Book and Writing Insanity Linkup

12:24 PM

Just a quick note before I start my first ever linkup (eek!): my blog set up has changed, as you already know, and some of the stuff like my profile, the followers + following widget, and subscription have "disappeared". Well, they haven't. If you look to the right of this page you will see what looks like the edge of some dark gray tabs sticking a millimeter out of the side of the page. If you pass over them with your pointer, they will expand and reveal those pesky things. Sorry about that, it's so annoying.

On to the linkup! Cait and Mime from Notebook Sisters are hosting a linkup for writers and readers. And the questions look really fun. I will only be doing the questions for readers... (my collection of book beginnings is pathetic).

Here we go... *wipes sweat off forehead*

Questions for Bookworms
1. What was your overall favorite book this year? (Yes. Pick one.)
Well that is extremely impossible. Hm. Gosh, this is really difficult. I'm going to say City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (or Captivate by Carrie Jones. or Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. or Divergent by Veronica Roth...yeah, okay. sorry, it's just SO HARD. I told you it was difficult -_-)
It was the humor. I loved the humor in it :)

2. Favorite debut(s)? (Author must have been first published in 2013)
Reboot by Amy Tintera. Sadly, I am way behind on new books and I only just borrowed and read Reboot recently. It was awesome. The concept? Fascinating. How much humanity does someone/something have to have in order to be considered human? 

3. Which books did you reread this year?
To be honest, I don't really re-read books a lot. Just because I usually remember them pretty well for a long time after (don't test me on character names though. I'm awful at them). But I think I re-read Heist Society by Ally Carter and An Ocean Apart, A World Away by Lensey Namioka. 

4. Favorite cover(s) this year!
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and Indelible by Dawn Metcalf (I wanted to put Tiger's Curse and Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck on here so bad, but they weren't published this year. Boohoo. I bought Tiger's Curse almost for its cover alone. It was that gorgeous). Psst, I haven't read either of these books yet, but Indelible is on hold at my library and both of these books are on my TBR list...            

5. Worst cover(s)?
Okay, this isn't a book that was published this year (in fact, I think it was published in the 90s) but it has a very bad cover. Just no. 

Do you see what I mean?

6. What self-published books did you read this year?
The Emperor's Blade by Lindsay Buroker and Feyland: The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp. Both are amazing!

7. Which book(s) gave you a massive hangover?
Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth definitely left me with massive hangovers. For me, this includes staring vacantly into space for long periods of time. It seems to get me strange looks from my family members. I have no idea why ;)
8. Best standalone you read?
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (sorry for having lots of older books, but I really don't read newer books as soon as they're published because I don't review, I live in a small town with a small library, and I'm not wealthy).

9. Biggest book(s) you've read this year?
Probably City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. It's a whopping 541 pages. Kaboom!

10. Book(s) you followed the hype for and then loved!
Cinder and Scarlett by Marissa Meyer which totally deserve the hype. Am I the only one who thinks the second book is better than the first though?

11. Most disappointing book(s) you've read this year?
Crater by Homer Hickam. I was really psyched about being able to borrow it in e-book version because of the neat cover and unique premise (Miners on the moon? I'll take that book, thank you). But the writer's style of writing didn't really click with me, he used a lot of description clumped up in big chunks. Roadside Assistance by Amy Clipston. I was expecting the story to not be cliche because the girl MC is really great at fixing cars, but that wasn't even a major part of the story and she spent the greater part of the book mooning over her handsome neighbor. I mean, really??

12. Favourite leading-female character?
There is no way I can answer this. You trap me with unanswerable questions. 

Okay, fine. 

Zara from Captivate (by Carrie Jones). She's not necessarily the best at fighting but she's got a kick-butt attitude and best sarcasticness I have ever seen (yes, that is a word). And she's half pixie. 

13. Favourite leading-male character?
Probably Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments series.

14. Best romance(s)?
Scarlet and Wolf from Scarlet (by Marissa Meyer).  

15. What book(s) hit the DNF list? (Did not finish.)
None. I usually finish every book I start. I'm awesome like that.

16. What book(s) did you read out of your comfort zone?
Probably The Mortal Instruments books. It gets into all kinds of stuff about demons, warlocks, and werewolves. Not spiritual type but physical type (for the demons). Sorry, I just realized that I'm mentioning these books a lot. 

I don't have the best memory when it comes to titles and stuff. 

Anyways, it was definitely new for me. 

17. Which author did you read the most from?
Cassandra Clare (she is amazing, and she has three series all based in the Shadowhunter world)

Again. See? I told you. 

18. Top 5 books you'd recommend from all the books you've read this year?
Reboot by Amy Tintera, Across the Universe by Beth Revis (although because of the messed up society there are a few very raw and uncensored scenes between men and women. the participants are not even secondary characters and you can skip past them, but I would rate this as a PG-13 book at least...probably older. just a warning), Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza, Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck, and Captivate by Carrie Jones. 

19. How many books did you read this year all up?
I'm pretty sure I read over fifty, but unfortunately I didn't count. I'm going to next year though.

20. What's a book you're hugely excited for coming out in 2014?
Cress by Marissa Meyer!!! Which I already spazzed out over and fangirled over in one big messy post. :)


I am finished. 

                                                                 Catcha laters,

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  1. I liked Scarlet better then Cinder too! (Cinder was actually DNF for me for a while...*gasp* It had to go back to the library and I took 6 months getting it back out. But I ADORED the socks of Scarlet! Wolf and Scarlet! Yay!) I'm agreeing with you on the Ender's Game cover too...meh. Maybe they'll do a new movie adaption cover? I don't usually like those, but in this case, I think it'd be awesome. XD And Reboot....!! REBOOT!!! Loved that book. Mostly Callum. But Wren, wow, Wren really kicked butt in such an emotionless way that was full of emotion. Talent. Yup.
    Thanks for joining in our linkup!

    1. NO. How could you DNF Cinder. Hehe but yeah I wasn't sure I would like Scarlet because Cinder had been just pretty good and not fabulous. Scarlet and Wolf were perfection together! Oh gosh, yes, anything would be better than the current Ender's Game cover XD And Wren was definitely kick-butt. she was like "I definitely have strong feelings for you. I'm just not sure if you annoy the crud out of me or..." in the beginning with Callum. Good times.

      No problem! I loved answering the linkup questions. They were awesome and super fun =)

    2. I love Reboot and Divergent and Cinder! We have similar taste, it seems. :) Good books, good books. Though I need Cress before I eat someone. Just saying.

    3. Ahh yes we do =D Actually, quick fact, I discovered dystopian books from yours and Cait's blog. No regrets! And about Cress...I KNOW RIGHT. When I saw the cover of Cress, I just sat there gaping at the screen for five seconds. Or minutes. There might have been a squeak.

      You could eat my sister if that helps ;)


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