Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone (and especially my US peeps!)! Mine is not so happy because my boyfriend is in the hospital with an infection that he's had for about a week and a half. He wasn't doing well, but as soon as he got the antibiotics, he seemed to be doing better and his temperature finally went under a hundred.

But before I head to the hospital today, I'm going to have dinner with my parents and great aunt. So let me list the things I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving.
  1. My boyfriend: Seeing him, lying in the hospital being so sick, really puts things into perspective. He's the love of my life, and I can't wait until we have enough money to move in together and start our life together. For now, he just needs to get better.
  2. My parents: Obviously, they've always been there for me, especially my dad. They didn't push me out of the nest the moment I graduated (barring the one class I need), and they let me go into debt with them for my European vacation instead of getting into debt with the bank.
  3. My family: Every winter break, I go back to Michigan, and I cannot describe how much I love my family. I wish I could see them a lot more, but at least I have family that loves me and is there for me.
  4. My job: I just started this week at SAGE publishing, and I'm very thankful to have this job. Not only do I need the money, but the experience as well. If I had to choose a career besides writing, I think I might really like publishing. And living in NY wouldn't be so bad either.
  5. Books: I'm constantly thankful for books. Ever since I started reading, books have been a great escape from real life, even if real life isn't all that bad. I have no doubt that reading and books have inspired my own writing, and for that I am eternally indebted to all the authors I've read.
  6. My storytelling ability: Again, this is sort of thanks to reading, but I've been writing stories and poetry since elementary school. And I've never looked back. It's brought me so much joy, and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Well, maybe not anything, but you get my point.
  7. Soccer: Without soccer I would literally get no exercise. Enough said.
  8. Food! This needs no explanation, especially today.


What are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments!


Monday, November 24, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

This week, we're talking about what our winter TBR pile looks like. I'm going to list mostly ebooks, and that's because I'll be in Michigan for about two weeks over winter break. I doubt I'll bring many actual books so I don't weigh myself down, but I, of course, have my Kindle. Anyway, here are the books I'm most excited to read for this winter. This is in no particular order, and I went just a little overboard... I think I forgot how many awesome books I bought and have for review on my Kindle!



  1. Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog #2) by Anne Blankman
  2. Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  4. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
  5. The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
  6. The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy #2) by Sherry Thomas
  7. The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes
  8. Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1) by Heather Demetrios
  9. Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts
  10. The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex #1) by Lindsay Cummings
  11. Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy #1) by Victoria Aveyard
  12. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
  13. A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray
  14. Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
  15. The Jewel (The Lone City #1) by Amy Ewing
  16. Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1) by Josephine Angelini
  17. Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch
  18. Forbidden (Forbidden #1) by Kimberley Griffiths Little
  19. Get Even (Don't Get Mad #1) by Gretchen McNeil
  20. Don't Touch by Rachel M. Wilson
  21. Let the Storm Break (Sky Fall #2) by Shannon Messenger
  22. Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy #1) by Pierce Brown
  23. Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1) by Danielle L. Jensen
  24. Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
  25. Compulsion (The Heirs of Watson Island #1) by Martina Boone


Phew! What are you planning on reading this winter? Let me know in the comments!



My Poison Monday (1)

 

My Poison Monday is inspired by It's Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Book Journey, where I talk about my current read, as well as what I just finished and what I want to start next.

So I decided to create this feature because, honestly, it gives me something easy to post on a Monday, AND I get to talk about my current read to give people a sense of what I think of it as I'm reading it.

WHAT I'M READING NOW:


[WARNING: SPOILERS FROM BOOK 1]

It's time to choose sides....

On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?

A darkly humorous take on Gothic romance, Sarah Rees Brennan's Lynburn Legacy weaves together the tale of a heroine desperate to protect those she loves, two boys hoping to be saved, and the magical forces that will shape their destiny.

I haven't been reading too much this month because of my participation in NaNoFinMo (National Novel Finishing Month, part of NaNoWriMo). It's not that this sequel isn't good, it's more that I'm putting most of my time into editing. Still, I haven't read a really good paranormal in a long while, and I've been avoiding fantasies because of my own novel being a fantasy.

WHAT I JUST FINISHED:

Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?

I met the author for the first time a few weekends ago, and I seriously love her. I bought the second book thinking it was the first book, so then I bought the first one and thought, well, I guess I have to read this series now. And I'm really glad I did. I can't remember the last time I read a paranormal in general, much less a great one. I'm hoping to finish the entire series soon.

WHAT I'M READING NEXT:


“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

OR

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline "Evie" Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can't do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can't totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it's not always clear who is on which side.

I've heard really great things about both of these books. I think it's because so many fantasies and dystopians have been coming out recently, and I've forgotten about how much I love paranormal books. I can't wait to start these series soon and I hope they live up to their hype!


What are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments! 



Saturday, November 22, 2014

What Does the Bookworm Say? ~ All About Thanksgiving!



Hi everyone, and welcome to the What Does the Bookworm Say? feature hosted by me, Thuy from Nite Lite Book Reviews, Crystal from Books Unbound, and Kimberly from The Windy Pages.

So today we're talking about Thanksgiving traditions and/or favorite Thanksgiving foods. I'll talk about both.

First, traditions!

I don't have very much family out here, so we always have Thanksgiving dinner with my great aunt. We used to go to her house and her and my mom would cook. But she's like 94 now, so my dad picks her up and brings her to our house. Recently, though, my parents bought a house in Henderson (the city just outside of Las Vegas, NV), so we eat dinner really early (like 3pm) and then head up there. I won't be going this year since I'll be spending the time after they leave with my boyfriend and his family.

Another tradition is watching the Detroit Lions play football on Turkey Day. I'm actually a long-time Lions' fan, so it'll be nice to watch them actually have a very good chance of beating the Bears. I mean Chicago is 4 and 6, so hopefully we don't choke. I love sitting around with my dad and watching the Lions play on that fateful Thursday.

My mom does most of the cooking. I help peel potatoes and do other odd jobs around the kitchen to help out, but in reality I don't do very much. I'm not much of a cook anyway; my boyfriend Kyle is definitely the cook between the two of us.

Okay, now food!

My mom usually starts with a little lunch. This year, she's making Manhattan clam chowder. We also always have deviled eggs, and omg they're so delicious!!!! Definitely one of my favorite holiday snacks. For the main event, we obviously have a huge turkey (I'm a white meat only kind of girl) that my dad carves with an electric knife. There's, of course, gravy and mashed potatoes and corn. My mom also usually makes some sweet potatoes with maple syrup. My mom also doesn't like to use sugar, so she never makes any pies or cakes, except pumpkin. I'm sure if I liked pumpkin pie, it wouldn't be too bad, but I don't. I know, people always look at me weird. I don't mind anything else that's pumpkin; I especially love pumpkin bread. There's just something about pumpkin pie that I can't get into. We also make a hot cider. No, it's not spiked, and that's probably a good thing because I'm going to have to drive soon after dinner and I'll already be in some form of a food coma. There's also stuffing, but I don't eat that either. I don't like celery, so I normally don't eat the stuffing. I might like other people's stuffing; I guess I'll find out when I eat my second Thanksgiving dinner with my boyfriend's family.

I'm sure there are some condiments I'm missing, but you get the gist. We're pretty traditional when it comes to the food served at Thanksgiving. But we don't have the greatest of traditions. When I tell people that we eat early and then drive to Vegas that same day, I definitely get some weird looks. It's why I'm staying this year after eating with my family so that I can just have a relaxing Thanksgiving with my other family, and slip into a blissful food coma.


What are some of your family traditions and foods on Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments!


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