Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Memes | The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings #10

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!

Beyond The Grave (The 39 Clues #4) by Jude Watson

So, I haven't picked up The Sword Thief that much, because of school, but I am almost done with it! So, I'm still going to feature this book, but with different snippets. 

The Book Beginning
"Amy stood in the middle of the Khan el-Khalil market in Cairo, her head swivelling frantically, trying to find her brother, Dan. The blur of jet lag was interfering with normal brain function. Dan had just been at her side a moment ago. Then she turned for two seconds to buy a Nefertiti pencil, and when she turned back, Dan was gone."

The Friday 56 
"Amy tapped her fingers on the desk. 'There has to be a solution,' she said.
Just then she noticed that the desk drawer was slightly open. She turned her head to the side and saw a small metal object inside.
Their room was bugged." (page 156)

Man, this always happen to me. I am starting to see a pattern and I feel so bad for Dan and Amy. But, as always Dan is causing trouble for Amy.
So, how are y'all doing this Friday? What are you currently reading? 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #9 | Favorite Romantic Moment

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

Favorite Romantic Moment

My favorite romantic moment is from Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban movie. Of course it's between Ron and Hermione, one of my OTPs for life. It's not a full on romantic moment but ahhhh, this was so good. 
This is when Harry was bowing in front of Buckbeak, the hypogriff Hagrid introduced for his Care of Magical Creatures class. I love, love, love this scene so much because it's just so funny, what with Ron's reaction, and also a foreshadowing of Ron and Hermione's future relationship. But to be honest, I thought Harry was going to choose Hermione, just saying. But, still I prefer Ron/Hermione than Harry/Ginny. 

What do you think? What's your favorite romantic moment? Tell me in the comments below!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

WWW Wednesdays #7

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 still reading The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis, because school happened. But, I am almost done with it and I was able to pick up some reading for Harry Potter. 

2. What did you recently finish reading? 
I didn't finish anything last week, but that's alright. Here's my review: The Sorceress by Michael Scott

3. What do you think you'll read next?
I want to pick this one up right after The Sword Thief.

Hope y'all will have a good Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Top Ten Tuesdays #8 | Books I'd Recommend To People Who Have Never Read....

 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!

So, I didn't really want to do like the usual prompt, because 1) I'm a genre-hopper, if that's a thing, but basically I don't read many books from the same genre, 2) I have not read many books this year, so I can't really name 10 books on the top of my head, let alone 10 books from the same genre, and 3) I like making prompts, and it seems fun. So, let's get on with the list, shall we? 
I won't be telling anything about the plot of these books because that's what the prompts are for, but if something caught your eye, just head on over on Goodreads! 

If you've never read any classics, but would like to start reading, I recommend:

1. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton  I love, love, love this book, and I don't read classics, at all. I read this during 8th grade, and I basically read through it in a day, and just reread it through the entire time it was assigned. If you are looking for a classic that doesn't have a deep style of writing, but is quite there, this is the one for you. Your heart will break, I'm just warning you. 
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald So, I just read this during the July #AYearAThon, and I didn't expect to love it because there are mixed reviews on it, but I did. The language was kind of hard to get into, but once you do get it, then it is beautiful. I loved the eccentric-ness of the book, and the characters were just so easy to love and hate and I just loved it. 
If you've never read an middle grade book/series outside the Harry Potter series and the Percy Jackson series, I recommend:

3. The 39 Clues This series has been all over my blog ever since I started because I did start the series right when I started this blog. I bought the books when I was 7th grade, but never picked it up. So, during one of the read-a-thons I joined during the summer, I thought to myself "Why not start lowering down my TBR pile?" And, this was the perfect one to start it, because it is 10 books long, but they are all short. As of now, I am on the third book, and I love it. I wasn't expecting to love this series either, because I picked it up a long time ago and I've always been hesitant to steer from HP and PJO. But, you really should check this series out. The characters are pretty young, they're really funny, and I love the whole clues concept thing. 

If you've never read urban fantasy, then I recommend:

4. The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott If there are youngsters here, and are not really particular with writing and plot holes, then this series is for you. If you can overlook plot holes and writing mishaps, then perfect, check this one out. The series is about two teenage kids, so it's in between middle-grade and YA genre. The series is done, and has 6 books in total. I recently just finished the third one and I can't wait to know what happens. 
5. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare If you are hesitant to read this series, don't be. The first book is a little bit of a disappointment but it gets better! And, I've only read until second book. So, it does have a lot of potential and from the stuff I've been hearing, it's pretty good. It is 6 books long, and all of them are pretty hefty, just to let you know.

If you've never read books about dying, I recommend:

6. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver I read this book for a reading program in my school in the 8th grade and just took it randomly from a shelf. This is actually the first book that I read with this kind of concept, and it was interesting and I didn't really expect it to be like that. I cried when reading this book, and it was just so heartfelt and you see how the character grows throughout the book. 
7. If I Stay Series by Gayle Forman I read through this series in a day. I couldn't put it down because the love story is just so beautiful and just everything about it. The characters, their little things, the whole story, ahhhhh. Just please try this one out. 

 If you've never read a contemporary book and would like to experience a lot of "feels" and cry, then I recommend:

8. Bruiser by Neal Shusterman I can not even with this book. My feels, emotions, and tears were just everywhere, let's throw in confusion too. And, if you want to experience that, check this one out. Read it, feel it, think about it. You will not regret it. 
9. Looking for Alaska by John Green When I finished this book, I went through a withdrawal..... of Pudge. I reread it 3 times in a row, and every time I cried. It was just so heartbreaking and beautiful and weird. This book is so good. 
10. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen This book really surprised me. I wasn't expecting like it, let alone love it because I've already read a few Sarah Dessen books before this and I didn't really like them. So, I went in to this with really low expectations. The plot is not original, but something with the main protagonist's voice and her mentality pulled me in. 
So, there you go! I had a lot of fun doing this and might just make it into a series, we'll see....
But, I will see you on my next one!

Monday, August 4, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #9

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!

So, I just had my first day of school, and I am tired. Plus, I already received homework and I just can't. I am going to try to get reading done, though, so don't worry! 

Currently Reading:

Book I Recently Finished:


Books I am Planning to Pick Up Next: 

Blog Posts Last Week:

So, what are y'all up to this very fine Monday? (please note the sarcasm)