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Weekly Wrap Up – 29th July

So as I said in a previous post, I was in New York this week and I have filmed a NY book Haul so that should be getting uploaded somepoint this week.

Books I bought this Week (which I didn’t haul)

The Secret Diary of Lizzie BennetLux: Beginnings by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Don't Even Think About ItBooks I Read this Week

 Only one for this week which was an ARC from Netgalley
Amity by Michael Oslow

What am I Reading Now?

I Remember by Cynthia P. O’Neil
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

Posts of the Week

Monday: Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski Review
Tuesday: Top Ten Book Cover Trends I’m Totally in Love With
Wednesday: If Books Were Musicals…

If Books Were Musicals…..

So I love singing. I love music more. I love musicals most.
Well except for reading, I mean duh.
It got me thinking, what if books were musicals right? How much more awesome would life be, like Katniss goes into Hunger Games and is all sad about leaving her family behind so she sings herself a wee song to get over her issues a la High School Musical, but not as cheesy.
This video sort of got the idea
Starkid totally nailed it (and it was totally awesome):

and then I thought hmm what if all my favourite characters had theme tunes and I decided that this NEEDED to happen, so I made it.

The Mortal Instruments – Jace: Sexy Back by Justin Timberlake, because how couldn’t it be

The Mortal Instruments -Izzy: Maneater by Nelly Furtado

Vampire Academy and Bloodlines – Sydney:Human by Christina Perri because I think peole forget soetimes, she does so much and is always on top of her shit and that one time she slipped and dropped something her whole life fell apart (we think come on Silver Shadows, I NEED YOU)

The Lunar Chronicles – Cress: When will my Life Begin from Tangled (I know, predictable or what!)

Divergent – Tris: Bulletproof by La Roux (too soon?)

Fangirl – Cath: Theres a Fine, Fine Line from Avenue Q

The Heroes of Olympus – Leo: Disco Inferno (I know terrible or what)

Top Ten Book Cover Trends I am Totally In Love With

 
Sorry for the rushedness of this post! I am currently having a blast on awee visit to new York! Expect a great big post upon my return (i.e Thursday)
1. Purple covers! I love the colour purple so they make me happy!
2. Black white and ______. The colour pop just looks so good, especially in red and I LOVE.
3. Cartoonish pictures on the cover a la Rainbow Rowell
4. When having people on the cover actually works.
5. Matching Series Covers
6. When the title is Embossed or Indented (mainly because it makes the blindfolded book challenge a hell of a lot easier)
7. Having the number of the book in the series on the spine. (Praise Jesus when this happens because the absence of it is sooo frustrating)
8.When there’s beauty under the dust jacket
9. When the crowded thing actually works
10. When the spine looks beautiful.

Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Don't Even Think About It 
We weren’t always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn’t expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we’ve kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what’s coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.

So stop obsessing about your ex. We’re always listening

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Do you know what I really loved about this book? It was just so lighthearted and fun! This was my first read after City of Heavenly Fire so the odds were already stacked against it when I started because I mean, how do you follow that?! But it was literally perfect for that situation. It picked me up out of my reading slump before I even realized I was in one which I loved because I thought I was going to have to force myself to read again but I was immediately sucked into the lives of these students. 
From the get go it was wonderful, the idea, the delivery, the characters all superb. it was a really great spin on the whole “kids getting superpowers” thing because instead of fighting against the government (for the most part) the students were more worried about each other and all of their secrets, hopes and dreams being made public. To make it even more unique the story was told in first person plural. it wasn’t the story of one student and her friends it was a united voice telling the reader a story which I loved because it ruled out the possibility of annoying narrator syndrome (which would have probably been impossible anyways seeing as the characters were all great!)
Okay so that’s it for non-spoilers! If you haven’t read the book, please don’t read below and spoil yourself. I strongly urge you if you’re reading this to buy and read this book because it’s just so much fun that you don’t want to miss out on!

So remember that thing I do with book character names and people on tv shows?? Well here’s how I pictured BJ. This guy played a guy on a tv show called BB and my brain was like “meh, close enough”  and rolled with it.
BJ

I bought the book from Teen Book Con which was attended by Tess Sharpe, I think you know where I’m going with this.
Tess

Pi, I kind of pictured as Julia Cho, from the Lizzie Bennet Diaries

I pictured Olivia as a girl from my school who is called Olivia whose photo I’m not posting for obvious reasons.

Right then let’s get down to business then shall we??

The group narrative was wonderful! It was just so different from how stories are normally told and I loved that so much. I went into this believing this was going to be like Mackenzie’s story and then I was introduced to all of these other awesome people and it was so cool. I mean, okay to begin with I felt  like the characters just had ONE personality trait, it was like:
Mackenzie: bitch
Olivia: Hypochondriac
Pi: Clever
BJ: Perv
Tess: Insecure
Cooper: Nice
but then as the book went on we got to see all of these characters develop and round out to have quirks and they all ended up being really full of life and I was just mesmerized by the way in which Sarah Mlynowski was able to do this because it is so rare to discover a book with such a large cast of characters who all have personalities and not one of them is just there to fill in space. The only other examples I can think of right now are Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. Furthermore at the end of book we have a mixed set of conclusions with some characters getting over their flaws, some accidentally making them worse and some not even trying to fix things (Olivia, Mackenzie, Pi).

Okay, Pi is an absolute lunatic! She started off quite relate able and then as the book progressed she just got darker and darker. In the meanwhile, Olivia was developing beautifully as a character and really coming out of her shell which I really loved and when she basically told Lazar to shove it up his arse, I totally fist pumped because she had come full circle and beaten away all of her past anxiety and insecurity. It’s sort of like Mackenzie is what would probably happen, Olivia is what you would hope to happen and Pi is what you really shouldn’t do if this situation should occur.

Even though they completely fell apart in this book I was so shipping Mackenzie and Cooper and am kinda pissed about the whole Olivia/Cooper thing though I’m glad it seems Olivia has found someone she deserves and will apreciate her for who she really is. I shipped BJ and Tess like FedEx the whole way through the book, it was great to watch their relationship blossom. BJ grew whe hell up into a great, kind person which was really nice and I hope he and Tess will make it through book 2.

  • Mackenzie/Cooper/Olivia love triangle (which was kind of obvious). I think that Mack/Cooper will win out in the end and that Olivia will find someone she is truly meant to be with. 
  • Or, Cooper and Olivia will become a thing but he’ll have a passionate make out sesh with Mackenzie, ending that relationship and Olivia will never forgive him
  • The group will exile Pi for what she tried to do to them
  • The parents/government/school will go batshitcrazy at the kids for not taking the antidote and one of them will proably get kidnapped to get tests done on them or something which will lead to an awesome rescue mission in which Pi will do something big to redeem herself (i might have been reading a bit too much fantasy/dystopian lately….)
  • Someone in the school is going to find out about one of them and try to blackmail them with it or something.
  • Cooper will move out of his parent’s house to avoid them

This or That Tag!

So this is a book tag which I have seen going about for a while now and I thought it would be a fun little post for today!
1. Audiobook or book in hand?
Book-in-hand, definitely! I’m a person who is very easily distracted and with audiobooks I find myself getting lost in my thoughts and tuning out therefore missing half of the story
2. Soft cover or Hardback?
Hardbacks, they’re so much more durable and I can lend them to people without the fear of them getting broken. 
3. Fiction or Non-fiction?
Fiction, I read barely any (i.e none) non-fiction, I read to escape and have adventures, although I do sometimes read autobiographies.
4. Fantasy world or Real life issues?
 Fantasy for the same reasons as above.
5. Harry Potter or Twilight?
Come on! Is that even a serious question! Harry Potter hands down!
6. Kindle, I-pad or other?
I have a Kindle Fire HD which is so great for traveling and stuff!
7. Borrow or Buy?
Buy. I like to own my books and stare at them on my shelves.
8. Bookstore or Online?
Bookstore. i don’t need to pay for shipping, I get my book there and then and also it’s nice just to wander the aisles for a while
9. Standalone or Trilogy?
Really depends on the book. If it’s a fantasy, a series or trilogy usually works better than a standalone for worldbuilding purposes. contemporary books tend to work better as standalones
10. Monster read or short and sweet?
Monster read, the more pages the merrier
11. Stary eyed romance or full of action?
Full of action, I mean the romance is nice but I’m a very plot-oriented reader.
12. Curl up in your snuggie or Bathe in the sun?
SNUGGIE! I live in my bed
13. Hot chocolate or latte?
Mocha Frappuccino, best of both worlds and great for living in sunny Houston!
14. Read the review or decide for yourself?
Decide for myself usually. If “everyone” is reading and loving the same book, I will try to read it .
I wasn’t tagged by anybody to do this but I am tagging Rachel from Paper Cuts and Julie S. from Chapter Break!

Life of A Blogger – School

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Okay then, so i think I’m correct in the assumption that most of the people reading this live in the US (or at least that’s what my stats are telling me) so that means it’s time for a wee lesson in the English School System (not to be mistaken with the Scottish System which I was in before I moved across the pond).  If you just want to hear me rant about how frustrated my school makes me feel free to skip past the curriculum lesson to the last 2 paragraphs

I am at a British School in America which follows the English Curriculum. I am in Year 10 which is equivalent to grade 9 I think. The exams we take are GCSEs which are like the first exams that you really take. These are a two year course through years 10 and 11. After these exams you can either leave school or continue on and do either A-levels or IB which is the higher qualification needed for universities ad things. These are also completed across 2 years, years 12 and 13.

My school requires me to take 10 GCSE Exams (that’s two years of work in ten different subjects, equating to a shit ton of revision and a boat load of stress). I take:

Compulsory Subjects

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • English Media
  • Maths (I sat my exam for this last week as I entered it early to get one out of the way early on account of maths is my strong suit)

    Chosen Subjects:

    • Chemistry (woot!)
    • Biology (ugh)
    • Psychology
    • French
    •  History – I cannot even with this subject its so difficult to remember all that information I feel like my head is gonna explode!
    • Music (double ugh, don’t go thinking its a soft subject because it is so freaking hard!)

      So yeah, acedemically that’s my life. I hope this kind of helps to clear up why I have to withdraw from posting every now and then becaue my school does so many sets of exams to get us prepared for the real thing and it is such a stress! I am getting the results of my exams from last week either today or tomorrow so wish me luck! ( I mean like we get them back formally, I already have Hist, Psych, French and Music back). I really freakign out about English though because the language paper was like the most difficult exam paper I’ve ever seen in my life!.

      Personally, I have a kind of love-hate relationship with my school because while I understand that I’m getting a really good quality of education there because the teachers are excellent. It’s just the school I disagree with, I mean some of the rules are ridiculous. We have a uniform which is fine because it looks very proffessional except it dictates that we need to wear KNEE LENGTH SKIRTS. I’m Sixteen years old, do you know how demeaning that is! Most other girls my age don’t even own a knee length skirt and I wear one daily, go to school wearing NO make up or nail polish which means that there is absolutely NO WAY  for students to express any sign of individuality through our appearances, which is upsetting because we are all individuals. There are just a whole heap of small things which just chip away at me until I go crazy and the worst thing about it all is that there is NOTHING I CAN DO about it. I’m the sort of person where if I have a problem with something I like to fix it and move on but here I can’t fix, change or even alter anything. I’m just stuck and that’s what gets to me most about the situation.

      Okay so thanks for listening to me rant, I’ve just had that on my chest for a long while and it’s good to let it out,

      Top Ten Books of 2014 So Far

      Okay, so I know this was last week’s theme and all but this week’s theme (my Summer TBR) was going to be pretty much identical t the theme from the week before (books in my beach bag for summer) and this was a list which I really wanted to write and I was gutted I missed it in my exam induced one week hiatus. So without further ado, here are my Top Ten Books of 2014 so far.
      1. CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE BY CASSABDRA CLARE! 100% 
       3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 95%  – Cress by Marissa Meyer 95%
         
      4.Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews 90%
      5. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins 90%
      6.Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski 85%
      7.Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page 85%
      8.Unremembered by Jessica Brody 85%
      9.My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent 85%
      10. I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak  85%

      I Have Returned!!!

      So my exams are over
      Reaction GIF: thumbs up, Doctor Who, Matt Smith 
      My birthday happened and the Epic Reads girls wished me happy birthday on their livestream

      and alas I got no books for my birthday, but I got lots of Barnes and Noble giftcards, a lovely booky scarf and my mum made me a Pride and Prejudice book wreath!

      I haven’t completely abandoned the world of books mind, although I didn’t get any more reading done, I have filmed my City of Heavenly Fire discussion and have a whopping 53 minutes of footage to edit, goodness me! I’m about halfway through editing it but it’s a big challenge! I will probably have to post it in two chunks because I can’t post videos longer than 15 mins!

      and of course I dressed for the occasion!

      I’m hoping to resume blogging as usual this week and am planning to film an I haul video soon because my mum is getting antsy about the number of books I own for getting them all back to Scotland next year, I figure if I make a few cutdowns now, she won’t nag me as much later and will let me get on with buying more books. Hopefully I hope this means I will be able to host another giveaway soon to send some of my books to happy new homes but rest assured if I can’t give them all to you lot, I will do are them to Goodwill so that someone can provide them with a good home.
      So the dilemma facing me this week is this: What book should I start next?? Leave me a comment to help me decide, it’s between:
      I hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
      My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
      Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass 
      Or
      Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
      That’s all for today! Be back tomorrow for Top Ten Tuesday!

      Weekly Wrap Up – 8th June

      Books I Read this Week

      I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak
      Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
       
      Books I Bought This Week 

      Buffy the Vampire Slayer Volume 2.
      I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
      The Bronze Horseman by  Paulina Simons (ebook)

      Sorry for dissappearing this week but exams and such have prevented me from doing so. I shall be on complete hiatus this week until Sunday as my exams are continuing this week with the last one on Friday so I’m a bit preoccupied! Please Bear with me and I’ll be back on the 15th Hopefully with a big-ass BIRTHDAY BOOK HAUL!! I turn 16 on Wednesday and have 2 exams! grrrrr

      Summer Library Challenge: Library Survey

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      1. What’s the name of your library and how close is it to where you live?

        Harris County Public Library Fairbanks Branch which is about 30 minutes from my house

      2. How frequently do you go to the library?
      Usually Once per Week

      3. What is the first section you normally go to when you get to the library?
      The Young Adult/Teen Section followed by the audiobooks

      4. Share a link to your library’s webpage. How often do you use it and what for?
      I use it regularly to reserve books for myself at the library.

      5. Does your library have a summer reading program for your age group? Do you participate and why or why not?

      I don’t think so

      6. What is one thing you can think of that would make your library better?

      A summer reading challenge for my age group? Haha erm I’m not sure. There is a wide selection of books and it’s pretty organised. If I could do anything I would make the carpet softer as I volunteer at my library and crawling along to put away  children’s books hurts my knees.

      7. Does your library have a self checkout station and do you use it more than the circulation clerks?

      Yes it does have self checkout so if I’ve browsed and am checking out I’ll use those but if I’m picking up a book whih I have reserved then I go up to the desk

      8. What programs have you attended or thought of attending at your library?

      I haven’t attended any programs at my library because I’m not aware of any which have been set up.

      9. Do you have family that utilizes the library with you? Who is your “library buddy”?

      Nope I’m a solo library goer. Occasionally my mum will come in if we are going on holiday and she needs something to read.

      10. What is the best thing about your library?

      I’m a person who is very easily confused and my library is very easy to navigate thankfully.

      I’m going to redo this survey when I’m back in the UK because I will probably have a lot more to sa about the library I grew up going to!