Friday, July 4, 2014

Five Friday Favorites #4 | Favorite Character Names



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. Tris Prior from the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

There's just something so kick-butt about the name Tris Prior and that's without knowing Tris' attitude. The name also gave Beatrice a chance to renew herself and her personality.

4. Parker Fadley from Cracket Up to Be by Courtney Summers

Even though, this story could've been written better, I really like the name Parker Fadley.

3. Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instrument Series by Cassadra Clare

Magnus Bane will always be my favorite character from the TMI series. When I first heard of the name Magnus Bane, I thought he was some kind of werewolf or something but when I learned he was warlock, something about his name just stuck to me.
2. Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

This name is definitely unique and just makes you think that great things will come from the character. Katniss Everdeen is just a good combination, I can't explain it but definitely has a nice ring to it. Others don't like it, but I really, really like it.
1. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Hermione Granger. It just sounds so feminine, classy, and finesse. And to me, that's definitely Hermione. 

Friday Memes | The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings #5


 
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!



One False Note by Gordon Korman 

This is the second book in the 39 Clues series. It follows Amy and Dan after they found the next clue in Paris.

Book Beginnings

"The hunger strike began two hours east of Paris."

The Friday 56

"'Calm down,' Amy told him. 'The real clue isn't the diary; it's the music. And we're the only ones who have that. Let's take it down to the lobby. I saw a piano there.'"

I really, really want to finish this series and so far it's been alright. I'm not one for middle grade series outside Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series, but this one's okay. 
So, what do you all think? Tell me in the comments below and don't forget to subscribe!




Thursday, July 3, 2014

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #4 | Best Shop In Diagon Alley



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

Flourish and Blotts



The best shop in Diagon Alley, in my opinion, is Flourish and Blotts because, you know, books. Bookshops are my favorite places in the world, whether they be second hand places or B&N. And, this shop would be my first stop in Diagon Alley.

Tell me what you think in the comments below! And don't forget to subscribe. See y'all next Thursday.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

WWW Wednesdays #2


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?

Here are my answers!

1. What are you currently reading?
 I am currently reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. 


2. What did you recently finish reading? 
Bruiser by Neil Shusterman and I think I just found my new favorite contemporary.


3. What do you think you'll read next? 
Either New Moon by Stephenie Meyer or One False Note from the 39 Clues by Gordon Karman.


It would be lovely if you tell me what you think in the comments below and don't forget to subscribe! See y'all next Wednesday.

Top Five Wednesdays | Top 5 Books You Read So Far


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

5. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

I didn't think I would like this book because I did stop reading it before and also because of the mixed reviews it received. But surprisingly, I did. I love the historical tie-ins and famous characters and how they play in the story. If you want to read a longer review of this, click here.








4. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

This was just a light, summer read. It was definitely not one for the most original or heavy plot but it was definitely enjoyable. I might post a review on this, I'm not too sure though. I did only give this a 3 out 5 stars in Goodreads, but it was still good because I read this when taking a break from fantasy reads and this helped me a lot.







3. Twilight

This will be forever be my guilty pleasure. No matter how many times I read it, I will always enjoy and love it. Don't let the hype surrounding the movies make your judgment of this book because it's definitely worth reading.









2. The Lost Hero

After I stressful school year, I was definitely ready for some demigod action and this gave it to me. Even though, no Percy or not much Annabeth, it was really refreshing to find out more about the world Rick Riordan has created thorough other characters.








1. Bruiser

Ahhhhhhhhhhh, this book. THIS BOOK. I may or may not be rereading this right now because it's too good. READ THIS BOOK, READ IT NOW. I'm not going to tell you anything about it because it's always good to go into contemporary reads not knowing anything. But, I will tell you that this received 5 out 5 stars. I will be posting a review soon, so look out for that!







So, what do you think? Tell me in the comments below and don't forget to subscribe!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Trees of Reverie Read-a-Thon | Day 16 & Wrap Up



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: 

Books Read: 
- The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
- The Magician by Michael Scott
- This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
- Bruiser by Neil Shusterman

Pages Read Since Last Update: 131

Total Number of Pages Read: 2,054

And the June Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon is done! I really had a great time during the read-a-thon and proud of myself because I started two series. And while under constant stress from the World Cup. That's saying something. I will definitely be joining the next Trees of Reverie Readathon if there will be one. So, tell me how you did and what you think in the comments below. I will definitely be doing a review for Bruiser sometime next week maybe and I just posted a review for The Alchemyst. Click here if you want to check that out, do it! Pretty please. I'll see y'all in the next read-a-thon!

If you want to know how I did during the days of the read-a-thon, scroll down because I did daily updates for the whole course of the read-a-thon!

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott | Book Review

Title: The Alchemyst                                                                Author: Michael Scott                                                                Series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1
Released: January 1, 2007
Pages: 400
Rating:

Synopsis:
Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on 28 September 1330. Nearly seven hundred years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty and Nicholas Flamel lives. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects - the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. And that's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.


I read this book during the June Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon mainly because I couldn't think of a theme so I just decided on doing a series catch up type of TBR pile. I was planning to read the whole series, but it's six books long and I wanted to start and catch up on other series. I have had this book for I think three years already and I did read it before, like two years ago, but then I guess I decided to stop halfway. When I started reading it again for the read-a-thon, I found out that I couldn't remember anything, but I do remember getting bored with it, but during this time around, I actually quite liked it. 
The main thing I absolutely love in this book is the world-building. It wasn't fast, to the point that the author is just randomly throwing things at you, and I like how not all the aspects of the fantasy world was introduced in this book and left you kind of hanging. I know people don't really like that, but I do because it just makes you want to read it faster. There was enough suspense and action, but in some point it did get kind of heavy on the action that it took up a lot of pages, but that only occurred 2 or 3 times. 
The second thing I like about this are the historical tie-ins. The characters, except for the two main protagonists, are actually pretty well known, they have their own Wikipedia pages, that counts right? Whether they were actual famous people, Nicholas Flamel for example, or just people from mythologies, such as Norse. Also, there were actual happenings from our world history that were included. And I thought that was just really cool. I have not read any type or kind of historical fiction books, so I don't really have anything to compare this book with. 


I  also related to both of the main protagonists in some kind of way during the course of the book and that definitely added a bonus. I'm not overly attached to them or anything but I feel like I don't really relate to characters that much, especially in fantasy books.

The only thing I was not really pleased about this book was that some parts were so redundant that you'll just find yourself saying "I know you've mentioned it like two pages ago," like seriously. And, also the character development is not really there yet. You don't really see the characters grow that much, maybe because there were a lot of characters introduced, kind of. 


If you're looking for a fantasy book that doesn't have any romance or a super heavy plot, definitely check this one out. But, don't go into this reading a lot of reviews because this book does have mixed reviews and that kind of can bum you out. If you do decide to read it or have read it already, let me know in the comments below and I'll see y'all in the next one!

July TBR



Excited yet very sad that it's already July. I got one more month of summer left and it's really bittersweet. I am planning in joining the July #AYearAThon, and continue the Summer of Spells Harry Potter Read-a-long. 
*Might change during the course of the month
*TBR for read-a-thons won't be included

Currently Reading:



Books I'm Planning to Read:


 

 

I only have one contemporary planned to read but I think that will change in the coming weeks. Let's just see if I keep up with this pile. Don't forget to comment & subscribe and see y'all in the next one!

June Wrap Up | #AYearAThon, Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon, and others



Whew! This was a busy month. From starting it with the #AYearAThon and ending it with the Trees of Reverie Readathon. Really happy with the reading I have done this month and also because summer! 

Books I Finished:



 


 



Favorite Book I Read This Month:



I am hoping that July will be even better. Don't forget comment and subscribe and see y'all in the next one!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Trees of Reverie of Read-a-thon | Day 15



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

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

Pages Read Since Last Update: 78

Total Number of Pages Read: 1,923

Really enjoying this book, definitely an eye opener for me even though it's not even near the end yet. I might finish this book tomorrow but I don't know because I am busy this week because of a summer assignment, which I barely started today, but I will try! See y'all tomorrow for the last day of the readathon, Day 16! 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #4



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!

Pretty proud of myself this week. The Trees of Reverie Readathon is ending soon and I want to finish strong. 

Books I'm Currently Reading:

- Bruiser by Neil Shusterman
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

 

Books I Finished:

- This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer


Books I'm Planning To Read:

- The Sorceress by Michael Scott
- New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
- The Rule of Three by Eric Walters


Blog Happenings during the last week:

- Weekly Memes
- Trees of Reverie June Read-a-thon Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14  

So, what do you all think? Tell me in the comments below and don't forget to check out my previous posts and subscribe. Have an awesome reading week and I'll see y'all next Monday for another It's Monday! post!