TOP TEN TUESDAY: INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES

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TOP TEN INSPIRING QUOTES FROM BOOKS

1. “One should never be ashamed to cry. Tears are rain on the dust of earth.” – Charles Dickens, Great Expectations 

2. “In the end that was the choice you made, and it doesn’t matter how hard it was to make. It matters that you did.” – Cassandra Clare, City of Glass 

3. “It’s al right to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.” – Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel 

4. “Thomas Edison’s last words were, ‘It’s very beautiful over there’. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.” – John Green, Looking for Alaska 

5. “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower 

6. “It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

7. “People aren’t either wicked or noble. They’re like chef’s salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.” – Lemony Snicket, The Grim Grotto 

8. “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 

9. “You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.” – Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass 

10. “We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy.” – George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones 

fi2uCnCand of course, everything out of Tyrion’s mouth is my favaourite quote…

This was so difficult, it definitely took much longer than it should have, but I have so many favourite quotes!!

Anyways, that was a nice break, back to studying!

xx

Jacqueline

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CREATIVE BLOGGER AWARD!

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First, I want to thank Erika the Bibliophile for nominating me for this award!

The Rules

  • Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
  • Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important)
  • Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
  • Pass these rules on to them

Five Facts About Me

  1. I have 2 older sisters, a younger brother, and a dog. I don’t have a huge extended family, but I have an extremely loud family… Because of this, I can be an extremely loud and outgoing person to people I am close with. However, when it comes to strangers or people I am not very comfortable around I am excruciatingly shy and anxious. This makes it incredibly difficult to meet new people. I’m in my third year of university and because I live at home and commute to school I’ve hardly made any friends, but I don’t really mind. I’m basically just a big ball of nervous energy.
  2. I have three best friends and they are all so different. They know each other and get along with each other when they are together, but they could not be more different. I almost feel like their differences represent the different sides of my personality and my different interests.
  3. When I was growing up I always had an obsession with cats, but I could never have one because my dad is allergic. I literally was convinced I was going to become a crazy cat lady. Surprisingly, I don’t actually want a cat anymore… I’ve discovered I am more of a dog person. I was actually never allowed to have a dog either, but my sister somehow got my parents to cave when she turned 18. So, technically, Bella was supposed to be her dog… Yeah, that didn’t happen. My sister moved out last week and do you think she took Bella? Nope. My squishy little puggle is staying right where she belongs. I sometimes feel like my dog follows me around like a baby duckling, and annoying as this is, I secretly love it.
  4. I have an extremely obsessive personality. When I like something it becomes like an all-consuming need to know everything about it… For example, when I finish watching a TV show or reading a book series I need to know like, all the things. I’ll watch hours of YouTube videos of cast interviews or author interviews. I’ll read theories for the book or television show on Reddit or Wiki pages… It’s honestly so ridiculous. Especially when I have like a million school readings I should be dedicating my time to.
  5. I graduate university next year and the thought of having to enter into real life terrifies me. I can’t tell you how many times I have cried thinking about what my next step should be. I’ll be graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminology. I have no intention of doing a Masters right away, or ever. I don’t even think I want to do anything that involves Psychology. Nobody I know understands how much anxiety this gives me. So I think what I really want to do is apply for a dual citizenship to the UK (both of my parents are English, my mom has always lived in Canada but my dad moved here when he was 18) and maybe live there and work for a while… I have a ton of family there that I have met a bunch of times so I wouldn’t be completely alone… I don’t really know yet! Basically, I’m terrified of real life and the future and getting old!!

The Nominees

I am not even exaggerating when I say I’m pretty sure everyone on my reader has already been nominated for this! Some of them haven’t done it yet, but I don’t want to nominate everyone multiple times for the same award! So, feel free to do this post if you haven’t been nominated and you can say I nominated you! But otherwise, I’ll just wait to read the posts! Also feel free to leave a link to your Creative Blogger Awards in the comments below if you’ve done it so I can read all your facts!

Now unfortunately I have to go work for 8 hours on Easter 😦

xx

Jacqueline

MARCH WRAP-UP & APRIL TBR!

MARCH WRAP-UP!

I honestly don’t understand how it’s April 4th… March has gone by so quickly I’m dumbfounded. My first final exam is in exactly one week and I could not be less prepared…Between midterms, final papers, and moving my sister into her new house I’m surprised I even did any reading this month! Well… I’m actually not surprised… because my favourite way to procrastinate on school work is by reading for pleasure.

1. A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin 

I spent the first 21 days of March tackling this bad boy… I don’t know how I read A Feast For Crows in a week when everyone seems to think it was the most boring, and yet I could not seem to finish ADWD. It honestly took every ounce of my being to push through and not give up. I needed to finish before the new season NEXT WEEKEND! Sorry George, this one was only 4/5 stars for me because I was kind of bored.

2. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks 

As soon as I finished ADWD I needed something romantic that could help me stop thinking about how depressing ASOIF is… and how tragic the season finale of The 100 was. I basically just really badly needed a pick me up and let me tell you, what a perfect book I picked!! This was so cute, it made me giggle, and I just loved it. 5 stars for you Sir Nicholas Sparks!

3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Literally all I have to say about this book is.. WOW! Rainbow Rowell seriously blows me away with her writing. I liked Eleanor & Park a lot, I loveeed Fangirl.. but holy shit. Attachments was so funny, so cute, and honestly I can’t even find words. The ending ❤ ❤ ❤ my stomach flipped so many times. AAAhhh, just perfect. Go read it. Right now. All the 5’s!!

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4. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover 

Can you tell I’m on a serious contemporary romance rampage?? WHERE HAS COLLEN HOOVER BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! This was my first book by her, and wow, seriously blown away. My heart broke so many times in this book, but the ending could not have been more perfect. Ridge… *swoons* *sighs* *passes out*. 5 stars for you Colleen Hoover!

Considering it took me 21 days to finish reading ONE book, I’m kind of impressed I was able to catch up with another 3 books… plus studying for midterms and write final papers and all that fun stuff… I’m also still 6 books ahead of schedule for my goal of 60 books this year, go me!

APRIL TBR!

I’m not going to stick to a TBR list this month because I have 5 final exams and as much as I hate to admit it, I probably wont be doing much reading… So I think the best thing to do is to just read what I feel like, when I feel like it… I’ve already finished Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, so I’ll probably continue on my contemporary rampage until I get sick of them! But one thing is forsure… I’m reading Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins as soon as it comes out next week!

What are you guys reading this month? Are you keeping up on your goals for this year? Do you have any anticipated releases this month? Let me know!

xx

Jacqueline

The Longest Ride: Book Review

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The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Published: September 30th, 2014
Genre: Adult Romance
Source: Borrowed
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis 

Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local rodeo, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

My Thoughts: 

Honestly, the reason I was so intent on picking this book up was because I saw the trailer for the movie adaptation. When it comes to Nicholas Sparks, I tend to read his books right before the movie comes out (With the exception of A Walk to Remember and The Notebook because I was still young when those movies came out). Nevertheless, I could not have read this book at a better time… I had just finished reading A Dance With Dragons and watching both The 100 and Girls in their entirety. All of these stories having extremely heavy content and breaking my heart into pieces I thought would be impossible to mend. Enter Nicholas Sparks.

This book was funny and heartwarming, but tragic in it’s own way. Even though Sparks’ stories usually include the “insta-love” that everyone seems to hate, he acknowledges that the relationships are not flawless and they are not without obstacles. Although Ira, a man in his nineties, has lived a full, happy life, he is not without regrets. The story of Ira and Ruth’s past that parallels Sophia and Luke’s present is what really affected me. Reading about Ira’s past broke my heart. As a pilot in WWII he has experienced his fair share of tragedy, which only seemed to get worse when he was forced to come home and face his fiancee Ruth. Despite the fact that their marriage was plagued with tragedy and heartache, they were able to overcome it with the simple realization that they never wanted to be with anyone else. The memory of Ruth and their many years together is the only thing that keeps Ira alive in the terrible situation he has found himself in.

Sophia is a senior in university who has just gone through an earth-shattering break up (well, for her). Brian, her frat boy first love, cheated on her three times and now he seems to be everywhere she goes hoping to be able to convince her to take him back. I like Sophia’s character right from the beginning. She’s real, she’s relatable, and she’s interesting. The insta-love aspect didn’t bother me because I felt like she really deserved to find the right guy and fall in love. She spent a lot of time being broken over Brian so when her best friend Marcia asks her to go to the rodeo with the girls she, though somewhat reluctantly, agrees. This is where she meets Luke.

Luke is quite literally my dream man. I’ve always had a thing for cowboys and although I’ve never been to North Carolina, where this book takes place, I’ve been to Nashville, TN, which was pretty much the coolest place I’ve ever been. So yeah, I love cowboys. Luke’s character is somewhat reserved, really charming, and extremely hard working and driven. There were a few times where him and Sophia were fighting and I was actually getting mad and upset reading it… I think that just shows how invested I was in this relationship and this book in general. As a bullrider Luke puts himself at risk every time he participates in a rodeo… but it’s even worse for him because he has already been in an accident that almost cost him his life. However, when Sophia finds out what a risk it is for him to be riding she refuses to be with someone who willingly puts his life on the line. But the situation is a lot more complicated then either of them anticipated…

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was just the right book at the right time. Nicolas Sparks can honestly do no wrong when it comes to romance. If you like love stories, you like cowboys, and you also like a little bit of historical fiction thrown into the mix then you will love this book. Also, check out the trailer for the movie!

The movie already looks like there are a few changes to the plot, but the story is pretty complicated so I can understand why they would need to simplify it a bit to fit into a standard length movie. However, all the actors look like they are going to do a really great job and I can’t wait to see it!

xx

Jacqueline

TOP TEN TUESDAY: CHILDHOOD BOOKS

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TOP TEN BOOKS FROM MY CHILDHOOD THAT I WOULD LOVE TO REVISIT

I know it’s Wednesday, but I couldn’t miss this topic! There are so many books from my elementary school years that I would love to reread.

**note: I am deliberately leaving out Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and A Series of Unfortunate Events because they are books I have already revisited, and will continue to revisit, so I feel like it is not necessary to mention them… the books on this list are books I have not read since elementary school, I just remember that I loved them and they had an impact on me.

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1. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

My teacher started reading this book to us in grade 4 on what I’m pretty sure was the Friday before March Break. I went home and immediately begged my dad to take me to the bookstore to buy it. I had it finished by the end of the weekend, and was completely okay with having to hear the story again when I went back to school after the break.

2. Avalon by Rachel Roberts

Aside from Harry Potter this was the series that really sparked my interest in fantasy. If I didn’t give all the books to my younger cousin I would definitely pick them up to reread. They ended up releasing new covers and I think eventually I might pick them up just to have as part of my collection. I like giving away books, but then I also really want to keep every book just incase! One day my sisters will have children and so will I, so you never know!

3. The Secret Language of Girls by Frances O’Roark Dowell

I honestly could not even tell you what this book is about. All I remember is as a young girl I thoroughly enjoyed it and even my elementary school best friend (who hated reading) loved it! When I thought of this topic it was one of the first book covers that popped into my head.

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4. Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

This was the first real series of books I started collecting. These books were fantastic, Junie is hilarious, and the covers and the art rock! “My name is Junie B. Jones. The ‘B’ stands for Beatrice. Except I don’t like Beatrice. I just like B and that’s all.” Such a sassy little child, I loved it.

5. Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume

Honestly I think this is such an important book to read as a young girl. It just kind of helps you understand the things you are going through and what you can expect to go through. Judy Blume is a fantastic writer and I enjoyed all her other books as well, but this was by far my favourite.

6. The Gravesavers by Sheree Fitch

Again, couldn’t tell ya what it’s about. I think there was a ghost/some type of supernatural element. But you didn’t know the person was a ghost the whole time? Not sure. I’m fairly certain I cried, and I held onto this book for so long intending to reread it, but now I can’t seem to find it and I’m so hurt.

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7. Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine

8. Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine

Both of these books deal with really difficult topics. As a tween they were some of my first experiences reading about things like suicide and loss so I feel like they will always hold a special place in my heart. I would love to reread them to find out what I would think of them now.

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9. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

I feel like a lot of people complain about/have a hard time reading books for school, but I honestly never have. This was one of the first books I had to read for a book report in elementary school and I was obsessed with it. The mystery and the story was just so intriguing to me. They also made a terrible made-for-tv movie of it and I’m pretty sure I even enjoyed that. I actually tried to reread this recently but cast it aside because I had too many new books I wanted to get to.

10. Warriors by Erin Hunter

This is easily the longest book series I have ever collected. I started the first book Into the Wild in grade 5 and continued reading these books until I graduated grade 12…. and there are still more… Once I start reading a series I don’t like stopping until it’s over. But it just won’t end! Granted, it’s not like it’s one massive series… it’s sets of 6 series with new character POV’s in each so I could have stopped but I didn’t. There are still 3 more books I need to complete the last subseries I started, but at this point I feel like I would have to read them all over again to remember where I was at!

Well that’s it for the childhood books I would like to reread! Has anyone else read any of these? Do you remember what you thought of them? Would you ever reread them? Let me know!

xx

Jacqueline

FEBRUARY WRAP-UP & MARCH TBR!

FEBRUARY WRAP-UP!

This has been the story of my life for all of February and I swear if March continues down this road, I’m done. I will get on a plane and leave Canada as soon as humanly possible. snow-gif

BOOKS

This month I stuck to my February TBR and was able to complete most of it, which included:

  • A Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin
  • The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen
  • A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin (up to page 506)

Overall I’m relatively pleased that I was even able to get that much reading done. It totals roughly 1,600+ pages so even though it doesn’t seem like much, it definitely took quite a bit of time. I also had to balance reading for school, studying for 4 midterms, writing 2 papers, and all that other fun stuff… so not too shabby! However, there are also a few other things I want to wrap-up for February.

MOVIES

There are three movies that I watched this month that I was extremely pleased with. Are you surprised they are all book to movie adaptations? Probably not.

First and foremost, The DUFF! I honestly never intended on reading this book or seeing the movie simply because I felt there tumblr_nf9r9rDu2M1r6vy8ho2_r2_250were other things higher on my priority list. I also didn’t necessarily love the idea of the “designated ugly fat friend”, but SHIT. This movie was SO FUNNY. I am so extremely glad I saw it and I probably still won’t read the book because I don’t like reading books after I’ve seen the movie, but wow did I enjoy this movie. Also, Robbie Amell? Can you say SMOKIN’?! Plus he’s Canadian… so even more swoon-worthy.

Mae Whitman is also absolutely fantastic. She is soThe_Best_of_Me_poster funny and has the best expressions I think she’s probably going to be up there with Jennifer Lawrence on my list of celebrity girl crushes. She needs to be in more movies, like now.

The day after I saw The DUFF in theatres I ended up picking up The Best of Me on Blu Ray to add to my Nicholas Sparks movie collection, of course. I watched this with my mom and was pretty pleased with it. I hadn’t read this one before seeing it so I didn’t know how it was going to end. It was extremely tragic and very typical of a Nicholas Sparks movie. And although the ending tied it up nicely, I wasn’t really satisfied. The actors did a really wonderful job though so of course there were a lot of feels and I may have cried… twice.

Annnnd the third movie was, *drumroll please*, Love, Rosie. I watched this one on my tumblr_n7lgraTb9h1ql5hv8o5_250actual birthday with my bestfriend and man was it a rollercoaster of emotions! I feel like such a butt because I didn’t read this one before watching the movie either… so that’s 3 for 3… but, whatever! I still really enjoyed it and didn’t expect it to be so sad. SUCH BAD TIMING FOR EVERYTHING! But, I mean, I guess that’s life right? Sometimes things don’t happen when we want/need them to and that’s what made the movie so much more relatable. But, let’s be real, Finnick Odair and Clary Fray? This movie was going to be perfection no matter what.

TV SHOWS

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Me at least ten times during every episode…

I didn’t even intend on including this in my wrap-up, but I started watching it on Netflix last night before bed… and what a horrible idea that was. I’m now absolutely downright obsessed with The 100. I stayed up until 2am watching it and then woke up at 9am to continue… I haven’t gone to bed at 2am in like… years. I’m usually such a grandma, but I couldn’t stop! How do you stop watching when they end every episode in a cliffhanger?! I’m so terrible with binge watching TV shows at the worst times… as if I don’t have a million papers and exams coming up.

MUSIC

And last but not least for the month of February… I have been listening to Hozier nonstop! I have had this one song stuck in my head for the last week.

MARCH TBR!

Besides finishing A Dance With Dragons I’m not going to stick to much of a schedule in March. I’ll probably just end up reading what I feel like reading. I’ve been really wanting to read contemporary recently, so maybe I’ll pick up something by Morgan Matson or Rainbow Rowell. I also don’t really have a number on how many books I want to read since I have a ton of school work to do, so we’ll see!

What did you guys read/watch/listen to this month? What do you plan on reading next month? Are you keeping up on goals and challenges for this year? Let me know in the comments! 

Until next time!

xx

Jacqueline

Birthday Book Haul!

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February is the absolute worst month to have a birthday in, particularly when you live somewhere that experiences harsh winters. This month I’ve had 4 midterm exams, 2 papers due, and 1 quiz… along with actually leaving my house and going to school in -40 degree weather. This also means I’ve always hated having my birthday in February. Anyways, enough complaining… I turned 21 on February 23rd! I’ve always wished my birthday was in the summer so I could throw some extravagant outdoor barbecue party, but I guess I just have to keep dreaming… Unless of course I move somewhere that’s warm in February.

Turning 21 in Canada isn’t anything special. I’ve already had my “sweet 16”, I became an “adult” when I turned 18, and I could start buying alcohol and going out to bars at 19… so yeah, 21, not really that great. So really all that’s important to me is seeing the people I care about and having fun! This year my birthday fell on a Monday so that also made things awkward to celebrate.

After winning the room escape!

After winning the room escape!

So, the Friday before my birthday I went to the movies to see the DUFF with a few friends! Boy am I glad I did… that movie was freaking hilarious. Then on Sunday we went to something called a “room escape” where you’re essentially locked in a room for 45 minutes and you have to solve puzzles and find clues that will lead you to the key to escape. Both of my sisters and their boyfriends, my brother, and two of my bestfriends came to play and it was seriously the funniest thing ever. Somehow we all came out alive with 5 minutes to spare. Then we grabbed Starbucks and went back to my house where my sister and my mom made homemade spaghetti and meatballs for dinner! Then cake, presents, and the Academy Awards! On Monday, my actual birthday, I went out for sushi with my bestfriend and her boyfriend and slept over at her house downtown. I had school at 8am the next morning, but I go to school in downtown Toronto where she lives so it was a lot more convenient than my normal subway commute. And that was that!! All in all it was a pretty wicked birthday, but now what you’ve all been waiting for… the book/other fun stuff haul!

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I don’t order from BookOutlet a lot because most of the time I end up putting a bunch of books in my cart that I don’t even think I would end up getting around to I just do it because they are good priced… BUT. When I saw Attachments and Landline AND Since You’ve Been Gone on the website I just had to make an order. Then of course my mom paid for them and I had to pretend it was a surprise… haha. I also ordered Opposition from BookOutlet as well because I read the first two books on iBooks and intended on getting the rest at some point. The cover is heinous, but whatcha gonna do.

Then one of my sisters let her boyfriend pick out all my gifts from them… and so naturally one thing he picked was The Awkward Human Survival Guide. It actually looks hilarious, but the funnier thing was my bestfriend also got me the same book. So hopefully I can return one and pick up something else! My bestfriend also got me that little “Why You’re My Bestie” book and it’s got a bunch of fill in the blanks and stuff inside and she filled it all out for me.

My brother got me the Sansa Stark and Robb Stark Vinyl Pop Figures to add to my Stark family collection and the Olaf plush toy that my dog is intent on killing.. My other friend got me the Dancing Baby Groot, which is so friggin cute! Anddd my mom got me a Pandora Charm Bracelet with a 21 charm!

That’s it for all my bookish/nerdy birthday goodies! I had such a lovely birthday despite the cold and the abundance of school work. I’ll be back tomorrow with my February Wrap-Up because I’m going to try to squeeze in as much reading as I can today!

xx

Jacqueline

JANUARY WRAP-UP & FEBRUARY TBR!

At the beginning of January I was weirdly feeling ready to go back to school and take on second semester… and then the first week happened. I feel like I was hit with a freight train. Now I’m just so… tired…

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This is literally what I look like in my 8am classes… Considering how much work I already have to do for school I am extremely impressed at how much I read this month. I somehow managed to finish 8 books and 6 graphic novels. I’m not going to comment on any of the books because I’m super behind in reviews so I’ll save the thoughts for those.

January Wrap-Up

1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (5/5 stars)

2. Saga, Vol 4 by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples (5/5 stars)

3. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Prelude by Dan Abnett (4/5 stars)

4. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling (5/5 stars)

5. Ms. Marvel, Vol 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson (5/5 stars)

6. Who Could That Be at This Hour? (All The Wrong Questions #1) by Lemony Snicket (4/5 stars)

7. When Did You See Her Last? (All The Wrong Questions #2) by Lemony Snicket (5/5 stars)

8. Deadly Class, Vol 1: Reagan Youth by Rick Remender (5/5 stars)

9. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (4/5 stars)

10. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (4/5 stars)

11. Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle (5/5 stars)

12. Maus, II: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelmen (5/5 stars)

13. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (5/5 stars)

14. Fables, Vol 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham (4/5 stars)

That’s 3,032 pages read!

I am definitely impressed with myself! I never read this much in a month during school!

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February TBR

Since the next few months are going to be really hectic at school with upcoming midterms and papers due, I am only going to focus on reading two books and one graphic novel. I also might not even end up finishing them since the books I’m choosing are pretty chunky. Caution! Synopses might contain spoilers for books earlier in the series!

ONE.

A Feast for Crows (ASOIF #4) by George R.R. Martin

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With A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth volume of the landmark series that has redefined imaginative fiction and stands as a modern masterpiece in the making.

After centuries of bitter strife, the seven powers dividing the land have beaten one another into an uneasy truce. But it’s not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters of the Seven Kingdoms gather. Now, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed while surprising faces—some familiar, others only just appearing—emerge from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges of the terrible times ahead. Nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages, are coming together to stake their fortunes…and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests—but only a few are the survivors.

TWO.

The Wicked and The Divine, Vol 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie & Matt Wilson

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Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever. 

THREE.

A Dance with Dragons (ASOIF #5) by George R.R. Martin

13541592Goodreads Synopsis 

In the aftermath of a colossal battle, Daenerys Targaryen rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way east–with new allies who may not be the ragtag band they seem. And in the frozen north, Jon Snow confronts creatures from beyond the Wall of ice and stone, and powerful foes from within the Night’s Watch. In a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics lead a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, to the greatest dance of all.

We’ll see if I can make a dent in these by the end of February… I want to at least have them done by the new season in April!

What did you guys read this month? Was it more or less than you hoped? What’s on your February TBR?

Happy Reading!

xx

Jacqueline

BOUT OF BOOKS 12: WRAP UP!

So because I completely failed at my daily updates/any updates at all I’m going to break each day down in this post. On Monday and Friday I was downtown for those entire days and on Wednesday and Thursday I was sick. I got a lot of reading done, but I didn’t get to keep up on Twitter with the chats and everyone else’s updates. Hopefully I will be more on the ball with that in the next Bout of Books readathon.

For this readathon I mostly focused on short books and graphic novels that I could easily knock off my TBR. Here is my day to day breakdown:

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Individual Reading Stats: 

  • 30 pages of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Total Pages Read Today: 30

Books Completed to Date: none

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Individual Reading Stats:

  • 94 pages of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
  • 84 pages of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Prelude by Dan Abnett – Finished (already half way through)

Total Pages Read Today: 178

Books Completed to Date: 1

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Individual Reading Stats:

  • 98 pages of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling – Finished
  • 120 pages of Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson – Finished
  • 35 pages of Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket

Total Pages Read Today: 253

Books Completed to Date: 3

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Individual Reading Stats:

  • 223 pages of Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket – Finished

Total Pages Read Today: 223

Books Completed to Date: 4

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Individual Reading Stats:

  • 40 pages of When Did You See Her Last? by Lemony Snicket

Total Pages Read Today: 40

Books Completed to Date: 4

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Individual Stats:

  • 239 pages of When Did You See Her Last? by Lemony Snicket – Finished

Combined Pages Read: 239

Books Completed to Date: 5

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Individual Stats:

  • 80 pages of Deadly Class by Rick Remender

Combined Pages Read: 80

Books Completed to Date: 5

Total Pages Read: 1,008 pages 

Total Number of Books Completed: 5 books

Overall I’m pretty happy with how I did. If I wasn’t sick for two days I definitely would have been able to read more. Now it’s time to tackle some of the bigger books on my TBR!

How did everyone else do with Bout of Books? Are you happy with it? Will you be participating again? Let me know!

xx

Jacqueline

Double Review: All The Wrong Questions

I literally am the worst at read-a-thons. Not in terms of reading, I’m actually doing really well, but in terms of updates and twitter and all that fun stuff… So since it’s the last day and I haven’t done any updates thus far I’ll just do a “Bout of Books 12.0 Wrap Up” post tomorrow. For now I’ll just continue to review some of the books I finished this week.

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13477819Who Could That Be at This Hour? (All The Wrong Questions #1) by Lemony Snicket
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Published: October 23rd, 2012
Genre: Middle Grade, Fiction, Mystery
Source: Bought
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

The adventure began in a fading town. Far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket started an apprenticeship for a secret organization shrouded in mystery and secrecy. He asked questions that shouldn’t have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published that shouldn’t be read. Not even by you. Seriously, we recommend that you do NOT ask your parents for this, the first book in his new ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS series.

Lemony Snicket, in case you don’t already know, grew up to be the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events series.

My Thoughts: 

When I was 10 years old my Dad’s cousin came to stay at our house for a few weeks in the summer with his three sons. They are from Wales and so naturally I thought they were very interesting. The oldest one is a year older than me and we got along very well. I’ve seen him quite a few times since then but the reason the first time we met was so special was because he introduced me to Lemony Snicket. I remember seeing him read The Hostile Hospital and thinking “what a strange cover, I wonder what this book is about”. When the school year started and the scholastic book orders started up again I immediately made my mother order me the set of books 1-9 and my life was forever changed.

A lot of people say A Series of Unfortunate Events started their love of reading. For me this isn’t true. I liked reading before I first read Lemony Snicket. In fact, I loved reading since first grade when you got to take home books in a book bag. However, Lemony Snicket changed the way I read and for that I will always be grateful. This past May I reread all 13 books back to back and immediately ordered the first two in the All The Wrong Questions series thinking they would answer some of the questions I have had for years.

Who Could That Be at This Hour tells the story of a young Lemony Snicket and his useless adult chaperone S. Theodora Markson. He chose this chaperone (ranked dead last) because he believed he would be able to sneak off to meet his associates and engage in more important activities. Unfortunately, as luck would have it, S. Theodora Markson whisks him off to the unusual town of Stain’d by the Sea where they are hired to solve the case of a missing statue. Little do they both know this statue seems to unfold an even larger mystery with an even larger villain behind it all.

The first book in this series mostly sets up the characters and the town while dealing with a small mystery. It’s funny and witty and has Lemony Snicket’s signature writing style. It doesn’t really answer any questions, just creates new ones. It also hints at characters and events that take place in ASOUE but mainly focuses on these characters and this new town. If you’re looking for a mystery that wraps itself up in the end with a neat little bow, this book is not for you. Mr. Snicket will never give you a satisfying ending, but that’s what makes it so fun. All in all this was a really fun and quick read. The only problem I had was that the story focused a lot on the characters and the mystery was kind of lacking in this first book.

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17369219When Did You See Her Last? (All The Wrong Questions #2) by Lemony Snicket
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Published: October 15th, 2013
Genre: Middle Grade, Fiction, Mystery
Source: Bought
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis 

I should have asked the question “How could someone who was missing be in two places at once?” Instead, I asked the wrong question — four wrong questions, more or less. This is the account of the second.

In the fading town of Stain’d-by-the-Sea, young apprentice Lemony Snicket has a new case to solve when he and his chaperone are hired to find a missing girl. Is the girl a runaway? Or was she kidnapped? Was she seen last at the grocery store? Or could she have stopped at the diner? Is it really any of your business? These are All The Wrong Questions.

My Thoughts: 

These books are crazy addicting. I feel like I couldn’t have disliked this book if I tried. The mystery was fast paced, creepy and interesting. S. Theodora Markson was annoying and unintelligent so it was easy to imagine how Lemony Snicket was feeling. I love the characters. All of the children are around the same age and are completely loveable. They are smart, funny, and have jobs or roles that children that age definitely should not have.

I don’t like to go into too much detail on sequels so I will keep it short and sweet. If you loved A Series of Unfortunate Events I definitely encourage you to pick up this series. It doesn’t matter if you’re an adult, in fact, sometimes I think adults can take more from Lemony Snicket’s work than children can. I think no matter how old you are you can take something from these books and have fun while reading them. I’m glad I picked them up for this read-a-thon.

xx

Jacqueline