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Monday, January 13, 2014

Top Ten 2014 Debuts I'm Excited For!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish.

What what 2014! Ah! I cannot believe it's almost the middle of this month already! And I have yet to read a debut...blah! Hopefully this list will help me get my act together and find one to read. And hopefully it'll help you find a few debuts to read too :D


CREED by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie
Published: 2014 from Flux
This one sounds super creepy. So awesome!


HOOK'S REVENGE by Heidi Schulz
Published: September 16th 2014 from Disney-Hyperion
I love Peter Pan and I just can't even! This book...ah! I want it now!


BETWEEN by Megan Whitmer
Published: July 29th 2014 from Spencer Hill Press
Magic and a cute boy. Yes, please!


ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT by Kristine Carlson Asselin
Published: 2014 from Bloomsbury Spark
I'm a hockey this is one on the top of my list!

Published: September 9th 2014 from Harper Teen
I like boarding school books and I like the military, so a military academy that has only just let girls start going sounds right up my alley.

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy, #1)

STOLEN SONGBIRD by Danielle L. Jensen
Published: April 1st 2014 from Strange Chemistry
I've never really read a fantasy about trolls, and this one caught my attention. Definitely being added to the list.

The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex, #1)

THE MURDER COMPLEX by Lindsay Cummings
Published: June 10th 2014 from Harpercollins
Is this not on someone's list? I feel like it's going to be on everyone's. And if it isn't, add it. Lindsay is awesome and I cannot wait for her book!

The Merciless

THE MERCILESS by Danielle Vega
Published: August 7th 2014 from Razorbill
This cover. It's so great. IT'S PINK WITH A FRIGGIN' PENTAGRAM ON THE COVER! Girls who decide to attempt an exorcism on their own. Count me in.

BEWARE THE WILD by Natalie C. Parker
Published: 2014 from Harpercollins
Twin Peaks meets The Village. I'm already hooked.

Published: September 9th 2014 from Greenwillow Books
This is a story about a girl who attempts suicide. And it's told from the perspective of her neglected imaginary childhood friend. YES! GIMME!

This is only a short list of the debuts I cannot wait for this year.
Any of them make your list?
Link me to your list so that I can find even more debuts to be excited about :D

Cover Reveal: All The Pretty Poses by M. Leighton

I love M. Leighton and her books. She's fabulous and funny and her books are always on point.
I'm super excited that I was asked to be apart of her latest book's cover reveal ALL THE PRETTY POSES.
But before we get to the cover, I want you to know all about ALL THE PRETTY POSES:

He never wanted to be a hero…until she needed him to be.

It took Kennedy Moore years to put her life back together after Reese Spencer shattered it.  But she did.  Now, years later, strong and independent, she is in pursuit of a single dream—to dance with the Altman American Dance Theater.  Unfortunately, Kennedy is learning that a girl from nowhere with no money and no contacts might never be able to reach her goal.  

That is, until Reese reappears, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that Kennedy just can’t refuse.  In exchange for working on his yacht for a few short weeks, he’ll get her an audition with the famous dance troupe.  All Kennedy has to do is keep her head down, work hard and resist Reese.  That sounds easy enough, right?

Reese doesn’t want to make it easy for Kennedy.  Seeing her again has started a fire in his blood—an unwelcome one.  It took him years to forget about her before, so this time he has a plan.  It’s simple:  Get Kennedy on his yacht, seduce her, get her out of his system, move on with his life.  That sounds easy enough, right? 

But the one thing Reese didn’t plan for was Kennedy herself—a girl so strong yet so broken, she makes him want to rescue her, to take care of her.  To save her.  Even if he has to save her from himself.


TA-DA! I love it! I think it really sets the mood for the book and let's you know what it's about.
I seriously cannot wait for this book to release!
And, because I am such a bit tease, here is a little snippet from the book to whet your appetite:

Come on January 26th!!

About M. Leighton:

M. Leighton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Wild Ones and The Bad Boys romance trilogies.  She is a native of Ohio, relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she lets her mind wander to romantic settings with sexy Southern guys much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books.  When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.
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Sunday, January 5, 2014

2014 Challenges and Goals


Ahh! It's 2014!! 
Is it just me or does that just not seem possible?
Well, as most other people do, I started the year out with some resolutions and some of them were definitely reading and blogging related.

One of the things that I was going to try was to simplify. Except I already post at a minimum right now so that was no good, especially when I looked at all the challenges that I wanted to participate in this year.
Every year I tell myself that I'm not going to join any challenges except for maybe the Debut Author Challenge...but that never works out for me. I always find neat ones to try out even though I usually end up dropping out. Oops.
This year I am determined to finish some of these challenges.
The ones I've decided to join are:

2014 Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge
I have a bit of an obsession with Nicholas Sparks movies. I love pretty much all of them. And yes, I have seen all of them...many times. BUT, I haven't read any of the books. This is the year to change that.
In 2014 Nicholas Sparks and I will be Going Steady as I read 5-8 of his books.

This is a challenge I'm really excited about.
You get to fill out this card
throughout the year.
Once you've done all the reading for the different squares you win.
Pretty simple, fun, and I figured a good way to help me figure out what to read next if I ever feel stuck this year....err, I mean when I feel stuck this year. Because it will happen.

2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
Read more books then I did last year. This should be easy-peasy since I only read 27 books last year. Terrible number compared to other years.
For 2014 I have challenged myself to read 104 books. This is usually the number I try to read but have yet to reach it.
So my challenge level will be- I'm on Fire! which is 16+ books more than I did last year.
I'm hoping it's no big deal to read 43+ books this year.

2014 Ebook Challenge button
I'm shooting for DVD which is 25 ebooks.
This is a challenge that I NEED because my poor little Kindle is so loaded down with ebooks.

My review pile is out of control.
I'm glad most of them are on my Kindle or else no one would ever be able to find me in my room around all the books.
I will be going for Journeyman which is 11-20 review books.

My reviewer ratio on Netgalley is TERRIBLE. Like really really really bad.
I'm hoping to read at least 25 Netgalley books this year and boost my ratio.

This is one of my favorite challenges and I'm so excited to see Kristi from The Story Siren hosting it again!
And I adore debut authors. So let's check out some new books, shall we!

7 Challenges. But they are all crossovers so, it should be totally doable.
(I'll update with some goals later once I have them figured out)
I'm excited!!
Let's get to reading!

Bout of Books 9.0 + Goals

Bout of BooksI'm pretty sure I have missed Bout of Books every time it has happened by a couple days. I always find out about it just a little too late. NOT THIS TIME! I made sure to find out when it was going down and I'm able to participate. Woo!!

You should sign up and do a bunch of reading too! You can go and sign up HERE. Go on, it'll be fun!

For those of you who don't know what Bout of Books is, here ya go:
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
I may or may not do daily updates. Just depends on the challenges that I participate in and how much reading I get done.
This week I'm not going for a lot of books read, I'm really just aiming for one book read. But it's a huge book. I've recently started OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon and it's 870 pages long. If I can finish it in one week I'll be a happy Bout of Booker.

Are you taking part in the read-a-thon? If so, good luck and happy reading!!