Monday, September 1, 2014

September 2014 Happenings

I really can't believe that it's practically FALL. It definitely doesn't feel or look like fall (no air conditioning in my apartment + not being able to open any windows = death), so I am desperately awaiting the day that I can start wearing combat boots again.

I like the idea of sharing my plans for September, so here are some books I'm hoping to read, books I'm looking forward to seeing in its physical form, and goals for the month!


books i'm planning to read

I don't want to call this a September TBR because I KNOW for a fact that once I do, I'm going to read everything that is not on this list. So instead of that, I'll just give you a general idea of what I'm planning to read. That way I won't feel as guilty if I end up reading something else :p ("TBR" just sounds too final to me and I'm terrible at commitment.)


Eric from Quirk Books was asking for bloggers to review Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix, so I immediately tweeted back and this came in the mail! I love Ikea, so this being similar to their catalogs sent a signal to my brain that I must read this. I'm not a fan of horror/scary books, but I decided to give this a chance because IKEA.

Booksplosion, a book club on YouTube, is planning to read Rumble by Ellen Hopkins so I decided to jump in. I haven't read anything by Ellen yet, but I read the description and thought it would be quite interesting. I've only tuned in to one liveshow (for We Were Liars) but I like hearing what other people think of something I've read.

I stopped by my school library this past week and immediately picked up Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg because 1) I recognized her name and 2) I liked the cover. I have no idea what it's about (although it looks like the main character may be a singer!) but sometimes you just need a girly book.

I was lucky enough to win a copy of Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin (thank you, Fierce Reads!) so I'll be reading and reviewing this in the near future. And YES, this is the same Ann M. Martin who wrote the Baby-Sitter's Club series!

ANTICIPATED RELEASES




I think my only goal for September is to finish Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper. It's not a terrible book, but I've been reading the thing for ages and I just need to move on!

What are you hoping to read this month? Which new releases are you most excited for? What are your plans for September?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

August 2014 Rewind

Hi guys! (Well, mostly gals ... but I never say "gals" in real life so it just looks strange.) I hope you read a lot of books in August, because I sure didn't ...

books i read in august


Yes, your eyes do not deceive you. I only finished two books in August. It's quite embarrassing because I didn't start school until the 25th, which means I had plenty of time to read. I got through most of Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid, but I had to return it to the library. I'm in a bit of a reading slump right now, so hopefully I come across some good books in September.

2 books i need to hurry up and read
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry — my family has had this book for ages and I still haven't gotten around to reading it. The movie is already out and I won't watch it unless I've finished the book.
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver — one of my reading goals for this year is to finish the Delirium trilogy, which I was planning to do this month but ... as you can tell, that didn't turn out well.
3 of the coolest things that happened
At the beginning of August, I met Gayle Forman, Nina LaCour and Jandy Nelson at a book signing! It was my first time at a book-related event, so I was really excited to finally meet some authors :p I got to the bookstore two hours early (just in case) and bought The Sky is Everywhere and Everything Leads to You.

The day after that, I attended a pre-screening of If I Stay (thank you, Refinery29!) It was a beautiful movie, and I'll definitely be watching it again in theaters. Gayle Forman, Chloe Moretz and Liana Liberato also stopped by to introduce the movie, so that was pretty cool.

I don't normally attend concerts, but Ed Sheeran was going to be around so I had to buy tickets. Seeing and listening to him LIVE was a ton of fun. It was just him, his guitar and a loop pedal — crazy how good it still sounds!


5 things I BLOGGED/FILMED

Because I only read two books this month and did not complete any of my reading goals, I'm going to save myself from humiliation and refrain from posting a reading challenge update :p

Out of all the books you read in August, which one did you enjoy the most? Did you watch If I Stay? What is something cool you did in August?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Top 10 Books I Want To Read But Don't Own Yet


There are a million and one books I'd love to read but don't own yet. My TBR pile is already something I never want to think about or look at, but add all the books I want to read and it's trouble. What's even worse is that I'm terrible at prioritizing the books I'd like to read vs. books I borrow from the library — I tend to save all the books I really want to read, which basically means I don't read the books I REALLY want to read. But that's all a different story ... SO, here are the books I'd like to own and read someday (but not before I finish the books I already have!):


1. Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I went through a (very short) phase where I would not read a book if I didn't own it, even if I REALLY wanted to. Thankfully I realized that I was being dumb, but I still haven't made time to pick this up yet! This would have been a perfect summer read.

2. Alienated by Melissa Landers
I borrowed this from my school's library last semester but I didn't get a chance to finish it. The concept is really strange but cool, so I'm hoping to pick it up again and continue onward.

3. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
This book (and entire trilogy) has been out for such a long time, but I'm having a difficult time choosing the covers I want ... yeah, #firstworldproblems.

4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
All I know is that I need to hurry up and read this already.


5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Yes, I STILL haven't read this after I talked about it in my "Top 5 Most Embarrassing Unread Books" post. I really want the B&N collector's edition, but I'm also trying to hold back on buying too many books.

6. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
There was so much buzz after a bunch of booktubers got together and read this one. The cover is very girly and I heard it was funny. Funny's my kind of thing. So me and this book should have a pretty fun time.

7. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Another book I haven't read but really need to. I haven't heard a single bad thing about this one and I really love Jenny Han.

8. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
I don't think I've read a single new adult romance novel, but I really want to read this specific one after hearing how much Kassidy and Riley loved it.


9. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
This one is a recent release so I'm not too mad at myself about this one, but I love everything that Rainbow Rowell writes and need to read everything she has ever written. If she wrote an essay on physics, I'd like to read it right now please.

10. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
This one makes me so sad ... I don't know what else to say because I sound like a recording machine but I NEED THIS ONE SO BAD.

I feel overwhelmed after looking over the books I'd like to own and read. There are way too many and I know I could never finish all the books. Can publishers please stop publishing books for like one year and let me catch up?! That would be kinda nice.

Which book would you recommend I read first? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What is on your list of "books I want to read but don't own yet"?

Looking for more Top Ten Tuesdays? Here are a couple that may tickle your fancy:

Saturday, August 16, 2014

5 TV Shows to Watch This Fall

Although there are plenty of shows I'm planning to continue watching in the fall (The Vampire Diaries, The Mindy Project, Once Upon a Time), these five are a handful of the new ones that I'll be tuning in to. I've also linked each trailer in the title under their respective images, so click 'em and let me know which ones you'll also be watching!


RED BAND SOCIETY (FOX) • SEPTEMBER 17TH @ 9/8c

What if a hospital was your high school, boarding school and summer camp rolled into one? What if it was the place where you fell in love for the first time and made friendships that lasted a lifetime? And what if it was all weirdly hilarious and the most fun you ever had in your entire life? This is the world of RED BAND SOCIETY.

This reminds me of The Fault in Our Stars in the way where illnesses don't define who the kids are. They're falling in love, building friendships, displaying emotions, etc. I feel like this could either turn out really great or really sour. It could be a great way to show what kids in a hospital may be feeling and how they live everyday, but it could also distort the image of what really happens. I hope it does well — I do think it has some potential.

PEOPLE YOU MAY RECOGNIZE:
  • Ciara Bravo (Kendall's little sister, Katie, from Big Time Rush)
  • Dave Annable (Jake Adams from What's Your Number)
  • Octavia Spencer (Minny Jackson from The Help, Johanna from Insurgent)

SELFIE (ABC) • SEPTEMBER 30TH @ 8/7c

Eliza Dooley has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But one lonely day she has a revelation: being friended is not the same as having actual friends. She asks marketing guru Henry to 'rebrand' her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect.

I don't think this'll last longer than one season — I like the idea of turning an obsession with social media into a comic relief, but I can't picture anything eventful happening throughout the course of this show. It seems like it's really funny, which is why I am going to watch it, but that's about it.

PEOPLE YOU MAY RECOGNIZE:
  • Karen Gillan (Amy Pond from Doctor Who, Nebula from Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • John Cho (Harold from the Harold & Kumar movies)
  • Allyn Rachel (Rachael from New Girl)

MANHATTAN LOVE STORY (ABC) • SEPTEMBER 30TH @ 8:30/7:30c

Have you ever wondered what your date was thinking? This romantic comedy exposes the differences between men and women through the unfiltered thoughts, and often contradictory actions, of a new couple who have just begun dating.

First of all, LISTS!!! And secondly, I'm a total sucker for romantic comedy. The plot seems to be more fit as a movie than a TV show and just like Selfie, I don't think it'll last but I'm interested to see how it turns out.

PEOPLE YOU MAY RECOGNIZE:
  • Jake McDorman (Evan Chambers from Greek)
  • Jade Catta-Preta (Serena from 2 Broke Girls)
  • Kurt Fuller (Coroner Woody Strode from Psych)

A TO Z (NBC) • OCTOBER 2ND @ 9:30/8:30c

Andrew Lofland, while a guy's guy, has always been a secret romantic ... not above crooning to Celine Dion while driving to work, with dreams of finding "the one." He imagines her to be just like that shimmering beauty he spotted that night in that silver dress at that concert two years ago. Zelda Vasco is a no-nonsense lawyer who has strong feelings about being her own person and prefers the control of online dating. However, when a computer glitch sends her a total mismatch, she's asked to come in for an interview at Wallflower Online Dating, the agency where Andrew works.

Andrew and Zelda meet for the first time and despite their differences, sparks fly. She thinks it's chance. He thinks it's fate. After all, he's convinced she's the shimmering girl in the silver dress. Is it true love forever or just a detour in destiny?

If I were to guess whether Manhattan Love Story or A to Z would end up having more seasons, I'd say A to Z. It seems like a story that could head off in many directions — see for yourself! According to Entertainment Weekly, you can stream the pilot episode on NBC.com or Hulu.

PEOPLE YOU MAY RECOGNIZE:
  • Ben Feldman (Michael Ginsberg from Mad Men)
  • Cristin Milioti (Tracy McConnell from How I Met Your Mother)
  • Hong Chau (Cook Pu from How I Met Your Mother)

THE FLASH (CW) • OCTOBER 7TH @ 8/7c

Barry Allen was just 11 years old when his mother was killed in a bizarre and terrifying incident and his father was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever by the tragedy, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West, the father of Barry’s best friend, Iris. Now, Barry has become a brilliant, driven and endearingly geeky CSI investigator, whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother’s strange death leads him to follow up on every unexplained urban legend and scientific advancement that comes along.

I've never seen Arrow (The Flash is the spin-off series) and I don't know anything about DC/Marvel, but this looks really cool. From previous experiences, CW has come out with really great TV shows so I'm hoping this will be good — even for people who aren't educated in the world of superheroes. Plus, the main character is pretty cute.

PEOPLE YOU MAY RECOGNIZE:
  • Grant Gustin (Barry Allen from Arrow, Sebastian from Glee, Campbell from 90210)
  • Rick Cosnett (Dr. Wes from The Vampire Diaries)
  • Danielle Panabaker (Faith from Summerland, Ariel from Grimm, Penny from Justified)

Are you looking forward to any of these shows? What are some shows you're planning to watch, or catch up on?

Images and summaries belong to their respective networks aside from The Flash image, which is originally from www.geekrest.com.