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July 10, 2013 posted by Nichole

15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 3



Welcome back to my 15 day blogger challenge hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine. Today I’m talking about my Blogger BFFs.


Now this is going to sound pretty pathetic, but I don’t really have “Blogger BFFs.” I talk to tons of bloggers on Twitter and Facebook, but when I’m on social media I’m usually promoting posts and upcoming events. I may have been here at YaReads for over a year now, but I’m still learning a bunch of stuff. My rhythms, my blogging traditions, etc. There is one person that I talk to a LOT, though. You may have heard of her!


Nikki Wang over at Fiction Freak

This girl is hilarious as hell, and if I was to choose one blogger that I talk to pretty dang often, it would be her. She latched on to me when she first started blogging…which was awesome since I was pretty new, too! And, of course, her love for books is always a plus [=


Haley @ YA Aholic

Another person I enjoy talking with on Facebook is Haley over at Ya Aholic. I haven’t known her very long, but she’s hilarious and I LOVE her site!


And, of course, Nikki, Kiona, and Ivy here at YaReads are all my Blogger BFFs [=


Wow…this was way more pathetic than I thought it would be. It took me like 15 minutes to write this tiny little post. Like I said, though, I’m still learning. I’m used to a super busy schedule, but I’m taking a year off here soon, which will give me a lot more time to make Blogger BFFs [=


What about you? Who are YOUR blogger BFFs? Let me know in the comments section below, and link me to your post!



July 9, 2013 posted by Nichole

15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 2

book-and-heart-wallpapers_12406_1600x1200Welcome back to day 2 of the 15 Day Blogger Challenge hosted by April over at  Good Books and Good Wine. Today the topic is What is Your Bedtime Reading Ritual?


My bedtime ritual is probably different (or maybe the same) than most, because I have a really hard time going to bed early. I don’t have Insomnia; I AM actually able to fall asleep. It’s more the fact that I fight it. I’m such a night person, and I never want to miss any of those vital hours. Lately, it’s become a bit more difficult because I have progressed into a morning person. I love getting up, eating breakfast, and watching some stupid Hart of Dixie on my DVR. At the same time, though, I still don’t want to fall asleep.

One of two things can happen before bed. I can get ready, brush my teeth and what not, make my bed, pick out a book (usually a hardcopy but sometimes my nook) and read in bed for about 35 minutes to an hour. Then there’s the nights that I decide I’m going to read on the couch before bed. This usually lasts about 2-4 hours….which usually results in me staying up wayyyy too late.

I have a few quirks when I’m reading at night. I have to have water beside me at all times. If there is no water beside me, I can’t concentrate on the book. I also have to have one of my cats on me or near me (Yes, I’m the crazy cat lady.) Finally, it has to be completely silent. I can’t read with noise, and I would rather go straight to bed than have to try and read in a loud room.

That’s pretty much my bedtime reading ritual. Nothing fancy. What about you? What’s your bedtime reading ritual? Sound off in the comments section! And make sure to stop back tomorrow to learn who my blogging BFFs are!



15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 1
July 8, 2013 posted by Nichole

15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 1



I don’t normally participate in challenges, but the 15 Day Blogger Challenge over at Good Books and Good Wine caught my attention this time! If you want to participate in this challenge, April will have a sign up sheet over at Good Books and Good Wine. Here is the link to the first challenge.


Day 1: Make 15 book-related confessions.

1. I dog-ear my pages /= I can’t stand bookmarks.

2. If I’m reading a hardback, I always have to take the jacket off.

3. Before I became a blogger, I was massively against the concept of ARCs.

4. When reading a book, the feminist in me comes out and I’m quick to call male characters abusive.

5. I used to ONLY read adult romance books. Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, and Suzanne Brockmann were my best friends.

6.I’ve been to 2 Richelle Mead book signings and 1 Patricia Briggs signing. I ate cupcakes in line at the RM signing [=

7. Whenever I’m at Barnes & Noble, I take time to find other people books.

8. Twilight is what got me hooked to the YA genre

9. I skim books if they bug me. I never make myself suffer.

10. My bookshelf is very disorganized. The books are not arranged by size, color, title, or author. They’re all just sorta squeezed into spots.

11. My books aren’t treated the best. I’m pretty rough with them. They’ve been drenched with water from the bath, stepped on, thrown around in the car, and some unfortunate ones have met the ill fate of my cats hairballs.

12. My favorite guy NEVER wins in books. Likewise, everyone else seems to be rooting for the other guy. It’s a big disappointment with most books for me.

13. Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series is what hooked me to adult paranormal. Favorite. Series. Ever. (Including all of YA.)

14. I often feel really guilty about all the books I have to read. It’s literally almost resulted in tears before. I feel like I need to be a speed reader. No matter how much I try, though, it still takes me at least 3 days average to finish a book.

15. I have the hardest time lending out my books, selling, or donating them to the library. Even if I don’t like the book, I just want to keep it forever and ever. Fortunately, my mom makes me see sense since books are EVERYWHERE in the house!


That was a lot harder than I thought it would be! Now that you know my book-related confessions, what are yours? Let me know in the comments section! And make sure to come back tomorrow to learn about my bedtime reading ritual!


July 6, 2013 posted by Nichole

2013 Debut Authors Bash Blogger Sign Ups



Hi everyone!

I am SO excited to let you all know that we are hosting the 2013 Debut Authors Bash Sign Ups! So far, we have 59 authors on board. Some of the authors are coming in a little late, so more names might be added as we go along. Those authors names will be bolded below.

This year there were a ton of debut authors. So many, that I might have missed a couple! I’m sending out huge apologies if I did! The goal of the 2013 Debut Authors Bash is to promote these awesome authors and their fabulous books. We’re going to do that by hosting this bash from September 1st through September 30th. We’ll both kick off and end the Bash here at YaReads. And because we have so many authors on board, there’s going to be some days where more than one blog will host an author.

The tour will consist of author interviews, character interviews, guest posts, giveaways, and other fun things. Many authors have requested that their blogger create their own material. Likewise, some authors have asked to create a post in advance. Please keep that in mind when choosing your top 4 authors. You are also more than welcome to include a review on your tour stop, but please note that it is not mandatory. If you choose to post a review on your post date, it must be at least 4 stars.

Everyone with a blog is more than welcome to sign up below. No favoritism will be given to popular bloggers or friends. Please let us know in the sign up form below why you want to host your author and please include any posts you’ve done on the author, including guest posts, author interviews, book reviews, WOW, IMM, Teaser Tuesday posts, etc.

The sign ups open up today and will close on July 17th. After that, we will place you with your author and you will receive an email from us if you have been chosen to participate in the 2013 Debut Authors Bash. Once you receive your email, you will have 3 days to send us the material for your author. If you fail to reply, someone else will be placed with your author.

We’re hoping that this years 2013 Debut Authors Bash will be a big success! And we hope that we have the chance to make this an annual thing! All of the information you need to sign up is below…but first…….let’s take a look at this years participating debut authors!




*All author names are linked to their debut’s Goodreads page*


Alison Cherry

Amy Butler Greenfield

A.G. Howard

Amanda Sun

Amie Kaufman

Anne Applegate

April Genevieve  Tucholke

Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon (NEW!)

Carly Anne West

Cat Winters

Chelsea Pitcher

Christina Mercer

Claire M. Caterer (NEW!)

Corey Ann Haydu

Elizabeth May

Ellen Oh

Elsie Chapman

Emily Murdoch (NEW!)

Emma Trevayne

Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Erin Bowman

Heather Reid

Helen Douglas

Holly Smale

Jamie Blair

Jane Nickerson

Jennifer Iacopelli

Jennifer McGowan

 Jennifer Salvato Doktorski (NEW!)

Jessica Verdi

J.J. Howard

J.L. Spelbring

Jody Casella  (NEW!)

J.R. Johansson

Julianna Scott

Kara Taylor

Kasie West

Kate Karyus Quinn

Kelly A. Barson

Kelsey Sutton

Kimberly Ann Miller (NEW!)

Kit Grindstaff

Kristin Halbrook

Laura Lam

Lauren Miller

Laurie Crompton

Leah Miller

Leila Howland

Lenore Appelhans

Lindsay Ribar

Lindsey Scheibe (NEW!)

Liz Coley

Liz Fichera

L.M. Augustine

Lydia Kang

Mary Gray

Megan Shepherd

Mindee Arnett

Mindy McGinnis

Mindy Raf (NEW!)

Miriam Forster

Page Morgan

Romily Bernard

Sarah Ashley Jones (NEW!)

Shaunta Grimes

Stephanie Kuehn

Steven dos Santos



We are still accepting authors for this event. If you have not received an email from us, please email  (we are not longer accepting authors for this event.)        


Bloggers! Please be very careful with your choices. Once we email you with your author and you confirm your participation, there will be no changing authors! Also, some authors have chosen specific time periods and dates. We will let you know of any special conditions when we email the blogger participants. Once you receive your author, you will have three days to submit your material (interviews, guest posts, etc) back to the tour host.


June 23, 2013 posted by Nichole

What Should I Read Next? (12)

Hi everyone! Welcome back!


Last time you voted for me to read WILD CARDS by Simone Elkeles. I’m about halfway through it, so expect a review soon! Take a look at this weeks choices below!


What Should I Read Next?

  • Hidden by Marianne Curley
  • The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis
  • The Program by Suzanne Young
  • Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau


More polls: Free polls

June 9, 2013 posted by Nichole

What Shoud I Read Next? (11)

Hey everyone! Welcome back!


My school quarter has FINALLY ENDED! So, hopefully, that means that we can go back to doing this every week. I have some books that I need to read, but I don’t know which one I should start out with. Soooo, you guys get to choose! Take a look at the choices below!



What Should I Read Next?

  • In the After by Demitria Lunetta
  • Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles
  • Hidden by Marianne Curley
  • Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis


More polls: Free polls

What Should I Read Next? (10)
May 5, 2013 posted by Nichole

What Should I Read Next? (10)

Hi Everyone! Welcome back!


It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done one of these. My school schedule is super busy this quarter, and I haven’t had much time to read. Hopefully this will go back to being a regular thing. I received some awesome middle grade books from Penguin this week. I’m so excited to read each and every one of them,  but you’re going to choose which one I read next.

Let me know (or link me to your website) in the comments section what books you’ve received this week or what you’re planning on reading next!


Take a look at this weeks choices!

What Should I Read Next?

  • The Life of Ty by Lauren Myracle
  • After Iris by Natasha Farrant
  • The Creature From the Seventh Grade by Bob Balaban
  • Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko
  • The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck
  • Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne


More polls: Free polls

16101085The Life of Ty by Lauren Myracle


Winnie Perry’s sweet baby brother, Ty, is the quintessential dreamer, full of big ideas and wacky plans that only a seven-year-old boy could hatch. Whether it’s battling the family cat with a Dustbuster or smuggling a baby penguin out of the aquarium, Ty is always in the middle of a well-intended, big-hearted scheme.

In the spirit of the Judy Moody spinoff Stink series, Ty will work his way into the hearts and funny bones of a whole new generation of Myracle fans.





16101131After Iris by Natasha Farrant


An unforgettable middle-grade debut that will steal your heart Blue Gadsby’s twin sister, Iris, died three years ago and her family has never been the same. Her histrionic older sister, Flora, changes her hair color daily; her younger siblings, Jasmine and Twig, are completely obsessed with their pet rats; and both of her parents spend weeks away from home–and each other. Enter Zoran the Bosnian male au pair and Joss the troublemaking boy next door, and life for the Gadsby family takes a turn for the even more chaotic. Blue poignantly captures her family’s trials and tribulations from fragmented to fully dysfunctional to ultimately reunited, in a sequence of film transcripts and diary entries that will make you cry, laugh, and give thanks for the gift of families.

With the charm of The Penderwicks and the poignancy of When You Reach Me, Natasha Farrant’s After Iris is a story that will stay with readers long after the last page.



16101082The Creature from the Seventh Grade by Bob Balaban


There’s a thief in town, and all signs point to twelve-year-old Charlie Drinkwater. Once you spontaneously morph into a giant mutant dinosaur in the middle of the school day, people will suspect you of just about anything. Charlie’s teachers decide that all he needs is a little discipline, so they make him join the swim team. The only problem is, Charlie is terrified of the water. (He’s terrified of a lot of things.) Charlie and his friends vow to apprehend the real criminal and clear Charlie’s name. But when they discover who the actual thief is, Charlie’s problems get a whole lot bigger . . . not to mention slimier, scalier, and smellier!





16101014Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko


Alcatraz Island in the 1930s isn’t the most normal place to grow up, but it’s home for Moose Flanagan, his autistic sister, Natalie, and all the families of the guards. When Moose’s dad gets promoted to Associate Warden, despite being an unlikely candidate, it’s a big deal. But the cons have a point system for targeting prison employees, and his dad is now in serious danger. After a fire starts in the Flanagan’s apartment, Natalie is blamed, and Moose bands with the other kids to track down the possible arsonist. Then Moose gets a cryptic note from the notorious Al Capone himself. Is Capone trying to protect Moose’s dad too? If Moose can’t figure out what Capone’s note means, it may be too late.

The last heart-pounding installment in the New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning Alcatraz trilogy is not to be missed!

“Superlative historical fiction.” – School Library Journal (starred review for Al Capone Shines My Shoes)


16101016The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck


Newbery Award-winning author Richard Peck is at his very best in this fast-paced mystery adventure. Fans of The Tale of Desperaux, A Little Princess, and Stuart Little will all be captivated by this memorable story of a lovable orphan mouse on an amazing quest.

The smallest mouse in London’s Royal Mews is such a little mystery that he hasn’t even a name. And who were his parents? His Aunt Marigold, Head Needlemouse, sews him a uniform and sends him off to be educated at the Royal Mews Mouse Academy. There he’s called “Mouse Minor” (though it’s not quite a name), and he doesn’t make a success of school. Soon he’s running for his life, looking high and low through the grand precincts of Buckingham Palace to find out who he is and who he might become.

Queen Victoria ought to be able to help him, if she can communicate with mice. She is all-seeing, after all, and her powers are unexplainable. But from her, Mouse Minor learns only that you do not get all your answers from the first asking. And so his voyage of self-discovery takes him onward, to strange and wonderful places.

16101103Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne


For fans of The Westing Game and From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler comes a clever, treasure-hunt mystery based on a real-life art heist.

Moxie Fleece knows the rules and follows them–that is, until the day she opens her front door to a mysterious stranger. Suddenly Moxie is involved in Boston’s biggest unsolved mystery: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist. Moxie has two weeks to find the art, otherwise she and the people she loves will be in big-time danger.

Her tools? Her best friend, Ollie, a geocaching addict who loves to find stuff; her Alzheimer’s suffering grandfather, Grumps, who knows lots more than he lets on; and a geometry proof that she sets up to sort out the clues.

It’s a race against the clock through downtown Boston as Moxie and Ollie break every rule she’s ever lived by to find the art and save her family.