March 2017 Wrap-up

Hey guys, long time no see.
It’s time to talk about my March wrap up. But before I that, I wanted to talk a bit about the books I have read in February.

I read only two books in February, so I decided that a blog post will not be needed. The two books I read were:

  • Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: 5/5 stars
  • Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: 5/5 stars

February has been a hard month for me personally, so reading the best books I have read in ages in that month kind of got me away from falling into a very long reading slump. However, I did still feel that slump in March (but that could have also been caused by the book I was reading).

In March, I have read 4 and a half book. Which is better than what I’ve read for a while. So I am pretty happy about it. So the books I read in March are:

  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey: 3/5 stars
  • Beauty and the Beast (novelization) by Elizabeth Rudnick: 5/5 stars
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass: 5/5 stars
  • The Elite by Kiera Cass: 5/5 stars

I am also halfway through The One (also by Kiera Cass) and I am loving it. I spent most of the month reading the snow child. It was a beautiful character based story, and the writing was magical. However, I felt that I needed to read a plot based book at this point of time because I felt like I needed something more to happen. I guess it wasn’t the right time for me to read this book. The beauty and the beast story got me back to reading at full speed. So hopefully April will be a great reading month too. As for the selection series, I can see why most people feel it’s their guilty pleasure read. I have absolutely loved the series and think that Kiera Cass is an awesome writer. 

My Anticipated Reads of 2017

Hey guys! 

Long time no post. I apologize for being away this month as i had a few personal reasons. However, I am coming back now and I thought that I should still post about all the books on my TBR which I am anticipating to read this year.

This is a bit different since I am not going to write about the books that will come out this year. I want to focus more on what I currently have as I am trying not to buy as much books as I did last year.

This will also serve as a reminder that I should stop putting off popular books and series and start reading them… NOW!

The first series I want to talk about is the Lunar Chronicles. I have read the first book of this series in January and absolutely LOVED it! I need to continue on with the rest of the books before the year ends.

The Lunar Chronicles
Next is the ACOTAR series. I know I shouldn’t start this now because this will be a 6 book series and I’ll probably forget everything by the time we reach the last book. But I really want to know what all the Rhysand hype is all about. *sigh*
A Court of Thorns and Roses
Three Dark Crowns sounded really good when I first heard about it on YouTube. What makes me want to read it more is the fact I won this in a bookstagram giveaway from the lovely Ania at @anarchy_in_the_library . Check out her feed guys because it’s so cute!

Three Dark Crowns
The Winner’s trilogy is a three book series I wanted to read for SO LONG it’s not funny anymore. Must. Get. To. It!
The Winner’s Trilogy
 

Of course, I am always late to the party so the selection series is another one I want to read this year. I’m all for that guilty pleasure books. Especially in the summer time ❤

The Selection books

Before this year ends, I have a goal of reading my first V.E. Schwab book and that will be Vicious. I will not buy any of her other books until I read this book.

Vicious

Now that I have read both Iluminae and Gemina, I believe they should have been in this list instead of Uprooted. But since this is an anticipated reads post and not my favorite books of 2017, I’ll keep it here. Plus, it has dragons, which are my favorite mythical creatures of all time.

Uprooted

The first book I read from Tracy Rees ended up being my favorite book of 2015 *it was her debut novel*. Now I really want to see how her writing grew since that time. Plus historical fiction is one of my favorite genres.

Florence Grace

SIX OF CROWS! Do I need to say anything else?

Six of Crows duology
 

And last but not least, Red Queen is a book I wanted to read since  I bought it in 2015. And what made me want to read it even more is the fact that a lot of people are recommending this book to me and telling me that I need to start reading it now.

Red Queen series

 
If you have read any of these books, which one do you recommend I start first? And what books are you anticipating to read?

January 2017 Wrap-up

Hey everyone!
So today I have my mini January wrap-up with a total of three book.. Ummm.. am I seriously writing a post about three books only? Well, why not?

So the books I read are:

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer: 5/5 STARS!!! I LOVED this book! My year started with the best book I could have possibly read
  • Shepherd and the Professor by Dan Klefstad: 2/5 stars. The writing was good and interesting, but there were so many things that I personally did not like about this book.
  • Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout: 3/5 stars. My favorite books were the first and the second. I got bored starting from the third book because they weren’t as good as the first two. This book just felt like it was getting dragged along. I’m currently stuck on the last book.


How many books did you get to read this month? I hope you enjoyed reading all of them.

Author Interview: Dan Klefstad

Hey everyone,
Today I am glad to bring you all an interview with the author of “Shepherd and the Professor” DAN KLEFSTAD!


He was very kind to answer a few questions regarding his books for my blog and for sending me a copy of his first published book.

First of all, can you let us know more about yourself? 


    I’m the morning newscaster for NPR station WNIJ. I’m also the “book beat” editor so I interview authors from the WNIJ area (northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin). Here’s my archive.
    Each interview was a master class in storytelling, and the creative process, so I’m trying to write stories that are as good as I read.

     

    At what age did you start reading? And what are your favorite genres?

    I think I was nine when I went through a “horse phase” so I read all the Black Stallion novels. As a teenager I started playing Dungeons & Dragons so I read The Hobbit and the Lord of The Rings novels, plus other fantasy. Then it was spy thrillers. If I were a parent or a teacher trying to get kids to read, I’d say pay attention to what interests them in real life. Then give them books that match their interest.

     

    I’m really interested to know what made you start writing novels?

    Oddly, it was Television. I was 16 when I saw the British series “Reilly: Ace of Spies,” starring Sam Neill, and I was completely absorbed by this British agent operating in Russia just before the Bolshevik Revolution. So I wrote a novel with similar characters, set in the same period, and it was awful. But my mother encouraged me to keep writing, and I remain grateful for her encouragement.

     

    I would like to thank you for sending me your book “Shepherd and the Professor”. I thought that Susan Shepherd had a unique and strong personality in the book. Can you let us know who inspired her character?

     

    I borrow two things from my wife who’s also named Susan. She was a cop in the Village of Roscoe, Illinois, in the 1980s. Also, she’s fiery and passionate and sometimes words fly past her lips without her thinking about them. I like that she doesn’t have so many filters, which to me shows how nakedly honest she is. I hoped that lending this trait to Susan Shepherd would encourage the reader to trust her, even in those intense moments when she goes off the rails.

    Now this story deals with a lot of issues including physical & sexual assault, gender inequality , violence in educational institutes, unemployment, drug use, and racism. Why did you want to write about all of these issues instead of focusing on one?

     

    Well, life seems packed with all these experiences so I thought “Why shouldn’t a piece of fiction do the same?” I also wanted to show how Midwestern people face a range of issues and challenges – that there’s so much to grapple with in Rustbelt Country. Many people who aren’t from here assume we’re mild-mannered, polite, church-going, welcoming people. I guess I wanted to show how quickly that veneer melts away when you apply more and more pressure on each person.

     

    I thought it was interesting that you had Muslim characters in your book. Why did you choose to write about Islam?

     

    I’m interested in how people who are used to being in the majority face a rising minority. And in the Midwest, like other parts of the country, Islam is still rather exotic. So you have the potential for friction, for conflict, which is an easy place to begin any story. Then I decided to have a white Jewish character convert to Islam, which added a layer of rarity, of complexity, which takes the story to another level. This was my signal that a Muslim character has a prominent role in this story, but you probably don’t know how his faith will influence it.

     

    What can you tell us about your upcoming book?

     

    First let me state clearly that it’s not about the vampire (There are so many stories about vampires that people often immediately shut the door). Is the door still open? Okay, I have a short story coming out in the journal Crack the Spine on Feb. 1. It’s called “The Caretaker,” and the protagonist is a man who’s about to retire after decades of working for a vampire. The story is a fictional memoir that doubles as a letter to one person – in this case, the man who will succeed the protagonist. The story is a metaphor for having a career, and the sacrifices we make early in our lives in hopes that we’ll spend our “evening years” in peace and luxury. I’m trying to turn this into a novel.

     

    Do you have any advice for writers who are trying to get published?

     

    First, focus on writing your story, one that speaks to you, without worrying what other people might think about it. Then get a good edit from someone you trust. This is the stage where you start thinking about the reader and how they’ll consume your words. Finally, prepare yourself for lots of rejection – from agents and publishers, from reviewers and everyday readers. Don’t ignore all the rejections; some may offer constructive criticism. But keep writing no matter what other people say about your stories. They exist for a reason. One day, you’ll look around and see people are finally taking you seriously, not only because your stories have merit but because you’re still standing after everyone took their shot at you. So that Edison quote about genius being 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration is missing something: fortitude. (Sorry I couldn’t make it rhyme).

     

    Where can the readers buy your books?

     

    Shepherd & the Professor is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online retailers. Paperback, .mobi, .PDF. It’s in very few brick stores right now but they can order you a copy.

    My NerdyGrlDesigns Bookmarks 

    Hey everyone! 
    So who better to get your bookmarks from other than the incredibly talented @NerdyGrlDesigns ?
    I have been lucky to find Melissa through bookstagram. And I made a huge first order from her and wasn’t disappointed even one bit. Her bookmarks are cute and tiny. I love the designs of each one of her bookmarks. These are all magnetic bookmarks and she just introduced some awesome regular bookmarks too which I am planning to get.

    For those of you who want to know how a magnetic bookmark is used, the bookmark is printed ontwo sides where each side has a magnetic piece allowing it to clasp on the page. These are perfect so you can ensure that you don’t lost the bookmark while you are using it.

    Magnetic bookmarks in use
    My Collection ❤

    The designs are (from left to right):

    • Jasmine
    • Snow White
    • Ariel
    • Cinderella
    • Red Riding Hood
    • Sleeping Beauty
    • Megara
    • Thumbelina
    • Merida
    • Rapunzelle
    • Belle
    • Daenerys
    • Celaena
    • Draenei
    • Night Elf
    • Hermoine
    • Amren
    • Morrigan
    • Feyre
    • Hagrid
    • Voldemort (I call him Voldy)
    • Dumbledore
    • Harry
    • Ron (can’t separate them)
    • Cassian, Azriel and Rhysand (can’t distinguish who is who because I haven’t read the books yet – i got the whole set)
    • Sally
    • Darth Vader
    • Foxes from the Red Ridinghood set

    Melissa was even so sweet to send me two extra bookmarks as a gift when I ordered around Halloween time. The extra bookmarks she sent are the cute bat and candy bookmarks in the next photo! ❤ ❤ ❤

    My last purchase with the additional bookmarks

    Do you see why I love her bookmarks so much? 

    For those of you who would like to get their hands on one of her design, you can find her bookmarks on her Etsy store here