WWW Wednesday: 4/29/15

Hey bookworms! I decided to do the weekly meme of WWW Wednesday hosted by: Taking on a World of Words! This is a weekly meme where book bloggers answer three W questions. What are the three W’s? I’ll list them before jumping right into it.

1. What are you currently reading?

2. What did you recently finish reading?

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading 

(Going from Oldest to most Recently Started)

1. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginning

This is an old series that at the age I started at was a bit too dark for me to like. When I was younger I admit I liked the lighter fluffier stuff. Now that I’m 23 I feel my itch to finish what I started. They are short reads, so I plan to try and finish this book today or tomorrow on Scribd.

2. New X-Men Book 1 by Grant Morrison (Text), Ethan Van Sciver, Frank Quitely, Leinil Francis Yu (Illustrations)

New X-Men Book 1

As I said in my March Wrap-up I want to give all versions of X-Men a chance. Again I find myself favoring the movie franchise since the artwork isn’t my cup of tea. I am also reading this on scribd and I really want to give these a chance. Just taking a bit to distance myself from what I grew up on.

3. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty

This is my most recent on my Audio book kick and I do not regret it! The narrator is pure perfection for this story and I could listen to her voice all day. Audio books are something I listen to on the bus and before class. So I am not too far, but I am definitely sucked in!

4. The Time Travelers Volume One by Caroline B Cooney

Time Travelers

This is another childhood reread. One series I didn’t get to finish because I didn’t know the Volume 2 was ever released. I was browsing my nook one day and saw that both volumes 1 and 2 were on there. It really bothers me not to finish a series unless I hated the first book, so out of duty and curiosity I really want to see the end of it! I am only 30 pages in, but it is as cute as I remember.

5.Disney by Rees Quinn

Disney

This was a biography I bought on bookbub a few days ago. I was bored in class today, so I clicked it out of curiosity. I am a Disney girl through and through. It is only a bit over 100 pages, so I think I will finish it either tonight or tomorrow.

What I Recently Finished Reading

(I won’t go too much into this one since I will post my April Wrap-up on Friday or Saturday)

1. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

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What I Want to Read Next

1. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Unspoken

This was the book I got in my personalized Uppercase subscription which I promise to blog about soon, but I have wanted to read this book probably since it’s release, so I was very excited to get it!

2. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You

Another book I’ve wanted to read for a long while! It is on my Nook TBR shelf I created, so I want to read it asap (and hopefully do a review)!

3. Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz

Masquerade

I’ve decided to reread through this series wanting the comfort of something I enjoyed in High School, so I will be tackling the second book soon. I never noticed but this cover is a little creepy…

4. The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Heir

This comes out on Tuesday and needless to say no matter what I’m reading when it comes out. I will drop it to devour this! I am beyond excited!!!!

So bookworms that is my WWW Wednesday! I hope you enjoyed reading it. Have you read any of these? Do you find yourself drawn back to books you read in high school?  Well that is all the blogging I can do tonight my right hand is being a hassle today… Have a good night guys and happy reading! Feel free to comment because I can still use my left hand to reply on my phone =)

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Hey bookworms! Hope you are all having a good day, so I am going to attempt this Top Ten Tuesday off the cuff. This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! Bloggers are given topics and have to answer them with their top ten bookish answers. My struggle with this week is it’s a bit open ended… So I think do Top Ten Characters who travel!

1. Reason Cansino

Magic or Madness

Reason is raised by a single mother on the run from her Grandmother in the Magic or Madness series. Her mom was a teen mom, and she doesn’t know who her father was, but growing up on the run has taught Reason a lot about survival. If you are craving the setting of Australia I definitely recommend this series which takes place between Australia and New York.

2. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

All four of these girls travel within this series so whether you want a change of state or the city of Greece I recommend this series for sure! I definitely plan to reread these ASAP.

3. The Song of the Lioness Quartet

The Song of the Lioness

Really anything involving Tamora Pierce the characters travel the world of Tortall. So if you want a mythical world to explore I recommend it all!

4. The Golden Compass

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This takes place in an alternate universe so it starts in Cambridge University and goes up North, so if you are craving a young travel book I recommend this and Pullman’s narrating is definitely something to learn from!

5.Revolution

Revolution

Andi is forced to go to Paris to stay with her father, so she will have to work on her Senior Project. I’ve never been to Paris, but this book paints it really vividly that I almost felt there.

6. Tiger’s Curse

Tiger's Curse

Kelsey travels to India this is a book that reignited my love for India’s mythology and the culture. There are mixed reviews lately, but if you want a book to open up different Eastern Mythologies to you I definitely recommend these!

7. 13 Little Blue Envelopes

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This book involves travels all over Europe following the instructions of 13 letters. Not the best description since I read this 7 years ago, but I definitely plan to reread it over the summer.

8. Zodiac

Zodiac

This book is a futuristic sci-fi, but I love the description of each planet and race. I definitely could picture myself on each planet!

9. The Wizard of Oz

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This book involves lots of travel in Oz. This is definitely different from the movie and adds more places than the movie! I definitely recommend this book to all ages! I enjoyed it at 23 years old!

10. The Gathering

The Gathering

Of course I couldn’t resist, putting a Kelley Armstrong book in this post. These characters live on Vancouver Island, but the fact that how much they travel throughout this space really expands the small world and places the readers in the world!

So bookworms that is my top ten Tuesday for the week. It definitely proved to me I need to tackle my TBR to extend my worlds. I hope you all enjoyed this. What books have made you want to travel? Did I turn you on to any of these reads? Do you have any books involving travel? Let me know down below! Happy reading bookworms!

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24 Hour Readathon Wrapup

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Hey bookworms! I lived through the readathon! Now let’s see if I can live through these next 2.5 weeks of school… I think this weekend has helped me quite a bit with destressing. So to be honest I slept in with the early start time, and fell asleep a bit in between. So I only stayed up, 19 hours and my reading didn’t go as planned. I finished 2 out of the 4 books running short of 50 pages on the third when time ran out. These are the two I finished!

1. One Day by David Nicholls

One Day

I finally finished my audiobook. I adore this story and it was a reread for me, but the format of this audiobook was very annoying because it was organized in tracks instead of chapters. This story made my emotions crazy, but I adore it. As a book I give it a 5 out of 5 stars, but as an audiobook it is a 3 out of 5 stars love the narrator, but seriously the formatting and pausing between words drove me mental

2. Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point

I loved the plot twists in this story the use of a sort of love triangle, and the use of super powers was so good. I think if I hadn’t finished it so late the end would have shocked me more. I loved the hints not being totally predictable, and that they kept me guessing. This book was a 4 out of 5 stars for me!

Sadly bookworms I didn’t reach my goal, but I feel proud I finished these books! I really loved participating in a readathon, and I want to do more in the summer! So if you know of one that takes place at any point of May-August I would appreciate it! How did you guys do? What did you read this weekend?? Let me know what books have put you on the verge of feels or kept you guessing! Happy reading and have a good week! =)

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March Wrap-Up

Hey Bookworms! Like I said in the previous post tonight will be a few post, although the next I will write tonight, but schedule for tomorrow, so I am not too pushy with posts tonight! So if you have been reading my life updates, the beginning of April wasn’t easy for me. That being said I didn’t put a wrap-up together for March, and I felt bad for it. So in case you’re curious on what I finished in March here it is! I read 12 books (if I counted right): 2 audio books, 7 mangas/graphic novels, and 3 novels.

2015 March Wrap-Up

1Pokémon Black and White, Vol. 1 by  Hidenori Kusaka

Pokemon Black and White Vol 1

It was short, but it was a good read and fed my pokemon fangirl. I didn’t get the fill of what I wanted, but I enjoyed the cuteness. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars. ^_^

2. Vampire Knight Vol. 1 by Matsuri Hino

 Vampire Knight Vol 1

I was a little disappointed in this manga honestly. When I read a manga of an anime I have watched I hope to find things not included in the anime. I like Easter eggs as my friend calls them. I gave it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Stardust

First audiobook I listened to in March, and I am so glad I did!!! I love Neil Gaiman’s voice it made this story even better and I still was able to lookup quotes and highlight them on my nook. Even if you are not an audio book fan, I seriously suggest checking out any of Neil Gaiman’s books in audio format. He does his own readings. This book was beautiful and the interview after helped me learn even more about the story I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars although it goes way off the scale honestly!!!

4. Kiro’s Emily by Abbi Glines

Kiro's Emily

This is listed as a novel on goodreads, but I would list it as a novella. I thought it was sweet to find the backstory of these set of parents, but again it has the same quality as the last Gline’s book I reviewed. It was rushed, but being a novella was understandable. This hurt, but helped me a bit. It is a book I would try again in a happier time. I gave it a 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

5. Legendary Pokemon, Pokemon Adventures Vol. 2 by Hidenori Kusaka

Pokemon Adventures volume 2

Honestly this is what I mean by providing more than the anime I know Red is not Ash and honestly I am glad. I like red way more! This one I gave a 5 out of 5 stars!

6.Someday’s Dreamers by Norie Yamada

Someday's Dreamers

This manga was so cute and unique with it’s idea of witches and magic. Witches use their magic to grant wishes and the main character is a young apprentice. I gave this manga a 4 out of 5 stars and definitely am going to pick up the next one!

7. Zodiac by Romina Russell

Zodiac

This one was slightly spoiled for me, so I wasn’t able to form my feelings over that element. Which upset me a bit because I was excited to get my hands on this. That being said I did like it and gave it a 4 out of 5 stars, so I hope the sequel I can go into blind and feel for it.

8. Ultimate X-Men Book 1 by Mark Millar and Geoff Johns

Ultimate X-Men Book 1

As I said in the previous post I grew up on the X-Men movies and shows. That being said I am new to the comics. I favor the films so much that i was unable to go in unbiased. So this one only got a a 3 out of 5 stars and I think this was more because the art work was not my favorite. That being said I will check out other versions because there are a lot and I want to hope they will increase my love for the franchise.

9. Evermore by Alyson Noel

Evermore

 My second audio book I was craving my favorite HS series and since my copies aren’t with me and the first audio book wasn’t much on my nook audio app I bought it. I found flaws more in it this time around, but I definitely feel people judge this book too harshly. It is NOT insta-love it is predestined. It was my first book with reincarnation and I loved it. It gave me a sort of hope for  more than our mistakes. I love the work the author puts into her research for her books and I will start her other series soon I hope. The narrator fit Ever’s voice, but listening to the book definitely reminded my how long ago I first read it. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars!

10. Pokemon Black and White Volume 2 by Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto

Pokemon Black and White Vol 2

This one was really cute and included my favorite characters I am definitely going to continue this series may be one that I exclude from my book buying ban. I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars!

11. Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié

Wolf Springs Chronicles

I was happy to have finally finished this book I was hoping it was a stand alone, but it is part of a trilogy! Which means I am want to know what happens next! I definitely got attached to Trick and want to see more of him!! It was 4 out of 5 stars for me!

12. Pokemon Adventures Volume 3 by  Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto

Pokemon Adventures Volume 3

I definitely loved how fast paced this series is and the backstory learned for characters again this may be another series I break my ban for on occasion. I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars!

So bookworms there is my belated March Wrap-up! I hope you didn’t mind the wait and thank you for the patience. Have you read any of these books? What was your favorite book of last month? Do you have a franchise that you love? Let me know in the comments! =) Happy reading bookworms!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon TBR

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Hey bookworms! So tonight I will be posting a few posts tonight, hope it isn’t too much! Posting is the only thing keeping me sane right now… Anywho this post will be about me participating in the Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon! I know I tried to do this before, but it didn’t exactly go smoothly because we had unexpected construction on our shower. So here I go again! For those of you who don’t know what this read-a-thon is: it is an international read-a-thon that takes place twice a year (if you need more info I will link it here). The start times depend on your time zones. My start time is 5 am! Sooo early! I am up for it though, and being as active as possible as I can with a sister having a fractured fibula. I want to participate in twitter and knock out some of the books I have been reading for months because of school. I finished my biggest project and my latest test isn’t posted until next week, so I have free time this weekend and I am hoping I’m not too late to sign up because I’ve had a very busy/hard past few weeks (I will participate unofficially). So here is what I will be reading!

Read-A-Thon TBR

One Day

1. One Day by David Nicholls

So since my time start is a little early for me I figured I’d start with an audio book! Audiobooks have been a thing with me lately and although I like the narrator the formatting of this book isn’t the best because it is formatted by tracks not chapters, so it is slower and longer than it should be.

Bitten

2. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

This is a reread because I am watching the show and slowly working my way through the series, but the show is different in who they kept alive, so to remind myself a reread is necessary with a long series, but it has me giggling and laughing. I am half way through it now, so I plan to finish it tomorrow.

Pivot Point

3. Pivot Point by Kasie West

This is another book I am half-way through and a gift from my book buddy The Paige-Turner, now because this is a paper back I tend to read them when I have the time because of my hands sweating and I don’t want to wear at them too much.

The Bad Beginning

4. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

If I don’t get tempted to finish this tonight this is what I will finish the day off with. I just have had a craving to give this series another shot.

So bookworms that is my TBR for this read-a-thon, and I may add more to this! I want to participate in more read-a-thon’s over the summer, so if you know any I would appreciate it so much if you shared them. Books I think will help with everything I am going through lately. I wish all of you who are participating in this the best of luck! Tweet me and I will cheer you on as well! My twitter is: @CKReads! Happy reading bookworms! I hope you all have a good reading nevertheless! Let me know if you’ve read any of these or comment twitter! I am always looking for more reading buddies!

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Liebster Award: 2x

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Hey Bookworms! I am happy, grateful, and excited to say I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by Sherlockianbooklover and BookBuni! She gave good questions, so I’m hoping I am able to give you all good answers! So first I will give you the rules before I get started!

Here’s how it works:

Answer the eleven questions that were asked by the blogger(s) who nominated you

Nominate 11 bloggers (if you can) that have less than 200 followers

Leave them a comment in one of their posts stating that they have been nominated

Ask them 11 questions

Then the cycle goes on again

The Questions

1.What is your Hogwarts house?

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My Hogwarts house at least the one I was placed in was Hufflepuff although personally I think I’d fit better into Ravenclaw. Although I am not the best at every subject, the ones I am interested in I excel at or at least work my butt off to!

  1. Who is your auto-buy author?

My number one and really my only auto-buy author is Kelley Armstrong! I love her books and want them all. I need to finish buying the Women of the Otherworld series as well as buy The Darkest Powers Trilogy. Her world building and characters are amazing. I try to learn about writing from each one I read. I also want to get the collections she’s apart of too. I seriously do adore her! I have a hard time reading an author’s other series because I get, so attached to the first series I read that I get scared that the next won’t live up to expectations. That or I can’t get over the feels!

  1. If you had to sell your books, in order to buy food and clothes etc, which one would be hardest to say goodbye to?

Honestly is it horrible to say I’d rather starve? If it was life or death though it would be any of my signed copies from authors. They mean a lot to me because they are my role models and my rock stars!

  1. Dogs or cats?

Honestly I pick both. I know that’s cheating a bit. I have always been a huge animal person my voice changes octaves when seeing either, but right now I really miss having a kitty. Right now I currently only have our blonde chihuahua Sophie who I named after my favorite book character in Howl’s Moving Castle by

  1. Which Bennett sister (Pride and Prejudice) would you say you were most like?

I am a mix between Jane and Lizzie I can be quiet and gentle but I also am well read and can possess a sharp tongue.

  1. Doctor Who or Sherlock?

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Doctor Who all the way my favorite Doctor is 10 and Rose is my favorite companion!

  1. What is your most anticipated read for May?
    (Changed the month since I haven’t been able to finish this post until now)

The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Heir

  1. What’s your favourite colour?

Purple if you can’t tell from my blog and banner, and second place goes to red whether it’s dying my hair that color or wearing it.

  1. Do you have any fears?

If this means phobias because fear is really general: I have a phobia of needles, surgery (so you won’t catch me watching any medical show except Red Band Society I closed my eyes because it was cute), natural disasters, and sometimes heights it’s more the falling aspect than the height itself

  1. What would you title your debut novel and what would it be about?

Her Unwritten Story although this is a working title it would be about the rebirth of my wolf characters not gonna go further than saying: shifters, experiments, shadow wolves, and reincarnation working on it now.

  1. If you learn another language, real or fictional, what would it be?

French for sure, and I would want to learn to speak to animals

Questions From BookBuni!

  1. Do you prefer hardcovers, paperbacks, or e-books? And which is your least favorite?

I prefer E-Books because they are easy to carry on my nook since I’m not suppose to carry a lot of weight. My least favorite is paper back because my hands wear at them the easiest.

2.If you could live one day in the life of a fictional character, who would you chose?

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Serena Van Der Woodsen if I chose a contemporary book or Elena Michaels if I wanted to able to shift and then I get the oh so yummy Clay Danvers. This is funny because I want more brunettes in stories, but these two have lives I could picture myself enjoying living. (Sorry if that sentence was grammatically wrong)

3.What book/series would you like to see be turned into a movie or television series?

The Night Circus I would adore to see it as a movie the cinematography would be amazing, and I want to see my favorite characters brought to life.

4.Would you rather travel into the future or the past?

It would depend if I would be physically I would be able bodied I would choose the 20’s if not I would choose the future to help in some way

5. Do you have a favorite genre of books? If so, which genre?

Paranormal is my favorite by far hands down

6.What is your favorite TV show?

Currently Playing:  Once_Upon_aTime_promo_image

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No longer on Air: boy-meets-world-photo

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7. What “trend” in books is your least favorite/do you find most annoying? For example, love triangles, dystopian societies, vampires, etc.?

The overly pure virgin: Just because girls are virgins doesn’t mean they can’t be on birth control or are unaware of how it feels to be awakened, or they’re not curious about sex

8. What are your top 5 books?

Just going to include covers because I have spoken of them a lot lately:

1.Night Circus

2.Stardust

3. One Day

4. Revolution

5.The Host

Hard choices to make between the ones I’ve listed, but have done I have read most recently although 4 is the exception, but I plan to reread it as soon as school is out

9.You obviously love books. Do you want to be a writer?

Yes books have always provided comfort for me and an escape when life hasn’t been easy since the age of 6 I’ve wanted to do the same for others

10. What are the 3 types of characters you need in a book for it to be entertaining to you?

1. Sarcastic artist

2. A good best friend

3. A strong female character I don’t like a girl that can defend herself

11.What is the saddest book you’ve ever read?

Hmm I tend to avoid sad topics and haven’t cried in a while but I would consider this one cathartic feeling the same as the character can make it sad:

The Probability of Miracles

My Questions:

1. What book genre would you like to check into that you normally never read?

2. What book character would you like to hang out with if you were having a bad day?

3. What classic would you like to read or if you don’t know any which classic author would you like to read?

4. What book do you think young reader should read to bring forth a hunger to devour books?

5. Which animal do you think would be your daemon (see the golden compass book or movie summary if you have never read the book)

6. For the people who wish to be authors: If you could be apprenticed by your favorite author who would it be and why (which skill could they help you learn)? For book lovers in general: Which of your favorite authors would you love to spend the day with and what would you plan on doing?

7. What book do you like, but seems to get not the best reviews either in the blogging world or good reads?

8. Which book has inspired you to go or want to go to a different place/ or country and why?

9. Who is your celebrity crush?

10. Book genre you crave lately?

11. What is your tip to beat a reading slump?

My Nominees:

(And sorry if you’ve already been tagged haven’t been keeping track of these very well. Hope you like my questions, and if you’ve already you already been nominated feel free to try my questions for fun. I’m just curious and don’t forget to tag me to feed my curiosity for your answers)

1. Reckless Indulgence of the Written Word

2. The Paige-Turner

3. Creatyvebooks

4. By Hook or By Book

5. The Darling Reads

6. Fairen Reads

7.#Lovebooks

8. A Bookie and Foodie

9. AbOOKishOwl

10.Ali’s Books

11.A Fangirl’s Opinion

There it is bookworms hope you enjoyed my answers and the few pictures I posted. Do you share some of my favorites? Comment down below what you thought please. I will have a book discussion soon on my suggestion to cure a reading slump! Have a good night bookworms! =)

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Life update: What I’m going through… Questions for you?

Hey bookworms. Just wanted to talk, and ask you guys a few things. Sorry if this post looks a bit off, but I’m posting it from my phone because I don’t have the energy to get on my computer. I will edit it on there later, and post something a bit more cheerful on there tonight. If you have read my first post or my about page you will know this blog started out as a project for my advanced composition class.

Originally I wanted to post about three things, books, my journey with Cerebral Palsy (or CP), and my long distance relationship. Well when I approached my professor about it I had to choose only one… So I went with the thing that had made me the happiest the longest. My books! Now that school is nearing it’s end though I find myself wanting to have an outlet for what I’m facing. Now straight out I want to say I am NOT representing everyone with CP, because everyone’s experiences are different. Some might have not even faced my challenges or vice versa. I also want to say I have CP, but my CP isn’t me.

For those of you that do not know what Cerebral Palsy is it is damage to the brain before, during, or after birth. It can effect speech, motor skills, balance, intelligence, and limbs. There are many different types of CP, and that is why I made sure to include I am speaking exclusively for myself not even people of my type which is: spastic diplegic (technically I am a little quadriplegic because it affects my hands a little bit). For me this mean it affects half of my body, which for me is my legs, causing them to be a little tight. I tend to lock my knees when I am walking or standing. I don’t have the best balance in the world, and my legs can tire easy for long distances, or standing for long periods of time. I do prefer to walk though to classes though although for long distances such as theme parks, big malls, or visiting a different place I’ve never been before (out of state or country) I do use a wheelchair. Which is not my favorite. As for my intelligence it has always been above the average when it comes to books and how I devoured them. I’ve never struggled too much in school except in Chemistry, Geography, and Geometry. Speech I tend to talk softly at times or mumble not on purpose, but I don’t know if it’s the CP or just me. I can tend to stutter but that is a very rare occasion.  Anywho I will get into the side effects of CP on a post I will do next week.

This isn’t for a pity party although some of these post may be sad. I just want to document this along side my reading because I believe that if I wasn’t born this way I wouldn’t have my love for words as strongly as I do. This will not be an everyday thing, but I want to feel support as I’m taking these next steps to being happy again, and be able to look back when this tough moment is over, and say I got through this. I can handle much more… My question to you bookworms is would you be comfortable reading these posts, or would you rather me post this stuff  on a new site? My only fear with that being CP would define me and my blog. Please comment down below bookworms and let me know it’d be really helpful! I’ll post a bookish post tonight to make up for the sad! image

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Ten Favorite Authors

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Hey bookworms! So I finished my project with time to spare which means I have time to work on a Top Ten Tuesday post! This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that has various fun themes with 10 answers for each blogger to give their answers to. I love viewing these each week, but with the end of the semester coming up I’ve missed a few. The ones I have been able to work on have been scheduled when I can. I’m hoping after the second Week of May I can post more because then school is done for the semester! Woo! Anywho let’s get onto this week’s theme! All the links for the authors will be links to their sites

My Top Ten Favorite Authors

1. Kelley Armstrong

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Yes I talk about her loads, but seriously her world building leaves me in awe! I love her character and her personality. I’ve only read 7 of her books, but I her character make me feel better always provide comfort. Maybe it’s because they can kick my problems butt and protect me if they were real.

2. Richelle Mead

Bloodlines

She is one of the authors that have been with me the longest again it is her characters that pulled me in. I have only read The Vampire Academy and the spinoff the Bloodlines series, but I bought Gameboard of the Gods, and hope to read it as soon as I have the time.

3. David Nicholls

One Day

I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction, but I feel he portrays instances of life realistically. I feel I can connect to these characters really well. I am not a totally mushy reader lately, but I feel he has become a comfort read and plan to read his book US over the summer.

4. Cecelia Ahern

PS I love You

One of my few contemporary Adult authors of choice. Again she shares the same qualities as Nicholls where I feel her characters handle situations realistically although in Love, Rosie a little frustratingly. I definitely want to read more of her.

5. Tamora Pierce

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She is my favorite fantasy writer and my first. Yes I read her before Harry Potter and she gave me my introduction to strong female characters! I would probably read her grocery lists!

6. JK Rowling

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It is her story as well as her writing that pulls me to her. I want to read her new book on writing. It may be my end of semester gift to myself. She makes me believe if her and Harry survived hardships, so can I.

7. Julie Anne Peters

Lies my Girlfriend Told Me

She writes amazing LGBT stories and even touches on rough subjects. She has the right way of leading readers into the hard stuff. She really connects you to the subject

8. Cornelia Funke

Inkheart

Her setting and her closeness to character and her use of back story. I just her and want to read more of her

9. Andrea Cremer

Nightshade Series

Another author that got me through high school. I love wolves, and i like love triangles and she gave each boy a chance. I really want to give more of her books a go because she seems like a wonderful person on top of her writing who deals with issues I feel myself suffer with from time to time.

10. Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief

His characters and the way he uniquely uses learning disabilities in the PoJ series as a positive thing was amazing. I like how he never made it the same for every character and for authors writing about any disability I think it is important to make it clear that not every case is the same!

So bookworms those are my picks! Do you like any of these authors? Will you gravitate towards an author if you know their own back story. There is more I could put, but I am struggling with my slump and school doesn’t allow me to read much lately. So I hope to add more authors to my favorites list. If you know an author with a good story let me know! Feel free to nudge me towards good books as always. Have a good week and I plan to have more posts up very soon! Be safe bookworms and happy reading! =) If you are dealing with the end of the semester hang in there we can do it!

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Life Update: Doctor Who Project for My Women’s Traveler’s Class

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Hey Bookworms! I was bored and the last few days have not been easy to say the least, so I thought I would talk to you all! I am currently sitting in bed working on a project for my Women’s Traveler’s Lit class that is due tomorrow! Ugh right! I am not slacking I promise! I’ve had this idea for weeks and I’m just putting it into prezi format. Which is the first time I’ve used it… So this project has no guidelines, so if I didn’t have a friend take her class before I would’ve been in trouble. Don’t get me wrong I looove freedom to be creative, but I also like some form of expectation. Any who this idea for my final project came to me after we read the novel, Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, and although this book wasn’t my cup of tea (honestly was hard to get through the first 100 pages), it inspired me to do a project on my favorite travelers! Now who are they?

They are the companions from Doctor Who! Now I cannot cover all of them (or I’d probably take up the whole two hours and 45 mins), so I chose two.

Rose Tyler

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Donna Noble

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So my project is going to be what makes these girls more than just companions and places they travel to. School is nearing it’s end. Well at least this semester, and then Fall will be my last semester and I will be graduated from University with a BA in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. So I feel I can relate to these two characters. They both seem a little lost in their life and after they travel it is what brings them to life. I wish The Doctor could come save me, or at least take a note from me and give it to me six months ago. Life has taken it’s toll and honestly I am at a scary point in life. I’ve become vulnerable to a lot and it just isn’t easy. I hope I can take from these characters though: Rose’s feeling for humanity, the strength of her love and loyalty, and sense of fun. Donna’s sense of sass, fashion, and her resourcefulness.

Anywho I am going to get back to work bookworms! I just needed a break to breathe and talk. How are you handling the end of the semester stress? What are your outlets? Any of you out of school have any advice to handle the fear after it? Who are your favorite companions or your favorite Doctors? Feel free to share and I will try to have a Top Ten Tuesday post up soon!

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Book Retrospection aka Review: When I’m Gone by Abbi Glines

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When I’m Gone (A Rosemary Beach Novel #11) By Abbi Glines

Publisher: Atria Books

Publishing Date: 7 April 2015

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary (Mature Content)

Format: Ebook, Purchased on my Nook

My Rating: 3/5 Stars

 

My Review:

Hey Bookworms! I am finally summoning up the bravery to do another review… So I hope you all enjoy it, but it may sound a little like rambling since this is off the cuff. I read this book last week, so the thoughts are still fresh! As always the link is in the title for a synopsis on goodreads because I don’t want to make this post too long! I am going to try to break this up into section as best as I can, so I hope you guys can follow this okay… This may be a little spoilery though in the reasons I did not like it, so if you haven’t read it be warned!

Reasons Why I Picked it Up:

So if you have read some of my very first posts I think I mentioned Abbi Glines was my introduction to the genre of New Adult. I devoured her Fallen Too Far series and because of that I picked up her other stuff too.  When I found out that this series was going to follow the love stories of other characters I liked; I didn’t hesitate to buy those as well. This turned the series into what is known as The Rosemary Beach Series. Now each of the love stories in the series is a series within itself, so you don’t have to start with book one. So here are my reasons:

  1. Now I don’t know if I have mentioned this before, but if I start a series and don’t hate the first book I have to pick up the rest. I feel committed to know what will happen to these characters because by reading the first book I open the doors to their lives.
  2. I needed a quick read and I knew this had come out recently, and I knew the love scenes would fill the ache in my heart or make it worse either way I would feel
  3. I really had liked Mason in Harlow’s, (his little sister) story, and hoped to see his southern ways and hear a nice accent in my head
  4. Mason is a cowboy! Need I say more???

What I Didn’t Like:

  1. I have read this overall series since it first came out in 2012, so three years of reading Abbi Glines couples in this series… And what I realized is she’s created her own cliché:
  • For the guys: “I took in the longest damn legs I’ve ever seen” (10) I swear each one of her males have said something to this accord. There has to be some other way to put this compliment or another way to have them notice it. It is just getting repetitive at this point. Not saying there is another way to put this
  • For the girls: They notice their man’s thighs again it’s just the oddest time they notice them. This may be a personal thing though because I don’t see the turn on? I wish she would have each girl appreciate different things. All these girls are starting to blend. I mean not every girl is attracted to the same features
  1. The lack of Birth control for the girls: Being the 11th book and one of a couple that isn’t on the pill because she is a virgin really bothered me. I was on the pill when I was 18 with no plans of being sexually active, but it was a way of being in control of my body in a small way. Just because a girl is on the pill does not negate the fact she is innocent
  2. The lack of condoms with the males, although in the books the boys are clean of STD’s. It worries me that the girls take them at their word for it. Being a young parent can be a fear for some women and I feel she does not address this issue. (Please do not think I am a prude because yes the scenes themselves are still yummy, but the lack of protection nags at my back of my brain the whole time)

What I Did Like

  1. How patient Mase is with Reese especially when she is fragile and unconfident. He is gentle and coaxes her
  2. The pure emotions of this book in the case of Reese, maybe it is what I am going through personally, but I really connected with her.
  3. Jimmy! If you have read the other books you know what I mean. Every girl needs friends like him and he brings food he is AMAZING!
  4. Brings awareness to disabilities that are looked over too often
  5. Sense of humor throughout this book as always there were a few parts that make me giggle out loud.

Wrapping it Up

So overall I did really like the book, but this one being her 11th book in the series the clichés just were too much. There were more I could mention, but I didn’t want it to sound like a crusade (and I really hope it doesn’t). These are issues I think as part of the age group of these characters need to be brought to light. There needs to be awareness in this day and age. I wanted to quote a love scene, but realized it was long. I hope my review wasn’t too harsh. I commit to a series and finish it to the end, and I do love these couples even if I disagree with their choices at times. I hope I can write a happier review next time. This is my fourth review, so please feel free to tell me what I could do better on, or what you liked

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