Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Meme By The Broke and the Bookish

Hermione Granger
  1. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter by JK Rowling)
  2. Does this really need an explanation? I would love to experience life at Hogwarts, and who better to switch places with than Hermione? Then I could go on adventures with Harry and Ron!
  3. Alice (Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll)
  4. I would just love to experience Wonderland through Alice's eyes!
  5. Wendy Darling (Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie)
  6. I have always wanted to go to Neverland, ever since I first heard of Peter Pan as a kid watching the Disney film. It would be awesome to experience learning to fly for the first time, and to explore the island with Peter and the Lost Boys.
  7. Eve Rosser (The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine)
  8. Not the main female character character for this series. Why? Because Eve gets to go out with the hot ghost-turned-vampire, Michael Glass, and has all sorts of cool gothic outfits to wear!
  9. Bella Swan (Twilight by Stephenie Meyer)
  10. Ok, so I just had to pick Bella - mainly because I would like to experience what it would be like to be loved by Edward Cullen. C'mon, you know you're curious!
  11. Kay Wyatt (Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn)
  12. Kay becomes best friends with a dragon! How cool is that?!
  13. Susannah Simon (The Mediator by Meg Cabot)
  14. I just think it would be interesting to be able to see and talk to ghosts. Plus, Jesse. Mmm...
  15. Katie Chandler (Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson)
  16. Katie lands one of the best jobs ever - she gets to work for a company that sells magical spells! Even her average day sounds exciting!
  17. Jean Louise "Scout" Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
  18. I have always wanted to know what it would have been like to grow up as a carefree child around the 1930's, before television and technology started taking over.
  19. Linh Cinder (Cinder by Marissa Meyer)
  20. I know I would just enjoy exploring New Beijing. No need for anything else, really - I'm just dying to know what it actually looks like.

    Linh Cinder

Saturday, July 28, 2012

This laugh-out-loud chronicle charts a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a single girl on a permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement--in which she resolves to: visit the gym three times a week not merely to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and not fall for any of the following: misogynists, megalomaniacs, adulterers, workaholics, chauvinists or perverts. And learn to program the VCR. Caught between her Singleton friends, who are all convinced they will end up dying alone and found three weeks later half-eaten by an Alsatian, and the Smug Marrieds, whose dinner parties offer ever-new opportunities for humiliation, Bridget struggles to keep her life on an even keel (or at least afloat). Through it all, she will have her readers helpless with laughter and shouting, "BRIDGET JONES IS ME!"

This book was rather enjoyable. I'll admit, I read this book because I am a huge fan of the movie, but I have to say that the book was a completely different experience. Yes, in my head I pictured RenĂ©e Zellweger as Bridget Jones, Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver, and Colin Firth as Mark Darcy, but I just couldn't help it. It actually made it funnier, in part, because both Hugh Grant and Colin Firth are referenced in the novel.

The whole book, in fact, is written in a very witty fashion, and I found myself laughing out loud numerous times. It did, however, bother me that the beginning of almost every journal entry started with a weigh-in, calorie count, and amount of alcohol consumed/cigarettes smoked. It just got annoying having to read through those all the time, and my darn brain wouldn't just let me skip over them. I hated that. It was annoying to hear her fret every time she gained a pound and then lost it again, which happened over and over, until the end of the book when *spoilers* she only weighs two pounds more than she did at the beginning of the story.

But I did like how much of a dork Bridget was. Really, I don't know of another word to describe her. Some of the most bizarre thoughts ran through her head, such as when one of her best friends, Tom, went missing for a couple days, and she soon started imagining what she would wear to his funeral. There was also this scene in which she's talking calories with Tom and thinks: 

"I have realized that I have spent so many years being on a diet that the idea that you might actually need calories to survive has been completely wiped out of my consciousness."

I swear, being insider her head is like being inside one of those pink bouncy castles you see at little girls' birthday parties while as an adult - lots of explosive fun, but with a few moments of light-headed clarity where your're just like "...what is going on?" (in which case the thought is always immediately dismissed and you go back to bouncing). I found I very much enjoyed it. And of course, I kept a look-out for some of my favorite scenes from the movie, such as the blue soup and the fireman's pole - neither of which disappointed! 

One more thing to look out for is the ending. It was completely different than the one used for the movie, which I'm assuming is because it probably wasn't dramatic enough. I actually liked the ending in the book, and thought it was cute, but very realistic - especially when you consider it's told in the form of a diary. Ms. Fielding crafted a very engaging story, and I found myself rooting for Bridget and Mark all over again. This was a delightfully charming read, and I'd highly recommend you read it if you are a fan of the movie, or a fan of quirky British chick-lit humor.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday | 09

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, which features upcoming releases that I am anticipating the most. There are so many good books coming out, but here is what I am obsessing over at the moment:

Timekeeper (Timeless #2)
January 8, 2013

When Philip Walker appears as a new student in Michele Windsor's high school class, she is floored. He is the love she thought she lost forever when they said goodbye during her time travels last century. Overjoyed that they can resume the relationship they had a lifetime ago, Michele eagerly approaches him and discovers the unthinkable: he doesn't remember her. In fact, he doesn't seem to remember anything about the Philip Walker of 1910.

Michele then finds her father's journals, which tell stories of his time-traveling past. As she digs deeper, she learns about his entanglement with a mysterious and powerful organization called the Time Society and his dealings with a vengeful Windsor ancestor. Michele soon finds herself at the center of a rift over 120 years in the making, one whose resolution will have life-or-death consequences.

Every Day
Amazon | Goodreads
August 28, 2012

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

Why I Can't Wait To Read These
I've been looking forward to the release of Timekeeper since I finished reading Timeless (review here). That book had ended with such a big cliffhanger that I really, really want to know what happens!

I want to read Every Day simply because it sounds so good! I mean, this guy wakes up as a different person with a different live every single day - how crazy is that? Plus, I've been dying to read something else by David Levithan since I finished reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Meme By The Broke and the Bookish

1) The Wizarding World of Harry Potter by JK Rowling - Not only is Hogwarts so vivid I've imagined myself there many times, but there's also the Ministry of Magic Headquarters, the Quidditch World Cup, the Burrow, and 12 Grimmauld Place, all of which I can picture instantly

2) Middle-earth from The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien - Do I even have to explain how amazing this world is? From the warmth of the Shire, to the mysterious beauty of Rivendell, all the way to the depths of Mordor itself, Tolkien has created a world which will never die

3) Panem from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - The games themselves are very vivid, as is the Capitol, but it's the descriptions of the districts as a future America that really intrigues me

4) Morganville from The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine - How scary to imagine going to college in a city secretly run by vampires! I thought it was a clever system Caine set up, in which humans could earn protection from certain vampires in return for blood donations, while unsuspecting out-of-towners were up for grabs if they made the mistake of wandering the streets at night

5) Wonderland from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - Carroll really brought this world to life, where anything can happen, and nothing ever is as it seems

6) New Beijing from Cinder by Marissa Meyer - This was definitely a fun world to explore; I enjoyed imagining the marketplace, as well as the emperor's palace; very futuristic and adventurous

7) Feednet & Future America from feed by MT Anderson - The feednet is the future of the internet, and a very scary one, in which a chip is implanted in your brain and you're fed information 24/7; I love how in the background of the novel, you're given vague descriptions of Corporate-ruled America, which lead you to understand that the planet is dying, thanks to us destructive humans

8) The Middle Ages from My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison - Incompetent fairy godmother Chrysanthemum Everstar sends Tansy to the Middle Ages to live as both Cinderella and Snow White after a wish gone wrong, and it's easy to imagine the world as it was then; it makes me very glad for electricity and indoor plumbing

9) Incryptid New York City from Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire - I just love how seamlessly the incryptids (various supernatural beings) are woven in with the rest of the NYC population; plus the author was great at describing their histories

10) San Francisco from Little Brother by Corey Doctorow - Doctorow made it easy to imagine the high-tech city of SF once the Department of Homeland Security took it over after terrorist attacks; it was a very scary place, especially knowing it was possible

Monday, July 23, 2012

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Amazon | Goodreads

   When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
    This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Wow. Just....wow. I just barely finished this one, and I'm not sure what I am thinking. There is so much that I want to say, but I don't want to write spoilers in case someone else hasn't read this yet. I'm actually surprised I never read spoilers for this, though it's not like I was looking. Let me just say that this series didn't really seem like something I had to read, but I kept seeing it everywhere I went, so I gave in to my curiosity. I'm quite glad I did.

I like the way the author's writing flowed, and it kept me reading. I'll admit, sometimes Clary annoyed the hell out of me, just like *almost* every other YA female lead in a paranormal series (yet, I keep reading them), but she wasn't that bad. I mean, on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being "The Worst Mary Sue" and 10 being "Cooler Than Hermione or Katniss," I'd say she was like a 4.5 on the scale. Still, it was cool to read a book featuring a red-headed, freckled female lead. And the story was too engrossing to stay annoyed for long - lots of turning points and action.

I automatically enjoyed any scene involving the warlock, Magnus - he was odd, but so darn likable (at least, to me). It's so hard to not give away spoilers, but Alec! *squee* Ahem. Anyway. I also enjoyed the unraveling of Clary's mother's past, and the story of why she fled from the shadowhunters. But I will say this: during the last few chapters I just had this big WTF?! face. I could still feel it on me, and it makes me wanna hurry and start the second book already. Yes, I had a small inkling that this plot twist was going to happen as I read more, but still. My goodness. Now I need more.

I did hear through Goodreads about some little controversy going around about the author, but I say "Who gives a crap?" I read this story, it was good, and I liked it. Who cares if the author supposedly plagiarized HER OWN fanfiction? She freakin' wrote it, unpublished, so she could mold those ideas into something new if she wants to. And as for the similarities people dig up between this and certain books and movies, how often does something truly original in a story ever pop up? I could list a ton of books that have similarities to previously created works, but the point is that the author made it their own by telling it in a way that only they could, because no one else shares their brain. It's not like "Oh darn! He used a love-triangle between a cat and two dogs, and now it can never be used again. I guess I'll just have to make one of them a turtle."

I'm sorry for this review if it confused you, because there is so much in this book that I don't want to spoil. Am I the only one who hadn't read this until now? I know that I'm not, and I am glad that I hadn't read spoilers on this book before reading it, because it was fun to learn about things as Clary discovered them. That's why I refrained from giving anything away. All I can tell you is that I hadn't cared beforehand whether I read it or not, but I did read it, and I did like it, and I am going to read the rest of the series. Probably right now. (4/5 stars)


Sunday, July 22, 2012

In My Mailbox | 10

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Okay, so there are two big memes going around, one is In My Mailbox, and the other is Stacking The Shelves, and both are about featuring the new books you got in the past week. But since they're both really the same thing, I figure maybe I could just link to both. Is anyone else confused about this, or do you have a preference? Anyway, here's what I got:


I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
Thanks goes to Bookperk.com

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson (ARC)
I recently realized that Goodreads actually had giveaways, so I entered some and actually won something! Of course, they were giving away a couple hundred of these, but it still feels awesome to win - I'm a fan of foodie books. Thanks goes to Random House Publishing.

For Review:

God Save The Queen by Kate Locke
From NetGalley. Thanks goes to Orbit Books.

Bought From Barnes & Noble:

1984 by George Orwell
I've been wanting to read this FOREVER. I am very excited!

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
I was very curious to read this one. I've heard good things about it.

Bought From Amazon Marketplace:

The Raging Quiet by Sherryl Jordan
I had to get this one after reading a review by Cassie at Galavanting Girl Books. Plus, the reviews for this on Amazon and Goodreads were really good.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Follow Friday | 05

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Follow Friday, or Feature & Follow, is a meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The premise is for bloggers to get to know more about other bloggers, and to keep in touch with each other while also discovering new blogs. This week's question:


Someone gives you a gift card for two books (whatever that costs). What two books will you buy?

Only two? Well, I suppose I'll pick a couple books I've been wanting to read, but haven't been willing to shell out the cash for - Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard and Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (both in hardcover). I have been wanting to read both of these for a while, and neither are books I would purchase for my kindle, as it wouldn't do the images justice. I tend to purchase books that are really cheap, because it makes me feel less bad for spending what little money I have on them (which is why I tend to frequent used book lots on eBay). So these would be good books to use a gift card on:

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday | 08

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, which features upcoming releases that I am anticipating the most. There are so many good books coming out, but here is what I am obsessing over at the moment:

December 6, 2012

An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns--and the heroines who use them all.

Set in Edwardian London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It's up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder--and the crimes they believe may be connected to it--without calling too much attention to themselves.

Told with Adrienne Kress's sharp wit and a great deal of irreverence, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike--well, relatively ladylike--heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

February 5, 2013

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

{Fall 2012} TV Series Based on Books

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Is anyone else out there as excited for the new fall lineup as I am? There are some great-looking shows coming out this year, and a few of them are based on books. For some reason, I prefer when books are made into TV series more often when they're made into movies. Here's a peek at what I'm looking forward to most:

666 Park Avenue (ABC)

Based on the books by Gabriella Pierce:

Beauty and the Beast (CW)

Based on the fairy-tale (and quite possibly that show from the 1980s). I hated Kristin Kreuk in Smallville, but she actually looks kinda cool in this.

Recommended Reading:

Arrow (CW)

Based on the DC Comics. And a spin-off of Smallville. Anyone else sad that Justin Hartley is not Green Arrow? I'll give it a shot, anyway...

Recommended Reading:

Other shows I'm looking forward to:
Yes, I watch too much TV. I know there's supposed to be a CW show coming out based on The Selection, but I think I read that it may be coming out mid-season, rather than with the rest of the Fall lineup. Also The Carrie Diaries will be airing on CW, but I'm not really that interested. Maybe I'll check it out if a trailer is released, but I never watched Sex and the City, so it's not anything I'm anticipating. What shows are you guys looking forward to?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish. Each week there is a different topic for a top 10 list that bloggers can make, and this week's list is "Top 10 Books For People Who Like X Book," and so I've chosen to list recommendations for fans of John Green's The Fault In Our Stars. Here they are, in no particular order:

01) Looking for Alaska by John Green
02) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
03) The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
04) Feed by M.T. Anderson
06) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
07) A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks
08) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
09) It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
10) Paper Towns by John Green

Recommended Movies
Some of these may sound strange, but if you read them, you will understand why I chose them. Do you guys have any other recommendations for TFiOS fans? Please feel free to share them, whether they are books or movies.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

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Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n,” is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where they’re mercilessly interrogated for days.

When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.

This book is amazing - no joke, this is definitely one of the coolest books I have ever read, and the best that I have read all this year (I had no idea that anything was going to bump The Fault In Our Stars to the number two spot). What I loved about this book was that I hadn't read anything like it before, especially not in the YA genre. 

Honestly, reading this book made me feel a lot of anger. I could not believe how Marcus was treated by the Department of Homeland Security, and how they started monitoring the entire city's every move. It pissed me off! I was glued to every word. It also scared me a bit, because what if these things were to really happen? Right now, people seem so afraid of terrorists that some of the things in this book that are done for "our country's security" seem very plausible. It really makes you wonder how far our country would go....

But I have to add that it was really the plausibility that made this book so interesting - especially when it came to the hacks. The author even includes a list of resources in his bibliography that have more information on hacks like the ones used in the book. I even Googled a bunch of them and saw how they could be done. I love it when an author goes through a lot of heavy research to ensure that what they write about is accurate - it shows that they care not only about their writing, but their readers. Plus, it was a lot of fun to read about how these things were done - even the simple things (such as when Marcus fooled the cameras at his school, which could identify people by their gaits, or how they walked, by putting small rocks in his shoes).

I'm pretty good with computers, but I'm not very familiar with hacking. It was cool to read about it, though, and to read a book where I would literally cheer on the main character the whole way through as he tried to outsmart the DHS. There were moments where I had to set the book down just so I could calm down.

I've read negative reviews on this book by people who claimed that the tech-terminology was too much, and made the book either too difficult to understand, or too boring. I really did not have that problem at all. In fact, that was what made the story cooler - I even felt a bit smarter reading it. Yes, there are detailed descriptions of the hacks that Marcus does, but I felt the author did an amazing job writing them - he broke everything down, and I was able to follow along with everything easily, despite having very limited knowledge on the subject. 

I encourage all of you to give this a chance if you are a fan of suspense, action, thrillers, technology, gaming, or even the state of our country's security. I know I'll be recommending this to everyone I know from here on out, and will probably be gifting this to a few people I know on their birthdays.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

{Wrap-Up} Once Upon a Read-a-Thon

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Okay, so the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon has officially come to an end (though it's not yet midnight here, so technically I still have another half hour). I know I've been maintaining an updates post, but here's a final list of what I read, and some very brief, non-spoilery thoughts:

  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan (5/5)
    I adored this book! I really loved how John and David each wrote from the eyes of their respective Will Graysons, and how different, yet similar, their characters were. I've never read a John Green book that I didn't instantly love, and this is no exception. Now I have to read more by David Levithan...
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (4/5)
    I liked this a lot more than I thought I would - it was very cute! There were a few parts that annoyed me about Anna, but that was mostly because of how stubborn she had been about first arriving in Paris and her feelings about Toph. I think I may be crushing on St. Clair now, though. Plus, the writing was witty and fantastic!
  • Sophie & Carter by Chelsea Fine (3/5)
  • This was a short novella that I thought was really cute (maybe a little too cute, in some parts, but I kinda liked it). It's basically about the love between a girl (who takes care of her three younger siblings because her mom is off selling her body as a prostitute who-knows-where) and the boy-next-door (who was abused by his father as a child and now takes care of his mentally unstable mother). They were the only ones who knew each-other's secrets, and 
    I found myself rooting for them. Short and sweet, but rather simple.
  • Sleeping Handsome by Jean Haus (1/5)
  • This was an even shorter novella, which I was glad for because I did not like it. It was supposed to be a sleeping beauty retelling, only with the roles reversed (girl wakes boy). I don't want to spoil it (though it's a retelling, so you can guess how it goes), but I'll just say that it was completely unrealistic, and Paige was NOT a like-able character - she was shallow and rather annoying. Plus, the ending was terrible. I'm surprised I finished this one.
  • Little Brother by Corey Doctorow (9/5...no? okay 5/5)
  • AMAZING!!!! It was EPIC. I can only urge you to PLEASE, PLEASE READ THIS if you have not done so already. Check out the link to the Goodreads page synopsis, and if you add it to your TBR, you WILL NOT REGRET IT! I can't believe how awesome today was just because of that book - it was definitely an experience. Plus, all the cool tech-savvy lingo and hacking in the book made me feel cool just reading it. ;) 

So, in the end I read three books and two novellas. The only thing I did not enjoy was the Sleeping Handsome novella. Other than that, everything I read was very worth it, and I look forward to participating in the next Read-a-Thon, as it really made me wanna sit my butt down and focus on reading without distraction!

Monday, July 09, 2012

{Updates} Once Upon a Read-a-Thon

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So as not to make things too messy, this is going to be my updates post during the time of the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon challenge (my one post to rule them all - MWAHAHA!!!). I will post books as I finish them, and challenges will go here too, all under their respective days.

Day 1: Monday

Books Read
  1. What is your favorite cover that has been revealed and why? Post a link or picture of the cover if you want.
My favorite cover reveal has been for Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I absolutely LOVED reading Cinder, and so I am really looking forward to this sequel. Plus, just look at that gorgeous cover, with the red cape that's flowing on it.

     2.  Do you rely on the cover to help you choose if you want to read a book or not?

Sometimes the cover may be what grabs my attention to a book, but I always have to read the synopsis, which is my true deciding factor. A book could have a beautiful cover, but if it sounds boring then I won't read it. I admit, I also may look at the ratings on Goodreads and Amazon.

Day 2: Tuesday

Books Read

As the storyteller, I now want you to tell me which two characters are fighting and WHY! If you want to, you're also more than welcome to guess the outcome.
Once upon a time, Gandalf and Dumbledore were out for tea, trying to outdo each other with tales of their latest epic adventures. But Gandalf could not see how Dumbledore could possibly believe that some hormonal teenager who spoke to owls was braver than his Frodo, and, likewise, Dumbledore could not see how some fuzzy half-ling with a tendency to break into song could possibly be more noble than his Harry. Their exchanges got rather heated, and both leapt back from their seats - Gandalf with his staff raised, and Dumbledore with his wand also poised and ready. They each began to circle the round table between them, prepared to utter their own spells when....BOOM!!!......both were knocked flat on their backs before the words had even left their mouths. When they each had collected themselves enough to look up and see what had happened, they only saw the swish of Merlin's cloak as he exited the tea room.

Day 3: Wednesday

Books Read

What is your most anticipated book for 2012?
Definitely The Girl Who Would Be King by Kelly Thompson. I wrote a short post about it here for Waiting on Wednesday. I've been more excited about this than anything else - I am ALWAYS up for a good superhero novel, the comic geek/fangirl that I am.

Okay, so let me tell you now that while I love to read, I am very easily distracted. The internet is one big problem for me, because I spend way too much time on it. So, in an effort to devote a bit more time for reading, I decided to sign up for Once Upon a Read-a-Thon. I remember way back when I was in elementary school we used to have read-a-thons all the time - they were the best! We got to go to school in our PJs, take sleeping bags and pillows, built tents and forts with our tables, chairs and blankets, and, of course, READ!!! I actually really miss those...the best part was getting to swap books with our friends so we could discover new books.

Anyway, sorry for my nostalgic ranting. The point of this post is to let you guys know what's up, and also to post my goal books, or the books I'm hoping to read during this time. Here's a list of the books I'd like to choose from to read:

I think I'm just going to stop there, and just say DO NOT TRUST THOSE CHOICES! I just started Will Grayson, Will Grayson, so that's a safe bet, but the rest are subject to change, depending on my mood. Yup, I usually never know what I'm going to read until I start it. I have to feel like reading something at the moment I'm ready to read it. So, we'll see how things go. 

This is my first Read-a-thon as a blogger. Are any of you guys participating? Do any of you have any recommendations of some good, quick reads that are available via kindle?

I will be posting an update sometime tomorrow. I've always been a fast reader once my mind's been set, so let's hope that's still the case for these next three days!

Sunday, July 08, 2012

In My Mailbox | 09

Sunday, July 08, 2012 with 9 comments
A Meme By The Story Siren

This last week was a pretty uneventful one for me. I didn't buy any books, but I did go to the library, so here's a look at what I checked out:

Three of the books I got were novels, and two of them were graphic novels. The novels were:

Timeless by Alexandra Monir
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

The two graphic novels were both the first volumes of their respective series. I haven't read either of them before, but I have been dying to read them for a long, long time. They are:

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home (Dark Horse Books)

I got approved for my first NetGalley book today! It sounds so good - I can't wait to read and review it! Here it is:

Petronella & The Trogot by Cheryl Bentley
(Published by Sparkling Books)

Okay, so I know this next item isn't a book, but it's so cute that I just had to share it with you guys! I just got this necklace I ordered  from Sonu Designs on Etsy in the mail yesterday - it's a bird's nest, with a little sparrow charm:

Photo and Necklace by Sonu Designs

I love it! So, what did you get over the last week? Feel free to leave a link and I'll go check it out, or tell me in the comments if you don't have a blog - thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Timeless by Alexandra Monir

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Amazon | Goodreads
When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

First off,  I'd like to say that this book has a beautiful cover! Yes, it has a girl (like almost every other YA novel), but what I really like are the stars, and the fonts. They work so well together, and that's what drew me to the novel in the first place.

What really made Timeless stand out, however, was the time travel. I loved how Michele got to continuously travel back and forth between the past and the present, and that rather than just go back to 1910, she got to visit other time periods as well, such as the roaring 20's and World War II. You can tell that the author really did her research, as everything felt as though it really could have happened. Ms. Monir even added an appendix to the end of the novel where she recommended books, movies, and musicians! I love when authors do that, because if I like a book enough it's fun to check those out.

I will say this - Timeless didn't stand out as something epic, and it was a quick read that did seem a little like fluff in some moments (how could you fall in love with someone that quickly?), but I enjoyed reading it. The heroine, Michele, was pretty likable,  and so were her ancestors, Clara and Lily. The love interest, Philip, seemed sweet, but he had been engaged for pete's sake! And he showed feelings for her the first time they met! I did try to keep in mind that Michele had been dreaming about him her whole life before she met him, and he had some sort of indescribable connection to her himself. Plus he didn't even like his fiancee, let alone love her (don't worry, she was a b****).

At any rate, I can easily say that Alexandra Monir certainly knows how to tell a story, and I am eagerly awaiting to read to sequel, Timekeeper, which is expected to be released on December 26th. The cool thing is there's already a short story out in ebook form called Secrets of the Time Society, which is can be read in-between the two books. I will definitely be checking that out!

One more cool bonus that I feel I must mention - Alexandra Monir is also a singer/songwriter, and there are a couple songs in the novel which she actually released as a single on iTunes! I wouldn't have known that without checking out her website. It was bugging me not to know how those songs would sound like, but it seems Ms. Monir was one step ahead of me! Those songs were really good, and I couldn't resist purchasing them for my iPod. Definitely check out Timeless if time travel and romance interest you!


Friday, July 06, 2012

Follow Friday | 04

Friday, July 06, 2012 with 16 comments
Follow Friday, or Feature & Follow, is a meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The premise is for bloggers to get to know other bloggers, and keep in touch with each other. This week's question:

Jumping Genres: Ever pick up a book from a genre you usually don't like and LOVE it? Tell us about it and why you picked it up in the first place.

Okay, so this is a hard one. I am a pretty diverse reader - I don't care what genre a book is, if it sounds interesting I will read it. Ever since I was a kid, I devoured books. I really am going to have dig deep here, and say that in high school, there was this time when I started getting into manga and graphic novels. Yes, when I was a kid I enjoyed reading those kiddie comics you find in magazines - I even liked MAD magazine and CRACKED magazine as a kid because I would steal them from my older brothers. But those were 'just for fun' comics, nothing that got me truly interested in the genre. 

But there are two series that really stand out for me, one which really got me into manga (Fruits Basket), and one which carved out a special place in my heart for graphic novels, period (W.I.T.C.H). 

These are two of the best comics I have ever read. Fruits Basket was amazing - if you've ever seen the anime, this goes much further. The basic premise is that this girl, Tohru, is homeless and living in a tent after her mother passes away, without realizing that she is on the land of some members of the Sohma family. They find out about this and decide to take her in, and she soon realizes that the family is cursed: whenever they are weak or hugged by someone of the opposite sex, they each turn into a different animal from the Chinese zodiac.

W.I.T.C.H, on the other hand, is an Italian comic about five teenage girls who discover that they each hold the power over a different element (Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and one girl is sort of the leader). They also learn that they are guardians of the veil, which was put up to keep the universe safe from those who wish to harm it. They aren't really witches, but they call themselves W.I.T.C.H because that's what their initials spell out.

Both comics are truly amazing, and do well to explain the power of friendship. Both are highly recommended if you're a fan of Harry Potter - especially W.I.T.C.H. These series are both what truly got me hooked on graphic novels, and I read them before I even got started on superhero comics.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

{the.book.chat} My Favorite Author

Thursday, July 05, 2012 with 6 comments

The Book Chat is a weekly meme hosted by Sweet Green Tangerine on Thursdays. Each week there is a new topic up for discussion, and this week's topic asks "Who is your favorite author?" My answer would have to be this guy right here:

John Green

I'll tell you why. John Green has not only written some of the most amazing and bestselling books for today's youth (without the need for paranormal creatures or sequels), but he has also been the co-host of the popular YouTube channel, Vlogbrothers, along with his brother, Hank. He is my favorite author because in addition to reading his books, I am also connected to him through his videos, which make me feel as though I actually know him. John Green is not just an author I love, but my friend. I have been watching his videos as they have been released - three times a week since 2007. That's a lot!

I love that he enjoys staying connected to his fans - enough so to start such a large and awesome community of Nerdfighters, and chat with them not only through YouTube, but also through sites like Tumblr and Twitter. Knowing more about how an author is as a person really makes their books more meaningful to me. Not that his books wouldn't be any less awesome if I hadn't seen a Vlogbrothers video, it just helps to know the man behind the words. I mean, Looking for Alaska was the only book I've read that I had to set down because I started crying my eyes out and re-evaluating my life. A book has never made me feel that much before. 

Plus, John Green writes in an engaging way - he has me hanging on to each and every sentence. I always feel for his characters, and while a couple of his novels make me emotional at certain points, he still has this way of always making me laugh out loud - which can be a bit embarrassing if I'm out in public.

Books By John Green

Let It Snow (also featuring stories by Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle)
Will Grayson ,Will Grayson (a collaboration with David Levithan)
Zombicorns (a novella)


While John Green is my absolute favorite author, I do have some other favorites. They are: Charles Dickens, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, and Dean Koontz.