Monthly Archives: July 2013

Contemporary Summer Fling

So River and I kinda love contemporary YA. While we generally stick to our love of paranormal, there’s always that craving to find something sweet and fluffy. We’ve decided to host a summer long event related to reading some of our contemporary backlog. We also will be posting reviews (in particular, one for a book that isn’t out yet!). There’s so many great books out there and there’s always the problem of finding time for them.

So I’m going to sweeten this deal. The first week of August we will be opening a giveaway. One lucky read will have the chance to win any one of the eight books during our event that equal $20. So you can have the choice of 1 hardcover or 2 paperbacks! Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL as long as Book Depository ships to your country! 😀 (BP is awesome!)

Here’s the books we will be reading for the event:

In Honor
This Song Will Save Your Life
Going Vintage
Also Known As
The Distance Between Us
Smart Girls Get What They Want
The Trouble with Flirting
The Moon and More

Aren’t they lovely? I thought so. 🙂

We sincerely hope that you will all participate by leaving comments, your own reviews, anything really. Let us know what some of your favourite summer contemporary reads are! Next Thursday, expect to see a dual review of “This Song Will Save Your Life” aka amazing book that doesn’t come out until September.

Happy summer reading!

Welcome Sam!!!

Big news guys! My very good friend Sam is joining me here at ‘River the 積ん読’! We randomly had the idea just the other day and I thought I should give her a proper welcome. Sam reads A LOT (she’s up to 125 books this year!!!). We often share book recommendations with each other (and a bunch of our friends) and she even introduced me to Netgalley! Not ALL of our reviews line up (she sometimes hates things that I love, and vice-versa) but we do love A LOT of the same stuff… so I think that her reviews will give this place a really fun twist.

Anyway~ say hello, read a bit about her, and get ready for her reviews!!!

Hello! My name is Sam and I’ll be co-blogging with River! We’ve been friends for… a very long time and she has helped me get into a lot of books I likely wouldn’t have read otherwise. Currently I am an ESL teacher by night and the Operations Manager of by day, wherein I deal with feature content, reviews and overseeing daily content related to RPGs. Outside of my love of video games I am an avid reader (though that may be an understatement), and a lover of Japanese fiction, YA, middle grade, science fiction and fantasy. Honestly though, I’ll read anything as long as it tickles my fancy.

My goals on the blog are to help River with reviews, as well as sharing my experiences at literary events within Toronto, Canada. Expect to see some fun stuff, and I may even throw in a fun giveaway every so often because I like to share!

Some of my favourite books are: Jellicoe Road (Melina Marchetta, although anything by her really), Coin Locker Babies (Ryu Murakami), Hard-boiled Wonderland at the End of the World (Haruki Murakami), anything by Terry Pratchett, Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson), The Dresden Files (Jim Butcher), Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins), This Lullaby (Sarah Dessen), Sisters in Sanity (Gayle Forman), Mistborn (Brandon Sanderson), Lisel & Po (Lauren Oliver), Lips Touch: Three Times (Laini Taylor), and This Song Will Save Your Life (Lisa Sales), Newsflesh Trilogy (Mira Grant) and many more!

Favourite Authors: Ryu Murakami, Haruki Murakami, Sarah Dessen, Terry Pratchett, Brandon Sanderson, Jim Butcher, Melina Marchetta, John Green, Gayle Forman, Lauren Oliver, Banana Yoshimoto, Natsuo Kirino, Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire, Tamora Pierce, Laurie Halse Anderson, the list goes on forever.

I hope you enjoy some of the great content River and I have in store for the blog! Feel free to follow me on twitter @merrygodown.

June – Fifteen

1. Blue Hearts of Mars — Nicole Grotepas — (DNF) – arc
2. Tumble & Fall — Alexandra Coutts — ★★★★ – arc
3. Fangirl — Rainbow Rowell — ★★★★★ – arc
4. Parasite — Mira Grant — ★★★★ – arc
5. Dangerous Girls — Abigail Haas — ★★★★★ – arc
6. Opal — Jennifer L. Armentrout — ★★★
7. The Sight Seer — Melissa Giorgio — ★★★★★
8. Also Known As — Robin Benway — ★★★★★
9. Unbreakable — Elizabeth Norris — ★★★★
10. Going Vintage — Lindsey Leavitt — ★★★
11. This Song Will Save Your Life — Leila Sales — ★★★★★
12. Undone — Elizabeth Norris — ★★★★★
13. Jake and the Other Girl — Emmy Laybourne — ★★★★★
14. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown — Holly Black — ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ – arc
15. Ten Tiny Breaths — K. A. Tucker — ★★ – arc

Well damn! 15… though I DNF’ed one and two were novellas… so I guess 12 full novels but still. I read about 25% of BLUE HEARTS OF MARS before skimming through the rest of it and DNF’ing it. I felt bad because it was an ARC AND I really did want to read it… but I wasted two days getting to that 25% and I just wasn’t going to waste the month on a book that I didn’t want to read.

Thankfully the slow start to the month was MORE THAN made up for with EIGHT 5-star reads. I really thought that AKA was going to be my top read but then COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN went and blew my fucking mind! It’s officially my 2nd favorite book of the year (CLOCKWORK PRINCESS being the 1st). DANGEROUS GIRLS was also amazing (and I reviewed it here!)

I ended up buying 12 new books but NONE of them were full price so yay for me STILL sticking with my ‘only buy Kindle edeals’ rule. I got 13 ARC’s this month which is a lot better than it seems… hahaha. I did read quite a few of them this month too, so I’m very pleased with that.

Going into July I already know that I’m going to read less… my husband is going to be staying home on a few of my days off which is nice, but it’s going to mean less reading, lol. I also have a bunch of things to do to help him get ready for his trip to China next month and other various things that he needs my help with… hopefully I wont get TOO far behind…

Looking forward to seeing what good books this next month will bring!