Tuesday Meme

Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List

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Thank you The Broke and the Bookish for this wonderful Tuesday Meme

There are so many releases we are both anticipating, it is crazy! We decided to combine our list this time around because we are anticipating a lot of the same releases! Eeeeek! Our wallets will be in so much pain…

Veronica and Anjie’s List (in no particular order):

1. Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

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2. The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead

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3. United We Spy (Gallagher Girls #6) by Ally Carter

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4. House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan

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5. World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee

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6. Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken

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7. Third Lie’s the Charm (Liar Society #3) by  Lisa & Laura Roecker

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8. Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

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9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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10. Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

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Tuesday Meme

Top Ten Things That Make Your Life As A Reader/Book Blogger Easier

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Thank you The Broke and the Bookish for this wonderful Tuesday Meme

This week’s topic doesn’t really involve books, but instead it’s all about the blogging and reading life. Here are the things that make my life and Anjie’s life easier when it comes to blogging and reading!

Veronica’s List: Things That Make Your Life As A Blogger Easier

1. Scheduling Posts

I love that little feature that lets you schedule a post ahead of time. I can write the review the day before and schedule it to publish the next morning. I don’t have to worry about publishing it in the morning. It has been scheduled. Bam! That easy. 🙂

2. HTML

I’m starting to learn more html daily and learning the codes to do fancy stuff makes it easier to make things fancy, but also faster. Wait, did that sentence make sense? I”m going to say yes for now.

3. Templates

I create templates of my reviews, book spotlights, etc. Having a template to follow makes it easier than trying to remember or search for my earlier post to see how I structured it.

4. Social Media

Tumblr and Twitter help get the word out. Promoting your blog has never been easier.

5. Blogger Family

My blog family, those whose blogs I visit frequently and my staff (Yes, Anjie, I’m talking about you), make my blogging experience a happier one. Without them, it wouldn’t be so much fun (Well it would still be fun because BOOKS, but they make it funner.) Happier = Easier 🙂

Anjie’s List: Things That Make Your Life As A Reader Easier

6. GoodReads

It’s a great place to read reviews and organize your books. I also love that you can add the date when you read a particular book. It’s all so organized.

7. Tumblr

I’ve met so many fangirls on tumblr and they’re always, always, recommending books to me and they’re also there to help me cope with the harder feels. (Veronica: Let’s talk about The Infernal Devices Trilogy! *cries*)

8. Amazon

I buy books here sometimes, but the feature I really love is when they show recommendations based on books I’ve previously bought or looked at. It opens up more options!

9. Movie Adaptations

Weird, I know, but some books I’ve never heard of get made into movies. I then see the trailer and the famous “Based on a novel by ..” appears, I google it and purchase it. (This happened to me with the Percy Jackson series, The Host, The Hunger Games, The Help, and some others).

10. GoHastings

My new favorite place to buy books! They have some of the most amazing deals I’ve ever seen! Sure the books are used but they don’t looked used at all. More books, more reviews 🙂 (Veronica: I would like to point out that you have yet to write a review for this blog. Get on it! ❤ )

What makes your blogging experience easier? What makes your reader life easier?

Please let us know! We want to know! Share your wisdom! 😀

Tuesday Meme

Top Ten Favorite Books With USA Setting

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Thank you The Broke and the Bookish for this wonderful Tuesday Meme

 

This week we have Top Ten Favorite Book With X Setting. Anjie and I deliberated for a while because we weren’t sure what setting to choose. In the end, we ended up picking, Top Ten Favorite Books With USA Setting. We decided to pick a broad setting like the United States of America because #1 it would be easier to find books, and #2 we could both find books with the same setting within each of our genre of expertise.

If you would like to know more about the books in our list, click on the picture of the book.

Veronica’s List:

1. The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler:

Location? Blackfeather, Colorado. Ingredients? Mountains, Family, Barbecues, Forests, and the Vargas Boys.

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2. Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor:

Boston, Massachusetts is hit by a murder, and some know who hit it. The person that needs to figure it out is Anne Dowling.

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3. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson:

East Coast-ers like to spend their summers on a lake in Pennsylvania. Locals + vacationers + second chances = A Second Chance Summer for Taylor Edwards.

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4. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen:

McLean’s last stop is Lakeview, North Carolina, where she will have to face up to everything she has been running away from. Whathappend-To-

5. Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger:

The California Coachella Valley is known for its extreme hot and cold weather, its dryness (it is a desert), and having a very windy area. Enter Audra the sylph (air elemental) + Vane (a boy who cannot remember anything before the age of 10) + a unknown heritage = Let The Sky Fall. 15801169

Anjie’s List:

6. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin:

It is set in Miami, FL, and I was really excited about that because I live there. It was nice reading about the place I live in a book, a great one at that.

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7. Percy Jackson & The Olympians series by Rick Riordan:

I know it’s not just one book, but the setting of it is all over the US, so it’s perfect for this week. I loved how in this series Olympus moved to the top of the Empire State building in New York, and the Underworld was in Hollywood, California.

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8. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand:

The novel is set in Wyoming. I loved the descriptions of nature and the mountains. Wyoming sounds so peaceful, of course not counting the fire that the main character envisions. 😉

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9. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks:

The Last Song is one of my favorite books by him and the location is amazing (right by the beach!). I really love that the setting is consistent throughout all of Nicholas Sparks’ novels. They’re either in North or South Carolina.

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10. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead:

It takes place in Palm Springs, California. It’s pretty much a desert, as described in the book, with scorching temperatures. Not exactly a paradise, but the books in the series are phenomenal! (Veronica: I live about an hour away from Palm Springs and Richelle Mead’s description of it is dead on! It’s so hot that I do not understand why people even live there! I sound just like Adrian now.)

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Tuesday Meme

Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels

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Thank you The Broke and the Bookish for this wonderful Tuesday Meme

Hello fellow book readers! Today’s topic is one I am very excited about because I used to read a lot of stand alone novels in the past. There are so many books that I wish had sequels and I can now share with you all what they are. Below are the books Anjie and I wished had a sequel:

Veronica’s List:

1. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

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2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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3. Love Story by Jennifer Echols

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4. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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5.  Boundless by Cynthia Hand

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Anjie’s List:

6. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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7. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

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8. Requiem by Lauren Oliver

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9. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J Watson

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10. The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

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Now, it’s your turn to share. What are some books you wish had a sequel?

Tuesday Meme

Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

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Thank you The Broke and the Bookish for this wonderful Tuesday Meme

This week’s topic is Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition. 

Veronica’s List:

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1. Joanna Philbin: One day I was browsing the YA section at Barnes and Noble’s and this book cover caught my eye. After seeing what the story was about, I bought. Ever since then, I read anything Joanna Philbin writes. I love authors whose writing is effortless to read. She’s one of those authors. 🙂

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2. Jennifer Jabaley: Sadly, Jennifer only has two novels out, but I still love her. I like the way she builds the world and can write about heavy or silly subjects, but still make them enjoyable.

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3. Heather Hepler: I’ve only read The Cupcake Queen by Ms. Hepler, but just with one novel I was sold. As I was reading the story I felt as if I was in the bakery. Now… I want a cupcake.

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4. Lisa & Laura Roecker: This duo of writing sisters are my favorite at the moment. Their murder mystery novels are fantastic. Especially, The Liar Society series. Their writing is witty. At times a little harsh, but in a good way.

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5. Sarah Ockler: She is one of the few authors that is able to not just cast a spotlight on the romance, but on other types of love, like the love between family members and friends.

Anjie’s List:

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6. Courtney Allison Moulton: Angelfire is one of my favorite trilogies of all time! Courtney created amazing characters that I really loved, especially the heroine and I usually can’t stand some of them.

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7. Gayle Forman: I especially loved her duology, If I Stay & Where She Went. The plot and the writing brought me to tears!

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8. Kiera Cass: She is a new favorite of mine! I love her writing style and The Selection was an amazing read and after reading the sequel, The Elite, I wanted more!

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9. Kristin Cashore: She might be a bit more known than the others on the list but I still think she’s great! I loved Graceling and the world that she built in the novels.

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10. Aimee Carter: I love Greek mythology and because of Aimee, I’m madly in love with Hades!

Tuesday Meme

Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations

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This week’s topic is Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations. Since there aren’t too many book to movie adaptations that we have both read and seen, we decided to do it a little differently. We’re splitting up the list to movies we’ve both seen and then to movies we’ve individually seen.

Movies in Common:

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1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

VeronicaBest: Many fans were upset about how THG turned out. I myself am not one of those. While I was sad how Gale was portrayed and the shaky camera was a bit annoying at times, I liked the adaptation we got. I don’t think we could have gotten something better.

Anjie- Best: This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Now I know it wasn’t exactly like the book, but it was still great! I especially loved the first scene at the cornucopia, very suspenseful, and I really liked the effects and graphics.

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2. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

VeronicaBest: I am very happy with The Host. I thought the voice over was a good move on the director’s part or else she would have just looked like a crazy person talking to themselves.

Anjie- Best: I absolutely love this film and that’s based on a lot of factors. I loved the actors (Hello, Max Irons), the scenery, effects, music, and score. I met the actors and I think that also boosted it up. I know that they cut off a lot, including characters, but I came into the theater expecting that so it didn’t bother me as much.

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3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Veronica– Worst: This was a bad adaptation of the movie. Catherine, the director, made very cheesy decisions. I appreciated the film when I watched it because at the time it came out I liked the series a lot and was a Rob Patz fan, but now… I see how lackluster it really is.

Anjie- Worst: Not too sure if this is popular or unpopular opinion but yes, I hated the movie. I loved the books and I guess that expectation fell short once I saw the casting of Edward & Bella. I still decided to give them a chance, but I couldn’t anymore after I saw the acting. It was very awkward and just, not the best.

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4. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Veronica– Best: I read A Walk to Remember after I saw the movie, which is why I see the movie and the book as two separate things. I like to think of them as a set, companions if you will. The book is a little more… dull than the movie. Whoever wrote the script for the movie did a wonderful job at making it really good. I love the book and movie equally though. Each gives you something else to add on to this wonderful story.

Anjie- Best: Okay, the novel and the movie have  similarities, but how Landon & Jamie came to be partnered up was completely different. Even so, I enjoyed the movie a lot more than the book. It was actually hard for me to pass the first chapter.

Veronica’s List:

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5. Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke

Best: Love Come Softly is a book I wasn’t able to finish because honestly, it bored me. I really wanted to love it, but I couldn’t. The movie though was FANTASTIC. I believe this is where Katherine Heigl first made her debut in the movie world. Her character in this movie is very different from any other she has ever played and its one of the reasons why I love this movie so much. I love the characters, the charm, everything. (I own the complete love comes softly series in DVD. Yup. I’m a fan.)

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6. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Best: I know my answer is not the popular answer when it comes to this film but I think that it is the best film that could have been made for this book. How the book is written would be hard to transfer on to the screen because it has 4 main characters, 4 different stories. I love the actors they picked and the movie. Yes, a lot was cut out of it but nonetheless I still love it.

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7. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Worst: First of, if The Princess Diaries were just a movie with no book behind it, I would love it, but since this is all about the book to adaptation business, I dislike it. The grandma is supposed to be evil, Michael isn’t supposed to be how they portrayed him to be, Lily, Mia’s best friend is also different from the one in the books, the only one that stayed the same is Mia. Oh and Josh but let’s not talk about that boy. The series has 10 books and there are only 2 movies. The second movie is just an excuse. It can’t even be counted as a part of the book to movie adaptation to me.

Anjie’s List:

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8. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Worst: I think that anyone who read and loved this book would be disappointed at the director’s change. They eliminated the main antagonist and a couple of other characters important to the series. They also changed a lot of scenes. It seemed as if the screenwriters hadn’t read the book or something.

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9. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Best: Not exactly the best adaptation out there but it’s one of the better ones. They packed in most of the important scenes and I think that it essentially touched bases with the novel.

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10. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Worst: Honestly, it wasn’t as bad as The Lightning Thief but it wasn’t good either. They removed some characters and they changed the ending! I understand removing characters, they weren’t as important to the story but to change the ending is like changing Picoult’s writing.

Tuesday Meme

Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

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Thank you The Broke and The Bookish for this wonderful Tuesday meme.

This week’s topic is Top Ten Most Intimidating Books! Anjie and I will be splitting the list again for the sake of consistency. And here we go!

Veronica’s List:

1. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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I received this book as a gift back in March (I think), and I still haven’t read it. Most of my bookish friends have loved it and I fear I might not like it. The size of the book is also intimidating me.

2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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I bought this book because the movie is coming out soon. Almost everyone I know hates this book except one person (That person would be Anjie. Haha). I took a leap of faith buying this book and now I’m scared it will disappoint me. Verdict: It is sitting on my book shelf… lonely.

3. The One by Kiera Cass

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‘The One’ hasn’t been released yet I am very intimidated by it. Being the last book in the trilogy, I want so many things to be resolved and I want so many things to happen, it is ridiculous. Not everything will get resolved and what does get resolved might not even be how I want it to. I am wearily anticipating this book, hoping it will not shred my feels into oblivion.

4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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I’ve read very few classics in my life. This classic has been sitting on my shelf, waiting for me to read it. I loved Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and I’m hoping I’ll love her sister’s written work as well. The size of the book and the difficult language in the novel has had me turning a blind eye when I see it sitting on my book shelf.

5. Legend by Marie Lu

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I’m halfway through this book and I can’t take it. I don’t know if I can keep going. Nope. Nu uh. Not happening any time soon.

Anjie’s List:

6. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Many who have read ‘Unravel Me’ have told me that they’ve changed their loyalties towards a certain character and I really don’t want that to happen.

7. The Kill Order James by Dashner

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I liked the Maze Runner trilogy and I’m uncertain about prequels and if it will ruin my feelings for the Maze Runner.

8. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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This sounds like a suspenseful thriller filled with ghosts and everything I’m afraid of reading. Enough said.

9. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

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I read the first book in the series and I wasn’t impressed with it. I feel like if I read this, my opinion won’t change and I’m going have to drop the series.

10. The Host by Stephenie Mayer

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I honestly put off reading this book because of Twilight. I loved Twilight in the beginning and a book separate from the themes within twilight sort of scared me. (Veronica: Anjie’s opinion of this book changed after she read it. Max Irons <3)