Saturday, September 29, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 9

Day 9: Your favorite quotes about books.

Okay, so I know I've seen soo many of these around on the internet and I've loved them so I had to do some hardcore researching of finding the ones I want and the ones I had previously seen because I know where I found them I just had to do some digging. A lot of these about reading, are from authors themselves! They are quotes that I fell in love with and I really hope you enjoy them!

"Here's to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy." - Charlaine Harris
"You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." - C.S. Lewis
 "Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers." - Charles William Eliot

So, what are your favorite quotes about books because I know they are so many! Let me know!

Happy Reading!

Friday, September 28, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 8

Day 8: Favorite quotes from books.

I have a lot of these, and they're all from the same couple of books. I'll pick out a couple though and they'll be ones that I can remember right now from my other blog posts, because if you had me finding them in all my favorite books it'd be impossible (especially since I don't have most of my books here at college with me!) So here are a few.


"I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them." (The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky)

"I don't know if you've ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think that wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That's why I'm trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning." (The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky)


"You left me Perhapsless, stuck in your goddamned labyrinth." (Looking For Alaska by John Green)

"Just like that. From a hundred miles an hour to asleep in a nanosecond. I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. not fuck, like in those movies. not even have sex. Just sleep together, in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was a drizzle and she was a hurricane." (Looking for Alaska by John Green)

"After all this time, it still seems to me like straight and fast is the only way out -- but I choose the labyrinth. The labyrinth blows, but I choose it." (Looking for Alaska by John Green)

"When you have been burned by fire once, you don't leap into the flames again." (Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer)

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, then all at once." (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)

 "You disappear so completely into your head sometimes. I wish I could follow you." (City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare).

 I really wish I had more time to find more for you all, and that I had my books so I could pour over them and find my favorite quotes. Maybe I'll do that over winter break or something when I have nothing to do! But I hope you enjoy these favorites from what I could find (:

What are your favorite book quotes?

Happy Reading!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith Book Review

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight 
by Jennifer E. Smith
Published January 2, 2012 by Poppy/Little Brown
236 Pages

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. can fate intervene to bring them back together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.


The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was not was what I expected! The story's about a girl named Hadley who has been forced to go overseas to England for her dad's wedding -- one she desperately doesn't want to go to. Through a turn of events, she misses her flight by four minutes and has to get on a later one. While waiting for the next flight, she meets Oliver, a british boy who turns out to be sitting in her row.

This was a quick, cute story set in the time-frame of twenty four hours. It was a fun story that had me smiling. It is definitely something I would categorize as a summer read. My favorite part was the beginning, most definitely. I also thought it to be surprising how much they focused on the family aspect for Hadley it almost overshadowed the love aspect which I thought quite strange since the title is The Statistical Probability of Love at First sight, but I still loved it!

It was sweet, and it made me want an Oliver who I could meet in the airport and have a nice plane ride together. This was the kind of story that really makes you think about the crazy way some people meet and end up in a relationship. And how each story is entirely their own. There's Charlotte's and Hadley's dad's story, at one point there was her parents story, there was her mom and the dentist's story, and then Hadley's story with Oliver and it was very cute and nicely portrayed.

The only reason I rated it a three was because while it was cute and fun, it wasn't a favorite of mine and it doesn't stand out too much. I didn't connect as well as I thought I was going to with the story even thought I thought it was undeniably cute and agreed with Hadley's anger. Something was just off for me, and maybe it was because everyone else seemed to love it after I had already purchased it, and it made me even more excited to read it. I don't know if my expectations were too high or what. I rate between a three and a four so that's the reason for double rating below! I really did enjoy it and I do recommend it for an easy, quick, and light read about love at first sight!

My rating: 3-4/5
Buy it:  Barnes & Noble  &  Amazon

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 7

Day 7: Your favorite book cover.

There are so many beautiful covers, but one that sticks out to me a lot as this cool sort of beautiful cover was Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. I think it's beautiful and the colors draw me in. It's also a wonderful story that I'll be reviewing soon, because I want to read it again and share it with you guys!


What's your favorite book cover? Should I read whatever book your favorite book cover is?

Happy Reading!

Monday, September 24, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 6

Day 6: Your favorite authors.


Okay, so by now, hopefully you know that John Green is without a doubt my favorite author. I'm so in love with him -- he's just way to brilliant for words. 












Also, I can pull out Cassandra Clare solely for the Mortal Instruments Series. I'm so excited to read City of Lost Souls (currently on my bookshelf) and to start the Infernal Devices Series. Those I will probably get after my birthday (October 5th for all of you that were wondering (; ). 







And lastly, I know she's not YA, except for the book that she wrote with her daughter, but Jodi Picoult is definitely up there. I love her books, even if they do have some of the same elements each time. But they have different ideas around them, and Nineteen minutes is one of my favorites of hers!














Who are your favorite authors and what books of theirs should I read!? 

Happy Reading!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Sheol (The Wanderer's Trilogy #1) by Mia Hoddell Book Review

Hey everyone! Here's my review of The Sheol (The Wanderer's Trilogy #1) by Mia Hoddell. (I have a give away for this ebook right here that ends at the end of September 2012. Go enter if you haven't already!)

The Sheol (The Wanderer Trilogy #1)
by Mia Hoddell
Published April 4, 2012
119 pages

Being a trained killer, Kala can handle most things the world throws at her. However, when she murders her fiancé, Kala's life is thrown into chaos. Forced to leave everything behind, she runs from city to city, in fear of her psychotic boss who is seeking her death.

If that wasn't enough, she also has to cope with the re-appearance of her dead fiancé who is struggling to keep a hold on his sanity as he strives for revenge. 

The Sheol (The Wanderer Trilogy #1) surprised me! I didn't really know what to expect, even though it sounded really entertaining! The Sheol is about this girl Kala who has been trained to murder people and brought up this way by the Company since she was four. She is so deep into this, that she even kills her fiancé, who she never thought she'd see again. It turns out, by some weird supernatural power, he's back!

I thought the idea was original, and like nothing that I've read in a book! I liked it because it was so fresh and new and broke away from the cliché stories of YA that seem to be going around -- especially with the supernatural elements! I loved Kala, and even though I got mad at her a bit, she was really strong for all she's been through and she still keeps that calm facade. 

The book was so interesting and entertaining! It was a good quick read, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series, the second of which I believe to be out now! The only thing that hindered it from reaching it's full potential is there were a lot of grammatical, and spelling mistakes that kind of distracted from the story at first. It kind of had the feeling that it needed to go through the editor one more time. However, I still immensely enjoyed it!

My rating: 3/5

Buy it:  Amazon 
WIN IT (For the month of SEPTEMBER 2012: Click here!)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 5

Day 5: If you were stranded on a desert island, what five books would you take with you?

This one is super hard! Since I'm such a book nerd, this list could go on forever! I was thinking of giving a smart aleck answer of -- An E-Reader with every single book in the world on it -- but then I realized it would eventually die from no electricity. 

I think thick books are a must. But these are also some of my favorites.




1. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare -- It is my favorite of the series so far and I completely adore it! 











2. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling-- This one doesn't even need an explanation.
















3. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult -- I love this book, and I haven't read it in a while and it's making me sad as I realize that. But it's definitely one of my all time favorites.





4. Looking for Alaska by John Green -- This is without a doubt one of my favorite books and John Green is amazing. I would die if I ever met him and this book I could read over and over again.












5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green -- Again, much love for John Green. Also this book was amazing and I could read it over and over just like Looking for Alaska. 






What 5 books would you bring?!

Happy Reading!

Friday, September 21, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 4

Day 4: Characters you hate and what books they are from.

So, for this one, I had a hard time coming up with some because again there are probably a lot of characters I don't like. After reading so many books, you can't remember every character that ticks you off. However, there is one that does stand out to me, even if she's not my most hated character.

In the books The Vampire Diaries, I absolutely hate Elena. I love the TV series so much and I love Elena in the series but I hated the books and I hated Elena in the books. In the books she was some stuck up girl who got everything she wanted and was best at everything and she knew it. She was not how she is the movies, where she's oblivious to the fact that she's awesome (which is sometimes annoying too), but in the books she was so full of herself and I just wanted to wring her neck. I really didn't like the books at all because of her and other things.

But I'm so excited for the TV show's fourth season to air. I'm waiting patiently because everyone on that show is just so attractive!!

Let me know if you feel the same as more, or tell me what characters are the ones you hate the most!

Happy Reading!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Book Tour: Mahogany Slade by Stephen Robinson

Hey everyone! This is a book tour of Stephen Robinson's book Mahogany Slade! Check it out and make sure to enter the giveaway at the end! Good Luck & Happy Reading!!


Mahogany Slade
by Stephen Robinson


Beautiful, sophisticated, and unpredictable, Janet Tomalin represents every fantasy Brad Carlton grew up having -- and more than a few he never realized.

When they meet on their first day of college in Athens, Georgia, the stylish New Yorker completely upends the staid Southerner's ordered universe.  They fall for each other intensely and completely. It's the all-consuming passion of a natural performer and her adoring audience.

There's just one problem: Mahogany Slade, the woman from Janet's not-so-distant past... and inescapable future. Janet knows once Brad meets the dangerous Miss Slade and learns the truth, their once-in-a-lifetime love is doomed.

Mahogany Slade is the romantic yet acerbic story of young people escaping themselves in a town where your identity is everything. It's as sweet as Janet finds Brad and as irresistible as he finds her.


(P.S. Sorry about the video and the sound matching being totally off! I tried!! But I have to get to class! Don't hate me!)

Mahogany Slade is about this boy Brad Carlton who is going to be a freshman of college. The book is mainly about his freshman year at this college in Athens, Georgia. Upon his first day there he meets this whirlwind of a girl named Janet Tomalin who changes his world. We follow him through the ups and downs of his first year and through meeting all his friends.

I thought it was charming and cute! Being a first year college student, it was funny to see his interpretation of the whole deal of freshman year. I'll admit it got a little slow at some parts. It also jumped around a bit leaving me confused at what was actually present tense and what were flashbacks. Overall, though, I thought the story was good.

It reminded me a bit of a Catcher in the Rye or Perks of Being a Wallflower kind of story and style of writing. I really enjoyed it and I definitely recommend that you go pre-order it! Or try to win a copy with the giveaway below! It's a bit long, but it's definitely worth the read and you'll fall in love with the characters as you follow them through their different stories. Janet and Heather were my favorite -- definitely.
My rating: 4/5


Preorder it:  Here

About the Author: 


Stephen Robinson graduated from the University of Georgia in 1996. He has lived in many places but feels at home somewhere else. He’s written for newspapers and magazines. Mahogany Slade is his first work of fiction.



Author’s website: http://mahoganyslade.com/





Giveaway details:


"Mahogany Slade," by Stephen Robinson, is about first love, that moment when your favorite songs suddenly make sense because they're now about someone else. 

Post a note on the wall of the "Mahogany Slade" Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mahoganysladebook) telling us what song or movie will always remind you of your own Mahogany Slade... even if it's been years since you met.

The author will give a copy of "Mahogany Slade" to his 10 favorite posts.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 3

Day 3: Favorite characters and which books they're from.

So, I don't really know about this one because there are so many characters from so many different books that I absolutely adore and I can't remember them all off the top of my head. So i'm going to tell you what I love in a character instead!

I love characters that are strong willed, and relatable at the same time. I need characters to be believable and well rounded. I don't like wishy-washy characters who go back and forth between strong-willed and weak. Characters can change through experiences throughout the books, but it has to be one of the overall points of your story. The character can't just change because you realized that she doesn't fit the role or the story that's being told.

I also love characters who are witty and sarcastic which is probably why I like John Green's characters sooo much! If you can make me laugh, even when it's supposed to be a depressing part of the book.. kudos to the character (through the author's writing of course).

Tell me you're favorite characters or what you look for in your favorite characters!

Happy Reading!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Delay, evacuation, and a bomb threat!

Just as an update, we were forced to evacuate our college today because of a bomb threat! I'm currently at my parents house but my computer isn't!! I'm on my phone, so for today bare with me because unless I get to go back to campus tonight I can't upload any of my posts!

I will be back up and running as soon as all this threat and evacuation stuff clears up. So please be on the lookout for my posts tomorrow!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 2

Day 2: Least Favorite Books of All Time.

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Beowulf
Translation by Seamus Heaney
















This one is easily both Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt and Beowulf. Let's be honest, they were horrible. I had to read them for either Honors English I or II in High School over the summer and I absolutely despised both books. I barely even read Beowulf because I couldn't even understand what they were saying. I read the notes in the margins. It was horrible. These will never enter my presence again. I'm shuddering just thinking about them. Couldn't stand it. 


** Note: I'm posting this really quickly before I go out to a football game, but I would just like to say this posts may not be everyday depending on how busy I get but you'll never go a couple days without a challenge post! **

Friday, September 14, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 1!

Hey everyone!

So I'm going to be starting the 30 Day Book Challenge originally posted at The Inbetween where I'll be answering questions about books for the next 30 days! Forgive me if the answers do not come every day because I do get very busy with college and such, so count on every other day at least!!

So today's the first day with the first question below!

Day 1: Your favorite books and the best one's you've read of all time!

   
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
The Mortal Instruments Series
by Cassandra Clare

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
For my favorite books, I'd definitely have to start with the Harry Potter series as a given. I mean, come on... It's HARRY POTTER. Other favorites include: Looking for Alaska by John Green, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and the Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. I could go on and on but I'll stop myself there!


Looking For Alaska
Paper Towns
An Abundance of Katherines
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
The Fault in Our Stars
For the best one's I've read of all time, would be any John Green book. He's way too intelligent for me to even grasp half of his metaphors, but he's my all time favorite writer. His books always know how to cheer me up, or to make me really think. There's probably more but this is nothing I can think of right now.

Happy Reading!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan Book Review

Hey everyone! Today's book review is Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan. Check out the video review too! Enjoy!

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green & David Levithan
Published April 6, 2010 by Dutton Juvenile
310 pages

It's not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions.

With a push from friends new and old -- including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire -- Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history's most awesome high school musical.


Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a hilariously wonderful collaboration of John Green & David Levithan. I love John Green. I love him, I love him, I love him. His books always inspire me, and even though he is too smart for me, I love his writing. This story was phenomenal. It had wittiness, and the sarcasm I love of John Green's. This is the first David Levithan book, and I think it's fantastic.

The book is about two boys name Will Grayson who strangely cross paths in the middle of hectic parts of their lives. Their lives intertwine and leave them with even greater stories which all lead to the end musical by Will Grayson's best friend Tiny Cooper.

I loved Will Grayson -- yes, both Will Graysons. The characters were both hilarious, and beautifully truthful. I fell in love with both of them. The second Will Grayson, with Maura, turned out to be my favorite -- with the Other Will Grayson coming in a very close second. He was mean, and sarcastic, and I just connected with him. All the characters were relatable -- except maybe Tiny! But they were all loveable, I think. I connected with each one and they were all important parts of the stories going on in the book.

The flow of the two writers together worked impeccably with the changing of narrations. This novel was hilarious and had me laughing even when something was going wrong. I love that about books that John Green writes, and I'm determined now to check out David Levithan's other books because this was phenomenal.

The only thing I didn't like was the second Will Grayson and how his chapters were written. It was all lowercase and it kind of irked me, but grew on me as the story went on. It was that Will Grayson in writing and I felt that after a while. I also loved the dialogue and how it was done. It just worked really well. I definitely recommend this book, it was really different and something I wasn't sure I was going to like -- how silly of me, John Green co-wrote it!! Check it out and you won't be disappointed!

My rating: 5/5

Buy it:  Barnes & Noble  or  Amazon

Tell me what you think!

Happy Reading!