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Nintendo Book Tag

Hey guys, it’s been forever and a day so I decided I should do a book tag. So here I go…

QUESTIONS
1) NES (Nintendo Entertainment System): A classic you want to read

I have been dying to read Animal Farm by George Orwell. I don’t even know what’s holding me back. I legit saw the book in a store on Christmas Eve and i wanted to buy it so bad but the version at the store had such an ugly cover I couldn’t bear to buy it. So I left it and now I’m filled with sorrow and pain.

2) SNES (Super Nintendo): A sequel you liked more than the 1st (can be a 2nd book in a series)

I know people have problems with the Selection Series by Kiera Cass and her character America but I liked the first book but I loved the Elite and the One. I’m yet to read the newest books but I’m expecting a lot.

3) Nintendo 64: A book that revolutionized the way you look at the world

Definitely Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This book had me feeling all types of things. I learned so much just by reading it. After reading it, I understood more about how something seemingly simple can affect someone else and how you’re actions can affect them too. 

4) Gamecube: A popular book that did not go over so well with you

Now… I really like The Maze Runner by James Dashner but the other books – The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure – were so disappointing. The good just got lost in the whole lot of things happening and it just failed.
5) Wii: A new favorite book

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo had me shocked. I went into it not expecting to like it. I’m not sure why but I just didn’t so when I started reading and completely fell in love with the writing style and the story I was blindsided. This book was so interesting and captivating, I just kept wanting more. Plus I absolutely love the Darkling (even though I feel like I shouldn’t) so I’m definitely planning on continuing with this series.

6) Nintendo Power: Favorite graphic novel series or a series you want to start

Saga graphic novels. I’ve heard everybody and their mother talk about these and I’m still here like what you mean though?

7) Super Mario: A character that you’d love to squish like a Goomba

Ethan and Lena from Beautiful Creatures. Can I not with them? 

8) Zelda: A newer fantasy that you consider to be a modern classic

A Song of Ice and Fire. Specifically A Game of Thrones. Not that new but new enough. This book/series is everything. They’re so huge though. One day I will finish this series.

9) Samus-Aran: Favorite sci-fi novel or one you want to read

So many I want to read. I’m just gonna have a mini list here:

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • Alienated by Melissa Landers
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • There are way more…I can’t list them all

10) Pokemon: Book editions that you want to collect 

Those Penguin Classics are too beautiful to pass up. 

11) Donkey Kong: A book with original characters

Back to A Song of Ice and Fire series. There is nothing like the characters in this series. So much depth and so different from so many books around.

12) Nintendo Fandom: Favorite Nintendo game(s) or game you really want.

Mario Kart!! 

Or any Mario game basically. How can you not love Mario?

So that’s the tag. I tag anybody who wants to do it. Have fun.

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Review : The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

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Synopsis

Alton Richards is seventeen years old. His great uncle , Lester Trapp is rich and very fond of the game bridge. Uncle Lester is blind and therefore needs to use a cardturner in his games of bridge. After a disagreement he decides he needs a new cardturner. Under the influence of his mother,  who is in pursuit of Lester’s money, Alton takes up the position. However, the experience is more than Alton expected.

My Thoughts

I didn’t know if I was going to like a book about bridge but I say I loved this book, I mean I LOVED IT. It made me want to learn how to play bridge and become the best bridge player that ever lived. I  liked the writing style and how easy it was to read.

Alton was okay but I really liked Lester and the relationship he and Alton formed. Lester also said some things in the=is book that had me thinking – they were pretty.

The whole story was just so much more than bridge. It tugs at the heart strings a little but not too much. It wasn’t a book with a lot of twists and turns. It was just a good book that wasn’t too heavy and definitely worth the read.

Rating: 4 stars

Have you read this book? What did you think about it?

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Review : Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Synopsis

Landline is an adult novel and is an=bout a woman, Georgie McCool whose marriage is going downhill. She believes that she is holding her husband, Neal, back and that he and their two daughters would be better off without her.

Georgie  is a TV comedy writer and works very long hours. She is a writer on a show and is waiting for her big break when she (and her best friend Seth) can have their own show. She lives in California but Neal is from Omaha. In December 2013, they decide to visit Neal’s mother in Omaha for Christmas.

Georgie’s big break comes right before they’re to leave for their vacation. She has the opportunity to write her own show. The problem is this means she can’t go to Omaha.

After Neal and her daughters leave, Georgie discovers a yellow landline that allows her to talk to Neal in the past. She now has the chance to fix her marriage before it starts but she has to decide if that is what she wants.

My Thoughts

I feel like the the characters in this book were very well developed. They had depth and back stories which made me understand them more and made it easy to relate to them. Overall they were more realistic than you’d see in a YA novel.

The writing was awesome. I mean it’s Rainbow Rowell and I love her writing so I didn’t expect any less from this book.

One problem I had with this book was I had with this book was I felt it was kinda anti-climatic. There was no point where I was wondering what was going to happen. Nothing had me on edge and the outcome was a little predictable.

Overall I really liked this book but it wasn’t awesome.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Have you read Landline? What are your thoughts on it?

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August TBR

I hope August is a way better reading month than July. My whole year so far has been a giant slump. I keep starting books and not finishing them. BUT THIS MONTH THAT SHOULD ALL CHANGE.

It’s the last month of summer and I have to get some reading done if I’m going to meet my reading goal of 30 because when school starts I am not going to have a lot of time . Here are the books I’m going to try to read.

  1. The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

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2.  The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

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3.  The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

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And Maybe

4.   Lips Touch Three Times By Laini Taylor and Illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo

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I might also tackle some of the books I’ve started and not finished like Room, Shadow and Bone, A Clash of Kings, Shiver or City of Glass.

This month will be a good reading month. This month will be a good reading month. THIS MONTH WILL BE A GOOD READING MONTH.

If I say it enough, it just might happen

Tell me what you plan on reading this month and Keep Curious!

July Book Haul

Yesterday was the last day of July and I only bought two books.

  1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Goodreads Summary

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

2. Armada by Ernest Cline

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Goodreads Summary

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.

No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?

Now I can cross off Ernest Cline from authors I really want to read but I don’t own list.

I can’t wait to read both of these books. Hopefully I get to them soon

Keep Curious!

 

Booktube-A-Thon Wrap Up

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The Booktube-A-Thon finished on Sunday and I failed it miserably. I realized in the middle of the week that I was not going to make it to seven books because by that I had not even finished my first book. I was still optimistic and I was hoping to finish four and that seemed possible until Sunday morning.

I only finished two books- Landline by Rainbow Rowell and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Landline satisfies the challenge of a book with yellow on the cover and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before for the challenge of a book discovered on Booktube.

I started Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater but only got about 5 pages in because i was tired and fell asleep. It was the book I chose to read only after sunset. I also started Room by Emma Donoghue. I was suppose to watch the movie too but I didn’t get to do that. I will try to finish Room and watch the movie eventually. The last book I started was The Flickering Torch Mystery by Franklin W. Dixon. I was almost halfway through this one and I really thought I was going to finish it but I didn’t. This book was for a book that’s older than me.

How did you do in the Booktube-A-Thon?

Hopefully next year will be better. Keep Curious!

 

 

Currently Reading

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Right now, I’m reading A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin and it is the second book in the A Song of Ice and Fire Series. This book is not joke…I tell you, it is huge (and it’s not even the biggest in the series) . It has 873 pages excluding the appendix and I’m at page 756 so only 117 pages left. It took me a while to get to this point because I started reading this a couple of months ago but I had to stop because of how busy I was but I’m back at it again! (Like Daniel, lol).

This book is about Westeros where the quest to be king (or queen) sitting on the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms rages on. A war blazes in the land as many people claim o be the leader and reigning king (or queen). I have to say…I really love George R. R. Martin’s work . He puts so much thought and depth into his writing that it really ducks me in. J also like the changes in point of view for each chapter as it allows a total view of the events in Westeros and an understanding of what happens in the minds of some of the main characters . My favourite POVS are Tyrion- he is just so amusing and I love his schemes, Bran – he keeps me in touch with Winterfell, Catelyn- just for Robb, Jon Snow- because Jon Snow and sometimes Daernys- some of her chapters are better than others.

I am thoroughly enjoying this book and I’m excited to finish it and complete the rest of series- no matter how long it takes! I also want to watch the tv series but I have to read the books first.

What are you currently reading?

Winter is Coming! Keep Curious!

 

 

 

Authors I Don’t Own and Haven’t Read

All of these authors listed below are authors that I’ve heard a lot about in the book community but i just have not bought or read their books. I have no good reason (except for lack of funds) I just haven’t but I plan to soon or soon enough. Also, the books I would most like to read by them are listed.

  1. Stephen King
  2. Colleen Hoover

     

  3. Sophie Kinsella

     

  4. Nicholas Sparks

     

  5. Brandon Sanderson
  6. Ernest Cline

     

  7. Libba Bray

     

  8. James Patterson

     

  9. J.R. Tolkien
  10. Lemony Snickett

     

Booktube-A-Thon TBR

7gerPEfsIt’s that time of the year again!!

The time when all of Booktube (and a lot of the book community) comes together for one huge read-a-thon, Booktbe-A-Thon. Check out their Youtube channel for more information on what the Booktube-A-Thon is and how you can join in on the fun.I’ll leave the link down below This year the Booktube-A-Thon will be from July 18-25.

I’m super excited this year because I haven’t read much since the year started because of school and exams so I am ready to get back into the groove of reading. This year will be my second time participating. Last year I did really well. I read six books and completed five challenges . I pray  for that success or even better this year but I’m not sure it can happen since I have an event at church all of next week and won’t be able to read all day. I will try my best though.

The 2016 Reading Challenges are
1/ Read a book with yellow on the cover.
2/ Read a book only after sunset.
3/ Read a book you discovered through booktube.
4/ Read a book by one of your favourite authors.
5/ Read a book that is older than you.
6/ Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation.
7/ Read seven books.

Here are my picks for each challenge:

1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

This is an adult novel about a woman, Georgie McCook, whose marriage is on the rocks but she still loves her husband and isn’t sure what to do. She then discovers a way to communicate with her husband,Neal, in the past through a magic telephone. Now, she might have a chance to fix things in their past and save her marriage before it starts.

I’ve only read one book by Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor and Park, and it was easy to read and i got through it pretty fast plus I really enjoyed it so I have high hopes for this one.

2. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

I don’t know much about this book except for it is about werewolves so I thought it would be a great book to read after sunset . Plus, the writing is in blue so I think that would be great for reading after dark.

3. To All the Boys I’ve Love Before by Jenny Han

The cover for this book is so beautiful it makes me feel so bad for just having it sitting on my shelf but it is finally time for me to read it. This book is about a sixteen year old girl, Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes but instead writes love letters to them about how she feels. She seals them and keeps them in a hatbox but one day they all get mailed out. Now, she has to deal with all her crushes face to face and discovers that something good may come out of these letters.

I almost chose Throne of Glass for this challenge because I’ve seen it all over Booktube but I figured it would be a little too ambitious especially because of the next book I chose.

4. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

I know, this book is huge. Not Game of Thrones huge but big enough but i really like Cassandra Clare’s books (at least the last two I read ). She’s not on favourite author level yet but i definitely want to keep reading her work .

5. Hardy Boys -The Flickering Torch Mystery by Franklin W. Dixon

I’m taking it way back with this one.This book was published in 1943 so it is definitely older than I am. I didn’t choose a classic because i have quite a few Hardy Boy and Nancy Drew books just waiting to be read so I decide it was time to read them. Plus it’s only 180 pages!

6. Room By Emma Donoghue

Choosing a book for this was actually kinda hard because i don’t have any books on my shelf right now that has been turned into movie so I’m gonna get this one on kindle. This is about Jack and his Ma who live in Room. It is where Jack grew up,it is his home but to Ma, it is a prison in which she has been trapped for seven years. Ma devises a plan to escape and experience the outside world with her son.

7. The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines

I read the Vincent Boys during last year’s Booktube-A-Thon and it was very easy to read so I am hoping this book can help me complete the seven books challenge.

Link to the official YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/BookTubeAThon

Hopefully, I’m not being overly optimistic with my choices and I can read all of these. Wish me Luck! Keep Curious!