Friday, January 17, 2014

Feature & Follow (6)

Feature and Follow is a weekly post hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

"The goal is to increase followers and make new friends."

Follow the 2 hosts.
Follow the 2 features.
Hop around and follow others who are participating, leaving a comment to let them know.

Who is your blogger BFF? Tell us a little bit about him/her. If not tell us why you need or don't need a blogger BFF.

Weeelllll, I don't have a blogger BFF. I guess that's my own fault since I don't really reach out to others. But, I'd really love to have one. I'm not sure why. I just want to have someone to talk books with and send bookish gifts to, and trade with. I just think it'd be a lot of fun!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Bout of Books 9.0 Readathon: DAYS 4&5

Uggghhhhh. Guys. I'm sorry. The end of my week has been way more productive than I thought it'd be, so I literally didn't read much the past couple days.

For Day 4, I did finish "Ask The Passengers" by A.S. King (I didn't write my review yet as not only have I been busy, but I'm still processing this story). I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads. I literally cannot stop thinking about this book! I absolutely loved it, but if ever there comes a day where we are able to literally jump into a book and become part of it's story, I would choose this book on my worst day and just go on a murdering spree. All those ignorant bigots just..ASDFGHKL!! Any who, by finishing this book, I read 203 pages.

Guys, I didn't read at ALL for Day 5. I know, shame on me..

Total Pages Read: 203

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Bout of Books 9.0 Readathon: DAY 3

Hey, everyone! How is everyone doing in the readathon as of Day 3? I'll be honest with you guys. I didn't get much reading done today. My mom doesn't understand my obsession with Harry Potter, so since she really doesn't care to read, I'm making her watch the whole Harry Potter movie series with me. A movie every day. Today was The Goblet of Fire, which she enjoyed THIS MUCH

I slept in until 3:30 today. Then had to watch my recording of the Pretty Little Liars season premiere and a ton of stuff, so I didn't really read at all.

I picked up "Ask The Passengers" by A.S. King because so many people love her books and recommend this story as a good start to her writing. I got 31% into it today, which is the equivalent of 101 pages. I'm REALLY enjoying this story so far, guys. I will definitely be finishing it tomorrow.

Total Pages Read Today: 101

How is everyone else doing? Link me to your progress updates in the comments below!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Bout of Books 9.0 Readathon: DAY 2

Hey, everyone! How is everyone's progress looking so far? Mine is actually going along very well! I only have "Ask The Passengers" by A.S. King and my re-read of "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs left of my readathon TBR!

On the first day of the readathon, after finishing "Allegiant" by Veronica Roth (read my review), I started to read my digital ARC of "After The End" by Amy Plum. Today, I finished it (at like 5 in the morning) and was pretty upset to see that there is yet to be any information out about a sequel, which isn't weird since this book doesn't even come out for another 4 months. I also wrote a review for this one, but have scheduled it to be posted on April 21 as it won't be released until May 6. The amount of pages read from this book for Day 2 is 184.

Another one of my goals was to finally finish a book that I started a while back which is "45 Pounds" by K.A. Barson. I did end up finishing it and I really enjoyed it (read my review)! My page count for this book is 145.

Total Pages Read Today: 329

I personally think I'm doing great for the start of the week. How is everyone else doing? Link me to your progress updates in the comments below!

REVIEW: "45 Pounds" by K.A. Barson

45 Pounds (More or Less)
Author: K.A. Barson
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Issues
Release Date: July 11, 2013
Publisher: Viking Press
Here are the numbers of Ann Galardi’s life:

She is 16.
And a size 17.
Her perfect mother is a size 6.
Her Aunt Jackie is getting married in 10 weeks, and wants Ann to be her bridesmaid.
So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less) in 2 1/2 months.

Welcome to the world of infomercial diet plans, wedding dance lessons, embarrassing run-ins with the cutest guy Ann’s ever seen—-and some surprises about her NOT-so-perfect mother. 

And there’s one more thing. It’s all about feeling comfortable in your own skin-—no matter how you add it up!

First Sentences: I long for the roof to cave in at Keehn's darpartment store. For a bomb threat. Or even for a simple power outage. Anything to stop the torture of swimsuit shopping with my mother. "What about this one?" Mom holds up a tiny orange polka dot bikini. Skimpy. They are all skimpy.
My Thoughts:
This was a book I definitely needed to read. It's a book EVERYONE needs to read. K.A. Barson does an amazing job educating readers on what it's like to be an overweight teenage girl. We get to see what it's like to be this way and be taunted by weight loss infomercials and fast food ads on a daily basis. The pressure to be 'thin', 'sexy', 'popular'..WANTED. It's taking over the lives of not only women, but men now, too! This novel is a must read, and not just for teenagers. It touches on how not only the media, but our relationships with people we're closest to, can mess with our minds in the worst of ways.
Two-or is it three- drinks later, "Thriller" comes on. Shrill screams from the Knees practically burst my eardrum. Or is that me screaming? I'm not sure. I'm not sure about anything right now, except that I can't feel my nose. It's numb. I keep touching it to see if it's still there. I feel warm all over. And it's amazing how much I don't care about anything. I don't care about the wedding. Or dresses. Or diets. I don't care about Courtney. Or Naomi. Or dickhead dads. I don't care about not caring. I love it. Maybe I'll start drinking every day. Screw the calories. (ebook 63%)
The main characters were very easy to feel for right away, especially Ann. There's something very lovable about her. She's quirky, down-to-earth, and only wants to be accepted. I love how genuine she is. She tries so hard between her father pushing her away and losing her best friend. She tries to fit in, but others just shoot her down. I feel like anyone can relate to her at some point in their life.

This is a great, fast-paced book. It's family. It's friendship. It's love. It's reality. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. Loved it!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Bout of Books 9.0 Readathon: DAY 1

Hey, everyone! Alright, sooooo Day 1 of the Bout of Books 9.0 Readathon is officially complete for those of us in Central Standard Time. I personally think I got onto a great start for the week! 

My first goal was to finish "Allegiant" by Veronica Roth in which I was reading up to midnight last night and then started tracking my pages for the readathon. I had 135 pages left at that point in which I finished AND reviewed before going to bed (click to read my review).

After waking up, I started reading my digital ARC of "After The End" by Amy Plum (which is a pretty kick ass story so far) and read that on and off through out the day until my alarm went off at midnight. I managed to read up to the 48% mark (which would be about 168 pages).

Total Pages Read: 303

Friends keep asking me to hang out with them and be what normal people call "social". Ewwww. Plus, it's -43 degrees here. You expect me to leave the comfort of my confines? I guess I can't keep blaming the weather. I'll just have to take my book with me to these events..

REVIEW: "Allegiant" by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent #3)
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. 

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. 

First Sentence: I pace in our cell in Erudite headquarters, her words echoing in my mind: My name will be Edith Prior, and there is much I am happy to forget.
My Thoughts:
My emotions are just all over the place at the moment, so don't mind me. I knew that Allegiant would be a crazy, beautiful mess but it really did surprise me in some ways. Those last 50 pages really shook me up. I did not foresee any of those events going down. Veronica Roth just KNOWS how to tug on the heart strings of her audience. On another note, Allegiant did an amazing job with introducing a ton of new characters, especially with it being the conclusion of a trilogy, as well as having to go about world building all over again seeing as the setting changes for a good portion of the book. This whole series takes place in Chicago, and as I've been exposed to the city more than a fair share of my choosing, I could easily say I know it well. The way Veronica Roth is able to describe Chicago, even in it's futuristic ruined state, sort of gives me a feeling of deja vu. A reader who isn't familiar with the city could easily get to know it through the author's point of view. It's clear that imagery is one of her strong points.
There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the world of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. That is the sort of bravery I must have now. (Hardcover 509)
Allegiant is an amazing conclusion to the Divergent trilogy. It was well laid out, beautifully written, and definitely held your attention through it all. That's saying a lot for me. I can barely sit down through a movie, let alone read 300 pages straight in one sitting, but this book changed me. I don't mean that figuratively, either. No. This book, and this whole series, literally changed my perspective on the world. I learned about true humanity from Veronica Roth. She is not only an amazing author, but a spokeswoman to this generation. What I learned from this series is that you truly can be selfless and brave, smart and kind, and honest. We don't have to just choose one. It may just be impossible to filter out the rest. We are human. We are Divergent.