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Pick One: Book Characters

While writing my Pick One: Book Series blog post, I was inspired to pit fictional characters against each other. Enjoy!

Peeta or Gale? Hunger Games 

They’re both cool characters. Younger Herminia just thought Gale was cooler.

Edward or Jacob? Twilight 

Probably Jacob. I’m old, but I believe younger me was a bigger fan of the latter.

Dorian or Chaol? Throne of Glass

I liked Chaol’s character and his relationship with Celaena.

Rhysand or Tamlin? A Court of Thorns and Roses

Rhysand. He was more interesting to me even in the first book.

Darrow or Sevro? Red Rising

Darrow is amazing, but Sevro is somehow even more amazing. But I love them to pieces.

Minho or Newt? The Maze Runner

Minho in the books, Newt in the movies. So much got lost in the film adaptations. It’s such a shame.

Brenda or Theresa? The Maze Runner

Theresa in both the books and movies. She had greater depth to her character.

John or Robert Puller? John Puller

Robert. I’ve said this before, and I’m going to say it again: I love the older brother’s brain. I need a series that exclusively follows him everywhere.

Safiya or Iseult? The Witchlands

Iseult. She helped me remember the word, homeostasis, which I coincidentally learned in my biotechnology class. That’s enough to win me over. I have low expectations, okay.

Clary or Isabelle? The Mortal Instruments

Isabelle all the way. She’s one of the few characters I grew fonder of.

This was such a struggle to write. I hope you appreciate my suffering.

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Pick One: Book Series

I force myself to choose between book series to figure out which ones I love with my broken heart.

Hunger Games or Divergent?

Considering I read all three books of the former and I only read the first book for the latter, it’s no contest. The Hunger Games takes the cake. I’m not usually a big fan of love triangles, but Gale and Peeta didn’t annoy me. Maybe I also need to do a post where I pick between two characters. That’ll be fun.

Twilight or Thirst?

The latter. It’s not as well known, but I enjoyed reading Christopher Pike’s novels in high school. I finished all of the Twilight books in 22 days, something I don’t do very often nowadays. By something I mean I don’t read a whole series all at once in such a short span of time. I miss the good old days where I had no responsibilities.

Throne of Glass or A Court of Thorns and Roses?

The Throne of Glass novels will always have a special place in my heart because I started that series first. But also because I love the characters so much it’s not even funny.

The Maze Runner or The Mortality Doctrine?

I read all the books in the former and only The Eye of Minds for the latter. I even watched The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trial films alone because I have no friends.

Lorien Legacies or Legend?

Legend. I’ve been trying to pit similar series together or books written by the same author. This one is slightly questionable. I digress. I liked Legend. I didn’t like I Am Number Four.

The Ender Quintet or Red Rising?

There isn’t a series that can rival my love for Red Rising, despite my four star ratings on GoodReads. Take those with a grain of salt. I’m all over the place and have yet to get my act together. I’m not sure how I’m 20 years old.

Writing this post has made me realize how many series I haven’t read but need to. And that my memory is bad (re: I am 20, so old; did you get that memo?).

Let me know your picks down below!

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Completing The 30 Books Challenge

1. A book you love:

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

I love this book with all my heart. And I’m trying to make other people love it too.

2. A book you can’t forget:

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

My grade five teacher recommended it to me. Bless her for doing so.

3. A book that motivated you:

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

King makes me want to be a better writer.

4. A book that made you think about life:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

It’s thought-provoking.

5. A book with a colour in its title:

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I adore Brown and his brain.

6. A book with a number in its title:

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

I had to read it for school, but I liked the modernized zombie tale.

7. A book everyone needs to read:

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Timeless classic. What more can I say?

8. A book that was recommended to you:

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

A good friend of mine made me pick this one up.

9. A book you didn’t expect to like as much as you did:

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Because of the hype surrounding Maas and her work, I thought I wasn’t going to like her novels. But I enjoyed ToG so very much.

10. A book that made you cry:

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

It didn’t directly make me cry, but I was holding the book while I cried. Does that count?

11. A book that reminds you of your childhood:

The Giver by Lois Lowry

I was a naïve child.

12. A book you have reread or would reread:

Thirst No. 4 by Christopher Pike

I reread the fourth book prior to reading the fifth in order to jog my memory. The second read through was just as good, if not even better than the first.

13. A book that was turned into a movie:

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I read the book before I watched the movie. If you know me at all, you know I’m firmly in the camp that the book was obviously better.

14. A book you wish was turned into a movie or TV show:

The Escape by David Baldacci

This needs to be made into a movie.

15. A book you couldn’t put down:

Endgame: The Calling by James Frey

Action-packed fun.

16. A book that kept you up at night:

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

I remember finishing the novel late at night and being blown away by the ending.

17. A book you travelled with:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

I carried the novel in my bag with a water bottle I didn’t close properly. Safe to say water and paper don’t mix unless you’re painting with watercolours.

18. A book you wanted to toss across the room:

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Because of how it ends.

19. A book you received as a gift:

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

From my one and only older brother. Thanks.

20. A book you gave or would give as a gift:

The Elements of Style by E. B. White and William Strunk Jr.

I would give it as a gift, especially to someone who likes writing.

21. A book you think is underrated:

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

I don’t see or hear many people talk about Norris and her books.

22. A book that lived up to its hype:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I didn’t think it would, but it did.

23. A book that broke your heart:

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

It was my first Picoult novel. I’m happy to say it was not the last. I really felt for the characters in this one.

24. A book that restored your faith in humanity:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Young, awesome characters tend to restore my faith.

25. A book with a pretty cover:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

It’s my aesthetic.

26. A book that reminds you of summer:

Atonement by Ian McEwan

The novel takes place in the summer.

27. A book that brings back good memories:

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Technically it’s a play I performed with some of my best friends in high school.

28. A book that makes you happy:

Nevermore by James Patterson

I enjoyed the entire series.

29. A book you will never get tired of talking about:

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

I could go on and on about this gem.

30. A book you wish you wrote:

Carrie by Stephen King

If I had to be honest, I wish I wrote every novel King wrote. Carrie is no exception.


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A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas | A Book Review

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Title: A Court of Mist and Fury

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

About the book: It’s the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses. Feyre has the powers of High Fae, but her heart is still human, and she can’t forget what she had to do in order to save Tamlin’s people. Feyre also hasn’t forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, the High Lord of the Night Court. She has to step into her growing power and shape her own future.

First impressions: I had high hopes going in because I enjoyed the first one. I like Maas as a writer. I especially love the Throne of Glass series. That said, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of the story in Mist and Fury, since I’ve been avoiding spoilers on social media as much as possible. Also, I didn’t expect the book to be as long as it is, since the first novel is shorter.

Summary: Feyre has to deal with her past (described in A Court of Thorns and Roses) to face the present (explored in Mist and Fury) and shape her future (continued in Wings and Ruin).

Characters: I found myself needing some time to get to know the new characters. At first, because I didn’t know much of their backstory, I had a tough time feeling anything for them. But Maas slowly reveals little pieces of the past in regards to Rhysand’s cousin (Morrigan) and friends (Amren, Azriel, and Cassian). So it got easier to connect with everyone as the novel progressed. Of course, there are plenty of scenes with Feyre and Rhysand together, but individually as well. Because of the longer length, I think there’s more character development in this novel than the first, especially with respect to the female protagonist.

Quote:

“Don’t let the hard days win..”

Writing: Maas balances world-building with fast-paced action. The plot advances at a good, suspenseful pace while still packing in enough detailed description for readers to know what’s going on. Also, the friendly teasing and banter between characters is a bonus.

Final thoughts: The ending is all kinds of fun, but everything that can go wrong does. Although the Throne of Glass series will always have a special and bigger place in my heart, I would recommend this series to anyone interested in power, politics, and passion. I’m not sure how I feel about the flirty leading to steamy romance, yet I managed to survive those scenes. I’ll try to read Wings and Ruin in the near future, but I’m usually late to the hyped books party.

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Books Of The Month | April 2017

I wonder if I wrote more words or read more this month. Either way here’s how my April unfolded.


What I Finished:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

One phrase description:

It gets better.

Quote:

“We need hope, or else we cannot endure.”

My general thoughts:

I technically finished this in March a couple days after I published my book blog post. I think that’s a testament to how much I enjoyed ACOFTAR, especially the ending. It took me a few chapters to get acquainted with the new world and characters. I’m so used to the Throne of Glass books, and so I found myself comparing this novel to her other works. Personally I like her writing. It’s descriptive enough for me to get a sense of the world but not too descriptive that I get impatient, wishing something would happen already.


Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

One phrase description:

It got faster.

Quote:

“Sometimes justice was all about the small victories.”

My general thoughts:

I found it hard to get into at first. I needed some time to adjust to the world and all the characters. But the story picked up its pace. I was a bit confused at the beginning. Thankfully things made more sense as the novel went on.


Last Man Standing by David Baldacci

One phrase description:

It got crazier.

Quote:

“At some point you have to live your life the way you want to.”

My general thoughts:

I had a great time with this novel. I didn’t see many of the twists and turns coming. It had a good amount of action, mystery, and suspsense. I liked that the main character, Web, has many issues. He works through some of them throughout the novel. It made for a more realistic story.


What I’m Currently Reading:

Symbol of Treason by Natalya Orekhov

First impressions:

Aside from some formatting and grammatical errors, the writing isn’t that bad. Most of the characters seem to have their demons and a less than ideal past. It’d be interesting to see how they deal with their problems.


What I Want To Read Next Month:

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

Why: 

I had the hardest time deciding what to read next. I’m going with this one because why not. 


Next month I hope to start reviewing books individually. I’m announcing this on here because online accountability has worked in the past. Don’t fail me in the future.

Happy reading in May!

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Books Of The Month | March 2017

There goes another month. 2017 needs to slow down. Now that I’ve finished all my assigned English novels, I might take it easy for a few months reading wise. Or maybe I won’t. I don’t know what will happen. I’m not a fortune teller. But I can tell you all about my past. Starting with the books I read in March.


What I Finished:

Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee

One phrase description:

An interestingly formatted novel.

Quote:

“Authority must be earned.”

My general thoughts:

I liked it. I didn’t love it. I found it hard to read at first, since the novel is broken up into three different sections on one page and sometimes they carry over onto the next. So I had no idea how to read the book. I still don’t. It was a different reading experience to say the least.


Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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One phrase description:

It’s like going back to high school.

Quote:

“So many things become beautiful when you really look.”

My general thoughts:

I’m not sure if I read this book many years ago. Either my memory fails me or I didn’t read it at all. Regardless my mind just loves playing tricks on me. I’m pretty sure I borrowed Before I Fall from the library, however. I probably still have the receipt.

Anyhow, I felt like the concept had potential. Concept being the main character lives the same day over and over again. I didn’t like the main character much, although she does become a bit more likeable as the story progresses. Thank goodness.


Looking for Alaska by John Green

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One phrase description:

Unexpected questions.

Quote:

“You just use the future to escape the present.”

My general thoughts:

I had high expectations going in. And while I wasn’t disappointed, I found it hard to get into at first. It started somewhat slow in my opinion. The ending not so much.

For some reason, I kept seeing parallels between this and Norwegian Wood. They aren’t that alike. To be fair though I read both around the same time. Being an English student and a recreational reader at the same time isn’t easy. 


Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

One phrase description:

More than just a love story.

Quote:

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

My general thoughts:

I love this novel. Love the characters. Love the writing. Love the story. It was relatable in many ways. And an easy read if you ask me. Then again no one asked me.


What I’m Currently Reading:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

First impressions:

I’m enjoying it thus far. I keep comparing this novel to Throne of Glass. I’m not sure which book I like more. I’ll try to get back to you on that when I finish ACoTaR. No promises.


What I Want To Read Next Month:

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Why: 

It seems like something I’d enjoy. I hope I’m right.


Alas, April is almost upon us…

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Books I Haven’t Read

After reading this post, you may think I don’t read at all. That’s not the case. I just haven’t gotten around to reading the ones listed below.

Divergent (and Insurgent and Allegiant) by Veronica Roth

I will start Divergent sometime in the future. I have a copy of it on my bookshelf. It’s one of several books I owe but haven’t gotten through yet. I’m not lying.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I saw the cover for “Glass Sword” just now. The two books side by side are gorgeous together. I’m just worried the story might disappoint.

Throne of Glass (series)/A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass

It’ll happen. Galit, thanks for your recommendations. I see them, I do.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

How late am I? To be fair, I think I’d enjoy the novel a lot.

Paper Towns/Looking for Alaska/An Abundance of Katherines, basically anything except The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Isn’t one enough?

Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling

Come to think of it, I haven’t read anything of hers. I know I know. It seems like everyone and their dog has read Harry Potter (or watched the movies). I know enough about the books to get by. I’ve been called Hermione way too many times. I’ve been compared to her as well. I’ve also had people spell my name like that. You have no idea how much that used to frustrate me. And it’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to reading a book with a character who’s similar to me in many ways.

How much respect have you lost for me?

I’m kidding.

Convince me to read any of these, especially Harry Potter, and I’ll send you a copy of my first book. If it ever gets published.

Enjoy what’s left of your weekend. Get some reading done.