Friday, 29 November 2013

Scavenger Hunt Book Tag!!!!

I haven't posted much in a while, so I thought I would give this book-scavenger hunt a shot! The original tag was created by  @TheLibraryOfSarah  at YouTube.

Find an authors's name or title with the letter Z in it:

The MaZe Runner by James Dashner :) 



Find a Classic:




I failed to find a classic on my shelf.






Find a book with a key on it:











Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen; I actually quite liked this book!











Find something on your bookshelf that's not a book:









My Santa/Christmas Snowglobe! It's pretty awesome. <3













Find the oldest book on your shelf:








It's my picture book copy of Disney's Cinderella! I bought it from a garage sale like 8 or 9 years ago; who knows how old it is! 












Find a book with a girl on the cover:







Poison Study by Maria V. Synder. Not the best book, but I still loved it! 












Find a book that has an animal in it:

Well, the title and cover says it all. :)






















Find a book with a male protagonist:









Beautiful Creatures; Ethan is the main character. Reading the last book right now...ugh Ethan. <3 :'(










Find a book with only words on it:









Speechless by Hannah Harrigton. Amazing book, amazing cover. 












Find a book with illustrations in it:

Enough said.






















Find a book with gold lettering:

Earthsea..haven't read yet! Pretty font. ^_^













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Find a diary (true or fictional):







This is actually such a deep book. But it's set up like a diary/journal. Love it.













Find a book written by someone with a common name (like Smith):
Is Neil a common name?






















Find a book that has a closeup of something on it:

We all know John Green. :P It's a map!























Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period:







I haven't read this one in a while, but I believe this is set a long long long long long long long time ago (like, before humans created "time")


Gotta re-read this. 








Find a hardcover book without a jacket:








I couldn't really find one so this is a hardcover book of stories and other random stuff that I LOVED when I was a kid.


Wait..


I still do. xD








Find a teal/turquoise coloured book:

It's sorta teal...






















Find a book with stars on it:







So I couldn't find actual stars (like the ones in space) so I chose a book cover with a picture of a STAR on it. 


Get it?? A star? Like a famous person; star. 


Ha ha ha. xP








Find a non YA book:




This book is about the top 100 cities in the world. I love reading some random pages of this book sometimes, because I just love travelling. It's the best. :) 














Well, that is all!!! I had lots of fun doing this tag!! 

I tag...
Danika @ Books to Dream
Jared @ Writing Forever

And anyone else who wants to do, I tag you too!! Have fun. :)  

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer Review...Finally!!!

Hello everyone, haven't posted in a while!

Anyway here it is (finally); a review on Lord of Opium!!

OK, so I do admit that I was definitely expecting more from this book. I really enjoyed House of the Scorpion and while the ending wasn't so great, I still expected Lord of Opium to make up for that. I sort of expected... I don't know...like...some action? Of any sort? But let me tell you this: this book had just the weakest plot ever.

Let me just talk about this plot for a second. In most dystopian novels that I read (and end up loving), there is always a challenging goal for the protagonist; something that tests their limits, pushes the boundaries. Something that requires real belief  to achieve the main goal. But in this case? I just didn't feel it. Throughout the first half of the novel, I kept waiting for that problem to arise....but it never came. The only one problem Matt was focused on was such a lame and anti-climatic one, it did not live up to my expectations at all. Frankly, most of the book didn't even contribute to the plot and was just pretty insignificant and boring in my opinion.

Speaking of Matt....sigh. In House of the Scorpion, Matt was a very loveable, relatable, and unafraid character. his character development was just very...real, and I felt myself grow with him! But in Lord of Opium, I feel like Matt changed in all the wrong ways. I sort of saw the message Nancy Farmer was trying to say - that power in the hands of anybody can start to define you in ways you might not even notice - but I just don't feel like she did a very good job. Matt pretty much went from a relatable, awesome character to just downright annoying. There was one chapter where I literally had to put the book down for fear of hurling the book across the room out of annoyance (I probably shouldn't be hurling borrowed books anyway). Ahhhhhh.

Okay so that's a lot of critique, but let me say, it was not horrible. I mean, it's not like I was dying of boredom while reading it (that has definitely happened to me before...it's the most excruciating experience ever, believe me), it was a fairly enjoyable read, but in the end it just didn't live up to my expectations!

P.S. Can we just take a moment to look at the names of some of the states in this book? Like...I'm pretty sure no matter how bad the circumstances, "Meth" would not become a legit name. Just... I really. Like. WHy????

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Confession Time !

Hello everyone! Here is my story...

So I was slowly, oh so slowly, gruelling through Splintered by A.G. Howard in what appeared to be a reading slump. And then, one day, it struck me...when was this book due? I checked the due date. Crap. It was due the next day and I literally was no where near close to being done it.

And so I did it.

I didn't finish the book. Yes. You read that right. I simply did not finish it. I admit it. I confess.  Okay so I know what you're thinking: I could have easily renewed the thing right? Simple solution. However, I just did not have a desire to continue the book. I was in a reading slump, the plot was overpowered by a lamee romance, and I just didn't like any of the characters. So I just kind of..well...returned it.

Anywhoo, this is something I have never done before, and don't intend to really actually do. I'm getting uneasy and anxious just thinking about not finishing that book! I just can't not finish a book!?? I have no idea why I did that. What if the ending wasn't as bad as I thought it would be??!! Anyway, I'll probably finish Splintered sometime soon, expect a quick blog post on it in the foreseeable future!

What are your thoughts? Is finishing a book absolutely a must? Leave your thoughts down below. :)


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Quick Note: Consumerism Blog and Reading Update

Hello all! This doesn't have much to do with literature, but we are creating Tumblr blogs in class to create something that really represents consumerism and how it affects different aspects of our lives and other people's lives! I just linked this blog on here for easy access; it's on the right sidebar under "Pages."

My consumerism blog is http://kalindeevan.tumblr.com ! Go check it out if you want. :)


As for my reading life right now, it's going pretty slow (I'm still reading Splintered from like 1 or 2 weeks ago), but I think it's not so bad. Just taking a break, but I'll be back at it soon! Stayy tuned. :)

Inside & Out Tag!


Was looking for a fun and quick tag to do, and came across this one! It's been around for quite a while but gonna do it anyway. :) The original tag was created by MathomBooks on youtube, go check him out! Inside & Out is an acronym, here it is!

I - Inside flap/Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough (Discuss)
Personally I like synopses. They usually don't have a lot of information, but in my opinion, I think it's exactly what it should be like! Just enough info to get a good idea of the book, but barely enough to really get a grasp of what's going on....makes you want to read on!!! :P

N - New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, E-Book, Paperback, or Hardcover?
Paperback. Honestly, any format is fine, but I find paperbacks to be the most flexible and easiest to read with. The have all the great qualities of a physical book, however they aren't totally stiff and uncomfortable like hardcovers! Although hardcovers are gorgeous. :)

S - Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean? (Tell us why)
Writing in my books isn't something I do very often, because I don't ever want to stop reading to write something in. However, occasionally I will write in a note or underline a quote if I really feel like it! I have no problem whatsoever with writing in books though; I think it's a great thing and livens up the book!

I - In your best voice, read for us your favorite 1st sentence from a book.
Well..this isn't a video so that wouldn't work. But my favourite 1st sentence would have to be... "Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much." I'm pretty sure we all know where this is from.... Harry Potter and the Philosoper's Stone!!!! I just love this line, it's the reason why I actually read Harry Potter in the first place! :D

D - Does it matter to you whether the author is male of female when you're deciding on a book? What if you're unsure of the author's gender? 
No. way. Never!!!!

E - Ever read ahead? or have you ever read the last page way before you got there? (Do confess thy sins, foul demon!) :)
Nope! I have flipped to pages ahead sometimes, but never read them. It wouldn't make sense!!!!

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O - Organized bookshelves, or Outrageous bookshelves? 
OUTRAGEOUS all the way! My bookshelf is literally the craziest thing ever. It's so disorganized and messy and just an explosion of books. But I love it that way. 


Messy much? I didn't even realize this happened! :O
U - Under oath: have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)? 
Well I do admit, that I totally always judge books by their covers. I mean come on.... why do books even have covers, right??!! And I just love pictures and visuals and art and all that good stuff, so naturally, book covers are the first thing that draws me in. However, I still always read the synopsis; I wouldn't blindly buy a book! :P

T - Take it outside to read, or stay in? 
Honestly, it doesn't matter as long as I'm comfortable. (I won't be reading outside in the winter when it's -40c) And I always disappear into another world when I'm reading anyway, so my surroundings don't matter much to me! :)))


Anyway, that was my Inside & Out tag! I tag anyone who wants to do this (not tagging specifics because it's such an old tag), so if you're reading this and haven't done it...do it! I hope you all enjoyed, see you next time! :D