December 31, 2014

Bookish Bingo Wrap Up

Hey guys!
I started the Bookish Bingo challenge, and then I sort of abandoned it because it was stopping me from reading the books I wanted to. But, I wanted to finish the challenge. And today, December 31st, I did! You can totally tell I'm not a procrastinator or anything.

Just a reminder, this is what the board looks like:

So here are my mini reviews!

Horror- The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

I didn't like this book. Like, at all. I had to force myself through it. It was mostly the language. It was awkward, stiff, and unnaturally formal. I definitely will not be reading the sequels to this book.

Mystery- Closed For The Season by Mary Downing Hahn

I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. It was funny, realistic, and straight to the point, which made it a very refreshing read. It was a short and easy read, which I highly appreciated after a long, stifling English assignment.

Romance- Graceling by Kristen Cashore

I loved this book to bits and pieces. Non-literal bits and pieces. It had everything in it, action and adventure, romance, espionage, magical powers, and a kick-butt heroine. What more could you ask for? Seriously. Nothing more needed. Ever.

Native American MC- The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

This book was strange, to say the least. I have mixed reviews about it. I loved the illustrations and the plot, as well as the identity of the main character at times. What I didn't like so much was the humor, the identity of the main character at other times, and also basically all the other characters.

A Book That Was A Gift- Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

Over time, people have realized it's a bad idea to get me a book as a present, because I'll read it immediately and very fast, and then it'll just sit on my bookshelf. There's also the danger that I'll completely ignore the person who gave me the book, not even say thank you, and just start reading. Anyways, now that my tangent's done, what I mean to say is that I don't get very many books as gifts. So, for this challenge, I had to reread something. Which is okay, because I absolutely love this book! It's sweet, smart, funny, and overall just swoon-worthy.

Set In Autumn- Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani

I had such high expectations for this book. They weren't met. The writing was bad, and I felt like the plot was super flimsy. Also, the main character lacks identity. So does everyone else, except her mother, which I find ironic, since the whole book is about the main character's identity. This book was really disappointing.

Set In Space- The Restaurant At The End of The Universe by Douglas Adams

This book was kind of confusing, but so funny. SO funny. I don't think there was ever a page where I wasn't laughing. This book was great. It was light, hilarious, sarcastic, but still important, which I really appreciated and liked. Yay for this book! Okay, that was weird :)

A Book With A Creature On The Cover- The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

I finally got my hands on a copy of this book. I loved it so much. It was funny but full of tons of great action scenes. There was also just the teensiest bit of romance in it, which made the story a lot more realistic. Uh, well, as realistic as a book with magical stuff in it can be.

A Book That's A Fall/Winter Release- Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

This book was okay. It wasn't something I had to force myself to read but it wasn't engrossing either. The main thing I didn't like about this graphic novel was that the ending was highly unsatisfying. Other than that, I liked the plot line, and I felt like the main character was okay; she was sorta boring.

Historical- Pika-Don by The Stanford Graphic Novel Project

I really liked this book. It's a great graphic novel based off the true story of Tsutomo Yamaguchi. It combines faith, love, hope, desperation and courage into one heck of a powerful story that I devoured in one quick setting.

Reread- A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle.

Birds On The Cover- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I had to force myself to finish the story. A lot of the time I didn't understand what was happening, and I also felt like the romance was forced, untrue, and just part of the novel to make it more dramatic. I thought the character interactions were weak, and that there was very little positive interaction. Overall, this wasn't a book I enjoyed or would recommend.

Black Cover- Taken by Edward Bloor

Similarly to The Raven Boys, I had to force myself to finish the novel. It started out mildly interesting but only went downhill from there. There was no action or plot twists, just a straightforward tale told by a dislikable brat. I also didn't like the ending at all.

"Ice, Snow, Frost" In Title- Let it Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson

I really liked this book. The stories were captivating and funny, and they tied together really nicely. I loved how all the parts were put together at the end and how the characters looked from different POV's.

Serial Killers- Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

I have mixed feelings about this book. The things I didn't like were the main character and the character transformation, because they felt really typical, and also the ending. Otherwise, on a more positive note, I really liked the plot and the beautiful setting of Paris.

Snow On The Cover- The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban

I enjoyed reading this book so much. It held my interest from the very first page, and I couldn't put it down. The story was captivating and enthralling, and the characters were true-to-life and lovable. I liked the way the two stories, Tim and Duncan's, overlapped and also how the characters interacted. Overall, I loved this book and highly recommend it.

Set In New Orleans- Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

I highly enjoyed this book. It was an intense, fast-paced sci-fi ish adventure that never slowed down and that I just couldn't put down. This book is not only a great story but also carries great messages about what will happen to the future if we do not care about our actions today. While it's mainly set on a boat, I chose it as a book set in New Orleans because quite a few scenes occur in Orleans II and New Orleans III, the future's versions of New Orleans.

Green Cover- The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi

I cried, I laughed, and I almost a minor anxiety/stress attack while reading this book. It's just that intense. This book made me really question human interaction, not only between humans, but between other species and in relative terms to the world. But, I sort of didn't like the ending. It was just so...okay, I won't spoil it, but the ending may suck if you like your books to end in a certain way. Oh, and the cover's really cool.

Red Cover- Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

I liked this book. It was sweet and funny, and the idea was really original. The illustrations are an original change, but the language was confusing at times. I think that it could have been executed better, but other than that, it wasn't bad.

Witches- Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

I really liked this book, and the entire series. It captivated me and didn't let go of my attention. There are definitely parts that could use improvement, but this book gets a solid 3.5-4 star rating.

Steampunk- Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carson Carriger

I dislike this book so much. I tried really hard to like it and couldn't. It just dragged on and on, had jokes that tried too hard, and there was no action or interest. 

I really loved this book. It was original and hilarious, and it turned a simple plot into a fantastic story. Next I would love to see the Broadway play.

Set On Halloween- To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

This is probably the most un-Halloween-ish book ever, but there's a big Halloween party in it and that actually has to do with the plot. I really loved this book (I'm a giant fan of Jenny Han) and am really excited for the next one.

Set During Christmastime- My True Love Gave To Me by Stephanie Perkins

This is a collection of short stories, and with the exception of 2 or 3, they were fantastic. They had adorable romances, lovable characters, and unforgettable settings. Five stars! 

I can't believe I actually finished this challenge! I'm really proud of myself. Tell me what you guys think of the books I read in the comments!
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Soumya's End of the Year Book Survey (2014)

Hey guys! I can't believe that 2014 is almost over. It's been a great year, and I'm super excited to share this survey with you. It has a ton of questions about reading and blogging (in 2014.) This is the fifth year this survey has been running, but the first year I'm taking part in it. It's hosted by Jamie of The Perpetual Page Turner, so if you want to do it yourself, check out her post. The gorgeous graphics are also hers.

Number Of Books You Read:
Around 350, I think. That might be why I have no social life whatsoever ;)

Number of Re-Reads:
I don't reread much, but I'd say 11 or 12. Some books are just too good. And sometimes there aren't any good books left at the library...or, y'know, no cash to buy new books.

Genre You Read The Most From:
Contemporary, definitely. I read over 100 books over summer vacay, and most of them were contemporaries.

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
I read so so so many absolutely AMAZING books this year. I'm just going to choose the most recent 5-star book I read this year, because otherwise this list will go on forever. So, here goes...The Diviners by Libba Bray. This book was freakin' fantastic. The characters flew off the pages, the plot was enthralling and hooked me in immediately, the setting was glamorous and detailed, and the ending was perfect. Longer review to come!

2. Book You Were Excited About and Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Living by Matt De La Peña. This book had the potential to be at least a 3.5 star read, but I gave it a very sad 1 star because Goodreads doesn't let me give a book 0 stars. The plot seemed wacky, but evidently it wasn't wacky enough to work. I hated the characters because they seemed super 2-dimensional, and the plot. The plot. Let me put it this way- the book basically lacked a plot. And the ending didn't tie anything together. I really wanted to like this book but I couldn't.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
Probably The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi. The plot of this book didn't seem that good when I picked it up at the library, but once I started reading, I couldn't stop. The book hooked me in immediately and stayed that way until the last page.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
I don't really do the whole "Read this or else" type of thing, but I do give my friends lots of recs. However, there isn't really one book that I recommended a lot. It just depended on the person.

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
These questions are really killing me. Okay, so since I can't pick favorites, I'll just do ones that I liked a lot (4.5-5 star ratings). A series that I liked which I started (and finished!) this year was the Daughter Of Smoke And Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor. I had a chance to meet her a few months ago and she really inspired me. Her trilogy was inspiring, funny, and full of great action and romance. One of the best sequels of the year for me might be Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. A lot of sequels go waaay downhill of the first book, and that didn't happen in this case. Kudos to Riggs for pulling off an awesome (but creepy) sequel! I think one of the candidates for the best series ender of 2014 is The Blood Of Olympus by Rick Riordan. I've been an avid fan of Riordan's books for a long time now, and this one definitely didn't disappoint. Another chapter or two wouldn't have hurt, though.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
I did this by going to Goodreads and looking at my most-read authors. I don't log books that often on there, but I still got a good feel for which authors I like. I would say Marissa Meyer, and also John Green. John Green for life! I'm not sure whether I started reading his books late 2013 or early 2014, but I'm close either way.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I usually hate non-fiction books. But this year, I read a really old (but good) non-fic called Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. This book is a really interesting take on how society works and how economy plays a role in that. There's cool lists in it like how a person's social stature affects there name and vice versa.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Uh...let's see if I can think back that far. Something action-packed that I read this year would be UnDivided by Neal Shusterman. It was a thrilling, chilling, creepy end to a fantastic series.

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Rereads aren't really my thing. But the most likely pick is probably I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak.This is for many reasons. One, I own it. Makes it a lot easier than going to the library and/or being on hold for it forever to read it again. Two, I love The Book Thief. This book is a bit less sad. Third, I gave this book a low 2 star rating when I read it, because I really didn't like it. I might like it better this time. Fourth, this book was published waaay back in 2002, but it only recently got attention due to Zusak's aforementioned The Book Thief. But is it worth the attention? Fifth, this book won a best kid's book award, but it doesn't seem appropriate for kids by me...maybe I should reread it and my opinion might change. I want to reread it to clear things up, too.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
There are a lot of really pretty covers out there, but most of those books are on my TBR list. But one cover this year I absolutely loved is the one of Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. It was a beautiful, eye-catching (haha) cover that definitely drew me into the amazing story.

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
I'm gonna cheat on this one. In Stephanie Perkins' My True Love Gave To Me, there were a lot of really memorable characters which made all of the short stories remarkable and unforgettable.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
Okay, I know I keep talking about this book, but I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson is written beautifully. But since I've used the same book for a few answers, I'll choose another. It's a close call with Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I just finished it yesterday and I really liked it.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
WHY ARE THESE QUESTIONS SO HARD? I can't answer these questions! *Sighs* I do think that a really thought-provoking book I read this year was Althea and Oliver by Cristina Moracho. I almost cried. But didn't.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. This is a pretty famous book, but I never actually read it until this year because I got a copy from my book club's book exchange. Surprisingly, I didn't like it that much.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
"She knew what it was to wait for someone who would never come home. She knew that grief, like a scar, faded but never went away." - Libba Bray, The Diviners

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?
See, I kinda forgot to put dates on the books I read on Goodreads. So, uh, I basically have no clue. Ooopsies.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I thought it would be like Legend. It was the polar opposite.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Probably June and Day in Legend/Prodigy/Champion. They're just so perfect together.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Oh, this one's easy. Definitely Noah and Jude (brother and sister) in I'll Give You The Sun because they have a heart-wrenching, raw, beautiful connection. *Looks over at brother and sighs.*

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously:
I really hate picking favorites. So, I'm just gonna throw a few names out there. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey, Lady Thief by AC Gaughen, Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson, and TONS more.

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore was a book I wasn't interested in, but a lot of my friends pushed me to read it. I really loved it and read the entire series in a week.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Hmm...this is a hard one. Tons of amazing fictional guys out there. Well, here goes, I guess. Josh from Isla And The Happily Ever After, Levi from Fangirl, Liam from The Darkest Minds, etcetera, etcetera.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
There's a few that I liked- Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones, Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas, The Art Of Lainey by Paula Stokes, and more.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
This one is really obvious for me. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline had a really incredible, vivid setting. It took a while to get used to, and there was a LOT of worldbuilding, but it was definitely worth it.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
I had a lot of fun reading The Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Even though the plot is one of the worst I've ever encountered, this book is just so funny that I could not put it down or stop laughing.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
The Museum Of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder. It was just so sad- and it looked like such a happy book.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Soumya: What?

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Soumya: Again, what?

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
I don't really get this question. Maybe Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld because it was told in the perspective of an author and also in the perspective of a character?

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
 Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carson Carriger. It seemed really interesting but turned out to be one of the most boring books I've ever read.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?
I'm embarrassed to say this, but I don't read blogs that often. I usually don't have the time (or the computer.) But I have been reading a few blogs inconsistently that Kaylie's been posting about. And I just got into the whole Booktube thing, so that's been pretty fun.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
My favorite review is probably I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. That book was amazing! I had tons of fun ranting- er, writing the review.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I do a lot of non-review posts, but one of my favorites is this gift guide that I designed for bibliophiles. If I can't have everything on it, I might as well recommend it to people.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Unfortunately, my life is not that exciting. But Kaylie and I did go see Kiera Cass a while ago (before this blog was born) and that was really fun. I got a copy of The Selection Stories signed, and that's pretty special because it's the first book that's ever been signed for me.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
Joining this blog :) it's been an awesome journey so far and I'm really excited to share all my bookish obsessions with you guys.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
A halloween post. Technically, this is the third most popular post, but it's the most popular one I've written, and also the most popular post since I joined this blog.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
A review I wrote of I'll Give You The Sun. I poured a lot of effort (and my heart and soul) into that review, and it's only gotten 3 views...

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Hot Topic. I can't believe that I, the fashion snob, didn't know about this store until Christina told me during the summer! This store is stocked with tons of bookish and pop culture clothes: we're talking TFIOS and Harry Potter here, people.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
The Harry Potter Challenge! It was 30 days of fun- and short posts. Read my wrap-up here. Also the Bookish Bingo challenge! Here's my wrap-up.

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
I really want to read Love And Other Theories by Alexis Bass, which comes out Dec. 30th. Barely a 2014 release!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
Guys, guys, guys. I am not going to just pick one. My TBR list is about 180 books long right now.

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I guess I'm looking forward to reading 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger. There isn't a lot of diversity in YA protags, nowadays, they're usually all white. This book has a unique dystopian plot (that's newish) and characters that are seems interesting. We'll see.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
Winter by Marissa Meyer. I need to know what happens!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
I'm really excited to keep posting on this blog. If I ever get my bookshelf set up, I would love to do a bookshelf tour. Maybe even a room tour??? I also want to start buying more books... sadly, parents often get in the way.

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read and Recommend To Everyone:
That would be none. I don't get ARCs, so this question doesn't really apply to me.

Tell me what you guys think below!
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December 30, 2014

2015 Bookish Resolutions, Plans, and More

Hi guys! Sorry it's been a while since I've posted, I've been away on winter break! I had also meant to post this sooner, but Blogger was being stupid and didn't save half my post so I had to re-write it.
But anyways, since the end of the year is so close, I decided to do a different type of post. Today, I'm going to be sharing some of my bookish resolutions, goals, and things I'd plan to or would like to do in the new year.

To-Do/Plan to Do in 2015:

1. Creating a booktube channel is at the top of my to-do list for 2015. Of course I love blogging, but I would like to try a different form of media and try making videos instead of written posts. For those of you who don't know, Booktube is a community of people who talk about books on YouTube, but I'm gonna be talking more about that in another post soon.

2. In February, I plan to meet Marissa Meyer, author of The Lunar Chronicles! I've already bought tickets to her stop in California for her Fairest Tour and some of my friends are going as well! I'm a huge fan of her books and I can't wait to go.

Click on the graphic above to see all the book tour stops!

3. I would really like to go to YallWest! YallWest, is the sister festival of YallFest, a young adult book festival. However, YallFest takes place in Charleston and that's rather far for me. So when I found out that the festival was being brought to the West Coast, I was so excited. It's not a very long drive from where I live, so I really hope I get the opportunity to go.

It takes place is Santa Monica on April 11-12th, 2015. It's also free and has an amazing author lineup! If you're interested in coming, you can visit the YallWest website or follow them on twitter @YallWest.
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December 29, 2014

2015 Reading Challenge Update

Hey guys!
Here's a quick update for the 2015 Reading Challenge. First off, I made my jar!
Sorry about the photo quality, I know it sucks :(
Anyways, this is my jar! There are folded up slips inside it, a tag that says 2015 Reading Challenge, and washi tape around the bottom of the outside to minimize visibility. The blackboard label lets me write down what the challenge I'm doing right now is.

And I got my first challenge of the year. I know it isn't 2015 quite yet, but I'm going to get a few days' head start. My first challenge is Challenge 12, An Author From A Different Country. This should be pretty easy, because all the countries except for the USA are okay for me for this challenge. It's hard to give recs for this challenge, because we all live in different countries, but in other challenges I will be posting ideas for all of you who need a book. 

That's it for today!
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2015 Reading Challenge

Hi guys!

First, some interesting news. I took a challenge on the Internet, where BBC gives you a list of 100 books. They say most people have only read 6 of them. So, I went through them, and I found that I've read 20!!!! And that, too, in my very short life so far. A bunch of them are on my TBR (for when I have a lotta time) and a bunch of them are also going to be required reading in school at some point. Catcher In The Rye, anyone? Take the quiz here if you're interested.

Anyways, I decided that 2015 is going to be a fantastic reading year for me. I'm taking on yet another reading challenge! But, be warned, this one is a bit different than the others. For one thing, I have the entire year to complete it. Second, it's a reading challenge I made up. Third, this challenge goes farther than just books. There's also lifestyle challenges, because at some point, we need to do something other than read. (But they're book-related, don't worry.) A fourth thing is that it's short, because I've found that reading challenges sometimes stop me from actually reading what makes me happy. And I only read for happiness. And school assignments.

This challenge was in part inspired by Katytastic's TBR Jar Challenge 2015.

By "inspired", I mean that I'm using a mason jar for this challenge. I just got one as part of a gift set and I'm dying to use it for something! On a complete side note, isn't Kat's bookshelf gorgeous?

Now announcing the 2015 Reading Challenge! There are 24 challenges below, but you only have to draw 16. Write all the challenges on a slip of paper, stick 'em in something, and pull. No need to write the loong explanations below. Sum it up. So, pacing-wise, I suggest one a month, and maybe one more if you have break or if life is a bit slower than usual.

1. Read a book you didn't finish the first time around.

2. Go to the library. Walk around. Close your eyes. Spin around. Grab a book and READ IT. You get 1 redo, if, say, you end up with 50 Shades Of Gray or something. *Shudders*

3. Make a 12 song long playlist inspired by books. It can be quotes, titles, even themes. Choose songs that you would willingly listen to! Then listen.

4. Have someone whose recommendations you never listen to recommend you a book. Then read.

5. Make a bookmark! Use a quote that you love. The less tacky, the better ;)

6. Read a classic.

7. Read a book you didn't understand the first time around.

8. *Sort of a freebie* Get to any book that was on your TBR!

9. Judge a book by it's cover. Without reading the synopsis, choose a book based on the cover to read.

10. Read a book that won an award.

11. Read a book and analyze it/sticky-note it like it was an assignment for English. I'm personally hoping I don't draw this one. But it might be interesting.

12. Read a book by an author who is from a different country.

13. Read a book with a protag that's different than you in at least three ways. Some options are gender, sexuality, where they live, family organization, age, etc. You can be creative with this one.

14. Read a book while walking. Around the house/in the backyard is fine, but if you dare, go where your neighbors can see you!

15. Listen to an audiobook that's at least 6 hours long. Not in one setting, of course.

16. Go around the world! Find a book that takes place in at least 3 countries.

17. Host a book club with friends. Pick a book, and have everyone bring a food item related to it. Eat.

18. On the food topic, make yourself a drink or dessert based off a book. If you're vlogging/blogging it, give us the recipe too!

19. Reread a book in a series/trilogy that's not the first or the last.

20. Take a selfie with a book. Or with tons of books. If you have an Instagram or a Twitter, post it and tag us @whenthewordsend!

21. Read a book published before you were born.

22. Read a book published in 2015.

23. Read a 2015 debut.

24. Read something that's not a novel! Non-fiction, graphic novel, poetry, etc.

That's it for now! Sign up for this challenge by commenting on the post below.
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December 20, 2014

30 Day Harry Potter Challenge Finale!

Hey guys,
You're probably wondering why I haven't posted in about a week. I wish I could say it was because I was studying for finals (which I was doing at some point) but it's mostly because I realized that it might be better to just put all the posts into one doc, so the entire blog isn't clogged with HP Challenge posts, and for all you loyal subscribers, your email wasn't going crazy. This post has the links to all the other previous posts, as well as days 22-30's worth of challenges. Enjoy :)

Challenge 21
Challenge 20
Challenge 19
Challenge 18
Challenge 17
Challenge 16
Challenge 15
Challenge 14
Challenge 13
Challenge 12
Challenge 11
Challenge 10
Challenge 9
Challenge 8
Challenge 7
Challenge 6
Challenge 5
Challenge 4
Challenge 3
Challenge 2
30 Day Harry Potter Challenge

Day 22: Pick a favourite quote from any of the books/films.
I think one of my favorite quotes is definitely "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." This quote is powerful, moving, and would look awesome on a t-shirt. Hot Topic, you reading this?

Day 23: Any part of the books/movies that makes you cry.
I don't cry during movies. Books, I tear up. Real life, I sob and sob and sob. But I've never cried during a book or movie. Not even TFIOS. But watching The Theory Of Everything might change that...anyways, deaths are always sad. And a lot of super moving moments occur in HP. But none that made me cry ;)

Day 24: Any particular scene you wished would have been put in the movie but it wasn’t.
I can't think back that far, guys. It's been too long since I've read the books. I plan to reread them eventually, I just haven't gotten to it yet. But movies always leave out stuff, so I'm guessing there is stuff I wish the movies had included.

Day 25: Nineteen years later. Are you happy how it turned out, or do you wish something was different, ie Neville married Luna.
Haha, I totally ship Neville and Luna. But other than that, I like the way stuff turned out. Happily ever afters are not cliche. Again, TFIOS. Why, John Green, why?

Day 26: If you could be able to work one spell without a wand what would it be.
I have to pick just one? Are you serious? I guess maybe- never mind. There are too many. Just look at this whole list!

Day 27: Would you rather own The Invisibility Cloak, The Resurrection Stone or The Elder Wand?
I'd say the Elder Wand. While being invisible and bringing back the dead for a bit sounds cool, being able to do crazy powerful magic sounds cooler.

Day 28: Do you listen to Wizard Wrock, what do you think about it.
Er...I've never listened to Wizard Wrock. Do you guys think I should?

Day 29: Did you enjoy A Very Potter Musical.
I haven't seen the whole thing, but so far, yes. A Very Potter Musical is super funny, satirical, and is based off Harry Potter! What more could you want?

Day 30: What affect has Harry Potter made on your life and how much does it mean to you?
Oh wow, this is deep. Well, Harry Potter has been a great reading and movie-watching experience. It's connected me with an amazing set of characters. It's made me beg my parents to take me to Universal Studios to go to the HP theme rides. Harry Potter's made me a fangirl, a Potterhead, and a Belieber. And it's something I love to talk about with my friends at lunch :0

BTW, here's an amazing Harry Potter gift guide. And if you're wondering what I want off of it, definitely the ring and the notebook. Oh, who am I kidding? All of it. Definitely.

That's all for now! What did you guys think of the challenge? Sound off below!

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December 17, 2014

Dressing Up - Afterworlds Edition

Hey guys!
After recently purchasing a signed copy of Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, I spent a really long time reading it. Like 12 days. It was an okay book, pretty good but not one of the best I've read. The ending seemed kind of abrupt and I didn't like the way the chapters alternated. Westerfeld did an awesome job ending a chapter on a cliff-hanger and then switching perspectives, but it backfired. Because I wanted to know what happened so bad, I would often not read the next chapter well enough. Also, the love stories kind of lacked meaning and sucked. But this book did have some cool factors and good points. And even though there wasn't much fashion in it, but I thought it would be fun to design two outfis for the flipside and two for the regular side. Flipside, darkside, whatever. You know what I mean. The land of the dead and all that ;)

Outfit #1-
*This is an Flipside inspired look for a special occasion.*
Black joggers are a trendy twist on comfy pants for lounging around in the afterworld.
Galaxy print TOMS are literally out of this world, adding some interest to your outfit.
A dark sparkly top lets you transform what looks like pajamas into a party-ready look.
Add an edgy necklace, and you can't go wrong.
A black bucket bag holds all your essentials.


Outfit #2-
*This outfit is inspired by Darcy's experiences with New York.*
This quirky graphic tee is something that goes with everything. A win-win!
Cuff these dark wash jeans for a cool touch.
Add a pair of printed slip on Vans to jazz up your look while staying comfy walking through NYC.
A bright blazer instantly adds polish to the aforementioned tee and jeans.
Add a delicate ear cuff for an unexpected pop!


Outfit #3
*This Darkside look is perfect for a date, girl's night out, or, y'know, ghost hunting*
While this romper may seem a more summery piece of clothing, a pair of black tights will instantaneously make it weather appropriate.
Black boots will keep your feet warm, comfy, and looking cute.
Add a gorgeous statement necklace because, well...
And while you're at it, a beautiful smoky eye wouldn't hurt either. This palette makes it super easy.


Outfit #4
*This is a regular-world (because that's a thing) look that was inspired by finals. It's basically a really comfy but cute look that works for taking tests, watching Netflix, or day-long writing sessions.*

Start with a basic sweater and then expand from there.
These leggings are comfortable enough to live in.
A beautiful printed headwrap is a unique but cool accessory.
Continue the artsy vibe with this gold bracelet.
A pair of fur-lined moccassins finish up the look.

That's it for this Dressing Up post! Do you guys like the outfits I came up with? Will you be rocking them anytime soon? Let me know in the comments!

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December 13, 2014

December Mini Reviews

Hi guys! So today I decided I'm a bit lazy and I didn't feel like writing a full review depicting every single feel I felt while reading a book. So, the natural solution was mini reviews, and they won't be very long, probably a paragraph each. The books I will be reviewing are: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey, and Winger by Andrew Smith. I will admit right now, that some of these books might be better to go into without knowing anything about them, so if you would prefer that, now is a good time to exit the post :) .

Click on the covers to visit the Goodreads pages.

Why I choose to review these three books, particularly, is because they all have amazing endings. So if you have tried to read these books, but never were able to finish, try to pull through for the endings because they will blow you away.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken:
(Buy on the Book Depository)
I've read the entire Darkest Minds trilogy and I think I can safely say that it is one of my all time favorites. It takes place in a dystopian/sci-fi future where an epidemic has killed most of the children. But, the ones who survived develop powers, which are classified by colors (Reds have Pyrokinesis, Oranges have Mind Manipulation, Yellows have Electrokinesis, Greens have Super Intelligence, Blues have Telekinesis). The main character, Ruby, has survived and has been sent away to a "rehabilitation camp", which happens to be more like a cruel concentration camp that forces children into labor. That's the bare bones of it, in case you'd like to go into it blind. If you'd like to read the full summary, you can take a look at the goodreads page. This was the first book to actually make me cry in a long time and the ending had me going straight to the bookstore for the sequel. One thing I really loved about this series was the world, which was so unique and unlike any other dystopia I've read. I also fell in love with the characters, who are all so distinct and diverse and I loved the relationships between all of them. They all had different personalities traits and ethnicities, rather than typical cookie-cutter and stereotypical characters, which I really appreciated. Another thing I really enjoyed was the development in the main character, Ruby, over the course of the book. She learns to harness her powers and it's absolutely amazing. The plot was action packed and intense and I highly recommend it anyone who wants to try a new science fiction or dystopian series.

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
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The Infinite Sea is the sequel to The Fifth Wave, so if you haven't read the first book, I can't guarantee you won't be spoiled for that and you should just skip onto the next mini review.
This book was a lot more intense than the Fifth Wave. So much happens in a matter of maybe 300 pages.  It was thought provoking and by the end, you can't know if everything you know is true. I really liked the writing, it was descriptive but kind of eerie. However the paranoia in the characters grows and no one could trust even their own allies, which irritated me a bit because everyone's first instinct was attack anyone who approaches. I guess thats what happens in the apocalypse. But all in all, I liked the book, but it ended with a bang

Winger by Andrew Smith
Okay, Winger a the book I recommend that you go into knowing nothing at all. If you'd like to keep it that way, go read the book then come back and read my review :).
Winger is about a boy named Ryan Dean, who goes to a boarding school. He's been put into O Hall, the dormitories for troublemakers. The entire book is just about Ryan Dean going through high school, in short.
I did like that there was some humor in the story and there were illustrations because the main character was a cartoonist. However, I didn't love or connect to the main character that much and sometimes he just annoyed me. The plot didn't really grip me either but I think that what redeemed the book for me was the ending!

Okay, that's it for this post! If you've read any of these books, tell me what you think! Sorry I haven't been posting much, finals are coming up!
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December 11, 2014

30 Day Harry Potter Challenge (21)

Hey guys!
Day 21's prompt was, Out of all the characters that died, if you could bring one back, who would it be? And dang, this is probably the hardest question yet. I couldn't just pick one. That would be crazy. So I rounded up a few: Sirius Black, Albus Dumbledore, Dobby, Hedwig. But then I felt like I was cheating the question. I would probably say Sirius Black, then. He has a lot of meaning in the story, and his death is incredibly tragic. So is the others, but...Dumbledore died of his own accord, Hedwig was a metaphor for Harry losing his innocence, and Dobby- *cries* oh, Dobby. Anyways, this was crazy hard to choose, and please don't beat on me for my choice. I only chose one because I had to.

That's all for today!
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December 10, 2014

Fandom News (5)

Hey guys!
We haven't done a Fandom News post in a while, but today I stumbled across something hilarious that quickly made it into a new list. And it is....

Texts from the Harry Potter universe! These had me in fits of laughter.

Any 1D fans out there? This Steal My Girl and Mockingjay remix parody is too good to not watch.

We've all dreamed of attending Hogwarts at one point (like yesterday) and now, that dream may come true due to this! If you want more information, go here.

Cumber- uh, babes, rejoice! Benedict Cumberbatch now has a new movie role: as Dr. Strange from the Marvel Comics. I, for one, will be reading those comics as soon as possible. Like now. Read more about it here.

TIME magazine has finally made one of the most-wanted lists of the year: Top 10 YA Books Of 2014. Make sure to check it out!

This is kind of one of the most funniest things ever. Watch Cara Delevigne and John Green have a very serious discussion.

Are you guys just as excited as us for Sarah J Mass's new novel? Read the first chapter here.

The first still from Insurgent is here! And, it comes with even better news: a surprise on 12/12! The still is below. What do you guys think?

And while this doesn't really apply to anyone, as a side note, I saw Mockingjay last week. I loved it! It was intense and the ending left me hanging. 2015, care to come around a bit sooner? I need the next movie. So badly. But meanwhile, there's Paper Towns, Insurgent, and The Hobbit 3 to help.

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30 Day Harry Potter Challenge (20)

Hi guys
I can't believe I'm 20 days into this challenge! 10 days to go. Anyways, today's prompt was such a hard one for me to choose. It was, What Member Of The Cast Would You Most Want To Meet? I think that I would probably choose Emma Watson. She's really cool. I considered lots of other people, but she's the one I would want to meet most.


That's it for today, guys!

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December 9, 2014

30 Day Harry Potter Challenge (19)

Hey guys!
Today's prompt was pretty easy for me: Do you prefer the books or the movies?
Although the movies are excellent, as a reader, I prefer the books. They're more descriptive and in-depth, and they let me use my imagination more than the movies do. So, that's about it for today!

Can't do that with a movie, can you?

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December 8, 2014

30 Day Harry Potter Challenge (18)

Hi guys!
For today's question on the challenge, I have to pick my least favorite book. How can you make me choose? I love them all.


Anyways, if I absolutely had to pick one, it would probably be Chamber Of Secrets. I just felt like not enough happened. But it was still fantabulous. Forever and always fantabulous.

So that's it for today!

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December 7, 2014

30 Day Harry Potter Challenge (17)

Hi guys!
First up, sorry for not posting yesterday. I had what you might call a crazy day. Anyways, today's post is going to be extra-short because I can't really answer the question. And the question is, Are You Excited For The Deathly Hallows Movie Or Scared It Won't Do The Book Justice? Well, uh, I already watched it. And I liked it. So, yeah.

This gif has nothing to do with the post, I just really like it.

That's all for today!
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December 5, 2014

30 Day Harry Potter Challenge (16)

Hi guys
Today's prompt is pretty cool: Who Would Be Your Favorite Professor at Hogwarts? I think my favorite would be McGonagall, even though she isn't technically a professor. But she's an awesome headmistress who knows exactly how to keep Draco in check and how to have a bit of fun. She's also portrayed by the amazing Maggie Smith in the movies. So, Minerva McGonagall it is!
So have I, Minerva. So have I.
That's it for this post! Tomorrow's post is on the way soon...
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December 4, 2014

30 Day Harry Potter Challenge (15)

Hey guys!
I really love today's prompt. It's What Would Be Your Best Friends At Hogwarts? This was such a fun question. And maybe it's a bit tacky, but I'm gonna stick with Ron, Hermione, and Harry. Their friendship is magical (literally!) and it would be such a cool thing to be a part of it.

Who doesn't want to be friends with these guys? I mean, other than Voldemort.

That's all for today, guys. See you tomorrow!
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December 3, 2014

Monthly Wrap Up: November 2014

Hi guys! I've realized that we posted a lot in November… then just kind of fizzled out in the last week (Thanksgiving break? Is that an excuse?). I guess that a majority of our posts were Soumya's short, daily HP Challenge posts, so maybe that doesn't count. But anyways, onto the happenings on the blog and in our very (un)eventful lives!

In Our Lives:
I think I can safely say, that a lot of book nerds are now broke after black friday book shopping. I am among those people (book haul coming soon?). November was also my birthday month! I got some books and some gift cards that I obviously used to by books. So all in all, November was pretty good for me.

On the Blog:
First of all, shiny new social media buttons!
I went on a bit of a social media rampage this month, all for the sake of the blog, of course. I got a twitter, pinterest, and bloglovin' account. You can view all of these accounts by clicking on the respective icons in the sidebar (see that I did not include links here, because I want you to click the buttons in all their glory). Shout out to Stephanie of These Paper Hearts, for her awesome tutorial for creating these icons!

I have also become Book Depository affiliate, so if you by anything off the Book Depository using this link we get a small profit that will help support our blog. Don't worry, I will not spam you guys with ads (I hate ads too) or anything. There is just going to be a banner in the sidebar and links to buy the books we review off the site. If you feel like I'm ever spamming you, please feel free to tell via the contact form or social media.

Okay, now all our posts from November:
Soumya did another Dressing Up post for the book All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Soumya's 30 Day Harry Potter Challenge, which involved answering a bunch of questions about Harry Potter daily. You can see all of her posts on that here.
Soumya and I collaborated on another Fandom News Post.
Soumya talked about Reading Slumps and created a lovely gift guide for bibliophiles. She also shared her top ten books she would reread and top ten characters she would get their own book.
I posted October's Wrap Up a little bit late.
Christina FINALLY finished her first solo post, which was a fun library haul!
Soumya shared her thoughts on The Young Elites by Marie Lu.
I discussed all my feels on The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan.
Soumya raved about I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson and shared some books she hauled.
And last, but not least, Milli wrote another, Who Would Win the Hunger Games? post! See how some of your favorite literary redheads fared in the arena.

In December:
On the blog's instagram, I am participating in the #DECBOOKCHALLENGE14. Follow the account to keep up with that!

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I would like to get an End of the Year Survey up around the end of December, so look out for that. I didn't really get any of my planned post for November out, so instead, I hope to get a mini review post out, a Black Friday book haul once I get all of my books I ordered online shipped, and maybe an end of the year book tour? I don't have a lot planned out, so we'll see how things turn out. However, December is when we have finals and Winter Break, so we might not be able to post as much :(

Happy Soon to Be Holidays!
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30 Day Harry Potter Challenge (14)

Hey guys!
Okay, so today's prompt was not one of the best ones. It was, Team Voldemort or Team Harry?
Like, seriously, people? How is this a question? Team Harry, duh. 

Even Sherlock agrees.

That's it for this super-short post. Tomorrow's post is only 20-something hours away!

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