Sunday, October 27, 2013

Truth or Dare: (Truth) My Biggest Book-Related Pet Peeve


Hey all, welcome to Truth {or} Dare, a meme hosted by Jenna Does Books.

This week, the question is, what is your biggest book-related pet peeve?

Mine is The Dreaded Bent Book Cover. 

Oh, the horror!!! *shivers*
This is so not my copy.
I considered bending a book cover to demonstrate,
but couldn't bring myself to do it to my own little preciouses.
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The books I read get a little dented from being pushed around in my bag. Dents and a bit of corner wear are okay. But what absolutely kills me is seeing the cover bent, like if I accidentally set something on it while the cover is still up. Or if my husband sits on it, causing the glossy or matte cover to be pushed back.

Oh yes. He's heard me freak out over a bent book cover, in which there is a permanent scar where the bending had occurred. 

Doggy ears are NOT for book covers. NO NO NO

I don't mind bent book covers if they come with the book, but I will try to prevent further scars. I am a lot more lenient on used books than I am on brand-new books, though. 

Anyway, now you know about my dark secret. 

Cracked book spines come as a close second, but after working in a used bookstore, I've found that really old books whose spines were never bent tend to break completely in half when you open them, because the glue is so dry and brittle and was never shaped (through bending) to allow the book to open. 

I do dislike badly cracked and broken book spines, though. It's what I would dread if I were to let someone borrow a paperback. The book spine would have to be cracked by ME first. 

Thanks for reading! How do you feel about bent book covers and cracked spines?

Sunday Scoop #5: Weekly Links

Good morning, and welcome to the Sunday scoop. This week, we have:

This is great for fantasy and D&D fans, but will apply to anyone. Are you chaotic good? Lawful evil? Chaotic neutral? Find out by taking this alignment test by the World Ruler.

From Buzzfeed comes a fashion show using Game of Thrones-inspired designs! The Targaryen ones are absolutely beautiful.

20 Books That Are Almost Impossible to Adapt. James Joyce's Ulysses doesn't surprise me at all. 

OMG. No way. Simon & Schuster made an article on 13 Halloween Costumes Inspired by YA Book Covers. Have you seen how gorgeous some of those YA covers are?? I could probably wear the Hunger Games outfit outside of Halloween, too. 


HelloGiggles gives us a recipe on Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake. Another option for my Thanksgiving pies!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Homework and Midterms: Let's Get This Party Started

Rah. Happy Saturday to you. 

I've turned in a couple of significant papers, but next week is where the slew of midterm exams come in. And a research paper to do.

This will be a busy weekend. I plan to get as much work done as possible, especially since there is a peninsular Spanish literature midterm exam on Monday.

Oh, Cervantes, you and your dellas and complex sentence structures. .
I will study a lot more efficiently than this. *vows solemnly*
Also, next up are readings for my science fiction class. I need to catch up for this and next week. 

Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke (sci-fi)
A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. (sci-fi)
Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein (for my sci-fi research paper)
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (the next 150 or so pages)
What I'm reading for fun - Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor.
I'd really like to sit down and finish it but there's been so much. So much! *weeps* 
My Taiwanese film class readings can wait until Monday. 

If you're in school, then I wish you the best with midterms! Anyway, I gotta jet. Talk to you later! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Day Four: What's the Last Book You Flung Across the Room?

It's been a while since I've picked up on my progress of this 15-Day Book Blogger Challenge. Since I'm late to the party anyway, why not take my time? So here we are, on Day 4! 
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The last book I flung across the room wasn't a book I was reading for fun; it was actually a textbook.

Why? Because I saw a huge spider crawl up against the wall.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Broken by C.J. Lyons

Hello! Welcome to Waiting On Wednesday, in which I will share with you a not-yet-published book that I am looking forward to. This weekly meme is hosted by Breaking the Spine

From Goodreads:

Top Ten Unusual Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check them out!

This week's topic is about the top ten unusual character names that I have come across while reading books.  I think "unusual" is a very relative term. What is unusual for me may be perfectly ordinary to someone else. So here they are. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (#3) - Woodlands, Childhood's End, David Copperfield


Hey, Happy Monday to you. This is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. Check it out! 

Over the weekend, I finished Cracked by Eliza Crewe. It was so witty.

I'm currently reading: 

1. The Woodlands by Lauren Nicole Taylor

A YA dystopian novel about a Brazilian girl living in an oppressive, futuristic society in which President Grant is splitting up families. The main character is a lone rebel who is having trouble fitting in this dystopian society. I'm 7% of the way through right now, and it's really good. 

I checked and found out that The Woodlands is free on Kindle right now! I messaged Lauren Nicole Taylor via FB that I was reading her book, and she was really nice.

2. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke

Reading this for my sci-fi class. Aliens invade, but oddly, they just want to offer humanity their technology. It is clear from the beginning that humanity has been outmatched via technology. Soon, the aliens are managing the international affairs of the humans - sure, nations can manage their internal problems, but when it comes to the global stage, the aliens have the final say. 

But what do the aliens want?

With all the advanced technology they could ever need, humanity stops innovating on their own, and their culture deteriorates. 

Much later on, the aliens are supposed to make their intentions clear. But I haven't gotten to that point yet. I'm guessing cheap labor or some form of exploitation.

3. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

This is for my Charles Dickens class. 

This tome is HUGE compared to Oliver Twist. It's based on Charles Dickens's childhood. I'm half-nervous and half-excited about reading it. Its size is intimidating. 
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Thanks for reading! What are you up to this Monday?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sunday Scoop #4: Weekly Links

Hope you are enjoying the last day of your weekend! Mine always feels short because it feels like I nap away half of my Saturday in order to catch up on sleep. My brother came over today to use our wi-fi. We hung out. I'm lucky to have a brother who has a similar sense of humor as I do. 

Book Review: Cracked by Eliza Crewe

Note: I received this book as an e-ARC from Strange Chemistry via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Cracked by Eliza Crewe

(Soul Eater, Book 1)

Genre: YA / Fantasy / Templars vs. Demons

Release Date: November 5, 2013

The concept of humans engaged in a war with the demons is by no means new, especially since the main character, Meda, is half demon. However, what attracted me to this book was that Meda doesn't sound like the typical protagonist - she's sassy, and she eats souls. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Truth or Dare: (Truth) Share One Book You Hate and One Book You Love

Hi! This is a relatively new meme hosted by Jenna does books. Every Friday, participants will post up their responses to the two prompt choices: TRUTH or DARE. 

This week, I choose:

One book I hate:

Cycle of Hatred (World of Warcraft #4)

by Keith R.A. DeCandido

Despite the exciting cover, the book fails to deliver anything interesting. Most of the characters are flat and boring, and somehow Thrall has turned into an openly sexist orc. 

Nothing happens that really progresses the plot - it's a self-contained story where something bad ALMOST happens, but is prevented just in time. This book could have just not existed at all, and the WoW universe would not change. 

And why do the "bad" humans have American southern accents? 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday: REALITY BOY by A.S. King


Hey, welcome to Waiting On Wednesday, in which I will share with you a not-yet-published book that I am looking forward to. This weekly meme is hosted by Breaking the Spine

This week, I choose Reality Boy by A.S. King. Do you ever wonder what happens to kids who show up on reality TV?

Top Ten Books I Was "Forced" to Read (But Enjoyed)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check them out! 

This week's topic is the top ten books I was "forced" to read, as in assigned or strongly recommended, either by teachers, friends, bloggers, book clubs...basically anyone (aside from my dad) who has ever (nicely) pushed a book at my face. :P

Sunday, October 13, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (#2) - CRACKED by Eliza Crewe and OLIVER TWIST by Charles Dickens


Happy Monday (maybe not if you have a super-early shift)! This is a meme hosted by Bookjourney - click here to go to the blog in which you can share the book that you're reading right now. 

Sunday Scoop #3: Weekly Links

Hey! Welcome again to The Sunday Scoop.

A Very Geek Chic Halloween: 10 More Geeky DIY Costume Ideas. So. Cool. My faves: Misty from Pokemon, Han Solo from you-know-where, and Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service.

From Barnes and Noble Book Blog comes a fantastic list of Seven Scary October Reads to get you into the season. 

What Your Coffee Order Says About The Type of Human You Are from Food Republic. I laughed at what it said about Frappuccinos. Because it's true. :P

For those of you who are there, have been there, or are about to embark on your 20s, ...because i'm a twentysomething is an insightful post on breaking the mold of what society tells you to do in your 20s. 

Also from B&N is 14 Characters Who Should Have Lived. Ugh... *hangs head thinking of Game of Thrones*

From SquawkFox is an adorable guide on Tiny Tarts: How to Make Pie in a Jar.

Shocking Poll Results That Might Make Book Lovers Cry. Well, these days people have more places to go to get their story fix. Not necessarily a bad thing in itself, except for the novel industry. D:

Traveling somewhere soon? What can you get away with stealing from hotels?

Tips for Fighting Your Inner Book Hoarder. *cries* But...but books are so awesome.



Saturday, October 12, 2013

Book Review: Endless by Amanda Gray

Note: I received this book as an e-ARC from Month9Books on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Amazon | Goodreads

Published: October 8, 2013

 Genre: YA / Fantasy / Time Travel / Contemporary / Historical / Romance
 
Gosh, isn't that a beautiful cover? A bit misleading though, now that I've read the story...

From Amazon: 

Jenny Kramer knows she isn't normal. After all, not everybody can see the past lives of people around them. When she befriends Ben Daulton, resident new boy, the pair stumble on an old music box with instructions for “mesmerization” and discover they may have more in common than they thought. Like a past life. 

Using the instructions in the music box, Ben and Jenny share a dream that transports them to Romanov Russia and leads them to believe they have been there together before. But they weren't alone. Nikolai, the mysterious young man Jenny has been seeing in her own dreams was there, too. When Nikolai appears next door, Jenny is forced to acknowledge that he has travelled through time and space to find her. Doing so means he has defied the laws of time, and the Order, an ominous organization tasked with keeping people in the correct time, is determined to send him back.

While Ben, Jenny and Nikolai race against the clock - and the Order - Jenny and Nikolai discover a link that joins them in life - and beyond death.
 
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What the description of the book doesn't really say is that, in addition to time travel, reincarnation is a big part of the story. What if your boyfriend from a past life showed up on your doorstep as his non-reincarnated self?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Day Three: Who Are Your Blogging BFFs?


This post is for Day 3 of the Book Blogger Challenge at Good Books and Good Wine, which I am definitely not doing consecutively. ;) Since I started this blog in August, I'm relatively new to the book blogging scene. So far, there has been a particular blogger whose down-to-earth personality and enthusiasm I consistently enjoy.

  Here's a cute picture of her from her blog post: Tea Time With Epic Reads.

Meet Ashley @ Books Buying Beauty!

About Books Buying Beauty:
This is Books Buying Beauty: a blog dedicated to all things bookish. There are two of us on this site, Sean & Ashley. Ashley started the blog a few years ago and Sean is new to the scene. Both bring with them genres from all over. While Ashley loves contemporary and paranormal. Sean likes fantasy and sci-fi books.
 Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Cracked by Eliza Crewe

Hello again! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming book releases that we're looking forward to.

This week I am looking forward to Cracked by Eliza Crewe (Release date: November 5, 2013). Since Meda's destructive power would normally place her as a villain, this is a more unusual take on a protagonist. As a soul eater, she craves human souls. Giving in to her urges would mean the death (or at least, brain death) of a human. And now she's being hunted. This sounds like a suspenseful novel. I'll enjoy trying to pick a side to root for. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Best/Worst Book Series Endings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check them out! 

This week's topic is the top ten best and worst series endings. Gosh...This one's gonna be hard for me because I'm notorious for starting series and not ending them (or taking forever to). I mean...which book series have I even finished after high school? *hides* 

I mean, it's not like I don't mean to finish series I like. I just tend to procrastinate on it. 

Therefore...I shall draw on YA-ish series I read in high school as well as after. There's a spoiler for Harry Potter, but no spoilers for anything else. I just figure that most of you have read the books or seen the movies for HP.

Monday, October 7, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (#1) - ENDLESS by Amanda Gray


Hey all, happy Monday to you! This is a meme hosted by Bookjourney - click here to go to the blog in which you can share the book that you're reading right now. 

To start off this week, I'm reading this e-ARC of Endless by Amanda Gray - which is officially coming out tomorrow on 10/8! 
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From Goodreads:

Jenny Kramer knows she isn't normal. After all, not everybody can see the past lives of people around them.

When she befriends Ben Daulton, resident new boy, the pair stumble on an old music box with instructions for “mesmerization” and discover they may have more in common than they thought. Like a past life.

Using the instructions in the music box, Ben and Jenny share a dream that transports them to Romanov Russia and leads them to believe they have been there together before. But they weren't alone. Nikolai, the mysterious young man Jenny has been seeing in her own dreams was there, too. When Nikolai appears next door, Jenny is forced to acknowledge that he has travelled through time and space to find her. Doing so means he has defied the laws of time, and the Order, an ominous organization tasked with keeping people in the correct time, is determined to send him back. 

While Ben, Jenny and Nikolai race against the clock - and the Order - Jenny and Nikolai discover a link that joins them in life - and beyond death.
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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunday Scoop #2


Hey, hope your Sunday is going well! Here is the weekly list of cool stories from around the Internet. 

  • Love romance novels? How about writing one of your own? Featured on Huffpost is a Swoonreads guide on How To Write Great Romance
How is your Sunday so far? Would you ever write a romance novel?

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Book Review: The Hunter's Moon by O.R. Melling


Published 2005 (Originally in 1993)

Genre: YA / Fantasy / Faerie / Contemporary 

This is an older release from '05 and even earlier - it was originally published in 1993 by HarperCollins Canada, which explains the lack of digital technology in the book. I chose to read this book because I enjoy reading novels that cross the paths of young, contemporary adults and the faeries of old mythology.

From Amazon: 
Gwen travels to Ireland to visit her cousin Findabhair, expecting a summer of backpacking, late nights, and the usual road trip adventures. But when Findabhair is kidnapped by the King of Faerie, Gwen must race to save her cousin before the rise of the Hunter’s Moon, when the fairies need a human sacrifice. 

What I liked:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday: The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee


Hey all, "Waiting On" Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine (*gasps* What a brutal name!), which spotlights upcoming releases that we're excited about. 

The release I've chosen for this week is The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee. It's coming out this Tuesday on October 8.

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From Amazon: 

Quiet misfit Rose doesn't expect to fall in love with the sleepy beach town of Leonora.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn-Offs That You Encounter While Reading


Hey y'all. Top Ten Tuesday's a meme hosted by Broke and Bookish's blog, and this will be my first post in this meme-dom.

This week's topic is on what turns you off while you're reading a book. I can think of a few... 

YA New Releases: October 2013

Since we're on the brink of October, I'm looking forward some gradually cooler temperatures, reddish leaves, as well as some Halloween decor. :) Check out some of the anticipated YA books being released this coming month!

Click on the book covers to visit their Amazon page. 
Click on the titles to visit their Goodreads page.

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Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta (10/1/2013)
How to Love by Katie Cotugno (10/1/2013)
The Enchanter Heir (The Heir Chronicles #4) by Cinda Williams Chima (10/1/2013)