Back into Reading

Hey there!

It has been awhile since I’ve posted anything on here. I’m sorry agiphybout that. I’ve kind of been in a weird mood these last few months, and haven’t felt like reading anything. This surely hasn’t been the first time this has happened, and it won’t be the last. However, I’ve been feeling like getting out of this mood, and I need some recommendations to help me. So let me know what you have been reading and loving lately!

So what have I been doing recently? Well at the end of August I started watching Battlestar Galacticbattlestar_galactica_introa(2003 version), and in September I finished it. I was hesitant to start this show because I honestly didn’t think I would like it. I’m so glad to say that I was completely wrong. I absolutely LOVED this show. It was everything you could want in a television show and more! I’m thinking about doing a Why I Love: Battelstar Galactica post so I can share all my love for it there.

Top Ten Tuesday || Books I HAD to have, but still have yet to read!

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This week’s topic: Freebie Week!

 

  1. A Game of Thrones– I bought the box set of the first four books, and of course they’re still sitting on my shelf. I haven’t watched the show either.
  2. Looking for Alaska- This book has been on my shelf for so long. It was my first John Green book I bought, but will be one of the last of his books to read.
  3. Gone Girl- I bought this because I wanted to see the movie. I have yet to read or see the movie.
  4. Allegiant- I tried to read this book twice already and I have trouble getting into it. I’m thinking about giving it one more chance and then I’m just going to say NO!
  5. Throne of Glass- Everyone is talking about this book. I bought this for my nook when the fourth book was about to be released, and I still haven’t read it.
  6. Under the Dome- This is another one I got for my ereader, and have yet to read it. I figured it would be easier and less intimidating to read this if it was on my Nook. I really enjoyed the show…at least the first 2 seasons of it!

Book Review || The 5th Wave

Title- The 5th Wave16101128
Author- Rick Yancey
Pages- 457
Rating-  4 out of 5
Companion/Sequel/Other- 1st book!

This will contain SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! This was my first Rick Yancy read, and I’m glad hat I picked this one! This book starts off with the others ship landing on earth. Everything was quite for ten days. After the tenth day…all hell broke loose.

So I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book. I knew it was about aliens and an invasion, but that’s all I knew. I really loved this take on the story. The waves and different stages of attack. I found myself wanting to keep reading, because I wanted to know what was going to happen. I could say it was the characters, which in some part it was. But.i really think it was Rick Yancey’s writing. There’s something about his writing that keep me invested!

The characters were fantastic. Going into this, I had NO IDEA this was told in different perspectives. Here I am reading from Cassie’s perspective, and then all of sudden it’s talking about someone being called Zombie. I was like what the hell? Afterward, it’s easy to differentiate whose point of view! My favorite to rawread from is Ben. I found his story to be the one that I was most invested in!

Cassie is such a strong, sarcastic and funny character! It was great to read from her and get her point of view of the invasion. We follow Cassie as she tries to get to her brother Sammy who gets taken to Wright Patterson(Camp Haven) a supposed safe zone! She goes through so much on the way including meeting Evan, the man who shoots and saves her!

Evan is cool, and very bad-ass, but also creepy in my opinion. When I was reading it I just found some of the things he did and said to be creepy. I like him as a character, but I’m hoping we get to read more from his perspective in the next book! Maybe I won’t find him to be as creepy!

Ben is my favorite! He’s strong, loyal and he makes a good leader. I loved his relationship with Nugget(Sammy). It was so cute! I loved that he went back for Team-Badass-3-the-vampire-diaries-tv-show-30723089-500-333Nugget when he found out the truth, and went back for Cassie at the end when he could’ve easily left her.

Speaking of the ending, it was my favorite part of this whole book! I loved how we were reading from the different perspectives and then it all comes together: Cassie, Ben, Evan, and Nugget(Sam). The ending had me pulled in, and Cassie, Ben and Evan make a hell of a team! I wouldn’t want to be on the bad side of them!

June TBR

Now, I normally don’t make TBRs. It’s not because I don’t like them, because I always LOVE seeing what other people want to read. I don’t normally do these because I NEVER, EVER stick to them. However, I really want to get back into reading this month. I haven’t read anything since February. I plan to set aside a few books that I REALLY want to get to, and will hopefully be able to fly through this month. I don’t plan on getting to all these this month, but that would be amazing if I did!

  1. Sweet Hope- Tillie Cole
  2. Lady Midnight- Cassandra Clare
  3. We Were Liars- E. Lockhart
  4. The Choice- Nicholas Sparks
  5. A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J. Maas
  6. The 5th Wave- Rick Yancey

Top Ten Tuesday- Books I would read on the beach

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This week’s topic: Beach Reads Week — top ten great beach reads, ten books I plan to read on the beach, ten beach reads for those who don’t like typical *beach reads*, ten authors who are my go to for beach reads, etc.

Now I’m not a beach person, but in the rare chance that I was at the beach for a day or summer, these are the books that I would be choosing from!

  1. To All the Boy I’ve Loved Before- Jenny Han
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J. Maas
  3. We Were Liars- E. Lockhart
  4. The Choice- Nicholas Sparks
  5. Throne of Glass- Sarah J. Maas
  6. Attachments- Rainbow Rowell
  7. Sweet Hope- Tillie Cole
  8. Nowhere But Here- Katie McGarry
  9. The Unexpected Everything- Morgan Matson
  10. The Boy Most LIkely To- Huntley Fitzpatrick

3 Days, 3 Quotes- Day 3

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I wasn’t tagged by anyone specifically, although I saw this on My Tiny Obsessions page, and I thought it would be fun to do! Especially since I’ve been gone for over a month, I thought this would be fun as a getting-back-into-blogging post! This is the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge. I think this may have been around for a bit, but this is my first time seeing it.

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day! (If you’re reading this, and want to do it, go right ahead! I tag you!

This paragraph really stuck out to me when I read Paper Towns and I thought I’d share:

“Did you know that for pretty much the entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for retirement, There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for planning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future–you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.”

                  –> John Green

3 Days, 3 Quotes- Day 2

3days3quoteschallenge

I wasn’t tagged by anyone specifically, although I saw this on My Tiny Obsessions page, and I thought it would be fun to do! Especially since I’ve been gone for over a month, I thought this would be fun as a getting-back-into-blogging post! This is the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge. I think this may have been around for a bit, but this is my first time seeing it.

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day! (If you’re reading this, and want to do it, go right ahead! I tag you!

This is a quote from Scarlet that always makes me laugh when I read it!

“A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?”
“If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.” Cinder slumped back on the floor. “Although maybe I’m just too exhausted to want to strangle anybody.”

–> Marissa Meyer

Why is my GoodReads Challenge 1?

logo-442d9afca63dc7e8b9d988f811fb9cbdSo the question is: Why is my Goodreads Challenge only 1 book?

Before I set my challenge to 1 book, I always found myself with this need to complete my Goodreads challenge, and if I didn’t I would feel kind of bad abtumblr_m4jcnoS2og1r573sro1_500out it. Which shouldn’t be the case right? I shouldn’t feel bad about not reading a certain number of books. Reading anything at all is great! Of course at this time, I believe it was 2012, I was new to Goodreads. I felt as though I HAD to complete it, and seeing everyone else with there goals just added to that feeling. I also noticed that I wasn’t picking up books that I wanted to read, but more so books that I thought would be quick, and help me reach my goal! By doing that, I was missing out on other amazing books.

Eventually, I saw a friend of mine on Goodreads set her goal as 1, with her reasoning and all I could think about was how PERFECT oh-yeah-gif-buffy-the-vampirethat would be for me. So in 2014 I set my goal for 1 book and ended up reading 29 books that year. It may not seem like a lot, but I felt amazing at the end of the year. I had no stress, no pressure, and I read books that I WANTED to read. When 2015 came along, my goal again was 1 book and I managed to read 74. It felt great!

So every year since then my goal has been to read 1 book. It’s perfect for me because I pick up books that sound fun, books that I want to read. Now, I love to do challenges because I simply have fun with them. If I complete them great. If not, then oh well. It’s all about the fun!heh_thumbs_up_nph.gif

And now I would love to hear from you guys! Are you participating in the Goodreads Challenge? What is your goal? Do you feel pressure to complete it?

Shadowhunters Reaction- The Mortal Cup

cqyue2aw8aap-cv-largeSo the premiere has come and gone. Lets talk about it!

  1. Chemistry- I enjoyed the chemistry between most of the characters. You can see this especially with Clary(Kat) and Simon(Alberto). TheDOMINIC SHERWOOD chemistry is fantastic between them! The chemistry between all the other characters is there, but it definitely needs some work in my opinion.
  2.  Acting- The acting wasn’t all that terrible. Alberto(Simon), Harry Shum Jr(Magnus), and Matthew(Alec) were all fantastic. And the others did a good job as well, however my biggest problem was Kats portrayal of Clary. It’s not that it was terrible, it just wasn’t working for me. I had a hard time believing her as Clary. Maybe that will change as the season continues. Iassah(Luke) however, was my favorite, and I loved that scene between him and Simon! It was short but fun!ALBERTO ROSENDE, KATHERINE MCNAMARA
  3.  Dialogue- This I’m on the line about. Some of the lines were fantastic, such as Simons lines! PERFECTION! His were the best and I really enjoyed them. Also Jace’s lines(for the most part) suited him. Some of them didn’t work so well. As for the rest, a lot of it seemed a bit cringe-worthy at times, and I just couldn’t help but laugh. So when it comes to the script and dialogue, I’m a bit worried about it. It can definitely get better.
  4. Costumes- I loved the costumes. I thought they were amazing, and suited the characters fine. I know people had some problems with them, especially Clary in Shadowhunter gear, but to be honest, it didn’t bother me at all.

These are some of my thoughts on the pilot episode. Did you watch? What did you enjoy? What did you dislike?

Book Discussion- Life and Death

Title- Life and DeathLifeanddeathtwilightreimagined
Author- Stephenie Meyer
Pages- 389
Rating-  4 out of 5
Companion/Sequel/Other- Twilight Reimagined!

This was my first read of 2016, and I have to say, I quite enjoyed it! This story brought me back into the world of Twilight, which I haven’t been in awhile! It definitely made me want to reread the original as well, so I’m thinking I may do a reread of the saga this year.

This story follows the same story as Twilight, however with some changes in the scenes, and dialogue to work with the gender swap! It does take some time to get adjusted to these characters. I admit that I definitely had a hard time picturing Beau and Edthye because I was so use to the original characters. However, once you’re able to do that you do get to enjoy these characters. My favorite was Archie, who is this books Alice!

The ending! I really enjoyed the ending of this book! It was fun to see how Twilight could have ended if it was just a stangiphydalone book. I’m glad I got to see this alternate ending, however I do feel as though it was rushed. I do prefer the original ending for Twilight. This ending also made me a bit depressed. Because of Beau changing, he had to fake his own death and he never got to apologize for what he said to Charlie before he left, and you can tell how he regrets that. It was upsetting, and I’m glad that wasn’t the original ending!

I honestly believe people had too high expectations, and were expecting a bit much from this story. Going into this I expected a fun, enjoyable, slightly different story because of the gender swap, and that’s whatumblr_n0pwfyPVHH1t77ydgo1_500t I got. I honestly believe because I wasn’t expecting a lot, I enjoyed it more than others.

You have to enjoy this story for what it is. A fun, enjoyable story that Stephenie wrote for the fans. Also for those saying that this was published for just a cash grab, I have to disagree. A tenth anniversary edition would have been published anyway, this was just something fun that she though the fans would enjoy. Enjoy it for what it is, and I think you’ll have fun with this story!