Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Top Ten Tuesday...kind of!

Okay yeah, so it's technically the 24th right now (it's 12am; Merry Christmas, by the way!!!!!) but here I am at a Christmas Eve party. Being the bookish and weird awkward person, I'm just sitting here listening to some groovy karaoke (sang by some very awesome and brave folks, might I add), and I thought I would do a top ten for you guys quickly! So here is this week's top ten tuesday: books I hope Santa brings! 

Santa's probably on his way now, so I'd better write this quickly! ;D

(ps. no book cover images today guys, sorry!)

1. HARRY POTTER COLLECTION: WOW. As a die-hard fan, it's quite sad that I don't own all of the books, but what a perfect time to receive them! I also want to re-read them this winter, so it's perfect. And getting them at christmas-time adds sentimental value...Please Santa!! :)

2. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini: I've been wanting to read this for such a long time, and knowing that I would love this book, I would love to own it. Also super sad to hear about Ned Vizzini, I can't believe it. But yeah, this seems like such a great book!

3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carol: Actually, there is play that is in-the-works at our school right now, based on Lewis Carol's Alice in Wonderland, and I've been needing/wanting to read this book for the play for a while now! Especially because I'm on the costume/makeup crew (exciting...do I sense a litspiration challenge coming?)!

4. The Harry Potter Companion Books (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard): Need I say more?

5. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales: Even though I've already read this, I loved it so much, and I would love to have it as a part of my collection. :) Definitely read this one, guys!

6. Scarlet by Marrisa Meyer (Part of the Lunar Chronicles): PLEASE PLEASE GIVE ME THIS SEQUEL NOW.

7. Struck by Lightning by Chris Colfer: God I love Chris Colfer. Can I please read his writing already?

8. The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater: I read the first one and I really really liked it! Super excited to read the next ones. Might I add that these covers are so so beautiful? :)

9. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson: This book pretty much is my Summer 2013, and I just want to hold it in my hands and cry and read it every summer from now on, because it changed me and I love it so much. It's such a nice book. :)

10. The Book of (Holiday) Awesome by Neil Pasricha: Read the first Book of Awesome and I loved it. It's such a light and lovely book, and never fails to put a smile on my face. I would love to read this (Holiday) version!!!!! :D

Well, the list goes on and on and on and on. If I could, I would ask for all the books I could possibly fill my house with (all though I don't think that would go down well with the parents xD)!! But yea, here's just a couple! Hope you all enjoyed, and hope you all have an amazing christmas and holiday! Stay lovely, and keep reading!

What books do you hope Santa brings? :)

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares Review!!

Hello guys, hope you all are having an awesome holiday! Here's a quick review on Dash and Lily's Book of Dares!!

To start off, I loved the style the book was written in! I liked the switching perspectives between Dash and Lily; I liked seeing what the two thought of different situations! It was a great way to give a thorough experience of the "red notebook!"

As for the characters themselves, I loved all of them. They were all so awesome, funny, and amazing! I fell in love with Dash from his very first words in the book. He's one of those characters that really gets you hooked into the story! He was in fact....dare I say...dashing! As for Lily, I wasn't a big fan of her at the start. She was a bit childish, a little annoying, and just not that greatly written. But after a couple chapters, I started to love her as much as the other characters; and by the end, I totally was with her. I also loved some of the minor characters! Langston, Boomer, Grandpa...all of them were literally the best minor characters! They added a lot of comic relief to the book, which enhanced the entire plot and story even more!

Speaking of the plot, there was kind of a plot? I don't know, I guess it all lead up to them meeting, which is pretty much a plot, right? But anyway, I definitely loved the idea of this book and I loved the ending (I'm a sucker for happy endings ^_^)!

Overall, a great and lovely read. And very christmasy and cute, might I add! Glad I read it this particular week! If you're planning on reading, definitely do! :)

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz Review!!!

Okay. First of all, this is my review in a nutshell:

Second of all, five stars. 

Third, the review (finally xD): 

This book. Wow. Just. Wow. I literally just. Wow.

So I just randomly bought this book when I walked by it at Indigo. And just. I am so glad I did. I wasn't really sure what to expect (a story about two boys' friendship could have the potential to be anything!), but I really thought this was such an inspirational and unforgettable read. Wow. I literally love this book so much. Even though it is a mature read (in the sense of having mature content) and follows a slightly controversial idea, I honestly don't even care, because the book was just so much more than those little things.

It's about friendship, relationships, being adults and being teens and everything in between. It's about acceptance and finding yourself. It's about the little moments and love. It's about life. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe captures the very essence of life, and what it really means to live.

There's really no plot to this book. It doesn't have a specific goal or centres around a specific thing...it's just about a boy. A boy who doesn't know who he is, and doesn't know what he wants in life. Doesn't know why he's even here, or what life even means. It's about his journey to find himself, and..well....discover the secrets of the universe. :)

The biggest reason why I loved this book so much was that it really opened my eyes. It's tells a story about having your own journey, and that there really is no way to speed it up. You, me, Ari, and Dante: we all are fighting our own wars. And not everyone will always accept themselves from the beginning, but life is about finding that inner acceptance. The will to open up to who you truly are and accept it..even if others won't. And I feel like this book literally was all about that. It was the raw truth; all the pain, happiness, hatred, loyalty, love...none of it hidden or spared. And I loved that. I loved the shameless way this book was written.

AND the characters. Just wow. Okay they weren't that 'normal' by societal standards, but I feel like I was all of the characters. They were me, and I was them. They captured who I was and my life so very realistically. They are one of the most real and imperfect characters I have come across.

AND the writing. WOW AGAIN. Benajamin Alire Sáenz wrote in such a poetic way, but it had just enough prose to make it just right (shall I say...Goldilocks Zone?)! I loved the short/long variation in chapters, and just the simple and plain dialogue written in. It was most and utterly beautiful.

All in all, I just actually really love this book (obviously..haha). I totally recommend this book. It was a truly amazing journey. :)

Friday, 13 December 2013

Beautiful Creatures Series Review!

Okay, if any of you guys follow my Goodreads, you would know that I recently finished the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl! Here's just a quick review on the series. :)

So as a series, I actually really loved this series. I laughed, cried, rolled my eyes, and fell in love along the way with the characters. It wasn't a perfect series, and obviously not the best I have read, but I honestly just had an adventure reading this. I just love it. And there can never be too much magic!

Well... never mind .. :O

Anyway, the two things I particularly want to talk about is the characters, setting, and plot.

The characters. Wow. What can I say? I literally loved all of these characters; even the evil ones. Especially the evil ones. I just fell in love with them, because they were so relatable yet so intriguing and different! Of course Lena and Ethan, the main two, were both amazing. The events that happen in all four books really changes them, inside and out. And I just loved their developing relationship and understanding of each other, it was so real. :) The other two characters I adored were Link and Ridley. Ugh. These two. Okay so Ridley is pretty evil and crazy, but I don't know...something about her just really struck me! And Link Link Link. Gaaah Link. CAN I JUST HAVE LINK? CAN HE BE MY BEST FRIEND???! Like. Just he is the best. And most definitely the comic relief in the books; he's just so funny, casual, quirky, and careless. I just love that about him.

There are so so may other characters I just loved so much in these series. The authors did a wonderful job in developing them. Especially the evil ones...they were so tragic. I think that's why all evil people are evil....inside, they are just broken... :/

Okay and the setting: Gatlin. Small southern country....LOVE THIS. I love the idea that in such a boring, old, strict town...something insane happens. I love the idea of how "anything can happen, anywhere or to anyone." :)

And the PLOT. Okay it was great. There was the perfect balance between crazy/fast pace stuff and the slow, detailed important stuff! I loved the plot twists, and I love how every single detail from the very first book ended up being important all the way in like the last one! Love love love.

Okay, so I'll stop raving now! I used the word 'love' so much in this review...so what more is there to say! I LOVED this series! Even though it's certainly not the best thing out there, I just enjoyed these books quite a bit.

Thanks for stopping by, see ya all later!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Winter TBR Books!!!!!

Hey Guys! I am super excited, I am finally doing a Top Ten Tuesday! TTT is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish (love their blog, go check them out!) and this week's TTT list is Top 10 Winter TBR!!! God you guys have no idea how excited I am for the winter break. Soooo many days to read, and Christmas time is my favourite time of year to cozy and up read and read and read and read and read and read....

Anyway, here are my top ten winter tbr books (in no specific order :)

1. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle: Super super excited to get my hands on this one. Seems like a nice, easy, and light read, and some awesome authors are involved. :)

2. The Spirit of Christmas: With a Foreword by Debbie Macomber by Cecil Murphy and Marley Gibson: Seems like a very Christmas-y book (obviously) and sounds just really nice. Would love to read this. 

3. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, Anthea Bell: I've just been really wanting to read this!!

4. Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan: *Angelic music. This book sounds so good it literally makes me want to squeal. I want to read this sooooooooo badly. Such an interesting and original plot idea (well, at least, I haven't heard of anything like it)!!!
And that cover. *fans self.

5. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: I just really have to k.

6. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan: So I know this is a bit of a mature read, but I have been waiting forever to read this, and now seems like a great time. It looks so interesting! I'll keep you guys updated. :) 
Can we also talk about this cover??? <3

7. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill: I don't know, this just sounds really..well....<333 

8. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: Okay I actually have been so afraid to read this book, but I don't think I can not-read it. I'm going to read this. I must. 

9. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski: Okay this actually sounds so good. And that cover. (Going to be published around Feb. 2014, so this is a later-winter read). :) 

10. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz: Okay I know I am 'currently-reading' this, but you guys don't even understand how good this book is. IT'S SO GOOD I CAN'T EVEN. OH MY GOD AKJFHLKJ. Expect a review on this soooon! :D
This Cover. <3 Did I also mention how good this book is? 

Well, that is it guys! I know I kinda suck at TBRs so I may or may not end up reading these. Oh! I was also planning on re-reading Harry Potter...because I can. So shhshh. Anyway, I am super super excited for reading these and the winter holidays in special. Thanks to @The Broke and the Bookish for this awesome TTT! :) 

Monday, 9 December 2013

Crazy Book-Buying Obsessions! (Tag)

Tag time! I found this awesome tag made by @ReadingWithJack on YouTube, and here is the link to the original video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hcsb95z678g! So anyway, here is the tag!

1) Do you have an obsession with buying books?
Ummm yeah. 

2) When, where and how often do you buy your books? Do you go with anyone else or just by yourself?
Okay so pretty much everytime I go to the mall, I end up at Indigo or Chapters or Coles or any other store that might sell books. Or if I am driving by a book store, I will probably beg my parents to stop there (they usually don't)! I buy books a lot. Like. A LOT. (Shame-free obsession xD) I usually browse book stores by myself, but sometimes I have friends with me. I don't really go book shopping with my parents; we have uh...have...different tastes. :P

3) What kind of things attract you to books when browsing them? Is there a specific genre of books you automatically go and look at?
Okay, I'm not gonna lie: book covers. I kid you not. I know, I know, I know. "Don't judge a book by it's cover." bUT. I think this quote has a better figurative meaning, than literal. Besides, why do books even have covers!! I just love pretty covers and I totally think that there is no problem in being attracted to a book at first because of the cover. But don't forget to actually read what it is about; and don't neglect the poor books w/o beautiful covers, they are probably amazing too! And I always am attracted to the YA/Fantasy sections...they are just magnificent genres. <3

4) Do you prefer to buy new, used or a mixture of both?
I honestly don't care. A book is a book! But I must admit, used books have this sense of mystery that I just love. :)

5) How much are you willing to spend on books each month?
I don't really have like a limit, but I definitely know that I can't go super overboard; books aren't cheap (sadly)! (ps. can we talk about how they are always more expensive in Canada? Seeing that cheaper U.S. price on the back makes me cringe!)

6) Have you ever gone on any 'book-buying bans'?
Not willingly!! I could never do it. But my parents have cut me off from buying books often. It's so excruciating! Ah!

7) How long does it take you to get around to reading to recently bought books?
This seriously spans from like the day that I buy the book to like literally 6 months after I buy the book. This is because my "moods" of what I want to read basically change like every week, so if I'm not in the mood for a book I bought, I just wait (it's not as fun to read a book you are not in the mood for!). :) I just remembered I still have to read John Green's Paper Towns that I bought like in June/July...wow.

8) Do you prefer to buy a lot of shorter, cheaper books or just a few longer, more expensive ones?
Honestly it depends on what the book is. For me, it's not really the price that determines what books I buy. If I want to buy it, I'll buy it. :) And of course; quantity does not equal quality (although I do dream of having a home with books filling every corner...it's so gonna happen)..

9) Anything else to say about these awesome obsessions?
Honestly, I just love books, and buying books, and borrowing books, and lending books, and like. Books. I don't think that buying lots of books is a bad thing (as long as you don't spend all your money on them: bad idea!)! I mean...what's the worse that could happen? Crazy book lady? Pffft. I'm already a crazy book lady...so who cares !

10) Who are you tagging? 
I tag anyone and everyone reading this at all! Doo the tag! I dare you! :) Or just leave some of your answers down below; either is fine. :) What do you guys think? Buying books: yay or nay?????? 

Well that's it, I had lots of fun! Until next time, happy reading!

The Way I Rate Books: Star System!

Hello everyone! I thought I would quickly share how I rate the books I read. I don't really show many "star ratings" on my blog, but I do on Goodreads! Anyway this is going to be super quick, because I basically rate the books I read on enjoyability. I pretty much took the idea from Goodreads. Anyway, while literary elements, writing style, characters, settings, plot....all of that matters, I tend to usually just give a book 5 stars if I really loved reading it, or the idea of it! This is because I think that all those literary factors kind of contribute to the enjoyability of a book; which is why the most general way of rating one is by how much you liked the book. So anyway, I just use the Goodreads 5 star system, here it is (with my commentary about the system in brackets)! 

*     = did not like it (it was horrible)
**    = it was okay (meh: weak plots, characters, etc.)
***   = liked it (quite enjoyable, easy and simple read; nothing complicated or crazy)
****  = really liked it (Great. Awesome characters, plot, setting; however nothing to obsess over!!)
***** = it was amazing (Everything was amazing, brb while I obsess and fangirl over this book)

So this is pretty much it! During my reviews I may talk about different things depending on the book. Let me know if you guys want me to talk more about some things!! Also, I have decided I give books starred ratings on my book reviews on this blog too!

Until next time, see you!

Pinterest Board: Bookish Things!

Hey guys:) I was just bored, and found myself on Pinterest. I created a new board called Bookish Things, and thought I would share it with you. Enjoy. :))

Also, I will be reviewing Beautiful Redemption soon (and maybe the rest of the series; still deciding) and I have also started reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Sáenz ! Super excited. :)

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