Month: October 2015

Review: Resonance

Posted October 19, 2015 / Book Reviews / 4 Comments
Review: Resonance

OH MAN. Yet again, I was slayed by Erica O’Rourke. I loved being back in this world… or should I say, multiverse? ūüėČ The concept behind this duology is literally too cool (and too complicated) for words. I couldn’t explain all of it if I tried. I think that’s really my one issue with it. I think I’m a pretty smart person but this whole multiverse thing confuses the crap out of me. Every time they’d learn about some new loophole or whatever, I would find myself even more confused. I honestly don’t mind though because I love it so much.¬†The world-building is, again, very complex. I expected to not learn AS much about how the multiverse worked because the whole first book had the explanation, but it ends up being even more complex than expected. I loved it – so suspenseful! Because of the suspense, I was completely captivated by the story. I don’t know what it is about O’Rourke’s writing; I just never want to stop reading once I start. Del is very headstrong and determined, which is the same as the first book. I love her as a character but wish she had some more going on aside from obsessing over Simon. I know it’s a major part of her characterization and the whole plot, but I dunno. I wish there was a bit more. Looking back, it’s hard to even remember all of the different events that happened in this book. I read it in such […]

The Lunar Chronicles Book Tag

Posted October 17, 2015 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 7 Comments
The Lunar Chronicles Book Tag

I’ve mentioned on here before that I’m participating in The Lunar Chronicles Readalong, hosted by Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide.¬†She mentioned something a looong time ago about hosting this (re)readalong in preparation for the final book, Winter. I kept it in the back of my mind and figured it would be a great time to read the books for the first time! After all, I joined the Isla Is Coming Readalong when I first started blogging and it helped introduce me to SO many people. (I will always be grateful for that readalong!) It gave me to one of my all-time favorite books, Anna and the French Kiss, and countless bloggers to befriend. ANYWAYS I DIGRESS… I’m so glad I decided to join with this readalong to finally start The Lunar Chronicles. I’m joining in with Brittany’s book tag inspired by the series! The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis¬†‚ÄĘ Oh, I loved this book. The reviews for this one are overwhelmingly positive, but not enough people have read it! I loved the characters and the uniqueness of this story. I’ll be pushing this one on people for years to come. Plus, the author is the SWEETEST person ever. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo¬†‚ÄĘ I haven’t¬†read many books in this category, but there are plenty on my TBR. I think the Grisha trilogy should count just fine! Alina, Mal, the Darkling, Sturmhond… *sigh* ¬†I miss them. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas¬†‚Äʬ†Feyre’s mother isn’t […]

Review: The Boy Most Likely To

Posted October 16, 2015 / Book Reviews / 10 Comments
Review: The Boy Most Likely To

I AM SAD AND DISAPPOINTED. I don’t know how else to start this review. ūüôĀ¬†In the first book, I didn’t really like Tim at all. He grew on me, for sure, but not enough to make me say “hey I’d love to read a book about him.” Regardless, when I saw this one on Scribd, I thought it’d be a perfect audiobook to start. I was pretty interested at the beginning and Tim continued to grow on me even more. And then the TWIST happened (which happens so early in the book that it feels weird to call it a spoiler?) and everything went downhill. Don’t worry, I’ll be spoiler-free for a while. In the most general terms I can say, I didn’t MIND this turn of events. It’s not what I was expecting when I set out to read this book, but it also wasn’t surprising. I knew exactly what was going to happen when certain things started happening. Sorry for the vagueness, but go with it. Regardless, I don’t think this particular element of the story (which turned into pretty much the entire plot) bothered me like it may have bothered others. I didn’t care about Tim much so it didn’t upset me that¬†this was happening to him. I was intrigued but slowly that interest waned. I had a big feeling of what was going to happen by the end of the book, so it all felt pointless to me. There were some pretty big glaring holes that […]

Library Dreams

Posted October 15, 2015 / Discussions, Features / 13 Comments
Library Dreams

Chris and I have been looking into houses, because frankly we have too much shit for our one-bedroom apartment. We both have major hobbies that take up LOTS of space – Lego and reading. We’ve talked about looking into 2 or 3 bedroom houses (hopefully with a finished basement) so I can have a library and he can have a Lego studio. Maybe these are pipe dreams, but we’re certainly looking! We have zero plans for children in the future, so we’re going to let ourselves do whatever we want with our extra rooms!I love Amy’s Nookish¬†posts and have been adding bookshelf pictures to my Pinterest for as long as I can remember. I love planning what I want my library to look like in my nonexistent house, so here are some ideas I’ve been pining over. [Images from Pinterest and/or link to stores] Built-in bookshelves My dad is a great DIY person and has a huge built-in wall of shelving for his CD collection (#dads, amrite?). I plan to have him deck out the walls with built-ins, so I don’t have to worry about buying and assembling a million shelves. I would love to have them around at least three out of the four walls. I know my dad would take care of this for me, so it feels like a pretty achievable goal for this room! I may leave one wall empty (above the bed – more on that in a second) because I’d like to have a […]

ARC Review: Illuminae

Posted October 14, 2015 / Book Reviews / 9 Comments
ARC Review: Illuminae

I feel weird calling myself a black sheep about a book I still gave four stars, but it seems like I definitely am. Everyone else who read this (especially the early reviews back when I read it in July) was literally blown away by how epic it was. Don’t get me wrong – it’s REALLY GOOD. Intense and interesting and crazy and unique. But for some reason it just didn’t have that same WOW factor that everyone else saw. Kady and Ezra broke up right before the book started, when their planet was invaded and they were taken onto different space shuttles. Honestly I’m still a little unclear about what happened and why, but it was crazy and bad I guess. It’s actually impossible to explain much about the plot of this though because (a) not much really happens, if you think about it, and (b) the major plot points are super spoilery. I REALLY LIKED THIS A LOT, I PROMISE. Like I said, there was just a bit of wow factor missing for me. I loved the drawings and the format: so many interesting things to read and look at. It made it pretty fast-paced and intriguing. You really never knew what the next page’s format was going to be. It’s totally unique and adds a lot to the story. I loved following the different chat conversations and official documents towards the beginning, and the format towards the end got fucking intense. I can’t even really pinpoint what parts […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #59: Author Duos

Posted October 13, 2015 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 12 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #59: Author Duos

Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists¬†of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. This week’s topic is ten author duos you would love to see write a book together.¬†Oddly this is not something I had really ever thought of! The first one below is really the only pairing I’ve thought about. As a result of that, I’m cheating a little (yes, I blame lack of ideas). I chose five author duos, meaning a total of ten authors. Here we goooo! Morgan Matson + Emery Lord I read my first books by both of these authors during the same summer a year ago. I fell for both of them hard and have found a lot of similarities in their style. I usually lump them together in my mind for some reason and I would LOVE to see what the two of them could come up with. Jenny Han + Sarah Dessen These two have written some of my absolute all-time favorite books! They usually involve well-rounded themes involving family, love, and friendship. I can’t even imagine what their book would be like (probably so amazing that my heart would explode). I WANT THAT. Kasie West + Stephanie Perkins My fluffy favorites! I’ve given 5 stars (or […]

Inside & Out #16: Shannon from It Starts at Midnight

Posted October 12, 2015 / Features, Inside and Out / 9 Comments
Inside & Out #16: Shannon from It Starts at Midnight

Admiring book covers and bookmarks, shared by you! Welcome to INSIDE AND OUT.¬†This feature includes two of my absolute favorite book-related things: bookmarks (inside) and book covers (out)! I’ve invited guest posters to share their favorite book covers and bookmarks here¬†on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Sign-ups are always open (see bottom of post)! Check out past posts here. Shannon¬†from¬†It Starts at Midnight Twitter:¬†@ShannonMiz| Instagram:¬†@shannonmiz| Goodreads Tell me a little about yourself: ::Goes to visit past posts to see what kind of stuff other people mention:: Well. Those people didn’t help that much. Let’s see. I have two small humans. I am obsessed with The Hunger Games (this is common knowledge, I think?). I love iced coffee, swimming, and travel. I do 99% of my reading and blogging when normal people would sleep. Talk about your blog (what you blog about/kinds of books, features, etc.):¬† I blog about… bookish things. And sometimes non bookish things, but there’s usually a tie in somewhere. Basically, I do reviews, discussions, Top Ten Tuesdays because lists are nice and also I like to cheat on them, and whatever else strikes my fancy. I love gifs. I love pictures. I love being ridiculous, so it’s rare to find too¬†much seriousness in any one post. Holly @ The Fox’s Hideaway and I do a feature called “Snark From the Ark” where we chat about The 100¬†episodes. We’ll be back in January, as will The 100. I host the 2015 Discussion Challenge with Nicole […]

Book to Movie Review: The Scorch Trials

Posted October 10, 2015 / Book to Movie Reviews / 6 Comments
Book to Movie Review: The Scorch Trials

The Basics The Scorch Trials¬†by¬†James Dashner Read my review of the¬†book here. True to Book:¬† Casting:¬† Enjoyability:¬† Overall Score:¬† Goodreads Book Plot Summary: Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn‚Äôt done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die. The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch‚ÄĒthe most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers‚Äô destruction‚ÄĒand they‚Äôre determined to survive. My Thoughts This was a really action-packed and entertaining movie. I certainly enjoyed watching it in a dine-in theater with a milkshake in front of me, but it was nothing like the book. Surprise, surprise. True to the Book I sort of LOL when I think about this category. These movies are really just so not like the books at all. I don’t even know where to begin and I won’t bother listing how different they are (I already did that for the¬†Maze Runner¬†adaptation). It’s funny because I remember talking about how boring the book was, but this movie had a lot of action and running around. There’s not a lot of similarity between the books and […]

Five on Fridays #17

Posted October 9, 2015 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 0 Comments
Five on Fridays #17

Five on Friday displays the¬†the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. Previous posts can be found¬†here! As of September 16th, Chris and I have been together for three years. It honestly feels like forever while also feeling like no time at all. Does that make sense? He and I definitely get caught up in the routine from time to time; we spend time together without actually spending ~time~ together. Sometimes we get into bed at night and I feel like I haven’t really talked with him, even though we were together all night. It’s nice to take some time to celebrate anniversaries and special occasions because it reminds you of how long you’ve been together, and not to take any of it for granted. We celebrated our anniversary by getting sushi¬†at the restaurant we had dinner at for our very first date. Of course, if you asked me at that time if that dinner was a “date” in my mind, I would have said no! I didn’t exactly get the hint right away. Chris and I went to high school together and were friends there. He was even friends with my then-boyfriend and spent a good amount of time in our group. After graduating and being at college for three years, we hung out again because he was best friends with a girl I had been spending a lot of […]

Review: We All Looked Up

Posted October 8, 2015 / Book Reviews / 9 Comments
Review: We All Looked Up

I actually thought this may be a five star read for me… until I got together with my book club. Funny how things like that can happen! People definitely can open your mind up to different things you never thought about while reading. While I do have to say I loved this book overall – especially the message, writing style, and some memorable quotes – there were some areas that missed the mark for me. I loved: The writing, to me, was fantastic. (See quote on the left. PERFECTION). I wrote down a number of quotes and loved the way it FELT. I don’t know how else to explain it. The atmosphere of the book just felt cool. The whole¬†end-of-the-world premise may be a popular semi-trope, but I’ll always be drawn to those books. I think the way this was formatted was cool – like the Breakfast Club at the end of the world. I enjoyed seeing a few different people’s perspectives and how the world essentially goes crazy in preparation of the asteroid. The whole¬†plot was interesting. I really like books that leave an impression on you and¬†make you think. I really started to consider what I would do in their shoes; I loved seeing the different reactions people had, as well as the different actions they took with their lives. Knowing you only have two months to live is crazy enough, but knowing everyone is in the same boat? Insane. OVERALL I have really positive memories of this […]