Recently I read one of my most favorite reads of 2018 called Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner. It’s a middle-grade graphic novel that’s perfect for this spooky season and Halloween. If you want to hear more of my thoughts and feels be sure to check out my book review I uploaded on my YouTube Channel!
Hello and welcome back to Pages and Pages Book Reviews! It’s been a little over a year since I last posted on this site and I have been wanting to change that. I’ve been slowly getting back into writing book reviews and wanted to post them again. Since March of 2016, I’ve been posting weekly bookish videos on the YouTube Channel called Libib. Libib is a library lending app that scans all your media (including books, CDs, movies, and video games) to catalog and lend out. Right now we are slow close to hitting 1,400 subscribers (so please hit that subscribe button if you love watching BookTube videos)! That’s just a short small update to what I’ve been up to this past year. I will be trying to post at least once a week on this blog and I hope to see you around! Last question: what are you guys currently reading?
So for this week’s topic of Top Ten Tuesday, the topic is a Halloween related freebie. This could be anything from top ten scary books, bookish Halloween costumes, scary book covers, or whatever you can come up with. The topic I went with it is Top Halloween Reads. This list includes 9 book titles that should get you into the Halloween mood. I included 4 of my top favorite YA horror and thriller novels along with my top 5 dystopian novels.
Favorite YA Horror/Thriller Novels
1. The Merciless by Danielle Vega
2. Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz
3. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
4. The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard
Favorite YA Dystopian Novels
1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
2. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
4. Legend by Marie Lu
5. The 100 by Kass Morgan
The Color Coded Reading Challenge
Read nine books in the following categories.
Any book read from January 1 through December 31, 2016 will count.
Crossovers with other challenges are fine.
- A book with “Blue” or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title/on the cover.
- A book with “Red” or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title/on the cover.
- A book with “Yellow” or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.)in the title/on the cover.
- A book with “Green” or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title/on the cover.
- A book with “Brown” or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc) in the title/on the cover.
- A book with “Black” or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title/on the cover.
- A book with “White” or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc) in the title/on the cover.
- A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.).
- A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).
For more information or if you’d like to sign up for this challenge I will insert the link here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2015/11/2016-color-coded-challenge.html
Goodreads Awards Challenge
Choose one or more awards categories to conquer.
I am going to be choosing the categories Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, and Middle Grade and Children’s.
Within the categories, there are different tiers. Choose which one you’d like to aim for. You can change this at any time.
Young Adult Fiction Tier 1, Young Adult Fantasy Tier 2, and Middle Grade and Children’s Tier 1.
You don’t have to choose the same tier throughout multiple categories. For example, you could aim for Tier 1 (1-2 books) within Historical Fiction, and Tier 4 (9-10 books) for YA Fiction.
Some nominees are sequels. This isn’t a problem. If you haven’t started the series yet, then you can read the first book. If you are in the middle of a series, however, I suggest you get reading. If you quit the series and have no plans to continue, you can count the last book that you read.
DNFs count. I’m not going to force you to read anything you don’t want to. So tick that box!
Tier 1: 1-2 books
Tier 2: 3-5 books
Tier 3: 6-8 books
Tier 4: 9-10 books
Bonus: Crackers Challenge (11+ books)
So you might be wondering what this is. WELL. Some of you might want to shoot for the stars and read more than ten books within a category. Meaning, you’d have to look past the finalists and read one or more nominees which didn’t make it to the final round. Good luck, you brave souls.
This is just a few of the awards categories that I picked up from Goodreads. You can choose other genres if you like, but I didn’t think many people would be going for cookbooks. These are just the finalists, if you want to see all the nominees then you can view those on Goodreads.
For more information or if you’d like to sign up for this challenge I will insert the link here: http://booksofamber.com/2015/12/goodreads-awards-challenge-2016-announcement-and-sign-ups.html
So for today’s Top Ten Tuesday I picked the Top 5 Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year. I couldn’t think of 10 books so I just stuck with 5. Did any of my books make it on your list? What books do you hope Santa leaves under your tree?
1.The 100 by Kass Morgan (or the whole trilogy).
I would love to read this book and compare it to the t.v. show!
2. Eye of Minds by James Dashner
I loved Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy and I would love to read some of his other work.
3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
The main character is allergic to everything and I’m allergic to basically any animal that has fur so I think I could relate a lot to this book.
4. Missoula by Jon Krakauer
5. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
Just a light fluffy contemporary I’ve had my eye on for a while.
Title/Author: The Heir by Kiera Cass
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Page Count: 342
Rating: ★★★ stars
Sit down and stay a while because this is going to be one lengthy review.
From the first twenty pages of this book we see how Eadlyn is exactly like her mother and how she’s ten times more of a brat. We also know that deep down inside no matter how much she dislikes Kile, she’s hiding this huge crush for him (which is so predictable). And also Eadlyn starts pulling this “forever alone” crap about a third of the way through the novel which is not okay.
I totally called out the last 20 pages of the book. I strongly (I mean very strongly) dislike how this book/series is so incredibly predictable and I just can’t stand it anymore. I don’t mind if my predictions can be right sometimes, but with every little thing Cass tries to hint at just blows up because you automatically know what’s going to happen next.
Problems that I’m still having with this series include how I WANT more of the world/insight on why the citizens are having an uprising. I want to be shown and told why they’re fighting for this cause and what the actual people are like outside the castle walls besides the contenders for the selection. At this point in the series I’m sick of dealing with this selection crap and I want more politics and insight as to why this is considered a “dystopian” novel, because when I read it I get no dystopian vibe whatsoever. And if it’s considered a dystopian novel because the citizens are rebelling against the government that hardly plays a part in the series, then this is upsetting because this book and series is nowhere near a dystopian novel.
Even though there were so many problems with this book I did have a few likes about this installment. America wasn’t annoying at all and that finally her daughter finally got her crap together towards the end of the book realizing that she’s the problem and needs to actually be a human and show some feelings towards people. And that I also enjoyed characters such as Kile and Hale.
Even though this is my so called “favorite” of the series it still gets a 3 star rating. I enjoy this book way more than any of the other books in the selection series, but there are still way too many problems that I’m having with Cass’ craft at this point in the series. Examples include annoying and irritating main character, no dystopic feels whatsoever, and super-duper predictable plot.
Once again I am back for another Top Ten Tuesday! For today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic it’s the Top Ten Best Books I Read Overall in 2015. If you haven’t read any of these books in 2015 you should make sure they’re on your 2016 TBR list!
1.The Good Girls by Sara Shepard
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay
3. Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling
4. The Death Cure by James Dashner
5. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
7. Ali’s Pretty Little Lies by Sara Shepard
8. Paper Towns by John Green
9. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han
10. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han