Bookish Delights~ TTT

I have decided to join the Top Ten Tuesday crew, hosted over on BrokeAndbookish!

For April 26th, the theme is 10 bookish things you love! Let us begin ūüôā

  1. Bookshelves. I absolutely adore the look of bookshelves. All of these books ready to be read? Yes, please! Sheleves
  2. ¬†Books allow you to escape to another world. There are thousands of worlds out there, all ready for you to delve into at the blink of an eye. Books allow an escape from reality… who wouldn’t want that?
  3. BOOK MARKS. I LOVE BOOK MARKS! There are so many, all different. I have a nice little collection that is continuously growing.Bookmarks.jpg
  4. All of these genres! There are so many different types of books. There will ALWAYS be something you are in the mood for
  5. Book Covers. For the most part, I LOVE ALL BOOK COVERS! They are so pretty and gorgeous and beautiful and yes.
  6. Book stores. When I go to a book store, whoever is joining me better bring lunch because we are going to be there for a bit!
  7. The online reading community. This counts, right? Yeah, it does. There are so many people on the internet that enjoy reading, and it is just an amazing community.
  8. When books have designs on their actual covers. I love when I take off a dust jacket and see a little design on the cover. UGH.
  9. Colored/deckled pages. When a book has either of these things I am SUPER happy. I love anything that can set a book apart.
  10. Reading. I love the actual activity. A feeling I can get from nothing else, reading.

Those are my ten bookish delights! I would love to hear the things that you love about books!

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Kindred Spirits By Rainbow Rowell// Review

This review is not going to be as long as my others, more so a short entry.

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Plot-

‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’
‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’
‘Maybe.’

If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels. Kindred Spirits is an engaging short story by Rainbow Rowell, author of the bestselling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On, and is part of a handful of selected short reads specially produced for World Book Day.

My Thoughts-

Let me clear one thing up. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LIKE STAR WARS TO ENJOY THIS. I have never watched a Star Wars film in my life, but that did not make this any less enjoyable. The characters were all cute and different, the plot was unique, and the length was perfect. I want to see more of these characters, so overall this was great.

My Rating- 4.25/5 Stars.

Reason For My Rating- This could very well be a 5 star read, but I couldn’t give it 5 stars simply because it did not blow me away, although I do think it is excellent.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan// Review

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief  by Rick Riordan.

Published by Miramax Books on July 1st, 2005.

Genre(s): Fantasy/Mythology

My Format and Page Count: Disney Hyperion Paperback// 375 Pages.

I bought this book on Amazon.com

“Being a half-blood is dangerous. It’s scary. Most of the time, it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.”

Summary:

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is on the most dangerous quest of his life. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena, Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction ‚ÄĒ Zeus’ master bolt. Along the way, he must face a host of mythological enemies determined to stop him. Most of all, he must come to terms with a father he has never known, and an Oracle that has warned him of betrayal by a friend.

My Review:

I read this book back in 6th grade, but I did not remember any of it at all. I decided to reread it and then continue with the series. It was… EPIC. I probably enjoyed it more now than I did before. The characters are all amazing, and the plot is great. Definitely one of my new favorites.¬†

Pros:

  • The Characters:¬†Riordan developed all of the characters in this book to such a perfect extent, I feel fulfilled. This all happens in just book one! Percy, Annabeth, Grover all of them are amazing. Although I would not have been able to tell he was 12 if it wasn’t mentioned, the characters were great.¬†
  • The Plot:¬†It is such a unique and amazing plot idea to follow the kids of the Greek Gods. It is well fleshed out, and it works perfectly. There were several themes littered throughout, all¬†working perfectly for the plot. A+.
  • The Monsters: One of my favorite parts of this book is the numerous monsters the trio faces. All are so different, and you can tell Riordan has done his research.

These are only a couple of the pros, but I must stop. 

This book had no notable cons.

Rating: 5/5 Stars.

Reasoning For My Rating: Every single aspect of this book deserved a 5 star rating, so this is self explanatory. 

This book is fun for ALL ages, and if you have not read it you are missing out.

Genrethon Wrap-Up!

This past week I participated in the genrethon, a readathon with the goal of reading 3+  books from 3 or more different genres. I managed to read 3/4 of the books I wanted to get to.

My first read was American Housewife by Helen Ellis.American Housewife 

This was a short story collection revolving around middle aged woman and their housewife ways…

I felt like for the most part the stories were mediocre, but there was a few I enjoyed quite a bit, those being The Wainscotting war, Dumpster Diving with the Stars, and My Novel is Brought to you by the Good People at Tampax!

Overall, I gave this story a 3/5 stars.

 

The second book I read for this readathon was Amulet, Vol. 1 The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi.

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This was a middle grade graphic novel. It is about a pair of siblings who have to go on a  quest to get back their mom, and ultimately save this universe they diden know existed. Although it is for a younger audience, it was dark and the art was beautiful. I will be continuing with the series.

This book received a 4/5 stars from me.

 

Lastly, I completed Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

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This was definitely my favorite read of the week. Everyone and their mother has already read this book, but I will give a quick premise anyways. It is about Percy Jackson and his journey in figuring out he is a demigod, or half god. He must complete a quest to ensure the safety of civilization… that is all I am going to say because I do not want to spoil.

This book is fun and quirky and has made it’s home in my favorite series.

5/5 stars.

So I managed to read a short story collection, graphic novel, and mythology/fantasy book this read. I did not do as great as I was hoping, but I still did pretty good. I will probably have a review for Percy Jackson Lightning Thief up tonight or tomorrow!

The TBR Tag// Tags

I saw this tag on a couple of blogs! I think it would be a good start for my blog!

Question 1. Is your TBR mostly print or e-book? 

РMy TBR is definitely mostly print. The majority is hardback, while I also have a rather large amount of paper back books. Preferably hard cover, though.

Question 2. A Book That’s Been on Your TBR the Longest?¬†

– The book that has been on my TBR the longest is The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. It has been on my TBR for 6 years… OUCH.

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Question 3. A Book You Recently Added to your TBR?

– The Rabbit Back Literature Society. I was so stoked because I got a brand new hardcover copy for $2.50, when it is usually found for upwards of $20 dollars.

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Question 4. A Book in Your TBR Strictly Because of it’s Beautiful Cover?

РI have never bought a book strictly because of its cover, but one of the books with my favorite covers on my TBR is The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by The strange and beautiful sorrows of ava lavender.jpg

Question 5. A Book That I Never Plan On Reading.

– There is not a book on my TBR I will definitely not ever read, but one that I am not sure about is The Maze Runner series by James Dashner. The reasoning behind this is that I once tried to get into it, but I couldn’t. Just was not for me.

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Question 6. An Unpublished Book on Your TBR That You are Most Excited For?

– There are three book’s that I am pumped about. Most of all, The Last Star by Rick Yancey. The fifth wave series is one of my favorites, and I cant wait to see how it ends. Secondly, Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Not only do I love The Lunar Chronicles and retelling’s, but Alice in Wonderland is my absolute favorite, so i’m super excited to read this book. Lastly, an untitled novel by Stephanie Perkins. It will be a slasher book, (That has been compared to Scream… my fave)¬†which is never done in YA so yes.

Book 7. A Book on Your TBR Basically Everyone Has Read But You?

– Basically everything. I am going to go with Throne of Glass. It seems to be an adored series, but I have not gotten around to it. I started it but put it back down after 20 pages. One day.

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Question 8. A Book On Your TBR That Everyone Recommends to You?

– The Mortal Instruments Series. Really anything by Cassandra Clare.

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Question 9. A Book On Your TBR You’re Dying to Read?

– City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Second question in a row with this answer… The only reason I am not currently reading this is because I am waiting for summer so I have to time to dedicate to this series.

Question 10. How Many Books are On Your Goodreads TBR Shelf?

– 78, but I definitely have more than that on my TBR…

 

Thank you for reading this, and if you would like to see more tags please let me know!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart// Review

We Were Liars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. 

Published by Dell Publishing on May 13th, 2014.

Genre(s): Contemporary with a side of mystery.

Format and Pages: Hardcover// 225 Pages.

I bought this book on BookOutlet.com

“For a moment, the two of us were alone on the planet, with all the vastness of the sky and the future and the past spreading around us.”

Summary:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends‚ÄĒthe Liars‚ÄĒwhose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

 

My Review:

I went into this book knowing only what the summary gave me… absolutely nothing… and THAT is the only way you SHOULD go into this book. I had no idea what to expect, and was worried about all of the hype this book received, but it was well worth the read.

Pros:

  • The Family: Lockhart did an excellent job writing the Sinclair family. Although they were raised off money, the Sinclair family have just as many, if not more, problems that a middle class family would have. The cousins share a beautiful bond, and even stick together when someone attempts to put them against each other.
  • The Setting:¬†The family lived on a private island (only during the summer). This was an excellent choice for the author because they lived in a closed off space, while continuing to be at each others throats. It showed how raw and materialistic the family was.
  • The Mystery:¬†Although I am not going to say much about this, it was written beautifully. One of the best.

Cons:

  • The Writing:¬†The writing was not terrible, and honestly was good, but sometimes the author used a type of verse that did not sit well with me. She would. write sentences. like. this. Other than that, no complaints.

 

Rating: 5/5 Stars.

Reasoning For My Rating: The first half of this book would have earned this a 4 star rating, but the climax bumped it up to five. I cant give the actual reason without spoiling.

I would highly recommend this to any lover of any genre.