August 1, 2014

August Dystopia Challenge Linky + GIVEAWAY!


Last 'official' summer month is here! Time flies! I wish we had a proper summer at all as we've had nothing but rain. Not that that's not a good reading weather! Your reviews have been coming in nicely throughout the year and it makes me happy to see you still enjoy both the challenge and the genre! I hope you have fun this month as well, read some awesome books and share them with us!

I haven't gotten anyone to ask me for a new badge in a while, so if you have a new badge to earn, email me!

Today I have a special surprise for you as well! I'm spotlighting a dystopian novel with an excerpt and a giveaway! More after the jump!

July 31, 2014

Monthly Wrap-up: July 2014

Book haul

Torch Song by Shelley Singer
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by J.L. Murray
Born by Tara Brown
Otherworld by Jared C. Wilson
The Heresy Within by Rob J. Hayes
The Sultan of Monte Cristo by Holy Ghost Writer
Bone Quill by Carole E. Barrowman & John Barrowman
My Dead Friend Sarah by

Storm Siren by Mary Weber (NetGalley - Thank you Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins!)
City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett (NetGalley - Thank you Broadway Books!)
I Hunt Killers by
Books read

Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell (★★★★★ - review)
Landline by Rainbow Rowell (★★★★ - review)
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (★★ - review)
Skin of the Wolf by Sam Cabot (★★★ - review)
Virgin by Radhika Sanghani (★★★ - review)
Other things on the blog

The Fox's Mask Giveaway (ended)
Pictionary Giveaway (ended)

Harry Potter Moment of the Week

This is a meme hosted by Leah at Uncorked Thoughts. The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/films/J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! 

Most inspirational moment/passage

Ugh! I cannot possibly pick! These books are very educational and inspirational, and most of what Dumbledore says is a message and a lesson of sorts. Most of. Still, there's one passage, or story in a story, that is very powerful, and something we should all remember. It's a cautionary tale, as are all the stories in Beedle the Bard's companion book, but one also makes an appearance in HP books.

The Tale of Three Brothers

The story revolves around three wizard brothers who once conquered death for a short time by defeating a deadly obstacle with their magic. The personification of Death appeared out of anger because he felt that they had cheated him, but pretended to congratulate them by awarding them gifts of their choosing: The Elder Wand, The Resurrection Stone and the Invisibility Cloak. Two of the three brothers wished to conquer Death beyond what they had done already, and foolishly chose their gifts accordingly, leading to their early demise. The third brother was wiser, and hid under the Invisibility Cloak that allowed him to postpone death until he was ready; he lifted the veil that had helped him to evade the afterlife and was welcomed by Death. 

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I made downloadable backgrounds for y'all!

July 30, 2014

Found: Harry Potter Illustrations

I found these absolutely cute drawings that are Potter related and had to share them with you. They are the cutest and so simple! It made me go draw immediately but I could never do something this cute. These seem to be based on movies but I love them nevertheless!

Click to enlarge.

July 29, 2014

Book review: Virgin

A good read!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

I have a few authors on my insta-buy list because I love them so much, and their books make half the books on my shelves. Here I'll include those I liked as well, not just my ultimate favorites. I'll list only physical books (because I can see them from where I sit and also, I am lazy). In no particular order:

1. J K Rowling
I have all Potter books, first one twice, the companion books, and The Casual Vacancy. I am still waiting for my Galbraith novels but that should come soon as well.

2. George R R Martin
I have Martin's ASoIaF series and a few of his other works, mostly anthologies he wrote with other fantasy writers. I haven't even read them all yet but it's Martin so I keep buying more.

3. Agatha Christie
I own about a third of her books so far as I am slowly making myself a Poirot collection. I even have one Miss Marble book and some old Slovenian copies I got from my mom. I love Christie so I'll have to read more of her soon.

4. Richelle Mead
I have her Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series (SILVER SHADOWS IS OUT, PEOPLE!) and I am absolutely excited for more of her books in the future. Especially wrapping up of Bloodlines for now.

5. Sarah J Maas
I love SJM! I have all her books except ToG in hardback but that will soon change as the pretty drawn cover will be available in HB very soon! Eeeeeeeeeeeep, who's excited?!

6. J R R Tolkien
I have only read The Hobbit so far but I own most of Tolkien's works. I have his LotR series and Silmarillion besides Hobbit and hope to read those some time soon.

7. Christopher Paolini
I have his entire Inheritance Cycle series but I still haven't read them all. I read two and liked them a lot, but people telling me the end of the series is so-so has put me off it a little. I'll pick them up later because I do miss a good fantasy right now.

8. Veronica Roth
I own her Divergent series, of course, and I even got one of the short stories, and the Allegiant companion. I still have to get the rest of shorts about Four though because I am excited to know more about him.

9. Suzanne Collins
I own a set of The Hunger Games but I really want to read her other books as well, those Gregor ones that are MG. I think a reread of THG is in order soon as well.

10. Maria V Snyder
I bought her Glass series forever ago and still haven't read them. I also own her Study books that I have to read as well. I got Healer books as ARCs so I read those and loved them. I'm excited to read them all!

This weekly meme is from The Broke and the Bookish.

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