Waiting on Wednesday: Into the Dim

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each week, we pick new, unreleased books. This week, I have:

Into the Dim (Into the Dim, #1)

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

To be published March 1 2016

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.      Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail,Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.

So I haven’t read Outlander yet…but I know the idea of it is right up my alley! I think this one sounds really good at combining historical fiction elements (big fan!) with some fantasy, which I am slowly working my way into more. Anyway,  I can’t wait to pick it up!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Historical Settings

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is all about historical fiction – favorite settings, books, whatever! I’ve decided to talk about ten time periods and locations where I would love to read a historical fiction set. These books don’t even have to be YA, but that would be fun too. Here they are:

  1. Imperial Russia. What I’m talking about here is some of the stories that we’ve all heard about – Moscow, Peter the Great, Anastasia. There are a few books I know of that are set in Russia, but none that have really nailed it so far.
  2. Pre-Colonial America. Something about Native Americans that is historically accurate and set before any Europeans arrive! I think it would be fascinating to read about a story set in their culture, without the arrival of colonists (where most historical fictions here are set).
  3. Imperial China. Just very old-age China, once again, maybe before Europeans came. They have such a rich culture too that could have so many different perspectives.
  4. Gold Rush-era West. I know Vengeance Road played on this one a little bit, but more!
  5. Vikings. Vikings are great. That’s it.
  6. Roman Empire. I love classics, so hearing about something set in Rome would be really cool.
  7. African Colonization. I’m not entirely sure what I meant here, but I read Things Fall Apart last year which was all about an African tribe being affected by colonists. So, anywhere really? I’m not totally familiar with this region’s history, but I really loved that book and would be up for more like it.
  8. Space. – Obviously, space isn’t really a time period! But, space race?
  9. Medieval France. – Maybe this is just because I’ve been binge-watching Reign lately, but I love that time period and would love to see some more palace drama.
  10. Renaissance Italy. – It’s a time period practically ingrained in us with all the glorious art and stories of rival artists.

Those are some of what I’m thinking! There are so many regions and time periods to explore though. What are some places that you would love to go (fictionally)?

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February TBR

Another month, another TBR! February is a shorter month, so I’m only expecting to read about six books this month. My TBR list is actually a little longer though, just to give me some room to pick from lots of options! Here are the eight books that are my priorities for February:

Charlie, Presumed Dead    Trust Me, I'm Lying (Trust Me, #1)     In Real Life     Valhalla

My Rebellion Checklist    The Moor's Account     Humans of New York     I Was Here

  1. Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel – I have been waiting for this book to come out for a really long time. It’s a YA mystery/thriller.
  2. Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer – This is another mystery book, I believe, and I love the idea of having an unreliable narrator.
  3. In Real Life by Lawrence Tabak – I received a copy of this book to read from the publisher!
  4. Valhalla by Ari Bach – I have seen some good reviews for this and I am trying to branch more into sci-fi because I love it so much when I do read it.
  5. My Rebellion Checklist by Susan Soares – This is another book I was able to receive from the publisher!
  6. The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami – This book is carrying over from my January TBR. I didn’t actually get my hands on it until the end of the month, so I wanted to keep it around for February.
  7. Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton – I am trying to read about one nonfiction book per month and this was my pick after following his Facebook page for a while.
  8. I Was Here by Gayle Forman – Last year, Gayle Forman came in at my number one favorite book of the year! I’m hoping to find another great story here.

What do you hope to read this month?

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January Wrap Up

I am very happy that January is over! It wasn’t the best month for me, but I had a pretty good time reading-wise. Anyway, let’s not focus on the negatives. Here’s what I read this month:

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Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling    The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

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The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin  Ink by Amanda SunMy Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart

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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card    Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

How was your January? What did you read?

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January Haul

I’m trying something new here today! I have never really done hauls because I don’t really buy books very often. This month, I actually only have two books (one from a publisher), but I still wanted to share them and see what I buy each month. Anyway, without further ado, here they are:

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)      Dreamology

  1. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – I finished the first book, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and knew I had to pick up the next book immediately! The next day, I drove out and picked this one up and read it the same day.
  2. Dreamology by Lucy Keating – I received this book from the publisher, Harper Teen! I had actually never heard of it before, but now I’m really excited to read it. And the cover is so pretty.

What books did you add to your collection this month?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl From Everywhere

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine, featuring unreleased books each week. This week, I chose:

The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1)

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

To be published February 16 2016

Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.

Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.

I’m waiting on this book because I have already seen some great reviews! It also has a cool aspect of time travel all around the world which is something that I would love to read more about.

What are you waiting on?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Make Me Happy

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish. As we are in the midst of the winter season, I feel like it can be a little hard to feel cheerful around this time. January of 2016 has not been shaping up to be the best month so far, but today, I wanted to focus more on some books that make me happy. Here are some of my favorites if you are looking for a pick-me-up:

A Work In Progress      The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us, #1)      The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)      Since You've Been Gone       The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)       Paper Towns

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)       Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)       Keeping the Moon

  1. A Work in Progress by Connor Franta – I love how relatable this book is and I find myself referring back to it when I need some advice from someone who feels the same way.
  2. The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall – This is an action packed thrill ride with an adorable romance! What more could you want?
  3. The Selection by Kiera Cass – I once saw Kiera Cass compare this book to mac and cheese in a video she did, and I would agree with that wholeheartedly.
  4. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins – If you are looking for some fun times and great characters, this paranormal book is a fantastic place to start!
  5. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – A book about friendship and finding yourself! This is such a sweet book and very heart warming.
  6. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han – This is all about the love triangle! And I say that in the best way possible. Get ready for some swoons.
  7. Paper Towns by John Green – I really like reading about journies when I’m not feeling too great and this has a pretty epic one! And you can watch the movie after 🙂
  8. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – So maybe, you’ve already read Hex Hall! There’s more funny leads, cute romances, and supernatural in this other series that is just as easy to love.
  9. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling – I love reading autobiographies to help me get through something and this is written by one of my favorite funny ladies.
  10. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen – She’s the QUEEN of YA contemporary! There’s just something special about her writing that will have you in the summer state of mind.

What are some of your favorite books if you need a pick-me-up?

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