Weekly Wrap-Up #7

Hello, lovely blogglings! This week went by soooo fast but I am soooo tired. So what happened in my world anyway?

  1. I went back to school on Wednesday. Yay. When I was younger, I used to adore school. Ha. Now I have homeowrk, and actual schoolwork. My days of coloring and learning 2+2 are over. *sigh*
  2. I met Marissa Meyer! Yes, the queen herself. It was the mots amazing thing ever. And I met another blogger, too. :)
  3. I took the entry exams yesterday. I talked about this last week, but in case you’ve forgotten let me repeat it. I’m [probably] going to a new school next year, and part of the entry process are a series of tests, which I took today. It took 3 hours. UGH. But they gave us food! [And by food I mean Rice Krispie Treats, peppermint patties, fruit snacks, and Chex Mix.]
  4. I also went to the Fall Fair yesterday. After the exams, I went to the school’s Fall Fair, which is basically a fund raiser for the school’s clubs, and it’s super fun. They sell food, desserts, baked goods, pizza [Notice a theme?], fun games, USED BOOKS, and used clothing! They transformed a classroom into a thrift shop, and I got a sweater, necklace, and bracelet. As for books, well, you’ll just have to go below to see my haul. The food was DELISH. The only “real” food I had was pizza. [But it had veggies.]
  5. I had a sleepover last night! And you’re not invited. :P Jk, jk. If you’ve been counting down the days till my birthday [Of course you are. :) ], you’d know that there are SIX days until my bday. Which is awesome. Since I’ll be gone that weekend, I’m having my bestie over to celebrate. And so we can watch Harry Potter, because she hasn’t. Fun stuff!

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[Yes, I’ve started my own thang for when I get new bookies. ;) ]

So I’m supposed to put images here of my beautiful babies books, but my phone is being stupid and not taking pictures and sending them to me. So I’ll list them instead.

  • Inkheart
  • Redwall #1
  • Ender’s Game
  • The View From Saturday
  • The Alchemist
  • The Amber Spyglass

So, yeah. Those are my bookies. :D

What I Posted:

On Sunday, I reviewed Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.

On Monday, I did the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, awarded by Sam @ Bookish Serendipity.

On Tuesday, I told you about meeting Marissa Meyer and getting my books signed. :D

On Wednesday, I did a post about NaNoPrepMo and characters.

On Thursday, I posted chapters 24 and 25 of Nakoma.

On Friday, TGIF.

Camping, Reading, and Drinking Iced Tea

I’m camping right now. Amongst bugs. I’m probably reading a lot, maybe writing if my computer is charged enough. I’m also probably drinking lots of iced tea. You probably know by now that I love that stuff. I’m also probably not loving nature.

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Now, don’t get me wrong, I like nature. But…

  1. Bugs.
  2. Bears.
  3. No WiFi.
  4. Hiking.

So, yeah, I’m not crazy about nature.

TOMORROW THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS IS RELEASED!!!

And I will be in nature. :(

I have a TON of books, and I won’t be able to review them right after I read them. So I will choose three-six to review when I get back…from the forest. Now, I have to go write another post. There will be no TTT.

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Weekly Wrap-Up #5

Note: Weekly Wrap-Ups will now be on Saturdays.

Hello, everyone! This week I didn’t post a lot, because of generally being busy and some other complications. I also have not been writing. Which I will [hopefully] fix after I write this. Anyway, let’s get on with things.

On Saturday, I stacked my shelves at a bookstore and library.

On Monday, I reviewed Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield.

On Tuesday, I shared my list of Top Ten Books That Were Hard to Read.

On Friday, I reviewed The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

That’s pretty much it.

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Also: Go to AGV to sign up for My Hero Monday. It starts this Monday and I only have two people.

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Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Number of Pages: 374 pages

Genre: YA Dystopian

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Summary From Cover: The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Discussion: I enjoyed this more than I thought I would.

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I honestly thought I would hate this all over again, throw the book across the room, and never even start Catching Fire. But I did. Sure, it wasn’t amazing, and I only gave it 3.5 stars, but I’m reading the second book and liking it more. I still think Mockingjay will be horrifically horrid. Ah, well.

So, what did I like?

  • Katniss-I mean, just a bit more. Just a smidge.
  • The plot-Honestly, I forgot how good the plot is. Very entertaining.
  • The side characters-Prim, Cinna, Effie, the prep team–those people.
  • Gale-He is one of my favorite characters.
  • Rue-I just love her! So much.
  • The political part-You know, the part of it that talks about government and stuff that only certain people debate about.

And what did I dislike?

  • The writing-I really do not like Suzanne Collins’s writing. The sentences are short and clipped and I just don’t like it!
  • Peeta-I know, fangirls will murder me for this, but I find him to be an airhead.

I surprised myself while making these lists; I guess I do like it more than I know. But the writing doesn’t do it for me. Not enough.

Have you read The Hunger Games? What did you think? Tell me in the comments below.

Before we go: I’ve decided to push back the Weekly Wrap-Up to Saturday from now on.

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Top Ten Books That Were Hard to Read

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TTT is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

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City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare-I adored this book. It was just so sad! I cried! And I hardly ever cry about books.

A Dark Sky by Giselle Rocha-I also like this book, but the plot was a little slow sometimes. It took me a while to finish! Like, a month. [But that was on-and-off reading.]

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman-I honestly need to reread this once my TBR cools down. But I read the whole trilogy when I was too young and didn’t understand it all.

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck-If you have been on my blog for a while, you might know that I was in an essay competition about this book. I had to read it for school, and, honestly, I despised it. [Yet I got first place for my age level in the competition.] It was heavy on description and farms, which isn’t my thing.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak-Mostly the ending. It just didn’t comprehend.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell-Probably the book that I was most emotionally-connected to. It was amazing, but I felt it all when I read it.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman-The angst was just too much. Adam was so bratty and whiny and a jerk. But I had to read it!

The Giver by Lois Lowry-I couldn’t connect with the characters, some things were left unexplained…it was just a bit hard.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee-The writing is just so heavy.

Requiem by Lauren Oliver-Iiiiit…Waaaassss…Ssoooo…Ssllooooww.

So, what about you? What books were hard to read for you? Tell me in the comments below.

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Book Review: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield

Title: Afterworlds

Author: Scott Westerfield

Number of Pages: 599

Genre: YA Paranormal/Contemporary

Overall Rating: 4.89/5 stars

Summary From Cover: Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

Discussion: You have to read this book. Like, now.

You might be wondering why I gave it 4.89 stars. Here’s why: I loved it. So much. It is my favorite book I’ve read this year.

But, Chloe, you only gave it 4.89 stars, not five, like other books you read!

Although I loved it to pieces, it still had flaws. So, sorry, but 4.89 stars. I just, I can’t even explain, it’s–

This is going to be an interesting review.

With lots of short “paragraphs.”

  1. Darcy’s world. She is 18, just signed a book deal, dropped college, and moved to NYC, where she meets her favorite authors in Chapter Seven. Isn’t this what all authors aspire to do? To chat with J. K. Rowling and Uncle Rick and write? At least I’d love it! But Darcy’s POV is so much more than that. I, personally, could connect with her easily. I am always thrilled when a book is like that. Darcy is the type of person I would love to meet. Anyway, from her POV, I learned a lot about publishing and writing and book tours. Fun stuff!
  2. Lizzie’s world. Darcy’s world is contemporary, while Lizzie’s is paranormal/fantasy/thriller. I have to say, I didn’t love it as much as Darcy. I couldn’t connect with Lizzie, and I mostly found her chapters’ beginnings boring, and it took me a while to get into them. And by the time I did, it was on to Darcy!

So what made me love this so much? [I’m in the mood for lists.]

  • the writing
  • Darcy’s POV
  • the two novels together
  • the romance

The romance. That was unexpected, but done very well. Kind of. I feel like Darcy’s parents and friends are waaay too cool about [insert spoiler here]. Darcy’s like, Oh, By the way, I have a girl/boyfriend. And her parents/friends respond, That’s great! What’s s/he like? If someone told me [insert spoiler here], I would be cool, but not that cool. That was the only part I found unrealistic.

Imogen is one of my favorite characters. Ever. I freaking loved her! She’s so headstrong, unique, and courageous. And a good writer, too, with lots of good ideas!

What did I not like?

  • Lizzie’s POV
  • the hangovers from each chapter
  • the coolness of people about [insert spoiler here]

The hangovers. At the end of each chapter, I wasn’t ready for the next POV to begin. It was painful. And tedious. And it happened every time!

Before I go watch The Voice [Does anyone else watch it? I love it. :)], here’s an image I made using PicMonkey that I’ll post on Instagram.

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I love the Angelina Jolie Paradox! Mainly because it makes perfect sense, yet no one talks about it.

Even though Afterworlds has flaws, I encourage you to pick up the book! I absolutely adore it.

[Sorry about the no-GIF issue.]

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Stacking the Shelves With Many Books!

 

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So…I went to the bookstore AND the library today, and obtained 11 books in all. [If I did my math correctly.] I am so freaking excited, because–well, you’ll see below. >:)

Books I Bought

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Top to bottom:

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield-I have been wanting this book ever since I saw a book blogger’s review of it. It’s already amazing.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare-Finally!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins-I’m giving it a second chance.

Uglies by Scott Westerfield-I have also been wanting this forever. High hopes!

Books I’m Borrowing

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Top to bottom:

Specials by Scott Westerfield

Pretties by Scott Westerfield

Extras by Scott Westerfield

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

And just because it’s free from the library and utterly cool…

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That’s it for Stacking the Shelves. Unfortunately, the library didn’t have Mockingjay, but hopefully next time I visit they will.

What did you think of my babies books? Tell me in the comments below.

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