2013 End of Year Book Survey!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
*Drumrolls* Dear friends, the time has come...


Let's get right in to recapping this year, my first year blogging! This survey about our reading and blogging habits in the year 2013 was created by the lovely Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner. Here's her original post.

Best in Books



Best book you read in 2013? (Genre breakdown?)
Dystopia/Sci-Fi: The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu.
Fantasy: The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Realistic Fiction: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn't?
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor.
Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
I swear guys, I'm not trying to be repetitive, but The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.
Best series you discovered in 2013?
(I'm so sorry). The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.
Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Technically, I didn't discover him because I knew about him before, but 2013 was the first time I read one of his books. John Green is now hands-down not only my favorite author, but one of my favorite people and someone I aspire to be like.
Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple was the first adult contemporary book I ever read, and I loved it!
Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Prodigy by Marie Lu.
Book you read in 2013 that you most likely to re-read next year?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

Most memorable character in 2013?
Tris Prior, for several reasons. *maintains pokerface*.
Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente.
Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. It served as a spectacular pick-me-up when I was down, which unfortunately this year, has been a lot of the time.
Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read? 
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.
Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2013?
"Some infinities are bigger than other infinities."
-The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
Shortest and longest book you read in 2013?
Shortest: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (110 pages)
Longest: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (584 pages)
Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it? (A WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, ETC).
Definitely Allegiant by Veronica Roth. The ending. OH. MY. GOD.
Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc.)
PERCABETH.
Favorite book you read in 2013 from an author you've read previously?
I guess Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. I didn't read a lot of books by authors that I had read previously.
Best book you read in 2013 that you read SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else?
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente. I thought it was pretty good, but not my favorite. but as previously mentioned, I loved the writing.
Genre you read the most from in 2013?
Fantasy, with 17 books. In 2nd was Dystopian/sci-fi with 13 and in third with 10 was realistic fiction.
Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Oh, so many. I think I have to say that recently, the one I've been crushing on really hard, is Percy Jackson.
Best 2013 debut you read?
Ack... I don't think I read any 2013 debuts. *Cringes*.
Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. I loved her imagery, especially of a setting like Prague.
Book that was the most fun to read in 2013?
Beauty Queens by Libba Brat. Start to finish, it was a blast!
Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2013?
The book that made me cry the hardest this year was without a doubt The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I got really close to drowning in a pool of my own tears.
Book you read in 2013 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out?
I don't know, I guess Cinder by Marissa Meyer? Plenty of people read it, but not enough by my standards. ;)


Book blogging/Reading life in 2013


New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
I swear, Jamie, I'm not trying to flatter you just because this is your survey, but it is The Perpetual Page-Turner.
Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
I sucked at reviewing this year, but probably my review for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Best discussion you had on your blog?
Definitely my discussion on book hangovers. There weren't many comments on my blog, but I got several on my Google+ profile. 
Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else's blog?
I don't know, actually. I don't keep track of all the discussions I comment on!
Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Probably doing Christmas Booktube-a-thon.
Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?
Whenever I get a new comment on a post. :)
Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
By views, for some reason it was my review of Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.
Post you wished got a little more love?
The one where I opened up about my insecurities as a blogger.
Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Blogger! I did start my blog this year, after all. :)
Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Well, my original, and only challenge was for 100 books this year and I failed... miserably.

Looking Ahead... 


One book you didn't get to in 2013 but will be your number one priority in 2014?
Definitely catching up on the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan!
Book you are most anticipating for 2014 (non-debut)?
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
2014 debut you are most anticipating?
I can't see any on my immediate list...uh oh! I have to change that! Any books you guys recommend I look out for?
Series ending you are most anticipating in 2014?
Also City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.
One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging in 2014?
Read more, gain more followers, get more comments, and definitely catch up on all my reviews. :)


That's my post! Happy New Year! Leave a link to your survey in the comments, tell me what you thought of mine, or answer some questions down below.

Bye guys!

The Hunger Games: Panem Favorites Survey

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Hey everyone! So Jasmine over at Flip That Page made a really cool bookish survey about our favorite books based on the Districts in The Hunger Games, and questions based on the characters as well! I really want to do this survey, so here we go! By the way, if you want to do this survey, feel free to, but first check out Jasmine's original post here.

Regions of Panem

District 1

Industry: Luxury Items

Favorite book involving royalty: Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I loved this book, and the royalty was a big contributor to my love of this book. Queen Levana, Emperor Kai, and the mystery behind Princess Selene made this book all the more interesting. :)

District 2

Industry: Masonry and Weapons

Favorite book on war: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It's beautiful and heartbreaking and breathtaking. As for the war aspect of the book, I loved reading from the perspective of someone who wasn't being prosecuted, but didn't agree with Hitler. It was a very interesting new point of view.

District 3

Industry: Electronics and Technology

Favorite science fiction book: Legend by Marie Lu. All the high-tech equipment and the innovations in this book really intrigued me, especially the game aspect of Antarctica. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, you'll just have to read the trilogy to find out!)

District 4

Industry: Fishing

Favorite beach read (however you define one!): Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I define a beach read as something cute, fluffy, funny, and flirty, and this book is exactly it! It's relaxing and just a nice, carefree book.

District 5

Industry: Power

Favorite book involving superhuman/supernatural characters: Doctor Who. Oh wait, that's a TV show. Okay,then I'll say The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. It has everything. Vampires, werewolves, faeries, warlocks! You name it, this book's got it!

District 6

Industry: Transportation and Healing

Favorite road trip/self-discovery book: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. I haven't read many road trip books (which I hope to change!), but out of the ones I have read, this is the one that stands out the most, because what can I say? I love John Green. Plus, this book made me die laughing. I adore Hassan.

District 7

Industry: Lumber and Wood

Favorite book with a wilderness/dystopian setting: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. This book takes place in the Wilds (basically a large forest). Although it wasn't the most interesting wilderness settings, the way Oliver described it made it feel like it was. 

District 8

Industry: Fabrics and Textiles

Favorite book cover: Tell The Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, if we're talking about books I've already read. I'm a sucker for two things on covers: Fonts, and a vintage look. And this book combines both, and I absolutely love it.

District 9

Industry: Grain

Favorite under-hyped book: Half Upon a Time by James Riley. This book is the first book in a seriously fun middle-grade trilogy, and is entirely a fractured fairy tale. I love this trilogy, and highly recommend it. I wish more people read it!

District 10

Industry: Livestock


Favorite book involving animals (werewolves and shapeshifters count!): All of Carl Hiaasen's YA novels such as Hoot, Chomp, Scat, and Flush. They are all centered around wildlife and the environment and I love them all.

District 11

Industry: Farming and Agriculture

Favorite fictional setting: New Antarctica from the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. In this book's future, Antarctica has become habitable and is a virtual video game. It's so interesting and such a unique place, which is very fun to read about.

District 12

Industry: Coal Mining

Rock-solid favorite (from concluded series): (I assume this means favorite last book of a series or trilogy?) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. It's sad, because this is the most happy conclusion I've ever read. And my favorite character dies in it. -_-

The Capitol

Central Seat of Government

Favorite book with a political agenda:Divergent by Veronica Roth, because the idea of factions set up by the government was so very interesting! And then because of all the revelations in the third book.

Notable Characters

District 1: Cashmere and Gloss

Favorite fictional siblings: Isabelle and Alec from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. They balance each other out so well, and you can always feel their love for one another.

District 2: Cato

Favorite bad-boy character: Jace from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I don't know what to say. I just love him. And yes, he's a bad boy because he's a kick-butt demon hunter!

District 3: Beetee and Wiress

Favorite geeky/genius character: Colin from An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. He was so smart, and his thoughts about his intelligence were really something to think about. Things like the difference between a prodigy and a genius. 

District 4: Finnick Odair

Favorite swoon-worthy hero: Day from Legend by Marie Lu. Every time he shows up in the book, I swoon. He's a darling.

District 5: Foxface

Favorite mysterious character: Luke from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. NO SPOILERS, because I haven't read The Last Olympian yet, but I just can't get a read on this guy. Is he good or bad?

District 6: The Morphlings

Favorite secondary character: Isaac from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. He was so funny, and he helped to make the book less depressing and life-destroying. I would have loved to read more about him.

District 7: Johanna Mason

Favorite female character: Tris from the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I felt like she was the perfect balance of not too strong but not too soft. And she was such a selfless person.

District 11: Rue

Favorite fictional kid: James from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. He was so funny, and I really appreciated it when he started interrupting the (excessive) making out scenes between Juliette and Adam.

District 12: Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen

Favorite fictional couple: June and Day from Legend by Marie Lu. I don't know if they're my absolute favorite, because I have about a million ships, but they're near the top of my list.

The Capitol: President Snow

Favorite villian (to kill): Jonathan Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Don't even get me started on that little...never mind.

That's a wrap!

Let me know what you think, and a link down in the comments if you decide to do this survey too!

Bye!








Top Ten Tuesday 11/26/13

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Hi everyone, happy early Thanksgiving! For this topic, I decided that as a reader, I should thank authors for all they do for me. So these are the Top Ten Authors I want to thank.
November 26: Top Ten Authors I Want To Thank

Thank you, John Green, for being not only a spectacular author, but for being my role model. Thank you for reminding me to embrace my nerdiness, reminding me to DFTBA, and for showing me that one can be an intellectual and still draw on their face with Sharpie. Thank you for your novels, and also for Vlogbrothers. Also, thanks for breaking my heart into a million trillion pieces with The Fault in Our Stars. The mark you left on me, was a scar. ;)


Thank you, Cassandra Clare, for writing my favorite books in the world. Thank you for making such a unique and captivating world which I love losing myself in. Thank you for creating characters that I love with all my heart, and for writing books that I can hide in when the world outside gets to be too much. Thank you for making me laugh out loud with Jace's wisecracks, and Magnus Bane's fabulousness. Thank you for helping me find my home, Idris.




Thank you, Marie Lu, for Day. And June. And Tess, and Anden, and Metias, and everyone. Thank you for telling me to walk in the light, for telling me to take life one day at a time. Thank you for writing stories that I invested all of my emotions in. Thank you for reminding me of the true meaning of sacrifice, and thank you for all the awesomeness that is New Antarctica. Thank you for leaving me with battle wounds and making me stronger after suffering many tears at the hands of Prodigy and Champion. Thank you for making books I love so much that I must wear a paperclip ring at all times. Thank you for writing a trilogy I wish wouldn't have ended. Thank you for showing me that love will always find it's way back home. 




Thank you, Veronica Roth, for showing me that there are books that can stand next to The Hunger Games. Thank you for writing a novel that takes place in Chicago. Thank you for the strong, and sacrificing Tris. Thank you for writing characters that were so easy to love, and so hard to say goodbye to. Thank you for inspiring young writers. Thank you for factions, and for a new way to identify ourselves. Thank you for lessons in risk-taking, intelligence, kindness, honesty, and selflessness, and saying that you can't have one, but must have all of those qualities. Thank you for reminding me to be brave.


Sorry guys, I know that's only four authors, but I picked the cream of the crop. :)

But truly, to any author whose book I have ever read: Thank you.

Which authors are you thankful for? Let me know down below and link your own TTT's for me to read! Until next time! :)

Liebster Award!

Friday, November 8, 2013
Hi everyone!

I was nominated for the Liebster award, and I'm so excited!

The Liebster award is away for blogs with less than 200 followers to gain more of an audience, and means dearest, which is so sweet. :)

The rules are: 
Link back the blogger that tagged you
Nominate 10 others and answer the questions of the one who tagged you
Ask 10 questions for the blogger you nominate
Let your nominees know of their award

So let's get started!

Thank you and BIG HUGS to Kyendwarrior over at Eternity Through Pages! You're the best. :)

On to the questions:

1.  *Poof!* A genie appeared in front of you!  He can grant you three wishes- but they must all be wishes related to books! What three things would you wish for?
First wish: I am a teenager, and so I live with my parents. And by their rules. One of those such rules is extreme restrictions on what I can and can't read. Example: Harry Potter. My first wish would be to be free of these restrictions, so I could read whatever I wanted to.

Second wish: I lived in a bookstore that was regulated. It would still be restocked frequently with books and Starbucks. I'm all good. Plus there's free wi-fi!

Third wish: FICTIONAL UNIVERSES AND CHARACTERS WOULD BE REAL. Come on. Which bibliophile in their right mind would not wish for that! I'm just waiting for Jace to show up in my room and tell me I'm a Shadowhunter. It would be so amazing.

2.  What book (s) do you wish more people knew about?
I generally read mainstream books, so this is one I have to think about.

I think that if I only had to pick one series, it would be the Half Upon A Time trilogy by James Riley. It's a fractured fairy tale that's so much fun and so adventurous, yet ties in our favorite childhood stories in so well, and it's upsetting that more people haven't read it.

3.  Favorite authors and favorite books from said authors?
My favorite authors and books by them:

John Green- The Fault in Our Stars
Cassandra Clare- The Mortal Instruments series
Veronica Roth- Divergent trilogy
Suzanne Collins- The Hunger Games trilogy
Lauren Oliver- Delirium trilogy
Marie Lu- Legend trilogy
Rick Riordan- Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
Markus Zusak- The Book Thief

Wow. That was a lot.

4.  Any books you wish had a sequel?  How about books that you wish were stand-alones?  Why?
Okay, I'm going to name one trilogy that was mentioned above, because it fits into both categories.

The Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver.

The last books ending was not my kind of ending. It was the ending that didn't tell you how things turned out, and left things in the middle of chaos. I would be extremely happy if there was a fourth book made, or at least some sort of epilogue.

If not, I would rather that she kept Delirium as one book. I loved book two, and there are worse books than the last one, but I think it would have been more powerful if it was ended the way it was, and kept that way.

5.  What do you think of multiple point-of-view novels? 
I enjoy them very much, as long as there aren't too many people talking, and the voices don't sound identical. I think it's a fun and unique way to get inside more than one person's head.

6.  First book character crush?
Um, I've been obsessed with books since childhood, but I'll say that I first became an outspoken book lover when I read The Hunger Games. I gotta say Peeta Mellark.

7.  Favorite classical novels?
I haven't read that many, but I guess Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It was very deep and well written, and I enjoyed it very much.

8.  What was the first book that sparked your book-lovin' soul?
As I said in question six, I've loved books since before I could read, but the books which got me obsessive and books being my only focus is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

9.  Favorite genres?
Fantasy, Dystopian, and Romance.

10.  Favorite childhood books?
In terms of picture books, I have the fondest memories of the Madeline series by Ludwig Bemelmans and the Dick and Jane readers that taught me how to read. If chapter books, it would be the Dish series by Diane Muldrow.

I nominate:
Pam and Sheri from [YA]Escape From Reality
Caitlin from Book Love
Alice from Alice in Readerland
Stephanie from Love. Life. Read.
Kerri from Turn The Page Reviews
Alyssa from Diary of a Book Maniac
Rachel from The Big Book Binge

CONGRATULATIONS ALL OF YOU! :D

(I know it's not ten blogs, but most of the blogs I follow have over 200 followers).

Questions for my nominees:

1. What book do you think is the most over-hyped and why?
2. Do you consider yourself a fangirl?
3. Who is your book boyfriend?
4. When did you start to love books?
5. Library or bookstore?
6. Do you have a preference between E-Readers, paperbacks, and hardcovers? Which is it?
7. Where do you love to read the most?
8. What is your all time favorite book/series?
9. If (insert favorite female character name here) and (insert favorite male character name here) were both falling off a cliff, who would you save?
10. What is the most disappointing last book in a series/trilogy that you've ever read?

That's all! I hope you guys enjoyed my post and THANK YOU again to Kyendwarrior! :D


November TBR List

Sunday, November 3, 2013
Hello everyone, and happy November! It's time for my November TBR!





Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
I'm currently reading this, but I'm not done yet, so I guess it automatically transfers here. So far, I'm scared. I got spoiled by my friends and I don't want to read ahead because of it but I'm going to BE BRAVE!

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
I finished book one of The Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, last month and adored it wholeheartedly. After that ending, I just KNOW that I need book two. NOW.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I've been looking forward to this book for quite a while, and now it's in my possession! I plan on devouring this book, which seems like my autobiography! ;)

Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu
All I'll say: 2 MORE DAYS. I'm nervously anticipating this book's release because, I'm terrified as to what that wicked author is going to do! She CRIED when she wrote it! What does that mean? AUGH.

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken
About a thousand people have told me that I NEED to read this book. It sounds extremely intriguing, and BookTube is in love with it as well, so I want to pick it up!

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan
I'm so excited for this last book! Once I finish, I can start the Heroes of Olympus series, and join in the fandom in all it's misery! :D

That's my TBR for the month! What's yours? In the comments, tell me what you want to read this month. Tell me if we have any books in common, or if you've read any of these and what you thought of them! Thanks!

I fall victim to a horrible disorder...

Saturday, October 12, 2013
First of all, sorry about the random hiatus! I don't know what happened. But I'm back! :)

Second...

I don't know what is going on. But I hate it.

I have gotten this horrible, horrible disorder.

I can't finish books.

Let's see... First of all, I'm not in a reading slump/book hangover. When this had started, the last book I had read was An Abundance of Katherines by John Green which was a freaking amazing book, but not enough for a book hangover.

After finishing An Abundance of Katherines, school started. And I started another book. And had to return it to the library 30 pages in. Repeat 10,000 more times.

I am not going to say school is the main problem. It's a mixture of things, most likely. I think it might be the following:


  1. School started, and the amount of time I had to read books depleted because homework.
  2. The due dates stressed me out. I didn't know which books I had to read, I felt pressed for time, and I started reading books I wasn't feeling just because they were going to be returned soon.
  3. Procrastination.
I'm procrastinating about books. I think it's shameful, to be honest. I've always had a problem with procrastination, and I have no problem admitting that. But now it's starting to spread to things that I love. That I won't tolerate. I'm keeping myself from doing things that I like. I don't even know how to put into words how angry that makes me with myself. Procrastinating is hard to stop doing. But I'm going to try to stop it, first with books. I won't let procrastination take away reading from me. Here's my plan:

Right now, I have Cinder by Marissa Meyer checked out of the library, and that's it. I'm planning on finishing it, (I have to finish it, I'm reading it for a school project). Then, I'm going to stay away from the library for a while. I might grab The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan from there, because throughout all of this I was still able to devour Battle of the Labyrinth, but that's probably all I'll get. Instead of reading a library book, I'll read...

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen!!

Yes, finally! This book was part of six books that I got for my birthday which was at the beginning of the year, and has been sitting on my shelf for about 8 months. I think it's time I get to it! 

P&P is a classic, so I'm assuming it will take me a while, so I don't have any plans ahead of that. If I'm feeling up to it afterwards, I'll go back to the library. If not, I'll reread my copies of Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth in anticipation of the October 22nd release of Allegiant!

That's all for now!

Bye :)




Book Blather: Marry, Kiss, or Cliff?

Thursday, September 5, 2013
Hi everyone!


It's time for another edition of Book Blather!
Something I've seen a lot on YouTube and the like is the Marry, Kiss, or Cliff Tag! It looks like a lot of fun so I'm going to try it!

I'm doing it the way I saw it done in Jessethereader's video. He wrote names of book characters on slips of paper, put them in a bowl, and picked out three at a time! I'm going to put in at least three characters that I dislike, so I have a hard time if I pick all of them out at once! Here we go:
Match-up #1:
Augustus Waters- The Fault in Our Stars
Ky Markham- Matched
Jace Lightwood- The Mortal Instruments

Oh god. I... Augustus and Jace in the same match-up? Why, destiny? WHY? 

Ky, I love you and all, but you can not stand up to Augustus or Jace. You get cliffed.
Augustus, it crushes my insides to do this, but JACE IS MY FAVORITE. D: I can only kiss you.
Jace, my darling. I am so definitely, utterly, completely marrying you!

Match-up #2:
Sebastian Morgenstern- The Mortal Instruments
Day Wing- Legend
Anden- Legend

Oh, thank goodness. A fairly easy one.

Sebastian, go to Hell. Go straight to Hell. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. You are 100% cliffed.
Anden, I really don't like you all that much, but you're better than Sebastian. I'll kiss you.
Day, I love you so much! You're so sweet! I'll marry you!

Match-up #3:
Peeta Mellark- The Hunger Games
Alex Sheathes- Delirium
Tobias Eaton- Divergent

Erm...

Tobias, you're nice, but I guess you're just not my type. I have to cliff you.
Alex, I seriously adore you, but I think you did some really mean things. I can only kiss you.
Peeta, you were my first fictional love. Of course I'm going to marry you!

Match-up #4 (Last one!)
Akiva (Last name ???)- Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Adam Kent- Shatter Me
Po Grandemalion- Graceling

The first one is easy, at least.

Akiva, I can't stand you. To the cliff you go!
Po, I really like you, I really do, but... Adam. I'll kiss you and that's it.
Adam, the way you love Juliette is so heart-warming! I'll marry you!

That's it for my Marry, Kiss, or Cliff? Tag!

Join in the fun and make your own Marry, Kiss, or Cliff? Tag, and leave a link to it down below! Do you agree with my picks? What would you have done? Let me know! Thanks!

Top Ten Tuesday 9/3/13

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Hi guys. I know. I missed a week. School. :P

September 3: Top Ten Books That You Wish Were Taught In Schools

So, to start out, I have to say that I'm not 100% sure that these books aren't already taught in schools, so don't hold me on that!

(I was too lazy to find the HTML code for rows. Sorry!)








































That's my top ten! What's yours? Leave a comment below and a link to your TTT and I'll be sure to check it out! Thanks. :)

September TBR list

I've decided to try out a monthly TBR list! I'm not sure if I'll be able to follow it, but we'll see!

I had wanted to read this book this summer, but since it was a hot item at my library, I kept having to return without reading it! I hope I can get to it this month, I'm really looking forward to it!








This was another one that I was hoping to get to this summer, but my book decided to have a book dicussion, so all the copies of this book had to be returned! I have heard almost nothing but good things about this book, and it sounds really amazing.









I want to read basically all of Sarah Dessen's books, and I'm not sure which one! I just chose this picture at random. If you have a recommendation of a specific Dessen book that I should read, please let me know in the comments!








After absolutely adoring all of the other Percy Jackson books, it's a no-brainer that I NEED to read this book, and soon. I know it won't disappoint me!









I got to start this book last month, but then it became due at the library and I was SO upset! From what I had read, it had been hilarious and so much fun. I need to finish this book this month.








For the longest time, I had no intention of reading this book. It just sounded like some cheesy, cliche, romance. But then I joined the blogging community. And I found that everyone is completely NUTS for this book and Etienne St. Clair. So I suppose I have to read it!







Those are all the books I'm hoping to read!

What books are you hoping to get to this month? Do we share any? Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Any Sarah Dessen books you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

I have changed the banner!

Sunday, September 1, 2013
I did some more photo-editing today and made a much, MUCH prettier banner for Book Blather:


I like it SO much better than the old one, so it's my new banner. :)

That's it!

Tomorrow I'll post my Top Ten Tuesday post and maybe a review?

Bye!

Book Blather: Blogging Insecurities and Struggles

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Hi everyone!


I thought to kick off my new discussion post, I would start off with something that's on my mind a lot: My insecurities and struggles as a blogger.

So, I am a fairly new blogger, I'll admit. I started this blog on January 22, 2013.

I really enjoy blogging, but I've been struggling recently. 

My first struggle is my reviews. Reviews are a lot of fun to write, but they also take a LOT of time, and oftentimes it's really difficult to know what to say. I've started to fall into a hole of reviews I need to write. I have about a bajillion reviews I need to write, and little to no time.

Also, branching off the fact that I have A BAJILLION TRILLION MILLION reviews to write, I've started to have to take notes when I read, not only for quotes and that regular stuff, but also what's going on in the plot, because I know that by the time I get around to reviewing the book, I won't remember anything that happened. This note-taking has led to something horrific: I have a lessened interest in reading. Every time I go to read, I decide not to, because then I know that I'll have to take notes, and I don't like doing that because it's takes out a lot of the pleasure reading gives and makes it feel like an absolute chore. I'm afraid that until I'm caught up on reviews, I'll be caught in this horrible situation. 

Just compare how many books I've read this year to what I had read at this time last year.

This year I've read 37 books.
At this time last year, I had read 53 books.

That's a difference of 16 books. It honestly makes me so mad at myself. It's driving me crazy.

Leonardo DiCaprio is me right now, and that other guy is me when I'm not reading.

Yeah.

On to my insecurities.

Since I am a fairly new blog, I don't have that many followers. As much as I hate to admit it, and as much as I hate to sound jealous, when I go to other people's blogs, and see they have 200 or 300 followers, I get more than a little bit jealous.

When I see someone with a ton of followers

That problem, however, CAN BE SOLVED! My lovely followers, please, please please...


Comment on my posts.

I know you all comment a lot on my meme posts, but I get almost no comments on my reviews, and that kind of sends a message to me that you all *cringes* don't like my reviews. If you actually don't, then comment anyway and tell me how I can improve my reviews!

I think that's about it for this post!

Do you ever get jealous of other bloggers? Do you have any struggles or insecurities when it comes to blogging? Do you like my new discussion posts? How am I doing? Please leave a comment below letting me know!


Thanks, everyone! :)





Discussion Post!

Hi everyone!

So, for a while I've been wanting to create my very own discussion post, and it finally happened!

I present to you:




Sorry if that banner hurts your eyes! I'm new to photo editing. :P

Anyway, in this new post, I will choose a topic and discuss it with you guys! I will do my best to make it a weekly thing. :) Please let me know if you'd like even more discussion posts, like a specific type!

My first Book Blather will come soon after this post. Stay tuned! :)

Some bad news...

Friday, August 23, 2013
Hi everyone!

So, bad news. School is starting.

I'm not going to lie, I'm not all that excited, because it limits my time and ability to do things I really enjoy. I like some aspects, but it's so time-consuming. :P

That also means, that I won't be able to post as much as I would like. I might accidentally skip weeks for Top Ten Tuesday, Stacking the Shelves, or Feature and Follow Friday, things like that. I'm really sorry! I'll still try to post as much as I possibly can. :)

Bye!

Top Ten Tuesday 8/20/13

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Hi guys!

August 20: Top Ten Things That Make Your Life As A Reader/Book Blogger Easier

Let's see...










































That's all I have for this week, guys! How about you? What helps you out as a reader/blogger? Leave a link and a comment down below, check out some of my other posts, and if you like what you see, follow me!

Thanks! :D

Stacking The Shelves 8/16/13

Saturday, August 17, 2013
Hi everyone!








That's all the books I got this week! If you've read any of them, please let me know how they are  in the comments! Also, leave a link below to your STS! I would love to check it out. :) Stick around, read some other posts, and if you like what you see, follow me! I follow back.

Thanks. :)
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