Saturday, January 28, 2012

to the Storytellers:


I just finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and it was one of those books I know I'll have a difficult time reviewing. I was completely enchanted (although there are a few factors preventing a full out gush-fest), especially by the prose-- which I found positively magical. I really did, and it will always be the thing that I'll remember most clearly about this wonderfully imaginative book.

Here's a quote that struck me as I was reading.. it's truth. Everything-- the importance, the listener, the magic in words.. I thought you guys would like it.


“I tell stories,” he says. It is the most truthful answer he has.

“You tell stories?” the man asks, the piquing of his interest almost palpable.

“Stories, tales, bardic chronicles,” Widget says. “Whatever you care to call them. The things we were discussing earlier that are more complicated than they used to be. I take pieces of the past that I see and I combine them into narratives. It’s not that important, and this isn’t why I’m here—”

“It is important,” the man in the grey suit interrupts. “Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift…. There are many kinds of magic, after all”


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fever winner + #namethatbook Answers!

Firstly, a HUGE apology for taking so long to tally results and get this post up!! School has started up again and I've been crazy busy, but that's no excuse :(

Without further ado, the winner of an ARC of Fever by Lauren DeStefano is...

Samantha R.!

Congrats!! I will email you shortly!

And thank you ALL for playing, I got a great response and would love to do it again soon. And of course, you must be dying to know the answers :p Here they are, how did you do?




BOOK #1: Wither by Lauren DeStefano


BOOK #2: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn (hehe snarl!)


BOOK #3: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake


BOOK #4: Plain Kate by Erin Bow (Taggle!!!)


BOOK #5: Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard (love this book!)
(hint: author initials are KH)




BOOK #6: Every You, Every Me by David Levithan 


BOOK #7: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (infinite hearts)


BOOK #8: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (and Siobhan Dowd)




BOOK #9: A Little Wanting Song / Chasing Charlie Duskin by Cath Crowley


BOOK #10: North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley (this book is awesome, folks)

thanks again to everyone who entered! I hope you had fun!

Monday, January 23, 2012

some YA contemporary mini-Reviews

**I'll announce the winner + answer for my Fever contest soon! I'm sorry for taking so long!**

It’s become quite a troubling idea for me that I’m both procrastinating writing book reviews AND working. I mean, when has it become some sort of chore to write reviews? It makes me sad thinking about it, but as I stare at this brick of a textbook I’m supposed to read 100 pages in, I find myself turning back to my blog... And writing these little reviews for books I don't think I'm going to get around to fully reviewing.


Freefall by Mindi Scott (8/10)
~goodreads

Honestly, while I really liked it when I was reading it, this book is unfortunately forgettable. It’s for those quick engaging reads that keeps you in the story for the moment, but thinking back.. there’s not much I want to say about it. The characters, writing, and plot are all well done, and I greatly enjoyed reading it, I just don’t find it the most memorable of the bunch.







Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (8.4/10)
~goodreads

You have no idea how much I wanted to read this book, Anna and the French Kiss is one of my fave contemps of 2011, and I had equally high expectations for this sequel… which really proved to be my downfall. I think I expected too much and I couldn’t help comparing Lola to Anna (both person-wise and book-wise) and because of that, Lola and the Boy Next Door was.. all right. It had everything I could want though, the perfect formula for a quirky yet lovely story—interesting protagonist, the cutest boy ever, awesome parents, some angst—yet it wasn’t as awesome as I wanted (I know, I’m a demanding twat or something). I felt some of Lola's quirks were forced and I never fell head-over-heels for Cricket, despite him being so obviously charming (the pants!). So yes, this book is lovely and fantastic but ultimately, I couldn’t stop the Anna comparison and I enjoyed Anna a whole lot more, but Lola is worthy of the praises it’s been getting.






Saving June by Hannah Harrington (9/10)
~goodreads

I’ve been dying and lusting after this book for ages but it took me a while to finally buying a copy and reading it. It was what everybody said it would be—and here is where I would usually add “and more” for added effect—but not this time. It was frankly, what I was expecting (with some VERY high expectations, mind you) with heartwrenching scenes and beautiful quotes and boy I would definitely not mind road-tripping with. Harper’s a gorgeously drawn out character, as was her development through the book. Secondary characters were wonderfully done as well, but I think I wasn’t as blown away as I wanted to be. It was one of those books where I wanted to totally rave about it and declare my love for, but after letting those feelings simmer a little, I think I can just give this book a huge-ass shoutout but it’s not exactly my absolute favourite.
A “do not read in public” warning should be attached as well, I think I looked silly on the plane with my teary eyes and sniffles…







The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (9.4/10)
~goodreads


I went out and bought it the day it was released and finished it shortly after. I was originally intending on writing a flat-out gush review with all my thoughts (I still might because I have a lot..) but for now, here’s the quick ‘review’ I wrote immediately after finishing on goodreads:
It's so much more than a book about cancer kids. It's about more than love and death and the Something that awaits, it's more than Amsterdam and An Imperial Affliction and the idea of sacrifice and nobility, the idea of heroism and the universe, the smallest quirk and the grandest, most metaphorical gesture. You've really outdone yourself here, John Green.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

BR: Prized

by Caragh M. O'Brien
Birthmarked trilogy; book II

It has been a while since I read Birthmarked, and I think that it was the lengthy  break that made me hesitant to read the sequel. I didn't remember any of the plot details too well either, which I was concerned about.

Summary (goodreads)

Striking out into the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone survives only to be captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime. In order to see her sister again, Gaia must submit to their strict social code, but how can she deny her sense of justice, her curiosity, and everything in her heart that makes her whole?

**
My Expectations: I remember hugely loving Birthmarked but since my memory was foggy, I was worried Prized would disappoint :/ Also, I've been reading mixed reviews.
Delivery: YESSS it was awesome!!
Put-down-ability: 2.5/10
**

I feel like whenever I give a 9 rating, it feels half-assed. At least an 8.9 is reaching for that precious 9, and the 9.1 is a stand-out from the rest of the plain 9’s, but that’s just it… 9’s are plain. But that doesn’t mean they’re bad, because bad is the farthest form of an adjective I’d give for Prized.

My Thoughts

Guys, Prized is fantastic. Almost as fantastic as Birthmarked (which was unfairly fantastic) and if you haven’t read this series yet, get your lazy arses off the computer and reserve it at the library or something, because I’m smacking myself in the head for waiting so long to getting around to reading this.

The big difference between this sequel and its predecessor is that there feels like a lack of action that I was accustomed to and fell in love with in the first book. It feels like a second-in-a-trilogy* with some astounding character development, and I really, truly mean astounding.

Gaia Stone. Ms. O’Brien, I truly applaud you for creating such a fantastic character and developing her so flipping well. Gaia is real, and she’s flawed and consistent and she grows so much through the book. There’s a specific part where she questions if she can trade who she is as a person, to trade pretty much her sense of self, for Leon. And it’s an in-your-face type of question that she tackles head-on and that choice really exposes who she is.

Her stubborn defiance towards the Matrarc as her freedom is stripped from her isn’t just a childish streak; it pretty much exactly pinpoints who she is. She’s loyal almost to a fault, and won’t break her own beliefs even when freedom is as close as a simple lie. Well.. at first… things get pretty interesting.

To say she’s faultless is just so far from the truth, because there is a scene between her and another character where the other person just rips into her and I see exactly where he’s coming from, because it’s true. Gaia tries so hard to do the right thing and sometimes it’ll come back and hit her in the face but the fact is, she tries. She’s a do-er. She’s curious and she wants to know more instead of settling into the passive role that had potential for happiness. And that’s really why I fell so hard for her character and this book, because I recognized all these small things that made her a dynamic, changing, and growing character.

I thought I’d mention here that there is a love square. SQUARE. I’m serious, and I thought I would end up being extremely exasperated, and I’m glad I didn’t. While I thought one of the tips of the square was kind of unnecessary, I didn’t hate it at all, which is such a bonus (though let’s face it, only one of those boys really stood a chance and any other result would be blasphemous).

Rating in HP Terms: Exceeds Expectations
Recommended for: All YA dystopian fans! :)
Acknowledgements: I forget.. I don't have my copy with me :(

9/10 – because it was just awesome. In addition to the character growth I raved about, the plot is tight and kept me more than engaged. I loved exploring the new world that O’Brien had created because it made me think and question this sort of gender role reversal. There was a mystery (yay!) and another code (yay!) and yes, a very swoony kiss, so this girl here is happy.









*which means the final book better be an adrenaline-filled book of kick-assery.


source: netgalley/publisher
author website 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Another Cover: Rebel Heart by Moira Young

Screw formatting, I just want to show the cover. I don't remember what any of my previous Another Cover posts were formatted like anyways.

Rebel Heart by Moira Young
Dustlands series; book II (sequel to the brilliant Blood Red Road)



So.. yeah. I *think* it's the real thing.

Blood Red Road cover: 


I definitely liked the first book's style more. So, so much more. The bold font, the whole dustlands feel. I'm excited to see the Rebel Heart cover mostly because it feels like there has been no information about the book for the LONGEST time and I just loved BRR.

I wish they didn't have a huge picture of a hunky guy on the cover. The design is cool but I'm like.. "that's not a book I would like to read in public". I mean, come ON. I WANT TO GET RANTY HERE because sometimes I HATE the covers that are so "targeted at teen hormones" or WHATEVER, you don't need to have some hot guy or some girl in a pretty dress to get me to pick up your book. It makes me mad because I thought they completely got it RIGHT with the first cover and they went "LET'S GO COMMERCIAL" with book two and UGHHHHH. I hate it when it feels like it's SO FLIPPING COMMERCIAL and just like so many other covers out there, MAKE IT ORIGINAL NEXT TIME.

I dislike the blurb too, because can we just WAIT A MINUTE and STOP COMPARING EVERYTHING TO THE HUNGER GAMES. 

PS- the book is called REBEL HEART and not DUST LANDS so WHY IS THE SIZE OF THE ACTUAL TITLE SO FLIPPING SMALL. which is another thing I find so funny because "Dustlands" doesn't even APPEAR on BRR so WHY ARE YOU ADVERTISING IT SO BIG WHEN PEOPLE WON'T EVEN SEE THE FRICKEN CONNECTION. I DON'T SEE ANY CONNECTION. 

I swear I'm usually in a better mood. 

Hey, maybe this is just a teaser cover and I'm still hoping for the real thing. 




yeah, this post kind of got out of control.





OKAY. Let's rewind here. I'm not going to take back what I said but I did some more googling and it turns out they changed the theme of the covers when they went to paperback (released Feb 2012, which is why I haven't seen it around much) and also, I HATE IT WHEN THEY DO THAT. GAHHHH. I'm not going to bring up series (ohey there Nightshade, I am not a fan of your redone covers). Anyways, I'm totally capable of seeing I'm in the wrong but AGH I stand by my opinion but NOW I SEE THE CONNECTION. I DO. NOT A FAN STILL THOUGH.

WHYYYYYYYYYY.


Saturday, January 7, 2012

BR: A Need So Beautiful

by Suzanne Young
A Need So Beautiful series; book I

I picked this book up because of all the positive things that were being said about it, despite it being out of my usual preferred genre, I really wanted to give it a shot and have it prove me wrong.

Summary (goodreads)

We all want to be remembered.

Charlotte's destiny is to be Forgotten... Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become--her mark on this earth, her very existence--is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny--no matter how dark the consequences.


**
My Expectations: I thought it would be good, even great!
Delivery: hugely underwhelming :(
Put-down-ability: 5/10
**


My Thoughts

HYPE. I hate you.

Okay, here’s the deal: I didn't have any interest in this book until the blogosphere really exploded with adoration for it, then I was kind of intrigued. I reserved it at the library and when I got the chance, I finally read it. I really, really wanted to see what the hype was about—my curiosity got the better of me. Even when the summary was something I’d usually pass on, a little voice was telling me that I might be wrong, go for it! So I did.

And, man, was I underwhelmed.

Let me tell you, despite my complaints—the book is NOT bad. My reading experience was. It was just.. ugh… so extremely frustrating that there was that little cloud hanging over me showing me all these glowing reviews about how beautiful the writing was and how compelling the story was and how gorgeous the characters were. I wanted to see what they were seeing so badly and I so didn’t, which partially pissed me off because I was reading this for hours and getting absolutely nada from it.

So yeah. That’s my little spiel about hating hype and not enjoying the book. The premise itself just never caught me, I was hoping I’d totally buy into it when I started reading but I felt I had to trudge through the book to see what happens, and truth be told, I didn’t really care what happens. I personally felt no connection with the main character Charlotte, apart from occasional sympathy and frequent irritation.

The romance was a dud for me, again, I felt nothing for Harlin. The relationship has been pre-established (refreshing! I haven’t read one of those in a while) but I felt the basis of it sucked. It’s just completely unrealistic (who kisses a stranger in a hallway?) and there is only so much “I love you, Harlin” “I love you Charlotte” “I love you so much Harlin” “I love you too Charlotte” “I love you Harlin” “I love you Charlotte” I can take. Goddammit.

Okay, my pissy review is coming to a close. The writing was solid, I enjoyed it and it kept the narration flowing. I like how Sarah (her best friend) was depicted because it made it more interesting and made Charlotte’s ties to the ‘human world’ stronger—and this is more as in the “I see how the story is working and things are falling together” instead of “oh, I really enjoyed it”, do you know what I mean? The premise was creative and original, I was just never a big fan of it.

A Need So Beautiful was a huge disappointment for me, I didn’t hate it but I don’t see myself remembering any of these characters in a few months.

Rating in HP Terms: Poor
Recommended for: YA readers looking for a different take on paranormal.
Acknowledgements: lovely, 4/5

6.8/10 – because I can’t think of too many positives for this book. I was disappointed and underwhelmed with pretty much everything, and I just had this train of thought going “why did I read that? Why did I bother?” when I finished. This review makes me look like a bitch, but I’m just being honest, sorry. This was just not the book for me, at all.








source: library
author blog / twitter


Read the first 54 pages in HarperCollins BrowseInside!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

BR: A Northern Light

by Jennifer Donnelly

UK title: A Gathering Light

I have legit been meaning to get around to reading this for ages, especially after falling in love with Revolution last January. Linna's very awesome and positive response got me to finally stop mulling around and reading it.

Summary (goodreads)

Sixteen-year-old Mattie Gokey has big dreams but little hope of seeing them come true. Desperate for money, she takes a job at the Glenmore, where hotel guest Grace Brown asks her to burn a bundle of secret letters. But when Grace's drowned body is fished from the lake, Mattie discovers the letters reveal the grim truth behind a murder.

Set in 1906 against a backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy, this astonishing novel weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, real, and wholly original.

**
My Expectations: high because of my love for Revolution, but I was nervous I wouldn't like it, which is why it took me so long to get around to reading it.
Delivery: Once I got into the whole setting and style of it, it was great. Some parts I didn't like, but overall, very pleasant :)
Put-down-ability: 4.5/10
**

My Thoughts


This is my effort to write a short review, and hopefully actually succeeding (I didn't).

Oh Jennifer Donnelly, how do you do this to me?

Mattie Gokey is the type of YA heroine that doesn’t get enough press. She doesn’t have crazy magical powers, hunt demons, or have an unnervingly attractive boy to fall back on. She has her family, her promises, her words, and her dreams. She’s afraid of getting stuck in her small town life and she’s the type of character who effortlessly becomes someone you care about; the way she tells her story, it broke my heart and gave me hope at the same time.

Donnelly manages to weave so many themes into this ambitious and well-deserved Printz book. The power and limits to choices and obligations, feminism, racism, sexism, inequality, and pursuing passions versus settling for second. And within this bubble, she includes a murder mystery as well, which I’ll admit I just never really got. I understand that Grace Brown’s murder was tragic, but I never really connected with it in the book despite the major role it played. I found myself skimming many of her letters and I think it was the only aspect of the book I’m not gushing about. I just found myself more invested in Mattie’s story, and I think I would have loved the book the same if the murder didn’t even play a role, because of how splendidly Donnelly wrote Mattie’s voice and how vivid and vital the role of setting played. Secondary characters were simply a dream, there isn’t a stereotype in site as each character, no matter his or her role, was complex and real.

There’s so much to say about this novel, there’s so much richness in this historical fiction that really makes it come alive and it’s refreshing and inspiring at the same time, to watch a heroine in a predicament that’s almost unimaginable in today’s society finding her way through her muddled life and never giving up and taking the easy path. The following part in this book stuck out to me, but mostly because of how much I agreed with it. I always concede that characters can be self-centered, but Ms Wilcox, her teacher says: “You are many, many things, Mathilda Gokey, but selfish isn’t one of them.” And I couldn’t agree more.

Rating in HP Terms: Exceeds Expectations
Recommended for: fans of YA historical fiction that is totally wonderful, or books that just sweep you off your feet.
Acknowledgements: show some heart! 2/5 for sounding like a scripted Oscar acceptance speech.

8.5/ 10 – because it was so excellent, minus the part about the murder which yes, I wanted to love and totally fawn over, but I just didn’t. There are books that build in your head and also books that fizzle out, but this one is the former. Sometimes I’ll write gushing reviews and think back later “what was I thinking? I can barely remember the plot of that book!” but I know this won’t be the case. A Northern Light is a beautifully told story about hardship and dreams and things that matter the most, whatever they may be.








PS~ I know this seems totally redundant and I look like a total and complete idiot for not reading more carefully. Basically A Northern Light has two timelines, the chapters with a dictionary word in the title takes place about four months previous in the spring, working up to the time when Mattie gets a job at the hotel. The untitled chapters are more ‘present day,’ taking place after Mattie has already worked at the hotel and Grace Brown was murdered. Just in case someone ended up as confused as I was..yeah..

source: purchased
author website / twitter

Fever Winner!

Just quick post!

The winner of my first Fever (by Lauren DeStefano) giveaway is...

Sarika!!

I will email you shortly for your address, unless you see this first, then please email me! :)

Congrats, and please remember to review it because you are awesome! :D

And to those who didn't win.. there is another opportunity. Yep. You get ANOTHER opportunity to win a second ARC, and this giveaway is international! CLICKIE HERE.

Expect another post later (or very later) today, I just need to polish up a few reviews and such. Til then, happy reading!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Cinder release day + book Trailer

Hello, my lovelies! I slept in til noon and no, I don't have a good excuse not to have a post for you guys. Luckily, I was contacted to do this trailer reveal for the novel Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and it seemed fun, especially with all the buzz this book has been getting. For example, this review mentions it's influenced by Star Wars, in which I can only do some fistpumping (which is really my only reaction this is fantabulous cover).

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Summary

Even in the future, the story begins with Once Upon a Time…. Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.



Book Trailer

 


I think the voice-over and music gave this book quite a... Disney Show/One Tree Hill feel to be honest. However, I loved the animation with the cyborg eye and pretty much the entire premise of this book.


Cinder is released TODAY, Congrats Marissa!


To find out more, visit the author's blog / Facebook / Twitter  (oh, and if you enjoy Twitter/Facebook parties of the like... mark your calendars for Jan 9th at 7 eastern time!)

Some reviews:
Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing
The Book Smugglers
Gone with the Words
Poetry to Prose

Monday, January 2, 2012

#namethatbook GIVEAWAY! (Fever by Lauren DeStefano)

I love the #namethatbook twitter game created by Erin Bowman (see her twitter & website & most amazing review of The Scorpio Races ever) so complete credit goes to her!

I got extra ARCs of the book so I'm giving it away as the prize! You can always just enter (just for fun, because that's something I would do) and if you win, pass along the prize if you don't want to read it!

Prize: ARC of Fever by Lauren DeStefano  (sequel to Wither, released Feb 21, 2011)



This game is really straight-forward: I'm going to give you 10 pictures and you have to name the book and author for each! Every correct answer give you one point (max = 10 points)

Apologies for the shoddy pictures, they were taken with an iPhone because I couldn't find my camera :(

Rules:
open internationally!
ends Jan. 14
one entry per person, and please don't cheat. You don't have to fill out every space.
fill out the form at the bottom of this post

BOOK #1:


BOOK #2:


BOOK #3:
(it's hard to tell, but the words are dark red!)


BOOK #4:


BOOK #5: 
(hint: author initials are KH)


BOOK #6: 


BOOK #7:


BOOK #8:




BOOK #9:


BOOK #10:







Ta-da! Remember, you can play even if you don't want the prize :p I love playing trivia games :p

And if you desperately want an ARC of Fever and live in either US or Canada, you can enter this second giveaway I have (yeah, I ended up with multiple ARCs), which ends Jan 4.

[EDIT: to add a few things] Answers will be posted when the winner is announced! You can come back and answer the ones you didn't know before, but you must mention it in your name on the form (just write "your name + 2nd/3rd/etc attempt") so I know.
There is no need to tweet/spread the word, but I'd really appreciate it! I mean, you had fun, right? :)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

hello, 2012! here Are My new Year's resolutions!


WE HAVE SURVIVED ANOTHER YEAR, my lovely bloglicious friends. *cheers*

Firstly: I'll be posting a quick 2011 recap sometime within the next few days, along with another contest (of the #namethatbook variety, thus you should be excited).

Secondly: my reading and blogging new year's resolutions, which do have some repeats from last year, but *shrugs*


1. Book of the Month
I kind of slacked with writing reviews towards the second half of the year but I still chose a "book of the month" and featured it on my sidebar, which was something I really enjoyed! The idea originally belongs to Ticket to Anywhere.

2. Review Those Old Review Copies
I accept very few solicited review copies (as you can see on my policy on the sidebar) but I still have a bunch of old review books I want to get around to reading and reviewing, or I just feel guilty and I feel like I'm racking up the blogging karma...

3. Keep in touch with bloggers and be more social
Self-explanatory, I feel like sometimes I'm absent from commenting and I lose touch with my favourite bloggers :( I want to make sure that doesn't happen, plus I want to make new friends :)

4. Keep posting videos on TotallyBooksessed
I'm loving this collab channel with awesomesauce bloggers and making videos on Friday talking about YA books. I don't want to slack on my part.

5. Post somewhat consistently
I know I'll probably go *poof* when school starts, but I want to at least post 1-2 posts a week, even if I'm insanely stressed out. I realized over Christmas break how much I missed blogging, and I don't want to give up on it.

6. Read What I Want
A repeat of last year's resolution, it's important for me, and I've gotten pretty good at it. I know it means that sometimes review books don't get enough attention from me but I've found that the books I want to read are the ones I enjoy so much more. And sure, it means sticking in the contemporary genre a little while longer ;)

7. Improve my reviews
I feel that looking back at old reviews I thought I considered somewhat good, they weren't really that amazing. I really want to work on my reviews, whether it is just writing style or conveying my opinions more concisely, or just stream-lining my train of thought. Also, I do want to cut them a bit down on length, but I doubt I'll succeed.

8. Read older books
And by older, I mean like, pre-2010. Which probably concludes to reading my favourite authors' older/first books instead of being obsessed with the newest shiny thing. I think far too many blogs do that already :)

9. Read consistently
At least read a few YA books a month, because I know with school it's tough to get any enjoyment-reading done... yeah. But I usually reward myself when I finish a test/get a good mark with reading a YA book, so hopefully this trend can continue!

10. Stop complaining so much
Yeah... not gonna happen, I don't think

11. http://screensandscribbles.wordpress.com/
Yeah, I don't really know what I'm doing here. It might just be an winter-break-impulsive thing, but I've been wanting to comment on TV and movies for a while, plus see what the fuss about Wordpress is :p I still totally confused about wordpress.com /.org but... yeah... it's just for rambles. If I decide the blog is going anywhere, I might try and recruit some other bloggers! If you're interested, do let me know.

12. Be happy
I don't need to increase my follower count or get more review books or get an ARC of Insurgent (though I'd really like one...) I don't want to slave away trying to increase SEO (I still don't really know what that is) or my Klout score or whatever. I want to be happy about my blog and myself as a blogger,  and not hate myself for not reviewing more or not reading 150 books a year or having a bazillion unique hits a day. Be happy. I'd like that.


I'd love to know what your resolutions are, and until then... Happy New Year, my lovelies :)


-Audrey