Monday, August 31, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Reading in Public


Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! This weeks question is: Should you read in public?

My first answer would probably just be a simple NO. Reading in public is awkward, it sparks conversation (which is never good), and it can be pretty embarrassing if your book gets overly emotional.

Though, honestly, it totally depends on the person. If you can hold back your emotions, then reading in public isn't much of a problem (as long as you look evil enough that no one wants to talk to you). Like I'm not the kind of person that cries whenever a character dies. I'm a robot.... But there are a lot of people that cry constantly while reading, and I would advise those people to NOT read in public.

The only thing that actually causes issues for me is trying not to laugh. Randomly laughing is REALLY awkward, and I'd rather not. So for me at least, non-funny books are the way to go. Even if they are some of the best kinds of books....

Can you read in public? Are you afraid of being awkward, or doing something weird? Have you ever had a bad experience while reading in public? Make sure to leave a comment! Especially if it's something embarrassing!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award



Hello! Should I mention how many tags I've been tagged for/awards I've been nominated for in the past, like, 24 hours? What is it? Three? That's kind of a lot for 24 hours.....

Let's just say that this is the first, the first of many.

Anyway, I was nominated by Annie @ YA Book Space. Thanks for the nomination!

Oh, and I have to answer actual questions now. So complicated.

Rules:
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their website
  • Use the award logo on your post
  • Answer the 10 questions provided by the blogger who tagged you
  • Nominate 10 bloggers
  • Ask them 10 questions
Questions for me to answer:

1. What is your favourite stand alone novel? (Oh no, wrote that version of favorite and it's making my computer sad...)
Uhhhhh.... Stand alones? Do I read those? I guess Paper Towns by John Green.... It's my favorite of his, and I don't read a whole lot of stand alones apparently.

2. Do you prefer physical books or eBooks?
EBooks are more convenient, better for the environment, and save a TON more space. But they don't smell like books, do they? Physical, duh. How is this even a question?

3. Where do you buy your books from?
If I happen to get a lot of Amazon gift cards, or if I can't find a book in stores, than Amazon. For new releases/normally, Barnes & Noble.

4. How many books do you own?
Somewhere around 130-140.... I'm not entirely sure. Plus 15-20 eBooks. Is that a lot? It feels like a lot.

5. If you could write a book (or are writing a book) what is/what would it be about?
I am writing a book. Anddddd Let's just say I don't want to put it on Wattpad because I think it may violate their guidelines.....

6. What "hyped" book did you not like and why?
CINDER BY MARISSA MEYER. I read that book awhile before the series got super popular and thought is was really predictive. I find it annoying when I figure out the climax 60 pages into a book, okay? (I feel weird saying this one because I'm pretty sure my nominator loves this series.)

7. Are there any book-to-movie adaptations where you preferred the movie to the book?
Yes. Catching Fire... I really thought the book was lacking, but the movie was highly entertaining. It was just better.

8. Name a popular book series that everyone has read, but you haven't and why haven't you read it?
The Maze Runner.... I read 50ish pages of the first book and got really bored with the plot, the writing style, and the characters! I'll probably see the movie, though, because why not?

9. Tell me a book you love, but not that many people seem to know about it.
Prince Charming by S. Celi! I've talked about her books before on here, but I don't know of anyone else who has read this. It's self-published, but I actually really enjoyed it.

10. What are you're top 5 favorite series?
*These are in no particular order* 1. The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson 2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan 3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 4. Proxy by Alex London 5. The Great Alta Saga by Jane Yolen

My Nominees:

1. Tiffany @ The Bookish Thought
2. Denise @ I Am Shelfless
3. Selina @ Dear Book Geeks
4. Maria @ Teen YA Book Nerd
5. Nita @ Book Choose
6. Myra @ I'm Loving Books
7. Linz @ Linz The Bookworm
8. Ryley @ The Paperback Princess
9. Rachel @ The Very Hungry Bookworm
10. Donita @ My Random Book Thoughts

Questions for my nominees to answer:

1. Do you have a favorite book? If so, what is it?
2. What's another hobby you have that isn't related to books/blogging?
3. What the best book-to-movie adaptation you've seen?
4. How big are you're bookshelves, and how many do you have? (Wait... You all have bookshelves, right? That seems like a priority.)
5. How did you discover the book blogging community?
6. When did you first start labeling yourself as a "reader"?
7. Do you speak any other languages besides English?
8. Are you a dog or a cat person?
9. What sound/song is your alarm? (Btw mine is Sarah Smiles by Panic! At the Disco, in case anybody wanted to know...)
10. How frequently do you check social media/your phone?

I feel like these questions will really help me to get to know my fellow nominees inside and out. You better answer them honestly! And when you do answer them make sure to leave a link down below so I don't miss it! :)

Thanks for reading!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Lending Out Books


Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! This week's question is: Should book lovers lend out books?

I know this topic has been done A LOT in the last few years, but I feel like I have a slightly different opinion than a lot of people. So I'm going to do it anyway.

Also, if you didn't notice, I have a new.....picture thingy (my English is great) to go along with my Discussion Question Monday posts! I think I lot this new one a lot better. And I've got to say, PicMonkey is great....

Most book lovers seem to despise lending out their books, but I'm not really one of them. I don't really mind others reading my books, as long as we set some rules, and it also depends on the person.

Here are some reasons to not lend out a book to someone:
  1. The book is special in someway - Signed, childhood memories, first edition, expensive, sentimental, etc.
  2. They have a history of returning books in poor condition.
  3. You don't know how to contact that person if they don't return it.
  4. You have ever once seen them doggie-ear a page, their book or otherwise.
  5. You don't trust them/know them well.
  6. They have a dog (in general) - I can't tell you how many books have bite marks in them.....
If none of these things apply, I'll probably lend out a book to someone.

A lot of book lovers seem to make the library argument, though. They could just go to the library to get the book after all! Well, personally, I'm not really into libraries, and if someone doesn't have the money to buy a book, well I don't want to make them go through that torture.

If someone does really want a book, and that book could easily be replace if something does go wrong (which it won't because you have done a thorough background-check on this person's book borrowing past), then I don't see any problem lending a book to them.

And to be completely honest I like books that have been read over and over again. I like that I can give someone the chance to actually get into reading! As long as long as it looks like love and not murder, it's fine with me.

What do you think? Do you lend out books? Would you lend out a book? Is there a certain book or series you WOULDN'T lend out? How picky are you about the condition they're returned in? Any other opinions about this topic? Make sure to leave a comment! I always like seeing other points of view! :)

Thanks for reading!

PS: I wrote this post mostly just so I remember to bring my copy of Paper Towns to my friend tomorrow..... Great reasoning, I know.

Friday, August 21, 2015

New Header!

Hello! This is just a quick little post to tell you about my new header!

I actually really like how this turned out.... PicMonkey is officially my new favorite place on the Internet. It took about eleven tries to actually get the sizing right and everything, but it was worth it! (I think...)

So if you didn't happen to be on this website in the last hour or so, the header was basically constantly changing. The sizing is probably the hardest thing, actually...

Anyway, if you're looking to create a header, this one is free (unless you get a membership) and I think it's great for headers and blog-type images. Photoshop, to me, is a little to extreme for something this simple, and honestly a little pricey for someone without a every day job.

I'm mostly likely also going to make a new picture to go along with my Discussion Question Monday posts, because I've really fallen in love with this website a bit. Seriously recommend it. Why it took me so long to use it on a regular basis I don't know....

Thanks for reading! Go check out PicMonkey if you haven't before (though I know many people have), it totally deserves the love!

PS: I'm not entirely sure I'm used to the header. Do you like it? I can't decide.....

PSS: I just realized this is my hundredth post ever and THAT'S exciting. I know it wasn't to interesting, but hey, new header! YAY!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

What I Really Think About Books I Read For School

Hello! If you're at least older than 12, you've probably read a book for a school. And at least in my case, they're not exactly the BEST books I've ever read.

Don't get me wrong, I don't hate them all or anything, but there have definitely been quite a few that just aren't my cup of tea. Though I'm pretty sure that was most of them.

Anyway, here are some books I've read for school over the years, and what I've thought of them. Without the usual sugarcoating  I seem to have to do for teachers.

Title: Hatchet
Author: Gary Paulsen
Goodreads Link
Read: 5th grade, age 10
What I thought: This was one of the first books I had to read for school, and honestly I've despised reading other Gary Paulsen books since then. I didn't actually hate it, the author just never seems to write about anything I'm interested in. Also, the main character was really whiny and immature. Keep in mind that I was ten. Hatchet's main character is supposed to be twelve. I thought he was immature then. Not to mention that the actual plot doesn't really make all that much sense..... Unfortunately, there's another Gary Paulsen book on this list.


Title: The Adventures of Ulysses
Author: Bernard Evslin
Goodreads Link
Read: 7th grade, age 12
What I thought: I actually didn't completely hate this book. It was basically a retelling of the "Odyssey" and it was.....meh. The way the entire book was set up was kind of annoying, and it just felt like every chapter there was a problem, and at the end it was resolved. It was just the same thing over and over again, and it got kind of boring. The characters were kind of generic, and not really all that memorable (hence why I don't have much to say about them). I defiantely didn't mind reading this book, but I would have rather read something different....anything else. But I didn't hate it.


Title: Nightjohn
Author: Gary Paulsen
Goodreads Link
Read: 7th grade, age 12
What I thought: Once again, Gary Paulsen has written a book that doesn't appeal to me in the slightest, yet I apparently had to read it. Fun.
I'm not really into books about slavery and segregation, I just find them kind of unenjoyable to read (for obvious reasons). Books are for fun! Why would I read books that make me unhappy?
But really I just think the writing and characters are a little awkward, and possibly just outdated. This book did not do what I read books for, entertainment. Or at least some kind of enjoyment. Or at least gives me some hope in humanity.... I really don't want to ever read a Gary Paulsen book again. Sorry?



Title: The Outsiders
Author S.E. Hinton
Goodreads Link
Read: 7th grade, age 12
What I thought: This book was fine. I didn't totally mind reading it, but it wasn't really the kind of book I would ever pick out for myself. Most books I read in school tend to be that way actually. They might be good books, but they're not about a subject that interests me, so I usually don't like them. Maybe we should be reading more John Green books for school.... I would be completely okay with that.
Honestly, books (and movies) set around this time have never really interested me. I'm sure I'm supposed to relate to it, but in my experience, high school has never been this separated. So maybe other people could relate to it better, but it's just not for me.

Title: Night
Author: Elie Wiesel
Goodreads Link
Read: 8th grade, age 13
What I thought: I feel like a horrible person for hating this book, I seriously do. I mean, this is a true story about the Holocaust. That's why I ended up rating it 2 stars on Goodreads, even though I'm not entirely sure it deserves that. I was supposed to sympathize with the characters (this is an autobiography), and I didn't. I probably was supposed to cry or something.... The way this book is written is one of the hardest things I've ever had to read. It's just so slow and boring and it kind of made me nauseous. Not in an "Oh this is terrible" way, but more of a "This writing is legit making me sick" way. The writing is bad. My teacher actually yelled at me when I told her I didn't like it.... I had to write a paper basically saying how great the book was.

Title: Anthem
Author: Ayn Rand
Goodreads Link
Read: 8th grade, age 13
What I thought: I read this book as a group project, and I think I actually liked the book better because we were constantly making fun of it. This book has a bit of so-called "character development" in which the main character goes from being arrogant in his head, to being even more arrogant outside of his head. The total insta-love thing didn't help. And the romance was just bad in general.... He basically just loved her because she was pretty. That doesn't seem like the best base for a relationship, but okay. It wasn't a good book, but it's worth reading just so you can laugh about it later. Plus, you can sarcastically talk about everything in your final project and it's GREAT.

Title: The Bean Trees
Author: Barbara Kingsolver
Goodreads Link
Read: 9th grade, age 14
What I thought: The more I think about this book, the worse it seems. This book is pretty much entirely based on relationship between the characters, and the relationships are just...lacking. Somehow, magically of course, relationships just appeared between characters that had never met beforehand. The characters were also extremely annoying. Just the whiny and the complementing and Lou Ann! The plot was kind of nonexistent until about 220 pages in. I'm just glad this book wasn't particularly hard to get through, bad as it was.
Also, this book uses "till" unstead of "until" or "'til". Which isn't really that big of a deal (considering it is technically a form of that word), but it annoyed me throughout the whole book and is probably said, like, 50 times.

Title: The Sword in the Stone (Unabridged, first part of The Once and Future King)
Author: T.H. White
Goodreads Link
Read: 9th grade, age 14
What I thought: I really enjoyed the theme of this book. I don't see a lot of books that talk about war in that way, and I thought it was marvelous. It was a little hard to get into, but you get into it eventually. My main problem with it is that there were a lot of times when details would be skipped over and I would keep having to figure out what the hell was going on every other page. I thought the end was really rushed, like he had just realized he was almost out of pages. It seemed like the climax should have been Wart (Arthur) getting the stone, but it went by really fast and then ended. But the themes were WORTH IT.

Have you read any of these books? Did you feel similarly about them? Have you read a book for school that you thought was just horrible? Did you pretend to like it (I know I have...)? Any other opinions about reading for school? Leave me a comment down below! :)

Thanks for reading!


Monday, August 17, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Arrogant Main Characters


Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! Today's question is: Should authors create arrogant main characters?

So I'm sure you've probably read a book with an arrogant main character, they're not exactly common, but there are defiantly quite a few of them. The example that first comes to mind is Celaena from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.... Because YEAH.

To a certain extent, arrogant people are pretty annoying. Characters, most likely, are going to be the same way. And sometimes, when characters are just REALLY getting on your nerves, you end up quitting a series, and that's obviously not great for authors. So should authors refrain from creating very arrogant characters to avoid this?

Of course, there are times when arrogant characters AREN'T all that annoying. For example, Celaena's arrogance is actually quite justified, and therefore, I find it more entertaining than annoying. I mean, she's obviously very vain and arrogant, but it comes off more as confidence. She's good enough at what she does that she deserves to be proud. Not to mention it is HIGHLY entertaining.

But I feel like there is a thin line between good arrogance and bad arrogance. It can either make or break a series. It all just depends on the author.

In my opinion, if an author is good enough, arrogant characters can be played off and really make a series great. But if they fail (and if they do, it will be badly), they probably just lost tons of readers solely because they can't stand the main character.

What do you think? Should authors stay away from writing from an arrogant character's POV? Have you read a book with an arrogant main character? Did the author do it well? Would you quite a series because the main character was just that annoying?

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

I'm So Tiny.... Opinions Please?

Hello! So I've been blogging for AWHILE now. It's been, what, eight months? (That's not really a long time, but come on, I'm 14, it is for me!) And I don't know if you notice, but I haven't exactly grown very quickly. I mean, I'm tiny.... So so tiny.

I'm pretty sure most of the reason for this is that I'm really kind of horrible a promoting my blog. I usually post updates on Twitter right after I post stuff, but that's it. Usually, I mean to go to discussions on Goodreads and link my post there, but that doesn't really happen either.

You know, I should probably be trying to make friends and socialize and whatever, but since when do I do that? Never.

I do actually have friends in real life, but none of them pay attention to anything I do on the Internet. They all have their own little Tumblry worlds, and we just seem to avoid each other. Thanks for the support guys.....

I'm sure I could probably fix a lot of this by actually being social and whatever. Commenting on other blogs, getting myself out there, etc. But I think I tend to forget that blogging is a social experience, just from the comfort of your own home.

Also, it would be great if you, whoever you are, could comment down below what kind of posts you like to see. I'm pretty much done with Top Ten Tuesdays, by the way, they've become kind of boring and repetitive... But do you like to read reviews? Even of books you haven't read? I feel like most people don't read reviews of books they haven't heard of, but honestly I'm not entirely sure.

Is there any kind of posts that you would like more blogs to do? Is there something that you do on your blog that you like doing that you think more people should do?

Also, I'm a little unhappy with how not put together my posts are. Most of them are just ramblings of words (kind of like this one that's happening right now), that sort of have a point to them. I'm hoping in the near future they will seem more thought out and well done....

Thanks for reading! PLEASE comment down below with your opinions on some of this stuff, it would be extremely helpful!!!

PS: It was probably a bad idea to promise all this less than a week before school starts, honors classes and all. This is going to be interesting.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

BOOKTUBEATHON WRAP UP

Hello! So Sunday was the last day of the BookTubeAThon, and I'm sorry to say I failed....

Well okay, I didn't fail all that badly, but I still did definitely fail. Here are the books I read this last week:

1. The Fairy's Mistake by Gail Carson Levine

Pages: 87
Challenge: Finish a book without letting go of it

2. The Undesirables by S. Celi

Pages: 245
Challenge: Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name

3. Tease by Amanda Maciel

Pages: 321
Challenge: Read a book you really want to read
Review (I didn't like it, quite disappointing really.)

4. Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu

Pages: 369
Challenge: This doesn't actually fit any of the challenges XD

5. Sister Light, Sister Dark by Jane Yolen

Pages: 256
Challenges: Read a book with blue on the cover, read someone else's favorite book

6. The Crown of Ptolemy (Percy Jackson/Kane Chronicles Crossover #3) by Rick Riordan

Pages: 63
Challenge: Read the last book you acquired

7. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

So I didn't finish this book.... I got about 96 pages in, and then it was 11:30pm and I gave up.... BUT I WAS REALLY CLOSE!!!!

So I failed, but I didn't ENTIRELY fail. Try again next year?

Thanks for reading! How did your BookTubeAThon for?

PS: Sorry about the absence of pictures and also the absence of posts... I will in Florida for the next week or so and I have resorted to posting this on my phone because of the iffy Wi-Fi. I'm hoping I can get that figured out in the next couple of days.... At least by next Tuesday? :)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Summer Reading


Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! This week's question is: Should teachers assign summer reading?

I thought this was a pretty appropriate topic considering school starts on the 19th for me and I have yet to finish either of the books I was assigned for summer reading.... I should probably be doing that or something.

So I would make a pros and cons list, but I'm pretty sure there are only cons. Especially from a students perspective. So I'm just going to make a list of cons.

  1. Going outside doesn't happen, too busy starring at book hoping it will read itself.
  2. I'm all freaked out about reading these books that the first day of school is horrible.
  3. Most people seem to hate them, or they're just outdated in general.
  4. No time for fun reading!
  5. It seems to make non-readers hate reading even more.
  6. English teachers wonder why nobody likes their class.
  7. It should be a law that you're not allowed to have tests on the first/second day of school.
  8. The amount of stress is going to ruin summer.
  9. Did we forget what summer is for? It's not for homework and is for sleeping in.
  10. I mean really. What kind of teenagers acts like the teenagers in these books? I'm pretty sure even kids in King Arthur's time weren't this well behaved.
That was a longer list than I was expecting, but whatever. Whoever invented summer reading is stupid and I bet they're the same people that are trying to figure out why kids are so obese these days.... IT'S PROBABLY BECAUSE THEY'RE INSIDE ATTEMPTING TO CONQUER YOUR SUMMER READING LIST SO THEY DON'T FAIL YOUR CLASS.

I'd like to point out that I really didn't go outside at all this summer. And I blame teachers and the internet (the best place to procrastinate).

What do you think? Should teachers assign summer reading? Does summer reading ruin summer? Do adults trying to portray 14-year-olds usually fail terribly and cause me to constantly complain?

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Book Review: Tease by Amanda Maciel


Title: Tease
Author: Amanda Maciel
Pages: 328
Released: April 29th, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Average Rating: 3.75 stars
My Rating: 1 stars
Synopsis: Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault. At least, that's what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. In the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her own role in an undeniable tragedy. And she'll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.

So if you don't regularly follow my posts, you may not know how much I've been complaining about this book in my BookTubeAThon updates. I complained a lot.

Throughout this entire book, all I could think was Do teenage girls actually act like this? Since when? As a teenage girl with a lot of teenage girl friends, I was a little insulted by how these characters were portrayed. They're all stereotypical teenage girls that are mean to each other and talk behind each others backs, not to mention play insane pranks on each other (that were extremely unrealistic and stupid). At least in my experience, TEENAGE GIRLS DO NOT ACT LIKE THAT. If your friends actually act like this, I suggest you get some new friends, because there are defiantly quite a lot that don't do this.

The thing I really didn't like about this book was that I thought it would be controversial. I thought it would explain something along the lines of People that get bullied aren't necessarily innocent, and it's no ones fault but their own. Which was not even close to the moral of this story. It was more I'm sorry I was mean to you I'll be more careful next time I now know that not everyone is strong crap.

Now I'd like to ask you a question. If someone bullies someone else, but that person doesn't kill themselves, should they still be punished the same way as someone who bullied someone else that killed them selves? What if it was the exact same amount of bullying? What if they did exact the same things?

Because if Emma Putnam hadn't killed herself no one would be suing anybody. But just because she wasn't as strong as other people, means that the people that bullied her get punished more. WHICH IS DUMB. It's not their fault Emma killed herself, or than anyone commits suicide. IT'S EMMA'S FAULT. She hung herself. No one gave her the extension cord, or even told her to kill herself. Just because Emma wasn't strong, doesn't mean this is any different than any other bullying.

Obviously this is just my opinion, but I really wish someone would write a book with that kind of morals. No one does because everyone thinks that's wrong or something.

Let me go back to the teenage girls thing. It amazing me that this is based off a true story. I've never once met a girl that's that mean to someone else. I mean, I've been bullied before, but it was almost always guys. The only bullying I've ever seen girls doing (with my own eyes) is excluding people. Though honestly depending on the situation, I don't know if I would really consider that bullying. Because sometimes that other person is rude or negative or something, so no one wants to hang out with them. That means they need to fix something about themselves, no body wants to have somebody rude in their friend group, okay?

Speaking of friend groups, cliques don't really happen. For me there's lunch friends, and usually I have different friends in each class, but I don't just have, like, 8 friends and then I'm full, and everyone else I hate. There aren't rivalries between groups of friends, and usually people that are this mean to other people don't have any friends.

ALSO. How is it that Sara is a junior and high school and her only friend is Brielle? I mean, who are you partners with in classes, who else do you talk to, and HAVE YOU FAILED AT LIFE?!??! Even the emo kid in the back has other emo friends!! How have you managed to be this far into high school with only one friend? That's not even sad, it's just weird.

This author also has the whole I'm an adult trying to talk like a teenager and it's TOTALLY working! kind of writing. There were quite a lot of texts between people, and I swear this author used abbreviations I've never even seen before. I still have no idea what this means:

"thbbbbbt. yr no fun."

I don't even know what that stands for. And I know nobody that talks like this. I've seen people use "ur" (and it annoys the hell out of me) before...

So I actually just had to use Urban Dictionary (sad, I know), and apparently it means "This House Believes that". I just ummmm. Don't know what that means either. Should I? Because I'm super confused.

Also, the overwhelming use of "gonna" and "wanna" was incredibly painful. I mean, there are certain times when you can use those and not get on my nerves, and this author failed EVERY TIME. Saying it out loud is one thing, but writing it down and causing my eye's pain is another.

So throughout the book, Sara is trying to convince people that it's not her fault that Emma killed herself. And I agreed with her! It's not her fault! Even Carmichael (whom, by the way, Sara does not deserve in any way. Just putting that out there), the least annoying character in this book, didn't side with her. I MEAN HOW IN THE HELL IS IT HER FAULT?!!!??!?!

And then at the end she realizes that she did play a role in it, and that she made a mistake thinking that it was all Emma. That Emma had lots of other issues and her getting mad because Emma made out with her boyfriend was stupid and wasn't justified at all! Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I think everyone else screaming that it was her fault and that she should go to jail finally got into her head.

I'm not even going to mention the fact that by suing these kids, Emma's parents just ruined even more lives. Instead of letting the problem go, they destroyed 4 or 5 other kids lives. For something their daughter did. OKAYYYY?!??!!?!? Oh wait, I just mentioned it didn't I? Whoops.
So yeah, I didn't like this book at all.

One star for not entirely horrible writing and some semi-good characters.

Recommend?

Didn't I just answer this question in, I don't know, MY ENTIRE REVIEW? NOOOO. I don't recommend this book at all. Even if you somehow get it for free somewhere, don't read it. GO BURN IT IN A HOLE. MAKE IT PAY FOR THE WHAT IT HAS DONE!

That may have been a little over board, but seriously go ahead and burn it.

Also, I'd like to point out that I started this review giving this book 3 stars, but the more I though about it the more I thought it deserved way less.

NOW THAT WAS AN ANGRY REVIEW!!! :) I'm hoping I don't review any books like this in the future...?

Thanks for reading!

BOOKTUBEATHON UPDATE- Day 2 and 3

Hello! I've been failing at posting these, but WHATEVER. Here's my update for days 2 and 3 of the BookTubeAThon.

Tease by Amanda Maciel

I actually finished this book on the 3rd day of BookTubeAThon, but it was one in the morning, so I'm just going to count that as day two. Also, I don't know if you read my previous update, but this book makes me really angry, which is why I'm debating whether or not to write a review.

Champion (Legend #3)by Marie Lu

On day three I read 135 pages of this book, and honestly I don't like this one either! I didn't like the rest of this series as well, but I still have to read it because completion. So I'm hoping I can complete Champion at some point tonight.... Also, I looked up spoilers for the book (please don't kill me, I was bored!), and realized that this book is only going to get worse. I really don't understand why so many people like this series so much.

Unfortunately, that's all I've read. Apparently I got a lucky start and now much attempt to push though the rest of this thing.

I'm also probably going to go off my TBR again because I have summer reading books that I have to have completed 2 weeks from now, and I've read about 50 pages. And that's a problem...

Thanks for reading! How's your BookTubeAThon going??

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

BOOKTUBEATHON UPDATE- Day 1

Why hello there! It's midnight and I'm tired. So it is officially the end of day one of BookTubeAThon for me, and I've got to say I read a lot of books.

1. The Fairy's Mistake by Gail Carson Levine

This is actually a reread for me, and I swear it's even better every time I read it. I'd also like to point out that I finished this book around 8 in the morning and I felt very accomplished. (Even if it is only 85ish pages...)

2. The Undesirable by S. Celi

I loved S. Celi's other book, Prince Charming, but this one was just...no. It was basically a mix of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and World War II, but set in the near future. There was just nothing unique about it. AT ALL. I felt like I was reading the other books all over again.... Even the love interest was a mixture of Four and Peeta! I really expected more from this book. Anyway, Prince Charming was still AMAZING and you should still check it out even if this one didn't do it for me. :)

3. Tease by Amanda Maciel

So I know this wasn't on my TBR, but I was about half-way through it when the BookTubeAThon started, so I decided, why not??!?!?? So read a little more than a hundred more pages today. Now I have about a hundred pages left, and I'm hoping to finish it tomorrow.

Also, I kind of hate this book. But for the first time in my life, I hate the morals. I completely disagree with this book in so many different ways. Which wouldn't have been all that bad, but I thought this book was going to be CONTROVERSIAL, and it wasn't. At all. This book has the same lessons and the same shit (I don't curse a lot I'm surprised with myself right now, kinda angry) that everyone else thinks. It isn't original in any way! Okay I'm going to go write a review now. I'm not actually done with it, but I read the last few pages (I know, I'm bad) and the author's note and I feel like I get the full gist of the book. So yeah.

Ummm. So that got a little intense for a second. Sorry? Anyway, how's your BookTubeAThon going? Mine's going great if I do say so myself (if you ignore the angry cursing....)!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Writing In Books

 
Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! Today's question is: Is writing in books okay?

So I have...mixed feelings about this one. On one hand, NO NO NO STOP THAT'S EVIL AND NOW IT'S JUST SUMMER READING YOU DON'T LIKE THAT STOPPPPPPPPP. On the other, I'm not entirely sure what's wrong with it. If it helps you understand the book better, or you happen to be writing witty comments in the margins why should I stop you?

I think mostly it's so close to hurting a book that it's not okay. I mean really, you did just completely diminish the value of a book. You could have sold it for like $2 and now you'll be lucky to get a 25 cents! Basically you wasted money and covered an entire book with ink.

Now it's not like I haven't ever written in a book before, I have, but I usually plan it. I will buy a book for the sole purpose of writing in it. In books I really like, I may highlight my favorite quotes, but other than that no. Sometimes I also will write the date or place I got the book in because it happened to be important. That's usually only with books I know I'll be keeping. (I'm hoping I'm not alone and this isn't incredibly weird.)

The thing is, is that I don't really care if people write in their own books, but I do care if they write in a library book. You just made it a hell of a lot harder to read this book because you scribbled all over it. So yeah, I don't care, just don't write in a book I'm going to read.

What do you think? Should people write in books? Do you write in books? Do you only write in certain books or certain things in books?

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

I Mustache You Some Questions Tag

Hello! So I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with puns. The more I read the title, the more I want to murder it. They are both the most genius, and the most annoying jokes ever created. Anyway, I was tagged by Theepika from Just That Girl. Thanks for tagging me! :)


 
 

Four Jobs I Would Like To Have:

(Was originally Four Jobs I've Had, but it seems like a lot of us are teenagers that haven't many jobs...)
1. Referee (for soccer/football, tiny people) - I actually currently have this job, and it pays well considering all I have to do is teach 5-year-olds how to do a throw-in.
2. Writer - I'm hoping this is kind of self explanatory. I like books, I like writing, you know.
3. Bookstore owner - Who doesn't want to own a bookstore? I mean really.
4. History something - I like history.... I don't know if I necessarily want to be a historian...but I don't know, OLD STUFF!

Four Movies I Have Watched More Than Once:

1. Barbie as Rapunzel - This movie was basically my entire childhood in a nutshell. This was back when Barbie movies were much darker, now they're just a blessing of sparkly unicorns....
2. The Fault in our Stars - I'm not even sure how many times I've seen this, probably 15ish.
3. Clueless - This movie is what slumber parties are for!
4. G.B.F. - I know this is actually rated R, but it really has no reason to be. Plus it's amazing.

Four Books I Would Recommend:

1. Proxy by Alex London - Review is coming soon....
2. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson - Anything by Brandon Sanderson really, he's great.
3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series - I recommend this series, but you can read The Heroes of Olympus at your own risk.
4. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine - It's very different from the movie, like incredibly different. (But the movie is still good, so you should watch that too.)

Four Places I Have Visited:

1. San Francisco, California - This might be my favorite city of all time.
2. Toronto, Canada - My second favorite? It's still pretty great... (Plus, they have Kinder eggs there because CANADA!)
3. Somewhere in Yucatan, Mexico - Is it bad that I don't remember the city? There were old things...but those are kind of everywhere.
4. DISNEY WORLD (Orlando, Florida) - It's better than Disneyland!!!!!!!!!!!!

Four Things I Don't Eat:

1. Onions - They are EVIL!
2. Meat - I'm a vegetarian.....
3. Cake - I just really hate cake, okay?
4. Mexican Food - I'm really not into tacos, enchiladas, or burritos, but I like queso....

Four of My Favorite Foods:

1. Butternut Squash - It's better than pumpkin!
2. Ice Cream - This is basically my cake.
3. Kiwis - A kiwi a day keeps the doctor away? (I'm not exaggerating.)
4. Peanut Sauce - The kind normally found in Thai food. It's the best thing ever.

Four TV Shows I Watch:

1. Doctor Who - I don't know why you haven't figured this out by now. ALSO THE NEW EPISODES START THIS MONTH AND I'M A LITTLE EXCITED.
2. Once Upon a Time - THEY MASSACRED OUR BEANS (This doesn't make sense, does it?)
3. The Big Bang Theory - I don't really know when I started watching this show.....
4. Sabrina: The Teenage Witch - This is the only TV show ever that I've actually seen all of the episodes.... There are 7 seasons!

Four Things I'm Looking Forward To This Year:

1. Magnus Chase release date - It's going to be an exciting time.
2. Halloween - I'm planning on putting my decorations up soon.....
3. Vacation - That's in a week and a half....
4. Thanksgiving - It's like the only time I have mashed potatoes....

Four People I Tag:

1. Carrie from The Book Goddess
2. Kate from Read and Dream
3. Tiffany from The Bookish Thought
4. Denise from i am shelfless

Thanks for reading! And thanks again Theepika for tagging me!