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.

 

image.jpegBookhauls:

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