August 31, 2014

Monthly Wrap Up: August 2014

Hi guys! It's Kaylie and today I'm here with our monthly wrap up for August. I'll be telling you about what's been going on this month! You'll be able to read about what's been happening the blog, the books I've read this month, and my blogging and reading goals for September.

In our Life: School's started! It's nice to be able to see all our friends of course, but then there's homework and tests and less reading and blogging time, so that's a downer. You can read our announcement post about this here.

On the Blog: We reached a thousand views this month, so whoo-hoo! No one said that we were gonna get popular *cue the Wicked music* super fast, but we're happy that we're slowly making progress.
We blogged quite a bit this month, as we didn't go back to school till the 19th, so here is a list of the posts we put up this month.

Blogging goal for September?
  • TO WRITE MORE REVIEWS.

On Reading: I completed 6 books. Unfortunately I am not a very fast reader so I didn't complete that many books, but in terms of pages and my standards, I think I did okay. I read a total of 2,338 pages.
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Favorite Book of the Month

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. This book did not disappoint. In fact, I think this might be one of my favorite books of the series so far. Even though the book was enormous, I was hooked on every single page. I loved the complexity of it, how it kept me guessing, and seeing how everything fell into place at the end. 

This month I did not finish two books, which isn't very typical with me. But anyways, the first book I DNF was Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. It wasn't that Isla was a bad book. The reason I never finished it was because I wasn't really in a romance-y, contemporary mood so I picked up Harry Potter and I can't stop! So in other words, I picked Harry over Isla. However, I do plan on reading the rest of it very soon and I'll probably put up a review when I'm done. The second book I didn't complete was Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling. It isn't a particularly big book, it's about a hundred pages or so. But as it was a "textbook", it wasn't nearly as fascinating as Harry Potter. I plan to read it in between books from now on because I feel like it isn't something that I need to be completely immersed in the world to read.

Reading Goal for September?
  •  Finish the rest of the Harry Potter books!

That's all that happened in August for us! How was your month?
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August 28, 2014

Why I Avoided Harry Potter for So Long


Hi guys! Today I decided I wanted to do something a little different. And if you couldn't already tell by the title, I am going to write a post about why I avoided reading Harry Potter for so long. The reason why I wanted to blog about this is because I've recently started reading the books (and I'm loving them!), but I'm also about the last person on earth who actually enjoys reading and hasn't read the entire series. And because I can feel all the Potterheads judging me through the computer screen, I feel like I need to justify myself a bit. So get comfy kids, I'm about to tell y'all a story.

So Once Upon a Time,

There was a little girl named Kaylie and she was in third grade. She did not enjoy reading at all and her mother had to force her to go to the bookstore. Kaylie didn't resist much, but she never really intended to read, or at least enjoy any of the books that they were going to buy. So off they went to a used bookstore downtown, for Kaylie's mother had heard so many great things about this "Harry Potter Book" and had hopes that it would spark the young child's interest in reading. But little did her mother know that in a few years time, it would be a YA novel that would kindle her daughter's passion for books. So for the time being, she bought a slightly weather-worn paperback of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for the little girl to read. 

Seven-year-old Kaylie reluctantly started to read the book with yellowing pages that smelled musty and made her sneeze. Kaylie did not like to read and found the book to be extremely boring. She did not enjoy the experience of shopping at Diagon Alley or the humor of Dudley growing a pig's tail that present Kaylie has come to love. Kaylie of Reading Past disliked it so much that she never even got the chance to board the Hogwarts express or meet Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. 

But fast forward about five years into the future, Kaylie who had come to love the fantasies built up with paper and ink, also know as books, had decided it was time. She would conquer the series that she had been so long avoiding- Harry Potter. Kaylie was skeptical because if she didn't like it when she was younger, maybe she still wouldn't enjoy it now, but then again, what would a seven-year-old who didn't even like to read know? However, there was still one thing that was holding her back- some of the books were HUMUNGOUS and Kaylie was easily daunted by big books sometimes. Also there were seven whole books in the series, so she was very scared to devote herself to such large and long books. But after a very long inward debate, Kaylie was certain that it would be a disgrace to book-lovers world wide if she didn't even try to read them. So thus, she began to rummage around for the ancient paperback.

For after what seemed like hours and hours, she finally found the poor, beaten book wedged in a magazine rack. Kaylie slowly eased it out and winced at it's condition; the spine was broken in several places, the corner of the cover was missing and there were several dog-eared pages. But nonetheless, she opened the book and began to read. She watched the magic unfurl in front of her eyes, page by page until she read the book from cover to cover. She closed the book. Then surround by the thoughts of Hogwarts and wizards, she wondered why she had waited so long… 

And to this day, Kaylie continues to see how the Harry's story unravels and is slowly working her way to complete the series that she was always destined to eventually read.

The End.

Okay guys! That's it for this post! Hope you enjoy the story and don't judge me so much for holding out on read the books for so long now. Comment below: what's one book or series that you avoided reading for a long time? And if you finally read it, did you actually end up enjoy it? Also, please no spoilers (because I've already heard plenty from my friends) for the rest of the HP books because I am still plowing through Goblet of Fire. Thank you!
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August 26, 2014

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's topic was the top ten books we really want to read but don't own yet. Sorry we didn't have a post for last week, but we weren't that interested in the topic and we started school that day, so pandemonium!
So today is going to be a solo TTT done my me [Kaylie]! Sorry if you're tried of my face- er- typing… I decided to do five books that have already been published and five that are going to be released later on.
1. Splintered by A.G. Howard. First of all, the cover is beautiful, so why wouldn't I want it on my shelves? Secondly, it's an Alice in Wonderland retelling and I LOVE RETELLINGS! The reviews are pretty good and the book itself sounds awesome!

2. Alienated by Melissa Landers. Aliens. Yes please! I haven't read any sci-fi in a while and I've heard some people rave about it on booktube (*cough* Sasha *cough*) and I'd really like to see how I like the book myself.

3. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. I've read quite a bit of buzz on this book on booktube as well, but judging simply by the title and cover, it doesn't seem like a book I'd pick up. However the synopsis sounded so epic. This girl runs away on her wedding day because she was betrothed to some prince. She takes refuge in a distant town and then two people show up, one is the prince she was supposed to marry and the other, the assassin sent to kill her. She doesn't know who's who, so there's a mystery aspect and there's romance and secrets and it sounds like a fun read.

4. Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan. Definite yes to buying this book (eventually). It has pictures, so having the physical copy would be much better, plus it was written by Rick Riordan and has Percy Jackson in it. 'Nuff said.

5. Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil. I've been wanting to read this book for a while because the synopsis sounded a bit like Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (which I adore) and just like something I'd enjoy reading in general. This book seems a bit under hyped but has been getting really good reviews on Goodreads. The reason I haven't read it yet is because I have yet to find a copy with the cover in the picture above. I love that cover because of the colors and I like graphical designs like that. However, the only one that seems to be available is the hardcover copy with this cover, which I like far less.

6. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. This one's obvious. But if it isn't, refer back to my commentary on book number 4.

7. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Mass. This one also shouldn't need an explanation. I love the Throne of Glass series and I'm excited to see what happens next (especially after what happened in the last book)! I'm a bit skeptical because this book hasn't been getting stellar reviews, but I'm going to read it anyway (no duh).

8. I Was Here by Gayle Forman. I highly enjoyed her If I Stay duology, but the synopsis for I Was Here seems really interesting and a lot darker and deeper. I have pretty high hopes for this one. (You can read a short excerpt front the book here).

9. In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken. I absolutely love The Darkest Minds so of course I need the conclusion!

10. Fairest by Marissa Meyer. I love the Lunar Chronicles as well, but I'm really excited for this one because I'd really like to learn more about Levana's character and who doesn't like a little prequel?

Okay, that's it for this post! What are some book you really want to read but don't own yet?


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August 23, 2014

21 Week Reading Challenge/Weekly Update #3

Hi guys! So these challenge updates have also kind of turned into my weekly updates/recaps as well, so I'm gonna tell you my reading challenge progress, how my reading's been going, and at the end of this post, we have a little announcement.

21 Week Reading Challenge:
So far I have completed 3 challenges. 
Challenge 11book to movie adaptation for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Challenge 18, part of a series for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Challenge 3, protagonist from a different country/set in a different country for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Books I've read this week:
Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Harry Potter and the Prisioner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Currently Reading:
Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling)
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

TBR for Next Week:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (For pleasure reading.)
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Completes Challenge #16, a book by an author you've never read anything else by.)

Okay, now time for the announcement. It's not extremely life changing or shocking or anything, so don't expect the worse. Here it is: Milli, Christina and I are packing up our bags and heading back to Hog-*cough* I mean muggle school. But since we'll be more occupied with our studies, we might not be able to post as often, maybe only weekly or biweekly. So thank you to all our readers who keep on visiting this blog or even subscribe with email and take the time to read our posts, even if we might not put one up for a while or have the weekly memes posted on time because it means the world to us. :)


I hope you guys all have a wonderful week and your reading's going well, comment below the answer to this question: When do you go back to school/college or when does your summer vacation end? I'll try to get another post up soon, but until then!

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August 18, 2014

Mini Review/Discussion: Fire with Fire


Book Title: Fire with Fire
Author(s): Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Pages: 517
Published: August 13, 2013 by Simon & Schuster
Series: Burn for Burn #2
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**Do not read synopsis if you have not read book one, Burn for Burn**

Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.

Not even close.

For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there ever was a pact. But it’s not easy, not when Reeve is still a total jerk and Rennie’s meaner than she ever was before.

And then there’s sweet little Mary…she knows there’s something seriously wrong with her. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure that someone will get hurt even worse than Reeve was. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, burn for a burn. A broken heart for a broken heart. The girls are up to the task. They’ll make Reeve fall in love with Lillia and then they will crush him. It’s the only way he’ll learn.

It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn…

My Thoughts/Discussion: 

Fire with Fire was even better than Burn for Burn in my opinion. I loved the authors still kept the revenge aspect, but it wasn't the only focus.This book was so much more complex. There was romance, there was revenge, there were plot twists and paranormal aspects! During the entire book I was on the edge of my seat (or bed, rather). It was intense, exciting and had quick pacing. I still love all the characters and I'm happy that I got to learn a bit more about some of them. The ending was just mind-blowing and I'm really excited to see what happens in Ashes to Ashes. I love this series because it keeps you guessing, it's entertaining, and it gives you all the feels. That only down side about this book though, is that some parts of it were a bit confusing to me.


**WARNING: THE FOLLOWING WILL HAVE SPOILERS FOR BOOKS ONE AND TWO IN THE BURN FOR BURN TRILOGY**

I wanted to do a discussion about this book to interact more with you guys and to share my thoughts and predictions because this book is just… Well, this gif is the perfect visual representation of what I'm am feeling:


The first thing I want to talk about: Mary. I know everyone is wondering about this. As soon as I finished this book, so many questions flooded my brain. This was main part that confused me- Mary not being completely alive. From what I can understand is that Mary died the day she hanged herself. But Lillia, Kat, and Bette can see her for some unknown reason, however, anyone can see her on Halloween because "on Halloween the line between the living and dead is blurred." How did she go so many years without knowing she wasn't alive? How did Mary's father die (I'm wondering this because the of the discussion Bette and Mary's mother had before they left)? If Mary was really dead, what was happening in reality? Another part that I didn't really understand was after the car crash- why couldn't Kat and Lillia see Mary anymore? In the haunted maze, when Reeve told Mary to eff herself, was there a reason for that? I think that if Mary really died, Reeve would have know about it. Did seeing her spook him out? Did he think it was a prank or a joke of some sort? The whole concept of Mary being dead greatly confuses me and I hope to get some more disclosure in Ashes to Ashes. Tell me your thoughts on Mary's situation in the comments below!

Second thing: Reeve. I know that some people completely melted for Reeve in this book. To find out that he really cares about Lillia and his friends, so heart-warming, right? I'm still not completely sold on Reeve. The fact that it takes him eternity to admit his feelings for Lillia and make their relationship public kind of irritated me. In my opinion, this made him seem like he was cheating on Rennie. I guess it was nice to see some emotion out of him rather than just being the vain and cocky jock. But, I still don't really forgive him for the way he treated Mary.

Third thing: Rennie and her death. Here's the thing: I was spoiled. I was adding Ashes to Ashes to my to-read-list on Goodreads and I saw the words "After Rennie's death," literally in the second sentence of the synopsis. My hunch was that maybe she'd commit suicide or something after finding out that Reeve chose Lillia over her, but I was WAY off. I didn't mourn for Rennie the same way I would have normally. I never really like her, but I'm shocked to see her go, all the same. I'm curious to see how her death contributes to the plot of the next book. Any predictions?

Okay, that's it for now! Tell me your thoughts, opinions, and predictions on Fire with Fire in the comments below!  
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August 17, 2014

30 (Random) Facts About Us

Hi guys! We decided we just wanted to do something bit different for fun, that wasn't book related. So, we are going to do a 30 random facts (ten facts each) about us post so you get to know us a little bit better. Hope you enjoy! :)

Kaylie:
1. My favorite ice cream flavor is cookie-dough.
2. I dislike seafood.
3. Whenever I read a book where the characters consecutively say okay, my brain automatically thinks that it's a reference to TFIOS.
4. My favorite school subject usually depends on my teacher.
5. The book that got me really into reading and the YA genre was Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (who came to my school and I got to meet!).
6. My favorite colors are blue and greens, but more specifically teal and lime green. (Hence some of the blog theme colors)
7. I love Nutella and Cheddar Goldfish crackers (but not together)!
8. My birthday is in November.
9. I love animated and Disney movies!
10. One of my favorite candies is Sour Patch Watermelons!


Milli:
1. My favorite candy is toffee
2. I'm allergic to most fruits :(
3. My favorite subjects in school are History and French.
4. I prefer Isaac to Gus (The Fault in Our Stars)
5. I prefer Gale to Peeta (The Hunger Games)
6. I prefer Simon to Jace (The Mortal Instruments)
7. I want to get a college degree in Law.
8. I was born in Chicago and moved to the West Coast.
9. After taking the Divergent Factions Quiz, I was selected into Candor :(
10. If I could have have any superpower, I'd want to be able to talk to animals!

Christina:
1. I have a pet goldfish, and his name is Squirt.  I've had him since the beginning of fourth grade, so he's, what, five years old (I didn't think too hard about the math ^_^)?  Thus, taking the meager lifespan of the average goldfish into account, he is probably immortal.  
2. Manatees are the best animals in the entire universe.  With maybe the exception of llamas, cats, and ewoks. 
3. I am a notoriously bad speller.  Though not as bad as I used to be, I'm still pretty bad.  I also have extremely big and messy handwriting (I apologize to all my teachers).  Thank goodness for keyboards and spellcheck!
4. I'm not scared of snakes.
5. Even after living in the same house for the entirety of my thirteen years of life, I can't remember which side of the drawer has the spoons, and which side has the forks.
6. Usually I have the normal, forget-it-after-a-few-minutes dreams, but every once and a while I have these extremely complex and vivid dreams that I remember for a really, really long time.
7. If the apocalypse occurred while I was reading, I wouldn't look up until I reached a good stopping point in my book.  I wish this was an exaggeration.  If you get to know me, you'll quickly realize that you cannot have anything close to a conversation with me while I'm reading.  
8. I have never had a coke or any kind of caffeinated beverage before.  I don't plan to, either.  I'm already addicted to Harry Potter, X-men, Star Trek, and Sherlock.  I don't need to add soda or coffee to that list.
9. I put two spaces after every period automatically.  I was surprised when I found out that not everybody does this.  
10. If I could have any superpower, it would probably be shapeshifting.  I would turn into a manatee, and be happy because I would be one of the best things ever.


Thanks for Reading! Tell us some random facts about you in the comments!

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August 16, 2014

Mini Book Haul (2)

Hi guys! Guess what? I has more books. *laughs manically* Yay! I have three books to show you today, so this is gonna be a relatively short post.

The first book I bought was part of the Amazon order from my previous haul but was shipped separately. That book was Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. This is the first book in another dystopian trilogy, which I will probably marathon once I get the rest of the books. I've heard quite a bit of hype around this book and it has pretty good reviews on Goodreads as well.

The second book in my haul is Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle. This is an ARC that comes out January 2015.  However, this book has already been released as Vivian Apple Versus the Apocalypse, in the U.K. last year. I don't really like it when the name of a book is changed because it's very confusing to me. But anyways, this book is apparently another dystopian novel, even though the cover looks very contemporary-ish. This novel takes place in an alternate USA run by an all powerful, but sinister Church that's destroying lives. That's all I'm going to say because sometimes people like to go into book without knowing anything, but if you want to read more, click here to see the Goodreads page.

The third and most exciting book, in my opinion, is Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins! A lot of you probably already know what this book is about because of all the buzz on Booktube and the blogosphere. But, I wanted to show you guys some pictures because if you pre-ordered your copy from an independent bookstore (which I did), you get some awesome swag (read the post about it from Stephanie's blog here)! So, I got a SIGNED copy of Isla (It took me eternity to get the freaking "Signed Copy!" sticker off), some buttons, sticker decals, and I was lucky enough to get a tote bag as well!
Ze Signature of Awesomeness and Ze Adorable Stickers
Ze Tote Bag of Epicness Plus Ze Cutest Pins

That's it for this haul! What did you guys buy this week?
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August 15, 2014

Who Would Survive the Games? (1)


In the Arena, there are only four tributes left. Who will win the Hunger Games? 

Who Would Survive the Hunger Games? is an original meme created by When the Words End, where we take four fictional characters that all have something in common (ex: having powers, being mundane, etc.) and put them into the Games, as the last four standing tributes. Then we hypothesize how they got there and how they would have reacted in the Games. After that, we calculate the odds of them surviving and choose a winner.


Theme:
The Mundies and Muggles
(Humans without Powers)

The Tributes:
Cassie from The Fifth Wave
Christina from Divergent
Zuzanna from Daughter of Smoke and Bone
June from Legend

Training Score (Out of 12):
Cassie- Seven
Christina- Six
Zuzanna- Five
June- Seven
"First they show a photo of the tribute, then flash their score below it. The Career Tributes naturally get in the eight-to-ten range. Most of the other players average a five." - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Arena:
The Arena is set up like a clock. The 12 to 1 wedge has a tall tree that gets hit by lightning during the twelfth hour. The other sections contain different horrors that attack each hour. The horrors consist of carnivorous monkeys, giant tidal waves, poisonous fog, blood rain, and Jabberjays made to scream like the tributes' friends and family.
"A clock. I can almost see the hands ticking around the twelve-sectioned face of the arena. Each hour begins a new horror, a new Gamemaker weapon, and ends the previous. Lightning, blood rain, fog, monkeys — those are the first four hours on the clock. And at ten, the wave." -Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Cornucopia:
I think that Christina would go for the weapons, most likely the knives because of her experience with throwing them during Dauntless initiation and Cassie would probably enter the blood bath, too. June would be more logical and grab the nearest backpack then get as far away from the other tributes as possible. I think that Zuzanna would do the same.
 "Sixty seconds to take in the ring of tributes all equidistant from the Cornucopia, a giant golden horn shaped like a cone with a curved tail, the mouth of which is at least twenty feet high, spilling over with the things that will give us life here in the arena. Food, containers of water, weapons, medicine, garments, fire starters. Strewn around the Cornucopia are other supplies, their value decreasing the farther they are from the horn." -The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Alliances:
I think that Christina and Zuzanna would make allies first because they are good at making friends. 
Christina might enter a Career group because of her knife-throwing skills.  June and Cassie would probably stay by themselves because they aren't very trusting. They both can also survive fairly well without anyone's help. However, all four girls rely heavily on supplies so they might need an ally who knows how to hunt and gather.
"Often alliances are formed in the early stages of the Games. The strong band together to hunt down the weak then, when the tension becomes too great, begin to turn on one another." -The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Shelter:
I think the only tribute here to figure out the clock would be June because she is the smartest of the bunch. She would have a plan similar to Beetee's or she might find a way to use force-filed to her advantage. Zuzanna and Christina would probably stay in one place until something/someone gets too close for comfort. Cassie would hide close to the Cornucopia because she'd want to stay closer to the supplies. She is also very good at physical combat, which is useful in case other tributes try to steal from the Cornucopia.

Sponsors:
Since June and Cassie got the highest scores out of the four, they would get the most sponsors. Christina and Zuzanna might get a gift or two by using their charm at the interviews.

Feasts:
This really depends on what they have at the feast, like whether it typical food or something like in The Hunger Games, where it was something they all desperately needed. It also depends on the number of tributes left because that could be taken into account as well. But I think that if it was food, June, Christina and Zuzanna would probably take their chances because none of them have any experience with hunting or gathering food and aren't used to being hungry. Cassie, however would probably still be able to live off supplies from the Cornucopia because she'd hide and attack whoever would try to take shelter there. During the feast, she would just hide nearby and watch the action.
"For the most part, the only communication the tributes get from outside the arena is the nightly death toll. But occasionally, there will be trumpets followed by an announcement. Usually, this will be a call to a feast. When food is scarce, the Gamemakers will invite the players to a banquet, somewhere known to all like the Cornucopia, as an inducement to gather and fight." -The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Winner:
The Winner of The Hunger Games is…

June Iparis!

June would win because she's skilled in combat and is intelligent. Christina is strong but not always the smarted and Zuzanna doesn't have a lot of defensive training. Cassie is strong but she depends heavily on supplies. So ultimately, June would win.

Who do you think would survive The Hunger Games? Comment theme or characters suggestions for the next Games and tell us your opinions and thoughts! Let us know what you think about the new feature, as well! May the odds be ever in your favor,
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August 14, 2014

21 Week Reading Challenge Update #2


Hi guys! So this week, I was planning to read Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger and unfortunately I could not finish it. I got really bored and decided that I shouldn't waste my time when there are so many other good and interesting books to read. So instead, I ended up reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, which counts for a book that's part of a series (challenge #18). I finished the first book the week before and then just had to pick up the sequel. I hope to marathon the rest of the books very soon. Next week I plan to read either Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian or We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. If you have any preferences for which book I should read first comment down below! How's your reading going? If you'd like to read more about the 21 Week Reading Challenge, here are some of my previous post and updates about it. If you want to, feel free to participate in the challenge and comment below if you are! Spread the word!
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August 12, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: To Read or Not to Read?

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's topic was top ten books you're not sure if you want to read. Whether it'd be a book you've bought but aren't that interested in anymore or books that seemed interesting but had bad reviews. Just books that you're skeptical about reading for various reasons. So, here are the top ten books that we're not sure about reading.

Kaylie's Picks:
1. Crewel I received as a birthday present last year and the reviews are only meh, so I'm a bit skeptical about reading it when there are books with reviews that are awesome to be read. Plus, it's part of a trilogy and I'm not sure if I want to commit.

2. I acquired an ARC of Anatomy of a Misfit from my local bookstore and I was kind of intrigued, but did know a lot about it because I wanted to go into it without know anything. I read the first couple chapters and wasn't that impressed. Then I saw a couple meh reviews saying this book deals with slut shaming and I don't really enjoy books with that topic, so I'm not sure if I plan to read it.

3. No One Else Can Have You is another ARC I owned, but got after the release date. The reviews are only okay, so I'm not sure if this book is at the top of my TBR.

4. The Nine Lives of Chloe King. I bought this book because I needed one for vacation, so I packed it with me along with about three other books. I never started it on that trip so I just left it on my bookshelf and then my friends saw it. They said that they tried reading it but didn't like it or one of their friends didn't like or they watched the show and it seemed kind of bad or inappropriate  So, I checked the Goodreads ratings and they were only okay. I trust my friends' (and Goodreads') opinions so I'm pretty sure I'm not going to read this book.

Milli's Picks:
5. I found the plot of The Lovely Bones intriguing. A young girl gets raped and killed. Once she arrives in Heaven, she tries sending messages to her family about who the murderer was. The reviews on Goodreads were mostly okay though this book receives a lot of attention. I also read a bit of it and the main character seems strangely okay with getting murdered and raped.

6. Anna and the French Kiss is a book that I've been thinking about reading some time now because it's been getting a lot of positive reviews from Kaylie and the general public. However, I feel self conscious about reading romance novels in public. Also, romance isn't really my thing so I may or may read it.

7. The reason I'm hesitant about reading Dreams of Gods and Monsters is because the first two books in the trilogy were very confusing to me and I don't want to start the last book without knowing what's going on.


Christina's Picks

8. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.  I am quite suspicious of this book.  I mean, come on, what were they thinking when they designed the cover?  Did they think that a shirtless male torso with tattoos would attract all the YA readers?  It kind of had the opposite effect on me, and made me actually take the book off the shelf and then put it back.
Now, though, after hearing glowing reviews of the book from my friends and the general public, I've looked into it a little more.  I'm still debating, though, for it's gotten very mixed reviews (the shirtless male torso isn't helping much, either).

9. W.A.R.P: The Reluctant Assassin by Eion Colfer.  I actually did start reading this book, and got about two thirds of the way through it before I went to the library again and started a bunch of other books.  It's really not a bad book at all, with a bad*** heroine and a cockney-accented thief from the past.  However, regardless of great characters, this book is violent.  Like, I'm talking vivid descriptions of blood and guts, multiple times.  
So, when the option to read a different book arose, I put W.A.R.P: The Reluctant Assassin in the corner for a time out.  It may or may not ever come out of it.  

10. Storm Theif by Chris Wooding.  I grabbed this book of the shelf because it looked so awesome.  A city where storms change everything, from streets to buildings to the inhabitants of the town themselves.  But when I started reading it, I just wasn't sucked in.  I hope that will change, but for now I'm putting this book on hold until a later time.  

That's it for this post! Feel free to share the books you're not sure about reading and your thoughts! Are there any reasons why we should or shouldn't pick up/continue these books? Comment down below!
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August 11, 2014

Book Haul #1

Hi Guys! So I normally don't do book hauls, but I had some money saved up and decided to go on a shopping spree because I'll probably not be able to the bookstore as much when school starts, so here are the books I bought!

 From top to bottom: 
A box set of The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan (Including The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire, and The Serpent's Shadow). I bought this to tide me over until The Blood of Olympus comes out and I'm looking forward to read more of Rick Riordan's work!

A box set of  The Hogwarts Library by J.K. Rowling (Including Quidditch Though the Ages, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard). For those of you who don't know, I just recently started Harry Potter. I'm planning to buy the box set with the new covers from Amazon when I save up some more money, but I was at the bookstore and couldn't resist buying anything, so I got this!

I am Number Four: The Lost Files: Hidden Enemy by Pittacus Lore. I actually just found out about Full Fathom Five (If you don't know what that is, here's a good blog post I found about it), so I'm a little bit skeptical about reading this book. However I already bought it and quite like the series, so I'm not sure how that's gonna go. :(

Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I recently finished Gayle Forman's If I Stay duology in preparation for the movie and really liked it so I wanted to check out some of her other books.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. I've already read Morgan Matson's other two books, Since You've Been Gone and Amy and Roger's Epic Detour and loved them both, so I had to buy this one and I have high expectations!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I've been meaning to pick this book up for a while because there has been so much hype around this book in the blogosphere and Booktube. Plus, the fact that you're supposed to go into not knowing anything about it interested me and I've heard there's a surprising plot twist at the end!

Winger by Andrew Smith. I've heard about this book a bit on Booktube, but I don't know much about it aside from the fact that it takes place in a boarding school and the main charter is bullied and plays rugby *shrug*. But, it had pretty good reviews on Goodreads and I trust my Booktubers!

Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. I read the first book in this trilogy about a month ago on Pulseit, a website from Simon and Schuster where you can read free YA books. The premise interested me (revenge revenge revenge!), so when I saw it on the website I decided to read it. I finished it in a day and it was exciting and that ending- gah! I just had to pick up the second book. (However I accidentally saw a spoiler in the Ashes to Ashes synopsis while adding it to my to-read shelf on Goodreads, so if you plan to read Fire with Fire stay away from that!)

All of these books I bought on Amazon aside from the Hogwarts Library box set, which I bought at Barnes and Noble. Have you heard of these books and which should I read first? I'd love to see you thought and opinions! I never really know how to end my post… so… bye!
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August 8, 2014

21 Week Reading Challenge Update #1

For those of you who don't know, I am participating in the 21 Week Reading Challenge with Soumya from Not Your Average Fangirl. If you're curious about this reading challenge I'll link you to my pervious posts (here's the announcement and the list of themes) about it.  I'll do my best to post weekly updates through out the challenge. This week I am FINALLY reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling after about a bajillion years. This book completes a bunch of different themes, but I am going to count it as a book that's a book to movie adaptation, which is challenge #11. I'm not restricting myself to the exact order of the challenges, so I'll have more reading choices. Next week I'm going to try to continue and finish Etiquette and Esiponage by Gail Carriger. This book technically qualifies for a book with spies (challenge #2), I believe, even thought it isn't the main genre, which is steampunk. How's you're reading going? Feel free to link me to your updates and posts in the comments so I can check it out! Spread the word!



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August 7, 2014

21 Week Reading Challenge Q and A

**The 22 Week Challenge Reading Challenge has become the 21 Week Reading Challenge, because we needed an extra week to sort some things out.**


I did a really short Q and A with Soumya from Not Your Average Fangirl, so if you're curious about the 21 week reading challenge, keep reading! Also included in this post will be the list of challenges you need to complete.

Q: What is the 21 week reading Challenge?
A: The 21 week challenge is a reading challenge where we'll read a different themed book each week. It's definitely not easy, but it's fun and a good way to expand the genres and types of books you read.

Q: What are the rules?
A: There are no rules except that out of 21 challenges, you have to pick one to complete each week, and read the book that fits the theme. Feel free to comment and tell us what you read or create blog posts and updates, but remember to link back to us!

Q: What are the challenges?
A: 
The challenges are as follows: 
1. A book about music
2. A book with or about spies
3. Protagonist from a different country/set in a different country
4. Author's name starts from the same letter as yours
5. A Protagonist that's handicapped
6. Book about a Road Trip!
7. Book with a beautiful cover
8. Book you wish you could rename
9. Re read something you read in elementary or middle school
10. A classic
11. Book to movie adaptation
12. Paranormal
13. Freebie (Anything you want)
14. Novella or Short Story (I suggest this one for midterms week)
15. A book with or about a quest
16. A book by an author you've never read anything else by
17. Part of a trilogy
18. Part of a series
19. Something one of your parents read when they were younger
20. Hardships and struggling
21. Book who has a character that's similar to you

Don't feel pressured to complete every single challenge. Feel free to take a break, if you need to! I'll link you back to my first post if you're interested in the 21 week reading challenge or want to read more about it. If you have any questions or want to participate, comment down below! Spread the word!
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August 5, 2014

Top Ten Books We Recommend to People Who Haven't Read…

Hi guys! So Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish and the topic for this week was top ten books you'd recommend to someone who hasn't read a certain genre. So we decided to tackle three different genres, my pick was Fantasy, Christina's was Dragon books and Milli's was Historical Fiction!
So without further ado, here are our recommendations!

Kaylie's (Fantasy) Recs

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. This is one of my favorite series because it has awesome writing and a kick butt assassin as the protagonist!

  

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. What I love about this trilogy is that it has such a great world and quite a bit of action and some pretty epic battle scenes.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor. Another one of my favorite trilogies, these books have beautiful writing and amazing, unique characters. However, the world takes so getting used to, so you need to keep on pushing through the book because it gets better.

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. I recommend this book for people who want a more light-hearted, humorous fantasy because the writing has a little bit more of a contemporary feel and it isn't hard core high fantasy. 

Milli's (Historical Fiction) Recs

The Help. by Kathryn Stockett. This book is set during the Civil Rights Movement. I chose this book because of the interesting plot, the writing in dialect, and the unique cast of characters.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne. This book is set during the Holocaust. I chose this book because of the heavy subject matter, the theme of friendship, and the naivety of the main character. 

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.  This is another Holocaust book. I chose this The Book Thief because of the unique plot, the lovable characters, and the wonderful narration.

Christina's (Dragon) Recs 

The Eragon trilogy, by Christopher Paolini.  This is a fantastic series of high fantasy books about a boy named Eragon and a dragon named Saphira.  I love the unique and unforgettable characters, the complex and gripping plot, and the absolutely incredible world the books are set in.  

Dragon's Keep, by Janet Lee Carey.  This book may seem cliche, with the whole kingdom-threatened-by-a-dragon thing, but. This. Book. Is. Amazing.  With a part-dragon princess struggling to hide her dangerous secret, her mother, a queen who will go to any lengths to ensure her daughter's place on the throne, and a few unlikely friends that come and go along the way, this book is a good one.  

The Hobbit, by J.R.R Tolkien.  If you're like me, the sheer size of The Lord of The Rings trilogy scared you off.  You'll get around to reading them, but right now, you'd like something a little faster-paced.  With its memorable characters, exciting plot, and, of course, epic dragon, this book is bound to be one you'll love. 
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