Top Ten Tuesday 7/30/13

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Hi everyone!

July 30: Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books

Beginnings

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

"Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well."
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

"I have been locked up for 264 days."
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

"This book begins with a plane crash."
Delirium by Lauren Oliver

"“It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.”
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

"Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death."
Legend by Marie Lu

"My mother thinks I'm dead."

 Endings (May contain spoilers)

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

"Alex."
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

I don't have specific quotes for this one, but let me just say, Cassie is the queen of plot twists and cliffhangers.

Prodigy by Marie Lu

“Day, the boy from the streets with nothing except the clothes on his back and the earnestness in his eyes, owns my heart.
He is beauty, inside and out.
He is the silver lining in a world of darkness.
He is my light.” 
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

"I am haunted by humans."

That's my Top Ten! What's yours? Leave a comment and a link to your TTT below, check out some of my other posts, and if you like what you see, follow me! I follow back.

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Feature and Follow 7/26/13

Friday, July 26, 2013
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Q: What do you do with your books after you are done reading them?

Well, since I get 99% of my books at my library, I return the books when I'm done. XD
If I ever buy a book, I keep it. Yeah, call me selfish. ;)

What about you? Tell me in the comments, and leave a link to your F&F so I can check out your blog! Feel free to look around my blog and read some other posts! If you like what you see, please follow me! I follow back! :D

Thanks!



Book Hangovers

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Hey everyone!

So, I am going through a terrible book hangover right now, and I need your help.

If you're not familiar with a book hangover, well...

The definition of a book hangover
Let me walk you through what happened.

So, 9 days ago, I finished Prodigy by Marie Lu. I was blown away and left in hysterics, unable to comprehend what I had just read.

Exactly how I felt.
So after a few hours of gushing about the book, and panicking about the ending, I decided it was time to start a new book. I grabbed The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, plopped onto my bed, and opened up to the first page.

And I couldn't read it.

I tried, believe me, I tried to read it, but my mind literally refused to understand what I was reading. All that was going through my mind was thoughts of Day and June (especially Day), and how I would have to wait till November for book three.

Finally, I stop trying to read The Knife of Never Letting Go, and went back to a world I know I loved: The Delirium world. I had a paperback checked out of the library that was a collection of three short stories told from the point of view of different characters in the Delirium world. I absolutely loved it, and found that I was out of my book hangover! It was great!

Then, I picked up The Titan's Curse, and started reading it. On Tuesday, I went to the library. While I was there, I saw an astounding sight: The 2-chapter sampler of Champion which was only available at BEA, in the hands of a librarian who I enjoy talking to. I let out a huge gasp, and started rambling incoherently. She offered to let me borrow it, and I let loose a torrent of gratitude. When I got home, I set upon reading it almost immediately. I knew I shouldn't read it, because it would just throw me back into my book hangover, but it was right there, in my hands, and I was helpless. I had to read it. About 15 minutes later, I was done, and I was an emotional wreck. And I knew I was back in my book hangover.

Now once again, I want to read, but I can't do it. The Titan's Curse sits, untouched, on the same page as I was 2 days ago.

I need advice. How do you guys get over book hangovers? I don't know what to do!

Please leave a comment letting me know how you deal with book hangovers so I can get over this one!

Thanks!



Top Ten Tuesday 7/23/13

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hi!


July 23: Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT pick up a book (opposite of April 30 topic!)

1. Horror. I don't do horror. :P

2. Erotic. Hahaha, nope.

3. World War II. I read so many books set in this time period all at once, so I want to take a break.

4. Nonfiction. I read next to nothing that is nonfiction.

5. Sports. Not a big fan of this. XD

6. "For fans of Twilight". No, thank you.

7. "For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey". No.

That's honestly all I can think of!

What stops you from picking up a book? Link your TTT in the comments, check out some of my other posts, and if you like what you see, follow me!

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Stacking the Shelves 7/20/13

Saturday, July 20, 2013
My first try with this!

This will take the place of my Book Haul posts, although I'll still tag it as a book haul.

                                                                                                                                        

1. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

2. The Fame Game (The Fame Game #1) by Lauren Conrad

3. Spoiled (Spoiled #1) by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Feature and Follow 7/19/13

Friday, July 19, 2013
Hey everyone! :D


Q: Book Vacay: Where is the best destination reading spot for you? (Where do you like to go to read other then your home)

Other than my home? Hm... I have to think about that one. Other than my home, I like to read at the library. Not only is it nice and quiet, but just the fact that you are surrounded by even more books is comforting. It is a great place to lose yourself in a book.

How about you? What is your favorite reading spot, excluding your house? Comment below and leave a link to your F & F so I can check it out! Please read some of my other posts, and if you like what you see, please follow me, I follow back!

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Eragon by Christopher Paolini: Review

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Yay! It's a review!

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle #1) by Christopher Paolini
Rating: *** stars

One boy . . . One dragon . . . A world of adventure. When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.



Initial Reaction after finishing this book:
This book had a lot of potential, but was a let down. It was recommended to me by a friend, who calls this "The best series ever", so I thought it would be amazing!

I was wrong.

I mean, I liked it, but not as much as I thought I would.

Let's just start with what I liked about it:

I think that Paolini writes action very well. During all of the action scenes (of which there are not enough), I was on the edge of my seat! Things just kept happening,and you couldn't predict them! Shades and dragons appeared and there were sword-fights and magic-fights, and more!
One of my favorite aspects of these books was the relationship between Eragon and Saphira. I loved how much they cared for each other, and how they had each other's backs, while still having little fights. I thought it was really cute. Also, the fact that Eragon and Saphira could read each other's minds, and could meld their strength together to perform tiring magic spells was a really cool concept.
All the magical creatures like Werecats and Urgals were really great additions to the story, and made it more intriguing. You just wanted to know what they were!
Paolini wrote the first draft of this story at fifteen. That said, he needs to be given some props. The writing, when not info-dumpy, was very descriptive, and the word choice was excellent!
Also, some of the plot points caught you by surprise, which I always like to have, even though they were sad. :(

My main problem with this book was that it was about 300 pages too long. In an attempt to do some world-building, Paolini just dumps pages and pages of information on you, and it is boring as hell. I had to drag myself through those portions. I remember telling myself to just read another 10, 20 pages. I was forcing myself. That's why I recommend this book to people who are willing to fight their way through pages of unnecessary crap to get to the good stuff. The book only gets very interesting near the end. That was the point where I couldn't put it down. Other than the end, the book moved at a snail's pace, minus the rare action scenes that dot the middle.
Oh, another thing I forgot to address. What was with Eragon and the elf woman? It really got on my nerves that he didn't even know who she was, but he still found the need to feel a sense of responsibility towards her, and rescue her. I think it's safe to say that he didn't know her, yet he was in love with her.

Really Christopher Paolini? REALLY?


David Tennant is not amused.

So basically, minus the majority of this book boring stuff and the strange insta-love, this book was really good! I'll pick up the sequel eventually, but it's not something I'm really looking forward to.

To Read or Not to Read?

If you have have a strong will, or are willing to persevere, then I do recommend this book! Otherwise, you may find it too tedious.

Bookish Questions!

I was doing some online exploring, and look at what I found here! It's 55 questions about me and books! What could be better? Let's start answering, shall we?

1. Favorite childhood book?
The Dish series by Diane Muldrow.
2. What are you reading right now?
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley, for my brother.
4. Bad book habit?
Abandoning books quickly.
5. What do you have currently checked out from the library?
The red pyramid
The future of us
The knife of never letting go
Gameboard of the gods
Delirium stories : Hana, Annabel, and Raven 
Clockwork angel
Under the never sky 
The Titan's curse
Inkheart 
Almost home
The wonderful Wizard of Oz 
Starcrossed 
Fire 
Paper Towns
The truth about forever 
Unravel me 
The host 
An abundance of Katherines 
Spoiled 

The fame game
6. Do you have an e-reader?
Yes. 2, actually.
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
One book at a time.
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Yes. Since I now take notes when I read, my pace is much slower.
9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
The Pearl.
10. Favorite book you've read this year?
The Mortal Instruments series.
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
I tend to read out of my comfort zone frequently.
12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Around 500 page books, teen or YA.
13. Can you read on the bus?
No, I get distracted by all the people. Plus, it's so loud.
14. Favorite place to read?
Sprawled on my bed.
15. What is your policy on book lending?
I'll offer to lend books, but actually lending them is a different matter entirely. XD
16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
No. I collect bookmarks, so what would the point of dog-earing be?
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
No.
18. Not even with textbooks?
Nope.
19. What is your favorite language to read in?
English.
20. What makes you a love a book?
Descriptive writing, great characters, humor, loads of action and a swoon-worthy romance.
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? 
I'll take this opportunity to quote John Green:
From The Fault in Our Stars:

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” 
Books like that.
22. Favorite genre?
Dystopian and fantasy.
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
I have to start reading more non-fiction! I almost never read it!
24. Favorite biography?
See above. :P
25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Yes, Tuesdays with Morrie.
26. Favorite cookbook?
I don't know, Big Book of Cupcakes?
27. Most inspirational book you've read this year (fiction or nonfiction)?
The Fault in Our Stars
28. Favorite reading snack?
I don't really care. I can eat anything when I read... if it's edible.
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience?
Well, in the case of The Infernal Devices, all the hype threw massive spoilers at my face so I suppose that will ruin my reading experience.
30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
A lot of the time.
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
They're really fun to write, but I give them out rarely.
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
Probably in french, so I could read the original Les Miserables.
33. Most intimidating book you've ever read?
Um, in size, The Book Thief. In content, Fahrenheit 451.
34. Most intimidating book you're too nervous to begin?
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. It's a brick!
35. Favorite poet?
I don't often read poetry. Lewis Carroll, I guess.
36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
10-15, but sometimes I go crazy and can have as many as 20+!
37. How often have you returned the book to the library unread?
I do this all the time. Those due dates just sneak up on you!
38. Favorite fictional character?
 JACE. JACE. JACE. (From The Mortal Instruments series).
39. Favorite fictional villain?
As in, the one I hate the most? Sebastian/Jonathan. *Imagines herself brutally killing him*.
40. Books I'm most likely to bring on vacation?
Whatever book I want to read. I don't bring a specific type.
41. The longest I've gone without reading?
Not long. 1 or 2 days at the most.
42. Name a book that you could/would not finish?
Where The Red Fern Grows. I knew the ending, and I didn't want to die of sadness.
43. What distracts you easily when you're reading?
My iPod Touch, YouTube, and Goodreads.
44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Confessions of a Shopaholic.
45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
I have no idea.
46. The most money I've ever spent in the bookstore at one time.
Around $50.
47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Very often.
48. What would cause you to stop a book half-way through?
If I'm bored out of my mind.
49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes!
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you've read them?
I'm selfish. I keep them.
51. Are there any books you've been avoiding?
Psh... yeah! Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey.
52. Name a book that made you angry?
Reached.
53. A book that you didn't expect to like but did? 
The Hunger Games.
54. A book that you expected to like but didn't?
Reached.
55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Chick lit of any kind.


Top Ten Tuesday 7/16/13

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Hi everyone!

July 16: Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition (Topic originally done March 2011)

For this TTT I'm going to write the name of the author and link to a page that shows all the books these authors have written!

1. Mitch Albom2. Kristen Simmons3. Kristin Cashore4. James Riley5. Pseudonymous Bosch6. Libba Bray7. Moira Young8. Shannon Hale9. Joan Bauer10. Laurie Halse Anderson


Thanks for checking out my TTT! Link yours in the comments, check out some of my other posts, and follow me!

Thanks!

PS. I know I have not posted a review for ages. I will get one up this week. I swear.

Top Ten Tuesday 7/9/13

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Hi guys!

I'm really not in the mood for doing a TTT this week. :P I think I'll just take a break today. I'll be back next week! I'm sorry!

Bye! :)

Feature and Follow 7/5/13

Friday, July 5, 2013
Hi everyone!

Q: Today’s is the US’ Independence Day. Share your favorite book with a war in it, or an overthrow of the government.

I think for this, my favorite war book is definitely Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. I just love everything about it! It gives such great perspective on The Civil War! If you haven't already, I recommend you check it out!

That's my F&F! Link yours below in the comments, check out some of my other posts, and please follow me, I follow back! 

Thanks guys! :D

Happy Fourth of July!

Thursday, July 4, 2013
Hi everyone!

Everyone have a great, fun-filled Fourth! And if you don't live in the USA, have a great day anyway! :D

Top Ten Tuesday 7/2/13

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Hi!

July 2: Top Ten Most Intimidating Books (might be intimated by size, content, that everyone else loves it but you are sure you won't etc)

Hmmm...

Because of size:


Because of content:





That's my TTT! What's yours? Link your TTT in the comments, check out my other posts, and please follow, preferably through Bloglovin'!

Thanks, and BYEE! :D

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye to GFC!

Monday, July 1, 2013
Hi everyone!

So as you may of heard, Google Friend Connect is ending tomorrow! If you are following me through this, then I would appreciate if you followed me somewhere else! I have some options:


  1. Follow me through Bloglovin'!
  2. Follow me by email!
  3. Follow me on Goodreads!
Thank you guys so much! You're awesome!

Bye! :)


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