Friday, July 31, 2015

JULY 2015 WRAP UP!!!

The end of July is here! The end of summer, and it's going to start cooling off, (thank goodness!). That also means though, back to school time. I know, I know, the dreaded back to school time. You have to think on the bright side though, you won't look like a vampire because you spent all day inside reading. That saying, school and homework will take a lot of my time, so I won't be reading as much. Currntly though, I have not been reading. Mostly I have been sleeping, I will start reading again though, I promise. Any way, lets get to the books I read this month.

 
This month I read nine books, which I think is pretty good. Keep in mind that #CRAMATHON was this month too. 




 
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) 

Runaways, Vol. 1: Pride and Joy (Runaways, #1)

 
 
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) 
  1.  The Murder Complex y Lindsay Cummings
  2. Isla an the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (reread)
  3. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
  4. Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  5. The Web Files by Margie Palatini (Illustrated by Richard Eglski)
  6. Runaways Vol. 1: Pride and Joy by Brian K. Vaughan (Illustrated by Adrian Alphona) 
  7. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  8. The Memory Key by Liana Liu
  9. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

  So there you go! I am constantly updating my Goodreads so you can see what I'm reading. 
https://www.goodreads.com/adventureswithabooknerd
- How many books did you read this month? -
 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (Cover of the Week)

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2) 
So far I have loved all of Clare's covers. This one is my favorite cover though. Maybe I love this cover so much because Jem was my favorite character. I also really like the color combinations. Especially how all the colors blend into the background. 
- What do you think of this cover? -     

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (Give me, Give me Tuesday)

Carry On 
Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller Fangirl.

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.
I LOVED Fangirl. It was what got me out of my reading slump. I even bought the delux edition. So you can tell that I am really excited to read this book. 
- Are you guys going to read this book -  

Monday, July 27, 2015

EAST COAST BOOK HAUL! (with some Amazon books too!)




I GOT BOOKS!!! This is so exciting! I want to share all of my books with you. Now the tricky part, where am I going to put all of them? I went to a bunch of different bookstores on the East Coast. I also got some on Amazon, so I will show some of those too. Hope you enjoy! (Pictures are linked to Goodreads)

 - Amazon -

American GodsUnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale, #1)


Trade Me (Cyclone, #1)I'll Give You the Sun



- Greenlight Bookstore -
http://www.greenlightbookstore.com/ 


FangirlThe Geography of You and Me

- WORD -
http://www.wordbookstores.com/ 

Cruel Beauty
Chime

- Harvard Book Store -
http://www.harvard.com/ 

- Brookline Brooksmith -

The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)The Archived (The Archived, #1)

 - Strand Bookstore -

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)Spelled

Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)
  
At Strand I also got a tote bag. The one side you can see in the top picture, but the other side has my new life quote. "There is no such thing as too many books." So true right? I love it and I am going to take it to the library with me every time, (Thanks Bub!).
So there you go! I hope you enjoyed this book haul, there probably won't be another one for a long time. Until the next one! 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Traveling (with books) Babble from a Book Nerd #2

Travailing, fun or business, always needs a good book to go along with it. Now, on your trip you may not read as much as you usually do, but that's okay. I won't get into the business side of the trip because you are there for work. So lets get started!

Situation 1: If you are going on a really long trip, (more than a couple days), you are going to want to pack a couple books with you, right? If you didn't know, BOOKS CAN BE HEAVY!!!!!!! So you have to give up some of your cloths for books, the price we pay for what we love. Of course, a way around this situation is to use an e-reader. My public library now lets you check out e-readers, cool right? If you don't have one this could be great to bring on your vacation, or even just to test it out, see if you want to buy one.

This is also portrayed well by Team Epic Reads. Click here to watch their video. 

Situation 2: So, your someplace new. You want to explore right? Suddenly, there are bookstores everywhere. Might as well go in right? Before you know it you just bought twenty books. Now you either have to carry all of those book around with you for the rest of the day, or all the way back to your hotel. Also there is the problem of getting them home. I went book shopping on my trip and my bag weighed so much more, it isn't even funny. 

Situation 3: Airport security. I mean, I get why your there. I'm mad at you though because you bent my book! On their machine it must come out as big black rectangles. So, I get you have to search them, but please don't bend the corners putting them back. I'm begging you, not my brand new book. I haven't even read it yet! GAHHHHHHHHHH!!!  

So there you go, the struggle of traveling with books. Can you guys think of any other problems?       

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Memory Key:BOOK REVIEW (By: Liana Liu)


The Memory Key   
               
Lora Mint is determined not to forget.
Though her mother's been dead for five years, Lora struggles to remember every detail about her—most important, the specific events that occurred the night she sped off in her car, never to return.
But in a world ravaged by Vergets disease, a viral form of Alzheimer's, that isn't easy. Usually Lora is aided by her memory key, a standard-issue chip embedded in her brain that preserves memories just the way a human brain would. Then a minor accident damages Lora's key, and her memories go haywire. Suddenly Lora remembers a moment from the night of her mother's disappearance that indicates her death was no accident. Can she trust these formerly forgotten memories? Or is her ability to remember every painful part of her past driving her slowly mad—burying the truth forever?

 
2 / 5 points
Wow, I did not expect that. I think a small part of the problem was that I went into this book with high expectations. I feel that it was an interesting concept, the story played it badly though. For the majority I could not tell what the main problem of the story was. It felt like there was a bunch of small problems that kinda got solved. At the end of the book I also believed that Lora handled most things poorly. 
The relationships... weren't that good. I liked Tim, I liked how he didn't do everything for the relationship, but for what's right. Ralph, was stupid. If the author had not even included Ralph, everything would have been the same except for the relationships. 
Wendy was my favorite character of the whole story. I feel that Lora treated her poorly. You could tell that Wendy really cared about her, and Lora treated her like crap.
Over all, an okay book that needed a better storyline to go with a great conscipt.  

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cover of the Week #5

Cruel Beauty
By: Rosamund Hodge


Cruel Beauty
Goodreads
Wow, I really love this cover! My favorite part of this cover is the rose/staircase. The way they bend together. Another thing is that every thing relates to the story, (from the Goodreads synopsis). It is a Beauty and the Best retelling. So, the rose makes sense, it's just so pretty! The first time I saw this cover, I instantly wanted to read it. A++++++++++++++ cover. I can't wait to read it!! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Give me, Give me Tuesday #6

Trust Me, I'm Trouble
(Trust Me #2)
By: Mary Elizabeth Summer


Trust Me, I'm Trouble (Trust Me, #2)
Goodreads
Staying out of trouble isn’t possible for Julep Dupree. She has managed not to get kicked out of her private school, even though everyone knows she’s responsible for taking down a human-trafficking mob boss—and getting St. Agatha’s golden-boy Tyler killed in the process. Running cons holds her guilty conscience at bay, but unfortunately, someone wants Julep to pay for her mistakes . . . with her life.

Against her better judgment, Julep takes a shady case that requires her to infiltrate a secretive organization that her long-gone mother and the enigmatic blue fairy may be connected to. Her best friend, Sam, isn’t around to stop her, and Dani, her one true confidante, happens to be a nineteen-year-old mob enforcer whose moral compass is as questionable as Julep’s. But there’s not much time to worry about right and wrong—or to save your falling heart—when there’s a contract on your head.

Murders, heists, secrets and lies, hit men and hidden identities . . . If Julep doesn’t watch her back, it’s her funeral. No lie.
 

Hello from the East Coast, (Or my bedroom the Friday before). I chose this book because I really enjoyed the first book. At the end of the first book this was me," This can't be the end... wait, what?" So I am really excited for this book. This is book two in the Trust Me series. Book one is Trust Me I'm Lying

This book comes out October 13, 2015.

Will you be reading this book?
 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Cover of the Week #4

The Memory Key
By: Liana Liu
The Memory Key


 The reason I chose, this book is because it looks pain at first, but if you look closer... You will see the pattern resembling a computer chip. I think this is really cool, and added a nice touch to the cover. It also goes along with the story line as well. What do you think of the cover?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

#CRAMATHON Wrap- Up

If you don't know about #CRAMATHON yet,



So CRAMATHON is over! How did you guys do? I did 5/7 challenges! I think that that is a success, for someone who knew about it 3 hours before it started. 

 Read a Children's Book:       



 Read a Hardcover Book:

Read two books in 24 hours:

Read a Graphic Novel:

Runaways, Vol. 1: Pride and Joy (Runaways, #1)
Read a Book Written in Verse:
:( Sorry
Read a Novella:
This is the last one I didn't do, I swear.
Read 5 Books Total:
   
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)The Web FilesBlue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1)Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

Runaways, Vol. 1: Pride and Joy (Runaways, #1)
   
There you go! Those are the books I read for #CRAMATHON, what did you read for #CRAMATHON? Untill the next read-a-thon everybody!

 

Give me Give me Tuesday #5

Damage Done
By: Amanda Panitch


Damage Done





 22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after.

Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.

After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police.

Now that she’s Lucy Black, she's able to begin again. She's even getting used to the empty bedroom where her brother should be. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy's forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind.

One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. . . .
 

This book sounds really cool! Also I only have to  wait a week for it. Are you guys aoing to read this book?

Monday, July 13, 2015

GET YOUR UPDATES HERE!!!

Hello!!

So today is the last day of cramathon!  Sorry I have not been posting, I have been reading for the majority of my days. I will have the wrap up for #CRAMATHON posted tomorrow or the day after that. Along with the usual Tuesday and Wednesday posts. 

Another thing is that I am going on vacation. Next week I am going to the East Coast to visit family. I will be spending a couple days in Boston, and a couple days in New York. I have already searched for bookstores all around these areas and I am hoping to get some new books to review. I should probably get back to reading my final book for #CRAMATHON, see you tomorrow.
 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

#CRAMATHON

#CRAMATHON is a mini read-a-thon made to help you read the small books on your shelf. You know the ones I'm talking about. This year it is being hosted my Whitty from WhittyNovels. Click here to see her video. Basically #CRAMATHON starts July 10 at midnight (your time zone,) and ends July 13 at 11:59. This usually takes place near the end of the year, but she decided to do one in  the summer too. I think this is nice because it can help you catch up to your reading goal if you aren't there. I am going to do it a little differently though. Because I don't own a lot of books, my goal is to read as many books I can. I won't worry about the challenges, and just read a lot because I think read-a-thons should be fun. I will try to do some of them though. 

Challenges
  1.  Read a Children's book.
  2.  Read a hardback (hardcover).
  3.  Read two books in twenty- four hours.
  4.  Read a graphic novel.
  5.  Read a book written in verse.
  6.  Read a novella.
  7.  Read 5 books total. 
The main reason I am not going to attempt to do all the challenges is because I use the library, and because I heard about this so late I don't have time to get the right books. So, I am going to read my heart out and see how many challenges I complete. I will constantly be updating Goodreads, and I will review my experience at the end. So are you going to participate?

My Goodreads: Adventures with a Book Nerd 
#CRAMATHON Twitter page: Click here to go to their twitter page! 
 

Book Review #4

The Murder Complex
(The Murder Complex #1)
By: Lindsay Cummings

The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex, #1)

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?
 




 I had trouble rating this book. I liked the book, but there were some things that really bugged me. First is that I had trouble connection to the characters the first 50 pages. Because of this, I found the first part really slow. I also started doubting the book when Zephyr started having dreams about Meadow. At this point I went, NO NO NO!! No dreams come to life! As we went through the book and we figured out why he was having these dreams about her, I came to terms with it. 

Anyone else find it funny how he said flux and skitz instead of the actual curse words? Every time he said one of the two I couldn't help but laugh. Peri, Peri, Peri. I loved Peri. I love how Peri was the one innocent person in the book. How she was still nice in the world full of murder.


I give this book,
3.5 / 5 points
I can't decide.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Reading Mood (Babble From a Book Nerd #1)

This post is inspired by a video by Katytastic.


The reading mood... yes, it is a factor when I read. I read for fun, during my free time. These aren't books for school. The books I read are YA, contemporary, science fiction, dystopion, and all of them fiction. I am not being paid to do this blog, I am doing it on my own will for fun. 

I would classify not being in the reading mood, a mini reading slump. Just because it is easier to get out of them then a reading slump. It can be different things though. Sometimes it can be the bigining of a reading slump, or even if you are not in the mood for a certain genra. 

Sometimes you just have to read a certain genera in order to get back in the reading mood. Some signs of not being in the reading mood are excessive amounts of time watching Netflix, and reading the same book for more than a week. As you can see that is happening to me. 

If you have any tips get in to the reading mood, let me know in the comments.

Cover of the Week #3

Brightly Woven
By: Alexandra Bracken

Brightly Woven 

Look at this cover! This is Alexandra's lesser known book. Even though I liked this book more than her other series. My favorite part of this cover are the corners. I love how the swirls don't really match the rest of the cover, but it still works. I also really like her hair. I love how the artist used different shades of red and a gold brown to really highlight her hair. I also really the background. What do you think of the cover?   

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Give me Give me Tuesday #4

An Ember in the Ashes
(An Ember in the Ashes #1)
By: Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
 
 

Okay, Okay... yes, this book has already come out. I have not read it yet though. I have heard nothing but great things about this book. It is just, reading all the other books I have in my room. If you have read it, tell me about it. What did you think of it? Did it live up to the hype?
  

Saturday, July 4, 2015

New Stuff Comming Soon!!!

Hello!!

I wanted to tell you guys that There is new stuff coming soon. Lately I have not been in the reading mood, so I am going to spend this week just reading. I want to get at least two books that I can review read. Also I am currently writing a post about the reading mood, and it will be coming out soon. I will also have my usual posts on Tuesday and Wednesday.  That's all for now, and I will talk to you guys in the next post.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Cover of the Week #2

Crown of Midnight
Throne of Glass #2
By: Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)
This is my favorite of all the series covers. It was close between this one, and Queen of the Shadows. I chose this one because, it was so beautiful compared to the first book. It was just like.... BAM!!!  LOOK AT ME!! I RELATE BETTER TO THE BOOK! I AM ALSO SPECTACULAR! That is why I chose this book to be Cover of the week.