Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sequels I Haven't Read Yet


Hello! This is just going to be a list of books that I've read one or more of the books for, but I haven't read all of the books or all of the books that are currently out.

These are just the books I own the sequels for. Does this make any sense? It's amazing how many of these I have.

Firefight (The Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson

I loved Steelheart, and I got Firefight within a week of its release date (which was, like, January or something), but never actually read it.



Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken

I read the Darkest Minds...twoish years ago. Around the time Never Fade came out. I purchased it! And it's been collecting dust on my shelf ever since.



Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

I read Cinder, and I was kind of iffy about it (predictability annoys me). When everyone started raving about it a year or so later, I bought Scarlet. I've never been too excited to read it.



Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

If you've been in the world of bookish internet as long as I have (even before I had this blog, yes), you may remember the raving of every booky internet person ever when Requiem came out. I read Delirium around that time, and never got much farther.



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

I should probably read this at some point considering the last book just came out (or is about to come out....?). Honestly, though, I'm not sure I can stand Emma and Whatshisface's romance again.



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

I'm not often in the mood for cutesy-contemporary. I think I liked the last book though... Why do I keep getting this confused with My Life Next Door? THESE THINGS ARE ALL THE SAME.



Wow...that's it? There's quite a few, but I really thought this list would go on indefinitely.

Please tell me I'm not the only one that never seems to read sequels?

Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Reading Challenges


Hello, and welcome to Discussion Question Monday! Today's question is: Are reading challenges/goals helping or hurting readers?

I am failing at my Goodreads Reading Challenge for this year. BADLY. I'm 57% through, and it's SEPTEMBER. That's depressing. I'm going to lower it. That's even more depressing!

I can't be the only one that gets behind on a reading challenge and gets really discouraged by it. To me at least, reading challenges are supposed to encourage you to read more, but I think many people just give up on it. They lose their motivation to read.

Some people set unrealistic goals for themselves, or they underestimate how much time high school will take away from them (me).

At the same time, though, passing your reading challenge 3/4 of the way through the year feels AMAZING. So I defiantly recommend having a reading challenge, but be careful about the number at which you set it.

Do you think you can read 70 books in a year? Set it at 60. Think you can read 30? Set it at 20. If you set it a bit lower than your realistic expectations, then you won't be upset at the end of the year if you end up not being able to read that much.

If you do happen to be able to read even more than your reading challenge, then that's great! It'll get you to read even more for the rest of the year.

In conclusion, reading challenges can both hurt and help us, so be careful how much you push yourself! Don't force yourself to read more than you have time for, and even if you don't finish you're challenge this year, just try again next year!

What do you think? Do you get discouraged or stressed when you're behind on your reading challenge? Do you set it lower than you think you'll be able to read? Higher? Leave me a comment down below! :)

Thanks for reading, and good luck on your challenges! :)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Limiting Bloggers


Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! Today's question is: Do blog names/what someone's blog focuses on limit what bloggers will post/talk about?

Obviously, I run a book blog (hello world). I pretty much only talk about books and book related subjects. I've ventured out of my little bubble maybe.... once or twice since first starting this blog? Not much, anyway.

I think a lot of bloggers feel limited in the name they have set up for themselves. Book blogs never really going into, I don't know, POLITICS for example.

This may surprise you, but I'm actually very political. I'm extremely liberal don't push me. I'm a bit passionate about it.

Occasionally, I see something on the news about *insert racist/homophobic/Christian not doing their freaking job issue here*. Then I think, I should talk about my opinion on this. But then I remember I run a book blog (and I don't want all the conservatives out there to hate me), so I don't.

Then there is the fact that I'm almost positive my taste in music scares people (parents and sane people anyway). I wouldn't at all classify myself as emo (at least in a what I wear kind of way), but the music is my life. Also many of the bands on Wikipedia's list of emo bands/artists.

I've seen this kind of thing happen to a lot of bloggers, and I'm sure this happens to most of us. We've built a name for ourselves on said topic, so we feel as if we can't talk about other topics we're interested in.

The answer to this question is obviously yes. Tons of bloggers refrain from talking about their other interests in fear of losing readers or not getting any new ones. It's incredibly difficult to find people that can talk about politics, My Chemical Romance, and books all at the same time while still being able to help me find a dress for homecoming. It's just not a thing that happens. I'm into too many contrasting things.

It's kind of sad, and I wish bloggers felt more free to talk about whatever they want on their blog, even if they didn't necessarily set up their blog thinking about that thing. Then again, the following you've built up may not exactly be into whatever you start posting about. I don't even know what to think about this!

What do you think? Would you want to post something not related to your blog's normal focus? Would you read a post of someone who did? Please, leave me a comment down below!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A Defence of Margo Roth Spiegelman (And John Green Books in General)


Hello! I've noticed a lot of people seem to kind of despise Margo from John Green's Paper Towns, so I decided to give my opinion.... Because I don't think she's all that bad.

The most common complaint I see about her is probably that she is generally a bad friend. Which is true, but I think we're all being a little to hard on her. Not everyone is a great friend ALL THE TIME. Sometimes you just hit a period of your life where you just become more focused on yourself than anyone else. That doesn't mean Margo's a bad person.

Margo needs to find herself (come on people that's the point of the book, well sort of), and it's difficult to both find yourself and be a good friend. I don't think it's at all unrealistic to want to take some time to find out who you are before you try to find out who other people are.

Obviously, other characters are finding themselves in Paper Towns as well, and they're not being horrible friends. They're being great friends actually.

We all find ourselves in different ways. I've definitely gone through periods of my life when I pretty terrible to my friends. That doesn't mean I was or am a bad person, that just means I needed a little reflection time. Thinking time. Time to figure life out time.

Another thing people say about John Green's books in general is that they are unrealistic. They think Margo's too perfect to possibly be real. Have you people read the book? Q imagines Margo as more than a person. She's supposed to be unrealistic. This is how Q pictures Margo, even if that's not how she is in real life. Q is actually a pretty unreliable narrator....

This doesn't really have to do with Paper Towns, but I want to say something about this as well.

John Green's characters are too smart to be teenagers, and their vocabulary is too advanced!

All I really have to say to this is, excuse me? (Well except for Augustus, he's very unrealistic, I can't argue with that. I feel like if I tried to defend him it would take awhile and it would go badly. Ask John Green.) The primary audience for these books is teenagers (though it is read by older/younger people), so if the teenagers can understand what the characters are saying, doesn't that mean their vocabulary is that big? I mean, if their vocabulary was truly unrealistic they wouldn't be able to understand it without a dictionary, right?

I'd also like to point out that Hazel is a reader, and readers tend to have bigger vocabularies than the average person. This is because we are constantly exposing ourselves to new words with content, therefore we learn new words all the time. I'm pretty sure my speech will be just as advanced as Hazel's when I'm 16. You know, after two more years going at this rate.

Also, this is kind of offensive.

I hope this post somewhat changed your view on Paper Towns/Margo/TFIOS/life/teenagers. I'm a bit annoyed about the complaints about Margo, but if you have any more please comment! Arguments, opinions, that's my kind of fun!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Depression In Books


Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! Today's question is: Should there be more books that have depressed characters/depression themes?

I have not read very many books about depression, or that feature depressed characters. They may be common and I just haven't read them, but I feel like no one really talks about it much.

The reason I think these books wouldn't be very popular is because they're depressing. Many people don't like books that make them sad! Books are for enjoyment!

I haven't heard of a book that has a depressed main character, but is also funny. It's like everyone thinks depressed people can't laugh! Which is not at all true.

The Fault in our Stars kind of deals with depression. Coming from someone who has been and knows many others that also have been depressed, it didn't really feel like depression. It was talked about, but that wasn't really the point of the book. There was no point where I actually felt like I was seeing the point of view of a depressed person. But that one is funny....

There defiantly are books that talk about bullying and people that become depressed because of it, but no one really talks about them all that often.

In my opinion, though, people that haven't experience depression (or honestly any mental illness, or even the struggles of being LGBT+) can't really understand what it's like. Talking to people who have experienced it just won't cut it. Being suicidal, cutting yourself, or even just being sad all the time is something that you just can't describe unless you know what it feels like.

I wish there were more books that were written by the actually people that experienced them. It's Kind of a Funny Story is the only one I can seem to think of that is actually talked about.

The book I'm currently writing (read it here), deals with depression, but it deals with the kind of depression I had (or have, it's complicated). Which apparently isn't the kind that most people have, and that would be why I decided to write it and then give the world access to it....

Many people talk about how we need more books in YA dealing with mental illness, LGBT characters, etc. BUT NO ONE IS WRITING THEM. If you think there should be more books about X, then write one! Telling an author they need more diverse characters is not going to help much.

What do you think? This is very much a topic I'd like to here other opinions about....

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

My Favorite Words

Hello! I don't know if it's just me, but I have a lot of words that I just kind of love for no reason. I just think they're pretty! Here are some of those words.

Hiatus

A little random, I know. I hope I'm not alone. Or this would be weird.

Homeostasis

Maybe it's just words that start with h? This one is defiantly the only good thing about biology, though.

Aurora

I try to fit this word into everyday conversations. It's difficult, and strange, but it's worth it.

Inevitable

This is another one of those words that I try to say just about every thirty seconds. I love these words. I really do.

Evanescence

I know there's a band. I'm not talking about the band. Beautiful word.

Esquirla

Before you get confused, this word is Spanish. I had hoped this word meant squirrel, but apparently it means splinter.....

Boulevard

We should never have another street, avenue, or road. Only boulevards.

I'm not alone in obsessing over words, am I? I really wish these words could be used more often (well at least by English speakers, I don't know how often Spanish-speaking people use the word for splinter), life would be so much better!

Do any of you have words that you really love for not much reason?

Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Readers Writing Books


Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! This week's question is: Should readers write books?

Also, happy Labor Day. I don't know why we have it exactly, but I don't have school, so works for me.

The reason I'm bringing this up is because I've seen a lot of people that are avid readers, but don't want to write books, or don't think they'd be good at it. Which doesn't make much sense to me. If you can review a book, shouldn't you be able to write one?

I feel like a bit of a hypocrite saying this, because I've never actually finished writing a book... I've started dozens, but ADHD is not helpful when writing wants to happen.

For the people that don't want to write, I don't even understand you. You're critical about books you review, so doesn't that mean you'll be able to write the perfect book? Of course, you may think you won't be good at it. Well, you couldn't always speak either, and look at you now! Practice makes perfect. So practice.

It really bothers me when people don't want to write. It's like they don't want to get their opinions out there. They think their opinion on a subject isn't important, but it is.

If anything, writing doesn't hurt anything, and it seems to have quite a few positive benefits. You never quite know what life is like for authors until you become one.

To be honest, writing constantly can help you better understand yourself, and who you want to become. Any kind of creative output is, really, but for readers, I would definitely suggest writing.

So YES. I really think everyone should write, it's a skill that will come in handy your entire life, and I don't really understand why so many people don't. You should. Like right now. Trust me.

What do you think? Do you think all readers should write? Do you write, as well as read? If not, is there a reason not to? Have you ever wanted you write? Have you tried and then given up?

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Read My Book?

Hello! So over the past few months I have mentioned my book occasionally. Now I'm going to actually talk about it....

Just a few minutes ago I published the first chapter of my book on my Wattpad account. Kind of a little freaked out (little is quite the understatement), as I've never published anything on Wattpad before, much less made my creations available to the general public.

Now before I give you the link to go read this book, I thought I would tell you what it's about, and also warn you a bit....

The description:

Camille is too smart for her own good.
She's been depressed for as long as she can remember.
Her move a few months ago hasn't helped much.
Her mom is an alcoholic. That isn't helping either.
The day she decides to kill herself on turns out to be the day that ruins her life for good.

Alex is invisible.
It's like nobody even knows his name.
He'd kill for the attention Camille is getting.
He wishes that she'd understand why she's so lucky.
At least she's not terrified of what lies ahead.

So you might be thinking, what the hell is this? Well, glad you asked.

This book is both rated as mature and has a warning, so if you're sensitive and/or depressed/self-harming/suicidal, you shouldn't read this book.

Now, this might scare you, as it rightfully should. This is not a happy book (I don't write happy things), and I'm not promising any happily ever after. Sorry if you're not into that....

But I would just like to point out that it would be amazing if you did read my story. Constructive criticism is something that would be appreciated... I think. It depends on how you say it I guess. But nice things would also be appreciated.

If you still want to read it after all that, then here's the link. Have fun.

Thanks for reading!

PS: I'd also like to point out that all the books I've ever written have female characters whose name starts with "C" and has an "l" in it. They're not always (or usually) main characters, but this one happens to be...

Book Haul: Summer 2015

Hello! I'm kind of afraid to know the amount of books I've purchased in the last few months. Haven't counted them yet. I'm almost positive it's going to be bigger than my spring book haul. Let's see.

Also, I became a member of Barnes & Noble last week (I don't know why it took me so long, honestly), and I don't think that's going to help my ever growing TBR. 40% off hardcover bestsellers? That's a pretty major portion of my bookshelf....

1. Tease by Amanda Maciel

I didn't like this book. Here's my review.



2. Proxy by Alex London

I did like this book. I've been meaning to review it. SOON I PROMISE.



3. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan- The Graphic Novel

These are okay... You miss a lot if you haven't read the book. But it is a great refresher if you don't feel like rereading the entire book, or you just want to boost your Goodreads challenge a bit...



4. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan- The Graphic Novel

I think I may just buy them because they're pretty and Rick Riordan's name is on them.



5. Rook by Sharon Cameron

I think I got this book because the cover looks cool. No idea what it's about.



6. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

This book is ALSO beautiful, but at least I know what this one is about. We're making progress!



7. Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

I think I like this one even better than Greek Gods.... More Percy is always better, though.



8. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

I love Brandon Sanderson, and I'm ashamed to have not read this series by now. Eventually, I'll probably buy the UK edition of this series, because those covers are just better. As for right now, that sounds expensive and difficult.



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

If only this book had been better. But it wasn't. My review.



10. Sinner by Maggie Steifvater

I actually already own this book, but then Maggie Steifvater tweeted that she left a signed copy in a Barnes & Noble kinda sorta near me. So I went out. And bought it. Again. And now there are two.



11. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

This is basically a John Green book, but much much worse. I haven't even finished it and I already hate it....



I think that's all? Is it bad that I'm not sure? Anyway, that was three books more than last time. Five if you exclude summer reading books. Which does sound like that big of a difference, but I mean, there are only eleven now.

There was also quite a few Egyptology textbooks that were bought (because why not....), but this is a blog where I desperately attempt not to bore you, so we're just going to skip over those.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Magnus Chase Excitements


Hello! The first book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series comes out on October 6th, 2015. And I'm really excited. Like, more excited than I ever was for The Blood of Olympus.

Also, I can't wait to look at that cover in person. THE WOLF! The wolf is beautiful. I want it.

I've read the first three chapters, thanks to a Barnes & Noble sampler (if you have B&N where you live, definitely go try and find this), the sneak peek in The Crown of Ptolemy, and the USA Today website that had a random excerpt. Cool.

Anyway, I absolutely ADORED the first three chapters! I have higher expectations for this series much more now than when I read BoO.... (Ugh). Which is probably a bad thing, but I wanted to explain why.

I don't know much about Norse mythology, well okay, close to none. When reading Percy Jackson, The Heroes of Olympus, and The Kane Chronicles, I had a bit of a background on the mythology. Whereas here, I have nothing. I can't even pronounce MOST of the names. I can't even bother to try.

Also, from reading the first few chapters, I got to say, I think I like Magnus better than Percy. I think it's actually really awesome that Rick made him so different from Percy. He just has a different feel t\o him. I mean, he's homeless, so I would expect that, but I'm glad it works so well.

Here are some quotes that have made me even more excited, and also kind of describe Magnus's character a bit:

*BTW these are quotes from the chapter sampler that may change in the final book*

"Sorry if that offends your sense of right and wrong.
Oh, wait. No, I'm not."

"The family mansion sucked."

"Blah, blah, blah, rich-people-live-here details."

"'Wow! That sounds cool, Magnus! Can I die in agony too?'"

I think I like Magnus better mostly because he's less of a goody-two-shoes Percy, and more of an anti-hero. Which I don't read a lot, but kind of love.

Also , I'm very interested to know what the page count is for this book, as many sites seem to disagree. Amazon says 512, Wikia says 528, and the chapter sampler that I have actually says 640 (which is a lot). I guess I may not know until I actually get my book....

If you haven't realized during the several times I've told you, I AM EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK! Going to get it the day it comes out as always, blah blah blah.

Thanks for reading! Are you as excited for Magnus Chase as I am?!?!!?

PS: Excert of chapter two from USA Today
Buy The Crown of Ptolemy with chapter one
Pre-Order Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book One: The Sword of Summer

If you don't have a Barnes & Noble near you (where they have FREE samplers of the first three chapters), than I suggest you look in other bookstores that may have chapter samplers (though I'm not sure if any others have them, it's usually a B&N exclusive, but I'm not sure...)

PSS: I'm also really excited because I'll be able to review a Rick Riordan book! Which I haven't been able to do because he hasn't had any new books (except for Greek Gods that I'm currently reading) since I started this blog! This is exciting okay!