BABBLE & BOOKS | Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Published: September 27th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 418
Genre & Keywords: Fantasy
Part Of A Series? YES, Book 1 of a trilogy.
Other Books From Author: Days of Blood and Starlight (BOOK 2), Dreams of Gods and Monsters (BOOK 3), Dreamdark series, Goblin Fruit, Spicy Little Curses

Why I Picked This Up: I was dying to figure out what on earth this book is about– everyone LOVED it but kept the story hush-hush. D-Y-I-N-G.

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Blue-haired orphan, Karou, doesn’t know where she comes from. On the one hand, she’s a 17 year old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature in ‘Elsewhere’, Brimstone, the closest thing she has to family. She has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

REACTION UPON FINISHING

Damn you, Laini Taylor.

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BABBLE & BOOKS | Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Published: September 29th 2011 by Dutton
Pages: 338
Genre & Keywords: FUZZY CUTENESS
Part Of A Series? yes, but more like companion novels!
Other Books From AuthorAnna and the French Kiss (Book 1), Isla and the Happily Ever After (Book 3)

Why I Picked This UpLola is actually my first Stephanie Perkins book because a friend *POINTED LOOKS* adored it.

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Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighbourhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. ♥♡♥♡ (cos I’m totally unbiased).

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BOUT OF BOOKS 11

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Hi! Today, we’ll be talking about the longest running read-a-thon I’ve participated in.

BOUT OF BOOKS 11

August 18th – August 24th 2014

This marks my 3rd time joining Bout of Books!!!! CAN YOU ALREADY TELL HOW EXCITED I AM!!!!!! I haven’t been that great at accomplishing my goals, but that’s fine, third time’s the charm :) For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

READING GOALS

Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week.

Great! The usual number of books I read a week is… 1? :) (THE TRUTH) I don’t have a clear picture of what exactly to read, and there’s really no point in restricting myself. Depending on my mood, the books I read might change but here’s the idea as of now:

Isla TAB The Jewel Where the stars still shine

OTHER GOALS

1. Participate in a twitter chat! I’ve missed almost all the them because of time zone issues/ I’m stuck in school so I’m really determined to make my schedule work this time.

2. Visit and comment on 10 new blogs daily.

PROGRESS

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 267
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books: Isla and the Happily Ever After (reading)

Missed the twitter chat because time zones are saddening. Sigh. Got some reading done for Isla… I WISH I LIKED IT AS MUCH AS I WISHED I DID.

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 72 pages which means I’m done with Isla + 56 pages into The Assassin’s Blade = 128 TOTAL
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
BooksIsla and the Happily Ever After (finished!), The Assassin’s Blade (reading)

Things slowed down a bit today because, um, school, and Isla wasn’t the OMG SO CUTE!!!! book I had anticipated so I felt quite meh today. Thank goodness for assassins. Also, #SHAKEITOFF

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 132 pages of TAB + 39 pages of novellas = 171 TOTAL
Total number of books I’ve read: 1 book & 3 novellas
BooksIsla and the Happily Ever After (finished!), The Assassin’s Blade (reading)
NovellasHarry Potter: The Prequel (finished!), Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final (finished!), Bridge of Snow (finished!)

TODAY IS THE DAY OF NOVELLAS.

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 247
Total number of books I’ve read: 2 books & 3 novellas
BooksIsla and the Happily Ever After (finished!), The Assassin’s Blade (finished!)
NovellasHarry Potter: The Prequel (finished!), Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final (finished!), Bridge of Snow (finished!)

SO I JUST FINISHED THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE AND OMG SAM?!?!?!

((((;゜Д゜)))

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。:゚(。ノω\。)゚・。

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Look what came in the mail!!!!!!!! Change of reading plans.

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 43 pages of The Jewel
Total number of books I’ve read: 2 books & 3 novellas
BooksIsla and the Happily Ever After (finished!), The Assassin’s Blade (finished!), The Jewel (reading)
NovellasHarry Potter: The Prequel (finished!), Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final (finished!), Bridge of Snow (finished!)

I decided against reading The Great Gatsby for now because that’s a book very special to me, and I’m not ready to invest in it just yet. Picked up The Jewel instead and it’s giving me the same vibes as Pawn by Aimee Carter?

Saturday (aka the day I took a little break)
Number of pages I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 2 books & 3 novellas
BooksIsla and the Happily Ever After (finished!), The Assassin’s Blade (finished!), The Jewel (reading)
NovellasHarry Potter: The Prequel (finished!), Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final (finished!), Bridge of Snow (finished!)

Have to defend myself!!! I was running around an old folk’s home for the day, and attended a friend’s incredible dance concert tonight so in the end, I regret nothing :) Feels nice to look up from the pages and make real friends sometimes, though of course I still love you, my books.

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 39
Total number of books I’ve read: 2 books & 3 novellas
BooksIsla and the Happily Ever After (finished!), The Assassin’s Blade (finished!), The Jewel (reading)
NovellasHarry Potter: The Prequel (finished!), Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final (finished!), Bridge of Snow (finished!)

SO HERE’S THE END

865 pages, 2 books & 3 novellas in one week!!

You know I wasn’t even expecting myself to finish one book so this is a HUGE HUGE HUGE achievement. So proud of everyone, all are winners :)

Thank you everyone for your support and encouraging words. I hope you had fun, I certainly did! Till the next time!

BABBLE & BOOKS | Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Published: August 15th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 420
Genre & Keywords: Bossass Assassins, fantasy
Part Of A Series? A SIX-PART SERIES WHOO. BOOK 2.
Other Books From Author: Throne of Glass (Book 1), The Assassin’s Blade (0.1-0.5)

Why I Picked This Up: IT’S WRITTEN BY SARAH J. MAAS? ASDFGHJKL THRONE OF GLASS??? OBVIOUSLY I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.

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If you have not read Throne of Glass, or if you have not even HEARD of this series (omg how did you do that), here would be a better place to start. There isn’t any non-spoilery stuff to say in this synopsis seriously!! I LOVE both books, they are so amazing, I highly recommend reading them if you’re still sitting on that metaphorical fence.

REACTION UPON FINISHING

vomit rainbows

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BABBLE & BOOKS | Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Published: August 4th 2011 by Speak
Pages: 372
Genre & Keywords: Contemporary, PARIS
Part Of A Series? kindof, but you can read this as a standalone.
Other Books From Author: Lola and the Boy Next Door (Book 2)

Why I Picked This Up: It’s STEPHANIE PERKINS!!

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Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?

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