Saturday, July 12, 2014

July #AYearAThon | Day 6


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The #AYearAThon Read-a-thon is a monthly themed read-a-thon that will go all through the year. 

Currently Reading: 
- Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Books Read: 
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Pages Read Since Last Update: 90

Total Number of Pages Read: 404

Ahhh! Halfway done through the Great Gatsby, and I am really enjoying. I hope I finish it tomorrow afternoon, because I'm not going to be able to read because the World Cup Finals. Anyone here watching it tomorrow? Tell me in the comments below!

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith | Book Review


Title: This is What Happy Looks Like                                                          
Author: Jennifer E. Smith                                                             
Series: Stand-alone
Released: April 2, 2013
Pages: 416
Goodreads
Rating: 



      When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. 
       Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?

This book is a light, summer-y contemporary read, and I really enjoyed it. I read this book during the June Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon, when I was taking a break from fantasy reads. This is actually my first Jennifer E. Smith and I'm not disappointed at all, but there's definitely room for improvement. I've heard so many good things about The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, so I'm really excited to pick that up this month.

The thing that disappointed me in this book is that it didn't really have much of a plot, which I guess makes this a really "light" read, but I feel like if some kind of twist was thrown in there, the book could've been definitely way better. Another was that Ellie, the main protagonist, was making drama out of nothing and I guess that's why the book was really draggy in some parts.

I was so happy when I found out that there was no "insta-love," so that's a plus. I also love the concept of the whole email-sent-wrong, because that ties in with this generation, even though emails are kind of old but still. As I said before this was a light read from the beginning, so I wasn't really expecting any major character development. But, there was and that was really refreshing to see. I can't say that I related to any of the characters, but they did have personal problems that were relatable. I also thought the ending was just right, because that's the whole point of love, whether it be a summer fling or a long distance relationship, it's always going to be indefinite.

All in all, if you're looking for a fast, beach read, this is definitely one for the books. 

Have you guys read this book before? Did you like it or not? Tell me in the comments below and I'll see y'all in the  next one!

Friday, July 11, 2014

July #AYearAThon | Day 5


Click here for the #AYearAThon page on Goodreads and to find other participants!
The #AYearAThon Read-a-thon is a monthly themed read-a-thon that will go all through the year. 

Currently Reading: 
- Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Books Read: 
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Pages Read Since Last Update: 166 + 2 = 168

Total Number of Pages Read: 314

And, I finally made progress! So glad I made the decision to take a day off from doing my summer assignments. This book. This book. It has so much drama, which I totally didn't expect. I actually started skimming the book, the shame I know, but it was getting kind of hard for me to read. BUT. When Willoughby's secret was found out, I was like so hooked that I couldn't put it down and started reading it throughly. And, I was just like, "Oh, snap!" Really, really enjoyed this book. I might still haven't found my favorite classic, though. We'll see. 

Weekend Reads!



Super excited for this weekend! Third-place match and Finals for the World Cup. I'm most probably going to be experiencing some withdrawals, so why not transfer that into reading? 
These are the books I am planning to pick up during the weekend:

 

1. Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Been wanting to read this classic for a very long time and I've actually started this a few hours ago, because I just finished Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. 
2. Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
I've actually read this book already but it's so good that I'm rereading it, so I want to finish rereading it this weekend.
3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
I want to get some reading done for the Summer of Spells Read-a-long and also because the new Harry Potter short story made me realize how much I've truly missed Harry and the others. 
4. One False Note by Gordon Karman
This is Book 2 of the 39 Clues series and I really want to finish this series before school starts again. This is actually in my Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon TBR, which already began yesterday, but I'm officially going to start on Monday. So, if I do finish all my other planned weekend reads, I'm picking this one up.

So, what do you think of my weekend reads? What are you planning to read during the weekend? Tell me in the comments below and see y'all in my next one!

Friday Memes | The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings #6


 
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!


Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

I'm actually reading this book for the July #AYearAThon and it's definitely different for me because I don't read classics. 

Book Beginnings
"The family of Dashwood had been long settles in Sussex."

The Friday 56
"Then, lowering her voice a little, she said to Elinor, 'She is his natural daughter.'"

So, what do y'all think of my Friday read? Have y'all read this already? Tell me in the comments below!

Five Friday Favorites #5 | Favorite Summer Reads


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!

Favorite Summer Reads!




5. This Is What Happy Looks Like 
This is just a light, very summer-y contemporary read because of the setting and the lack of a heavy plot. 

4. Paper Towns
I haven't read this book but I remember picking it up in January and thinking to myself, "This would be a great summer read," and I am actually looking forward to continuing this book before school starts.

3. Twilight Saga
This series is just a must for me every summer. Ever since 2010, it's been tradition for me to read this whenever comes. I am going to start New Moon pretty soon, so I'm excited for that. 

2. Harry Potter
This is another must for me in the summer and I've already read 3 books and I'm planning to continue during the Summer of Spells Read-a-long. 

1. The Lost Hero
I thought I wouldn't like this book as much because no Percy but I loved it! Nothing but a good dose of demigod adventures. 

What are your favorite summer reads? Tell me in the comments below!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

July Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon | TBR & Info


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!

So, I don't know if I'm going to be as successful as I was as last month's because school! School is go to happen soon, AND I DON'T WANT IT. 
* I'll be starting this read-a-thon on the fourteenth because I'm currently participating in the #AYearAThon Classics Week, which I am not doing very good in. So, my daily updates for this read-a-thon will start next week. 

TBR

 

 

I've actually started One False Note but I only got to page 9 so, I'm going to count it.

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

July #AYearAThon | Day 4


Click here for the #AYearAThon page on Goodreads and to find other participants!
The #AYearAThon Read-a-thon is a monthly themed read-a-thon that will go all through the year. 

Currently Reading: 
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Books Read: 
- None yet!

Pages Read Since Last Update: 33

Total Number of Pages Read: 146

So, I am total sucking at this read-a-thon, like am I even in the read-a-thon? I'd like to think so. But, this week has just been so hectic because school is in three weeks and I still have a ton of summer assignments to do. It feels like I'm at school right now, like seriously. I'm halfway through Sense and Sensibility and I think I can read Great Gatsby. I hope, I really, really hope so. 

Tell me how you're doing in the comments below!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #5 | Scariest Magical Creature



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

Scariest Magical Creature: Dementors


I hate, hate, hate dementors. When I first watched the movie, right after I read the book, I thought I was prepared to see them in the screen. BUT NO. That didn't happen, it's something about how they look like and, oh my god, just shivers. I think I was only able to get over my fear of them around two years ago, but before that I couldn't even look at the screen whenever they came on. Also, the fact that Harry was more afraid of them than Lord Voldemort. That's saying something. The most thing I'm creeped out about dementors is their ability to suck out your soul, like what kind of cruelty is that, and their mouths! Don't even get me started with their mouths.

What's your most feared magical creature? Tell me in the comments below! Don't forget to subscribe and see y'all next Thursday.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July #AYearAThon | Day 3



Click here for the #AYearAThon page on Goodreads and to find other participants!
The #AYearAThon Read-a-thon is a monthly themed read-a-thon that will go all through the year. 

Currently Reading: 
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Books Read: 
- None yet!

Pages Read Since Last Update: 61

Total Number of Pages Read: 113

Finally finished with Volume I! Getting the hang of the writing. Hopefully I can finish Volume II tomorrow! Anyone watching the World Cup, was I the only one who though the Argentina vs Netherlands match was boring until the shootouts? No? Tell me in the comments below! 

Top Five Wednesdays #5 | Top Five Books BookTube Made You Read


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

Okay, so I haven't read much books this year, and I only discovered BookTube this year. So, what I'm going to do is list the five books I am most excited to read because of BookTube. Is that alright? Okay, let's get on with the meme then. 

All of these are fantasy reads, and I am really not one for fantasy but BookTube has got me really excited to pick these books.

5. The Darkest Minds by Alexander Bracken


I heard the third book is coming out soon, so maybe I might just marathon the series then.

4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


I actually borrowed this book a few months ago from the library but didn't get to read it. 

3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer


This sounds so cool because it's a fairy tale retelling and who doesn't love Cinderella?

2. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


The cover is absolutely stunning and from what I hear from the BookTubers that story's just as fantastic.

1. The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices Series


I've actually read two books from this series but didn't continue. Now that The Mortal Instruments is done, everyone in BookTube went crazy with City of Heavenly Fire and now I suddenly have the urge to finish the series and see what all the fuss are about. As for the Infernal Devices, everyone absolutely loves it and they say that it's much better than TMI. 

So, what do y'all think of my list? Sorry if it's kind of different from what the theme really is but I can't really do anything about it. Tell me in the comments below what you guys' picks and don't forget to subscribe. See y'all next Wednesday!

WWW Wednesdays #3


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 Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. I am enjoying the story from what I've read but I'm kind of having a hard time getting into the Austen's writing.


2. What did you recently finish reading?
I recently finished Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and this book will never get old for me.


3. What do you think you'll read next?
I want to pick the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald for the #AYearAThon Classics Week.


So, what are you reading today? Tell me in the comments below and don't forget to subscribe! See y'all next Wednesday.

July #AYearAThon | Day 2



Click here for the #AYearAThon page on Goodreads and to find other participants!
The #AYearAThon Read-a-thon is a monthly themed read-a-thon that will go all through the year. 

Currently Reading: 
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Books Read: 
- None yet!

Pages Read Since Last Update: 38

Total Number of Pages Read: 52

I'm really, really having a tough time getting into the mindset of reading a classic, I just find it so tough to read. But, I will not give up. I'm enjoying the story so far, though. OKAY. Oh my god, the Brazil vs Germany match. That was some team meltdown from the Brazilian team. I couldn't comprehend it during that 20 minutes of the first half. That was some serious slaughter there delivered by Germany. Hats off to Germany, so much respect for them. But, my heart will always be with the teams they seem to beat during this World Cup, the USMNT, France, and now Brazil. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Top Ten Tuesdays #4 | Top Ten Blogging Confessions


 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!


10. Paperbacks > Hardcovers

Okay, I'm not a big fan of hardcovers. Not only are they much expensive than paperbacks but also I get so annoyed with the dust jackets and always end up taking them off when I read hard-covered books. Also, I don't know if it's just me or not but they give off this weird smell.

9. First Blog

This is my first ever blog so exec use my amateur-ness. I've always been a Youtube watcher person so I never really got in to the blog community even though it was like the hype 2 or 3 years ago.

8. Haha, what technology?

I'm not a tech-savy person. I don't know what the heck CSS or HTML were when I started, so I obviously googled them. And, after a month into my blog I still don't know what I'm doing half the time.

7.  Disgrace to the book reading community

I've only read 2 classics in my life. It's supposed to be three but I just pretended I read Animal Farm when we read it for school. Oops. The classics I've read are 1984 and The Outsiders, and I don't even know if they're really considered classic literature.

6. English = No

This kind of ties in with number 7 but I just don't like English/Writing/Literature subject in school. I like to think it's my worst subject because I just despise writing essays. So, it's pretty ironic that I read a lot of books and I have a blog.

5. Awkward camera person

When I was first thinking of putting up a blog, my friend told me why not a BookTube/vlogging account instead? I was actually introduced to the whole book blogging community through BookTube and padfootprongs07. I just can't grasp the idea of me talking to a camera, mainly because I'm just an awkward, shy person in front of camera. One of my most hated things in life are taking pictures.

4. Late into the bandwagon

I have not finished the Divergent and The Mortal Instrument Series and have not started the Infernal Devices. I'm a big YA reader but I just can't find the motivation to read through the Divergent series or the TMI series, which has 6 chunky books.

3. Book Blog Memes

I rely on book blog memes to fill up my blog. There I said it. I'm just not happy with the content I'm personally writing and I feel like that has something to do with my hatred of essays or maybe because I'm just new into this whole blogging thing but I PROMISE I will tone down the memes and start producing quality blog posts.

2. Getting Personal

I'm an awkward person. I'm not a social butterfly and find comfort in my own room and books and the Internet. Yesterday's Life Update was actually so nerve-wracking for me to write because I just feel so anxious of what people will think of me and I really, really need to break into that barrier. This is another reason why I rely on book memes because a lot of people are doing them.

1. Guilty Pleasures

My guilty pleasures are..... the Twilight Saga and Wattpad. My love for the Twilight books could actually rival my love for the Percy Jackson series. It's always been so fun to read the books and I never get tired of them, maybe New Moon a little bit because Bella was just too depressed. But yes, I love the Twilight Saga, not so much the movies though, even though Robert Pattinson is really handsome. As for my second guilty pleasure, Wattpad, it's just something I read from before I go to sleep. I never sleep without reading a page of a book from Wattpad. Something about not published books are so intriguing to me.

Tell what y'all think of my confessions in the comments below and see you in my text one!

July #AYearAThon | Day 1



Click here for the #AYearAThon page on Goodreads and to find other participants!
The #AYearAThon Read-a-thon is a monthly themed read-a-thon that will go all through the year. 


Currently Reading: 
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Books Read: 
- None yet!

Pages Read Since Last Update: 14

Total Number of Pages Read: 14

Yes, I only read 14 pages today. I'm finding it hard to get into the language of the story maybe because the depth of vocabulary isn't anywhere near phenomenal so I found myself looking in the dictionary a few times. But, I am so determined to at least finish two books from my TBR pile because I really want to get a few classics down before school starts because they might come in handy. Also today, I kind of renewed myself a little bit. I told myself no more laziness and lying around all day, and maybe also because there were no World Cup matches today. Aside from that though, I got a few posts up and also started on my next summer assignment. So, I think today was pretty good, productivity-wise. Brazil vs Germany is on tomorrow, but I'm still hoping to get a lot of reading tomorrow. So, see y'all in my next update!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Life Update - Summer Assignments & Blogger's Block



So,  I've hit a major writing, or more appropriately a blogger's, block when I've only produced two reviews. Pitiful, I know. I've written some other reviews and other bookish content that are currently in my drafts, but I'm just not happy with them. I've been posting everyday with weekly book memes, but I feel like I'm just using those to kind of fill up my blog. They're helping me and all and I am having fun writing them but I feel like I need to get a move on from those and really start publishing quality blog posts. So, to kind of get me out of this really irritating block I'm going to give you guys an update on what's been happening during my first month of summer!


So, I posted this picture on Instagram five weeks ago, and that marked my first ever book blog post. I can't believe it's been five weeks since I started this blog, and I'm really, really happy with the results and stats and all that. I started this blog to kind of give myself a boost into reading more because, as some of you might know, I did enter a really huge reading slump that lasted for more than five months, it was really cringe-worthy. And, it worked! I've read thirteen books in the month of June, due to the three read-a-thons I joined, the #AYearAThon, June Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon, and the Summer of Spells, which is still ongoing. I'm really, really, REALLY happy that I finally got out of that horrible reading slump. I did try reading books during the first half of the year, like the Warm Bodies and Delirium, but I didn't finish either one of them. So, I read Harry Potter, which will always be my safety blanket, during the last week of May and decided that I want to start up a blog, henceforth Book Fluke. 


I, then, joined the #AYearAThon family in the first week of June and participated in my first ever read-a-thon, which then led to me joining the Summer of Spells and the June Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon. 

The highlight of my June was watching The Fault In Our Stars in the theatres and it was beautiful! If you want to find out my exact thoughts, read my review. I did watch the movie a week after it was released, because I don't like it when there's a lot of people, because there's not much seats and I like to have my space when I'm watching movies. When I watched it, I could definitely here the sniffles even though the theatre was only half full. The movie was well done, even though I did have a lot of skepticism with the casting. 

Entering the third week of the month, things just started going downhill. I became lazier than usual, not getting my workouts in, not reading as much, and just not putting much effort into my blog posts. Also, I started on my second summer assignment, which was a topic web for National History Day 2015. I'm doing my project on Niccolo Machiavelli, and I'm really having a tough time getting into his works because I only knew a smudge about him when I told my teacher that I would be doing him (even though she told us to research about our chosen people before telling her *shhhhhhh*). I just submitted my topic web yesterday and thankfully it got approved. The other thing that caused, or added, to my laziness was the World Cup. I wasn't totally into it during the last one in South Africa, I only heard of it really late into the tournament and watched Youtube videos and also just because of that Waka Waka song, but this year I may or may not have hopped on the soccer bandwagon. This year I'm rooting for three teams, the USMNT (of course), the Belgians, and Brazil. Two of them are already out and Brazil might go home because of Neymar's injury and Silva's suspension. And, it's just so frustrating because I don't really like the Netherlands, and Germany and Argentina are just ehhh, they're really good but they're just so overhyped with Messi and all that. I really hope Brazil pulls through their match with Germany tomorrow. Tell me, if you're also watching the World Cup, who you think will win this year: Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, or Argentina, in the comments below.

So, what will I be doing during my last month of summer? Time's going by so fast and I don't want to go back to school. Oh, the struggle of high school. I'm currently participating in the July #AYearAThon and the Summer of Spells, and will be joining the July Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon. I'm also currently working on the blog's layout because I don't really like how it is right now and the content, of course. So, if you have suggestions, please, please comment down below! I will totally love you, because I do need all the help I can get. My month's going to be taken up by summer assignments because I have a lot of things to turn in during the first day of school and also to kind of prepare myself for what I know is going to be a very stressful year, *sigh. I do have to get drafts up and also finalize what I want to write for the next months because school will definitely take up 90% of my time when August comes. But, I will definitely try to keep a positive mindset, because it is summer after all and everyone should be happy during the summer. 

I hope y'all liked this update thingy. Tell me in the comments below, if you do like these stuff. I will post these updates when I have a lot to tell you guys or if, crossing fingers I don't, hit another blogger's block. So look out for more book reviews in the next couple of weeks and daily updates for the read-a-thons I will be joining this month. And, I will definitely see y'all in my next update!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #5



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!

Books I'm Currently Reading:

- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
- One False Note by Gordon Korman


Books I Finished:

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

 

Books I'm Planning To Read:

- TBR for July #AYearAThon
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Blog Posts Last Week:

- Trees of Reverie Read-a-thon: Day 15 Day 16 & Wrap Up
-  It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #4
June Wrap Up
July TBR
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott | Book Review
Top Five Wednesdays | 2014 Reads
WWW Wednesdays #2
Harry Potter Moment of the Week | Diagon Alley Shops
Friday Memes | The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings #5
Five Friday Favorites | Character Names
July #AYearAThon | TBR & Info

Go check 'em all and comment what you think!

I decided not to do the Top Ten Tuesdays this week, because I had a lot of things going on that day and was only able to put up pre-written material. The past week has just been so hectic, with summer assignments and all. Have a good reading week and see y'all next Monday!