Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Why Fantasy is My Favorite Genre

Hey guys! This is going to be a pretty short post but I thought this would be a really fun idea, which of course by the title you can tell it is explaining why fantasy is my favorite genre!

WHY FANTASY IS MY FAVORITE GENRE

I love fantasy more than other genres because I can get lost in the world of the book even when the real world isn't very nice.

I love fantasy more than other genres because I believe it is the most creative type of book.

I love fantasy more than other genres because I can sit and read a fantasy book for hours on end and not get bored of the plot.

I love fantasy more than other genres because you can do anything you want with it and you don't have to worry about it being realistic. Like Patrick Rothfuss said when talking about fantasy: "Want to throw in a vampire and a lesbian unicorn while you're at it? Go ahead."

I love fantasy more than other genres because honestly, I think it's the most entertaining.



And that's it for now! I really hope you enjoyed reading this. If you liked this and you haven't made a post/video doing something similar to this, I highly recommend you do! It's a ton of fun. Anyway, bye!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Very Sad May Wrap Up + Ambitious June TBR

Hey guys! A while ago on Twitter I asked if I should do wrap ups & TBRs on my blog and almost all of you said yes, so here I am with my first! The reason I say "a very sad May wrap up" in the title is because... I only read two books this month. I suppose I do have a bit of an excuse, though, because it was the end of the year and THERE WERE SO MANY FINALS AND PROJECTS AND AHHHH. NO TIME TO READ! Anyway, now that I've been rambling for a while, here's my wrap up and TBR:


THE MAY WRAP UP

1. THE SCORPIO RACES BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER


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RATING: 5/5 stars

This was a buddy read with a Goodreads friend of mine, Chloe!

Fast-paced, vivid writing, original plot, and lovable characters! Adored this!

2. WE ARE OKAY BY NINA LACOUR


RATING: 2/5

Ridiculously beautiful writing but just. So. BORING. Also wasn't the biggest fan of the characters.


THE JUNE TBR

Now that I have absolutely ZERO school this month I should be able to read lots more!

1. ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS BY FRANCESCA ZAPPIA

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I received this in my May OwlCrate box, and before I got it I hadn't heard much of anything about this book,  but I read the synopsis and it sounds SO GOOD! It's basically about this girl Eliza who, in real life, never speaks and everyone thinks is a weirdo. Online, she is the creator of an extremely popular web comic, Monstrous Sea. No one knows this at her school until a new boy, Wallace, shows up writing Monstrous Sea fanfiction. I'm currently reading this one and I really like it!

2. WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI BY SANDHYA MENON

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As I'm guessing a lot of you know this book has been ALL OVER the book community for MONTHS now since people first heard about it. And, I agree. IT SOUNDS SO FREAKING ADORABLE. To put it simply it's about Dimple, who has everything planned out. She just graduated high school and now she is MORE than ready for a break from her parents, especially her mother who keeps talking about her "Ideal Indian Husband" she needs. Dimple finds a web developing program over the summer, and her parents send her in the hopes she'll meet someone. Rishi, on the other hand, is a hopeless romantic. His parents tell him that his future wife will be going to the same summer program, and he cannot WAIT to try and woo her. I read a chapter of it last night and I already love it!

3. THE RAVEN BOYS BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER


I'm part of a Goodreads group, Forgotten YA Gems, and this is the book of the month. This is an extremely popular book and it's been around sense 2012 so I'm not going to go over the synopsis, but if you want to know what this book is about, here's the Goodreads page. This is a reread for me, and I'm excited to pick this up again, not only because I love it but also because I still have yet to read the rest of the series...

4. THIS SAVAGE SONG BY VICTORIA SCHWAB


I know, I know. I still haven't read this. This book is by one of my favorite authors, plus the sequel comes out June thirteenth. It has a really original plot which I love. In an extremely simplified version, it's pretty much about a world where violence produces monsters.

5. SALT TO THE SEA BY RUTA SEPETYS

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I've been meaning to pick this up since I got this book about a year ago, and since then the hype has still not died down. I know it'll probably break me but it'll be in the best way. The thing is, I know nothing about this book besides it's a WWII story and it follows four teens. It's a pretty short book and the chapters are REALLY short, so I should be able to get through it pretty quick.

6. QUEENS OF GEEK BY JEN WILDE


This book came out a couple months ago and the buzz about it WILL. NOT. STOP. So, it's about these three friends - Charlie, a vlogger, queer girl, and actress coming out with a new movie soon; Taylor, who is on the autism spectrum and has a crush on the third friend, Jamie, who all go to a convention together. Not only does the synopsis sound intriguing and the hype keeps on coming, but this is super diverse as well which just makes it even better! Also, over the summer I'm trying to read as many books as possible because I won't have nearly as much time during the school year, and this is a very short book and I should be able to get through it really quick.


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And that's it for now! I know this may not seem that "ambitious" because there's only six books, but I am a slow reader okay. In July I'm going on a plane four times which means READING TIME!! I might be able to read more than this but we'll see how that goes. If you've read any of the books I mentioned today please make sure to let me know what you thought of them! Bye guys!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The First Date Book Tag!

Hey guys! I'm super sorry for not posting for the longest time, I've just been SUPER busy. I'm still pretty busy so I decided to do a tag because they're quick and fun. Also, if you don't agree with any of my opinions, no need to hate me. We all like different things.

1. THE AWKWARD FIRST DATE: Something felt off. It wasn't a bad book, but just lacked that spark for you.


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I can't deny that I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I'm not 100% sure what it is I didn't like, but I think it was just a little too short. I ended up giving it four stars on Goodreads, though, so it definitely wasn't that bad.

2. THE CHEAP FIRST DATE: A book that turned out less than expected.

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I know you guys are probably getting tired of me not liking this book, but seriously. I hated it so much. I went into it with really high expectations (I mean, obviously. It's Throne of Glass, one of the most hyped books in the book community, how do I not have high expectations) and was completely let down.

3. WELL-PREPARED FIRST DATE: A book that turned out better than expected.



So, before I started this all the hype was saying that this book was extremely slow, which it still does today. As many of you know, I do NOT like slow-paced books, but one day I just decided to give in to the hype and read it, and let me tell you. I AM SO HAPPY I GAVE IN TO THE HYPE.

4. HOT BUT DUMB: A pretty book, but not so much on the inside.


Beautiful cover & writing, but just so boring.

5. BLIND DATE: A book you picked up without knowing anything about it.

And for this, I don't have anything. As much as I love a gorgeous cover, I'm going to read what the book is about first.

6. SPEED DATING: A book you read super fast.

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I've read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda twice now and not only did I adore it both times, I also read it really quickly. If you haven't read this yet, I'd be surprised, so please do!

7. THE REBOUND: A book that you read too soon after a book hangover and it kinda ruined it for you.

This is another one I don't have an answer for! I guess something like this has never happened to me before.

8. OVERLY ENTHUSIASTIC DATE: A book that felt like it was trying too hard.

Again, I don't have anything for this one!

9. THE PERFECT DATE: A book that did everything right for you.

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I don't think I've ever mentioned Hyperbole and a Half on my blog before, and now is the perfect time. The hype for this has kinda died down, so if you haven't read it yet I suggest you do! I loved this graphic novel/comic/I'm-not-even-sure-how-to-classify-this-book-thing.


10. HUMILIATING FIRST DATE: A book that you're embarrassed to admit you liked.

I don't have an answer!


Again, sorry for not posting for such a long time, but hopefully I'll be back on schedule soon! I hope you enjoyed this tag. Let me know, if you've read any of the books I mentioned, what you thought of them! Bye guys!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Do You Have to Have Tons of Books to Be a REAL Bookworm?! | Discussion

Hey guys! I know it's been the longest time since I've done a discussion post, and I've seen things about this phrase all around the book community lately, so I thought I'd just put my own two cents out there.

DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE TONS OF BOOKS TO BE A REAL BOOKWORM?

And, obviously, the simple answer is: no.

You do not need to have shelves overflowing with books to "prove" you're an actual bookworm.

For example, as much as I love buying books, I'm going to college next year and am pretty short on money at the time (I only own 23 books). I use the library for the most part, and I'm sure lots of you do too.

So yeah, I love buying books and getting to keep them forever, but that can get really expensive really quickly.

Obviously, that being said if you want to buy five books a week, that is completely fine.

This also relates to the topic of giveaways. Many people do giveaways for reaching some kind of milestone, and they give away books (in the book community). These are great for those who can afford books to give away and the shipping costs, but because so many people are doing giveaways at this point it's almost become expected that people do them and I just think that that should not be a thing because lots of people can't afford them.

I wish there were ways to go more into this discussion but really it's more just rambling on about the same thing, though I do still think this is an important thing to talk about.

Let me know your thoughts on this in the comments. Thanks for reading! Bye!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Books I NEED to Get to This Summer!

Hey guys! I know there's still about a month until summer, but I CANNOT WAIT ANYMORE. So today, I'll be giving you the four (I'm the biggest mood-reader ever okay) books that I need to get to this summer.

1. THE REST OF THE TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE SERIES BY JENNY HAN

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About two years ago or so I read the first book, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, and I really enjoyed it! But I never continued with the series. By now, I've forgotten almost everything that happens, so I really want to reread this, especially because at least for me I prefer to read happy, feel-good books during the summer and this is just that. Then I will for sure read book two, P.S. I Still Love You, and then I think the concluding book that JUST came out, Always and Forever, Lara Jean.

2. THIS SAVAGE SONG BY VICTORIA SCHWAB



If you don't know, I am completely and utterly obsessed with the Shades of Magic trilogy by Victoria/V.E. Schwab. And this book sounds super awesome and original! I know this post will be full of rambling, so here's the Goodreads link for it. Plus, the sequel (and concluding book, it's a duology) comes out in mid-June.

3. WE ARE THE ANTS BY SHAUN DAVID HUTCHINSON




I AM SO ASHAMED I STILL HAVE YET TO READ THIS BOOK. I NEED TO READ IT NOW. Guys this is just so hyped up and it sounds so good (if you somehow haven't heard of it - here's the Goodreads link).

4. GEORGIA PEACHES AND OTHER FORBIDDEN FRUIT BY JAYE ROBIN BROWN

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This book just sounds like the PERFECT summer read. I can just tell from the cover and the synopsis (again - Goodreads link) and the reviews that it is going to be super happy, feel-good, and just all around adorable.



Hope you enjoyed! Let me know in the comments some books you plan on getting to this summer! Thanks for reading! Bye!

Monday, May 1, 2017

The ANYTHING BUT BOOKS Tag!

Hey guys! I've seen this tag floating around the book community for a little while now, and I thought it looked fun. Here's the original tag! I hope you enjoy!

QUESTION 1: WHAT IS A CARTOON YOU LOVE?

Well, I don't watch cartoons, and I can't remember any that I really loved from when I was younger, so I'm going to have to skip this one.

QUESTION 2: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG AT THE MOMENT?

I just saw Wicked the other day (and it was SO AMAZING!) so I could basically go with any song from that, but if I had to choose, it would be Defying Gravity. Like I am so obsessed that song. Holy crap.

QUESTION 3: WHAT COULD YOU DO FOR HOURS (THAT ISN'T READING)?

This is a bit of a boring answer, but BINGE WATCH NETFLIX. I could watch Netflix for hours on end and almost DEFINITELY I wouldn't get sick of it. I just love it so much.

QUESTION 4: WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOUR FOLLOWERS WOULD BE SURPRISED BY?

Hmm. This one is kinda hard to answer, because there's honestly not much interesting facts about me. I can touch my nose with my tongue? Does that count? Am I just not putting enough effort into this???

QUESTION 5: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE UNNECESSARILY SPECIFIC THING TO LEARN ABOUT?

Again, this is really hard for me to answer, because I'm one of those people that just looks up everything. But one that is just super interesting for me is conspiracy theories. I know almost all of them aren't true, but they're still just so fun too read about (and also scary sometimes)!

QUESTION 6: WHAT IS SOMETHING UNUSUAL THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO DO?

Ugh I am so bad at this tag. I don't know how to do anything unusual. :p

7. NAME SOMETHING YOU MADE IN THE LAST YEAR.

Well, I'm not exactly a crafty person, but I did help make centerpieces for my brother's wedding (now I feel like Molly Peskin-Suso).

8. WHAT IS YOUR MOST RECENT PERSONAL PROJECT?

Definitely writing my own book! I haven't written very much of it but I try to write at least 2k words per day.

9. TELL US SOMETHING YOU THINK ABOUT OFTEN.

This is kind of a tie-in to my last answer, but eventually PUBLISHING my book! I know that it's going to be a pretty long time before that happens, but I still like to imagine it.

10. GIVE US SOMETHING THAT'S YOUR FAVORITE.

Organizing.

11. SAY THE FIRST THING THAT POPS INTO YOUR HEAD.

Bamboozled.


Thanks for reading! I tag all of you! Bye!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Geekerella by Ashley Poston | Spoiler-Free Review

Hey guys! Today, I'll be doing the first review on my blog, Geekerella by Ashley Poston!

Before I get into the review, I just want to quickly explain HOW I'll be doing my reviews, both in this one and in future ones:

  • Picture of book
  • Rating
  • Synopsis
  • Talk more about the three main parts of a book: plot, writing, and characters
  • And maybe some rambling at the end XD




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Rating: 4.25/5 stars


SYNOPSIS

Geekerella is a fandom-inspired retelling of Cinderella, following geek girl Elle Wittimer who practically breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi show she grew up watching with her (late) father. She soon sees a cosplay contest for the new Starfield reboot movie, and she feels she has to enter. The prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor for the Federation Prince Carmindor, Darien Freeman. With her dad's old costume she finds in the attic and savings from working at the Magic Pumpkin food truck, she's determined to win - unless the twins get there first.

Darien Freeman, teen actor, used to go to cons whenever he could - before he was famous. Now all he does there is sign autographs and stand around at awkward meet-and-greets. He's over the moon about playing Carmindor, but just about the entire Starfield fandom has put him off as just another stupid heartthrob. The more ExcelsiCon comes nearer, the more Darien feels like a fake - until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

YES I KNOW. THE LAST PART SOUNDS CRINGEY. BUT IT'S REALLY GOOD OK.


PLOT

I looooooved the plot in this one! I think it handled the original Cinderella story super well, while also adding fandom into it in the best way possible! One aspect kind of gave me You've Got Mail vibes, which was a-okay with me. Also, I felt like it never dragged and I read this book SO quickly. As soon as I started it, I was hooked (but then The Upside of Unrequited came out in the middle of when I was reading it so had to put it down for a little bit lol)

WRITING

I really enjoyed the writing, because it actually seemed like a teenager was talking to you and not a thirty-year-old, which it was meant to be like. But at the same time, there were a few times throughout the book that the writing just fell kind of flat for me. It just randomly got sort of bland, so I wasn't the biggest fan of that.

CHARACTERS

Guys. I. Love. The. Characters. So. Fucking. Much.
Now, please excuse my screaming about them:
OMG THE ROMANCE WAS SO CUTE AND ELLE AND SAGE'S FRIENDSHIP IS LIKE MY FAVORITE FUCKING THING IN THE UNIVERSE AND HOW IS THIS AUTHOR SO GOOD AT WRITING CHARACTERS LIKE I WANT TO HUG THEM FOR HOURS BUT ALSO PUNCH THE TWINS AND CATHERINE IN THE FACE.
*Wipes sweat off forehead*
So yeah.
I kinda sorta adore the characters to death except for the twins and Catherine.
Maybe I should stop rambling.


So, that's it for now, guys! I really hope you enjoyed this very ramble-filled review. Maybe next time it'll be more "professional", but for now just lots of rambling XD. Tell me in the comments if you want to read this, or if you read this, and if so what'd you think of it? Thanks for reading! Bye!