Friday, March 25, 2011
My name is Elise. I was born and raised in sunny California (well almost always sunny). I started this book review blog, Bookish Delights, back in May 2010 and can't believe my blogoversary is almost coming up! The time flew by so fast, but I've had such a great time blogging and visiting other book blogs and making new friends! The whole book blogging world was new to me until the beginning of last summer, when I happened to stumble upon some book blogs by chance because I was looking up book reviews online. I am glad I did because it inspired me to create my own book review blog and have book giveaways of my own.
Ever since I was little, I have always loved to read. But if you asked where my love for reading stemmed from, I wouldn't be able to tell you. My parents never read me bedtime stories when I was little and none of my family members or friends liked to read (which is why I'm so glad I can share my love for reading with you all!). I just loved the way that books transported me to another place, another world that was so much cooler than my own. I remember when I was really young, my family would drive thru this local fast food place (the name eludes me) and I would get the kids meal. The kids meal prize was surprisingly a children's book, which I thought was the greatest thing. I ended up collecting every book. So while all of my siblings opted for the toys being given away with the happy meals at McDonalds, I opted for the other place.
I wouldn't be able to name my favorite books, since I can't choose a top five, but I love to read a wide range of genres, such as historical fiction, paranormal romance, fantasy/urban fantasy, contemporary fiction, and realistic fiction. I read primarily YA books, but I read Adult Fiction from time to time. Surprisingly, I am probably one of the few people on Earth who has not yet read the Harry Potter Series, Twilight, or The Mortal Instuments Series!!! But I will make an effort to read The Mortal Instuments Series sometime this year. I've heard it's amazing. Despite loving to read, I am actually more of an ourdoorsy kind of person. I also love listening to alternative/rock music and eating anything chocolate. Yum!
Here are a few quick bookish preferences of mine:
Book vs. Movie Adaptation? Book!
Hero vs. Heroine? Heroine!
Fiction vs. Non-Fiction? Fiction!
Standalone book vs. Series? Series - way more fun!
Physical Book vs. e-book? Physical Book!
Established Author vs. Debut Author? Both! Can't choose :-)
Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation? The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
I have also recently acquired some new book reviewers for Bookish Delights. Over the past few days, they have been introducing themselves though posts, so feel free to check those out if you want to learn more about the reviewers on this blog. The reviewers aside from myself include Brynne, Roshini, Hilary, Emily, Hope, Colleen, and Sarah. We will be reviewing primarily YA books, but will also review Adult Fiction every once in a while. There will be lots of upcoming reviews, so be sure to drop by the blog again. Thanks for visiting!!!
I also have a goodreads account: Elise (Bookish Delights)
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I am I GIANT nerd when it comes to The Hunger Games! I could rant on and on for hours about it but I don't want to bore you all! I also love the Twilight series, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, and thousands of others!
Some of my favorite things to do are play my clarinet and my trumpet, read (duh!), ride my horses, and play volleyball.
Music wise, I love Coldplay and The Beatles! I also love my country and classical music. So really there's a little bit of everything in there really. ;)
TV... Well I love LOST even though it isn't on anymore. And I enjoy NCIS, Glee, and Modern Family. I'm obbsesive over LOST though.
So thats just about it for me! Bye!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Author of the Book: Cameron Stracher
Published January 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
Recommended Ages: 12 and up
Type: Young Adult Fiction
Page Count: 240 Pages
Welcome to a future where water is more precious than gold or oil-and worth killing for
Vera and her brother, Will, live in the shadow of the Great Panic, in a country that has collapsed from environmental catastrophe. Water is hoarded by governments, rivers are dammed, and clouds are sucked from the sky. But then Vera befr
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I'm another reviewer on Bookish Delights. Since we're all introducing ourselves, I figured I would let you guys know a little bit more about me as well! :)
My name is Hilary, and I live in Georgia. I lived in Florida for the majority of my life, and then moved up here. It was definitely weird to see all the different seasons! Haha! I have a 6 month old son, and I work from home. I've been reading for as long as I can remember. My mom taught me to love books when I was younger and I've loved them ever since. I read the end of books before I decide if I want to read them or not. I mean who wants to read a book with a crappy ending? The only exception I make to this rule is with series. I don't read the end of the next book (although I did read the end of Harry Potter 7 when I got it at the midnight release! :P) I have my own blog (Where You Go From Here) but I don't update it that often. :P Just something I do for fun.
Here are some fun facts about me!
1. Some of my favorite books are(not in any particular order. If you haven't heard of these, i'll have them listed at the bottom, you can go to their amazon page!):
2. Favorite movie of all time: When Harry Met Sally
3. Favorite TV show of all time: How I Met Your Mother
5. Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate. Always. :D
6. Coke or Pepsi?
Pepsi. I love it with pizza.
7. What are three things(not people) you can't live without?
My cell phone. My Chrome OS. My car.
8. What do you do to relax and get rid of the stress of life?
I stay up late and listen to music that gets me going. Which probably isn't the smartest thing to do... haha because then I feel horribly tired the next day, but I LOVE rocking out to music. :D
I look forward to getting to know all of your guys! What are some of your favorite book series? What are your answers to the questions I answered? I'd love to hear from you! I'm always looking for more books to read!
I hope to meet some of you!
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Riding in Cars with Boys by Beverly Donofio
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Monday, March 21, 2011
Author: Ellen Schreiber
Release Date: December 28, 2010
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Finished Reading: 3/2/2011
Celeste Parker is used to hearing scary stories about werewolves—Legend's Run is famous for them. She's used to everything in the small town until Brandon Maddox moves to Legend's Run and Celeste finds herself immediately drawn to the handsome new student. But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover whether his transformation is more than legend or just a trick of the shadows in the moonlight.
Her best friends may never forgive her if she gives up her perfect boyfriend, Nash, for Brandon, who's from the wrong side of town. But she can't deny her attraction or the strong pull he has on her. Brandon may be Celeste's hero, or he may be the most dangerous creature she could encounter in the woods of Legend's Run.
Psychic predictions, generations-old secrets, a town divided, and the possibility of falling in love with a hot and heroic werewolf are the perfect formula for what happens . . . once in a full moon.
In a Sentence: A simple love story.
Review: While I enjoyed the story overall, I found some of the descriptions of Brandon to be cheesy. The other characters should have been fleshed out more as I felt that they were more props than characters. Parts of the story felt very rushed, while others seemed to drag on and could have probably been removed. I found the end to be abrupt and unsatisfying. The ending makes it seem as if a sequel is in the works, but still leaves the reader with a sense of unfinished business. This book will probably be enjoyed most by younger individuals or someone simply looking for a quick afternoon read.
RATING: 3 Stars
Cover: The cover is eye catching, but I think it should have focused on Brandon instead of Celeste.
First, my name is Emily. Now, a little bit about myself. I received my Bachelor's degrees in History, Political Science and Telecommunications with a News Option from Ball State University in 2005. In 2007, I received my Master's degree from Indiana University in Bloomington in Library Science. I have been a freelance editor for over 5 years and specialize in e-books, college research papers, dissertations, theses, poetry and fiction and non-fiction books. For the past five years, I have worked as a freelance researcher and, since October of 2008, I have been employed as a professional researcher.
In my spare time, I love to read, play with my dog and spend time with my fiancee and soon-to-be stepson. I am getting married at the end of April, 2011.
I love all types of books, but my favorites are ones that involve time travel or paranormal romances.
I also post reviews on LibraryThing, Goodreads, RandomBuzzers and Amazon.
I hope that you enjoy my reviews and I look forward to getting to know our subscribers!!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
It makes me want to cry!
Books that have been Released:
Um...just saying...I have absolutely no idea why I decided to post this up.
I guess I've gone crazy trying to wait for The City of Fallen Angels! :)
Evernight By Claudia Gray
Mortal Instruments Series By Cassandra Clare
Maximum Ride Series By James Patterson
Mediator Series By Meg Cabot
Evermore By Alyson Noel
The Wolves of Mercy Falls By Maggie Stiefvater
Tiger Saga By Colleen Houck
Wither By Lauren DeStefano
Favorite Movies(Just saying, some of these movies are foreign movies that include movies from India)
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na ( My number 1 favorite movie!!!)
3 Idiots (Yes, that is what it is called)
Titanic....Never can stop crying....
Favorite Ad...don't judge...
I really have no idea why I like it.....
Any shade of Blue!
My mom's Indian dishes in general but particularly Biryani.
You can contact me by just emailing Elise at bookishdelightsblog(at)gmail(dot)com
My Goodreads account:
my read shelf:
I really look forward to being one of the team members of this blog! I also want to thank Elise for letting me join her blog! I still think she needs more reviewers, so try to consider joining Bookish Delights!
Friday, March 18, 2011