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Days of the Week In Books

Hi everyone! I saw this tag on Instagram and I wanted to do it because it seemed short and fun–I’m not sure who the creator is but here we go!

  • Monday // A book you’re too lazy to read–Honestly any classic; because they kind of scare me since the writing is usually much harder to read or understand. Also, Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor despite the fact that I actually loved the first two. I just know it’s super long and it’s intimidating me!
  • Tuesday // A book that’s hard to read–I want to go ahead and say The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Some scenes were super gritty and tough to get through because of the characters, although this is an amazing book.
  • Wednesday // A book you didn’t finish–I tried reading The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine over two years ago and I absolutely despised it. The instalove was so bad that I just…couldn’t.
  • Thursday // A book you wouldn’t recommend–Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. I know. That cover is beautiful, right?

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It just promises something good. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. Don’t let the cover fool you–you can learn more about why I thought this wasn’t good here.

  • Friday // Anticipated book releases–omg, there’s so many? The Becoming of Noah ShawHere We Are Now by Jasmine Warga, and The Girl With the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke are just three I haven’t spoken much about but I am very excited for to come out!
  • Saturday // A book you’ve reread–I always have the same answer for this, because it’s basically the only book (series) I’ve reread, and that’s Percy Jackson. I reread it so many times when I was in fourth grade.
  • Sunday // A book you didn’t want to end–And I Darken by Kiersten White. This book guys. This book. I need to get my hands on the sequel ASAP, but I loved it sososo much.

I hope you enjoyed reading this short little post! Thanks for reading!

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The 50 Bookish Questions Tag

Hi guys! I haven’t done a book tag in a while, so today I decided to do one that’s a bit long. I’m going to try to answer the questions as quickly as possibly–here we go!

1. What was the last book you read?

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

2. Was it a good one?

Yup! I gave it four stars.

3. What made it good?

The characters, mostly. The plot wasn’t that surprising or amazing, but since I love the characters, I enjoyed it.

4. Would you recommend it to other people?

I guess yea–though it’s so popular, most people have already read it. (There ARE other amazing books though!)

5. How often do you read?

I used to read super often, but during school times, I can barely read every few days and that’s if I am lucky–usually I end up only reading over the weekends. Now, since it’s summer, I can finally read everyday!

6. Do you like to read?

Hmm…I wonder why I run a book blog….

7. What was the last bad book you read?

Most of the books I’ve been reading recently have been good (also I only read 6 books so far this year anyway) but I think the one I disliked was Wink Poppy Midnight which I actually read like a year ago haha.

8. What made you dislike it?

It felt really disconnected, random, and I couldn’t understand any of the characters. It could have been cool but it ended up being just a weird book that felt like it wasn’t planned out at all.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

Yes yes yes! I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember…but I can never just sit down and write. All my ideas are short-story like and I can’t think of a full-blown novel plot, which is what I wish to do.

10. Has any book influenced you greatly?

Of course. The one that’s a classic answer for me is Percy Jackson as it got me into reading, but another one is Divergent because it got me into YA and blogging.

11. Do you read fan fiction?

No. I get why other people might, but it would ruin my image of characters that the actual author created and I just generally don’t approve of it.

12. Do you write fan fiction?

Hahahhaha no.

13. What’s your favorite book?

You really expect me to be able to choose one? (Though I have a list of favorites on this blog, it’s really outdated so I don’t wanna link that.)

14. What’s your least favorite book?

Some of my least favorite books are Switched by Amanda Hocking, Half Bad by Sally Green, and The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury.

15. Do you prefer physical books or e-books?

Physical books, definitely. Though I do like reading from e-books when I’m traveling.

16. When did you learn to read?

When I was in kindergarten I think? I’m not sure. (So around 5)

17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?

The Giver by Lois Lowry (which I read in 5th grade) and also Walk Two Moons by Samantha Shannon. I loved both of them, surprisingly.

18. What is your favorite book series?

Again…I really can’t choose. But any Cassandra Clare book or the Percy Jackson series.

19. Who is your favorite author?

….can’t choose?

20. What is your favorite genre?

Fantasy. I have always loved fantasy, and any sub-genre of it. ❤

21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?

Just from a random series? From Throne of Glass, it’s definitely Dorian. I’ve loved him from the start.

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

Yes–and it’s my favorite thing when I forget that I’m reading and I am completely engrossed in a story.

23. Which book do you wish had a sequel?

Usually I think stand-alones should stay stand-alones because often times the sequels end up disappointing and stretched out. However, I’d love to read another book in the world of The Night Circus since I love it so so much.

24. Which book do you wish didn’t have a sequel?

I know this is going to be a…different answer, but the Divergent series. I loved Divergent, but the other two just ended up being disappointing. I feel like if it was one book, it would’ve remained one of my favorites.

25. How long does it take you to read a book?

During school time? A month at least. Outside of school, a week or maybe a few days.

26. Do you like when books become movies?

No no no no no no. I actually despise it.

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

Percy Jackson movies, anyone?

28. Which movie has done a book justice?

I really liked Paper Towns–actually more than the book–and I want to reread the book so I can get a better feel of it again.

29. Do you read newspapers?

No, not really.

30. Do you read magazines?

Again, not really.

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

Magazines if I had to choose I guess.

32. Do you read while in bed?

Yup! One of the most comfortable spots to read.

33. Do you read while on the toilet?

Omg I’ve never even tried it haha.

34. Do you read while in the car?

Yes! It’s actually where I get most of my reading done. (Well on the bus, anyway, but same thing.)

35. Do you read while in the bath?

Again, never tried it.

36. Are you a fast reader?

I think so–it’s more of just that I don’t have time to sit down and read a lot of times, which is why it takes me so long to finish some books.

37. Are you a slow reader?

Nah, not really. ^

38. Where is your favorite place to read?

Anywhere comfortable, not anywhere in particular.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

A lot of times, yes, especially if I am tired and if there are too many distractions or if the book is particularly boring.

40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

I’d prefer it, yea. But I can read even if there is sound, as long as it isn’t obnoxious.

41. Who gave you your love for reading?

My mom really got me into reading as a kid, so I guess her.

42. What book is next on your list to read?

After I finish Lord of Shadows, I’d love to read This Savage Song but honestly I’m not sure.

43. When did you start to read chapter books?

I think by first grade I was reading small chapter books meant for little kids, but in third grade I started reading full length novels. (Like Percy Jackson.)

44. Who is your favorite children’s book author?

Honestly, can’t choose right now.

45. Which author would you most want to interview?

Cassandra Clare or Rick Riordan.

46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

  I don’t really know haha.

47. What book have you reread the most?

I don’t reread books much anymore, but when I was little I read The Lightning Thief at least five times.

48. Which books do you consider “classics”?

Any book that can be brought up at any time all across the world that will still be recognized–something that doesn’t grow old or become forgotten.

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

Animal Farm–I thought it was really interesting when I read it for school, though there are other books but I can’t think of them right now.

50. Which books should be banned from all schools?

I don’t think any books in particular should be banned, but since it is supposed to be a school environment, I don’t think anything too explicit or inappropriate should be allowed, especially for kids.

Alright guys, that’s it for this long tag! Hope you all enjoyed reading through it–if you’re interested please do it too! (I’m too lazy to tag people right now haha.)

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July TBR!

Hey guys! So this is going to be a pre-written post because I’ll be traveling (probably on the airplane) when you’re reading this, but hope you enjoy! I’m leaving for Turkey for three weeks, so I don’t know how much time I’ll have to read. It really depends, haha.

Anyway, here are the books I’m planning on reading:

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been waiting for this book for two years and I am SO excited because it’s about the Ottoman Empire, something I’ve never read about in YA before ❤

I feel like this one would be an easy, fun read  while also traveling. Its really short, and even though I couldn’t buy a physical copy I’m really excited!

Again: easy, fun read. Even though I heard really bad things about this book, I just want to try it out haha 🙂

Do you see the theme I’m getting at?? But yea: I’ve wanted to read this book for two years, and I think it’s about time now.

Those are plenty of books, but if I somehow do end up finishing them, then I’m going to read; and maybe I’ll pick up the fourth book of HP who knows 🙂

And that’s it for this post! I know it was kind of short but I’m in a bit of a hurry, sorry about that. Which books are YOU excited to read in July?

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson | Spoiler-free Review & Discussion!

Buy Since You’ve Been Gone here on Amazon & check out the synopsis here on Goodreads. Below is a picture I took with it and posted on my Instagram, also featuring Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour:

Okay I know every single review of this book out there starts with this, but…

In a well-ordered universe, Morgan Matson will write a new book every day and I will read and love each and every one of them.

This is my third (and last book that is currently out) by Morgan Matson and I think it’s safe to say that she is a genius at writing perfect, sweet, but deep summer contemporaries. (She’s actually one of my favorite authors now!)

I had my eyes on Since You’ve Been Gone the day I learned about it and heard it’s synopsis. However, I never got the opportunity to read it until now, and I’m so glad I did! Although I didn’t love this as much as Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour , just because that one hit me more emotionally as it is a favorite of mine, I still loved it. I don’t think I can properly gush about how beautiful the stories Morgan Matson creates.

Since You’ve Been Gone is not only the story of a friendship, but also a story of a girl trying to find herself, and accepting who she is. Just like her other two books, Emily, the main protagonist, feels like she doesn’t belong at the beginning of the novel. She wants to be able to fit in, but she can’t. But, of course, by the end of the book there is miraculous character development and GAH, its just so good.

If you want a summary, you can look at the Goodreads synopsis since it pretty much explains what this book is about. It’s 1:00 AM in the morning right now so I don’t feel like going into a summary. All you have to know going into this book is that it is about a friendship, finding yourself, and while reading it I can guarantee that you will love it.

Throughout the course of the novel, Emily’s goal is to be able to find Sloane by accomplishing the list Sloane left her. She basically worships Sloane. In her head, Sloane is not only her best friend but the person she literally looks up to. At the end, though, Emily realizes that she herself is a person of her own, and that Sloane is just a person with flaws too, not a goddess.

I know I’m forgetting everything I wanted to say about this book because I’m just gushing about it, but… Sorry. The only thing my brain is processing right now is that I want more pages because it was a satisfying read, but you can never get enough of Morgan Matson.

While her other two novels focus more on family issues, this one focuses more on friendship, which I also loved. It is, once again, so unique to read a book where the main character is not solely focused on the love interest. This does have romance in it, but minimal and slowly moving so it is not overwhelming at all. Though sometimes–I do have to admit–I just wanted to shove Emily and Frank’s lips together because COME ON ALREADY.

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Anyways, as I said before, right now I obviously can’t say anything but positive things about this book and you should read it. Its just so good, so good, that I want more.

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Disney Book Tag!

Hey guys! So I wasn’t tagged to do this (as it is a booktube tag) but I really liked the questions and decided to do it! It was originally created by Kat from Katytastic (who’s a booktuber I LOVE) but I don’t know if anyone brought it into the blog community. Anyways, here we go!

**You can click here for the original video**

1. The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”

 

For this question, I could’ve chosen almost any YA book because almost all of the time, the main character is surprised/confused at the beginning of the novel, but I decided I would go with Harper from Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. If you’ve read the book, you’d know what I mean because *without spoilers* Harper is very much confused when she first inherits her powers and is a “fish out of water.”

2. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation

Random, but my favorite Disney princess is Cinderella..and for this question, I’m going to go with one of the best character developments I have read in a book, as well as one of my all time favorites: Amy Curry from Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Not only does Amy’s character develop miraculously by the end of the book, she also learns to love herself and the people around her in such a way that I was crying happy tears at the end. In the beginning she sounds a little whiny, but at the end, she is confident and much braver. ❤ (You can check out my “short thoughts” here.)
3. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters

There are so many series with many different characters that I love (such as TMI + TID, Percy Jackson, Throne of Glass…) but since the questions asks for an “eclectic cast” I’m choosing the characters from The Raven Boys by Magige Stiefvater. If you’ve read this series, you obviously know that each of the main characters, both the raven boys and Blue, are all so unique and crazy and it makes them so beautiful and real. You can read my review for The Raven Boys here!
4. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep

I usually never DNF (do not finish) a book, but this one was literally so boring and immature that I fell asleep…and I DNF’ed it. But seriously, I actually fell asleep while reading it. I really don’t recommend it, and that book is Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger. I just found it to be boring, the main character was so whiny and childish, and overall stupid. So yea. It put me to sleep.
5. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

Now to avoid spoilers, I won’t say why I’m choosing this character, but if you’ve read this series, you know what I’m talking about. And obviously, the answer is Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series, because duh.
6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

Since I didn’t want to repeat the same series over and over again, I’m not choosing Heir of Fire for this answer, but instead, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is another one of my favorite books, and its pretty big and intimidating. However, I am so happy I read it because I ended up loving it so much.
7. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse

I honestly really didn’t know what to choose for this, so I’m going with Tris Prior from the Divergent trilogy. If you haven’t read Allegiant, SPOILERS: I’m choosing this answer because in the end, Tris wishes for Tobias to live and she wants to be selfless. Of course, this is what she gets when she dies but saves everyone else’s lives.
8. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not

Okay, I’m choosing the Throne of Glass series again, specifically Crown of Midnight, for various reasons. I don’t want to spoil anyone, but I think it’s pretty obvious to anyone who has read the second book. 😉
9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life

This was a really hard question for me because almost all of my favorite books with my favorite characters are set in fantastical worlds, and I don’t think they would work well in real life. That’s why I’m choosing to bring my favorite characters from My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick to life. (Another fave of mine) MLND is a contemporary and the characters are easily my favorite part of them. At the moment I don’t remember their names (since I read it almost a year ago) but I absolutely adored all of them, except for Sam’s mom.
10. Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

My most favorite villain/morally ambiguous character is Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments, just because I think he is such an interesting character to read about. (And for other reasons too, but I don’t want to spoil anyone) Another morally ambiguous character that I love is Warner from the Shatter Me series. He’s kind of evil at first, but he actually is soooo cute and afjeajflejae I don’t know what else to say.

And that’s it for the questions! Now I don’t know who to tag because I don’t know if any of these fellow bloggers do tags, but even if I didn’t tag you, you’re welcome to do it! I tag all of you:

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Top Ten Tuesday | Top 10 Authors I Would Like To Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome weekly meme created/hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can learn more about it here!

This week’s TTT is a list of ten authors you would like to meet. So here we go! Note: this list is not in any particular order and I am not counting authors that I have already met. 🙂 Some of these authors may be really obvious, and others may not.

1. Rick Riordan, author of the Heroes of Olympus series & Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Rick got me into reading and he and his books will forever and always hold a special place in my heart. ❤

2. Cassandra Clare, author of the Shadowhunter chronicles. I know that some people don’t like Cassie, but hey–haters, please back off. Cassie is one of my favorite authors and I absolutely love the Shadowhunter world. Of course, I would LOVE to meet her.

3. Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent trilogy. Although my obsession with Divergent has passed, it is still special for me because it was my first real YA obsession and actually got me into reading YA.

4. Maggie Stiefvater, author of the Shiver trilogy as well as The Raven Cycle series. I recently finished the books that are out in the Raven Cycle series, and absolutely ADORED them. (Its kind of like my current obsession at the moment) So, duh, I want to meet this genius author.

5. Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles series. I’ve only read the first two books so far, but this is already one of my favorite series and I really wish I could meet Marissa!

6. Jasmine Warga, author of My Heart and Other Black Holes. MHaOBH is Jasmine Warga’s first novel, and its one of my all time favorite contemporaries. Short story: I could have met her–in fact, I was at the event while she was there as well, but I didn’t own her book then AND I MISSED THE OPPORTUNITY!! YOU DON’T KNOW HOW ANGRY I FEEL TOWARDS MYSELF!

7. Jennifer L. Armentrout, author of the Lux series. Armentrout continues to be one of my favorite authors even after reading 7 of her books, and I’ve not been disappointed in any one of them. I MUST MEET HER AND TALK TO HER ABOUT MY LOVE FOR ROTH AND DAEMON.

8. Laini Taylor, author of the Daugher of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I only have one thing to say: her books are fabulous, and your opinion doesn’t matter otherwise.

9. Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy. Legend is one of my favorite trilogies and probably my favorite dystopian series. Do I need to explain anything else?

10. Wendy Higgins, author of the Sweet trilogy–because I imagine she would be such a sweet person like her Sweet trilogy. HAHAHAHHAH get the pun there? No? Okay. I’ll just laugh to myself.

Of course, I have countless other authors I would like to meet, such as Kiera Cass, Rick Yancey, etc., but these are only ten of them. Who are some of the authors YOU would like to meet? Let me know, lovelies!

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater | Spoiler-free review!

**Review can also be found on my Goodreads**

You can click on the cover to be led to the Goodreads page of The Raven Boys.

Actual rating: 4.75 stars! (Something like a rating of…95%)

Wow, this was really, really good, especially towards the end! Although I was quite confused throughout most of the book, and I’m actually still confused right now, I’m really happy I picked this up and I can tell that I am going to love the rest of the series even more.

Though I do think this is the type of book you should go into without knowing so much, so that you can slowly unravel everything that happens, here is a kinda short spoiler-free summary: (Actually, all of this will be spoiler-free, so don’t worry!)

Basically, the main character, Blue lives among her family of psychics, who have special powers they use to tell the future. However, Blue is a non-seer, and she can not see the future. Instead, she is kind of like a battery of energy for the other psychics–when she is around, she makes things clearer (with more energy) for the “real” psychics.

On a specific day every year, Blue and her mother stand in a special place where the soon-to-be-dead walk. And every year, since Blue is a non-seer, she doesn’t see any of the people. But, of course, this year she does see someone–Gansey, a raven boy. Raven boys, or more formally known as “Aglionby boys” go to Aglionby. They’re rich, spoiled, and Blue makes sure to avoid them, but she just can’t seem to avoid Gansey.

And so, as the story progresses on, she meets Gansey’s friends, the other raven boys: Noah, Adam, and Ronan–thus begins the actual story/quest. Since I don’t want to give too much away, you can just go to someone else’s summary and read it, but that’s all I’m going to say for the summary section.

What I liked:

◦The characters–I actually thought that the characters were the best part of the story. They made everything feel real and strange and peculiar, and I felt attached to them although I didn’t even know so much about them. Specifically, I fell in love with poor, tortured Adam, and “smudgy” Noah. My heart aches for them both.

◦The writing style–Stiefvater’s writing, in my opinion, was absolutely beautiful.

◦The uniqueness of the story–I’ve never read anything about ley lines and the other cool stuff in this book. Although it was complicated, I thought it was so different from what I normally read in YA fiction, and I couldn’t help liking it.

◦And pretty much everything about this book!

The only things I didn’t like were:

◦I was pretty damn confused for the first 250 pages. Actually, I’m still confused as to what is really going on and all the terms, but at least now I understand better.

◦It took me a while to get into the story, though after I was able to, I didn’t want to put it down.

Anyways, that’s it for this review! I hope you pick this book up, because it was really good and I can’t wait to get the other two..though I’m pretty bummed that they pushed the release date back to 2016 because I’m pretty sure this is going to be one of my favorite fantasy series in the future!

I recommend this if you enjoyed: Daughter of Smoke & Bone // The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender // And other peculiar-ish books with beautiful writing styles!

Also, here are some pictures I took with The Raven Boys:

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I took this picture next to that random pencil box because I thought it kind of matched the raven boys–it has a really large assortment of random things in it that I think go with the personalities of Noah, Adam, Ronan, and Gansey–they are all so unique and random and different from each other.

–Silanur ❤