Monday, August 25, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0: Wrap Up

And that's a Wrap!

I read 7 books in total: 3 graphic novels, 1 young adult book, and 3 middle grade books. I read almost 2,000 pages and met my goal to read 18 hours in total this week. This has been the most successful binge reading I've ever done. School starts today so I'll be focused on studying from now on. I have some reviews ready so I'll be on for as much as I can. Hope everybody had a great Bout of Books!

The Book Stats:

Sunday, August 23rd
Books Read: 1
Pages Read: 207
Time Read: 1 hrs. 34 min.

Total Stats
Books Read: 7
Pages Read: 1967 pgs.
Time Read: 18 hrs. 3 min.

Number of Hours to Reach Goal: 0

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 Day 7: Challenges

Challenge #10: Post-Apocalyptic

Artist: Dor Cohen

I am participating in the 5 book challenge/Post-Apocalyptic Challenge over at Falling Down the Book Hole. The goal is to pick 5 books you would bring with you if aliens were invading. Here is the scenario:

"It is 11:00 PM on a Sunday night. You are laying in bed thinking about all of the things you must do the next day. Tasks of the coming days consume your thoughts and while your mind is somewhere else you are caught off guard by a flash in the sky that is followed by a large wailing screech that pierces the air and shatters your bedroom window. Slowly you move to the window and what you see catches your breathe and causes you to stumble back a few steps. The aliens (at least you think they are aliens) have began to enter the city and destroy everything that is in their path. Through the window your view is consumed with destruction, screaming people and large flames that are dancing across the city at a fast pace. You notice that the creatures are heading in your direction and you realize you probably have about fifteen minutes before they reach your home. That means you have only about ten minutes to gather your belongings and escape before you are caught in the attack from the aliens invading the city.

Given the short amount of time you are only able to take 5 books with you. What books would you pick to take with you as you escape and prepare for the end of the world. Would you choose books that would help you survive in the post-apocalyptic world ,books for pleasure that would make you happy and take you to a fantasy reality or books that you can’t live without?"
1. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells: I thought of this after I saw aliens were invading. This is the only alien book that I know of that might help me decide what to do.

2. A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements: One of my favorite books. It has to do with nature somewhat so while I'm out trying to survive in possibly the woods? I'll have this book to make me happy.

3. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George: A book about a boy living in the woods. I remember it explains some survival tactics throughout the book which is great. Plus I love this book so it's a win win.

4. Hatchet by Gary Paulson: Another survival book that I love. The title alone will remind me to bring a large sharp weapon because they are very useful when trying to make fires and possibly taking down aliens.

5. How Not to be Popular by Jennifer Zieglar: I need to have a book that gets me away from everything and this is that book.

2-5 are favorites or books I really love so I feel like I picked the right books for my alien invasion survival kit.

What books would you take if their was an alien invasion?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 Day 6: Reading Update

And the final day draws near. I've read as many books as their have been days in Bout of Books. I said I was going to binge read before school and I have done just that. Most of tomorrow will be dedicated to my final books, writing reviews, and my anxiety building up inside me. I've never been in an education class before. I'm freaking out because I don't know what to do about Taskstream and Field Work. I just want everything explained to me already! I'm also getting two of my wisdom teeth pulled out on Tuesday so my stress level is to a maximum. I'm just going to try to go with the flow, ask all the questions, and do my best. Reading will be my greatest escape. Well moderate escape after Bout of Books because I'll be studying most of the time. 

As you may have noticed I'm sidetracking my TBR Jar picks once again with Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant.
"Lovable ne'er-do-well Delilah Dirk has travelled to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World. Using the skills she's picked up on the way, Delilah's adventures continue as she plots to rob a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople. With the aid of her flying boat and her newfound friend, Selim, she evades the Sultan's guards, leaves angry pirates in the dust, and fights her way through the countryside. For Delilah, one adventure leads to the next in this thrilling and funny installment in her exciting life. 
A little bit Tintin, a little bit Indiana Jones, Delilah Dirk is a great pick for any reader looking for a smart and foolhardy heroine...and globetrotting adventures."
I'm pretty sure this is the second book in the Delilah Dirk series. All I really know is that it is the most beautiful thing I've laid eyes on. It taunts me in the corner of my room. Read me. READ ME! And so I shall. And then I'll read Witches of East End like I was supposed to two days ago. 

P.S. I had to fix nearly all my updates because I counted wrong for the number of hours to read goal. I still have a little over an hour to reach my goal.

The Book Stats:

Note: The stats for today might change if I decide to read later on. They will be changed on the next update. This is something that will be applied to each update except the final one.

Currently Reading: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff; Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

Saturday, August 23rd
Books Read: 1
Pages Read: 258
Time Read: 2 hrs. 2 min.

Total Stats
Books Read: 6
Pages Read: 1760 pgs.
Time Read: 16 hrs. 29 min.

Number of Hours to Reach Goal: 1 hr. 31 min.

Bout of Books 11.0 Day 6: Challenges

Challenge #9: Spell it Out

The 9th challenge I am participating in is a spell it out challenge over at Kimberlyfaye Reads. The basic goal is to spell out a word - either your name, initials, birthday month, or zodiac sign. I decided to go with my zodiac sign. I am a Scorpio.

I love making collages. I think this one came out rather pretty if I do say so myself.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 Day 5: Reading Update

So Day 5 of Bout of Books was a bust. I hardly got to read. I didn't even really feel like it today. I promised to read the book above, Who Could That Be at this Hour?, and return it tomorrow so I decided to change pace. I'll continue Witches of East End after I finish this book.
"The adventure began in a fading town. Far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket started an apprenticeship for a secret organization shrouded in mystery and secrecy. He asked questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published that shouldn't be read. Not even by you. Seriously, we recommend that you do NOT ask your parents for this, the first book in his new ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS series. Lemony Snicket, in case you don't already know, grew up to be the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events series."

I'm really excited to start another Lemony Snicket series. It'll be strange reading this one on account of the main character seems to be Lemony Snicket himself. Still I'm sure this will get me into the reading mood. 

The Book Stats:

Note: The stats for today might change if I decide to read later on. They will be changed on the next update. This is something that will be applied to each update except the final one.

Currently Reading: Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket; Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

Friday, August 22nd
Books Read: 0
Pages Read: 26
Time Read: 27 min.

Total Stats
Books Read: 5
Pages Read: 1502 pgs.
Time Read: 14 hrs. 27 min.

Number of Hours to Reach Goal: 3 hrs. 31 min.

Bout of Books 11.0 Day 5: Challenges

Challenge #7: Recreate a Cover

The 7th challenge I'm participating is recreating a cover over at Spines and Covers. This challenge was really fun. I'm glad I've seen some others draw their recreations because I drew mine as well. Fair warning I'm not an artist. And also I am not a child. I just draw like one.

Original Cover:

My Cover:

I used Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender as a reference. I chose to make once side blue and another side yellow with a crack in the middle to represent the story within. This series is crazy dark. I admit I haven't finished it because it was so dark for me at the time. I think I was a preteen when I started reading this series. Anyways the whole book is about how their are multiple lives you live based on certain big moments. One life I believe the main character lives, is one where someone close to him died while the other that person is still alive. The tree is very important in the story so I drew him surrounded by it.

Challenge #8: Book Chain

The 8th challenge I'm participating in is a book chain over at Christian Bookshelf Reviews. I tried just looking at my bookshelves for the right books but I couldn't find anything. So I went on the internet and found some books (all of which I have yet to read) and constructed this book chain:

Born At Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
(The) Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert

Now to get back to reading!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 Day 4: Reading Update

Day 4 Complete! I can't believe I am up to 5 books read. I've gotten lucky enough where after I read the graphic novel form of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children I chose at random Relish from my TBR Jar. After I read that I incidentally cheated for the first time. I just got Jane Eyre from the library and I chose it but thing is it is super long and it's written in Pride and Prejudice fashion. I really don't want to take up so much time reading Jane Eyre because I know it'll take me the rest of the Bout of Books. So.... I chose at random again and picked Witches of East End. I'll read Jane Eyre when I choose it again later on but not during the Bout of Books.
"A vibrant, food-themed memoir from beloved indie cartoonist Lucy Knisley.
Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe—many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy's original inventions.
A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a book for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product."
Relish was fun. For a picky eater like me it's nice to see what's waiting out there for me if I just give things a try.
"The three Beauchamp women--Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid--live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret--they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there's Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.
For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it's time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them."
I read about 20 pages of The Witches of East End a while ago and I remember it being different than the tv show. Freya looked different and their whole situation in magical use is different here too. It'll be nice to see how the book progresses compared to the tv series.

The Book Stats:

Note: The stats for today might change if I decide to read later on. They will be changed on the next update. This is something that will be applied to each update except the final one.

Currently Reading: Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

Thursday, August 21st
Books Read: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Graphic Novel) by Ransom Riggs; Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
Pages Read: 419 pgs. (not counting the sneak preview for Hollow City)
Time Read: 2 hr. 33

Total Stats
Books Read: 5
Pages Read: 1476 pgs.
Time Read: 14 hrs. 1 min.

Number of Hours to Reach Goal: 3 hrs. 58 min.

Bout of Books 11.0 Day 4: Challenges

Challenge #6: Like This, Try This

The sixth challenge I am participating in is Like This, Try This over at Writing My Own Fairytale. It's basically a recommendation challenge. Here are the main rules:

"You must recommend a book based on another book, movie, tv show, etc similar to this: “If you liked _____, you should try _____ because _____.”
Any genre and reading level is fine and you may use any set-up you like, so long as you’re recommending a book based on something else and explaining why."

Both of the books I've picked aren't exactly popular but I promise you they are both amazing reads if you like their descriptions. If you haven't read any of them you should read both of them! Just saying...

If you like this: How Not to be Popular by Jennifer Zieglar.

"Maggie Dempsey is tired of moving all over the country. Her parents are second-generation hippies who uproot her every year or so to move to a new city. When Maggie was younger, she thought it was fun and adventurous. Now that she’s a teenager, she hates it. When she moved after her freshman year, she left behind good friends, a great school, and a real feeling of belonging. When she moved her sophomore year, she left behind a boyfriend, too. Now that they’ve moved to Austin, she knows better. She’s not going to make friends. She’s not going to fit in. Anything to prevent her from liking this new place and them from liking her. Only . . . things don’t go exactly as planned."

Try This: Past Perfect by Leila Sales

"All Chelsea wants to do this summer is hang out with her best friend, hone her talents as an ice cream connoisseur, and finally get over Ezra, the boy who broke her heart. But when Chelsea shows up for her summer job at Essex Historical Colonial Village (yes, really), it turns out Ezra’s working there too. Which makes moving on and forgetting Ezra a lot more complicated…even when Chelsea starts falling for someone new. 

Maybe Chelsea should have known better than to think that a historical reenactment village could help her escape her past. But with Ezra all too present, and her new crush seeming all too off limits, all Chelsea knows is that she’s got a lot to figure out about love. Because those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it…."

Because they are both contemporary reads with protagonists that get themselves in funny/unique situations and fall for the nice guy.

I love this challenge! I can't wait to visit some blogs and find some great recommendations. Let me know if you have read any books like the ones above.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 Day 3: Reading Update

I can't believe the third day is about to be over. I've officially read three books in total. After visiting so many new blogs I've found new series I want to read and I feel very motivated to read more than 1 book a day. I don't know if it'll happen. I think that time would be better spent writing my reviews which I plan to start soon.

My next book chosen at random from my TBR Jar is Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - the graphic novel version. I read the original version a while back for a book club read. I decided to pick this version up to not only see how it is but refresh my memory on the story before I read the next book. I'm glad I finally picked out a graphic novel book. I have a ton still waiting for me to read so I better read this one fast so I can get on to some more books!

"Ransom Riggs's haunting fantasy bestseller adapted to a graphic novel! As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive."

I remember this book being really weird but really good too so I'm excited to dive into this story again. I finished reading Path of Beasts, which is the last of the Keepers Trilogy, today. It was a really satisfying ending. 

The Book Stats:

Note: The stats for today might change if I decide to read later on. They will be changed on the next update. This is something that will be applied to each update except the final one.

Currently Reading: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Graphic Novel) by Ransom Riggs

Wednesday, August 20th
Books Read: Path of Beasts by Lian Tanner
Pages Read: 337 pgs.
Time Read: 3 hrs. 30

Total Stats
Books Read: 3
Pages Read: 1057 pgs.
Time Read: 11 hrs. 28 min.

Number of Hours to Reach Goal: 6 hrs. 32 min.

Bout of Books 11.0 Day 3: Challenges

Challenge #5: Create a Sentence

The fifth challenge I am participating in is the create a sentence challenge over at Book Reviews from Christian Gal. The goal is to use the first two words in a few books to create a sentence. This was by far the hardest challenge I've had to do thus far. I'm allowed to add more words if I need to, to my sentence. I think I could only add one but I added two. 

The Secret Life of Bees: At night
Breadcrumbs: It snowed
A Really Awesome Mess: Home crappy
Added words: inside the

My Sentence: At night it snowed inside the crappy home.

Not very creative but it took me forever to find coherent words so it'll have to do.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 Day 2: Reading Update

Day 2 of Bout of Books went extremely well. I read almost 400 pages and finished a book. A really good book at that. Problem is I fell asleep at 3 am because I was reading so late. I woke up super late so by the time I was finished with that book most of the day had gone by. I need to try a different strategy. But, I couldn't stop reading! Daughter of Smoke and Bone was just too good. This is a better problem than I usually have which is not reading at all so I'll try to wake up early and get lots of reading done then.

My next book chosen at random was Dead Girls Don't Lie but since I found out my ebook library loan expired I had to choose another one which happened to be the last book in the Keepers trilogy. I read the second Keeper's trilogy book for my first Bout of Books read so I thought that was amusing. Out of all of the books I could choose from I chose that one. I don't have to wait to complete the series!

"A shiver of loathing ran through Goldie. It was more than six months since the Blessed Guardians had been banished from the city. But now here they were, back again!

The city of The city of Jewel is in peril once again, as it is held captive by the frightful Fugleman, his band of Blessed Guardians, and an army of merciless mercenaries. Goldie and Toadspit are determined to free their city, but how can they fight such overwhelming forces? Their unlikely allies include a dozen white mice, the bloodthirsty spirit of a warrior princess, and a cat and a brizzlehound who are mortal enemies.
The ensuing war will set thieves against soldiers and trickery against Frow Carrion, a monstrous cannon with a mind of its own. The Fugleman will stop at nothing to defeat Goldie and her friends. And as Jewel and its people are dragged to the brink of destruction, Goldie will face her most difficult task yet: while Toadspit fights a duel to the death, she must walk the mysterious Beast Road, a secret path so perilous that no one has ever returned from it.
Will Toadspit survive the duel? Will Goldie survive the Beast Road? Readers who relished Museum of Thieves and City of Lies will devour Path of Beasts, the final book in the Keepers Trilogy."

I haven't started yet but I've seen the cast of characters page already. Each book has a cast of characters page in the beginning. It has illustrations of all the characters that are important in the book. The main characters are always there but their image always changes. Their might be new add on characters depending on the book. The three main characters look so bad ass in this book! I'm so excited because they usually look disheveled. They look like they are ready to fight in this one. 

I love that the first picture of Goldie with Princess Frisia in the background. Goldie looks so amazing I want to SCREAM! What on earth is Toadspit doing with that huge skeleton? I don't know but I'm excited that he's been all spruced up too.

The Book Stats:

Note: The stats for today might change if I decide to read later on. They will be changed on the next update. This is something that will be applied to each update except the final one.

Currently Reading: Path of Beasts by Lian Tanner

Tuesday, August 19th
Books Read: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Pages Read: 394 pgs.
Time Read: 4 hrs. 35 min.

Total Stats
Books Read: 2
Pages Read: 720 pgs.
Time Read: 7 hrs. 58 min.

Number of Hours to Reach Goal: 10 hrs. 2 min.

Bout of Books 11.0 Day 2: Challenges

Challenge #3: One True Pairing

Image obtained from Saturday Night Writing
The third challenge I'm participating in is discussing my One True Pairing with all of you happening at Infinite Ink.

An OTP I have discovered is a One True Pairing. I've heard the term OTP but never knew what it was until today. I have a strange surge to talk about some of the wonderful romances I've come across in my years of reading. I don't think I've met a pairing that didn't get together that I loved more than the actual pairing. 

Some people apparently like to pair two people who aren't canon which means it didn't happen in the original story. For example: Some people thought Harry and Hermione should be together. It's not canon because those two didn't end up together. I'm writing this down because I want to have it somewhere where I can remember it since I've always seen it around but never figured out what all this means. 

I was going to use Juliet and another character from the Shatter Me series to represent my OTP. I also thought of Clara and another character but I figured with both picks I would have to put up spoiler warnings everything. So I decided to pick two characters from the book I just read. Karou and Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

These two! They just have the craziest relationship. And you don't even figure out (at least I didn't) what's happening between them until the last chapters. Their growing relationship was built on curiosity and tenderness. I just love the way Akiva looks at her like he knows that she's the one. From the beginning they were drawn to each other. Karou's kindness bridging a gap between her kind and his. It just makes me so happy to see them together. I don't get super giddy with this couple like I usually do. I feel a calm happiness towards their love because it's like I already know they belong together. Their love is so natural. But, almost everyone is against them. They just don't understand them together. Such sad star-crossed lovers. *Sigh*

I know I wrote only a small amount but this is only book one! And this is how I feel about them. They are so right together. If it doesn't work out I think I'm going to cry! 

Challenge #4: Book Spine Poetry

The fourth challenge I am participating in is a Book Spine Poetry over at My Little Pocketbooks. I am creating a poem with at least 3 books. For each book I can add one extra word that's not on the spines of the books.

Desires of the dead
Echo in time
Searching for the end;
Sweet bliss

It's not the worst poem in the world. I kind of like it even if it's kind of morbid. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 Day 1: Reading Update

Hey guys! The first day of Bout of Books has been pretty great. I finished City of Lies by Lian Tanner early in the morning. I was so busy the whole day with volunteering, blogging, and forcing myself to exercise that I've only gotten up to page 24 on my next book. I chose at random from my TBR Jar and picked Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. So far it shows promise.
"Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?"
I already have questions because it seems like Karou does know things that other people don't. How does she not know who she is? I don't even know yet. I'm still like in the very beginning so I'm happy that this book is already getting my mind going.

The Book Stats:

Note: The stats for today might change if I decide to read later on. They will be changed on the next update. This is something that will be applied to each update except the final one.

Currently Reading: The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Pages: 24
Time: 28 min.

Monday, August 18th
Books Read: The City of Lies by Lian Tanner 
Pages Read: 302 pgs.
Time Read: 2 hrs. 55 min.

Total Stats
Books Read: 1
Pages Read: 302 pgs.
Time Read: 3 hrs. 23 min.

Number of Hours to Reach Goal: 14 hrs. 37 min.

Bout of Books 11.0 Day 1: Challenges

Challenge #1: Scavenger Hunt

Illustrated by Erin Mcguire
The first challenge I am participating in is a Scavenger Hunt over at The Book Monsters.

Books I'm looking for:

1. A Book that begins with “B”  (for Bout of Books!)
2. A book that has been made into a movie/tv show
3. A series you love
4. An anthology of poems or short stories
5. A book on your TBR shelf, or your full TBR shelves

You can tweet the pictures with the hastag #boutofbookshunt

1. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

2. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

3. The Sisters Grimm Series by Michael Buckley

4. Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm

5. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Graphic Novel) by Ransom Riggs

Challenge #2: Playlist

The second challenge I am participating in is creating a playlist for one of the books I'm planning to read over at Lulo Fangirl. Since it is much harder to do a playlist for a book I haven't read I'm doing one for the book I completed this morning:

City of Lies by Lian Tanner!

This book has to do with kidnappings, thieves, princesses, rescues, plots, lies, betrayal, fortune telling, responsibilities, secrets, generosity, and making new friends.

"Goldie Roth is a trained thief and a skilled liar. Along with her friend Toadspit, she's supposed to be one of the Keepers of the mysterious Museum of Dunt. But although she desperately wants to be a Keeper, she will not leave her sick parents to do so.
But when Toadspit's sister Bonnie is stolen, he and Goldie are forced to follow the child-stealers to the neighboring city of Spoke. Along the way, Toadspit too is captured, and Goldie is caught up in the Festival of Lies, where every word she says means something else and no one can be trusted. There, Goldie discovers some dangerous secrets—secrets that the child-stealers will kill to protect. She will need all her skills as a thief and a liar if she is to survive and save her friends."

City of Lies Playlist:

1. The Kids - B.o.B
2. Ain't No Rest for the Wicked - Cage the Elephant
3. Pumped Up Kicks - The Kooks
4. Titanium - Sia
5. Count on Me - Bruno Mars

This is a middle grade book but some of the songs fit my age group more.

Why I chose these songs:

1. All of the kids in this book have been either oppressed at one point or homeless/starving at another point. So these kids are struggling.

2. This is specifically for the villains in the story that kidnap Goldie's friends - Toadspit and Bonnie. It's kind of a great villain theme song.

3. Kind of a harsh song but true in this story. The main characters are running for their lives from people who want them gone.

4. This is for Goldie. She's courageous through and through. She could have used some inspirational music when she began doubted herself in the story.

5. Another song for Goldie. She constantly perseveres even when her back is against the wall - all for her friends. She is even willing to give up her dream of being 5th Keeper in the Museum of Dent because she's worried her parents need her. She's loyal to her family and friends and they are loyal right back.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0 Sign Up and Reading Goals

Bout of Books 11.0 is drawing near and you know what that means.... READ-A-THON! I haven't read a book in a week... a whole WEEK! Fall Semester is starting the day after this read-a-thon ends so I figured I'd go crazy this week with reading and preparing reviews.

This actually came at the perfect time. If you haven't noticed I haven't been on the blog for a consistent amount of time this month... well all Summer really. I usually am pretty consistent on the blog when I'm avoiding doings things during school. I can't do that this semester so I might as well get some reviews scheduled while I have the time. I've been reading and blogging so little this should help motivate me. For this read-a-thon I'm trying something new that I want to implement in my everyday reading. 

I'm deciding the books I'll read next with a TBR Jar!

This jar was originally given to me for a group assignment so it has my name on it. My name's Adriana not Adrian (of course my picture was taken at a faulty angle) for those of you who don't know. I plan on adding a new sticker in about whatever time it takes me to remember to go to a crafts store or I might just keep my name on it because I'm too lazy to change it.

It doesn't look like it but I have at least 15 book titles in the jar. The jar is comprised of mostly library books I have yet to read with about 1 of my own books. 

The first book I'm reading I didn't pick out from my jar. It's due tomorrow and since I volunteer at the library starting at 10 am I have to read it by then. Late night reading here I come! It's a sequel I've been needing to read for a while called City of Lies by Lian Tanner.

Bout of Book 11.0 runs from August 18th to August 24th. My plan is to see how many hours of reading I can get through as well as the amount of books and pages. Mostly though, I want to be able to say I read 18 to 24 hours in total. That seems pretty reasonable to me. Although, I've never really paid attention to how long I read so maybe this is challenging and I just don't realize it.

Each day I'll be posting about 2 updates on either a challenge or how I am doing reading wise. I want to try to participate and comment as much as I can because I've been so bad (I'm feeling pretty guilty about it) at commenting lately.  

So here's to a week of reading, blogging, and commenting. Good luck to those participating in this read-a-thon. I'd love to know if you are participating and what are your goals and TBR list looks like. 

Good Luck!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson

Standalone. Point (April 2014) Own
Nothing ever happens in Little, California.

Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. She's planning on a low-key summer of days working at her parents' restaurant and nights spent stargazing with her best friends Alien Drake and Chloe, all while avoiding even thinking about life after senior year. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned public relations mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Suddenly, Carter's beautiful, sleepy town has turned into a giant glittery set and, much to Carter's annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of the stunning star. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam's girlfriend while he's in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck.

Her family really needs the money, and to her own surprise, Carter finds herself saying yes. It'll be just like any other summer job, right? But keeping a secret this big from her friends isn't easy, and it turns out, Adam isn't at all who she thought he was. Worse yet, she might actually be falling for him. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what's real and what's fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds - her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life and get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood ending in real life?

The promise of a great friendship in Catch a Falling Star, is the reason I picked this book up. And there is a great friendship built in this story, much to my delight. There is also a ton of emotions that came up that I didn't anticipate. The feelings of not knowing what to do with the rest of your life, dealing with addiction, letting people down, putting on a mask in front of others, being unsure about love; it all comes up in what I thought was going to be just a fluffy read. 

The premise is very fluffy. It's kind of cliche in a Disney movie kind of way. But, that's what I wanted out of this book. Sometimes romantic sappy reads are just what I need. And I got the romantic/cliche version but I also got the emotional version. The version where, other than the celebrity hiring a small town girl to date them, has a lot of realistic qualities to it. I could feel what Carter was going through and my emotions fluctuated with hers. I didn't spend the whole time up in the clouds like I thought but instead was really thinking about what ties us to where we are in life and what I would regret if I didn't try to go outside my comfort zone to explore this great big wonderful world. Again, all of this depth caught me really off guard but I wounded up loving the direction the story took me in.

So the friendship that prompted me to pick this book up was just as I hoped. Chloe and Alien Drake are true friends. Chloe LOVES Adam Jakes (the celebrity) and when she found out that Carter was dating him (after a moment) was totally okay with it all. She didn't say that she wasn't good enough for him or question why he was dating her. She was supportive and was majorly shipping their romance. Alien Drake was also pretty supportive but could be at times jealous by the way Chloe acted around Adam. Chloe and Alien Drake's relationship was pretty cute. Both of them being a couple felt very natural and like they were an old married couple at times. The three of them - Carter, Chloe, and Alien Drake - were really close with one another. I really love reading that type of friendship. It makes me feel like they'll be best friends when they are old and grey. They'll be talking about the good old days on their front porches and their grandchildren will be running by... haha. I'm kind of getting carried away with all of this. I just like to see a friendship that looks like it will endure. It's heartwarming to read about that when it doesn't necessarily happen very often in real life.

Adam Jakes was a bit of a mystery to Carter and me as well. I'm still kind of torn by his character. Carter mentions how she doesn't know when he's the caring Adam Jakes or when he's acting for an audience. I felt that way too even til the end. Most of the story I really liked the development of Carter and Adam's relationship. Adam could be a really sweet, sincere guy but there were times that I questioned his sincerity as much as Carter which bugged me. Mostly though he was very likable when he wanted to be.

Carter is doing all this - dating Adam and lying to her friends about her relationship with him (she doesn't tell them she's getting paid to do so) for her brother. The way she described her brother when they were younger and the slow ways he withdrew from her life hit me hard. She misses who her brother used to be before his gambling addition. You can tell she's trying to fight hard for that big brother. Being that close with anyone and seeing them struggle... I'm sure anyone would do the best they can to save that one person that you care for so immensely from themselves if they needed help.

Catch a Falling Star ended up not only being a romantic fluffy read. It was about friendship and finding the courage to step out of your comfort zone. It was also about being true to yourself and going with your heart. It was all around a great read that really explores what it means to be struggling to find your place in the world.