May TBR | Eliminate my TBR-Pile

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So do you remember something I posted a while ago about needing a new method that I will use to pick which book to read next? I had actually asked for your help because I couldn’t decide which method would be better and thanks to everyone who helped me, I now have a new way. Or actually several ones of them.

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Book Blog News {Read Faster, Pen Names and more…}

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Hi guys and welcome to Book Blog News! This is a feature I post every Sunday in which I talk about what has happened in the book blogging world in the past week. It basically includes posts from other blogs that have caught my attention and I want to share with more people! It was inspired by Elizziebooks‘ “Booktube News”.
So grab a cup of coffee and let’s take a look on some of the most interesting things going on!

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#HarryPotterAThon Week 1

It’s already been one week since the beginning of the HarryPotter-a-thon! WHAT!?

Well, I have to say that my first week was unfortunately not great… I have a reason, though! My Harry Potter books are at my mom’s place and I only got there (or, well, here!) on Wednesday. So that’s when I actually started reading the first book.

So until now I have read up to page 180 from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Which is about half of the book. Which is not great.

If I still want to read at least until book #5 I seriously have to pick up the pace! Hope I can do it! 😀

Has any one of you been reading the Harry Potter books? How are you doing?

Top 10 Popular Authors I’ve Never Read

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Top 10 Tuesday is a feature/weekly meme created at the broke and the bookish

This week’s topic is to name 10 popular authors whose books we’ve never read. Boy, do I have a lot of them!

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Becca Fitzpatrick

 She’s the author of the very popular series “Hush, Hush”, which I’ve been wanting to read for sooo long. And she also has a new book coming out, called Black Ice that sounds really good!

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Maggie Stiefvater

I really want to read her “Wolves of Mercy Fall” and “The Raven Boys” series. She’s also written another series called “Book of Faeries” that isn’t as well known, but it also might be a good one!





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Neil Gaiman

He has written so many books! On the top of my list are Stardust (because I loved the movie) and The Ocean at the End of the Lane (because I’ve heard a lot of good things about it). I’d really like to read some of his work in general, though, because he is said to have a very original writing style.


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Lauren Oliver

She has also written quite a lot of books. The Delirium series and Before I Fall are the ones I’m most excited to read!






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Philippa Gregory

She mostly writes historical fiction, which is a genre I’m not really that much into… But her books seem so intriguing that I really want to try reading some of them. The Cousins’ War and the Tudor Court series are on top of my list here.




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Lauren DeStefano

She’s a quite young author and all of her books sound so intriguing and have gorgeous covers. The Chemical Garden trilogy and Perfect Ruin are books that I really want to pick up soon!




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Jennifer L. Armentrout 

She has also written a lot of books, but you probably know her from the Lux series (at least that’s where I know her from). It’s a really over-hyped that is quite high on my to-read list. I really hope I’ll get the chance to get to it soon!

 

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Julie Kagawa

Author of so many books! The Iron Fey and the Blood of Even series are very popular and I’m looking forward to reading those soon!






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Rainbow Rowell

How could I not include her? She’s become so popular lately, that everyone is talking about her and loving her books. Especially Eleanor & Park and Fangirl are so hyped..! They’re definitely high on my to-read list!

 



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Suzanne Collins

You MIGHT have heard about her… She has written this trilogy… What was it’s name? Oh yeah! THE HUNGER GAMES! I don’t know any Young Adult Book Blogger that hasn’t read this series except (you guessed it…) ME. I’m actually kind of scared to read it because of all that hype, but I still really really wan to!

So, what’s your opinion? With which author should I start first?

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I’m Failing at Blogging!

Well, not completely… Yeah, but quite a lot!… But still… Oh! Come on… Okay. Let me explain!

I’ve been visiting a lot of other book blogs lately – I didn’t even know there were THAT many of them, actually, but anyway! And I’ve been seeing a lot of different blogging styles, posts etc. And through that I realized that the ones I like the most and always end up following, are those who have a lot of discussion posts and / or original features. I really love reading those and always jump to these kind of posts immediately when I see them in my inbox.

I’ve heard read quite a few bloggers saying the same thing and I think everyone would agree. Original posts are always the most interesting ones and I prefer them a lot in comparison with memes and even reviews.

The problem, I realized soon after, is that I have hardly any of those posts! Sure, I have the Book Blog News every Sunday, which is something that I really like doing, but other than that I have almost only reviews and memes! Why on earth do I do that? I, personally, love discussions and I don’t have any of them? Not even one? WHY?

IF I HAPPENED TO STOP BY MY BLOG, I PROBABLY WOULDN’T FOLLOW ME!

Once I realized that I knew something was really wrong and that something has to change. I mean, it’s ridiculous! How can I not write the posts I say I like the most? And more importantly:

IF I DON’T EVEN LIKE MY BLOG, HOW DO I EXPECT ANYONE ELSE TO?

So here’s my NOT New Year’s Resolution. I will change some things in this blog. I’m not one for big changes, I always prefer to do things more gradually, but here’s what’s going to happen:

  • I will start writing some bookish discussions! Immediately!
  • I will cut back on some of the memes. I will definitely continue with Top 10 Tuesday weekly almost weekly. I think I’ll also continue with Feature & Follow Friday (which I’ve done only twice so far, but I got to know so many new book bloggers!). But other than that I don’t think I’ll do any more memes. At least not regularly. There might be a Waiting on Wednesday post every now and then.
  • I will continue writing book reviews of every book I read. Expect to see reviews around once a week, because that’s usually how many books I manage to finish in one week.
  • I will try to think of some (or at least one) original feature to do, apart from Book Blogging News. Can’t give any promises though… Just blame my lack of imagination when it comes to those kinds of things!

So, expect to see some changes in the coming days! I hope they turn out for the best and I also hope I’m not disappointing anyone!

What are your favorite kinds of posts?

Book Blog News {Rating, Moving, Opening and more…}

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Hi guys and welcome to book blog news! This is a feature I post every Sunday in which I tell what has happened in the book blogging world in the past week. It was inspired by Elizziebooks‘ “Booktube News”.
So grab a cup of coffee and let’s see which were some of the most interesting things going on.

Becca from Pivot Point Reviews wrote a really funny “Life of a Blogger” post. This week’s topic was “Introvert or extrovert?” and she described all the crazy partys and fun she’s having as an introvert! It seems to have a lot of perks!

Alison Can Read published a post called “Genre Overload: Too much of a good thing?”. In it she explains how much she used to love YA paranormal fantasy and after reading too many of this genre, she doesn’t even want to hear about it anymore. I definitely understand what she’s talking about as this always happens to me with foods! Never with chocolate cake, though…

 

Stormy from Book. Blog. Cake shared one of her reading habits with us. She talked about being a One-Sitting Reader and all the things she loves about it. How she prepares to sit down and read a book from cover to cover and all the necessary things she needs to do it. Hop over to read more details!

 

Marianne from Boricuan Bookworms wrote a post about ratings. In her opinion rating books high on average is definitely not a bad thing and doesn’t define her as a reader. I completely agree with what she says in that post and I have also noticed how some people who tend to rate a bit lower sometimes think that other people who tend to rate higher aren’t being honest. There’s a discussion going on on her blog, so go over there to join!

 

There’s also a survey going on on Cuddlebuggery. Steph created it in order to find out what her readers like reading most, which ones of her posts are our favorites and which ones we don’t like as much. Go over there and join it! It’s fun and doesn’t take more than 3 minutes.

 

Hopeless Romantics had a big announcement for us. They’re moving from Blogger to WordPress! Their new name is now These Paper Hearts, so make sure to go to their new blog and follow them there!

 

 

There’s also another new blog called Oh, the Books! This is created by three awesome ladies from Another Novel Read, A Bookish Heart and Literary Excursion. They posted their very first post recently and explained everything that we can expect to see in that blog. Go over and take a look!

Have you seen any other amazing posts this week?

February Wrap Up

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Hello and welcome to my monthly Wrap Up / Recap / Round up post!

I had a pretty good reading month! I finished 5 books, which I was really happy about, especially after my January reading slump! So here are the books I read:

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins | 4 Stars
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows | 5 Stars
World After by Susan Ee | 5 Stars
Carrie by Stephen King | 2 Stars
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini | 5 Stars

Which brings us to a mean of 4.2 Stars. I was really happy to read so many amazing books this month!

It also brings me only 2 books behind on my Goodreads reading challenge! I still have to work in order to make up for reading only one book in January, but I’m getting there! 😀

Some of my posts this month were:

My first W…W…W… Wednesday
Also my first Feature & Follow Friday
HarryPotter-a-thon announcement
Top 10 Reasons I love being a blogger
Interview with Justine Erler, author of Starcrush
The Greek mythology survey
The sound of reading

So my To-Be-Read List for the next month is pretty much all (or as many as I can) of the Harry Potter books! This is because of the HarryPotter-a-thon, which has already started, but you can still decide to join me if you want!
I also started reading P.S. I Love you by Cecelia Ahern, which I might also finish, because for the first week I only have the Harry Potter books in pdf format, which means that if I am outside and want to read, I will continue with P.S. I love you!

How was your reading month?

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Feature & Follow Friday #2

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Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme all about getting new followers and making new friends! It is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison can read, so hop over to their blogs to find out exactly how this works.

If you could, what book would you change the ending or a plot thread?

The first book that comes to my mind is Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.

Maybe you’ve heard of this book. It’s the last book in a quite unknown series called Twilight. I’m actually a fan of this series. I was obsessed with it for a couple of years and have read all the books more than 3 times. And I still wouldn’t mind re-reading them. That being said, the plot-line of the last book was ridiculous. The beginning was ok, but then that seriously weird thing, called Renesmee happened and messed everything up. Why would you give such a plot twist to a young adult book? It doesn’t make any sense!

Have you read this book? What did you think about it?

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