Wednesday, December 13, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Characters on the Naughty List


This is a new feature I joined called Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.
Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 characters on the naughty list.

December 13th - Characters on the Naughty List
--These can be villains or just characters you don't like!
Keep in mind that these characters are not necessarily bad or evil, but more like annoying and insufferable and deserve to be on this list.


5. Valentine Morgenstern (Mortal Instruments/Shadowhunters) - Valentine counts as pure evil, but he also counts as just a stern guy who plays tricks and lies to his son(s) and daughter for his own personal gain. Clary and Jace could have gone several books without confusion, drama, and angst if it wasn't for Valentine lying to them to "keep the family together". Ridiculous!!


4. Peter Van Houten (The Fault in Our Stars) - Peter was an alcoholic, sloppy mess of an excuse of a man who pried on a young couple's affections and admirations on his book. And when he finally got them to come all the way to Amsterdam, he basically slapped them in the face. He tried coming back and explaining after Augustus' funeral, but too little, too late, jackass!!


3. Evelyn Johnson-Eaton (Insurgent/Allegiant) - Here's another annoying-ass character, Four's mother, Evelyn. I don't remember how she was in the books, but in the movies, she tried so hard to be the next Jeanine, without being Jeanine. Near the end of Allegiant, she got on my nerves even more when she had teamed up with Peter to activate the Pure's mind-wiping serum, without even knowing that the serum would do it to the whole city, and not just the Allegiant!! STUPID!! Four deserved a better mother.


2. President Snow (Hunger Games) - He was vile, rude, cocky, kinda like our "President" Donald Trump, but whiter.... if that makes sense lol.


1. Kiko's mom (Starfish) -
No one was more irritating, annoying, selfish, self-centered, racist, bigoted, cold-hearted than Kiko's mother in Starfish. Even if we didn't know much about her personally, the way she spoke to her Japanese-American daughter Kiko, and her brothers, and just dismissing her heritage and her culture, making her feel worthless and ruining her social anxiety... the whole experience in the book, if you haven't read it, is worth putting Kiko's mom in the top for the Naughty list!! She's a lot more than Naughty, but it's Christmas season, so I won't harp that much. I spoke more about her in my review, so read that if you want to hear more.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

#BookBloggerHop (December 8-14): Reading Christmas-Themed Romances


         

Note: Let me just say how sorry I am for not posting for over two weeks! It's been really busy for me with my day job, blogging on other platforms, and starting my new internship at Entangled Publishing. I haven't had time to add posting here much, but I've found the time today! So without further ado, let's get into this week's Book Blogger Hop:

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

 This week's question submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books:

If you celebrate Christmas, do you feel the need to stop reading anything but Christmas-themed romances as the holiday season starts?

My Answer:

I just keep reading what I'm reading, because I'm so busy either working during the crazy holiday season, or shopping for gifts. I'll be lucky if I can finish the book in any capacity. 

I ask this question back to you guys. Do you need to read Christmas themed books during the holiday season? Leave comments below!






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Friday, December 1, 2017

.@XpressoTours Spotlight Tour: #EXPOSURE by @SylvieParizeau


Since I've only read some of book 1: Incandescently, my post will be a spotlight post instead of a full review on all three books.

Summary

Full description to come!
EXPOSURE – P.O.’s story.
Two truths. One lie.
I’m a computer geek studying at MIT.
I’m in two places at once.
My dream girl doesn’t know she knows me.

And your guess is as good as mine.


About the Author


A paralegal by day and incurable romantic by night, Sylvie is a cross-genre, and she takes Happily Ever After very seriously. The End just isn’t in her vocabulary.

An incorrigible daydreamer, she now feeds her obsession with epilogues by concocting stories in which heroes deal with the happy from the get-go. Ready, or not. And she confesses under oath to loving every minute of it.

Sylvie lives her own Happily Ever After in the beautiful mountains of Les Laurentides in Northern Quebec, alongside her whole set of characters.

In between treks in their backyard wilderness, you can find them hanging out at www.sylvieparizeau.com



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#BookBloggerHop (December 1-7): Fave Christmas Themed Reads


         

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

 This week's question submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte:

What is your favourite Christmas-themed read?

My Answer:

I don't really read Christmas-themed books. I mostly just read based on preference. I do try to read during the holidays, though. 


I ask this question back to you guys. Do you have Christmas themed reads? Which ones are your favorite? Comment below!




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Thursday, November 30, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Authors I Want to Write Like



This is a new feature I joined called Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 authors I want to write like:


November 29th: Authors You'd Want to Write Like
--In honor of NaNo wrapping up, discuss some authors you'd like to write like. Whether its their writing style, what genre they write in, or how many books they manage to churn out a year!

5. Inger Iversen (In the Dark) - I've only read one book by her, but I love how she fused attitude with fantasy within her characters and I wish I could write like that. 


4. Akemi Dawn Bowman (Starfish) - I'm an emotional person, so I didn't think I could figure out ways to combine emotions, thoughts and feelings of anxiety in a way that's understandable in literature. But the way Akemi does it is so crisp and clear and wide open, even to people who don't have anxiety. Her writing style is so beautiful and relatable; I wish I could write like her. 


3. Sheena Hutchinson (Discovering April) - Another author who knows how to fuse emotion in literature! But Sheena also adds a lot of sarcasm and humor, which is something I love. 


2. Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) - The mother of all things YA! Personally, I think her writing style is very basic, but it's simple and easy to get through. She's an author who knows she's not top-notch and doesn't try to be; she just is! Her world building is also way easy to understand, which is good if you don't like complex world building. 


1. J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) - The mother of all things Potter! Since she's British and I'm American, I obviously can't write like her. Especially since there are so many American terms that just wouldn't fit into a British series and still sound eloquent. But I wish I had her eye for authentic characterization and world building. Also, she's an author that does not back down. She was rejected 12 times by many publishers who didn't understand her story. But she'd finally found Scholastic and the rest is history! I don't want to write like her, I just wanna be her! 

Who are some authors you want to write or be like? Comment below and let's chat! 



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NEW WEEKLY MEME BECAUSE I'M NOT CRAZY ENOUGH | Down the TBR #1



Since my TBR list is getting high, to the point of where I'm second guessing reading nearly 200 books, I've decided to try this new weekly meme to trim it down to books I actually want to read. 

Created by Lia from Lost in a Story, Down the TBR is as follows:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!
The Rules:
  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
First 5 books:




5-3. Infernal Devices Trilogy: Clockwork Angel, Prince, Princess by Cassandra Clare


I don't know how to feel about this trilogy. It's supposed to be a prequel to the Mortal Instruments, but since I haven't (STILL!) finished the final TMI book, City of Heavenly Fire, I guess the TID series can go. For now. I'm not crazy about the series in general anymore, but I love the TV show, Shadowhunters. Maybe if I'm inclined or feel inspired enough to read it, I'll add them onto my TBR again. DELETE 


2. Sempre by J.M. Darhower 

I barely remember the concept for this book, but I do remember that it was a Twilight fanfiction back in the day, and since I'm a huge Twihard, I wanted to support anything to do with the fandom haha! But it's been years since I've read any other books from Darhower, not that she's a bad writer --- she's fabulous, actually! --- but maybe I've outgrown the style of fanfics becoming books? DELETE 


1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 

I personally think that Tahereh as a person seems like an adorable little bean who must be protected at all times. I love her Instagram photos of her new baby girl and handsome husband, Ransom Riggs. With that being said, I've heard such mixed reactions and reviews from the Shatter Me series in general. I still kinda want to read it because it's turning into a TV show sometime next year (or is it the year after?). So I'm still curious but it's not high on my TBR list. KEEP. 

Are you participating in Down the TBR? Comment below and let me know which books you are keeping or deleting on your TBR! 


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

My Holiday #AdventureAThon 2017 TBR!!


Just in time for the holidays, Jasmine from Novel Thoughts has created her own 'create your own adventure' readathon, complete with a map and a guide for December.

How to read the map.
  • Begin at the bottom.
  • As you follow the path you will come across sign posts, these sign posts will give you your challenge instructions.
  • Sometimes the signposts will simply give you your prompt. Other times you will have to choose between two different prompts.
  • If you have to choose between two prompts, you will then follow the path in the direction of your chosen prompt.
  • At no point should you ever be moving DOWN the map. You should always be moving from the bottom to the top.
  • Continue up the map until you reach the end of the path.
  • To save space, the signposts only have the theme word of the prompt written. The full prompts can be found in the table below.
At the end of the path your character will be waiting for you! There are four characters in total.
 The challenges

The challenges are here to describe each plot point of the map above. I've been told that the challenges are more difficult, but I don't think I'll think about it too much for my TBR. 





On my map, I went from Presents >> Santa >> Wish >> Wish post >> Nice/Naughty post >> Nice >> Jingle >> Penguin Team!! Each post leads to being part of a team at the end of the map. So I'm Team Holiday Penquin, which is hosted by Jasmine from NovelThoughts herself. 




My TBR

So without further ado, here is my TBR list for each plot point on the map: 

Presents: Read a book you got as a gift



Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz, which was a gift from my #TBTBSanta last year. 

Santa: Read a book with Red on the Cover



Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

Wish: Fairytale Retelling



A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 

Cookies: Read a book while eating festive food 

I'll probably be reading the same book, so I'll choose ACOTAR lol. 

Nice: Read a book that a friend or family member recommended

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, recommended by my buddy Packy!! 

Jingle Bells: Read a book with 'silver' in the title

My TBR doesn't have any silver in the title, so I'm going to skip it for now. If something comes up, I'll add it. 

Penquin: Read a contemporary book



The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 

Are you participating in Adventure-A-Thon? What team are you on? What books are you reading for your team? Leave comments below! 




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