Christmas Book Haul!


This year all I asked for for Christmas was books, books, and hmmmm more books. I got many wonderful books that I am excited to share! I also asked for a Fossil Watch, which I also got, and it’s so beautiful!!! Anyway…. Here are the books I got :)

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Review: The Fault in Our Stars – John Green


The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

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Title: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

Release Date: January 10, 2012

Publisher: Dutton Books

Format: Hard Cover

Page Number: 318

Source: Local bookstore

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

I love the idea of this book. I love everything about it. It was perfectly and wonderfully written by the amazing John Green. Meeting and shaking hands with John Green is on my bucket list. I don’t know what I would say to him if I met him, but I would be a mess because I would be so excited. This book was (and is) so beautiful. I will re-read this book many many times. I love the idea of the lovesick teens who meet and think of nothing but the each other. I love how they talked about books and I loved the pointless parts in this book. Like with Hazel Grace and her obsession with getting eggs to be more than just a breakfast food. I cannot express how much I love this brilliant book.

Characters: 

The main characters in this book are Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. I love the both of them separately and together, together much better though. I love Hazel so much because of her sarcasm and her pointless comments, again the egg comments. I adored when they talked about the books because they were both so passionate about them and it just made me smile. I laughed out loud for the first time ever while reading a book, just so perfect. I have to admit, one of my favorite parts from this book was after Augustus finished Hazel’s favorite book and he texted her freaking out asking if that was the actual end of the book. These characters were so well developed and it was just perfect reading about them. I loved this story and I do not understand how anyone could dislike this book in any way.

Who Would I Be?:

I would definitely be Hazel Grace. Who else would I be? I love her. She has the perfect amount of sarcasm and wittiness. I love her inquisitive comments and it was wonderful reading about her. Of course I wouldn’t want to have cancer like she has, but I want her loving personality. John Green, I applaud you and every thing you do. I love you so extremely much.

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BookTube-a-thon Wrapup


I failed BookTube-a-thon. I did. Miserably failed. I decided to have my friend over because Christmas break just started and I got almost no reading done. I didn’t even finish two books, one of which I only had 100 pages left in…. Yeah, oops. Oh well, I gave it a go and I’m glad I finished The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) – Rick Riordan *and read the full review!!* and I started, and am almost halfway done with, Blue Moon (The Immortals #2) – Alyson Noël. I wish I could have read more, but I suppose that will have to do :)

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BookTube-a-thon Progress


Hmmm. Well, this hasn’t been going as planned. I thought I was going to finish two books last night but then I got distracted by YouTube. Shocking. So this morning I woke up and told myself I wasn’t getting up until I finished a book. So that went, read for 20 minutes, get out of bed, eat breakfast, then watch TV. So I haven’t read too much. Oops. I knew five books was being very very optimistic. :) Shucks, yeah, oh well. I think I will make my goal to finish Blue Moon (The Immortals #2) – Alyson Noël and start another from my BookTube-a-thon TBR. Last night I finished The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) – Rick Riordan and this is my review of it! This morning I started Blue Moon (The Immortals #2) – Alyson Noël. I like it so far, although I am only on page 73. It’s not as good as the first one at this moment, but it’s okay.

 

PROGRESS: ****SPOILERS****Right now in Blue Moon (The Immortals #2) – Alyson Noël Ever and Damen are finishing up at the play, Hairspray, that Ever’s friend, Miles, is in. She went to a Victoria’s Secret earlier that day to get sexy underwear because she is planning to lose her virginity sometime that evening with Damen. Apparently Damen has been waiting for 400 years to have sex with this girl, but she always got killed right before they were about to do it. First of all, Ever is 16 or 17 (not really sure which) and she is going to have sex with her boyfriend. Great role modeling for these young girls that are reading this series. I understand that there needs to be romance within the story, but isn’t making out enough? I just do not understand the point of putting sex in YOUNG ADULT books. Think about it, young adult. Not new adult. No, we are talking younger girls reading this. I personally think the reading range of young adult books is 14+, granted I read some YA books a couple years ago. Let these little girls enjoy their childhood. Do not go around telling them that if you love someone, even at a young age, you can do it. NO. Not acceptable in my eyes. I know that it’s wrong and I know that I can separate fiction and reality (although the thin line may be blurred at some points) but I’m a mature 14-year-old. I think sex should be reserved for new adult and adult fiction. It’s special and should be between two people that are really in love, meaning after they are married, not in highschool when they are “in love.” Those are just my thoughts on this topic.

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Review: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) – Rick Riordan


The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) – Rick Riordan

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Title: The Lightning Thief

Author: Rick Riordan

Release Date: March 21, 2006

Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 375

Source: Local Bookstore

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

I loved this story line. I really did. I love the Greek gods being the parents of these kids who have another mortal parent. I like Percy and Annabeth the best out of the group. Grover is great, but he’s a little irritating. The idea is so different than anything I’ve ever read and it’s so unique. It’s weird that I never read these books because I’ve been a reader for as long as I can remember, but I’m glad I’m reading the series now, even if I am a freshman in highschool. I only read it next because my younger brother, age 12, has been pestering me to read it since the beginning of this year, so I decided I would. Overall I liked the idea, but it was a little childish, which is acceptable to me because it is in the Middle Grade genre instead of Young Adult.

Characters:

I liked the characters a lot. I love Percy Jackson. He would have been my book crush for my younger self if I had read them earlier on. I’ve heard that he gets older as the books progress, so I’m excited to see if I like him even more and if I relate to him better once he is the same age as me. Annabeth happens to be my favorite from this book, though. I love how she’s witty and she doesn’t really care what anyone else thinks of her. My favorite part had to be in the run-down amusement park where she almost refused to go in the Tunnel of Love ride with Percy because she didn’t want to be embarrassed. It was just so cute and captured the age of these kids (Half-Bloods) perfectly!

Who Would I Be?:

I would definitely be Annabeth. She’s just so strong and very strong-willed. I love that she didn’t fall in love with Percy, even though I hope it happens soon, but it definitely wasn’t insta-love. That aspect of the story was absolutely perfect because 12 year-olds do not fall in love. They might think they do, but I promise you they don’t. Yep, definitely Annabeth. I would also get to hang out with Percy, and seriously, that would be fricking cool.

Series:

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2)

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3)

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4)

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5)

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Christmas BookTube-A-Thon Reads!


Okay. This is a little late being Friday night, but I’m deciding last minute to participate in the BookTube Read-a-Thon! :) I have decided that I wanted to after watching Katytastic’s video about their decision to have a read-a-thon. So, therefore I am going to participate. This event takes place over this weekend, December 20-22, and the goal is to read as much as possible. I have so many TBR books that I need to knock some off before the books I get for Christmas come in. The books that I will be attempting to read are:

  1. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) – Rick Riordan
  2. Blue Moon (The Immortals #2) – Alyson Noël
  3. The Kind of Friends We Used to Be (The Secret Language of Girls #2) – Frances O’Roark Dowell
  4. It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) – Jenny Han
  5. Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) – Richelle Mead

As you can tell by these titles, I am attempting to get further in some series. I understand that 5 books is a lot to get through in two days, but I have 100 pages left in The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) – Rick Riordan, The Kind of Friends We Used to Be (The Secret Language of Girls #2) – Frances O’Roark Dowell I can read in probably an hour, and the rest are just overall quick reads. I am very excited I have decided to participate in this read-a-thon and I will be putting daily updates to keep posted about what I’ve read.

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