{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Mania by J.R. Johansson

Friday, July 3, 2015

Five days from now, MANIA will be out in the world, and today, I'm reviewing the finale to this amazing series. And giving you a chance to win the whole trilogy. In paperback. YES, Jenn and I are giving away the whole trilogy to one lucky winner from wherever in the world! Trust me, binging this series is all you'd ever want without you knowing!

Mania (The Night Walkers, #3)
Title: Mania (The Night Walkers #3)
Author: J.R. Johansson
Publisher: Flux
Date of Publication: July 8, 2015

Jack and his half-brother Parker have no time to mourn the loss of their father, Daniel Chipp. With an attack by the body-stealing Takers imminent, the pair must put aside their grief and track down the ingredients of Daniel’s formula—one that will rein in the power-hungry Takers—to keep their family and friends out of danger.

Their only hope lies in a puzzle their father left behind, a riddle where each brother unknowingly possesses a piece of the solution. The puzzle sets them on a deadly path, spiraling between reality and the world of dreams where nothing and no one can be trusted entirely. And when Parker finds himself deep in the fray between the Takers and the other Night Walkers, it’s up to Jack to complete the formula and save his brother’s life.

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The Dilemma, The Goal, and The Plan

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Since I started Oops! I Read A Book Again in October 2012, I amassed more than 634 physical books. That's more than 200 books a year, which is crazy. My shelf now houses these books, which is unbelievable as I don't see my shelf and see 634 books. I AM IN DENIAL. 

Out of these, 299 were purchased, 221 were received for review, 68 were won, and 46 were gifted. Out of these 634 books, I've only read 113. I KNOW. SHAME. Blame it on Adrien bb the Kindle. (*to the tune of Blame it on the Alcohol*) That leaves 521 unread books. *cries*

The Dilemma

If everything goes to plan, I will be graduating this June 2017 with my Master's degree. And by fall of 2017, I should be in another continent to get my PhD or maybe another MS, I DON'T KNOW YET. I have two years left here in the Philippines and of course, I cannot take all my books with me. I don't even know how long I will be away, I want to get postdocs too. So it begs the question: HOW DO I FREAKING READ 521 BOOKS IN TWO YEARS?

Thus, I have thought long and hard how to solve this. But let's be real, I cannot possibly read 521 books in two years. I read a hundred books in a good year and the upcoming two years wouldn't be good years because I have work and a thesis to do. And scientific manuscripts to write and get published. I just realized the similarities of my plight with authors. I have a day job, research to do, manuscripts to write, and books to read. Oh, and I have a blog! I've been thinking that I will haul a hundred books a year to wherever continent I'll end up and that might really happen. With that, I'll have books to read and I won't buy a lot since I will not exactly be earning while I slave away on a scholarship for my PhD degree. I'll be done with my physical books by the time I get my MS and/or PhD and/or postdoc (in 4 years? 5? 7? I DON'T KNOW).

The Goal

Make a significant dent in my unread books and that is 200 physical books in two years. Physical books that are FOR REVIEW.

The Plan

  • I will only read two ebooks a month. Sorry for all the e-ARCs but I will get to you surely before I get a neurodegenerative disease. I will make sure of it.
  • I will only buy books for signings. Beyond that, nothing. Nada. Zilch. I've lasted for five months so surely I can last for two years, right? WHO AM I KIDDING??? But I will definitely try, I can't exactly keep on buying books. I'll be like Sisyphus.
  • I need to read 9 physical for review books a month. I can only read ebooks (in excess of the two) if I've read my minimum of 9 books. I can only read *ME* physical books when I've read the target of nine.
  • I will now sell my books. I just realized how futile my collecting is. And give away ARCs of books I've read but can part with.
  • I will chronicle the status of The Plan in my monthly recaps. If you're interested in seeing how I'm doing or what I'm reading, I will be using #ThePlan2017 on Twitter.
  • Additions to The Plan might crop up as I think of more activities that will help further my objective.
  • The Plan is effective starting July 1, 2015 and ends June 30, 2017.

GOOD LUCK TO ME! Please keep me accountable and help me in this endeavor! Your encouragements would be lovely and appreciated!

Stacking the Shelves (48) + June Recap

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

For Review

*signed* Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (ARC)
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Last Thirteen by James Phelan

Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor, and Robyn Schneider are going to the Philippines! #KMRinPH

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bookish Filipinos! Here's another chance to meet me fabulous authors! Katie Cotugno (SHIVER ME TIMBERS), Melissa Kantor, and Robyn Schneider are all coming here in the Philippines this weekend!

Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor and Robyn Schneider Book Signing Tour

When: July 4, 2015, 2 p.m.
Where: Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu

When: July 5, 2015, 2 p.m.
Where: Grand Atrium, Shangri-la Plaza

Registration starts at 10 a.m. for both events.

Join bestselling authors Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor, and Robyn Schneider for book signing events on July 4 at 2 p.m. in the Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu, and on July 5 at 2 p.m. in the Grand Atrium, Shangri-la Plaza. Registration starts at 10 a.m. for both events. The events are made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati, Shangri-la Plaza, SM City Cebu, Metro magazine, Chalk magazine, and Sweep. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for more details. Tag #KMRinPH to join the discussion.

For more information on their latest books and the event, read on!

Book Spine Poetry Sunday (8)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

On rare Sundays, I will be posting book spine poems because I love poems and I love books and I think book spine poetry is awesome. Thank you to Charlie of Letter Trails for the feature photo!

Dark Places
Dead Silent
The Madness

You can follow me on Instagram at oopsireadabookagain for more bookish photos (with low resolution and bad lighting HAHA)!

Want to change some titles on my poem? Go comment your own version below! Just have at least one of those books in yours. Have your own book spine poem? Share them! Looking forward to seeing them!

Blog Tour Invite: Overboard by Elizabeth Fama

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Elizabeth Fama is re-releasing her 2002 book with a new cover and I will pimp the heck out of this one because I love her books! I hope you'll join us for Overboard's blog tour this August 3 to 7!

Title: Overboard
Author: Elizabeth Fama
Date of Publication: June 9, 2015

She swam up for what seemed like an eternity, with her chest so achingly empty it felt as if it had collapsed, seeing only white bubbles in front of her face until she broke the surface.

One moment of rashness, and fourteen-year-old Emily Slake finds herself amid hundreds of panicked and drowning people in the dark ocean waters off Sumatra. Miles from shore without a life vest, she resolves to survive. But in facing the dangers of the ocean, the desperation of her fellow survivors, and her own growing exhaustion, Emily must summon wits and endurance she's not sure she has.

Striking out on her own, Emily encounters Isman, a frightened young Muslim boy, floating in a life vest. Together they swim for their lives, relying on Emily's physical strength and Isman's quiet faith.

Based on a true story, Overboard is both a riveting tale of survival and a sensitive portrayal of cross-cultural understanding in a time of crisis.

This is what Beth has to say about the book:
The book skews a little younger than most YA, even though Cricket Books marketed it as YA. The main characters are a 14-year-old American girl and a 9-year-old Indonesian Muslim boy. It's in a kind of nice niche, actually: quite readable for say, bright 10- or 11-year-olds, but also a quick read for teens, if they're in the mood for survival, cross-cultural friendship, and no romance. There's of course death and drowning in the book, which may be why Cricket called it YA, but by movie standards it's PG.

Tour Details

1. August 3 - 7, 2015
2. Physical and electronic review copies are available.
3. Reviews and excerpts
4. Multi-stop tour

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