Sunday, May 25, 2014

Liebster Award

Firstly I must thank Casey at Story Notions for nominating me for this award. I had honestly never even heard of what this was until she had sent me a comment. All in all it's just a fun little way for bloggers without a lot of subscribers to kinda get their name out there and talk to other bloggers.



The Rules:
  •  List 11 facts about yourself. 
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by whoever nominated you. 
  • Ask 11 new questions to 9 bloggers with less than 300 followers. 
  • You cannot re-nominate the blog that nominated you. 
  • Go to their blog and tell them that they have been nominated!


Facts:


  • I’m a slow reader
  • I hate drama and liars 
  • I have not finished the Divergent trilogy 
  • Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi are my real life OTP 
  • I’m trying to teach myself Italian 
  • I also want to learn another language, like Finnish
  • I don’t sleep normal hours 
  • I’m impatient 
  • I wish I had the ability to fly 
  • Soft snicker doodle cookies are my favorites 
  • I love all things book swag

Questions:

1. When did you start blogging? And why did you start?
            I started blogging in the beginning of February and I started because I love talking about books so I wanted a place where I could rant about all the books I hate and love. 

2. What's the last book you reread? And why did you reread it?
            Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and do I really need a reason why? It’s Harry Potter. He’s just that beast. 

3. Favorite TV/movie? (that isn't based on a book)
            Doctor Who is one of my favorite shows and Supernatural.

4. Book/series that changed/influenced your life the most.
            Umm… let’s see… I don’t want to go for the obvious so I’m going to say… The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

5. Fandoms you're apart of and your 'favorite'.
            Oh this is a tricky question I love all my fandoms! SuperWhoLock are my favorites but the Harry Potter fandom is also my favorite. It’s impossible for me to simply have one!! I pick them all.

6. Hogwarts house. 
            Well technically, Ravenclaw, but if I could cheat… Ravendorpuff. ;D

7. Weird reading habits or needs to be able to read?
            Weird reading habits… I write in my paperbacks (I know, I'm a horrible person), I like to summarize what I’ve read as I’m reading it, I always need a blanket near me and something to drink, I like to keep my books looking new yet used at the same time. Are these weird? I don’t know.

8. Favorite book that was, at some point, 'required reading' for any reason.
            To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Great Gatsby, and 12 Angry Men

9. What is your OTP(couple you most like/want together)? And what is your NOTP(two characters you should never be together romantically, in your opinion)?
            My OTP would be… Percy and Annabeth from the PJO series. My NOTP would probably  be… Heathcliff and Isabella from Wuthering Heights.

10. Do you like ebooks? How often do you read one? Do you have an ereader?
            Well… I’m not too sure how to answer this. I don’t dislike ereaders. I have an ereader of my own actually, and I do read off of it from time to time, but I find myself more drawn to hardcopy books. I will pick a hardcopy over an ebook anyday.

11. What author, whose alive, do you most wish to meet and why?
            Ransom Riggs, Tahereh Mafi (even though I haven’t read the Shatter Me trilogy yet), Rick Riordan, Victoria Schwab, Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, and Brandon Sanderson
 

Now for the part of the post where I nominate people. I'm ashamed to say I don't know of many blogs that have less than 300 followers; so I'm only going to list a few:
If you don't want to do this then that's fine, no harm no foul, it's just a little bit of blog love being spread around. Making friends/getting to know other bloggers and whatnot. If you do want to do this, then here are the 11 questions to go with your facts.
  1. What's you're favorite part about blogging?
  2. Is there a certain type of post that you prefer to do the most? (i.e. book hauls, reviews, random rants, memes, etc.)
  3. If you could only read one series for the rest of your life which would you pick?
  4. What's your favorite type of fictional creature? Your favorite mythical fantasy?
  5. Do you own any book swag? If so, what is your favorite piece?
  6. Would you rather live in Narnia, Middle Earth, Hogwarts, or Westeros?
  7. Have you ever picked up a book simply because a fictional character mentioned/loved it? What books were they? Did you like them?
  8. Do you have a favorite author?
  9. A favorite book?
  10. Do you lend out your books to your friends? If not, why?
  11. What are some of your favorite quotes?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Reads! 5/23/14

It's the end of the week and I know I haven't done one of these in a while, but here I am to get myself back on track. This is going to be a weekly thing I do where I'm gonna tell you what I plan on reading this weekend. I'm sure you've seen other things like this floating around the book community and are probably sitting there wishing I'd just get on with it already. Haha, I hear you, so let's get down to business.

Finished:












The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Currently Reading:

1. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
3. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Up Next:

4. Legend by Marie Lu

That's all I'm really "planning" for this weekend. We'll just have to wait and see what happens though. How about you? What are you planning on picking up or finishing this weekend? I'm interested. (:

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Top Ten Friendships in Books

A weekly meme hosted by the wonderful The Broke and the Bookish


This week I got to pick 10 of my favorite friendships in books

 I could only think of about 5 friendships that are my favorites, but I think they are a good five, so I'm going to leave it at that.

1. The Harry Potter Series-  Harry, Ron, and Hermoine
I don't think I need to explain this one. It should be pretty obvious. This trio is a wonderful friendship and I wish I had friends like these three. 

2.  A Song of Ice and Fire-  Jon and Sam
From the moment Jon saves Sam from getting viciously beat on the two become as thick as thieves. Practically nothing will turn these two against one another. I've only read the first book so far, but I really like how close these two become, and how loyal they are to one another. It's very heartwarming.

3. The Lord of the Rings-  Sam and Frodo / Legolas and Gimli
 Sam and Frodo always make me smile. They have this unspoken bond between the two of them that just can't be explained, but it's beautiful. Legolas and Gimli are funny. they make me laugh with their light banter and constant comparison of each others strength. It's true at first they didn't like each other, but as they went on their journey to help Frodo destroy the ring, they became much closer than one would expect.

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower-  Patrick, Charlie, and Sam
I love these three. Patrick and Sam are fun and outgoing and Charlie is so sweet and caring. Sam and Patrick basically save Charlie from himself. They never judge him because he's "odd" nor do they treat him differently for being younger than they are. They help Charlie see that life will be okay, even if there are some hard times, eventually everything will be okay.

5. Percy Jackson Series-  Percy, Annabeth, and Grover
Another great trio that I really don't think needs much explaining. These three always have each others back. From the very first book, when they went on their first quest, the bond of trust they created has always just astounded me. 

What are some of your favorite friendships? Let me know down in the comments. (:

 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Bout of Books 10.0 | Wrap Up

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
 

Number of pages I've read today:

112 pgs.

Total number of pages I've read:

677 pgs.

Books:

Currently Reading  Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
                                          Vicious by V.E. Schwab 
Finished  Me, and Earl, and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
                     The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis 

 

Thoughts/Ramblings:

Well I didn't get nearly as many books as I wanted to have read finished, but all in all I had a lot of fun. It's a little sad that the Read-a-thon is over, it seems like the week went by so fast. I'm really glad I decided to join in on all the fun of this time and I definitely think I'll be joining in again next time around. I hope your week was good and that you had just as much (if not more) fun then I had!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Series: Yes. #1
Pages: Paperback. 352
Source: Shelf
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Young Adult
Published Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Quirk Books
Rating: ☕☕☕☕☕

Summary: Goodreads

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
  
My Thoughts: 

I need to first talk about this awesome cover. Picking it up originally I missed the uniqueness of the photo, but after taking a closer look I noticed that the girl was levitating; it was then I noticed how these children would be "peculiar". I wasn't too sure what to expect going into this book considering I didn't read all of the synopsis when I got it, but I think that's what made this book all the better for me. The beginning was a little slow, although I wouldn't say it was unbearable. I fell for the main character pretty easily. Jacob made me smile and gave me all the feels. I got so frustrated with his parents sometimes though. They definitely don't win the parent-of-the-year awards in my book. I'm not sure who I disliked more, his mom, or his dad. I love Ransom Riggs' writing style he made me laugh and I must say he got a lot of my respect when he referenced Doctor Who. His writing is also very easy to follow and wasn't confusing in the slightest. Another thing I love about the execution of this book is how everything all comes together and it leaves you with your mind blown. At least my mind was pretty blown. What most impressed me was how well Ransom integrated those old photos into his story. It was such a unique way to create the book and I applaud his creativity. The photos made the peculiar world more vivid in my mind and I really enjoyed that.
 
SPOILERS:
(Do NOT continue unless you've read the book!!!)  


I lurv Emma. She's so feisty and head-strong, it's great. When we were first introduced to her, and she held Jacob "captive" by knife point, I was sold. It was fantastic. I was smiling the entire time. I was slightly annoyed by how long it took Jacob to find Miss Peregrine's, mind you, I understand why it took as long as it did, my impatience just couldn't stand it. When he did find it, I celebrated. It was exciting, but I kept wondering, "So what's he gonna do? Just prance into Miss Peregrine's home like he owns the place?" For some reason my brain just couldn't understand what he was going to do. That's why I really liked how Ransom played everything out. I really enjoyed the craftiness of his writing and the thought he put into his story. For a good while I began to think the monster from the beginning of the book wouldn't be touched back on, but luckily I was wrong. I was really shocked when I found out Miss P's brother was one of the ones who created the Hollowgast.

I need to talk about Dr. Golan. I couldn't believe I didn't suspect him at all. I couldn't believe he was a wight. A wight who had been stalking Jacob his entire life. Creepy. I think by this point I was yelling at my book. The wight taught me one very crucial thing that I don't think had been processed very well in my mind until that point. No where is safe. By this point I was  almost certain someone was going to die. I was really glad, however, that I was wrong. Oh but that part, when Miss P was transformed and trapped in that bird cage which was thrown into the water, I was having a panic attack. I kept thinking, "what's going to happen if she dies!?" But luckily I didn't have to find out. Although things aren't all great. I couldn't believe Miss P couldn't turn back into a human at the end. What does this mean? Will she get better? Or will she be stuck as a bird forever?! Oh the not knowing is agonizing! There's something else I wonder too, abut Jacob, before I forget: Will he ever be able to see his parents again? (Though I can't say I would care too much if he did or not) Hollow City will definitely be picked up very soon.

Bout of Books 10.0 | Day 6

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Number of pages I've read today:

76 pgs.

Total number of pages I've read:

565 pgs.

Books:

Currently Reading  Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
                                          Vicious by V.E. Schwab

 

Thoughts/Ramblings:

I'm not sure why but today I had the strongest urge to pick up Vicious. I've been wanting to read it for a while and for some reason it's taken me til now to pick it up. It's blowing my mind keeping me intrigued. It's seems I started out this Read-a-thon with a better pace than what I'm ending it with, but the stories I've picked up have been great and that's what matters. So since tomorrow is the last day of the Read-a-thon I'm going to try to go out with a bang. I hope you've all had as much fun with your reading as me. 
 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Bout of Books 10.0 | Day 5

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Number of pages I've read today:

88 pgs.

Total number of pages I've read:

489 pgs.

Books:

Currently Reading  Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

 

Thoughts/Ramblings:

I got a little farther through Mistborn today. Holy crap there's a bunch going on. I don't want to go to far into all of it, but whoa. Shit is getting cray. And the farther I read the more panicky I feel myself getting. A good panicky, but I'm also so confused!! Who can I trust? I don't know! Haha! That's why I love this book. I may be going through it slowly but I'm enjoying every moment of the ride. So how's all your reading going? Are you sad the read-a-thon is almost over?

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bout of Books 10.0 | Day 4

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Number of pages I've read today:

36 pgs.

Total number of pages I've read:

401 pgs.

Books:

Currently Reading  Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

 

Thoughts/Ramblings: 

I didn't get much reading done today, but I did get some other things done, which makes me feel a little bit better. So today wasn't a complete failure at least. You know how sometimes you just have one of those "holy crap" days? Yeah, well that was my day. Thankfully the Read-a-thon isn't quite over yet so there's still time to get more reading done. I shall not be discouraged!! :D