It has been forever since I’ve been active here on the blog. Life has been pretty busy. I’m not making any promises that I’ll be back in full force at any time before the end of the school year (come on, June!), but I wanted to post a non-review for you.
I haven’t done a tag since January, so a tag is my obvious choice!
The name of the game is Burn, Rewrite, Reread and it plays very similarly to Kiss, Marry, Kill (or other versions of the game that use an expletive instead of “kiss”).
Randomly choose 3 books. (Use the ‘random’ option on your Goodreads read shelf. Thanks for that tip, it makes this so much easier)
For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread. (A lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill.)
Repeat until you completed three rounds
This round is EASY-PEASY.
Burn: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Even though I rated this higher than Heir of Fire, I thought ACOTAR was wildly inappropriate for the intended audience. I could rewrite this, but I would want to burn it first and then start completely anew.
Rewrite: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. I enjoyed the first two books in the series but I didn’t like this one. I wouldn’t have to completely start over to rewrite and make this one better. I’d take out some of the slower parts, add some details to the Manon sections so that I would be less confused, and tweak some other elements here and there. (Seriously, though. Every time I got back to a Manon section, I would confuse characters’ names with their witch clans. Which witch is which?)
Reread: Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I highly enjoyed Cinder the first time, so I’d definitely reread it.
Another easy one.
Burn: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. I gave this two stars. Even though I read it pretty much in one sitting, I did not enjoy it. I could easily throw it away forever.
Rewrite: 11/22/63 by Stephen King. The ending. I’d rewrite the ending. SIDE NOTE: If you’ve seen the Hulu show and want to read the book, you need to know that the book is extremely different from the show.
Reread: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. This is one of my favorite books from my childhood and I’d definitely read it again.
This one’s a little harder, I guess.
Burn: Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern. I rated this a 4/5 stars, but it’s my least favorite of the three. I guess it has to go.
Rewrite: What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler. I just finished this book and I loved it. However, there were a few scenes in this novel that I would absolutely rewrite. The main relationship had its insta-love moments and there was this creepy seen where she meets up with another character that was out of line. I’d find another way for the two to run into each other.
Reread: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. As you know, I loved this book! In fact, I might reread it as soon as I’m done posting. I’ve been wanting to reread this book ever since I finished it the first time. I loved it this much:
There you have it, folks. I hope you have an excellent day/night/weekend/week/month/whatever until you see me next. See ya later!
Hello, everyone! I was recently tagged by Chloë of SSJTimeLord and Her Books to attempt to find a book on my bookshelf for every letter of the alphabet. Let’s see how I do!
The Rules: The only rule is that you need to own (or to have previously owned and read) each of the books on your list. Also, articles (a, an, the) do not count as letters. Ex: A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin would file under ‘D’ for Dragons rather than ‘A.’
MY BOOKISH ALPHABET
A: Armada by Ernest Cline
B: The Book of Bunny Suicides by Andy Riley
C: AClash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
D: Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
E: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
F:From a Buick 8 by Stephen King
G: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
H: Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
I: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
J: Just After Sunset by Stephen King
K: TheKnife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
L: Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz
M: The Martian by Andy Weir
N: Night by Elie Wiesel
O: October Sky by Homer Hickam
P: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
R: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
S: Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut
T: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
U: Under the Dome by Stephen King
W: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? by Peter Hedges
21/26 letters of the alphabet are accounted for! Not too shabby.
I am not tagging anyone in particular, but feel free to check out your bookshelves and play along!
I hope 2016 has started off fantastically for you and yours wherever you are!
I tend to avoid making resolutions. They’re very cliche, but they still hurt when you fail them. I have a general plan to do what I need to do regardless of the time of year.
What I like about the tag that I completing for you today is that it takes those tired resolution tropes and turns them into categories to choose books! Hooray! I can get down with this type of resolution.
(FYI: This post is not meant to offend any readers who like or make resolutions for themselves. These are merely my opinions.)
Get in shape – name a book that doesn’t quite fit on your shelf correctly
The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Elio M. Garcia Jr., and Linda Antonsson – This book is not massive in the same way as the other books in A Song of Ice and Fire. Instead of being extremely thick, this book is extremely tall. It is on my shelf with my other books in this series, but it is on its side, spine facing upwards so that it will fit.
Eat healthy – name a book you feel was good for you to read
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut – I know I talk about this book a lot, but it is my favorite book of all time. It’s the first book that made me really think about something real and the implications of things that really affect people.
Read more – name a book you keep telling yourself to read but haven’t yet
There are so many books on my shelf that I keep telling myself to read, but I haven’t been in the mood. One of them is A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin. I read half of the book a couple of years ago, but was suddenly busy with school. I think I haven’t picked it up since because I have no idea when the next book is coming out. I’m not all that pressured because of this.
I also need to read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and Doctor Sleep by Stephen King.
Quit smoking – name a book you kept going back to even though you had finished it
I don’t mean to be repetitive, but I’ve read Slaughterhouse-Five at least ten times.
Save more money – name a book you got for a really good price
I got Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo for three dollars. I liked it so much that I recently purchased the rest of the trilogy on amazon for about ten dollars each.
Be more organized – how do you organize your bookshelf?
My bookshelf is very small and is overflowing. I really need a new one and might be purchasing one in the near future. I organized it by color once, but the shelves were too hard to maintain. Right now, it is in library-perfect alphabetical order.
Be punctual – shortest time and longest time it took you to read a book
I can read a lengthy novella easily in one sitting in an hour or two (depending on the novella). I think Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption in about two hours. It took me nearly a year to read A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin. I found it to be the driest of the series and I was also very busy in college.
Go out more – what book made you isolate yourself from the outside world?
Pretty much any book that I’m enjoying will cause this. More specifically, if I have a personal connection to the story, I’ll need more time to myself. For example, I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green in about seven hours and needed the rest of the day to recuperate. When I was eight, my best friend died of a brain tumor, so this story really hit close to home.
Be unique – what was your favorite book of 2015?
My favorite book of 2015 was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I’m already planning on re-reading it soon!
Be more personal – what book are you waiting for most this year?
I haven’t done a lot of research about upcoming book releases, but I guess I am excited for This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. I’m also excited for the final book in Stephen Kings’ Bill Hodges Trilogy as well as the next installment of A Song of Ice and Fire.
Really, resolutions? – what book do you promise to read next year?
I really need to read A Dance with Dragons. The new season of Game of Thrones is only a few months away and the rumor is that the next book will be out shortly, but who knows? All I know is that I need to finish it.
Well, folks. Let’s see if I actually read A Dance with Dragons this year. Cross your fingers for me.
Time to get back to reading my first read of 2016! See you soon and happy reading!
To get back into the swing of things, I am going to complete a tag about one of my favorite book series, Harry Potter! I wasn’t officially tagged for this, but I saw the post by the lovely Kira at fieittyreads. Thanks for tagging everyone because everyone includes me!
#1 – Favorite book?
My favorite book has always been The Chamber of Secrets. It was the first book that was really able to transport me into the book as if I were experiencing everything along with the characters. I was very impressed with the diary scene and was unable to predict the outcome of this one. Sure, I was nine or ten years old, but still. It’s one of my best book memories!
#2 – Favorite film?
I’m going to have to go with the first film. I was so excited when I found out my favorite books were being turned into movies. I went with my mother and sister to see the first film the weekend of its release in the US. It started a tradition. Every year that a new Harry Potter film was being released, the three of us went to see it in theaters together.
#3 – Least favorite book?
The Goblet of Fire. While I liked getting a sneak peak into the wizarding world as a whole instead of just Hogwarts, I didn’t like the teen angst that started to happen in this one. I wanted to smack Ron for how he was acting and how Harry was handling it. This one took the longest for me to read. I still like it, but it’s ranked at the bottom.
#4 – Parts of the books/movies that make you cry?
I’ll admit that I teared up at the end of Half-Blood Prince when a beloved character dies. If you read the book, you know what I’m talking about.
#5 – Favorite character?
Remus Lupin! I’ve always loved Lupin’s character, as a teacher, a mentor, a member of the Order. He had so much depth, especially later in the series.
#6 – What would your patronus be?
According to a Buzzfeed quiz, it would be an otter. It makes sense. An otter is Hermione’s and we are both smart, caring, book lovers, right? I’m going with that.
#7 – If you could have the resurrection stone, invisibility cloak, or the elder wand, which one would you choose?
Invisibility cloak, hands down. It has so many uses and doesn’t have the negative effects of the other two. Also, I grew up with Harry who grew up having one, so I want it too!
#8 – What house would you be in?
Hufflepuff! Some people say that Hufflepuffs are the dumb ones that don’t fit in anywhere. I’ve been made fun of for being a Hufflepuff, but I like the message that came with it in Pottermore. We don’t fit in anywhere because we have all the best traits from each of the other houses. Hufflepuffs all the way!
#9 – If you could meet any member of the cast, who would it be?
Oh gosh, I don’t know. I would be happy to meet any of them and shake their hands.
#10 – Were you happy with the ending?
The ending of the story, yes. The epilogue, no.
#11 – How much does Harry Potter mean to you?
I’ve always loved reading. I taught myself how to read before I started school! Harry Potter was the book series that really got me into reading chapter books and multi-book series. It was the first book series that got me excited about reading. While waiting for the next books to come out, my friends and I bonded over theories as to what was going to happen next. Harry Potter was my entire childhood. He is most important.
Like Kira, I tag everyone! If Harry means anything to you, I want you to complete this tag!
I absolutely love this movie and was excited to be tagged by Aria! Check out her post by clicking HERE.
Let’s get it started.
#1: “It’s pronounced like ‘Cady.'” – Which fictional characters’ names did you get completely wrong?
I mispronounced more names from Harry Potter than I can count. I started reading the series when I was eight years old and was presented with names like Hermione and Seamus and Sirius. I didn’t know that Sirius was also a constellation or I would have pronounced it correctly. It wasn’t until the third movie came out in 2004 that I learned his name wasn’t just an odd spelling of Cyrus. I was fourteen and had been saying it wrong for 5 years. It blew my mind.
#2: “She doesn’t even go here!” – Pick a fictional character that you would like to place in another fictional character’s world.
I would place ‘A’ from Every Day and Another Day by David Levithan into the world of Harry Potter. A wakes up as a new person each day and I think it would be really cool to see how the magical folk handle it.
#3: “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” – Repetition, repetition. Which book gave you deja vu of another book while reading it?
The Divergent series reminded me too much of The Hunger Games. People divided into groups that do specific jobs, love triangle, girl has to save the city/country, etc. The third book of each also was not satisfying for me. Oh well.
#4: “You all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores.” – Which book gave you the complete opposite of girl power feels?
Honestly, I have a love/hate relationship with Celaena Sardothien. Yes, she’s a female that can hold her own, but she’s also perfect at everything and collects pretty dresses and likes to read and everyone loves her. I wish she more difficulty with learning new things or was just plain awful at something. She’s too perfect.
#5: “You go Glen Coco!” – Name a character you felt like you wanted to cheer on whilst reading.
Neville Longbottom during the final Harry Potter book. You know which scene I’m talking about. I gave a fist pump and cheered when I read it for the first time.
#6: “Get in loser, we’re going shopping!” – How long do you typically spend at a book shop?
I could spend hours every day at a book shop. I never have enough time to actually browse in a book shop. I’m usually out shopping with my family and have a limited number of minutes to peruse the shelves. I usually know exactly what I want there.
I also can spend a lot of time in a library. I love to browse the shelves and find a book that I may not have heard of before.
#7: “It’s not my fault you’re like in love with me or something!” – Which character would have to get out a restraining order on you if they were real?
No one, really.
#8: “I can’t help it that I’m popular.” – Which over-hyped book were you cautious about reading?
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. When I picked it up, the movie had just come out and everyone everywhere was talking about it. I was worried it was going to be a stereotypical mystery novel, but I ended up loving it.
#9: “She’s a life ruiner. She ruins people’s lives.” – We all love Regina George. Name a villain you just love to hate.
Delores Umbridge. Enough said.
#10: “I’m not like a regular mom. I’m a cool mom.” – Your favorite fictional parents
Arthur and Molly Weasley! They are so different, yet they are perfect for each other. They are also the perfect parental figures for Harry, being the complete opposite of his aunt and uncle.
#11: “That is so fetch!” – Which book or series would you love to catch on?
The His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman. These books were excellent when I was fourteen and even better now that I’m in my twenties. There’s something for everyone.
#12: “How do I even begin to explain Regina George?” – Describe your ideal character to read about.
I like to read about characters that could be real. An every day kinda person.
#13: “I just have a lot of feelings.” – What do you do when a book gives you a bad case of “the feels”?
I reach out to my friends to see if anyone else has read the book so I can talk about it with someone! I need more reader friends!
#14: “Nice wig, Janice. What’s it made of?” “Your mom’s chest hair!” – Which character’s one-liners would you love to claim for your own?
Can I just choose the entire Weasley family? Okay, great. I choose the entire Weasley family.
#15: “Boo, you whore.” – Name a character’s decision that made you roll your eyes.
Tris from the Divergent series. My eyes got tired from incessant rolling.
This one was fun! Thanks again to Aria for tagging me!
1) Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award
2) Answer the 11 questions the blogger gave you
3) Give 11 random facts about yourself 4) Nominate 11 blogs you think are deserving of the award 5) Let the bloggers know you have nominated them 6) Give them 11 questions to answer
I have no idea who hasn’t done this yet because I’ve seen it everywhere! So I’m skipping rules four through six. I do what I want.
1. If you could bring a book character back to life, who would it be?
Oh goodness. Starting this one off with a bang, are we? I guess I would bring back Sirius Black because he kicked so much butt and it was such a shame that he had to die for Harry’s character development. Hmph.
2. If you could spend a day with a book character, who would it be?
I’m sticking with a Harry Potter theme so far, because I would spend the day with Hermione Granger. I feel like she could help me get my life in order. At the very least, she could charm my day planner to yell at me to stop procrastinating. I’m really good at procrastinating.
3. Favorite genre?
Horror. I love to be scared out of my wits while reading. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy and while it’s one of my favorites, my love knows no bounds for a horror story.
4. Last book you read?
The last book I finished was You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day and it was fan-flipping-tastic. I’ve been a long time fan of Felicia and I loved reading about how she became a self-made internet star.
5. Favorite ship?
I don’t really have one. I’m typically okay with whatever’s canon. EXCEPT IN HARRY POTTER. I’m sorry, but I don’t like Harry and Ginny’s relationship. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ginny Weasley, but the relationship came so out of nowhere. Sure, she had a crush on Harry forever, but Harry didn’t really return those feelings until the second to last book. It seemed forced and insincere.
6. Top 5 summer reads you’d take on vacation?
I typically don’t differentiate books between the seasons so I don’t have a list of summer reads. I usually just pick the top 5 books on my TBR.
7. A book you want to see a movie made of?
I want The Golden Compass remade because the movie adaptation that was made was awful. Then, of course, I want the rest of the trilogy to be made into movies, but only if they’re done well.
8. If an author was going to add a book to a series, which series?
I had a lot of trouble with this during Top 5 Wednesday because I am pretty much happy with all the book series that I have finished. I would be okay with a “Where Are They Now?” themed Hunger Games book or a prequel about previous Games.
9. E-books or real books?
I don’t have a preference! Whichever saves me more money!
10. Favorite reading position?
I prefer sitting on a recliner or in a reclined position on my bed.
11. A book you hated?
The Maze Runner by James Dashner.
01. What’s your favorite genre?
Horror all the way!
02. What’s the type of villain you love to hate?
Villains similar to Hades from Disney’s Hercules. The clever, sarcastic, funny villain.
03. Name the character you absolutely hate and why.
Thomas from The Maze Runner. It’s kind of why I hated the book. He was whiny, cocky, and was over dramatic about everything. I also didn’t like the way he withheld information from the reader in a very dramatic way.
04. Which is your favorite trilogy?
His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
05. Have you ever abandoned a book halfway and why?
Lisey’s Story by Stephen King. It made me really sad to do so because he is one of my favorite authors, but I just couldn’t get into it. It wasn’t scary, but it was still creepy enough to hold my interest. What bothered me most about it was the use of a secret language between the main character and her dead husband. I had no idea what was going on.
06. Which is a fantasy world you’d love to live in?
Yeesh. None of them? There’s always some wicked stuff going on. That’s why we read them! I’d love to be in the wizarding world now that Old Voldy’s gone.
THIS JUST IN: I’VE CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT WANTING MORE BOOKS IN THE HARRY POTTER UNIVERSE. I want to know what was going on in North America during the wars. We get some mention of American wizarding schools in Quidditch Through the Ages, so I know things were a bit different. Was Old Voldy wreaking havoc across the pond?
07. Which is a fantasy world you’d hate to live in?
Almost all of them, but especially the Throne of Glass universe. There’s some bad stuff going on there.
08. Give a brief character sketch of your ideal hero/heroine.
An everyday sort of character. You know, to make me think “Why not me?” Authors have done this but they tend to go overboard by making the character despise themselves by saying they’re “plain,” but I’d like more everyday characters.
09. Name any two fictional characters you would be willing to marry (or live with for a decade or two).
Chaol Westfall from the Throne of Glass series. ‘Til death do us part, baby. I also want to be best friends with Hermione Granger so we could be roomies for a decade or so while Chaol’s courting me. Of course.
10. State a trope you hate and why.
Insta-love. While I can agree that it is possible for people to quickly fall in love, I hate how it’s done in books, especially among teenagers.
11. What’s your favorite mythical creature?
11 Facts about Kacie!
I have no pets
I play the mandolin
I am obsessed with video gaming
I also love playing tabletop games
I am a teacher
My best friend of two years is a boy
I was born in the 80s #old
My favorite milkshake is made with the vanilla ice cream with a peanut butter swirl and chocolate milk
I live semi-close to Hershey
I suffer from chronic migraines
I am also gluten-free
That’s it for me! Like I said before, I’m not tagging anyone or writing questions. I really enjoyed answering these questions!
Thanks for reading and learning more about me and as always, I will see you soon!
#1: Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Yes and no — I prefer to read in my bedroom, either in my chair or on my bed. I like being in my room because I have a lamp so that I read without all the lights being on. I can also light my candles there and put my radio on low. I don’t have to read in this space, though. I can read pretty much anywhere as long as I’m not overly distracted.
#2: Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Both. I’ve been known to use a random piece of paper or an old index card, but I prefer to use bookmarks. I have a set of laminated Star Wars themed bookmarks that I absolutely adore.
#3: Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/certain amount of pages?
I prefer to stop reading at the end of a chapter. If I stop reading somewhere in the middle, I can never remember where I stopped on the page.
#4: Do you eat or drink while reading?
I’ve never really thought about this before. I almost always have something to drink next to me while reading. I also occasionally eat snacks I can eat with one hand or that are not too messy. I will not make a book messy with food. It’s one of my pet peeves about library books!
#5: Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
I have done both. I prefer to have some background noise while I’m reading. I keep the volume low enough that I can’t really pay attention to it, but loud enough that there is not silence.
#6: One book at a time or several at once?
It depends. If I am really into a book, then I focus on that book only until I finish. I usually have two or three books on my currently reading list at a time.
#7: Reading at home or everywhere?
I almost always have a book with me! I can read anywhere.
#8: Reading out loud or silently?
I read silently except for when I’m struggling to pay attention or to comprehend what I am reading. This doesn’t happen often, but if I can’t understand something, I’ll read it out loud, forcing myself to read it more slowly than if I read in my head.
#9: Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
NO. I cannot do that! I want to find out about stuff when I’m supposed to find out about stuff.
#10: Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
This is something that has never really bothered me. A broken spine is a sign of a well-loved book. The only time I don’t like the spine breaking is in one of those tall mass market paperbacks and if I don’t like the book. If I don’t like the book, it doesn’t deserve a broken spine.
#11: Do you write in your books?
I never write notes in my books because I never really have anything to say.
I’m not going to tag anyone specifically because I don’t know who hasn’t been tagged. If you’d like to do this tag, feel free to do so and let me know so I can check out your answers!