Saturday, December 29, 2012

13 Things We Learned From Holly Black's Curse Workers Series

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It's no secret that Holly Black's Curseworker's series was a favorite of Books and Sensibility in 2012. The novels tell the story of 17-year-old  conman Cassel Sharpe who lives in an alternate universe where people cursed with magic work on the dark side of the law . It's a great  Urban Fantasy, Jess and I have listened to all three audiobooks in the series multiple times and here's a few lessons we've learned from the Curseworker's Series:


1. Family; you can't live with them.Can't kill them.


2.  We are largely, who we remember ourselves to be.


3. Everyone's favorite person is themselves.



4. Changing is what people do when they have no options left.


5. Gifts create a feeling of debt, an itchy anxiety that the recipient is eager to be rid of by repaying.



6. People may or may not brew meth in hotel coffee pots.



7.  Don't eat dehydrated coffee dry. Especially decaf.



8. Mixing coffee and a hot chocolate packet will make a mocha.



9. The problem with temptation is it's so damn tempting.



10. The truth is messy.



11. The problem with cell phones is that you can’t slam them down into a cradle when you hang up. 



12. Three way call people to pretend like you are somewhere you aren't


13. Coffee. Just Coffee.




Friday, December 28, 2012

Book Review : 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher + Giveaway !



“You can't stop the future


You can't rewind the past

The only way to learn the secret

...is to press play.”

― Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why


  • Release Date: October 18th 2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Genre: Contemporary
  • Publisher: Razorbill

Synopsis: Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.



Judging by the 3 full pages of blurbs and accolades in the paperback edition, it looks like  Thirteen Reasons Why has been captivating readers and authors alike for years.

Contemporary is one of my favorite genres,I have no idea why, it just appeals to me so much. But it  can be challenging to find a good contemporary. Authors are challenged to take every day life experiences and spin it into something compelling and real. And that's exactly what Asher has done so well in Thirteen Reasons Why.

When Clay Jensen gets a package of cassette tapes at his door, the last voice he expects to hear on them is his former crush, Hannah Baker. The girl who committed suicide a few weeks earlier. 7 tapes, 13 sides, 13 stories for 13 people with 13 reasons why she took her own life and how they contributed.

The style of this novel is unique. It takes place in one night and consists of Clay's first person narrative intermingling with Hannah's voice  on the tapes. I like this set up because it adds an extra layer of tension to Hannah's words; they're the words of a dead girl.  Something tells me this novel makes an amazing audio book. I know it has two voice actors, so I will have to check it out sometime.

As a protagonist, Clay Jensen is your typical nice guy often found in male POV novels, but I 
hard it was for me to feel sympathy for Hannah. She makes and sends these tapes to her classmates to hurt them, to damage them and to blame them for why she is dead even though at times she admits she puts herself in bad situations.

In the back of the book, Asher shares how his niece attempted suicide and when talking with her about it, he was struck by how, in order to understand one persons story she had to tell another's first. I think the novel does an excellent job of putting that concept into writing. In fact, a few instances in the novel are based on stories Asher heard or from his own experiences.

Thirteen Reasons Why is an excellent novel for teenagers. I think teens (or anyone of us really) can be so horrible to each other and not realize the affect they are having. Asher has truly given us a cutting edge story about the powers of words, actions and one girls last goodbye.






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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Feed My Reader Friday # 1




I just discovered this new meme hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer. and I love it because I've gone a little bit e-book crazy with all of the holiday deals.

Tidal by Emily Snow


Now that Willow Avery is out of rehab, she's got one chance left to prove herself before she’s officially on every producer’s shit list. At least, that's what her parents and agent are claiming. She doesn't really give a damn if she never makes another movie or not . . .
When she accepts the lead in a beach drama, Willow finds herself in Hawaii. And in Hawaii, she finds Cooper, the gorgeous surfer hired to train her for her new role. With the bluest eyes she’s ever seen and the sexiest Australian accent she’s ever heard, Cooper’s different from the men she’s used to . . . Willow will have to choose between the girl she was and the person she’s becoming. The lifestyle that helps her forget the pain and the man she’s falling hard for.

On sale for .99 cents. I've been wanting to read more of this New Adult we keep hearing about.


Embrace by Jessica Shirvington 




Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, EMBRACE is a compelling novel of good and evil, seductive desires and impossible choices. A centuries old war between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity chooses a new fighter. It's a battle Violet doesn't want, but she lives her life by two rules: don't run and don't quit. If angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden.



Once again only .99 cents. How could I pass this up ? I'm a big fan of Sourcebooks. Not to mention this will come in handy during our  international book month.



Wanderdust by Michelle Warren

. . . When Sera moves to Chicago . . . her aunt reveals their family connection to a centuries old, secret society, she is immediately thrust into an unbelievable fantasy world, leading her on a quest to unravel the mysteries that plague her. In the end, their meanings crash into an epic struggle of loyalty and betrayal, and she’ll be forced to choose between the boy who has stolen her heart and the thing she desires most.
Wander Dust is the breathtaking fantasy that will catapult you through a story of time, adventure, and love.

The sequel to this novel is already out and right now Wanderdust is free on Amazon.com



What did you get on your e-reader ?

Monday, December 24, 2012

13 Favorite Books And Sensibility Post


Starting December 19th we will be counting down 13 superlatives to ring in the New Year ! Join us as we remember the year, host a few giveaways and say good-bye to 2012.

We all have those reviews, features or post that we want to keep retweeting and blogging about. Those post that make everything about book blogging worth it. Here are our 13 favorite post from Books and Sensibility in 2012.

1. Subscribe ! Authors On Youtube

2. 25 Authors Under 25

3. Free Stock Images : Be Worry Free

4. Hey, I Know That Voice : Famous Voice in Audiobooks

5. Books and Sensibility @ BEA 

6. The Sense List Volume 1

7. Top Apps For Books Bloggers

8. Title Sharers ; Same Title, Different Book

9. YA Couple That Really Gets Around

10. Author Event : Miranda Kennally

11. In Hunger Games We Trust

12. Shelf Candy Saturday : Born Wicked

13. Swagger  : Creative Bookish Swag

Saturday, December 22, 2012

13 Things You'll See On Books and Sensibility In 2013


It's Year 2 for Books and Sensibility and we are determined to make it better than ever! Think of this post as a mix between our  Blogging New Year's resolutions and a  preview of what is to come.


1. Strictly Indie
This February  we are going to fall in love with Indie novels. We're dedicating a month to Independent and Small presses. If you know a book we should consider let us know at indie@booksandsensibility.com

2. David Levithan YA Read-A-Thon
This summer Jess did Summer of Sarah Dessen, and it's such a unique experience to read an authors entire range of work. This year we want to give David Levithan's YA works a try.

3. Theme Months
Foreign novels, sequel month, whatever it is we love themes ! Each month we will try to have a theme to help inspire our reading.

4. 100 Book Reviews
This year our goal is to read and review 100 books. Last year was a little slow, this year we are ready to up the ante.

5. Industry Features
Between the book reviews and features we want to also focus on industry news. Anything from interviewing agents, publicist and editors.

6. Social Media
Everyone is talking about social media so we want to expand our love of books and interact with other book lovers on Twitter,YouTube, Pinterest and Goodreads

7. Meet N Greet Other Book Bloggers
At BEA and author events it's always been a rush to meet other book lovers. Hopefully this year we can do the same and blog about it as well.

8. Memes
Memes are a great way to network and learn about other books so this year we will participate in memes we've never participated in before like Top Ten Tuesday.

9.  Read A Thons
Our TBR pile is towering. Each month I want to create a mini-TBR pile and work my way through.

10. Community Outreach
Sometimes blogging and reading can be solitary activities  so this is a great yeart for us to get out and spread the YA love in the community through donations and book clubs.

11.Newsletters
I love e-newsletters like I Heart Daily or my Pinterest Weekly. I think having a newsletter is a great way to  keep occasional YA readers in the know.

12. Get Personal
It's easy to get mixed up with two contributing bloggers. Kat and I are going to inject more of our personalitues and personal lives into our blogging loves so you can get to know us better.

13.  Crossover Fiction Reviews
YA has a lot of crossover appeal, so we want to branch out and review different genres of adult fiction.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Top 13 Audiobook Narrators


2012 has pretty much been the year of audiobooks for Books and Sensibility. They are perfect for house cleaning, long trips or the gym. Here are our Top 13 audiobook narrators in order:

1. Luke Daniels
Can be heard on: Unwind by Neal Shusterman, Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Opel

2. Khristine Hvam
Can be heard on: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor,Pure by Julianna Baggott

3. Rebecca Soler
Can be heard on: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

4. Jesse Eisenberg
Can be heard on: White Cat by Holly Black, Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller,Zack Stentz

5. Kirby Heyborne
Can be heard on: Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

6. Alan Cummings
Can be heard: on Levithan by Scott Westerfeld

7. Ellen Grafton
Can be heard on: Duff by Kody Keplinger, Something,Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

8. Steven Kaplan
Can be heard on: Legend by Marie Lu, The Future of Us by Jay Asher

9. Kevin T. Collins
Can be heard on: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Pure by Julianna Baggott

10. Casey Holloway
Can be heard on: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith, The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

11. Jeffrey Cummings
Can be heard on: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

12.Nick Phoedl
Can be heard on: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan

13. Amanda Ronconi
Can be heard on: Soul Screamers by Rachel K Vincent, Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Thursday, December 20, 2012

13 Best Books Of 2012




Jess' List

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

2. Pure By Julianna Baggot

3. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

4. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

5. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

6.  Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Kat's List 
7. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

8. Everybody Sees The Ants by A.S. King

9. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

10.Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony, Rodrigo Corral

11.Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley


12. Legend by Marie Lu


13. Black Heart by Holly Black













What were your favorite books of 2013 ?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

13 Books We Can't Wait For in 2013




1.  Fuse By Julianna Baggot (Pure #2)
Synopsis: When the world ended, those who dwelled within the Dome were safe. Inside their glass world the Pures live on unscarred, while those outside—the Wretches—struggle to survive amidst the smoke and ash. . .An epic quest that sweeps readers into a world of beautiful brutality, Fusecontinues the story of two people fighting to save their futures—and change the fate of the world.
I can't even begin to tell how awesome the Pure ensemble audiobook was.  I can't wait to see how this dark apocalyptic novel continues. - Jess





2. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Synopsis:If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy

Can't wait to see how this series ends. - Jess



3. The Moon and More By Sarah Dessen                  


 There isn't a synopsis yet ):

So excited for a new Sarah novel -Jess











4. Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

(No cover yet)



Kennedy Waters’ entire life changes when she finds her mother dead and discovers she is a member of a secret society formed two hundred years ago to protect the world from a powerful demon determined to find a way out of his dimension and into ours, and from the dangerous spirits he controls.

I liked Beautiful Creatures and I'm super curious  to see what this Beautiful Creatures author can do solo. - Kat

5. Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider


Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.
I recently discovered Robyn's YouTube channel and I love her personality.The plot of this novel sounds very John Green-esque and I always enjoy a great contemporary. - Kat









 6. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.


 I've had this bookmark lying around forever and the concept of this novel sounds very unique - Kat 






7. Game (Jasper Dent #2)

When a desperate New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz's door asking for help with a new case, Jazz can't say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple--and its police force running scared with no leads. So Jazz and his girlfriend Connie hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer's murderous game.

I loved I Hunt Killers and I really can't wait to see how the story continues


8. Invisibility by Andrea Creamer and David Levithan

Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him
I've heard amazing things about Andrea Creamer and I always enjoy David Levithan's work, so I can't wait to see what these two do together.








9. Paper Valentine by Breena Yovanoff



For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? 


First of all: That cover. Totally unique. This novel sounds like it will be a chilling read and I think it's a standalone.



10. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer Brown



When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. 

I enjoyed The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and Smith's 2013 novel sounds really cute.




11. Breaking Glass by Liza Amowitz



On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he's not sure whether they're real or if he's losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself

I meet Lisa at BEA so I'm excited for her debut. I also want to read more contemps in 2013.


12. Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally



Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. . . Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy 

We've been a supporter of Miranda since her debut novel and we are excited to see her 2013 novels.



13. Prodigy by Marie Lu (Legend # 2)


June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—-June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

Legend was a delightful dystopian so I can't wait to see what happens next.




What books are you waiting for in 2013 ?
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Countdown to 2013

Books and Sensibility makes its triumphant return by counting down the last 13 days until  2013.Starting December 19th we will be counting downsuperlatives to ring in the New Year ! Join us as we remember the year, host a few giveaways and say good-bye to 2012.


13 Books We Can't Wait For In 2013
13 Best Books We've Read In 2012
13 Authors to Watch in 2013
13 Things You Will See on Books and Sensibility In 2013
13 Book Giveaway
13 Best Books and Sensibility Post
13 Things I learned from Holly Black’s Curseworker’s Series
Top 13 Audiobook Narrators
Jess & Kat's New Year's Resolutions

Audiobook Review: Finnikin of The Rock by Melina Marchetta

“You list the dead. You tell the stories of the past. You write about the catastrophes and the massacres. What about the living, Finnikin? Who honors them?” 

― Melina MarchettaFinnikin of the Rock
  • Release Date: September 28th 2008
  • Page Number: 416
  • Genre: Epic Fantasy
  • Publisher: Viking Australia
Synopsis: Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.
Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.
But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin's faith in her . . . but in himself

Being an epic fantasy, Finnikin of the Rock is completely outside of the genres I usually read. I had previously seen the blog Sash and Em  gushing about this book on Twitter so when I spotted the audiobook at the library I was confident I would enjoy it.  The world created in this novel has so much terminology, so let's hope I get them all right

After the assassination of the royal family and rouge uprising, in an incident known as the Unspeakable the once peaceful kingdom of Lumatere is cursed and locked away. Half the Lumaterens are trapped inside and other half scattered across the neighboring kingdoms to live as exiles; forced to survive fever, refugee camps and the bloody rage of their neighboring kingdoms.


As son of the imprisoned captain of the guard and best friend to murdered Prince Balthazar, Finnikin has always felt a certain responsibility to help lead his people to a place they can call home. Traveling with his guardian Sir Topher, they've spent the last 10 years since the Unspeakable trying to find a second Lumatere. When Finnikin awakes from a dream that leads him to a temple and a novice girl named Evanjilin, a new Lumatere is suddenly closer for Finnikin than he ever imagined.


This story is extremely epic in scope as we travel with Sir Topher, Evanjilin and Finnikin across the different kingdoms. Marchetta has brilliantly created a nuanced and political society for her characters to inhabit. I found the relationships and politics between the different kingdoms to be the most interesting aspect.


There is a lot of heavy thematic material that did begin to weigh on me after a while. While there is always that undercurrent of hope, there is also a lot of genocide, disease, rape and murder. I mean it's not on every page or gratuitous  but when those parts come up, Marchetta doesn't hold back, which is something I'd definitely prepare someone who wants to read this for. I think because of the content  in this book  it felt very dense. It is only 428 pages and I felt like I had been listening to it forever.


The audiobook is narrated by Jim Cummings, who is probably  more commonly known as the Hyena is the Lion King. With the diversity in his voices, Cummings does an excellent job of bringing the story to life. When you have so many male characters, it is interesting how he would modulate his voice for each one.

This is my first experience with epic fantasy and a book I would recommend for anyone looking for a grittier YA. While I can  see the appeal of the genre, I don't know if it's for me or if I'll finish the other  books in the series. 


Finnikin of the Rock is a beautifully done epic fantasy, with a fantastic audiobook about the meaning of home and the power of never losing hope.




Sunday, December 16, 2012

Kat's 2012 End of the Year Book Survey !


It's the 2012 End of the Year Book Survey hosted by Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner


Best In Books 2012

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
Contemporary: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Dystopian: Legend by Marie Lu
Paranormal: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Urban Fantasy: Curseworkers Series by Holly Black and The Raven Boys
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally 
 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? 
The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater. For some reason I had it in my head this wasn't the kind of book I would like. I thought it was going to be about a girl losing her mind over hot, brooding boarding school boys--boy was I wrong. This was one of my 2012 faves!
 4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
I think there was a lot of me recommending Curseworkers by Holly Black as well as Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
 5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
Again, Curseworkers. I read (er, listened) to them all within two months and have re-read the series multiple times.
 6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
I discovered all of these from their signings at Fountain Bookstore--Elizabeth Scott, Malinda Lo and Kristen-Paige Madonia
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Finnikin of The Rock by Melina Marchetta. It's a high fantasy and I enjoyed it.
 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
For some reason I could not put down Divergent by Veronica Roth. That was one of the most addicting books I've read. I found myself Googling for more information the second I put it down.
 9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
I listened to Everybody Sees The Ants in one day and I'll probably visit it again.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?

I think this is such an original and intriguing cover !

11. Most memorable character in 2012? 
Gansey from The Raven Boys, I think his eccentricities made him very memorable.
 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
I'd say the Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater or Daugher of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012? 
I re-read Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (an oldie, but a goodie) and it affected me much more than when I first read it. I actually felt uncomfortable as I read it.
 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? 
Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It only came out a year ago, but I kept picking it up and putting it back down so many times.
 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012? 
The only one that really sticks with me and that I use alot is from Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, particularly the underlined part:
“In a field, I am the absence of field. In a crowd, I am the absence of crowd. In a dream, I am the absence of dream. But I don't want to live as an absence. I move to keep things whole. Because sometimes I feel drunk on positivity. Sometimes I feel amazement at the tangle of words and lives, and I want to be a part of that tangle. "Game over," you say, and I don't know which I take more exception to- the fact that you say that it's over, or the fact that you say it's a game. It's only over when one of us keeps the notebook for good. It's only a game if there is an absence of meaning. And we've already gone too far for that.” 

 16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 
I'll estimate:
Shortest: Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott (217 pages)
Longest: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare  (502 pages)
 17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
I have to say The Blessed by Tonya Hurley had a few WTF moments. No book ever has made me say WTF more.
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
I thought the relationship between Tess and Day in Legend was endearing.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
I'd say Name of The Star by Maureen Johnson. I wasn't a big fan of Devilish, but Name of the Star was great.
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley. I only got this book because I saw Sash & Em had rated it so highly, I didn't even read the description.

 Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012 (optional)


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012? 
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012? 
Um, I'd say my review of The Raven Boys. The book had so many elements and was so easy to write about.
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
Hmm, haven't had a lot of discussion in 2012.
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
I think pretty much any conversations about the author/blogger relationship.
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
 BEA. Just BEA. It was such an amazing and crazy experience and I got to meet so many book bloggers. It was just awesome.
Also, all the awesome signings at my local book shop. I like how intimate and small they are !
6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?
When I noticed someone had linked to our 25 Under 25 posts as a resource on a forum for writers.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Without looking, I think it is a post call The YA Couple That Really Gets Around  showing all the things Stella and Pepe from Jennifer Armentrout's Onyx series have shown up on.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I'd say my Raven Boys review, I feel like it got lost in the shuffle.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
The local library ! They have an amazing selection !
10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Hmm, not really.

Looking Ahead…


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I've been waiting for that book for a year and still never opened it.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
Invisibility by Andrea Creamer and David Levithan, Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
I hope to read more books, my personal goal will be 75, even if I don't end up reviewing all of them. I also want to get better at writing reviews.


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