommates was diagnosed with stage IV cancer a few months ago.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? 
Good: a Marcus Zusak book (I Am the Messenger. Loved it until the end, when I wanted to chuck it)
Not: The Summer Series by Jenny Han.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? (pretty sure on these)
Shortest: My Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions by Becca Wilhite (181 pages)
Longest: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (544 pages)

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Friendship: the four raven boys from The Raven Boys
Romantic: Jack and Nikki from Everneath or Puck and Sean Kendrick from The Scorpio Races

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously:
 The Raven Boys. Also Reached.

20. Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Best: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Worst: In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Happy New Year, everyone!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite 2012 Reads

The Broke and The Bookish hosts, and you can play along here!

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is favorite reads from 2012. 

The books everyone else liked, and I did too:

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I can't say enough good things about it.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Very complex and real and not cliched. But sad.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. (released in 2011) Great characters and setting and writing.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I thought this was so clever in its retelling the Cinderella story.

Everneath by Brodi Ashton. Another great retelling; this one of the Persephone myth.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. I loved the world and the adventure. And the cannibals.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I don't think I'd ever reread this. But it really made me think, long after I'd finished it.

The slightly more obscure books I also really liked:

Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith. (released in 2011) Interesting YA contemporary, especially if you're familiar with LDS culture.

The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson. One of my first adult contemporary reads. Very, very cute.

The Selection by Kiera Cass. I didn't get a chance to review this one, but I liked it so much more than I was expecting.

What did you read and love this year?

Monday, December 17, 2012

(More) On My Mind

Somehow I haven't posted in a week, and all the things have been floating through my head.  Here they are, in no particular order.
  • I went to the Orem Library's Holiday Author Extravaganza last weekend, where I got to see a lot of authors and learned to spell the word "extravaganza." I sat with Suey and her family. You should all get to know her, because she is awesome and will let you sit with her at events. And she'll also point you in the direction of the bathroom, should the need arise. I took pictures, but my camera ate them. The only thing you would have learned from them is that Lisa Mangum is quite tall. Like, I'm guessing around 6'. She's also really nice, but you can't exactly judge that sort of thing from a picture. To my knowledge, I did not say anything awkward to any of the authors I talked to. Progress.
  •  I finished Cinder over the weekend. It was really fun. It also marks four books that I've finished while I'm supposed to be reading Blood Red Road.
  • I keep thinking about the Connecticut school shooting, and it is so sad. I just don't believe regular people should have assault weapons. It doesn't strike me as the type of the thing the framers of the Constitution had in mind when they came up with the Second Amendment.
  • Also, this post by Robison Wells brings up a lot of great points about mental illness. And makes me realize I know nothing about it.
  • On a happier note, I'm excited for tomorrow's Top Ten Tuesday, because it's all about my favorite books of the year. And it was a good reading year.

Happy Holidays from my family! Here are my sons, being festive/cute.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Read This: The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater

The Short Story
The less you know, the better. But, psychics, sleeping-king hunting prep school boys, and trees that speak Latin. Just read the book.
My new favorite read of 2012.

Come for the....
everything. I loved everything about this book (except for the maybe dozen f-words). The writing is good, the cover is beautiful, the mystery is unique and interesting, and now I want the sequel right away. If I had to pick a favorite thing, it would be the characters. For some reason I thought the main character would be Blue, the only non-psychic in a long line of supernatural ladies. But she's not, at least not in this first book. The four raven boys steal the show, and they were pretty great. There's Gansey, who is rich and occasionally oblivious, but also obsessed with finding an old Welsh king he thinks is buried in Virginia. And Adam, who is both humble and very proud. Ronan, who is harsh and possibly crazy, but also the comic relief. And Noah, who I thought was the least characterized, until I realized I just wasn't paying very close attention.

I loved all their adventures, especially once Blue teams up with them in a quest to find the king. Blue's "aunts" are also a lot of fun, and I thought it was interesting how the four main adult ladies parallel the four boys in a lot of ways. There's sort of two different five man bands going on. The setting is also almost its own character. Who wouldn't want to visit a place where the woods have all four seasons, all at once? Or fish that appear because you think they should? There's so much magic and mystery and adventure in the book. You should just go read it. Like, for real.

Don't Think About This Too Hard 

  • I got nothing.

  • The Big Three:
    Language: there is a lot of swearing, including the f-word
    Sex and Stuff: not an issue
    Violence: fist fighting, some child abuse, and death (though not descriptive)

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

    A Little Shameless Self Promotion

    I try not to do these too often, but I wanted to post about the latest book my husband, Rusty, illustrated.

    It's a little quote book about kids, parents, families. Things like:

    To a baby all things are for eating. To a toddler all things are for throwing.


    If your spouse leaves you with a napping baby, the baby will wake up fussy five minutes later.

    A Made Bed is More Fun to Jump On is available now on Amazon.

    Rick Walton, who wrote A Made Bed, will be at the Orem Library's Author Holiday Event Extravaganza this Saturday from 11-2. Other authors attending are: Ally Condie(!), Brandon Mull, Robison Wells, and Lisa Mangum. Maybe I'll see you there.

    Monday, December 3, 2012

    November Reading Recap

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    November was a great month for books. I read:

    • My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabelle Pitcher. The November book club pick. Told from the POV of a 10 year old boy whose sister died and mom left him. Cute but sad. 3/5
    • Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. This was another YA cancer book that was a little too long and slow for me. DNF
    • Love Story by Jennifer Echols. My first Jennifer Echols. Very much a kissing, dramarama book. Perfect if that's what you're in the mood for. 4/5
    • Feedback by Robison Wells. Intense and suspenseful, but a bit let down in the end.
    • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. My new favorite book of 2012. Review to come this week.

    I even got to a couple books I already own

    Garden Plot by Kristen McKendry. My in-laws got me this book for my birthday. In September. Of 2011. It's an LDS fiction, murder mystery. Which is sort of a unique combination. It was cute. 3/5

    Blood Red Road by Moira Young. I'm about 115 pages into this. And you guys, it is slow going. The dialect makes Hagrid look like a scholar, and the little sister annoys me. They just met up with a portly guy and a She-Man, and are threatening cage fighting. (you can't make stuff like this up).
    I'll stick with it because everyone seems to love this book. But, I'm thinking it's not the book for me.

    Favorites for the month were The Raven Boys, Love Story, and Mara Dyer.
    What did you enjoy reading in November?