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Hello!

I am back with another “how do you read” question. Last time, I asked how many books do you read at once. Today, I want to know if you reread books. IMG_0560 

I constantly reread my books, some even twice or three times a year. If I love a book, I am going to read it over and over again.

Do you read books more than once? If so, which books are your most read? If not, why?

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To find out more about Waiting on Wednesday, check out my first post here.

World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee

Expected Publication: November 19, 2013 world after

Summary from Goodreads: 

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world. 

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken. 

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go. 

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

I really enjoyed Angelfallthough the ending shocked me. I need to know what happens next. Thankfully, the release date is almost here and the waiting is practically over.

Has anyone else read Angelfall? What did you think of it? Are you waiting for World After?


All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

allthetruthPages: 274

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Summary from Goodreads: 

Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last. 

Review: All the Truth That’s In Me is most certainly one of my favorite of 2013. I was anticipating its release, but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did.

Distinctive, melodic, and gorgeous are the best words I can think to describe All the Truth That’s In Me. The book is seemingly simplistic with its word choice, but is full of beauty.

Told in second person, AtTTIM has a unique prose. The second person narration didn’t bother me at all, and it took me no time at all to adjust to the style and it makes me wish that more authors wrote in this style.

The setting is vague but descriptive. This book is a historical novel, but I couldn’t tell you when it takes place. The small town greatly shapes the characters’ actions and was an element I most loved in the novel.

I admit that some characters kept getting mixed-up in my head because I couldn’t keep all of the old-fashioned names straight. I never lost track of the main characters though. Judith and Lucas are tragically flawed, but I rooted for them the whole novel. These are some of the most fantastic characters I’ve read in some time. Quite a few of them surprised me, others I despised, but every single one elicited some sort of reaction.

Really, I don’t want to spoil any of this novel’s loveliness. I felt a wide range of emotions while reading All the Truth That’s In Me that have stuck with me. I keep flipping through the pages, wishing I could read it for the first time all over again.

I highly recommend this one.

Have any of you read AtTTIM? If so, what did you think? I am always up for book discussions.


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Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where book bloggers share their weekly book haul.

I received some lovelies in the mail this week, courtesy of the gals at ARCycling. It’s a pretty great program that I recommend you check out. I encourage you to donate some books or arcs. I know that I am going to try and get some donated later this week. 

starling  unthinkable

Starling by Leslie Livingston 

Unthinkable by Nancy Werlin 

Those are the books I have to read this week? What books have you added to your shelves recently?


I’m back!

School has been keeping me extra busy, so I’m finding it very hard to find the time to keep up with my studies and the blog. I would like to say that I don’t foresee any other unexpected hiatuses in the future, but unfortunately, I can’t. I am going to try and do my best to have posts scheduled in advance, but please be patient as I return comments.

Okay, now let’s move on to the fun part of this post!

Review-a-thon

Leigh, over at Little Book Star, is hosting a review-a-thon that sounds like it will be a lot of fun. Hopefully, it will give me the push to get some reviews written. I’m a bit late to the party, since the review-a-thon has already started, but the deadline to sign up is November 5th.

Basically this challenge’s goal is for you to write as many reviews as you can in 2 weeks (Nov.1-14). Get those reviews you procrastinated on or write reviews for your future blog post (if you don’t post reviews every day.. I sure don’t) ! If you don’t have a blog, that’s okay! You can join if you have Goodreads or BookLikes. If you don’t post reviews everyday on your blog, what I would do is write all the reviews on Goodreads or BookLikes then just schedule the review post on your blog, then on your updates AND at the rafflecopter just link your Goodreads or BookLikes review. You have a max of 8 reviews to enter in the rafflecopter per day. The reviews MUST be written inside the time frame of Nov. 1-14.

Rules:
1. Sign up ends on November 5.
2. You MUST have a blog OR a Goodreads OR BookLikes account in order to participate.
3. To sign up, make a blog post telling about the Review-A-Thon (just copy & paste the rules and the blurb up there where it says “Basically this challenge’s goal…”) + your updates/progress/goals. If you’re signing up via Goodreads, tweet it on twitter saying you’re participating in the Review-A-Thon (#ReviewAThon) & include a link to this post so others will know. Then, enter your Name, Sign Up Post/Tweet Link, and Email in the linky (click the blue frog).
4. There will also be 3 mini-challenges along the way so make sure to check back here.
5. HAVE FUN :)

So, expect some more reviews around the blog. If you are participating, be sure to let me know! We can cheer each other on.



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