Sunday, August 31

Bookish Awards #1: 2014 Summer

I promised in my 100th post that I'll make posts out of the best books of the month, season and year. I decided to skip the monthly awards altogether because I don't read that many books per month. However, I'll still share with you my monthly favorites in my usual monthly wrap-up post but that will be all. 

I'd planned to write seasonal recaps as well but I decided against it because I see no point in doing the seasonal awards and the seasonal wrap up. 

I thought of 10 categories for my Seasonal Bookish Awards, I hope you'll enjoy my post. Unlike myself I won't say anything about the books, I'm just going to paste in a Goodreads link and cover. 

Click on the covers for Goodreads page. 

Morgan Matson - Since You've Been Gone

“Real friends are the ones you can count on no matter what.
The ones who go into the forest to find you and bring you home.
And real friends never have to tell you that they’re your friends.” 

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just...disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night?
Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn?
Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger?

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she'll find?

Go skinny-dipping?

Saturday, August 30

The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

Today I’m participating in The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag thanks to the lovely Preethi from Time Turning Reads who kindly tagged me. I won't forget to mention BookishlyMalyza, the booktuber who originally created this tag. 

What is this tag about? 
Basically there's a bookish question to every sin and my only task is to answer them. Easy & fun, right? 

Mid-Year Book Freakout

The Mid-Year Freakout was created by Chami and Aly from A Book So Fathomless but I found it on Annie's blog, The Runaway Reader. I know that it's not the middle of the year anymore but I still wanted to do this so here I am. I've read 124 books so far I'm a bit of behind myself because last year I read more than 200 books which I don't think I'll be able to accomplish this year. For all the books I've read this year click here

Friday, August 29

James Dawson - Say Her Name

‘All I know is that when that girl arrived, a shadow fell over our school. It had nothing to do with what she looked like – she was very beautiful in her own way – but it was that feeling. That awful, ominous feeling that accompanied her everywhere she went.’

Roberta 'Bobbie' Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of 'Bloody Mary': say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear... But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror... five days... but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before... 

Wednesday, August 27

Waiting on Wednesday #11: Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Hello sweeties. Today I'm here with a new Waiting on Wednesday pick. What a surprise! WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, it spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I chose Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian for today's pick, hope you'll enjoy my post. :)

Tuesday, August 26

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own Yet

Hey there! It's time for Top Ten Tuesday again, yay! TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is the top ten book I really want to read but don't own yet. This is such a hard topic, I want to own so many books so it's always impossible to decide what to buy. Anyhow, I hope you'll enjoy my post. :)

Friday, August 22

The 100th Post on Reading Is Dreaming with Open Eyes

This is officially the 100th post on Reading Is Dreaming with Open Eyes, yay! I'm in a complete shock right now because I feel like it was only a few weeks ago when I started the blog with only 11 reviews in total and absolutely no knowledge of the blogosphere. 

Seriously when I say I was clueless I mean it. Back then I wasn't following any blogs and didn't even read a single review outside of Goodreads, I had no idea how big the blogosphere is. A few days after creating Reading Is Dreaming with Open Eyes I found Bloglovin and realized just how many blogs are out there.

Let's take a look at the beginnings, shall we? 

Richelle Mead - Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5)

"Don't let them change me, I prayed silently. Let me keep my mind. Let me endure whatever there is to come."

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

Thursday, August 21

The Social Media Book Tag

I first saw The Social Media Book Tag on one of the Hungarian blogs I follow {My Secret World for You} and I really really really wanted to do it so I looked it up and saw that this was created by a booktuber, Regan at Faulty Devices. Oh, and I won't forget to mention the blog which said that everyone's tagged, Spines & Covers is also the only blog besides My Secret World for You where I found this book tag.

Basically, there's a bookish question to some social media sites and my only task is to answer them. I added a new social media site, Pinterest because I seriously can't live without it and it's so mean that it was left out. My question to it is a bit lame but hey you can always come up with a better one if you choose to do this tag. I hope you'll enjoy my post, have fun! :)

Stephanie Perkins - Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3)

“What are you working on?" I ask.
"The last page." He gestures towards the table, where a pencilled sketch is being turned into inked brushstrokes. It's a drawing of us, in this café, in this moment.
I smile up at him "It's beautiful. But what comes next?"
"The best part." And he pulls me back into his arms. "The happily ever after.” 

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Wednesday, August 20

Penelope Douglas - Bully (Fall Away #1)

“What was worse than losing you was when you started to hurt me. Your words and actions made me hate coming to school. They made me uncomfortable in my own home.”

My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all. No, he'll barely even speak to me.

But he still won't leave me alone.

We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I've been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him.

But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way in hell I'll allow him to ruin my senior year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back. 

I'm not going to let him bully me anymore.

Waiting on Wednesday #10: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine. Every week we share are most anticipated releases, this week I chose The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost. 

I hope you'll enjoy my post. :)

Tuesday, August 19

Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling That You Must Read

Hey sweeties. It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday again, yay! TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there's a new topic and we make a list out of it. This week's theme is the top ten books people have been telling that you must read

Have fun browsing through my list. :)

Wednesday, August 13

{Cover Reveal} Snark and Stage Fright by Stephanie Wardrop

Happily-ever-after isn’t as happy or forever as Jane Austen makes it look. Just somethingGeorgia Barrett learns when her sharp tongue costs her the only guy she’s ever really cared about: Michael Endicott.

Determined to move on, Georgia lands the lead role in the school’s fall musical. But to survive on stage, she’ll need to learn to express herself without her protective shield of snark. She soon discovers being honest with others means being honest with herself, and the truth is she’s still in love with Michael.

But from the looks of Michael’s new girlfriend, Georgia isn’t the only one who tried to move on. Apparently, some people are just better at it than others. And when Michael and his girlfriend join the cast of the fall musical, Georgia finds out that snark and stage fright are the least of her worries...

Release Date: 10/14/14
Publisher: Swoon Romance

Waiting on Wednesday #9: Stay with Me by J. Lynn

Waiting on Wednesday is weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine and it spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly waiting for. Today I'm going to write about Stay with Me by J. Lynn. 

Tuesday, August 12

Blog Tour: If Ever I Would Leave You by Bronwyn Green, Jessica Jarman and Abigail Barnette + Giveaway

Hey sweeties. Today the If Ever I Would Leave You blog tour stops by. If you wish to follow the tour click here for all the tour stops. I really hope that you'll like getting to know this book better. If Ever I Would Leave You contains three Arthurian stories and all of them were pretty amazing, keep reading if you want to know more about this book. 

Top Ten Books I'm Not Sure I Want To Read

Hello, guys. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this week’s theme is the top ten books I’m not sure I want to read. I don’t know about you but what I want to read changes all the time, so I have many books that I bought or simply planned to read and now I'm not that interested anymore. 

I hope you'll enjoy browsing through my list, tell me in the comments if you've loved or hated any of the following books. Would make my decision easier. :)

Let's get started! 

Wednesday, August 6

Waiting on Wednesday #8: They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, every week we share our most anticipated books. Today I chose They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire. 

I hope you'll enjoy my post! :)

Amanda Maciel - Tease

"But it’s not crap. Everyone thought Emma Putnam was a pain in the ass. We didn’t kill her, but I’m sorry, that doesn’t mean we liked her. And now that everyone’s decided we did kill her, or at least sort of, I think I like her even less than I did when she was alive."

From debut author Amanda Maciel comes a provocative and unforgettable novel, inspired by real-life incidents, about a teenage girl who faces criminal charges for bullying after a classmate commits suicide.
Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault. At least, that's what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. In the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her own role in an undeniable tragedy. And she'll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.
With its powerful narrative, unconventional point of view, and strong anti-bullying theme, this coming-of-age story offers smart, insightful, and nuanced views on high school society, toxic friendships, and family relationships.

Tuesday, August 5

Top Ten Books I'd Give To Readers Who Have Never Read New Adult

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this week’s topic is the Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read X. 

I had a hard time choosing the genre I will recommend books in because there are so many I love. The first that popped into my mind was mystery thriller. Lately I've read some books in this genre and realized how amazing these kinds of novels can be. But then I rethought this and chose manies most hated genre: New Adult. 

I know that some people absolutely detest New Adult, says that it's nothing more than YA with sex but I think that there are some hidden gems in this genre and it can be done right.

Okay, so here are my top ten NA picks and I hope you'll find some great books, I don't say that neither one of these contain NA clichés because some of them do but these authors still managed to write novels that caught my attention and didn't let it go until the end. 

I pasted in a quote from each of these books, have fun browsing through my list. :))

Click on the covers for Goodreads page. 

Saturday, August 2

Sophie Jordan - Uninvited (Uninvited #1)

“Exactly what he wanted me to do. Exactly what they all thought I would do. Everyone in here. Everyone out there in the world. A world so afraid of carriers, it makes killers out of the innocent.” 

When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.
Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.
The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.

Warning: This review contains some mild spoilers.