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Monday, December 17, 2012

Reading Update

Reading Update

Last week in books:
  • I've been reading a lot of steampunk lately, so I started last week off with The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, which was beyond amazing.
  • To give me a short break from the often long-winded steampunk, I also read Hard Spell, which was also really good, which kind of surprised me because I wasn't expecting much out of it. Looking forward to reading the sequel to both books.
  • I'm about 75% into The Diamond Age, which pretty much everyone other than me has read.
This week in books:
  • Finish The Diamond Age
  • Maybe read The Lies of Locke Lamora, but since I have family in town for the holidays, maybe not.
Wishful thinking:
  • The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man
  • Evil Dark (sequel to Hard Spell)

That's all for this week. What are you planning on reading? Any good books you've read lately?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Back From Break!

I know I've been gone a while, but I'm finally caught up on everything, so I'm going to be back to my regular schedule starting with a review of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro that I'll be posting tomorrow! I can't wait to get back into the swing of things around the blog :)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Reading Update

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Reading Update

Last week in books:
  • Read a little more Game of Thrones. So far, it's really good, but slow, which is pretty normal for fantasy, imo.
  • Still haven't finished Hyperspace, but I'm going at a pretty steady pace.
This week in books:
  • Finish Hyperspace.
  • Get at least halfway through A Game of Thrones.
Wishful thinking:
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

That's all for this week. What are you planning on reading? Any good books you've read lately?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Reading Update

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Reading Update

Last week in books:
  • I only managed to read the prologue for A Game of Thrones so far because I've been super busy studying for finals and getting ready for my commencement ceremony next Saturday, but I've been sufficiently hooked.
  • I've also been reading Hpyerspace by Michio Kaku, which is a popular science book about dimensions above the three we can experience. It's kind of awesome. I'm about halfway through right now. I don't think I'll be reviewing it on the blog, though, because it isn't fiction.
This week in books:
  • I won't kid myself and say that I hope to finish the books I've already started, but I'd like to get at least a few hundred pages into A Game of Thrones and maybe if I'm lucky finish Hyperspace.
Wishful thinking:
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

That's all for this week. What are you planning on reading? Any good books you've read lately?

Monday, June 4, 2012

Armchair BEA Day 1: Introductions First!

Unlike in previous years when participants of Armchair BEA have exchanged interviews, this year we're all just posting our own answers to five questions. So, without further ado, here are mine:
  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? My name is Cade, and I'm a college student from Southern California. I recent completed my AA in Language Arts, which I hated, and now I'm working on my BS in Physics, if everything goes according to plan. Hm . . . What else? Well, I'll be turning 18 on July 4th. I'm the biggest nerd I know, and I love every minute of it. I've been blogging for just over two years now, and I got into it because I love books, but none of my friends or family would talk about them with me, so I started talking about them with the internet and I never stopped.
  2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012? I'm currently reading A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, but I'm only like thirty pages in, so I don't really know if I like it or not at this point. Especially since it's about 700 pages long. I'm also reading Hyperspace by Michio Kaku, which is a physics book, but it's for entertainment, not a textbook. My favorite book I've read in 2012 has to be Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. It's the perfect mixture of literary fiction and horror, and I loved every second of it.
  3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. I'm the biggest comic book nut around, and I can easily spend $30 in ten minutes at the comic book store, and still leave behind a few comics that I would have liked to have picked up but didn't have enough money for.
  4. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years? My favorite part of the book blogging community is the dialogue that goes on in the comments of a really good post. One thing I'd like to see change in the coming years is how many people only leave comments to promote their own blogs. I'd rather see actual conversation. It's fine to leave a link to your blog at the bottom of your comment, but don't post about how great your blog is without contributing to the conversation.
  5. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How? My reading tastes have definitely changed since I started blogging! I used to love Paranormal Romance and all the Dystopian YA I could get my hands on, but now I lean more towards Urban Fantasy and Sci-Fi, and if a book has one too many sex scenes, I may die of boredom. I'm also really into smaller genres now, like steampunk, cyberpunk, ecopunk, dieselpunk, and pretty much anything else you can add punk to the end of.
If you have any questions or comments, It'd be awesome if you would join the conversation in the comments box below ↓↓↓

Monday, May 28, 2012

Reading Update

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Reading Update

Last week in books:
  • I finally finished Black Heart by Holly Black, which really picked up at the end. I think it was a fitting ending for the series, but I'm really gonna miss these books. Can't wait for Black's next series!
  • On a whim, I picked up a review book from my pile, Balkan Magic by Emigh Cannaday, which is kind of slow, but gets good just often enough to hold my attention and keep me from giving up on it. And it's long, too.
This week in books:
  • Finish Balkan Magic by Emigh Cannaday
  • City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
Wishful thinking:
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  • A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

That's all for this week. What are you planning on reading? Any good books you've read lately? Also, happy Memorial Day!

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Many Facets of My Nerdom

The Many Facets of My Nerdom (in Very Little Detail Because I Don't Want to be Boring)

1. Comics
Comics are the first thing that most people accuse me of being a nerd over. I have piles of them in my room, and I read them all the time. I'm a Marvel girl at heart, but I'll throw in a few DC comics, too, like Red Hood, Batman & Robin, The Flash, Justice League Dark, and I, Vampire. The fact that these are only a small percentage of the comics I read on a regular basis is sad . . . and expensive. Probably my favorite comic right now is Scarlet Spider, because Kaine is pretty awesome (and, well, just plain pretty, if we're being honest here). And, yes, I am reading the AVX event, and loving it. And I know that girls aren't supposed to like plot-what-plot type stuff, I actually prefer AVX: VS to the main event comic.

2. Books
As most of you know, primarily due to the fact that you're reading this on my book review blog which is coming up on its second birthday next week, I'm kind of a huge bookworm. I read everything from Literary Fiction to Urban Fantasy to Sci-Fi to YA, and even the occasional Paranormal Romance. My brain is overflowing with bookish acronyms. My dream career is either an author or an astrophysicist.

3. TV
I have a confession to make. I watch, during the fall season, an average of about 20 shows on a weekly basis. That's almost an entire day out of every week devoted solely to television, and then you should add in that I'm constantly watching old shows that friends or the internet bring to my attention, or getting caught up on shows that are still running. Yikes. I can (and do) talk for hours on end about HBO's interpretations of Jaqen and Ygritte, and whether or not Sherlocke is gay. I seriously analyze these things, guys, with help from the plethora of psychology and communications classes I've taken over the course of my college career. I'm kind of an addict. And a browncoat for life.

4. Movies
I don't get to go to the movies as often as I'd like because I don't drive and no one who would drive me likes movies as much as I do, but as soon as I get my license this summer, I'm going to be at my local theater every Friday catching as many new flicks as possible, the more sci-fi the better. I even keep a movie journal with my ticket stubs taped into it next to my reviews of the movies, which will never see the light of day.

5. Gaming
While I consider myself somewhat of a fledgling gamer girl, I'm a huge nut for Pokemon games, and I've been playing them on my Gameboy Advance SP since I was about nine years old. I love playing RPGs, and my favorite non-Gameboy games are Xenosaga I, II, and III and the Final Fantasy franchise.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Reading Update

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Reading Update

Last week in books:
  • I don't really know if it counts as last week, but I finished River Marked by Patricia Briggs today and now I have to wait a year before the next book comes out and I think I might die. Five zombies.
  • A few days ago I finished Silver Borne, the previous Mercy Thompson book, also five zombies.
This week in books:
  • Starting Grimspace by Ann Aguirre as soon as I finish writing this post. I've been meaning to read it for a while, but never got around to it.
  • I'll probably read Blood Rites by Jim Butcher once I finish Grimspace, since I'm trying to get caught up on a bunch of series that I've neglected, and I'm approximately 3847892387570987362628 books behind on the Dresden Files series, which is a really good one so far. So, yeah. I suck at life.
Wishful thinking:
  • Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs (still)
  • A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
  • Rogue Clone by Steven L. Kent

That's all for this week. What are you planning on reading? Any good books you've read lately?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Blogger Burnout

Recently, I haven't been posting much on the blog because I've been, for lack of a better word, burned out. It's not so much that I didn't want to blog, but I had so many other things that I just wanted to do more, and then I ended up running out of time, again and again and again. I don't know if this is normal or not, but usually when I'm not blogging regularly, that's why.

My blog is a hugely important part of my life, and I've been thinking about starting up a second blog to review the comics and graphic novels that I read, and I really want to avoid this issue and be a good blogger, but I just don't know what to do to stop it!

I know that blogger burnout has been a problem for most of us in the past, and I was wondering if anyone had any useful tips for overcoming it in the future. If you do, thanks in advance for sharing!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Back From Hiatus!

I went through a pretty difficult semester in college, even though I was taking fewer classes than usual. I guess they were just a lot of work, and I'm transferring soon, so I need to get fantastic grades in order to get into the school I'd like to go to. I had a lot of school work, and I just wasn't feeling very motivated to read much, and without reading, I really can't post much on this blog because it's about books XD So, I finished the semester up, the holidays are over, and I'm ready to get back into the swing of things, blogging-wise. I can't wait to get back into the rhythm of things and start interacting with all of my fabulous readers and fellow bloggers again! You guys are amazing and one of the reasons that I've been blogging for almost two years now!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Book Trading

I've participated in a few book trades with other bloggers lately, and since I have like 873629479362904737284 books just lying around and I probably won't be able to read all of them, I've decided to do a little book trade of my own :)

Books for Trade

ARCs (all in good condition):
Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers
Wither by Lauren DeStefano (I have two of these to trade for)
The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver
Possess by Gretchen McNeil
Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (no dust jacket)
The Coffin Club by Ellen Schreiber
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
The Ghoul Next Door by Lisi Harrison
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
Stay by Deb Caletti (no dust jacket)
The Saga of Larten Crepsley: Ocean of Blood by Darren Shan
Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin
Of All the Stupid Things by Alexandra Diaz (signed)
Purple Daze by Sherry Shahan
The Chaos by Rachel Ward
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller
Everfound by Neal Shusterman

Trade paperbacks:
The Demon King and I by Candace Havens
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent (this one's kind of beat up)
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Flawless by Sara Shepard
The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn

Mass market paperbacks:
Kissing Coffins by Ellen Schreiber
Dance with a Vampire by Ellen Schreiber
Heart's Blood by Gail Dayton (I also have two of these)
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

Unfortunately, I can only trade within the US. If you see anything you want to trade for, email me at ArcadiaWearsPrada@yahoo.com. The books that I'm willing to trade for can be found here. Thanks in advance!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Back From Hiatus

As you can see, I've finally returned from the epic hiatus of doom! I had family visiting from out of state after finals, and then my birthday on the 4th and some other personal craziness, but now everything should be pretty much back to normal.

I've missed blogging so much, and I can't wait to get back into the swing of things!

P.S.: While I was gone, I finally hit 300 followers, and I love all of you guys so much for that! Totally the best early birthday gift ever! I'm hoping to host a contest in the near future as thanks for all of you awesome readers who have supported me and my blog for the past year, so be on the lookout for that soon :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Finals and Stuff

I have finals next week and then family visiting from out of state for the next two weeks, so I may not be around much on the blog or Twitter. If you email me, I'll still answer fairly quickly, but I probably won't be making any new blog posts at least until finals are over. Sorry, guys!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Armchair BEA: Introduction

Who am I, and how do I Armchair?

Well, for those of you who are new here, my name is Cade Crowley, and I am a student at Citrus College in Southern California. I'll be turning 17 on July 4th. I basically run a zoo in my house--I have a dog named Kizzard, a cat named Tonq, an albino hedgehog named Biny Prickles, a bearded dragon named Harry, a toroise named Jelly Bean, and a 15-year-old brother named Tustin.

I've been blogging for almost a year now (May 30th is coming up!) and my primary genre is paranormal. I love paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and young adult books in both genres, with a little bit of straight up fantasy and science fiction on the side. I'll even read the occasional contemporary YA.

Other than blogging, I've got my hands in several different cookie jars; my hobbies include contortion, music (I sing and I'm learning guitar, and I've always wished I had a drum set), T.V. (watching as well as writing it), art (mostly pencil/charcoal sketching), and nerdy things like watching re-runs of The X-Files (Mulder, anyone? Yum!) and teaching myself how to code.

I hope to get into television writing once I graduate, and maybe (very unlikely) eventually become a hugely successful showrunner on something as awesome as Supernatural or True Blood.

Random Facts About Me:

1. I watch entirely too much T.V. Usually 10-15 shows at a time.
2. I agree that Waiting Sucks.
3. The last ebook I read was Earth by Shauna Granger.
4. The last paper book I read was Possess by Gretchen McNeil.
5. My favorite book this year is The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. If you ask me in five minutes, I'll probably give a different answer.
6. My favorite state is Washington, specifically Whidbey Island.
7. My favorite color is usually purple.
8. My favorite show is almost always Supernatural.
9. I am secretly in love with Misha Collins. Alas, he is married.
10. I am not-so-secretly in love with Jensen Ackles.
11. I hate even numbers. My lucky number is 7.
12. My favorite movie is a tie between Constantine and The Lost Boys, mostly because Keifer Sutherland can really rock a mullet.
13. My favorite letter is J.
14. I wanted to end it with that last one, but I'm too superstitious.
15. I hate multiples of five, so I can't end it here, either.
16. I really can't wait to read Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey.
17. I hated the Supernatural season finale on Friday night in the best way possible. But it was still hatred.

So, that's pretty much me in a really frickin' huge nutshell. Yeah, I can go on and on and on when I'm talking about myself. Let's not talk about me anymore--what do you think of me? I'm here all week, folks, don't forget to tip your waitress.

Link to your intro posts in the comments and I'll be sure to drop by and check 'em out!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Cover Trends: Keeper?

Cover Trends is a new little meme that I started a few weeks ago, and I think it's been going long enough for me to decide whether to keep doing it or not. So, I decided to ask you guys. Do you like my Cover Trends posts? Should I keep doing them weekly? Or should it be a monthly feature? Do you hate it so much that you want me to stop altogether? I won't be mad if you guys don't like it XD I just want to know your opinion.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

My Top Six Series & Why I Love Them

I have a huge list of series that I'm reading, and my favorites change all the time, so this list probably only reflects my favorites for the next week or two. Also, I'm not going to include series that I'm not caught up on. For instance, it wouldn't be fair for me to say that The Dresden Files is one of my favorites when I've only read five books out of twelve--for all I know, the other seven suck (although I seriously doubt that they do, considering how good the first five are). They aren't in the order I love them in, just the order I saw them in on my bookshelves, so pretty much completely random.

I know that sometimes I can ramble on forever about why I love something, so I'm going to try a new game for this list. Instead of writing 9238649345 paragraphs fangirling these series, I'm going to list three elements of the books that made me love them (i.e., characters, places, concepts, etc.). Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. Keeping it down to three is really hard :'(

  1. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: Jace Lightwood/Wayland/Morganstern, New York, Simon's band of one thousand names
  2. Curse Workers by Holly Black: Magic system, politics, Baron Sharpe
  3. The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater: Cole St. Claire, weather, writing style
  4. The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan: Nick Ryves, brother relationship, market
  5. The Cal Leandros Series by Rob Thurman: Brothers, Delilah and her all-wolf groupies, mysteries
  6. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare: London, steampunk (sort of), James "Jem" Carstairs
Gah! That was really hard (but still fun)!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

TBR Piles

I've been cruising the blogosphere for quite some time now, and I know that all of you have TBR piles just as big as, or possibly bigger than, mine. So what's on your TBR pile? The next few books on mine are:

Review Books:
  1. Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
  2. Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
  3. Dead Streets by Tim Waggoner
  4. Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz (Kindle)
  5. The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa (Kindle)

Purchased (Non-Kindle):
  1. Death Masks by Jim Butcher
  2. Daemon Eyes by Camille Bacon-Smith (This is two books put together. I've already read the first and need to read the second.)
  3. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (Yes, I still haven't finished this.)
  4. Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
  5. Trick of the Light by Rob Thurman

Kindle (Non-Review):
  1. Chimera by Rob Thurman
  2. Lover Unleashed by J. R. Ward
  3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  4. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
  5. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
What books are on your TBR pile?

Monday, April 4, 2011

Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers Giveaway

Run over to Lisa Desrochers' blog to win an ARC of the much anticipated Original Sin today!


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Random List of Randomness

This Saturday, I'm posting a list just because I love lists and it's been a while (Hm. Maybe two weeks now?) since I posted one.

So, I present to you Five Things I Wish Paranormal YA Had More Of:

  1. Boys: I can never seem to find a Paranormal YA with a male protagonist. There are series like Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments, etc. that have several perspectives, but very few books are narrated solely by a boy, a la White Cat by Holly Black.
  2. LGBT: Not as a side character, but as the MC. I'd like to see more stuff like Ash by Malinda Lo and . . . Wow, I can't even think of a Paranormal YA with a gay boy main character. How sad.
  3. Unromantic Plots: Not every teenager's life revolves around romance. Seriously. Gawd, Paranormal YA needs to get that through its head. Not every werewolf has a girlfriend/boyfriend!
  4. Sirens: I really like Sirens. 'Nuff said.
  5. The South: Why can't we have a YA version of True Blood/The Southern Vampires Series?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Book Title Survey

I found this cute survey here. What you do is answer all of the questions with the titles of books you've read this year. Since I haven't read many books lately, some of my answers are a bit awkward XD

Describe yourself: The Demon Trapper's Daughter
How do you feel: Abandon

Describe where you currently live: Enclave

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Oblivion Road

Your favorite form of transportation: The Near Witch

Your best friend is: The Piper's Son

You and your friends are: Personal Demons
What’s the weather like: Switched

You fear: Snake Agent

What is the best advice you have to give:
Magic Bleeds
Thought for the day: I Am Number Four

How I would like to die: Saving Francesca

My soul’s present condition: Blackout