30 Day Book Challenge: Day 26

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Hello all! Time for more of the 30 Day Book challenge started by The Chronicles of Radiya . Sorry guys but this is going to be terribly short because I’m really, really tired. I had a long day in the city and I have a bit of a headache.

Today’s topic: What is a book that changed your opinion on something?

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  This book was really enlightening about the help and the life of  Black women during the 50s-60s. It’s not a period of time that I ever learned about before really, so it was really interesting. I don’t think there was a specific opinion of mine that it changed but it really made me think.

Ok I’ll talk to you guys tomorrow. I am sorry this was so short.

Summer Wrap-up and September TBR

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Hello all! This post is going to be exactly what the title says. I’m going to very briefly go over what I read this summer then pick some books out of my TBR jar (I will explain this when I get there) to read for September. So firstly, the summer wrap-up (all ratings are out of 10)

Books I read and made Book Rants on:

  1. Code name Verity by Elizabeth Wein ————————- 10
  2. Graceling by Kristin Cashore ———————————— 10
  3. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor —————– 10
  4. Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor ——————– 10
  5. Angelfall by Susan Ee ———————————————– 9.5
  6. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan ————— 9.5
  7. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan ————————— 9.5
  8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ———————- 9.5
  9. Fire by Kristin Cashore ——————————————- 9
  10. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi ———————————– 9
  11. Fury by Elizabeth Miles ——————————————- 9 (or 5.5)
  12. Envy by Elizabeth Miles ——————————————- 8.5 (or 5)
  13. Across the Universe by Beth Revis ————————— 8.5
  14. Requiem by Lauren Oliver ————————————– 8.5
  15. Destined by Aprilynne Pike—————————————- 8.5
  16. Entwined by Heather Dixion ————————————- 8.5
  17. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole ——————————– 8
  18. Illusions by Aprilynne Pike —————————————- 8
  19. Ash by Malinda Lo ————————————————- 8
  20. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis ——————————— 8
  21. Heart of Glass by Sasha Gould ——————————– 8
  22. The Elite by Kiera Cass ——————————————— 8
  23. Spells by Aprilynne Pike——————————————– 7.5
  24. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo ——— 7.5
  25. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore ———————————- 7
  26. Steel by Carrie Vaughn —————————————— 6.5
  27. The Summer I turned Pretty by Jenny Han —————- 4
  28. Strands of Bronze and Gold ———————————– 2

And then books I read/ re- read, but didn’t talk about:

29. Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould —————————————- 9
30. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald —————————– 9
31. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown —————————————– 8.5
32. Sweetly by Jackson Pearce ———————————————— 8.5
33. The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer —————————— 8
34. Stardust by Neil Gaiman ————————————————— 8 ( I have to admit I liked the movie better. The characters were just so much better developed)
35. The Espressologist by Kristina Springer —————————— 7
36. Reincarnation by Susanne Weyn—————————————-Re-read
37. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare ——————————— Re-read
38. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare ——————————– Re-read
39. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare ————————————- Re-read
40. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare ————————————- Re-read
41. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare ————————————– Re-read
42. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine ——————————————– Re-read

Ok that was a lot of books now that I see them all written out! Now what typically happens is that I will read like crazy during the summer but then when September rolls around there are just too many other things with school and dance and work and after-school activities and everything so normally I don’t start to read again until just before Christmas. I know, it’s terrible. I don’t mean I don’t read at all, but it’s more like a book every month or 6 weeks. Which for me isn’t a lot. So I’m going to try and remedy that this year by making a TBR for every month and I hope that telling you guys about it will encourage me to actually do it.  So I have this TBR jar that I made and essentially its a bunch of titles written on pieces of paper that I then folded up and put into a jar. When I need some new books to read, I draw however many out of the jar and that’s what I read. Because other wise I would never get around to these books because new ones are always coming out. So, I’m going to try and read 4 books a month, one per week sounds pretty reasonable even with everything and right now I’m going to draw out 2 titles and then the last two I get to pick what it is. So yay! Lets do it!

  1. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  2. Invisibility by Andrea Cremer

So those are the two fate has picked and for my choices I have A Million Suns  by Beth Revis and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

100th Post! Also It’s My Birthday!

Guys, guys, guys! My 100th post is on my birthday. I am more excited about this then I probably should be but that happened. I can’t even take credit for planning it because I didn’t. Anyway I am 17 today and my grandmother is 81!  We share a birthday and I love it! I started off having a really bad day because my Papa forget it was my birthday and that was a bit of a downer. And then I had a really hectic morning because I had to go shopping for back-to-school stuff and that’s never fun on your birthday.  But I got to hang out with my grandparents and that was super fun. When we got home we did gifts.

I have the best little brother in the world. We don’t have Barnes and Nobles in Canada. In fact I didn’t know about Barnes and Noble until a year and a bit ago when I started looking into the book-tube and book-blog community. If you don’t know Barnes and Noble makes these gorgeous leather bound classic books. I mentioned them in passing to Duncan months ago and he remembered and told my mom about it and my parents and brothers got me six of these beautiful editions. The Picture of Dorian Gray, A Charles Dickens Collection, Dracula, The Wizard of Oz, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and To Kill a Mockingbird.

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This is best birthday gift ever because they really are something I wanted but could never justify buying for myself. I’m shocked. I didn’t think Duncan was listening when I mentioned these much less that he would remember where to buy them and then get them for me. He also remembered that I love To Kill a Mockingbird and The Picture of Dorian Gray, they’re two of my favourite classics and I don’t even remember telling him that. He is so much a better person then I am.

And then the night got better. I went out to dinner to the restaurant where I work and everyone knew it was my birthday. I don’t know how but somehow they all did. When the bill was brought around the owner, Joseph, had paid for my Grandma’s and my meal!  I grabbed him before we left to tell him how thankful my Grandma and I were. I just love working there, it’s like having another family. So what started out as a not-great day turned into the best birthday ever.

That’s it for me! Bye guys, I love you all!  thanks so much for everything. 🙂

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 25

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Hello! We are in the final stretch of the 30 Day Book Challenge! I stumbled across this on The Chronicles of Radiya ‘s blog. And it has been such a good time!

Today’s question: Who is a character you can most relate too?

I really wish I could say someone like Katniss or Tris who is brave and super smart and a bad-ass. But I can’t because I’m not. I like to compare myself to Tessa Grey because of the love of books we share but I’m not as funny or witty as Tessa and that girl is pretty freaking brave.

alice-in-wonderland-classic-disney-7662567-720-480Honestly I think I am very much like Alice from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Because I know where I want to go, and how I want to end up, but getting there is another story. She is also incredibly stubborn like me. My brothers are both stubborn too, but in different ways then I am. John’s more when he says an idea or plan out-loud it means he has thought it through and he will stick to that plan. I’m more “I started, I will finish and I am going to do it as well as I realistically can. I may not have thought this through very well to begin with but I started so it’s all or nothing.” And Duncan is more like John then me. When he gets an idea into his head, it’s stuck there. It’s a really good thing there has never been an issue that causes all 3 of us to be against each other because we would be there until judgment day. (*knock on wood*) So, back to the point, I am very much like Alice in my style of stubbornness.

Alice is also very sure of what she likes and what she doesn’t and through the story she really tries to find her self and who she is through process of elimination. I’m really the same way I have no idea who I am yet but through my life I have learned a bunch of things I’m NOT. I am not a tech person, I am not a public speaker and all these little things combined with some of the things that I have discovered I am but there really isn’t a whole picture yet. This is going to be totally cliche but its like a puzzle. You can see the picture on the back of the box that you want to create but in the meanwhile you are fumbling along with all the pieces upside down trying to make things fit so hopefully when you turn everything over you get the picture you wanted. (You have glued cardboard to the back of these puzzle pieces. It’s not a perfect simile.)

This sounds a lot like it’s a sad thing and it’s not meant to be. It’s just growing up, I may be a little lost but that’s half the adventure. I’m down the rabbit hole and while things can be a bit overwhelming sometimes all the puzzle pieces will fit eventually. Even if it doesn’t make the picture I was expecting.

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 24

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Hello again darlings! I had a morning shift again today so this is a little later again. The 30 Day book challenge was started by The Chronicles of Radiya .

Today’s question:  what is a book that you wish more people would read?

60510I am going to go with the Study Series my Maria V, Snyder. The first book is Poison Study and I did a book rant on it forever ago. Personally I love these books so much, especially the first one and no one seems to know them! Having said that I am now going to get a million people say that they have read them too. It’s high fantasy in this medieval-ish world. The country we are in used to be ruled by a king but now it’s ruled by “The Commander” and it’s more of a war state. Yelena, our main girl, is a prisoner of The Commander and she’s been accused of murder and her sentence is death by hanging. On the day of her execution, Valek, head of  security for The Commander, offers her a choice: she can either be hung or she can become the new food tester for The Commander. It’s really fast paced and just a great series that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

Sorry these post are so short as of recent, I am having a crazy week. Not bad crazy but busy crazy. Bye all! Kisses!

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 23

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Hello lovelies! My sincerest apologies for being so late today with this, I have had a crazy day.  But enough chit-chat, onto the challenge! I picked this challenge up from the wonderful Radiya of  The Chronicles of Radiya .

Today we discuss: What is a book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t?

16101128Have you seen my To Read page? There are A LOT of them. I think currently it’s somewhere in the 40s. But I would have the say The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey because that has been on my list since I made the list and everyone has just raved about it.  The GoodReads description is

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Science fiction normally isn’t my usual genre but this book sounds good. If you have read it what were you thoughts?

Book Rant: Across the Universe

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I love this cover! It’s so freaking gorgeous with all it’s detail!

BOOK RATING: 75%

GENRE: YA, Science fiction

Hello! Welcome to Book Rant! Today we are discussing the first book in Beth Revis’ trilogy, Across the Universe. It starts off with this 17 year old girl, Amy, and she’s preparing to get chronologically (EDIT: cryogenically. Caught this while I was skimming! Oops! That’s embarrassing) frozen to go into space with her parents. Technically she doesn’t need to be there but her parents are really high up with her father a military specialist and her mom a super specialized biologist so they arranged to have her come with them. The plan is that they are going to be frozen for 300 years and arrive at a new planet. But someone wakes Amy up 50 years early, almost killing her. She finds her self on the spaceship Godspeed where the people have been completely isolated for 250 years, making her a “freak.” Her bright red hair and pale skin standing out against the 3,000 mono-ethnic inhabitants living aboard Godspeed. Elder is in training to be the next in command and curiosity leads him to befriend Amy, trying to lead her through this foreign world of metal. But Amy has something on her mind other than friendship, there is a killer on the ship and what if her beloved parents are the next targets? This book is written in dual POVs Elder and Amy which I really liked and this book deals more with the mystery and the sci-fi elements more than the romance which I also liked because it seemed more realistic. As per usual, spoilers beyond this point.

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When I was reading this book I had so many crackpot theories on how it was going to turn out. First I had the Divergent like one (spoiler alert) where they were still on Earth but intentionally separated from society and brainwashed to think that they were in space and isolated so that they would grow to be stronger people then save the rest of the world. Maybe the world was at war and they wanted to freeze some really important people so that they would be safe and then they put these other people into this “spaceship” so they could be in this peaceful environment to figure out how to adapt and survive and then when they could leave the “spaceship” they could use this knowledge along with the frozen important people to fix humanity. But that idea died. (Spoiler alert over) My next one was more or less right, I figured that they were using some kind of drug in the food to make these people passive and the “insane” ones were immune to it. And I guessed that they had to be messing with DNA because that’s the only way not to have a bunch of mutant children from incest. There are 3000 people and they have been together for over half a century, by this point everyone is related somehow. For most of the book I thought Eldest and Doc were killing off these frozen people because it was a Wall-e situation where they couldn’t go home and having a bunch of these different people running around would cause disturbances so it was just easier to unfreeze them an let them die, writing it off as an accident or accusing someone else. But nope. And the last one I had was that the person wasn’t physically unplugging the people, rather the frozen people were probably hooked up to a power grid designed that if one shut off the rest would still work just as a safety measure so the murderer just had a map of the grid and was shutting them off through that. Which sounded way more logical to me but that didn;t happen either.

I did not see Elder being the one to have unplugged her coming! He is one good actor! I can’t even really be mad at his character because it was ignorance. It would be like getting mad at a child who had never been told better. The fact that he didn’t know was probably good reason for him not to do it,  but like a curious kid, he did. I really respect him for telling Amy, she deserved the truth and hat to do with it is her decision. That’s really the theme of this book. Overall I like Elder. Amy I like even more. She’s really realistic and just a determined person. Harley I loved. he was a sweetheart and it was really upsetting when he killed himself.

Ok so these three causes of discord: Difference, lack of leadership and individual thought. All of those are correct, they do cause disorder but they aren’t necessarily bad. Leadership for sure you need. But leadership doesn’t mean tyrannical dictator using mind control. And this whole difference is bad thing, no! Yes it is the cause for many wars but difference is the surface not the root cause. Which is primarily misunderstanding and fear. Also as anyone with even they tiniest amount of biological information knows, difference is what makes a species strong. If you have a species that is all identical you are incredibly weak. That’s why evolution occurs. Because when there is a  plague or something there will be those naturally resistant so they will survive when everyone else dies.  If you mess with everyone’s DNA making them all the same you are really screwed. There NEEDS to be variation within a group, it happens naturally so stop messing with it! The mono-ethnic thing probably just happened because they’ve been on a spaceship with 3,000 people for half a century so it’s really unavoidable but stop messing with DNA! I predict bad things will happen.  And finally we had individual thought. Eldest always said this one with a sneer. And I don’t even know what to do with it! If you take away individual thought you can’t even count those people as human. They are then empty, soulless machines.  I guess that’s what he wants because it prevents disagreement but that is such a incredible breech of human rights that I cannot even fathom it because of course you are allowed to think what you want. They’re thoughts. A world where someone says “you can’t say that” I can imagine because it happens but having someone make it so you cannot physically think something is insane. Your thoughts are considered such a personal part of you that no one can take them away. People can try and manipulate them but the bottom line is always they are your thoughts, unless someone kills you you will always have them.  Trying to imagine a world where you haven’t been brainwashed because people can always break that but a world where you cannot physically or mentally have an individual personality, it’s a medical impossibility, I can’t do it. It’s a concept I have a really hard time wrapping my head around, it seems like a step beyond being drugged.

The fact that they altered history was so weird. Abraham Lincoln and that whole ordeal. It’s common knowledge to us. I’m not American and I know what happened, I’m guessing most educated people of the world do. Maybe not in details but if someone started telling you what Elder was you would stop  and be “Whoa, what?” Like Amy said she didn’t have the thing memorized but she knew that wasn’t it! The Hitler thing was messed up. when someone says Hitler we associate it with a brutal point in history and a controlling, disturbed leader. But Elder associated it with a strong, good leader. Maybe to him he was trying to rid the world of difference and it should be looked on as a good thing. History as we know it has been so twisted to suit the Eldest’s desires it was scary.

This book was really weird but super interesting and it really made you think. I will be reading the second one, A Million Suns, ASAP! Bye all!