Month: December 2013

2013 Wrap Up & Feedback Needed

I still cannot believe that 2013 is almost over. But to recap some events that happened in 2013…The blog:Number of posts posted: Including this one, 235Number of reviews posted: 30Number of times I changed the design: You know… just a few…Number of books read: … yeaahhhh, I’ll get back to you on that…Number of friends made: LOTSNumber of times I wanted to bang my head on something: The counter broke.Number of times I actually did so: The counter is still brokenIn other news (in no […]

Posted December 31, 2013 by Emz Chang in wrap up / 1 Comment

Investigated – New Year Resolutions About Reading

Investigated – New Year Resolutions About Reading

Tomorrow is the last day of December, also known as the last day of 2013. What is a common activity right before or after a year ends? Making New Year Resolutions. And for bookworms, specifically about reading.Honestly, whenever I made New Year resolutions as a kid, I never really made any that dealt with a certain amount of books I wanted to read or what kind of books I wanted to try reading. It was only until I started high school that I started making […]

Posted December 30, 2013 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 2 Comments

The Sunday Post – Stacking the Shelves (49)

The Sunday Post – Stacking the Shelves (49)

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book ReviewerStacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.I have decided to try to participate in all of their memes with only one post…thus The Sunday Post – Stacking the Shelves.BOOK HAUL:Yay, winter break!From the library:Dash & Lily’s Book of Daresby Rachel Cohn & David LevithanPerfect book to reread for the holiday season.Last Week on Icy Cold Reads:What’s in the Snow?Investigated – Paperback or HardcoverWaiting on Wednesday – DefyThis Week on Icy Cold […]

Posted December 28, 2013 by Emz Chang in Meme / 5 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Defy

Waiting on Wednesday – Defy

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.TITLE: DefyAUTHOR: Sara B. LarsonSERIES: Defy #1PUBLICATION DATE: January 7, 2014SYNOPSIS: A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and heart-racing romance.Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the […]

Posted December 25, 2013 by Emz Chang in Meme / 3 Comments

Investigated – Paperback or Hardcover

Investigated – Paperback or Hardcover

It’s holiday season which means it is vacation time for some people. And what is something good to bring on a vacation? A book. Do you bring a book stored on one of your electronic device (aka an e-book)? Or do you bring a physical copy? I already discussed the pros and cons of e-books and print, but today I’m going to talk about paperbacks versus hardcovers. Let’s say you are going on a road trip and you feel like reading a book on the […]

Posted December 23, 2013 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 4 Comments

What’s in the Snow?

What’s in the Snow?

Today, I am going to create a mini list of winter themed / holiday themed books and what foods and/or activities you can enjoy while (or after) reading them. This is part of the “What’s in the Snow? winter scavenger hunt, hosted by two my best blogging friends, Cal at Read Books and Live Green, as well as Jessica at Reviews Abound. If you want to learn more about “What’s in the Snow?”, just click here or here.Anyway, the list begins.TITLE: Dash & Lily’s Book of […]

Posted December 22, 2013 by Emz Chang in giveaway / 1 Comment

The Sunday Post – Stacking the Shelves (48)

The Sunday Post – Stacking the Shelves (48)

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book ReviewerStacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.I have decided to try to participate in all of their memes with only one post…thus The Sunday Post – Stacking the Shelves.BOOK HAUL:After a busy week, it’s nice to have a book to relax with.From Secret Santa:Every Dayby David Levithan&From HHarlequin Teen:Inkby Amanda SunA huge shout out to Harlequin Teen for this one! 🙂Last Week on Icy Cold Reads:Investigated – Publishers Part OneWaiting on Wednesday […]

Posted December 21, 2013 by Emz Chang in Meme / 9 Comments

Thoughtful Thursday – Blogging Slumps

Thoughtful Thursday – Blogging Slumps

Lately, I feel like I haven’t really been focused on this blog, or at least, not to the extent that I was before. I was running out of ideas. I was running out of motivation. I got busy with other things like school and work. Not to mention reading books. I got into a blogging slump. To me a blogging slump is when I just don’t feel like blogging. When blogging becomes more work and less fun. When it becomes something that seems like a […]

Posted December 19, 2013 by Emz Chang in Blogging / 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – No One Else Can Have You

Waiting on Wednesday – No One Else Can Have You

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.TITLE: No One Else Can Have YouAUTHOR: Kathleen HalePUBLICATION DATE: January 7, 2014 SYNOPSIS: Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 688) is no different. Around here, everyone wears a smile. And no one ever locks their doors. Until, that is, high school sweetheart Ruth Fried is found murdered. Strung up like a scarecrow in the middle of a cornfield.Unfortunately, Friendship’s police are more adept […]

Posted December 18, 2013 by Emz Chang in Meme / 4 Comments

Investigated – Pubishers Part One

Investigated – Pubishers Part One

A while ago, I posted Investigated – Indie and Self Published Books, but today we are going to talk about “mainstream” publishers. Publishers like HarperCollins, Random House, Harlequin, etc… The question of the day is do you judge books based on what publishing company published them? The StoryI never really payed attention to what publisher published a certain book. I always payed more attention to the cover, the author, and the title. The publisher was something that sometimes registered, but usually not. It didn’t impact if I […]

Posted December 16, 2013 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 4 Comments