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Friday 56: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


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This meme is run by Freda at Freda’s Voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

annaSo, when this goes live, I will be on a plane to Las Vegas. And on that plane, I will be working my way (likely pretty quickly) towards page 56 of my current book: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Yes, you may start gushing now! It is my first time reading this much-raved about book and I’m trying hard to go into with no expectations, but we’ll see!

He shrugs and I pause, debating whether I want to know the answer to my next question. Probably not, but I ask anyway. “How long have you and Ellie been dating?”

St. Clair thinks for a moment. “About a year now, I suppose.”

I am only on like page 3, but I get the significance of this already, just based on what’s on the back of the book. :)

Have you read this popular book?

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Christina’s Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Her That She MUST Read


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Top Ten Tuesday is the popular meme created and run by The Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me That I MUST Read

I really utilize my Goodreads “to-read” shelf to keep track of the books recommended to me by others that I have to read. After going through this shelf, below are 10 books I hope to read soon after I finish my last semester of grad classes (or during)…

  1. A Song of Ice and Fire, books 4, 5 and 6 by George R. R. Martin – Prior to learning of this TV series, a friend of mine who has contributed to playingjokers.com, Ellen, recommended this series to me. I am now three books in, and hooked! I’ve mentioned before, but Martin’s writing style reminds me of Ken Follet’s, another one of my favorite authors. I have only recently started watching the TV series, but intend to keep the books first before watching the corresponding seasons. I am three books in, and have books four and five on my shelf staring me down to pick them up and start reading…
  2. Born Fighting by James Webb – This recommendation only came to me in the past couple of weeks from one of my best friends who is currently in California. She texted me about a book she was reading that she thinks I would like. I instantly added it to my “must reads soon” books. This book follows the culture and path of the Scots-Irish to America and how they helped shape America.
  3. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson – I have had this book on my “to-read” shelf for a few years now… I am ashamed I have not yet read it! My hobbies include camping, backpacking, and hiking. Because of that, this book was recommended by a few friends, and I am looking forward to diving into it during one of my hiking trips. The author focuses on the Appalachian Trail, a trail I love to hike here in Virginia and hope to explore in further in it stretch from Georgia to Maine.
  4. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – I have not seen the movie that came out, but was recommended this book by others in the book club and who knew about or saw this movie. I recently came across the book for sale at a thrift store and purchased it with intentions of reading it soon.
  5. 11/22/63 by Stephen King – My boyfriends’ mom and I share book recommendations, between book club and casual readings. The last book I recommended to her was Lexicon by Max Berry, and she recommended this one to me. I am sad to say, I have not read a Stephen King book yet! So I intend to start, and this is the first I will pick up. This book is set both in present-time and around the death of J.F.K and has a little sci-fi/historical fiction combination in its subject and style.
  6. The Civil War by Bruce Catton – Another one with connections to my boyfriend… we were visiting his grandparents and I was staring at their book shelf with a wide variety of historical books (my favorite). This book I noticed they had two copies of, and they offered one to me recommending it as a great overview of the War. I can’t wait to start!
  7. Soul by Soul by Walter Johnson – This book was recommended to me by a professor I had in grad school. We were talking about the movie Twelve Years a Slave (based off a book), which had just came out. Our professor mentioned this book and said it was gripping, brutal, but a must-read. The author focuses on slavery in Antebellum America, particularly in the slave markets themselves.
  8. City of Dreadful Delight by Judith R. Walkowitz – During one of my first grad classes, we read the book Nights Out by Walkowitz. Her writing style and subject selection drew me in, even on a topic I normally would not pursue to read on m own. The professor told us if we liked her new book, we would like this older book, City of Dreadful Delight. This book focuses on the Victorian London and the sexual dangers, including prostitution and Jack the Ripper, that plagued the times and streets.
  9. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin – This book was recommended to me by some classmates who were assigned this book by our professor to read and present to the class. (I was assigned a different book on Lincoln and did not have the opportunity to read this one as well) Many people may be familiar with Goodwin’s book because Team of Rivals was the book the movie Lincoln was based off of. While I was not a huge fan of the movie, I am looking forward to reading this book for a more in-depth analysis of Lincoln and his colleagues.
  10. Panopticon by Jenni Fagan – I have added this book to my recommended reads because it is the next book selected in-line for our book club read! This is September’s book, a thriller with an interesting description… you’ll see more on this book as we dive deeper into it for the book club. This is my current casual read selection I have picked up and started.

Looking at this list, as I mentioned, I am always looking for more book recommendations to add to my “to read” shelf and personal book shelf. If there are similar books to the above you recommend, by all means, PLEASE do!

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Friday 56: Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr


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This meme is run by Freda at Freda’s Voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

inkexchangeSo today, the book I’m reading is Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr.

Her eyes had dilated ever so slightly when her fears rose and faded. Later tonight, when she thought of him, she’d think he was just an odd man, memorable for that alone. It would be awhile until her mind would let her process the extent of her changing body. Mortals had so many mental defenses to make sense of the things that violated their preconceptions and rules. At times those defenses were quite useful to him.

When I first flipped to page 56, I was a little worried I couldn’t find something intriguing to post. But there you are! Keep your eyes open for my thoughts soon!

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Top Ten Worlds I Would Never Want to Live In


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 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Broke and Bookish.

Which worlds would I never want to live in?

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Waiting on Wednesday (11): Allegiant by Veronica Roth


New WoW“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Guess what! It’s coming out…next week!!

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Expected publication: October 22nd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young adult dystopian
544 pages

Synopsis:

One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.


As much as I really can’t wait to read this, I think I’d like to read the short stories from Four’s perspective first, just to get completely caught up.

What are you waiting for?

Top Ten Books on My Fall 2013 TBR List


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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Broke and Bookish.

This week is the Top Ten Books on My Fall 2013 TBR List. I’ve already said a bit of the books that I plan to read in September, but considering that I’ve finished one of those books already (Vicious was amazing!) and that doesn’t equal 10, here’s my list!

So, in no particular order:

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1. Tumble & Fall

My focus this Fall is to read all those books I couldn’t stop myself from picking up at the Book Expo America this year. I’ve read mixed reviews about this book but I’m curious to see how I will feel.

2. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

I have actually nominated this book for my book club’s October pick. Holly Black almost never disappoints me so I’m looking forward to it.

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3. Projection by Risa Green

Another case of the cover enticing me too much and me having no self-control.

4. The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit by Octavia Spencer

Ms. Spencer was an amazing speaker at BEA. I’m curious to read this children’s book.

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5. Relic by Heather Terrell

High fantasy and dystopia? I’m in!

6. The Land of Dreams by Vidar Sundstol

I was told that this author is a huge thing internationally. It’s a translated story, so we’ll see how it turns out.

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7. One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

I read Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods last year and I was super happy to find the line for him at BEA. This book I have been saving because I just feel, rather know, I’m going to love it.

8. If You Were Here by Alafair Burke

The author is so cool. She loves Boston Terriers.

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9. Solstice by P.J. Hoover

I think it’ll be nice to read about a hot world when it’s cooling down.

10. September Girls by Bennett Madison

I don’t think I’ll have time to read this in September, but perhaps it’ll work out that way.

What other books should I be on the lookout for this fall?

Waiting on Wednesday (10): Unchained and The Burning Sky


New WoW“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Two books have my attention this week, and because I feel more confident with the dent I’m making in my to-read list, I feel better about looking forward to these books,

12081652Unchained by J. Lynn

Expected publication: September 17th 2013 by Entangled: Edges
Genre: Paranormal romance
400 pages

Synopsis:

Between the pissed off creatures that want demon-hunter Lily Marks dead and the fallen angel who just…wants her, Lily is about ready to trade in forever for a comfy job in a cubicle farm.

The fact that she and Julian are civil to one another is enough to have her thrown out of the Sanctuary, but she can’t shake her not-so-angelic stalker or how he brings her dangerously close to ecstasy.

Her forbidden relationship with Julian provides the perfect fuel for suspicion when a traitor is discovered to be working within the Sanctuary. Lily quickly finds herself hunted by well, everyone.

Her only hope is to discover the real traitor before she loses everything–and she’ll need Julian’s help. That is, if Julian is really there to help her…and not destroy her.

Yeah, being a Nephilim isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be.

So I’m one of the few people these days who hasn’t read anything by this author yet. I know that it’s practically blasphemy to some of her fans, but this one is the start of a new series and it does sound interesting.

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Expected Publication: September 17th 2013 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult fantasy
Pages: 464 pages

Synopsis:

It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he’s also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to avenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.

I almost always play as a mage in my video games, so this one seems like it’d be right up my alley.

What are you waiting for?

Waiting on Wednesday (9): Three Books Worthy of Spotlighting


New WoW“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I can’t decide between three books that are coming out soon. So I figured I’d just include all of them!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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432 pages

Synopsis:

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black

I have the ARC of this book from the Book Expo America this year but still, I can’t wait until I have an opportunity to read it! Everything from Holly Black generally enthuses me.

All of Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Expected Publication: September 3rd 2013 by Disney Hyperion
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Pages: 368 pages

Synopsis:

“You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.

A lot of my fellow bloggers have been posting about this book and there is even a release party near me next week (that I can’t go to!). At this time, I definitely plan on reading this one.

The Transfer by Veronica Roth

Expected Publication: September 3rd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Pages: 50 pages

Synopsis:

More Four! Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by “The Transfer,” the first of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory, and relationships.

Does this one even need an explanation? Despite some of the issues with the Divergent series, I will continue to devour anything about it. I’m definitely very curious about this and the other short stories being released. So excited!

What are you waiting for?

Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters


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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Broke and Bookish.

This week is the Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters. The sad thing is, that my list isn’t necessarily the best secondary characters, but definitely the most memorable if I can actually remember who they are after having read the book. I generally have a hard time remembering anything about books after a little bit of time has passed (one of the reasons why I have a hard time finishing series–what happened before this book again?).

So, in no particular order:

1. Eric Northman from the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris

Okay, maybe the show True Blood has something to do with me being able to remember him, but geez, who wouldn’t be able to remember a hot Viking Vampire?

2. Valek from the Study series by Maria V. Snyder

Again, if I have actually read a series, the likliehood of me remembering any of the characters grows exponentially. Valek, despite being creepy older than his love interest, was definitely memorable and disturbingly cool.

3. Elvis from the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz

Elvis is definitely a secondary if not tertiary character, but his ghost provides Odd Thomas with some support throughout his crazy adventures. I enjoyed the first two books better than the third and haven’t gotten around to reading any more of the series, but I think I’ll eventually get to them.

4. Four from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth

I thought it’d be appropriate to add Four for number four. He may be more of a main character, but I figured he counts as a secondary character. He’s pretty cool, a more complicated character with real history than what you might typically find as the male interest in young adult (not bashing the genre, just my observation from what I’ve read…and can remember).

5. Tyrion from A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin

Does he even need an explanation? Though again, is he a main character? I figured they are all secondary and main characters in this series.

6. Catherine Howard from Gilt by Katherine Longshore

Gilt was a book that definitely surprised me in how much I liked it. Cat was an awesome character and while it may or may not be true, it makes me think of her spot in history a little differently.

7. Kaidan Rowe from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

The son of the Duke of Lust…okay clearly there is a theme with those characters that I can actually remember, but I swear these are just genuinely memorable characters!

8. Barrow Hess from Rift by Andrea Cremer

Like Varek, his age difference and role as a teacher to the main character ruins any kind of swooning the author might have intended with some of the romance elements, but there was definitely something about Rift that stands out more in my memory. Clearly I need to make sure I read the sequel that’s already out.

9. Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series by Diane Gabaldon

Okay, my last romantic-type of memorable secondary character.

10. Syrenka from Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

She’s definitely a multidimensional character and she plays a pretty pivotal role in the story. Perhaps I pretended to be her when I was in the ocean this weekend, maybe I didn’t.

Do any of these characters make your list?

Feature and Follow (1): How I Handle Books I Don’t Like


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Feature & Follow is a meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. Each week they pick a blog to feature and the rest of us follow and participate.

Today’s question: How do you handle a book you don’t like? Do you DNF or do you power through?

It really depends on how I’ve received it. If it is a book that I picked up myself, I might abandon, or ‘did not finish’ (DNF). I generally don’t like doing that because I want to make sure that I know the whole story when I inevitably write a review. I particularly power through if I received it as a review copy. While I love it when I actually enjoy a review copy, sometimes I don’t. And I entered into an agreement with the publisher, publicist, author, or whoever that I would read this book that I received for free and I want to make sure it’s as complete of a review as possible. That sometimes leads to some time that could be better spent, but if I didn’t like that obligation, I wouldn’t accept review copies. I wish I was daring enough to abandon any book that I don’t enjoy like some people. It’d probably be a lot more enjoyable. I’m just one of those people who can set rigid rules for myself.

How do you follow Playing Jokers?

Any way you want. I prefer following blogs through Bloglovin, but everyone’s different. I have a quick way to ‘like’ my blog through Facebook on the side bar, as well as a few of the other places you could choose from. :)

Today’s featured blogger: The Mile Long Bookshelf

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