Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Treat Yo' Self Thursday: A Monster Calls

A Monster CallsThe lovely blog No Money 4 Books has started a weekly meme called Treat Yo Self Thursday where you can share a book that you have treated yourself to this week. This week I decided to treat myself to A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books
Publications Date: 9/27/2011
Pages: 215
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Source: Bought from Second & Charles



Summary:The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming...

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.


Why I wanted this book: I have heard nothing but goods things about this book and this author. I cannot wait to dig right into this piece of art (it really is because the illustrations inside are breathtaking). I absolutely love anything that Tim Burton has done and this novel is very reminiscent of that type of story and artwork. I just love the black and white cover, the hand drawn look of the illustrations, the summary, and just everything about this book.

Let me know if you have read this book, want to read this book, and Fangirl over the imagery. But please no spoilers!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

W.W.W. Wednesday: July 30

The lovely blogger over at Should Be Reading started this weekly meme to help us answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading: The Young World by Chris Weitz

This book was c/o Goodreads First Reads. Think of this book as a mixture of Gone by Michael Grant and The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I am about halfway through this book and currently loving it. So, I am on target to finish this book before August so as to add it to my July read pile.

What did you just finish reading: Invincible by C.A. Gray (Piercing the Veil #2)

I gave this book, which was c/o Goodreads First Reads, 4 stars. I will have a full review up on the ol' blog soon. Also I have already done a really short review on Goodreads and the author liked it! So, you know now I am famous and stuff.

What do you think you will read next: The Last Mage Guardian by Sabrina Chase

This book was c/o Goodreads First Reads. Summary via Goodreads:  Her great-uncle, the mage Oron, bequeathed to her his oak-shaded chateau and a debt of magical honor. But Miss Ardhuin Andrews must hide her magical talents. How can she repay the debt? Political intrigue, duty, and echoes of an old war not truly ended combine to create a smoldering crisis in a world where magic and science coexist.

Won't be able to get this one read in time to add it to July's read pile but it will be a good start for my August reading.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday-Authors I Own the Most Books From

I decided that this was another good post to v-log. So just like last week I have posted a list below with the name of the author and the number of books that I own. If you want to see which ones though you have to watch. I am not cataloging all of that.

 


1) William Shakespeare- too many to count. I own all of his plays and sonnets. Edgar Allen Poe- too many to count. I own all of his poetry and short stories.

2) Scott Westerfeld- 10

3) J.K. Rowling- 8

4) Cassandra Clare- 8 and I need to get City of Heavenly Fire to make 9

5) C.S. Lewis- 7 

6) James Dashner- 5

7) Holly Black- 4 currently however there are more out there which I will one day own.

8) Lois Lowry- 4

9) Michael Grant- 4 currently however there are two more books in the series which I am working on getting so in the end it will be more like 6 books.

10) Michael Scott- 4 currently but there are 6 books in the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series.

Honorable mentions:
I am also collecting books by Julie Kagawa and hope to own all of her books because I am loving the Iron Fey trilogy.

Garth Nix- I currently only own Lirael but am planning on collecting the rest of the series.

George R.R. Martin- I only own A Clash of Kings but am planning on owning and reading the rest of the series.

Sarah J. Maas- I currently own none of her books but will one day. I just have to wait for them to go on sale.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pay Day Book Haul #2

Hey Guys!

It's that time again! Pay Day Book Haul time! This is a weekly link up where you can share what books you bought, were gifted, or borrowed this past week. This link up is hosted on a Monday to give some light and happiness to such a dark and dreary day.

Like always you can either make a video, a post, or just comment on this post. Please link back to my blog and if you want include one of my really cool buttons that I made this past weekend. Thanks!


Without further ado here is my video:


Saturday, July 26, 2014

You Should Addz Da Buttons












Look at what I did! I made a picture meme thingy to make my weekly meme shindig more official like! Oh yeah! You have no idea how proud I am or how embarrassingly long it took for me to make this little guy. But, I am proud and you should add this little guy to your posts so we can all be twinsies!

Also there is this button which I am also proud of to promote le ol' blog:


The second button took only a few minutes since I now know what I am doing. Who knows what button I will make next? Maybe one for everything single blog post? No, that would just be to much button making fun.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

W.W.W. Wednesday: July 23

The lovely blogger over at Should Be Reading started this weekly meme to help us answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading: Invincible (Piercing the Veil #2) by C.A. Gray

Summary- Peter Stewart is a dead ringer for the legendary King Arthur, and because of that, everyone in Carlion believes that he is the Child of the Prophecy, destined to destroy the Shadow Lord. But Peter doesn’t want to be a hero; all he wants to be is left alone. Lily Portman also fits the prophecy. Having spent her entire life as an orphan and a misfit, Lily would love nothing more than to be the Child of the Prophecy, so she envies Peter… but she’s also developing a crush on him. And it seems to her that he couldn’t care less. Isdemus and the Watchers believe that it is only a matter of time before Peter’s twin brother Kane betrays them all and frees the Shadow Lord. The winner of the war to come depends on who has the legendary Philosopher's Stone—the only problem is, it has been lost since the days of Arthur. With the help of a skeptical anthropologist, the Watchers attempt to decode the ancient treasure maps that lead them to the heart of Egypt and the dawn of time. Meanwhile, Lily and Peter discover that Peter holds the real key to the mystery... but will they be too late?

What did you recently finish reading: It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

What do you think you will read next:
The Last Mage Guardian by Sabrina Chase
Summary- Her great-uncle, the mage Oron, bequeathed to her his oak-shaded chateau and a debt of magical honor. But Miss Ardhuin Andrews must hide her magical talents. How can she repay the debt? Political intrigue, duty, and echoes of an old war not truly ended combine to create a smoldering crisis in a world where magic and science coexist.

 The Young World by Chris Weitz
Summary- Welcome to New York, a city ruled by teens.After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he's secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.
The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park...and discovers truths they could never have imagined

Waiting on Wednesday- Snow Like Ashes

The lovely blog Breaking the Spine hosts a weekly meme called Waiting on Wednesday which allows us to showcase a book that we can not wait to be released

Author: Sara Raasch
Publication Date: 10/14/2014

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)

Summary Via Goodreads: Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.


Why I want it: Because it just sounds awesome. I have read a lot of comments about the book and hopefully the fear will not be true that it is overhyped and will not live up to the expectation. But come on, I mean have you seen the cover? Beautiful! The story just intrigues me and I love to read authors that I haven't read anything from before. It's kind of like finding a new friend. But, why do I have to wait so long? Why?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday-Characters I Would Want With Me on a Deserted Island

This is a weekly meme that is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where they allow bloggers to post on a pre-determined topic.

This week the topic is which ten fictional characters would you want with you on a deserted island.

So, I decided to do a v-log to catalog my response to this question. However I did take the time to write out the character, where they are from, and a very brief synopsis of why I picked them. Just in case you don't want to watch or you are at work right now (don't worry we all do it).  Hope you enjoy!



1) Oliver Wood (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)- pure hotness factor and the fact that he is a wizard.

2) Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)- she is the brightest witch of her age and without her Harry Potter would have accomplished nothing.

3) Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)- she is quirky and I will need someone to go hunt nargles with when the boredom sets in.

4) Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins)- she is badass and can hunt like nobody else.

5) Four (Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth)- pure hotness factor and the fact that he seemed pretty strong and is obviously brave.

6) Simon (Mortal Instruments series)- he is a vampire who can walk in the sun, you know without shimmering, so yeah obviously he will come. And he will live forever so if none of us get off the island before we die he can help people find the bodies and tell the tale.

7) Newt (Maze Runner series by James Dashner)- he is a leader and gets stuff done. Also he really showed compassion with Thomas so I would like to have him on my island.

8) Samm (Partials sequence by Dan Wells)- I just really really really really really like his character. I thought that he was well done and definitely had that I can survive in a post-apocalyptic world thing going on.  

9) Calvin (A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeline L'Engle)- he crossed the universe for a girl to help her save her dad. I think he would be ok with the whole deserted island thing. Since knowing me it would probably be my fault that we are there in the first place.

10) Noah (The Giver quartet by Lois Lowry)- I mean he freaking stole a baby people and escaped in the middle of the night undetected from a pretty well-guarded place. I think he can handle an island.

Pay Day Book Haul #1

Hey guys!

It's here! The very first Pay Day Book Haul on a Monday. Feel free to link your post describing the books that you bought this past week in the comments section or just tell me.

Here is my book haul in v-log form:



Sorry about the shortness of the video. My phone was dying and I was in a race against the clock to avoid it blacking out in the middle of the video. Also the lighting is weird and I am working on trying to be able to film in front of my bookcases. So, I hope that you enjoyed my book haul!

I look forward to seeing what book you guys got this past week!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Review: Partials

Partials (The Partials Sequence, #1)

Author: Dan Wells
Pages: 468
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: 2/28/2012
Series or standalone: 1st in the Partials series
Source: bought off of Amazon
Rating: 5




Short Synopsis Via Goodreads: For fans of The Hunger Games, Battlestar Galactica, and Blade Runner comes the first book in the Partials Sequence, a fast-paced, action-packed, and riveting sci-fi teen series, by acclaimed author Dan Wells.

Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. But sixteen-year-old Kira is determined to find a solution. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that that the survival of both humans and Partials rests in her attempts to answer questions about the war's origin that she never knew to ask.

Playing on our curiosity of and fascination with the complete collapse of civilization, Partials is, at its heart, a story of survival, one that explores the individual narratives and complex relationships of those left behind, both humans and Partials alike—and of the way in which the concept of what is right and wrong in this world is greatly dependent on one's own point of view.


My Review: I freaking loved this book! It was amazeballs and totally rocked my world! I am so freaking glad that I bought it off of Amazon and my only complaint and regret is that I did not buy Fragments so that I could binge read them both.

Let's start with what I did not like (because that is a very short list):
  • The beginning. It was just kind of slow and it was hard to tell where the story was going. However, once the action started there was no stopping it. 
  • The cover. Not a fan of covers that feature real people and I am kind of tired of girls walking away/facing you with the hair blowing in the wind look.  
  • The people who ran the government. They were so corrupt and manipulative you just had no choice but to despise them, this is the point of the writing to make you hate them. But this went beyond normal dislike for me I really hope in Fragments that most of them get destroyed or you know just sort of disappear.  
What I did like (a.k.a. pretty much everything):
  • The characters. They were so believable and easy to relate to. There were some that just kind of went along with what was happening and did not care to try and find the flaws in the stories and facts and then there were the others. Those that did not believe that what was being done was enough and that the government was completely right about every single thing. Because they weren't, they just weren't. The characters made mistakes, they learned, they grew. I love it when there is character growth and when no one person is made out to be the unflawed hero or heroine.
  • There were strong and independent female characters. Even in a society that was taking away their rights to choose what happens with their own bodies the females stayed strong. Whether they went along with it because they wanted to do the right thing or they looked for an alternative because they knew that this was the wrong way to go about fixing the problem. The women were strong, they were independent, they were fierce, they thought for themselves, and they fought for what they believed was the right thing to do. I loved it!
  • Once you finally thought you had it all figured out... bam curveball. The book kept me guessing and I loved that. I like it when I can't quite figure out all of the little twists and turns. That is the mark of a good book. The curves were seamlessly woven in and really added some depth to the story.
  • The writing. Even in the slow beginning the writing was pretty freaking fantastic. It made me want to continue on with the story because I truly believed that it was all going somewhere.
  • The fact that not everything was resolved and tied up in a pretty box. Good people died and bad people got away with murder and other such not nice things. That is real life and I like it when books simulate that. I don't want a happy ending all the time with everything in its rightful place sometimes I just need it to be kind of messy.
  • The ending. Cliffhanger! I need books to end on cliffhangers so that I will feel the need to read more of the series. I love it and I want to read Fragments so badly it hurts.
  • There was no instalove. It was so refreshing to read a book that the love was not instantaneous. All of the character were either together before the beginning of the story or the relationship had a slow burn type effect to it. I liked it; that is how most real relationships happen. In fact the relationship between any one character was not the entire focus of the novel, it just was sort of an added factor. There were other factors much more powerful motivating the characters and that was the best part of the story for me. The instalove never really lasts in real life so I don't want it to in books. Also the people in the relationships were not hopelessly in love, all of the people seemed to have a good handle on their own feelings. Which was pretty remarkable considering that most of the main characters in the book were pretty young and by that I mean under 20 years old.
  • The friendships. They fought, they got mad, they hurt the people they cared about, and ultimately they forgave each other. I just can't. How many books really feature a whole lot of this... not that many surprisingly. They always called each other out and this helped to keep the relationships from feeling to one-sided. I hope that in the next book the friendships hold up and become even stronger than they are now.
  • The fact that Kira, the main character, works in a hospital. I work in a hospital and so I like any book that anything to do with science or medicine and this book definitely has those elements. I like that she has a brain and will use her knowledge and intuition to figure out the truth.  
Read this book! Please and thank you. Also if you have already read this book then please fan girl out with me in the comments. Thanks!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pay Day Bookhaul (Hosted on a Monday)

I really want to start my own meme where we can share our bookhauls. I uploaded a video but in case you are watching this at work, we all do it, I also wrote a description below.
 
 
I filmed it outside so as not to disturb my sister and was freaking paranoid that my neighbors would look out of their window and see me just standing there like a weirdo filming myself. So I kept looking over there all creepy like. Yeah, I'm really awkward and weird.
 
I call it the Pay Day Bookhaul because I know that most of my book buying insanity goes on during the weekend. Which incidentally usually corresponds with a pay day! Whoop Whoop!  I feel like this hookup needs to happen on a Monday because Mondays are just very misunderstood. Nobody likes Monday, face it we all hate this day. So why not make it better by hosting a little link up where we can share all of our book buying madness and maybe find some new books to read! As if the TBR pile is not large enough already!!!!!!!
 
So come! Join! Share your Pay Day Bookhaul with me and the rest of the interwebs! Do it now! Well, not now but on Monday come back and join! 

Flashback Friday: The Bridge to Terabithia

ffbutton2This is a weekly meme that is hosted by Rebecca over at Bookshelf Fantasies as a way to recap books that are older (been published for at least five years) but still have a special place in our hearts.
Author: Katherine Paterson
Publication Date: 1/1/1996




Summary: Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.

Bridge to Terabithia

Why I love this book: OH my goodness the feels that this book made me have is ridiculous. I mean you talk about a book that will rip your heart out and stomp all over it. I just simply adore everything about this book and is one of the few book to movie adaptations that was done well. I mean flawless. It was a perfect representation of such a magical and wonderful book. I highly recommend this book to everyone! You will continue to re-read it and will hold a place of honor on your bookshelf. I will never get rid of this book and so it shall sit forever!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Queen


 
The lovely blog Breaking the Spine hosts a weekly meme called Waiting on Wednesday which allows us to showcase a book that we can not wait to be released
 
Title: The Queen: A Selection Novel
Author: Kierra Cass
Publication Date:12/2/2014
 
 
The Queen

Summary:
Before America Singer's story began, another girl came to the palace to compete for the hand of a different prince….
Don't miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series. This prequel story takes place before the events of The Selection and is told from the point of view of Prince Maxon's mother, Amberly. Discover a whole new Selection with this inside look at how Maxon's parents met—and how an ordinary girl named Amberly became a beloved queen.

Why am I eagerly awaiting the release: For one the date is a mere 4 days from my birthday and any book that comes out around that time is a good book. Also I have recently become addicted to The Selection series as in I can't freaking put the book down and I want more. So, this book sounds amazeballs and I want it now. The series is not one that I would have probably picked up on my own but after hearing others rave about it I decided to give it a try. Boy was I glad I did! If you haven't read the series already stop what you are doing, get in your car or on your computer, and buy these books! Like now!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Movies and Shows

This is a weekly meme that is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where they allow bloggers to post on a pre-determined topic.

This week the topic is the top ten TV shows and movies. I have decided to do a top ten for each category. As usual my Top 10 is in no particular order. Here we go!

Top Ten Shows on TV (some are currently on and others aren't):

1) How I Met Your Mother
Dump A Day Funny Pictures - 52 Pics

2) The Big Bang Theory
THE BIG BANG THEORY - signals

3) Sherlock
#SherlockLives

4) Danny Phantom
#132 - Danny Phantom from Danny Phantom 19/07/2012

5) Reign
Francis (Toby Regbo) proposes to Mary (Adelaide Kane) in Reign on the CW.  Love!!!

6) Kim Possible

29 Reasons “Kim Possible” Was The Best Disney Channel Show Of The '00s


7) Fringe
Fringe, SciFi meats mystery, 2 parallel worlds, that somehow have to except each others existance, Joshua Jackson and John Noble (!) did the trick for me.   I like.

8) Firefly
Firefly <3   Love this part, I love the bits where we see janes softer side
9) Family Guy
15 Family Guy Quotes - Likes

10) Scooby Doo
hehe! I've seen every single episode of the original series-and I still watch Scooby Doo. Every movie, every tv show, I hunt down and I watch. Scooby Doo is a show that you can watch for the rest of your life. And you don't have to be ashamed of it at all.

Top Ten Movies:

1) Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins... I think this will be my Halloween costume

2) What a Girl Wants
Oliver James and Amanda Bynes as Ian & Daphne from What a Girl Wants (2003)

3) Mean Girls
hahahaha.. this part is hilarious! "you can't just ask people why they're white!"

4) Scary Movie (any of them, don't care)
Scary Movie

5) Accepted
Accepted. Forever one of my favorites. Love this movie!! Are you happy I like it!!!

6) The Perks of Being a Wallflower
the perks of being a wallflower- this sounds like the way I am sometimes :-)

7) 21 Jump Street
21 jump street haha i could not stop laughing on this part so funny!!!
8) Harry Potter (Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite but I don't discriminate)
Best quote of Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban -  Ron and his fear of spiders

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

9) Chasing Liberty
 Chasing Liberty
10) Cashback


Cashback

 


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Week in Review July 6-13

I thought that this would be a good way to keep you guys up to date on what I have been reading as well as some non-bookish stuff.

What have I been reading?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

What have I reviewed?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

What books have I bought?

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Chronicles of Nick #2) 
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox (Dreamhunter Duet #2)
The Selection by Kierra Cass (The Selection #1)
The Magician by Michael Scott (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #2) 
Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin (Song of Fire and Ice #2)
Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini

Beastly by Alex Flinn (Beastly #1)
The Luxe by Anna Goberson (The Luxe #1)
So Yesterday by Scott Westerfield
Rot and Ruin by Jonathon Maberry (Benny Imura #1)
I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak

It was a stressful week and I needed some retail therapy people! Also Books a Million has a ridiculously good sale going on right now as does Second & Charles (for those of you who have one in your area).

So I said that I would not buy the second book in a series until I had finished the first... well about that. So I definitely bought the second book in A Game of Thrones series before I read or even the first. As well as Infamous and I currently own almost every book by Scott Westerfield along with several other authors which I have never read their work. It's a problem. One from which I see no recovery in the near future. OH well!

What has been going on in the work world?

I have a part-time job as a research assistant in neuroscience (in addition to a full-time job) and we have a deadline which is fast approaching. It's very exciting but very stressful and time-consuming. Which is why my reading pace has suffered greatly.

What has been going on in my personal life?

I went with some friends to a Birmingham Barons Baseball Game and it was an incredible amount of fun. In addition to getting to hang out with my friends I also got $0.50 hot dogs. So you know that I had like 4 in one sitting. Plus a pretzel with cheese and mustard. It's a problem but one which I am happy to have.  

Other than that just trying to save up money for graduate school and squeezing some fun out of life while I still have some money. In a few weeks I am planning on taking a trip with my little sisters to Atlanta, Georgia for the day and I also have a Harry Potter themed party to crash dressed as Bellatrix Lestrange. Then in August I am planning on a visit to my old college stomping grounds to visit some friends. And of course I am going to buy school supplies in August and plan on making a video to show you all what I got and so I can have people share in my love of school supplies. Also I am going to have to buy another bookshelf. It's a problem.

You tube video of the week:

OH my goodness! This video is just perfection.

Book tube video of the week:

I have been watching the videos for the book tuber Little Book Owl and I just can't get enough. I need her hair and her accent. Hope you guys enjoy.

Funny little antidote of the week:
 
A little humor and a little bit of a Harry Potter reference. Can't go wrong with that.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Problem With Books

There are a lot of problems and tribulations that go along with being an avid reader and lover of books. So here it goes, a list that will hopefully sum up some of the problems that we as readers face at the hands of our beloved books.
21 Signs You're Suffering From A Book Hangover
  • You live a thousand lives. This is both good and bad because on the one hand you get to experience so much at the hands of a book. You can travel backwards or forwards in time, you can go to exotic type places, and get inside the heads of characters that teach you something about life, love, family, friendship, and hopefully yourself. The problem with living all of these lives is that reality is hard. Life is not a book and things will not always work out for the best. I love books that don't always end up with everything being resolved. Some wounds just run deeper than others and there are those times when you can forgive the pain but you can't and won't forget it or what it taught you. So yes you get to go to Hogwarts, Narnia, be a princess who finds her prince charming, lead an army, lead a revolution, etc. all at the hands of a book that is nothing more than a mixture of letter, words, and paragraphs that somehow magically transport you somewhere that you have never been. However, I always feel like I leave a small piece of myself there, a piece that I will never really get back. Reality sucks, I am moving to Hogwarts!
    oh these words, say it all.
  • Book Hangover. This is something that I often suffer from hence the name of my blog. You know that book that you just read, the one that ripped your heart out, that left you as nothing more than a shell of a person, the one that resonates with you and you just can't enjoy life or another book now because your heat, soul, and mind is still in that other book. You know that book (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell I am looking at you!), yeah get used to it. Such is the life of a book lover and a book blogger. Because we have access and knowledge of all the really good books. So it's worse.
    "Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up, heart and soul." ♡
  • You just don't have room for all of the books. I have to keep rearranging my bookshelves to avoid having to buy a new one. I have completely given up on separating them by classics, series, standalones, and children's books. Now they are somewhat alphabetized and that is almost too much. There are some that are sideways and stacked on top of each other and I now have a crap ton of picture frames that are homeless. I am going to have to buy wall shelves just to house the homeless things that are currently in a box on my floor. It's a problem but I am sure that I am ready for the 12 step program and recovery portion quite yet. So I will continue to buy all of the books until my house looks like a library and they have to come and unbury me from an avalanche that used to be my to-be read pile.
Happiness
  • Speaking of to-be read piles. It just never ends, books keep being written, they keep publishing them, other people keep reading them, they refer them on Goodreads and blogs, then they sell them back, and I just can't stay away from Second & Charles (a used bookstore that is only in certain parts of the country). The store employees know me by name and they point me in the direction of the books that they know I like. Good service or do I just spend way too much time there? You be the judge.
    When people say, 'I have so many books to read! Look at my To Be Read pile!' and it's like 8 books, I want to say, 'That's adorable. I have a TBR bookcase.'
  • You always get asked about books. My coworkers are always asking me about books and what I think that they should read. I love to give recommendations about my favorite books but I always feel weird about it. I really don't know what they like and sometimes we just don't like the same books. Point in case I recommended the Mortal Instruments series and two of my co-workers read the first book. One loved it and is now reading the second book and fan girling with me and the other did not like it so much. Different people, different tastes.
    I tried to form a gang once, but it turned into a book club. | Confession Ecard | someecards.com
  • You want to lone out books to promote the love of reading... but then again you really don't. Not everyone loves and pets and worships books like you do. They stain the pages, rip them, dog ear the pages, and other wise defile your precious book. It is the vain of your existence and we all have those friends. I just can't. I will lone them out to certain people who I know that I can trust with my babies and that is it. It's sad I will let you borrow my car, my cell phone, laptop, etc. but my books? Nope! No way! Not gonna happen! Unless you promise to love them and be kind to them... then I might think about it.
  • Sometimes you meet someone who says I hate reading. What do you do? Do you try and convert them? Do you walk away slowly? Throw Holy Water on them? Cause you know I totally have some Holy Water (really I do, got it from a priest who gave them out after church one Sunday) and it might come in useful one day. When you walk into a house that has no books do you ever wonder what these people do with their lives? Cause I do. What do you do? I actually went on a date with a guy who told me he hated reading. This is not the only reason that there was no second date but it definitely played a pretty major role. Also we met at a bookstore, how? Go figure.
    When people say, 'I have so many books to read! Look at my To Be Read pile!' and it's like 8 books, I want to say, 'That's adorable. I have a TBR bookcase.'
  • All of the good books are series. Why? Why do you torture me so? I read one book thinking oh what a wonderful book and then it ends on a cliffhanger and bam! Now I have got to go out and buy the other books so that I can know what happens. I didn't want that kind of commitment. However, now I have no choice I must know. Also I have no self control when it comes to books. I just want them... all of them... right now. I am currently working on acquiring more standalones and will hopefully have a post soon with my favorite stand alones in different genres.  
    I read the entire book before I realized it was part of a series... I didn't want that kind of commitment, but what choice do I have now?
  • There are just so freaking many of them. Where did they all come from? I had no clue how many books were written until I discovered Barnes & Noble had books that were not delegated to the kids section (I discovered this young) and now that I have Second & Charles in my life, whoa Nelly! There are a lot of freaking books out there and most of them I will never read either because I just don't want to or because I would do nothing for my entire life but read books. Yet another reason why I need minions I could just have them do it for me and then somehow link the feels to me so it's like I read them.
    *Can't wait to stop in at my favorite bookshop today for Holiday shopping:)!   'Hello,Hello Books' in Rockland,Maine
Hope that this list sums up some of the problems that we as readers face. Let me know what you think and if you have any problems to add to the list in the comments! Hope that I at least some what entertained you.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Flashback Friday: The Artemis Fowl Series

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This is a weekly meme that is hosted by Rebecca over at Bookshelf Fantasies as a way to recap books that are older (been published for at least five years) but still have a special place in our hearts.


Publication dates: 2001-2012



I cannot express my love for these books enough. Besides Eoin Colfer being one of my favorite authors this series opened up my love for fantasy, fairies, paranormal, and the supernatural. I think that I have read every single book that he has ever written and my love just continues to grow. These are middle grade reads but they are just amazingly wonderful and are some of my most prized possessions. I just love to love them and I am not ashamed. Let me know in the comments if you are a fan of this series as well!

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl, #2)The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3)The Opal Deception  (Artemis Fowl, #4)The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl, #5)The Time Paradox (Artemis Fowl, #6)The Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl, #7)The Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl, #8)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ch-ch-changes!

Hey Guys!

So, I decided to change the look of my blog a little bit. I felt like I needed something a little less busy looking and with a more sedated color pallet. While I absolutely adore the color orange and the previous background I felt like my blog needed to be a little less in your face.

Hope you like the new look!

Treat Yo' Self Thursday- Fangirl

The lovely blog No Money 4 Books has started a weekly meme called Treat Yo Self Thursday where you can share a book that you have treated yourself to this week. This week I decided to treat myself to Fangirl which I then promptly devoured and now all I want to do is read Rainbow Rowell. Perhaps I will have to binge on her books in the near future.

FangirlAuthor: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 445
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 9/10/2013
Standalone or Series: Standalone (However, if Rainbow ever wants to make this thing a series I am down for dat business)
Source: Barnes and Noble
Price: $19 but I had a 20% off coupon


Brief Synopsis Via Goodreads:
A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?


Why I Bought the Book: This book has been all over the blogging community and I have been wanting to try some of Rainbow Rowell's work for a while. I am so freaking glad that I got this book and I have linked the review to this post. Oh my goodness! It totally lives up to the hype that it is getting from the blogging community.

Stop whatever you are doing and go out and get this book if you have not already read it!!!! I highly recommend this book to anybody. You should all read it and then you should comment and we can talk about the feels that this book gives. It is awesome and eeeeeek! So good, so true, so relatable, so freaking fantastic. Best money ever spent ever! I will be reading more from her and she is perhaps my new favorite author... next to J.K. Rowling of course. She is still the queen.

You can see my review of it here! Fangirl with me over Fangirl people!!!!!!