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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Favorite Covers, Surprising Books, Excitement | 2016 End of Year Book Survey

I can't believe 2016 is over already. This really didn't feel like a whole year. Let's hope 2017 brings everyone of us some good things. Buckle up, this one's a long one.

This tag was created by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner.





1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
Mh. I think I'll have to go with A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray. That book totally took over my blog and social media this year.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Several! LIFE AS WE KNEW IT really disappointed me, because I love disaster books. WITHER, RED QUEEN, and SIX OF CROWS were also massive disappointments.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Probably BUMPED by Megan McCafferty. I totally didn't expect this to be about over-the-top religious teens. Mixed with a world where teens are eager to get pregnant, I was very disturbed.


 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Omg that's totally LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida Córdova. I was -so- annoying about this book, but it's so good, y'all. Bisexual latinx witches. C'mon.

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Best series: Firbird by Claudia Gray.
Best sequel: TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU by Claudia Gray
Best series ender: Firebird by Claudia Gray.

You know why? Because I never finish book series! This is the one series that I even picked up the sequels for this year.



6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Sarah Crossan joined the glorious ranks of my new contemporary favorites. I welcome her into my blog, y'all will see her around.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Probably SOMETHING WICKED by Debi Chestnut. I don't read a lot of Non-Fiction, but books about ghosts and the paranormal always pique my interest. This one scared the @'#!+ out of me.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
UNNATURAL DEEDS by Cyn Balog. One sitting wonder, read completely while I was in the waiting room for a doctor's appointment. Totally hooked me on reading more of her books.

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I'm not a rereader. If at all probably A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray because I've got a book boyfriend in there that I already dearly miss.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
I need to stop answering with A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU .... I did the exact same thing with READY PLAYER ONE last year, where is my self-control... ehhh... WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT by April Genevieve Tucholke is quite pretty.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
I don't know, these are getting so difficult. Maybe Pyotr from VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler? I really liked him.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
THE ACCIDENT SEASON by Moira Fowley-Doyle maybe. I like her style a lot and even though her book didn't really quite line up with my personal taste, I'll be checking out more by her for sure.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES by Louise Gornall, no contest. The first book with a chronically-ill character and great representation that I've read and forever cherished.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 
I'm really ashamed of reading WITHER by Lauren DeStefano so late. That book came out ages ago, I feel like I totally missed the 2010 dystopian craze. Super embarrassing to be so late to the party.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
*clutches heart*

“Everything he’s done, everything he gave up and risked for me: Paul did all that without the slightest idea of being loved in return.”

― Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You


16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Oh lord. I don't know how I did this the last time, the longest seems to be LAST SACRIFICE by Richelle Mead with a whopping 608 pages apparently. Don't know about the shortest one.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
I guess this one's going to BUMPED by Megan McCafferty again for the weirdness factor.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
GRAND DUCHESS MARGUERITE AND LIEUTENANT PAUL MARKOV FROM THE FIREBIRD SERIES BY CLAUDIA GRAY OKAY NO CONTEST DON'T EVEN

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
I don't think I have one this year.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Previously this year? Or previously before 2016? Because I totally don't have one for the latter, I refuse to put any books that were less than three stars in this category. Another blank then.

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
This one might be POISON STUDY by Maria V. Snyder. It was solid, but I don't really have a desire to read the rest of the series, totally didn't care for the magical elements.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Oh I guess if we have to go with Pyotr from VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler then. Eastern European scientists are my jam.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel, that one messed me up. Space robots, yessir

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Mhhh, difficult. I remember being very impressed with Tara Sim's debut TIMEKEEPER. Steampunk world where time is controlled by clock towers. Super imaginative and fun.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Again, VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler. The Taming of the Shrew is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays and a retelling of that is always super fun to read for me.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
Ho boy, ONE by Sarah Crossan is a tearjerker deluxe. Poetry about conjoined twins. You always know what'll happen to fictional conjoined twins before even reading the book, so you can imagine.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
UNICORN TRACKS by Julia Ember. Give me more African lesbians please!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES again, I was Advanced Crushed™.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT again. Nobody has a magical mind quite  like April Genevieve Tucholke.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Probably RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard. I just don't get it, it's so many books fused into one. I'm not even mad about the book I'm mad at the friends who thought I'd like this, haha.



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Friday, December 9, 2016

7 Popular books I really DIDN'T expect to like...but I loved them

I'm one of those weird people who shy away from popular books JUST because they're popular. I feel like they always end up disappointing me so I don't even try. 

Usually. Here are some popular gems I loved!





#7: MISS PEREGERINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN - Ransom Riggs
On the one hand, this was really a disappointment because I was expecting horror and got a heartwarming story about freaky kids. But it's good. It's really super interesting and weird. I love weird.

#6: ANGELFALL - Susan Ee
I haven't read many books involving angels before (I will know, HELLO new favorite monster), and I'm very iffy about post-apocalyptic novels. I loved this. I loved Raffe, the love interest, and I found the world insanely fascinating.


#5: OBSIDIAN - Jennifer L. Armentrout
Idk what I thought when I read this. I DON'T like paranormal romance much. I read all five books in the series in like a month. It's just so good.

#4: THE 5th WAVE - Rick Yancey
I honestly had no clue that this was about aliens when I picked it up. I was expecting some weird war book set in the 40s. (IDK DON'T ASK ME WHY)



#3: READY PLAYER ONE - Ernest Cline
I know, I talk about how much I love this all the time. But it's just so good. I don't like video games and don't like virtual reality books much, and don't know anything about 80s culture. Why was this so genius?!

#2: A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU - Claudia Gray
I had no idea what this is about when I picked it up. Now it's one of my favorite books. Well-done time travel is my kryptonite. And I'm lowkey totally in love with the love interest.

#1: ALIENATED - Melissa Landers
The surprise of the year. I've always loved aliens and paranormal romance, but read a couple not so nice alien YA books this year. I've almost lost my faith in this premise, but ended up loving this one about an alien exchange student to pieces.


What are some popular books you didn't expect to like?

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Books Out of My Comfort Zone That I Enjoyed






I'm really very weird when it comes to books out of my comfort zone. I like reading what I know and love, which is mainly bad vampire books, greek mythology retellings, and chick-lit.

But once in a while I try out new genres and happen to like them. So here are the books that opened my eyes for their respective genres.










 7. LIFE'S THAT WAY: A MEMOIR - Jim Beaver

This is a memoir about a man's wife dying of cancer. I usually don't read memoirs or anything involving loss and grief. I'm so glad I did. This is one of my favorite books now.

6. ANATOMY LESSON - Matt Spadafora

Again, not a fan of memoirs and non-fiction, and even less when they're short stories. But I truly enjoyed this one, a collection of a couple funny, and sometimes sad short stories centered around the human body.


 5. ME BEFORE YOU - Jojo Moyes

Usually you can chase me with romance novels. This one is about a woman becoming a carer for a quadriplegic misanthrope. This book broke my heart. Read it.

4. SECOND GLANCE - Jodi Picoult

I'm not a fan of crime thrillers. I really just read a few adult books these days. So glad I did because this woman is now one of my favorite authors and this book has become my favorite.


3. LOVING - Katrin Bongard

I don't read contemporary unless you put a gun to my head. At least that was my opinion before I encountered this wonderful Pride and Prejudice retelling about a book blogger. Wow.

2. THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY - David Levithan

This book is told in dictionary entries. It doesn't get more out of my comfort zone than this. I absolutely fell in love. Read this.



1. READY PLAYER ONE - Ernest Cline

I never stop talking about this book, I know. It's just... I don't know anything about 80s pop culture, I'm super iffy about sci-fi, and then this one comes along and completely shatters my world. So. Good.




Did you enjoy some books out of your comfort zone?


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originating from The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they choose topics that we are supposed to create a list about, considering our personal reading preferences.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Best and Worst Books of 2015 | End of Year Book Survey!








I can't believe the year is over! I can't believe I've been blogging for almost two years now. 

Here are my tops and flops of this year. Every second answer may or may not be READY PLAYER ONE.

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
Young Adult: READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline
Adult: I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER by Sophie Kinsella

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

  • ZODIAC by Romina Russell: I just love everything space and astrology. It's a shame that this wasn't for me.
  • THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin: Just no.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 
STARTERS by Lissa Price. Hello favorite book.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline. Yeah, you - read this!

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? 
Series: Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
Best Sequel: The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan 

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Myra McEntire, author of HOURGLASS. Give me more!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Non Fiction: ANATOMY LESSON by Matt Spadafora

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline. Am I going to answer every question with this book? I might.

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James. I'll definitely reread this before I pick up the sequel!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
ZODIAC by Romina Russell

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Baz from CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell. The only thing I liked about this book to be honest. 

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015? 
“Exactly. How can you know it makes you happy if you’ve never experienced it?”
“There are different kinds of happy,” she said. “Some kinds don’t need any proof.”
from THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
A GAME OF THRONES - 835 pages
BITCH PLANET - 156 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most:
CITY OF ASHES by Cassandra Clare. What a disappointment. Just the mere fact that this and that dubious incest plotline exists - nope.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR:
Honestly? I don't think I had one this year. I'd probably have to go with an old favorite (I did read some VA sequels this year, so it totally counts!!!!)

Rose Hathaway & Dimitri Belikov

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year 
Cassie & Sammy from THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
DON'T LOOK BACK - Jennifer L. Armentrout

21. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
None!

22. Best 2015 debut you read?
HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire

23. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline
 
24. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James.

25. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
THE CHASE by L.J. Smith

26. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
LOVING by Katrin Bongard

27. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline

28. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare. Incest. Enough said.


Feel free to leave your link in the comments if you did the survey!

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

[Recommendation] Ready Player One - Ernest Cline


In READY PLAYER ONE, a world-wide phenoma has taken over the lives of all people: OASIS, a virtual utopian reality in which everyone can be what they want to be is what most people spend their days playing.

What intrigued me: I decided to give this a try because everyone I know is absolutely smitten with it.

Extremely Addicting Storytelling

Cline has a very pleasant and engaging writing style. His writing is very fast-paced and he manages to build a lot of tension with his words. His biggest strength is definitely world building and plot. He makes the possibility of a future defined by a virtual reality game seem scarily realistic. I absolutely fell in love with the idea.
The novel needs about a hundred pages of introduction until it absolutely sucks you in. The second Wade finds the first clue, I was hooked and couldn't put the novel down. The pages flew by and I craved to find out what happens next! READY PLAYER ONE reads like a fast-paced action novel, without exhausting fight scenes. Even without knowing a single game mentioned in the novel, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! I can't even explain how this novel and its world are so, so realistically portrayed and interesting that you don't want to put the book down. I needed about six hours - for a 500 page book. I'm not even a fast reader.

Strong World Building That Gets You Hooked

Wade is a very stereotypical underdog-kind-of character with a tragic past who lives in an abusive loveless household. The only thing that brings him joy is the virtual world of OASIS. He doesn't have any friends or close relationships in real life, which leads to him being absolutely dependent on OASIS and spending every waking minute with trying to find the easter egg. To me, his relationship to fellow hunter Art3mis wasn't really necessary. I'm not as fan of romance plots on the side.

Even though Wade has "known her" for a long time through her blog, they seem to fall in love too quickly and almost instantly. It just doesn't seem realistic for these two to fall for each other. Even though I wasn't a particular fan of Art3mis and Wade personally, I can't deny that their relationship is just adorable. I'd rather have seen him fall for his best friend Aech, with whom Wade has more chemistry and way more interesting conversations. Their interactions are super dynamic and extremely fun to read. The prose isn't what makes READY PLAYER ONE so special, but it's the lively dialogue and the extraordinary world building.

I'm just absolutely smitten with everything about this novel. There are some things that don't necessarily add up, like Wade having so little trouble with the hints even though everyone has been looking for them for years; or him getting out of the resulting trouble very easily. Regardless, this is an impressive read and outstanding for a debut novel. I don't usually read novels with action plots and gaming pop culture references, especially not about the 80s. I'm absolutely baffled and surprised that I loved this novel. I wouldn't mind a sequel.

Rating:


★★★

 

Overall: Do I Recommend?

READY PLAYER ONE is definitely a very unique and interesting read. I can even imagine this being in turned into a super interesting and action-packed movie! As a child of the late 90s/00s, I wasn't really able to identify a lot of the novels, music, and games mentioned, but regardless, it was a great read. I absolutely recommend the novel to every gamer out there, and especially children of the 70s and 80s. I enjoyed every minute of reading this.




Additional Info

Published: March 26th 2012
Pages: 512
Genre: YA / Dystopia
ISBN: 9783764530907

Synopsis:

"It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. 

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them. 

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig. 

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. 

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. 

A world at stake. 
A quest for the ultimate prize. 
Are you ready?"
(Source: Goodreads)



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