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Top 5 books I meant to read this year, but didn’t *sigh*

Hey guys,

With 2018 approaching, I decided to break out of my shell, and finally join the community in making a top ten list as part of Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the Book and bookish.  To be honest, I don’t know if this will be a permanent thing, but if you want it to be, leave a comment and I might consider it. One of my goals this year is to contribute to the community and interact with people so… that’s what I’m doing.

 

Scythe

Where do I begin? With the second book coming out in a couple days the pressure to read Scythe is almost unbearable. From what I know about this book’s plot, this takes place in a world where death is non-existent.  People can’t die, diseases don’t affect people, and the world lives in a good and happy time. In order to control the population, a certain people called the Scythe’s are tasked with the job to decrease the population in whatever form they deem necessary.

Doesn’t that sound like an interesting story? I JUST got it from the library today and are planning to read this after I finish my other book The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.


 

Glass Sword

This is the second book in the Red Queen series/ trilogy/ I don’t know what it is. In this world, if you have silver blood, you have POWERS! If you have red blood, you don’t have powers. Everyone is segregated into blood type and the non-magic users are inferior to the magic users. But, our main character, is (cue the drum roll) a red blood but has POWERS!

To be honest, I had the best intentions of reading this book but got distracted by my Harry Potter re-readathon. Also, hoping to get this done soon.


 

Furthermore

Light-hearted MG story + Disappearance of a FATHER+ Colors are the MAGIC SYSTEM? While I don’t know a lot, I do know that this has been compared to Alice in Wonderland and I WANT IT!


 

The Alchemists of Loom

To be honest, I know nothing about this book except that it’s been recommended to me over 4 dozen times in the past year. So, I included the summary below, enjoy!

Summary:
Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

 

Renegades

I know everyone, STOP SHAMING ME! *Closes eyes* For those who don’t know, perhaps one of my favorite series of all time, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer was one of my favorite things in 2016. So when I heard Marissa was writing another series compared to The X-men I was ECSTATIC! So here we are in 2018, the book on my shelf, WAITING TO BE READ! Out of all of these books, this is probably the one book that annoys me the most because I haven’t read it yet.


 

That’s it! Those are my top 5 books I want to read, but can’t find the time to get to them. I’m hoping by the end of the year I’ll have them all read and done, but my reading year was CRAZY and sporadic so I wouldn’t count on it. Thank’s for reading! As always, make sure to comment below and let me know what books you didn’t get around to reading in 2017? A ton? A few? HOW MANY??

Bye!

 

Books I’m excited for in 2018

Hey guys,

With the new year approaching upon us, I thought I’d take it into my hands to give you some suggestions for books to look out for in 2018! Let’s begin!

Zenith

Summary:
Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

Easily one of my most anticipated reads of the year, Zenith by Lindsay Cummings and Sasha Alsberg has been on my list for the better half of a year now. I’ve been following both of them via there booktube accounts and it’s been a grand time watching them get from stage one of a first draft to a full finished novel!  I read the excerpt they posted on Amazon that leads up to the events in the book and I ADORED the writing style. It was very easy to follow, and straight to the point, while the action was pretty gruesome and intense, I admire it.

 

The Apocalypse Gaurd


Summary:
Over a decade ago, people started manifesting strange, incredible powers. One side effect of this was an awareness of alternate dimensions—some of these powers could reach into other realities, other versions of Earth. Though infinite dimensions are present, most of these are unstable, existing only as vague possibilities.

What? A book by Brandon Sanderson? What a surprise? (Sarcasm) Of course Brandon Sanderson. If you’ve even been following my blog for a week, I’m sure you’ve noted that I am obsessed with his writing.

Almost every book I have read of Brandon’s  is sensational. Considered a sequel series to The Reckoners Trilogy, The Apocalypse Guard is highly anticipated in my book.

 

Wires and Nerve Vol. #2

Summary:
Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

After finishing The Lunar Chronicles, I suffered severe withdrawals after leaving all of these amazing characters at the climax of Winter by Marissa Meyer. So when Marissa announced volume one of Wires and Nerve, I became ecstatic that I would be returning to the world in graphic novel form.

Going into volume one, I tried to have low expectations. It would be the first time I’d be seeing these characters that were in my head brought to life on the page, and I was nervous they wouldn’t look the way I thought. Fortunately, they ended up looking exactly like I had imagined and getting back to the world was very refreshing and easy. Since I loved volume one a ton, I am HIGHLY anticipated volume two.

 

Legendary

Summary:
Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling and breakout debut Caraval, following Scarlett’s younger sister, Tella, on a journey to the empire’s capital to fulfill a mysterious bargain.

Book two of Caraval is just around the corner, with a release date of May 2018, I am anticipating the sequel and hoping it will be better than the first. For anyone new-ish to the blog, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I thought that the plot was a bit confusing and the story was just okay, but the thing that makes’s me want to continue was the end. Easily my favorite part of the book, the end gave insights into how the next installment would continue, and It seemed like something that I’d like better than the first novel.

 

That’s it! Those are my MOST anticipated reads for 2018! I’m sure as the year progresses I’ll start to have more, but right now I’m still recovering from my long hiatus and trying to get caught up in the book world again, until that point, these are the books I’m looking forward to reading the most.  Once I have more, I’ll make sure to publish a part two and let you all know my other anticipated read for the year!

Thank’s for reading my post! Until next time, READ ON!

Stacking the Shelves

Hey guys,

So today I got some books! HURRAY! (No surprise to anyone who knows me)

In honor of me acquiring some books, I thought It’d be best to showcase EXACTLY what I got!

Let’s begin.

 

1.Red Queen by: Victoria Aveyard

 

Summary:
   The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

 

 

2. The Crowns Game by: Evelyn Skye


Summary: 
   Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.
As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

 

3. Psion Beta by: Jacob Gowans

Summary:

     Sammy, a 14-year-old fugitive, accidentally discovers he has the powers of a Psion.
Plucked off the streets, he is thrust into the rigorously-disciplined environment of Psion Beta headquarters. As a new Beta, Sammy must hone his newfound abilities using holographic fighting simulations, stealth training missions, and complex war games. His fellow trainees are other kids competing to prove their worth so they can graduate and contribute to the war effort.
But the stifling competition at headquarters isolates Sammy from his peers. Learning to use his incredible powers is difficult enough, but when things go horribly wrong on a routine training mission, he must rely on the other Betas to stay alive.
The Silent War is at a tipping point; even one boy can be the difference.
But to do so, he must survive.

 

That’s it. Those are the books I’ve received this last week. Make sure to let me know in the comments below what books you’ve acquired recently. Thank’s for reading, and I’ll have another post up soon.

BYE!

How to grow your TBR (The Right way)

THE BOOKWORM’S DICTIONARY:

TBR- T.o B.e R.ead; More commonly known as the To be read pile.

Hey guys,
So yesterday I went to my local library! *Flails around* I went in, was only intending to check out one or two books, and then…. I checked out 8 FREAKING books, It was an outrage. My Dad laughed, my brothers complained, and we drove to target. (And yes, I did also buy another book their as well).
Yeah, I already know I have a problem.
After re-stocking my bookshelf, I realized I hadn’t written my post for the day. So here I am, lecturing you about getting in debt through books, these are some of my MOST HELPFUL tips and tricks to get into debt through books, let’s begin.

1.Follow Other Blogs
Congrats! Your already growing your TBR by reading this, my book blog. *Throws a handful of confetti over your head*
If you’re looking for other HONEST bloggers, I’m your guy.

Blogger Recommendations:

Cait @ paperfury
Mikaela @ the well-thumbed reader
Wendy Darling (Goodreads reviewer)


2. Join Goodreads
Another simple, but successful thing I do to increase your TBR pile is to track your reading progress and follow authors on Goodreads.
By doing this you see all of the book Authors are currently reading, you also  get a taste for what the book community is like. (WIN WIN)

If you’re looking for authors to follow, Here’s a list of my favorites. (Note, most authors post infrequently because, well… their authors).

List of Authors:

Rick Riordan
Brandon Mull
Veronica Roth
Suzanne Collins
Cinda Williams Chima
Patrick Ness
Etc, etc, etc.


3. Use the Library to your Advantage

One of the things Library’s have that major bookstores don’t usually have, are people. TONS of people. People have thoughts, people have feelings, ASK SOMEONE for a recommendation. Ask the librarian, ask your mom, ask the random kid sitting it the corner, ASK EVERYONE FOR RECOMMENDATIONS. Plus, if you regularly attend, The Librarian will be more likely to help you, As well as put things on hold without you even having to ask him/her.

 

That’s it! Those are some of my tips and tricks for increasing your TBR. As Always, make sure to comment below to let me know if I’ve missed any of your favorite ways! Thank’s for reading! I’ll have another post up soon! BYE!!

My January Wrap-Up

Hey guys,

Today I wanted to talk about all of the books I’ve read in the month of January

Stranger: How many books did you read this month???

Me:

6 books

Anyone know where the nearest microphone is located? I need to drop it to make…

*Pauses*

You know what. I suck at celebrating. Let’s just get into the books.

*Sobs because I can’t make a joke*

Because I don’t want to spend the whole post summarizing the books, I will only use one sentence to describe the book. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

1.

Is a book I thought would be WAY better and was very disappointing, and seems too alike to the first one.

My Review

2.

Had too much going on in the whole story and felt like we only focused on one aspect of a HUGE spectrum, a book that had too much things going on at the same time and less action and more “BAKING WITH CATH”.

My Review

3.

Was a VERY  good book full of action, adventure, and huge plot twists that unfold through the book.

4.

Huge amount of diversity, filled with rich characters and an interesting plot that made reading SUPER interesting.

My Review

5.

SUPER boring book about ships, training, and too many details that don’t need to be discussed.

My Review

6.

Same thing as the movie, except for the lack of an actual movie, just the screenplay for it.

That’s it! Those were the six books I read! Overall I think I did pretty good, especially from escaping the Harry Potter reading slump that has overtaken the past 3 month’s of last year. Hopefully I’ll be able to read more, Thanks for reading! Make sure to comment below and let me know what books you’ve read this past month.

Did you like any? The only boring conversation is no conversation at all!

Thanks for reading, my names Jared and I’ll have another post up soon!

 

My top 5 most Anticipated 2017 Releases

Hey guys,

Now that I have finally accepted that it’s 2017. (I know, it’s crazy!) I decided to come up with my top 5 most anticipated reads of 2017! Let’s begin!

1. Caraval by: Stephanie Garber

Short Summary: YA meets the Circus meats magic

Release Date: January 31st 2017

Caraval, by Stephanie Garber has been on my radar for a while. The plot just sounds SOOOO Interesting and I’ve wanted to be reading more diverse in the fantasy genre.  I’ve also had my eye on it since it’s a debut novel and has a TOONN of praise from authors I love!

2. Carve the Mark

For those who don’t know,  Veronica Roth is the author of the Divergent series. I LOOOOVVVVEED that series (Especially the third book, unlike most people).

The reason I’ve wanted to read this is because number one, it’s a duology. (I’ve really wanted to read one. I never have tho..) second, It’s Fantasy. I don’t really know much about the overall plot because this book has been shrouded in secrecy. But, all the information we do know is in the summary below.  It comes out January 17th so MARK YOUR CALENDER’S! (HAHAH. Anyone else catch up on that pun?)

 

3. Wires and Nerve by: Marissa Meyer

For those who don’t know, I LOOOVVVEEE Marissa Meyer. Her Lunar Chronicles was BRILLIANT! One of my favorite characters in that series was Iko. A ROBOT OF ALL PEOPLE! AND WE GOT A GRAPHIC NOVEL, OF IKO! As soon as I saw this I freaked out!

 

 

4. Because you Love to Hate Me

 

I love a good villain. Who doesn’t love a good villain? It’s always entertaining to watch our antagonist and protagonist clash and fight and see the differences between the two. So when I found out about this, I freaked out!

For this anthology, a bunch of authors partnered up with other bloggers and together they wrote a book filled with 13 short stories all about villains. Is it sinking in yet? I know, I know, IT’S AWESOME! I am SOOO excited for this book! It comes out July 11th, and you can bet your bookshelf that I’ll be buying this ASAP!

5. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by: Leigh Bardugo

Anyone else noticed the recent influx of superhero novels being published by popular authors?  I have *Raises hand*

Have I read any of the superhero novels? *Lowers hand and starts to cry*  BUT THIS WILL CHANGE, SOON! This year I’m planning to read at least two of the many superhero novels out there.

That’s It! Those are my top five books I am anticipating this year, (There are more tho. I just don’t want to make this post SUPER long)

Thank’s for reading! My names Jared, and I’ll have another post up soon. Bye!

-Jared

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