Memes and Challenges

Memes and Challenges are two ways to connect with other bloggers.  So far, I'm only a part of one meme and one challenge, but eventually I plan on participating in some more. If you want to see other blogs participating in the same memes or challenges, please click the host blog's link!

Waiting on Wednesday (meme)

What is Waiting on Wednesday? It's a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. When I participate (which I will try to do every week), I'll be sharing the books I'm waiting for, more like anxiously pacing back and forth for, until the release date. And to see what other bloggers are waiting and or pacing for, you can always click on the link to the hosting blog, where all the bloggers are listed.

So far, I've waited for:

1) Sever by Lauren DeStefano
2) Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
3) The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
4) Requiem by Lauren Oliver
5) Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
6) Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder 
7) The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
8) Catherine by April Lindner
9) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
10) Undeadly by Michele Vail 
11) Wolf Pact by Melissa de la Cruz 
12) Sapphire Blue by kerstin Gier 
13) The Reece Malcom List  by Amy Spalding
14) Meant to be by Lauren Morrill 
15) The Elite by Kiera Cass 
16) This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith 
17) Foretold by Jana Oliver
18) Icons by Margaret Stohl
19) Linked by Imogen Howson 
20) Towering by Alex Flinn 
21) Fragments by Dan Wells
22) Dark Triumph by R.L. LaFevers
23) Hidden by Marianne Curley 
24) Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce 
25) Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
26) Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance 
27) Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting 
28) Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin 
29) School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
30) The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin 
31) The Originals by Cat Patrick 
32) The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White 
33) Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock
34) Deception by C.J. Redwine
35) This Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
36 )Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
37) The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater 
38) Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
39) The Elementals by Saundra Mitchell 
40) Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
41) The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
42) Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas 
43) Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan
44) Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier
45) Allegiant by Veronica Roth 
46) UnSouled by Neal Shusterman 
47) Infinityglass by Myra McEntire 
48) This Wicked Game by Michelle Zink
49) Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morril 
50) Infinite by Jodi Meadows 
51) Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
52) Evertrue by Brodi Ashton 
53) Dangerous by Shanon Hale 
54) Uninvited by Sophie Jordan 
55) Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel 
56) A Shard of Ice by Alivia Anders 
57) Cress by Marissa Meyer 
58) Panic by Lauren Oliver 
59) The Offering by Kimberly Derting
60) Reborn by C.C. Hunter 
61) Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi 
62) Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor 
63) Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
64) Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
65) The One by Kiera Cass 
66) Raging Star by Moira Young 
67) Hallow City by Ransom Riggs 
68) Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen 
69) The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski 
70) Enders by Lissa Price
71) After the End by Amy Plum
72) Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
73) Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
74) Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
75) Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong 
76) The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
77) The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
78) Rivals in the City by Y.S. Lee
79) City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
80) This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready
81) The Taking by Kimberly Derting
82) Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly 
83) Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
84) Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
85) Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
86) Fan Art by Sarah Tregay
87) The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey 
88) Clariel by Garth Nix 
89) Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld 
90) The Young Elites by Marie Lu
91) Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
92) Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
93) Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
94) This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
95) A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray 
96) The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson 
97) The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente 
98) In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken 
99) Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis 
100) Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger 
101) Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman 
102) The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
103) Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
104) The Body Electric by Beth Revis
105) The Last Time we Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
106) Eternal by C.C. Hunter 
107) This Shattered World by Amy Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
108) The Fall by Bethany Griffin
109) The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead 
110) Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins 
111) The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall 
112) All Fall Down by Ally Carter 
113) A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin 
114) The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Page 
115) The Heir by Kiera Cass
116) Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headly
117) Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
118) Lies I Told by Michelle Zink
119) Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales
120) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
121) The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill
122) The Marvels by Brian Selznick
123) Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
124) Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce 
125) Another Day by David Levithan 
126) Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier
127) The Replaced by Kimberly Derting 
128) Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout
129) Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith
130) The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
131) Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer 
132) Dumplin by Julie Murphy
133) Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein
134) Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas 
135) Winter by Marissa Meyer
136) Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti
137) Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger
138) Illuminae by Amie Kaufmanand Jay Kristoff
139) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
140) Passenger by Alexandra Bracken 
141) Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown 
142) Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella 
143) See how They Run by Ally Carter 
144) Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs 
145) These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
146) Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
147) The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Caterynne M. Valente 
148) Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner 
149) Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
150) Unspoken by C.C. Hunter 
151) Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan 
152) Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins 
153) Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
154) The Siren by Kiera Cass
155) Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
156) The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden  
157) Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

158) The Last Star by Rick Yancey
159) Summer Days and Summer Nights 
160) Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 
161) A World Without You by Beth Revis 
162) The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
163) The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
164) The Crown by Kiera Cass
165) The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
166) Wax by Gina Damico 
167) You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan 
168) Stars Above by Marissa Meyer 
169) The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan 
170) Dream On by Kerstin Gier 
171) Remembrance by Meg Cabot 
172) A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
173) This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
174) Heartless by Marissa Meyer 
175) Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton 
176) Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton
177) Aerie by Maria DahvanaHeadley 
178) Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 
179) Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter 
180) Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally 
181) Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
182) Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
183) Replica by Lauren Oliver 
184) Local Girl Swept Away be Ellen Wittlinger 
185) My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill 
186) The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan 
187) Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
188) Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen
189) The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon 
190) This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
191) Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
192) The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
193) The Trees Crept in by Dawn Kurtagich
194) The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
195) Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken 
196) The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig 
197) The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer
198) Hunter by Meagan Spooner
199) Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate 
200) Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead
201) The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares 
202) Caraval by Stephanie Garber
203) Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
204) Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven 
205) Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
206) Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
207) Waste of Space by Gina Damico
208) Flame in the Mist be Renee Ahdieh
209) Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
210) The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
211) Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz
212) The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale 
213) Ash and Quil by Rachel Caine
214) Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
215) Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo 
216) In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan 
217) Coming Up for Air by Miranda Keanneally 
218) Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab 
219) Falling Star by Melissa Landers 
220) Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson
221) The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan  
222) Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey
223) The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman
224) There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins 
225) Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett 
226) The Silver Mask by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
227) Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
228) All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater 
229) The Glass Town Game by CatherynneM. Valente 
230) That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston
231) Nothing by Annie Barrows
232) Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
233) Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills 
224) Piper by Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg
225) Renegades by Marissa Meyer
226) The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz 
227) The Becoming of Noah Shaw 
228) Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race 
229) The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro 
230) Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce 
231) Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
232) Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre
233) Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon 
234) The Defiant by Leslie Livingston
235) This Heart of Mine by CC Hunter
236) The Last Girl On Earth 
237) Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
238) Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
239) Dreadful Young Ladies by Kelly Barnhill
240) The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
241) Puddin' by Julie Murphy
242) From Twinkle, With Love
243) Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman  
244) If You don't have anything nice to say by Leila Sales 
245) 2 Fuzzy 2 Furious by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
246) Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
247) Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli  
248) Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty 
249) Spill Zone: The Broken Vow by Scott Westerfeld 
250) Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente 
251) Royals by Rachel Hawkins

A Good Week in Books

So technically speaking this isn't a meme or a challenge because it's not connected to other blogs. It's just my own way of showing the books I get and look forward to reading/reviewing. It also, personally, helps me organize things better by summing everything from my week up. I'll do this one on the Sundays (the end of the week) after I get new books.

Re-Read 2015 Reading Challenge

I came to realize that last year, I only had the chance to re-read one book. I used to re-read books all the time. In fact, I factor in my likelihood of re-reading when purchasing books. It’s just so hard to justify re-reading books when there are so many new books I haven’t read yet.
That is why this year, I am challenging myself to re-read at least 15 books. They can be any books I want. And as you can probably gather from my picture, I plan on re-reading the whole Harry Potter series because I don’t believe I’ve re-read them in years –and that’s half of my challenge!  

My coworker (the teen librarian) and I had a long discussion at the end of the year about all the books we were embarrassed about not having read yet. And we decided to challenge ourselves to read 15 of these books (we both had more we could have added, but thought 15 was a reasonable number).

So, instead of joining a reading challenge for the year, like I normally do, I’m doing my own challenge. My coworker and I each have our own list of books to go through. The books on my list are by authors I haven’t tried yet, or books I own but keep postponing getting to, or books I just think any Youth Services Librarian should have read, or books all YA bloggers should most likely read. It’s a little embarrassing to list all these books I haven’t read, for the world to see. But, here I go! Hopefully, I will get to all of them by the end of the year. Once I’ve read one of them, I’ll cross it off the list and put in a link to my review.

1) The Iron King by Julie Kagawa  (Review)
2) Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King (Review)
3) Eon by Alison Goodman (Review)
4) All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin (Review)
5) The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Review)
6) Die for Me by Amy Plum (Review)
7) Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout  (Review)
8) The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (review)
9) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Review)
10) The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann (Review) 
11) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (review)
12) The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Review)
13) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake  (Review)
14) Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (Review)
15) The Alchemyst by Michael Scott (Review)

Stand Alone Reading Challenge 2013

The challenge (hosted by IceyBooks) is to read 15 young adult or middle grade standalone novels (companions count) releasing in 2013.

1) Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan
2) This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
3) Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
4) The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
5) Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
6) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
7) Dare You To by Katie McGarry
8) All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
9) These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
10) Catherine by April Lindner
11) This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
12) Across a Star-swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
13) Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally
14) Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
15) Poison by Bridget Zinn
16) Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
17) Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by K.G. Campbell

Debut Author Challenge 2012

What is the Debut Author Challenge? It's a challenge hosted by The Story Siren (one of my favorite blogs).  And it's all about reading new (aka: debut) writers. The challenge is to read at least 12 books this year that are written by first time (first published) YA authors. This doesn't count for authors who have previously published YA titles. There are contests and things only available to those participating in the challenge. And it's a great way to discover new authors. So, I'm very excited to be a part of the challenge this year!

My 2012 Debut List so Far (the links will take you to my reviews):

1)  Cinder by Marissa Meyer
2)  Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
3)  Katana by Cole Gibsen
4)  Partials by Dan Wells
5)  Starters by Lissa Price
6)  Slide by Jill Hathaway
7)  Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
8)  Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
9)  Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne 
10)  Croak by Gina Damico 
11)  Under the Never Sky
12)  Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
13)  Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
14)  Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
15)  False Memory by Dan Krokos 
16)  Defiance by C.J. Redwine
17)  Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen
18)  Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
19)  Everneath by Brodi Ashton
20)  Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
21)  Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
22)  Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock