Thursday, January 19, 2017

Around The Year In 52 Books: Week 39

WEEK 39
AN EPISTOLARY FICTION

MY CHOICE

Title: Sleeping Giants
Author: Sylvain Neuvel

PROGRESS POST

What are you reading this week? I'm reading Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel. It's a book I've been eyeing for a while and have heard a lot about.

What mediums made up the story (letters, journal entries, etc.)? This story is made up of mostly transcribed interviews with various people.

Do you like epistolary fiction? Sometimes. It can be a nice break for the regular novels, because it adds a different visual for the eye, but I don't think I would want to read it all the time, back to back. One of the cool things about epistolary fiction is that it's different and exciting. One of the cons is that it can get repetitive very quickly.

So that's what I'm reading for this week. What are you reading if you are taking part in the challenge. Check out the challenge here!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Favorite Polarizing Books

This week's Top 5 Wednesday is our Top 5 Favorite Polarizing Books. At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to do this week's post. I didn't think I would have the books to discuss for it. So, I ended up googling polarizing books and books people love/hate. I ended up coming across a GoodReads list called Worst Books Of All Time List and was kind of surprised by some of the books on there. I'm not really a filled-with-rage, I-want-to-throw-this-book-across-the-room reader. I mean, there are some books I really don't like, some books I rant about, but that's a pretty rare occurrence.
I ended up picking some books from that list that I felt were unfairly labeled as the worst, not all of them were my favorite books, but I liked them. They need defending from the haters!

 

5. It's a tie between The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead-- I don't really understand why these would be labeled as the worst books. They are both the beginnings to series, and I didn't think they were that bad. In fact, they were pretty enjoyable. I mean, Vampire Academy might win for having the worst cover, but the story inside wasn't that bad. I've read worse. And The Bad Beginning was super depressing, sure, but I thought it was a fun story that sets up for delightfully depressing series. I guess I don't understand the passion that goes into labeling these as the worst books.


4. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman-- Now I haven't read this book since middle school, but I remember really liking it when I read it. It had a lot of adventure in it and I just thought the daeman animal sidekicks were the coolest thing ever, I wanted one. It also had a bit of a dark feel to it that I liked. In my older years, knowing more about the author's feelings while writing the book, what he was trying to express, maybe that's not my favorite thing. Not that I've really researched it, I've just heard things, but I don't think I really agree with his opinions. But just basing it off the story I read and enjoyed, I'm not mad at it. This is why I like to know nothing about the author. I just want a good story.


3. The Host by Stephenie Meyer-- I kind of feel like this one might be unfairly hated on just because it is a Stephenie Meyer book. It's kind of a "popular" thing after the Twilight craze to hate on Stephenie Meyer. There's all this talk about how she's such a bad writer blah blah blah. How can she have made so much money producing such awful stories blah blah blah. Obviously, I pay these reviewers no mind, because they like to act so elite, and I'm better than you. If you're one of those people, sorry, but that's the feeling I get from some of them. Especially the ones that go hard core, criticizing her writing and then spouting how people should read classics and good literary fiction. I read this book, I liked this book, and I thought this book was good. Wanna fight about it?


2. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella-- Okay, I will fight about this one. I love this series. I think one of the hardest things to write is a good funny book. If a book can make me laugh with genuine amusement, it's a winner. The people that hate on this one must be serious and no fun, I don't think I want to hang out with them. So yes, I will proudly proclaim that I LOVE THIS SERIES!


1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer-- The hate this book gets probably irks me the most, just because of how people are so two-faced about it. When these books first came out, the general consensus was that people liked them. They were fun, they were addictive, and they really kickstarted the publishing of more young adult reads. I will admit that the movies were not that good, although they have their uber fans too.
What irks me about the hate this series gets is that it's from readers that loved it at first, and then throw it off a cliff as they get older. There is no shame in saying you liked this book at one time. I just feel like these "serious readers" try to distance themselves from books they feel will bring them shame if people found out they liked them. And I get tired of hearing people say how badly written these books were. If they're such literary critics, they should go write their own fabulously wonderful books.
I'm not ashamed to say I liked these books, I still like these books. I think, as a reader, you shouldn't have to be ashamed of what you read, shouldn't be ashamed of whether you like a book or hate it. I mean, their hatred isn't doing anything to Stephenie Meyer, she made some money from these books, and good for her. I want her to keep on writing books because I will keep on reading them.
Sorry for the rant, but this one was one of those that I have strong-ish feelings about. I really can't stand the stuck-up reader persona. Drives me bonkers. Read a story because it sounds interesting to you, not so you can brag about what a diverse or literary classic reader you are. I feel like that's doing it for the wrong reasons, kind of for the praises-of-men thing.

So that's my Top 5 Wenesday: Top 5 Favorite Polarizing Books. If I offended you, I'm not really all that sorry because I'm allowed my opinions, just like you are allowed yours. I'm not into this PC crap. If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen. If you want to join in on the Top 5 Wednesday fun, you totally should! Each Wednesday there is a new, fun topic to contemplate and consider. Check out all the other Top 5 Wednesday-ers Here!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: Saga, Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples


Title: Saga, Volume 4
Written by: Brain K. Vaughan
Art by: Fiona Staples
Published by: Image Comics, Inc.
Released: 2014
Source: Library

Summary: Checking back in with our little family, things aren't exactly peachy. They are hiding out on a planet, trying to give Hazel as normal a childhood as possible. Alana has a job in slightly shady entertainment, while Marko stays at home, taking care of Hazel. 
The family is struggling. And of course, they are not safe, people are still searching for them. The saga continues.
My Thoughts: I liked this Volume, but it wasn't my favorite out of the bunch. The majority of the comic, the family wasn't happy. Marko is seeking comfort in other "friends," and Alana is turning to something more dangerous. The danger does ratchet up as the Volume goes on. Things get interesting.
I will say, these Volumes can be so weird. Some of the illustrations can be so shocking. Most times, I feel as though it's done for shock value, and not necessarily important to the story plot. The illustrations are very pretty and colorful, but they can just be so weird!
This is a fun comic series that I do enjoy reading. Can't wait to see how things continue in Volume 5.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.5/5
Troubles in Paradise

Monday, January 16, 2017

Cover Reveal: True North (True Born Trilogy #2) by L.E. Sterling


I've never done one of these before, so this is kind of exciting! I requested the first book from Netgalley for review (still haven't quite got around to reading it. I apologize. I'm a horrible person) Anyway, the publisher asked if I wanted to be a part of the cover reveal for the sequel, and I thought it would be fun. So first, I'll say a little bit about the first book


which was True Born  by L.E. Sterling. It's the first in a trilogy published by Entangled Teen, which is a publisher I very much enjoy. It's a post-apocalyptic story about a plague that decimates the world, and a girl who must rescue her twin sister with the help of a mysterious group. I love stories that feature post-apocalyptic worlds and just crazy stories of survival.
The sequel is set to come out on April 4, 2017
And I know you are excited to see the cover for the sequel! So wait for it.... wait for it....

BAM!

True North (True Born #2) by L.E. Sterling and doesn't it look pretty and scary at the same time?! I mean, skulls can be very intriguing.

About True North (True Born, #2):
Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there's been whispered rumors of Plague Cure.
While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…
and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters' blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.??
As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.

MEET THE AUTHOR L.E. STERLING!
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L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature – where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate.
Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Reading Right Now! (98)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

 

-- Sleeping Giants (The Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel-- I've been interested in this book because of all the hype I've heard of it. It's written in interview/recorded style, which can be either a hit or a miss for me. I'm about 100 pages in, and so far, I'm interested. As for what it's about, I won't say much. Essentially it's about the events in the years after a girl falls into a hole and lands in a giant, mysterious, metal hand.

--Tales of the Peculiar (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #0.5) by Ransom Riggs-- I decided to read this at the same time too. I figure since it's short little stories, I should be able to switch back and forth between the two books. I'm liking this one so far. The stories are very strange, but I'm interested in seeing where they go and what's going to happen in them. The format of it reminds me a lot of The Tales of Beetle and the Bard from the Harry Potter series, in how it's fairy tales from that certain world and a former character is supposed to be the editor/author who put the little book together. I will say this book is sooo pretty. I love the cover and the illustrations inside. 

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Around The Year In 52 Books: Week 45

Obviously I'm doing this out-of-order, but I think that's okay.

WEEK 45
A BOOK WITH A ONE-WORD TITLE

MY CHOICE:

Title: Bluescreen
 Author: Dan Wells

PROGRESS POST:

What made you choose this book?
I chose this book because I'm already a fan of Dan Wells and want to read more stuff by him. If you haven't read his I Am Not A Serial Killer series, you really should!

Could you guess what happens in the book from this one word?
I don't think I could just from the one word. Looking at the cover, I would guess something futuristic. The synopsis though explains what the title relates too.

So that's what I'm doing so far for the Around The Year in 52 Books Challenge. How are you doing?
Check out the group here!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 2017 Debuts I'm Excited For

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday! The most fun thing to do on a Wednesday. This week's topic is the Top 5 2017 Debuts I'm excited for. So I googled a list of 2017 Debuts, clicked on a Goodreads' link, and picked some good looking books out! Here are the books I'm excited for...


5. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller-- I love pirate stories, so that's the main reason this one peeks my interest. I did request it on Netgalley, and was given the disappointment of a denial, but if I see it at my library, I'll probably pick it up.
The denial on Netgalley probably would have hurt more if I was actually better with my Netgalley. My review ratio is nowhere close to 80%, and I'm pretty bad at reviewing stuff in a timely matter, so I'm not surprised I was denied, but it still made me a little sad.
Anyway PIRATES!


4. Frostblood by Elly Blake-- I've seen this one around on Goodreads, Instagram, and Blogs, and just thought it looks cool.



3. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden-- I actually have this one for review from Netgalley, but shamefully haven't read it yet, but it sounds really good. You can get this one now! It's out. I've heard this is Russian and magical, and maybe kind of reminiscent of Naomi Novik's book Uprooted. I can't wait to read this!


2. Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields-- Look at that cover!!! It just screams READ ME. It's also about a teenage assassin who must kill the boy she loves. I'm in. It sounds good.


1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber-- The book I've heard about for months and months and months. I'm not even sure exactly what it's about, but I just know I want to read it.

So those are the Top 5 2017 Debuts I'm excited for. Which ones are you dying to read. If you want to investigate some 2017 YA debuts yourself, I'll leave the Goodreads list Here! 
If you want to join in on the Top 5 Wednesday fun, you totally should! Each Wednesday is a new, fun topic to contemplate and consider. Check out all the other Top 5 Wednesday-ers Here!