The Ruler of Books Tag

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This awesome tag was created by booktuebr Ariel Bisset, and I came across it at Lola’s blog Hit or Miss Books. It’s been awhile since i’ve done a tag, and this one looked pretty fun.

What book would you make everyone read?

Ok so I have two answers for this, one a series and the other a standalone. Everyone should read Harry Potter, for obvious reasons. It is a very popular book, but there are still some people who have not experienced the magic of it, and I think everyone should at least try it. For my standalone, I chose Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, because of the themes and messages, Also, it is beautifully written and really gets you thinking.

What would you abolish in book construction?

I could honestly could write an entire post about this. For now, I’ll just choose one thing–covers with actual people on them. You know the ones I’m referring to, where a person is randomly and awkwardly photshopped onto a cover. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes real people on covers can look good (i.e. Since You’ve Been Gone, To All The Boys I’ve  Loved Before) but most of the time, it is cringe worthy.

What author would you commission to write you any book?

This really depends on what kind of book. For the world-building aspect, definitely Marissa Meyer. Cute contemporary? Rainbow Rowell. Contemporary that tears your heart into pieces? John Green.

What book would you demote to the library basement to make room for new books?

The first two books of the Matched Trilogy, for sure. In fact, if there was no room in the basement, I would not be against just plain throwing them in the trash.

What cover artist would you commission to make a mural?

I don’t know illustrators names, but whoever made Harry Potter and The Lunar Chronicles Covers.  I mean look at how beautiful they are?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

What character’s face would you put on a coin?

Albus Dumbledore.

What book would you award the “Ruler of Books” 2016 Prize to?

So far my favorite 2016 release that I have read has been The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. However. in a few months I’m pretty sure Empire of Storms will overtake the title!

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a tag, so I’m not sure what blogs accept nominations or tags anymore. If you want to be tagged in any future posts, let me know and I’ll add you to my list!

Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Love Book to Movie Adaptations

Top Ten

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, there is a certain theme assigned where you have to try to list ten for that category. For more information, visit their page here.

June 7: Reasons You Love _____

This week’s topic really caught my eye, since it was so open-ended. There are so many things I love it was hard to choose! I ended up selecting “book-to-movie adaptations” because I have so much to say about them.

1. the anticipation

This may sound strange, but I actually love the anticipation that comes while waiting for a new book or movie to release. I love counting down the days or seeing how close I am to reading or watching something I am excited for!

2. Extremely Accurate Screenplays

One of the best things for me when it comes to movie adaptations is when the author writes the screenplay. When you are sitting in the theater and you hear the exact same lines you read, it is just a really neat experience.

3. Similarities

While watching a book-to-movie adaptation, it is always fun to spot the similarities. Movies could go in any direction, so it is cool to see you favorite scene or character included.

4. Differences

Differences–the thing that sparks the most arguments about book to movie adaptations. Sometimes the movie will take a different path than the book, and sometimes it can lead to something great or something awful. I always enjoy seeing how the movie has a unique story to itself, because it is impossible to dully translate a book to a movie.

5. Gives Characters a Face

I am extremely bad at picturing characters while I am reading, so seeing other’s interpretations of the character is always helpful. There are times were if I see pictures or a trailer of the movie, I will imagine the characters that way. Also, I love when characters I pictured look exactly how I thought they would. For example, Daniel Radcliffe does not play Harry Potter–he truly is Harry Potter to me!! 😀

6. Helps Visualize the Setting

This is for books that have specific settings of places I haven’t been. When reading The Fault in Our Stars, I couldn’t picture Amsterdam the best. But after watching the movie, I now know what the Anne Frank House and the restaurant looked like in the book,

7. The Hype 

Seeing one of your beloved books getting the attention it deserves is a great feeling. When a book is announced to become a movie, while there are some that will just watch the movie, many will also read the book. In the end they all are enjoying the same story you love.

8. Picking Up Small Details

Sometimes, the movie producers throw in small Easter eggs for us readers. To someone hasn’t read the book, they wouldn’t notice these details. However, when we see them,  we get completely giddy.

I personally love movies that are really accurate and adapt the book as best as possible. These adaptations can be a total hit or complete flop (looking at you Percy Jackson, Beautiful Creatures, Divergent, etc.) Here are some of my absolute favorite recent book to movie adaptations.

Me Before You  (Me Before You, #1) Paper Towns

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 

CHEAP RICK RIORDAN BOOKS

Rick Riordan

I had a different post planned for today, but when I saw an amazing email pop up in my inbox today, I knew I had to share it with you guys! It is a common fact that I love both of the Percy Jackson series–I rank them up near Harry Potter.

Unfortunately, there are many people who haven’t yet experienced the magic of reading a Percy Jackson book. However, that can all change today! On Amazon Kindle today, all of Rick’s books are 1.99 (excluding his newest release Trials of Apollo)!

You can buy the PJO series or the HOO for only 10 dollars, and the Kane Chronicles for 6 dollars. They are even selling the Greek Gods/Monsters books, which give more depth about greek mythology.

If you read Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus, you can then read the Trials of Apollo, The Hidden Oracle, which came out earlier this month. My official review is coming tomorrow, but I ABSOLUTELY ADORED IT.

So if you are ever planning on picking up these wonderful series, act today!

Empire of Storms Cover + Synopsis

 

IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS SERIES/ARE NOT CAUGHT UP, DO NOT CONTINUE READING THIS POST. THE GOODREADS SUMMARY ALONE IS SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER. SERIOUSLY DO NOT READ ANYMORE OF THIS.

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Ok, so for those of you who have kept up with Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series, you probably know that we recently got a cover release and goodreads summary! If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is!

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

I LOVE IT! It is definitely one of the better covers of the series (although I think Queen of Shadows is still my favorite). Normally, when I see fire on a fantasy cover, it looks super cheesy and unneccessary, but this time it actually makes sense!

This cover isn’t the only thing I’m excited for, because there is also a summary!

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

The worst thing about Sarah J. Maas books is how I read them so fast, and then I have to wait a whole year to get the next one :(. I have no idea how I am going to wait for September 7th. There are so many things to be excited for in this book!

EDIT: I just realized that this is the second to last book, and after this one there is only one more o:

The May 3rd Exciting Predicament

It’s been awhile! I know I have been super inactive, but life gets busy and there is just no time! I’m afraid I won’t have too much time in the next few weeks, but once summer rolls around, I’ll have all the time in the world. During this time, I am definitely still reading, just not blogging. I’m going to have a ton of reviews to catch up on when I get around to it!

Anyways, I was looking at my calendar of new releases, and found that quite possibly the most exciting day is approaching us in 2 days. That’s right, it is May 3rd.

What’s so special about May 3rd, you ask? IT’S BASICALLY THE MOST TERRIFIC TUESDAY OF THE YEAR WITH A BAJILLON NEW RELEASES.

Seriously, I have 3 anticipated books releasing on this day. And when I say anticpated, I don’t mean “hey that looks like a good read,” but rather the “I HAVE BEEN WAITING SO LONG!” There also some other great books releasing as well that day, but this three are my priority.

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)  The Unexpected Everything  The Crown (The Selection, #5)

Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

“How do you punish an immortal? By making him human. After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour. But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.”

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

‘Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks) But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing – if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.  And where’s the fun in that?”

The Crown by Kiera Cass

“Twenty years have passed since the events of The One, and America and Maxon’s daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own. Princess Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you… and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected.”

Seriously, how can three books as amazing as these be released all on the same day? This is probably the order I will read them because…

  1. IT IS A NEW PERCY JACKSON BOOK WITH GREEK MYTHOLOGY AND YES JUST GIVE IT TO ME RIGHT NOW
  2. MORGAN MATSON IS ACTUAL PERFECTION AND HAVE YOU READ SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE AKA THE BEST SUMMER BOOK IN EXISTENCE
  3. I HAVE TO SEE HOW THIS SERIES ENDS (AGAIN??)

As you can tell by the overuse of capitalization, I am quite excited. Any anticipated reads coming out for you on May 3rd? Tell me about all the books!

Spring Books: Pastel Edition

I don’t know about you guys, but I am really glad that Spring is finally here! This is one of my favorite seasons because everything comes back to life- the trees are blooming, the birds are chirping, and my flowers are starting to pop up! Another I love about spring is the pastel colors that come with it. Seriously I could get lost in the Easter decoration aisle forever, because all of the colors are beautiful!

In honor of springtime and Easter tomorrow, I decided I would compile a list of books based on the pastel them. Most of these are contemporary, since you don’t see too many hard fantasy books with pastel yellow and purple on them. Maybe one of this will spark your interest, and your next book will match the season!

(Summaries and Descriptions are from either author’s website or goodreads)

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Lock and KeyWhat happens when your past is not just past, but wiped clean entirely? How do you figure out where you’re going when you can’t even claim where you’ve been? These were the questions that inspired Lock and Key. It’s the story of a girl named Ruby who is abandoned by her mother and determined to make it on her own, even—and especially—when she is sent to live with her long-lost sister in a whole new world of privilege, family, and relationships. As Ruby learns, there’s a big difference between being given help and being able to accept it. And sometimes, it takes reaching out to someone else to save yourself.


 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & ParkEleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor. Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park. Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


 

Meant to Be by Laura Morrill

Meant to Be

This spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window)  when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts  . . .  from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.


 

Rebel belle Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts. Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.


All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.


 

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Mosquitoland After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.


 

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world. Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.


 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlBASICALLY THE BEST BOOK EVER AND I HAVE GONE ON AND ON ABOUT IT SEVERAL TIMES, SO IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT GO TO A BOOKSTORE RIGHT NOW AND GET IT. SERIOUSLY.  IT’S MY FAV.

It’s about a girl named Cath who is obessed with the best-selling Simon Snow series. She’s a hardcore fan, and has a fanfiction that thousands of people read. Cath is like many of us, socially awkward book nerds, so follow her on her journey through her first year of college, twin troubles, and the boy in her room named Levi.


 

There is a handful of these that I haven’t read myself, so I may be picking up one of these pastel beauties in the future!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soundtrack To My Life Book Tag

My span of internet-less days is over! What better way to get back into blogging than a fun book tag. I found this particular one over at The Books Out Loud and self-tagged myself, because it looked to fun to pass up!

Opening Credits: favorite childhood book:

I absolutely adored the Junie B. Jones series! There was even a point where I bought the whole series of books and I read them all the time. Everywhere I went, I had one ready to read!

Waking up: A book that got you out of a reading slump:

I was in a bit of a slump there for a while, so I reread Fangirl. That book always makes me happy, and just puts me into this positive mood to read.

School: A book that you ended up reading for school and ended up loving it:

I remembered I had to read The Mysterious Benedict Society once, and I fell in love with it! It was one of the first books that I read that was on the larger size, and was the first step into some older fiction. It was also very interesting and unique.

Falling In Love: An author you love so much you want to read all of their books:

Honestly, there are so many authors that I will read whatever book they put out. Just to name a few, Rick Riordan, John Green, and Veronica Roth.

Fight: Book with the best action sequences:

Divergent has some pretty good action sequences, that all in all are very dramatic and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Break up: A book or series you didn’t finish and do not intend to finish:

An Abundance of Katherines…honestly I have no idea how many times I have tried to start this book. I have only gotten 30 pages in each time, and I really doubt I will ever finish it.

Hanging with friends: A book that you think everyone should read:

I think that Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a great book for people to read, because of its message. It deals with some dark stuff, and I feel that everyone could benefit from a trip through the mind of a hurting person.

Breakdown: Book that seriously affected you or had you crying your eyes out:

Have you read TFIOS? If so, you totally understand.

Road Trip: Your favorite series (more than 3 books):

  1. Harry Potter (duh)
  2. Percy Jackson
  3. Hunger Games

Honestly I could go one, but here are the basic answers.

Flashback: Your favorite book from 5 years ago:

I honestly do not even remember. Like at all.

Getting Back Together: A book you can’t stop rereading:

Contemporary-wise, I will never get tired of rereading Fangirl. Fantasy-wise (of course Harry Potter, but I want a different answer) I would have to say The Darkest Minds series. I can pick one of those up any given day and be completely sucked into the story.

Moment of Triumph: Longest book you’ve ever read:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, clocking in at nearly 900 pages. I am not even ashamed of how fast I read this beast.

Death Scene: Book or series you wish had ended differently:

THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS. This series was soooo good…until Blood of Olympus! Percy Jackson books are some of my favorite, so the fact that I wish it had ended differently even makes me sad. At least the Trials of Apollo will be out soon 🙂

Funeral: Book with the best or worst epilogue:

I know that for many, Harry Potter’s epilogue is either one you love or hate. I just so happen to be one of those who love the ending. I love the glimpse of the second generation and just the happiness of it all. All was well.

End Credits: Who do you tag?

Anyone who wants to do this tag!

 

 

Hello….It’s Me

To quote Adele,

Hello, it’s me

I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet

To go over, everything

Hey guys! It’s me. I am back. The calendar has been extremely busy lately and I was going through an account issue. I felt so bad that I hadn’t been on in a month!

To quote Bieber,

Is it too late now to say sorry???

Seriously though, it has been too long. Not only have I not been blogging, but I have been completely out of this book world. I gave up social media, so I have had no connection to anything! I’m sure I have a ton to catch up on, and after I finish this post, I will probably scroll on my wordpress reader for a good hour.

I have two free days coming up, so I am hoping to plan some stuff out and premake some posts. I will be without internet for 3 days, but after that I should be able to get into a normal schedule again.

So this is basically just a reintroducing myself to the blogging world post. It’s been too long, and I’ve missed it!

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Book Review

This is a hard review for me to sit down and write, because I have so many conflicting feelings about this book. Honestly, it was one of the more frustrating books I have ever read, but I didn’t want to put the book down. I was definitely intrigued, and mainly wanted to see how Oliver would wrap up the whole ending, which is completely bittersweet by the way. So overall, I liked this book. It wasn’t the best or anything and definitely had flaws, but nevertheless still a good read. Now that I got that out of the way, let’s delve into the specifics.

The characters in this book were the big thing for me. This book is told from the perspective of the “mean girls” of the school, and I absolutely hated them. They would say something and I was rolling my eyes, because I just couldn’t handle their attitudes. From the pov we are reading from, it is actually a bit sad, because they do these mean things and there are times when they don’t even know they are doing it. Even so, you learn that this book is about redemption, so you are clinging to the book, hoping that they will change their ways or at least attitude. Samantha was just a great character for me, because you don’t want to like her at first, but as you go on this journey with her, you see some subtle changes.

Another unique part of this story is it’s plot. It is a groundhog day sort of deal, but the middle of the book really begins to drag for a few pages. The same thing is happening over and over, and Sam at this point still hasn’t changed. However, her last few days solve this issue because they are very good and some are quite touching. In fact, my favorite scene of this entire book is the day she spends with her family and going out with her sister. It was seriously one of the cutest sibling scenes I have ever read! It also the real turning point for Sam, because she is starting to accept death in a way, and is trying to right her wrongs.

So yeah, the characters and overall story, while they may not be fantastic, were still pretty good. Here’s my main issue: all of these”redemptive” actions Sam takes really mean nothing. Because of the way the story is set up, after the final moment, all of her friends and family won’t remember what she went through the past 7 days except the last one. She kisses a guy that has loved her for years when she knows she will be gone in a few hours. We also never see what happens after the car accident, which I think would have been a great way to show how the people around Sam felt after she died.

As I said, this is a difficult book to review. I haven’t felt this conflicted over a book in a long time (I have no idea how I am going to rate this book!) If it sounds like a book you may enjoy, read it. I can’t really say whether you will love it or hate it, because after reading other reviews, they are very mixed.