WWW Wednesday (April 16th, 2014)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Miz B over at Should Be Reading. All you have to do is answer three questions:

- What are you currently reading?

- What did you recently finish reading?

- What are you going to read next?
WWWCurrentReading

 

cinder

 

I haven’t actually started this book yet, but I’ll be picking it up this afternoon so I’m sticking it in here. I’m really excited to start this series considering everyone and their mother is reading it right now and just raving about it, haha.

WWWFinishedReading

 

bloodwounds

 

I just finished this book yesterday. It was…alright. Not what I usually read I guess and not what I expected it to be about. I did enjoy reading it though.

WWWReadNext

 

scarlet

 

The second book in The Lunar Chronical’s series. I like to read books in series back to back for some reason. I may be reviewing this series. :)

Top Five Wednesday

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Today’s Top Five Wednesday’s theme is top siblings. Top Five Wednesday is open to any BookTuber/Book blogger that would like to participate; here is a link to the GoodReads group.

This week was actually kind of a challenge for me. I was looking around at all my books on my shelves and hardly any of them had prominent sibling characters. In the end I managed to scrounge up some characters with the help of my sister and Anthony.

KatnissPrim1. Katniss & Primrose Everdeen – I’m sure these two will be on almost everyone’s list as The Hunger Games is super popular right now. Their relationship is so sweet, if a little sad.

fredandgeorge2. Fred & George Weasly – Ugh. Just ugh. They were so hilarious and just great and ugh.

AryaJon3. Arya Stark and Jon Snow – Even if they’re only half siblings it still counts right? Haha. I love the relationship between Jon and Arya in the first couple books. When he gave her needle. L Real tear jerker.

seriesunfortunateevents4. Violet, Klaus and Sunny from The Series of Unfortunate Events – I’m sure pretty much everyone in my general age group read these books. I’m actually planning on re-reading them this year!

erenmikasa5. Mikasa and Eren from Attack On Titan – They aren’t technically siblings but I counted them anyway. So what if Mikasa has a crush on her ‘brother’. Okay, maybe this one really shouldn’t count but I was stumped, okay!? Haha.

I kind of completed this week. What are your guy’s top five siblings? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Bookish Things I’d Like To Own

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke and The Bookish. Every week is a different theme which is posted in a list, located (here). This week is the Top Ten Bookish Things I’d Like To Own.

1. Bookshelves – I really, really want some bookshelves. Anthony and I are really limited for space in our basement apartment. Right now, we have a top of a desk (like the hutch part) as a mantel and storage space but were planning on switching it out for some bookshelves. All my books are currently on top of the mantle thing/the coffee table and I really cannot wait for these bookshelves, haha.

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2. Book Ends – I love these bookends from Etsy. I don’t know what it is, but they just look SO beautiful. They’re so simple but yet so detailed, if that makes sense. (KnobCreekMetalArts on Etsy)
3. Erin Condren Planner – I love planners, if you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen some pictures of mine. I like to have separate planners for different things (right now, I have a personal planner, a housekeeping/cleaning planner and now one for my blog) and I recently bought a cheap one from Target for my blog so I can try and figure out what I want in it but I think eventually I’ll be getting an Erin Condren because they look so awesome!
4. Kobo SleepCover – I have a Kobo that I read on quite a bit but I don’t have a cover right now and sometimes, I fall asleep while I’m reading/forget to turn it off, ect. I heard about the Kobo SleepCover and I think it would be awesome because you just close it and boop, its put to sleep.
5. Regular Kobo Cover – Along with the SleepCover, I want a little fabric one that I can put my Kobo into and it will be protected. I always carry books/my kobo around in my purse and I worry about it getting scratched. I would probably get something off of Etsy.
6. Mugs – Ugh, mugs. I love them so much. I love to drink tea and because of that, I’ve started a small mug collection. I only have two that are book related right now, but the collection will be growing.
7. Pop! Figurines – I love these things, they’re so cute. I have a Hannibal and a Daenerys already and I will be buying a lot more. They’re just so cute!

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8. Game Of Thrones Bookends – I actually already own these, but they’re just so awesome and of course, they’re my favourite houses!

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9. Billow – The Billow is such an awesome invention. It was actually made by a woman here in Ontario. She came to a fair in my home town and I ended up buying one. It’s really convenient, especially because my wrists tend to get sore holding a book while reading. The only thing is that if its a smaller book, the straps don’t really hold it open.If you guys would like a review on the Billow, let me know. :)

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10. Game of Thrones Cups – I keep seeing these in various stores in the mall and I really, really want them, haha.

Review – Amity by Micol Ostow

Amity Book Cover Amity
Micol Ostow
Egmont USA
August 26th, 2014


I am a HUGE horror movie buff and I always have been. I’m not sure why (considering it always freaks me out after and I have trouble getting to sleep!) but I’m sure it has something to do with adrenaline. Like those people who love roller coasters, I love horror movies!

Along with movies, I also really enjoy reading horror (I really love anything to do with horror, haha) but I’ve really only read Stephen King and Joe Hill books and haven’t ventured into many other authors. Once I saw Amity on NetGalley I instantly jumped at the chance. Loving horror movies, of course I have a slight love affair with all things Amityville and this book was a perfect fit. Along with it being a new and different author it was also a young adult and I haven’t ever really read a young adult horror before.

I did enjoy the book but it didn’t wow me, which is actually pretty hard to do. In general, it was very entertaining and kept me interested while I was reading, but when I put it down I wasn’t being drawn back in. I found that a lot of the more exciting things happened in the beginning (and the scarier things!) and just slowed right down to kind of a creepy feeling after that. It started with a bang but really kind of fizzled out after.

The characters were very interesting and both Gwen and Conner’s voices were easily differentiated. I never once got them confused, which I find can be a problem with some books with multiple narrators. The characters were very imperfect which I really enjoyed and the two of them had their own mental problems that kind of caused problems for them in the house. It was interesting to hear two different sides of the effects of the house. Gwen saw her brother driven crazy by Amity (and dealt with her own problems) while we actually saw Conner being driven crazy. The two perspectives were really great.

In the middle of the book there were some medical journals for Gwen and Conner. I found it to be kind of weird and really didn’t fit in with what was happening in the story. I did have an ebook copy though and it makes me wonder if it would make more sense in the physical copy kind of like books with pictures in the middle.

Overall, I did enjoy the book and I would be interested in reading other horror novels by the same author. I would recommend Amity to anyone who likes horror/Amityville related things but in general they read young adult over adult novels. 

AYearAThon April – Re-reads

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After a little bit of a break, here I am! The cough STILL hasn’t gone away, but it’s a lot better than it was before and I’ve gotten some of my energy back after pretty much relaxing for the last week or so. I just hope that this darn cough goes away for good soon. It’s really only when I do some strenuous activity that it starts to get bad now.

Regardless, enough of my complaining, I’m back for this week’s AYearAThon! This week is a re-read week, so it’s pretty much free for all as to what you read, as long as it’s something you’ve read before! I will be re-reading The Hunger Games. It’s been a long time since I’ve read it; I finished it before the first movie came out and now the second one has been around for a while. I forget a lot of what happens so I want to re-read the series. It’ll be nice to finish it before Mocking Jay comes out.

My goal is to finish all three books, although I’m not sure I’ll be able too. I have to work almost all week, so I won’t have as much time for reading but we’ll see. Maybe I can get a lot done. I will be reading on my kobo again so the page numbers will probably be a little bit weird, the same as last month.

I will also be posting on a one day delay, because I generally read later at night so I want to be able to include every page that I read, haha.

Good luck to anyone who is participating this week!

HUNGERGAMESMONDAY

Currently Reading: The Hunger Games

Started At: Chapter 1!

Finished At: Chapter 3

Pages Read: 92

Eep, I really did not read as much as I wanted too today; especially because I didn’t have to go into work. Anthony and I went grocery shopping/ran some errands and didn’t get home until about 9pm. I think that’s what really sucked up all my reading time!

HungerGamesTuesday

Currently Reading: The Hunger Games

Started At: Chapter 4

Finished At: Chapter 8

Pages Read: 137

Better than Monday but still really not that great. :( Not sure what happened today considering I didn’t work and was just doing stuff around the house all day. Tomorrow will be better!

HungerGamesWednesday

Currently Reading: The Hunger Games

Started At: Chapter 9

Finished At: Chapter 19

Pages Read: 295!!

Much, much better reading day today! When I get home from work I cooked dinner and just read. I didn’t go on the computer/watch any TV and just read. I find that it’s almost easier to read for a readathon on the days that I work because I have a bit more of a schedule.

HungerGamesThursday

Currently Reading: The Hunger Games & Catching Fire

Started On: Chapter 20

Finished On: Chapter 6 of Catching Fire

Pages Read: 417, wow!

Woohoo! Pretty proud of myself for this! I really focused on reading once I was home from work and hardly did anything else. I think I even went to sleep a half hour early, haha.

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Currently Reading: Catching Fire

Started On: Chapter 7

Finished On: Chapter 27

Pages Read: 585

Oops. I forgot to mark where I stopped reading on Friday, so I decided to just kind of combine the two days into one. Sorry about that guys. Blogging fail, haha.

HungerGamesSunday

Currently Reading: Mockingjay

Started On: Chapter 1

Finished On: Chapter 18

Pages Read: 467

Another really good reading day! I was trying to finish up the book because I managed to almost get it finished in one day but I started falling asleep while I was reading and had to stop.

Overall, the ReadAThon was a pretty good success! I almost completed my goal and I will for sure be finished Mockingjay on Monday! How did it go for you guys? :)

WWW Wednesday (March 26, 2014)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Miz B over at Should Be Reading. All you have to do is answer three questions:

- What are you currently reading?

- What did you recently finished reading?

- What are you planning on reading next?

Hey guys,

‘Tis another WWW Wednesday. I know I haven’t been posting much this week but I’m still really sick. I went to the doctors a week ago and got medication, but it didn’t work. I have to go back, once again. I still have the same cough but now I keep get these awful headaches so I don’t think I’ll be posting that much this week. I just want to keep sleeping it off. I do plan on going back to the doctors soon and hopefully they’ll figure out what it is this time. I just wanted to apologize for the lack of posts, I just feel like crap. :(

WWWCurrentReading

 

I’m actually not reading anything at the moment because I just finished two books last night and just haven’t started anything else yet.

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AmityAndAttackOnTitan

 

I finished Amity by Micol Ostow last night. I will be writing a review as I received the book from NetGalley but I’m not sure when it’ll be up. I don’t know if they want me to wait until closer to the release date or not. I also finished the first Attack On Titan Manga. Anthony got me hooked on the show (were only like 6 episodes in) but I wanted to see if the manga was any different. (Plus I prefer reading over watching TV).

WWWReadNext

SurvivorsBookOneI’m not entierely sure what I’ll be reading next but I have a feeling that it’ll be this book and then the others in the series. I adore the Warriors series by the same author and I think this series has a similar premise but it’s about dogs. Being a dog person, I think these will be amazing! Haha. These are middle grade books, but I still really enjoy them. I find that they’re super easy to read and really entertaining (they do have to keep kids intrigued after all).  If you want something to just sit back and have fun with, these are great.

Thanks for reading this week guys and hopefully the doctors fix me up so I can get back to regularly scheduled posting.

Review: Half Bad by Sally Green

Half Bad Book Cover Half Bad
Half Life
Sally Green
Viking Juvenile
March 4, 2014
Ebook


Half Bad is a young adult novel written from the point of view of a ‘half code’, a witch that is half white witch and half black witch. Nathan’s father is the most well-known, evil black witch that exists and because of this, he is closely watched while he tries to figure out who and/or what he is.

Throughout the book, Nathan is looked at as a horrible person because he is half black witch. He is forced to attend assessments where he is put through a series of tests and asked a variety of questions to determine if he is either a white witch or a black witch. His family regularly receives letters from the government of witches that contain commands that allow this government to watch him more closely. Examples are: Half Codes are only allowed in certain approved areas, anyone in contact with a Half Code must report themselves, and it just goes on and on. Basically, they’re restricting everything that Nathan does and treating him like such a horrible monster that he basically has no chance to become good.

But then comes the question of which race of witches is good? White Witches are supposed to be the ‘good guys’ but they torture Nathan and hunt down and kill Black Witches. Are Black Witches really so bad that they have to be killed? Did they force the White Witches to be so violent and cruel? Or are White Witches really the bad guys that are just presenting themselves in a better light and making Black Witches their scapegoats?

The book was extremely well written in my opinion, although some may not agree because of the changing tense in some ‘books’. The book is actually split up into four separate books, and two of the four are in second tense. I found these chapters to be particularly brutal considering you were the subject of the torture.

The whole book is pretty brutal, there’s a lot of torture, there’s a lot of beating, there’s a lot of running and hiding from these good white witches so you don’t die, ect. There isn’t a lot of happy in this book, even the rare moments when Nathan is with Annalise (his crush of sorts), there’s always a cloud of what could happen hanging over the moment.

I really enjoyed Sally Green’s character development, especially with Nathan. He was always in such horrible situations but he never got whiny, mopey or annoying like some characters can get. He always had some shred of hope left in his body. Along with Nathan, even the characters that are supposed to be evil had some form of compassion once you really got to know them. Celia, the white witch who holds Nathan hostage, is a sweet lady that is just trying to do her job. (Even if that job is a little bit messed up.)

For being a book about witches, there is very little talk about magic. Nathan is only just turning 17 at the end of the book, the age at which witches get their ‘gift’ (read: magic ability). There is talk about other gifts and what people are able to perform but hardly any magic in action. I am assuming this will change as the series goes on considering Nathan has now received his gift.

All in all, I really did enjoy this book but I was never really into it. For some reason, it never made me sad when Nathan was hurt, I never felt like crying, or being super happy, I just wasn’t emotionally invested into the story. I really have no idea why, as it seems a lot of other people really got into it. Maybe it was the writing for me, or I’m just cruel and heartless? Who knows? Regardless, I have high hopes that this series will get better over time and I am looking forward to the next one! Has anyone else read this book? What are your thoughts on it?

Thanks for reading!

 

 

WWW Wednesdays (March 19th, 2014)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Miz B over at Should Be Reading. All you have to do is answer three questions:

- What are you currently reading?

- What did you recently finished reading?

- What are you planning on reading next?

WWWCurrentReading

 

TheDeathCure

 

I started reading this series for the Ides of March Read A Thon but I didn’t finish it in time. I continued to read the series though because it’s really sucked me in! I can’t stop reading, haha.

WWWFinishedReading

 

TheScorchTrials

 

I just finished this book last night. It’s the second in the Maze Runner series.

WWWReadNext

TheKillOrder

The Kill Order is a prequel to The Maze Runner series, and I’m reading it last because that’s the order in which he wrote the books.

Link to your WWW Wednesdays down below!

 

Ides of March Wrap Up

The Ides of March Read A Thon Wrap Up!

Again, the Ides of March was a read a thon from March 15th to 17th hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I was pleased with my progress, but I wish I got a little bit more read. I was away for the week at my moms and had some stuff going (we went to medieval times, woohoo!!!) so I didn’t read almost the whole time like I wanted too, haha.

Oh, also, I read these books on my kobo (aka I had three copies of the maze runner. I am a hoarder.) so the pages won’t match up with a physical copy of the book. Kind of annoys me but oh well. Just keep that in mind when reading my numbers, haha.FridayMazeRunner

Currently Reading: The Maze Runner

Pages Read: 230 kobo pages

I also participated in three of the challenges!

Ginny’s Cover Puzzle Challenge

Villa’s Rome Question

Dannie’s Six Words (or less!)

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Currently Reading: The Maze Runner

Pages Read: 280 kobo pages

SundayMazeRunner

Currently Reading: The Maze Runner & The Scorch Trials

Pages Read: 506 kobo pages(Woah, baby!)

 MondayMazeRunner

Currently Reading: The Scorch Trials

Pages Read: 392 kobo pages

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Friday I was still reading Half Bad and had to finish that, so I didn’t get as much reading for the read-a-thon that day. Saturday we went to medieval times and I lost a couple hours that way, I also took my dog to the DIY dog wash and lost a couple hours. Sunday was my best reading day because we did nothing really, so I just read all day! Monday was also good, I was back at home and usually once Anthony gets home from work I just read/watch shows with him or something.

Overall, I finished The Maze Runner and got about half way through The Scorch Trials. I am really, really enjoying the series so far and I’m so excited I finished The Maze Runner just before the trailer came out. I watched it last night and OMG. I AM SO EXCITED. So excited it required capital letters. How do you guys feel about the trailer? The book moved really slowly so if the movie speeds the story up a bit, it has the potential to be better than the book! The Grievers look so much creepier then I imaged them!!

Did any of you guys participate in the Ides of March ReadAThon? I’d love to hear how you did!

Thanks for Reading.
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Liebster Blog Award

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I was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by Amanda at Little Miss Reader! I swear this girl tags me in everything and I love it! Thanks so much for nominating me, I’m glad I found your blog and we got to chatting!

RULES

  •  Make Sure you thank and link back the person who nominated you
  • List 11 Facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions put forward by whoever nominated you.
  • Ask 11 new questions to 9 bloggers. They must have less than 200 followers on Bloglovin’ (or their preferred method). You cannot re-nominate the blog that nominated you.
  • Go to their blog and inform them that they have been nominated!

MY 11 FACTS

  1. I am an open book and will tell anyone anything about me for the most part. No idea why, it’s just the way I am, I guess.
  2. My dad passed away when I was in Grade 9 (Highschool) and 14 years old. Because of this, I have a lot of issues with depression.
  3. Along with depression, I find it really hard to keep friends. I don’t have trouble making them, I’m pretty friendly but when I start to let people in too much, I either get really clingy and freak them out or I start to take out all my problems on them. Again, no idea why. Maybe because I’m under the impression they won’t leave anymore, but then they do anyway.
  4. Away from the sad stuff! I am a huge, huge animal lover and always have been. (I thought I was a dog until I was six years old.)
  5. My dream is to go to veterinary college and work in research. I currently work in a clinic and I really don’t like it.
  6. I live with my boyfriend in his parent’s basement with our two guinea pigs. It has it’s pros but also a lot of cons, haha.
  7. I am sick all the time. I think that I have a really weak immune system and I’m also a big baby, thus I over react when I just have a cold.
  8. I have a hard time concentrating during a movie/tv show. I start to get bored and want to stop watching but I can read a book for hours!
  9. I am 19 years old. Pretty sure I never mentioned this on the blog before! I don’t feel this young though. I feel like I’m in my early twenties, haha.
  10. I despise cooking but sometimes, I get in the mood to cook and I’ll cook like 20 things at once.
  11. I am a huge procrastinator and I’m sure you all know that by now, especially since this post is going up so late. Derp.

ANSWERS TO 11 QUESTIONS


1.       What’s your favorite TV-show?
I think my favourite TV show is probably Hannibal right now. It’s just so interesting and dramatic and I kind of have a thing for Hannibal Lector.

2.       A bookish pet peeve?
When spines don’t match up. WHY. JUST WHY. It looks so ugly on my bookshelf.

3.       Funniest moment of your life so far?
This is a hard one, there’s been a lot of funny things but it’s hard to pick just one. I think a really funny one was on a Saturday at work. A man from Siberia came into work to get an injection for his cat and he was talking with my boss (the vet) after. They were talking about how it gets dark for a month or something in Siberia sometimes and my boss mentioned how people must get really depressed and all that. The guy says: “Well we have a fix for that.” My boss asks what he means and the guy says: “Vodka.” We all died laughing. It was just so…stereotypical and just hilarious.

4.       What’s your best book related memory?
I think just talking about books with my sister would have to be the best book related memories for me. It’s a lot of fun to share what you think with people.

5.       How do you organize your bookshelves and why?
Right now they’re not really organized at all considering I hardly have a book shelf. I just have two really really small ones and then the rest of my books are in bins/bags/stacked around our place. Yeah, it’s pretty bad, haha. We have like no space for books so I need to try and buy more for my kobo.

6.       If you could wish for anything you wanted to, what would you wish for?
This is kind of sad, but I guess I would wish for my dad to be around. I don’t really want anything else to change, I just want to be able to talk to him again.

7.       Are you religious, why/why not?
I’m not at all because of personal reasons. After what happened with my dad, I can’t believe there’s some higher being. I don’t really want to get into it because I know it’s a really touchy subject and I don’t want to turn people away from my blog because of my opinion.

8.       Do you speak any other languages?
We were taught French in school but yeah, I pretty much don’t speak any other languages, haha.

9.       Is there any genres you will/have never read?
I don’t think so. I’ll pretty much read anything out there to be honest, or at least give it a try. I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t read off the top of my head though.

10.    Do you lend your books out?
Yep! I will lend them out to anyone that asks (unless I haven’t read it yet/it’s a favourite book and I worry about losing it.) as long as they haven’t like destroyed one of my books or anything.

11.    Favorite food?
Ugh. Lobster. It’s amazing. I also really love pasta so pasta and lobster. Omg yes.

I think I’m going to end this here because I don’t have anyone to nominate and thus, there’s really no reason for me to think of questions. All the people I can think of have already been nominated. Darn, haha. I need to find some more blogs to read!