My Life In Books Tag

Hi all! I am going to try to do two posts a week (a review and a tag), so here is the first tag: The My Life in books tag.

Thanks to #LoveBooks for nominating me 🙂

Find A Book For Each Of Your Initials:

There aren’t a lot of books that start with K…

Interestingly, both of the books that start with K have a main character named Kendra.

Count Your Age Along Your Book Shelf: What Book Is It?

Pick a book that represents a destination you would like to travel to?

Ugh, the cover. It went against everything in the series. But it is set in Iceland.

Pick A Book That Is Your Favorite Color

I like purples and blues and greens. But isn’t the cover gorgous? I got this book as an ARC from NetGalley, and I will review it soon.

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

This book. It says it is about dragons, but it is about squirrels. All the plot twists are obvious, and the college character seems to be in fifth grade. It was so frustrating!

Which book in your TBR pile will you give you the biggest sense of achievement?

For those of you that have seen my reading list, this has been there for over a year. The thing is, I will have to reread the beginning. Dickens was paid by the word. Enough said. I’m not sure whether I will ever actually finish it.

I nominate:

Anyone who would like to do it. This was fun!

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Fall Book Haul

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I have never done a book haul before, because I get my books almost entirely from the library, because I only by books I love. But there is one exception to this rule: Used book stores. I love them. And my favorite one, which is right outside of the library I go to does a five dollar book sale occasionally, and yesterday was the day.

I haven’t done this before, but since I have become caught up in the student part of Student by Day, Reader all Night, I want to try it. (If you like this, tell me, I could do it with library books)

I’m going to run through the books from top to bottom and tell you why I got them.

The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing: It loos like one of those life help books, but my mom and I were talking about it, so I stuffed it in.

Pretties: I read Uglies last year, but I never requested this one, because I kept forgetting. I finished it last night, and I liked it as much as the first one, which is uncommon for me. I also read Specials, which I got from the library, and liked. I might re-donate it, because I usually get books in hard cover, and I don’t plan to buy the rest.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks: I read this a while back and it was hard cover and in like new condition. I will either keep it or gift it to someone.

The Life Murder of Bindy Mackenzie: I picked this up because it’s title caught my eyes, and I liked its cover, Shoot me now.

The Year of Secret Assignments: On the back cover of The Life Murder of Bindy Mackenzie it said that this was a companion to it, and I liked its cover also (hides in corner in shame)

The Penderwicks: This is an adorable book that my mom and I read together, it was thrashed slightly, but I enjoyed the book too much to leave it.

Hamlet: It is the No Fear Shakespeare edition, and even though I have read it and I understood it, I figured I might have to do an essay, or a friend will.

The Geography of Girlhood: I was looking at this one, and somehow it ended up in the box. I have no idea what it is about.

The Night Tourist: It’s about a kid in New York whose mom dies, and then he meets a girl who shows him the underworld of the subways, and he tries to find his mom. I don’t know, it’s a middle school book, but some days I just feel like reading bad books.

The Return of the Homework Machine: I read The Homework Machine around second grade, and I just felt nostalgic.

I also got The Wrath and The Dawn (not pictured) from the library, because you all have been talking about it.

So that’s it! Comment if you want me to do more book hauls! I am going to try to review more books. Happy fall, and happy super moon eclipse tonight!

Liebster Award!

Wow, thank you so much to everyone who nominated me! When I first saw Little Calico’s nomination, I was in Amsterdam, checking my phone, and I did a happy dance the room. From there, I didn’t do the post, so I was nominated several more times. Thank you, this means a lot to me, I’m glad that you like my blog, too. ❤


Questions from Little Calico’s Journal

liebster-award1. If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would it be?
I would go to Iceland. It looks gorgeous, and the geology is fascinating.

2. What is the simplest thing that makes you smile?

My puppy!

3. What do you like about your hometown?

I like that it is warm all the time.

4. What is the best meal you can prepare?

I can’t cook…. Pasta, or salads.

5. What’s your favorite chore to do at home?
Organizing things.

6. What’s your favorite book?

NO! I refuse to ever answer this question.

7. What’s the very first thing you would do if you won the lottery?
I would be confused as to why I won, because I never will buy tickets.

8. What’s your favorite fruit or vegetable?
Mango!

9. How many times have you fallen in love?
Never

10. What was your favorite game or toy as a child?

I have a teddy bear named Blueberry. I took her everywhere.

11. What’s your favorite beverage?
There is this blue raspberry jolly rancher soda that is only sold at one place. It is goodness in sugar form.


Question from from bookmarkchronicles:

Favorite book turned movie

The Percy Jackson movies.

Ha Ha, JK. My heart has been broken a lot… (*cough* Paper towns *cough*) I really liked the cinematography of Life of Pi, so I will go with that.

Best memory of this summer

Seeing a pride parade on the Amsterdam canals.

Book series that you would recommend to anyone who loves to read

Harry Potter. If you read and liked that, read the Magyk series.

Do you have a hobby aside from reading and blogging? If so, what is it/when did you start?

I’ve done Tae-kwon-do (like karate) since I was in 2nd grade.

If you had to eat one meal every night for dinner, what would it be?

Salad. Because it wouldn’t get old. You can have chicken salad, or caeser salad, or green salad, or potato salad, or even ice cream salad.

Favorite author

John Green.

What fictional character would you choose to be your best friend?

The funny thing here is whether we would get along… Cinder? June (Legend)?, Hermione? Ender? Annabeth? Septimus (Magyk)?

If you started another blog, what would it be about?

Ramblings, I think. Then again, that is pretty much my tumblr.

What is your favorite snack?

Popcorn.


Life is Sweet in Books‘s Questions:

What is your favorite trilogy?

I usually end up unhappy with the ends of trilogies. Right now I will say the A Tale Dark & Grimm series.

What is your favorite genre?

YA, mostly Fantasy and Sci-Fi. Also Novels, and Historical Fiction.

Hardcover or paperback?

I don’t care in which format I read books, however, if I buy the book, it will be hard cover. Unless I buy them used.

Why did you start a blog?

I started this blog to get free books, but I keep doing it because of the community, and to better my writing skills, and to get better at reviewing things.

What book would you recommend to everyone?

I’ll pick one that isn’t popular, October Sky (formerly Rocket Boys) by Homer Hickam.

If you could visit a book world, what world would that be?

Hogwarts!

What is your favorite quote?

If you could meet a character from a book, what character would that be?

Ender, I think.

Who is your favorite superhero?

I don’t really have one.

Have you got any secret abilities???

I can fit my entire fist in my mouth. I can break two inches of wood with my feet.


From Addlepates and Book Nerds:

What’s your favorite feature of your blog?

I’m proud of my social media links, because I had to make them myself because the Nuclear Theme  doesn’t support tumblr or goodreads links. I like how it looks.

What book are you reading at the moment?

Are We There Yet? by David Leviathan

What tv/movie universe do you wish you could live in?

Harry Potter’s

How do you mostly communicate with your friends (other than face-to-face)?

Texting

What country do you most wish you could visit?

Iceland, see first question.

Are your bookshelves organized?

I had the top of my bookshelf (I reorder them pretty frequently) arranged by how realistic they were, but now it is unordered (Shown as the header of my blog).

Are your real-life friends mostly readers or non-readers?

They read, but not as much, or as broadly as me.

What was the best part of your day today?

Playing Settlers of Catan with my mom.

Describe the weather outside in the most descriptive way you can

The sun melts across the houses like butter as the sun sets.

What was the last photo you took of?

My math homework, because I upload it to google classroom.

What nicknames do you get called?

None.


Rules

Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.

– Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
– Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
– Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.
– Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make eleven questions of your own for your nominees or you may use the same questions.
– Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.


I Nominate:

Julie @ mythrabitbooks

CW @readthinkponder

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Alyssa @theultimatebookgeek


My Questions:

What is the best book you have read in the last month?

Where do you read most often?

What is your favorite color?

What are some of the things that make you like a book?

On which side (or your stomach, etc.) do you fall asleep?

What is your favorite book cover?

What is your favorite smell?

Why did you name your blog what it is?

What is the first blue thing you see?

In what format do you like to read books?

What is one special skill you have?


To the readers of this blog: This was a long post! Sometimes I wonder if people actually read the whole post. Comment if you did. And thank you. It means a lot.

Review: The Martain by Andy Weir

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Book: The Martian by Andy Weir

Genere: Sci-fi

Goodreads summary: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

My Rating: 3/5

*Disclaimer: I read this book on an airplane. Review might be affected by sheer misery*

     The thing that immediately stood out to me from the first page of this book was the narrators writing style. And from that first page, I hated it. I would have stopped reading if I had not a) purchased it instead of checking it out from the library, b) heard such great things about it and c) have been on an airplane, because I enjoy reading poorly written free ebooks (not all are bad, though) and critiquing them with the notes, and highlighting the worst grammatical errors, or quotes. Seriously, though, his logs are like long tweets. Who says, “My asshole is doing as much to keep me alive as my brain.” and “More shoveling, whee.” and “Bleh, I’m going to bed.” I was quite glad when the split perspective started.

     As I read on, I began to care about this irritating character. I loved finding out how he would solve each problem, and that easily became my favorite part of the book. I could tell that the author had done a lot of research. Some of them were quite creative, like getting the hydrogen out of the fuel (hydrozine) and the oxygen from the Hab to make water. By the end of the book, I was fighting the ambian pill (sleep) to get to the end.

    I still find it hard to believe that NASA would drop everything to save one person, and would have been unprepared enough that so few people would be working on it that people could be bribed off, but hey, no one likes it when the main character dies.

All in all, I like the book, but was bothered by the writing. I personally think it is overhyped.


To the readers of this blog: Have you read this book? What did you think? Do you like this type of narration?


I also am back to being a student by day, so my posting might become less frequent for these first few weeks.

Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated by both Find Me At The Library, Greenish Bookshelf, and Book Freaks. Big thanks to these wonderful bloggers, I really appreciate the nominations!

The Rules:
– Select other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.

– Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.

– Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).

– Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.

– Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

How My Blog Got Started

About three years ago, I was at a summer camp, and as another girl and I were talking, while we were waiting for archery, we began talking about books. As we talked, all the books she mentioned weren’t released yet. I asked her, and she told me she reviewed books online, and got books ahead of time. I though that that was fabulous, but I didn’t act on it until recently. As I saw more people creating things online, and also saw booktubers. I wanted to do the same. So, in March of this year, I decided to pick up my (figurative) pen, and start blogging. It has been fabulous, thank you, 65 fabulous people. I started blogging for free books, and I keep doing it for you. You all are fabulous.

Advice

Oh wow, I still don’t totally know what I’m doing, so I’m not sure I’m qualified to do this, but here I go.

Make sure you write good reviews, but (as I discovered recent) don’t just do reviews. Doing tags is fun, and a good way to break it up.

Read and comment other people’s blogs, However much you know, you can always learn from others. Also comment, so you can get to know others, and so they can feel good about their life (I really hope I’m not the only person who feels this way).

And, if you get nominated for an award, post your response quickly, otherwise people will nominate you again. (experience!)

I Nominate:

Franciska @lifeissweetinbooks

Shannon @booksthatloveyouback

howtoreadbooks

The Ultimate Fangirl

Emily @books & cleverness

Harry Potter Tag

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I had fun doing the last tag, and I love love love Harry Potter, so I will try this one.

I meant to publish this on the 31st, but I forgot to schedule it soooo…. here it is!

I saw this on Bookish Royalty a looong time ago, check them out, their blog is fab.

Favorite book?

This is my least favorite question in all forms. Parents don’t have to choose their favorite child! Probably the first, because it is the beginning of the magic. I love them all!

Favorite movie?

Gah! Probably 7 part two, because I was old enough to see it first showing, and I went in costume, and it was awesome…

Least favorite book?

The fifth, because it is so dark, and Umbrige, also the end, siriusly.

Parts of the books/movies that make you cry?

Call me heartless, but I don’t really cry about books and movies in general. I did cry after the last movie, because I thought it was over. Then I found tumblr. Sigh

Favorite character?

Hermione FTW! She is smart, brave, witty, and a total badass! I want to be her! Happy ball of enthusiasm!!!!

What would your Patronus be?

A wolf, I think. A social animal, but also independent. Intelligent as animals go, and a predator, able to defend itself.

If you could have the Resurrection Stone, the Invisibility Cloak, or the Elder Wand, which on would you choose?

I mean, the cloak, because I don’t want to be murdered or be driven mad. Plus I could disappear out of awkward situations.

What House would you be in?

Ravenclaw. I mean, I write a book blog.

If you could meet any member of the cast, who would it be?

Emma Watson.

If you were on the quidditch team, what position would you play?

I would be a chaser, because that is the main action part of the game.

Were you happy with the ending?

Yes and no. I liked the end of the book book, I think the epilogue is fitting, but obviously, it can’t answer all my questions, so I will be forever disappointed in it. All is not well!!! Who is the next deputy headmaster? What will Harry and everyone else do? What houses will the next generation be in? Soooo many questions!!!

That was very fun. Thank you to Bookish Royalty for doing this tag, and explaining how tags work to me. I will definitely do more of these. =-)

I tag you! If you want.

Smart Girls Get What They Want

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     Gigi is a honor role high schooler, and she thinks that as soon as she gets out of there, she will be completely happy at some Ivy League College, and everything will be perfect. Until she and the guy sitting next to her are accused of cheating on the test, and even though their records are cleared, there will still be a mark on her record, and all her dreams would be ruined. She and the other person who was accused of cheating, Mike, have to give a Power Point presentation on the periodic table, to help them work together, and to have their records cleared.

     Gigi, along with her other two best friends, Neerja and Bea, are the three smartest girls in their sophomore year. However they get tired of not being noticed, and they decide to try out for different things to become more social. Neerja auditions for the play Romeo and Juliet, Bea for the Skiing team, and Gigi for Student Rep. Gigi at first is only running so she can change the schools cheating policy, but as it goes on, she realizes she can actually make a difference.

     I thought from the title that the book was going to be fluff, but it was actually an interesting spin on the high school story.

      Gigi was a well-written character, I thought that she would stay the snobby, pushy person, but she grew and changed in her attitudes and actions.The secondary characters in this book were also not flat, having developed interests. The friendship was also very touching, how they all helped each other it was all feel good.

     There was “the love interest” but it wasn’t the main focus, and she didn’t drop everything for him, which was nice. I was also very happy when she dumped the dochebag.

     All in all, the book wasn’t so much about how being smart will open every door for you; it’s about the connections of people and the things you learn along the way.

     I recommend this book for people who liked Eleanor & Park, or feels like a nerd.


To the readers of this blog:

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

Guitar Notes

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      Tripp’s guitar is his life, but when his grades drop, his mom takes it away. To get a little bit of music, he borrows a school guitar and gets to use one of the school’s practice rooms on the odd days. Lyla is a cellist who prides herself on being perfect, no longer feels happy when she plays. When she uses the practice room for he practice, and finds trash and writes an note, a unlikely friendship is formed between them.

       Their connection was sweet, and the characters both changed significantly from the beginning to the end. They learned how to care about another person, and both filled out their love of music. Thought the character development is was good, the characters themselves were a bit one dimensional, and could be labeled with their archetype.

     As a musician myself, I loved all the references, and the authors depiction of what loving music is like. I also was pleased that there was music at the end of the book that you can play. I actually played a bit of it, but it was completely different from what I imagined it sounding like.

    The plot of the book was a bit predictable, but it was still very sweet and enjoyable to read. The ending was a plot twist, but was very abrupt, and almost seemed like the author was trying to rewrite If I Stay.

Overall, the book was good. It is definitely a good summer read. I recommend it especially to people who like music.


To the readers: Do you play any instruments or write music? Tell me in the comments.

Blog awards

I am currently on vacation, and when I checked the app last night, I was thrilled to discover that I have been nominated for the lebiester and blogger recognition awards. Thank you both for the nomination, I am honored. However, I can’t wrote posts well from my phone, so I will do the awards when I get back. I just wanted to let you all know how excited I am and let you know I’m not ignoring them. In the mean time I have two reviews scheduled. Thank you all for reading my ramblings, and thanks to Find Me at the Library and Xiaohuamaohiji for nominating me. See you all in two weeks. 🙂 ❤

The Bedtime Book Tag

I saw this tag on Tasha’s book blog, Head in the Clouds, Heart in the Books. I haven’t done a meme before, so I’m curious how this will go. Tell me what you think, should I do more?


1: A book that kept you up all night:

True story, I have only pulled an all-nighter once, but I do rather frequently stay up till past midnight reading (Even though my blog is reader all night). The book that jumps to mind is Cinder. I read each of the books the series (so far!)in one night, the day after the others.

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2: A book that made me too scared to sleep

2974581I don’t like to read scary books very much, but one that I remember clearly, from two years ago is The Tomorrow Code. That ghost fog plage had me hiding under my covers. *Shudders*

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3: The book that made you go to sleep

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I was falling asleep for the first half of ghosting. If I was the type of person who put books down, I would have stopped, but I didn’t, and the end was fabulous.


4: A Book That Left You Tossing and Turning All Night in Anticipation of its Release

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I loved Septimus Heap, and I love this book!


5: A Book That Has Your Dream Boyfriend 

Boyfriends… aren’t really my area; to use the words of Sherlock


6: A Book That Would Be Your Worst Nightmare to Live In

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The Maze Runner. Specifically the world outside the maze. I’m either dead, crazy, constantly afraid, starving, or getting my head cut open.

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7: A Book That Reminds You of Nighttime

Somehow, no books have people having a normal night of reading till’ the wee hours, and then staring at the ceiling. My night isn’t an interesting plot line (like my life).


8: A Book That Had a Nightmarish Cliffhanger

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A literal cliffhanger? With Percabeth? The Cliffhanger. End of story.

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9: A Book That You Actually Dreamed About

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I dreamed I was at battle school, in an army, in a fight. It was awesome.


10: A Book Monster that You Would Not Want to Find Under Your Bed

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A Griever from Maze Runner. Shudder


End of first book tag! That was really fun? Did you all like it.

I tag:

Shannon @Books That Love You Back

Hailey @Hailey Hugs Books

@Ab00kishOwl

Aentee @Reads At Midnight

You! If you want to.

Also to the people I tagged, feel free to ignore it, if you don’t want to do it.