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July 27, 2013 posted by Nichole

Where Are All the Superhero Books?!

Hey guys!

 

So, I finished reading Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette not that long ago. I KNOW that I shouldn’t have done it. It’s one of my favorite series of all time, and Burn Bright doesn’t even release until February, 2014. I don’t even want to think about how long I’m going to have to wait until the third book ]= AND THEN…the third book will probably be the last one! Because all these authors just want to make 3 book series to make my life a living hell /=

 

Burn Bright got me to thinking…..WHERE are all the SUPERHERO books?! I’m not talking about comics. I don’t read those. I’m talking about 17280122awesome YA superhero books. Dark Star and Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette are the only two superhero books that I’m aware of. And they are amazing…so where are the rest? Maybe it’s a relevantly new thing? Maybe superheroes are going to be the big topic in the next year or two? I don’t know…but I really want to see more of them!

 

I feel that we’re constantly thrown in worlds with vampires, werewolves, creepy vampire/human babies, zombies, aliens…repeatedly. And, yes, I love a lot of books that focus on those topics…but isn’t that getting a little old? We read the same topics over and over and over again with only slight changes in plots. I guess that I just want to see something different. With the superhero books, that’s what I’m getting. I’m seeing heroes save the world and fight these evil doers. It’s cool. At least, I think so.

 

I know this isn’t my typical post. This is really just me rambling on and on and complaining about how miserable I am that there’s no more superhero books for me to read. This is what happens when I read my book 8 months before it even comes out!

 

So, tell me. Do you know of any amazing superhero books? Not something that you would rate 3 stars or under…something AMAZING. Let me know in the comments section!

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July 23, 2013 posted by Nichole

15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 14 & 15

book-and-heart-wallpapers_12406_1600x1200Welcome back everyone! Today I have up the two final days for the 15 Day Blogger Challenge. I can’t believe how quickly this challenge went! Or how pathetic I was at getting everything up in time. This challenge is hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine.  You can go find out more about the challenge here.

 

Day 14: Tell us about your deal breakers:

 

I’m actually very picky with books. It’s very common for me to not finish a book or to skim a book. If I’m not in love with, I won’t finish it. Why should I? Reading is for my personal pleasure…and if I don’t get any pleasure out of it, I won’t finish it. That being said, there are a LOT of things that are deal breakers for me in books.

Animal Abuse: If you hurt an animal in any way…I don’t care how…you could yell at it, kick it, kill it, etc….I probably will not finish the book. I am such an animal person…probably more so than you typically see in your every day life. My cats are little people…I would kill someone for them. The only exception that I can think of right off the bat is one of Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld books. That is my favorite series. It trumps everything else. I didn’t read the section that had animal abuse, though. That was the one time I skimmed a Kelley Armstrong book /=

Abusive Male Characters: I see abuse where many people do not. Male characters who use physical and/or verbal abuse are an immediate deal breaker for me. That is unless I go into the book knowing that that’s what the book is about. I don’t do well with boys telling girls what to do, boys trying to protect girls, boys who think they are tough or in control….I have a lot of issues with males. lol. This has actually made me dislike books that are extremely popular.

Whiny female leads: My females have to be strong. They can not depend on men, they cannot whine constantly…omg. This has been a problem for me quite recently in books. I’m used to very strong characters, but lately I’ve been dealing with very obnoxious females in my books.

Predictable endings: I’m sorry to say this……but many authors in the YA genre are very predictable…. It won’t always turn my off of a book. I CAN finish a book knowing what’s going to happen at the end of it….but it gets old. There are some authors, Gretchen McNeil is a great example, who stump me every time. I prefer to read those types of book. It’s more annoying, because I don’t have this problem with adult paranormal books….so I’m not sure why it’s so common in the YA genre.

Love Triangles: They don’t always bug me….but it’s predictable and SO unrealistic.

Over the Top Unrealistic Plots: I do love dystopia and scifi, but I’ll be turned off if it’s TOO unrealistic.

3 Book series: I’m sorry, but WHY do YA authors only do 3 book series? What’s the point? Some don’t…some go longer…but a lot do 3 book series. I have some favorite adult paranormal series of mine that have 13-20+ books in the series. AND THEY NEVER GET OLD! So why 3?!

Less Talking, More Descriptions: I cannot concentrate on a book if it has too many descriptions. I NEED interaction between my characters!

Repeat Descriptions in Series: I HATE when a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 100th book comes out and 100 pages are dedicated to what happened in the first book. Authors, don’t do that. Spend a little time doing a recap, but a second book in a series is not for any random person…it’s for the person who already read the 1st book. Again…this is a very common theme that I have only seen in the YA genre.

*phew*. I think I hit all my complaints. I warned you that I’m picky!

 

Day 15: Who are your book blogging mentors?

I’m going to be totally honest…I only stalk 2 blogs…..I LOOK at other blogs….but I STALK only two.

Kristy @TheStorySiren

Erica @TheBookCellar

 

I’ve learned a lot from these girls and their blogs….and I’m obsessed. I admit it [;

 

Well that’s it for the 15 day blogger challenge! Thanks so much for following along or for linking me to your own posts! It’s been fun!

15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 13
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July 20, 2013 posted by Nichole

15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 13

book-and-heart-wallpapers_12406_1600x1200Welcome back everyone! Today is day 13 of the 15 day blogger challenge hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine. Today’s topic is to describe one underappreciated book that EVERYONE should read! Well…that’s simple.

 

13455513When people tell me they don’t like or haven’t read Dark Star by Bethany Frenette, I get this feeling where everything in me boils up and steam probably pours out of my ears. This series is AMAZING. You hear me?! AMAZING! It’s SO. FREAKING. GOOD! It’s about a girl named Audrey who lives in a world full of superheroes. It sounds a little cheesy, but let me tell you…it’s anything but cheesy. And Leon…OMG…Leon! I have the biggest book crush on Leon.

I don’t even know how to describe how awesome this book is…especially since I’ve already read the second one and I don’t want to give too much away. This is a MUST read. Don’t even talk to me until you’ve read it [;

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July 19, 2013 posted by Nichole

15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 12

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Oh my goodness…I can’t believe we’re already at Day 12. There are only 3 more days after this! Sucky, cause I have actually really enjoyed this challenge. Hopefully all of you have, too! This challenge is hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine. Head on over there to see the other participants and to link up yourself!

 

Today’s topic is How do you fight blogger fatigue?

 

Blogger Fatigue is something that I’m very familiar with. I’m a full time student, I volunteer at a Literacy Program, I do Story times on Friday’s, and I’m usually not on the computer after 5 p.m. on the weekdays, and I’m hardly ever on during the weekends unless I use the laptop. So, I’m pretty busy most of the time. And, honestly, when I have downtime I’m reading.

Also, sometimes blogging sounds like a lot of work. That’s often why there will be no post for the day here and there or why I’m not consistent with my posts. It’s something that I’m trying really hard to work on, but I haven’t mastered the “bloggers skill” yet. I’m a lazy person. I admit it.

I don’t really have an answer for how to fight it….I mean…I just admitted that it happens to me pretty constantly. I think the best thing to do is to blog when you want to. And when you have a few hours straight to blog, do it. Blog as much as you can…set up a couple weeks in advance and then have some down time. That is the best thing that I can recommend. Blogging is more relaxing when you’re not posting for the very next day. When you know that you have the next 2-4 weeks scheduled with posts, you will be one happy camper.

There’s no real answer on how to fight blogger fatigue but my advance should help people if they follow it. If you have all this downtime to blog…good for you! I’m jealous of all you kids out there who are on summer break. Fortunately, I will be taking a year off starting in September, and I AM SO EXCITED. I’m sure I’ll have a LOT more reading time and scheduled posts for that year [=

 

What about you? How do you fight blogger fatigue? Let me know in the comments section below!

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July 18, 2013 posted by Nichole

15 Day Blogger Challenge: Days 7 Through 11

book-and-heart-wallpapers_12406_1600x1200Hi everyone! I meant to have each individual day of this challenge post but life got in the way, so I’m going to be grouping up days 7 through 11 in this post. I’ll be scheduling the other days right after this, so everything else will have their individual posts. But it just makes  it more fun for you to get a bigger post! [; This challenge is hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine.

 

Day 7: Talk About Your Blogging Quirks

Oh goodness. Ok. Well, First of all, I have a calendar that sits right next to my computer, and I write down all of my scheduled posts on it. I can’t function very well going on to WordPress and eyeballing it. I’m a very organized person, and I have to have my schedule handwritten.

I usually can’t have the TV on when I’m writing a post. I’m breaking that rule right now, so I’m expecting some typing errors to occur. I love Switched at Birth, though, so it’s worth the risk [;

I absolutely cannot write a post without saying it out loud as I type. If I don’t read it out loud, then I think it sucks.

I’m really bad at staying consistent with my posts. Like keeping up on IMM or TTT or What Should I Read Next Post. Those are the hardest posts for me, which is hilarious because they take no time at all. I’m trying to slowly fix that.

I can’t think of any more quirks atm, but I’m sure I have more [;

 

Day 8: Quick! Write 15 bullet points of things that appeal to you on blogs!

1. A good design. I like color

2. Politeness! Some bloggers have really rude contact information or rule guidelines for submissions. You don’t have to be rude to lay out your guidelines. I tend to prefer bloggers who are classy.

3. Pictures. I love sidebar pictures of favorite books. I don’t know how to work WordPress except for writing posts. So every time I want something done like that, I have to bug Ivy lol.

4. Currently reading list. We have one of these on one of our tabs, but I love the blogs that have it upfront and center on the blog.

5. Current giveaway sidebars. Some blogs are doing this. They’re showing pictures with links to their current giveaways. I think that’s an awesome idea!

6. Books to Pine For and Ebook Deals: As far as I know, The Story Siren is the only one who does Books to Pine For, but I LOVE IT! I also love the ebook deals that a lot of bloggers seem to be doing. I don’t usually purchase the ebooks, because I have an obsession with library books, but I always look at those.

7. Originality: Be original! Have a different design or a different set up. Make yourself stand out!

8: Personality: I have this horrible habit of thinking that I am the most boring blogger in the universe. Hopefully you guys don’t think so! I love bloggers who are comical or just full of personality. That will draw me to you.

9. Animals. Not a lot of bloggers do this, but I love when they show their animals on their blog. I am such an animal person. I could just stare at them all day long.

10. Sign up forms/ big events: The best thing a blogger can do is have some big event during the year. I’ve started doing that this year, and I’ve joined a few events this year, as well. It’s such a great idea!

11. Interesting interviews/guest posts: I SUCK at writing interview questions and coming up with guest post topics, so I love to see unique ones from other bloggers.

12. Indie Authors: I understand why some bloggers don’t host Indie authors on their blogs, but I’m personally against that. I think everyone deserves a shot, and I love to see bloggers host Indie authors on their blogs.

13. Comments! Getting comments is one of the hardest things ever! Viewers! If you want to make a bloggers day…leave a comment. [;

14. Passion: I love to see bloggers get so excited over books and authors and whatever else is on their mind. It’s the best way to get me to come to your blog.

15. Dedication/Consistency: If you want me on your blog, you need to be having a post come out almost daily. It’s ok to miss a few days here and there. I completely understand what that’s like! But you need to stay consistent. I’ve seen a few blogs this year that haven’t made posts since like February. I probably won’t be going back to those blogs.

 

Day 9: Why do you blog about books?

This isn’t going to be very long…..I love books. I love authors. I love promoting books. I just love books. Why not blog about one of the things that I love most? It’s my passion.

 

Day 10: How do you choose what book to read next?

I am all about the cover. If I don’t like the cover, I probably won’t read it anytime soon. This is sometimes different if I already love a series and the cover sucks, although I can’t recall such a situation. But, yes, it’s all about the cover. And sometimes it’s just about how popular a book or series is.

 

Day 11: Show off 5 of your best blog posts.

 

Uh……you guys…..I’m going to go against the rules and pass on this one. I’ve written a lot of posts….and I love so many….and I’ve written so many that I can’t remember a lot of them. I was pretty proud of the Debut Authors Bash post that I recently did, because I took a chance and organized that all by myself. I know I have a lot of reviews that I love…but I just have way too many posts to choose from.

 

Whew! That was hard work! Sorry for not having these days in individual posts, but I hoped you enjoyed them! Let me know your thoughts and own opinions in the comment section and make sure to link me to your own posts!

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July 13, 2013 posted by Nichole

15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 6

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Welcome back to Day 5 of my 15 day Blogger Challenge. This challenge is hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine. Today’s topic is to describe how you shop for books.

 

I’m the funniest person when I shop for books. If I go into a used bookstore, I’m most likely to come out with an adult romance book…Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Sandra Brown, Johanna Lindsey…etc. I will also take FOREVER to choose my books. I pick up all the books that I potentially want so that nobody else can have them until I decide if I want them or not. It doesn’t even matter if there’s multiples of the book. I just know that somebody is going to come in and buy all the copies of the one book that I didn’t hold on to!

That is actually pretty common for me in other stores, too. When I’m in B&N, I always have this book tower that’s teetering over my head because I don’t trust the books to be there if I set them down. Nobody can have my books until I decide what I want! And I usually only come out with like 2-4 books, but I’m usually holding like 7-10. One time one of the workers asked me if I wanted a basket……..I said yes[=

Most of my shopping is done at B&N. I don’t go there often, because I really don’t need the books….BUT I usually spend about an hour and an hour and a half in there trying to make up my mind. And it gets slightly difficult because every single time that I’m in B&N, I HAVE to help someone pick out a book. I HAVE to! I will ask them what genres they like, what they’ve previously read, if they know what they want or if they’re just browsing. I am the unofficial worker of B&N. They should hire me. At least someone there is working!

As for the books themselves, I always go for covers. Sometimes, I’ll go for super popular books even if the cover sucks, because I’ve heard such great things…but usually I won’t pick out a book with a shitty cover. I also NEVER buy contemporary books. Ever. I refuse.

Finally, when I shop for books, I have a very bad habit of rearranging the books to how I think they should be organized. My B&N obviously doesn’t have very many workers who love YA. I have to rearrange their books ALL the time! They are so horrible at it! Olympia…if you’re reading this…fix your damn shelves! Like, for example, they had In the After by Demitria Lunetta in this off the wall place….and they had like 2 different sections of her….and one was in like older YA sections. I was like, huh? And they had this stupid manga looking book in the Popular New Releases sections. No way. I fixed that right off the bat.

 

So that’s what goes down when I shop for me books. What about you? Do you have any quirks like me? Let me know in the comments section below [=

15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 5
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July 12, 2013 posted by Nichole

15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 5

book-and-heart-wallpapers_12406_1600x1200Welcome back to Day 5 of my 15 day Blogger Challenge. This challenge is hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine. Today’s topic is to recommend a tear jerker.

 

I don’t cry in books or movies. It drives my mom nuts. She thinks that when something is sad, it’s normal to cry. Instead, I’m the person who will burst out crying over the stupidest commercial that’s not even sad. Obviously, my priorities are a little whacked. However, there were two books that made me cry. No…cry isn’t the write word. Bawl. That’s more like it. There were two books that made me bawl.

 

136251If you tell me that you didn’t cry in the last Harry Potter you are a liar. Either that or you have no heart. I BAWLED in this book. SO. MANY. DEATHS. and POOR DOBBY! (Sorry if I just ruined that for anyone.) I was an emotional basket case during this book. J.K. Rowling just started killing off all of these important characters that were with us for several (if not all) of the books. It was devastating!

15793231If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch just came out this year. It’s about a girl named Carey and her little sister Jenessa who have been abandoned in the woods by their mother. Carey’s mom kidnapped her when she was just a little girl and forced her to live in the woods with only beans and other canned goods for food. Her mom had a huge drug problem and would leave the girls in the woods by themselves for days, weeks, months at a time. This time, though, her mom realizes that she has a problem and contacts CPS and the girls are brought to live with Carey’s father.

This story…omg…I was bawling my eyes out about every other page. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything as beautiful as this book. I cried and cried…and then I cried some more. And when it was over…I WAS SO SAD! I need more! I need more of Emily Murdoch that’s for sure.

Note: Emily Murdoch is one of our participating authors in the 2013 Debut Authors Bash. If you would like to host her on your blog this September please go to this link: http://www.yareads.com/2013-debut-authors-bash-sign-ups/news/10669