Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR

Thanks to The Broke and The Bookish for giving me something to do today with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. These ten books that I have chosen for my Spring TBR are just all the books that I have not read that are currently in my possession at college. Hopefully, since I ordered myself not to buy anymore books, I will finally manage to read them.

  1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah the nightingale
  2. Red Rising by Pierce Brownred rising.jpg
  3. A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriartya corner of white.jpeg
  4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey5th wave.jpg
  5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgensternnight circus.jpg
  6. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Weincode name verity.jpg
  7. Landline by Rainbow Rowelllandline.jpg
  8. Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guinlavinia.jpg
  9. Paper Towns by John Greenpaper towns.jpg
  10. The Selection by Kiera Cassthe selection

 

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Yesterday’s History, Tomorrow’s A Mystery

I wasn’t going to post because I really haven’t read that many books this year that I can say I loved–whooping total of 3 at most–but I feel propelled to anyway. So here’s the 2015 End of Year Book Survey that I have seen floating around, originally created by Perpetual Page-Turner.

2015 Reading Stats

Number of books read: 32

Number of Rereads: 0

Genre you read the most from: YA Fantasy

Best in Books

1. Best Book Read in 2015?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love More but Didn’t?

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

3. Most Surprising (in a good way or bad way) Book You Read?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I really expected it to be good because it was about a fangirl. If there is any character whom I would relate to a lot, it would be her, right? Wrong. This was honestly kind of a drag.

4. Book You Pushed The Most People To Read (and they did)?

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout; although this is kind of cheating because no one actually read it no matter how HARD I pushed…

5. Best Series Started in 2015? Best Sequel? Best Series Ender?

Series Started: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Sequel: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Series Ender: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

6. Favorite New Author Discovered in 2015?

Sabaa Tahir

7. Best Book From a Genre You Don’t Typically Read?

Rook by Sharon Cameron. It’s considered steampunk which I never read and never knew much about but this book was amazing.

8. Most Action-Packed/Thrilling/Unputdownable Book of 2015?

Six of Crows

9. Book Read in 2015 That You Are Most Likely to Reread Next Year?

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

10. Favorite Cover of A Book Read in 2015?

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier. I have absolutely no idea what possessed the publishers (or whomever the job falls on) to change the covers. I mean, I have seen worst cover changes (I’m looking at you Lux series) and the new covers aren’t horrible but I feel justified in my discontentment.

11. Most Memorable Character of 2015?

Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows.

12. Most Beautifully Written Book Read in 2015?

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life Changing Book of 2015?

Good question. I’m going to say that I have no idea. The books I read this year weren’t very life-changing.

14. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2015 To Read?

All of them LOL. Just Kidding. Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

15. Favorite Passage of a Book Read in 2015?

“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”

From Six of Crows.

16. Shortest and Longest Book Read in 2015?

Shortest: Flash Vol. 2: Rogues Revolution

Longest: Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

17. Book That Shocked You the Most?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

18. OTP of the Year (you will go down with this ship!)

MAGNEO! (Magnus Damora and Cleiona Bellos from the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year?

Chaol and Dorian from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 from an Author Read Previously?

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

21. Best Book in 2015 That You Read Solely Based on a Recommendation from Somebody Else?

Throne of Glass. My sister practically shoved this down my throat.

22. Newest Fictional Crush From a Book Read in 2015?

Kaz Brekker. I’m not sorry. Although I’m not sure if I have a crush on him as much as I just love his character so much. So maybe Wolf from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

23. Best 2015 Debut Read?

An Ember in the Ashes

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting Read This Year?

Crown of Midnight

25. Book That Put A Smile on Your Face/was the Most Fun to Read?

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins = cuteness overload

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

I don’t think any books made me cry, although I might have shed a tear at how amazing Six of Crows was.

27. Hidden Gem of the Year?

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

An Ember in the Ashes. (Sorry to be repetitive.)

29. Most Unique Book Read in 2015?

True History of Kelly Gang by Peter Carey

30. Book That Made You the Most Mad?

Falling Kingdoms because the writing and characters were just so bad. It was seriously unbelievable. Just…read my review.

Blogging/Bookish Life

  1. New Favorite Book Blog You Discovered?

Um… Life and Other Disasters. You’re a cool Kat (pun intended).

2. Favorite Review That You Wrote?

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

3. Best Discussion/Non-Review Post?

Disney Book Tag! Maybe. It was pretty fun to do and I love disney.

4. Best Event That You Participated In?

I didn’t participate in any events. Sadly.

5. Best Moment of Blogging Life in 2015?

When I finished my first term in college and I was able to resume blogging. It felt so refreshing.

6. Most Popular Post This Year on Your Blog?

Blogger Recognition Award?

7. Post You Wish Got a Little More Love?

Exciting Shatter Me News! Seriously, is no one else as excited about this as I am? I need someone to freak out with!

8. Best Bookish Discovery?

This ca-yute cafe I found in my city that is part book-store.

9. Did You Complete Any Reading Challenges Or Goals Set?

No. I can thank college for that.

Looking Ahead

  1. Number One Priority in 2016?

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman and The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

2. Book Most Anticipated in 2016?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows #2)

3. 2016 Debut Most Anticipated?

The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

4. Series Ending/Sequel Most Anticipated?

The Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes #2)

5. One Thing You Hope to Accomplish or Do In Your Reading /Blogging Life in 2016?

In my blogging life, I just want to keep doing what I’m doing, really. Post reviews of the books I read and movie-adaptations should there be any. In my reading life, I want to read more different books. YA Fantasy and Dystopian Fiction is pretty much my go-to and I’m cool with that but I also want to explore other depths like historical fiction and maybe more adult fiction. Just to see what it’s like, ya know? I’m also really in the mood to read a book with a dragon in it…

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend to Everyone?

Sorry, I’m not that privileged.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL! I hope 2016 has amazing wonders in store for all of you! xx

ToA Cover Reveal & Musings!

Rick Riordan dropped the cover of The Trials of Apollo today along with an excerpt from Chapter 3.

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If you weren’t already aware, this series is going to follow Apollo as he attempts to maneuver the mortal world stripped of his godly status. I imagine his trials will be hilarious at best.

As expected, the cover is beautiful. The blue is perfectly contrasted by the orange glow surrounding Apollo because he’s literally the sun. I love how the “O” in Apollo is a target and Apollo in god form is shooting at it. (He’s a little bit off target but if anyone could make that shot it would be Apollo). Mortal Apollo looks like a brunet though which is weird because Apollo has always been blond and one would assume that he would stay blond as a mortal. It could just appear that way though because the “sun” is overshadowing him. Whatever he looks like, he’ll still have his chipper personality.

Usually Rick releases the first chapter of an upcoming novel so I was briefly confused as to why he chose Chapter 3 this time. Then I saw that Percy was going to make an appearance and realized that Rick once again knows exactly what his fans want. Apollo is one of my favorite Greek gods especially in the universe that Rick has created–with his impromptu haikus and mindless flirting with the hunters of Artemis. I can’t wait to see the reactions of Chiron and the campers at CHB. Percy’s reaction was iconic enough.

Apollo’s situation is intriguing though because since Zeus turned him into a mortal, he doesn’t have any powers at all unlike the demigods. So how is he going to get into CHB in the first place? And even if he has no powers, does he still have skills he specializes in? He could just be an expert archer in human standards and familiar with musical instruments. I doubt his poetry skills will improve though.

Regardless, I’m just glad we haven’t seen the last of Percy Jackson and CHB. Hopefully, this series will answer all of the questions that Blood of Olympus left us with because we all know that ending was less than satisfactory. It’ll be reminiscent to read the familiar first person POV and from such a lovable character.

If you have any theories about Rick’s exciting new series and wanna talk about them, leave a comment for me! I’d love to read them.

Adieu xx

Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

It’s definitely Wednesday right now…Oh well.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week is a Thanksgiving Freebie. I decided to share the books that I am most thankful for either because they significantly impacted my reading experience or because they offered something special.

  1. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

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…for being my first favorite book and giving me an adventurous reading experience. Brian is the person you want when you are stranded on an island.

2. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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…for getting me into dystopian fiction.

3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

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…for making me really excited about reading. I believe that Percy Jackson fostered my passion for reading and was the reason that I became so enamored with novels.

4. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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…for portraying an unconventional character that I could actually relate to in a lot of ways.

5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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…for showing me another perspective of World War 2 that I never see in any of the other WW2 books that I have read. Also, for being brilliant in every sense of the word.

6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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…for having a POC main character and for creating a world kind of like Ancient Rome which I love.

7. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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…for Daemon Black. For giving me unrealistic expectations for love. For Katy Swartz who is the most relatable character ever for me. And for being the perfect mix of romance and action.

8. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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…for such beautiful writing and character development. And for Warner.

9. The Iliad/The Odyssey by Homer

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…for providing me with a glimpse of those ancient Greeks whom I love so much. Such literature is a way for me to understand the kind of stories that they liked and told as well as what kind of lives they led. To me, they are primary sources just as valuable as archaeological remains.

10. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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…for being absolutely lovely and leaving me “simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life”.

 

Guess What Day It Is! Guess. What. Day. It. Is.

No. Not Hump Day.

It’s actually someone’s birthday. Someone very special, near and dear to my heart. My precious cinnamon roll, my beautiful snowflake, hyperactive dolphin: PERSEUS JACKSON!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PERCY JACKSON!!!

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This sassy dork is 22 years old today. Twenty-two! Can you hear me crying? It’s been ten years since the release of The Lightning Thief and six years since I marathoned the whole PJO series. I just remember falling completely in love with his sarcastic, funny POV and the epic adventure story that he told. I honestly miss him so much. He just wasn’t the same in Heroes of Olympus and I miss reading in his POV. I’m pretty sure all the demigods out there would agree with me when I say Percy Jackson is the best thing that happened to Greek mythology. So today I’m just gonna celebrate kelp head’s birthday and reminisce on the journey I and many others enjoyed during our childhood.

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*cue an automatic “awwww” because you’re lying if you say this isn’t the cutest thing ever*

Let’s not forget it’s also the day Percabeth officially set sail. Happy Anniversary to the OTP of all OTPs.

IMG_1903So have fun celebrating guys! Break out the quotes, memes, and blue food! I made some blue pancakes this morning and even dyed my watermelon slices blue, although the watermelon didn’t taste quite as great as it usually does BUT THAT’S OKAY cause it was blue. I might make some cookies later as well. The mix has been sitting in my cupboard for ages, might as well put it to some good use.

Keep Calm and Eat Blue Food! xx

MAGNUS DAMORA DEFENSE SQUAD

Ok. I’ve been seeing a lot of hate lately targeted towards Magnus Damora of the Falling Kingdoms series and it’s been making me mad.

In my reviews of the first few books in this series, I have noted the mediocre writing style, the tendency of characters to be superficial and the mostly predictable plot. Those criteria are usually turn-offs for most people however I ALSO recommended that others read these books because one character, Prince Magnus Lukas Damora of Limeros, makes the suffering worth it. Clearly, he is my favorite character and I love him. However, other people in the book-sphere have been complaining, saying how Magnus is so misogynistic and how they don’t understand how anyone can love him so much. At first, I just saw one person with this opinion but now I keep seeing the same complaints over and over that I feel the need to say something. While I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I just feel like I need to start my own Magnus Damora Defense Squad because, in my opinion, he is being completely misunderstood.

First of all. . .

Falling Kingdoms is a series based in the medieval era. An era where kingdoms and provinces were ruled by kings and queens. An era where certain social constructs were set in place such as the discrepancy between the societal perception of men and women. Kings literally ruled over their queens for the most part. Whatever they told their wives to do, they had to obey because at that time it was believed that the value of a woman did not amount to that of a man. Clearly, this deluded stipulation is preposterous and you by all means should feel disgusted about the way men used to treat women. However, that was the norm in the medieval era and as this series is based in that era, Morgan Rhodes does a fantastic job at portraying the realistic factors. Magnus is not only a man in the medieval era but he is also a PRINCE who is practically trained to order people around and expect them to follow his every word.

Now this isn’t historical fiction and Morgan Rhodes could have given the characters whatever ideals she wanted but she chose to stay true to the time period and that is okay.

Second of all. . .

My first point would be complete malarkey without this second point so they have to be taken into consideration side by side. You cannot just be a superficial reader and write Magnus off by the things that he says without looking at the character as a whole. This is really the main point I’m trying to make. Look at Magnus’s parents. Look at how he was brought up. Where was he really supposed to learn about respect and equality? Definitely not his cold-blooded father with no regard for human life save his own and certainly not from his mother who was the epitome of passive-aggressiveness. As you can see, there weren’t many positive influences around Magnus during his upbringing so can you really blame him for not knowing how to treat other people, especially women? People learn from their surroundings and all Magnus has ever been surrounded with is heartlessness and detachment. Therefore, how can you honestly hate someone for their character when it’s not entirely their fault they are the way they are? I certainly can’t hate him. In fact, I feel sympathy for him and appreciation at the fact that even with all the negative pressures, he is still trying not to become his father and trying to be less of a soul-less wanker.

I don’t love Magnus because he’s noble. He makes bad choices all the time. I love him for his dimensional quality and I just want to wrap him in a warm blanket and protect him from the world hasn’t been too kind to him. So stop hating on my precious snowflake!

Peace and love xx

Disney Book Tag!

I was browsing through my reader and found this tag on lifeofafemalebibliophile‘s blog (she has an entire segment called Book Tag Thursdays so check her out for more great tags!) Naturally, I thought “Disney and Books?! Two of my favorite things combined? HOW COULD I NOT?”

Hence, here we are.

1. The Little Mermaid–A character that is out of their element, a fish out of water. 
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Percy Jackson was definitely out of his element when Hera basically threw him into Camp Jupiter. He became the son of Neptune instead of Poseidon and he wasn’t any the wiser about the misconception. Without any of his memories and forced to assimilate to the Roman lifestyle for a while, Percy was for sure a fish out of water. All puns intended. 😉

2. Cinderella–A character that goes through a major transition.

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This was a no brainer. Juliette Ferrars in the Shatter Me series went through the greatest transition ever as mimicked by the beautiful collective covers of all three books in the trilogy. In Shatter Me, Juliette was a timid, insecure, self-pitying girl; in Unravel Me, she discovered some people that could have helped her but she refused to let them for the most part of the book (the eye in the cover is frozen because she in an immovable state not allowing herself to grow). Then BAM Ignite Me arrives and she’s so confident and ready to embrace her full potential! I enjoyed her journey and loved her development!

3. Snow White–A book with an eclectic cast of characters.

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One of my all time favorites. The characters in The Great Gatsby are all unique in their own ways (which wasn’t always a good thing in terms of the plot). They all had their own backstories either entangling with or separate from Gatsby’s life and it was intriguing seeing everything from Nick’s POV as he was the narrator of it all. R.I.P Jay Gatsby 😥

4. Sleeping Beauty–A book that put you to sleep.

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Looking for Alaska was so boring I didn’t even finish it.

5. The Lion King–A character that had something traumatic happen to them in their childhood.

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The Kite Runner is such an emotional novel. The main character, Amir, was always trying to prove himself to his father ever since he was a child. So much so to the point where he witnessed something horrible happen to his best friend (practically his brother) and neglected to take action because his father’s pride in him depended on it. That one instance in Amir’s childhood shaped his character and affected his relationships with others thereafter.

6. Beauty and The Beast–A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful.

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So I actually have not read any humongous books in life (not yet anyway, I plan on reading Game of Thrones very soon) therefore for this fairytale I will use the biggest book I’ve read so far and that is City of Lost Souls. I wouldn’t say it was the best book in the TMI series but I enjoyed the character Sebastian a lot. He was a creep but for some reason I digged it. Plus, there’s the whole Jace being on fire thing. xD

7. Aladdin–A character that gets their wish granted, for better or for worse.

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Most adorable book ever. Etienne St. Clair took Anna to Point Zero where people go to make wishes and each time he went, he wished for her. Cuuuteeeee?? In the end, he got his wish and in this case it was definitely for the better. ❤

8. Mulan–A character who pretends to be something or someone they are not.

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Mare Barrow is an enigma. A girl with red blood who has powers? “But only the Silver bloods have powers!” Well, my friends, that is not entirely the case. However, since all chaos would surely break loose if the public knew about this abnormality (A Red with powers? Oh the blasphemy!), the King and Queen whip up a plan to explain the situation in more respectable terms. Thus, Mare becomes a loss princess, who is in fact Silver, and has now returned to her beloved home in the palace. Anyone with a brain knew it was complete malarkey but she managed to keep up the act for some time despite feeling like a complete poser.

9. Toy Story–A book with characters you wish would come to life.

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The Lux series is one of my favorites by far and part of the reason is because the characters are so awesome! Katy is literally me in fictional form. Loves books. Thinks book boyfriends are better than real ones. And has a book blog. Plus she’s sarcastic and witty making it concrete that if she were real, we would be best friends. Then there’s Daemon, *swoon*, someone whom I definitely would not mind seeing everyday. Dee, Dawson, Archer, Luc, Paris (😫), Andrew (😫) and everyone needs to materialize into this world like…right now.

10. Disney Descendants–Your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character.

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President Snow is such a great antagonist. He’s just so cold and calculated. He knows just how to get under people’s skin and I love how his intimidating aura literally leaks off the pages. Oh, Snow and his white roses.

Okay! This took me way too long to finish but I’m finally done with this tag! It was fun and if anyone wants to take a swing at it then go ahead, I tag ALL OF YOU WHO READ THIS! 

I’m tired. Peace, love and Disney. xx