Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tag Thursday - The Summer Book Tag

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Tag Thursday post! This week I decided to do The Summer Book Tag. This tag was created by misskaelyn on YouTube. You can check out her video here.



Basically, there is a set of questions and you select a book that goes along with that question.


1. What book cover makes you think of summer?

For me, the cover of Ask the Passengers by A.S. King makes me think of summer. The way the sun is reflecting in the photo and the colours just remind me of a warm summer night.


















2. What book has brightened your day?

I know that Jesse Andrews' book deals with a "dying girl" as shown in the Me and Earl and the Dying Girl title, but it was just a funny, witty book that cheered me up. The book is written as though the main character wrote it and it was a refreshing change of pace that helped this book make me feel better.

















3. Find a book cover with yellow on it.

Ta-da! Yellow! I have a few books with yellow on the cover, but I thought I would pick Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler because this book just doesn't get the recognition it deserves. It was a great book that I read not too long ago and really enjoyed.


















4. What is your favorite summer beach read?

This was a tough one. I don't really do much beach reading, so I just picked a book that I enjoyed and thought wasn't too heavy. I don't own many lighthearted contemporaries, but I did really enjoy Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King and thought it would be a good book to read again and again.

















5. What action book had you running for the ice cream man? 

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins is just a great book. I mean first of all the cover is gorgeous. Second of all, the story is so action packed and full of plot twists. It is still a contemporary while still being full of action and some sci-fi/mythological elements.

















6. Like a sunburn, what book has left you with a bad and/or painful ending?

Ok, Rainbow, you got some 'splaining to do! I adore  Eleanor and Park but that ending? COME ON! It wasn't that it was a bad book, it just didn't pull things together and is kind of a cliff hanger. There are some rumours going around that she is writing a sequel though, so I guess I can wait for that...
















7. Like a sunset, what book gave you the happiest feelings when it ended?

I cannot tell you anything about the ending without spoiling the entire book. All I can say is read Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto and you will understand!



















8. What is one book or series you hope to read this summer?

I read Cinder by Marissa Meyer a while ago and really enjoyed it. I would love to get my hands on Scarlet and Cress before Fairest and Winter come out!


















There you have it! The Summer Book Tag! See you next week for another Tag Thursday!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Top 5 Wednesday - Books That Made Me Cry

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Top 5 Wednesday! If you want to check it out, you can go to the Goodreads group and read more about it.

This weeks topic is the top 5 books that made you cry.

Ok, I have a confession to make.

I have never once cried in a book.


That's right, not even once!


I don't know if that is an accomplishment or not, but frankly, I am not really a crier. So, I guess this week will be "top 5 books that ALMOST made me cry/made me feel emotional"

Let's get started then...

5. Mockingjay


Ok, before you mock, (ha, get it mock, mockingjay, no, okay...) no I did not cry during Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I came pretty close though. Especially that ending. I was an emotional basket case. You have to know though, that this was my first dystopian and the final book not only ended my love of the trilogy, but also a new chapter of my life in the dystopian genre. Too cheesy? Too bad!













4. Thirteen Reasons Why


I read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher over a year ago, and I don't really remember all of the book, but I do remember being so moved by the storyline. I have been obsessed with mental health for a few years now, and in the wake of the "Positive Mental Health Movement" over the past couple of years, this book struck a chord that I cannot ignore. I actually just bought myself an actual copy, because I had taken it out of my school library originally. I didn't cry, but this book has made me feel something that I cannot forget.












3. The Fault in Our Stars


I know, typical right? Wrong! Ok, I guess it is a little typical, but I didn't ball hysterically whilst reading TFiOS by John Green like every other human being on the planet. Now, I am not saying this book is not sad, its about two teens with cancer, its not going to be a fun book, but I just didn't feel the need to cry throughout. Although, I am not going to lie, I came close on that last page...












2. Allegiant


Allegiant by Veronica Roth is the final instalment in the Divergent Trilogy. I read this book within 2 days of receiving the preorder, and was thankfully, not spoiled on the ending. However, once I got to the ending, I felt a mix of emotions. I remember arguing with a friend about it, her saying that she hated Roth for choosing that as an ending, and I thought to myself, you know what, its a dystopian, futuristic society where everything isn't sunshine and lollipops. If an author wants to pick a non-fairytale ending to end a book that is about a horrible, corrupt society, than I am fine with that. I think it took a lot of guts for Roth to make that the ending, and I commend her for it. Now, if you haven't read it, and somehow, you haven't been spoiled, good for you! Go read it, NOW!






1. Eleanor and Park 


What can I even say about Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell? This has become my favourite book of all time, minus that terrible ending! How could you leave it like that? I have heard rumours of a sequel, so that helps. This book was such a whirlwind of emotions. Happy, sad, scared, exhilarated. Rainbow, I NEED to know what happens at the end! I didn't cry in this book, but man, I was seriously the closest I have ever been!












So there you have it! The Top 5 books that made me... emotional. See you next week for another T5W!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

TBR Tuesday - Slide by Jill Hathaway

Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday! Basically, this is where I tell you what I am reading, and how I am liking it.

Last night, I started Slide by Jill Hathaway and am around halfway done.

Here is the synopsis, so you get an idea of what the book is about"

Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth--her sister's friend Sophie didn't kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn't actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else's mind and experiences the world through that person's eyes. She's slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed "friend" when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie's slashed body.


Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can't bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting distant lately, especially now that she's been spending more time with Zane.


Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.


Like I said, I am around halfway done, and it is a little freaky. Its definitely for a more mature audience, the murder scene was pretty graphic. The book itself is well written and keep trying to guess who the murderer is. I think I know, but then again, there are multiple suspects.

But overall it is good so far. I also have the sequel Impostor to read once I finish.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Reviews - Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Hello everyone!

I am back with yet another Monday Reviews! I can kind of not believe that I have been able to keep this up for this long!

This week, I am reviewing Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. If you have been here for a while, you will know that I have become a little bit of a Rainbow Rowell fan! I read all of her books this year, including Eleanor and Park, Fangirl, Landline, and most recently, Attachments.

I really enjoyed Attachments. It was a smart, funny and beautifully crafted story about love, without being cliche or overbearing.

Before I get to my full review, a synopsis for those who are unfamiliar with the book.

"Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . "

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.


Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now- reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.


When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.


By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.


Overall, I thought that this book was really good! I loved the premise and how the story build up slowly. I loved the romance and the set up of the story. I liked the alternating chapters of Lincoln and his backstory, along with the emails with Jennifer and Beth. Because we don't actually get anything from Beth/Jennifer's POV, we learn everything about them through these emails. I think that this book solidified my love for Rainbow's writing style and I enjoyed the romance and the story line. It was cute and funny and witty.

I am only giving this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads because as much as I loved it, I didn't think that it was well ended. The book kind of just ended. I mean, it has a good ending, but I could have used an epilogue or something. Then again, I feel like Rainbow likes to leave us hanging when it comes to endings.





Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tag Thursday - Book Cake Tag

Hello everyone!

I am back again with another Tag Thursday! This week, I am doing the Book Cake Tag created by suddenlylorna over on YouTube. Go check out her original video here!

Okay, so onto the tag! Basically, you have a list of ingredients and you match a book to each ingredient to make your cake.

Flour

Alright so the first ingredient is self flour rising. This represents a book that started slow but got better  in the end. For me, I would say that the best book for this was Looking for Alaska by John Green. I thought that the "before" sections of this book were a little slow, but as you get closer to the "after" sections, it picks up and gets a lot better.

Butter

The next ingredient is butter. The book that represents butter is a book filled with richness, whether that be in the plot, characters, themes, etc. I think that this book would have to be Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. This book was just so well laid out and really well written. Rowell made the characters real and raw. It's just an overall well done book.

Eggs

Next up is the eggs. This is a book that you thought was going to be bad but turned out to be good. I think that this book would be We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I went into this book with a lot of hype, not expecting it to at all live up to the buzz but it was A.MAZ.ING! I didn't think this book was going to be terrible, but I just didn't think it would live up to the hype surrounding it.

Sugar

After the eggs, the next ingredient is sugar. This represents a book that was just sweet, and cute and adorable. I think that Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler best represents this book. Even though there are some really serious issues dealt with in this book, it has a really cute romance and I loved every minute of it.

Icing

What is a cake without icing? Because the icing covers the cake, this represents a book that covers a lot of elements you look for in a good book. I think that this book would have to be Divergent by Veronica Roth. I love a good dystopian, a love story, a bit of action and definitely some laughs.

Sprinkles

Once the cake is iced, it needs some sprinkles! The sprinkles represent a series that you can turn to to cheer you up. This was a little bit tricky for me, most, if not all of the series that I have are dystopians, and not a cheery contemporary. I think though that the Under the Never Sky Trilogy by Veronica Rossi is a really great dystopian trilogy that has plenty of great romances and swoon worthy lines.

Cherry

Finally, the cherry on top of the cake. This represents your favourite book you read so far in 2014. I think that this one is going to have to be Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Yes, I can totally use the same book for the butter and the cherry! Maybe my cake just has a stick of butter on top instead of a cherry! ;)

Ta-da! There is my book cake! I hope you enjoyed this post and I'll see you next week for another Tag Thursday!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Top 5 Wednesday - Books I Wish I Read Earlier

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Top 5 Wednesday! If you want to check it out, you can go to the Goodreads group and read more about it.

This weeks topic is top 5 books you wish you had read earlier. Right away, quite a few books come to mind. Let's get into the list!

5. Paper Towns

I remember that once I finished TFiOS by John Green a few years ago, I asked the friend who had recommended it to me if she had read any other John Green books and what she thought of them. She hadn't read anything else by him and to be perfectly honest, I hadn't loved TFiOS so I didn't see the need to run out and read Paper Towns or Looking for Alaska. A few years later, I finally picked up Paper Towns by John Green and LOVED it! I was kicking myself for not picking it up sooner.









4. Cinder

Cinder by Marissa Meyer is a book that I feel like most YA readers own. Maybe not read, but own. You can get it for cheap on Book Outlet and the premise is fairly intriguing. For me, this was a major cover buy. I wasn't too sure about the whole "fairy tale retelling" or "cyborg Cinderella" but once I finally picked it up, I found that it was actually really good, and that I wanted to pick up the next books in the series, Scarlet, Cress, and coming soon Winter.






3. Please Ignore Vera Dietz

This was another one that I saw a lot of Book Tubers having. I know that Ariel Bissett was a major factor in getting me to buy this book, she made it sound really good. I got it for a cheap price (again off of Book Outlet) and it just kind of sat on my shelf. I picked it up a few months ago and really enjoyed it. I am kind of in love with A.S. King's writing style and the element of magical realism. Since reading Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King, I have also read Everybody Sees the Ants and have purchased, but have yet to read Ask the Passengers.





2. The Legend Trilogy

This was that box set that I kept putting into my Indigo cart and then taking it out. I had wanted to get it for a long time, but I just never took the plunge and bought it. I am really not sure why. I loved all three books, Legend, Prodigy and Champion all by Marie Lu. I thought it was a different type of dystopian, different from the "big" dystopians, like The Hunger Games and The Divergent Trilogy. I don't want to say too much that will spoil it but if you have been debating reading it, take the plunge and read it.







1. Eleanor and Park

I bought Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell on April 5. April 5! I didn't read it until almost 2 months later, and I knew at around half way through the book, that I had been a fool to wait so long. It has become not only my favourite Rainbow Rowell book, but my all time favourite book. I really regretted not reading this book right when I got it. If you haven't read it, or any other of Rainbow's books, READ THEM! I can guarantee that you will not regret it!










So there you have it! The Top 5 books I wish I had read earlier. See you next week for another T5W!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TBR Tuesday - Graffiti Moon

Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday, where I share the book that I am currently reading, and if I am not reading anything, I pull one from my TBR Jar.



Today, I am reading Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley. I just actually started it last night, after finishing Side Effects May Vary by Julia Murphy, and I am 20 pages in.

So far I would say that it is okay, but again, I am only 20 pages in. Basically, it is about this girl who wants to meet this famous spray-painting artist, but he's always on the move, and she thinks that if she can meet him, he will fall for her.

I bought this book off of Book Outlet, and I thought it would be a funny, epic story, similar to John Green's Paper Towns.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Reviews - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week I am reviewing Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews which I am now going to call MAEATDG because that title is a hand cramp to type out.

I really enjoyed this book and how it wasn't your typical cancer story. The book was more focused on high school and social problems than it was cancer.

As usual, let's start with the synopsis:


Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.


Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.


And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.






This was a hilarious book. I posted about it on Instagram when I started reading it and many people told me I would be laugh throughout the book. Sure enough, page 1, yes, you read right, PAGE 1 I was laughing hysterically all the while getting bizarre looks from family members who saw me laughing at a book with the words "dying girl" in the title.

I loved how this book was written. It was as though  Greg, the main character, was actually writing it. He would also break up some of the heavier sections with script-speak (I have no clue what it is actually called, but it was written like a script) and I just thought it was really well written.

I also really liked how this wasn't your average lovey-dovey cancer romance story. I mean, the last and only other cancer book I read was TFiOS, so this was like the polar opposite. In the end, 
I took a star away because I felt like this book just didn't do it for me in the romance department. Now, I realize that Greg told us from the very beginning that it wasn't going to be a romance story and if that's what we were looking for, to look elsewhere, but part of me really wanted it to turn into a romance story. Maybe thats the unrealistic romance lover in me coming out.

Overall, this was a hilarious book that I highly recommend to everyone! Plus, that cover man! That cover!

I gave Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews a 4/5 stars on Goodreads.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tag Thursday - Book Buying Habits

Hello everyone!

I am back once again with another Tag Thursday! This week is my Book Buying Habits tag, created by Regular Reads, and as always, you can check out the original video here.



1. Where do you buy your books from? 
I buy most of my books online, either from Indigo or Amazon.ca and occasionally Book Outlet. Most of the time it is cheaper to buy books online than it is in stores, and I usually spend enough to get free shipping. I will occasionally go to a Chapters/Indigo physical store, but the nearest one is a good 30 minute drive from where I live.

2. Do you ever preorders book and if so do you do this in store or online?
I do preorder books, depending on the book. For example, Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth was on preorder as soon as I could get it, but if its some other book that I am interested in but don't necessarily need right when it comes out, I won't preorder it. I usually preorder online, but in the past I have preordered in stores, because I wasn't aware you could preorder online. Like I said in question 1, I live pretty far away from a bookstore so online preordering is easier.
3. On average, how many books do you buy a month?
This really depends on the month. One month I might buy 20 books and the next month 5. One month I might decide to tackle my TBR list and the next I might be getting the latest new releases. On average, I would say maybe 7 or 8 books a month.
4. Do you used your local library?
I actually just moved provinces and previously, in the province I used to live in I never used the library because it was inconvenient to get to. However, now that I am settled, I may pop into the library here because it is a lot easier to get to.
5. If so, how many books can you/do you borrow at a time?
N/A
6. What is your opinion on library books? 
I don't mind library books, I can see where they would be helpful, if you don't know if you will like a book or not and you don't want to commit to buying the actual book, but I just feel like I know my tastes, and I know what I will like and what I won't like. I usually buy my own books, occasionally checking one out in the school library or something, and for the most part, this method hasn't failed me yet.
7. How do you feel about charity shop/second hand books?
I think second hand books are great. As long as the book is in good condition and if it's a hardcover, it has the dust jacket, I am happy to buy second hand books. While I prefer that "new book smell" that comes along with a brand spanking new book, I would consider buying second hand books in person. I don't like buying used books online because I am afraid of what condition they might be in. 
8. Do you keep your read and TBR pile together/on the same book shelf or not? 
I was actually just deciding if I should rearrange my shelves to separate the TBR and the read books but as of right now they are mixed together. Because I don't have the biggest shelves at the moment, and I have too many books, it is a bit of a Jenga game to get them all on there, so I think I will leave it the way it is.
9. Do you plan to read all of the books that you own? 
Of course! Why would you buy a book if you are not going to read it!
10. What do you do with books that you own that you feel you will never read/felt you did not enjoy?
This is a tricky one. I have a few books that I read that weren't my favourite. I always finish books, no matter how much I dislike it and give every book I own a fair chance, so there are not really any unread books I don't want. As to what to do with them, I am thinking I might sell them. Many, if not all have only ever been read once so they are in pristine condition. 
11. Have you ever donated books?
Before moving, we had a garage sale to get rid of some stuff. I put some books I didn't want out and whatever didn't sell was donated, so I guess that would be a yes.
12. Have you ever been on a book buying ban? 
I am actually on one currently! I'm not doing very good at it though, I just bought a book this morning, but I was just replacing a paperback with a hard cover book to match the rest of the trilogy. That doesn't count as breaking the ban does it? No, I didn't think so!
13. Do you feel that you buy too many books?
When I look at my bookshelves, I think that I need to get a bigger shelf, but not that I have too many books. Then I look at my bank account balance and think I buy too many books!


There you have it! My Book Buying Habits! I hope you enjoyed and feel free to leave your responses in the comments section below!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Top 5 Wednesday - Cover Buys

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Top 5 Wednesday! If you want to check it out, you can go to the Goodreads group and read more about it.

This week's topic is top 5 cover buys, or books you bought based on the cover. Now, I try not to judge a book by its cover, but there are a few books that I just had to get because the cover intrigued me.

5. Cinder

Cinder by Marissa Meyer was one of those books  that had an amazing cover but I never really felt interested in the story. I had never read a fairy-tale retelling when I bought this book, but after reading it, I want to go out and get the other books.

It has such a gorgeous and simple cover. In person, it has an almost semi-gloss finish that is super smooth.





4. Rebel Belle

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins is a book I knew very little about, and if I am being perfectly honest, I didn't seem that interested in the story. 

However, I could not pass up the cover. It just had a unique styling with the dagger and the necklace. It really stood out to me. 

After reading it, I can confirm that it is a book that not only has a gorgeous cover, but also has an amazing story!








3. The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion was another book that I knew the general premise of, but I couldn't pass up the cover.

After reading this one, I can say that this book has a great cover, but a not so great story. I don't know if its because it is an adult fiction book or what but I had to force myself to finish this one.










2. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan was a weird book. I loved the cover, I thought the books were really cool and I loved the Sharpie writing look. Plus, the yellow parts GLOW IN THE DARK! How cool is that!?

Story wise though, I have not many good things to say. Again, I had to force myself to finish this one and I didn't really love it as much as I did the cover.








1. Don't Stop Now

I am going to say right now that I have no clue what Don't Stop Now by Julie Halpern is about. A road trip maybe? Its got the words 'friend' and 'or boyfriend?' on it so maybe its about a road trip with friends who become more than friends?

I have no clue but when I saw this book on Book Outlet, I just added it to the cart without even looking at what it was about.

Is that sad? I don't know but I love the cover!











Alright so there you have it! Another T5W down. See you next week for another T5W!