The Social Networks Tag

This tag was originally created by Youtuber Faultydevices and she took aspects of several social networks and created questions around them. Her video can be found here. Ariel Bissett however changed the questions slightly, you can watch her video here, and as I prefer her adaption of the tag it is her questions I am going to be doing.

Twitter: Your favourite shortest book.  The Cay by Theodore Taylor This book was read to us while I was in primary 7 and I never really forgot it. I was given it as a Christmas present two years ago and after rereading it I still felt the same. It is a really moving story particularly considering its only 118 pages.
Facebook: A book everyone pressured you into reading.  The Fault In Our Stars by John Green I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t really fussed about reading this book. I have read a number of stories about people dying of terminal illness and this was just another to me, but a friend of mine got tickets to go and see John Green and I felt like I couldn’t go without having read it.
Tumblr: A book you read before it was cool.  Twilight by Stephenie Meyer I bought Twilight way back in 2006 with some birthday money I had and I picked it up purely because I liked the cover. Little did I know I was about to fall in love with the book and lend it to all my friends and endure the agonising wait for all the sequels. Before I knew it, it was a massively popular book and it was being turned into a movie and although I do love the book its hard not to feel like you’ve lost a bit of the magic of finding a great book.
Myspace: A book you don’t remember whether you liked or not.  When It Happens by Suzane Colasanti I have no idea what I thought of this book. I remember getting it in the mail from amazon. I remember reading it and it not taking very long but I have no idea if I liked it or not. I’ve currently got it rated 3 stars on Goodreads but it might be time to refresh my memory of this one.
Instagram: A book that was so beautiful that you and to instagram it.  I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith I hadn’t really been interested in this book, but when I seen this version of the book I finally picked it up and decided it was worth buying. I don’t actually have Instgram but if I did I would have shared this cover.  
Youtube: A book you wish would be turned into a movie.  Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway The whole way through reading the book I kept imagining how good it would be to see it as a film so it was an easy choice for this questionThe book is full of interesting description of devices and adventures that I think could be translated beautifully to screen.
Goodreads: A book you recommend to everyone.  All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque I found this question really hard because everyone has their own taste in reading and it’s quite challenging to find a book that covers everything. What I’ve gone for in the end is one I think everyone should read. This book is about the First World War. It tells the story of an ordinary soldier who fought like so many others, but what I think is most important is that it’s from the point of view of a German soldier and his story is no different from a British soldiers’.

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What I’ve Been Reading in 2014

As I haven’t been blogging so far this year I wanted to catch up on the books I’ve been reading. So far I have managed to read 28 books and I feel like I am going slow however I am currently on track for Goodreads goal for the year of 60 books. Sadly I’ve not found anything this year that’s really blown me away, I have enjoyed some books, but most of them have just been OK. Currently I am reading The Fellowship of the Ring which isn’t helping me feel like I’m reading fast but I am getting through it and so far liking it so hopefully the second half of the year will be a better one for reading.

Rainbow Rowell   

My very first book of 2014 was Eleanor and Park which I enjoyed it a lot and have since read both her other published books; Fangirl and Attachments. I didn’t realise this former was an adult book till I got into it but it was just as good as her other work telling a really interesting story about three characters who’s lives are coming together. Fangirl is her other YA book and was a very easy read with a really enjoyable contemporary story that would make a perfect summer read.

Patrick Ness  

This year I have also got to sample some more of Patrick Ness’ work. Firstly I picked up A Monster Calls as they had it at a cheap book store. I was expecting it to be a creepy thriller type story but it turned out to be a very beautiful story about a child learning to deal with illness that definitely left me with wet eyes. More Than This on the other hand was more of a sci-fi story looking at the capabilities of the internet and a very different view of life after death.

War Books 

I also wanted to show some respect to the 100th anniversary of WW1 and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in a personal way by reading books set during the war. I’ve managed to read a few thanks to the library but the one that I enjoyed most was All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. Unlike a lot of war books I have read it was set during World War 1 but what made it more interesting was it is from the point of view of a German solider and it very much put across the fact that in the end, it was just boys who have done nothing wrong but fight for their country.

Adult  

Another person goal of mine has been to branch out with me reading, particularly to stop being afraid of adult novels. The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs was one of the first books I read this year and I really enjoyed it. It’s a dark romance involving the paranormal and was an intoxicating read. My biggest surprise of the year was a book I picked up in the library purely for the name. The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard turned out to be an exciting adventure with a touch of magic and I think will definitely be making me top reads of 2014.

Classics  

Similarly reading more classics is on my list for the year and I recently read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. This was one of those books that stays with you long after you close it. There isn’t a huge plot to the book but the society and the ideals presented in the book give you plenty to think about. Another more modern classic I’ve got through is Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. This was never on my To Read list and I hadn’t seen the film but when I over heard my friends talking about the twist in it I decided to give it a shot. It was certainly an interesting read and having now seen the film I am glad I read the book first.

Series    

There’s been a lot of good and bad series going about the last few years and I’ve not got many on the go at the moment but I did have Shattered by Teri Terry to look forward to. This was the final book in a dystopian series and this last book was quite a change from the first two. I enjoyed the change of setting for this book, however I feel there was maybe a little to much worry about the romance. A better balance of romance to action could be founf in The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey which I only recently finished. This book turned out to be another one that was different from what I was expecting but definitely in a good way. I can’t wait to see where this series will go. I finally also managed to pick up The Giver by Lois Lowry. It was a very quick read with some interesting ideas but it didn’t blow me away like I had expected.  A book I had never planned really on reading but picked this year was The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. I have seen the start of the movie adaptation of this several times but never made it to the end so it is good to finally know what happens. I’m not going to carry on with these at the moment but I did find it a worth while read and certainly an entertaining one.

Booksplosion 

Lastly is We Were Liars by E Lockhart. This is being read by a group of booktubers I watch and being so short I figured I would just give it a go. It’s a book you need to go into not knowing anything about it however for me I was expecting a great story from all its hype and sadly it didn’t live up to that.

There have been more books this year but these are the ones I feel are worth noting about. I am looking forward to hopefully getting through so more noteworthy books soon and maybe getting some good review up soon!.

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR List

I’ve not been involved on Top Ten Tuesday for a while due to life but back this week with our topic from The Broke and The Bookish being our Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR List.

    

  • The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
  • Fever by Lauren Destefano
  • Sever by Lauren Destefano
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs
  • Red Ink by Julie Mayhew
  • Bad Faith by Gillian Philip
  • The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  • Neil Gaiman – I’ve never read anything by him before! please suggest something for my first.

   

What Book Are You Looking Forward To Reading Through The Winter?

Re-Read Review – Mockingjay

For me this book starts to become a bit more about Katniss and her feelings for Peeta. Although I agree that this trilogy has never been about the love triangle there is a little more of that in this one. When I first read this trilogy I didn’t have a preferred male till this book and I’m ashamed to admit it was the loss of Peeta and his devotion for Katniss that made my decision for me. Gale in this on the  other hand becomes way more vengeful and if I am honest really bothers me. In the larger scheme of things though this time round I found it much easier to understand that Katniss is still in a games. Only now it’s not only Snow manipulating her but also Coin and Plutarch. This is what makes the series interesting. That in some way the rebellion could turn out just as bad for everyone and Katniss can see that. More importantly there are people behind her that will fight with her to try and make the right change knowing she will do as she always has done, be herself.

Re-Read Review – Catching Fire

The first time I read this series this was my favourite of the three and it still is. I had forgotten how much of the book is set in the districts and because I wasn’t lost in the excitement of the first time I could read a bit slower and take it all in. Katniss’ desperation to stop the rebellion is so strong and when she feels shes lost hope convincing Snow she stops being so reserved with Gale. However for me Gale becomes more annoying in this book. His burning need for revenge begins to show through and it just goes downhill from there. The arena in this book is also a lot more interesting than the first and without being morbid I like the mental picture I get of the clock.  The relationships also become interesting to read. Katniss interactions with Mags, Finnick and Joanne are so well written and portray different feeling that are great to read about. Of course I would be lying if I didn’t say I also enjoy watching her fall in love with Peeta, however much the end breaks our hearts. The ending of course is great, and although the book is better I love that it has been portrayed so well in the movie.

Re-Read Review – The Hunger Games

With the Catching Fire movie being released this week I wanted to re-read the series to get the story back into my head. I read this one quite a while ago and I didn’t really remember much about how it was written so I was pleased to find that it was better than I remembered. The pace of the story is very quick and it is very easy to sit down and read the whole thing in a few hours. I was most surprised by how much Katniss at the start of the book insisted her relationship with Gale was in no way romantic as the love triangle is often talked about but I didn’t find this a bad thing. What I also found interesting was how I processed the behaviors of the two boys. From a relationship point of view they offer two very different types of romance. Gale is the best friend kind, who likes the same things as you and you would be his equal. Peeta on the other hand is the more traditional romantic. He puts Katniss first and it is all about her protection and happiness. I think I definitely enjoyed reading this more second time around. I picked up more on how strong Katniss is as a heroine and the survival story felt more important than the romance. Can’t wait to start Catching Fire now, it was my favourite last time!

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Series I Want To Start

Our topic this week from The Broke and The Bookish is suppose to be Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On. However at the moment I have only one series with a new book to come out  which is Shattered by Teri Terry. So instead I thought I would come up with my own topic that is similar and I am going to share the Top Ten Series I Want To Start.

    

  • Altered by Jennifer Rush
  • The Program by Suzanne Young
  • Giver, The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
  • Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson
  • Life As We Knew It, Last Survivors by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
  • Angelfall, Penryn & The End of Days by Susan Ee
  • The Iron Butterfly by Chanda Hahn
  • Dinner With A Vampire, The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs

    

What Series Are You Wanting To Try? Or Have You Sequels You Are Waiting For?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Scariest Looking Book Covers

With Halloween just a couple of days away The Broke and The Bookish have asked for our Top Ten Scariest Looking Book Covers. After some easy topics over the past few weeks I found this one a bit more difficult so I have cheated a little bit and picked a complete series of vampire books that have creepy covers that match their dark topic.

     

The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan

  • A Living Nightmare
  • The Vampires Assistant
  • Tunnels of Blood
  • Vampire Mountain
  • Trials of Death
  • The Vampire Prince
  • Hunters of Dusk
  • Allies of the Night
  • Killer of the Dawn
  • The Lake of Souls
  • Lord of the Shadows
  • Sons of Destiny

     

What Book Covers Do You Find Scary?

Allegiant

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

I have literary just finished this books and I don’t know what to do with myself and the information I have!. My friend is only just started it and we have all promised Veronica Roth not to post spoilers so I am trapped with my feelings!. This was a really great end to the series. Getting to read from Tobias point of view as well as Tris was great although it took a  couple of chapters to get into the mind set of not every chapter being her.  I think the fact that he is Tobias and not Four really reflects how his character has changed since Tris has been in his life and he continues to discover things about himself through out this story. As does Tris. Everything they have known is questioned when they discover beyond the gates. They each have person battles to deal with but their relationship is also challenged. Seeing what they need in one another and learning what love really means to them features just as much in this story as the dystopian aspect. The romance and it’s challenges fitted in perfectly though, well balanced and beautifully written. As for the truth, it doesn’t make their lives any less complicated and they aren’t about to sit back and loose any more. 
I feel I can’t say any more about the story than this. I don’t want to just summaries the plot and I think my feelings about the end might reveal too much. All I can say is if you have read the first two in this series go and get your hands on this one NOW!. 

I wanted to add a bit more to this review now I have had a night to sleep on it. I still can’t get over what I have read but I do think it was the right thing for the story, The series has always been about Tris and her choices, despite the dystopian society and with this ending we really see that dauntless was the right choice. I think this book does have slightly less action than the others, and some people may think they too easily loose sight of what is going on inside the gates but for Tris to develop she needed a new environment. The chapters from Tobias point of view also could have benefited from not sounding exactly the same as Tris but his side of the events was needed to complete the picture of the world they are dealing with. I still love this as the last book in the series and it will be going down as one of my best in the year, I just wanted to balance my review out a little now I’m over the emotional response.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Character Names

Another great topic this week from The Broke and The Bookish, our Top Ten Character Names. For me the best names are the interesting ones that you don’t actually hear much anywhere else or are well picked out nicknames. Animal names you will all see are favourites of mine too.

  • Alaska from Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Mr Tumnus from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis
  • Reepcheep from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis
  • Luna from Harry Potter by JK Rowling
  • Rhine from Wither by Lauren Destefano
  • Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Pantoufle from Chocolate by Joanne Harris
  • Evanna from The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan
  • Montmorency from Montmorency by Eleanor Updale
  • Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl

What Are Your Favourite Character Names?