Monthly Archives: March 2014

In Response To: What I’d Read at the Airport

I’ve decided to start a new feature here on Scarlett’s Book Blog. I am following a lot of people on Bloglovin’ so I read a lot of posts each day and usually I have an opinion on which is being said. In most cases, a comment underneath will suffice and I can get across what I feel but recently I have found posts which leave me with a lot to say, hence this feature. So here goes number #2, In Response To: What I’d Read In an Airport
I saw a new feature at  Annareads.com
 ““What I’d Read” is a new situational recommendation series I’ve been tossing around in my head for quite some time.”
“Last week, when I was at the airport, I figured it was the perfect time to start.
So, this week: What I’d read in an airport. Let’s assume something tragic has happened to your eReader and you are about to be trapped on an airplane bookless (GASP!!!!!!) and your only options are the teeny selections of best-sellers at the airport kiosk bookshop.”
Well I was also travelling this week and the airport in my home city of Aberdeen is sadly, lacking. There is literally a Boots (British Walgreens), electronics shop, World Duty Free store and  *drumroll* a WHSmith, the only chance of getting a book, seriously. So I went in search this morning and this is what I found.
1. Half Bad by Sally Green (my copy was safely stored in my handbag)
2. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Mass (my copy was in my suitcase)
3. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith  A.K.A   J.K Rowling
4. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Weekly Wrap Up – 30th March

Books I Bought this Week

So having been home this week, I have done a lot of retail therapy in the form of BOOK SHOPPING!! I thought it might be an idea to further expand my blossoming library with a few of my favorite childhood novels. So my list of books 
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Half Bad by Sally Green
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Mass
  • My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent
  • My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent
  • If I Die by Rachel Vincent
  • Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent
  • This is Not a Book by Keri Smith
  • Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzie
  • A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
  • The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer
  • A Man Named Dave by Dave Pelzer
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • The Meanwhile Adventures by Roddy Doyle
  • The Twins at St. Clare’s by Enid Blyton
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
and 3 others which will soon be revealed in a video.
6 Books which Transcended their Story lines

So to start this off, I needed to find out what the heck transcend means:

transcend

  

tran·scend

  

verb (used with object)

1.

to rise above or go beyond; overpass; exceed: to transcend the limits of thought; kindness transcends courtesy.
2.

to outdo or exceed in excellence, elevation, extent, degree,etc.; surpass; excel.

I’m taking this to mean when sequels surpassed their first book and developed so much further than I thoght would be possible from reading book one.
1. Cress by Marissa Meyer
2. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
3. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
4. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
5. The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
6. United We Spy by Ally Carter
This week’s Cover Characteristics theme is Devils and as I have read no books pertaining to this subject, I shall not be taking part

Posts From This Week

Friday – Opposites Book Tag (feat. Chris)
Saturday – In Response To: DO NOT READ IN PUBLIC

In Response To: DO NOT READ IN PUBLIC

Hey guys! So I’ve decided to start a new feature here on Scarlett’s Book Blog. I am following a lot of people on Bloglovin’ so I read a lot of posts each day and usually I have an opinion on which is being said. In most cases, a comment underneath will suffice and I can get across what I feel but recently I have found posts which leave me with a lot to say, hence this new feature. So here goes number #1 In Response to : DO NOT READ IN PUBLIC.

Yesterday Perpetual Page Turner, a blog I read regularly, posted about the difficulties of reading in public:
(link to full post here)

“It’s that awkward moment when you are reading something that brings a volcanic eruption of FEELINGS in the form of tears that just comes flowing to the surface….and you are in public…away from the comfort of your own space where you can properly ugly cry your little heart out. It’s the worst. My eyes are burning and my face starts to get flushed and I’m trying with all my might to HOLD BACK THOSE TEARS. I’m sure I look like a hot mess with my teary eyes and the trembling lip that I’m trying SO HARD to stop “

The post then went on to describe the multiple times this had happened to Jamie (the writer) and afew musings about how this could be dealt with.

This has inspired me to share the many times this has happened to me because I HAVE BEEN JUDGED!

*********** THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THEE FOLLOWING BOOKS: CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS (TMI #4), SHADOW KISS (VA #3), DELIRIUM AND ELEANOR AND PARK*********

City of Fallen Angels
So I’m sitting in the car just reading along and the end comes and it was like YAY! I’m going to get resolution! I’m going to get resolution! and then, the final thing happens with Jace and possession and fucking Lilith and just no! I screamed, like a proper screech and m just like nononononononono! my mum almost crashed the car. The thing is, I carpool to school. A guy in my year, two of my sister’s friends and their little brother who is nine. I’m just sat there breaking down and they are judging me!

Shadow Kiss
This time I was on a plane, descending into Aberdeen and then the tears started. I’m hysterically crying next to this random stranger because Dimitri and the feels and just asdfghjkl! I mean I was dying! and this randomer is just sitting there like what the actual fuck is this girl doing and I couldn’t explain myself just sob uncontrollably and oh dear.

Delirium
I finished this in the queue at the airport, going through Border Control and I was kind of just in shock, I was in a daze, my grandma was just staring at me like “what’s wrong” and she could see the tears glistening in my eyes and she was so confused.

Eleanor and Park
Picture the scene, I’ve talked about this before. I’m queuing up to get my US Visa renewed in London at Christmas time and I reach the end of Eleanor and Park with that arsehole step father and then the separation and I just lost it! Tears streaming down my face, mum glaring at me in horror and this random stranger just standing there confused (he offered me a tissue after) oh my days!

So those are my embarrassing anecdotes of reading in public when tragedy strikes and the tars arise.
Feel free to share yours in the comments, I need to know there are more people like me!



Top 10 Things on my Bookish Bucket List

This is just gonna be a quickie post (see Absence) so please excuse the spelling errors

1. Meet Cassandra Clare
 I have adored her books since discovering them this past year and I want to meet the brain behind all of that magic!

2. Read the works of Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books so I aspire to read the rest to see how they stack up
against it.

3. Write a Book
This has been something I have been thinking about for a while now and it’s first on my to-do list when I leave school.

4. Hit 10,000 Pageviews
I never thought I would manage to keep my blog running this long so I was astounded to hit 5,000 views the other week, I want to keep on going!

5. Go to The Elephant House
The Elephant House Cafe in Edinburgh is where J.K Rowling sat and wrote the Harry Potter books, it’s about 3 hours from my hometown in Scotland so I’m confident this will happen sometime!

6. Make some Blogger friends
I currently have one (hey Julie!) but  I want to make more and meet some of them! If you are a blogger in the Houston Area who is planning on going to TeenBookCon, tweet me for details about a meet-up (@SJbookblog)

7. Meet Christine of PolandbananasBOOKS
In January of 2013, after finishing the Mark of Athena, I turned to the internet for help with my feels and I stumbled upon this video.

It has since changed my reading life. Her videos inspired me to do more reading and eventually start up my blog and Youtube channel. I would love to meet Christine and thank her for that in person.

8. Read all 7 Harry Potter Books in a Week
This is a thing. which people do. I wanna do it. But I’m in school so I can’t….. Bummer

9. Sell 10 copies of If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (current count: 4)
When I say sell, I mean take friends to a bookstore and ensure that they leave with a copy.

10. Turn my room into a book haven
At the moment, as close as I have been able to come to this is the posters and taking great care of my bookshelves. This is because I am currently living in a rented house. But when I move back home to Scotland, it is my intention (which I haven’t told my parents yet) to have a wall of books and then fill the other three walls with quotes and pictures and all sorts. I’m kind of in love with the idea of having a book nook area like next to my window? I’m not sure yet but I’ll make it happen!

Naomi Grimm (Silver Scythe Series #1) by Tiffany Nicole Smith

The assignment:

Collect lifestones from humans after they die.

Rebellious, sixteen-year-old Naomi craves a normal life, but unfortunately, she’s a Grim by birth. That’s right, she sees dead people and hoards their living essence in a stone. Not a fun occupation.

In order to be good at her job, she must live among human teenagers for weeks at a time. But Naomi soon becomes attached to the kids she’s been assigned to watch over. And knowing that these teens are gonna die under less than ideal circumstances, she has the opportunity to prevent their deaths from occurring. Only one big problem—interfering with death is the worst crime a Grim can commit. If she intervenes, she’ll put herself and her family in danger.

Naomi must make the hardest choice of her career, go against the sacred covenant or watch her new friends walk blindly to their deaths.

Only one thing is for certain—Naomi has a grim knack for finding trouble and she’s about to break all the rules…

About the Author
Tiffany Nicole Smith resides in South Florida where she enjoys teaching as well as writing middle grade and young adult fiction. Tiffany enjoys reading and watching horror, action, and fantasy movies—all of which inspire new story ideas. Be on the lookout for upcoming releases.
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4 Reasons why I was Excited to Read it

1. This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. That has not influenced my opinion on it but nonetheless this is my first read-to-review book which made me quite excited!

2. The idea of Grim Reapers fascinates me. Having just read the first two books in Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series, which features a reaper as a secondary character, I wanted to see a reaper in the spotlight and see a different interpretation of them.

3. A Grim Reaper who is too human to do her job is a fascinating concept which I wanted to see explored in the novel.
4. The cover of this book is stunning! It evoked some extreme curiosity and to be fair it creeped me out a bit, like “if you don’t read this my skeleton eye will steal your soul” and I was like okay then!

4 Reasons why You’ll Love it

1. It’s a heart-warming story of compassion and how far one girl will go to save innocent lives, the internal struggle of knowing that if she does it, the lives of her and everybody she knows will crumble around her bu that if she doesn’t, she won’t be able to live with herself.
2. It’s got a perfect blend of Reaction GIF: fuck yeah and  and image
3. There are so many twists and turns, it’s faced- paced and goes in so many brilliant directions. The book was originally sold as 4 separate parts and you can tell because in similar fashion to the Hunger Games it is split into four different plot sections (whereas the Hunger Games is marked Parts 1-3)
4. The world building is mesmerizing. It was fascinating to leasrn about and has left me hungry for more! I need to know what happens next!

Dream Cast (or rather, how I pictured them)

Weekly Wrap Up – Super 6 Sunday and Cover Characteristics (1)

What I read this Week

This week was a fairly productive reading week for me in comparison with the rest of the year. I reread Divergent, (just in time for the movie) and finished My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent (it was awesome and a review is in progress – See Absence)

Super 6 Sunday – Books I’m excited to see as Movies

SuperSixSunday
So I’ve decided to incorporate two new memes into my wrap up posts because it then means on slow reading weeks, I can at least say something in these posts other than “I didn’t buy or read any books”. Super 6 Sunday is hosted at Bewitched Bookworms and is inspired by the broke and the bookish’s Top 10 Tuesday.
1. Mockingjay :Part 1
After the amazing success of Catching Fire, I NEED the next installment of this saga! I want to see all the new characters and what they do with District 13!
2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
If I Stay is my favourite book of all time and thee idea of seeing it on the big screen is giving me little spasms of excitement!!!
3. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Okay so I’m cheating here because I saw it on Friday night, but I’m excited to see it again!!
4. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
After Divergent raked in $4.9 million on it’s opening weekend, Insurgent production had been given the green light! YAY!!!!
5. Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Come on! We NEED A SECOND MOVIE!! ADRIAN!!!!!
6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I don’t think this had even been picked up for a movie but after reading all three of the currently released books, I want one so bad!!!!

Cover Characteristics – Angels

This meme exists just to appreciate gorgeous covers with different themes each week. Cover Characteristics is hosted at Sugar and Snark

Posts from this Week

Wednesday: TMI Tag


Abscence

Hi guys, I’m writing this en route to the airport for an emergency trip home to Scotland.A member of my family has sadly passed away so I wasn’t able to type up my posts for this week as I didn’t know I was going. Because of this I don’t know what my posts are going to be like this week. I will definitely have one up on Monday but aside from that I don’t know. I hope I can just post as normal but if not, this is why. 

I’ll be back next Monday 
Scarlett x

Life of a Blogger – Travel

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Hosted at Novel Heartbeat
So travel is such a broad topic so I’m just going to pinpoint one area within it, what do you do to stop yourself getting bored while you travel?
So one of my biggest fears (aside from the obvious ones like snakes and spiders etc) is being bored, like on a plane for 10 hours and not having anything to do with me. 
I know an obvious one is reading right? I’m an avid reader so I’m gonna read but when you have really long journeys you start to feel sick and then you just kind of deteriorate. That being said, my school is about half an hour away from my house so I usually get a good hour of reading done everyday.
Last year, my yer group went on a big trip to Arizona at the end of the school year and because everything was so spaced out, this entailed A LOT of bus travel. The teachers were amazed at the amount of stuf my friends and I had to do, simply because I didn’t want to be bored. I took this game which we all had great fun playing called “Keep Talking” where there are cards each with a list of 10 things on them like 10 cheeses, 10 Welsh Celebrities, 10 national monuments etc. and the person who had picked the card had to get he other players to say all of the things on the list without a saying them herself (kind of like charades where you can talk) it was so much fun we played it non-stop! We also had word association games and all sorts!
As a person who had moved from the UK to The US, I frequently return home on holiday, meaning I face 10 hour flights and praise the lord for the movies on long flights! They almost always have the Avengers movie and I almost always watch it! Last time, on my return flight I got to watch The Mortal Instruments again which was awesome!!

So yup…travel..

The TMI Tag!

I haven’t been tagged by anybody but this looked like so much fun!

I am almost 16 (11th June)

Weirdly for me I am reading like a million books at one right now! (Okay not a million but like 5)
Unremembered by Jessica Brody
My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent 
(Those are the ones I’m focusing on)
Graceling by Kristen Cashore
Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
(Have taken up residency in my locker)
I Capture the Castle

(I have lost it! No idea where it is but I have to read it for school so I better find it!)

My purple reindeer pajama bottoms and

a camisole!

PERCABETH PERCABETH PERCABETH! Who doesn’t ship them though! A close second were Sydrian and in joint third place were Jalary, Sizzie and MALEC!

Blogger, I am a loyal Google user

Staying in and reading a book! ALWAYS! I am a social recluse!

Naomi Grim, part 1 (The Silver Scythe Chronicles, #1)The last book I read was Naomi Grimm by Tiffany Nicole Smith, the first book in the Silver Scythe series (review will be up on Monday as part of a tour!)

I’m hoping to finish all of the books I’m in the middle of but I also intend on rereading Divergent by Friday so I’ll be starting that today!

I don’t mind ebooks. I went on a random 4 day holiday to Paris with my Grandma lat year and I was only allowed a carry on bag so my kindle was my savior! I am a big fan of the kindle library because it just makes life easier! I read 5 books on that trip (only one of which was physical which I only took for takeoff,landing and in case of a dead battery)

IN MY BED!!!

Julie S over at chapter break, tagging her in my book memory tag.

Either Cassandra Clare (checking for snippets) or The Broke and the Bookish, I was looking at their Bookish Deals post.

I really like Anna Reads because her blog is formatted so clearly, I like the tone of her posts and she has really pretty graphics!

Christine of PolandbananasBOOKS without a shadow if a doubt! She is hilarious and so intelligent and I feel her Feels!! 
Katy of Katytastic is a close second though.
Check out their new collab vid!

Give them the death stare, silently ship them with a cactus (if ya know what I mean) take a deep breath and walk away. 

On twitter Marissa Meyer after posting my double review of Cress and Scarlet or in person Mary Gray when I interviewed her.

My friend Eve, we couldn’t decide if we were supposed to wear out PE kits all day for sports day or take our uniform to wear after lunch

Oh my god EVIL QUESTION! I want to say Percy Jackson but that has caused some issues for me lately (you know what I mean if you are reading <3 ) so I’m gonna go with Sydney Sage because I think she is an amazing young woman. The way that she can adapt so quickly to new environments and be on top of everything is astounding!

USYA… I feel like I just betrayed my country but the only YA which came from Scotland was Harry Potter which is classed as children’s so I’m gonna have to side with the US here.

I don’t really have one. I really like going to the mall and just sitting in Starbucks with my book in which case I have a Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappaccino with extra whipped cream. Having recently discovered the Yogurtland in my mall, my allegiances have changed though.

I think I would be a lot more focused on music. I sing (hence the unfortunate YouTube URL that I can’t get rid of) and since my reading really picked up last year, my singing kind of ground to a halt. I still sing but not as much as before.

2- both of which are full

Oh my god NO! I can’t choose! I am actually meeting some of the book bloggers in my area so I’m going to have some friends to tag in these things soon!!

I’m not really worried. As a person who reads mostly paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi, the romance isn’t really the focal point of the story most of the time it’s just a really nice perk. I’m indifferent.

Either Cassandra Clare or Richelle Mead! I love them both so much!

City of Heavenly Fire!!! I NEED IT NOW! I just pre-ordered a signed copy so yay!

I’m indifferent, Harry Potter and Percy Jackson are two of my favourite series and they have male protagonists even though the majority of what I read have female protagonists.

Probably Catching Fire, isn’t it everyone’s?

Love is an Open Door from Frozen
Positive reviews because they are always happier! I love reading a review where that reviewer has clearly adored devouring every word in the book because that is something most readers strive for.
I am tagging YOU! Because I haven’t met any blogger friends yet (with the exception if someone who I have already tagged this week so I cannot tag her again!)