Saturday, September 13, 2014

My Top 3 | YA Fiction



This series is made by me, and if someone else is doing this, it is purely coincidental. If anyone has any concerns, contact me @ enzaquimson@gmail.com. 
The main objective is to recommend 3 books from a genre or a prompt, easy as pie. If you want to join, all I ask is a link back to this post or my blog and link up your own post in the comments so I can check it out! 

YA Fiction

So, this is a pretty broad genre and has a lot of sub genres but I would like to share/recommend my Top 3!

Sorry I wasn't able to put this up last month. School just washed over me like a very huge wave and pretty much had a blogger's block. Now, I'm definitely better at managing my time so, here we go!

The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky



Synopsis:
Charlie is a freshman.

And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

I read this in 8th grade, mainly because of the movie and Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, and I didn't think it would make such a big impact to me. I just connected with Charlie, and his thoughts and taste in music, to another level and it was beautiful. If you're just entering high school this year, read this. Or if you just need something you can really relate with, pick this up. This book taught me so much about growing up and how beautiful just being yourself is.

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman 



Synopsis:
"There’s a reason why Brewster can’t have friends – why he can’t care about too many people. Because when he cares about you, things start to happen. Impossible things that can’t be explained. I know, because they're happening to me."

When Brontë starts dating Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlins – the guy voted “Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty” her twin brother, Tennyson, isn’t surprised. But then strange things begin to occur. Tennyson and Brontë’s scrapes heal unnaturally fast, and cuts disappear before their eyes. What at first seems like their good fortune turns out to be more than they bargained for…much more.

Just recently read this, reread it 2 times after, and I just can't stop crying. I recently just read this and I wasn't able to put up a decent review to capture its full essence when I first read this, but now a review is in the making, so definitely look out for that. But, all in all, this is a beautiful book about bullying, friendship, and family.  

Looking for Alaska by John Green 



Synopsis:
Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

I also read this in 8th grade and it might have been too "mature" for me during that time, but two years has passed and now I understand them. And, it just made me realize that things happen for reason and this book was such an emotional ride, even for my 8th grade self. This book is too beautiful for words, and right now I am having a hard time articulating words to describe what this book is actually is and how I felt about it. Just read it. You will definitely learn a lot about choices and just life, in general.


What do you think? Tell me in the comments below!
And, if you have recommendations for me, please, please, please list them below or make your own post about it. I will love you forever. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Memes | Beatrice and Virgil

 
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!

Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel 


I am reading this for my Language Arts and I am actually enjoying it.... This is like, probably, the only second book I've ever enjoyed that is for school, because let's face it, most of them are really boring and the work that comes with school reading kind of turns a lot of people off from the book. Anyone have read this book? 

Book Beginnings
"Henry's second novel, written, like his first, under a pen name, had done well. It had won prizes and was translated into dozens of language. Henry was invited to book launches and literary festivals around the world; countless schools and book clubs adopted the book; he regularly saw people reading it on planes and trains; Hollywood is set on turning it into a movie; and so on and so forth."

The Friday 56
"An okapi was looking up at the street at him, its head tilted forward and turned his way, as if it were expecting him. Erasmus didn't notice it. He was sniffing at the wall with great interest."

It's so interesting to read from an actual writer's perspective because I'm only and will always be a reader because writing isn't for me, but it's always great to know what's going into the process of writing and publishing a book. Tell me what you think in the comments below! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #14 | Least Favorite Book


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

My Least Favorite Book is.....


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire



I'm so so so sorry. I know pretty much everyone loves this one because of the Triwizard Tournament and a bunch of new characters added, but I just didn't connect to it as much as I did with the other books. I still love it, though, it will always be one of my favorite books, but it's my least favorite out of the series. Reasons why it is my least favorite:
- I feel like there was just so much going on, that I wasn't able to see many character development.
- This is also where everything went downhill.
- Ron and Harry's first ever fight, I hated that part. But, I guess it was bound to happen.
- I was a Ron and Hermione shipper through and through, so when Krum happened, I was frustrated. 
- Cho Chang. Enough said. 
- No Ginny????????? 
- I thought Alastor Moody was creepy. 

What do you think? Am I being too shallow?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

School Book Haul!


So, I am back for another book haul! Yay! I swear, though, this will be the last one in a long time because I put myself in a book buying ban, which I will probably talk about in another post. Anyways, most of these books are for school, specifically my Honors Language Arts class. 

The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner Let's get out the non-school related out first, shall we? So, I only bought this because the movie is coming out and I have been planning to read this series for a long time. But, I wanted to buy this one now because after the movie comes out, the movie tie-in covers come out too and I hate those. Anyways, this trilogy, plus the prequel I think (???), follows Thomas, who was suddenly put into a maze along with other boys and all of them memories are gone. I really want to read the first book before I watch the movie.

Books I Have to Read for Language Arts Class:
Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel (Currently Reading)
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

Any of you have read these books?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Did Not Finish | Warm Bodies & Delirium

I DID NOT FINISH.....

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion


Yes, I did not finish Warm Bodies, even though I've heard so many good things about this book. I picked up during the middle of my reading slump, in efforts to get myself out of it, but I feel like it even prolonged it. I only got through 3/4 of it and just never picked it up since. I like the story very much, I think it is unique, but the pace is just so slow and dragging that I found myself reading a page for five minutes because I can't keep my focus. I also don't like Julie as much as I thought I would, I thought she was too indecisive and annoying. 

Delirium by Lauren Oliver


I love Lauren Oliver, actually, because of Before I Fall and loved the way she wrote it. But, on this sci-fi novel, the writing was bland, the pace was too slow, and the character development is not there at all. Lena whined too much during the book and Alex, I felt, was just there to fill in. I probably won't pick this up again nor continue the trilogy. Also, I just couldn't connect with any of the characters as much as I connected with Samantha from Before I Fall. Maybe, that also added to why I couldn't get myself to like the book, because from the standards I set because of how much I loved Before I Fall. Am I the only that hasn't read the Delirium trilogy? Because I feel like everyone has read it. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #14


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!

SCHOOL IS PAIN.

Currently Reading:

Did not make much progress with Eona, just a couple of pages here and there. Anyone have tips on reading during school? I'm extra busy, too, because it's homecoming month. 


Book I Recently Finished:


Books I am Planning to Pick Up Next: 


Blog Posts Last Week:

- Weekly Memes over at Blog Archive!

Make sure to check out my previous posts and the EON DUOLOGY. Please. 
Expect a very angst-y review of the duology soon!
Have a good week everyone!