Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bookish Pet Peeves That Make Me Want to Sceam

Wow... It's been forever. I'm trying to get back into a normal blogging schedule and it just isn't working... Hopefully I will soon be posting more often!

Anyways, I've seen a bunch of booktubers and bloggers doing videos/blogs about their bookish pet peeves. Due to some extreme OCD issues, I have a fair amount of pet peeves in every area of life. Maybe, if I put them online, I won't feel so alone...

My Bookish Pet Peeves

1. Doggie Eared Pages

I can't be the only one. Whyyyyyyyy???? You understand, we all understand, how can people do this?!?!? How is being gay a sin when we have this in the world?!?

2. Books of Different Heights

This happens so commonly. I just don't understand why there can't be a standard size for hardcovers, and one for paperback. Such a fixable problem. By the way, wouldn't it be easier because you could use the same machine to make all books?!?

3. Paperback Books next to Hardcover Books

I never really hear people talking about this issue since it's such an avoidable problem. Personally, I just don't like when bookstores put the first book in a series in paperback (with no hardcover available) and the rest in hardcover. That just makes me want to buy all my books online, which makes me sad. I like bookstores... :'(

4. COVER CHANGES

Okay, this is just annoying. We must get to publishers about this issue. Why must you torture all these poor, innocent bibliophiles with your cover changes?
There is just so many... I must have more examples! At least this one is a good thing!

5. Book Covers that have Nothing to do with the Book

Publishers, publishers, why can't more of you read the books before you make the covers? Just, why? The books great, but the cover is giving me nothing.
Blizzard... Was there ever a blizzard? I don't think so...? At least it wasn't important.
Even after the change, what does this have to do with anything??? I guess it's pretty:
Thanks for reading! Please let me know I'm not alone.... After looking at all these bookish pet peeves of mine, I can't stand the world!! Grrrrrr.... Anything that bothers you that I missed? This hurts.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

14 Best Books of 2014 (In My Opinion)

Hello 

and welcome to my favorite books. At least of 2014 that is. Keep in mind that this is in MY opinion and it is just books I read in 2014. Not with release dates in 2014 (some do though).

This list also includes an honorable mention, because this was a hard list to narrow down.

I read 52 books in 2014. These are my top 14. Enjoy.

These are in order by the way. I rated most of them by how much they personally impacted my life and changed who I was as a person. I hope you enjoy them too!

14. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This book was a new kind of read for me. It seemed more likely to happen than something as far-fetched as Divergent. I want to make this short, but this book really gives you a strange view about what the world could turn into. In the near future. Plus, the 1980s.

13. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

First of all, great name. You might be wondering why Fangirl is so low on my list (at least it made my list). As I said before, a lot of books this year changed my life, but this one didn't. I enjoyed it, it was relatable, cutsy, etc. Just wasn't freaking out about it.

12. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

This book is more of a guilty pleasure than anything else. The rest of the books in this trilogy/series thing we're not that great. Sam and Grace were the worst characters ever. I like Cole and Isabell, though, and that's all this book has. Sam and Grace are only mentioned...WIN.

11. Entwined by Heather Dixon

Honestly, I can't create a favorite books list without princesses. I LOVE princesses. I don't know why, it's just a thing with me. This book is based on the less-known fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses. This book didn't change my life, but come on, princesses.

10. S. By J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

This book took me forever to read, but I ended up loving it. It's kind of hard to read, literally, go look up some pictures. Gahh. The handwritten part of the story is defiantly the best part, because the typed part reads like a very good, but outdated book. It's worth it if you're thinking of reading it.

9. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

I can't believe how low this book ended up being on my list, because I loved this book. When, I finished it, I was just wishing this book would become more popular, because I LOVE IT. It's just so great. The writing, everything, flawless, amazing, yayyyyy.

8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

I finished this book on New Year's Eve and would have done a full review but I still am just so confused. The end of the book just throws out explainations for the entire book in the last chapter and my brain might have screamed. The world and characters are great. There's a lot of details about different types of guns that I didn't understand, but I loved it. Ow ow ow brain ow.

7. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson might as well be the greatest author of the year. Two books on the list!! Good job, dude. Anyway, this book was better than Steelheart, but was I think also for younger kids. Very, very, very cool world. I love it. 

6. The Archived by Victoria Schwab

A lot of the books from now on are about death. This one is. I love the world so so so much. The characters are pretty awesome as well. I read this book a long time ago and really don't remember to much but at times it was a bit predictable. Still unique and great, though!

5. The Fault in our Stars by John Green

I know, I didn't read it until this year, boo who. This book is so cliché but I don't care. I come for John Green, not the story. Green's writing is amazing, I love it. The characters and story are fine but not really unique. The writing gives this book some very redeemable qualities.

4. Looking for Alaska by John Green

Once again, an author twice. I love his writing. This book is less cliché than TFioS and, to me, it gives your more things to think about twice. I still finished this book for the writing though, it doesn't get much better than that. I love John Green.

3. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya van Wagenen

As a "modern geek" I was interested in this book. It's one of those inspirational, middle schooltype books. The difference is that it's written by a middle-schooler which makes it more realistic than stories created by adults. I have I full review on Popular on this blog too, you can check that post out as well. This girl is going places though, her writing is amazing.

2. More Than This by Patrick Ness

Now, HERE'S a book about death. This was my first Patrick Ness book, and I will be continuing. Probably with the Chaos Walking Trilogy. More Than This deals with two of my favorite topics in books: homosexuality and death. Actually it's not about homosexuality but it's mentioned and the main character is gay which I love. We need more LGBT main characters in YA lit!

Before I tell you my overall favorite book of the year, I'd like to give an honorable mention too:

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

I feel really bad about not including this book because it's a great book. Uglies was a really close number 15. I loved this book, but unfortunately, I loved 14 other books I read this year just a bit better.

Finally, my number 1 book for 2014 is:

1. Every Day by David Levithan

This book may have not had the best writing of 2014, but it did change my sexuality. Well, okay, I still like guys, but I don't care about gender anymore, and it doesn't make a difference to whether I like you. That's a pretty big deal to me, and I highly suggest you read this book. No matter what gender you are.

 All done! Thanks for reading my 14 Best Books of 2014 (In My Opinion)!! I loved every book I mentioned and highly suggest all of them. Have any suggestions for books I should read in the New Year? Comment with books and I'll look into them. Goodbye! Follow me for more!