Feature and follow Friday 6/28/13

Friday, June 28, 2013

Q: What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, paperback etc?

I'm going to go with hardcover on this one.I really dislike reading with e-books, and paperbacks don't stay open! Plus, hardcovers look so pretty! :D

How about you guys? Link to your F & F in the comments, check out some more of my posts, and please, pretty please, follow, preferably through Bloglovin'! I follow back! :D

Sorry this went up so late!

Thanks! :)

Top Ten Tuesday 6/25/13

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
OOHH! Another good TTT!

June 25: Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2013

What about you? Link back to your TTT in the comments!

Bye! :)

Blood, guts, and gore.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

So, after the outbreak of The Hunger Games, Dystopian novels sort of took over the YA/Teen book market. By now, I know many people who are sick and tired of them. Am I one of them?


And let me explain why not.

I used to love to read realistic fiction. In fact, that was practically all I read! When in, maybe the summer after 5th grade my brother informed me of The Hunger Games, I shuddered and said I would never, ever read that because it sounded so horrifically violent. Eventually, the buzz around it grew so much that I decided to read it.

I could hardly stomach the first 150 or so pages, I was so disgusted.by all the violence and gore. After that, something changed in me drastically. I started to enjoy the violence. When people would die, I would actually be cheering, Yeah, kill them! Kill them! Aw, they only got injured? Darn it! I... yeah.

After reading The Hunger Games, I started reading realistic fiction again, but I just couldn't get into them. I kept waiting for someone to pull out a knife and attack someone else. Yes, I started craving violence. Call it action, if you will, but I wanted it. And there begins my addiction with Dystopias.

I read Divergent to feed my hunger. I read Matched, which did not appease me in that aspect. I read the Delirium trilogy, of which the last two books contained much fighting. I read Blood Red Road and I read Article 5. And they were full of violence. So was Legend. I loved all these books, but I am still not done with this genre. I need more violence, and in general, Dystopian books are chockful of it, so I don't grow tired of the books. I mean there's also the point that there is still so much more imagining left about future worlds, but mostly the gore thing.

As a side note, none of these books appeased me in terms of blood, guts, and gore as much as The Mortal Instruments did. I just found myself grinning everytime the "A-Team" started killing another demon, and the ichor was just getting all over them, and... yeah. I'm just twisted like that.

I'm sorry if you are afraid of me now because I have admitted my love of blood, guts, and gore (in books).


Feature and Follow Friday 6/21/13

Friday, June 21, 2013

Q: Activity: Favorite Literary Quote

I know that there were many different interpretations of this activity, but mine was a quote that talks about books. I have a few, but my favorite one is very simple, and very true.

So many books, so little time. -Frank Zappa
This quote is unbelievably true for me. As of right now, there are 1,968 books on my Goodreads TBR shelf. If I read 100 books a year, it would take me about 20 years to finish all those books. o_O

What is your favorite literary quote? Please link your F&F in the comments, check out some of my other posts, and follow me! You can follow me on Goodreads, through GFC, through Bloglovin', or through email!


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My Favorite book blogs/sites!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Hi people!

So I am going to be sharing with you my favorite book blogs and book sites. These are blogs I frequently check out, and who's advice I listen to on books.

The Book Blogs:

Finding Bliss in Books- I found this blog after reading several negative reviews on a book called September Girls, Blythe's being one of them, and fell in love with it instantly! I love everything about it, including the theme! But my favorite part of this blog is reading the reviews for books that Blythe didn't like. They are hilarious!

That Artsy Reader Girl- The thing I love most about Jana's blog is definitely how she reviews her books! She bolds the main points in several paragraphs of the review, so you can either read the entire review, or just quickly read the bold sections! She is my go-to girl for contemporary romance reviews!

The Broke and The Bookish- I love to read all of the memes on this blog! My favorite is Top Ten Tuesday! The others are not interactive, which is why I don't take part in them. :) Plus, there are not many books that these girls have NOT reviewed! You can see an opinion on several books!

Eveline's Books- Most of the reason I check out Eveline's reviews is because we read so many of the same books, so it's great to be able to check out her opinion of a book before I pick it up, so I know what I'm walking into!

The Mortal Institute- Yeah, well, I said these are the blogs I go to most often, right? THIS ONE. It has all the latest Mortal Instruments news, so I always am able to see all these CoHF snippets and updates on the movie! It's great!

Special Category: Book Vlogger:

Christine Riccio's YouTube channel: PolandbananasBOOKS- Okay, more people NEED to watch this girl's videos. They are SO GOOD. She doesn't get nearly enough views as she deserves. Her videos are funny, entertaining, and informative! In general, if she likes a book, so do I! If she recommends a book, it's very likely I will read it. She... JUST WATCH HER VIDEOS. Do it. You will not be disappointed. She deserves millions and millions of views.

Book Sites:

Well, I only go on one of these regularly, and it's... Goodreads! This site is the place for book lovers! You can talk to people about books, write reviews, find books to read, keep track of what you've read, and more! I'm obsessed! :D

Guys, check out all these sites, blogs, etc. They are awesome! 



I just opened up Blogger this afternoon, to over ONE THOUSAND PAGEVIEWS?! THANK YOU GUYS!!!!

You guys are awesome! KEEP THE PAGEVIEWS COMING! ;)

(Except for that one fat-burning medicine commercial thing that keeps giving me pageviews under names like Best blogs ever, so I click on the link and watch their commercial. STOP.)

Thanks guys! :D

Top Ten Tuesday 6/18/13

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I am so excited about the TTT prompt this week!

June 18: Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

1. Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

I don't know what to say. After reading Legend by Marie Lu, I knew I NEEDED this book. I was so blown away by it, and I loved both of the main characters. I absolutely have to know what happens next! I am SO EXCITED for this book! I will read it this summer for sure!

2. The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

I recently finished book #1 of this series, called The Lightning Thief. After finishing, there was a hole in my soul that I knew would only be filled by the rest of these books. I plan on filling that hole this summer. More Percy Jackson please! :D

3. The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

So far, my favorite reads this year have got to be The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. My review for book one, City of Bones, can be found here. Most people who have read TMI have either loved equally, or more, Clare's second series, The Infernal Devices. I have loved all of Cassie's books so far, so I totally want to read these books!

4. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Well, I don't see why not! I have been told by several people on several different occasions that I NEED to read this book, I loved the movie, and I own a copy! I definitely want to read this book! I KNOW it's good, because, well, do you know anyone who doesn't love Pride & Prejudice?

5. The Book Thief (Re-read) by Markus Zusak

*Screams for half an hour*. This book is one of my all-time favorites. It NEEDS a re-read. I need to re-live these moments, and then die again. Read that ending, again and again and again... This book is amazing. It is beautifully written, thought-provoking, and ultimately heart-breaking.

6. The Host (The Host #1) by Stephenie Meyer

I know that me and Stephenie Meyer got off on the wrong foot, what with me declaring firmly that Twilight is one of the books I will never in my life, read. But this book... sounds good. I've seen many surprised reviews from people who hated Twilight, saying that they loved this book! And it's 619 pages, which is pretty big, and I, for some reason, love reading big books!

7. Paper Towns by John Green

The reasons I plan on reading this book is because:

1. I love John Green.
2. I love John Green's books (or the one that I have read).
3. I love the Vlogbrothers.
4. This book is a mystery.
5. This book is a road trip novel.
6. This book fits my idea of a summer read.

8. Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick

I don't actually have a choice in whether or not I read this book. Two friends and a cousin who are obsessed with these books have told me I don't have any option but to read this books, so I suppose I must. It sounds pretty good I guess, but the reviews are mixed. I'm going to read it anyway, because, like I said, no other option.

9. The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave #1) by Rick Yancey

I have this book with me RIGHT NOW! I am so excited for it because it sounds so interesting, I have seen almost no negative reviews for it, I've been waiting for it for so long, ALIEN INVASION, and oh, that cover! I AM BEYOND EXCITED.

10. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 

I want to read an adorable romance this summer, and this book seems to fit the bill! Plus, again, I adore the cover! Just AW! I am totally looking forward to this book!

That's my top ten!

What about you? What books do you want to read this summer? Have you read any of the ones on my list? How are they? Leave a comment below and check out some of my other posts! Thanks!

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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire: Mini-review

Monday, June 17, 2013
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
Rating: Return to later

We have all heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes. But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling? What fate befell those untouched by beauty ... and what curses accompanied Cinderella's looks?
Set against the backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's path quickly becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister. While Clara retreats to the cinders of the family hearth, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household -- and the treacherous truth of her former life.
Okay, right off the bat, this book wasn't bad. It was pretty interesting, I guess. I loved the details and the sophisticated vocabulary and the quirky characters. But, I couldn't get into this book. If you've read my book haul posts, you know that I have really exciting, hyped-up books waiting to be read by me, so I just can't focus on this book. But since it wasn't bad, I'll be returning to this book later.

To Read or Not to Read?

To be determined. ;)

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Mini-review: Reached by Ally Condie

So, I am really behind with reviews, so I am going to quickly review books I didn't finish. (Or more accurately, explain what went wrong in a paragraph or so).

Reached by Ally Condie
Rating: Return to later

After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again.
*Screams in aggravation*. I got, what, 70 pages into this book, in 3 days. I was SO unmotivated to read that it wasn't even funny. I couldn't stand this book, and wanted to chuck it at a wall as hard as I could, or maybe burn it with a flamethrower. It was mind-numbingly boring and angsty and annoying and the characters all sounded the same and I couldn't stand this book and ARGH.

So Saru, you must be thinking. Why is this book marked as a return to later if you hated it so much?

*Sigh*. Let me explain. I absolutely adored Matched. I thought it was beautiful and interesting and poetic, and it became one of my favorite books. Then, I read Crossed. It was good, but not as good as Matched. I kind of suffered through that book a little bit. I had enjoyed books 1 and 2, and so I was excited for book 3, but, it SUCKED. The thing is, I don't want to abandon the series at the last book. I've stuck with it so far, and I'm seeing it through. I just have to get myself ready to plow through the horrid-ness. But eventually, I will try again, and who knows? Maybe the rest of it will be better than the first 70 pages!

To Read or Not to Read?

To be determined. ;)

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Note about following!

Saturday, June 15, 2013
Hello lovely people following me through GFC!

I just recently found out that GFC is ending, so I would appreciate if you followed me through Bloglovin' instead! Thank you so much! :D

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Feature and Follow 6/14/13

Friday, June 14, 2013
Hi everyone!

This week's question:
Q: Activity: Spine Poetry. Create a line of poetry with your book spines (take a picture). Not feeling creative? Tell us about your favorite poem.

I guess I don't feel very creative today then.

I honestly don't know how to answer this. I don't read much poetry. I guess I would have to say Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. I love how fun this poem is, and I love the idea of making up your own words, something we discussed in my reading class! It's also quite fun to try and pronounce the words! :D

Thank you for visiting! Please stay for a while and take a look at some of my other posts! Please leave comments below and follow me, I follow back! Thanks! :D

Saru :)

Book Haul 6/11/13

Book haul, book haul, yes it's another book haul!

From top left to bottom right: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, and The Knife of Never Letting Go.

Now, in depth (Each link leads to the description on Goodreads).:

Actually, a friend recommended this to me, so I picked it up. When I searched it up, I found out it was on my shelf of books not to read. But I'll try it out because she seemed really excited about these books. I will also overlook the hideous cover. Well, it's not hideous, but I just can't get past the unnatural color of this girl's lips. :P

I figure I ought to read at least one nonfiction book this summer, and this would be it. I am really excited because I tend to like memoirs, and also because this book is a favorite of many people who's reviews I really listen to on Goodreads. It sounds good, so why not?

Now, I absolutely adored The Lightning Thief, so I totally want to start Rick Riordan's other series, which would be this and the Heroes of Olympus series! I have high expectations for this book! Plus, I've always been intrigued by Egyptian Mythology, ever since I read The Alchemyst by Michael Scott. So this should be a really fun read! Plus, it's told as if it's a recording, so the person is talking to you!

I'm going into this book with mixed emotions. I had started it maybe last year, and didn't want to continue because I felt disgusted by some parts. Now I am hardened and mature and want to try it again because come on, it's such a cool premise! I am totally into that! So I'm excited but nervous. We'll see. :D

I don't know if I'll like this book based solely on description, but the hype for this book and the 2nd one is just insane. I want to get onboard the cool train and read this! ;) I've heard it has a lot of gory action, so that's good! XD

I fell in love with The Lightning Thief from page 1. It was just that good. I am so thankful to have Sea of Monsters in my hands, because now I can find out what happens next! *Flaps arms in excitement*.



I HAVE NO WORDS. I have been hearing about the hype for these books for SO LONG and now, after weeks and weeks of waiting, I HAVE IT. And I shall devour it. I CAN'T EVEN BEGIN TO START TO DESCRIBE THAT I AM SO EXCITED AND ASDFGHJKL;

And that's my book haul! So what books do you all have? Have you read any books in this book haul? How were they? Tell me in the comments!
Bye! :D

Top Ten Tuesday 6/11/13

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June 11: Top Ten Beach Reads (however YOU define a beach read!)

This is going to be REALLY hard, considering I barely ever go to the beach...

Generalization: Romantic books of any kind
Generalization: Fluffy, fun. and lighthearted reads.

What kind of books do you think make good beach reads?

Answer in the comments and follow me! :D

Bye! :)

Feature and Follow Friday 6/7/13

Friday, June 7, 2013
Hi guys!

This is my first time with this, so if I'm doing something wrong, please let me know in the comments!

This week's question:
Have you broken up with a series? If so which one and why?

The first one that comes to mind is The Clique series. I could not stand these books, yet read 3 or 4. After that, I decided that these books were TOTALLY not worth my time, and abandoned the series. I do not recommend picking up these books. :P

Thanks for checking out my blog! Please leave a comment with your link so I can follow you! Take a look at some of my other posts! Thanks :)

Saru :)

Book Haul 6/5/13

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Hell yeah!

Isn't it beautiful? Isn't it? Isn't it? I already have so many books at home but I had to grab these books when I saw them! There were so many more but I knew I wouldn't be able to finish them all. :P But anyway, these! AAAHHHH!

Each link leads to the Goodreads page for the book!

Okay, so, I picked up this book because it sounds interesting, it has really positive reviews, and because I LOVE the cover. I don't know exactly why I do, but I do.

So this book... what I've seen is most people enjoy the first book, then start hating the series as they read the other books. But still, I've heard so much about this book, and they made a movie, so I want to see what all the hype is about.

I have to. It's a classic children's book, and I LOVE the movie and the musical. Why would I not read this?

Basically the only reason I picked up this book is because I love Joan Bauer's books. I don't care if they're meant for children. Books like Hope was Here and Close to Famous? Those were AMAZING! :D

Well, I am a huge fan of Lauren Oliver, and this is another book many people seem to love, so I want to read it! Plus the premise sounds really interesting!

I'm REALLY excited for this book! The hype around it is HUGE and the premise looks so promising! I saw this and I didn't even have to think about, I just whisper-yelled (It's a library) "Shatter Me!" And grabbed it.

First of all, it's a book where books come to life! What book lover wouldn't want to read that? Second, one of my friends has been telling me how great these books are, so I checked it out!

I know it's not a ton of books, but the hype surrounding most of these books has me REALLY excited! SQUEE!

Bye! :)

Top Ten Tuesday 6/4/13

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
June 4: Top Ten Books Featuring Travel In Some Way (road trips, airplanes, travelogues, anything where there is traveling in the book!)

Ay-yi-yi. I have several books like this on my TBR list, but I haven't read many. Well, here goes nothing.

1. The Secret Series.
2. The Lightning Thief.
3. Uglies.
4. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.
5. Graceling.

6. Blood Red Road.

7. Crossed.
8. Where'd You Go, Bernadette.
9. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.
10. The Fault in Our Stars. 

That's my list! TTT was created here!
Bye! :D
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