Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Reader Problems Tag

So I saw and stole this from Angelica at Life is Reading and TV (http://angelica-2009.blogspot.com). This just looks like such a fun tag!! I wasn't like tagged...but whatever. Anyway, I have reader problems, let's do this.

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Umm... Cry?? Jk.. I'd probably look on Goodreads for ideas. Or get one massive TBR jar and pull a book out of that.

You're halfway through a book and you're just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?

This is a confusing question. What I'll probably do is put it down for awhile then come back to it when I have extra time. I really don't like fulling quiting books because then it's hard to complete my reading challenge!!

The end of the year is coming up and you're so close, but so far away from your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up? If so, how?

I've never actually been in this situation, but I guess I would try to catch up. Since I have winter break at the very end of the year I could probably manage!

The covers of a series you love DO NOT MATCH. How do you cope?

I can't cope!! I cry and cry and cry. Usually I just buy them on kindle instead because they're less and they don't have to match!! That still makes me sad, though, because I want them on my shelf!!

Everyone and their mother love a book you do not like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

This is why Goodreads was created!! I can usually find someone in there somewhere that didn't like the book!

You're reading a book and you're about to start crying in public. How do you deal with it?

Um. Yeah. I cry a lot, I'm pretty sure no one will care. Plus, I have long hair for this exact reason.

A sequel to a book you loved just came out, but you've forgotten a lot about the previous novel. Will you reread the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?

None of the above!! I never really forget books, so I don't often reread them. My memory is too amazing for this question!!!!!!

Reading ADD. You've picked up and put down 5 books in the past month. How do you get out of your reading slump?

Usually I get into reading slumps after reading classics, or after reading a book for school I had to do an essay/report on. So I usually go to a sequel of a book I already read and loved, because I know I like the world and the author, so I'll probably like the next book. Also, no essays for awhile.

There are so many books coming out that you're dying to read. How many do you actually buy.

Unlike some other readers, I usually have one big book haul around Christmas, and then don't bye many books throughout the rest of the year. Probably one every couple of months, depending on when anticipated books are coming out!

After buying all the books you can't wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you read them?

I'm all over the place on this one. Some of them have been sitting there for years, others, a few 
weeks. My most anticipated books are usually started right away, but if I got them for Christmas or something they're probably going to be there for at least a few months, maybe longer.

Well that was...fun. Kind of painful to think about, but defiantly relatable. If you want, you should 
totally do this tag!! It sorta helps come up with reading resolutions... Whatever. Thanks for reading!!! Goodbye!

Favorite Series of All of Ever

Hello! These are my favorite series of all time. If something isn't in there, it might just mean I haven't read it yet (which is actually quite a lot of them)! Hope this helps you find a book or something. Or if you can relate to it, that's nice to. I don't know some kind of feelings towards it.

Warning: I haven't read a lot of series I KNOW I need to read so if you could not hate me for it, that would be great!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan:

This is obvious. I love Percy Jackson and if you haven't read it where have you been, blah blah blah...

The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan:

Another one!! By the way, not just a spin off series! Best thing ever!!! You should read it it you haven't! No duh!!

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan:

I am SOOO predictable right now. But I love Egypt everything so I needed this on here!! If you've only read PJO, this one's probably just as good!!

Shatter Me by Teherah Mafi:

This is one of my favorite series of all time, but it's not for everyone. The writing (aka the metaphors) can be a bit disturbing at times. Go look some up just to see if that's okay with you. If so, fantastic series!

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson:

I honestly don't know how many books this series will have, but I will read them all. Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors and he is awesome!!!!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas:

Okay, before you spoil me, I have only read Throne of Glass!! I have yet to read the rest of the books!! Please no spoilers!!!!!!!!!! I loved what I read of it though!

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins:

I actually did a review of this a few days ago! Only one book of this series has come out, but it was fantastic and I'm so excited for the next one!!!

The Selection by Kiera Cass:

This is more of a series I read because I need to know what happens (for some reason). They're really short and fast-paced. So yeah... It's like a reality TV show, exactly like one.

So that's pretty much it. Please, I'm begging you, don't get on me about the Harry Potter series. I have only read the first book (please don't hate me) and I honestly don't know if I'll continue (don't hate me), I know they get better, but, like, ehhh. Sorry. If you have any suggestions besides Harry Potter (and The Mortal Instruments, I know) I will look into them!! Thanks for reading!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins- Book Review

Rebel Belle Rating: Like, 4.8 stars...

Summary (From Goodreads): Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts. Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things start to get complicated when Harper starts falling for him-and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

Review: Ohmigod this book. I really wasn't expecting to love it so much. First of all, David Stark. I LOVE HIM. Seriously, new favorite fictional person. He's geeky and funny and smart and awkward and all the stuff in my last post put together and greatness!!! Even if you don't like the synopsis of the book, it doesn't matter. HE'S JUST SO FANTASTICAL. Okay enough fangirling (for the next few sentences). The rest of the characters are actually very realistic and likable. Rachel Hawkins writing is very teen-like, but also very girly. If your a guy, you probably wouldn't like this book quite as much. Anyway, the ancient mythology this book is based around is very interesting. And even after me being obsessed with ancient mythology, I realized I didn't know much about Paladins, Mages and Oracles. Also, this book is a series and I can't wait for the next book! If you're wondering, it doesn't end on a cliff-hanger, but does have some unanswered questions for the next book.

My fangirling: DAVID STARK IS SO SO SO AMAZING I LOVE HIM. READ THIS BOOK! OH MY GOODNESS I AM DYING. ALSO HIS LAST NAME IS FANTASTIC I WOULD TOTALLY MARRY HIM. I AM A GEEK TOO! I LOVE YOU!

Sorry about that.

Recommended?: Haven't I said enough? Ummm... YES. Well, mostly for girls. It's kinda romantic and girly, but if you're okay with that then you should read this book.

Thanks so much for reading!!! I hope you go pick up Rebel Belle because awesomenesses. Goodbye!!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

What I Like in a Book Boyfriend

Hey! So most of us have all had a book boyfriend at some point in our lives. I thought I would talk about some of the things I love to have in a awesome book boyfriend. The opposite of the things on this list are my dislikes...

Flawed Guys:

Yes I do like my BB with flaws. Actual flaws by the way, Percy Jackson really has no flaws. It annoys me. Unfortunately it's still really hard to not love him.... Anyway, it just seems more realistic to have a guy with a fair amount of flaws. Sometimes it make me feel like they're real and I have an ACTUAL social life.

Geeks/Nerds:

Yeesssss. Seriously, there is nothing better than a geeky, doctor-who-loving book boyfriend (aka David Stark from Rebel Belle). It just feels like I can relate and have a conversation with them. Now I will pretend I don't have fictional conversations with fictional characters. Though I wouldn't mind having a real geeky boyfriend.


Intelligence:

I don't like stupid characters or people. They get on my nerves. You must be smart enough that I can have a full, in-depth conversation with you. You may be realizing that I like to talk.


Awkwardness:

Awkward guys are adorable!! They make me laugh and they're so much fun to read. I can't get enough of stumbling guys that just can't stay on their feet. I'm kinda talking about David Stark again, you should read that book!


Funny Guys:

If you don't have a sense of humor, you will never be a book boyfriend. I love guys that I can joke with (Leo Valdez) and that will make me laugh (aka, Leo Valdez)!


Cutesy:

This is a weird one, and it kinda goes with the rest of these. I like cute guys. Not hot. I really don't like hot guys. Or jocks. Not even in real life. Give me a cute guy any day. 


Book Lovers:

I really love guys that love books! I don't read to many books with book-loving guys and I honestly can't think of one. But it would be fantastic if they did!


Well I just made myself a fake boyfriend. If you know anyone like this I would love to meet them (jk, kinda)! So tell me if you agree with any of these! I guess you kind of know my type now. 

Versatile Blogger Award



Hello! I so excited to tell you I've been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Myra from I'm Loving Books and also The Mistress from The Mistress Case Thanks a lot!

The Rules:

This is what must happen now:

1. Nominate 15 other bloggers relatively new to blogging (Then learn how to spell nominate).
2. Let the bloggers know that you've nominated them.
3. Share 10 random facts about yourself.
4. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your post.

The Nominees:


1. Kelly from  Bibliophile Bliss
2. Aria from A Whimsical Reader
3. Nicole from Eunoia Reads
4. Annie from One Too Many Adjectives
5. Raffy from Eccentric Everything
6. Vivien from Pages of Wonderland
7. Nichole from Forsaken Fates
8. Amanda from The Darling Bookworm
9. Maureen from Diaries of a Book Lover
10. Tiffany from The Bookish Thought
11. Rose from Lovely Paranormal Books
12. Rola (who's really not too new to blogging) from Worn Out Pages
13. Kitty and Fari from My Little Corner for Books
14. Betsy from I Sold My Soul for Books
15. Tori from Intorilex

That took an insane amount of time....

10 Random Facts About Me:

AKA, the easy part of this.

1. I'm a vegetarian and can totally defend myself against anything you have to say about it.
2. Panic! At the Disco is awesome. I guess that's not really about me, but it's a fact.
3. I memorized the preamble to the US Constitution for no reason.
4. I almost never reread books.
5. To some people I own too much Doctor Who stuff. You can never have too much.
6. Honestly, I've never completed a video game, but I've started quite a few.
7. The Mark of Athena is my favorite Rick Riordan book.
8. I like cats. Most of the time.
9. I use a fake name in every social media website except YouTube. Including blogging.
10. Maple Leaf Apple Smoked Gouda is my favorite cheese. Well, that I can afford. Dante is actually my favorite.


Anyway, thanks, Myra, again for nominating me! You guys should go check out her blog and all the other ones listed above! :) Thanks for reading! :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

If you like ______, You may like ______

So as a continuation of my book recommendations post I put up yesterday, I've decided to bring you If you like _____, you may like _____. The point of this post is to get people that like super hyped up books to read other less hyped books. Also, I'd like to support some smaller authors and series. Maybe this will help get some non-readers into reading as well!


If you like The Hunger Games, you may like:

1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
2. Legend by Marie Lu
3. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi


If you like Divergent, you may like:

1. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
2. Matched by Ally Condie
3. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson


If you like Percy Jackson, you may like:

1. The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
2. Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland


If you like It's Kind of a Funny Story, you may like:

1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
2. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
3. Impulse by Ellen Hopkins


If you like The Fault in our Stars, you may like:

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
2. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
3. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith


If you like Beautiful Creatures, you may like:

1. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
2. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
3. Paranormalcy Kiersten White


If you like Throne of Glass, you may like:

1. Poison by Bridget Zinn
2. Entwined by Heather Dixon


Thanks for reading!! I really hope this helps you with finding a book! Maybe this might help you more than books based on age since it has to do more with interests. Tell me what you think!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Book Recommendations- Guide for Kids, Teens, and Parents

Hey!!! So people have been telling me to make a book recommendations post. This is going to be pretty much going to be just children's and young adult books (because that's the kind of thing I read) so sorry if you were looking for adult books... :( I hope this post is helpful for you to find a book to read or a book to give/read to your kids!!! If you have a particular person you want a recommendation for, just comment and I'll try to help you find the right book for them!

Under 5 (reading to kids):

1. Millions of Cats by Wanda Ga'g- I used to ADORE this book when I was little. Kitties for the win!
2. The Hungry Thing by Jan Slepian and Ann Seidler- This is a book they will continually ask for.
3. I'm a Manatee by John Lithgow- Ah, one of my favorite books to this day. I LOVE IT!

1-2nd grade-

1. Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park- These books ware never ending and will keep them occupied!!! Plus they're adorable for adults too... And me........
2. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner- Again, never ending, I still read them occasionally... Not weird! Love it...
3. My Secret Unicorn by Linda Chapman- Unicorns and friendship, it doesn't get any better!

3-4 grade-

1. The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin- A little harder read with more tinnie tiny romances and growing up and responsibility themes. So much love...
2. Ramona and Beezus by Beverly Cleary- I THINK I read this book.... I like the story though. Plus there is a movie you could watch afterwards and discuss differences and opinions.
3. The Golden Phoenix by Marius Barbeau- Fun fairy tales that are very lovable and re-readable!


5-6 grade-

1. Shipwrecked by Gordan Korman- I read this book in 5th grade and really enjoyed it, and it's  good for girls and boys. Discusses important issues you may want to talk about with your kids. Research this book first to make sure you think it's appropriate for your kids.
2. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell- I read this in 6th grade and loved it. It's a true story and is maybe frightening for younger or sensitive kids.
3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan- Very obvious. Fantastic, amazing, so so good. Really great for middle schoolers not quite ready for young adult, but leads into it.


7-8 grade-

1. The Selection by Kiera Cass- Gets kids a little more into romance-type books, with politics!!
2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer- More complex plot with lovable characters. Fairy tale retelling!
3. 3 Willows by Ann Brashares- Growing up and self discovery, great for preteen girls.
4. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson- This is for the geeks. It's pretty math-y so it's only cool if you like geometry (which I don't nessessarily, but I love Brandon Sanderson).

9-10 grade-

1. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver- Goes into the dangers and problems they will face in high school in a relatable, perfect teen-like voice.
2. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson- Amazing writing, lovable characters, and a world they will really get into.
3. Staying Strong 365 Days a Year- For a struggling teen girl, or anyone that needs an extra boost of confidence, this one's for you.
4. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini- Goes even more in depth into problems you child or their friends may be facing, but is good for anyone to read. May be a little much for them at this age, though, so you might want to wait a little while longer depending on your child.


11-12 grade-

1. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank- While they may be able to read this book earlier on, your child may appriciate it more being a little older.
2. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi- An extremely memorable book, but is only good for a certain type of person, so you may want to have them read a sampler first before you spend any money!
3. Looking for Alaska by John Green- Amazing, so so good. It talks about a lot of problems teens will face, and the kind of people they will meet. Includes smoking, drinking, and sex, but that may be a good thing. It's up to you!


Thanks so much for reading! I really hope I help you out with finding a book for either you or your child! Comment if you have anymore suggestions for books for any age.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Jupiter Accending- Movie Review

Gahh my failing..... Long time no see, huh?? Sorry!! Anyway, if you were interested in seeing the newly released Jupitter Accending, here are my thoughts:
Summary (Taken from the official Jupiter Accending website): Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along - her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Review: So basically, my dad adores science fiction movies/books. I was, to a certain extent, forced to see this movie last Friday. Never have I been a huge sci-fy fan, but this movie was certainly better than I was expecting. Since the critics hated it, I was pretty much sure to love it. Contrary to the belief of most movie critics, this movie did actually have a decent plot. In the spirit of The Matrix, Jupiter Accending had a lot of explanations. Why the dinosaurs went extinct and whatnot. Which, granted, is something I usually enjoy. Honestly, the only reason I gave it four stars is because, like most action movies, it had those long, drawn-out battle scenes I can't stand. They just get so boring after awhile. There's also the whole, no real-life fight lasts this long. You hit a guy with a metal rod, they're down and they're jaw's halfway across the room. Anyway, non-realistic battle scenes make me angry, for a sci-fy movie it was okay. I'm probably not the prime audience though.

Thanks for reading! Hopefully I'll start posting more often, but I seriously doubt it...