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!
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!
#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!
Summer as we know it is drawing to a close. While this makes me incredibly sad, I am still excited for autumn to arrive. I love the cool days, the brightly colored leaves, and sitting around the campfire.
But for now, it’s still summer and to celebrate that, I will be completing The Summer Reader Book Tag. I was tagged by Catia, the Girl Who Read Too Much. Thanks for the tag!
I normally complete tags on Fridays, but I’ve been a little absent. Here’s to make up for that absence!
#1: Lemonade – A book that started off bitter, but got better
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I had a really hard time getting into this book and series. The first book started off as a slow read for me and I didn’t like the main character’s focus on pretty clothes and boys. Once the plot started to thicken, however, I was hooked.
Unfortunately, this seems to be the case for each of the books. I end up liking them, but it’s hard for me to get hooked on the story.
#2: Golden Sun – A book that made you smile beyond compare
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I’ve talked about this book a lot. It’s a really cute contemporary read. I devoured this book and was grinning through most of the novel.
#3: Tropical Flowers – A book set in a foreign country
Watermelon by Marian Keyes
I haven’t read this book in years, but it is a cute and fluffy read that is mostly set in Dublin, Ireland. This novel is about a young woman who has a baby and is left by her husband on the same day. Feeling completely deserted and overwhelmed by being a new mother, she returns to Ireland to be with her family and to grieve the destruction of her marriage. She reconnects with people from her past, including James, who wants to work his way back into her life.
#4: Tree Shade – A book in which a mysterious or shady character is introduced
Black by Ted Dekker
I’ve talked about this book quite a bit as well. It’s got a Good vs. Evil theme, so there is obviously a mysterious or shady character introduced. Our main character meets and interacts with Good and Evil characters, but must decide who is telling him the truth.
#5: Beach Sand – A book that was grainy and the plot barely developed
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
I’ve liked every book I’ve read by these two authors except for this one. I thought it was boring and when I finished, I found myself asking, “That’s it?” I didn’t feel like there was much of a plot at all.
#6: Green Grass – A character(s) that was full of life, making you smile
A from Another Day by David Levithan
I really need to read Every Day, the book with the original story. I only read its companion, Rhiannon’s point of view. I loved the idea of A and would love to read the book from A’s perspective. I loved that A never gave up and always found a way to make the best of the situation they were dealt.
#7: Watermelon – A book with juicy secrets
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
This book is full of juicy secrets. Libby Day was seven years old when her family was murdered presumably by her own brother. But did he really do it? Thirty years later, Libby is in need of money. A club devoted to researching the murders needs answers and only Libby can get them.
Oh, it was so good.
#8: Sunhat – A book with a vast, big universe or setting
Black by Ted Dekker
Yep, there it is again. This book is set in two worlds: our own and a fantastical land far in the future. The main character constantly travels back and forth between the two. Every time he falls asleep in one world, he wakes in the other. He can’t figure out which one is real as everything that happens in both seems very real to him.
#9: BBQ – A book in which a character was portrayed as a hunk
The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Chaol, Dorian, Rowan. Each one of these characters is described as attractive in their own ways.
Apparently, all the hunks are in this universe. I need to move there.
#10: Summer Fun – Pass the tag on
This tag has been floating around all summer and I’m not sure who hasn’t been tagged. So, if you haven’t been tagged, I officially tag you!
That’s it for me today. I’ve apparently injured my back without doing anything to injure my back. The doctor took some x-rays and gave me some medicine, so I’m going to go rest up. I may or may not see you before this week’s Top 5 Wednesday. But as always, I will see you soon!
The year is half over, which means we are halfway to Christmas and even closer to Halloween and the summer is almost over. Can we just freeze time for a moment and let me catch up?
During the month of this blog’s existence, I noticed that I am really bad at keeping track of tags. I know that I’ve been tagged more, but I was away for the weekend during the tags and I can’t find them anymore. I’ve developed a better system for the future. I’ve also noticed that my “Reader” doesn’t want to display every single post and I don’t know why. Does anyone else have this problem?
On this tag Friday, I’m completing the Mid-Year Book Freak-out Tag! I was tagged by Jasmin from Bookcorners and I’m pretty sure I was tagged by someone else but I cannot find it. If you also tagged me, let me know and I’ll edit this and give your blog some credit!
Time to freak out about the fact that we’re in the second half of 2015 already.
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2015
The best book that I’ve read so far is Another Day by David Levithan. This is the companion novel to Every Day by the same author. Even though I have not read Every Day, I absolutely loved the companion. I desperately need to pick up a copy of the original story. Now that I know Rhiannon’s side, I want to know more about A!
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015
I am going with Crown of Midnightby Sarah J. Maas. I liked this sequel a lot better than the first book. The first one focused too much on the romance and Celaena’s clothes and I didn’t feel like she was the badass that she is supposed to be. The second book brought a lot more depth to the characters and their backstories. I enjoyed this book quite a bit.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
I have two books for this challenge and they were both released on the same day:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of my favorite books and I’ve been excited ever since hearing this was going to be published. I need to wait for the price to go down or for this to become available in my library. As for Armada, I’m not really sure why I am as excited as I am about this book. I haven’t yet read Ready Player One (but I now own it!) so I don’t really know much about Ernest Cline’s writing. But the premise of Armada sounds very intriguing to me!
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
I’ve already talked about this because this seems to be a popular topic for the middle of the year, so I won’t say too much about it. I’m excited for The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, a novel about the best friend of the hero. This book is set for release on August 27, 2015.
5. Biggest disappointment
If you’ve followed me from the beginning or have binge-read my posts, then this will be no shock to you. I hatedThe Maze Runner by James Dashner. I wasn’t expecting a lot because one of my school friends didn’t like it and talked about this a lot. To my surprise, I was still disappointed despite my low expectations. This book just didn’t do it for me.
6. Biggest surprise
I wasn’t so sure about this book. I read its summary on Goodreads and thought it might sound interesting, but I wasn’t intrigued enough to go out and get it. I remember standing in front of my library’s YA shelves and grabbed it on a whim. I was quite surprised with the result. This book is Cinder by Marissa Meyer. The idea of a cyborg Cinderella kinda threw me because I don’t read a lot of science fiction, but I figured I’d give it a whirl since it was a re-telling of a well-known fairy tale. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would!
7. Favorite new author – debut or new to you
I’ve been really getting into Gillian Flynn’s books. I read and loved Gone Girl and Dark Places. I recently bought Sharp Objects since my library doesn’t carry it and I’m excited to read it, but I’m waiting until I’m in a reading lull. If this book excites me as much as the other books did, it’ll pull me out of a slump!
8. Newest fictional crush
I honestly don’t know why this is because I’m not even that into these books, but I guess my newest fictional crush would be Chaol Westfall from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I dunno. Maybe because I’m picturing Hugh Dancy in Ella Enchanted in Kingsguard clothing from Game of Thrones.
9. Newest favorite character
This one is a hard thing to choose. There isn’t one character that’s jumping out to me as a favorite. I’ve been reading a lot of new books and series (at least to me) and there are some that I really like but do not consider them favorites for some reason. However, I have made a decision on the “most favorite of my liked characters.” I’m going with Thomas Hunter from The Circle series by Ted Dekker. The reason I’m going with Thomas is because he has a lot to deal with his in story and and even though I’ve only read the first book, I really want to know what’s going to happen to him next.
10. Book that made you cry
No books have made me cry this year! There was one that made me feel a wide range of emotions, so I am deeming it “close enough.” This book was Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. As I’ve said about a million times lately, I like to think about the reasoning behind the things that people do. This book is about why a young girl committed suicide, something that is very hard to understand. I felt pretty much every emotion I have while reading this novel.
11. Book that made you happy
Black by Ted Dekker. This is the first book in The Circle series. It is about a man named Thomas Hunter who got into some pretty bad stuff while living in Denver, Colorado with his sister. As he’s running from the bad guys, he receives a head injury and loses consciousness. When he wakes up, he is in a completely different world filled with colorful woods and amazing talking creatures. Every time he falls asleep, he wakes up in the other world. Which world is real? Are they connected? And if they are, can Thomas use his discoveries in both to save the human population that’s about to be wiped out completely?
Doesn’t sound like a happy book, but it’s one of those Good vs. Evil books that just made me smile.
12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year
I didn’t see many, but I guess my favorite would be Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I liked how close to the book the movie adaptation was, but I didn’t really like some of the characters in the movie version. They delivered some lines directly out of the book, but the way they said them were so different than how I perceived them that it seemed off to me. I still liked the movie, though.
13. Favorite review you’ve written this year
I choose my review of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. This review got the most feedback, even though the book hasn’t been released yet. I really enjoy discussing books with people so it’s always a treat when you faithful readers leave me comments!
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Again, I’m going with Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I won this book in a giveaway and my goodness this cover is beautiful.
It’s also really soft, which is a weird description for a book. The title lettering has texture and if I remember correctly (as my book is in another room) it has spot gloss so it’s not an entirely glossy cover. It’s so pretty!
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Absolutely, without a doubt, I need to read A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin. I’ve gotten about halfway through before, but my college coursework and student teaching got in the way. I’ve had this book since its release. I even pre-ordered it! I need to finish this book (since I’ve pretty much been spoiled to death anyway) before the next season of Game of Thrones. Also, there’s a rumor that the next book might come out before the next season so I need to be ready for that!
Phew, that ended up being quite a post! I think I’ll end it with another freak-out GIF.
This tag has been floating around and I don’t know who has been tagged and who hasn’t…so…I TAG YOU, READER OF THIS POST. Let me know if you end up doing this tag! I’d love to read your answers!
Feel free to leave me a comment. I’d love to talk to you!
As always, thank you for reading! I’ll see you later today with the second edition of The Friday Five.
Hey everyone! For this Tag Friday I am going to complete some questions set forth to me by Panda of Panda’s Books. Panda nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award recently. Thank you!
Thank the blogger that nominated you and link their website.
Insert the award logo in your blog post.
Answer the ten questions that were provided by the nominator.
Nominate ten bloggers.
Create ten new questions for your nominees.
I’ve been doing a lot of tagging lately due to the “3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge,” so I am not going to nominate ten bloggers. However, I will be writing ten questions so feel free to tag yourself!
Anyway, here we go.
1: What is your second favourite book of all time and why?
My second favorite book is It by Stephen King because it scares the living crud out of me and that’s no easy feat!
2: Tell us your favourite last-day-of-school memory.
I guess my favorite memory would be the last day of fall semester a couple years ago. My best friend was going to become a fellow RA and was able to move his stuff before he went home for break so we were running around all over campus while the everyone had already gone home.
3: What’s your favourite musical and why?
When I get asked this question, I think of musicals like Les Mis and RENT and stuff like that, but I don’t really like those type of musicals. So I’m going with the YouTube released Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog. It’s adorable.
4: Do you sleep with a cuddly toy? What’s the story?
5: Do you use your local library? Why?
YES. I love my library. I don’t have a lot of money for books and there aren’t a lot of people around me to trade books with, so it’s easiest to rent from the library.
6: What’s your favourite subject at school?
I always loved Art class in elementary school. I hope to incorporate art a lot into my lessons for my students.
7: What’s the one thing your most looking forward to in the holidays?
Just being able to relax before being required to work.
8: If you could live in any city (real) in the world, which one would you choose?
I don’t know! I’ve always lived in a small town so there are countless I could choose in the U.S., but I also have never been out of the country so there are even more to choose! I just don’t know.
9: What was your favourite picture book as a child?
Okay, now that you know more about me, I’d like to know more about you! Like I said before, I’m not going to tag anyone, but feel free to consider yourself tagged or answer some of these questions in the comments below!
Where do you prefer to blog?
What’s your favorite Pixar movie?
What’s your favorite flavor of soda pop?
Is there a movie that you thought was better than the book? What was it?
If you could choose any book/book series to be adapted into a graphic novel series, what would you choose?
If you could choose any book/book series for a video game to be based on, what would you choose?
Would you rather be hot or cold?
What’s your favorite snack?
What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
Android, iPhone, or other?
That’s it for me. Thanks again, Panda, for nominating me!