WWW Wednesday 11/16

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words. Simply answer the following questions:

What have you recently finished reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


What have you recently finished reading?

The Retribution of Mara Dyer
by Michelle Hodkin
2.5 out of 5 stars

As a book this was alright, as a finale to a trilogy it was unsatisfying. All of the problems worked out “just because” and I was disappointed in that.

More Happy Than Not
by Adam Silvera
4 out of 5 stars

Oh the feels! This was a rollercoaster of emotions and that ending just shattered my heart. If you havent picked this up yet just do it, while it is emotional its so good!

A Million Worlds with You
by Claudia Gray
5 out of 5 stars

Loved! I was so happy with this as book and as a finale. Lots of things that I wanted to happen did happen.


What are you currently reading?

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Ice Like Fire
by Sarah Raasch

Going to attempt to read both Ice like Fire and Frost Like Night before Tome Topple starts on Friday but I think I can do it 🙂

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

Im alternating listening to the audiobook and reading along with my kindle I am now a third of the way through and I am really loving it! I finally watched the movie for the first time over the weekend and now I have a better understanding of the world and the scenarios so its been easier for me to understand Austen’s writing style.


What do you think you’ll read next?

Frost like Night
by Sarah Raasch

I am really looking forward to getting to this, I loved Snow like Ashes and I’ve that the trilogy just gets better and better! Plus Once I get to this Ill be finishing another series 😀

Beauty of Darkness
by Mary E Pearson

The first book I’ll be picking up for Tome Topple will be Beauty of Darkness, I cant wait to get to this one, book 2 of this trilogy has really stuck with me and I just want it to be Friday already so I can pick this up.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book to Movie Adaptations that I didnt hate

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

November 15: Movie Freebie — top ten all time favorite movies, top ten foreign films, top ten rom-coms, top ten 90’s movies, top ten action flicks, top ten tear-jerkers, top ten movies your favorite actor/actress is in, top ten movies with PoC leads, etc. etc.)
My favorite Book to Movie Adaptations

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Lord of the Rings

I didn’t quite love the Hobbit movies in term of a book to movie adaptation, I don’t think they needed to be stretched out into 3 movies, it just seemed a bit excessive. However, I love the Lord of the Rings movies, I haven’t read the trilogy yet but there was no way that I could have made this list without mentioning The Lord of the Rings.

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Harry Potter

Overall I do like the movie adaptations of Harry Potter, I do have some issues with the movies but in the end, I do love them.

The Martain

The Martain may be one of my favorite books to movie adaptations ever. I loved it so much, although I wish there were a few lines from the book that could have added to the movie. Specifically, one line about Aquaman…

Matilda

I think Matilda was one of the first books to movie adaptations I ever watched in my life, I loved Danny Devito in this and I think it stuck close enough to the book to satisfy me.

The Outsiders

I know that there is a lot of controversy going on with The Outsiders right now due to the author being a bit of a shitty person. However, I don’t think you understand how much I love Patrick Swayze and I will continue to love the Outsiders because of Patrick Swayze in the movie (along with the rest of the dream cast) and when I read the book earlier this year I could hear Patrick Swayze’s voice saying his lines.

Putting my love for Patrick Swayze aside, this is a shining example of a good book to movie adaptation. Not only does the movie follow the book perfectly I think it’s also had the perfect cast.


Outlander

Outlander! I couldn’t not talk about Outlander and now I need to gush about the perfection of Sam Heughan, he’s just gorgeous and awesome and such a great human being. And in terms of book to movie adaptation I give it a rating of 7 out of 10 with 10 being perfect and spot on.


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It’s been a really long time since I’ve both read the book and watched the movie but I remember that I was really satisfied with the adaptation.

The Other Boleyn Girl

While I do have some issues with the movie overall I’m just generally satisfied with it. I also love this cast and I want to rewatch and reread to refresh my experience.

Now these are two books that I haven’t read yet but I love the movies and I want to read the books soon so I thought I would just mention these. I do own both these books though and I will read them soon!

The Princess Bride
Memoirs of a Geisha


How many of these books have you read?
What is your favorite book to move adaptation?

Tome Topple round 2 TBR

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Sam’s announcement video
Tome Topple challenges
Tome Topple Twitter
Tome Topple Goodreads Group

Challenges

1.) Read more than 1 tome
2.) read a graphic novel that’s 500+ pages
3.) Read a tome that is part of a series
4.) Buddy read a tome
5.) Read an adult novel

My TBR Pile

I’ve been looking forward to this readathon for so long! I love the idea of this readathon to focus on bigger books in your TBR. Most of these books are from my reading goals for 2016 list that I really want to get to and I thought that this readathon would be a perfect time to get to some of these.

p.s. I know a lot of you must be getting annoyed with seeing A Dance with Dragons constantly coming up in my TBRs and all I can say is I’m annoyed with it too, but this readathon, this will be the readathon that I finally finish it! Yeah!

I’m really looking forward to all of these but I’m really really looking forward to The Beauty of Darkness and The Name of the Wind probably the most.

The Name of the Wind (Part of a series/An adult novel)
The Wise Mans Fear (Part of a series/An adult novel)
Beauty of Darkness (Part of a series)
All the Light We Cannot See (An adult novel)
A Dance with Dragons (Part of a series/An adult novel)
A Slow Regard of Silent Things

The Great Debate: Discussing Book Formats

First things first, I saw this gaming meme and I thought it could translate well to the bookish community so I made the appropriate changes.

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How great is that?? I laughed so hard when I saw it because it’s so true. I feel as if the book community is less extreme about the format because a book is a book, it doesn’t quite matter how it gets read so long as we’re able to read it.

I have used and loved both print books and ebooks, I was a big supporter of ebooks for a couple years but then I found my way back to print books and I have stayed with my print books. Now the only time I will read on my kindle is for New Adult books since they are mostly in ebook form or novellas for series.

Rating system
❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ = My preferred format.
❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ = second best
❤ ❤ ❤ = Eh, I guess
❤ ❤ = Do I really have to?
<3= Nope, don’t want to

Hardcover vs Paperback vs E-book vs Audiobook

Hardcover Books:

Pros:
They are pretty! You have pretty dust jackets, gorgeous endpapers, beautiful spines, and sometimes the naked book is just as beautiful!
So much work goes into making a hardcover book.
They are fairly sturdy! They don’t get bent as easily as a paperback would, you don’t have to worry about the cover bending or ripping. (At least I don’t since I take off my dust jackets as I’m reading the book)

Aesthetically pleasing: there’s something about seeing a shelf full of hardcover books lined up. I just love it!

Cons:

More expensive than paperbacks: you will typically almost always spend twice as much money on a hardcover. Is it worth it? For me? Yeah. Most of the time I buy hardcovers because the book just came out or it matches the format for the rest of my books.

Dustjackets: Dustjackets annoy the hell out of me. They get in the way of my reading experience so I usually take them off but then I worry about losing them or if someone is going to accidently throw them away.

The Weight: Hardcovers are heavy! Anyone who’s read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire or The Deathly Hallows in hardcover will remember the ache in the wrists or the arms from having to hold up those books.

Preference?

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My preference is almost always for hardcover books. I even have a goal to replace my paperback copies with hardcover versions.

 

Paperbacks

Pros

Cheaper: Most YA paperbacks are about 8-10 dollars a pop, now you could go to an outlet or used bookstore and they will be much cheaper but in my experience, they usually don’t have the books that I’m looking for.

Cons

Cover and pages get bent easier: Usually, I carry my books in my purse or backpack and more than once I have gone to pull my book out and the cover has been bent or torn, pages have been bent, or something else has happened. I know there are some people who think that book blogging, Booktube, and Bookstagram has made us shallow in the appearance of our books but I am perfectly okay with being shallow about how my books look. I paid a good chunk of my money for my books and I want to take care of my possessions, I don’t dog-ear my books, I don’t like to crack the spine, I just like my bookshelves to look neat and orderly. Paperbacks don’t really do that, the more you read them the more wear and tear they get and the messier they look.

One thing that really annoys me with adult fiction books is their price, at a store, a paperback copy will be anywhere from 14-17 dollars. For a paperback book! That annoys me so much. Along with the fact that hardcovers can cost up to 30 dollars, it really frustrates me.

Preference?

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If I have to, but usually I go for hardcovers

E-books

For a couple years, I was a huge Ebook supporter. I bought everything in ebook form and I’m not sure what happened to reform me back into loving physical copies but that happened.

Pros

Convenience: With an e-reader, you can carry anywhere from 3 or 4 books to 500 or even more! That does stand for something.

Lighter: It’s really easy to read with e-readers, whether you are laying down, sitting up, inside, outside; most devices are under 2 lbs., my Kindle Paperwhite is about .5 lbs. which is ridiculous when you think about it.

Travel-friendly: When I went to California I brought down two giant suitcases full of stuff for my mom so I had to check those, those suitcases also held my stuff for the weekend in them. I didn’t want to stuff books in them and add to the weight so I brought my kindle with and downloaded 4 books for it and since I was only gone for a long weekend I just returned the ebooks I bought.

Most e-readers will allow you to read in the dark. No lamps/reading lights/Christmas lights needed.

Snowed in while binge reading the hunger games? Buy and download Mockingjay and binge away*

*True story- I was snowed in at my apartment (I couldn’t get my VW bug out of the snow for the life of me) and I was finishing up Catching Fire and needed Mockingjay more than anything!

Gray Area 

I wasnt sure where to place this so I made a gray area, but the ebooks that are .99 cents are both a blessing and a curse. I cant resist them and I cant even stop myself, I must buy the book if its .99 cents.

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Cons

Ereaders are my last resort reading preference. I would rather hold the physical copy

The price. I will not spend more than 3 or 4 dollars and if I can buy the physical copy for less than the ebook version then you can bet with surety that I am buying that physical copy. And if you ever hear that I purchased an ebook for $10 then I have surely been abducted by aliens.

And let’s really discuss the price; I realize that authors have to get paid. Trust me that is not my issue BUT 10 dollars is a lot of money for me (to put in perspective: I make 13.50 an hour, to buy that 10 dollar book I have to work for one hour, for that I want to physically hold that copy to assure myself that working for that hour was worth it.) Also at the end of the day I don’t want to pay 10 dollars for a digital file, I’m just not going to do that.

I’ve found that I have a harder time connecting to the characters in the story if I’m reading a digital copy.

I cannot read on a computer screen. I don’t know what it is but I can’t do it. You know there’s that read now feature on Kindle that lets you read it on your computer screen? My bestie does that at work, if she has a free moment then she pulls up amazon and reads that way, I’ve tried on days when I leave my kindle at home or it’s dead or I forgot to bring another book for when I finish the current one, but I did not like reading that way. This also applies to reading a PDF on the screen, an old friend of mine sent me a rough draft of her story to read and I had to print it out because the PDF format was giving me a headache.

Preference?

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Meh, I really only use it to read New Adult books.

Audiobooks

Pros

I typically listen to audiobooks when I’m driving or doing chores around the house.

 

Cons

Sometimes I have to make myself listen to them, I am typically a mood listener with music and because the Hamilton Musical has taken over my life…usually, I’m listening to that more than my audiobook. If I’m doing a longer drive though then I am definitely listening to an audiobook. Gotta get those stats

The only other problem I have with audiobooks is the attention span that’s needed to focus on the story. Because of this, I typically only listen to books that I need to reread. So if a sequel is coming out and its been over 6 months since I’ve read the first book then I will listen to the audiobook.

Preference?

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I think that just about covers everything I could say about the ebook vs print book debate, what are your thoughts? Did I forget to cover something in this list? I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts.

Waiting on Wednesday 11/9

Waiting on Wednesday 11/9

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Welcome back to Waiting on Wednesday, Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and you talk about books coming out soon that you’re excited about

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Of Fire and Stars
By Audrey Coulthurst

Publishing date is November 22nd

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.


How gorgeous is that cover??? I love it so much and I also love the sound of the synopsis has captured my interest 100%.

So far I’ve read some pretty good things about it and I’m just looking forward to it so much.

WWW Wednesday 11/9

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words. Simply answer the following questions:

What have you recently finished reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


What have you recently finished reading?

Steadfast
by Sarina Bowen

I dont even know what to say about this one, I cried so many times for Jude and his struggles.

Keepsake
by Sarina Bowen

My heart! My feels! This was a stunning conclusion to a wonderful trilogy and I want to hightail it to Vermount and find a sexy grumpy farmer.

Gemina
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Omg this was mindblowing and amazing! I loved it so much. Hanna was a straight up BAMF! And Nik was so adorabley sweet. I need book 3 right…..now…now would be great please 🙂

 


What are you currently reading?

The Retrinution of Mara Dyer
by Michelle Hodkins

Since last we spoke I read 100 pages of this, I ended up putting it down to read the books mentioned above, Im hoping to finish this today and be able to read a good chunk of A million worlds.

A Million Worlds with You
by Claudia Gray

I am so ready to see how this ends. I’m expecting a lot of emotions and for it to have an iron clad grip on my attention.


What do you think you’ll read next?

 

Heartless
by Marissa Meyer

Woohoo!!! This is being delivered today! I am so ready to read this beauty!

Wolf by Wolf
by Ryan Graudin

sadly this got bumped down my tbr but now I’m able to binge on this duology.

Blood for Blood
by Ryan Graudin


Thats my reading plan for this week.

What are you reading this week? Are you gonna be picking up Heartless soon?

Top Ten Tuesday: 11/8| Additions to Mount TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

I have a lot of New Adult books going on today since it is a genre that I have been wanting to explore more into. Sometimes I just need a new adult book to get me out of a reading slump. Plus smut. LOL! It’s true, though. You can’t tell me that I’m not honest with you now 😀

There are two books on this list that are kind of different from the others on the list, The Sea Wolves and The Norse Mythology are for research purposes, I have a novel idea brewing and for that novel, I need to research a lot more into Norse culture and the Vikings. I am so excited to do that 🙂

all hyperlinks go to Goodreads.

November 8: Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately

  1. The Player
  2. Going Down Easy
  3. A Love Letter to Whiskey
  4. First and Then
  5. This Adventure Ends
  6. Sea Wolves: A History of the Vikings
  7. Norse Mythology
  8. Transcendence
  9. Pucked
  10. Stroked

What have you added to your TBR lately?

NaNoWriMo tag

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The Questions

How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?

This will be my second year participating in NaNoWriMo, I attempted to last year but I hit a massive stage of writer’s block and couldn’t push past it for the life of me.

How did you find out about NaNoWriMo?

My best friend, IRL, did NaNoWriMo last year and the year before that and hearing her talk about it was super inspiring and it just sounded awesome.

What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?

It doesn’t have a title because I don’t know what to title it, the name of the folder on my flash drive is called Cassidy’s Super Awesome Epic Fantasy Novel or CSAEFN for short! I am the worst at titling, I just don’t seem to be able to capture what the story is about.

Give us a 1 sentence summary of what you’re writing this year.

A girl who is immune to poisons goes on a dangerous mission to save the love her life.

What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?

The one that stuck with me the most was “Write until it becomes as natural as breathing. Write until not writing makes you anxious,”

Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?

No, because this is only my second year. I was almost about to skip this year because somethings happened in my life and my depression really worsened and I started thinking things like “Why bother, Whats the point, Who even cares?” until my BF reminded me that my favorite motivation is spite and that the person who caused this episode of depression doesn’t get to ruin another part of my life.

What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?

I love to daydream and I love to see my daydreams come to life on paper.

Read us the first sentence from one of your novels.

“Even with her eyes closed, Ivy was certain of two things.”

I don’t like that sentence but I didn’t know where to start so I just went with it.

Why do you love writing?

I love to create stories and characters, come up with scenarios to put them through.

Writing has been something that I’ve been doing for years, just for fun and in high school, and I don’t think that I could stop ever writing.


That’s the NaNoWriMo tag!

If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year please take some time to do the tag, I’d love to see your answers.

Empire of Storms review: featuring Sailor Moon gifs!

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Empire of Storms
by Sarah J Maas
hardcover
693 pgs
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Synopsis via Goodreads:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

 


My thoughts:

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Alliances were forged.

Bridges were mended.

Everyone has a part to play in

Empire of Storms

Omg! I loved this so much! Even though this book broke my heart into a million tiny little pieces and quite possibly killed my soul.

Sarah J Maas is a brilliant writer, from start to finish this book was action packed, gripping, and everything came together at the end so nicely.

But at the end, I was near destroyed. IRL I face planted on my bed and proceeded to have a mix of mental breakdown and panic attack. This book crushed my spirit and soul.

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 I will say that the book does have a bit of a slower pace, there’s a lot of build up throughout the story that sets off the events at the end, in that aspect it’s frustrating to read a 700 page book that’s mostly just building up for the events that will take place in the last 75 or so pages. On the bright side, this book is very detail oriented and I love when there are lots of details.

Okay let’s talk about the ships:

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Aelin and Rowan of course. I wasn’t really on this ship until they secured their bond, but I love how everything played out between them.

Lysandra and Aedion- Yes this is my favorite ship of the whole damn series! I freaking love these two so much and I love seeing them together and I really hope that we can see more of them in the last book and maybe a novella…*fingers crossed*

Dorian and Manon- No. Not about this ship at all. I do enjoy the lust filled scenes between them but as a relationship? No, I don’t like that idea at all.


This ending, though.

There were so many things that I did not see coming and I was sitting on my couch and my face probably looked like this.
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any doubts I might have been having for this installment were shoved aside as I raced to finish this book the fastest way I could. I can’t wait for the next book. Can it just be published already???

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