Saturday, May 5, 2012

My Life, My Books - April

My Life, My Books is a new feature here at One A Day Y.A. where I share everything (Y.A. and) bookish that has been happening in my life in the past month whether that be on the blog, getting new books, watching tv and movies or anything else related to books and literature.

As a side note: I will no longer be participating in the "In My Mailbox" meme or any alternative as these monthly posts will include similar content. I hope you enjoy reading these and please feel free to comment about your own bookish experience this month.

Let's get started!!!

My favourite read was

Shiver by Maggie Steifvater *****

My review is here. You can also find it on Goodreads and Amazon.

A Close Second

Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield ****

My review is here. You can also find it on Goodreads and Amazon.

I read and reviewed

Jaguar Sun by Martha Bourke  ***
Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield ****
a BAD BOY can be GOOD for a GIRL by Tanya Lee Smith  ***
Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay ****

 I also reviewed

First Day on Earth by Cecil Castelucci  ***
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott  ****
Far From You by Lisa Schroeder  ****

I read but did not review

Crashing Eden by Michael Sussman ***
The Initiation and the Captive Pt I (The Secret Circle #1 and #2, Pt I) by L.J. Smith ***
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater *****
The Weight of the Sky by Lisa Ann Sandell ***
Free Four by Veronica Roth (short story) ****

Most excited about

Favourite Cover

And here's a list of more books that came my way this month:

Listed in alphabetical order and linked to Goodreads
(One time side note: I have put a * next to the books I mentioned previously in my IMM posts)

A Season of Eden by Jennifer Laurens (free Kindle download)*
Beneath a Meth Moon by Jaqueline Woodson (library) *
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally  (library)  *
Crashing Eden by Michael Sussman (for review) *
Don't Fear the Reaper by Michelle Muto (for review)*
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (bought)
Getting Somewhere by Beth Neff (for review + giveaway)*
The Green by Karly Kirkpatrick (for review)*
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (bought)*
Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay (library)*
Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens (free Kindle download)*
Possession by Elana Johnson  (library)*
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (bought)
Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahreh Mafi (audiobook - bought)*
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (bought)*
Stained by Ella James (free Kindle download) *
The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland (for review)*
Soul Thief by Aileen Pettigrew (for review) *
Surrender by Elana Johnson (for review)*
Wicked Girls byStephanie Hemphill (library) *
Zombies vs. Unicorns by Various authors (bought)

I realise now that acquiring 23 books in one month seems a tad much when I only read one every 2-3 days. My goal for May is to Keep Calm and Get Less Books (and read more from the ones I already have).

I went to see

 The Hunger Games 
(The Hunger Games #1 by Suzanne Collins)

One of my favourite scenes:

 Image credit to

Then I watched That Guy With the Glasses review (the second video) which made me understand it a lot better (and for the curious: yes I did like it!).

I learned via Book Labyrinth that

The Selection 
(The Selection #1 by Kiera Cass)

will be turned into a TV show by one of my favourite networks, The CW. I don't know if I'll be watching it or not.

I missed both episodes of

The Secret Circle 
(The Secret Circle by L.J. Smith) 

and will be catching up on them in May.

Are you watching a tv show that is based off a book? Don't forget to vote for the book on my Goodreads listopia list: Books that are also tv shows

I had some great authors on this month including

(author of Cinder)

(author of Jaguar Sun)


 (author of Incarnate)

There were some fun extras I posted like Kevin McGill's book launch into space and the Free Four short story from Veronica Roth

I hosted a giveaway/challenge for National Poetry Month but didn't get any entries. In hindsight, that's my fault for not promoting this more than I did. I have a lot of author giveaways in May so I wont be hosting anything new until at least June.

For the Award Winning Reads Challenge, I wrote a guest post for The Reading Housewives of Indiana. Since it was National Poetry Month I focused on the Newbery poets and gave you my Top 5 Reasons for Reading Poetry

I tried my hand at creating a book cover for the Fairy Tale Fortnight Create-a-cover challenge. I chose Beauty and the Beast and I like how it turned out, however, I am blown away by everyone else's entries.

I also co-hosted my very first giveaway hop: The Showers of Books Giveaway Hop (now over). Thank you so much to Kathy from I Am a Reader, Not a Writer for inviting me, to everyone who participated and hosted a giveaway on their blog, and to all my new readers/followers!

I learned that Rhiannon Paille will be at Polaris in Toronto (June 7-9) (Thanks Rhiannon for letting me know about it!). I am still not sure if I will be going. Right now it's all up to my husband. He is the huge Star Trek fan and since that seems to be the primary focus...Toronto is a bit of a drive (although not a huge stretch but he's the driver in the family, not me). I really want to meet Rhiannon though and any other fantasy/sci-fi authors that are taking part and as of now I am crossing my fingers!

I went to my public library 3 times and I also went to the bookstore twice (if you count the book department in Value Village as one) and had fun looking through the stacks.

I also read way too much about book blogging (and some particular bloggers) and hope that my curiosity has died down and I can move head's time to pick up the pieces!

I hope everyone had a lovely month!

Remember to leave a comment. I'd love to hear from you :)


  1. Oh wow...Awesome post!

    The books looks really good, especially Witchstruck:)

    The hunger games was amazing wasn't it???? :)

    Is the secret circle still really good?? I kinda stopped watching it after Jake went, but then i heard he came back and got with Faye which made me not want to watch it even more:)

    1. Aww...thanks :D

      The Hunger Games was so much different than I expected but in a really good way. The actress who played Katniss was amazing!

      The Secret Circle is still really good. Jake did come back and he and Faye had a moment but that was it. It was only in one episode. I don't even remember why... This show has a lot of things happening in it though.

  2. What a busy month you've had! Hopping thru on STS. Happy Reading! Come see what I got at Gimme's Goodies