BookCon Haul and 2 Giveaways!

Long time no see blog! It feels like it’s been ages since I last updated you guys on here (8 months to be exact!). Recently I’ve had the urge to come back and start making posts again!IMG_1063

This past weekend I was lucky enough to be able to attend BookCon 2017 which was held in New York City, New York. Being from a small town in Iowa and going to New York City was a huge experience for me! This was my second BookCon that I have attended (my first time attending was in 2016 in Chicago). This was also very different from last year because last year it was over one day while this year was over two days. If I had to rate BookCon 2017 it would be 3.75/5 stars. Day 1 I got some amazing titles and went to a signing, but I didn’t get much compared to last year. Day 2 was a completely different story, and I got a ton of stuff especially from the Scholastic booth! I did, however, feel that publishers weren’t handing out as many ARCs (Advanced Readers Copies) this year. I know the Epic Reads area was a mess and a mosh pit for lining up and trying to receive ARCs when they were dropping and it was a less fun version of Disney World at that point.

Even though it wasn’t like last year’s BookCon, it was still an absolute blast! I finally got to meet up with BookTubers that I have been watching for years and I was reunited with friends I made last year! Overall I can’t wait to get into all the ARCs and chapter samples I received this year at BookCon!

Since I got a bunch of goodies on day 2 of BookCon I decided to host TWO giveaways on Libib’s BookTube channel. Rules are…

  1. Must be 18 or have parents permission
  2. MUST live in the U.S.
  3. Must be subscribed to Libib’s channel
  4. And last but not least leave a comment for one or both giveaways

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May the odds be ever in your favor and I will see you soon with a new bookish post!

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Halloween Reads

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So for this week’s topic of Top Ten Tuesday, the topic is a Halloween related freebie. This could be anything from top ten scary books, bookish Halloween costumes, scary book covers, or whatever you can come up with. The topic I went with it is Top Halloween Reads. This list includes 9 book titles that should get you into the Halloween mood. I included 4 of my top favorite YA horror and thriller novels along with my top 5 dystopian novels.

Favorite YA Horror/Thriller Novels

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1. The Merciless by Danielle Vega

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2. Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

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3. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

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4. The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

Favorite YA Dystopian Novels

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1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

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2. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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4. Legend by Marie Lu

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5. The 100 by Kass Morgan

2016 Reading Challenges I’m Doing

Color Coded 2016

The Color Coded Reading Challenge

Read nine books in the following categories.

Any book read from January 1 through December 31, 2016 will count.

Crossovers with other challenges are fine.

  1. A book with “Blue” or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title/on the cover.
  2. A book with “Red” or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title/on the cover.
  3. A book with “Yellow” or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.)in the title/on the cover.
  4. A book with “Green” or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title/on the cover.
  5. A book with “Brown” or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc) in the title/on the cover.
  6. A book with “Black” or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title/on the cover.
  7. A book with “White” or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc) in the title/on the cover.
  8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.).
  9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).

For more information or if you’d like to sign up for this challenge I will insert the link here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2015/11/2016-color-coded-challenge.html

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Goodreads Awards Challenge

Rules

Choose one or more awards categories to conquer.

I am going to be choosing the categories Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, and Middle Grade and Children’s.

Within the categories, there are different tiers. Choose which one you’d like to aim for. You can change this at any time.

Young Adult Fiction Tier 1, Young Adult Fantasy Tier 2, and Middle Grade and Children’s Tier 1.

You don’t have to choose the same tier throughout multiple categories. For example, you could aim for Tier 1 (1-2 books) within Historical Fiction, and Tier 4 (9-10 books) for YA Fiction.

Some nominees are sequels. This isn’t a problem. If you haven’t started the series yet, then you can read the first book. If you are in the middle of a series, however, I suggest you get reading. If you quit the series and have no plans to continue, you can count the last book that you read.

DNFs count. I’m not going to force you to read anything you don’t want to. So tick that box!

Tiers

Tier 1: 1-2 books
Tier 2: 3-5 books
Tier 3: 6-8 books
Tier 4: 9-10 books
Bonus: Crackers Challenge (11+ books)

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So you might be wondering what this is. WELL. Some of you might want to shoot for the stars and read more than ten books within a category. Meaning, you’d have to look past the finalists and read one or more nominees which didn’t make it to the final round. Good luck, you brave souls.

Categories

This is just a few of the awards categories that I picked up from Goodreads. You can choose other genres if you like, but I didn’t think many people would be going for cookbooks. These are just the finalists, if you want to see all the nominees then you can view those on Goodreads.

For more information or if you’d like to sign up for this challenge I will insert the link here: http://booksofamber.com/2015/12/goodreads-awards-challenge-2016-announcement-and-sign-ups.html

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

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So for today’s Top Ten Tuesday I picked the Top 5 Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year. I couldn’t think of 10 books so I just stuck with 5. Did any of my books make it on your list? What books do you hope Santa leaves under your tree?

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1.The 100 by Kass Morgan (or the whole trilogy).

I would love to read this book and compare it to the t.v. show!

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2. Eye of Minds by James Dashner

I loved Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy and I would love to read some of his other work.

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3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The main character is allergic to everything and I’m allergic to basically any animal that has fur so I think I could relate a lot to this book.

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4. Missoula by Jon Krakauer

This book takes place not too far from where I live. Even though this book is about a serious topic, I’d still love to read it and get to know more about the situation that went on.
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5. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Just a light fluffy contemporary I’ve had my eye on for a while.

Book Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

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Title/Author: The Heir by Kiera Cass
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 342
Rating: ★★★ stars

Sit down and stay a while because this is going to be one lengthy review.

 

From the first twenty pages of this book we see how Eadlyn is exactly like her mother and how she’s ten times more of a brat. We also know that deep down inside no matter how much she dislikes Kile, she’s hiding this huge crush for him (which is so predictable). And also Eadlyn starts pulling this “forever alone” crap about a third of the way through the novel which is not okay.

 

I totally called out the last 20 pages of the book. I strongly (I mean very strongly) dislike how this book/series is so incredibly predictable and I just can’t stand it anymore. I don’t mind if my predictions can be right sometimes, but with every little thing Cass tries to hint at just blows up because you automatically know what’s going to happen next.

 

Problems that I’m still having with this series include how I WANT more of the world/insight on why the citizens are having an uprising. I want to be shown and told why they’re fighting for this cause and what the actual people are like outside the castle walls besides the contenders for the selection. At this point in the series I’m sick of dealing with this selection crap and I want more politics and insight as to why this is considered a “dystopian” novel, because when I read it I get no dystopian vibe whatsoever. And if it’s considered a dystopian novel because the citizens are rebelling against the government that hardly plays a part in the series, then this is upsetting because this book and series is nowhere near a dystopian novel.

 

Even though there were so many problems with this book I did have a few likes about this installment. America wasn’t annoying at all and that finally her daughter finally got her crap together towards the end of the book realizing that she’s the problem and needs to actually be a human and show some feelings towards people. And that I also enjoyed characters such as Kile and Hale.

 

Even though this is my so called “favorite” of the series it still gets a 3 star rating. I enjoy this book way more than any of the other books in the selection series, but there are still way too many problems that I’m having with Cass’ craft at this point in the series. Examples include annoying and irritating main character, no dystopic feels whatsoever, and super-duper predictable plot.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015

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Once again I am back for another Top Ten Tuesday! For today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic it’s the Top Ten Best Books I Read Overall in 2015. If you haven’t read any of these books in 2015 you should make sure they’re on your 2016 TBR list!

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1.The Good Girls by Sara Shepard

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2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

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3. Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling

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4. The Death Cure by James Dashner

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5. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

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6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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7. Ali’s Pretty Little Lies by Sara Shepard

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8. Paper Towns  by John Green

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9. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han

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10. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To and Top Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch.

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For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday I decided to combine the two topics (five of each topic) that you could choose from Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To and Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch.

Top Five Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To

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1. Mockingjay Part 2 (November 2015)

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2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 2016)

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3. Allegiant (March 2016)

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4. Ascendant (March 2017)

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5. The Death Cure (September 2016)

Top Five Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch

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1. Papertowns

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2. The Fault in Our Stars

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3. The Scorch Trials

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4. Insurgent

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5. City of Bones