Bookworms will rule the world...After we finish one more chapter!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Follow Friday/TGIF


Q: The New Year is here — and everyone wants to know your New Years Blogging Resolution! What are you going to try to revise, revamp and redo for 2012 on your blog?

A: I have quite an extensive list for my 2012 blogging goals. In fact I just did a post about it on Monday. But I think my main goal is a total makeover. I will be hiring a blog designer(still undecided, so if you know someone, please let me know in the comments!) and will have a brand new blog design. I love change, and I think The Crazy Bookworm is in a desperate need of one. Also, I would love to participate in more YA blog tours.

What about you?
(Be sure to leave your link in the comments so I can hop back!)


Q: First and Last: What was the first book you read in 2011
and the last you finished in 2011? How do you feel about these books?
Would you recommend them to other readers?
A: The first book I reviewed in 2011 was:
This was a remarkable book. I would definitely recommend that everyone picks this one up!

The last book is
Currently Reading
This was a fantastic read. Hilarious at times, and heart-wrenching at others.
(Review to come)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Calling all Blog Designers...New year, New Makeover?

As a new year approaches, I am in the mood for some major blog refreshing! Yesterday, I posted about my 2012 Blog Goals and with that I would love to start everything fresh, with a new design to match!

I have done a Google search on Blog Designers and came across some great ones, the trouble...I can't decide! I'm hoping that with this post I will find the right person for the job. That's where you come in! Are you a blog designer? In the comments leave your website link where I can have a look at some of your previous work. Don't have a website? Then please leave me your e-mail address so I can get in touch with you.

If your not a blog designer but has had a great designer do up your blog, then please feel free to drop their names and let me know about them! If you know their website, then please by all means leave that as well.

What I Want for my Blog:
  • 3 Column layout
  • Favicon
  • Personal Button
  • Social Media buttons
  • Custom Header(May include up to 3 characters/illustrations)
  • Background to Match
  • Navigation Menu
  • Post Title Graphic
  • Sidebar graphic
  • Post divider/signature
  • Footer
  • Various Fonts
  • Installation
 Thank you in advance! Looking forward to chatting with you!

Monday, December 26, 2011

New Years Resolutions: Blog Edition

I was going through some of my past blog posts and came across my New years Blog goals from last year, and was pretty satisfied with the outcome. Although some things I wish I could have done better with, I achieved most of last years blog goals. BUT another year is approaching and with them it brings new blog goals.

I adore my blog, and I love all my followers. Sometimes when I find I'm really busy and the blog may hit the back burner, the thought NEVER crosses my mind to shut it down. I don't know if I ever could. When I do have the time to blog, I enjoy it. When I finish a book, I can't wait to hop on the computer and let all of you know what I thought about it. So The Crazy Bookworm won't be going anywhere, anytime soon!

My 2012 blog goals are:

Time Managment: Boy oh boy, so I need to practice some time management! Ever since I got promoted at my job, I feel as if I don't have much time for the blog. Once work is finished, and I'm done all my day-to-day tasks, I just want to do nothing, and sometimes that includes reading. And that saddens me, so I will be breaking out a calender(the ol' fashioned kind, not a google doc) and will manage my time for effectivily and efficiantly. I DO NOT want to ring in the new year with a blog lull. I want it thriving all through 2012

Reading More: This was on last years list as well, and though I did pick up the reading, once I started working more, the reading decreased. So hopefully with my good friend time management, I will be able to take in more reading time!

Participation: I would LOVE to participate in more blog challenges and blog guest posts. Last year my main goal was to comment more, I am happy to say that I can stroke that one off! I have met a ton of great new people just from commenting. So this year, I hope to fit in more blog challenges.

I hope I can be as successful this year as I was last year! What are your blogging goals and aspirations? Do tell!



Sunday, December 25, 2011

In My Mailbox....Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, and that Santa graced you with all kinds of book goodness!


Bought

A Northern Light

Bright Young Things (Bright Young Things, #1)

Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials

That's it for me this week!

What's in your Mailbox? 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

In My Mailbox/A Crazy Bookworm update


Bought
Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead, #1)

For Review
The Alchemy of Forever
(This cover is even more stunning in person!)

What's in your Mailbox?

A Crazy Bookworm Update

I know I have been a bit absent lately only posting once or twice a week. I promise things will get better in the New Year! I manage an indepenent book store in my city and with the Christmas Season, we have been crazy busy! I haven't had time to do much of anything. I'm sorry that the blog has been a little quiet lately but please bear with me, things will bounce back once Christmas time passes us.

Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Giveaway winner plus another giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Scorpio Races giveaway! A winner was chosen at random using http://www.random.org/. And the winner is....

Laura from The Zealous Reader!
*Congrats Laura!*

With Christmas right around the corner, I am in the spirit of giving and am hosting another giveaway. When? Right now! I will be offering up 2 choices of books. You can pick which one you want, or select both.

 The books:

                                     

To Enter
  • Must be 13 years of age or older to enter
  • Contest ends December 24th(Christmas eve!)
  • Contest is open to Everyone
  • Fill out THIS FORM to enter
Good Luck!


*I'd also like to add a personal message thanking everyone for following and reading The Crazy Bookworm! During the past few months I have been super busy and a little overwhelmed, but you guys are still right beside me, and I want to let you know that I appreciate that! Thank you!*

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Dead to You by Lisa McMann

Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together. But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable...

What are you waiting on?



Monday, December 12, 2011

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks


The Best of Me
Contemporary Romance: 288 Pages
Publisher: Grand Central Pub.
Published: October 11th, 2011
Source: Bought
Series: None
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website

THE BEST OF ME is the heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they've taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past

“There's a lot of magic between you too, ain't no denying that. And magic makes forgettin' hard.” -Tuck

What can I say? Nicholas Sparks is on my auto buy list. Once a new book of his is released, I buy it right away without an inkling of what it may be about.

A lot of friends and fellow bloggers I talk to tend to stay away from Nicholas Sparks. They don't exactly like his 'tragic' storylines. Yes, he may write about lost love, and death but there is something about his writing that pulls me right in. Every character he pens, every setting he describes, I am there. The Best of Me was no exception...


Nicholas Sparks definitely knows how to write a character. They are full of so much spunk and life. Amanda was a firecracker. She was passionate and good-willed, but she loved to stand up in what she believed in, even if that meant an argument or two. When Dawson was introduced, I noticed a sadness about him right away. He lived his life working on the oil rig and going about his mundane day-to-day tasks. He lacked passion. That immediately changed when Amanda walks back into his life. Although their reunion is taking place because of their friends death, you can notice the change in Dawson right away. He was happy again. He was in love.

The book picks up from their like a roller coaster. There are highs and lows. I laughed and I, of course cried. Just when I think Spark's can't surprise me anymore with his twists and turns, he does it to me again in The Best of Me. I was left jaw-dropped and misty eyed.

Nicholas Sparks may walk on the sad side at times, but I think his books are so much more than that. They allow you to be whisped away. To live through these great characters. Although I may need a tissue(or two) when reading a Spark's book, I cherish a book that can tug on my heartstrings. A book that can make me feel emotion. The Best of Me was just that...A book with love, loss, heart ache and joy.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Follow Friday

Q: Keeping with the Spirit of Giving this season, what book do you think EVERYONE should read and if you could, you would buy it for all of your family and friends?

A: My Young adult pick would be:


This stunning cast of characters and beautifully written historic storyline makes for a compelling read!

My Adult Read:
This indescribable tale about a Man and his dog is a true love story.

Don't forget to check out my SCROPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater giveaway *linked under header* Ends Dec 16th.

Happy Hopping!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Zombie Challenge 2012

I don't normally join challenges, because I find it hard to commit to them in the long run. But when I came across this one...Well, I couldn't refuse.



 
Challenge Details
 
Timeline: 01 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2012

• Rules: There are FOUR (4) LEVELS to choose from:

- One Chomp: Read 6 Zombie books in 2012

- Two Chomps: Read 12 Zombie books in 2012

- Three Chomps: Read 18 Zombie books in 2012

- Four Chomps: Read 24 Zombie books in 2012

• You don't have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.

• You can join at anytime. All books read in 2012 count towards the challenge regardless of when you sign up.

• At the beginning of Jan 2012, you will find a link to specific month to add your reviews.

• Audiobooks do not count, but all other formats are accepted.

• Only fiction, no non-fiction.

• This challenge can crossover to other challenges.

• If you need help choosing your zombie reads, check out Book Chick City's ZOMBIE SHELF on Goodreads for ideas!



I am going to aim for 2 Chomps. Although I don't have all 12 books picked out, these are the ones I will start with:

*Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey
*Feed by Mira Grant
*Deadline by Mira Grant
*Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
*Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
*Married with Zombies by Jesse Peterson
*Autumn: Disintergration by David Moody
*At First Days by Rhiannon Frater

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Pledge by Kimerbly Derting


The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)

Dystopian: 323 Pages
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: November 15th, 2011
Series: The Pledge(Book #1)
Source: For review
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website


In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime 


 
I couldn't wait to read this book after I first heard about it. Then all the hype started up and it just amplified by curiosity. I couldn't wait to devour it...Unfortunately, this book didn't quite do it for me.

I wanted to like this book...I wanted to love it. I really did. Everything about it sounded perfect to me, and the cover was dark and mysterious. But there was just something missing in this novel that was preventing me to give it my full attention.

No matter how hard I tried I couldn't get into it. I flew through the first 100 pages, but then after that, the book began to lull. I couldn't engage with the characters or the storyline. I was literally forcing myself to pick up the novel and keep reading. Now I know that may sound a bit harsh, but I am just trying to be honest. However, there were aspects of the book that I did like.

The Setting. I think Kimberly Derting did a wonderful job at her world building. Her setting was so well created that I could picture the dark, gray world that these characters lived in.

The introduction. It was the first 100 pages that I loved. The author introduced the storyline at a great pace, giving the reader just enough to want to keep reading.

The one thing that fell flat for me were the characters. I couldn't relate or bond with any of them. I couldn't connect with them, which is what I enjoy doing when reading a book. I enjoy being whisped away by the characters and befriending them, caring for them.

Overall I am a little saddened that I didn't love this book as much as I thought I would, but The Pledge won't steer me away from Derting's past and future work. I look forward to reading the Body Finder series, and I plan to read book #2 in The Pledge series. Perhaps book 2 can offer something else that I didn't get from Book 1.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Follow Friday/TGIF




Q: What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to books? Maybe you don’t like love triangles or thin plots? Tell us about it!
A: My biggest pet peeve would have to be bad character development. I have read books that have had heart-pounding action and storylines, but the character development was lacking. There wouldn't be much to them and I would find it very heard to enjoy the books if I couldn't get to know the characters.






**Be sure to check out my current giveaway 'Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater'.**

Thursday, December 1, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...Scorpio Races Giveaway

Santa and his elves are getting ready for the big trip in just 24 days. Can you believe it?

The Crazy Bookworm will be having one giveaway a week of books and other goodies to celebrate the Holiday Season.

Today's Giveaway:
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.

Giveaway Rules
  • Must be 13 years of age or older to enter
  • Giveaway ends December 16th.
  • Fill out THIS FORM to enter
  • Open to Everyone 
Good Luck!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Do YOU judge a book by it's cover?

Being a Manager at a independent bookstore, I am constantly around books. And I have been noticing more often that I, The Crazy Bookworm judge books by their covers. I know that's a horrible thing to admit...and usually when asked I would say no, because honestly I didn't think I did. But I have here an example for you of how I judge a book by it's cover:




 When I first came across this book, I had zero interest in it. The cover didn't grab me, and so I never even read what it was about. Yes, it's true! I didn't even give it a chance. Then the other day I came across it's sequel:



 I thought "Ohh this looks interesting, what's it about?". That is when I learned that it was the sequel to The Mockingbirds, which lead me to finally look into that book. I am ashamed that I completely wrote off that book because of it's cover. After reading the synopsis I couldn't wait to read it. So of course, I ordered myself a copy of The Mockingbirds. Eagerly awaiting it's arrival!

So that, my fellow readers and bloggers, is my shameful confession that I judge book's by their covers. But I am going to vow to stop, and give a book a chance, no matter the image on the cover.

Do you judge a book by a cover? And have you ever passed up a great read because of that?

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler


The Future of Us

Young Adult: 356 Pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: November 21st, 2011
Series: None
Source: For review from publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon
First impression: Unique concept. Can't wait to read it!

It's 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet.
Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM.


Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on--and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future.


Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.

“I've always protected myself when it comes to love. And maybe that's the problem. By not letting myself get hurt now, it ripples into much bigger pain later.” -Emma
 
I absolutely loved Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, and although I haven't had the pleasure of reading Carolyn Mackler's previous work, I have heard fantastic things about her writing, and was thrilled to hear that the two were pairing up for this novel.
 
What a blast this book was! First of all, the 90's references. It brought me back to those simpler times when I used to curl up with my YM Magazine while listening to Boyz to Men. Those references gave me a special connection to the book. Although I wasn't the same age as Emma was in 1996(I was 9) I could relate to her on a stronger level than I have with other female characters.
 
The unique concept of this book was what initially grabbed my attention. In a time where the world is so reliant on Social Media, this book definitely makes you wonder what things would be like without it. And if we had the ability to see our 'Future statuses' would we like what we see in those few short sentences?
 
Emma and Josh did what most people would have done. Act first, think later. Emma's (at times) foolish actions caused some major repercussions for her future. There were times where I just wanted to grab her and scream "STOP IT!". Asher and Mackler did a fantastic job with creating these simple yet bold characters.
 
Jay Asher's and Carolyn Mackler's writing style blended together perfectly. They each gave the novel a personal touch.
 
The Future of Us was a book that I was anxiously anticipating and was thrilled to finally start reading. The end result was I didn't want it to end. I couldn't put it down and I loved the characters. This book made it's way to my top reads of 2011. A must read!
 
Last impression: In case the review doesn't say it clearly. Read it...Now!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

In My Mailbox


For Review
Illuminate

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

The Literary Ladies' Guide to the Writing Life
(I was thrilled to get this one. As an aspiring writer, this was like finding Gold in my mailbox!)

What's in your Mailbox?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Follow Friday/TGIF






Q: It’s Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. so we want to know what you are Thankful for – blogging related of course! Who has helped you out along the way? What books are you thankful for reading?

A: Happy be-lated Thanksgiving to all my US friends and bloggers! I am of course thankful for all the other book blogs out there(every single one!) because each book blog motivated me to make mine the best I can make it to be. Fellow bloggers and readers sculpted The Crazy Bookworm. I am also thankful for all the authors I have met and befriended along the way. What an unexpected pleasure that is!

Books's I'm thankful for are:


Between Shades of Gray

Revolution

I love historical YA novels because I feel they may shine light on something that someone didn't know much about. It make spark a new passion for reading!

Happy Hoppin'! Leave your link in the comments so I can hop back.


Q: When You're Not Reading: What occupies your time when your nose isn't stuck in a book?

A: I work full time as a manager at a independent bookstore in my city. So I am always surrounded by books...and LOVE IT! I also do dog grooming on the side, so I take appointments on whenever I can so I can spend time with my other favourite thing, dogs.

My fiance and I own 3 dogs ourselves so they like to occupy a lot of our time. We love taking them for long walks, runs or even just a car ride.

And of course, family! I am a 18 month old neice that I love spending time with.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday-Grave Mercy


Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)



Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?


Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

March 7th, 2012


I CAN NOT wait to get my hands on this one!

What are you waiting for?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Eve by Anna Carey


Eve (The Eve Trilogy, #1)
Young Adult: 318 Pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: October 4th, 2011
Series: Eve Trilogy #1
Source: ARC from Publisher
Learn More: EVE
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website

Where do you go when nowhere is safe?

Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose—and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

“You can love anyone. Love is just caring about someone very deeply. Feeling like that person matters to you, like your whole world would be sadder without them in it.” -Eve

I have just recently begun reading the Dystopian novels, and it is a genre I have enjoyed exploring so far! When I first heard about Eve, I could not wait to get my hands on it.

The book starts off 15 years after the plague has already wiped out millions of people. We are introduced to Eve and her safe little cocoon of a "boarding school". It is graduation night and when Eve thinks she is about to set off, learn her trade and live her life to the fullest, she is sadly mistaken. She learns very early on the true horrors that await her, and she does the most terrifying thing known to her. She leaves.

One thing the author didn't do was sugarcoat anything. Her writing was raw and honest. She wrote the realistic life that would await you if a plague would take hold and rock the earth. There was blood and gore. The were moments of complete madness and then there were others that were beautifully vulnerable.

Anna Carey painted such a vivid picture with her haunting settings and bold characters that I couldn't help but devour the novel. I was hooked! And Can I talk about Caleb for a second? He was so swoon worthy! He was written as a wild character. Messy hair, dirty clothes, riding horses. But he was fully equipped with a hilarious sense of humour and a sensitive side to match.

Eve was a total win for me! The heart pounding storyline made for a thrilling read. And the wait for Book #2 is going to be a tough one!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

In my Mailbox


For Review
Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

The Catastrophic History of You and Me

Struck: Stupid Cupid; Flirting with Disaster; Pucker Up

I am really excited to read all of these! Thank you to Simon and Schuster and Penguin Canada!

What's in your Mailbox?
 

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