The TMI Tag with Rachel at Book in a Blog!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hey everyone! Today I have a very fun and exciting post for you. As you can tell from the header and graphic above, I am doing the TMI tag! However, I am having a special guest with me today. Rachel from Book in a Blog! If you didn't know Rachel is my cousin and she has been blogging for a few months now. She came to me and wanted to do a post together and she was all for it. We decided on the TMI tag. 10 questions will be here and another 10 will be on her blog. Make sure to check out the other half and I hope you guys enjoy. :)

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If you would like to read the other half of this tag, click here!

Q: OTP?
R: Olicity-Oliver and Felicity, Aang and Katara, ( idk their ship name).  Oh and Park and Eleanor from Eleanor and Park.
K: Haha, I have way too many! One of them would definitely have to be Malina from the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo!

Q: Loud music or soft?
R: Both, I like soft music when I feel delicate so to say. Loud when I feel like I’m gonna burst. I don’t know if that makes sense.
K: I like both but the music can’t be too loud or too soft.

Q: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
R: On school mornings- 10 minutes without breakfast Normal mornings- 15 minutes?
K: Hahaha, if I’m rushing like 20 minutes? If not, anywhere from 20 minutes to 40 minutes. Breakfast not included.

Q: Last thing that made you cry?
R: When I thought about my grandparents and thinking about my life, they passed away btw. Oh and when the arrow team thought Oliver died even though I knew he didn’t.
K: I was watching some shorts by the Jubilee Project and I just broke down in the middle of night.

Q: Last book you read?
R: The Unwanteds by: Lisa McMann
K: I recently finished Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tejeda!

Q: The relationship between you and the last person you texted?
R: Friends-We were texting about High School :D
K: I texted my friend about something/project he is doing.

Q: What is your favorite food?
R: Viet. Food, Chinese Food, Alfredo
K: THIS IS SUCH A HARD QUESTIONNNN. Well, I like all food that doesn’t make me gag. Dim sum, chicken caesar salad, quesadilla, pita chips. I like all food.

Q: Place you want to visit?
R: 7 natural wonders of the world, France, Paris, Tokyo, China, Vietnam, New York,
K: Definitely Australia, I want to visit all the states in the US, the UK, Spain. Everywhere.

Q: Last place you were?
R: Home, wishing I was with my friend in Las Vegas. I guess beside my house I go to temples… A LOT.
K: Other than my house? I went to my cousin’s house on Sunday!

Q: Last song you sang?
R: That’s hard; I sing all the time. I think The Only Exception By: Paramore or See You Again By: Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth.
K: Haha, I don’t remember! If anything I can just sing now and boom! Okay, I just sang a bit of Burning Gold by Christina Perri.

Thanks everyone for reading! Again, make sure you check Rachel out and click here for the rest of the tag.

Summer Blogger Promo Tour: Recap!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SO THE DAY HAS COME. Wow, where has the time gone? It was only a few weeks ago where I was starting up with this meme and freaking out about how I was going to format these posts and here I am, recapping the tour. I had a great great time and really got to work with great people. Met some new friends and got to learn more about people I had already knew about. Excited for this tour to come around next year. Now that I've run out of tears, we shall recap the tour!

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Here are the bloggers I featured on this tour:

Giselle at Book Nerd Canada- "The Kiss Marry Cliff Tag"
Had so much fun doing this post because Giselle had such tough choices!

Amber and Jessica at the Book Bratz- "We Were Liars Chat"
Since all three of us had different opinions about this book, it was great to find out why they didn't enjoy the book.

Preethi at Time Turning Reads- "An Interview with Kestrel"
This has to be one of my favorite posts. Preethi was a great Kestrel and it was super fun to write the interview questions and get very Kestrel-like answers back.

Stephanie at Ohana Reads- "Stephanie's Top 5 Favorite Shows
I was excited to see Stephanie's choices with this prompt because I knew she watched really great shows.

Jessica at Crossroads Reviews- "Jessica's Top 5 Book Boyfriends"
I haven't read any of the books Jessica mentioned but some of them are on my TBR so I am excited to meet these boyfriends.

Kaitlin at Reading is my Treasure- "Kaitlin's Top 5 Fictional Places She Would Like to Visit"
I feel as though book worlds are super underrated and being able to live in them would be a dream. It was fun to see what places Kaitlin would want to visit and live in if she had the chance to.

Ana at Ana Loves- "5 Characters and Authors Ana Would Road Trip With"  
Road trips are such fun things and being able to road trip with both authors and book characters would basically be living a dream.

Jacelyn at Living in a World of Book Quotes- "Jacelyn and Kaitlin Guess Book Quotes"
This game thing was super fun to do because if you know I am not a very big quote person so having to guess quotes was both a bit challenging and fun.

What I liked:

I really loved how much fun and creativity you could do with the posts. It was fun getting to collaborate with bloggers and do interviews, play little games, and just have fun. It helped me get to know them better and see different blogs and posts. Thank you so much to Jessica and Amber for running a great tour, they did a great job. 

What I disliked and what could be changed: 

I think I generally liked everything. The only problems I really had with this tour we're on me. Usually I was rushing to format the posts. (Tip for people considering on joining next year: I really really helps people when you send them an HTML formatted post. Saves them time to format the post)

Will I Join in on This Again?

Definitely! I had such fun doing this tour for the first time, definitely would not miss out on the opportunity to do this tour again. If you're a blogger and are interested in this tour, definitely look out for it next year.

So tell me: What are your thoughts and opinions on this tour?

Let's Talk!: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Friday, August 28, 2015

Dumplin'

Author: Julie Murphy
Pages: 384
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: September 15th 2015
Also at: Lit Up Review
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all. With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine— Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

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I received this book via Edelweiss from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. None of my thoughts have been affected by that.

So by now I am pretty sure you have heard great great things about this book, and let me tell you it was a great great book. Dumplin was this quirky, relatable, and hilarious middle-of-no-where book. The characters all have such different personalities and the message this book sends out is something people in our society need to learn and listen to. Definitely recommend this to anyone who reads contemporaries. 

Dumplin is based around a small city and a beauty pageant. Willowdean is not what everyone calls "skinny." At her job, she meets Bo and things happen. Summer ends and the pageant is up and running again and Willowdean and some other friends enter. This book is her journey with dealing with this pageant. On the way she get's to know more about herself, people she never thought she would talk to, and really make a statement in loving your body and having confidence in yourself. Loved all the characters, the plot, the message this book sends out, and I thoroughly enjoyed Julie's writing. 

Willowdean was such a great main character. She is this shy girl but when you start to really get to know her, she can be very persuasive and a dependent person. What I really loved about Willowdean was how much character development she goes through. She really changes throughout this book whether it's in her feelings about her body, her feelings toward her mom, her relationship with friends; she just goes through this huge change.

Its very hard to feel comfortable in your own skin, your own body. There are always things we want to change about it and sometimes it's just hard to accept it and love it for what it is. Based on the synopsis, I could tell Willowdean was not someone who would constantly complain about her weight and try her best to lose weight. She wasn't someone who you would call "confident in her body" because she was but at times she would feel uncomfortable about it and I love how even though Willowdean accepts her body for what it is, she isn't perfect. Julie didn't shove this girl who is comfortable in her body, swivel the spotlight on her, and say "LADIES AND GENTS, THIS IS IS THE TYPE OF PERSON YOU SHOULD AIM TO BE! CONFIDENT IN THEIR BODY!" and I love that because it prevented people who weren't confident in their body from comparing themselves to this perfect person who can and make themselves feel bad. 

As for the plot, I really loved on how it set up Willowdean's character development and the plot was so fun! Reading about these pageant shenanigans was especially fun because what these girls did to practice for the pageant were pretty interesting, let's just put it at that. The plot was a great read but I guess there isn't much to say about it. It was a great great read and I really enjoyed it.

I gave this book 5 stars because, well I just loved everything about this book!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #18

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a weekly meme created by Uncorked Thoughts. Each week there is a question, Harry Potter related of course, and all you do answer the question. It is a great way to celebrate and keep Harry Potter alive!

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Would you rather be locked in a room with Voldemort or Bellatrix?

What is this question. It's like asking who would I rather be killed by! It really depends on the situation. If I was locked in a room with everyone in Harry Potter (that I trusted) and they circled and protected me, I wouldn't mind being locked in a room with either of them. If it was just me and no one else, I would rather be locked in a room with just Voldemort. He would cast the killing curse of me and I would have a quick and easy death. I feel as though Bellatrix would more torture me and I think I prefer the quick and easy death, ya feel? Before Voldemort kills me though, I would love to answer three of my weird Harry Potter questions:
  • What does Voldemort's skin feels like? It looks weird but does it feel like skin?  
  • If I were to stick his wand in his nostril, would it actually go in? His "nose" looks two holes on this face, how far do his nostrils really go? (If you feel the need to leave my blog at this point, I have a clue on why...)
  • This one isn't a question but I would love to knock on his head before I die from the curse, please and thank you. 
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Waiting on Wednesday #17

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking The Spine.

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Illuminae

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff  
Pages: 608
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publishing on: October 20th 2015
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again. Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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Why I'm Waiting

If you follow any of us book bloggers, we all know something about this book, have an ARC of it, and some of us have probably already read it. I have an ARC but just haven't gotten very far into but I hear people are loving it. Based on what I have read, it seems super like it's going to be a great book. What I'm really excited about though is the fact that is isn't going to be like normal storytelling. I was a bit iffy about the fact that this book was going to be written in articles, interviews, operation manuals, but that is what just makes this book awesome. PLUS, THE COVER IS AWESOME. 

So tell me: Have you heard of Illuminae? If so, what do you think of it? 

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hey everyone! Today I have a fun tag for you, it's kind of like the Liebster Award. First off, I would like to thank Mary at Books In Her Head for tagging me! Definitely check her out if you have the chance. Now, onto the questions!

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Rules: 
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post.
  • Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.
  • Nominate ten other bloggers (or up to 10).
  • Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nominations.

My answers to Mary's questions

Do you prefer blue or black ink?
I know I should have a preference between the two but really, I don't! I just need to make sure it doesn't smudge against my hand when I write with it because I get really annoyed when that happens. 

Do you like to browse at bookstores or order and pick up your books?
I mostly order my books now since it is the easiest way for me but I do miss browsing books. Whether it is in the library or in a bookstore, I leave with way too many books for me to handle. It's a lot worse when it comes to bookstores because, well, I actually have to buy the book!

What backlist title you still want or need to read?
Ohhh this is a hard question. I have so many books that are pretty old I have been wanting to read but I don't know which one to choose. One of the big backlist books I have yet to read has to be the Uglies series. The first book of the series has been out for 10 years now and I have still yet to read it! If I don't get to it this year, it will definitely be read next year.

Have you ever considered writing your own book?
Ohhhh yes. I have a few plots in mind but just haven't gotten the motivation to actually go around and write. Maybe during NaNoWriMo I'll take a spin in writing...

Are you more of a standalone or a series reader?
I'm both! I love series because it's get to know more about the characters, get used to them, and fall in love with the story. I love stand alones because they're quick reads. Sometimes, I do with some stand alones were indeed series. 

Favorite book quote?
Ack! This is so bad because, I'm not a very big quote person. Yeah, I said it. I just don't very much care that much for quotes. I know there are so great ones out there and they make for great graphics but quotes are just eh to me.
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Is there a genre that you turn to the most?
Honestly, I will read any genre other than erotica and historical fiction. Love dystopian, contemporary, fantasy, thriller, JUST EVERYTHING! I read more contemporary than the other genres so I think contemporary is the genre I'm picking for this question. 

Is there a book to movie adaption where you preferred the movie to the book?
Hmmm, I try my best to adaptations of books I didn't enjoy. (I am a big "The book will always be better" kind of reader) There are a few books where I enjoyed the movie better though. One of those would have to be Order of the Phoenix. That book is probably my least favorite Harry Potter book because I thought it was really boring. The movie, was not that bad though.

Are you going to read Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee?  Why/why not?
I don't think I'll be reading it for the next few years. I haven't read To Kill a Mockingbird yet and probably won't for the next few years. Once I do though, Go Set a Watchman will definitely be read after.

Which classic (that you have read) do you think is most applicable today?
Here is the sad thing, I haven't read a lot of classics. If I have, I don't exactly know what they are. Hopefully I can read more classics in the future because, well, they're classics!

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My 10 Questions

A book you didn't enjoy but would still recommend for all people to read?
Favorite character that you thought went through a lot of character development?
A cover you would redesign?
Favorite male author?
A book that has been on your TBR for a very good amount of time?
A love triangle you enjoyed reading about?
If you could be any fictional character, who would it be?
A series you have started but have yet to finish.
Do you prefer hardcover or paperback?
When reading a hardcover, do you prefer leaving the dust jacket on or off?

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Summer Blogger Promo Tour: Jaclyn at Living in a World of Book Quotes

Sunday, August 23, 2015

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? This is the last post of this tour (hosted by the Book Bratz) that will feature a blogger. Next week will be a wrap up post then guess what? This tour will be over and it shall continue next year... It's okay though! I had a great time. Anyway, today I have Jaclyn here with me and we are going to do something fun and related to book quotes.

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This week I am featuring Jaclyn at Living in a World of Book Quotes
(Jaclyn sent me 5 quotes and I sent her 5 quotes. The first 5 quotes are the ones she sent me and the last 5 are the ones I sent her)
"There are so many things I'd like to tell him/her, top among them is that I've always been ready. But instead, I turn up the amp, fish a pick out of my pocket, and just say yes."
My answer: Where She Went
Book: Where She Went
He/she grabbed frantically at his/her neck, trying to pull the lashing, flexible limb away from her windpipe. Already his/her lungs were aching. He/she kicked and twisted -
My answer: City of Glass
Book: City of Ashes
How can I look the same, when he's/she's gone and everything is different? I can't. 
My answer: City of Ashes
Book: The Giver
"But the you who you are tonight is the same you I was in love with yesterday, the same you I'll be in love with tomorrow. I love that you're fragile and tough, quiet and kick-ass. Hell, you're one of the luckiest girls/boys that I know, no matter who you listen to or what you wear."
My answer: If I Stay
Book: If I Stay
"Though it might seem strange, it's important for high level Dauntless to understand how a few programs work," _______ says. 
My answer: Four: A Divergent Story Collection
Book: Four: A Divergent Story Collection
"We are holding your brother's wedding here in a few days' time, young man-"
"And they are getting married in my bedroom?" asked Ron furiously. "No! So why in the name of Merlin's saggy left-"
"Don't talk to your mother like that," said *name* firmly. "And do as your told."
Her answer: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“Not even a little damp. They must have drained it while we slept,” *name* say/said. A fear of the cracked tongue, aching body and fuzzy mind brought on by my previous dehydration creeps into my consciousness. Our bottles and skin are fairly full, but with two drinking and this hot sun it won’t take long to deplete them.
Her answer: The Hunger Games
Book: The Hunger Games
The man standing before them thick hair so matted with dirt it could have been any color. Several of his teeth were missing. His eyes were small and dark and stared in opposite directions. He might have looked comical, but he did not; the effect was frightening and Harry could not blame *name* for backing away several more paces before he spoke.
Her answer: Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
Book: Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
After couple of days' travel we disembark inside one of the mountain tunnels leading to the *place* and make the rest of the six-hour trip on foot, taking care to step only on a glowing green paint line that marks safe passage to the air above.
Her answer: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
Book: Mockingjay
"I didn't," Harry said, "I don't know how-"
But Angelina had now swooped down upon him; "Oh if it couldn't be at least it's Gryffindor-"
"You'll be able to pay back *name* for that last Quidditch match, Harry!" shrieked *name* another of the Gryffindor chasers.
"We got food, Harry, come and have some-"
"I'm not hungry I had enough at the feast-"
Her answer: Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone
Book: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed! Thank you Jaclyn for being here today and make sure to check out her blog.

Let's Talk!: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon 
Pages: 320
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Published on: September 1st 2015
This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more. My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. 

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I received this book via Edelweiss from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. None of my thoughts have been affected by that.

Based on the synopsis, I could tell this book could become something great. I have heard a ton of buzz on this book from twitter and it is for a very good reason. Everything, Everything was a marvelous read. I thought the plot was so unique and I rarely do read these types of contemporaries, where the main character isn't in high school and a new girl or recovering from a traumatic accident. Sure, this story is here because a boy comes into her life but this girl has been in her house for 18 years. (And my parents say I don't get out enough...) It was just different and that is only one of the things I really love about this book.

I actually really liked reading about Maddie and her little story. She is just this 18 year old girl who is shy, hilarious, and really cares for the two people she has know for her whole life, her mom and Carla. I really loved reading about Carla and Maddie's and their interactions because Carla, Maddie's caretaker, is basically like her second mom. Carla is the parent who is less strict than the other. They are the first parent you come to when you need to talk to someone and I loved their relationship because she could have just been some lady to take care of Maddie but instead, she became something else.

Maddie's character development went very well in this book. She made a new friend and also got to learn more about herself. In the beginning of the book, Maddie was so clueless about the world and scared of it but by the end of the book, she knows more about the outside world and is willing to take risks to do things that she wants to do.

Olly, this boy Maddie meets, is very mysterious. He wears lot's of black and has bunt cakes commit suicide. Just like Maddie, he is so hilarious and more vulnerable to getting hurt compared to other guys. He is someone who makes his feelings more apparent and I love that because it takes some of the seriousness out of him, and I mean that in a good way. Olly really showed Maddie what life was outside of her house and these two just had a lot of fun together.

The plot of Everything, Everything really brought me to read the book. I love the concept of Maddie being allergic to everything and I was really interested to see how this book would go. Maddie and Olly's story is really interesting because of the fact that, well Olly isn't able to see Maddy face to face. The story really evolves as Maddie and Olly get to know each other more. The writing showing how Maddy and Olly got to know more about each other was probably the best thing ever. I loved how part of the book was written in email and IM and not only did it help us understand more about Olly and Maddie's interactions, it just added more fun to the book.

I love about this book is the ending. After all that Maddie and Olly went through in this book, I really didn't know how this book was going to end and I am really pleased with the way it ended. The book was really nicely tied up and I got such a satisfied feeling with the ending and I love that.

The two things that brought down my rating for this book was the fact that there were some parts just seemed unrealistic to the story and Maddie's character. The other reason is because there were parts where I felt as though it was inst-lovey and we all know that it's not a very good thing. More of this will be explained in the spoiler section of this review just because I don't want to spoil anything for you.

I gave this book 4 stars because I loved the plot and characters in this book but I did feel as though it got a bit unrealistic and inst-lovey at times.

Don't Judge a Book By It's Cover

Friday, August 21, 2015

We've all heard that saying before right? How there is more to something that meets the eye. Despite that saying, judging a book by it's cover is what lot's of people do. You see a pretty or interesting cover, most likely you will pick up that book to read more about it. I think covers are very important when it comes to presenting a book. It's like if you write a crappy essay and submit it to a university, will they accept you? Most likely not. It's all about first impressions that are very important. Obviously, some covers are going to appeal to certain people rather than others.

There are so many different types of covers a book can have.
A) A cover that's simple yet stunning.
B) A cover that has all this pretty font and graphics and it is stunning.
C) Covers where the focus is on the title.
D) Covers where the focus is on the image. (Ex: A girl's face, a sword, a couple walking)
E) A cover has little hints to what the book may be about
F) Covers where there is a perfect balance between the title text and image.and much more! These are the very common types of covers I see.

My favorite style of covers has to be the simple ones that are yet stunning. All it takes is a small graphic, nice font, good color scheme, AND HOLY MOLY. We have ourselves a beautiful cover. An example is the cover for Eleanor and Park. Not only is it beautiful but it contributes a bit to what the book is about. We have the headphones between them which signifies the mixtapes and you can see Eleanor's red hair and Park's black hair. It doesn't show their face or anything fancy but this is definitely what I would consider to be a beautiful cover.

So what happens if a cover isn't very appealing to you? Either it went through a cover change or you just don't like it. First of all, that should not stop you from reading the book. If you are interested in the book before the cover comes out, then you should still read it. I have read many books that I have enjoyed but had covers I cringed at. I understand that most authors don't get a say in their cover but it's really the publisher's job to get that book selling as well. Anyway, so a book doesn't get a cover you like. You can do a few things to get over that. Either hope the publisher does a cover redesign or order a foreign edition with a different cover. Covers are just an easy way to see what books catch your eyes rather than flipping through each book, it shouldn't cloud your judgement on whether you want to buy it or not if you already know what it's about.

Is it wrong to judge a book by it's cover though? In my opinion, no. If you don't think your browsing experience isn't going to the fullest then go ahead and see whether you want to further look into a book based on title and cover. Say you're in a bookstore looking for new books. The last thing I am going to ever do is read every single synopsis because that would take way too long. You don't want to sit in a competition and watch everyone perform, because that would take too long.
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That is why you have auditions, covers are kind of like auditions. Once they grab your attention, all they have to do now is hope you like the rest of the book's act (the synopsis of the book)

Now that you have my opinion, here is what others have to say!

@NextPagePlease_ I probably shouldn't but I judge anyways...covers have to be pretty decent for me to interested in it unless I've heard
— Taherah (@Booksasuknowit) August 20, 2015

@NextPagePlease_ I'm a sucker for a pretty cover, I'll say. :p
— Holly J (@skizzles22) August 20, 2015

@NextPagePlease_ I'm the worst at this. I literally won't read a book if I find the cover unattractive. So rude but I can't help it!
— Tika (@astoldbyfANGIRL) August 20, 2015

@NextPagePlease_ I don't always, but when I do, it's for s good reason
— Wren (@TheReadingBird) August 20, 2015

@NextPagePlease_ I think that's inevitable. Like really, I'm a sucker for pretty books. But I'll also of course read the summary after that.
— Maryam Dinzly (@yourkucing) August 20, 2015

@NextPagePlease_ I admit, I'm a sucker for a good cover. I mean, first impressions are everything, right?
— NightGirl ☾ (@thenightgirlx) August 20, 2015

@NextPagePlease_ Since I'm really into art, the cover has to be good or I will put off reading the book or I won't read it at all.
— Carina Zepeda (@CariZepeda) August 20, 2015

@NextPagePlease_ I do judge and I'm not ashamed to say it. There is no reason to make a crappy cover. It matters. LOVE great covers.
— Sarah K (@thebooktraveler) August 20, 2015

@NextPagePlease_ It is the cover that gets me to read a blurb but I base my decision on if the blurb sounds interesting or not.
— Jamie Victoria (@booksandladders) August 20, 2015

@NextPagePlease_ I've read some great books outside my usual genre because I loved the covers so much. The Winner's Curse...Magonia...
— Taylor Tracy (@tayberryjelly) August 20, 2015

@NextPagePlease_ I judge books by their covers! The person who creates the cover design should try to make the book more appealing.
— A.M. Bradley (@hungovaficlova) August 20, 2015

@NextPagePlease_ i tend to judge books by their covers...i feel bad but i cant help it!
— Sam (@rebelbooks) August 20, 2015

@NextPagePlease_ I never do it! I love a beautiful cover, but I always need some details first :)
— danielle (@loveatfirstpage) August 20, 2015

@NextPagePlease_ I totally judge covers, fonts, colors, blurbs... I hate when there are models on the cover
— Ace Lotti (@Ashabadash) August 20, 2015

@NextPagePlease_ Shameless ;) I do it and I don't feel bad. Presentation matters to me.
— Novacaine (@NovaBlogder) August 20, 2015

@NextPagePlease_ I know I shouldn't, but sometimes I do. Pretty covers attract me and/or get my attention. Can't help it sometimes!
— Jessica (@FlytoFiction) August 20, 2015

@NextPagePlease_ I'm drawn to the book by cover - then I read the synopsis to see if I'm interested. So I guess cover image is important!
— Kj - Birds ♥ words (@Birdslovewords) August 20, 2015

@NextPagePlease_ There's like the ones that just grabs you and makes it more interesting.
— Ryan Bada (@RyanBada) August 20, 2015

So tell me: Do you judge books by their covers? Also, what are some of your favorite book covers? 



Harry Potter Moment of the Week: If you could change one thing in the first film, what would it be?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a weekly meme created by Uncorked Thoughts. Each week there is a question, Harry Potter related of course, and all you do answer the question. It is a great way to celebrate and keep Harry Potter alive!

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If you could change one thing in the first film, what would it be?

This question is scary, because if I change something then I could change the whole series entirely. I don't want to risk not developing that close relationship Harry had with Hagrid. I don't want to risk potentially not meeting Hermione. The first movie is all so important changing one thing may change the whole book! So if I could change anything, I wouldn't. I love the first movie the way it is and it really set up the whole series really nicely.

So tell me: If you could change one thing in the first film, what would it be?
 

Waiting on Wednesday #16

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking The Spine.

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Persuasion

Author: Martina Boone
Pages: 464
Published by: Simon Pulse
Published on:  October 27th 2015
Romeo and Juliet meets Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in the spellbinding second novel in the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy that “skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure” (Publishers Weekly, on Compulsion). Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation under siege. Ghost-hunters hope to glimpse the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, and reporters chase rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. The chaos turns dangerous as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. Because more is buried there than treasure. A stranger filled with magic arrives at Watson’s Landing claiming that the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts—and the Colesworth curse—also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, the man convinces Barrie and Cassie to cast a spell there at midnight. But what he conjures may have deadly consequences. While Barrie struggles to make sense of the escalating peril and her growing and forbidden feelings for Eight Beaufort, it’s impossible to know whom to trust and what to fight for—Eight or herself. Millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families is at stake. Now Barrie must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep Watson’s Landing safe in this stunning addition to a series filled with “decadent settings, mysterious magic, and family histories rife with debauchery” (Kirkus Reviews, on Compulsion).

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Why I'm Waiting

I really really loved Compulsion, the first book to this sequel. When Compulsion ended, all I wanted was another book and YAY! I got that! I wanted to know more about Barrie and her story and history. Plus, I know there are going to be soooo many secrets revealed in this book and there is nothing I love better than shocking secrets! And I get more Barrie and Eight which is something I will never mind getting more of. ;)

So tell me: Have you heard of this book or Compulsion?

Top Ten Tuesday #4

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held over at Broke and Bookish. Each week there is a topic and we list off our top ten items based on that topic.

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1. Leigh Bardugo
So, if you haven't read Leigh's Grisha trilogy, I highly recommend it. I loved it so much. The plot is great, the world is super interesting, and I looooovee the characters. If she wrote a contemporary, I would definitely buy it. If she wrote a dystopian, *gets money ready.* Her new book Six of Crows- I am sure you all have heard of it- is out soon and I was so stoked to learn she was writing a new series. Love her writing and characters so definitely excited for all her future works. PLUS, it takes place in the Grisha world and we all love the Grisha world!

2. Morgan Matson
This lady, is a great contemporary writer. I love the ones she has already written and they are all such great reads. She is able to write such serious, to light fun reads and I love that. If she ever wrote outside the contemporary genre, I would definitely buy her book.

3. Jenny Han
Jenny Han is a great contemporary romance writer wish such fun plots. I haven't read her Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy but the PS I Still Love You duology is good enough for me to know that if she releases any book soon, I'm buying it and reading it!

4. Stephanie Perkins
Stephanie has the cutest contemporary books. Like the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy was such a cutest contemporary and I will remember that series for a very long time. I am very much hoping she writes more books in any genre because I know they will be awesome reads.

5. Lynne Matson
Gah! Love Lynne Matson. I met her at the Spring Fling Fierce Reads signing and she is such a sweet person. Plus her writing and books are just the best thing ever. Her debut novel, Nil, is such a great great read and I just love that trilogy. (Third and final book coming out next year!) If you're a fan on Lost, definitely check out the Nil trilogy.

6. Erin Bowman
"OMG Kaitlin you, like, mention Erin every single Top Ten Tuesday. Like please, stop." NOOOO THANK YOUUU! I love Erin's books and is such a great person. Her Taken trilogy is soooooo sosos good. Such a great trilogy and Erin has a new book out at September AND I AM SO EXCITED. It's a western, which is a type of book I have been wanting to read more of.

7. Melissa Landers
I swear, Melissa writes beautiful Sci-fi books. The Alienated duology was such a fun read with super great sci-fi planets and beautiful romance and it was all great stuff. She is coming out with a new book next year and guess what? IT'S SCI FI. *dances*

8. Marie Lu
Why do I even have to explain why Marie is an autobuy author? She wrote a fabulous dystopian trilogy and THEN is currently writing a fantasy series. I love the characters and worlds she develops because they are also so diverse and interesting. But let's not get started on the glorious writing.

9. Adi Alsaid
I am a very big fan of Adi's books. They all such great contemporaries and what I love about them is how I can always pick up a message from each book. For me, I can rarely read a book and pick up a message from it and for me to love the book and get a message from them is super important and that is a reason why I love Adi's books.

10. Stacey Lee
Even though Stacey has only one (very great) book out, I can tell she is going to be a great writer in future books. I believe she has a fantasy and contemporary out next year and guys, her debut is a Western. (Doing some MAJOR genre hop!) Super excited to see what Stacey is going to do with these books.

So tell me: Who are your auto buy authors?

Summer Blogger Promo Tour: Ana at Ana Loves...

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Hey everyone! Welcome back to the Summer Blogger Promo Tour hosted by the Book Bratz! I'm super sad because there is only one more blogger after today then we're recapping up the event. I have had such a great time with this tour and will not be able to wait for next year! I hope everyone has enjoyed this tour and the bloggers! Now, onto Ana, who today will be tellings us 5 authors and characters they would like to go on a roadtrip with. 

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This week I am featuring Ana from Ana Loves...
Hi everyone! My name is Ana and I’m super excited to be on Kaitlin’s blog today. One thing I’ve always dreamed of doing is a cross country road trip with a group of friends, so when Kaitlin suggested that I should share 5 authors and characters I would want to go on a road trip with I was thrilled.

  1. Adi Alsaid with Leila: Let’s Get Lost was such a fun and deep book and I fell in love with Leila’s sense of adventure. I would road trip through Canada to Alaska with Adi and Leila since it was Leila’s destination in the book. I also think it would be so much fun to go with Adi since he’s well-traveled and seems to have a lot of cool stories.
  2. J.K. Rowling with Luna Lovegood: Practically everyone loves the Harry Potter series so this shouldn’t be too shocking. I would love to meet Jo, and going on a road trip with her would be a blessing! I would want to do a Harry Potter road trip where we would travel to all the places in the books as well as the filming locations. I chose Luna because she’s quirky but sweet and will definitely be an interesting person to talk to during the hours of driving.
  3. Rick Riordan with Percy Jackson: I know that this is such a cliché pair but can you imagine how much fun that road trip would be?! I think I would go on a cross country trip with them and visit all the stops that Percy and his gang stopped at during their quests. Rick seems like a funny guy and Percy is so adventurous so I have no doubt that it’ll be a blast!
  4. Megan Duke with Larson Ashby: I actually know Megan personally so I am positive that we would have a blast on this trip. Larson is such a fun and open character that cares deeply for all of his friends- that being said I want to be his best friend so what better way to get acquainted than a road trip? We would travel from Tennessee to the Outer Banks.
  5. Ali Novak with The Heartbreakers: I just finished The Heartbreakers and I am completely and utterly obsessed with it! The Heartbreakers is a pop boy band and based on the book I would love to go on a worldwide tour with them (that counts as a road trip…right?). 
Thanks again Kaitlin for having me on your blog!

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Hope everyone enjoyed and please make sure to check out Ana's blog! :)


Mid-Month Reading Update: August

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Welcome to the Mid Month Reading Update! August is a pretty big month for me I guess? School is starting up in a few days and I am attending a Taylor Swift concert today! (Woohoo! Excited :D) Anyway, I have read quite a few books so let's get to the update! :)

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Violent Ends

Author: Various
Pages: 384
Publishing by: Simon Pulse 
Publishing on: September 1st 2015
It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others.  But this isn't a story about the shooting itself. This isn't about recounting that one unforgettable day. This is about Kirby and how one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, played saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing on his classmates. Each chapter is told from a different victim's viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he'd become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties.  This is a book of perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—from the minds of some of YA's most recognizable names.

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What I Have Finished So Far

  • What You Left Behind
  • Violent Ends
  • Cut Both Ways
  • Everything, Everything
  • Dumplin'
  • Dreamland
  • Illuminae
  • Persuasion
  • Hollywood Witch Hunter
  • Even When You Lie to Me

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What's Been Happening?

Well, for one I am currently trying to slug through Violent Ends book. If past Kaitlin got her shit together and finished it then she probably put her fist down and told herself she needed to stop going on Tumblr and READ for once. Yeah, binge watching shows really doesn't do good to you. It does not leave you when you finish the binge oh no. I finished my Arrow binge probably about two weeks ago and I am still hung up on it! (I also finished my Flash binge but that didn't affect me as much since it was only one season long...) Anywho, I had some school shenanigans I had to get done and ohhh school has started even if people aren't in classes. Tuesday will be my last day when I can sleep at 2 and wake at 10 and get away with it. Yup. Had to wake up at 7:30 from Thursday-Today and will be getting up at 6 am on Monday for more school stuff. *throws hands up* OH WELL. I had a pretty good summer so all this ending is okay, sorta. 

Anyyyway, I am going to stop rambling! The rest of the month will be pretty usual I guess? Wrapping up Summer Blogger Promo Tour soon. I have an excited tag with a guest at the end of the month and two discussion posts will be going out very soon! Been wanting to do more of those so I am starting that this month. Reviews and more! Hope you guys look forward to it. (Okay at this point I have lost all point in try to end the post. So, let's just do it now to save past Kaitlin some trouble...)

So tell me: How has your month been? 

Bout of Books 14 Sign Up Post and Goals!

Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
Hello everyone! Yes! It has come to the day where Bout of Books is coming super soon and I am very much participating! I don't know how it is going to go since school is starting next week AND the day Bout of Books starts, I am not going to be home for half the day. I am going to try my best to read these three books. Currently trying to slug my way through Violent Ends but the day Bout of Books starts, definitely will have to put it off. 

TBR:

So tell me: Will you be participating in Bout of Books 14?



Let's Talk!: The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Winner's Crime

Author: Marie Rutkoski
Pages: 416
Published by: Farrar Straus Giroux
Published on: March 3rd 2015
Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love. The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement... if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret. As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

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Well, I finally finished this book! I really enjoyed the Winner's Curse and was excited to finally be able to read The Winner's Crime. I am disappointed with this one. I had some problems with the pacing and the amount of action happening in the book but all's good! I know the Winner's Kiss is going to be an epic ending so it was all worth it! Definitely read this series if you're a fantasy lover.

The Winner's Crime is very different from The Winner's Curse. I feel as though this one was more political than the Winner's Curse, which was more of a "fighty" book. This book takes place a few months after the ending of The Winner's Curse and we pick up with Arin and Kestrel's story again. The one thing that really brought my rating down was how slow The Winner's Crime went. I just felt like nothing was happening at one point. Usually, this would only affect the rating in a small amount but the pacing was so slow to the point where I had to put the book down so I had to drop the rating a bit more than usual.

I kind of missed reading from Kestrel. I loved how smart, sneaky, and fierce she is. There wasn't many times where we could see Kestrel in action and fighting but this book did reveal the very logical and tactical side of her mind. She was able to find ways to hide her secrets and I thought the way she did that was extremely smart. Arin, of course was very interesting to read from. We get to know more about him. How he is so vulnerable at times and how his feelings just break him down. This book really revealed his emotional side and I liked that because it made my connection with him a bit stronger. Plus, we get to read more of his blacksmith skills, which is something that was super cool because his blacksmith skills get's tossed around in The Winner's Curse but we get to actually read about it in this book and it was greattt.

The plot wasn't as great as I hoped. People have really liked this book and have said this was a great sequel. I wouldn't say this was a bad sequel but it wasn't my favorite. It just got so slow and hard to read to the point where I did have to put the book down for about a month. I think this was all just due to the lack of things going on and how there was so little fighting and action in this book. In The Winner's Curse, I could easily pinpoint where the book just got 10x better than before but with this book, I can't do that. I just feel as though not much has happened in this book. I am expecting the next book will be better for me because the ending of this book was just the best thing ever and whether I mean that in a good or bad way is going to remain a mystery. It just sets the next book and I am so excited for book 3. Plus, The Winner's Kiss is supposed to be the ending of this trilogy and the last books are always so exciting so I am excited to read The Winner's Kiss. 

I gave this book 3.5 stars because I liked it but I feel as though there was a lack of things going on and it did get a bit slow in the middle of the book.