Reading Rendezvous (1)

Reading Rendezvous

Reading Rendezvous is a weekly feature created by the Fern Team of the Book Blogger Creativity Project that acts as a travel guide, highlighting places we would like to visit and recommending books that take place there.

I am very excited to be taking part in this project, which is happening over multiple groups who work together to come up with a new type of feature. For this opening post, all the amazing book bloggers on my team will be featuring books that take place in our home state. I’ll have links to their post at the end of this!

I’m originally from Kentucky, so I am featuring a YA romance author who is both from Kentucky and writes her books set in Kentucky. Have any guesses?

It’s Katie McGarry!

Katie McGarryKATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

I think all of us in Kentucky are UK fans.

Some of her books include:

Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, Crash Into You, Crossing the Line, Take Me On, Nowhere But Here, Breaking the Rules, Red at Night, Chasing Impossible, Walk the Edge

All the books in the Pushing the Limits series take place in Louisville, KY so I’ll be featuring some of my favorite spots there.

There are plenty of fun places to visit in Louisville but a few of my favorites are the Slugger Museum and Factory, Churchill Downs (the home of the famous Kentucky Derby), and the Louisville Mega Cavern which has lots of fun things like zip lining. I love this video that will take through some of these locations and more in the home of Katie McGarry and all her characters:

You can check out all the other amazing people and their featured places too! Make sure to visit Cyra, Nori, Lauren, Karen, Sheridan, Lizzie, Tamara, Ashley, and Shayna to hear about their home places and books set there.

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Emoji Book Tag (2)

Today, I’ll be doing the emoji book tag! I was tagged by Stefani @ Caught Read Handed and this tag was created by Sanaa @ Ink Bones Books. The idea here is to pick 5 of your most used emojis and match up books to them. I already did this tag once, about this time last year, but I figured I would do it again because my emoji usage has changed somewhat!

  Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins – This book is so funny! Sophie has a great outlook on life and her experiences with the new paranormal world she found herself in. I love her humor and sarcasm.

  Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman – When I think about this emoji, I think about a book so intense that I couldn’t put it down! Both of the books in this duology are really intense with such high stakes. It’s so much fun and you won’t be able to put it down.

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins – This emoji to me is sarcastic and a little flirty. This PERFECTLY describes Kaidan who is a great book boyfriend and essentially this emoji in character form.

     Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This one was hard for me, but I ended up choosing this book because it is so good, plus this emoji could represent St. Clair!

     The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West – This emoji is like a totally shipable couple! I really liked this romance.

I’m not sure who has and who hasn’t done this tag, so if you want to do it, go ahead!

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Unpopular Opinions Tag

Today, I’ll be doing the unpopular opinions tag! I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but this looked like so much fun. Anyway, I don’t mean to offend anyone with these in case you do like these books. I know many people who did enjoy these and I want to respect everyone’s opinions and these wonderful authors (most of whom I’ve read other books from and enjoyed) and these books, because most people do like these! Let’s get started with the questions:

A Popular Book or Series You Don’t Like

The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey – I wasn’t a huge fan of the world building and through most of it, I was pretty confused. I didn’t continue on with the series because at the end of the book, I didn’t really care at all.

A Book or Series that everyone seems to hate but you love

Atlantia

Atlantia by Ally Condie – Most people didn’t like this (I’m not sure why, maybe because it’s slow?). I enjoyed the pacing and the overall tone and I’m glad I tried it amongst the bad reviews.

A love triangle that didn’t end the way you wanted it to

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

City of Bones and the whole Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. No spoilers here, but if you know how it ends, I was on the other side. Of course, I did like how it ended up anyway in the second part of the series 😉

A book genre you hardly reach for

Fifty First Times: A New Adult Anthology

New Adult in general (this is just a random cover) – I’m not a huge fan of these because I don’t like books heavily focused on romance and I really want something else to them. I have a few lighter ones on my TBR, but nothing too crazy.

A popular or beloved character you do not like

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Peeta from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – When I was reading the books for the first time, I didn’t notice this, but on rereads I have. Peeta really annoys me because he didn’t really do anything to survive. Later in the series, he strengthens up, but I was never a huge fan of his skills. I think I wanted more from him.

A popular author you can’t seem to enjoy

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)

Laini Taylor – While I only DNFed this first book of hers, I haven’t been able to get into her writing. I also read her short story from My True Love Gave to Me, which I enjoyed, but not as much as most people. I’m not sure what it is, but I’ll keep giving her a chance.

A popular trope you’re tired of seeing

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

“One girl must save them all” – I get this is probably most books in the dystopian genre, but when one sixteen year old girl has to save her society alone, while exposing corruption and having two guys be in love with her? A little bit too much for my taste.

A popular series you have no interest in reading

The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die, #2)

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – Technically, I did read the first book in the series. It was only okay and I’m not excited to continue on with everything. Plus, there has been some drama with this author.

A movie or TV show that was better than the book

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars – I felt for the characters so much more and I was actually more emotional during the movie than the book! It wasn’t a huge difference, but it had an impact. (I also felt this way about Divergent but I didn’t want to use it twice…)

Those are some of my unpopular opinions! I’m going to tag: Stefani at Caught Read Handed, Jolien at The Fictional Reader, and Missie at Flurry of Ponderings.

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Taylor Swift Book Tag

I love Taylor Swift, so I could not resist doing this tag! I wasn’t tagged by anyone in particular, but I am going to do this just for fun. I love some of these questions!

We Are Never Getting Back Together 

a series you loved, but then wanted to break up with

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

When I first started with this series, I was for sure that it would be a new favorite of mine. Sadly, with each book, I enjoyed them less and less. I’m still up for giving the movies a try though.

Red

a book with a red cover

Cruel Beauty

This is such a beautiful cover! I have yet to pick this up yet, but it’s eagerly waiting for me on my shelf.

The Best Day

a book that makes you nostalgic

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I have read this entire series since it started and it just brings me back! My whole grade was obsessed with them and it was always a big deal when someone finished them first. I’ve loved going through life with Percy Jackson!

Love Story

a book with forbidden love

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

The classic tale of girl meets -alien.- This one has a great paranormal romance aspect, and forbidden love is always a part of that.

I Knew You Were Trouble

pick a bad character you just couldn’t help but fall in love with

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

A pretty popular pick – Warner from the Shatter Me series! I really did not like him in the first book but his character development was so on point.

Innocent 

a book someone spoiled

The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)

I know! This one has some huge plot points that I was spoiled on. 😦

Everything Has Changed

pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)

For this, I picked Anna from Sweet Evil! Throughout the trilogy, she really grows both with her powers and as a person in general. I really enjoyed seeing her growth all the way though.

You Belong With Me

your most anticipated release

The Next Together

The cover reveal for this made me even more excited! The American release of this book was dropped in the Egmont closing, but it is still publishing in the UK this fall. I have to get my hands on this book though…

Forever and Always

favorite book couple

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

I haven’t talked about this AMAZING series in a while – Amy and Elder are super cute! I love seeing their relationship develop, although it really isn’t in your face through the whole series. I really liked the little, sweet aspects.

Come Back, Be Here

a book you’d never lend out because you’d miss it too much

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

This book has sat on the same place on my bookshelf for years now. It would just look weird with that cornerstone spot gone, plus I never know when it’ll be calling for a reread!

Teardrops on My Guitar

a book that made you cry

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Me, on a bus, heading to DC on a ten hour ride. Not a pretty sight. However, I loved crying over this book. It was totally worth it.

Shake It Off

a book you love so much, you just shake off the haters

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1)

For this series, I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews especially because of the writing style. I personally really enjoyed the aspect it gave the story though!

What’s your favorite Taylor Swift song?

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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I was nominated by Drifting Pages. Thank you!

She gave me ten questions to answer:

1) If a book was written about your life, what would the title be?

I have no idea! I don’t think I’ve lived long enough to have an overall theme yet…

2) What was the first book you can remember reading (or being read to you)?

My parents read Cinderella to me, and then that became the first book I ever read by myself. So that.

3) What’s your favourite genre of books?

YA contemporary! The cute stuff, the sad stuff. All of it.

4) If you could choose one book to be turned into a movie adaptation, what would it be?

1984 by George Orwell. I would be kind of hard, but I really want to see that world.

5) What’s your favourite reading format: Hardback, Paperback or E-book?

I really like reading hardback that I bought, but I read more from the library than anything. Ebooks are good too, but I always forget I actually have that as a reading format.

6) Do you come from a family of readers, or are you the only one?

It’s just me. 😦 No idea how that happened, but I’m okay with it! My parents like the fact that I read.

7) Have you asked for any books for Christmas? If so, which ones?

Well, Christmas has past…but yes! I asked for Ashes to Ashes and the new Harry Potter covers.

8) Have you ever been to a book festival or author event?

No. I really want to, but I live in an area most authors don’t ever visit. SOMEONE COME TO THE SOUTH. IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND WE HAVE SWEET TEA.

9) Do you have a favourite bookshop you visit often? Maybe an indie in your hometown/city?

I only have a Barnes and Noble, although I would love an indie! I’m in the library a lot too…

10) Do you own any signed copies of books? If so, which ones?

Yes! I have a copy of The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement Moore, Atlantia by Ally Condie, and Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill signed. There might be more that I don’t remember…

Now, I am supposed to nominate ten blogs: Ramblings of an Elfpire, My Reading Dress, For the Love of the Page, Delicate Eternity, Bibliophila, Bibliophilic Geek, Bookraptured, A Flurry of Ponderings, Caught Read Handed, and The Fictional Reader.

The questions I want them to answer are:

  1. Did you get any books for Christmas/over the holidays?
  2. What is a food you have always wanted to try from a book?
  3. If you could go on a vacation to any bookish setting, where would you go?
  4. What is your favorite reading snack or drink?
  5. Play kiss, marry, kill with three characters from your favorite book(s) of 2014.
  6. Show us your favorite book cover.
  7. What is one place or person you know you can turn to for a great book recommendation?
  8. What is one book you read because someone told you to?
  9. Do you like reading books with some idea the summary or going in blind?
  10. What is your all time favorite OTP?

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Let’s Chat: To Be Read Lists Feat. the TBR Tag

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My To Be Read List (or TBR) is one of my favorite things about Goodreads. I love having all the books I want to read in one easy list, even though it can get a little bit overwhelming sometimes. For more discussion on this topic, I decided to do the TBR tag!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Like I mentioned above, my Goodreads list has all of it. Everything is included on this list – from sequels to books that aren’t yet released to classics. It does look a little hectic, but I try to keep it up to date. I rarely ever buy books that aren’t already on this list, so it rarely needs updating from my physical book TBR pile.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

A few months ago, I would have definitely said ebook! I left my Kindle mostly abandoned except for the occasional ARC. However, I’ve gotten both of these almost balanced out. I’m reading more on my ebook and therefore less of print.

How do you determine what to read next?

I’m a mood reader! I just pick up whatever is looking good from my shelf. Typically, since I get most of my books from the library, at the beginning of the month I will request a huge stack of books including sequels, standalones, and a little bit from every genre. That way, I can pick based on my mood without having to run to the library every time I finish a book. I have found that this method works really well!

A book that has been on your TBR longest:

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. It’s not available at my library and I’ve never seen it a bookstore. I recently bought it on my Kindle, but have yet to pick it up.

A book you recently added to your TBR pile:

On the Edge by Allison van Diepen. I’ve seen some pretty good reviews for this and I’m always up for a contemporary romance!

A book on your TBR solely for its beautiful cover:

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. This book is so pretty. Thankfully, the synopsis sounds interesting too, but it was a cover draw at first.

A book on your TBR you never plan on reading:

I’m not really sure…but the first one that comes to mind is City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. I’ve never been a huge fan of the Mortal Instruments or any of the characters. When it was first released, I was put off by the length of it all. And that will probably keep me from it for a while.

An unpublished book on your TBR you’re most excited about:

So many! Right now, my top two are Fairest by Marissa Meyer and Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales.

A book on your TBR basically everyone has read but you:

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer. I’ve only read Twilight and haven’t gotten around to finishing the rest of the series. It was so huge a couple of years ago and I really need to catch up with it.

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

369…which is a big number for me. I’ve seen some other huge numbers on other posts though! It makes me feel a little better that at least some of them are unpublished, but it is still a little scary to wonder if I’ll ever get to them all.

So… what do your Goodreads TBRs look like?

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Book Creatures of the Night Tag

Today, I am going to be doing the Book Creatures of the Night tag! This was created by Katytastic on Youtube, so you can watch the original video here:

Essentially, this tag just includes ten different types of creatures from books. I’ll just be picking my favorite for each of these categories.

1. Vampire

My favorite vampires are those from Vampire Academy! They have a really interesting mythology, including the different types and powers that they can have. I also think they are the most realistic example of vampires. Rose and Lissa are great!

2. Werewolf

I haven’t read too many werewolf books, but I think my favorite is Wolf from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. While he’s not a real werewolf, he has some of the same qualities.
3. Zombie

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard has the best zombies! This is a steampunk series and the zombies are very technological. I would really suggest this series if you enjoy zombies or steampunk.
4. Ghost

My favorite ghost book is Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore! The book is set on a Texas ranch, which starts with a very cool setup, but it also has an interesting way the ghosts get involved with this story. I need to read more of this author’s ghost books too.
5. Witch/Warlock/Spellcaster

Naturally, the obvious pick is Harry Potter! He is just the classic wizard character with so many different powers and spells. The world of Hogwarts is also amazingly built, of course.
6. Fairy/Fae

The only fairy book I have read is The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa, so I guess that’s what I am going to pick! I like the way this book intertwines all different kinds of fairies from classics, such as Puck from Shakespeare’s A Midnight Summer’s Dream. 
7. Demon

My favorite demons come from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. These demons come from the seven devils! It is a really great series that I highly suggest.
8. Angel

I haven’t read too many angel books…but I think my favorite is Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. I don’t remember too much about the first book, but I really want to finish this series soon.
9. Alien

Of course, I love the aliens in Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout! That is a really addicting series with really interesting mythology behind the aliens. I also like the aliens in 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad. These are scary, but they make for a great book!
10. Superpowered human

I don’t know any of these either, but I do like the shadowhunters from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. They also have a huge world that I really enjoyed reading about during that series.

What are your favorite creatures from books? Any suggestions?

Happy Halloween!

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