Sunday, May 31, 2015

5 Fantastic Female Leads

Hello. I'm so original. But I've never done one of these and I've got opinions okay?!?!?!?

This goes in no particular order because I don't really have favorite anythings, so yeah.

1. Hazel from TFioS by John Green

This might sound kind of strange, but I have a lot in common with Hazel and I just really like her. And before you say she's unrealistic: let me introduce you to the majority of my friends.


2. Sadie from The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

She just badass and awesome. WAY better than her oh-so-boring brother.



3. Isabel from The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Steifvater

There are only two characters in this entire series that don't give me a headache, and only one of them is a girl. I swear, if you just read Isabel and Cole's chapters the books are so much better.



4. Harper from Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Harper's one of those characters you just can't dislike. She's becomes pretty cool towards the end of the book, and throughout the entirety of it she's someone you would love to be your best friend.



5.  Celaena from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

She may be extremely vain and arrogant, but she totally earned the right to be. Plus, Celaena is one of the most entertaining characters to read about ever.



Yayyyyyy! I recommend all of the books on this list (except maybe only The Wolves of Mercy Falls if your patient), so you should go read them now.

Thanks for reading!!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Is YA Literature?


UGHHHHH..... I just realized it was Monday... (Thanks Memorial Day...) So yes! Continuing with this whatchamacallit.... Is YA literature?

I think this may be kind of biased since I read mostly young adult, but I'm going to do it anyway!

Honestly, I'm not entirely sure why this is a discussion...why wouldn't YA be literature?

Here's the dictionary.com definition of literature:

"1. writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays."

I mean, aren't YA novels...novels? It kind of in the name?!?!?!? Also, there's obviously interest in their topics (you know, since people read them and turn them into movies).

There's also a more broad version of the definition on that same page (that, by the way, is way more to the point):

"Literature includes any type of writings on any subject."

Well if this is their definition of subject: "that which forms a basic matter of thought, discussion, investigation, etc.", then I'm pretty sure YA fits into this category. Since it is a writing...on a subject....which fits the definition of literature.....

I would also like to point out that YA novels are usually more for entertainment, not for headaches and obnoxious English teachers. Maybe it doesn't really matter if YA is technically "literature" or not, and it matters more that we have gotten thousands of kids into reading because we made it genuinely interesting for modern minds.

Thanks for reading? Do you think young adult novels are literature? Do you think this argument is pointless and stupid? Any opinion at all? IDK. Comment?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

My First Twitter 'Cause I'm Behind

Hi! This'll be pretty short because I would like to explain to you why I never got a Twitter. And why I have one now.

I didn't want to get obsessed with social media like the majority of my friends...and my parents. I know that I'm the kind of person that would get obsessed with something like Twitter. So I stayed away from it....!

Now I'm just like, I'm going to get one eventually, so why not now? I also realized that it would be a lot easier to spread my blog and connect with authors...so I go one. Not sure if I regret it or not yet.

What's really sad about this entire thing is that I still don't have a Twitter under my real name....just one associated with my blog. Though I don't know why my real self would want one.

Do you guys stay away from social media? Any of you? Please? No? Oh....

Follow me :) my twitter!

Gah this post is so sad and stupid. *presses publish anyway*

Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Haul: Spring 2015

I know spring is not technically over yet....but I haven't posted since Monday....so ya know.

Anyway. Here's the books I've bought....well since my last book haul. Enjoy!

A Work in Progress by Connor Franta

Loved this book! Probably 4.5ish stars :) Also, MOVING BOOK COVERS!!

The Heir by Kiera Cass

I've read about 150 pages of this....and I've gotta say, Eadlyn isn't any better than America. "Love Interest" is amazing though. I love him. Eadlyn doesn't deserve him at all.

Half Wild by Sally Green

The beginning of this book is super gripping. If you were iffy about Half Bad, try picking this one up!

The Once and Future King by T. H. White

Oh yay summer reading.... I have no idea if I'll like this or not, but I had to buy it for school....

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Also for summer reading :) I think I may like this but I'll probably like the other one better. Oh and hurrah for mass market paperbacks (I hate you)....?!?!?!?

An Abundance of Kathrines by John Green

I have now read all the John Green books! Though this is probably my least favorite....but it still a great book because John Green!!! :)

 

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

I really liked This Is What Happy Looks Like, and I'm hoping this one will be just as good!!!

ASAP Science by Mitchell Moffit & Greg Brown

I KNOW I'M SUCH A NERD. DON'T QUESTION IT.


Wow, is it true? I'm done! (Except for adding pictures and editing and stuffs.) Wait....haha....Hallelujah by P!ATD just came on....NICE TIMING!!!! I really should be saying hallelujah right now.... Okay whatever. Thanks for reading! :)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Love Triangles or Insta-Love?? (1)


Hello hello hello! I've decided to start a new.....something or another...... What are these things called?? IDK. Anyway, if you haven't noticed, I seem to have a thing for discussion questions. So much so that I decided to make them weekly.

Oh and do you guys like my picturey (don't know what things are called....) thingy? I made it myself and I'm trying to decided if I like it or not. I might go through a few of these....

For our kick-off Discussion Question Monday question, I've decided to talk about love, and with books, there are sometimes issues with this.

We all have complained about love triangles or insta-love or something of the sort at some point in our lives, but now I would like to ask you: which one is worse? If there HAD to one or the other in a book, which would bother you the least?

Which Is Worse: Love Triangles or Insta-Love?

Personally, I'd much rather have a love triangle. They are WAY more realistic, and while they are annoying, at least they make sense.

You know what? I'm making a pros and cons list.

Love Triangles:

Pros:
  • happens in real life (at least to some people)
Cons:
  • annoying
  • causes an amazing amount of arguing
  • "teams", just in general
  • reading characters go back and forth for several novels
  • character annoys us with their not-being-able-to-have-a-steady-relationshipness

Insta-Love:

Pros:
  • It doesn't take eight-million years for a ship to get together
Cons:
  • totally unrealistic
  • causes readers to think that's how love works
  • is annoying when you have to try and forget about it while doing a school project on a book your teacher loves
  • teaches readers to base their feelings off of attractiveness
  • makes the authors look like an idiot

To me, the answer is obvious. INSTA-LOVE IS HORRIBLE!!! Do any of you guys agree? Or disagree? Any pros or cons I missed? Tell me in the comments! (BTW this is supposed to be a discussion so if you don't leave a comment you are completely ruining the purpose of this post. COMMENT!)

Thanks for reading! Hopefully I'll post another discussion like this next Monday (but I don't trust myself to promise anything)! Goodbye!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Want To Meet


Heya! I just remember it was Tuesday! So this is going to be pretty quick.

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish :)

1. Tahereh Mafi

I love Shatter Me! I think if I actually met her I'd be pretty freaked out though (see: Disturbing Quotes from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi). If she talks like she writes I think I would die....

2. Rick Riordan

This guy would make me laugh so hard..... But first I would probably punch him for the ending of The Blood of Olympus.

3. Sarah J. Maas

I think I would have a lot of fun with this girl.... I've seen interviews and stuff and she seems like a person I would just LOVE...

4. Brandon Sanderson

I'm pretty sure this guy is a genius and would just be super fun to talk to. We would talk about world building and it would be amazing.

5. John Green

I could listen to this guy talk all day. He's just that awesome. Everything he says is PURE GENIUS.

6. Conner Franta

I can say this now because he actually has a book!! When I read I just loved him more than I already did. Now I just wanna meet him and have deep conversations about chairs.

7. David Levithan

I would love talking to him for maybe two hours..... Then my head would explode and it would have to wait awhile before dying more. I would enjoy those two hours when my head wasn't exploding though!!

8. Maggie Stiefvater

I'm not entirely sure what we would talk about.... Maybe how to make non-boring love interests. Except for Cole. Cole is awesome.

9. Gary Paulsen

I want to meet this guy just so I can tell him how horrible he has made English for me. There's the
Is thing called NOT WRIPITING MIND-NUMBING STORIES. Sooooo bored......

10. Anne Frank

This might seems kind of weird.... But I LOVE Anne Frank. As a person and as a writer. We have a lot in common, and if we could meet we would never be able to stop talking to each other.

Yay! I finished before midnight! (It's like 11 right now.) Thanks for reading! Did you have any of the same authors as I did? Who do you want to meet?

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Awesomeness (and Hyperness) of the Reading Mood



Hellllooooo there! I'm extremely hyper right now...... You know, in case I'm not making it obvious enough.

A hell of a lot of people talk about "the dreaded reading slump", and even I have done posts on the subject before. Except, right now, I'm in the opposite of a reading slump.

I have no clue if this has an official name, but I have always just called it my "reading mood". Which is pretty much exactly waphat it sounds like, I'm in the mood for reading all of the books. Right. Now. Endlessly. 24/7. Infinitely. EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY EVER!!!!!

I'm actually having a hard time writing this post because I want to get back to reading so bad.

ANYWAY. This is fantastical for my TBR pile. Great time for a readathon (even though this is usually caused by doing well at a readathon)!!! YAYYY.

Except it's pretty horrible for everyone around me because every time someone wants to do something I'm like, "GET AWAY FROM ME I'M BUSY READING AND WASTING ALL MY LIFE FANGIRLING OVER FICTIONAL CHARACTERS!!" Okay, maybe not that exact thing (I never admit to things....), but something along those lines (yeah, no).

Do you guys ever get this way? 'Cause I'm going crazy right now. I THINK I MIGHT EXPLODE!!!!! (No, guts, come back!!!!!!)

Sorry I'm so hyper right now. Thanks for reading!!! I wish you a lovely night of reading! (Don't post hyper blog posts that will scare the hell out of some of the more sensitive people.)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'll Probably Never Read

Hello! I'm actually going to continue this this week... This Tuesday's topic is books I'll probably never read, which is most of them, though not always on purpose. These are all on purpose.

This meme is hosted by the The Broke and the Bookish!

1. Crossed (Matched, #2) by Ally Condie



I tried reading this several times, because I really like the world. Eventually, I gave up and got rid of it...sorry, your writing is beautiful! Work on your characters please....

2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner



I recieved this entire series for Christmas one year and tried to read it..... Then I decided that I really didn't like anything about it. Gave it to Half Price Books. Might see the movie....

3. The Giver by Lois Lowry



I saw the movie! I didn't really like it. I'm hoping they (whoever makes the movies....) don't continue with the series. Really, I don't need that kind of pressure!!

4. If I Stay by Gayle Forman



I can't deal with the sad books..... I prefer happy happy happy books! Or at least unrealistic problems....things that can actually happen scare me.....

5. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl



I bought this book.... Honestly, I never wanted to read it...... So yeah. I never actually tried, but I don't think I'd like it.

6. Crescendo (Hush, Hush, #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick


I was kinda iffy on Hush, Hush, so I probably will never read the second book (which I have trouble saying the title of). Also, I'll probably never read anything else by this author. No offense.

7. All of the Sarah Dessen books by Sarah Dessen



I just....noooo. I never ACTUALLY tried, but I might read her most popular books. Wait....no I probably won't. Maybe I'll try (I'm lying).

8. Across the Universe by Beth Revis



I did try on this one! Got about 150 pages in, put it down, and now two years later, I still don't want to pick it back up. It was kinda boring....and the characters were mehhhh. Maybe for money.....

9. Unwind by Neal Shusterman



I've read an insane amount of Dystopia, and this just sounds....the same. Nothing about it seems unique to me in any way. I may be wrong, but if I'm not, I don't want to waist my time.

10. The Host by Stephanie Meyer



I didn't like Twilight that much (and yes, I did read it), so even though people say better things about The Host, I just, nopeeeee I'm not exactly a fan of paranormal either. This just doesn't work much for me.... Sorry Stephanie Meyer fans :(


That's ten (no really, just checked again)! Again, I apologize if you love these books, please don't try to get me to read them, as I refuse.

Do you agree with any of my list? Have any I might have missed? (Though, I don't know why you'd tell me since I shouldn't read them.) What was on your list?

Thanks for reading!!!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Americans & Buzzfeed Make Me Angry....

Hello! Recently, Buzzfeed posted a video on YouTube in which "Americans Discover The Metric System". So of course my normal response is, "Ooo time to see adults be stupid!!", but then I discover what this video actually is, and I'm like, "UGHHHHH".

So I then decided to break down why I find this video inaccurate and a bit offensive.

High School Science Classes.

I'm hoping most of you know that the metric system is the standard for scientists around the world, but apparently the creators of this video didn't realize that ALL SCIENCE CLASSES USE THE METRIC SYSTEM. 

At least in my school, we learned about the metric system at the same time as the imperial system. I honestly don't understand why all these adults that passed high school don't know how the metric system works....

I don't know how big an inch is!!!

Most of this video was these people trying to figure out something like, "how tall 45 centimeters is". Which is, in my opinion, not exactly useful.

I have NO CLUE how big an inch is. Or a mile. Or a kilometer. It's just not something I've ever completely understood...

I bet if you had the same people do the same thing with the imperial system you'd get the same results (except for MAYBE temperature).

Buzzfeed videos (made by Americans) cause other Americans to both feel and look stupid.

This is my problem with Buzzfeed.... They have all these videos that make Americans look like idiots, but they never put anyone else from another country in their shoes! Like everyone in the world knows how to pronounce American names.....

THE COMMENTS THOUGH. Buzzfeed causes all this mocking of America, when really it's just a small percentage of people they're stereotyping. Not everyone is that uncultured!!

Also, realize that Buzzfeed employees don't have the highest amount of education.....

I'm just now seeing how long this post is... Anyway, sorry for ranting!! Just had to get some of this stuff out of my system.... Hoping some of you guys have some similar issues or at least agree with me.

I also apologize for this having NOTHING to do with books.

Thanks for reading!!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

April Wrap Up

Heya!! I thought I might start doing wrap up posts (though I don't seem to keep things like this very long) and just see how it does..... Hope you guys like this I guess...

Wait....is it April??? Just checked...it is!!!! Yay! Enjoy!!!!

An Abundance of Kathrines by John Green



Last John Green book I hadn't read!! Woot!!! Fantastic as usual :) 5 STARS

Prince Charming by S. Celi



This is the first book I've read that was self-published...and I was surprised at how much I loved it!! Might read another book by this author soon :) 5 STARS

Rogue Wave (Waterfire Saga #2) by Jennifer Donnelly



This is a super easy book to get through! Perfect for a readathon!! Though I guess it is on the younger side of YA... Loved it :) 5 STARS

ASAP Science



If you don't know (by the title of this blog), I'm a TOTAL geek. I love science!! I've also liked there YouTube channel for awhile so I'm just like....YES. It wasn't as good as the videos...but good!! 4 STARS

Anthem by Ayn Rand



It's been awhile since I read a classic (it's for school....), but I actually liked this one, though there was some things I didn't totally enjoy... 4 STARS

Okay!! I think I actually did I pretty good job this month!! WOW THOUGH. Only two 4 star ratings, and all the rest are 5s?? That's awesome!! I'm just so great at picking out books! XD NOOO....

What did you guys read this (last) month??