Sunday, October 26, 2014

#4.10: Read 25 New Books, #6.5: Read BuzzFeed's 21 Best YA Books of 2013 – Perfect Ruin

I'm applying to colleges again (much excite, very stress), and everything that comes with college admissions is taking up a lot of my time. There are a lot of feelings going on, but I'll spare you an angsty sob story.

That being said, though, all these things I'm dealing with has prevented me from reading as frequently as I would have liked to. It took me over two weeks to finish this book, which is a shame, because it was really well written, and the plot was exciting, and it was just immensely entertaining overall.

It was a sci-fi book (is that the right genre?), though, so at first I didn't think I would like it. I actually had no idea what it was about when I picked it up at the library, and I didn't read the summary before starting it; I just knew that it was on my list and that I needed to read it.

Look at how artistic these purposely shitty photos are

"Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close to the edge of Internment, the floating city in the clouds where she lives, can lead to madness. Even though her older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. If she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in her best friend, Pen, and in Basil, the boy she's engaged to marry.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially once she meets Judas. Betrothed to the victim, he is the boy being blamed for the murder, but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find – or whom she will lose."

The only issue I have is that it had SUCH a cliffhanger ending. I mean, it'd be fine if I could just go straight to the next book, but I have to wait UNTIL MARCH, 2015. NEXT YEAR. But nevertheless, I definitely plan to read it when it comes out.

Thanks for reading, no one!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

#17: Watch a Complete Series

I originally had a really big idea for this post, and am slightly sad that it never came to fruition.

Have you heard of Monk? It's one of my all time favorite shows, and I was going to write all about it. I've already watched it through a couple of times, but I wanted to figure out the "numbers" of the show. In other words, I wanted to count all the murders that took place over the course of the series, the number of times someone tries to kill Adrian, the number of times Adrian is shown in an outfit other than his signature slacks and button down.

But life happened, and watching was put on hold. We only own the DVDs, so it's not like I can watch anywhere and everywhere like I can with something on Netflix, and we have yet to buy the last season. I've been watching other things while watching Monk again, so it hasn't been my top priority. And really, I've already seen every episode several times, so it's not like I'm watching something new (and am therefore kind of cheating on this task).

So, I will be writing about something else.

I really, really, really like history. And, consequently, I really, really, really like everything about the Titanic. Like, a lot. 

So when I saw this series available on Netflix, I got super excited. 

That excitement quickly turned into anxiety, however, when I saw that it would only be on Netflix until the 14th. So, I assumed binge-watching mode and got to work.

I really enjoyed this. The costumes were amazing, and, being a history nerd, I really appreciate getting a glimpse into how life was way back when.

There were a lot of aspects/subplots to this series, which I think was a double edged sword. On the one hand, it kept everything interesting, but at times it seemed a bit overwhelming and hard to follow.


Thanks for reading, no one!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

#4.9: Read 25 New Books, #6.4: Read BuzzFeed's 21 Best YA Books of 2013 – Where the Stars Still Shine

Just like the previous book I read, this one is also not part of a series. 

"Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from Laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she'd like to forget completely.

But when Callie's mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie's real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love–even with someone who seems an improbable choice–is more than just a possibility.

By turns heartbreaking and hopeful, this sweet and sexy romance offers a whole new take on happily ever after…"




It had everything I love in a book, and I couldn't put it down. I read it in the span of about three days, which I haven't done with a book in a long time. I only wish the ending wasn't so terribly sad, but other than that I wouldn't change a thing. (Don't want to give too much away, but seriously, read this book)

However, after reading such an amazing little piece of art, I am not very excited to read the next book sitting on my nightstand. It's another fantasy, and the only reason I picked it up was because it was the only one at my library available also on my list. 

Wish me luck.

Thanks for reading, no one!