Monday, September 29, 2014

The TBR Tag


So I was tagged by Maisha over at Books Equal Awesomness :D Thank you so much! This seems fun! This tag was originally created by Rachel over at A Perfection Called Books and Dana at DanaSquare. Thank you guys for the awesome tag idea :)

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
I use Goodreads for all of my book tracking purposes. I find it the easiest to use :) When I first made my account I went on this clicking spree where I would add whatever book caught my attention, but now I just add sequels that I want to read or brand new books everyone is talking about.

Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?
I have a crap ton of eBooks....Most of the books that I have are eBooks even...I've actually read all of my printed books :D #accomplishment Now I just need to wait until Christmas when I get my iPhone to be able to read an eBook without my iPod crashing every five seconds >.<

How do you determine which book from your TBR pile to read next?
The order of the books I read in are dependent on my mood. Most of the time I'll read the most recent released book on my shelf, which pushes all the other unread books to the back...it happens a lot *guilty look* xD


A book that's been on your TBR the longest
Hereafter by Tara Hudson....I actually forgot that was on my list XD I remember when I added it though. I thought it was pretty...


A book you recently added

Rebellion by J. A. Souders. I literally just added this like five minutes ago! The cover is soooo beautiful! And I entered a giveaway for the first two books :D 


A book on your TBR strictly because of it's beautiful cover

Breath by Sarah Crossan!! I just realized that a lot of my books are chosen because I liked the cover ._. I am such a cover whore....XD I reeaaallyy like this cover!! I think I first saw this at the library and was like "OMG I HAVE TO READ THAT ONE DAY!!" But I never have /: 



A book on your TBR you never plan on reading

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton. When I first added this to my list I was super pumped to read it, but just hadn't gotten around to it yet. Then I started hearing all these bad things about it....so it got moved to the never read pile /: I know I should give it a chance but I just don't think I can...

An unpublished book on your TBR that you're excited for
In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken!! :D I cannot wait for this to come out!! Oh my gosh I'm so excited! I absolutely love the Darkest mind series! I don't want it to end but...I just cannot wait to find out what happens!

A book on your TBR basically everyone's read but you
I feel like anyone I talk to says that they've read Cinder by Marissa Meyer...I've been meaning to read it, there was even a group read on Goodreads happening one time, but I just can't seem to bring myself to open it...

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you
It seems that everywhere I turn people are telling me to read the Maximum Ride series...I just don't know. I added it because I like James Patterson's books but I never really got invested in them like I did with other authors

A book on your TBR that you're dying to read
Heir of Fire!!! I reeaalyy need to finish my ToG reread because I want to read this one so so badly! I've heard so many great things about this and I just *grabby hands*

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?
*clears throat* Well....*folds hands in lap* I have quite a lot of books....maybe not as many as I originally thought I had but still a lot...Are y'all ready to know?
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...........887!!! o.o That'll take me years to get through...and I know it's going to get bigger, not smaller. :p

I tag:
Hazel @ Stay Bookish

The Sun Also Rises ~ Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
My Rating: 2 Stars
Average Rating on Goodreads:
Page Count: 251

Synopsis:

The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway;s masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style. 

A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. 


First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises helped to establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century


Another book I had to read in English....When am I going to be able to read what I want again D:


Anywaaay, I didn't like it. Not much of a shocker. Hemingway's writing is easy to read and everything but I just couldn't get into it. Jake wasn't a character I was able to relate to and that's such a book turn off. Then add in the fact that I was FORCED to read this....doesn't make for a good experience. Hopefully this next book we're reading isn't much of a disappointment. The dialogue in Hemingway's books though....XD Hilarious. It's so jilted and without feeling, especially when my teacher reads it out loud, that you can't help but laugh. It could be that I didn't give this one much of a chance, but I stand by my rating. The Sun Also Rises is just not the book for me


~ Tia

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

#TenBookChallenge

Thank you Belle for tagging meee :D This seems fun ^.^

"List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don't take more than a few minutes and don't think too hard. They don't have to be the 'right' books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Paste these instructions and tag 10 friends, including me, so I can see your list."

It actually didn't take me long to think of the first few...but coming up with 10 books is kind of hard. There's no way you can't think about it XD Anywaaaayy, here's what I came up with:

1. Bloodlines! This one is pretty much a give in xD Adrian is fantastic and the only man for me, Sydney is a kickass MC, and Mead's writing is phenomenal.


2. Throne of Glass ^.^ This book...it's one of the only medieval type books that I like. I know it has more fantasy in it than anything, but I usually don't like books set in this time period. This book however...Amazing


3. Harry Potter. I mean come on now, who wouldn't pick this book to be in their top ten? This was my first YA book and will always always have a place in my heart. *whispers* Ron was my first fictional crush xD


4. Obsidiaaaann! I don't even know what else to say besides Daemon. Nuff said. XD


5. The Fault in Our Stars. Heartbreaking but so, so amazing. This book changed my life. I started thinking about life and wanting to change how I was living it. I don't think I would be as ambitious about college as I am now if it weren't for this book.


6. If I Stay. Now...This wasn't the best book of all time, but it's still one that affected me. To lose a family like that, it changes a person and I couldn't imagine going through any of that.



7. Percy Jackson!! I love the Greek Gods. Always have, always will. This book is what got me started on that love :D


8. Illegal My Ass...Even though this book isn't a published book and it's only on Wattpad, I will always remember it. It's so hilarious and well written anyone who reads it will instantly fall in love with the book, the characters, and the author.


9. Matched. One of the worst books I've ever read. It will always stay with me for that reason. I love dystopian books and having this one be as bad as it was, will always stay with me.


10. Partials is probably my favorite dystopian book. A lot of people would say THG or Divergent, but I like Partials. It's long and it's well written and I love the concept :p


Now I tag:

Liebster Award #2 :D

Oh gosh this post was supposed to go out over three weeks ago! I'm sorry I've just been suuuuperr busy with school. It's crazy in my life right now. Anyhoozer! Emma from My Husband is Fictional nominated me :D Thank you so much!!

Rules
1. List 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 5-10 bloggers with less than 300 followers and leave them a comment that they have been nominated.
4. Ask 11 new questions for your nominees.
5. You cannot re-nominate the blog that nominated you.

Facts
1. The first 7 years if my life, I lived with my grandparents
2. According to my friend Mad, I smell of sugar, but not refined sugar, just a slight twinge of sugar and cinnamon and .... sunlight with a slash of shade.....I don't even know XD
3. Harry Potter was my first series
4. When I take tests that are supposed to determine my ideal career it always says that I should either be a therapist or a politician....I don't want to be either of those things XD
5. I'm obsessed with owls...
6. I suck at talking about myself
7. I believe that any and all myths have some form of truth to them
8. I like Pepsi over Coke *nods* and anyone that says there isn't a difference is crazy
9. I. Love. Shoes. Don't know why but....I have a lot of 'em and I love trying them on whenever I go to the store.....and I realize that makes me sound really girly o.O I'm really not tho xD
10. If you play a Disney movie I can sing along with almost every song and with the movies that I like the most, I can recite it word for word throughout most of the movie.
11. Twilight is my guilty pleasure.......no judging xD

Questions from My Husband is Fictional
What book made you love reading?
Harry Potter. I liked reading before and had always had my grandparents read to me when I was little, but it was when I started reading the HP series that I really started to read more and more. 

Are you able to read with noise or distractions around you?
I live in a noisy house, with people bothering me to do this and that or my grandma talking on the phone (I share a room with her) so I've learned to tune out the noise yes ;) plus when I try to read at school it's a nice skill to have xD

What would be the best book you have read this year?
Hmm...This year? I don't know *strokes chin* I haven't read that many books this year, but it would be between The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, or Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

Do you generally like movie adaptions of books, or not?
Generally, No...I tend to be disappointed in most book to movie adaptations, but there is a select few that surprise me and I end up liking. For example: Catching Fire and The Fault in Our Stars

Do you think it's unnecessary to ban books?
There shouldn't ever be banned books! Kids are gonna read them anyways....the ones who like to read that is....So I don't see what the point in banning them is. I actually wrote my persuasive speech on that last year XD

Do you read the same books as your parents or siblings?
My family doesn't read -_- The only person that reads on occasion is my mom and she just reads whatever I have on the bookshelf, but that's only once in a blue moon. 

How many reviews do you do? For example do you review every book you read or just a few?
I try and write a review for every book I read.....but I've gotten really busy and haven't had time to read or write reviews lately /:

Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because two of my friends, Cassie and Belle, would always be talking about it and I wanted to know what all the fuss was about xD It's as fun as they made it seem....but it's also a lot of work

How many books do you read (approximately) a week?
Recently...1...In the past I could read 2-3 sometimes 4

Do you belong to a book club that meets in real life?
No I don't. There is a book club at my school but when I was in it last year they could never decide on a book to read so I just gave up on it. 

Who is your favourite author?
I don't have one really. It's like books. All authors have something to offer and it's hard to pick who my favorite is.

My Questions
1. If your house were to suddenly catch on fire and you only had time to save one book, which book would you save?
2. Which book character would you say you were the most like?
3. What is your favorite genre?
4. If you could learn any language (real or fiction), what would it be?
5. If you were to be transported to the last place you read, where would you be?
6. How many books do you have in total?
7. What is your least favorite book you've had to read in school?
8. Do you plan on dressing up for Halloween? If so, what?
9. Coke or Pepsi? (This is very important if we are to be friends xD)
10. Have you ever not finished a book? Why?
11. Who is your least favorite author? Why?

Nominees
1. House of No Sleep
2. Kittens and Books
3. Enchanted by YA
4. A Paper Project
5. A Book Paradise


On a side note, You guys should check out the new Compulsion book trailer by Martina Boone!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afli_Tq34dc&feature=youtu.be

Friday, September 12, 2014

Jane Eyre ~ Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.07 out of 5 stars
Page Count: 507

Synopsis:


Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte's innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.

I had to read this book for school, and normally when you get assigned a book to read in class, it sucks epically. But that can't be said for Jane Eyre. I actually enjoyed this book a lot. It was different from the other classics we've had to read before. Bronte's writing is easy to follow and doesn't have the unnecessarily posh writing that most classics seem to have. It was also easy to relate to. I could easily see myself in Jane's position. For me, Jane Eyre has become my favorite classic along with How to Kill a Mockingbird.

Now to the actual story xD

So in the beginning Bronte starts off with Jane as a 10 year old girl. I always like reading books that the characters grow up through out the story. I think it makes it more interesting and realistic. Jane is an orphan living with her Aunt Reed. Her childhood isn't the best one out there. You see, her uncle died and made her aunt promise to take care of little Jane. That only made her aunt resent her even more.

Little Jane had it rough...and it got sort of worse. Not wanting to take care of Jane anymore, Aunt Reed sent her to school at Lowood. Lowood was basically a school of orphans. It was there that Jane met Helen. Before becoming friends with Helen, Jane felt anger towards everyone. It was Helen and Miss Temple's kindness and pure hearts that changed her way of thinking.

After 8 years, 6 as a student and 2 as a teacher, at Lowood, Jane set off to find something better to do with her life. She finds it at a place called Thornfield. It's at Thornfield that she meets Rochester.

Rochester....what can I say about him? When Jane first meets him all I can think is that he's an arrogant ass that needs to be put in his place. And I was right. Jane was the one to check him when he seemed to get out of line and you could tell that he was changing because of her. He began sharing things with her that he hadn't shared with others. You could see the bond between them forming and I knew it was only a matter of time before they ended up together. Or so I thought.

First it was Blanche Ingram that put a damper on their relationship. Then it was a secret that Rochester had kept from everyone who lived at Lowood, except for a few people. Nothing seemed to be going right and so...Jane left. She was homeless and nearly starving when she finally stumbled onto a place that took her in.

It was a complete coincidence that the people who took her in were her cousins. She had gone under the name Jane Elliot but then St John, one of the people who lived in the house and the one who found her a teaching job, figured out that her last name was really Eyre. Jane stayed with her family for awhile but eventually went back to Thornfield to see how everyone was.

The ending was a happy ending, but to find out what exactly happened to everyone, you'll have to read for yourself >:D

Happy reading :)
Tia