Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #4

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

This wednesday I'm waiting for:



A Court of Thorns and Roses by: Sarah J Maas



 More Sarah J Maas awesomeness...Yes please! Sarah is one of the sweetest human beings I've ever met and she writes perfection. I'm a huge fan of the Throne of Glass series and I'm expecting great things from ACOTAR. I already have it pre-ordered and I need it right now! I can't wait...I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who else is excited for ACOTAR?!?!?



Sunday, April 26, 2015

Blame it on the bloggers: Mini-challenge for Dewey's 24-hour read-a-thon

Even though the read-a-thon has ended there are challenges still running!

This challenge is called blame it on the bloggers!

I'll be talking about Taylor over at The bibliophile gathering!
If you didn't know, she hosts a weekly meme called Recommendation Friday.
One of her recommendation Friday's caught my eye and that book is: Not a Drop to Drink by: Mindy McGinnis!



She is 100% responsible for this book being on my Tbr. I've heard really mixed things about it but I trust Taylor's recommendations so...here it is! Definitely need to pick it up soon. :)

Dewey's 24-hour read-a-thon: Hour 24 + One over all update + reflection

End of event meme:

1: Q: Which hour was most daunting for you?
A: Hour 23 because I was barely staying awake :)

2) Q: Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next          year?
A: A Magic Dark and Bright by: Jenny Adams Perinovic.... That's all I can think of off the top of my head...

3) Q: Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the read-a-thon next year?
A: In general, no. But I could improve my personal read-a-thon experience.

4) Q: What do you think worked really well in this year's read-a-thon?
A: The overall atmosphere was amazing :)

5) Q: How many books did you read?
A: Well......I read 1 but didn't finish it (It's sad, I know)

6) Q: What were the names of the books you read?
A: The Archived by: Victoria Schwab .....that's all 

7) Q: Which book did you enjoy most?
A: I know it's a real shocker but, the Archived by: Victoria Schwab

8) Q: Which did you enjoy the least?
A: Well, there's no point in me answering this question...

9) (Question for cheerleaders)

10) Q: How likely are you to participate in the read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
A: I am definitely participating again! (Despite my sucky reading skills) I will definitely sign up as a reader again, too!

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One over all update:

Over the entire read-a-thon I read 192 pages of The Archived by: Victoria Schwab. 
I actually only read for 5 hours out of the 24-hour time period I was given. In general, I'm not a particularly fast reader so 192 pages out of 321 wasn't that bad. 
I accidentally fell asleep while reading because it was 4 a.m and I could barely focus on what I was reading...
I'm definitely going to finish The Archived today because I'm enjoying it. 

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Personal Reflection:

Like I said above, I'll definitely be participating in October. During the periods of time where I was reading I had a blast! 
I definitely should have listened to other readers, bloggers, etc. about reading shorter books. I thought that the 300 page mark was short but I think I definitely would have done better if I would have chosen graphic novels and books around the 100-200 page mark. 
I also plan to dedicate a lot more time to the next read-a-thon. like I mentioned before, I only read about 5-hours out of the 24-hours which definitely wasn't enough time to accomplish anything.

Commet below if you plan to participate again. If so, tell me what you think you need to work on. Hope to see everyone again in October!



Friday, April 24, 2015

Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-thon: Information and TBR

Personal/general information:

This year I decided that I'm going to participate in Dewey's 24-hour read-a-thin!
Read-a-thon takes place on 4/25/15 (tomorrow)
I'll be updating on my twitter, Instagram, and this blog.
If you didn't know, everyone starts and ends at the same time. If you want to see a list of start times    ----------> click here <----------
 I believe my start time is 8:00 am (EST) so thats when I will personally begin the read-a-thon.

Links:
FAQ: http://24hourreadathon.com/read-a-thon-faq/
Reader sign ups: http://24hourreadathon.com/2015/03/26/april-2015-reader-sign-ups/

||| Twitter: @bookandbrunette |||
||| Instagram: @bookspiration_|||

TBR:

(It's advised not to read long books or to make yourself read something you don't want to)

I don't, in any way, feel obligated to read all of these but they're all on my Tbr (and around the 300 page mark.) Why not? It's not like I have stuff to do...

Note: I don't consider books I've already started cheating. I like to use read-a-thons as an extra push to finish my current reads.

-I've already started Red Queen and I'm enjoying it so hopefully I'll finish it :)
-I'm super embarrassed because I haven't read a Victoria Schwab book yet... I'm super excited to read The Archived though so maybe the excitement will fuel my book nerd powers :)
-I've been "reading" Everbound for the past two-months and I'm still not half-way through it..so lets finish this baby!
-I don't even remember the synopsis but...let's do this!
-I was kindly sent an ARC by NetGalley and I'm enjoying it so far so I can't wait to continue on!

Are you participating this year? If so, what's on your TBR?


Tbr books and my feet



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

This a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine

Happy Earth Day!!! I'm a cuddle fish...(that's what google told me :) Anyways...
Today I'll be presenting one of my most anticipated books for 2015 (and it's a debut novel!)

The Girl at Midnight by: Melissa Grey will be published April 28, by Delacorte Press



If you want the full synopsis then click the link --------->The Girl at Midnight!!!

Is The Girl at Midnight on your To-Be-Read list?


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

This is a weekly meme hosted by The Brooke and the Bookish :)


This week's theme is: Top Ten favorite author's of all time
(In no particular order)


Sarah J Maas:
I CAN'T EVEN EXPLAIN MY LOVE FOR SARAH SO I HAVE TO DO THIS ENTIRELY IN CAPS... Just Kidding (about the caps.) Sarah is an unbelievably amazing writer and I already have ACOTAR pre-ordered. She is also an amazingly awesome person. When I got to meet her back in September, along with Susan Dennard, she was funny, sweet, and she had awesome, awkward stories to tell (Like that one time in Vegas...) I need to meet her again because she is just all kinds of amazing... If you haven't at least read Throne of Glass then GET ON IT!!!

Cassandra Clare:
Not much explaining to be said. The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments are amazing. (Personally I like TID more than TMI) Cassandra is an auto buy author and I'm dying during this long wait for TDA. 

Laini Taylor:
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is absolutely brilliant. It's one of my all time favorite trilogies and I highly recommend it. Laini seems like a fun person (can we talk about that colored hair) and I hope I will get to meet her some day.

Gena Showalter:
I haven't read any of Gena's adult books but I have read the Alice in Zombieland trilogy and loved it. Hopefully she comes out with more YA books soon because I need more of her writing and characters. (Did I mention how amazing the writing and characters are...just saying.)

Jennifer L. Armentrout:
I can't even describe my love for Jennifer's characters, writing, and over all story telling abilities. I need to pick up her other books because I've only read The Lux Series and Wicked. (I need Torn right now!!!) Hopefully I'll get to meet her someday. :)

Rainbow Rowell:
I've only read Fangirl but it was amazing and I definitely consider her an awesome writer. (So she is on the list of awesome people)

Susan Ee:
I've only read Angelfall but I thought the writing was amazing and the characters were amazing. I need World After and then Penryn and the End of Days when it comes out...

John Green:
John Green has a way with words that is hard to find in writers/ their work. I definitely need a new book from him because I've enjoyed every unique, amazing word I've read from him.

Susan Dennard:
Susan not only writes amazing stories but she's besties with Sarah J Maas. (their conversations on Twitter are quit interesting :) She is an amazingly sweet person and everyone needs to read her books.

Shel Silverstein:
Yes I understand that this may be an usual choice but his poetry is genius and I need to acknowledge his greatness :)




Friday, April 17, 2015

Recommendation Friday #3

Recommendation Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Taylor and Stephanie over at 


This week I'm recommending a New Adult book that I've already talked about many times before (maybe I've already given it away.) 


Fall Out Girl follows a girl named Luna who is a social outcast, and a boy named Caleb who is popular. It sounds ehhh, right? Well, it actually is a whole lot deeper. Luna's dad is dead and the only family she has left is her alcoholic aunt so she lives with her. Caleb is the light in a darker situation....and trust me it's a crappy, dark situation. I really liked this book because it was raw and extremely realistic. It made me feel all the feels and I think that it will make others feel them too. If your looking for a non-cheesy New Adult romance then READ THIS BOOK!



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Brooke and the Bookish!
This weeks topic is Top Ten Inspiring quotes from Books. 
My (not so much inspirational quotes) Include:

1. "Why is it windy in here?" she asked.
"Why is it windy anywhere?" Nick answered.
(...)"I don't know. Tides?"
"Caves breathing?"
"It's not wind at all," Cath said. "It's what we feel when time suddenly jolts forward."
                                                                        
                                                                              -Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

2. "The tricky thing about fear is: It wears a different mask everyday."
         
                                                                            -Luciana Duarte, Fall Out Girl

3. "But everyone has some kind of power to hurt people" (...) "It doesn't mean they do."
    
                                                                            -Kristin Cashore, Graceling

4. "I love that nature reclaims all in the end. Men made this building, but she'll take it back. It's a reminder that everything is temporary. We're all so very, very temporary in the grand scheme of things."
                                                                            -Lily Paradis, Volition

5. "Libraries were full of ideas. Perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of them all."

                                                                            -Sarah J Maas, Throne of Glass

6. "You could rattle the stars. (...) You could do anything if you only dared."

                                                                          -Sarah J Maas, Throne of Glass

7. "That's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt."
                                                                          -John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

8. "...And all the colors I am inside 
Have not been invented yet."
                                                                         -Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

9. "We've all got both light and dark inside of us. What matters is the part we choose to act on, that's who we really are."
             
                                                                         -J.K Rowling, Harry Potter

10. "Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry."

                                                                        -Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices


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What are some of your inspirational quotes?




Today I am currently reading Red Queen by: Victoria Aveyard
So good so far!
Is Red Queen on your TBR? Have you already read it? If so, What did you think?


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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Review ||| Volition by: Lily Paradis

Volition by: Lily Paradis


Rating: 5/5

Finished: 4/10/15

synopsis:
"You know that feeling in the pit of your stomach that stays with you, then tears you apart slowly at first, and all at once shreds every fiber of your being?
  It's because your contradicting the universe.
Everything lines up so perfectly that you could't have imagined it to work out any better, but then you have to go and do everything humanly possible to ruin it because you can't stand to have it go right?
        That's what I did.
I did it because there's a darkness that surrounds me, and I think I want it there.
                                                         My name is Tate McKenna, and my soul is blacker than my heart.
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I honestly was going to give this book 4 stars because I thought that there had to be something wrong with it. Then I realized that whatever occurred in the book was right for the story.

I think that in order to enjoy this book you had to be able to relate to the characters in some way, or you had to be able to find the stories deeper meanings. I was able to relate to Tate. I actually realized that there was a part of me that is Tate and that I have a Jesse. (If you have read Volition and understand who Jesse really was then you get why someone could have a "Jesse") Volition made me reflect on my own life, it made me think.

The tagline for this book is "My soul is blacker than my heart" which was the first thing that stood out to me. It made the book sound unique and I could tell right away this wasn't going to be a horrible, cheesy contemporary.

The chapters would go: Now, then, now, then, etc. which was annoying in the beginning because all I wanted to do was read the story that took place in present day. As the story progressed I got more into Tate's character and was more interested in what happened in her past.

As far as my feelings on Tate's past, I didn't feel sorry for her at all while reading because there was nothing to feel sorry about. She chose the path that she chose and it all worked out because that's what her fate was. I did think that some of her actions were interesting, though.

I didn't hate Jesse which sounds extremely odd, but I didn't like him either. I felt like he was just a piece of the puzzle that was there because he needed to be there or else there could have been no story. I didn't feel sorry for him because he chose his path and he made his decisions.

I really, really liked Hayden. He was a good match for Tate because he had a darkness to himself. He was able to make her happy which is what really matters. Tate deserves a piece of happiness in her life.

Back to Tate herself......
I don't do drugs, drink, or go out to crazy parties like Tate but there were little things that made her relatable. Such as:

  • Trying to kill a cockroach because it's in the same room as her.
  • Listening to Florence + The Machine
  • Wanting to feel loved
I wouldn't recommend Volition to everybody. Only because if you are unable to understand the characters and there true meanings then you probably will not enjoy the story.
On the other hand, if your that type of person that has a darkness about themselves or that enjoys reading books that make you self-reflect then PICK VOLITION UP RIGHT NOW!!!!!

Quotes I wrote down while reading:

"Maybe I would. Maybe I'd buy a thousand copies, tear all the pages out, and smother myself in them. Then, someone could Mod Podge her words in my casket, too"

"Imagine what these rings have seen," Jesse said, his voice cutting through the silence. "Something happened, people happened, people died. And this tree saw it all--until it didn't."

"Pockets full of stones"

"Maybe the evil ran in our blood, and mine was just closer to the surface."

"I love that nature reclaims all in the end. Men made this building, but she'll take it back. It's a reminder that everything is temporary. We're so very, very temporary in the grand scheme of things."


Volition Playlist:

I highly suggest listening to the playlist provided in the back of the book while reading.
It includes artists such as:
  • Bastille
  • Florence + The Machine
  • Hozier
  • One Republic
  • The Foxes
  • Panic! At the Disco
  • Anberlin
  • Lana Del Ray
  • ETC.
The music makes you feel like your living the story while reading.






Friday, April 10, 2015

Recommendation Friday #2

     Recommendation Friday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful Taylor and Stephanie over at The Bibliophile Gathering :)

Today I will be recommending a book I read over winter break for a read-a-thon. Not many people talk about it but I feel like someone should....

......And that book is Sold by: Patricia McCormick

What is Sold about?
"Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small village in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school and having her moth brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must take a job to support her family.
     He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to help, Lakshmi journeys to India only to learn the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.
    An old women named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped e=there infill she can pay off her family's debt--then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave.
     Gradually, Lakshmi forms friendships that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision--will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life?"
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Now don't let the whole prostitution thing scare you. This book is not graphic in that way.

I started reading this book without reading the synopsis first and boy was I a surprise when I realized what the book was about. Even though I was shocked, I could't put it down. The book is extremely easy to read because of the way it was written.

The story is written in a short, vignette-style but is still written incredibly well. 
It takes place over a period of years, I believe. 

I know personally that I don't like to read books with younger narrators/main characters because they tend to be immature and whiny.
The main character, Lakshmi, is not whiny whatsoever. She is actually quite the opposite. Though she is in a nightmarish situation, she stays strong the entire time and never gives up hope. The more time she spends in the brothel the stronger and wiser she becomes. I actually came to admire her greatly.

I recommend this book because it an eye opener to what still occurs today in different parts of the world. It really makes you have a respect for girls who have to go through this or that have gone through this.


I you've read this book please tell me your thoughts!




Thursday, April 9, 2015

20 Things you could use as a bookmark

Have you ever been reading a book but when you go to reach for a bookmark there isn't one?
Well, no longer!
Today I have 20 things you could use as a bookmark!
Of Course there will be many gif's used to help explain.....


1. A Dog's Tail   
                        

2. Receipts

3. napkins

4. cd's

5. flattened drinking straw
If you can't use it for drinking then use it for your books!

6. Hay

7. pony tail holder
Flat enough that they won't harm your book.
They are almost always accessible!

8. feather


9. a different book


10. pencil


11. floss
It works! As long as it's not used because...gross.

12. stick
If it's small enough and isn't damp from being outside then why not?

13. plant stem

14. hat


15. ribbon


16. yarn
All you need is a small piece of yarn and: Voila! A bookmark

17. flat rock
Just make sure they're not wet :)

18. shirt


19. clothes pin
If you happen to have one on you the just clip it onto your current page and Ba Bam!

20. rings


What are some things you use as bookmarks?


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Top Ten Characters I'd like to Check in With

              This is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful ladies at The Brooke and the Bookish



Tessa Gray (The Infernal Devices)
  Though there was a story in The Bane Chronicles (the midnight heir) dedicated to Tessa and Will's son, it kind of just made me sad....as in I started sobbing.
What I really want to know is what happens after Clockwork Princess ends (before epilogue)...as in like 5 seconds after the ending. You know, with Will's family.

Tobias Eaton (Allegiant)
I NEED TO KNOW!!!
How are things going with him and his mother? How is he holding up?
The world may never know!......

Cath + Levi (Fangirl)
Cath and Levi are adorable together so I would love to see if they
 get married and have adorable book nerd children...which isn't weird at all.

Karou + Akiva (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)
I wish there was more of these two because they are both such amazing characters :)


Daemon + Katy (The Lux)
I absolutely love Katy and Daemon so I would love to see how their adventures at college work out.

Heather (Panic)
I'm not really invested in Heather but it would be interesting to see how she rebuilds her life after participating in Panic.

Ally + Cole (Alice in Zombieland)
Ally and Cole were my otp while reading this series so I would love to see how they are both doing because I miss them.

Luna + Caleb (Fall Out Girl)
Ughhh! I loved them so much and I need to see their journey across Europe!
(read to find out :)

Cassiel (Earth Angel)
I would love to see what her everyday life is like in Heaven because...why not?

Day + June (The Legend Trilogy)
Champion made me sob but I would still like to see what happens after Day and June see each other again. 





Sunday, April 5, 2015

Review: Graceling by: Kristen Cashore


Graceling by: Kristen Cashore

Rating: 4.5/5

"In a world where people born with an extreme skill-called a Grace-are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.
            When she first meets Prince Po, who is graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.
             She never expects to become Po's friend.
             She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace--or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away... a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone."

 I started Graceling with mediocre expectations. Many people love this book but many people hate this book. So I wasn't surprised when I started reading and didn't really like it that much.

 The beginning of the story was confusing. There wasn't much world building and somewhere during Chapter two all the information about the world the story takes place in was dumped all at once and it was a lot to take in. The confusion didn't stop until about page 50. Then I got more into the story.

Once I actually understood what was going on, I started to really like the book. The idea of being born with an extreme skill is unique and seeing characters living with the Grace made the book even better.

The main character, Katsa, is graced with killing which makes it sound like she would be a strong female protagonist, right? While she was definitely strong physically, she thought very low things of herself and that was sometimes hard to read. ...And she had a raging female agenda.
Katsa wan't a completely bad character though. There was definitely some character development and by the end of the story she was not only more comfortable with herself but with others as well.

The other main character, Po, was such a wonderful person! He balanced out Katsa's more violent personality with his wise, kind, and empathetic personality. He helped Katsa develop as a character which was great to see. He actually developed as a character. Once he became comfortable with his grace he was more comfortable with himself.

There is a "romance" between Katsa and Po but it plays a small part in the story compared to the bigger things happening that are causing a conflict.

As far as the story itself, there was enough action that I wanted to continue reading when I got to the end of each chapter, but not to a point where I would call this book a "page-turner."

I would recommend Graceling to anyone who enjoys Throne of Glass by: Sarah J. Maas.
Or to anyone who enjoys strong female protagonists who can fight for themselves.


What were your thoughts on Graceling?


Saturday, April 4, 2015

April TBR & TBR Jar challenge

Hopefully I'll get to more books this month because last month didn't go as well as I hoped it would. This month is when I have a week off because of Spring Break which means more reading... :)

I hope to read:


Volition by: Lily Paradis


Graceling by: Kristen Cashore

             

Tbr Jar challenge pick: A book that was gifted

Red Queen by: Victoria Aveyard

I don't have any other planned Tbr books but I hope to read more than three :)

What are some books on your Tbr for April?





Thursday, April 2, 2015

March Wrap-up 2015

I decided to do my wrap-up and Tbr separate so I guess this is part 1?...
This month was not as successful as I would have liked it to have been but I still read some pretty great books. :)


What did I read?:

Grave Mercy by: Robin LaFevers                                       Wonder by: R.J Palacio
                       


















The Book Thief by: Markus Zusak                                         
                 
                                                                             
Fall Out Girl by: L.Duarte                                    
           

Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery by: Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch


The Graveyard book Volume 1



I read 3 of the books that were on my Tbr for last month which isn't that bad....I never stick to my Tbr's completely because when I get stuck on the idea of reading a certain book, it's gonna happen :)


What books did you read last month?



Review|| A Court of Wings and Ruin (and lot's of cringe) by: Sarah J Maas

I don't usually like to review sequels because then the review can't truly be spoiler free (which is a huge bummer). BUT I ha...