Thursday, July 30, 2015

BOOKTUBE-A-THON TBR


Hello! Now I know I'm not a BookTuber, but I like readathons and I really need to read books... And this is also the first BookTubeAThon (Out of three!??) that I'm going to be home and available to read at least the majority of the week.

If you don't know what the BookTubeAThon is, here is their YouTube channel that explains everything.

So there are 7 challenges that you can attempt to do during the week (August 3rd to August 9th). I'm going to just go through the challenges and tell you what book I'm reading for what challenges.

1. Read a book with blue on the cover

For this challenge I'm reading Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland, which I've had for forever and have never read for whatever reason.


2. Read a book by an author that shares the same first letter of your last name

I'm going to use my pseudonym for this one (though there aren't actually any books on my shelf that go with my real name, so I didn't exactly have a choice), and that starts with a C. I'm going to be reading The Undesirable by S. Celi. By the way, I absolutely love this author. A lot.


3. Read someone else's favorite book

I'm going to be reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, because these are everyone's favorite books and I still can't believe I haven't read this series.


4. Read the last book you acquired

Well the last book I got was for my birthday, so that would be A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. Also, the cover here does not do this book justice, it's so much better in real life!

5. Finish a book without letting go of it

I'm expecting this to be a lot of fun, or torture. But I'm going to read The Fairy's Mistake by Gail Carson Levine because it's only like 90 pages and basically is my childhood.


6. Read a book you really want to read

I want to read this book because I don't want it to sit on my shelf anymore having not been read, I also want a good reason to complain about this series, because I hate it. Champion by Marie Lu.


7. Read seven books

I've had this book on my shelf since I was, like, ten. I THINK IT'S TIME. Sister Light, Sister Dark by Jane Yolen. I would also like to mention that this book is in terrific condition considering it's twenty-fiveish years old.


Now whether I'll actually read all of these or not is a complete mystery. I'M HOPING I DON'T FAIL. Are any of you planning on participating in the BookTubeAThon?

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters That Are Fellow Book Lovers


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! :)

I know I'm posting this INCREDIBLY late, but whatever. It's still technically Tuesday here, so I didn't completely miss it. This Tuesday's topic is characters that are fellow book lovers, which is a topic that I thought we be hard, but the more I thought about it the more people I came up with.... There's actually kind of a lot of them.

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

Just another reason why this book is great! This is probably the only one I remembered off the top of my head....

2. Dorian from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I. Want. His. Library.



3. Hazel from The Fault in our Stars by John Green

I can't believe I almost skipped this one.... Hazel loving An Imperial Affliction is the entire reason why half the book happened!



4. Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowel

I feel like people that grew up with Harry Potter would like this book better...and I didn't so I didn't.



5. Juliette from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Juliette liking books wasn't even all that important to the plot but WHATEVER.

6. Warner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I'm only including this because I know I won't be able to come up with ten otherwise....



7. Katy from Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I couldn't even remember this character's name, but I did remember that she liked books. I really need to read the rest of this series....



8. Hermione from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

This is possibly the only thing I remember from reading the first  book like 2 years ago....



9. Annabeth from Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

I know Annabeth didn't exactly read YA, but she still read books and that's good enough.



10. Dante from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

This is one I completely forgot about... But it was a sort of big part of the book. I'm also now realizing I could have put this book on last week's list but I completely forgot....this is not a book that leaves a lasting impact.



Hurrah! I actually have 10 this week! Feeling very accomplished....

Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Mass-Market Paperbacks


Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! Today's question is: Should we buy buying/making mass-market paperbacks?

So if you don't know, mass-market paperbacks are basically smaller, cheaper paperbacks that are of less quality than regular paperbacks. They're usually how classics and older books are formatted.

My main problem with them is that they're not very pretty and since they're smaller and their print is usually smudged they're a lot harder to read. Mass-market paperbacks also don't smell as good a regular books even if they're new, but that's just me being weird so....

Of course they are a bit cheaper, but not usually by much. Most of them are 5 to 8 US dollars which is maybe a few dollars cheaper than the normal 7 to 10 dollars for a regular paperback.

This wouldn't be that much of a problem, slightly cheaper books for less quality. Whatever. My problem is that there are a lot of books I want to read that I can't get in paperback or hardcover because they just don't sell those. The main example would be the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson that is almost impossible to get in the US not in mass-market paperback, and I REALLY hate reading mass-market paperback books.

Also, most of the books I'm required to read for school only come in mass-market paperback as well, which makes it extremely difficult to, you know, take notes. Or anything really, because the margins and pages are so tiny.

It is sometimes possible to get classics/older books in paperback, but they end up being around $25 to $30...which is ridiculous for a PAPERBACK.

I'm pretty much all for getting rid of mass-market paperbacks because while they are a bit cheaper, they're of horrible quality and they're bad in general..... It would at least be nice if books were offered in both formats, so I can get my pretty paperbacks and not have to deal with the horribleness that is this format.

What do you think? Do you mind reading mass-market paperbacks? Should we even be making them? Do you think because they're slightly cheaper that they're worth being of a lesser quality?

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters



Hello! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is diversity/diverse characters.

So I just realized that I really haven't read that many diverse books, and the ones that I have tend to be LGBT based and that's kind of sad. I'm just going to list some books, but there's not going to be ten....

1. Proxy by Alex London

So I'm actually currently reading this book and absolutely loving it... This book includes both racial diversity and LGBT elements while also being an action-packed dystopian novel. It's kinda GREAT.

2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Again...we have LGBT stuff because I'm just now realizing that's all there is on my bookshelf. This book definitely focuses around that a lot more than Proxy though. Umm I don't entirely remember what this book was about.

3. Every Day by David Levithan

Because David Levithan has very diverse books.... Every Day is complicated..? It has some sexuality issues and also some gender identity stuff... WOW I haven't read these books in awhile.

4. Half Bad (Half Bad Trilogy #1) by Sally Green

In this one the main character's friend is gay (because all we have are gay males apparently). And...he has a crush on the main character and the main character's girlfriend person (and then the second book happened) is horrible and I don't like her and it would be better if she just kind of died or something... Basically he should end up with his friend because he's awesome.

5. The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan

HAHAHA Oh this was horrible.... This entire book was a mistake. So was the series in general. I feel like if I tell you why this book is "diverse" I'll spoil something for you.

6. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

I'm really trying hard here.... Obviously there's a religious minority, but I feel like a lot of people don't exactly known that it also includes LGBT elements as well. It also includes long discussions about fountain pens because why not???

7. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

I KNOW I wouldn't like this book as much if I read it now. But I read it when I was about ten and loved it to death... I love that this book features a main character with a disability (I can't remember what because it was one of those big words I never even attempted to pronounce or remember when I was ten) and it still made her sound like a person and not a "person with a disability". Also, it's a children's book. Which is awesome.... I also just went down through this book's Goodreads page and realized it was set in Ohio... Wait? Did I miss that? I tend to notice those things in books...

ANNDD I'm out of books. I guess that's the end of Top Seven Tuesday for me then...

Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Rereading Books


Hello! Welcome to another Discussion Question Monday!! This week's question is: Should we be rereading books?

So I don't usually reread books ever. Sometime I'll go back through books I really like and reread my favorite parts, but I'll never really reread an entire book.

I'm sure this I mostly because I have enough books to read as it is....and if I've already read a book once it seems like a waste of time. Especially because I have a pretty good memory and I tend to remember a lot about the books I read, even if it's been years since I've read them.

I almost wish I could reread books, because I do actually kind of like books that look like they've been read a hundred times. There are a few books on my shelf that I've just had so long they kind of fell apart one way or another, even if I only read them once.

But is rereading books really a waste of time? If you reread your favorite books often, would you know them better and therefore have a greater attachment to your book? Does it really matter how MANY books you read as long as you're reading books (even if that means rereading) that you love?

I mean obviously it's an issue if you don't ever read more than just a few books, what if your favorite book is one you never pick up because your to busy rereading books you've already read? But the more you read a book, the better you'll know it and the more things you'll notice that you hadn't noticed before.

Personally, as long as you're reading other books in between, I think rereading your favorite books would be fun, who doesn't want well-worn, loved books on their shelf? Well unless you're one of those over-obsessive people that thinks books have to look new after 5 years on a shelf.

Honestly, I don't think books should just sit on your shelf. I know I don't do a lot of rereading, but I think I really should start doing that more. There are so many books I love on my shelf that I've only read once, and that was years ago! Rereading, in my opinion, is definitely something book lovers should do every once and awhile. (Including me....)

What do you think? Do you reread books? Do you think you should? Should you try to read as many books as possible and never reread books you've read already?

Thanks for reading! Please comment your opinion on this topic down below! :)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass

Title: The Heir (The Selection #4)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 342
Average Rating: 3.95 Stars
My Rating: 3 Stars
Synopsis: Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.


So because I really want to talk about spoily things, there's going to be a spoiler and a non-spoiler section. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

If you want you can go to the end and have me wrap up the post, but I really don't care. Knock yourself out.


NON-SPOILER SECTION:

Honestly? This book wasn't really necessary. It didn't add much to the original story, nor to the background information for the world.

Did I mention the world building in the first three books is a little iffy? Yeah, it doesn't get much better.

At least the covers are pretty! :) Good job cover artists....

If you thought America was bad, let me just tell you that Eadlyn isn't much better. Luckily, she's obnoxious in her own special way!

So America was...indecisive. Eadlyn was just kind of mean, but she didn't know she was mean. And honestly it took me a little while to figure out that she was being mean because it was from her point of view and she had NO IDEA. Which honestly made me feel kind of bad for her...

I'm not exactly great at not liking characters. I can pretty much sympathize with anybody. No matter how horrible everyone thinks they are.

So yes. I feel like MOST people will hate Eadlyn possibly more than they hated America.

The only problem that I had with Eadlyn is that she made fun of Kile for being a bookworm. That hurt. That hurt a lot.

So Kiera Cass's writing is very easy to read. I think a lot of people like The Selection series because it's exactly like a reality TV show. It's honestly like your watching and not reading. It's not flowery, or metaphory, nor does it has any of those other words you learn in English class.

It really doesn't have much style at all. It's just kind of bland.

BUT I don't really like that. I like metaphors and flowery writing and English class words. I even like lengthy descriptions of fountain pens (Anne Frank anyone?)!!!

Oh, and then there's the names. It seemed like the author was trying to be a parent trying to be unique when naming their children. Their all just the less common spellings of semi-common names. "Kile" "Ahren" "Osten" "Neena" Not to mention the fact that Eadlyn isn't exactly a name you here every day...

And this would necessarily be a problem, except NOBODY knows how to pronounce them. When the author has to explain how to pronounce a name, you've made it too hard to pronounce. If EVERYONE is confused (rather than a select few), you've done something wrong! It takes a lot away from a story when you have to go look up how to pronounce every name.

So the actually Selected guys were probably the best part of this book, and were most of the reason I didn't rate it lower. As a whole, they were very entertaining. I absolutely love how well the got along and just how great they were in general. I also kind of like that there isn't one that really totally stands out. There are a few that do, but other than that, I'm not entirely sure who will get chosen.

Just as a warning: There is a HUGE cliffhanger at the end of the book. It's like she's begging you to read the next book.

This is the end of the non-spoilery section. Don't blame me for spoiling you!

SPOILERY SECTION:

OKAY! So there are quite a lot of spoil-worthy things to talk about here. Let do that now.

So if your wondering, Kile is my favorite of the Selected. But Eadlyn is totally not worthy of him. She's just not. HE IS TOO GOOD FOR HER. If they end up together I will be very mad.

Also, Henri is adorable, but wouldn't exactly make a great king (or prince consort, whatever). He doesn't even speak English! So I kind of doubt he's going to get chosen.

Hale. I really do think Hale should be chosen. He has an "eye for fashion", Eadlyn likes designing clothes. **SPOILER LOTS 'O SPOILERS**They're are both going to have dead parents (assuming some stuff). And honestly? Hale is sweet and caring and wants to protect her and Eadlyn wants to be protected.

Also, there are SO MANY people to remember. Is Ean the one that said he would marry her without them actually having to be in love? Or something? Or that he wouldn't bother her and would just let her do whatever she wanted? I think so...but I'm not really sure. It's so complicated!

And then there's Erik... I mean sure. He did cute things. I don't know. I feel like it wouldn't exactly work because he's not in the selection. But I guess this family does have a history of breaking rules.

And then there's the biggest spoiler of them all....America. ***BIG SPOILER COMING DON'T BLAME ME*** So heart attack? I'm not sure how I feel about that. I mean I feel horrible for Maxon and everything because that was kind of out of the blue.

The cliffhanger was horrible. It wasn't even necessary.... It was horrible. None of the other books had cliffhangers! Also, when you literally put a character in a life or death situation, and then end the book? You are just BEGGING for people to read the next book because this one kind of sucked.

END OF SPOILERY SECTION


Recommend?

Um. Eh... If you liked the other books you may like this one. Though I think a lot of people who DID like the first three books (which I really didn't) thought this one was worse. So you know, do what you want.

I, personally, don't really recommend this series. Even if I have read 4 of the books.

Thanks for reading! What did you think about the first three of the series? Are you planning to read The Heir? Are you going to start this series? If you've read it, what did you think of this 4th novel?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

PAPER TOWNS MOVIE REVIEW

 


Hello!!! So if you don't know, the Paper Towns Get Lost Get Found Tour came to my state (Ohio) a few days ago. And the first 250 people in line got to see an advanced screening of the Paper Towns that evening. I was one of those 250 people (I was like 86th in line, I got there EARLY). YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!

It was an exciting time. Especially because they didn't tell us the advanced screening was happening until they gave us the invitation to come. Everyone was FREAKING OUT.

So I'm going to do a review of the movie. Needless to say I LOVED IT.

WARNING: I may spoil the book/movie in this review. It depends on what exactly you call a "spoiler". And besides, you should have read the book by now.

Anyway.

Review:

For those you who wanted a movie EXACTLY like the book (no exceptions!!!), you may be disappointed. Let me tell you want exactly has changed here.
  • Q goes to prom. Basically they switched it up so they're trying to get back for prom. And graduation is just one of those wrapping up high school end of the movie type of things.
  • Only Q talks to Margo. The rest of them want to get back to prom, so they leave Q in Agloe and eventually he finds her after getting a ticket back to Orlando in that I-gave-up-and-then-she-magically-appeared kind of way.
  • There is no Sea World. At all. They just do the revenge plot and call the city a paper town and then go back to bed. No Sea World....
  • Radar's girlfriend (Angela?) goes with them, which actually ended up being VERY entertaining. Though that was mostly because Lacey was there. I really thought it was a good decision.
  • Margo is much more likable at the end. I know a lot of people really hated Margo at the end of the book (though actually I didn't), but she definitely explains herself better in the movie. Also, the other characters aren't there to yell at her for being a horrible friend so that may be part of it.
To be completely honest with you, none of these things really bothered me much. But I'm sure they will probably bother some other people so I wanted to mention it.

Though I was kind of disappointed that Margo didn't say the entire speech about how the cities a paper town, it's defiantly more condensed in the movie. Which because that's my favorite part of the whole book it made me a little sad....

My dad (who also watched the movie) thought their were plot holes relating to how Margo got to Agloe and survived in general. I thought this was explained, but apparently it wasn't explained all that well or something.

IT'S NOT MARGO'S STORY. It's Q's. I feel like the common misconception here is that Margo is the main character. She's not. The story is not from her point of view and how she fed herself when she was gone is not really all that important to the plot.

I would also like to point out that Cara Delevingne (Margo) has a pretty believable American accent. There were definitely times when some words would sound a little strange, but for the most part her accent was great.

The rest of the cast was also really surprisingly good. Though honestly my NEW favorite is Halston Sage who plays Lacey. I wasn't even really expecting her to be so great, but even though Lacey wasn't my favorite character in the book she definitely became one of my favorite characters on screen.

I'd also like to point out that I missed John Green's cameo once when they showed us a sneak peek during the regular tour stuff and again when I saw the entire movie. I feel kind of bad about it actually....

ALSO. If you haven't heard who's in the surprise cameos, DON'T SPOIL YOURSELF. It's going to be better if you don't know it's coming! But the surprise one is pretty obvious trust me. You won't miss it. John Green's is way less obvious. I still feel bad :(

Recommend?

YES. You guys should go see this movie right when it comes out (in your country obviously). What's really sad is that I'm seeing it AGAIN on Thursday (before it comes out in the US on Friday) for Night on the Towns. Which I'm still excited about for some strange reason.

At least this time I can watch my friend's reaction to a certain cameo. And then attempt to see John Green's cameo for the THIRD time.... Also posters. Can't have too many posters!

Thanks for reading! Go see this movie!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BOOK REVIEW (Spolier-Free): Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

Title: Let it Snow
Authors: John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
Pages: 352
Average Rating (Goodreads): 3.90 Stars
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Synopsis:Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.



My Review:

This is...depressing. And sad. I feel horrible for rating any John Green book less than 5 stars, but this had to be done. Let me explain.....

This book has three stories in it that all tie together at the end. Here are my ratings for each individual story:

The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson: 5 STARS
The Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by John Green: 4.5 STARS
The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle: 2 STARS

You see my problem here right? I thought I made it pretty obvious. But lets break this down more, I feel like I'm not doing these other stories justice.

The Jubilee Express:

I was VERY impressed with this first story. It was hilarious, realistic, and the characters were just great. Jubilee (our protagonist) was very entertaining. Same thing with her love interest. I don't know if that's a spoiler or not....

For a short story, this was fantastic. I can't even imagine what her novels are like. I didn't like the characters I wasn't supposed to like, and I liked the characters I was supposed to like, without them being psychotic or something. I will definitely be reading more books by this author at some point.

The Cheertastic Christmas Miracle:

John Green books are always great. They just are. The characters are some of the most entertaining characters I've ever read. John Green is just undeniably great.

The only reason this isn't 5 stars is because I think he's done better. It was a good book, just not quite as great as I expect from John Green. Though it did have it's moments! This could just be because it's a short story, and his greatness just didn't get enough of a chance to shine through the whole book.

The Patron Saint of Pigs:

Ugh. Let me just point out that these stories are romance, and the romance in this story was bad. Just bad. It made no sense whatsoever.

The characters (at least the new ones) were just kind of mehh. I've read some other reviews, and everyone seems to hate Addie (main character). I didn't HATE her. She was kind of annoying and I bit of a crybaby, but still. The love interest was fine. He wasn't really entertaining. Or interesting. Nor did their romance make any sense. It wasn't even cute. It was just weird. And uncomfortable. It seemed like the both of them wanted to love each other, but they both had completely different views of what love is. **SPOILERISHH** And in the end the boy does exactly what the girl wants and they get back together. It was just dumb.

I probably won't read anything else by this author. The only reason I gave her story 2 stars is because she made me laugh a couple times. I think this would have been better if it hadn't been directly after these other fantastic authors, that kind of shadow her in greatness and bring down the likability of her story because theirs is so much better.

BOOK AS A WHOLE:

I didn't hate it. Not at all. I feel like if Lauren Myracle's story just wasn't there (I'm trying really hard to not sound like a horrible person right now) it would have been better.

Maybe she just got the bad part of the story! Maybe they pulled straws and she wasn't very lucky! I don't know! She really just didn't pull off the romance very well, and it ruined that part of the book for me. Other than that, it was great.

Recommend?

You could probably just skip to the last chapter after reading the other two stories. You don't miss much. So yeah, SURE.

So I have a new favorite author, a new not favorite author, and an author that's always been great. Hurrah!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Last Ten Books That To My Shelves

 
Hello! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

Expect a review of this soon (like this week)....I feel bad.

2. Tease by Amanda Maciel

This book WILL get a review eventually. Very controversial topic...

3. Proxy by Alex London

This book has a shiny cover. I need more books with shiny covers.

4. The Final Empire (Mistborn Trilogy #1) by Brandon Sanderson

I FOUND A NON-MASS-MARKET PAPERBACK VERSION OF THIS BOOK. I feel accomplished.

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

YAYYY sequels! I can't believe I found the cover of this book that matches the first one...

6. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

This was the last John Green book I hadn't read, and now I've read it and feel EVEN MORE ACCOMPLISHED.

7. The Heir by Kiera Cass

WHY WAS THIS BOOK EVEN PUBLISHED?? And I thought it couldn't get worse than America...

8. Alienated by Melissa Landers

I found out after I purchased this book that I live like 10 minutes away from the author.

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

I'm surprised I didn't throw up while reading this.

10. ASAP Science by Mitchell Moffit and Greg Brown

Because I'm a nerd.

That was quick. I really need to stop writing these things when I'm hyper.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Adding Books to Series


Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! Today's question is: Should authors add unexpected books to series?

So I think the most well-known example of this is the Selection "Trilogy" where they announced two more books after releasing the third book. I think a lot of people were excited, but others were annoyed because they thought the series was over. And The One wraps everything up! Your making us go through the end of a series AGAIN? ONCE IS ENOUGH!

Spin-offs series definitely go into this too. I mean, it was hard enough letting Percy go once, now your giving me nearly 3000 more pages just to take him away again, not to mention an ending that does no justice to the series as a whole?

But the question here is should authors add more books. Sure, it makes them more money, but wouldn't they get more money starting a new series as a possibly better known author now? It also seems to annoy fans and non-fans alike.

I know a lot of people that refuse to read spin-offs, even if they're told countless times that they're just as good as the original.

So do you like additions to series or spin-offs? Is one better than the other? Is it a good decision for authors to make?

I honestly think no. While it's nice to have more of your favorite characters for awhile, it's still pretty painful to have to go through their book's ending AGAIN. Though I guess it would help authors that are having a bit of writers block make more money....though so do novellas.

What do you think?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Hyped Books I Haven't Read

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

Hello! This is going to be depressing isn't it? Though I don't really want to read a lot of these books.... But they're still hyped books I haven't read.

1. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

This is one I said I would read in June, but didn't. Maybe it'll happen eventually! Maybe?

2. The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

Okay. I tried with this one. I might see the movie, but I already got rid of the book....I didn't like it much.

3. The Book Theif by Markus Zusak

I will eventually. I hope. I bought it! Then I need to see the movie too....

4. The Giver by Lois Lowry

I might I read this book, but then I saw the movie. Just...no? Meh? It wasn't great....

5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I haven't entirely decided if I WON'T read this book. If I do, it most likely won't be very soon.

6. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

I KNOW I KNOW. I read the first book.....that's a start!! Some of the longer books scare me though...

7. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I lot of people keep saying that this book is better than Throne of Glass....so I might get it in the next few weeks actually.

8. To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

I would buy this book, but I can never seem to find it at my B&N.... Which means I'd have to order it online and wait for it..........

9. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This book kind of blew up, and I have no clue if I actually want to read it or not!

10. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

I read Fangirl and was kind of meh, but everyone seems to love her books so I feel like I have to try again.

It was pretty depressing, wasn't it? I feel like I should read a book instead I spending my life making DIY bookmarks.....

Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Books Being Turned Into Movies/TV Shows


Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! This week's question is: Should books be turned into movies/TV shows?

Obviously, a LOT of books have been turned into movies recently, and fans of the books seem to get super excited when this happens. But there are a lot of issues with this....

There's always the fear of the next Percy Jackson movie.... Which everyone everywhere thoroughly hated. For good reason!

We seem to want a movie that's exactly like the book. Right down to the color of the character's eyes. Which is a little too picky if you ask me, unless they completely forget the plot of the book and go spinning off track in so many different ways they ruin the series chances at moviedom as a whole and becomes the movie that no one dare speak about....

But there's a bigger problem... When the stories become TOO popular, other tiny authors try to copy the book entirely with different character names, or at least create a book in the same genre. (Vampires, dystopia, etc.) And that definitely gets old considering that I can barely pick up a book that includes vampires without thinking Twilight wannabe.

At the same time, though, book-to-movie adaptations tend to get people to read, and that's a plus. If all these people discover a love for reading just because they wanted to see The Hunger Games, isn't that just kind of great? Movie adaptations do a fantastic job of pulling non-readers into the world of reading.

So what do YOU think? Should books be turned into movies?

Thanks for reading!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Paper Towns Tour?!?!?!?



Hello! Just as a warning, this post has no point. It's basically just my excitement and disbelief.....
 
So if you don't know, the stops for the Paper Towns: Get Lost Get Found Tour were announced a few days ago.... The states they will be stopping are Texas, Indiana, and....Ohio. No seriously. Um what? Other people live here?
 
Oh by the way I live in Ohio, you know, if you didn't get that.
 
Mostly I'm just surprised it wasn't, like, California or something. That would have made so much more sense.
 
Oh and guess what city they're going to? Columbus. Never heard of it? I'm not surprised.... Usually tours go to Cincinnati (which, awesomely, is exactly where I live), because there are people there. Well okay, more people live there. I kinda doubt you've heard of that either....
 
Basically, I don't know why they're coming to Ohio, and I don't know why they're going to Columbus...
 
I mean, I'm still going, but I could pretty easily go to the Indianapolis one too...but still.
 
I warned you! This post doesn't have a point!
 
Thanks for reading! Anybody else close enough to go?

(P.S. I'm also going to Night on the Towns which is awesome.)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

R.I.P. IT OR SHIP IT BOOK TAG

Hello! This tag was originally started by EmmaBooks on YouTube, but I really wanted to do it. So I have a jar you can't see....and I'm going to do this.

How this works: I draw two names of characters from books from a bag/jar thing, and then decide if I R.I.P. it (they would hate each other) or ship it (they would be awesomely adorable together).

Round One:

*drawing names*

America from The Selection and Hazel from TFioS

Hahahahaaaaaa..... Hazel would probably just be annoyed by America 24/7. Just like the rest of us!

R.I.P. IT

Round Two:

Four/Tobias from Divergent and Cadence from We Were Liars

Hmmmm.... Actually, they both lost a lot of people and have mental issues, so I think they would at least be friends.

SHIP IT

Round Three:

Warner from Shatter Me and Kaitlyn from TFioS

I honestly think Kaitlyn would be scared out of her mind and Warner would find her boringly girly.

R.I.P. IT

Round Four:

Tris from Divergent and Augustus from TFioS

Uhhhhhhh..... That's a little strange. But I honestly think Augustus would find her awesome.....so...what?

SHIP IT???

Round Five:

Day from Legend and Annabeth from Percy Jackson and the Olympians

THIS IS LEGITIMATELY PAINFUL. I think Day and Percy are actually kind of similar (I've never thought about it that way before though...), so I guess? She's better than June!

SHIP IT

Round Six:

Piper from The Heroes of Olympus and Sam from The Wolves of Mercy Falls

Well. Sam's definitely got the perfect boyfriend but he actually sucks thing going for him... Piper seems to be into that.

SHIP IT

Round Seven:

Maxon from The Selection and Nico from Percy Jackson and the Olympians

They're pretty....different. I think Maxon would be annoyed and both of them would be a little creeped out.

R.I.P. IT

Round Eight:

Gat from We Were Liars and Gabriel from Half Bad

Um. No? Gat's mostly politically minded and kind of boring. Yeah... I'm not even really sure. I'm going with maybe.

SHIP IT

Round Nine:

June from Legend and Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians

I don't want any one to go through the pain that is June.... Percy is just better than her okay?

R.I.P. IT

Round Ten:

Leo from The Heroes of Olympus and Kenji from Shatter Me

Okay. Wow. I think they could at least be friends! They're just so similar.....

SHIP IT

Well.... That was...fun. I think. This might be the weirdest tag I've ever done! Some of it was entertaining, but most of it was a little weird. Yeahhh...

Thanks for reading! If you do this tag please tell me because these are really fun to see!