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A Reader of Fictions: May: Month in Review & Box Giveaway

A Reader of Fictions

Book Reviews for Just About Every Kind of Book

Monday, June 3, 2013

May: Month in Review & Box Giveaway

I'm back from BEA! What you can expect:
  • The triumphant return of Cover Snark
  • A post about what I learned at BEA 2013
  • A series of book haul vlogs for the books once my shipments arrive (hopefully all safe and sound, otherwise you shall hear of my tears).
Books Reviewed in May
This is the first month of less reviews posted and my new rating scheme in action. Woo. I forgot to post a couple of times while I was at BEA, due to lack of interwebs and reading time, but regularity will be back. Thanks for sticking with me!

5 Star:
Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) - Brandon Sanderson

4.5 Star:
Losing It (Losing It #1) - Cora Carmack
Better Nate Than Ever - Tim Federle
The Boyfriend App - Katie Sise

4 Star:
Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) - Susan Ee
The Planet Thieves - Dan Krokos

3.5 Star:
Tatiana and Alexander (Tatiana and Alexander #2) - Paullina Simons
The Perfume Collector - Kathleen Tessaro
The Ability (The Ability #1) - M.M. Vaughan

3 Star:
The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate
Heart of Glass (Cross My Heart #2) - Sasha Gould
The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #1) - Julie Kagawa
Sight Reading - Daphne Kalotay
The Sword Dancer - Jeannie Lin
The End Games - T. Michael Martin
Reboot (Reboot #1) - Amy Tintera
The Collector (Dante Walker #1) - Victoria Scott
When You Were Here - Daisy Whitney

2.5 Star:
Maya's Notebook - Isabel Allende
The Ward (The Ward #1) - Jordana Frankel

2 Star:
Invisibility - Andrea Cremer & David Levithan

.5 Star:
Sky on Fire (Monument 14 #2) - Emmy Laybourne

Other Pop Culture in May

Happy Endings, season 1
This is one of the favorite shows of a very dear friend, so I've been dying to try Happy Endings for ages. The first season is funny, but not as much of a hit with me as I'd been hoping. My problem is that, though I find the basic premise and the dialog amusing, most of the characters seriously annoy me. Oh well, on the plus side, I don't have to spend money to acquire more seasons, since this isn't on Netflix. Glad I was able to borrow season one and check the show out, but I'll be okay if I don't get more.

Arrested Development, season 1
I'm refreshing myself before I watch the new season, though I won't get all the way through beforehand. This show is fabulous. Watch it if you haven't!

Monthly Box Giveaway
This giveaway is open to US readers only, as I will be shipping the books myself and cannot afford international postage. You can enter to win your choice of any or all of the following books:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Blogger Kat said...

Ah now I know why it's been so quiet the last week ;)

I hope all your books arrive safely *sends evil thoughts to abusive mailmen*

Welcome back!

June 3, 2013 at 2:12 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...


June 3, 2013 at 2:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If ONLY this went to Canada! :'(

June 3, 2013 at 3:08 AM  
Blogger Ellis said...

YAY! The triumphant return of Cover Snark. Dum dum duuum. Ha, also all the feels for seeing Mistborn unparalleled in the five-star spot. I'm pretty obsessed by now.

June 3, 2013 at 4:26 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yup, it's been quiet because I've been gone. Otherwise, there's no way to shut me up. :-p

June 3, 2013 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Sorry. Shipping to Canada is 3-5 times more expensive than shipping in the US, but I do have international giveaways for my favorite reads, so check back for those.

June 3, 2013 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha, Mistborn was the best. I think I'll be reading the second in the next week or two. HOLLA.

June 3, 2013 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oh! I'm looking forward to cover snark and the book haul vids!

June 3, 2013 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Awesome. I hope all of my books arrive so I can DO the book haul vids. I am SO nervous.

June 3, 2013 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Can't wait for cover snark!! And OMG your BEA book hauls!! *jumps up and down with excitement* And regularity is always a good thing. I hate it when I'm irregular *giggles* Love your face!! Glad that you are back. :)

June 3, 2013 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews said...

You have no idea how ridiculously excited I am for your BEA book haul videos haha.

June 3, 2013 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I'm glad to be back. Or I will be when my books get here. I am SO SCARED.

June 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Me too, because that will mean my books are safe and with me!

June 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Ellis said...

If that becomes a solid plan: read-a-long?

June 3, 2013 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oh, it's happening. When exactly I read it is the question. I'll try to remember to tweet you!

June 3, 2013 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Ellis said...

Even if you forget, I'll see on GR or Twitter so I can still hop on :D.

June 3, 2013 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Welcome back! I hope your books arrive safely! I've been wondering why almost everyone ships their books though? Is it so you don't have a check in your luggage? I'm just curious since I hope to go to BEA next year.

June 3, 2013 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

That's a great box of books! I still need to get a hardcopy of the new Katie McGarry book. Of course, I need to actually read it too. Eeepp!

June 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hope you had a fantastic time!! Very excited to see what goodies you snagged...and cover snark. I've been missing the Cover Snark. :D

June 3, 2013 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Me toooo. Yeah, it's because I'd have to check luggage both ways and then lug it around the city with me. The latter is the biggest deterrent. I was there for a week and did a lot of moving around.

June 3, 2013 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I'm sure they will arrive safely. If not, I will kick some ass for you!! :)

June 3, 2013 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Anita Yancey said...

All of these book look great. I would love to read any or all of them. Thanks for having this great giveaway.

June 3, 2013 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha, I have a hard copy of Dare You To in my first BEA box if it arrives safely. *hopes*

June 3, 2013 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Cover Snark will be back Thursday!

June 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Ems said...

Hope your BEA books get to you safe and sound! I can't wait to read about your experience!

June 3, 2013 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Oh, okay. Thanks! That definitely make sense. I was talking to my mom about saving up to go next year, and she said she'd ship the books back home too instead of dragging around a heavy bag and having to check it.

June 3, 2013 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Kayla Beck said...

Yay! I'm so glad you're back. My past two Thursdays have been awful without you. ;-)

June 3, 2013 at 2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even though it's going to make me infinitely jealous, I'm looking forward to that BEA post. And your book haul video. And more cover snark. :) Ugh, I always get this paranoid feeling when I know I have books in the mail. They almost always arrive safely, though, and I'm sure yours will, too.

June 3, 2013 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Lilian said...

WELCOME BACK! *throws rainbow confetti*
80% of why I'm entering this giveaway is for INVISIBILITY. Because I need to know how his invisibility mechanics works. And if he has to walk around naked. It's the puzzle of my life.

Also looking forward to your BEA haul (I have a feeling the BEA hauls will be filling up my subscriptions this next week or so,) so I can find out what are the "hot" books coming out. =)

Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

June 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

You know how much I missed Cover Snark but am glad you had such a great time at BEA. Can't wait to see all your vlogs about your haul. Those of us that weren't able to go are living through those of you were able to! Thanks for the chance to win such a great box of books...I'd freak if I won!

June 3, 2013 at 5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YAY Cover Snark! :)

Sorry to hear about the shipping fiasco! Hope all the others arrive safely.

June 3, 2013 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Go get ready to kick some ass, Amy.

June 4, 2013 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Um, yeah, well, I'm going to advise dragging the bag at this point, since a bunch of my books didn't arrive.

June 4, 2013 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Thanks for hoping, but there was not enough hope in the world. I can only imagine what they'll have done to box three.

June 4, 2013 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Nope, this time my paranoia was right on point. Several books did not arrive at all. So yeah. I'm undecided on whether I'll do a video at this point. We'll see.

June 4, 2013 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Blehhhh, that book. You will hate it, and your review will make me laugh.

Not sure if I'm going to do a BEA haul anymore since I'm so sad/angry about a bunch of books not making it.

June 4, 2013 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Well, I can probably make them without sounding braggy now since one of my boxes got totally destroyed. :(

June 4, 2013 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

No one's sorrier than I am. :((((

June 4, 2013 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Ashley @ The Bibliophile's Corner said...

What a month! I can't wait to see what you got from BEA!

June 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Lilian said...

That actually made me want to squeeze it into my reading schedule a lot sooner...*curious* I can be such a masochist with reading.

Oh no!! What happened? I see something about a destroyed box in your tweets...so somebody destroyed your box? O_O

June 5, 2013 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Dorky Girl said...

I am so excited for my new books Thank You so much for this awesome giveaway!

- Vampi

June 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM  

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