Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I've Read So Far in 2015



Hello! Welcome to this week's Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This Tuesday's topic is the best books I have read so far in 2015.

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This book has been getting a lot of hype, and it totally deserves it. I haven't read the rest of the series, so I'm not sure how it all plays out, by this first book was AMAZING.

2. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

If you've read my review on this book, you know how much I loved it. I really wasn't expecting it. The synopsis doesn't do it justice.....

3. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

This was an adorable read... Seriously, it was so much fun. I really need to read Miss Mayhem!

4. Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns easily became my favorite John Green book. The movie won't come fast enough!!

5. Prince Charming by S. Celi

This was my first self-published book, and I can very much say I'm thoroughly impressed. Definitely looking forward to more titles by this author!

6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

This book left me very angry. In a goodishhh way..... I liked it, but it took me awhile to figure that out.

7. Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan does not (usually...) disappoint! This has got me really pumped for Greek Heroes, even if he size took me a little while to get used to.....

8. Rogue Wave (Waterfire Saga #2) by Jennifer Donnelly

Rogue Wave was significantly better than the first book in the Waterfire Saga. I thinks it's because Deep Blue was mostly introductions and world building, where as this novel develops the plot a lot more than the first.

9. Half Wild (Half Bad #2) by Sally Green

I really liked this book....? I think? It was kind of gorey and disgusting, but it was pretty necessary. Soooo..... Idk what to think anymore.

10. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

The writing and characters were fantastic, though the world building and ending were.....lacking. The writing though. Seriously. It's so great.

That's this weeks Top Ten Tuesday! Did we have any in common?

Thanks for reading!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Reading More Than One Book


Hello! It's Monday. Again. You know once I started doing this the Mondays just kept coming so fast.... ANYWAY. This Monday's question is: *DRUMROLL* Is reading more than one book at a time better or worse than reading just one?

That was more exciting than it had to be. Okay.....

So I'm sure I'm not the only one whose tried to read several books at one time. For some people (like me) this works fine, but for others, they get story lines mixed up and everything explodes.

Does reading more than one book mean we're in a reading slump? Does it make us read slower? Do we ever finish books? Should we just stick to one book?

I mean, I guess it depends on the person, but is it common? Does it really provide any benefit? Should those of us that do stop? Or should we encourage others?

So how many of you out there actually read more than one book at a time on a regular basis? Does it make reading worse? Is it confusing? Unenjoyable? Or more enjoyable?

I honestly think that if you are reading more than one book, you should make them be very different. Don't read two John Green books at a time. Just don't. Other than that, if it works for you, I don't really care, but I have to admit, I try not to. I like finishing books. Reading more than one book at a time makes that a lot less frequent.

Do you like finishing books, or just reading in general? Would you rather read only one book and finish it, or read hundreds of books but never be able to finish any of them?

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick- BOOK REVIEW

My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door, #1)
Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Pages: 394
Average Rating: 4.05 Stars
My Rating: 5 STARS
Synopsis (From Goodreads): "One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?


My Review:

Okay, so let me just first say that I don't give a lot of books 5 stars. I usually rate them around 4.5 stars, because while I usually like most books I read, there's always something that annoys me to the point where I subtract stars. My Life Next Door didn't have any of those. It was basically my idea of a perfect book. Especially because I don't usually like contemporary, mushy-gushy kind of reads.

I know there's a lot of people won't feel the same way about this, but I identified a lot with the main character, Samantha. The whole, your life is so perfect and everything is so easy for you thing is definitely familiar.

The only character in this book that is truly unlikable is Clay because politics. By the end of the book, at least. I feel like a lot of people would hate Nan (Sam's best friend) by the end, but I actually still like her, and her brother Tim grew on me after awhile.

So the synopsis of this book makes it seem like this book will be 400 pages straight of cutesy love-birdy type scenes. It isn't. At all. There's a lot more family issues than there are relationship issues. That was quite nice actually, and not at all what I was expecting.

My Life Next Door was very....blunt. There was a ton of cursing. Well, I guess most of it was Tim, but still. I'm kind of glad this wasn't one of those books that pretends teenagers don't curse.... The author was also pretty blunt about heath class-type issues. So if you haven't had a lot of heath classes, I suggest you take one or you will be confused around halfway through this book.

I really liked that the author wrote about a lot of issues, relationships, family, guilt, politics, drugs and alcohol. It wasn't what I was expecting from this book in the slightest, so I was definitely pleasantly surprised. This is definitely one of those books that's going right up there with John Green.

Recommend?

Ummm.... I feel like a lot of parents would be a little iffy about the issues discussed in this book, but I would be surprised if any of them were new to a teenager. I love this book, but if you are made uncomfortable by cursing or health class, I would be cautious.

Anyway, this is the type of book I'm not sure a lot of people would be okay with. It depends on you, I guess. I love it?

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Top Ten Tuesday Topics of the Last Five Years



Hello! So this week's topic is going to be kind of difficult because I've only done like 7 or 8 Top Ten Tuesdays..... But I've done a few of their past ones just as regular posts so I kind of did it.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Also, I just wanted to say how impressed I am that she's been doing this same meme for 5 YEARS. And coming up with all the topics.....! I mean how did she not run out? Thoroughly impressed.

1. Favorite Book Covers

Because you can never have to many posts about beautiful covers. I did one post about pretty covers.... (Top 5 Awesomenessest Cover of 2015)

2. Favorite Heroines

I did a post called 5 Fantastic Female Leads. Because not everybody is a hero. Some characters are just entertaining and relatable! Idk, that's kind of the same thing, right?

3. Bookish Pet Peeves

This was my first post that actually a lot of people seemed to like.... Plus ranting is great! (You can read that post here.)

4. Books I'll Probably Never Read

I actually did this one as a Top Ten Tuesday post! Yay! (It was mostly me going on and on about how I don't want to read all of the popular books, read it.)

5. Books On My Summer TBR

Because I like making myself feel horrible when I don't finish said books.

6. Books That Made Me Cry

The four books the ever made me cry. I'm not very emotional during books.....

7. Books I'd Love To See as a Movies/TV Shows

Another TTT that I actually did.... I'm hoping somebody cool sees this post and turns these books into movies.

8. Fictional Crushes

Well I made a post called What I Like In a Book Boyfriend. In which I mention some of them.... and that was fun.

9. Book Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

Okay, this actually just sounds like fun and now I want to do it.

10. Underrated Books

I did a post about Under-Hyped Books. There were only 5 but still.....

Okay, well even though I didn't do most of these as TTT, I still did something like them and enjoyed it.... Same thing!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Giving Away/Selling Books


Hello! Welcome to yet another Discussion Question Monday! Todays question is: Is it okay to give away/sell books?

So if you don't know, last Thursday I did a book unhaul post. (Apparently "unhaul" isn't a word...) And when I told my parents that I was getting rid of these books, they were pretty surprised. Because I like my books. I really do. But I am also a neat freak. I DON'T LIKE CLUTTER.

So yeah, books I don't like? Goodbye. Leave. Your not welcome here.

I know a lot of book lovers are pretty sentimental though. Okay then, live with piles of books you don't even want to read.

Though I guess the weird holes in my bookshelf now are making me kind of sad....

If your "one of those people" who is sentimental about books you don't even wan to read, maybe you should work on that. At some point you're going to run out of room for new bookshelves.

Okay, ranting a bit too much....

I'm just saying that if you don't like a book, you shouldn't keep it on your shelf taking up room. It's not like you're going to read it. And for the books you read but didn't like? Get rid of those too. Unless their cover is really that great.....then you can keep them.

This is supposed to be a discussion.

Well why would you keep books on your shelf you don't want to read? Wouldn't it be better to get rid of books you don't want anymore and buy some that you'll actually read? If you didn't like a book, do you really want to have to explain why you're keeping it to someone who asked you what you thought of it?

Thanks for reading! Comment your thoughts on this Monday's question below!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

BOOK UNHAUL

Hellooooooo!! So for the past 45 minutes I've been looking at the books on my bookshelf, and now I must wonder WHAT THE HELL I WAS THINKING when I bought some of these books. None of them have a very good explanation. And that's kind of sad.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

I honestly tried to read this book, but after about 150 pages I gave up. It doesn't help I bought the ugly cover of this book....



The Diviners by Libba Bray

I have no clue why I bought this book. Maybe I just wanted to come home with a new book. Idk. Nonetheless, I get uninterested just by reading the synopsis. Just not my thing.


Teardrop by Lauren Kate

I read maybe 8 pages before I got a headache. This book throws words at you that are just screaming, "Look I'm beautiful!" Then I realized that this is the author not many people seem to like....I GET IT NOW!



What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

There was a buy one get one free sale at a bookstore and I only had three books.... Already owned all the others on the shelf.......... I really was never interested in this book.


The Selection Stories by Kiera Cass

The contents of this book are being sold along with other stuff in Happily Ever After. NOW THIS BOOK SEEMS USELESS!!!!!!



Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Found out that this was a second book in a series. Someone should put that ON THE SPINE. Or something crazy like that...



Well, that was my pretty short (but very energetic) book unhauling.... I'm going to go to Half-Price Books now, sell these, and get some books worth reading :)

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Beautiful Blogger Award


Hello! I was nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award by Denise from i am shelfless and Theepika from Just That Girl. Thanks so much for the nominations!

Rules:

1. Link to the blogger who nominated you.
2. List seven random facts about you.
3. List seven creative, beautiful bloggers.
4. Notify the bloggers you nominated.

7 Facts About Me:

1. My hair is blue and purple (let that sink in for a moment). There's some blonde in there somewhere....
2. I am only good at 24-hour readathons......
3. I like cats better than dogs (please don't yell at me!)
4. I have a library card, but I only ever go to the library to do homework.
5. I have a weird obsession with having both owls and books together (e.g., there are like 6 owls on my bookshelf).
6. I REALLYYYYY like quill and fountain pens (that's not weird).
7. I got 100% on my first college-level quiz. That might have been yesterday.....

Bloggers I Nominate:

1. Lindsay at Linz The Bookworm
2. Angelica at Life is Reading
3. Robin at Where Books Lead Us
4. Harvey at Bookmarked (Looking forward to your reaction XD)
5. Izzy at The Reading Izzy
6. Myra at I'm Loving Books
7. Kate at Read and Dream

Thanks again for nominating me Denise!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Summer TBR

Hello! It's Tuesday (except I'm writing this on Saturday) again, and this week's topicy thingy is books on my summer TBR.

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish :)

1. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

Okay, this thing has to happen at some point. Except there are so many books and spin offs and companions and they're LONG!!!


2. The Geography of You and Me (This Is What Happy Looks Like #2) by Jennifer E. Smith

It's cutesy and summery....?


3. Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu

I hated Prodigy, but I already have this so you know.....

 

4. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's #2) by Ransom Riggs

I really need to continue with this series since the next book comes out soon. Hmmmmmm.... There seems to be a theme.


5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

I have to get into this series this summer.... I've put it off far too long!


6. Pretties (Uglies #2) by Scott Westerfeld

Again, series I need to continue with. I don't even own this one!


7. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle Hodkin

I tried to read this, and I liked it, but I put it down. Now I have to get back into this...


8. Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 Stories (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection)

AHHHHH. I need this....I should buy this.... I found this in B&N and freaked out a bit. MY FAVORITE AUTHORS WRITING DOCTOR WHO NOVELLAS?!?!? YAYAYAY!!! I'm hoping I can get my dad to buy this for me.....


9. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

It seems weird to read this over the summer but whatever....I've had this on my shelf since last June!


10. Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland

I just really wanna read this book....



Did we have any in common? Thanks for reading!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Book Destroying?


Hello and welcome to (yet another) Discussion Question Monday! This Monday's question: Is it okay to brutally torture books?

By this I don't necessarily make it illegible. Is it okay to bend the spine? Doggie-ear the pages? Leave it out in a thunderstorm (It was an accident...)??? Does it, and should it, really matter as long as you can read the story inside?

Most people's answers would be no. But as obsessive book lovers, should we really care?

For me, I only care if the book is new. I'm not going to go throwing my pretty copy of The Blood of Olympus of a cliff, but I've already killed The Lightning Thief to the point where it doesn't really matter anymore. (That would be the one that got caught in a thunderstorm.)

Other people, though, will go crazy if any of their books is put in a backpack, left out in the rain, or has doggie-eared pages (okay, actually, that one is never okay).

So yeah. I know most of us do care because broken spines are apparently the devil. But they are still readable. So they've fulfilled their life purpose!!!

Thanks for reading! Comment you thoughts on this topic down below!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

How I Organize My Bookshelf!

Hello! I've been on here for awhile, and never did any kind of organization bookshelfy post. So this is pretty much how I organize my books:

  1. I have two bookshelves, one for hardcovers and one for paperbacks.
  2. They are then separated by height.
  3. Then organized by genre.
  4. And in alphabetical order by author's last name.
  5. And of course series are put together in order, alphabetically if there is more than one series by an author.

This might seem kind of hard to keep up, but it really isn't since I know where all my books go..... You know, by memory.

I know there are some people that organize them just alphabetically, but then there are tall books next to short books and that's just not okay.

There are people that just stuff everything randomly, but then it looks like a cluttered mess.

Some sort into books they have read and their TBR, but then series are separated and that makes them lonely. :(

A few organize by color, but that's just wrong if you have it like that for more than a few days.

Others just fit books in a way where they look pretty, but then fantasy is next to contemporary and why would you ever want that????

So how do you guys organize your books? Even if you have an e-reader you can still sort by author or title or whatever. I'm hoping I'm not the only one that goes all out...

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Rest of 2015

Heya! Once again, it's Tuesday, and time to do another Top Ten Tuesday!

1. The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan

This one is a given! I read all the Rick Riordan books right when they come out!!!


2. Dark Tide (Waterfire Saga #3) by Jennifer Donnelly

I was actually surprized at how much I liked the first two books. So yeah, I'm getting the third without question.


3. Happily Ever After: Companion to the Selection Series by Kiera Cass

I'm mad that this book is a thing but might as well complete my collection and get rid of the Selection Stories.


4. Passenger by Alexadra Braken

I wasn't crazy about The Darkest Minds....but I like the idea for this one better so I'll try out this author again.....


5. Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

I forgot to mention this one before!!! Also, I buy everything Rick Riordan releases.



6. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Because Patrick Ness. That's all there is to it.



7. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This book looks amazing. I mean in actual cover and inside bits. Sorta know what it's about.



8. Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

The one book on here I'm actually buying because of the description!



9. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Okay, never mind. It was one of two!!!


10. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

This cover looks like slightly not horrible modern art.



YAYAYAYAY!! Oh woah....too much excitement there. Did we have any books in common?

Thanks for reading!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Why Do We Own Books?


Hello! It's Monday again! Apparently....I just realized that. This week I'm going to ask you (and myself) this question: Why do we own books???

It seemed kind of stupid to me at first, but then I thought about it some more, and figured that it is a little weird.

The Issue:

We (well, I) spend a lot of money on books, and a lot of time reading books, and more time writing blog posts about books.

Mostly I don't know about the money thing. Why don't more of us go to the library?

And why do we read at all? I'm questioning my entire life purpose here!!!!

Some would say that it's fun, and I agree, but why don't more book lovers go to a library or borrow books instead of buying them? And bookshelves. And bookmarks.

My Reasoning:

Ummmm..... Okay, I don't really know. I've heard people say that they like to collect books as well as read them, but I think I just like having books around me.

Books are like my five-year-old-self's stuffed animals. I just like to be surrounded by them, and have them covering my bed to the point where I can't sleep in it. (I've done that with both....)

Also, I don't go to the library because I don't like returning books. I want them to be MINE.

Why do you spend so much time and money on books? Do you go to the library instead of buying them? Why have I devoted a large part of my life to blogging about books? QUESTIONING LIFE PURPOSE!!!!!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

My Rest of June TBR

Hello! I don't usually do TBRs, but I probably should for this month because I seriously need to read some books. As I am 6 books behind schedule on my Goodreads Reading Challenge (but I was 7 books behind yesterday, so I've made progress!)...

I love how I'm making this list instead of reading...

1. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I already started this (40 pages in), but I'm hoping to finish within the next few days. Hoping?



2. Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

I really need to continue with this series. This book has been on my shelf since it came out in January...



3. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Again, I went through a lot of trouble to get a paperback of this book that matches the previous one I have, so I might as well read it.



4. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

I got this last October.... I don't usually like angel books????



5. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I NEED to get into this series. I'm pretty sure I will like it....but the books are so long.........



Okay! That's were I'm going to stop because these are pretty long books! I'm hoping to read at least 3 or 4 of them if I don't get to all of them....

Thanks for reading! Wish me luck!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'd Like To See as Movies/TV Shows



Hello hello! Time for another Top Ten Tuesday (even though I haven't done one in awhile)!!! This week is books I'd like to see as movies or TV shows. There are quite a few.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

1. Half Bad by Sally Green

I'm pretty sure this might actually be in the process of making a movie, but still. If there is one in the making I'm definitely looking forward to it. This book would make a great movie. Plus it's NOT dystopian.


2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

They might have tried before, but it would be nice to actually see the plot of the book on the screen. (Not characters that happen to share names with them.)


3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This one is kind of currently being made into a movie, but it hasn't come out yet, so it still counts!


4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

THIS. It would be the death of the people who don't read books first. I feel like more movies need this great of a mind-bending plot twist.


5. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle would be one of those few YA book-to-movie adaptations that probably wouldn't have to be rated PG-13. Plus, it would be awesome.


6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I would be SHOCKED if this book wasn't eventually a movie. Mostly I just want to know who would play Celaena. They better be spectacular.


7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

How could they possibly mess up this movie? It's adorable, it's relatable, it doesn't get much easier than that!


8. More Than This by Patrick Ness

This movie would make me relive the torture that is the end of this book, but it would be worth it!!


9. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

No one's really heard of this book, but trust me it's AMAZING. The movie would also make me cry. It would also probably be turned into one of those movies that's loved by critics and hated by everyone else, but whatever.


Okay, my number 10 is apparently already a movie. Let's try this again.

10. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

It really doesn't matter which Brandon Sanderson book it is, as long as one of them becomes a movie.


That's it! Do we have any in common?

Thanks for reading!!