Friday, June 13, 2014

Five Friday Favorites #1 | Favorite Parents in Fiction



This weekly meme is hosted over at Book Badger. Go check her out for more info on the meme and linkys tool to find other participants!


5. Lily and James Potter  

Of course, this wouldn't be a Book Fluke post without some kind of a Harry Potter mention. Even though Harry's parents were dead, their memories were kept alive by their friends and shared them with Harry. And through out the series, I feel like Harry Potter always, consciously and subconsciously, thought if his decisions will make his parents proud, which obviously led to great triumphs for him and his new found family against Voldemort. 

4. Kat and Denny Hall

During Mia's "recounting" of her memories and/or certain important scenes of her life, we were able to learn about her parents. I was so impressed with Mia's mom, Kat Hall and her loyalty to the family. She might have been against Mia's love for classical music but learned that it will always be part of her and accepted it. As for her dad, Denny, even though, he could be quite rebellious, seeing that he was in a band in the past, he was quite mature when it came to his family. He was able to give up his love for being a band to provide for his family through becoming a teacher.

3. Carlisle and Esme Cullen 

What I love most about Carlisle and Esme is their passion and support for their adopted children. To them, family always comes first, even though their family isn't really the typical one. Let's first talk about Esme. She's just awesome. She was obviously a family person when she was still human, and that seemed to intensify when she became a vampire. She's not afraid to do anything for her family, and is even kind enough to be nice towards to those who don't like her. For Carlisle, I adore him because of the effort he does to protect his loved ones and his love for humanity, hence the going "vegetarian."

2.  Sally Jackson 

Her love for Percy is so admirable, when throughout the series you see the demigods' parents hating their children just because of who and what they are. But that wasn't the case for Sally, she embraced Percy's fate. She didn't try to stop him or go against him and just supported him. And what I love most about her, and I think Percy too, is her ways in making Percy feel that he is not a bad person. And she always seemed to know what to say to Percy.

1. Arthur and Molly Weasley 

Predictable? Ha, don't really care because they are the epitome of great parents. This family has just been through so much, and for them to stick together 'til the end, the parents must be doing something right. We first met them in the second book, in where we just loved them because of how they welcomed Harry to their home. Both of them are fiercely loyal and don't really care of what others think of them. They might have been poor, but they never complained or whined but just tried to make everything work. Also, they're not the kind of parents to hold a grudge against their children no matter how big their faults are but just forgives them and continue on loving and supporting them.

Who are your favourite fictional parents? Let me know in the comments below!
See y'all next Five Favorites Friday!

Friday Memes | The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings #2

 
The Friday 56 is hosted over at Freda's Voice! While the Book Beginning is hosted over at Rose City Reader. So, go check both of them out if you need more information. 
The rules of The Friday 56 are very simple:
- Grab a book, any book.
- Turn to page 56 or 56% if you are reading from an e-reader.
- Find any sentence or sentences that grab you then post them.
- Make sure to add your post url to the page which is at Freda's Voice, so all of the participants can see!
Book Beginnings:
Share the first sentence, or so, of the book you are currently reading. Share your thoughts and don't forget to also add your post url at Rose City Reader's page!

Currently Reading: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  by J.K. Rowling
Book Beginning:
"Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four, Privet Drive."
The Friday 56:
"'You be careful, Arthur,' said Mrs. Weasley sharply as they were bowed into the bank by a goblin at the door. 'The family's trouble. Don't go biting off more than you can chew-'."
Thoughts:
I am way too obsessed with Harry Potter so my thoughts will be just how amazing this book is, blah, blah, blah. But, it is always so fun to dive into the books again since the movies were, obviously, too short for all things magical when it comes to Harry Potter. I am taking this book, and the whole series, slow because I don't think I'll have time to actually read them again when school starts again. And as always, I am enjoying myself so far. 

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars | Movie Review


The Fault In Our Stars

The movie/book adaptation follows a cancer-patient named Hazel Grace Lancaster, who falls in love with Augustus Waters, who has been in remission for awhile but had to get amputated. They then take an adventure, including an out-of-the-country trip to hunt down an author and helping a friend get over a break-up.




THIS MOVIE. Can I just say that "YES. Finally. A book literally translated to a movie." Obviously, there were changes made to fit the whole story in two hours. But those changes were so minor, that you wouldn't even notice them unless you just read the book, really, like really, really, emotionally and mentally invested into the book, or just have a photographic memory that you have every detail down to the tee.





   There are so many great things about this adaptation. First, let's talk about the casting. Shailene Woodley definitely brought Hazel to life. Her humor, the way she speaks, and also the way she acts were just on point. As for Ansel Elgort, I was a bit skeptical about him, seeing that he plays the brother of Shailene's character in Divergent, so I wasn't sure if I can picture them outside a brother-sister relationship, since I did love Divergent. BUT, IT WORKED. It actually worked. Ansel's take on Augustus was so much different from Caleb, so it wasn't hard to believe their love relationship. As for Nat as Isaac, I didn't really have anything to compare to because this was my first time seeing a movie with him in it but I thought that he did great and made me laugh so hard. Then, there's van Houten, played by Willem Dafoe. He did a splendid job making me angry and so irritated, so props to him because that's exactly what I felt when I was reading the book. I'm pretty certain that if the book hadn't meant anything to me, I would've threw it against the wall because of my hatred of van Houten.
   The second thing that was so great about the film was its soundtrack/film scores. When I found out that Birdy and Grouplove were in the soundtrack, I didn't think they would actually play their songs in the movie. So, when both of them played, I lost it. Their songs just meshed well and added even more meaning to the emotionally-filled scenes. I was certainly surprised about Charli XCX's song being featured in the movie and actually making sense. I hate it when pop songs just randomly plays in the background *cough* City of Bones and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters *cough*, it makes me cringe so much like no, you don't do that.
  But really, all I have to say is that you certainly need tissues, boxes of them. If you connected with the book, you will be so proud of what the director, and John Green of course, has done with the movie.


Harry Potter Moment of the Week #1 | Character We Wished We'd Learn More About




This is a weekly meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts. Check her out for more information about the meme.
There are so many characters in the book that I, we, wish to have learned about in the Harry Potter series but, sad to say, we can't get inside J.K. Rowling's brain and see all the back stories of all her characters, even the creatures. But, I personally think that we should've learned more about:

Kingsley Shacklebolt

I feel like he played such a big role in the series, especially starting from The Order of the Phoenix. He was one of the members of the Order, obviously,  became the protector of the Muggle Prime Minister, which I can say is a huge task, and became the Minister of Magic after the war. He was one of the best aurors in the Ministry, from what I could gather. I want to know his backstory, in particular, like which house was he in when he was attending Hogwarts, or if he was even from Hogwarts,  and other details like was he like Fred and George or more of like Hermione. So, obviously there are a lot more characters but he is the one I am most intrigued with. 

Comment below what you think about him and follow me on any of my social medias. See y'all next Thursday. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Top Five Wednesdays #2 | Top 5 Books You Struggled to Finish


Top 5 Wednesdays is created by Gingerreadslainey and click here for complete list of participants for this meme. Go check 'em out!

5. The Battle for Skandia: Book Four of the Ranger's Apprentice John Flanagan

This book. THIS BOOK. Frustrated me to no end. I just don't know why but something about it was so irritating. It took me 2 months to finish this book with only 272 pages. I really liked the first two books, then ehh for the third book and I just reached my ending point during this book. I never continued the series after this one and just donated all of five books that I had.

4. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen

I think this book was my third or fourth Sarah Dessen book, I'm not really sure, so I already knew her writing style, which is kind of slow and boring but the plot and the main points are really good. But this particular book, I just didn't like it. I remember having to renew this book 3 times in the library because I just couldn't go through it. When I got to the end, I literally said "How cliche." I still enjoyed most of her books though so it was just this one, and I think with one other that wasn't as bad.

3. I'd Tell You I Love You But I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

I went through a spy phase during my 8th grade year, which is almost 2 years ago, so yeah obviously I picked this series up. I finished this book in a month. 284 PAGES IN A MONTH. The book wasn't bad, I liked the main plot but the characters were just so annoying and they lacked development. And, I just couldn't go through it. 

2. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

This book wasn't bad at all, but something about the world-building in the book was just so abrupt and sometimes made it confusing. Some parts were just so anti-climactic, that ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. It took me almost a month to finish this book, which has 520 something pages, and this is so overhyped. I think that also contributed to why I struggled finishing this book. BUT. The second book definitely got better. Although, I haven't had the time to pick up the third book when I have most of them. 

1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Well, the main reason I struggled with this book was that I was so heavily-invested with the characters and also my expectations were so high after Catching Fire. But, it was still a pretty good ending to the series. It took me a month to finish this book. I know, I know, I'm a disgrace to the fandom. 




Let me know your thoughts on my list and also your top five lists on the comments below. See y'all next Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Top Ten Tuesdays #1 | Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2014



 This weekly meme is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Go check them out and don't forget to add your blog post's link so everyone can see your top ten, if you do decide to join!

I have only read 9 books so far, well the ones I am officially counting, because I am restarting my 2014 Reading Challenge. If you want to find out why I have restarted, or started late, my reading click here

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling


This is the book the helped me get out of the massive reading slump that I had to endure for months. This book, and the whole series of course, should be considered a classic. 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

 

 

I reread this series for the June #AYearAThon, and was able to read all of them three days in to the marathon, because the series is that awesome. It never got boring for me because there were just so much things going on and it was so goooooood. 

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan


When I read the first page of this book, I was really skeptical about the whole series. But I did enjoy it, a lot actually, and it was a great start to another epic series by Rick Riordan.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Demigod Files

 
This companion book to the PJO series was a fun, light read, seeing that it is only over a 100 pages. 

The Maze of Bones
 I did enjoy this book when I read it for the #AYearAThon, it was definitely a major cliffhanger and I probably would pick up the second book in the coming days.

Currently Reading: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I am currently a fifth through the book and I am really enjoying it so far, even though I may have read the series like 5 or 6 times already. I am rereading this book for the #SummerofSpells. If you want to find out more about that, click here

Well, that was my first take on the Top Ten Tuesdays. I definitely had a great time doing this. even though I only had 9 books and currently reading one to work with. I know this is not the typical Top Ten Tuesday post but please bear with me. Next week's one will definitely better. I hope y'all are having or had a good Tuesday and see you on the next one!
Comment down below your top ten list or your blog post link, whichever you prefer, and I will definitely check them out.
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Monday, June 9, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #1




This weekly meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, go check her out for more information and the Linkys list to check out the other participants!

The previous week was absolutely busy, seeing I got off school, officially, so I had to do some cleaning and reorganising. I also participated in the #AYearAThon for the month of June, which was totally exciting since it was my first ever read-a-thon. I read 8 books, in total, and also watched The Fault In Our Stars, which totally gutted me and I just can't, too many feels! But, my greatest achievement last week was finally posting my first ever blog post here. After weeks of deciding, whether if I should follow through with this or not, I finally did it! I am still working on my blog, though, especially the design and the layout but also my writing proficiency. So, bear with me! If you do, find any mistakes or if I forgot to put a link or whatever, feel free to comment and I will fix it asap. 

So, let's get on with the meme shall we?

Books I Read Last Week:
- The Percy Jackson & The Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
   - The Lightning Thief
   - The Sea of Monsters
   - The Titan's Curse
   - The Battle of the Labyrinth
   - The Last Olympian
- Percy Jackson & The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan 
- The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
- The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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Books I Am Planning To Read This Week:
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
- Bruiser by Neil Shusterman


 



Don't forget to check what happened here on my blog the previous week:
2014 Reading Challenge (I know, I know, weird, but please check it out!)
- Weekly Memes
  Top 5 Wednesdays | Top 5 Characters You Wish You Were More Like
  Friday Memes | The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings #1
June #BookADay
- Summer of Spells
  TBR
- June #AYearAThon

I am personally really excited to finally start some serious reading for the #SummerofSpells and finally read Bruiser, which has been sitting in my shelf for more than a year now. Comment, subscribe, and follow me on any of my social medias and let me know what you are reading for this week!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

#AYearAThon | Wrap-Up


And, my first ever read-a-thon has come to an end!  

Currently Reading: I might start the Son of Neptune tonight, but I really want to get into the #SummerofSpells. But outside this read-a-thon, I am currently reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Books Read:
- The Lightning Thief
- The Sea of Monsters
- The Titan's Curse
- The Battle of the Labyrinth
- The Last Olympian
- Percy Jackson and the Demigod Files
- The Maze of Bones
- The Lost Hero

Pages read since last update: 117

Total Pages Read: 2,659

This read-a-thon was definitely a success. It motivated me to read 8 books! 8 BOOKS. I only put 7 books in my TBR pile, but then I finished all of them in Day 4, I think, so I added The Lost Hero, which was really hefty. That's crazy. I did go through ups and downs, mainly my laziness slumps. But, I also was able to converse with other people, which was really refreshing. I've never been one to freely talk about my bookish thoughts, except with my closest friends, but this read-a-thon broke me out of my shell, that there are so many people out there that are just as obsessed with books as me. I hope I get to see y'all in the next read-a-thon, which will be held on July 4 through 13. Click here for more information about the #AYearAThon.

Check out my TBR and Daily Updates, to see how I did each day:
TBR
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6

Please follow me on any of my social media accounts, all links are all in the right side bar. Tweet me, message me, email me, whatsoever. I would like to talk to all of you!
Also, comment your links so I can check out your #AYearAThon progress. I would love to see how y'all did. Until the next #AYearAThon!

* I might do a review of the Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan, separately or collectively when I finish all 10 books. And maybe, MAYBE, the Lost Hero because I enjoyed it more when I read it this time, which is my second time reading it. And, all I can say is FEELS everywhere. So, look out for that!

#AYearAThon | Day 6


And, Day 6 is done! One more day, let's keep this going guys.

Currently Reading: The Lost Hero

Books Read:
- The Lightning Thief
- The Sea of Monsters
- The Titan's Curse
- The Battle of the Labyrinth
- The Last Olympian
- Percy Jackson and the Demigod Files
- The Maze of Bones

Pages read since last update: 126

Total Pages Read: 2,542

So, today wasn't better, obviously. But, I have a good reason! I watched TFIOS!!!! Okay, maybe not good enough reason, but still. I might do a review of the movie, so look out for that! Totally worth watching. Tomorrow's the last day of the read-a-thon and I think I'm going to keep up with these read-a-thons because this one motivated me to read more and it's fun seeing everyone's progress throughout the set time frame. So, if you know or are hosting any read-a-thons, comment down below, and I will try my hardest to participate in everyone one of them, because why not, right? So, see y'all tomorrow and let's end this read-a-thon strong!