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Free at Last!

Soooo, as of  this week, I have completed my creative writing bachelor’s degree!!!  My graduation date was the 1st and I am FINISHED with all the homework and class work and I get to relax and breathe and READ READ READ!  It has been rough not being able to just sit and read like I want to, having to read only what class tells me too and write only what the assignment is.  I did at least get to listen to books while driving back and forth to work.

Now that I am done with school, I am excited to get back to my own writing.  I have two books that I started and put to the side for school, so I am able to get back to those, and I have a collection of horror stories I want to begin as well.  I still have not decided if I am going to be participating in NaNoWriMo yet this year, though I don’t think I am that way I can just breathe a bit without jumping into something else right away. Good luck to those who do!

I have added so many books to my TBR list and I can’t wait to start so many of these great books I have seen.  Honestly, I am not even 100% sure where to begin now that I get to read again!  I have almost 1400 books on my Goodreads TBR.  HOW DO YOU CHOOSE????  I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things with my blog!

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Tempest Winner

And the winner is….

Congratulations!  Thanks to Random.org for providing the means to let me randomly pick a winner and thanks to everyone who participated.  Keep an eye out for my next giveaway!

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Top 100 YA list

This is a list that was put together of the Top 100 YA list, I’ve seen it a few times on some blogs and thought I would join in on marking my stuff through it.  There were a few titles I would have rather seen on here, but MY top 100 isn’t the same as everyone else’s 🙂

You can participate as well~

Bold all the ones you have read.
Italicize those that you have started but haven’t finished.
Underline those you really want to read or want to read soon.
And strike out those that you don’t even intend on reading.

1. Alex Finn – Beastly
2. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
3. Ally Carter – Gallagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
4. Ally Condie – Matched
5. Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
6. Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
7. Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
8. Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
9. Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
10. Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
11. Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)
12. Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2)
13. Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
14. Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
15. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)

16. Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)
17. Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3)
18. Christopher Paolini – Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4)
19. Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
20. Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
21. Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1, 2, 3)
22. Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
23. Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
24. Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
25. Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
26. Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
27. Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
28. Holly Black – Tithe (1, 2, 3)
29. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
30. James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)
31. James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
32. Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why
33. Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)
34. Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
35. John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
36. John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
37. John Green – Looking for Alaska
38. John Green – Paper Towns
39. Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)
40. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2)
41. Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
42. Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
43. Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3)
44. Lemony Snicket – Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
45. Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1, 2,3)   This is not supposed to be strikethrough but it won’t let me take it off!!
46. Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
47. Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
48. M.T. Anderson – Feed
49. Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3)
50. Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
51. Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
52. Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
53. Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
54. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
55. Mary Ting – Crossroads
56. Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
57. Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1, 2)
58. Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
59. Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
60. Meg Rosoff – How I live now
61. Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
62. Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4)
63. Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
64. Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
65. Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
66. Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)
67. Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
68. Neal Shusterman – Unwind

69. Neil Gaiman – Coraline
70. Neil Gaiman – Stardust
71. Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
72. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 )
73. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)
74. Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
75. Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
76. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

77. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 23, 4, 5)
78. Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere carnal over 40 winks
79. S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
80. Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
81. Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride
82. Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key
83. Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
84. Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
85. Scott Westerfeld – Leviathan (1, 2)
86. Scott Westerfeld – Uglies (1, 2, 3)

87. Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
88. Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
89. Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
90. Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
91. Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
92. Stephanie Meyer – The Host
93. Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)
94. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
95. Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
96. Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2, 3)
97. Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
98. Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
99. Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)
100. Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped

 

Wow, I’ve only read 14 on this list!  There’s so many books I’d like to read though, it’s hard to fit them all in. I think it can be good to stray from the Top lists because you never know what you may miss!  Maybe I’ll make my own top 100 list sometime 🙂  So hows does your list look?

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Updates

I made a couple of updates.  I have now added a page for my top favorite books.  These are books that are rated at at least 4.5 stars.  As I find more absolute favorites,  will update the page, and hopefully others will enjoy the books that I feel are not to be missed.  I also added some more blogs to the Awesome Blogs I Follow page, so make sure to pay a visit to them!  As always, thanks for visiting!

Vyki

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Giveaway Notification

Yesterday I posted that Amber won the book Triangles for my ARC giveaway.  Amber being the awesome person that she is, decided that since she won a book on a previous giveaway I did, she wanted to give up the book to another contestant!  Congratulations to Natasha for scoring this book!  And thanks to Amber at Du Livre for giving up the book to another entrant!  Please check out her blog that’s as awesome as she is!

Vyki

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New Look

Well, I have changed my blog a bit (more than a bit really), and I gotta say, I love the new look!  I hope everyone finds it as appealing as I do.  Don’t forget that tomorrow is the last day to enter for the ARC giveaway from Ellen Hopkin’s book Triangles, it ends tomorrow night at midnight.  As always, thanks for visiting my blog!!  Happy reading!

Vyki

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Updates

   Hey guys!  I just wanted to point out a couple of changes and apologize for my blog being so quite for the past week and a half.  I’m trying to work on my writing for my application into a creative writing MFA program, so that has been my main focus the past few weeks.  When I had a little downtime, I made a couple changes on my blog.  I added a new tab for blogs that I follow.  They are all fantastic book blogs with great people and great reviews, so check them out!  I will also be adding another new tab for my favorite reads, but that is still in progess (again main focus is getting my app in).  I also added a Twitter follow me link, so if you have Twitter, please add me!  My last addition is my new blog button.  I’m quite proud of myself for making it, so you can grab it if you like 🙂  Thanks for reading!

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Upcoming ARC Titles to be Reviewed

These are a few books I will be reviewing soon.  They are advanced reader copies and they all hit the shelves in October.  I’m thrilled to be reading and reviewing them before they come out.

 Triangles

Ellen Hopkins

533 pages

ISBN: 9781451647204

On sale 10-18-11

 

 

 

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 Eve

Anna Carey

318 pages

ISBN: 9780062048509

On sale 10-4-11

 

 

 

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 Liesl & Po

Lauren Oliver

307 pages

ISBN: 9780062014511

On sale 10-4-11

I can’t wait to put these books under my nose!!!

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