Favorites, Updates, and Coming Soon #1

Posted September 12, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 5 Comments

So I decided I don’t post enough updates. I don’t share with you guys enough. I just write book review after book review and I haven’t really given anyone a chance to get to know me. So I thought it was about time I change that. It was something I had been considering doing the last couple of days. What brought it on, you ask? Well, it started with the BBAW nominations. I didn’t make the list. And honestly, I didn’t really expect to because I am so new, and also because there are a lot of great blogs out there. But for any of us that weren’t nominated, I’m sure you are thinking how cool that would have been. Truthfully though, it was my fault anyway. I don’t communicate enough, and let enough people get to know me. I don’t do it on purpose or anything, it’s just that being social has never come easy to me. Some of you are really great with that, like Jacinda, Ashley, April, Shannon, Andrea, Jaime, etc. I envy you guys. But that’s not me. And it never will be. I’m totally fine with that by the way, but I’ve decided I really need to take the time and put myself out there. Go a little out of my comfort zone. So this is my way of starting. And I hope you like it. I won’t always be this wordy, but it’s the first one.

Starting with my favorites. As far as reading goes this year, it has really been a GREAT year.There is a lot of great literature out there and I wanted to showcase some of my favorites.


I’m in love with Catherine Fisher’s Relic Master series.  It’s amazing so far. I’ve only read the first book, but as soon as I finished it, I went ahead and ordered the last four. I can’t wait to finish this series, and I am mad at myself for letting the first book sit on my shelf unread for so long.

And then there is The Boneshaker by Kate Milford. There’s no denying that this book is a bit of a slow starter. And that’s not necessarily a great thing when it comes to middle-grade literature. But the story is just so original, so fabulous, that it’s worth it. And I have a signed copy. I am NEVER giving that up.

The Dark City #1 (Relic Master)The Boneshaker
Coming Soon to this blog in middle-grade:


I recently finished Exiled by M.R. Merrick and it was absolutely amazing. Such a great book to get lost in. I am currently holding a giveaway for thahere. It lasts until Sept. 21st. I also really enjoyed Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace, The Royal Dragoneers by M.R. Mathias, and Sleight: Book One of the AVRA-K by Jennifer Sommersby. I can also guarantee you that there are some great indie ya novels coming up that I have had a part in editing and I am so proud of those girls. Meet Carissa and Megan. If you haven’t already. 
I also fell in love with The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Enclave by Ann Aguirre, Blood Red Road by Moira Young, and my personal favorite, The Enemy by Charlie Higson. They are all post-apocalyptic. It’s been a big year for those types of books and I really, really, love them. 
Exiled (Volume 1)Descended by Blood (Vampire Born Trilogy)Sleight: Book One of the AVRA-K
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 1)EnclaveBlood Red RoadThe Enemy
Coming Soon to this blog in Young-Adult:

Look for Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen, Ambitious by Monica McKayhan, and Past Perfect by Leila Sales.
Adult Fiction:

Definitely the easiest category to talk about. Hands down, the best book of the year is Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman. And I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Honorable mentions go to Sins of the Mother by Tara Hyland and An Apple For Zoë by Thomas Amo. There were a lot of great adult books, but Domestic Violets was just so fabulous it is so hard to rave about anything else. 
Domestic Violets: A Novel (P.S.)Sins of the Mother: A NovelAn Apple For Zoë (The Forsaken)
Coming Soon to this blog in Adult Fiction:

Look for Patient Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel by Jonathan Maberry, The Sixes by Kate White, The Printmaker’s Daughter by Katherine Govier.
So that’s where I currently am at with my reading and blogging. As far as my editing goes, my editing page should be going up some time this month. It’s been a slow month for editing, but next month will be crazy busy. As always, contact me for any of your copy-editing, content-editing, or line-editing needs. 
Everything else has been great around here! The husband is currently student teaching, so I am not seeing him a lot, but I have plenty of things to keep me busy. We will be moving to a new apartment in December, but I don’t see that putting me out of commission for more than a few days, if that. Big Brother is ending this week, so I am back in full-force in a few days. 
Any questions, comments, please put them in the comments. Thanks for reading!!

5 responses to “Favorites, Updates, and Coming Soon #1

  1. Great new feature! Posts aside from reviews allow your readers to give feedback aside from “great review” and begin to interact with you here on the blog.

    I’m like you. I’m not super social unless someone engages me in a conversation, then I can’t stop talking. But I’m really quiet on Twitter and that definitely won’t change any time soon.

    Honestly, I have no idea how those nominations worked for BBAW. I still don’t. I tried to nominate someone and the form was dead, then when I went back it was all over. I didn’t even realize there was such a thing until someone told me about it! But it sounds like a lot of fun and there are some great blogs on the short list!

    Fingers crossed for you for next year! I don’t think you have to be super social to be nominated, but maybe just social enough?

    Anyway, love this new feature!

  2. I like this feature…and I hope that you do try to open up a bit. I like to get to know my blogging friends, even the book bloggers.

    And I’m sorry I don’t comment very often. I enjoy reading your reviews, but as I don’t read the types of books you often review I feel as though I don’t have much to contribute.

  3. Elliot- You need to read it, and just so you know, your book is slowly moving up the list. Got a couple of more to get to and then I’ll be there.

    Rachel-Thanks so much for your comment. Your blog is one of my favorites and I want to be just like you when I grow up. Seriously. I’m glad you like the feature. I will try to do it more often.

    Silver-I’m working on it. I’m glad I did this post. Don’t worry about commenting. I know you are reading. What types of books would you like to see me reading?

  4. I dunno buddy, UR personality is all over the reviews anyways and to ‘just’ do hella reviews all the time is epic anyways (and time consuming, I’m sure)…Still, it’s quite admirable to do the “out of the box” thing. engaging people is nice, but if it’s not you, then…you know. Awesome, good luck,


    ps hope you do better in your contest next time. Lates

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