Claire’s TBR Shortlist | Countdown Until Scribd Changes Policy

I have had a subscription to Scribd for about 10 months, and in that time Scribd’s borrowing policy has changed from unlimited ebooks and audiobooks to unlimited ebooks and 1 audiobook per month to 3 ebooks and 1 audiobook per month (with unlimited access to certain ebooks/audiobooks). This latter change is going to be enacted sometime this month. While I completely understand from a business perspective that these changes are necessary to run a profitable and sustainable service, I can’t deny that I’m disappointed to be losing access to such a wide array of ebooks. So, in preparation of this change (and in light of the fact that finals are finally over), I am going to attempt to read as many Scribd ebooks as possible before the policy change occurs. Since I don’t know exactly when this is happening, I have no idea how many of these I’ll actually get through.

My Scribd TBR shortlist, vaguely in order of priority, consists of the following:

  1. God’s War by Kameron Hurley (oh man I read the first page of this one and I can already tell it’s going to be incredible.)
  2. Lumberjanes by Stevenson, Ellis, Waters, Watters, Allen
  3. The Man in High Castle by Philip K Dick
  4. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
  5. Losing It by Cora Carmack
  6. The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
  7. The Child Thief by Brom
  8. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
  9. After the End by Amy Plum
  10. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Is it likely that I’ll be able to get through all these books before time runs out? Probably not. But, I will be spending a not-insignificant amount of time in airports soon, so I think there’s a good chance I could get through a few of them. Hopefully, some of these will be part of the unlimited selection Scribd will offer!

Happy reading,

Claire

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The News | March 2016

Welcome to The News, were we discuss the new releases this month that we’re most excited about! Let’s get to it!

Lila

25494343Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (March 8, 2016)

This is probably my #1 most anticipated March release. It’s been a long time in the making, but we’re finally getting a new series in The Shadowhunter ChroniclesLady Midnight is the first book in The Dark Artifices, the sequel series to The Mortal Instruments, and follows Emma Carstairs and the Blackthorn family. We’ve been getting a ton of hints and clues from Cassie and finally the finished work will be released!

Into The Dim by Janet V. Taylor (March 1, 2016)

This is being pitched as the YA Outlander, and while I haven’t read Outlander (yet), even I know that means it’s bound to be good! In this book, Hope, our MC, travels back in time to save her mother, who is lost in time. Sounds fun!

24934065.jpgRebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (March 8, 2016)

This is supposed to be YA meets Western meets the Midle East. Djinn, handsome strangers, and spunky female gunslingers! This novel sounds s incredible and I’ve hear nothing but good things about it!

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (March 29, 2016)

Probably my second most anticipated release of the month! We left our MCs, Kestrel and Arin at such heart-wrenching cliffhangers. I need the conclusion–now.

9780062412362.jpgBurning Glass by Kathryn Purdie (March 1, 2016)

I’ve heard mixed reviews about this one, so I’m cautious. Even still, the premise intrigues me. It’s about a girl who can sense other’s emotions and the power struggle that ensues when people try to control her.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (March 1, 2016)

I adore Sherlock Holmes so of course I want to read this modern day retelling of sorts–especially as Sherlock is now a girl, Charlotte! This looks all sorts of good!

23203106Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke (March 22, 2016)

I’ll be honest: I don’t know much about what this book is about. But it has a really pretty cover and it’s been getting great reviews so…

A Tyranny of Petticoats by Various, Edited by Jessica Spotswood (March 8, 2016)

Yes for more stories about kickass female protagonists! Just, yaaaaaassss!

24481697Map of Fates by Maggie Hall (March 8, 2016)

I loved The Conspiracy of Us. It was fun, it was action packed, it was romantic, it was thrilling! It was just amazing and I’ve been waiting for the sequel since early last year. Plus, Maggie’s a sweetheart and of course I want to support her.

Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr

I wasn’t a huge fan of Marr’s other works, but this one has me intrigued. It involves fairies and celebrities and sleeper terrorist cells. Color me interested.

Claire

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (March 8, 2016)

I agree with Lila on this one– Lady Midnight was definitely my most anticipated March release. So much so that I finished it within days of getting it! Characters from her other Shadowhunters novels make appearances in Lady Midnight, but having read her other books isn’t necessary to enjoy this fantastic start to a new series.

The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters (March 8, 2016)

I have heard great things about Cat Winters, but haven’t actually read anything by her. I’m planning on changing that this month with The Steep and Thorny Way, the story of a biracial girl living in 1920s Oregon who seeks the help of her father’s ghost in unraveling the truth behind his death.

22020598On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis (March 8, 2016)

Earth is going to be destroyed by a comet, and one hope for
survival depends on getting a spot aboard a spaceship destined to find a home on a new planet. Space is limited, and spots are afforded to those who are deemed useful to the mission. So where does this leave Denise, an autistic, biracial girl looking after her sister and drug-addicted mother? I plan on reading this soon to find out.

Lila’s Comfort Shopping Haul | In Which Lila Confesses Her Big Bad Habits…

Look at this stuff! Isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete (spoiler alert: it’s not.)? Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl, the girl who has everything?

So, I’ve got no photos for you because my books have yet to arrive, but trust me when I say: I went a tad crazy.

Confession time: I’m a comfort book shopper. You know how when dome people feel bad, they eat? Well, I go shopping on Book Outlet. Yeah. It’s bad. Real bad.

Anyhoo, lately I’ve been feeling real lonely and sad so what did I do? I broke my wallet (cause that’ll make ya feel swell [hint:it doesn’t actually]). BUT! I did grab a ton of great books! How can I be assured they’re great? Well, you see, I’ve already read them. I just didn’t own physical copies.

So let’s get down to business, to defeat the Huns to what I bought…

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

So that’s all I bought (for now). I’ll upload a photo-filled haul/unboxing when the books actually arrive! That’s all for today!

Over And Out!

Lila

25 Facts About…Lila!

Hey there! Welcome! My name is Lila and I’m one of the bloggers here at Book Conversion! To kick off the start of this blog and help y’all get to know Claire and I, we figured we’f both give you 25 fun facts about us! Here are mine:

  1. I’m a Sagittarius.
  2. I’m a classically trained singer and sing jazz, blues, and opera.
  3. I study physics.
  4. I love graphic design and graphic editing.
  5. I’m obsessed with hedgehogs.
  6. I’m an avid audiobook listener.
  7. I used to train wild mustangs to work with disabled children.
  8. I once saved a beached seal.
  9. My favorite color is fuchsia/raspberry pink.
  10. I’m semi fluent in Arabic and have been studying the language for 6 years.
  11. If I could go anywhere in the world, the first place I’d want to go to is India.
  12. My favorite TV shows are The 100Sense8, and Fringe.
  13. I’m double jointed in my fingers.
  14. On Myers Briggs tests (ENFJ, INTP, etc.) I always get 50/50 scores on everything except for sensate or intuitive, in which I’m overwhelmingly intuitive.
  15. I’ve been sorted into three different houses by Pottermore: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin, but never Hufflepuff. Guess I’m Divergent?
  16. My favorite book is Divergent by Veronica Roth because it saved my life.
  17. I’m a collector of inspiring quotes.
  18. My dream is to one day make a great scientific discovery and also to change someone’s life in a positive way–those two can be related, or not.
  19. My spirit animal is Luna Lovegood.
  20. My favorite food is chocolate (honestly, whose isn’t?).
  21. I volunteered in the forensic anthropology exhibit of a great museum once and it was amazing.
  22. My favorite classics are Peter Pan and Arabian Nights.
  23. I’m Lebanese, Cherokee, African American, and Irish.
  24. I’ve ridden horses, elephants, camels, ponies, and llamas.
  25. Have I mentioned my hedgehog obsession?