Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon Wrap Up!

Helllllllllllloooooooo, and welcome to this Read-A-Thon Wrap-up!  Over the course of the Read-A-Thon I managed to complete Six books.  I thoroughly enjoyed all of these books even though half of them were re-reads.

To start off the Read-A-Thon I read, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (341 pages), the second novel in the famous Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.



I then took a short break from Harry Potter with The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George (448 pages), the first book in her new series Saratoga Woods.  This series is about a girl who can hear other people's thoughts and discovers that her step-father has murdered someone.  The first book follows her escape from her father and her new life as she desperately tries to contact her mother.



Following this I read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (435 pages).  As I was reading this I found that I knew everything that would happen, unlike when I re-read the first and second books.



My next book was A Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards (256 pages), the first in her Araneae Nation series.  It follows a girl who becomes clan leader, after her mother has been poisoned, on her quest for revenge.



After that I read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (734 pages) for the first time, and was pleasantly surprised that the movie did not spoil everything for me.  I enjoyed it very much, especially towards the end when the action started to pick up.



Lastly I read the second book in the Araneae Nation series, A Feast of Souls by Hailey Edwards (340 pages).


With that my page total is :  2,554 pages!!!!!!!  Another thing to note is that I read every single one of these books on my Kindle, which is a first for me.

As Bam-Bam says, "Bam Bam!" And now I must leave you all to clean up the mess Bam-Bam made.  Be back with an update on Tuesday!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Bout of Books Day 6

Day Six


Pages Read Today: 354
Total Pages Read: 2, 214

Books Finished Today:


Current Read:



As SpongeBob says, "I'm ready!"

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Bout of Books Day 5

Day Five


Pages Read Today: 380
Total Pages Read: 1, 860

Books Finished Today:

None :(


Current Read:


Allright that's all I have for today so, "What's up, doc?"

Friday, August 23, 2013

Bout of Books Day 4

Day Four


Pages Read Today: 256
Total Pages Read: 1, 480

Books Finished Today:


Current Read:




In the words of Velma Dinkley, "Jinkies!"

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Bout of Books Day 3

Day Three


Pages Read Today: 435
Total Pages Read: 1, 224

Books Finished Today:


Current Read:



And lastly I was just wondering, "How much is that gorilla in the window?"

Bout of Books Day 2

Day Two


Pages Read Today: 448
Total Pages Read: 789

Books Finished Today:


Current Read:



In the words of Quick Draw, "I'll do the thinin' around here, and don't you forgot it."  I'll be back with another update tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bout of Books Day 1!

Day One

Pages Read Today: 341
Total Pages Read: 341


Books Finished Today:



Current Read:


Not much to talk about spent the day reading for the most part I'll be back with a Day Two update tomorrow!  As Yogi says, "I'm smarter than the average bear."

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Anna and the French Kiss


As you know I recently purchased Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins after a long time of searching, and I loved it!  The whole time I was reading it, I did not want to put it down! Sorry for all of the exclamation marks but I really really REALLY liked the book.  Although I love this book to pieces all of those pieces were not perfect.  Like all books, this one had its faults.  I found this book a little predictable, but then again aren't all love stories.


Anna and the French Kiss is about Anna, a girl whose father ships her off to a Paris boarding school for her senior year.  While at the School of America in Paris she befriends "English French American Masterpiece" √Čtienne St. Clair.  The only problem... he has a girlfriend and she sort of has a boyfriend.  And that is all I'm saying before the spoiler-y parts so SHOO! Go read this book right now and come back, because it's definitely an amazing read.



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If you haven't read this book and you are still reading this post prepare to be spoiled.  You have been fairly warned.


I totally knew that Bridgette and Toph were going to do that to Anna! Maybe it was because I recently read the Carrie Diaries but I expected that to happen and going into that scene I thought, "Oh! Anna I'm sooo sorry.  This is gonna suck."  I love that in the end Bridgette and Anna make up though.


One thing I'm not sure about!  Did St. Clair break-up with Ellie because of Anna or because of other issues and did Anna cause those issues.  Because if Anna stole St. Clair from Ellie whose to say someone won't steal St. Clair from her.  I mean yes they are really in love and he never felt that way for Ellie but whose to say someone else won't come along and steal St. Clair from Anna.  That is my only worry, since Anna stole St. Clair from Ellie won't someone steal him from Anna.  I know this won't happen because Anna and St. Clair are meant to end up together but in real life it's a valid concern.


I'm glad that Meredith is (sort of) over St. Clair now and a little sad that Josh and Rashmi break up.  And since I know Josh is a main character in the third book I really want to know what happens with Meredith and Rashmi's love lives.


When I was reading and it got to the bathroom fight and Isla was there I was like, "You totally have you're own book later, it's just not out yet."  I was so excited about meeting Isla before her book so you know a little bit about her.  Not much though.  I really didn't like Amanda, but every book has an "archenemy" and I'm glad that in the end it wasn't Bridgette.


I love the resolution with St. Clair's father, and how after a year of not really talking about it Anna just comes out with a solution.  The end when St. Clair goes up the steps of Notre-Dame because he sees Anna even though he's afraid of heights... (are other words needed? Really?! ok... so romantic!) I'm a killer for a good grand gesture.


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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon & TBR sorta

So I've already said that I'm going to be participating in the Bout of Books Read-A-Thon from August 19th through August 25th.  As of right now my TBR for the Read-A-Thon isn't set because it starts the day I get back from vacation so I can't see my bookshelf right now!  I do have a general idea of what I want to read though.  Recently I decided to read the Harry Potter series since I have only read the first three and I was in second grade.  When I read them for some reason I just wasn't hooked on them.  Unfortunately since second grade I have seen every single Harry Potter movie except for Part 2 of the Deathly Hallows.  None the less I still plan on reading all of the books.  Yesterday I finished the first one on my kindle and downloaded the second.  So to start off my TBR for the rest of sumer vacation is:

1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I may or may not read these in succession, but I plan on waiting for the Read-A-Thon to start the second book.  On vacation I brought with me a handful of books, some of which I have read.  The ones I read are:

Belle - Cameron Dokey
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland on a Ship of Her Own Making - Catherynne M. Valente

Sad/Frustrating airport story time!  I was in the airport with my family waiting for my flight and it got delayed... for an hour and a half.  Now I know a lot of you are thinking only an hour and a half that's no big deal!  But I had a connection flight from Minneapolis to Kalispell.  Now Kalispell is a very small town in Montana,  there's only two flights form Minneapolis to Kalispell each day.  Due to our delayed departure we missed out flight by an hour.  The next flight wasn't until 9:45 the next night.  So we had 24 hours until our flight... what to do what to do.  Luckily the hotel provided us with transportation and hotel vouchers so that wasn't a problem.  The next day we decided that since we're in Minneapolis we might as well go to the Mall of America.  For those of you who don't know the Mall of America is the largest Mall in America and it has an amusement park inside.  So my brother and I spent the morning going on roller-coasters and other rides and then after lunch we wandered around the mall with our parents.  Lo and behold, we stumbled across a Barnes & Noble and I convinced my parents to let me buy a few books.  This Barnes & Noble was much bigger than the one in my hometown so I was really excited that it would have some books I had been looking for.  I was only allowed to buy three books because I had to put them in my carry-on for the flight so I chose my books wisely.  I had been dying to get my hands on all three of these books and as I soon as I got them I started to tear through them.  The first book I got was The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.  I read that book the whole flight even though it was the middle of the night and we were flying through a thunderstorm.  The second book was Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.  As soon as I finished The 5th Wave I picked this one up.  The third and final book was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins with the new cover!  I had been looking for this book but I could only find Lola and the Boy Next Door but never Anna and I am so excited to read this book and it's the next book I'm picking up.

Some other books I brought with me on vacation but haven't read yet are:

Dani Noir - Nova Ren Suma
Beauty Sleep - Cameron Dokey
Invisibility - Andrea Cremer & David Levithan
Hex Hall - Rachel Hawkins

I am thrilled to read all of these books and can't wait for the Read-A-Thon.  I will re-update my TBR when I get home and can actually give you a list.

In the words of Popeye, "That's all I can stands, 'cuz I can't stands no more!"

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Romeo and Juliet

I recently read The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in school and even more recently read Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors, a retelling of the classic tale.  I found that although I appreciate Shakespeare's tale I love the happy ending Romeo and Juliet receive in Saving Juliet, as I personally prefer happy endings.  And saying this does not mean I don't appreciate Shakespeare or love his works any less I just am not a fan of sad endings which is what tragedies are.  Anywho,  reading these books reminded of a funny YouTube video that I wanted to share about Romeo and Juliet, more particularly Juliet.  This video puts a happy ending on the tale and does criticize some of the choices characters make so if you don't want your view of Shakespeare shattered don't watch it.  If you have ignored my warning and wish to watch the video here it is, enjoy!



Ending today with a quote from the Flintstones, "Yabba Dabba Doooo!"

Twenty Boy Summer


Well, this post is really late.  I finished the book last Wednesday and then I had a workshop Thursday - Sunday.  Now I'm back and giving you my thoughts on Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler.  The main characters Anna, Frankie, and Matt are best friends and they’ve spent all of their life together.  One year on Anna’s birthday her relationship with Matt evolves into something else, something “other.”  They decide not to tell Frankie until Matt and Frankie’s family go away on vacation.  Matt and Anna continue sneaking out at night to talk to each other and continue their secret romance.  Their romance tragically ends when Matt literally dies of a broken heart.  This changes their lives forever and throughout the book Anna is thinking of before and after Matt's death.  

After Matt's death Frankie becomes more flamboyant and attention seeking in public while she breaks down in private with Anna.  Anna is conflicted about how she should act because no one else knew about her relationship with Matt whereas Frankie is Matt's brother and has a right to grieve for a long period of time. She’s constantly tempted to tell Frankie everything and is haunted by Matt’s affect in her life.  Anna cannot fathom a life with another person by her side, but Frankie decides that it’s time for Anna to have a summer fling.  Frankie proposes that since they are on vacation in Zanzibar Bay for about twenty days they should meet a new boy each day.



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Throughout the book the effects of a death is shown and you see that it is not only tearing apart Frankie's family but her friendship with Anna too.  Matt’s death changed Frankie so much that Anna thinks they wouldn’t be friends if they had just met, but whispers of the "old" Frankie keeps Anna by her best friends side.  This book explores consequences of keeping secrets or feelings bottled up for a long time as well as grieving the loss of a loved one.  Anna has kept this secret from Frankie for a long time and is consumed by the need to spill to her.  Anna has almost become obsessed with Matt and telling Frankie.  She is constantly thinking about Matt and because of this she fears that starting a new relationship will wipe him from her memory and she doesn’t want to lose him again.  Anna also has this tremendous guilt from not telling Frankie about her relationship with Matt, Frankie’s brother.  Throughout the beginning Anna just wants to “fix” her friendship with Frankie and she just wants the "old" Frankie back.




Frankie's family is trying so hard to go back to “normal” and be “okay”, but no matter how elaborate of a facade they put on deep down they’re not okay and something as small as spilling a Diet Coke can cause someone to burst into tears.  The next morning after this incident Frankie and her family talk about how they are trying but it's going to be hard.  Later in the book Frankie confesses to Anna that she just wants her mom to get angry or yell at her or something.  “‘I know you think she’s so cool and everything, but sometimes I wish she’d just -- I don’t know, get mad.  Yell.  Call me out on my lies.  Be disappointed.  She doesn’t even care’” (184).

Anna is so fixated on not forgetting Matt that any boy that she’s attracted to or interested in she manages to convince herself otherwise out of fear of forgetting Matt.  Despite this, Anna can’t get one boy she met out of her head: Sam.  Pretty quickly she gets over her adamance about not forgetting Matt in favor of seeing Sam again.  As Anna and Frankie are hanging out with Sam and his friend Jake more of Frankie’s "old personality" starts showing through.  One night after a party Anna finds that Frankie read her journal.  Her journal with all of her letters to Matt.  Frankie has a typical teenage girl reaction and in the process confesses to still being a virgin.  Then she whips the journal into the ocean and Anna dives in after it.  After giving up the search she is on the beach sobbing and heartbroken.

Now that Frankie knows Anna’s secret and violated Anna’s personal thoughts, everything is falling apart.  Anna doesn’t know what to do and isn’t sure if she even wants to save her friendship.  Anna and Frankie put on their smiles and tough it out in front of Frankie’s parents playing that nothing is wrong while secretly exchanging nasty looks.  Anna finally confides in Sam telling him everything and I mean everything.  Sam tells Anna that she already lost Matt and she shouldn’t let what happened cause her to lose Frankie too.

In the final chapters of the novel you see Anna and Frankie start to reconcile and when they are talking Anna realizes that there is no “old” Frankie and “new” Frankie just Frankie.  Frankie gives Anna Matt’s old blue sea-glass necklace and Anna realizes that it’s going to be okay when she isn’t overwhelmed by tears.  And the novel ends with Frankie and Anna sharing a moment and you know that their friendship isn’t over forever and they will survive this tragedy.  

I really enjoyed reading this book but it didn't make me go "I HAVE TO READ THIS RIGHT NOW!"  I wasn't up all hours of the night reading it, but I thought it was a really nice story and I liked the characters and the general theme of the book.  I would definitely recommend this book if you like similar books or if you want to try something new.  The next book on my TBR is Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors and after that I hope to read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.  

I will leave you today with a quote from one of the classics, Scooby Doo.  "Let's do what we do best Scoob, eat."