Reader Problems Book Tag

So I found this book tag on YouTube that is pretty old, but I thought it would be fun to do it anyways. So lets get started, shall we?

You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

I go off what I am in the mood for really. Or if I read the synopsis of a book and it sounds interesting then that is what I read next. I tried using at TBR jar, but I ended up never in the mood for that book, so now I go off of my moods.

You are halfway through a book and your just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you fully committed?

It all depends on why I am not enjoying that book. Is it it because it is just awful or is it hitting the slow part of the book. Usually I power through, but if I am not enjoying the book, then I put it down and maybe come back to it later.

The end of the year is coming and you are behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up and if so how?

Is it a year where I am having the worst book slump ever? Why would I be behind? I would do everything I could to reach my goal. If I have to read a bunch of shorter books to get me to goal, than that is what I will do.

The cover of a series that you love does not match, how do you cope?

WHY DO PUBLISHERS DO THIS?!?! IT IS NOT OKAY, I DON’T COPE! PUBLISHERS STOP DOING THIS TO ME!!!! I sell my series, yes I would do that and get the ebook format. My shelves do not have the time to have mismatched series sitting on them.

Everyone and their mother like a book that you don’t like, who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Goodreads. There is always someone out there that does not like the book. Also Instagram, you can find that brave soul that declares their dislike for the book.

You are reading a book in public and you are about to start crying, how do you deal?

Own it. I am not ashamed that someones writing has brought me to tears.

The sequel of a book you love just came out and you have forgotten a lot about that book, what do you do?

If there is time I try to reread it or I watch book talks that have spoilers in the review to refresh my memory.

You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no to someone who ask?

I just say no. I don’t lend out my books, because this is not the public library. It’s a personal library. Call me a book snob, I don’t care. There has been too many times where I have lent out a book and the book never makes it back to me. I am still needing to replace Perks of Being a Wallflower…

You have picked up and put down 5 different books, how do you get out of this slump?

Either binge watch something on Netflix like Parenthood or Gilmore Girls until I get out the slump and then dive right back in. Or I keep picking up and putting down books until I get that one book. Sometimes I reread a book to get me back into the grove of things.

There are so many books coming out and your dying to read, how many of them are you going to buy?

ALL THE BOOKS! Is there any other answer?

After you purchased all these new books that you are dying to read, how long do they end up sitting on your shelf before you get to them?

What are you talking about I have read all my books on my shelf… Really though it all depends, sometimes I read them instantly other times I find that I am not in the mood to read them right away.

So there was Reader Problems book tag! Now I tag Mollys Book Nook, The Bookish Khalessi, Aimee

Happy Reading!

Outlander Book Tag!

So my first year of being on bookstagram and I kept seeing people posting about Outlander the book and the show. I had no idea at the time what it was, but curiosity got the better of me and when I was wandering around Barnes & Noble I finally picked it up. Flash forward to now and you have one obsessed lassy. When I saw the Outlander tag I knew I had to do it. So let’s get started!

You touch the standing stones and get transported back in time, what era do you hope to land in?

I want to say Victorian era, but this time I will choose something different. Pre or post World War 1, any Downton Abbey fans here? I need my Matthew and I will be fine.

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Claire is a really good nurse, what type of skill would you want to have that fictional character excels at?

Okay I would be pretty useless if I got transported in time. I am just a girl who spends her time with a nose in a book and a lot of computer/gaming time. If I could find a way I would be a hacker like my homegirl Felicity Smoke from Arrow or like Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds. Or I would be an inventor, I can be very crafty at times.

Jamie and Claire are ultimate relationship goals, who is your favourite fictional couple?

Well aside from Jamie and Claire, because of the obvious I will go with Magnus and Alec from TMI or Will and Tessa from TID, because by the angel!

The ending of Outlander was shocking, what is one ending of a book you read that totally blew your mind?

City of Glass, because come on you could not have been shocked by that. Just thinking about it makes my mind go, dajfuipenawjvepagjnveapghnjreakar! Yeah…

Scotland has a lot of castles and we see quite a few from Outlander. What fictional kingdom would you want as your own?

This one is so tough to choose! I will go with Prythian form A Court of Thorns and Roses, because of Tamlin or Lucien, I cant decide between the two. Or could I have both?

Outlander has some very steamy romance scenes: What is your favourite romance novel?

I actually don’t really read romance novels, but it is something that I would like to start reading. But Cassandra Claire knows how to write a good romantic story line.

The Jacobite rising is a huge plot point in the Outlander series: What book has your favourite battle in it?

Another tough one. The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien has a pretty epic final battle, or George R.R. Martin knows a thing or two about how to write exciting battle scenes and really just fight scenes in general.

Jamie and Claire get married very unexpectedly: What fictional character would you want to marry on a whim?

Will Herondale. How could I not?

Scotland is a beautiful place: What is one fictional place you would love to visit?

Hogwarts, it would be a sin if I didn’t chose Hogwarts. There is magic, what else do you need?

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If you could change the past, would you?

A part of me would want to. I would make sure slavery was never a thing, I would make sure racism did not exist. But something tells me that if I did that then that would effect the present day. So no I would not change anything.

Now it’s your turn to do this tag!

Happy reading!

 

The Selection Review

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Author: Kiera Cass

Genre: Young Adult

Page Count: 327

My Edition: Paperback

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America, Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a firerce competition for a crown she doesn’t want.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she begins to realize that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

My rating 4/5 Stars

Review

This book was the perfect slump breaker and the best way to cure my winter blah that I had been in. I read this book in one sitting, while I was curled up on the couch with hot coco sitting by the fire. It was the perfect story just to do just that.

I really liked how this story reminded me of the Bachelor just set in a future dysptopian world of the United States now called Illéa. The plot was entertaining with 35 girls competing to be chosen as The One, who would be princess of Illéa. The girls were all different and from different caste system, which added some interest in the story. You had the nice ones, shy ones and of course your bitchy ones. The caste system was interesting and how each level decided what you did for a living. The political aspect of the story was in the background of this story and I kind of wished that it was more prominent in the story, especially with rebels attacking the palace.

Characters

Every review I have read was about how much people hated America, I actually liked her. Although there were moments where I was tempted to scream in frustration at her. Especially when she would get melodramatic over Aspen, instant eye roll. What I really loved about America she was not like the other girls, she didn’t fall instantly in love with Prince Maxon.

Speaking of Aspen, I hated him from the start. All the no for that boy. Aspen would have been alright, but when he got mad at America when she tried to give him something all because he wanted to the ‘man’ and wanted to do everything for America and provide for her. Just hush. I really like how Kiera Cass tried to break that sterotype that men should be the ones to provide for the woman.

I was instantly charmed by Maxon from the start. Prince Maxon is definitely a character that could make anyone swoon. And his chemistry with America just made my heart happy. I mean he gave her time to figure out what America felt, which made me want to scream at America to fall for him already but I enjoyed the pacing on their relationship. I also have to mention his concern over America and how he is willing to do anything for her.

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone. It is fun, light and the romance in it pulls at your heartstrings. I am so happy that I finally made time for this series.

Happy reading,

Courtney

 

 

Unpopular Opinion Book Tag

I was watching some videos on YouTube and I saw the Unpopular Opinion Book Tag video and thought I would do it on this blog. The Unpopular Opinion Book Tag is a tag were well I share my opinion on things that people may or may not agree on. So lets get started!

1. A popular book or series you did not like.

For me this is going to have to be Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I tried so hard to get into the series and even read all the books in the series (it took me a year to read each one), I just couldn’t get into it.

2. A book series that everyone hates, but you love.

This is a tough one, because I am not sure if I have read anything people hate. But I will go with Red Queen on this one. I actually ended up liking the story, I didn’t love it but I did enjoy it. I am hoping it is a series that grows stronger as it goes.

3. A love triangle where the main character ends up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with.

I am going to go with Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, its really the only series that breaks my heart a little that it did not go my way.

4. A popular book genre you rarely reach for.

Contemporaries. It is not like they are bad or anything, I am more into fantasy and historical fiction.

5. A beloved character you didn’t like.

I am not sure if he is a beloved character, but I am going with Four from Divergent series. He was just dull to me and got annoying in Allegiance.

6. A popular beloved author you didn’t like.

John Green. I just had to get it out, I am not into John Green. I have tried so hard to see what people love about him, but I just feel no connection to anything. I did enjoy The Fault in Our Stars, but other than that everything else he has written has fallen flat to me.

7. Popular trope you’re tired of seeing.

There is a lot of things I am tired of seeing in YA, like for instance love triangles. One thing though I am tired of seeing is the boy who is not noticed who is love with the popular girl and somehow they end up together at the end. Or the bad boy turns good, because of a girl. Insert eye roll.

8.Popular series you have no interest in reading.

This is a tough one. I always give a series or a book a chance. I also never say I wont read something, because you never know I may end up liking it after all. For instance I thought I would hate TMI, but I ended up really enjoying it. However I do not see myself reading The 100, mainly because I started the show before I read the book and I love the show.

9. The saying goes, “the book is always better than the movie,” but what movie do you prefer more than the book?

Another tough one. I am going to go with the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. Don’t get me wrong, I love the book as well, it is one of my most recommended books. The movie is beautiful and I cannot help but swoon a little over it. Also the acting was wonderful. Th movie score is also just beautiful. It is a beautiful movie that is all. I also know that it did not follow the book all that well, but I still loved it.

 

January Wrap Up

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New Feauture! I have debated on doing a wrap up weekly or just include it all into one big one. I decided to just do one big post about the whole month we will see if that stays the same or if I end up doing a weekly round up. So can we talk about what an incredible month it was for book readers? So many book-to-tv adapations and movies! Also so many great books were released, did you read any? I haven’t yet, because my TBR did not have any room for new books.

Book to TV shows:

Shannara Chronicles, Shadowhunters and Magicians came out this month. By the way watch Magicians it is so good! I will have a review up tomorrow, I still need to watch the second part of the first episode. Shannara Chronicles is pretty good and Shadowhunters is getting a little better with each episode.

Book to Movie:

The 5th Wave came out, which I have yet to see still or even read. Don’t judge me! It is on February’s TBR. But it looks good and I am looking forward to seeing the movie despite all the mixed reviews. Have you seen it? What are your thoughts on it?

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This month I added another shelf to my room and so I can stop stacking books on both sides of the bed. Although they made a good night stand to put my phone and glasses, but now it is time to actually buy night stands now that I have the space ha ha. Of course now I need to take it easy with book buying, because I will be moving this summer and I cannot imagine what it will be like moving all these books and my massive Billy shelves. I hope my apartment has enough room for me and my books.

 

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As you can see I lost my mind this month with book buying. It is official I am going on a ban after Glass Sword comes out until I get this TBR of mine under control. But 14 of the books I hauled this month were Manga books, so really it was not that bad… right?

Books Read:

The Book Thief 5/5 Stars

Clash of Kings 3.5/5 Stars

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 1 5/5 Stars

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 2 5/5 Stars

The Bone Season 5/5 Stars

I had a pretty good reading month considering that I watched a lot of series and finshed season 2 of Game of Thrones. What was your favourite read out of January? Mine was hands down The Book Thief, I cannot stop talking about it or recommending it to everyone. I am ashamed that I had not read it sooner, but at least I did read it.

Happy Reading,

Courtney

 

Scribd Review

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I recently decided to try out audiobooks, and after looking into a few different places to go to stream audiobooks I went with Scribd. Known as the Netflix for books, which it really is. Not only do you get audiobooks there is sheet music, ebooks and comic books. For $8.99 you get unlimited downloads and access to thousands of books.

What I Like About Scribd

  1. The amount of books that are available in audio format and in ebook format. I have actually finished the first two Game of Thrones audiobooks recently, which by the way are the most expensive audiobooks I have seen for download so I was excited to see that it was available with this streaming service.
  2. When I am in the mood for light reading I can go through the catalog for comics to help me through a slump or to just give me something new to read.
  3. It’s a great way to introduce me to new books or genres that I would probably never would have thought I would like or I would never discover.
  4. Did I mention unlimited downloads? Once a month you can get one audiobook, but the rest of what Scribd offers you is unlimited.
  5. Granted you don’t get to keep the books you finish, but it is still a great service. You also get to keep books as long as you want, there is no time period.

What I don’t Like About Scribd

  1. Even though there is a wide variety of reads, there are a lot of books not available for audio or ebook or even comic. I am sure that is due to the publishers and what not. It is sometimes a little disappointing.
  2. You only get one credit a month for audiobooks. Sometimes I finish an audiobook before the end of the month and I want another one, but I have to wait for the next time my payment goes through to a get new one. I can wait and everything, but sometimes it is a little annoying, because for another credit you have to pay an additional $8.99

Overall I am impressed by Scribd and enjoy it, nothing makes a commute to work better than listening to a good book or when yo don’t have a book with you, you can just pull out your phone and read an ebook. Like I ever leave the house without a book ha ha. I haven’t tried Amazon’s subscription service, so I cannot compare the two. With Scribd  you get a 14 day trial to play around to see if you like it or not, which is nice.

Happy Reading!

Courtney

December’s Owl Crate Review

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I wanted to do this review a while ago, but I wanted to really enjoy the products that came in this months box before doing my review. I am so glad that I decided to go back to Owl Crate, because December’s box was so good! Although I have not finished the book that came last month, but I have started it.

What was inside:

  • Reading Journal
  • Frostbeard Candle Reading at the Cafe
  • Boy Girl Party To Do List Notepad
  • Magnet by Sandra Vargas (it is super pretty)
  • Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliot

I was so excited when I opened my box this month. The reading journal is now in constant use and along with Goodreads it is helping me keep my thoughts and what I have read so far this year in order. It is definetly helping me keep organized this year, which was something I wanted to do this year. I love the quotes inside and how there are pages for you to write down books that you want to buy (not that I need to buy anymore). It is also pocket sized so I carry it with me everywhere so I jot down my thoughts on books or write down books I want to read this year.

Frostbeards candle in Reading at the Cafe is perfect. It is the perfect blend of coffee and chocolate. When I light my candle at home it feels like I am at a cafe, except for I am cuddled up in mounds of blankets sitting by the fire at home reading. It also came with a discount code and I cannot wait to use it to buy more from Frostbeard.

Boy Girl Party To Do List notepad is the cutest thing I have laid my eyes on so far. What is cuter than an octupos reading books and drinking coffee? Nothing, that is what I thought. I did not want to write on this notepad because it is so cute. But it is helping me plan out blogs and books that I am reading and keeping me on track. Again another item that is helping me with my New Years resolution. I wanted to blog more this year and I am using this little notepad to my advantage. If I ever run out there is a coupon code that goes came with it, I am also curious what else they offer.

I love the magnet that is made by Sandra Vargas. It is so pretty to look at it and bonus points for the inspiration of the print being from The Little Prince, which is one of my favorite stories. It definetly added some beauty to my otherwise boring fridge.

Last but not least is the book that came last month. Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliot. To be honest I have yet to finish the boook, but I have started and so far I am enjoying it. I have been on a historical kick this month and this book is just perfect for that mood I am in. Da Vinci’s Tiger is about a girl named Ginerva de’ Benci who loves poetry and wants to join the artstic ferment of Renaissance Florence instead though she is trapped in an arrange marriage. Bernardo Bembo introduces her to a cirlce of artist, patrons and philosophers. Bernardo commissions her portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Ginerva grows close to da Vinci and she beings to struggle with her voice, artistic companionship and love that desires categoriazation. In the end though it is a battle of powerful families that she and Leonardo face.

Overall I give this box an A+ rating. Everything was so perfect and so right. If you have not subscribed to Owl Crate, I suggest you do. You really can’t go wrong with a new book every month and some fun bookish themed items as well.

I hope everyone has a great day and happy reading,

Courtney

Shadowhunters Premire Review

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It is finally here! Shadowhunters has finally aired and I was not exactly dissappointed but I was not over the moon for it. I will continue watching just to see what happens and where they go with it. But lets break things down.

Clary- I like Katherine McNamara. I really felt for her when she came into the loft after her mom was taken. Although I think she has room to grow as an actress and some of her lines were super cheesy. Can they please get better writers?

Jace- Dominic Sherwood looks like Jace, but nothing he did made me believe that he was Jace. Jace is my favourite character and this is what I get? He felt disconnected when he was delievering his lines. I know that he is British and it is probably hard to speak in an American accent, but it was boderline Robert Pattison in Twilight in the first movie the way he talked.

Simon- Why is Simon so attractive? Alberto Rosende is the perfect Simon hands down. Simon was flawless and  his lines were so funny. I wanted more out of Simon, because I am falling in love with him. Also am I the only one who noticed Simon had a six pack when he changed his shirt? That is something I did not expect Simon to have. I have always pictured him scrawny and nerdy looking.

Alec- Matthew Daddario is so perfect as Alec. To me I pictured Alec to look something like this. But again the lines were cheesy, which is not their fault I just want new writers! Also their is no bromance between Jace and Alec. I hope as the season goes that they grow some kind of bond.

Isabelle- Emeraude Toubia is seriously gorgeous and she looks like Isabelle. My ownly problem with her is that she is not the badass that she is in the books! Isabelle doesn’t take crap and she is not used as a distraction.

If I did every character this review would be so long. I do not like Clary’s mom she feels generic and just another ABC Family mom. I felt no emotion from her and everything she did was flat. Valentine is perfect! I am so in love with the actor who was wonderful as King Henry in Regin. I also love that he still respects Jocelyn and does not want to harm her anymore than what was already done (although she did it to herself).

The CGI was cheesy, but this is probably a low budget so that was something I expected, the writing is often times corny but I have already said that a few times. I am hoping that with time the show grows stronger and gets better each episode. Usually first episodes are a little shaky so I am excited to see where this goes. I also giggled at the demons, what was going on with that?

Overall the first episodes gets a 3.5/5 stars. It was not terrible, but it was not great. I am also excited for Lady Midnight to come out, I thought I would throw that one out there. Have you guys seen the show? If so what are your thoughts on it?

Happy Reading,

Courtney

 

 

 

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 1 Review

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Author: Sui Ishida

Genre: Horror, Paranormal

Edition: Paperback

Pages: 224

My Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 

 

I made it part of my reading new years resolution to include more manga, back in high school that was all that I really read and high fantasy books. For some reason as I got older I kind of stopped reading them, but I never stopped watching anime. I have been interested in Tokyo Ghoul and since Barnes & Noble was having a buy 2 get 1 deal on all manga, well how was a girl supposed to say no to that?

Tokyo Ghoul is about a boy named Ken Kaneki who is just your average shy freshmen in college studying literature. That is until he goes on a date with his crush, Rize who turns out to be a ghoul. An accident occurs that ultimately ends up saving Kaneki’s life but also changing it forever. Kaneki becomes the first half-human half-ghoul.

The first volume is fast paced, thrilling and exciting. I could not put down the book for more than 20 minutes. I am hoping the rest of the volumes explore more about the ghouls and how they came to be since it was not talked about in this book. This volume was about Kaneki coming to terms with his new lifestyle and the struggles of figuring out who he is and where he belongs. I also liked Kaneki’s best friend Hide, I thought he was a great aspect to the story and he was a great comedic relief to a dark story.

I cannot wait to continue on with this manga, so far I am in love with it and I give this a 5 star rating! Also the covers are to die for!

Happy Reading,

Courtney

Movie Monday: Top 5 Book to Movie Adapations

Guys this is the first blog post in the New Year. I can’t believe it is already 2016! I told you that in 2016 after my crazy scheduled calmed down that I would be back to regularly blog and here I am. I have decided on Mondays to do a Movie Monday post. Today I have decided to do my top 5 favourite book to movie adapations.

 

  1. Lord of the Rings. I am lumping all the movies in this one, because I cannot pick which is my favourtie since I love them all!
  2. Harry Potter series. Yes another that I cannot simply pick which I love and which I don’t love it. There are a few that were not my favourite, but they were not horrible.
  3. Warm Bodies. Okay so I haven’t read the book yet, but I enjoyed the movie so much and I have heard from people who read the book that they still enjoyed the movie.
  4. Pride & Prejudice. Even though it did not exactly follow the book 100% I cannot help but add the 2005 adaptation. It was so beautiful, and can we talk about Keira Knightley and Matthew Mcfadyen’s chemistry?
  5. Perks of Being a Wallflower. The movie was so right, the casting was spot on and it was perfection. That is all I can say on that.

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday and a great new year!

Happy Reading,

Courtney