Armchair BEA: Crash and Burn...

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Well, this is going to be a quick post before I work on a review, but I'm so sorry about missing so much Armchair BEA! The past few days have been extremely hectic, and I couldn't find the time to sit down and type a proper post. And I also couldn't stop watching Attack on Titan oops.

Instead of making Armchair BEA posts, I did important things like making this:

Yeah, I have an unhealthy obsession with Eren Jaeger (and I have to wait till 2015 to get more of his perfect-ness wahhhh).

So, um, yeah. Sorry guys, and I'll be back with a new post soon!

Armchair BEA Day 3!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Hey everyone! Today, we're going to discuss expanding our blogging horizons and give some love to the novellas and short stories that get forgotten sometimes, overshadowed by, well, bigger books! Let's go!

Expanding Our Blogging Horizons

I've ventured out of my shell in blog posts in general. I've become more decisive on what my stance is on a book, and I stick to it more often. My reviews are more critical now then they were before. I've also started to read different kinds of books because of blogging. Lastly, I've expanded my horizons in terms of friends. I've made quite a few friends through blogging, and not ones I'd like to lose. :D

Novellas and short stories that need some lovin'

Alex, Hana, and Annabel by Lauren Oliver
In Time by Alexandra Bracken
Geektastic by various authors
Unnatural Creatures by various authors

Back tomorrow with a less rushed post that hopefully is not written at a late hour such as this!

Armchair BEA Day 2!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
It's time for Day 2 of Armchair BEA! Today we'll discuss author interaction as well as talk about books in different formats. Let's get started!

Author Interaction

I've become so much more able to talk to authors since I've started blogging, especially through Goodreads. Posting my reviews on Goodreads has gotten me some author attention by people like James Patterson, and has given me the opportunity to chat with the likes of Lauren Oliver! I'm not going to lie and say I kept a level head whenever this occurred. I basically had a meltdown and keyboard smashed before going and writing an appropriate response. The comments authors give me provide a healthy dose of motivation, such as when Laurie Halse Anderson liked one of my reviews! The one author I've never interacted with that I would REALLY like to is John Green. Not only is he my favorite author, he's basically my favorite person, and my role model. Being able to talk to him would be a dream come true. If it actually happened, I actually might cry. So, if anyone has close contact to John Green, let me know. XD

Books in Different Formats

I don't dislike books in different formats, I just haven't read many, but let's talk about some that I have, and some I plan on reading.

The first stand-out book that I've read in a different format are actually two books, done the same way by the same author:


both of these lovely books are told through both full-page black and white drawings and text. The thing that I love about them is that the pictures actually tell the story. A chapter could begin with some words, and then the story would carry on with the images. There was no text to accompany them, it was up to the reader to infer what was going on. I thought that was really clever, and made reading all that much more fun!

Another format is Manga. For those of you who don't know, Manga is a style of japanese comic books and graphic novels, and a popular reading format. I don't generally read Manga, but as of late, I've been getting really into anime, a style of Japanese movies and TV shows, and most anime have a corresponding Manga, so I'd like to read and watch it! For example, I've recently fallen head over heels in love with the anime Attack on Titan, so I'd like to read the Manga.

Also, I'd like to read the Death Note manga:

Well, that's all I have for today! Let me know what you think about my post today in the comments, and leave a link to your own Armchair BEA posts so I can check yours out! I'll see you all tomorrow. :)

Armchair BEA Day 1

Monday, May 26, 2014
Hi everyone! Welcome to day one of Armchair BEA! Today I'll introduce myself, and then we'll talk about my current favorite books by genre. Let's get started!


  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from? 
Hi! I'm Saru. I'm a teenage girl in the USA, for whom books are an escape from reality. I also love Netflix, Tumblr, Goodreads, YouTube, Marvel superheroes, and ice cream. I'm pretty typical. I've been blogging for about a year and four months. I got into blogging simply because combining my love of reading and writing seemed like an awesome idea, which it totally was!
  1. Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details -- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. -- so we can connect more online. 
If I had to describe my blog in one sentence it would be: A home for avid readers full of gifs, quite a bit of fangirling, and inconsistent posting. 

As far as social media goes, I'm not on a lot of places, but...
This here is my blog, obviously.
  1. What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year? 
My favorite book from last year was probably City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. I read the whole Mortal Instruments series last year, and they were the best books I had read in quite a while, and the 5th book was my favorite. My favorite book so far this year? Man, that's SO tough. I guess if I had to choose I'd go with... The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. SO. GOOD. 
  1. What does your favorite/ideal reading space look like? (Pinterest encouraged!) 
Like this:

  1. Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers (doesn’t necessarily have to be book blogs/bloggers). 
Oh man, there are so many...

The Perpetual Page-Turner
Novel Sounds
Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile
Broke and Bookish
Finding Bliss in Books

To name a few.

Next, my favorite books by genre! I'll only be judging based on books read this year.

Sci-fi: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, as mentioned above.

Fantasy: The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. Hah, another Rick!

Realistic Fiction:
Paper Towns by John Green. That man and his books... I can't even.

 Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare. Spoiler alert:  They both die.

Nonfiction: Night by Elie Wiesel. Man, that was heavy.

I'll see you all tomorrow with a much less rushed post. :)

What You've Missed...

Friday, May 23, 2014
Hi everyone!

I decided to make a post letting you all know what I've been up to for the past 4-5ish months, in a few different categories. Without further ado...

TV Shows

  • I finished all of Sherlock in a week or two.
  • I FINALLY watched every episode of Doctor Who since the 2005 reboot. I still need to see the Classic episodes, though.
  • I nearly wept tears of joy at the season finale of The Mentalist.
  • I'm currently on season three and rapidly moving through White Collar. 
  • I got a life-changing service: Netflix.
  • I continue to obsessively re-watch episodes of Monk.
  • Dr. Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds is my babe. 


  • I am obsessed with Panic! At The Disco. Brendon Urie can do no wrong.
  • Coldplay's new album is pretty good, but the songs all sound very similar.
  • Marina and the Diamonds is fantastic.


  • I am ridiculously excited for Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • The ending of Roman Holiday made me very sad.
  • Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is the best musical.
  • So is Phantom of the Opera.
  • I want to have Breakfast at Tiffany's in a cute little black dress.
  • I really enjoyed The Breakfast Club. My mother didn't.
  • Mean Girls is timeless.
  • I seriously need to watch Divergent.


  • I finished off every released book of the Heroes of Olympus series. Rick Riordan is amazing.
  • Paper Towns is now my favorite John Green book.
  • I read every released book of The Lunar Chronicles. SO. GOOD.
  • I painted my nails electric blue after reading Looking for Alaska.
  • 1984 dragged for me, quite a bit.
  • Heaven Looks a lot Like the Mall was a quick, fun read, but also had really deep themes.
  • I re-read an old favorite, The Alchemyst.
  • finally finished Romeo & Juliet. 
  • I also finally finished Steel Lily.
  • The Darkest Minds exceeded all of my expectations.
  • I still couldn't tell the difference between Tris's and Tobias's voice in Free Four.
  • Anna and the French Kiss was so much better than I thought it would be. 
  • In Time almost made me cry. And it's a novella.
  • Pivot Point was a very unique book, and humorous as well.
  • For Darkness Shows the Stars made me rather angry. I am not a fan. 
  • Ruby Red was a very enjoyable book, the kind you can't put down.
  • Night opened my eyes to the horrors of The Holocaust.
  • I was kept guessing until the very end about who the murderer was in And Then There Were None.
  • Murder on the Orient Express had an even more surprising ending.
  • The Demigod Diaries gave me a dose of demigod as I wait impatiently for The Blood of Olympus.
  • I read Doctor Who: The Vault just for the pictures.
  • The 5th Wave was FANTASTIC. Every character was perfectly crafted. I need book two.
  • I embraced my inner nerd with Geektastic: Stories From the Nerd Herd.
  • I'm currently reading and loving Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.


  • I have no life because of Netflix and homework.

Well, that's been my life for the past few months. I'd love to hear about yours! What noteworthy events happened in your life while I was gone? Let me know!

Back To Blogging

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Hi everyone...

Remember me? Saru? To Read or Not to Read? Yes? Maybe? No?

The last time I posted something, it was early to mid-January. Today, it is May 18, . School has finally been let out, and I'm back, with a BIG apology.

I'm so sorry that I disappeared with no warning for so many months. After January, school got to be too much, and I didn't have time to post anything. I was really stressed, so I decided not to update my blog until things got easier. Which is the now, near the end of the school year.

Once I'm on summer vacation, I have a goal. One post, every day. On my honor. Okay, maybe not on my honor, because let's face it, nobody's perfect.

You guys missed me, right?

I'll be starting up a new post as soon as I post this one. :)

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