Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (34)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Top Ten Books From This Decade That I Hope Become Classics
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
2. Looking for Alaska by John Green
3. The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
4. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
5. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
6. Paper Towns by John Green
7. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
8. When It Happens by Susane Colasanti
9. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Honorable Mentions:
1. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
2. Shine by Lauren Myracle
3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

What books do you hope people still read in 30 years?

Monday, May 28, 2012

Book Thoughts: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Monday, May 28, 2012
Book Thoughts is a not-really-book-review I do with classics. Typically, they are more of a discussion than a review.
Genre: Classic 
Series: Standalone
Website: N/A
Source: Borrowed
The Great Gatsby

Nick Carraway moves East, only to rent a small house next to Long Island's most prominent millionaire bachelor, Jay Gatsby. He is known for extravagant parties with hundreds of guests, but no one seems to know anything about him. Soon, though, Nick learns all about Gatsby, or more importantly, of Gatsby's undying love for Daisy... an old love he was never able to let go and who he will do anything to get back.

This Book Thoughts post may contain spoilers if you haven't read the book, so please, proceed with caution.

Is Jay Gatsby really great?

The Great Gatsby is, in my opinion, one of the most tragic love stories of all time. Jay Gatsby becomes a millionaire solely to win his lost love's heart... only to lose her again. I think everyone can agree that Daisy and Tom are despicable- they're shallow, selfish, and, of course, careless- but, unfortunately, some think that about Gatsby, too.

“They’re a rotten crowd’, I shouted across the lawn. ‘You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.” ~Nick to Gatsby

And on paper, Jay Gatsby doesn't seem like the ideal human being. He's constantly trying to keep up appearances, he's focused on money and superficial belongings, and he's involved in some shady business deals. But while Tom and Daisy care only about money and appearances, Gatsby does everything for a very noble reason: Love.

It is this reason that Jay Gatsby is, in fact, great.

He's a romantic, devoted and true with a hope that he holds onto no matter what. He doesn't do anything for himself, but for Daisy. There's an innocence to him, and yes, he's an idealist, but because of his love. And if love doesn't make someone noble, doesn't make someone great, what does?

Do you think Jay Gatsby is great? Sound off!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren to share what books you've bought/borrowed/received in the past week!

This week was one of those weeks where I received nothing... SO I'll tell you which books I LENT out this week.

Books I Lent:
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1) The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) Looking for Alaska

What books did you borrow/lend?

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Thursday, May 24, 2012
I made a tumblr today.

It's just a kind of supplement to this blog where, if you want, you can ask me questions (about books, blogging, anything really) and where I will post some book-related pics and quotes I find out there in the web-o-sphere.


Tell me what you think and ask me something!

Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Quirk Books
Series: Miss Peregrine #1
Website: http://www.ransomriggs.com/blog/2011/1/7/miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-children.html
Source: Library
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine #1)
Jacob grew up listening to his grandfather tell magical stories of his incredible life in the 1940s. Now, as a skeptical, awkward teen, Jacob wishes his life were a little less ordinary, and a bit more like his grandfather's. Little does he know that his life is going to change more drastically, and more magically, than he could ever imagine. 

As soon as I heard that this book was written by John Green's old friend from college AND had been on the NY Times bestsellers list for weeks, I knew I had to read it. I thought it would be a little out of my comfort zone- I'd heard of the creepy pictures, and while I'm fine with reading about horrors, I'm not so great about seeing them. However, I literally shouldn't have judged a book by its cover.

Miss Peregrine's isn't really "scary" at all. It's definitely a captivating,mysterious story, but it lacked the extreme fear factor I thought it would have. However, the plot that Ransom Riggs has created with these photographs (which, yes, those are still creepy) is so creative. I don't want to give too much away, but the settings are great, as well.

And the characters. Jacob is one of my favorite type of protagonists; he's observant, intelligent, a bit of an outsider, and a little self-deprecating. The surrounding cast is quirky, diverse, and, well, peculiar. Through Jacob's memories, I got a really great sense of his grandfather, who seems like quite the character. For the most part, the dialogue is natural and realistic, except for a few spots near the end where Jacob seems to take lines right out of the mouths of cliched action movie heroes. In the scheme of things, though, it didn't really detract from the novel. Jacob is really very insightful and makes a fantastic narrator.

(Not to continue harping on the John Green connection thing, but I can genuinely see Jacob being friends with Miles Halter if they were real people. Just saying.)
*4 stars*
Are you into photography?
A Quote from the Book: "...so one day my mother sat me down and explained that I couldn't become an explorer because everything in the world had already been discovered. I'd been born in the wrong century, and I felt cheated."

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Great Gatsby Movie

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
As a little precursor to the Book Thoughts post that will be coming soon, here's the first, brand new trailer for the new DiCaprioed The Great Gatsby movie:

A few comments:
Well, this movie is beating the 1974 version in one area, which is OWL EYES, of course. My favorite character from Gatsby unfortunately wasn't included in the Robert Redford flick, but he's in this one!!

Unfortunately, it appears as though they are trying to make this new adaptation racier in order to get a bigger audience? Or something? The scene with Meyer Wolfsheim, were they in a strip club? Because that did not happen in the book and it's just kind of unnecessary.

And yeah, I'm a little concerned that this is being directed by the guy who made possibly the WORST (in my opinion) adaptation of Romeo and Juliet... ever. 

But there's still the wait till Christmas day when it opens, so I'm trying to stay open-minded till then!

What did you think of the trailer? Are you excited for Leo as Gatsby??

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (33)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Top Ten Favorite Non-Bookish Websites
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Pinterest
I'm obsessed! (And yes, I do have one or two non-book-related boards.)

2. YouTube
I can easily get lost watching videos of musicals, especially any featuring Aaron Tveit. (;

They have so many awesome ways for teens to make a difference. Go check it out!

Okay, yeah, so I like their book section, but I like the rest of it, too!!

Fun and mentally stimulating. For the win.

Really, that's it. I can't think of many more websites I go on that aren't book-related. (And I don't follow any blogs that aren't book blogs, either.) 

What about you? Do you have any websites I should check out?

Monday, May 21, 2012


Monday, May 21, 2012
Usually, I would post a review today and I started writing one, but my schedule is CRAZY. I'm seriously booked (no pun intended) from around 6 in the morning to 9 o'clock tonight. Fun, I know.

So the review that would usually be posted today, will be posted Thursday instead.

Thank you for understanding!!

So true
Story of my life.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

In My Mailbox (33)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren to share what books you've bought/borrowed/received in the past week!

In the Mail:
I Hunt Killers
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
172 Hours on the Moon
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
Won from Figment- thank you!

What did you get this week? Let me know!
Also, there's a POLL on the right to determine what I should read next. Please vote!!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

What to read next?

Saturday, May 19, 2012
I'm torn between two books that I really want to read. This is the list:

1. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This Side of Paradise
I probably wouldn't review this one, but it might inspire me to do a Book Thoughts post on The Great Gatsby... (;

2. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
I Hunt Killers
I've been really looking forward to this one and it looks awesome! I might not be able to read it right before I sleep, though. Apparently, it's pretty gory. 

Well, which one do you think I should read? A poll is open on the right! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (32)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Top Ten Book-Related Items on my Wishlist
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Gosh! It was so hard to think of a topic, but I can't tell you how fun it was to make this list!

1. Catcher in the Rye shirt
Found on: http://dftba.com/product/10j/Holden-Caulfield-Thinks-Youre-A-Phony-T-Shirt (AND it can only be bought from the site that John Green helps run. How perfect!)

2. Marauder's Map Mug
Transforming Thermal Mug
It would go so well with my Wizard chess set, Snitch, Time-turner, Sorting Hat, Hermione's wand, Harry's wand... not that I'm obsessed or anything.

3. Boys in Books are Just Better Button
Boys in books are better Mini Button
So true.

4. Grammar Shirt
Good Grammar is Sexy T-shirt by StudioNico on Etsy

5. Great Gatsby shirt!

 The Hectic Glow by Joviana Carrillo
I have never wanted a poster more. (Well, except maybe for my poster signed by Christopher Paolini.)

7. Library Card Notebooks
Library Card Notebook from Kelso Doesnt Dance
How cute are those???

8. Book Bag
You other readers can't deny.

9. Mockingjay Pin
May the odds be ever in my favor of getting this someday.

10. Fishbowl Bookend
This last one has got me started on a new Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/papertown/cool-bookends/

What bookish items do you want? What did you do for your TTT post?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Book Review: Destined by Aprilynne Pike

Monday, May 14, 2012
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Wings #4 (Last book)
Website: http://www.aprilynnepike.com/Destined/
Source: Borrowed from a friend
*May contain spoilers if you haven't read the first 3 books. If you HAVE read the first 3, continue on with this post.*
Destined (Wings, #4)
Illusions ended with the discovery that Yuki was a Winter faerie, and Destined picks right where the story left off. Laurel, Tamani, David, and Chelsea are uncertain of what this means, of Klea's intentions, and of the danger they're in, but they'll soon find out. It could mean the end of Avalon, and their lives.

Let me just get the emotional part out of the way before I start gushing:
I haven't been so pleased or heartbroken with a series's end since The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray. I actually got choked up because of how masterful, beautiful, and heart-wrenching it is.

Okay, now to the (proper) review.

My favorite thing about the Wings series is how exquisitely magical the books feel, and Destined was no exception. Even among the chaos that much of this book consists of, the beauty of Avalon still shines through. Laurel, David, Chelsea, and Tamani are pushed to new extremes and have to face impossible challenges, and the strength of their friendship is truly revealed.

Destined is action-packed, from beginning to end. The battle scenes are, to put it lightly, suspenseful and will have you holding your breath. This isn't a clean ending either- be prepared to see a more gruesome picture of war than you would expect in a book about faeries. It makes the novel realistic, though, and really fantastic.

What varies in the conclusion, as compared to the first three books, is that it feels much more like Tamani's story as opposed to Laurel's. While I *love* Tamani and enjoyed this change, it was a little disappointing that Laurel wasn't doing anything. It's not like I expected her to pick up a sword and announce herself ruler (not all heroines can follow the ridiculous footsteps of Keira Knightley in Pirates), but it took her around 200 pages to really do anything. However, Laurel definitely redeems herself, and David and Chelsea prove themselves as well.

In the end, Destined is a stunning conclusion to a remarkable series. My only real complaint? That it had to end at all!
*5 stars*
What's your favorite faerie-themed myth?
Other Books in this Series: Wings, Spells, Illusions

Sunday, May 13, 2012

In My Mailbox (32)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren to share what books you've bought/borrowed/received in the past week!
Destined (Wings, #4)
Destined by Aprilynne Pike
I read it in a day! 

Are you a fan of the Wings series? What books did you get this week?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (31)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Top Ten of My Favorite Quotes from Books
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. "It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live."
From: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

2. "You have to turn it up so that your chest shakes and the drums get in between your ribs like a heartbeat and the bass goes up your spine and fizzles your brain and all you can do is dance or spin in a circle or just scream along because you know that however this music makes you feel, it's exactly right."
From: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

3. "Sometimes people are beautiful. 
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are."
From: I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

4. "To live is to love, to love is to live."
From: Going Bovine by Libba Bray

5. "The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive."
From: Looking for Alaska by John Green

6. "It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them."
From: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

7. "And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time."
From: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

8. "If we're supposed to ignore everything that's wrong with our lives, then I can't see how we'll ever make things right."
From: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

9. "Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead."
From: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

10. (Something a little funnier to lighten the mood) "Books are the ultimate Dumpees: Put them down and they'll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they'll always love you back."
From: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

What are some of your favorite quotes?

Monday, May 7, 2012

Book Review: The Darlings Books by Melissa Kantor

Monday, May 7, 2012
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Hyperion
Series: Books #1 and #2
Website: http://www.melissakantor.com/darlingsareforever.html
Source: Book #1- The Library
Book #2- Won from FirstReads on GoodReads!
The Darlings Are ForeverThe Darlings in Love
Jane, Natalya, and Victoria- dubbed The Darlings by Jane's Nana- have been best friends for years. Now though, in their first year of high school, they are being separate for the first time. Jane will be attending the Academy of the Performing Arts, where she will meet the most attractive guy ever... it's just too bad he's her teacher. Natalya has a full scholarship to Gainsford, an elite private school where 99% of the students own designer-everything. Victoria is just going Morningside, the same school her oh-so-perfect sister Emily went to. Her real problem is that her father is running for Senate and it seems everyone knows her name. Together, the Darlings will have to make it through the first few months of high school without falling apart.

The Darlings are Forever feels like a grown up version of The Beacon Street Girls (anyone else read those when they were younger?) and a slightly younger version of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The friendship has so much heart and warmth. Each of the girls grow as their first year of high school progresses, and the problems that arise are realistic, if a little trite. Much of the plot line was predictable, but Darlings is perfect for anyone looking for a light, fun read.

The Darlings in Love flawlessly continues the Darlings' first adventures of high school, but now there's even more boy drama! Jane, out of all the girls, really came into her own in this one and I found that she was really easy to relate to. (And as for her boy dilemma, I just wanted to tell her it's okay, I've been there!) All of the Darlings make mistakes, but they all end up learning from them in a way that isn't too adolescent.

Both of the Books: Kantor does a fantastic job creating true-to-life characters, supporting characters included! My favorite character is Nana, because while she may not be alive in the books, her life is interwoven with the Darlings. (And, I admit, she also reminds me a little of my own grandmother.) The setting of both books is New York City, which is always a plus in my book! And one last note: These books will make you crave a virgin pina coloda!
*4 stars*
Other Books by this Author: Confessions of a Not It Girl; If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?; The Breakup Bible; Girlfriend Material

Sunday, May 6, 2012

In My Mailbox (31)

Sunday, May 6, 2012
IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren to share what books you've bought/borrowed/received in the past week!

From the Library:
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Divergent by Veronica Roth
I finished it already this week and I LOVED IT. (Just like everyone said I would.) Seriously, it's just SO GOOD. Hopefully I'll have a review up soon, and in the meantime, I need to get Insurgent pronto!!

What did you get this week? Leave a link!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (30)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Top Ten Books I'd Like to See Made into Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

In all honesty, I don't like book-to-movie-adaptations (The Hunger Games aside)  but I would definitely see these:
1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (It's in production!)
2. Eragon by Christopher Paolini (Just, you know, done right this time.)
3. Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway (Can Emma Stone be Audrey?!)
4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (The 1974 version was okay and I'm really excited for the Leo version!)
5. The Fault in our Stars by John Green (I'm a little scared for this, but I can't wait! If this makes any sense. Can I be an extra?)
6. Wings by Aprilynne Pike (Can you IMAGINE the sets and costumes for the Avalon scenes?)
7. I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter (Spy school = action scenes.)
8. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan. (We're just going to pretend that first one didn't happen? Okay? Okay.)
9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky (Logan Lerman and Emma Watson! Yes!)
10. Piratica by Tanith Lee (Swashbuckling + romance + a kickbutt female protagonist. Need I say more?)

What books do you want to see made into movies?