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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Own the Most Books Of

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.This week's topic  is: Top Ten Authors I Own the Most Books Of. (note my terrible attempt at a graphic below)

Let's just say, my J.K. Rowling collection is still growing. 

What authors do you own the most books by? Leave me a link to your TTT this week and I'll check it out!

Happy reading!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Convince Me to Give This One a Try.

For about 6 months now, I've been trying my hardest to trudge through a book that is beloved throughout the book blogging community and the YA book world at large. The entire trilogy has been released, everyone seems to adore them, and I just... can't. Which book exactly?

This one.

I started it up a while back and couldn't really get into it, so I put it down. For the past 6 months or so now, I'll pick it up, read a few pages, and get distracted by something else or zone out and just not be able to connect. I tried the other day to read it once more, but nothing still. I just can't bring myself to connect with the story and the characters and the writing. It's becoming quite a pain because I want to read this book to see why everyone raves about it so much, but I just... can't. I don't know if it's a slow start and then picks up or if it's just not for me, but I need your help.

Tell me why I should give Cinder another go. Please, because I'm not going to be able to get into it unless I know it gets better and at this point.. I don't know that. So I'm asking you to please tell me your opinion on this sci-fi novel and help me decide if I'm going to continue reading!

Happy reading!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Review: The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

Author: Leah Rae Miller
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Page Count:  267 pages, Paperback
Date Published: May 7th 2013
Find it on Goodreads: The Summer I Became a Nerd
Source: Purchased

On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.
Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.

The Summer I Became a Nerd was a super cute summer-y read that I enjoyed quite a bit, however it was also pretty predictable, yet I kind of expected that. I love reading books with a ton of pop-culture references and I especially love books that have super 'nerd-y' characters, as that is a word I proudly associate myself with. It's just fun to read about people who have similar interests as you! Maddie made me kind of sad, honestly, in that she couldn't be proud of her nerd-self and I just wanted to jostle her and be like "dude! Nerdiness is something to be proud of! It's way more fun than being a vapid, uninteresting zombie!" But I also kind of get it... It's hard to really be yourself when all of your interests might be something that others look down upon. I have to try and keep my fangirling about shows and books to a minimum around my friends usually, because a lot of them just don't get it and are definitely not interested when I start talking about Star Trek or the latest Supernatural episode. So while I was sad for Maddie that she had to hide who she truly was, I also got it. Being a 'nerd' is amazing and something I'm so proud of, but it's also sometimes difficult to be yourself in front of your friends who aren't interested in all of that or find it weird.

I was super jealous of Logan's and Maddie's super awesome nerdy adventures. I desperately want to LARP one day, but I haven't been able to find a group where I live and I don't really know many people who would be interested in doing it on our own. And seriously, working in a comic book shop surrounded by them all day? Awwwesome. Logan was super cute as well and I loved his gig at the radio station. All around, this was a pretty enjoyable novel, yet I wouldn't say I LOVED it enough to reread it. It was very predictable and there wasn't much depth to it, which I think there could have been room for, as Maddie discovered herself and who she wanted to be. But it was a fun book and a good beach read that I'd recommend it you're looking for something light!

Happy reading!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.This week's topic  is: Top Ten Favourite TV Shows. I've been actually thinking of posting a bit more about my favourite movie/tv shows... so this is a great place to start! I'm not gonna lie guys, I'm one of those people that finds a TV show and just completely binge watches it until I've completely caught up. I don't really know if I have an absolute favourite TV show, although Supernatural is high up there, but I do have a lot of shows that I'm attached to and love the characters a lot, so here they are! 




Now, I wouldn't necessarily call all of these 'favourites' but they all are ones that I get super attached to when they're on or while I was watching them on Netflix! Although I will say that Doctor Who was a favourite when it was Eccleston/Tennant/a bit of Smith while Amy and Rory were there. I'm still trying to get used to Clara, honestly. But Supernatural and Sherlock are probably my two most addictive shows I watch, ones I get so hooked on. The Fosters and Parenthood are my feel good shows and Downton Abbey and Reign both feed my love for history! 

What TV shows do you watch? Do we have any favourites in common? Let me know!

Happy reading/watching!

Friday, 11 July 2014

I Want to Start a Book Club

While blogging gives me a great outlet for talking about books and discussing favourite characters, frustrating plot lines, and dreamy literary crushes, there's nothing like discussing all of these things in person. But here's my problem: most of my friends don't read as much as I do/the same things that I do/as enthusiastically as I do. Sure, some of them do, but I find it's hard to discuss with them about these books because there's always other people around! And there are a couple of friends that I'm able to talk about books with, but they live at least an hour away. So, I've been thinking of starting a book club, or maybe just trying to find one to join. I'm dying to talk about books in a group setting, over coffee, and making new friends along the way. But, I've never really done anything like that, so I was wondering... do you have any tips? Have any of you started a book club or are part of one? How would you recommend getting started, or is this just a futile little task that won't go anywhere? Since I'm a teen, should I just have teens in the book club? Or people of all ages? I need help! And since y'all are the bookish community that I love, I figure you're the best to ask. So... any ideas? OR any book bloggers/blog readers out there in BC who would be interested in maybe starting one, kind of like they have in Edmonton!? *crosses fingers*

Happy reading!
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