Saturday, December 28, 2013

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves

Happy Holidays, friends! Are you still celebrating? I had 2 wonderful(and stuffing!) Christmas Dinners. I love spending the time with good food and great company. How did you spend your holidays? What are your New Years plans?

I didn't buy any books because I new I was getting some on my wishlist for Christmas!


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

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

The Gathering Storm (Katerina, #1)

Watership Down (Watership Down, #1)

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
(For those that know me, this book makes perfect sense!)

The Velveteen Rabbit
(This books gives me the 'feels')

That't it for me, friends! I would love to know what goodies you got, so please link in the comments!

Happy Reading!


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas From The Crazy Bookworm


To all of those celebrating today, MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful day, spent with your loved ones! 

We can get lost in the hustle and bustle of this busy holiday season, so remember to slow down and enjoy the company of your family and friends, and yourself! Rejoice and reflect on all the amazing things that came your way this year. 

Remember to do things that feel good to you. Take a walk, reconnect with family and friends, read, have a nap. Spend this day mindfully!

If you are around the blogosphere today, I would love to know how you are spending your day!

Have a beautiful Christmas, friends!





Monday, December 23, 2013

Vlog! I answer YOUR questions!

A few weeks ago I announced a new feature where I want you guys to learn more about me, Cathy, the person behind The Crazy Bookworm. I asked you to submit your questions(They can be about ANYTHING) and here I am just answering a few. I would love for this feature to take off, so please hop on the band wagon and let's make this fun!

Below the video you can find ways to contact me to submit your questions(Anonymously or not).

Thanks, lovey's!



Ask Me a Question:

Comment in this post
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I will answer any questions in upcoming Youtube videos that I WILL post on The Crazy Bookworm!

How does that sound? I hope you guys like the idea of this feature and choose to participate!

55 Reading Questions, Answered.


I came across this on the HCC Frenzy Tumblr and I couldn't help myself! Feel free to fill out your own! If you do a post, link up so I can read! :)


55 Reading Questions


1. Favorite childhood book?



Jeremy and the Aunties by Felicity Finn
Jeremy and the Aunties

2. What are you reading right now?

Just One Year by Gayle Forman

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
4. Bad book habit?

Don't think I have one, I am extremely OCD with my books...Maybe that is a bad habit...




5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Just one Year
The Madman's Daughter
Storyteller
The F-it List
Rose Under Fire


6. Do you have an e-reader?

No. Kindle App...Never use it.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?

Usually I'm a one book gal, unless I am on vaction/holidays/have time than I read a few at a time. They just have to be different enough so I don't mix up characters and storyline.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

Not too much, but yes they slightly have. I am much more in the loop with upcoming books and series'. I also have discovered so many books and authors I wouldn't usually pick up on my own.

9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?

This House I Haunted by John Boyne
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco
 Beholding Bee

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Not too often but if something intrigues me enough, I will. That is how I ended up reading 50 Shades of Grey...Still haven't recovered from that...

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Young Adult, Fiction

13. Can you read on the bus?
Yes
14. Favorite place to read?
Outside in the Summertime or by my Fireplace in the colder weather.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
I don't lend out books anymore. Too many book fatalities

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
NO!

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
NO NO!

18. Not even with text books?
Yes..

19. What is your favourite language to read in?
English

20. What makes you love a book?
When it gives me the feels.
When I can relate to a character
Page-turning storyline
Heart

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
When I know how much I loved it, and I just want to spread that around.

22. Favorite genre?
Young Adult

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
Fantasy and maybe Science Fiction

24. Favourite biography?
Love, Janis
Love, Janis

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Does a 'How to Train your dog' book count? If so, yes I have read one. Did it work, no.

26. Favourite cookbook?
The Looneyspoons Collection

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?

Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year


28. Favorite reading snack?
Seedless Red Grapes

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
I wouldn't say a book per se, but the Dystopian genre was like that for me. When it first was becoming big, it seemed like that was the only thing readers talked about. When I read The Pledge by Kimberly Derting, I was kinda disappointed because there was so much hype about it, but it just didn't do it for me.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?


Actually not really that often. And it's that way for movies, too. Most of the time I like the books/movies that didn't get great critic.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

I don't like it. I try not to book bash or to bash the author. Just because a book wasn't for me, doesn't mean that another won't like it. I like to call it friendly criticism

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?

Spanish...or Italian



33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I mean come on, I think I would be chased down by an angry mob with pitch forks, and beheaded if I didn't like that one! Loved it, by the way!

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou



35. Favorite Poet?

           Edgar Allen Poe



36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?

4 or 5

37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?

Maybe once a month, but I usually just renew it until I get around to it.



38. Favorite fictional character?

Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars



39. Favourite fictional villain?

Aro from The Twilight Saga



40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
2 or 3

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
A Week

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Other than that, I almost always try to finish the book!

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
My Dogs. Those eyes...
44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
The Help
Forrest Gump
Marley and Me

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
The Host

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
I plead the fifth


47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Almost every time!

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Work, sleep, dogs, fiance, food, etc!

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes!

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
Keep. Even though I am running out a room and rooms to put them...

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
Any Erotica novel.

52. Name a book that made you angry.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Looking for Alaska

Both of these only because they gave me such intense feels!

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
Carrie by Stephen King

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Young Adult and any book about dogs

Whew! That was fun! I hope you guys do this too, because I can't wait to see what you have to say!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Follow Friday

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Q: Pick a Book in your favourite genre that you would recommend to a reluctant reader

Oh boy! Why oh why? Such a toughy. There are so many I would choose. I seem to find myself in this situation when customers come into the bookstore I work at and ask the same question! I could recommend so many!

I'm sorry, I just can't pick one. I know, I know. I'm a giant cheater, but I can't I tell ya!

My top 3 recommendations to a new/reluctant reader:

Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)

The Fault in Our Stars

Revolution

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

StainedRelease Date: October 1st, 2013
Publisher: HMH for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 304 Pages
Series: None
Format: Paperback
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon



An intensely powerful account of a teen, bullied for her port-wine stain, who must summon her personal strength to survive abduction and horrific abuse at the hands of a deranged killer.
Sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal." Born with a port wine stain covering half her face, all her life she's been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she's abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It's that-or succumb to a killer

“The lack of human voices really gets to me. I never realized that we need to talk with other people just to know that we exist. That we matter. Loneliness is a howling, empty cavern inside of me that just keeps growing.”  

Emotional. Beautiful. Haunting. Powerful. 4 simple words to describe such a power house of a novel. This book definitely added itself to my top 5 books of 2013. What an emotionally raw story!

Sarah is immediately beautiful in my eyes; And probably in the eyes of every reader that has the pleasure of reading this novel. She immediately found a safe spot nestled into my heart. She was truly a one of a kind character! Her will for survival(before and during her captivity) was so strong and it radiated off the pages. Cheryl has this beautiful ability to craft some of the most vibrant characters. Each and every one of them have all earned a spot inside of my heart. I love them all!

Nick was another character that I absolutely adored. His innocent love for Sarah was a truly heart-warming thing to experience while reading this book.

Cheryl Rainfield penned another realistic, dramatic YA book. One that should be read by all! She delivers a character cast that you will never forget and hearty story to go along with it!

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Forsaken Book Blast + Giveaway + Book Excerpt!


About Forsaken
(Book #1 Forsaken Saga)

Nora Colburn was perfectly content in life. A junior in high school, she had good friends, a great family, and did well in school.  Nothing particularly exciting ever happened where she lived, and everything was stable.
But that all drastically changes when a new student arrives at Nora’s school. Wild rumors swirl about his past, and Nora becomes determined to find out the truth.
As she gets to know the mysterious student, he shares with her an ancient secret... one that may yet put both of them in grave danger.
And for the first time in her life, Nora is exposed to a completely unfamiliar world. She is swept away on an exhilarating journey that takes her to a place where romance and great destiny may yet await... and where supernatural powers run wild. 
Author Bio
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I've been writing stories for as long as I can remember. Actually, that's a bit of a lie. I've been writing since the third grade, when a wonderful teacher asked everyone in class to write a fairy tale, and ended up picking mine as his favorite. He didn't tell the other kids, of course - but confided it in my parents. He said I have a natural knack for writing (his exact words! and I remember them to this day), and should never stop. So, I've kept going..

I've mostly been keeping it to myself, though. I've never really thought about becoming an "author," or a "writer" (quotations because those goals are still so far away!), so never had the need to share with anyone or publicize my stories. But, I'm just finishing up my second year in college, and have really started to think about careers and life goals and such other mysterious things. And while my friends were all busy trying to get internships for the summer this year, I just kept to myself with my writing hobby. I don't have an interest in going out and working professionally in the "real world" -- I want to keep writing forever, and I want to have time to do it. The only way I see myself having that time, though, is by becoming a published author.

So there you have it. That's the abbreviated history of one Sophia Sharp. I've been working on a few young adult paranormal/fantasy novels for the past few months, and I'm putting them all up as soon as they're done! Why young adult? Because it's what I love to read. And why paranormal/fantasy? Because that genre gives the greatest opportunities for creating a magical, romantic, quixotic world that I can fall in love with.

Giveaway is open Internationally


Continue Reading for a Book Excerpt!

Hunter cut off with a strangled sound, and in an instant, he was at the door. “They’re coming,” he hissed over his shoulder.

“What? Already? You said we’d have until nightfall!”

“I was wrong.” He shut the door quickly and rushed to the opposite wall. “You need to hide.” He pulled back a board to reveal a small cubby in the wall. “Quickly!”

Nora ran without arguing.

“Get in,” he told her, “and don’t make a sound.” Nora nodded. Her pulse raced, and a jolt of adrenaline kicked through her. A mixture of fear and dread came over her as she pushed herself into the wall. There wasn’t much space, and splinters and rough pieces of wood pierced her skin and got caught on her clothing. She wedged herself farther in.  Hunter replaced the board.

Light scattered in from cracks along the wall.  Nora pressed an eye to one of them. She could see the entire space between her and the entrance door. Hunter stood facing the door with his back to her. His feet were wide in a predatory stance.

Anxious minutes passed. Only Nora’s ragged breaths broke the silence, and they sounded as loud as hammers to her ears.

Slowly, the door started to move. Hunter tensed.

It creaked all the way open, and a tall figure stepped into the entrance. Nora’s breath caught. It was the same man from the dream, the same one she saw at the school.

“Where’s your friend?” the man asked Hunter crudely. He spoke with a harsh accent.

If it were possible, Hunter tensed even more. The man took a step forward. He wore the same long coat from before, the same dark hat. He and Hunter were approximately the same height. Leisurely, he started to take off his coat. Hunter still hadn’t moved.

The man dropped his coat in a pile at his side, and Nora saw that he was much thicker than Hunter. Bigger, more developed.

Stronger.

“Don’t try to hide her. I can smell her stench from here. I know she is with you.”

“You will not have her.” Hunter’s voice held a steely edge.

The man laughed. “Oh? Is that so?  And you think you’re going to stop me?” He laughed again. “You have broken the ancient creed by bringing her into our world. You will answer for your crime.  As will she.”

“You will not have her,” Hunter repeated, his voice filled with a deathly calm.

The man waved dismissively and took a step toward Hunter. “You cannot stop me,” he said. “And I don’t intend to take only her. You’ll be coming along, as well.”

“No,” Hunter growled.

“Oh, yes, I will take you both.” The man stood only a pace away from Hunter, now. “You cannot imagine what they will do to you. You will be bound in chains, locked away to never again see the dark of night or feel the cool rays of the moon. You will grow weak and feeble, forever barred from taking blood. You will never feed again.

“Your body will go first. Your muscles will wither to nothingness.  Your bones will crumble. You will become a shadow of what you once were. A shadow of what you could have been.
“But they will keep your mind sharp. Make no mistake, you will know you are suffering. An antidote will be administered, and it will stave off the madness that accompanies your deprivation. You will languish in misery, forever conscious of your mistake. That will be your sentence.  To suffer, until the end of time.”

The man took one last step, until he was nose-to-nose with Hunter. And he spoke just loudly enough for Nora to hear.  “But that pales in comparison to what they will do to her.”

Hunter snarled.

“Yes, her. Your precious human.” He spat the word. Then he raised his voice. “I know you are here, little one. Listen well to what I have to say.”

He returned his attention to Hunter. “She will suffer for your sin. A human mind and body is much weaker than that of our kind, and for that reason…she will be converted. And sentenced to suffer eternally alongside you.

“You know of the savage bloodlust that overtakes a new member of our race, do you not? Oh, but I think you do. You were once one of them, were you not? You were born a human.” Again, he spat the word. “A despicable thing. A despicable creature to risk so much for, wouldn’t you say?”

Hunter didn’t say a word, and the man continued. “I will give you one chance. One chance now, to repent. Give her up freely, and the punishment for your treason will be less severe. You will be bound for one century, before your freedom is returned.” He put a hand on Hunter’s shoulder. “You know you cannot win. Is she worth an eternity in hell?”

Nora caught a furtive movement at the door. The other hunter. “No!” she screamed. It was a trap.

On Nora’s cry, both newcomers looked in her direction. Hunter curled back from the man’s hand and smashed an elbow into his face. The thick man stumbled back.

Then he laughed cruelly and flung himself at Hunter.

 
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