Musing Mondays (May 23)

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This meme is hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat. Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

– I’m currently reading…
– Up next I think I’ll read…
– I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
– I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
– I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
– I can’t wait to get a copy of…
– I wish I could read ___, but…
– I blogged about ___ this past week…

I’ve decided today not to answer any of those prompts and just say that I’m most likely not going to do this weekly meme every week. I feel as though for this top section I have to think of something to say. Instead of doing Musing Mondays weekly, I’m going to do it when I actually have something to say, if that makes any sense at all.

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THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Name a book you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.


Back when Eleanor and Park was the most read book in my school, I was skeptical. I was still in the phase where I read nothing but science fiction and fantasy. I tried reading contemporary before and it just never happened. That’s why I was skeptical about liking Eleanor and Park, but after my friend pushed me to read it, I ended up loving it so much.

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Until next time….

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Musing Mondays (May 16)

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This meme is hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat. Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

– I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
– I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
– I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
– I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
– I can’t wait to get a copy of…
– I wish I could read ___, but…
– I blogged about ___ this past week…

Everyone and their mother have been reading A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve been avoiding Goodreads because SPOILERS. Everyone has been raving about this book, and I need to get on this bandwagon before I drive myself mad.

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THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What do you think is the most overrated book?

I think The Maze Runner by James Dashner  is the such an overrated book. There are a whole bunch of kids at my school how have been raving about The Maze Runner ever since the movie was released.

I read the book just to see what the hype was about, but I didn’t enjoy it at all. The writing style was so childish. It felt as thought I was reading some middle schooler’s half-baked dystopian story.

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Until next time….

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Musing Mondays (May 9)

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This meme is hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat. Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

– I’m currently reading…
– Up next I think I’ll read…
– I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
– I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
– I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
– I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
– I blogged about ___ this past week…

I wish I could read A Court of Mist and Fury, but school is coming to an end, and that means exams and projects. Which means I’ll have little to no time to read.

I’ll probably end up pulling an all nighters to read it.

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THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What is the best book you read LAST year?

I made a post last year with my top 15 books of 2015.

Of course, my #1 book that I read last year was Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. Those books get better as the series goes on. It’s crazy! I loved the introduction of the new characters and the plot. I’m not going to say anymore because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. If you haven’t already started the Throne of Glass series, YOU NEED TO START IT RIGHT THIS INSTANT!

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Until next time….

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Musing Mondays (May 2)

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This meme is hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat. Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

– I’m currently reading…
– Up next I think I’ll read…
– I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
– I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
– I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
– I wish I could read ___, but…
– I blogged about ___ this past week…

I didn’t realize this until a couple days ago, but A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan are coming out on the same day, May 3rd. What’s even better is that it’s at the beginning of the month, so I don’t have to wait any longer for these books. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series! GAH I’M FANGIRLING IN MY MIND RIGHT NOW. As for The Trials of Apollo series, I can’t wait to see what new story Rick Riordan has in store for us.  Continue reading

Musing Mondays #7 (Apr. 18)

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This meme is hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat. Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

– I’m currently reading…
– Up next I think I’ll read…
– I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
– I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
– I can’t wait to get a copy of…
– I wish I could read ___, but…
– I blogged about ___ this past week…

The book cover of A Torch Against the Night (the second book in the An Ember in the Ashes series) has been released!

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In my opinion, it’s not as beautiful as the An Ember in the Ashes, but it’s still super gorgeous!  ❤

Entertainment Weekly has written a post in honor of the long awaited (am I the only one who was curious what the cover was going to look like for the longest time?) cover reveal, and it contains a little excerpt from the book.

Check the article out here: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/04/18/torch-against-the-night-cover-excerpt-sabaa-tahir

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THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Name your least favorite plot device employed by way too many books that you actually enjoyed, otherwise.

It’s not like I don’t like love triangles, but I don’t think they’re done well enough in many books. I don’t mean to sound offensive or anything, but so many young adult novels (namely contemporary and fantasy, the two genres I read the most) have love triangles in it that I’m getting tired of reading the same problem over and over again.

However, if it’s done right, like the Infernal Devices trilogy, I’m okay with it.

Anyway, why is it called a love triangle anyway? If it’s two guys loving the same girl, the only way it would be a triangle would be if the guys like each other too. Otherwise, it should be called a love angle. Acute one, to be exact. (Heh. You get it? Because, you know, acute angle. A cute angle. No? Yeah, I haven’t done math in a while either.)

Overall, I don’t hate love triangles. It’s just overused and not done right a lot of the time. It’s like a half-cooked potato.

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Until next time….

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Musing Mondays #6 (Apr. 11)

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This meme is hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat. Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

– I’m currently reading…
– Up next I think I’ll read…
– I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
– I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
– I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
– I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
– I blogged about ___ this past week…

I wish I could read books in general, but right now I’m reserving most of my time to reading my textbooks for class. All my teachers decided this week is a great week to assign the biggest reading assignment they have for the year.

Yay.

Maybe I should add my textbooks on Goodreads. XD

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THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Name a book everyone should read at least once.

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No words needed.

Honestly, if you haven’t already read this, you’re missing out. I don’t care if you hate historical fiction with a passion. Read it. You won’t regret it.

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Until next time….

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Musing Mondays #5 (Apr. 4)

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This meme is hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat. Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

– I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
– I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
– I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
– I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
– I can’t wait to get a copy of…
– I wish I could read ___, but…
– I blogged about ___ this past week…

After I finish reading The Hot Zone for biology and listening to The Sword of Summer, I want to start reading  A Gathering of Shadows again. I’ve been reading that book for over a couple months now. I swear it’s a good book, but I just never seem to be in the mood to pick it up. My goal is to try and finish the book this month, but I’m not sure if I’m ever going to have time to read until school is over. Even during the summer, I have so many plans that I’m not sure if I can catch up on reading. Oh well. I hope I do.

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THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What is your favorite “comfort” read?

Aside from Harry Potter (because that would be an obvious answer), Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl gives me the warm, fuzzy feeling inside.

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However, my all-time favorite comfort story is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I grew up with the story, and will continue to grow with it. Not only it remind me of my childhood, but also reminds me of the lesson of family and love.

March Wrap-Up

This month has been pretty uneventful. I was super tired the whole time (which isn’t the first time), and didn’t blog as much as I should have. At least I read more than I usually do.

However, like every month, I hope that I’ll do better in April. Maybe I will, maybe I won’t. Who knows?

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Musing Mondays #5 (Mar. 28)

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This meme is hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat. Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

–I’m currently reading…
-Up next I think I’ll read…
-I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
–I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
-I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
-I can’t wait to get a copy of…
–I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

I blogged about nothing this past week because… Well… I don’t want to make any excuses, but I was super tired last week because it was midterms week and it butchered me into a thousand tiny, awkward pieces. Even though I’ve been sleeping the same time I normally do, I’ve still been abnormally tired. I just hope to get back in the swing of things and start blogging and reading again soon.

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THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Make a plea for your favorite book.

I don’t need to make a plea about Harry Potter or Percy Jackson because if you don’t like those series, you have a serious problem, my friend.

(DISCLAIMER– The next couple paragraphs you’re about to read are not supposed to be offensive in any sort of way. Please respect my opinions because they aren’t meant to offend anyone.)

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But to all you Throne of Glass haters out there:

I respect the your opinion. I really do, trust me. But I think that what many of you say in your reviews is… unreasonable, if you will. Many say that the story is unoriginal. Here’s the thing: no story is original. Every story derives from another one (I learned this in English class). So I could probably claim that your favorite story is unoriginal too.

I admit it. The overall, broad context of the story is not the most original thing in the world. But, the small details is what makes the story outstanding. And if it’s only the general idea you were paying attention to, you missed out the better things inside the book. From the intricate web of plans to the world building and plot twists, there is so much more to this book than just the broad skeleton of the story.

Another reoccurring complaint that I’ve read in reviews is that Celaena Sardothian is annoying. Looking at it from a different perspective, I could understand where that complaint is coming from. However if you understand the motive behind the attitude, you’d understand that even though she’s pretty cocky, she still has a lion’s heart. She’s a brave, brilliant, strong assassin who takes the weight of responsibilities that no one her age should take. Later on in the series (no spoilers), she sacrifices many things to save the people around her and the ones she loves. I don’t know what’s so annoying about that.

I do realize that no book is for everyone (except Harry Potter), and this book is no exception. If you still truly, absolutely, positively hate Throne of Glass, I respect your opinions because I’ve said what I needed to say.

Peace out! *drops mic*

(I feel like I just wrote a very unstructured, unprofessional persuasive essay.)

Musing Mondays #4 (Mar. 21)

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This meme is hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat. Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
-Up next I think I’ll read…
-I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
–I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
-I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
-I can’t wait to get a copy of…
–I wish I could read ___, but…
-I blogged about ____ this past week…

Currently, I’m not reading any books. I know it says if you look at my Goodreads account that I’m reading four books, but I’ve put all of those on hold. It’s not that they’re bad books, it’s just that I’m in a reading slump. And a time crunch. And midterms. And presentations. It sucks not having time to read.


THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Have you ever read a book after watching the movie/television version only to find that you don’t like the book as much as the adaptation?

One of my rules for myself is seeing the original story before watching/reading the adaptation. Most of the time, that would mean reading the book before watching the movie. Plus, even if a book adaptation comes out after the movie, I don’t normally read it.

So to answer this question, no, I’ve never had a time where I didn’t like the book after reading it after watching the movie first.