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The Talking Bookworm Holiday Gift Guide

My parent’s have been bugging me recently about what I want from Santa. The obvious answer is books. Lots and lots of books.  Cause what do I do? I read… a lot. So I thought  others might be able to use book recommendations for the biblophiles in their lives. Below is mine and Veronica’s Holiday Gift Guide.

Liz’s Holiday Gift Guide

I am a lover of fantasy, paranormal, romance, young adult combination novels. I also love series books. The books below are all those things and more. There are angels, magic, fairy-tale re-tellings, love, heartbreak, heists, and more. These are all the first novels in their series, with the exception of Scarlet– it’s my favorite out of the four novels in The Lunar Chronicles series.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)  A Matter of Fate (Fate, #1) Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

Veronica’s Holiday Gift Guide

My list is going to be very different from Liz because I am a huge fan of realistic young adult fiction. While my family does not celebrate Christmas, we do give each other gifts on new year’s. Here is my list of what you should give the bibliophile in your life [if they have not read them, of course!]:

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What books do you want this holiday season? 

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[POLL CLOSED] What Should Veronica Read Next? & Book Reading Slump

Hello everyone! Did you see I just posted a review about an hour ago?! I know. I’m shocked too. Right now I’m in a transition period. New Job and Back in School Part Time.

Those two factors have put me in a sort of reading slump because I don’t feel like I can commit my time completely to a book. I am in the middle of four books (I think) and I can’t keep reading them or go back to them. I’m thinking of doing a poll, a “What Should Veronica Read Next” poll.

Here are the books I sort of want to read. I need your help to choose the next book I will read. The books listed in the poll is a combination of books I own that I haven’t read and review copies. Please help me!

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Book Giveaway!

Hello guys!

It is time for a book giveaway! I’ve been looking at my read and unread bookshelves, and I decided to give away three books. Each book is from a category, a book I hated that everybody loved, a book I had fun reading, and a book I’ve never read and will never read.

The three books are:

  1. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (I hated it)
  2. What If… Everyone Knew Your Name by Liz Ruckdeschel & Sara James (I had fun reading this)
  3. Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti (Never Read)

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All of the books are paperback and in brand new condition. The giveaway will be open for two weeks. You can enter through rafflecopter by clicking this link:
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THIS GIVEAWAY IS ONLY OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. 

I’m sorry international folks. I don’t have the cash to send this many books abroad. I’m sorry. 😦

The giveaway will be open TWO WEEKS.

Have fun and Good luck!

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A to Z Bookish Survey

AtoZsurvey-1017x1024I was looking through my reader dashboard on wordpress and I saw that Perpetual Page Turner (Jamie) had created this book survey. I saw this and I was like… why not? This looks like fun! 

Author you’ve read most books from:

Richelle Mead. 10 books.

Best Sequel Ever:

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Currently Reading:

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Water/Coffee/Tea

E-reader or Physical Book?

Both. I own a Nook HD+ and I love it! I also love physical books, so really it depends on my mood.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

This is a hard one because I really don’t know, but if I had to think really hard I would say William Herondale. My weakness in high school was dark hair, light skin, tall guys. I think they might still be my weakness.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. After reading City of Bones, I had vowed to stay away from anything Cassandra Clare, but I decided to see if this trilogy was different and oh boy was it. I loved it.

Hidden Gem Book:

The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot is what really got me into reading. I was a 7th grader at the time, and I fell in love with the series.

Just Finished:

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter (I’m doing the Gallagher Girls Read-a-Thon, so there is a lot of Ally Carter in this survey.)

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I won’t read New Adult Novels and Bi/Gay romance novels.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

The Beginning: Born At Midnight and Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter. 819 pages. 🙂

Major Hangover Because Of:

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris (Such a good book, but aw man did it give me a hangover.)

Number of Bookcases You Own:

I guess I could say two, but I don’t really have “real” bookshelfs.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Preferred Place To Read:

The living room. The couch is so comfy.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“Outside, the ocean was crashing, waves hitting sand, then pulling back to sea. I thought of everything being washed away, again and again. We make such messes in this life, both accidentally and on purpose. But wiping the surface clean doesn’t really make anything neater. It just masks what is below. It’s only when you really dig down deep, go underground, that you can see who you really are.”

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Reading Regret:

The Duff by Keplinger

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

The Shadow Falls Series. (I’m still halfway through the 4th book. I can’t seem to pick it back up. I don’t want the series to end.)

Three Of You All-Time Favorite Books:

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Richelle Mead. I met her back in May during her Gameboard of the gods Book Tour. I was nice and polite, even though internally I was thinking while I was staring at her “Where do you come up with all these wonderful stories… Can I look inside your brain so that I can know what happens with Bloodlines and GofG?!”

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

THE FIERY HEART by Richelle Mead

Worst Bookish Habit:

Leaving books open when I have to do something hence damaging the spine. Oops.

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

Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald

Your latest book purchase:

I bought four books on gohastings.com, a website that sells used books among other things. The four books I bought were Clockwork Angel, Ruby Red, Fixing Delilah, & Graceling. Oh and I bought Of Poseidon from the Barnes and Nobles Nook Store.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The last book that made me lose sleep was Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry. I stayed up until 3am. 😀

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Discussion: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (GG #2) by Ally Carter

For the rest of the Gallagher Girls Read-A-Thon I will be doing a discussion of each book instead of a book review. These discussions will contain spoilers so if you haven’t read the book and don’t want to be spoiled, please stop reading. 🙂
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My Thoughts:

I just finished reading Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy and…. OooohhhWeeeeee… I am so excited! Zach finally arrived, and it broke my heart every time Cammie saw Josh. I do feel bad for the both of them, but Thank you Ally Carter for not making a love triangle. THANK YOU!

I liked I’d Tell You I Love You, But Them I’d Have to Kill You, but I forgot how good the series was. This book gave me a glimpse as to why this is one of my favorite series of all time.

I loved that Zach was able to make Cammie a better spy by challenging her. And I loved how clueless Cammie was about Zach’s feelings towards her. Oh Cammie. Macey can only do so much, you need to start learning this boy stuff too.

Can I say that I just LOVE Macey. I love the original trio too, but the quartet kicks butt more! 😀

I’ll end this post with Cammie’s last words…

“The whole summer lay ahead of us-time to rest, time to wait. And when the future comes-no matter what comes with it-I’ll be smarter. I’ll be stronger. I’ll be ready.”

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Week 2 of GG Readathon

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Last week we read I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You.

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I had forgotten so many things, and how the whole Josh thing really went down. I was so enamored by Josh when I was 16, but now I just find him cute. I can’t wait until Zack comes into the picture. I can’t wait for the Blackthorn Boys. *giggles*

This week we are reading:

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I am really glad I decided to join this Readathon. I will be posting a short book review of the first book soon.

Have a lovely Monday!

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The Start Line: The Gallagher Girls Series Read-A-Thon Begins Today!

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The Read-A-Thon begins today! Woo!

The first book we will be reading is I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. At the end of each time period, I will be posting a review of the book. I will be doing that for all five books in the Gallagher Girls Series.

The first book is only 284 pages which basically means, I may be done in two days if I don’t pace myself. In order to pace myself I will be reading Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris at the same time. Expect a review of that book soon too.

Alright guys, this is it. Let’s marathon this series. Here we go!

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The Gallagher Girls Series Read-a-Thon!

Hello lovely readers. I, Veronica, will be partaking in The Gallagher Girls Read-a-Thon, hosted by Books As You Know It!

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I am very excited to participate in this Read-a-thon because I will be able to share this lovely series with you guys and I will be preparing myself for the last book in the series, United We Spy, which comes out the second week of September.

The last time I read the first book in the series was about 5 years ago… That is a very long time!

If any of you would like to participate in the read-a-thon, you can still sign up! The last day to sign up will be August 4th! The Read-a-thon begins the 5th of August with the first book in the series. Here is the calendar for those who want to know.

Read-a-Thon Calender:

July 29th-Aug.4th:
 SIGN UPS
Aug.5th-11th:
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You
August 12th-18th:
Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy
August 19th-25th:
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover
August 26th-September 1st:
Only the Good Spy Young
September 2nd-8th:
Out of Sight, Out of Time
I hope some of you will join me, and if you haven’t read the books use this read-a-thon as an excuse to buy them and read them! Join in on the fun!
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Day 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30 of the 30 Day Book Challenge

Day 25: Favorite book you read in school

My freshman year of high school, I read To Kill a Mockingbird (by Harper Lee) and I absolutely loved it. I read ahead. I was obsessed with court cases and law at that stage of my life (I wanted to be a lawyer). This story is also about so much more than law and the judicial system. It teaches us a lesson; don’t judge someone by what others say about them. Rumors can be a 180 of the truth a lot of the time.

Day 26: A book that changed your opinion on something

Second Chance Summer (by Morgan Matson) changed my opinion on giving the past a second chance. By that I mean that if we have a second chance to make things right, we should do it. I was a firm believer of never touching the past, but in order to forgive and move on, sometimes we have to revisit the past.

Day 27: The most surprising plot twist/or ending

The ending of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green left me shocked and a mess. I never saw it coming. At all.

Day 28: Favorite Title

‘Forever’ is an overused word in a lot of YA love relationships. Forever is something we have come to expect in a lot of YA novels when it comes to the resolved love relationship. The book title, The Truth About Forever (by Sarah Dessen), brings to our attention that there is more to forever than we might think.

Day 29: A book everyone hated but you liked

Let It Snow by John Green/Maureen Johnson/Lauren Myracle

My love for this book is deep. Why? I don’t think I even understand. Actually, I do. I love that we have three authors interpreting a town in three different ways and characters are all seen differently yet somehow it all flows together and we end up with one cohesive book. I love it!

Day 30: Favorite Book

The book of Ruth from the Bible. The story in the book of Ruth is about redemption that transcends nationalities and unites everyone in God. It also has a love story. I always imagine how Boaz looked and just add thoughts of what he might have thought when he first saw Ruth. I would also love Noemi to be my mother in law. Such a sweet lady.

This concludes the 30 Day Book Challenge. Guys, its been fun! I really loved doing this (even though I know that I wasn’t exactly very consistent). I’ll try to do a different challenge soon or participate in a new feature soon! 

Happy Reading!