October 2015 Wrap Up | Books at Dawn

October-Wrap-UpHey guys!

This past month has been a bit of cat and mouse for me. My first full month back home and I had a lot of things to play catch up with. Family, friends, blog, job, reading etc. It was quite hectic and in my opinion, not my most successful month in terms of blogging and reading.

I’m actually quite curious to see how things went this month, although I’m not too optimistic about it. But let’s see, maybe I’ll surprise myself!


Wrap-Up-Books-Ive-ReadSaga, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona StaplesOctober 9th

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. MaasOctober 12th

Siege and Storm by Leigh BardugoOctober 20th

The Demon King by Cinda Williams ChimaOctober 26th

4 books isn’t so bad seeing as how 3 of them are off my TBR from the beginning of the month! You can check that out HERE


Wrap-Up-ReviewsShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo4/5

The Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman4/5

I have been in a real rut lately when writing reviews. Hopefully I can triple the amount of reviews for next month because 2 is just sad.

(Click the links to read the reviews)


Wrap-Up-TopsTop 10 Tuesday

Bookish Things I Need to QuitOctober 6th

Author Duos That Need to Write a Books TogetherOctober 13th

Horror Movies I Wish Were BooksOctober 27th

Top 5 Wednesday

Top Graphic NovelsOctober 7th

Diverse CharactersOctober 14th

Authors I’ve Discovered This YearOctober 21st

Halloween RecommendationsOctober 28th


Wrap-Up-Comic-Book-HaulsHaul #12 & 13October 1st

Haul #14October 8th

Haul #15October 15th

Haul #16October 22nd

Haul #17October 29th

Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Spider-Man, Grumpy Cat and many more!


Wrap-Up-Awards-+-AchievementsOctober Awards

One Lovely Blog AwardOctober 6th

Sunshine Blogger AwardOctober 12th

Real Neat Blog AwardOctober 19th

October Achievements

Most Likes (80 in One Day)October 8th

200 FollowersOctober 12th

I wouldn’t receive any of these awards or achievements if it wasn’t for you guys, so I am eternally grateful for every single one of you! Thank you!


Wrap-Up-TagsTotally Didn’t TagOctober 7th

Gimme All the Pastries TagOctober 7th

TBR Book Tag October 8th

More Happy Than Not TagOctober 12th

Around the World Book TagOctober 16th


And that was October. Not as bad as I thought it was going to be. See you guys in November!

Until next time,

Sig New

Advertisements

Inspiration | Spotlight Saturday [10]

NEW-SPOTLIGHTHey guys!

Spotlight Saturday is a weekly feature, created by Josie at Josie’s Book Corner, dedicated to spotlighting and pinpointing some of the things over the week that have caught my attention more than usual, things I’ve particularly loved, etc. 

So now that you guys know what it’s all about, how about you join in the fun and hop on over to Josie’s Book Corner and check out how to do so~


NEW-SPOTLIGHT-BLOGGERThis week I want to spotlight a blogger who I have been following and talking with for quite some time now. It is none other than Anjie from Love Thy Shelf.

I absolutely love her blog. From the way it looks, to the reviews, to the tags and memes. She is one of the bloggers I trust with her recommendations and reviews. She is always there to comment on your posts and have discussions with you which I find very important! We also have very similar tastes in books and other non book related things as well. Such as Sailor Moon costumes!

So if you want a new blog to follow then I highly recommend choosing hers. You won’t regret it, I swear!


NEW-SPOTLIGHT-BLOG-POSTThis week I had the opportunity to read a blog post that I felt really heated about. It comes from Joey @anotherafterthought.

[Think Aloud] – #23 – Supporting Characters Are Protagonists Too

I felt really strongly about this topic for a couple reasons. One of them being my love for supporting characters. In some books I tend to like the supporting characters more then I like the main protagonist (ex. Throne of Glass Nehemia over Celaena). I felt like Nehemia was a much stronger character with real motives that mattered. I also felt like she should have been the main character over Celaena as her story line would have been much more compelling and interesting to read. (It isn’t until books 3 and 4 that Celaena starts to grow on me. Or should I say Aelin).

My second reason being that I don’t think supporting characters should be willing to die to drive forward the main protagonist’s story. If you’ve read the Throne of Glass series then you know who I’m hinting at (if not we can talk in the comments). If the sole purpose of a character dying is to advance the main protagonist’s story then that is truly sad.

Like Joey says in his post, Harry Potter would be nothing without the supporting characters. I stand behind that 100%. So go check out his post and let him know how you feel about it too!


NEW-SPOTLIGHT-BOOKGuys! I finally finished my last book and have moved onto something brand new! *pats-self-on-back*

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

I must finish this book ASAP. I have a buddy read coming up for Six of Crows!


NEW-SPOTLIGHT-MOMENTSo a bitter sweet event happened to me this week. My lovely iPhone 4s died for good this week. This phone has been by my side for the past 4 years and has served a great purpose for me. Now if we could all bow our heads and have a moment of silence please.

RIP

iPhone 4s

Oct 2011 – Oct 2015

On a happier note, I finally had the excuse to get upgraded into 2015 with a brand new phone! I browsed a bunch of sites and videos online looking for the best phone to go with. After long deliberation I decided to switch ships and jump from Apple to Samsung. Now with my Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge I couldn’t be happier. *cheersandclaps*

It’s going to take some getting used to, but I think I will get the hang of it soon. Wish me luck!


NEW-SPOTLIGHT-APPThe APP I’m bringing you this week is one of my favorite apps to shop with. They have such amazing deals on clothes, electronic accessories and shoes! Mind you, none of it is name brand, but at those prices you can’t go wrong.

Wish

Wish App

Over 50 million people are getting trending items 50-80% cheaper than what you pay at the local mall. Get the hottest products at incredible prices delivered directly to your door. Wish is the #1 shopping mall in Europe and North America allowing you to browse a worldwide selection of trending fashion, accessories, and electronics directly at your fingertips.

So if you’re looking for a great deal then this APP is the one for you! Check it out!


NEW-SPOTLIGHT-SONGOne of my favorite KPOP girl groups came back this week with their 4th Album – 4 Walls. It is none other than f(x). This is their first comeback as a 4 member group after Sulli left earlier this year and I can say that they are stronger then ever as a quartet!

f(x) 4 walls coverf(x) – 4 Walls

4 Walls is the title track of their album and is one of my favorites off the album. 4 Walls sees the group continuing to stand out with unique experimental concepts and electronic music. Classified under deep house the title track is extremely addictive with the instrumental and vocals.

Watch the Music Video HERE

f(x) 4 walls coverf(x) – Rude Love

Rude Love is another one of my favorites off the album. With an addictive piano melody with synth pop mixes, Rude Love is a stand out on the album. As soon as the chorus comes I just want to get up and dance. Instrumentals, vocals, and lyrics were all on point for this song!


NEW-SPOTLIGHT-QUOTELastly I bring you another quote from Twitter this week!

“All the effort in the world won’t matter if you’re not inspired” – Chuck Palahniuk via Books Here @ReadingBookPost

This quote speaks volumes to many aspects in our lives. Whether it be with our writing, reading, or even in our lives outside the blogging community, inspiration brings out the best of ourselves.


Well there ya have it guys! My tenth Spotlight Saturday post! Thanks again Josie for letting me join in on the fun. Tell me what you guys want to put a spotlight on, I would love to know!

Until next time,

Sig New

Comic Book Haul [#17] | Books at Dawn

NEW-COMIC-BOO-HAULHey guys!

Welcome back to another Comic Book Haul! Today I want to show you what I got this week in comics. I have always been a lover/reader/collector of all sorts of comic books and I can’t wait to show you which ones I got this week.


Harley Quinn #21

Harley Quinn #21A

Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner
Artist: John Timms
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: October 14, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

Harleys trip to California takes a dangerous turnshe stole a stone-cold killers gig, and hes not taking it well! They say Hollywood has a dark sidebut so does Harley Quinn!

Spider-Man #1

The Amazing Spider-Man #1

Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Various
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: October 7, 2015
Cover Price: $5.99

Spider-Man has gone global! Parker Industries is more successful than ever, with offices in New York, Shanghai, London and San Francisco and Peter Parker is racking up the frequent flyer miles with his “bodyguard” Spider-Man in tow, of course. But success breeds enemies and a reinvigorated Zodiac have also widened their scope to threaten the whole world.

Spider-Gwen #1

Spider-Gwen #1

Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: Robbi Rodriguez
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: October 14, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

Gwen Stacy is back in the webs and has an all-new, all-different mystery to solve: the reappearance of The Lizard! Spider-Woman was convinced that the Lizard died in her arms along with Peter Parker. But when a similar monster goes on a reptilian rampage, she’s left with doubts not only about Peter’s life, but his death as well. And witness the debut of the Osborns of Earth-65!

Jem #8

Jem and the Holograms #8

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Emma Vieceli
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: October 14, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

Meet Jerrica Benton-a girl with a secret. She and her sisters team up with to become… JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS! But what does it mean to be JEM today? Fashion, art, action, and style collide in Jem and the Holograms: Showtime!


There ya have it! My Comic Book Haul for this week. Let me know if you guys read any of these series and let’s spark a conversation!

Until next time,

Sig New

Halloween Recommendations | Top 5 Wednesday [15]

Top-5-Wednesday-Halloween-EditionHey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Halloween Recommendations.

Guys I will admit to you that I have not read many books in the horror genre except for the ones I am going to list today. Don’t ask me why I haven’t, because I love all horror movies and the feeling of being scared. So I am taking a vow that over the next year I am going to be collecting books in the horror genre and reading them next year for Halloween!

So without further a do, here is my list:


5. The Knife

The Knife


4. Into the Dark

Into the Dark


3. One Evil Summer

One Evil Summer


2. The Wrong Number

The Wrong Number


1. Lights Out

Lights Out


Most kids has their Babysitter’s Club books, or their Nancy Drew mysteries… I had the Fear Street books by R.L. Stine. And that is what I am recommending to you all this week! These will hands down be one of my favorite series’ of all time.

I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. So like I said, next year I am going to stockpile some books in the horror genre and make sure to have some good ones to read next Halloween!

Until next time,

Signature

Horror Movies I Wish Were Books | Top 10 Tuesday [14]

Top-10-Tuesday-Halloween-EditionHey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Horror Movies I wish Were Books.

Now this may seem like an unpopular topic since a lot of the bloggers here do not like the horror genre, but I LOVE it. I may not have much experience with the genre in book form, but when it comes to horror movies, I’m the first in line. I love the feeling of getting scared, watching stupid innocent people die mercilessly at the hands of serial killers, or watching people get haunted by demons and spirits. Does that make me morbid? Maybe…

Without further a do, here’s my list:


10. Final Destination

Movie Final DestinationI have no clue what this horror movie would be classified under. It’s not about serial killers or ghosts. It’s about not being able to escape death when it’s your time to go. No matter how hard the teens/adults try, death will always be coming for them. But what if there was a loop hole? What lengths would you go to save yourself?

Tell me that wouldn’t make for an exciting horror/mystery?


9. Sinister

Movie SinisterNow this one is about a demon and evil children. Any horror movie involving children is ten times more scarier. Especially if you have little nieces and nephews or siblings in your home. I don’t know what it is about kids, but they can be creepy as hell. That’s without a demon’s influence.

I think I’d need to read this book with all the lights on.


8. Black Christmas

Movie Black ChristmasThe holidays are always filled with joy and happiness that it’s hard to imagine horrible things happening then. But what happens when you have a group of sorority sisters snowed in for the holidays in a house that once belonged to a family where their son murdered and ate them for dinner? You get a creepy ass story where you’d be lucky to survive.

You’d end up on Santa’s naughty list after reading this one!


7. Sorority Row

Movie Sorority RowSticking with the sorority theme we move on to the next movie that should be a book. A group of sorority sisters play a prank gone wrong. One of them dies and they hide the body hoping they’ll never be caught. Boy were they wrong. Now they must fight to survive the night if they ever want to graduate and move on with their lives.

One dumb mistake may cost you your life.


6. Halloween

Movie HalloweenThis list wouldn’t be complete without the horror classic centered around Halloween itself. So what happens when the guy who killed his own family escapes from the insane asylum and is now stalking and killing all your friends? Well it turns out your his baby sister and he’s coming back to finish what he started and you’re his main attraction.

You better hope you can outsmart and outlive this guy!


5. The Conjuring

Movie The ConjuringIf any of you has seen this movie than you know it was the scariest movie of it’s year. I can deal with murderers and gore, but when it comes to demons and possession you better believe I’m hiding behind the pillow. This poor family moves into this home because it is all they can afford, to then be haunted and almost killed by the amount of demons, sacrifices, rituals, witchcraft that has occurred in and around this house over the last century.

I would rather live on the streets then live in that house!


4. I Know What You Did Last Summer

Movie I Know What You Did Last SummerI’m glad you know, because I honestly can’t remember. Get it? I’m so funny.

Anyway, your past always comes back to haunt you if you’re not too careful. So when a group of teens hit and kill a guy with their care by accident they decide the best route is to dump him in the ocean. But what they don’t know is he isn’t quite dead and he will be back for revenge. The one thing I would change if this was to be a book would be the characters. Too many white ones, let’s mix it up a bit!


3. Nightmare on Elm Street

Movie Nightmare on Elm StreetThere is nothing scarier then your own nightmares. But what happens if your nightmares are trying to kill you.These poor teens may never fall asleep again in fear that they won’t be able to wake up. When the neighborhood child molester is burned alive in his own home he vows to take the lives of all the children of the people that did that to him. But the only catch is, he can only reach them in their dreams.

I love my sleep… way too much. I would probably be the first to be murdered.


2. Friday the 13th

Movie Friday the 13thOh that dreaded bad luck day. That plus a murderer on the loose? Talk about some serious trouble. When a group of teens at camp let an innocent, disfigured boy drown in the lake, they didn’t know that their lives would be then stalked by a murderer out to have them pay the price for their negligence.

You better throw some salt over your shoulder to rid yourself of the bad luck… or else.


1. Scream

Movie ScreamLastly, we have my all time favorite horror movie franchise, Scream. What happens when you watch too many horror movies? You get ideas about how to play out your own. So when your friends start dying one by one, who are you going to point the finger at? Definitely not your boyfriend or his best friend. No no, that would be too easy.

“What’s your favorite scary movie?”


Well there you have it! The Top 10 Horror Movies I Wish Were Books. What are you thoughts? Do you like horror movies? Would you read any of these if they were books?

Until next time,

Sig New

September & October 2015 Book Haul | Books at Dawn

Book HaulHey guys!

So I have been limiting my book buying to very few books a month and I think I did a pretty good job over the last couple months. With a total of 15 books over two months I think that’s the right amount!

Relax, sit back, and grab your tea because this might be a doozy!


September 2015

Queen of ShadowsQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Published by Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Released September 1st 2015

Series: Throne of Glass #4

Hardcover

Purchased From BMV Used Books

Space

Season of the WitchSeason of the Witch by Mariah Fredericks

Published by Schwartz & Wade

Released October 8th 2013

Series: Standalone

Hardcover

Purchased From BookOutlet

Space

Glass ArrowThe Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

Published by Tor Teen

Released February 10th 2015

Series: Standalone

Hardcover

Purchased From BookOutlet

SpaceMerlin's BladeMerlin’s Blade by Robert Treskillard

Published by Blink YA Books

Released April 16th 2013

Series: The Merlin Spiral #1

Paperback

Purchased From BookOutlet

SpaceMerlin's ShadowMerlin’s Shadow by Robert Treskillard

Published by Blink YA Books

Released October 1st 2013

Series: The Merlin Spiral #2

Paperback

Purchased From BookOutlet

SpaceMerlin's Nightmare

Merlin’s Nightmare by Robert Treskillard

Published by Blink YA Books

Released May 13th 2014

Series: The Merlin Spiral #3

Paperback

Purchased From BookOutlet

SpaceWhat She Left BehindWhat She Left Behind by Tracey Bilen

Published by Simon Pulse

Released May 1st 2012

Series: Standalone

Paperback

Purchased From BookOutlet

SpaceA Confusion of Princes

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

Published by Harper Collins

Released May 15th 2012

Series: Standalone

Paperback

Purchased From BookOutlet

SpaceDumplin'Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Published by Balzer + Bray

Released September 15th 2015

Series: Standalone

Hardcover

Purchased From Owlcrate Subscription Box

SpaceOctober 2015

Carry OnCarry On by Rainbow Rowell

Published by St.Martin’s Griffin

Released October 6th 2015

Series: Standalone

Hardcover

Purchased From Indigo Books

SpaceThe Rose Society

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books

Released October 13th 2015

Series: The Young Elites #2

Hardcover

Purchased From Indigo Books

SpaceZeroesZeroes by Scott Westerfeld

Published by Simon Pulse

Released September 29th 2015

Series: Zeroes #1

Hardcover

Purchased From Indigo Books

SpaceThe Exiled Queen

The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

Published by Hyperion Books

Released September 24th 2010

Series: Seven Realms #2

Paperback

Purchased From Indigo Books

SpaceSix of CrowsSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Published by Henry Holt and Company

Released September 29th 2015

Series: Six of Crows #1

Hardcover

Purchased From Indigo Books

SpaceI'll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Published by Dial Books

Released September 16th 2014

Series: Standalone

Hardcover

Purchased From BMV Used Books

SpaceA Madness so DiscreetA Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

Released October 6th 2015

Series: Standalone

Hardcover

Purchased From Owlcrate Subscription Box

Space

Until next time,

Sig New