Top Ten Tuesday- 10 Things About Me

Okay, I’m actually cheating and reposting a very old post I did- to compensate you’ll get 20 things about me, haha. I would choose these same things so I figured why not repost? Plus, I’m lazy. There. You just learned another thing about me.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke an the Bookish. Each week a different question is posed and gives us bloggers an opportunity to share our top tens on all different types of bookish topics.

To the Old Post…

After reading Octavia’s post inspired by Consuming Worlds I decided that this might be fun to do. Then with some peer pressure by Octavia and Pili on Twitter I decided I would…so here it goes.

1. I have never been in a physical fight.

2. My P.E. teacher in junior high let me sit on the sidelines and read instead of playing volleyball. Yes, I was that bad.

Dragons of Autumn Twilight  (Dragonlance Chronicles #1)Dragons of Winter Night (Dragonlance: Chronicles, #2)Dragons of Spring Dawning (Dragonlance: Chronicles, #3)

3. My first ‘chapter’ book was Dragonlance Chronicles which contained Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night and Dragons of Spring Dawning

4. I worked in a music store called Warehouse Music to see if it was like the 90’s movie Empire Records. It was not, though still was a blast.

5. I have a bachelors in Communications

6. My first job out of college was at ADV Films working in marketing. ADV Films hired voice actors and produced dubbed over versions of Japanese animes. It was such a fun job and was where I met my husband. While working there I developed and was in charge of the Anime ADVocates program which sent out samples DVDs to school anime clubs. Click here to be embarrassed on my behalf.

7. My favorite anime is Fruits Basket (my first love triangle) followed by Outlaw Star (neither dubbed by my former employer)

8. Now I am a stay at home mom

9. I am a photographer (hobbyist)

10. I used to paint/draw until I found that I loved photography more.

11. I worked in photo-labs in high school and college.

12. I wanted to be a marine biologist all through middle school. I only recently realized I am terrified of the open ocean

13. My husband is an amazing artist (digitally and painting). You’ve seen some of his work in our Lego Cover art feature.

Photo: A praying mantis on a tree branch

14. I love learning about insects-my favorite being the Praying Mantis. Which is cousins with my most hated insect…the cockroach.

15. I am much braver behind a camera than not.

16. I have a serious case of Wanderlust though I’ve not traveled since having my son.

 

17. My first video game I played was King’s Quest on the old Tandy computer

18. I love the Dragon Age games–Alistair being my favorite game character though Fenris is a close second

19. I forget my age and have to be reminded by my family members

20. My birthday is September 11

Stacking the Shelves- What an Epic Week in Books

This past week all my bookish dreams came true with the help of some really amazing blogger friends and publishers. I am soooo excited by each of these books.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

The Books

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This week I was THRILLED to have the A Torch Against the Night ARC box land on my doorstep. The box contained the Torch arc plus an paperback copy of An Ember in the Ashes AND that beautiful cuff. What a great package Penguin/Razorbill made. I’m so in love with it. I’ve started to reread Ember since I first read it in 2014 and can’t remember lots of details. So far I’m just as enraptured as the first time.

The other goodies are a mix of publisher sent and from bloggy friends. I’m so excited for each of them-Gemina! Strange the Dreamer sampler (and those buttons!!)! The Graces! The Female of the Species! GAH, so excited about them all. I wish I could read faster. Have you heard of Spare and Found Parts yet? It looks FABULOUS.

Those cute little magnetic bookmarks are from Happy Hello! Art. I ADORE them and want moooore.

I have to include this picture of the Torch cuff and book. It’s one of my favorites I’ve taken recently for Instagram.

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Speaking of Instagram I’ve fallen in love with Bookstagram and have been spending a ton of time over there. I have really found a passion for bookish still life pics! haha Are you on there? If so if you would like to see my pictures you can here.

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Top Ten Tuesday- Five Books I Picked Up on a Whim

Last month I had the opportunity to go to my first ever book convention, TLA. It was a lot of fun and I had promised myself that I’d not go crazy and pick up things I didn’t desperately want to read. Well, that plan only worked so far because I ran across some books I’d not heard of BUT the covers looked awesome. I had to pick them up. I thought I’d include them this week since the prompt is

Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke an the Bookish. Each week a different question is posed and gives us bloggers an opportunity to share our top tens on all different types of bookish topics.

Top Books I Picked Up on a Whim at a Book Conference (plus one)

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Everyone We’ve Been
By:  Sarah Everett
October 4th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Summary:
Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy.

Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased.

But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?

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26117389Never Missing, Never Found
By: Amanda Panitch
June 28th 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Summary:
A juicy thriller about a girl who returned from the missing. . . . Hand to fans of We Were Liars, Bone Gap, and Vanishing Girls.

Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly.

Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she’s starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.

Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it’s too late?

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23341252This Is Our Story
By: Ashley Elston
November 15th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

Summary:
No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she and Stone investigate—the ageing prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot—she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.

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25522033The Telling
By: Alexandra Sirowy
August 2nd 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young

Summary:
Lana used to know what was real.

That was before when her life was small and quiet.
Her golden step-brother, Ben, was alive, she could only dream about bonfiring with the populars, their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.

Then came after.

After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, and living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: Love, blood, and murder.

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And this last book was sent to me unsolicited but I’ve added it to my TBR pile because I love this cover. I’m counting it as a whim.
25613888Dreamers Often Lie
By: Jacqueline West
April 5th 2016 by Dial Books

Summary:
Jaye wakes up from a skiing accident with a fractured skull, a blinding headache, and her grip on reality sliding into delusion. Determined to get back to her starring role in the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jaye lies to her sister, her mom, her doctors. She’s fine, she says. She’s fine. If anyone knew the truth – that hallucinations of Shakespeare and his characters have followed her from her hospital bed to the high school halls – it would all be over. She’s almost managing to pull off the act when Romeo shows up in her anatomy class. And it turns out that he’s 100% real. Suddenly Jaye has to choose between lying to everyone else and lying to herself.

Troubled by the magnetic new kid, a long-lost friend turned recent love interest, and the darkest parts of her family’s past, Jaye’s life tangles with Shakespeare’s most famous plays until she can’t tell where truth ends and pretending begins. Soon, secret meetings and dizzying first kisses give way to more dangerous things. How much is real, how much is in Jaye’s head, and how much does it matter as she flies toward a fate over which she seems to have no control?

Have you read any of these authors? Heard of these books?

Stacking the Shelves

I feel like lately SO MANY amazing books have been releasing and my mail has been really spectacular. I am such a happy reader. I immediately had to start reading Caraval and A Shadow Bright and Burning. I’m not far in ASBaB but I’m more than half way through Caraval. It has been one of my favorite books I’ve read. Period. I’ll be starting The Sleeping Prince very soon. I’m so excited.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

The Books

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I purchased The Rose and the Dagger and The Star Touched Queen and the rest were sent to me by publishers for review consideration. Thank you Flatiron, Scholastic, Random House and Harper!

You might know that I’m showcasing my convention haul from TLA a bit different by taking an individual shot of each picture. I will be using a hashtag over on Instagram for each of these pictures: #mfafTLA16bookhaul. You can find me here.

I’ve shared these books so far:

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This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott
Gifted by HA Swain
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin
The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy
Flicker and Mist by Mary G. Thompson
The Reader by Traci Chee
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
Vassa In The Night by Sarah Porter
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

How was your week? Get any great mail?

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

This is for about two week’s worth of books. I went to Becky Wallace’s The Skylighter event at Barnes and Noble and it was a lot of fun. I was thrilled to get my arc signed and add a signed hardcover to my collection. I already read Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake and loved it! I highly recommend it.

The Books

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I was shocked to get The Raven King. I totally didn’t expect Scholastic to send it early- I’ve not read Blue Lily Lily Blue yet so I immediately started it so I can dive into the final book of the series.

This coming week I’ll be attending my first ever conference! The Texas Library Association conference. I’m so excited (and nervous) since I don’t really know what to expect. I do know I’ll have a wonderful time.

What did you get last week?