Series I’m Caught Up On

Hi everyone! Today I’ll be showing you all the series I’m caught up on. What does this mean exactly? Well, for all of these series, I have read the ones that are released so far –not counting novellas. I will be making a seperate post on the series I have finished. The difference between this post and that one is that in the “Series I Finished” I will only mention series that are published entirely. Here, I’ll only be mentioned those that are still being published. Also know that I want to finish ALL of these series – I will also make a seperate post on those I won’t be finishing. Let’s get into it!

As always, the titles of the series will take you to their Goodreads page.

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Winger -duology?- by Andrew Smith
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
The Paper Magician trilogy by Charlie N. Holmberg
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before -duology?- by Jenny Han
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Wait for You series by J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout
The next one in this series will be released on March 31st, and I’m SO excited for it!
The Malediction trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Frigid by J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

seriescaughtup2Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
I think there are 21 books out already and I HAVE READ THEM ALL.
Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles
Didn’t know there was going to be a fourth book until I started researching for this post!
Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee
The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
Heist Society series by Ally Carter
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Selection series by Kiera Cass
The Hallowed Ones trilogy by Laura Bickle
The Others by Anne Bishop
Embassy Row by Ally Carter
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

So those are all the series I’m caught up on! The following posts in this series series -what?- will be: Series I Finished, Series I Won’t Be Finishing, Series I Haven’t Finished -and so not even caught up on- and Series I Want to Start Soon. Hope I didn’t confuse you with this…

Calling for Buddy-Reads

Hello everyone! Last week, I made a Top 10 Tuesday post talking about the 10 books I’d like to buddy read. You guys left me some amazing comments! I noticed there was definitely some interest in buddy reads for a few particular books. So I decided to make this post for one purpose: TO HAVE SOME BUDDY READS.

If you want to buddy-read any of these books with me -and possibly others- go ahead and leave a comment with a link to your blog and of course the book you’d like to buddy read. Afterwards, we will try to work out a period in which to do the buddy-read and how we’ll communicate and discuss etc. with the people that want to join. If you know anyone who does not follow my blog and therefore may not see this post but would love to join in: spread the word! You do not have to be a follower of my blog at all to join in the fun.

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So the first book that was most-requested for a buddy read was The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. By the way, I didn’t actually count the comments in favor of these books, they aren’t in any order.

I’ve been wanting to read The Bone Season for such a long time, but it’s a bit intimidating and there seems to be a lot about this story. So it may make for a great buddy-read! So yeah, if you are interested in reading this with me/others, go ahead and leave a comment!

outlander

The second book which was most requested was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I think that this might have been the most requested out of all of them. This book has been talked about so often in the past year, especially since the TV series started. I haven’t seen it, so all I know about the story is what is included in the premise. 

If you’d like to buddy-read Outlander, go ahead and leave a comment!

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There wasn’t as much interest in this one than the two previous ones, but I still felt like I should mention it, because I do want to buddy-read it, whether it’s with one person or with 5. So the third book is Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan. This is one of the fantasy books I can’t believe I haven’t read yet. Honestly. 

Same story as the two previous picks: if you’d like to join me in reading Theft of Swords you can leave a comment!

silmarillion

So the last book I’ll be mentioning today is The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. I know, I didn’t feature this on the Top 10 list I mentioned previously. BUT Rose North from perfect worry mentioned that she’d like to buddy-read this one. I love everything Middle Earth related but either I haven’t read this one yet or I read it so long ago that I can’t even remember…

Again, if you’d like to buddy read this one, leave a comment down below!

Some practical stuff

This is the first buddy-read I will ever do, so forgive my inexperience! I haven’t decided whether we should hold the discussions on Goodreads or in a Voxer or Whatsapp kind of app. If you have any suggestions, please leave them down below, even if you don’t want to join in!

Second point: WHEN? I have no idea how many people will want to join or when you all have time but I think it’d be sometime from March on. Once we have an idea on how many people will join and have figured out a way of communicating, we can see whether there’s a date that would fit everyone/most people.

If you have ANY suggestions, please leave them down below! I’ve never done/organized anything like this before so I could probably use them.

2015 Debut Novels (Part II)

In yesterday’s Top Ten Tuesday, I showed 10 debut novels of 2015 that I’m excited to read. But when I was doing some research for this post, I found so many more that I want to read. So I decided to cheat a bit and continue my list the next day. So here are some more debut novels that I’m anticipating. For some I have included a short synopsis, for others a tag line. Enjoy!

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The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. When she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to die at the stake. Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can track down the person who laid a deadly curse on him.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Happiness shouldn’t be this hard…

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness. There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution—Roman, a teenage boy who’s haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner.

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan. And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of. Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.

Mosquitoland by David Arnold
“I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.”

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Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?

The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes
Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher’s son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her … silent. Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can’t find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her.

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush.

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place.But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.” Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s world completely unravels.

Damage Done by Amanda Panitch
22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after. Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend. After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and a memory of those twenty-two minutes that refuses to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police. Now that she’s Lucy Black, her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school. And someone much more dangerous. She thought her brother’s crimes were behind her. But now she’s being forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind. How far will Julia go to keep her slate clean?

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The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
Kate Quinn’s mom died last year, leaving Kate parentless and reeling. So when the unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible—or thought of at all. Kate does have a father. He’s a powerful politician. And he’s running for U.S. President. Suddenly, Kate’s moving in with a family she never knew she had, joining a campaign in support of a man she hardly knows, and falling for a rebellious boy who may not have the purest motives.

So those are some other debut novels that I look forward to reading! Do you have any to share with me? I’d love to hear!

2015 Popsugar Reading Challenge

Today, I’m going to commit to one more challenge! In a previous post, I mentioned that I’d be doing the 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge and of course I’m going the Goodreads reading challenge -in which I’ll be challenging myself to read 120 books this year.

Today, I’ve decided to take one 1 more challenge! Popsugar made a reading challenge, and you can see the checklist here.

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I don’t know whether I’ll be able to fulfill all of the items on the checklist but I’ll definitely try! There is a GoodReads group dedicated to this challenge, which you can find here.

Happy New Year everyone!

I’m Joining the 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge!

Falling For YA

I’ve been looking for reading challenges that look awesome to me but are at the same time realistic. I’d love to join so many of them and I’ve seen some interesting ones around but sometimes, it’s just not realistic to participate for me. This reading challenge however seems perfect!

I always try to request a limited amount of books on these websites but sometimes, you just go overboard! And I’m making reviews for them anyways so why not feel the satisfaction of completing a challenge at the same time? I’ll leave a link to the sign up page at Falling For YA here. If you’re interested, why not join?

I will be aiming for the Bronze level which means 10 books read and reviewed! I’ll probably read and review much more than that, but I’m keeping it at this level. Maybe I’ll get to the Silver one, but for now I’m aiming for Bronze!

Books to TV: The Good (Part I)

A little while ago I made a post called Books to Movies: Part I and when I was researching for that post, I noticed that quite a few of the TV shows I watch or have watched are also based on books. So today, I am showing the TV shows that I really enjoyed and that are based off books. My only request is that you PLEASE DON’T GIVE ANY SPOILERS FOR THESE SHOWS! I am behind on watching almost all of my TV shows due to lack of time, and I honestly don’t want to get spoiled. Hope you enjoy this post!

I mentioned the names of the TV shows in order underneath every section.

TV Shows based on books I’ve actually read (or at least some if it’s a series).

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Game of Thrones, Bitten, Bones, Once Upon a Time, Rizzoli & Isles, True Blood, Grimm, The Vampire Diaries (DON’T READ THE BOOKS), The Originals (Spin-off of The Vampire Diaries)

TV Shows based on books I haven’t read (oops).

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Arrow, Smallville, Gossip Girl, Beauty & the Beast, Dexter, Elementary, Sleepy Hollow, Under the Dome, Robin Hood

Books that are based on TV shows
We’re switching it up for this one! By the way, I haven’t read any of the books that are based on these shows. Aside from the Veronica Mars ones, I probably never will.

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Castle, Veronica Mars, Supernatural

Have you read any of the books or watched any of the shows? I’d love to hear it in the comments!

Underrated Books

Hi everyone! Today I’m making a post about the books that don’t get enough love. There are so many books out there that it’s impossible to read them all. Because of that fact, there are a lot of books out there that are truly incredible yet not enough people know about them. I think that if every blogger or YouTuber made a list of underrated books, we would discover quite some hidden gems!

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  1. Eon (Eon #1) by Alison Goodman
    I really enjoyed this duology! It’s about dragons Dragoneyes, people who are linked with a certain dragon. It’s a very captivating story, I just kept reading and reading and couldn’t put it down. This is one of the more well-known books in this list, yet I’m including it anyway since I don’t hear many people talking about it.
  2. Don’t Turn Around (PERSEFoNE #1) by Michelle Gagnon
    This is about a hacker-orphan-girl called Noah who wakes up on an operating table with no idea of how she got there or what happened to her. I love hacker stories!
  3. Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick/Jackson Pearce
    I’ve been trying to read a bit more historical fiction in the past year or so and when I saw this cover and the fact that it was about the Russian tsar and Rebellions, I was sold! It’s definitely historical fiction with a paranormal/fantasy twist and the author adapted the events of the Rebellions a bit. Yet I highly enjoyed it.
  4. Don’t Even Think About It (Don’t Even Think About It #1) by Sarah Mlynowski
    A group of teenagers that get a flu shot and suddenly can hear every one’s -including each other’s- minds. It’s told through all of their perspectives at the same time. It’s a bit confusing at first, but very unique!
  5. Proxy (Proxy #1) by Alex London
    This is one of the best dystopians I’ve read recently. It includes everything a YA book should have: interesting characters, a horrible world -that could actually happen-, LGBT characters, rich and poor,  etc. You need to read this one!

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  1. I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga
    Jasper Dent was raised by his dad , Billy, who is a serial killer. He passed on all his knowledge to his son, so he could one day follow in his footsteps. But people are getting killed in his town in the same way his father used to commit murders. Will Jasper find out who’s doing this?
  2. Schizo by Nic Sheff
    A teenage boy with schizophrenia is looking for his little brother, who got kidnapped. This book is important, I feel. We don’t talk -open- enough about mental illness, and we should.
  3. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
    Yet another taboo topic: a brother and sister in love. Absolutely recommend this one!
  4. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
    A girl who discovers she’s gay -in the 80s, I believe- on the exact moment her parents die. Just as the previous two books, I feel like these stories are important, that they should be heard. This is a bit of a slower-paced book but I had my eyes glued to the pages.
  5. The Hallowed Ones (The Hallowed Ones #1) by Laura Bickle
    APOCALYPSE! And the only safe places on earth are holy grounds. It follows a girl called Katie, who is Amish. Such a different take on the whole apocalypse-theme.

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  1. The Oathbreaker’s Shadow (The Knots Duology #1) by Amy McCulloch
    A recent read! I’ve never read a fantasy story like this one, it has a very unique concept! For every promise you make someone, you have to tie a knot. When you break that promise the knot burns up, not only scarring you but leaving you with a shadow -and cast out of society. (In our society, there wouldn’t be very many people left I think :p )
  2. The Grail Conspiracy (A Cotton Stone Mystery #1) by Lynn Sholes & Joe Moore
    A historical-archeological mystery! I love these kinds of books. The main character finds/end up with an ancient artifact which is surrounded by secrets and murder. So suspenseful!

I hope you enjoyed my list, and maybe even picked up a recommendation. Do you have a book you think is underrated? Let me know in the comments, I’d really enjoy finding more of these gems.

Books to Movies: The Good (Part I)

Today, I want to share some of the books I’ve read that have been turned into movies. More specifically, I enjoyed ALL of these movies. I’m often scared to go watch my favorite books in the theater. Often, it either takes a different turn than the book, or it’s just not done well -in my opinion. These movies however, were done right!

These are some books/ movies where I enjoyed both versions!

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From all the picks above, I enjoyed both the books and their movie adaptations. I would highly recommend all of them!

Then I have some book to movie adaptations that I’ve seen and enjoyed -but haven’t read the book yet.

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I really enjoyed these movies but for some reason I haven’t read the books yet. I should really do that. Although I feel like I have no motivation to do so with Ender’s Game. It’s really a story that focuses on the action and the big plot twists at the end, but I obviously already know them. I will definitely read The Help though!

For my last choice, I chose a movie adaptation that I highly enjoyed but I didn’t enjoy its book, AT ALL. The movie adaptation was so good though, I would definitely recommend watching it.

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So this was part 1 of my book to movie-adaptations. Have you read or watched any of these? Let me know!