The stack of books on my header photo is a stack of lies.

Today I would like to ramble about reading. Rather, about NOT reading any damn book at the moment. I apologize in advance for the utter uselessness of this post.

With the exception of The Hunger Games, I have not read any of the books featured on my blog header image. WTF, right? Lies, all lies! Haha. Well, these books have been on my ‘to be read’ shelf for a while now. In case the titles aren’t really visible, these are what’s on that stack of lies books:

  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks
  • The Kite of Stars and Other Stories by Dean Francis Alfar
  • Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr
  • Dark Waters by Shannon Mayer
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The First Book of Calamity Leek by Paula Lichtarowicz

Ender’s, Nine Parts, Dark Waters, and Calamity Leek were books I won in blog giveaways. Hunger Games was a gift to the hubby and I bought Kite of Stars and Faery Tales at less than a hundred bucks each at a book sale. All interesting books, I must say, and I’d like to mentally kick myself for not reading all but one of them. I have several other un-read printed books that I haven’t touched plus my iPad is chock-full of classics, well-known books and indie books just waiting for me. I need to dig myself out of this ridiculous ‘reading rut.’ Goodness. Any tips? GAH.

Oh, look at my pretty cleats. They’re designed for lacrosse actually but they work just fine for ultimate. These babies come with different-colored laces, but, of course, I choose pink. Because pink is nice. Hah.

End ramble.

Let’s talk about goals

I was hesitant to do a post like this because it seems I write down the same goals year after year and I never get them all done. However, I was reading an email newsletter from The Creative Penn and she mentioned blogging about her goals for accountability purposes, so I thought maybe I should do that, too. Maybe if I do the same thing I’d feel more motivated to work on my own goals and maybe get at least half of them done. Hah, we shall see. But then the start of a new year always makes me feel positive so here is my list of things for 2015:

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Happy New Year, Friends!

I haven’t blogged for realz in months, but I feel like I should kick off the new year with a new post. The past year was a big one – having kicked it off by getting hitched – and I think this new one is going to be big as well. I was thinking of doing the usual ‘year in review’ and then my list for 2015, but I think I’ll just keep it simple this time.

About 2014

So this happened one year ago and life has never been the same. I know that’s such a cliche but it is what it is and it seems the past year was spent adjusting to a whole new life!

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Hail Hydra. Haha. (photo by J Lucas Reyes)

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Blog Tour: The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan

Here’s another blog tour and giveaway for you guys! Today we’re featuring The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer by Amazon bestselling author Laxmi Hariharan. I’ve had Laxmi’s book The Destiny of Shaitan on my to-read list since forever so I really wanted to help spread the word about her latest book.

The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer is a character-driven YA thriller with an awesome female protagonist who’s set to take Bombay by storm, even if it means putting her life in the balance.

Read more about the book and check out the blog tour giveaway for a chance to win ebooks, signed paperbacks and a $25 Amazon gift card!

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Spotlight: Meritropolis by Joel Ohman

In Meritropolis everyone is assigned a numerical Score that decides their worth to society and whether they live or die. After a young boy is killed because of a low Score, his brother plots to take down the System.

Sounds good, right? Well, this exciting YA Dystopia is on sale for just 99 cents Thursday, November 27 through Monday, December 1. You can pick up your copy on Amazon.

To celebrate, we are offering a giveaway for an autographed copy and a $100 Amazon gift card—hooray!

Read on for an interview with Joel Ohman, the author of the book critics are calling, “The Hunger Games meets The Village with a young Jack Reacher as a protagonist”, then scroll to the end of this post to learn more about the book and the giveaway. Happy reading, and good luck!

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The Definitive Guide to Banned Books Vol. 1 [Infographic]

This is a wayyy late for Banned Books Week, but it’s still pretty interesting. Check out this infographic below.

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Review of Paths of Alir by Melissa McPhail

Paths of Alir is the third book in Melissa McPhail’s A Pattern of Shadow and Light Series. This series has really become one of my favorite fantasies so far. I read and reviewed book one, Cephrael’s Hand, last year and also posted about book two, The Dagger of Adendigaeth, just the other day as part of the massive blog tour that’s running through November 9th.

Read on for my thoughts on Paths of Alir and then check out the blog tour details to see what you can win during the tour!

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Review of The Dagger of Adendigaeth by Melissa McPhail

The Dagger of Adendigaeth is the second book in Melissa McPhail’s A Pattern of Shadow and Light series. I read the first book, Cephrael’s Hand, last year (absolutely loved it, by the way) and even read the book again for this year’s blog tour. I talked about the 3 things I loved about Cephrael’s Hand for my tour post.

Fresh from re-reading Cephrael’s Hand, I was more than ready to dive into book two. The timing was just perfect because the third book, Paths of Alir, came out this month and I’m also posting a review of that book for this tour! Yay!

Anyway, read on for my thoughts on The Dagger of Adendigaeth and enter the blog tour giveaway! You can win a $50 Amazon gift card or an autographed copy of The Dagger of Adendigaeth! It’s awesome, right? ;)

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Book Blast & Giveaway: Shadows of Ghosts by Stefan Haucke

Today we’re featuring Shadows of Ghosts by author Stefan Haucke. This blog tour runs through November 7. There are awesome prizes for the tour: one randomly chosen winner via Rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/ gift card and one randomly chosen host will receive a $25 Amazon/ gift card.

Read more about the book and get to know more about the author through a short interview.  Then enjoy an excerpt from Shadows of Ghosts!

Shadows of GhostsAbout Shadows of Ghosts

Shadows of Ghosts carries readers to Enara, a kingdom at war with itself, where for centuries centaurs have been treated like animals because of their horse-like lower bodies; they’ve been forced to work as slaves in the southern agricultural provinces, and have been bought and sold like livestock. But a strong abolitionist faction has convinced many that centaurs’ human torsos, heads, and intellectual abilities make them humans, who should be liberated from slavery and granted the same rights as any other person.

After four years of being forced to live in a remote village and having to keep his real identity a secret, Cal Lanshire, days away from his thirteenth birthday, is given the best birthday present he can imagine. He is told the war is almost over and he will soon be allowed to return home.

But then an old acquaintance unexpectedly arrives with news that changes everything. Cal’s father, the king, has been assassinated.

Suddenly the outcome of the war and the very fate of the kingdom depend upon Cal being able to reach the capital where he will take his father’s place.

With only his crafty best friend by his side and an escaped centaur slave to guide him, can Cal make it through an enchanted, hostile wilderness, past the assassins sent to kill him, and back to the capital before it’s too late?

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Book Spotlight: Ennara and the Book of Shadows by Angela Myron

Ennara and the Book of Shadows

Today we’re featuring the middle grade fantasy book Ennara and the Book of Shadows by author Angela Myron. I hate that I can’t do any review tours because I’m a big reading and blogging delinquent, but at least I can help out by putting the spotlight on these interesting books!

Read more about Ennarra and the Book of Shadows and check out the cool prizes — including dragon earcuffs!! — that the author is giving away as part of the tour! The giveaway is open to anyone in the world.

About the book

When strange accidents start happening around thirteen year-old necromancer Ennara and her friends, she must search for the mysterious stolen artifacts causing the attacks while learning the highest form of magic–the spells that could prevent the fruition of a terrible prophecy.

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