Friday, March 14, 2014

Five Commonly Misused Words That Make You Cringe (video)


My cousin made this video and I find it incredibly accurate - and undeniably funny!  Watch, share, etc etc.  Spread the word and help her reach her goal of 2,000 views for her writing assignment! :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Five Reasons Sarah J Maas is the Coolest Ever

This morning I discovered it was Sarah Maas' birthday.  And you know what I was inspired to do?  Write this post, to tell you all how awesome she is, and just...fangirl and flail.  

If you've read ToG and CoM, you'll know what I'm talking about.  If you haven't, well, then, be quiet and sit in the corner and think about what you've done.  Then buy all the books and read them.

And without further ado...

1.  Her fabulous mind was so brilliant that it magically created such a being as Chaol.  I sometimes like to imagine that Chaol was the First Great Idea of the world and that Sarah just built the world of ToG around him because he needed something Just That Awesome to fill with his Great Beauty.  And that in the process of this An Angel Got His Wings and every unicorn produced a baby unicorn and that every flower bloomed in rainbow colors and sparkles.


2.  Reason #2....she looks like Jennifer Lawrence. And, in some ways, she reminds me of the cover model on the original ToG covers.  Can we just marvel at her good looks?  She is a goddess.  I'm convinced JLaw is her alter ego, and that on the side they model for book covers.  Oh, and in case you can't tell, Sarah is the one in the middle.  Just so you're sure.


OH!  And apparently I'm not the only person who thinks this.  You type her name into Google, and guess who else is popularly Googled with her?  You got it.  Susan Dennard and...Jennifer Lawrence.  Oh, no big deal.  I have proof:



3.  She and her best friend, Sooz (^^ listed above), fight Kaiju with Jeagers.  Here, I have more proof.  I'm just cranking out the proof today.  (And in case anyone was wondering...I actually did make this...and proceeded to give it to her at a book signing.)



4.  So I know I already mentioned Chaol, but really - the stories in her books and the other characters are so FREAKING WONDERFUL.  I've never read anything like them and they draw me in and I can never get enough.  I mean, really, Cinderella + assassins + swoony men = my favorite kind of book.  Which is basically only Sarah's books - because who else has that combination?  NO ONE!  Sarah is a one of a kind writer, and in this day and age of writing, that's the best thing you can possibly be: one of a kind.  Her stories and characters inspire me every day to do what I love and be the writer I've always wanted to be.  Only the Coolest of the Cool People can do that.  Just sayin'.

5.  The fifth reason Sarah Is The Coolest Ever (but not the final reason...I just can't list them all because that would be an entire book of reasons) is demonstrated clearly at her Twitter account.  @sjmaas is one of the best places to be on Twitter...nope, just kidding.  It is The Best Place to be on Twitter.  You just want to be there, okay?  Even if you haven't read her books (which you should have and if not go back to the corner where you belong), you'll want to be there.  Sarah interacts with her fans and basically, we're all just one big happy family and it is perfect.  She also has Twitter conversations with @stdennard that will rock your world and make you laugh rainbows.  ( <--- a="" div="" is="" joke.="" not="" this="">


Ta da!  There are my five reasons that Sarah Maas is the Coolest Ever.  So go read her books.  Even if you already have, just...go.  GO!

And Sarah, happiest of all happy birthdays to you, love!  Eat lots of cake, just like Celaena would.  I already had a cookie and ice cream sandwich in honor of your birthday...well, actually, also because I wanted it.  But mostly for your birthday. ;)  XOXO

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Authors I've Never Read

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  I LOVE THEM! ;)

1.  Libba Bray.  She's the first name I saw when I was looking over my shelf.  I've always wanted to read her, but never got around to it.  Beauty Queens is sitting up there, waiting patiently.  I need to get around to reading her!

2.  Lauren DeStefano.  It's such a shame.  I really need to read Wither and also Perfect Ruin.  Both are sitting on my shelf.  READ ALL THE THINGS!

3.  Ned Vizzini.  Ugh.  This one kills me to list.  I have House of Secrets on my shelf, which I purchased like 1 month before the tragic incident.  I want to read all his books now!

4.  Veronica Rossi.  Ooops.  I feel like an awful person when I say this.  I REALLY WANT TO.  I own the first 2 books in the trilogy, and one of them is even signed.  Someday soon, I will get to it.

5.  Orson Scott Card.  No comment.  (Because I am no longer worthy of being called a human being.)

6.  Maggie Stiefvater.  I own three of her books and every day I look at them and go WHY HAVE I NOT READ THIS YET and do the walk of shame.  It's awful.

7.  Garth Nix.  Yikes!  I feel like a worthless fantasy lover when I say this.  It's really truly a sad thing.

8.  Margaret Stohl.  Now, I have no desire to read Beautiful Creatures (just not my thing) but I do have Icons on my shelf.  I received an ARC....a year ago...and still...haven't....freaking.....read it.  *headdesk*

9.  Michael Scott.  I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed to read The Alchemyst.  I'm sorry to everyone who has told me to read them.  I will soon. I WILL I WILL I WILL.

10.  Michelle Moran.  I really really really want to read her historical fictions!  I have Cleopatra's Daughter and Madame Tussaud.  They've been high on my list for about a year now...and apparently that doesn't mean anything because I still haven't read them.  This makes me feel awful, yet again.  Reading often makes me feel awful, I'm discovering.  Or, not reading.  Yeah, that's it.  The not reading is what makes me feel awful.

The end.  *shovels ice cream into mouth for self-pity reasons*

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Best of the Bunch February 2014


It's been a while since I wrote one of these...and I've missed it.  It's nice to have because when I can't write a full-on review about a certain book right after I finished it, I can still at least tell you guys what I thought of it by a rating.  So here it is again - the number one favorite book I read in February 2014 is:

BEST OF THE BUNCH

THE TRAP by Andrew Fukuda
5/5 stars
This book you guys.  THIS BOOK.  This entire series.  I promise, a full review is coming up soon.  But FOR REALS READ IT NOW.


The rest of February consisted of....

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
5/5 stars
The only reason this isn't #1 is because it's been #1 before.  I had to let other books have a chance.  In many ways, Delirium will always be #1.  So if Delirium is in a bunch with other books and I say I liked another one best, I actually mean that I like that one best second to Delirium.  It's just the way the world works.

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
2/5 stars
To say the least, I was VERY disappointed with this book.  A review is coming soon...

The Program by Suzanne Young
4/5 stars
I really enjoyed this book a LOT.  There were some things that bugged me, BUT overall it was a great emotional roller coaster that left me begging for more.  I can't wait for The Treatment next month! :)

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
4/5 stars
What a lovely book!  I chose it for book club and can't wait to talk to the ladies about it in 2 weeks!

And there you go!  What did you read in February? :)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

March TBR

Okay...trying something new.  I normally don't plan out what I'm going to read during each month, because I usually like being surprised.  However, this month I have a LOT to read, and I know I have to read it, for certain book clubs and what not.  So here you are - my March TBR - or what I know of it right now.  Hopefully there will be more than this! :)


  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  • Requiem by Lauren Oliver
  • Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver
  • Panic by Lauren Oliver
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This is the plan.  I'm currently over half-way through Great Expectations and will be finishing it this month.  IT IS AMAZING YOU ALL NEED TO READ IT ASAP OKAY.
I'm in the middle of my Delirium trilogy read-a-thon that I do every year, around the time that one of her new books comes out.  Delirium and the rest came out around the beginning of March every time so it's always when I read them.
Panic, because I cannot wait a SINGLE SECOND LONGER to read it.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone because it's the next pick for book club.  (Btw, if anyone's in the San Diego area, join us at the 4S Ranch library the last Tuesday of every month for book club...it is awesome!  Join us at 4:30.  I'll do another post on all the details at the beginning of the week!)
Fangirl, because it came in at the library and I've been waiting so long to finally read Rowell's fabulous-sounding books.

There might be one more, if I can squeeze all these in.  Hopefully I'll get it all done.  HOPEFULLY.

Anyway.  What are YOU reading in March? :)