Booktube-A-Thon Update Day 3 & 4

Day 3
At midnight I decided that I was completely slacking off. I knew that I had to get some inspiration to get out of my reading slump and back into reading. I read and completed J.K. Rowling’s Very Good Lives which was a total of 80 pages. As I read this book I also finished the challenge of finishing a book without letting go of it. For the rest of the day and night I accomplished no reading at all once again.

Challenges I completed

  • Finishing a book without letting go of it

Day 4
While sitting out in the pool during the afternoon I decided to get some reading done! I decided to put down The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and pick up Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, and I’m so glad I made that decision. I’m kind of sad that I only got 48 pages read, but I had other things going on in the evening and night. I don’t know if I will get any reading done tomorrow or not, but I do plan for day 6 to be filled completely with reading.

BOOKTUBE-A-THON 2015

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It’s that awesome time of the year again where the BOOKTUBE-A-THON is happening! I’m so excited to participate for my 3rd year now! Below I have listed the challenges and what I’m planning on reading for each challenge!

The challenges:
1// Read a book with blue on the cover
2// Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name
3// Read someone else’s favorite book
4// Read the last book you acquired
5// Finish a book without letting go of it
6// Read a book you really want to read
7// Read seven books

What I plan on reading:
1// Read a book with blue on the cover
If I Stay by Gale Forman
2// Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (my last name begins with an H)
3// Read someone else’s favorite book
I’m going to skip this challenge.
4// Read the last book you acquired
If I Stay by Gale Forman
5// Finish a book without letting go of it
Very Good Lives by J.K.  Rowling
6// Read a book you really want to read
Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
7// Read seven books
I don’t think I will read 7 books, but I will try to read as much as possible!

Hopefully I can get to all these books this week, but since I’m on vacation I will have no idea on what is going to happen. Anyways happy reading to all and best of luck to the rest of the Booktube-A-Thon participants!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

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Hello and welcome back to another week of Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s topic is Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read. My goal with these hyped books I’ve never read, is to hopefully try and read them all by the end of the year!

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1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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2. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell 

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4. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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7. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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8. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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9. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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10. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Morgan Spooner

July Read-A-Thons

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Oh my it’s already July! Even though these summer months are made for relaxing, us bookworms are in the midst of our summer reading. Whether you’re behind or ahead of your Goodreads goal, today I was thinking I would share some information about some upcoming read-a-thons in July to keep your summer reading busy and on track or ahead of those Goodreads or summer reading goals!

Read-O-Rama June 28th-July 4th

Hosted by BrunetteBibliophile: https://www.youtube.com/user/Just4Teens2012

Elizabeth Book Babble: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6pa6K7JLFdO7anMN7XZd1A

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

BooKss101: https://www.youtube.com/user/BooKss101

Challenges:

  • Read 7 books
  • A middle grade novel
  • A fantasy
  • Book with blue on the cover
  • Re-read a book
  • R-A-M-A in the title/author

Get Your Read On! Read-a-Thon: Take 2 June 29th-July 5th

Hosted by MadDogRebecca: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYcNKn1d-uCC3ZnffPCgZMw

ReadingMissFroggy: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR0w5o1RSTQnM1phx46F2Jw
Challenges:

  • Read a book where the author’s first or last name begins with the same letter as your first name.
  • Read a book that you can get through the quickest. (Open to your own interpretation.)

#AYearAThon 6th-12th

Agatha Christie/Mystery Month

Hosted by Goodreads group for all the information: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/123987-ayearathon

Summer Cramathon July 10th at 12 AM midnight (your time zone) – July 13th at 11:59 PM (your timezone)
Hosted by WhittyNovels https://www.youtube.com/user/WhittyNovels
Challenges:

  • Read a children’s book
  • Read a hardback
  • Read 2 books in 24 hours
  • Read a graphic novel
  • Read a book written in verse
  • Read a novella
  • Read 5 books total

Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/CramAThon

Casual Readathon J2 July 15th-22nd
Hosted by Bookameggle: https://www.youtube.com/user/BookaMeggle
Challenges:

  • Read 3 books.
  • Read a sequel / ending to a series.
  • Read a contemporary.
  • Read a book with green on it.
  • Read a 2014+ release.
  • Read a summer / beach set book.
  • Read a movie / TV adaptation.

Challenges may be combined!
Twitter page: https://twitter.com/CasualReadathon

#CrushYourTBR July 17th-19th

Hosted by Raeleen: https://www.youtube.com/user/padfootandprongs07

Jacuelynreads: http://yabookmark.blogspot.com/

Twitter page: https://twitter.com/CrushYourTBR

TBRInvasion Read-A-Thon July 17th-19th

Hosted by islandOFbooks: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheislandOFbooks

Challenges:

  • Read a book with two people on the cover
  • Read a book that you started but have not finished
  • Read a Sci-Fi based book

TBRInvasion Goodreads page:

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/167164-tbrinvasion-read-a-thon

Booktube-A-Thon July 27th-August 2nd 

No current information available.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015

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Hello and welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday post! Today’s topic is the Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015.

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1. Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

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2. Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

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3. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (currently reading)

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6. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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7. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

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8. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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9. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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10. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

 

Book Review: The Death Cure by James Dashner

Let’s just say I was very hesitant to pick up this novel after hearing the dislike and negative reviews, but I was not going to let that stop me from reading this novel. I had to know what was going to happen in the end! I have to say this was way better than I expected it to be. The Death Cure was a thousand times better than The Scorch Trials, but I must say The Maze Runner is still my favorite out of this trilogy.

Going into this novel I had very low expectations due to all the dislike towards this installment, but I was proven wrong. This final installment was packed full of action and adventure that made it very hard to put down. When I had only 100 pages left I was a tad bit nervous though. I didn’t know how things were going to be wrapped up, but Dashner pulled it off. Yes the ending was a bit to open for my liking, but I felt that it was a nice conclusion to the story seeing everyone safe and sound. I could really go for another installment, whether it be a short novella or a whole novel, talking about life after the ending.

Overall very impressed with this final installment. It deserves a 5/5 star rating from me. The entire book felt like one huge adrenaline rush for me and I love how it kept my attention, just like The Maze Runner. I highly recommend not only this book, but this series.

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The highly anticipated conclusion to Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Timesbestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The One is the perfect finale for fans who have followed America’s whirlwind romance since it began–and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth’sDivergent, Ally Condie’s Matched, or Lauren Oliver’s Delirium.

The Selectio n changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen–and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!

Summary from Goodreads.com

Characters

  • America: Amen! I loved the way America acted in this final installment. It was like she finally got her shit together and stopped complaining. I don’t know if I was getting used to Cass’ writing style by this point and time, but I felt America wasn’t as whiny and I found her more enjoyable.
  • Aspen: Aspen was weird towards the end of the book. Not so happy how his character turned out to be.
  • Maxon: I once again loved Prince Maxon. His charm and style made me swoon. I must say he was my favorite character out of the entire series. But his little hiccup at the end was weird, but I forgave his actions.
  • Celeste: Okay what the actually heck. Bad brutal girls like Celeste can’t come down to the level of wanting to take out all the girls in the competition, to being the friendliest. What Cass did to this character made me feel disappointed and frustrated. I wanted her to reign all the power yet she’s just this friendly girl now. No. Cass why did you do this?

Main Conflict

  • During this final installment we see the so called “rebels” more of a threat as well as the competition is coming to an end. At the end of the book we discover what this whole ordeal ties up, but I didn’t feel a good dystopian setting with the rebels and I found them to be back ground noise. I really wanted to learn more about the rebel attack at the end, but I was let down. Also as the competition draws to a close we see the girls almost come together, which made me annoyed. This is suppose to be a cut throat competition not a friendly afternoon spent under a tree drinking tea with the queen.

The Ending

  • Well that was rather annoying. The ending to me felt so abrupt and rushed I almost had a sense of whiplash. I really love the epilogue but from chapter 31 to the very end of the epilogue was beyond ridiculous. I felt as if I was driving in  car and had to come to a complete stop right away as the yellow stop light turns red. THAT IS NOT OKAY. Can I just please have more information on what is going on and we can go from there? You had 289 pages to get through and you couldn’t add a bit more? Such a shame.

Other Feelings

Predictions

  • Ahhh… This is something I wish Cass could work on in her spare time; not making such cruddy predictable endings to characters, character’s family’s,events, and the list goes on and on. Please don’t make things so easy and predicable. Please give me an amazing feeling of suspense and cliffhangers.

Final Thoughts

  • After caving in and seeing a signed copy on the shelf I bought the book. I must say I was much more impressed with Cass’ writing in this final book, which made America more bearable and made this my favorite book of the entire trilogy. I decided to give this book ⅗ stars. I really liked the book overall, but the ending was a huge disappointed… oh well. Glad I finished this trilogy and knocked it off my TBR list for 2014. In the future I don’t see myself picking up any more of Kiera Cass’ work.