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IFTTT Thursday: Fantasy

IFTTT Thursday: Fantasy

In my opinion, the ultimate escapist books are High Fantasy. In a fantasy novel, everything is different. The people, the country, the languages, the culture and everything else are up for the author to invent and describe. When its done well, a reader feels like they have stepped into the pages and are off on the adventure with the characters. I love fantasy novels. I thought long and hard about what books I wanted to highlight today. There are so many good ones and then there are so many popular ones and sometimes, in my opinion, those are two different things. I even thought about mentioning Game of Thrones, which I love, but I couldn’t think of a series to compare it to. I’m going to start with an incredibly popular series of books: The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. This series was the first fantasy series I ever read… well after Tolkien of course.  Is this a 90s cover or what?Librarything | GoodReads | Amazon The Wheel of Time is an exceedingly complex story that stretches over 14 volumes plus a prequel. This series has very elaborate world building with everything you would expect in a fantasy series. The magic in the world is interesting and original as is the religion and the prophesies. The story follows 5 main characters, 3 boys and 2 girls, from a very […]

Posted May 21, 2015 by Emily in IFTTT Thursday / 0 Comments
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Review: We are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Review: We are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Title: We are All Made of Molecules Author: Susin Nielsen Genre: YA Format: Paperback,`336 pages Publishing Information: 4/30/15 by Andersen Press Ltd Source: ARC for Review Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis Stewart and his dad are doing OK after his mother’s death. Though, Stewart can tell that his dad is lonely. When his dad meets Ashley’s mom and they make plans to move in together, Stewart is 89.9% happpy. He’s always wanted a sister and Ashley and her mom sound really nice. Ashley’s life is over! First her dad moves out and he says that he’s G. A. Y.! How can he do this to her?!? Then her mom meets someone. In no time at all him and his dorky son, SPEWart move in. No one at school can find out. What would they think? Thoughts I really liked this book. Stewart is very sweet and sensitive but immature at the beginning. He is in the same grade as Ashley, but he’s a year younger and it shows. I got the impression that he was very sheltered and loved by his mother, which is one of the reasons he is so socially awkward, though his is never directly stated. Also he’s brilliant and weird, do that doesn’t help things. He’s dealing with his mother’s death the best way he knows how. He wants to keep objects that his mother loves […]

Posted May 19, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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What I read 5/11-5/17

What I read 5/11-5/17

So this was a slow week. I only read 5 books. However, I really enjoyed all of them. 3 were ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) that I received at TLA. Title: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed Author: Jon Ronson Genre: Nonfiction Format: ebook Publishing Information: 4/30/15 by Riverhead books Source: purchased Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon I love Jon Ronson. He writes nonfiction about odd or interesting topics. This book explores the new trend of internet retribution; the way people’s lives can be destroyed with one stupid comment on social media. I also recommend The Psychopath Test. Title: The Master Author: Kresley Cole Genre: Romance Format: ebook Publishing Information: 2/17/15 by Gallery Books Source: purchased Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon This is number 2 in a series. Its about a Russian mobster who finds love in the least likely place. The Heroine is running from her past and runs straight into Maxsim’s arms.  The story and the characters were very detailed. I like a good story with my romance. Read this if you like Nora Roberts. Title: Everything, Everything Author: Nicola Yoon Genre: YA Format: Paperback, 320 Pages Publishing Information: 9/1/15 by Delacourte Books Source: received free ARC at TLA Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon I’m going to do a more detailed review of Everything,  Everything in a few days. The theme really reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars. It was about young love and living every day as if it’s your last. I highly recommend it! It comes out […]

Posted May 17, 2015 by Emily in Uncategorized, What I read / 0 Comments
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Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Marry Me, Charlotte B!

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Marry Me, Charlotte B!

Welcome to the Fandomly Bookish blog tour! This is the first one I’ve been invited to do. I love free books as much as the next girl, so I hope that I’m invited back! If you like free books too, then read to the end for the giveaway! Synopsis Nellie Canlas loves her job. She loves being assistant to reality TV star and wedding planner goddess, the fabulous Charlotte Bertram, and she loves working with couples to make their wedding dreams come true. What she doesn’t love is having cameras following her all the time, especially when sheÂ’s crushing hard on the lawyer from another floor.  Robert Bertram doesn’t like planning weddings. He doesn’t like being on TV either. But when he finds himself in possession of NellieÂ’s diary, he thinks he can turn her into anyoneÂ’s dream girl. If he doesn’t fall for her first. Published: 4/30/15 by Midnight Books Genre: New Adult Goodreads – Amazon – Smashwords Things I liked I loved the premise of this book. There are so many reality shows on TV but this is the first book I’ve read that tries to capture that feeling. The story is really cute and I thought that the premise was very original. Its unusual to find a way to approach a romance that hasn’t been attempted before and I think Carla De Guzman succeeded there! Nellie is a […]

Posted May 14, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
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TTT Thursday: I won’t keep you in suspense…

TTT Thursday: I won’t keep you in suspense…

Don’t worry, I will run out of stupid pun titles soon. I’m not a huge mystery fan. Mostly its because I’m impatient and I can never wait til the end of the book to find out who did it. I like to flip ahead and see if I’m right. Getting a kindle has curbed my vice of skipping ahead, but in some ways technology makes it worse cause I can find reviews or read wikipedia if I’m really stressing out over not knowing. So mystery isn’t my favorite. Oddly enough though, I love suspense! My choice this week is Rules of Prey… or really the entire Prey series by John Sandford.   I picked the old style cover, since this is how it looked when I first read it. These were the first suspense novels I ever got caught up in. The reason is because the main character, Lucas Davenport, is kind of a jerk. I’m not sure if you are supposed to like him as a character at first. I didn’t. He’s a tough cop. He likes to punch people. He feels that he can basically do anything he wants as long as the end justifies the means. Still, Lucas is a good guy and you can understand his reasoning for what he does even if its not necessarily ‘right’. Every book has a killer who is stalking a […]

Posted May 7, 2015 by Emily in IFTTT Thursday / 0 Comments
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Review: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Review: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman Release Date: Out Now This book was a difficult read. Not because it was badly written or uninteresting. It was difficult because it was so incredibly well written. This book’s subject was heavy and at points it was hard to carry on. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth while. This is a book that will continue to hold your thoughts long after you put it down. I didn’t know much about this book before I picked it up. I knew I liked Neal Shusterman. I knew I wanted to read this book. I knew what the back cover said. “Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn.” This was both a good and a bad way to read this book. I will let you decide if you want to know more.

Posted May 5, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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GIVEAWAY! Bad Kid by David Crabb

GIVEAWAY! Bad Kid by David Crabb

I got a 2 big bags of books from the Texas Library association and I want to share the wealth.  I have enough books to give away one a week until TLA 2016! For the first book I chose Bad Kid by David Crabb. I really enjoyed Bad Kid. Its hilarious and irreverent. David Crabb’s coming of age was filled with terrible choices and ridiculous mishaps. You will want to read this book just to see what he did. Luckily, you can win one today! BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! I connected with David Crabb on twitter and he is incredibly nice.  I explained that I have a lot of blind friends. That comes with the territory of our second (third? fourth?) job.  I asked him if he would be willing to provide me with an e-book copy of his book. Obviously he said yes, because he’s an amazing person. So even if you don’t read print, there’s an option. I can’t guarantee that every giveaway will include an accessible option. Being a braille teacher, I think accessibility is incredibly important. However, I’m a sighted person and I read print so ultimately I will have more access to print books for giveaways. Enough talk! Enter the contest below. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Posted May 3, 2015 by Emily in Giveaway / 2 Comments
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Triple T Thursday: Horror Lovers Unite!

Triple T Thursday: Horror Lovers Unite!

I’ve been thinking about this post all week. I had a lot of ideas, which I wrote down to use in the future. Ultimately though, I decided to go back to my first love: Stephen King. I’ve been fascinated with Stephen King for as long as I can remember. My parents had tall bookcases lining the walls of our house and the shelves were covered with titles like The Stand and Misery. I was told early on that those books were not for me; that I could read them when I was older. I eagerly anticipated it and longed for it and that day finally came in middle school when I picked up:   As a middle schooler, this book changed my life. I probably would be just as much an odd duck without having read it, but it definitely made me feel better about my oddities.  In Stephen King’s IT, evil has taken up residence in a small town. Strange things are happening, people are disappearing, monsters are real and the only people who notice are seven children who have bonded over their mutual oddities and how they never fit in.  These seven best friends named themselves The Losers Club. Who wouldn’t love that? As a misfit myself, I carried IT around and read it and loved every terrifying chapter. If you liked IT or really any other […]

Posted April 30, 2015 by Emily in IFTTT Thursday / 0 Comments
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Review: Bad Kid: A Memoir by David Crabb

Review: Bad Kid: A Memoir by David Crabb

**UPDATE I’m giving away a copy!  http://www.emilyreadseverything.com/?p=68 ** Bad Kid: A Memoir on Growing up Goth & Gay in Texas By David Crabb Publication date: May 2015 This isn’t my normal kind of book. I don’t read too many memoirs. I’m not opposed to them but I usually read more fiction. If all memoirs are as funny as this one was, I will definitely be reading more. Just like the title says, David Crabb is gay and goth and growing up in San Antonio, Texas.  David falls in love with the cute boy in his gym class the moment he sets eyes on him. They become fast friends, bonding over their mutual differences. Together they sneak out at night, party at clubs they are too young to enter legally, meet the wrong sort of people and get in tons of trouble. Its a coming of age story and a story about being an outcast. David has a long, hard struggle to figure out where he belongs. This book is filled with unrequited love, drug use and unsupervised teenagers. I could tell that I’m getting older because I spent the entire book wondering, “Where are the parents?!?” I also wanted David to wise up and figure out that he had terrible friends who were only interested in themselves. I didn’t agree with many of the choices that David made. However, I empathized with […]

Posted April 28, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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First Ever Triple T Thursday

First Ever Triple T Thursday

Hopefully this will be a regular thing. I’m going to describe a popular book that you might know. Then I will talk about a different book that you might like if you like the first book. These two books will have something in common that makes me think that you might like one if you like the other. If you like this, then you might like that. Let me know if you agree with my picks! Lords of the Underworld Book 1 Darkest Night by Gena Showalter This is the first book in a larger series. That’s what first attracted me because I love series. I’m nosy and I want to know what happens next. Always. This is Paranormal Romance. Remember Pandora’s box? In this world Pandora was protecting the box. Some men were jealous so they opened the box. Their punishment is being cursed with housing  one evil inside themselves and keeping the world safe. In the first book there is lots of exposition and also a very well written love story between Maddox (Keeper of Violence) and Ashlyn a girl with a superpower of her own. Maddox and Ashlyn start out as mortal enemies who learn to trust each other as they fall in love. There’s lots of side stories introducing the other characters as well. If you like this, you might like: Demonica book 1 Pleasure Unbound by […]

Posted April 23, 2015 by Emily in IFTTT Thursday / 1 Comment
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