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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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Questions And Answers: Reading Edition

I grouped questions together and answered them accordingly. This was originally going to be a spin off of Truth or Truth, but clearly that didn’t happen. If you want a Truth or Truth, let me know. I grant some wishes and ignore others.

Let’s not waste any more time.

Questions:

  1. What book surprised you in a good way?
  2. What book surprised you in a bad way?

Answers:

  1. I’m all for pleasant surprises. Sarah J. Maas definitely delivered with Throne of Glass.Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Endgame #1: The Calling was a bad surprise. The ending in particular. Not because of the writing. Don’t get me wrong: I love the book. I just didn’t love my heart getting ripped apart.

Questions:

  1. What book did you love?
  2. What book did you hate?

Answers:

  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was so peculiar.
  2. I didn’t like I Am Number Four. Mostly because I read some incredible books beforehand.

Questions:

  1. What’s a series you never started?
  2. What’s a series you finished?

Answers:

  1. I’ve yet to read a single Harry Potter book.
  2. Many years ago, I read The Hunger Games.

Questions:

  1. What’s a series you would reread?
  2. What’s a series you didn’t finish?

Answers:

  1. The Maze Runner. I watched the movie twice so I might as well read the books again. It’s been a while.The Maze Runner Series
  2. I read Divergent, but I’ve yet to pick up Insurgent or Allegiant. I don’t think I will anytime soon, but I might in the far future.

I want to know your answers to these questions. Are you going to grant my wish?

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Fav Books Mid-Year 2015

It’s more than halfway through the year and I’m looking forward to the next few months. Well, not so much since school is about to start.

On the bright side, I might be slightly more productive.

Anyhow, in my opinion, reading is half the fun. Blogging about it makes up the other half.

For this post, I’m going to include books I started and finished before July 2015. Also, I may do another instalment for books I’ve read in the last six months of the year. If I remember.

Black Knight by Christopher Pike

Black Knight by Christopher Pike

If you should know anything about me, it’s this: I don’t like when people compare a book to other books. So I won’t compare Black Knight to anything else. Not Hunger Games. Not Divergent. Go in with an open mind and give the novel a chance. This goes for all books.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This story changed me. I will never be the same again.

Endgame (The Calling) by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton

Endgame #1 (The Calling) by James Frey

Does it sound familiar? That’s because I mentioned Endgame in a previous post. Say what you want about Frey. I appreciated the diversity and representation. Not every character was American.

The Escape by David Baldacci

The Escape by David Baldacci

I have no words aside from confessing that I’m in love with Robert Puller’s brain.

Lionheart: The Diaries of Richard I by Chris Manson

Lionheart-The Diaries of Richard I by Chris Manson

It’s a very different read, but the diary entries did not disappoint. I have a more in-depth review here.

Thank you Kev for the suggestion. I took his idea and put my own spin on it. He runs a fantastic blog supporting indie authors so you’re probably following him already.

Oh, would you look at that. I own a copy of all these books. Are you surprised I still want more?

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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.

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My Current To Be Read Pile

As impossible as it seems, I want to get around to reading every book under the sun.

These are the books that I’ll be reading in the near future because I purchased them for one reason or another.

My Current To Be Read Pile

But I’m still undecided as to which of the six I should read first.

  1. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  3. The Finisher by David Baldacci
  4. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
  5. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  6. Someone is Watching by Joy Fielding

Maybe you could decide for me.