Monday, November 29, 2010

Mockingjay is my favorite

Last month I wrote to Muttations to tell them why Mockingjay is my favorite book in the Hunger Games trilogy. My response won me this really nifty poster that's now hanging on my wall:

I thought I'd share my thoughts with you....don't worry, they're spoiler free. But if you haven't read The Hunger Games trilogy yet, may I recommend that you go do that RIGHT NOW?!

"My favorite first it was Catching Fire -- until I read Mockingjay. The Hunger Games was amazing because it brought you into the world and made you fall in love with the characters. As soon as I finished it, I picked up Catching Fire -- which I read in one day. By Catching Fire, you are engaged with the characters and the upcoming turn the pages almost feverishly because you want to know how it all unfolds.

Mockingjay takes it all to a whole new level. The same suspense as Catching Fire. The same great depiction of the world as Hunger Games. Same great writing as both novels. But Mockingjay makes you THINK HARD. I read Hunger Games -- I loved it right away. Catching Fire -- I loved right away. the end I was a little...dissatisfied. Because I had to take time to reflect and let it sink in. I had to have hours of conservation with friends, old and new. I had to re-read it. I've laid awake at night thinking about Mockingjay. I've spent many waking hours thinking about and talking about Mockingjay. I cannot put into words how great a novel it is. It is REAL. It is HEARTBREAKING. It is POWERFUL. IT IS EPIC.

By far, Mockingjay is my favorite."

Monday, November 22, 2010

Book Series

I just love book series.  Twilight, Harry Potter, The Mortal Instruments, House of Night ( I could go on and on).  I love them because: 1) you really fall in love with the characters and 2) you get the WHOLE story.  The first series I ever fell in love with was The Babysitter Club.  I know that seems lame now but back in the day it was a big deal.  Every time I would go to the bookstore with my mom and dad I would always rush to the children section just to see if there was a new number on the spine of the book that I did not have at home.  The one thing that I also loved was that my parents would never deny me a book if I wanted it.  They would always encourage my “book-nerd” ways. 
Well back to my point of the book series – I just love them.  At the end of a book there is always an urge to want more.  I just don’t want it to end.  i want to be a Cullen, that goes to Hogwarts, with my House of Night handbook, and search for the Mortal Cup.  I know that is a bit crazy but that is what an imagination is for.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Notable Quotables: A new meme!

Notable Quotables

Notable Quotable is a new meme hosted by Bewitched Bookworms. I love it! Basically, a simple & sweet way for us book bloggers to stay connected.

Here's our first quote:

"After all this time?"
"Always," said Snape. (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling)

"Stay with me." 
(Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins)

I know, our first time doing this meme, and we cheated with 2 quotes! Both these books are top of the radar lately, and the use of this one word in both scenes is so extremely powerful and revealing about the characters that utter them. Now anytime I even hear the word, it brings a smile to my face :)
1. Bewitched Bookworms
2. Splash Of Our Worlds
3. Rhys
4. Guen @ Ezine of A Random Girl
5. Bethsheba
6. Book Nerds Across America

Monday, November 15, 2010

In My Mailbox - Numero Uno

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, who says, "The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs."

Several of us Book Nerds have recently gotten or are about to get new ereaders. I have to admit that I've kind of went on a downloading spree (Free - $3! Count me in!) this past week. These are the titles I downloaded today...



I had checked out the audiobook of Shiver from the library, but decided to buy it so I can read it. Reckless, Black Silk and Child of the Northern Spring were all free Nookbooks that sound pretty good.

Friday, November 12, 2010


Happy Friday, booknerds!

A little background....#FridayReads was started by Bethanne Patrick (@thebookmaven) on Twitter to promote.....(wait for it.....)  --- reading. (Because it's awesome!) Quite simply, people will tweet the hashtag #FridayReads and let everyone know what they're currently engrossed in.

So, all us booknerds are tweeting away, and it turns out that 3 of us are reading the exact same book! Unplanned! It's like the time we were all reading & talking about Mockingjay (aka The Best Book Ever!)

What book was it that caught all three of our attentions? Drumroll.....

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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.

You know what this means: multiple reviews of the same book at the same time! Fun, right?! It's the beauty of blog collaboration: different views, one webpage :)

So stay tuned for that! In the meantime, happy Friday!  What are your #FridayReads?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

YA Series I'll Soon Obsess Over

UPDATE: I'm gonna cross off and date these as I read them...wonder how long it will take me to get through the whole list?!

I just finished the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series last night and I absolutely LOVED all 5 books in it. So this morning I was jotting what series I want to read next to help myself remember, and thought I'd share them with you. These are my YA To Read List, if you will:

1. Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (#1 - Clockwork Angel) 1/6/11
2. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore 12/12/10
3. Maze Runner & Scorch Trials by James Dashner
4. Hush, Hush & Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
5. Fallen & Torment by Lauren Kate 8/16/11
6. Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater (#1 - Shiver and #2 - Linger) 11/28/10
7. Beautiful Creatures & Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

In other words, I'll be busy for awhile ;-)

What books series, YA or otherwise, are you excited to start reading?