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Dilemma of Contemporary Romance

Contemporary Romance

Admittedly I have been known to binge on contemporary romance, the literature kind and the movies. However, I at least try to find the well-written kind. Despite this, when I was discussing my secret love of contemporary romance with one of my closest friends, she told me she despised it, and found it boring and unrealistic.

This was my first pause for thought; unrealistic. It had me wondering, what do we call a realistic romance? Do we want to read/watch a ‘realistic’ romance? Or do we want to be wooed and blown away?

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Recently I just watched Love and Other Drugs which stars Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal. The film has a 6.7 / 10 rating on IMDB and was nominated for 2 Golden Globe awards. So it appears the film is being taken seriously in the movie industry?

Yet, it still appears to have such a mixed response. Some hail it as being a champion of the romance-comedy genre with the take on Anne Hathaway an individual suffering from Parkinson’s being well portrayed and provocative, whilst others claim its another mindless romance, filled with crude language, sex scenes and being a typical plot line of a sick girl falling for a bad-boy. Why is it we get such mixed reviews?

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Personally, I think there comes pros and cons from every contemporary romance film, which again, is based on personal preference. However, is the media designed to project moral messages and ideals to us even if overlaid with fun, flirty and flighty behaviour? Or is it supposed to be some strict, moral message in a boring fashion? Honestly, I do not believe many people would listen to something they perceived as being dull and boring. At least Love and Other Drugs manages to show by the end of the film, a steady, loving relationship where you can stand by somebody and care for them can be more fulfilling than a casual fling. It represents many values that I think are important, and is that really a bad thing? Even if it includes sex and naked skin, is that not again something that human beings want to see?

Obviously there are times in reading a book, or watching a film where you think “if only that happened in real life” because I do not think many times you will get a guy chasing after you down the street to declare his love, or driving across the country, or chasing you to the airport as I recently witnessed on an old episode of Friends when Ross Geller raced to the airport after Rachel Green. I mean, it would be nice, but when it came down to it, I think if somebody did such a thing for me, I would laugh or be awkward and not know how to react. However, I think I like reading these declarations of love and thinking maybe somewhere, somebody does such things because it makes me feel happy, and that is why I read right, to have my emotions played on, to be entertained and made smile? I want my main love interests to wooo me, to draw me in.

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I want an Augustus Green (The Fault in Our Stars) to be there for me…

“I’ll fight it. I’ll fight it for you. Don’t you worry about me, Hazel Grace. I’m okay. I’ll find a way to hang around and annoy you for a long time.” I was crying. But even then he was strong. holding me tight so that I could see the sinewy muscles of his arms wrapped around me …”

I want a Levi (Fangirl) who will hang around my roommate’s room to see me, to walk me home in the dark, to tease me, to bring me out of my shell…

“I mean…” Levi leaned forward, hands still fisted in his pockets. “I mean, I spent four months trying to kiss you and the last six weeks trying to figure out how I managed to fuck everything up. All I want now is to make it right, to make you see how sorry I am and why you should give me another chance. And I just want to know—are you rooting for me? Are you hoping I pull this off?”

“I’m rooting for you,” she whispered. She wasn’t even sure he could hear her from the bed.

Levi’s smile broke free and devoured his whole face. It started to devour her face, too. Cath had to look away.”

I want myself a Finn the Robot (The Mad Scientist’s Daughter) who is smart and heartfelt.

“I can’t tell you what it means to be the only one of my kind,” he said. “I can’t… There is a lack in myself. But your thesis almost filled it in. It was… a start.”

Even a little bit of Vlad the Impaler (Night Prince Series) to melt a woman’s heart…

“No one feels like you do, so every brush of your skin is a cruel reminder of what I’ve lost. I can barely stand the sight of you because you’re more beautiful than I’ve allowed myself to remember, and when I cut that wire off Maximus and smelled you all over him, I wanted to kill him more than I’ve wanted to kill anyone in my life, yet I couldn’t because of my promise to you.”

These are just a few of the many fictional crushes, and there are probably many more, but these are a few of the more recent ones. Who are your fictional crushes? (because I severely hope I am not alone in my love of fictional characters *slinks away to hide in a corner* if I am). I’m going to leave you with one of the most iconic moments in film history and an all time favourite romance of mine, this film will always have a special place in my heart.

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Return to Blogging

PREVIOUSLY NERDY BOOK REVIEWS.

Dear friends,

I am so abysmally sorry for my disappearance over the past year. Things have been incredibly hectic, with starting my first year of University, making new friends, a new home and an all new set of studying. However, hopefully now, I am intending to try and balance my life out more successfully and return to blogging because having returned to actually reading much more lately, I realise how much I love and have missed talking about books.

Although, you may be realising something different, my blog has changed names. I am no longer blogging under the title Nerdy Book Reviews, but in fact ‘The Absent Historian’. The name change came about in terms of a change in myself upon my entering University, where, coincidentally I am studying History! So I will hope you realise that me, Liv, the book nerd is still about, just under a new title!

Thirdly, I am going to do a brief overview, of what I have been doing in the past year! I have managed to be very lucky and have visited some absolutely beautiful places recently. I managed to make a trip to both Iceland, and Barcelona over Summer which were both very different, but fun experiences. I’ll be doing a brief overview of some of the new books I have, some books I am looking forward to reading, and I would like to state, I have quite a few book reviews in the back log that I have been preparing ready to post. So hopefully I will not be leaving you guys waiting for long!

Summer Holidays

Barcelona

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I managed to visit quite a few of the big sights in Barcelona, taking a trip to Camp Nou, the football stadium (an interesting, but very valuable experience and one I would recommend as it was really interesting!). Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, the Zoo, the Olympic Stadium and pool, alongside the Magic Fountain where there is a grand palace that is now an art museum.

Barcelona itself was an incredibly beautiful city, and had some gorgeous architecture when it came to just buildings on the street. I definitely fell in love with the city and its style.

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In addition to this, I was quite adventurous in terms of trying the local delicacies and had paella for the first time, with both seafood and chicken, where I tried squid, calamari, prawns, and muscles which was quite the experience for me. Personally, I have discovered squid tentacles are disgustingly chewy and rubbery and I will be staying away! Although prawns have definitely won me over, and I think I’d be able to cope with the occasional muscle.

Overall, the trip to Barcelona was lots of new experiences and lots of fun! It also happened to be my first trip abroad without my parents, so it was certainly a lesson in self-responsibility!

Iceland

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Secondly this year, I got to visit Iceland with my family, where I stayed in the capital Reykjavik for 4 days. I managed to wander around the city in one afternoon, visit the blue lagoon, a small volcanic island of the south coast of Iceland, and visited waterfalls, national parks, geysers and craters. In terms of the natural landscape, some areas of Iceland were absolutely stunning, and I fell in love with the natural beauty of the island, and I definitely recommend it for a trip to anyone!

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Also, it was genuinely a very relaxing place, and easy way of life that resulted in me coming back incredibly stress free and chilled which was excellent.

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I did not try any Icelandic delicacies whilst I was there because shark, different types of fish and cute little puffins are not the type of food I want to eat! However, I had some lovely meals, and tried my first ever Thai food, at a lovely little Thai restaurant just in the capital. So again, a holiday of new experiences.

New Books

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Being a poor student, I have not really been able to afford buying as many books, and getting a kindle, I have switched to getting a few more e-books just because of the sheer amount of books I own and lack of space. However, I have managed to get my hands on these goodies lately.

I have finally picked up George R. R. Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire and currently I am reading A Clash of Kings so I am super excited to get further into this series! Then I managed to pick up the next three really cheaply, with all three only costing £5 in one of the local bargain book stores! After seeing Wicked as a musical at the theatre I am incredibly excited to get stuck into it, because I literally fell in love with the storyline. Hopefully I’ll enjoy the next couple of Mortal Instrument books too!

Summary

So, I have very little left to say, except I am looking forward to my return into the blogging sphere, which hopefully I will be enjoying much more after my lengthy break, and I thank all my friends for sticking with me! Hope you are all well.

Much love,

Liv.

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Apology

Dear faithful followers and wonderful friends,

It appears now my blog has been inactive for a number of months without reason or pre-warning and for vanishing into thin air, I am honestly sorry. Unfortunately my life has been a whirlwind the past few months, preparing for University and then attending University so there has been little time to maintain a blog, and little time to read.

Thank you for your inquiries as to my whereabouts/wellbeing and when I will return. At the present moment in time, I do not know when I will be returning to the blogosphere as I have much to do and very little time. However, I do endeavour to return to the blogging community at some point in 2014.

Meanwhile I must emphasise to those sending review requests, I am not accepting any review requests from this point onwards as stated on my blog, so whilst I appreciate the email enquiries they are redundant for the time being until further stated. So please stop, as I do not have time to reply or the inclination at this current moment in time.

Thank you all for understanding. I hope to return to you shortly.

Happy New Year and may 2014 be prosperous and enjoyable for you all!

Regards, Livvy.

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St. Ives.

Hey Guys,

So holiday was fantastic! I was so busy every day, so unfortunately I hardly had time to read at all because I was visiting lots of different sites and then soaking up the sun on the beach. Unfortunately soaking up the sun had little effect on my skin and I remain as pasty as ever and just more ginger!

However, I visited some great places for my first trip to Cornwall and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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On the first day we visited Cheddar Gorge which is a very quaint village that is utterly beautiful! There was lots of cheese places for the famous Cheddar cheese made there and there were some caves. Unfortunately we didn’t go in the caves because of time and it was daylight extortion!

However, we did have icecream whilst we were there, which was very yummy!

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I had quite a few icecreams whilst I was in Cornwall and I enjoyed every one of them! I have a huge sweet spot for icecream and it’s even better to eat it when the weather is sooooo warm!

We had 22 degrees Celsius upwards everyday! That might not sound very warm to some of you, but when our summer last year was 14 degrees, it was bliss this year along with hitting 35!

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We stayed in a caravan site in Hayle, but regularly on an evening drove into St. Ives which had an absolutely gorgeous bay and beach. It was bustling with lots of bars, restaurants and shops and we had a few really fabulous meals whilst we were there!

While we were there we visited Flambards the mini-theme park where one of the spiny rides really didn’t agree with me! But it’s also cross with a museum that has a WWII exhibition that has a plane that has lots of buttons to push and seats to sit in so my friend and me had a fabulous time! Then there was a Victorian street that was fabulous when you walked around and saw all the styles and things of the era!

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Lands End was a site we visited too. Only 3147 miles from New York!

After Lands End we went to visit an open air theatre called Minack Theatre which one woman on her own managed to build with a little bit of help from a friend and it was absolutely stunning!

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We visited St. Michael’s Mount which is a castle on top of a hill and was beautiful! Although trekking up the hill really was a hard visit.

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Finally for the end of the week we visited Newquay where we went to the sealife centre and I saw Dory, a turtle, Nemo and lots of other fabulous creatures.

I had my first ever pasty in Cornwall – which was absolutely delicious. I definitely recommend eating a pasty if you ever go to Cornwall because they are their delicacies!

And I bought a hoodie for £5 which was an absolute steal and hopefully will keep me lovely and warm in summer.

Finally on the way home, we visited Paignton Zoo which was huge and had fantastic enclosures for their animals that were realistic and spacious. They had lions and monkeys which are my two favourite animals! They also had tonnes of peacocks and peahens. They had Mandy and Randy the two red Pandas (below) – that made me laugh a lot. Amongst lots of other fabulous creatures!

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Mandy and Randy.

Overall, it was a fabulous week, with great weather, yummy food and lots of sightseeing. I definitely recommend taking a trip to Cornwall if you ever visit England or ever fancy a holiday at home!

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St. Ives, Summer Reads and Substantial Books

Morning guys,

So. I know I have just recently returned to blogging and I have only been back for a very short time. However, I am being taken on holiday by my friend to Cornwall, St. Ives only for a week. Therefore I will be back very shortly and I have reviews stacked up for my return anyway.

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This will be my first trip to Cornwall, so I am very excited. It looks incredibly beautiful and I look forward to snapping lots of photos and sharing my pictures with you when I get back. However, I have a long 8 hours in the car to get there, so I thought I’d have a little look at the “big” book and my fear of it as they tend to be the type of thing you read on a long car journey to pass times.

The “Big” Book

The “BIG” book in my view is a book that surpasses around 500 pages. These are the most daunting things you can possibly imagine because I have yet to finish one. Why do I have this ludicrous, inane fear? A question I don’t have an answer for.

Although, I do fear my attention span sometimes is that of a gnat, which is why I tend to read 3 or 4 books at once. I find myself liking to flit between plot lines, worlds and scenarios, in particular when a book is longer than 300 pages.

However, why is still that I never finished a “BIG” book? What do you think to “BIG” books?

E-books are maybe the way forward with “BIG” books I sometimes think. After all, you won’t have all the heavy weight, there won’t be the size to look at (although I will still be guilty of tracking the percentage read – so I don’t think that will help much) and it’s just easier to hold too. After all, trying to balance 700+ pages in your hands to read is never an easy task. Especially when it comes to reading in bed, it’s practically impossible to sustain holding the book above your head!

Elantris and A Game of Thrones are two books I’m dying to read because I’ve heard so much about them and they are both sat on my shelf, weighing in down in their ginormous size.

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Therefore as part of a personal challenge to myself, I am going to try and push by the psychological constraints that prevent me from finishing a “BIG” book to try and read one of these or both of these over summer.

See you in a week!

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June 2013

Monthly Recap

Afternoon and welcome to the monthly recap of June 2013. From now on, I’ll be doing monthly overviews of books bought, books read, other interesting events in my life and maybe a tad of clothes sharing since I have a tendency to buy lots of new clothes.

Reading in June:

  • Dark Legend by Christine Feehan (Carpathians #8)
  • Dark Guardian by Christine Feehan (Carpathians #9)
  • Visions in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #19)
  • This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
  • The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa (Blood of Eden #2)

So reading for me in June was very quiet, after the end of my exams and being busy sorting things out, I have found that I have actually had very little time to sit and read! Along with trying to catch up with my blogging, it has all been tremendously time consuming.

Book Buys and Borrows in June:

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1000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clarke  / The Making of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr / She- Wolves by Helen Castor

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell / Who Is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? by Andrez Bergen / Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

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A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson / Elizabeth I by Margaret George / The Winter King by Thomas Penn

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Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice / The Princess Bride by William Goldman / Whit by Iain Banks

This doesn’t even begin to cover half of the kindle/review books I have got on top of this, but these are a selection of ones I’ve bought and borrowed from the library. Quite a few are history non-fiction, which I picked up as a little bit of pre-uni reading and I’m looking forward to those.

Events of June:

  • The end of schooling and exams – this was quite an emotional, but exciting time for me to finally be finished with school.
  • Shopping – I’ve spent lots of time clothes shopping and planning events for the rest of my holidays.
  • Return to blogging – I finally came back from hiatus to fill my blog with posts after a couple of months break!
  • Overall, June has been oddly quiet, but hectic balance of sorting out all my things and finishing off the end of school.

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Once Upon a Time…

I'm Back

There was a girl, named Nerd that blogged. Whom has now RETURNED from the abyss of exams.

PHEW. Exams are finally finished with—and trust me they were all rather horrible. On the bright side I now have stacks and stacks of books to read and hundreds of books on my kindle. I am immensely behind in all things reviews, so I’m just going to slog through at a slow pace.

And to top things off, I’ve hit over 150 followers whilst I’ve been away, so thank you very much guys! It means a lot and I hope you are all still with me! Thank you all so much and I look forward to conversing again soon!

May the blogging begin again!

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The Origins of a Love Triangle

The famed love triangle can turn people away from a book in an instance. Even the mention of the two words can send people fleeing for the hills…

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Personally, I don’t mind them all that much when they’re done right. But what makes them so horrific?

The cliché? The unnecessary angst? The silly indecisive protagonist that usually accompanies it?

There seem to be soooo many reasonings behind why love triangles are the death of a book.

However two of the biggest supernatural shows contain love triangles. Admittedly I am an addict of one.

Have you guessed what they are? I’ll give you a little clue. Fangs.

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The Vampire Diaries and True Blood.

So what makes these so immensely successful if people hate them so much?

The fact that most adults in Western Society claimed to have been involved in a love triangle? Quite a surprising figure really. Does it mean we can relate to them? Or is it that human nature is tempted by something we can’t have? Will we always want that one thing that continues to elude us so?

Not only do we have two highly successful TV shows, we also have two HUGE film series. Oddly, these are both from the young-adult genre that contain love triangles.

Clues: Sparkling. Death. Bow and Arrow.

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The Hunger Games and Twilight.

In some ways, I don’t think you ladies can deny that you wouldn’t want two hot men chasing after you. However it seems that YA heroines are increasingly having the need to have not one, but two men chasing after them to raise their self-esteem and give them character. Oddly I thought that books should be encouraging good self images and acceptance without the need for men in YA heroines particularly when women authors are writing this.

Now that’s not to say, every YA book or book that contains a love triangle is terrible. The Hunger Games, Everneath, The Vampire Diaries are a few from the top of my head that I’ve enjoyed despite the love triangle. However I don’t think it needs to be a requirement, especially if its trying to keep the audience interested.

On the other hand, one of the most famous writers of all time had a love triangle in his works. Shakespeare. Anybody familiar with Romeo and Juliet? Well remember Paris? The third element of the love triangle…

See, it seems that love triangles have been an inherent part of the literature culture since the 1600s. Somehow I don’t think we are about to escape it any time soon. However I don’t think this means we should stand idly by and let the bad ones pass through.

What do you think?

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110+ Books I Intend to Read…

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Quite a quirky seat above I hope you’ll notice. I don’t own one… But it doesn’t look all that comfortable if I’m honest which is probably why I don’t own one. It still looks groovy.

I have tonnes of books that I always intend to read and I’m useless with lists, but I think it’s time I made one to try and get some books ticked of this year. When I saw this over at Keertana’s blog Ivy Book Bindings, I knew it was a brilliant idea. Unfortunately there is no way I shall read 110 books from this list this year because my target is only 130 and that doesn’t account for all the other books that manage to sneak in across the year, but oh well, maybe one day I’ll finish all these off. Meanwhile, I enjoy compiling lists.

First off we’ll start with some classics and books from the 1001-books that I want to try and read this year.

  • Anna Karenina1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • 2. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • 3. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • 4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • 5. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • 6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • 7. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leureux
  • 8. Les Miserable by Victor Hugo
  • 9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • 10. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchel

Some children’s classics that I want to read and probably should have a long time ago, but I suppose I’m never too old to get them in now.

  • 11. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankAlice-wonderland-lewis-carroll
  • 12. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • 13. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • 14. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • 15. Through the Looking Glass, And What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll
  • 16. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis (All seven)
  • 17. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham

Some series I want to finish, since I’ve started a hell of a lot! I think I have a little bit of a problem, don’t you? And that’s not even them all….

  • 18. Morganville Series by Rachel Caine (8 behind)
  • 19. The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward (2 behind)
  • 20. Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh (3 behind)
  • 21. House of Night Series by P.C. & Kristin Cast (5 behind)
  • 22. In Death Series by J.D. Robb (16 behind)
  • 23. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare (4 behind)
  • 24Angel Fire. Fallen by Lauren Kate (3 behind)
  • 25. The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater (2 behind)
  • 26. The Demon Trappers by Jana Oliver (3 behind)
  • 27. The Gatekeepers by Anthony Horowitz (3 behind)
  • 28. Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz (7 behind)
  • 29. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (5 behind)
  • 30. Series of an Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (2 behind)
  • 31. Angel by L.A. Weatherly (1 behind)
  • 32. Study by Maria V. Snyder (2 behind)
  • 33. The Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell (2 behind)

Then, I don’t know how I can even contemplate this, but series I want to start and maybe finish all in one go rather than extending them like the others above…

  • 34. Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
  • 35. The Lord of the Rings by J.R. Tolkien
  • 36. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  • 37. Parthalon by P.C. Castpercy jackson
  • 38. The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
  • 39. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • 40. Legend by Marie Lu
  • 41. Maximum Ride by James Patterson
  • 42. Anna by Kendare Blake
  • 43. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  • 44. Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee
  • 45. Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia
  • 46. The Fallen Angels by J.R. Ward
  • 47. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  • 48. Night Prince by Jeaniene Frost
  • 49. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
  • 50. Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
  • 51. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
  • 52. Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris
  • 53. Gemma Doyle by Libba Bray
  • 54. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Onto some books that are standalones that I own and really want to read.

  • 55. Before I Die by Jenny Downham
  • 56. The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold
  • Ocean of Secrets57. Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
  • 58. You Against Me by Jenny Downham
  • 59. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • 60. Q & A by Vikas Swarup
  • 61. House Rules by Jodi Picoult
  • 62. Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII by David Starkey
  • 63. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  • 64. Ocean of Secrets by Aimee Friedman
  • 65. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • 66. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  • 67. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • 68. FanGirl by Angel Lawson
  • 69. Dreaming of Amelia by Jaclyn MoBook-cover-UKriarty
  • 70. Speechless by Hannah Harrington
  • 71. Remember When by Nora Roberts
  • 72. Serial Hottie by Kelly Oram
  • 73. The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall
  • 74. It by Stephen King
  • 75. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
  • 76. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
  • 77. Easy by Tammara Webber
  • 78. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

So the next few books are ones that have been recommended to me by friends, fellow bloggers or people that are both and are books I’m itching to get my hands on and I’m going to have to try damn hard to find a way to get my hands on some of these.

  • the-aviary79. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • 80. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
  • 81. The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell
  • 82. Demons of the Sun by Cindi Madsen
  • 83. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
  • 84. The Dark Light by Sara Walsh
  • 85. The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
  • 86. Love Notes From Vinegar House by Karen Tayleur
  • 87. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • 88. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • 89. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
  • 90. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • 91. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  • 92. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  • 93. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

A few more are books that I really want to read and just haven’t gotten ten-mcneilaround to buying yet. SO hopefully this year I might get them.

  • 94. Ten by Gretchen McNeil
  • 95. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  • 96. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • 97. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • 98. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • 99. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
  • 100. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
  • 101. Shadow and Bones by Leigh Bardugo

And finally, a few books that are out this year and that I hope to read because they sound so AMAZING!

  • happy102. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
  • 103. Dare You To by Katie McGarry
  • 104. Everbound by Brodi Ashton
  • 105. Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley
  • 106. Pulse by Patrick Carman
  • 107. Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
  • 108. Pantomime by Laura Lam
  • 109. Hunting by Andrea K. Host
  • 110. Just One Day by Gayle Foreman

Well that makes my list of 110 books. I feel absolutely shattered after compiling that together. However, I am so very excited about an awful lot of the books on here, and I feel like 2013 will be a very good reading year. So onwards and upwards to my target of 130 books. And I’ll check back again at the end of the year with an update on how I did on my 110 books!

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Nerd Fact and Extra Nerdy

Hey guys,

So this year, being a new year, I’ve decided to spice things up with a bit more nerd. You will be seeing two new little features that I’ll be adding to my posts or having as separate little posts now and again and I thought I’d give you a heads up on them.

Nerd Fact

Nerd Fact

Nerd Fact is going to be (likely to be) at the end of most of my reviews with a little nerdy fun fact that’s interesting, relates to the topic of the story and I think you’ll find interesting.

Nerd Fact is meant to be fun and entertaining, and I hope it’ll make my blog a little more unique.

Odd occasions there may be “Nerd Fact” posts that will consist of some nerdy fact that I find interesting and decide to babble about. It will probably be something literature/history related.

Extra Nerdy

Extra Nerdy

Extra Nerdy will either be a separate post or a little addition to the end of a review where I find a video or a song I particularly like that fits with the music.

Or it may be something all together different like a picture or something equally engaging. Most likely this will be something fun and visual or audio to accompany the post and liven things up a little.

Let me know what you think!

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