Saturday, June 28, 2014

Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon | Day 12



This read-a-thon is hosted over at Trees of Reverie and if you would like to see the whole list of participants and FAQs, click here
And, if you are an official participant, please let me know in the comments below, so I can check y'all out.

Currently Reading: 
- Bruiser by Neil Shusterman
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Books Read: 
- The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
- The Magician by Michael Scott
- This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Pages Read Since Last Update: 146

Total Number of Pages Read: 1,650

So, today was a sluggish day. I didn't do much and was just lazy all day. I didn't get to finish Twilight and did not pick up Bruiser. I hoped that I would get a lot of reading today because there were no World Cup matches today but that, obviously, did not happen. I am enjoying Twilight, even though I have read this book A LOT of times. I love the chemistry between Edward and Bella, that in my opinion was not as present in the movies. I am still going to read some more before I go to bed but not much. So, see y'all tomorrow for Day 13! Can't believe the read-a-thon is slowly coming to an end. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Five Friday Favorites #3 | Favorite Book Covers: Color Edition



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!

For this week, you basically have to pick a color, then in your bookshelves find 5 of your favorite book covers with that color. Simple, really. So, I chose the color blue because it's my favorite color.

   



Bruiser, even though I am not a big fan of the close up, I love the font and like the facings of the title. And, also the shades of blue in the lettering itself. Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix is my favorite cover out of all the books in the series, but only in this edition. I love how everything is a shade of blue. The Fault In Our Stars is one of the books that have the simplest cover design and that's why I love it. I adore the concept of the book cover of Infinity with the symbol that's giving off light, therefore a lighter shade of blue against the dark blue background. Clockwork Prince may not look blue in the picture, but when you have it has a tint of dark aquamarine background. And I absolutely love aquamarine. 

So, those are my picks! What do you think? Tell me in the comments below and don't forget to subscribe!



Friday Memes | The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings #4


 
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!


Bruiser by Neil Shusterman

This is a contemporary book written in male's point of view. From what I could gather from the back of the book, it's about a troubled young teen and I am only in page 20, so I don't really know. 

Book Beginnings

"If he touches her, I swear I'm going to rip out his guts with my bare hands and send them to his next kin for lunch."

The Friday 56

"That stopped me in midscan. In my experience, there are three reasons why a boy will want to take out a book on poetry:
1) to impress girl
2) for a class assignment
3) to impress a girl."

This is one of the books I've been dying to pick up. The beginning did throw me off a little bit, but from what I can see in page 56, it can also be light-hearted and relatable. I'll update you guys on what I think in my wrap up and maybe I might write a review on this. Look out for that. 
Comment what you think and what you're currently reading in the comments below, and don't forget to subscribe!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon | Day 11




This read-a-thon is hosted over at Trees of Reverie and if you would like to see the whole list of participants and FAQs, click here
And, if you are an official participant, please let me know in the comments below, so I can check y'all out.

Currently Reading: 
- Bruiser by Neil Shusterman
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Books Read: 
- The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
- The Magician by Michael Scott
- This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Pages Read Since Last Update: 151

Total Number of Pages Read: 1,504

I only picked up Twilight today, I just wasn't in the mood for contemporary today. And, the USA vs Germany match went pretty okay, the USA team did lose but Germany was too good. But, US is advancing to the Round of 16, which I am pretty excited about. The only downfall in that is they're going agains Belgium. The two teams I'm actually rooting for are going against each other, oh the irony. At least there's no soccer matches tomorrow, so I'm hoping to finish Twilight and maybe get a lot of reading for Bruiser. So, see y'all tomorrow for Day 12!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #3 | Best Hogwarts Secret



This is a weekly meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts. Check her out for more information about the meme.






The Room of Requirement

This is my favorite Hogwarts secret, book-wise and movie-wise. In the book, it was kind of hinted through Dumbledore in the Goblet of Fire but was formally introduced by Dobby in the Order of Phoenix, while in the movie, it was Nevill who found it. Just the thought or the main idea of it was so intriguing and complex, and was just well thought-out. And it certainly makes you wish the Hogwarts is real even more. 
I feel like the Room of Requirement is one of the declarations of the statement, "Help will always be available at Hogwarts to those who deserve it." This where the Dumbledore's Army started, grew, and eventually became such a tight knit group who had the same goal and mindset, and that's to fight for what is right. The room also helped Draco, who I know used it for bad reasons, but he did it to help his father and that takes a lot of courage and bravery. It even helped Harry find the diadem of Ravenclaw and when he had to let of the Prince's potion book. 

So, what do you think of my pick? Is it the same as yours or you have another one? Tell me in the comments below and don't forget to subscribe! See y'all next Thursday. 




Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon | Day 10



This read-a-thon is hosted over at Trees of Reverie and if you would like to see the whole list of participants and FAQs, click here
And, if you are an official participant, please let me know in the comments below, so I can check y'all out.

Currently Reading: 
- Bruiser by Neil Shusterman
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Books Read: 
- The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
- The Magician by Michael Scott
- This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Pages Read Since Last Update: 211 + 52 + 20 = 283

Total Number of Pages Read: 1,353

Pretty proud of myself for today. But, I am so stoked for the USA vs. Germany match tomorrow! I can't wait, even though I only have like 10 more hours and I'm going to be sleeping soon. So, I may not read that much tomorrow but I will definitely try because Twilight is actually my favorite book from the Twilight Saga and I've been waiting for the day that I would finally pick up Bruiser. This Is What Happy Looks Like was just a light, summer read. I liked it because it wasn't heavy at all and it was just refreshing. That's that and see y'all tomorrow for Day 11! 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WWW Wednesdays #1


This weekly meme is hosted over at Should Be Reading! Go check it out for more information and if you want to see other memes you want to try out and other participants. 
All you have to do is answer three questions: 
1. What are you currently reading? 
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you'll read next?

So, I've added this to my weekly memes because, why not? (Also, because they motivate me to read more.) Let's get on with the meme, shall we?

Here are my answers:
1. What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.

 

2. What did you recently finish reading? 
I recently finished The Magician by Michael Scott. I did enjoy the book, especially the historical tie-ins. 


3. What do you think you'll read next?
I want to read Bruiser by Neil Shusterman and I am so excited. 



Tell me what you think in the comments below! And, see y'all next Wednesday. 

Top 5 Wednesdays #4 | Top 5 Last Sentences


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

5. "He loved Big Brother." - George Orwell, 1984

Even though I didn't enjoy the book as much as everyone else, this line was like a punch in the gut. It kind of says that sometimes no matter how much you fight something, it can still overcome you, because some things are just beyond your control. 



4. "And then we continued blissfully into this small but perfect piece of forever." - Stephenie Meyer, Breaking Dawn

This series is a guilt pleasure for me, don't judge. After everything Bella and Edward went through, this line just gave the readers a sense of relief. And it felt so good after all the action and problems and just give you like a sense of feeling that anything is possible.


3. "This is our new vow." - Gayle Forman, Where She Went

This contemporary, along with If I Stay, is one of my favorites. The series was just a roller coaster of emotions. And this one is like Breaking Dawn, that after everything, it was just a relief that the characters had their happy ending.

2. I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it'd beautiful. - John Green, Looking for Alaska

This book was all about first love, heartbreak, finding one's self, and forgiveness and this line, in my opinion, just sums it all and it's just beautiful.


1. The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.  - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

After all the sacrifices and pain that Harry had to go through during the seven years finally came to an end. And that in this epilogue/last line, the readers can finally have a breather after an epic adventure.





So, what do you think? Comment down below and see y'all next Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon | Day 9



This read-a-thon is hosted over at Trees of Reverie and if you would like to see the whole list of participants and FAQs, click here
And, if you are an official participant, please let me know in the comments below, so I can check y'all out.

Currently Reading: 
- This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Books Read: 
- The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
- The Magician by Michael Scott

Pages Read Since Last Update: 112

Total Number of Pages Read: 1,070

I'm enjoying the book so far because it is just a light, summer read and it feels so refreshing after the heavy fantasy from the first two books I have read and I am reading the third book in the Harry Potter series for a 3 month read-a-long, so just taking a break but this will be such a fast read also. Okay, so I watched the Italy vs Portugal match this morning and I am still shocked for the Suarez biting incident. I just can't go over it, like it was just so fast and quick yet it was the most heavily talked part of the match during the post talks and on Twitter and all that. It was also very shocking that the referee did not do anything when he gave out a red card on that Italian player, which I think was a very, very bad call. A yellow card would have sufficed, in my opinion. Well, I'm not planning on watching and World Cup matches tomorrow so probably more reading, which will be great. So, see y'all tomorrow for Day 10 and comment below what you think, maybe of my progress or soccer! I would love to hear them. 

Top Ten Tuesdays #3 | Top Ten Book Cover Trends



 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!


Cover Trends that I Love

1. Typography being the sole focus of the cover

 Covers that feature awesome typography are just really attractive and some are super simple yet very eye-catching. These two book covers are soooooo nice.

 

2. Minimalistic

 I love simple book covers. I hate covers that are so overdone that it kind of gives you an off feeling when picking up a book.


3. Pastel Colors

 Pastel colors are just so pretty. I absolutely love the cover of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.



4. Matching covers by the same author

I mean, obviously, in series this is a must but when it comes to authors it definitely adds to like the pull you get to buy books from that author. They also look great in the shelves especially when you organize your books by authors, which I do.

 



5. Covers that feature scenes in the book

 Certain scenes in the book that you can actually see just helps the readers, me personally, to help with imagination especially if the book have different aspects than our society. The epitome of this is the Harry Potter series, maybe not-so the fourth book, but the others are spot on.


Cover Trends that I Hate

1. Half-faced 

I just don't get them at all. This is one of the reasons why I didn't continue reading the Delirium series because the covers are so just awkward, but I'm not judging the books by their covers. I also didn't like the story, too Divergent/Hunger Games for me.



2. Display of Affection

This is just a huge turn-off for me, like I mean just so uncomfortable and way too cheesy. So awkward when reading in public. There are so many books like this that are just so cringe-worthy.


3. Movie Tie-In Covers

These are super annoying. I don't want to see celebrities in the front, especially if they are way off from how the real characters are described in the book. I absolutely love, love, the blue Great Gatsby book cover, even though I might not have read it *shhhhh*, and The Fault In Our Stars book cover. So, when these came out, I was just so annoyed.

 

4. "Back" Covers 

Another one that I don't get like what is the point of showing your back? Am I the only annoyed with the Fallen Series book covers? No?


5. Mid-Series Cover Changes

 Stop, stop, stop. Like, seriously? We, book collectors, like to have the same covers that make sense together. Especially the Across the Universe series when the two first books were absolutely stunning.


So, what do you think? Comment down below your likes and dislikes! And, see y'all next Tuesday.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon | Day 8



This read-a-thon is hosted over at Trees of Reverie and if you would like to see the whole list of participants and FAQs, click here
And, if you are an official participant, please let me know in the comments below, so I can check y'all out.

Currently Reading: 
- This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Books Read: 
- The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
- The Magician by Michael Scott

Pages Read Since Last Update: 44

Total Number of Pages Read: 958

Today was just a really, really off-day. I spent it just lounging around and sleeping. I wasn't even able to get a workout in, which sucks a lot. It is still pretty early while I am updating this so I might get some more reading, because 44 pages is just embarrassing. But, I wouldn't count on it. I hope tomorrow gets better and see y'all tomorrow for Day 9! 

Comment below what you think and how your Monday went!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #3



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!

Okay, so maybe my planned TBR pile for last week was a bit too extreme and I, obviously, failed to even come close but I did get a lot of reading, so I am happy about that!


Books I Read Last Week:

- The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
- The Magician by Michael Scott


Currently Reading:

- This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


Books I am Planning to Read this Week:

- Bruiser by Neil Shusterman
- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead 
- The Sorceress by Michael Scott 
* I am not too sure about the last two because I am craving for light, contemporary reads. 


 



Things Posted Last Week:

- Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon Daily Updates: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7

Comment downs what you think about my TBR for the week! Too much or too little (you're probably crazy if you say too little but whatever)? Make sure to check out my other links. Have an awesome reading week and see y'all next Monday!