New to Me – June Voting

In 2018 I had the idea to have readers and friends read my favorite books from years past. I had 20+ amazing people sign up and read some of my all-time favorite books. They took the time out of their busy lives and reading schedules and read books I love and shared what they thought on my blog. It was a lot of fun and I got to see some new takes on old favorites. It actually was a fun experience. If you are interested in the reviews HERE.

This year I decided to give back in a way and asked everyone that signed up to tell me their favorite book (that I have not read) because in 2019 it is time to do NEW TO ME.

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Last month I had you all vote on what I should read. The most ever, 34 of you, voted. Three books were in a very tight race. For a while, I thought one was going to win but at the last minute, a darkhorse crossed the finish line first. My May New to Me book:

 

Now it is your time to vote again and pick the book I will read in June. You have until 5/24/19 to get your vote in and tell me what book I should read next!

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New to Me – May Voting

In 2018 I had the idea to have readers and friends read my favorite books from years past. I had 20+ amazing people sign up and read some of my all-time favorite books. They took the time out of their busy lives and reading schedules and read books I love and shared what they thought on my blog. It was a lot of fun and I got to see some new takes on old favorites. It actually was a fun experience. If you are interested in the reviews HERE.

This year I decided to give back in a way and asked everyone that signed up to tell me their favorite book (that I have not read) because in 2019 it is time to do NEW TO ME.

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Last month I had you all vote on what I should read. 24 of you voted. And an overwhelming 37.5% has decided I will read:

 

Now it is your time to vote again and pick the book I will read in May. You have until 4/25/19 to get your vote in and tell me what book I should read next!

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New to Me – Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

In 2018 I had the idea to have readers and friends read my favorite books from years past. I had 20+ amazing people sign up and read some of my all-time favorite books. They took the time out of their busy lives and reading schedules and read books I love and shared what they thought on my blog. It was a lot of fun and I got to see some new takes on old favorites. It actually was a fun experience. If you are interested in the reviews HERE.

This year I decided to give back in a way and asked everyone that signed up to tell me their favorite book (that I have not read) because in 2019 it is time to do NEW TO ME.

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I knew going into this feature there may be books that weren’t for me. I was hopeful it wouldn’t happen, but not delusional. If we all loved the same things and didn’t have different tastes the world would be a dull place.

That being said I was really disappointed when it was almost 2 weeks in and I had only gotten through 83 pages of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Honestly you guys, I tried. I gave it my all, but we just didn’t click. From what I read the imagery was stunning and the characters were there but I just wasn’t invested enough to want to read more and jump into that world. And you know what? That’s okay. It doesn’t mean I’m a bad book nerd, it just means I have 678 books on my TBR and I don’t need to waste my reading time on something that isn’t bringing me happiness at that point in time. It’s okay to put it aside and maybe pick it up again, or maybe not.

In my years of keeping track of my reading, I have quit 22 books, all for varying reasons and at varying points in the story. Some of those books have 4 plus star ratings on Goodreads. Just because a book isn’t for me doesn’t mean it isn’t for everyone else. As a reader, we have to remember that and know it is okay to let go and move on. Daughter of Smoke and Bone wasn’t for me, but it was for others, and here is why they loved it:

There are countless of other reviews out there on Goodreads so make sure you check them all out.

New to Me – Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Published: September 27, 2011
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Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

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And there you have it, March’s book selection for New to Me. Sorry I couldn’t do better, but I can only be me.

 

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New to Me – April Voting

In 2018 I had the idea to have readers and friends read my favorite books from years past. I had 20+ amazing people sign up and read some of my all time favorite books. They took the time out of their busy lives and reading schedules and read books I love and shared what they thought on my blog. It was a lot of fun and I got to see some new takes on old favorites. It actually was a fun experience. If you are interested in the reviews HERE.

This year I decided to give back in away and asked everyone that signed up to tell me their favorite book (that I have not read) because in 2019 it is time to do NEW TO ME.

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Last month I had you all vote on what I should read. 25 of you voted. This was the closest vote yet with one book getting 8 votes and one getting 7. The winner for March is:

 

Now it is your time to vote again and pick the book I will read in April. You have until 3/25/19 to get your vote in and tell me what book I should read next!

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New to Me – Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

In 2018 I had the idea to have readers and friends read my favorite books from years past. I had 20+ amazing people sign up and read some of my all-time favorite books. They took the time out of their busy lives and reading schedules and read books I love and shared what they thought on my blog. It was a lot of fun and I got to see some new takes on old favorites. It actually was a fun experience. If you are interested in the reviews HERE.

This year I decided to give back in a way and asked everyone that signed up to tell me their favorite book (that I have not read) because in 2019 it is time to do NEW TO ME.

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New to Me – Vampire Academy by Richelle MeadVampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Published by Razorbill
Published: August 16, 2007
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Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies . . .

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires - the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .

Before I get into my review for Vampire Academy I think it is only fair I let my readers know that I am not a lover of vampire books. They have never appealed to me and probably never will. I have never read Twilight or any of the other vampire books people love, but you voted for me to read Vampire Academy so I gave it a shot. I won’t say I hated it, but I didn’t really enjoy myself reading it either. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a struggle to pick up, it just wasn’t my thing so I will keep this review brief.

What I liked was Rose. She was the one character that I did enjoy. She was fierce and tough but she had a soft, protective side to her. She was a friend that more girls in YA books need, the one that always has your back. I also really loved her snark and her relationship with Dimitri. There was something about the two of them that I enjoyed more than I expected to. They worked and brought something more to the table. Now Lissa on the other hand…I was not a fan of her. To me, she was a coddled, spoiled, rich kid and I couldn’t move past that. She did what she wanted on her terms and then wanted others to fix things for her. She really bugged me and I thought she took advantage of what a good friend Rose was to her.

Like I said, this book wasn’t painful for me to read. I enjoyed it enough and got through it at a fairly quick pace. It just wasn’t the book for me. I can see what people would love about it and why they would continue on to read the 7 (or is it 9) other books. I am just not that person.

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And there you have it, February’s book selection for New to Me. Not a home run but not a swing and a miss either.

 

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