Song Title Book Tag

Hello!

I suck at life and have been power watching Parks and Rec, so I decided I would do a book tag for you all! I saw this one on youtube, its a video by Alice Reeds and I really liked the songs she picked. So… without further ado, here we go!

1 – Guns N’ Roses – November Rain – Pick a book with a sad/tragic ending
Im going to go with the generic Fault In Our Stars, because that is one of the only books that made me cry. Or A Bridge to Terabitheia.
2 – Queen – Another One Bites the Dust – Pick a book which a lot of killing in it
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings obviously has a lot of killing in it. It even has murder in the title. Its so surprising that a cute little young girl like Lindsay could write such a gory book.
3 – Britney Spears – Oops!… I did it again – Pick a book you read more than twice
Cameron and the Girls by Edward Averett. This book was so cute and so quick! I loved it. Id recommend it to everyone. I swear I’ve read it at least three times.
4 – Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here – Your currently most anticipated book
THE WHISPER BY AARON STARMER. OH MY GOD. Im so excited!!! I could NOT handle the
5 – Florence + the Machine – No light, no light – Pick a book that was just so bad you’d like to lock it away in a dark corner and never look at it ever again
Oh god, Wake by Lisa McMann. Insta-love out of the ass. I read it for a book report and I absolutely dreaded it. It was so awful. No offense if you liked it, but, no. Interesting premise, ill give it that.
6 – Skylar Grey – Final Warning – Pick a book with a kick ass protagonist you’d not want to piss off
Im gonna say Juliet from the later books in the Shatter Me series. I think she could do some major damage. Id defiantly not want to piss her off.
7 – My Chemical Romance – I’m not Okay – Pick a book that deals with a hard topic like loss or bullying
Well, I’m picking the book based off of My Chemical Romance… The Dover Keeper by Emily James Ray. I love that book so much. It deals with a more controversial topic rather than a hard one, but oh well.
8 – Linkin Park – Breaking the Habit – Pick a book you read which was outside of your usual comfort zone yet you still enjoyed reading
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer. I try to avoid middle grade because it isn’t really my style, but the cover was just absolutely beautiful. So I read it. And I LOVED IT. I recommend that book to everyone. Ive yet to write a review, but whatever.
9 – Troye Sivan – Happy little Pill – Pick a book that makes you happy
Dash and Lilys Book of Dares. That book was honestly so cute! If I didn’t read it so recently I would re read it. Tbh.
10 – Ladyhawk – Dusk Till Dawn – Pick a book you read in one night/sitting
Again, Dash and Lilys Book of Dares. I loved this book so much guys. It was awesome.

So that was the Song Title Book Tag! I tag everyone. Thanks for reading!
-Zoe xo

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Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares Book Review-SPOILERS!

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Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohen and David Leviathan.

4/5 stars

Summary: “I’ve left some clues for you.

If you want them, turn the page.

If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

Okay, this book was really cute. I bought it and read it on the same day. Ive head so many good things about this book and I was not disappointed. I only had minor problems, but I still enjoyed it overall.

The characters were really well done, I think. I for one loved Dash. He was absolutely adorable and I loved the way he spoke and how he thought. He made me laugh so many times and I agreed with so many things he has said. Lily seemed really young at times, but I loved her family aspect. Langston was one of my favorite characters in this book. I think at points I liked Lily’s family more than I like Lily herself. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Lily at points, she was so quirky it just seemed as if she could be very juvenile. But I did find her cute and quirky and enjoyed her point of view. Her sense of fashion with the majorette boots I thought was cute. I liked how Dash and Lily were opposite but still alike. And Boris. Boris is awesome.

I loved the notebook aspect of this book. I don’t think I’ve read a book quite like this and it was really refreshing. I loved the places it brought each character too. It made me want to go to Strand and just New York in general in real life. I didn’t like the part where Lily got drunk, I thought that was kinda dumb. And the whole climax while walking Boris was just kinda… eh. But I loved everything else. I loved seeing them go to the Madam Toussands and the toy store.

Can we talk about how beautiful this book cover is? Its so cute. Half the reason I picked it up, to be honest. Im really glad this was my first read of 2015! I’m not sure what I’m going to be reading next. I’ll see you with whatever my next post it. Probably going to be a book tag. Happy New Year guys! Thanks for reading!

-Zoe xo

2014 Favorites and Wrap Up!

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In 2014 I read 52 books. That feels like so many to me. Before this year, I didn’t read a lot. Maybe one or two a month. Im really incredibly proud of myself that I read this much and that I started a book blog and just, ahhh. This year was also a very good reading year for me. I only rated two books with two stars. As im writing this, I’m sitting in front of my bookshelf trying to figure out my top 10 favorite books of this year. Oh man, here we go.

  1. Lets Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

I hosted a read along for this very book. I really enjoyed reading this. The pacing was quick and I didn’t get bored with any of the characters. This book was all in all a really good read for me. It made me smile and laugh. Leila and Hudson are bae.

  1. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Okay, I have a soft spot for books told in journal format and that’s how this was written. I really liked the plot line and the characters and just ugh. I loved it. I literally can’t think of anything else to say other than that I really enjoyed it. I definitely will reread it sometime soon.

  1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Okay, so this was my first adult book I read and that makes me happy. But honestly this book was so fricken cute. The plot was really different from other things I have read before. And back to the journal format, I liked reading the emails. The relationship was so cute and it made me happy to read it. I read it really fast too!!

  1. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

A couple days ago I got a signed copy of this book. I am screaming. But, this book was amazing! Action packed and it kept me on the edge of my seat when I was reading it. With the first book, Miss Peregrines Homes for Peculiar Children, I found myself getting bored. But I was honestly never bored. I am so pumped for the next book in this series. Plus, I love creepy things and this book was definitely creepy.

  1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

I read this book because of jessethereader. I loved loved loved it. It was honestly the only book I read this year that made me laugh out loud. I related to Gregs awkwardness and his reaction to basically everything going on. And really, im so GLAD it wasn’t a romance story. I was scared that it was going to have a Fault in our Stars feel but it didn’t.

  1. Ignite Me by Taherah Mafi

Well, this whole series really. This book was honestly so perfect. I wanted to put it up higher on my list but it was so hard to pick my top 5. The romance was perfect, I loved the character development between every single character. It’s like they were new people from the firs to the third book. I loved the writing in this novel as well. It could be so beautiful and poetic I just loved it. I just wish we could have had a little more.

  1. Every Day by David Leviathan

THIS BOOK WAS SO CUTE. I recommend this book to everyone. We have 4 copies of this book in my school library and I’ve made all my friends check it out. It made me cry and made me smile it was honestly so cute and such a great read. I think about this book all the time.

  1. The Giver by Lois Lowery

I read this one very recently but I actually loved it. It is probably one of my favorite books of all time. I got really emotional with this book. I love writing and reading and color and art and a world without passion just makes me so sad. And for the first time, I actually realized that these bad guys weren’t really “the bad guys”. The government didn’t know what they were doing was wrong. i just love this book and I think back to Gabe, Jonas, and The Giver all the time.

  1. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

This book. I got it the day it came out and I read it in two days. This was the best ending of a series that I have ever read. Cassandra Clare knows how to write, man. It was action packed and just absolutely amazing. I just want to hug this book forever. Whenever I read YA fantasy I always want to say “is this as good as a Cassie Clare book?”

1.The Dover Keeper by Emily James Ray

This book… what can I say? I love it. Love doesn’t describe this book. I think of Thomas and Bernard on a daily basis. This book has changed my outlook on relationships and art and just everything. This is the most influential book I have read. This started out as a fanfiction but I don’t think of it as that. This book is absolutely perfect. I just love love love this book.

So, yeah. That’s it. In 2015 I plan on trying to read 55 books. Thanks for reading you guys!

-Zoe xo

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award—AHH!!!

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Im actually so surprised I got nominated for this award. It makes me so happy that people think I deserve this. Ah, im too sentimental. I don’t normally do new year resolutions but im hoping to post more and read more in the new year. So, expect more from me!!

So, lets get to it. I was nominated by Spectacles over at Spectacle Aglow. The rules areee…
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
2. Put the award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions they’ve set you.
4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Nominate ten people.

The questions I answered: 

1.If you had the ability to time travel, what period of time would you like to live in? Do decades count? Because I would live in the 60s and 70s. I love hippies. I love them. So much.

2.What is a genre that you have been neglecting lately? Anything that isn’t urban fantasy or contemporary.

3.Do you have a particular phrase you live by? If not, what’s your favorite quote? I don’t have a phrase I love by per say. But, I have a signed copy of Zero by Tom Leeven and inside he wrote “Share your art!” and I really like that.

4.What is your favorite band or musical artist or orchestra? The Front Bottoms…

5.Do you prefer Spring, Summer, Winter or Autumn? Autumn. I realllllyyy love autumn.

6.Do you prefer the beginning, middle or end of the week typically? End of the week. Because, weekend.

7.What is your favorite word to use? I don’t have a favorite word but I say “like” a lot and when I say dude I spell it like “dood”

8.Do you have a pet peeve that literally is just everywhere in your life? I HAVE SO MANY!! When people list out the steps I need to do when they tell me something to do. Like, the other day my mother told me to take out the trash and went step by step on how. Like, no. Please. No. ORRRR when people touch me when trying to wake me up. Stop.

9.What is your spirit animal? My boyfriend said I would be a sloth.

10.If you were able to have a 25th hour, where you and a select number of other people were awake (but everyone else wasn’t), what would you use that hour to do? I would probably use that hour to do yearbook stuff. I like yearbook stuff.

The Nominees Are..
Cover Too Cover
The Pretty Books
Lilys Book Blog
Writing Duo
Reading Until Oblivion
What the Hell is She Reading
Book Disaster 
 Book Nerderie
Undustcovered 

My questions:

  1. What is one book you have read in school and loved? If not, which one was did you hate the least?
  2. If you had to forget every single one of your birthdays, and you could only remember one, which one would you want to remember and why?
  3. Have you ever been to a book signing?
  4. Do you think schools and teaching students to love to read?
  5. Which 5 movies would you take on a deserted island?
  6. If you had to pick only one specific genre to read, which one would you pick?
  7. Do you believe that readers are also writers?
  8. What made you want to pick up book blogging?
  9. Are you the only reader in your family?
  10. What was the most influential book you have read and why?

This is really late, but that’s okay! Thank you guys for reading!
-Zoe xo

The Giver by Lois Lowery Book Review- SPOILERS

the giverThe Giver by Lois Lowery

5/5 stars

Summary: Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

Okay, so, I didn’t read this book in school. In my 8th grade year, they started making the 7th graders read the book. I was soooo mad. But, I saw the movie and I got really excited to read this. But yes, I loved it. So so SOO much.

I loved so much how innocent Jonas seemed. He wanted so bad to believe that the community was the correct way. And I loved how the colors slowly came back he wanted to keep them so bad. And it touched my heart that The Giver kept the memory of music to himself. It just made him seem more real that he kept something to himself to keep him happy. It was so hard to see Asher, Fiona, Lily and his mother and father as real people. At first, I didn’t see Jonas as a real person either but as the book went on I started to think of him more as a person.

I thought the plot was really well mapped out. It kept me interested and wanting to know more. I read this in a combined, maybe, 2 hours. I was worried after seeing the movie the end would drag on but I thought it was a nice length. the only problem I have is that the book just stopped, there wasn’t really a conclusion. You’re not quite sure if Jonas and Gabriel are dead or if they reached the set point.

I loved how simple the community seemed. Unlike other dystopian novels, the rules weren’t that cruel. People had a life and weren’t oppressed and there were no wars or no starvation. These rules just left them without the emotions that drive a lot of human life. And I loved how the government thought they were doing right, because they hadn’t experienced these things either. They didn’t know love was a good thing or colors where a good thing. Its not like the officials knew of the good that came out of it. They ruled the way they knew that worked, because it was all they knew.

Overall, this is a beautiful book and im so glad I picked it up. It will be definitely be a re-read soon. I don’t know what im going to be reading next, I think I might read Anna and the French Kiss. But, you know me, indecisive. Thank you for reading!

-Zoe xo

On Cassandra Clare and the Shadowhunter Realm

I love Cassandra Clare, I really do. So I, of course, was very excited when I heard about the two other trilogies/series she is writing. Not to mention The Shadowhunter Chronicles. Im currently reading the Bane Chronicles, and im loving it. But, not everyone agrees with me that she should continue to write in this world. And I don’t quite understand why.

So, okay, just a question. What if JK Rowling wrote another story in the wizarding world, not Harry Potter, but a whole new story. It would be INSANE!! Everyone would be so excited! So why is Cassandra Clare being criticized? She has developed a world that is so complex and beautiful, why wouldn’t she continue writing in it? It isn’t the same story. Sure, the stories are intertwined but it isn’t like the story will be Jace and Clary or Will and Tessa. And it isn’t like she is only writing the shadowhunter series. She wrote the Iron Trial which is going to be series.

We have the new potential for a new shadowhunter book every year for the next 10 years. Maybe even more. I will continue to support Cassie in everything she writes. It takes a lot to create world as big as the shadowhunter world is. Until she disappoints me, and I don’t see that happening, I will continue to read her novels. Each novel she publishes is better than the last, and I am so excited to see where Emma Carstairs will take us in Lady Midnight. Also, Simon Lewis as a shadowhunter? Yes, please. The Shadowhunter Academy will be the DEATH OF ME.

Thanks for reading my little rant on Cassie. I have exams this week so I will probably get a lot of reading done after the test. See ya later, yo

-Zoe xo

A Tale of Two Cities Is Putting Me In A Reading Slump

OH MY GOD.
Why.
We are reading A Tale of Two Cities in my English class. It is horrible.
I am  not liking it so much that it has put me in a reading slump. I’ve finished my 50 book challenge for this year, and I want to read, I have so many books I want to read.(like Cinder… and Days of Blood and Starlight.. and THE 5TH WAVE) So, I pulled The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy off my shelf but I just… cant read it. and I blame A Tale of Two Cities.

So, do you guys have any tips on how to get out of this reading slump? Whether it be book recommendations or just tips, please let me know! I want to read!
Thanks for reading!
-Zoe xo