Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Characters

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish.
This week’s topic is… Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds
I always love it when authors have bookish characters.  For me, that just makes the character so much more relatable.  Some of my favorite characters of all time are definitely bookish and they totally kick butt. 

Which bookish characters do I love?

1.     Celaena Sardothien
From the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
You guys knew this was coming.  I LOVE Celaena and not only is she one of the most kick-ass female protagonists, but she’s also a fellow bookworm.   She’s strong and smart and her love of books is something that we definitely have in common

2.     Dorian Havilliard
From the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
One of the things that I love about Dorian is that (like Celeana) he too is a book lover.   That’s one of the first things that really brings them together and I really do like Dorian’s personality.  He’s just so adorable. 

3.     Katy Swartz
From the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I LOVE Katy.  Not only is she a massive book lover, but she’s a book blogger too.  She wears a “my blog is better that your vlog” t-shirt and reviews ARC’s.  How amazing is that?  She’s definitely a bookworm, even if things throughout the series tend to distract her. 

4.     Liesel Meminger
From The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Liesel is definitely a hardcore book lover.  Not just books, but words and stories and writing.   She is such a great character gosh I love her.  She has to work so hard to be able to read and write these stories whereas it isn’t that difficult us.  She’s really just an amazing girl and this book is pretty much about Liesel’s love of books and words. 

5.     Cath
From Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath.  Of course Cath had to be here.  I mean, the book is called Fangirl.  Cath is a fellow bookworm and pretty relatable.  She is most definitely a hardcore fangirl.  She even writes fanfiction.   Cath loves reading and writing and fangilrling, so she definitely is on the same level as most of us. 

6.     Liz Sutton
From the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
I LOVE Liz <3  She’s  the character on this list that I’ve known the longest and she’s just adorable.  She’s small and quiet and so totally sweet.  She’s a genius (literally) and loves learning and studying and reading.  But don’t be fooled – Liz is just as deadly as the other Gallagher Girls. 

7.     Delilah
From Between the Lines and Off The Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Delilah becomes particularly obsessed with a certain book and falls in love with one of the characters.  (which is something almost every bookish person can totally relate to)  But, for Deliah, she actually gets to have her fictional crush come to life.  Delilah is just really such a sweet character and what happens to her is something most of us probably dream about. 

8.     Annabeth Chase
From the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Rioran
Annabeth is…Annabeth is just amazing.  She loves reading and learning, but along with that she’s so totally kick butt.  She can always outsmart everyone in any situation.  Without Annabeth, everyone in this series would have died long ago.  She just goes to show that you can be smart and bookish but yet so completely brave and strong and kick butt. 

9.     Sam  (And all of poet’s Corner)
From Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
I couldn’t not put Every Last Word in here.  It’s such an amazing book about expressing yourself and how your words matter.  Sam stumbles upon this wonderful group called Poet’s Corner.  I loved each and every person in Poet’s Corner and their love for poetry and words was inspiring.  I almost wanted to start writing poetry myself.  

10.     Hazel Grace Lancaster
From The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Hazel Grace isn’t one that occurred to me immediately, but she definitely is when you think about it.  Hazel’s favorite book, An Imperial Affliction and it’s author Peter Van Houten play an important part in the story.  I really would consider Hazel (and Augustus, too) book and word lovers. 

This was such a great topic and I enjoyed getting to talk about some of my favorite bookish characters.
Who are yours?  I can’t wait to see who you guys have on your lists. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mini Reviews: Confess, and Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

Confess by Colleen Hoover

Published: 2015

Genres: Contemporary

What did I think?

I loved Confess just as much as I expected I would.  Judging from the other Colleen Hoover book I’d read, I had high expectations.   And I was not disappointed.  I really like Auburn and Owen.  Both were complex characters who had issues that they had to work through. 

I really liked seeing them get to know each other and grow closer.  And help each other with their problems.  Everything wasn’t that simple, though.  Like I said, there were many complications and things that always stood in the way of their relationship.

Another part of what made this book so real were the confessions.  Knowing that these were actual confessions from readers, made this book feel so real and yet also heartbreaking.  Because you know that Colleen Hoover didn’t just make this stuff up.  I also really loved how some of the paintings were IN the book.  This also really added to the experience of reading Confess.

Overall, I really loved these characters, and I wanted them to be together even when things got complicated or difficult.  Owen is such a sweet guy and I loved him, and Auburn is someone that you really want to root for.  Both have complicated or tragic pasts, and you want everything to work out for them.  This book was done in typical Colleen Hoover fashion, and I loved it.  


Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Published: 2010

Genres: Contemporary

I had wanted to read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour for years now.  And I absolutely loved it.  I’m just upset that I waited this long. 

I absolutely adore road trip books and Morgan Matson.  So, it’s no surprise that I loved this one.  Amy and Roger are both such amazing characters and both characters develop quite a bit over the course of the story. 

The main thing that I loved so much about this book is their “detour”.  It starts out with a clear purpose, but really it is just a way for them to rebel, and to have a fun time.  They take turns picking places to go that they’ve always wanted to see and they go there.  It was amazing to read and see them in these new places or old places that they love. 

The pictures and things that they took and the playlists that they listened to being in the book was really great.  I just love it when authors do stuff like that.  It helps you to feel a little more like you’re actually on the trip with them.

I feel like road trip books provide the characters with so much time to get to know each other.  They are only together for a week, but it seems like so much longer.  They get to know each other really well and I loved their friendship.  I just love both of them (and I ship it SO MUCH).

This was really an amazing road trip/self discovery book and once again, perfection from Morgan Matson.  Her books just make you feel something so special that can’t exactly be explained.  If you’re looking for a great contemporary read, this is it.  



Let me know your thoughts on these books!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Find Me Book Tag

I’m doing a tag today!  Tags are so much fun, and I was nominated by Kara at Diary of A Teen Writer.  Thanks so much! 
I don’t take pictures, and I’m not good at photography.  But, I thought I’d challenge myself so all of these pictures are ones I took. 

1. Find a book in the 10 categories listed below, take a photo or post the cover.
2. Tag the next victims

3. Link back to Christy at Novel Ink!

A book with…

 A Sunset

Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson

I had trouble finding this one.  There seem to be quite a few sunrises, but sunsets are a little harder.  However, I am pretty sure this one is a sunset.  This is one of my favorite book covers and it’s so gorgeous in person.



Not A Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

This was an interesting pick.  The IS a pond on the cover.  Although, the story surrounds a girl living in a post-apocalyptic world where there is NO WATER.  So, why would I pick this book?  While there may not be a lot of actual water, the world and story surrounds water.  

A flower

Champion by Marie Lu

This is pretty self-explanatory.  The cover has a huge flower on it.  But besides that, it’s really pretty and different because it’s not an actual flower, but a painted flower.  And I love the texture of the flower in person.  I just love how this cover was done and this flower is so pretty.

A Heart

Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I love the cute little hearts on this version.  These new covers for this series are absolutely adorable.  And quite honestly, I had trouble finding a book with a heart. 

Gone In the title

Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards

I feel like everyone is going to use Since You’ve Been Gone for this one, so I’m quite proud that I found a different one.  Because it’s kind of hard to find a book with gone in the title. 

A Girl IN A white dress

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

I LOVE this cover.  (and the book is beautiful as well)  I’m glad I could use this book because it’s a really good fantasy/fairytale retelling that not a lot of people have heard of.  

A couple kissing

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

This one took a me a while to see at first.  But behind the title, there is a picture of two people kissing.  And I like it because it’s not plastered on the front of the book.  You don’t see it right away (at least I didn’t)


Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Corriel

I almost thought I wouldn’t be able to find this one.  But then I remembered this book and it fits perfect.  I love the cover of this book and in person, it’s all shiny and shimmery.  

A moon

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

This actually looks like it has more than one moon on it.  Do I get bonus points for that?  

A weapon

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

There were WAY too many options for this one.  BUT this one is great especially because the spine is a weapon also.  How cool is that?

I really enjoyed doing this tag and it challenged me to do something I don’t do normally. (which is take pictures)  Thanks so much for tagging me, Kara. 

All of the book I showed here (except for Patrick Ness)are books I’ve read and loved and you should definitely check them out.  I loved being able to give shout outs to some lesser known books. 

I Tag:
Alejandra @ Alejandra’s Musings
Caroline @ Stardust and Words
Nicola from Nicola Reads YA
Tiffany from The Bookish Thought 


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Feature and Follow #3

Today, I'm participating in Feature and Follow, hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.
Basically it's a fun weekly blog hop where you get to interact with fellow book bloggers, thus gaining friends and followers.  The directions are as follows: You follow the hosts, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Make a post that answers that week's prompt, and link it up on either one of the hosts' blogs. Then, go follow and make friends with as many other participating book bloggers as you'd like.  To see the complete directions, click here.
As far as following me, Bloglovin is preferred, but GFC is good too. J (and I always follow on Bloglovin)

This week's question is:
If you had the money what would your own personal library look like? What would be in it? What colors, decorations, etc would you put in it?

This is a fun one!

If I’m going to build a dream library, it’s going to be huge.  I also love fairy lights on bookshelves so that would definitely be incorporated.

I’m going to have cozy chairs and couches.  It will be the perfect reading environment.  And not just books.  There will be awesome fandom stuff everywhere and it will be pretty much every fangirl/booklovers dream. 

And why not just go all out?  There will be a snack bar and place where you can get coffee and tea.   Pretty much a built in cafĂ©. It will have a balcony sort of like a second level but with crosswalks and stuff, you know what I mean?  It will all be open.  

There will always be great music playing in the background and it will be an awesome place for bookish people to hang and read together.   Because of course i'd want to be able to share it.  What's the fun of having the ultimate bookish hangout spot if you can't hang out with other people? 

AHHH I can just picture it now and I need this to happen.  Can you picture this?  Wouldn't it be awesome?

But now, here are some cool pics I found for some visuals.  (because why not?)

I think this one is absolutely gorgeous.  So, my library would have this design, but a whole room.  
But this would be too fancy for what I described above.   Unless I have two libraries.  Hmmmm
OR maybe it'll just have different sections.  OH like this one will be Classics. 

I also really love this one, it’s really pretty and I love the loft aspect. This one looks really nice but still comfy.  So, design wise, this is more what it would actually look like.  I think it would fit pretty well with what I have in my head. 

Parts of it would probably be rainbow.  Because books organized by color look SO PRETTY. 

Isn't this the most amazing thing EVER??  Technically, it said something silly like "abandoned library" and it does look a little beat up now that i see it.  BUT it has this really awesome fantasy like feel to it so I want to definitely incorporate that.  Especially the flowers and stuff.  SO maybe i'll use some of the design aspects of this for my fantasy section.

This is getting a bit out of hand.  I better stop.  Anyway, this was super fun and I can’t wait to check out all of your guys’ dream libraries.