BookTube-A-Thon Wrap Up 2016

I have been majorly avoiding writing this post. Why? Ohhh, umm because I COMPLETELY FAILED ALL OF MY BOOKTUBEATHON GOALS. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

 

For the first two days of the BookTube-A-Thon, I was kicking ass. But then…..as a reward for how well I was doing…..I decided to have a Harry Potter Marathon with my brother.

And…well…..our one day marathon turned into us marathoning the rest of the Harry Potter movies for the remaining days of the week….

So..yeah….

Let’s talk about what I did during the week!


JULY 18th

I woke up at 10:30.

I read the first 138 pages of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and the first 104 pages of Sin City: The Hard Goodbye by Frank Miller.

JULY 19th

I woke up at 11:02.

I finished both The Catcher in the Rye and Sin City: The Hard Goodbye. Then, I wrote a review for The Catcher in the Rye. Which you can find here.

JULY 20th

I woke up at like 1.

My brother and I started our Harry Potter marathon. We watched:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

JULY 21st

My brother woke me up at noon.

We watched:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

JULY 22nd

I woke up at 11:40 ish.

My brother and I watched:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

JULY 23rd

I woke up at noon.

We concluded our Harry Potter Marathon by watching the last two movies.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2.

JULY 24th

I woke up at noon. Then, I went to the movies with my bestie. When I got back, I felt bad about my lack of reading. So, I read 110 pages of Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I realized that I wasn’t going to finish it by midnight. So, then I watched the movie. Yeah, I know. I watched the movie before I finished the book. *attempts to dodge books being thrown at me*


So, yeah. Not the most successful BookTube-A-Thon.

But, on the bright side. I did actually read 2 and a half books. And I found a way to make said 2 and a half books count towards 6 out of the 7 challenges…..It’s not cheating…..it’s being smart. 😛


Challenges Completed:

Challenge 1: Read a book with yellow on the cover

Book: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Challenge 2: Read a book only after sunset

Book: Sin City: The Hard Goodbye by Frank Miller

Challenge 3: Read a book you discovered through BookTube

Book: Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List

(It said to read the book. Not finish it….)

Challenge 4: Read a book by your favorite author

Book: Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List

(David Levithan is one of my favorite contemporary authors)

Challenge 5: Read a book that is older than you

Book: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Challenge 6: Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation.

Book/Movie: Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List


And that concludes my BookTube-A-Thon Wrap Up!

I REALLY hope that you did better then I did.

Was your BookTube-A-Thon successful? Did you stay on track? What books did you read? Which challenges did you complete? Share your Wrap Up with me down below!


 

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Goodreads Synopsis

I picked this book up per a recommendation. I’m not really into classics at all. But, it was brought it to me. And when someone just brings you a book, just because they know you love books, you should really read the book.

This is actually the first classic that I have ever finished. A sad fact, I know. But honestly, I find them boring and overly pretentious and it really kills me to try and stay concentrated. So, it surprised me that while reading The Catcher in the Rye, I was actually engrossed.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to do an extensive review for this book, for many reasons. One of which being that I was a little nervous about reviewing a classic because well, there are a lot of varying opinions on classics. More so then when you read any other book because, when you read a classic, there are generations of feelings towards the text you’re reading.

But anyway.

Now, I’m going to stop going on about my unease towards classics and actually tell you what I thought about The Catcher in the Rye.

This review is going to have SPOILERS. So, if you have not read The Catcher in the Rye, and you do not wish to be spoiled, please go and read it and then come back.


I’d like to start by talking about the plot….kind of.

I honestly think that I was not smart enough to read this book. I know that makes absolutely no sense. But, I kept trying to figure this book out while reading. Like, what would happen for Holden to make a big revelation or change in some way or realize some big picture. But, the plot is in no way of any importance in this story. Not really. That’s why we have Holden describe everything to us. It’s more about the plot of his mind. Again, I know that doesn’t make sense. But, I’ve been sitting here, staring at the computer for awhile now, trying to figure out how to adequately describe what I’m trying to say and I just couldn’t figure it out. ANYWAY, the plot is just what happens in this 16 year old boys life over the course of a 2-3 days. And he really doesn’t change.

Now let’s talk about Holden a little bit. I’m very conflicted about my feelings for Holden. I liked him, but at the same time I hated him. I found him to be rude, nosy, annoying, hypocritical and incredibly pretentious. He had these little personality tics that really got to me. Like his overuse of saying “If you want to know the truth”, “I know it”, and “Boy”, just to name a few. But, at the same time, I think that these little spasmodic tendencies of his is why I really enjoyed the narration of this book. It added a certain prose.

I think this book captured the spirit of being a teenager perfectly. Because, teenagers are pretentious and they like to think that they know the “true” meaning to life and the world around them. They like to think that they are the only ones who notice everyone else’s tropes. And they they’re the only ones that see the stupidity of social ideologies and mannerisms.They’re incredibly hypocritical beings. JUST. LIKE. HOLDEN. And for all of those reasons, I could DEFINITELY relate to him.

Some quotes that I really loved:

“The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.”

“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”


Overall, this book was just SO interesting and honest.

I ended up really loving this book. It was a really great and engaging read. I seriously think that every teenager should pick it up sometime during their teenagerhood.

(I know it’s not a word. But, childhood is so…..)

My favorite part:

I honestly don’t know what I would classify as “my favorite part”. Holden’s habit of constantly straying off topic and never really dwelling on one thing really made it hard to differentiate between events for me.


So, those were all of my thoughts and feels towards The Catcher in the Rye!

Did you enjoy Holden’s narration? Did you find the plot clever or confusing? Or both? Did you relate to Holden? What was your favorite part?

Tell me all of your thoughts and feels down below!

Also, for anybody who really liked this, I would definitely recommend that you pick up The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.


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BookTube-A-Thon 2016 TBR

It’s almost time for the BookTube-A-Thon!!


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If you’re unfamiliar with what the BookTube-A-Thon is or missed the challenges announcement or the information video, I’ll link them down below!

This year the BookTube-A-Thon is taking place from July 18th to July 24th.

I’m not going to be overly ambitious and try to complete the challenge of reading 7 books.

But, I did pick books that would apply to more than one challenge so I can complete all the other challenges.

Now, let’s get onto the challenges and what books I’ve chosen!


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Challenge 1: Read a book with yellow on the cover

Challenge 5: Read a book that is older than you

Book chosen: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Challenge 2: Read a book only after sunset

Challenge 6: Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation

Book chosen: Sin City: The Hard Goodbye by Frank Miller

Challenge 3: Read a book you discovered through BookTube

Challenge 4: Read a book by your favorite author

Book chosen: The Problem With Forever  by Jennifer L. Armentrout


So, those are the books that I plan to read for the BookTube-A-Thon!

Are you planning to participate in the BookTube-A-Thon this year? If so, what challenges are you going to try and complete? Share your TBR with me down below!


Here are all the videos that will tell you everything you need to know about the BookTube-A-Thon!


 

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Goodreads Synopsis

I read this book per my awesome friend Anna‘s recommendation. We were having a conversation about our favorite contemporaries and she named Simon as one of hers. Thank you so much for telling me to read it Anna!!

I’m sorry that it took me so long to finish this. I started this book on March 1st and I was in a reading slump when I started reading it. Then I put it down because Lady Midnight was released and I just couldn’t resist. But, as we all know, it took me FOREVER to read Lady Midnight. So again, I apologize.

This review will have SPOILERS. So if you haven’t read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, do so and then come back so we can discuss together!

Let’s get onto the review!!


If I had to choose only one word to describe this book, it would be ADORABLE.

Becky Albertalli seriously had me laughing or flailing (sometimes both at the same time) through the entire duration of this novel.

That was seriously what I looked like.

This book had one of my favorite beginnings, maybe ever. Having the novel begin with Simon being blackmailed leaves the reader feeling just as confused, angry and bewildered as Simon does. It was an incredibly clever way to get us to instantly care about Simon.

Simon was absolutely adorable. I loved his personality. He didn’t feel like a fictional character. It felt like he was a real person, dealing with real teenager problems. And that goes for the rest of the characters as well. All of them were unique and interesting. And they all had their own personalities, quirks and problems.

Abby was this incredibly funny and sweet character and she always had Simon’s back. I thought it was really cute that Abby was the one that Simon came out to first. And although it caused tension between Simon and Leah because he told Abby first, I thought it made a lot of sense that he told her first.

Leah was my favorite side character. I loved her sarcasm and how deadpan and cynical she was. Her crush on Nick was adorable; I’m kind of upset that she and Nick didn’t get together. I love that we find out that she’s kind of had her own agenda. She turns out to be a kickass drummer which is awesome. She’s probably my favorite character because I related to her the most.

Nick was really cool. He was this amazing guitar player and an overall really chill guy. I really loved how he took the news of Simon being gay. He didn’t make a big deal about it. He just accepted it and told Simon that he had his support. Now, although I’m mildly upset that Nick and Leah didn’t get together, I think that Nick and Abby are an adorable couple.

I really love Simon’s family. How awesome would it be to have a home life like Simon’s??His parents were so incredibly supportive and reasonable. Alice was so cool and Nora was so interesting. And his family has the coolest Christmas traditions. Seriously. The coolest.

Let’s talk about the whole blackmail situation.

Martin was unbelievable. He was blackmailing Simon because he liked Simon’s friend Abby. Not because he hated Simon or because he wanted to embarrass him in front of the entire school. But because he liked his friend.

This was the worst possible way to go about trying to be with Abby. Really. How could he possibly think that that was a good idea??

And then, when Martin got upset at Simon for not helping him with Abby he put up that horrible post. I hated Martin.

 

Moving on.

Simon and Blue are seriously the cutest. OMG!

I love that their relationship started via email. And that they learned each others inner self first.

I did not know who Blue was until it was revealed.

Just like Simon, I was completely convinced that Blue was Cal. I thought that all the clues led to him. But, then when Simon guesses about Blue’s identity, we learn that Cal is definitely not Blue.

So, Simon then thinks that Blue is Martin. The horrible guy that’s blackmailing him. I didn’t think it was Martin at all. I was sure that Blue would never blackmail Simon, especially over his sexual identity.

Towards the end of the book, I did start to suspect Bram. And I was starting to hope that it was him. But I wasn’t 100% sure.

So, when Bram was finally revealed to be Blue, I was still really surprised. It made me really happy that Bram was Blue.

Simon and Bram have to be one of the cutest couples ever. ❤ ❤ ❤

I wish we had gotten to follow the progression of their in person relationship more.

And then there is Martin’s sort of redemption. We learn that Martin was really jealous of Simon and that Martin had been going through a difficult time with his family because of his brother coming out. Although this all made me feel very bad for Martin, it didn’t excuse his actions. Therefore,  I still hate him. But, in a way it led to Simon and Bram meeting in person quicker. So……I hate him but I’m kind of, sort of, a little bit grateful….?? But not really.


Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It didn’t top my favorite contemporary, but I’d say it’s my third favorite.

My favorite part: The Halloween party. It was so funny.

 


So, those were all of my thoughts and feels about Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Did you guess who Blue was? Would you forgive Martin after he explained himself? What was your favorite part? Who did you relate with the most?

Tell me all of your thoughts and feels down below!


 

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads Synopsis

I’ve been reading Lady Midnight since March 8th and…….I FINALLY FINISHED IT!!!!!!!

This book was a masterpiece, as we all knew it would be. I just really wish life and reading slumps hadn’t interrupted me while reading so that I could have experienced it all at once.

This review is going to be filled with spoilers so if you haven’t read Lady Midnight yet, go do so…..like NOW.

You’re seriously missing out if you haven’t read this book.

But, anyway.

Let’s discuss this book of greatness.


Okay, so obviously we should start with the prologue.

The prologue confused me, as I’m sure it did everyone else. Cassandra Clare’s prologues and epilogues are always super important and usually my favorite parts of the book. But, this prologue really threw me. I was intrigued by this new character, Kit. And I liked him from what we saw of him in the prologue…but then we didn’t really see him again until the end of the book. I didn’t like that. I mean, it really surprised me when the truth about Kit was revealed and I completely understand why Cassie wrote it the way she did….but still. I was confused at first and I was upset that we didn’t get to see more of Kit.

Moving on.

So when we meet back up with Emma, she’s hasn’t seen Julian or any of the other Blackthorns for the summer because they’ve been in Europe, so her only companion has been Cristina who is new to the LA Institute.

I really liked Cristina. She was a wonderful character. And I really enjoyed her story and her personality. She was a very loyal and kind person.

I was a little upset that the Blackthorns had left Emma alone all summer….but then, Julian and Emma have an adorable reunion scene and I was like “Okay, if they had to leave her alone just so that moment could happen then it was totally worth it.”

I really love Emma and Julian. I loved what we saw of them and their relationship in City of Heavenly Fire, and I loved the progression of their relationship in Lady Midnight. Though, like everyone else, I was left devastated by the end of the book that they couldn’t be together.

I hate everything Julian has had to face and handle.

He’s not Ty, Livvy, Dru and Tavvy’s older brother. He’s their parent. I hate that he was left to take care of four kids and Emma on his own. He struggled to care for them all from the time that he was 12 and he fought to keep them all together. And he succeeded. He became an amazing parent. We also find out that Julian is running the Institute.

Julian is 17 years old and he is a parent to four children and he runs the institute by himself. Julian never ceases to amaze me. This boy could and would handle anything for his family, something that he constantly proves. I. JUST. LOVE. JULIAN!!!!!!!!!

Emma was basically the same as when we left her in City of Heavenly Fire. Albeit she’s way more badass now….and she’s kind of become a female Jace. Which is absolutely awesome. She had all the witty lines and was always showing off her skills. I loved it.

I was disappointed to hear that Emma and Jem weren’t closer. At the end of City of Heavenly Fire I was so hopeful that they would have a familial relationship and that he would be a bigger part of her life. I mean, we learn that he’s been off doing something very important, but still, it made me sad to hear that they didn’t see each other more.

Okay, now I want to talk about Ty. I LOVE TY. He’s so intriguing. I love his personality and quirks. I loved reading about his thought process and how he sees and understands the world and people so much differently then everyone else. It was so cute that Julian made him toys to help him with his anxiety; and that Julian put so much thought behind them. I hope that we get to see even more of Ty in the upcoming Dark Artifices books.

SO, the first really big OMG moment was the fairy convoy. I should probably start by telling you all that I love Mark. I’ve loved him since City of Heavenly Fire and I was so upset that he was taken from his family. I was seriously so happy when he was returned to them in the Sanctuary. But then, my heart was broken. When we get him back, he’s under the impression that it is all a trick and he is so scared. We learn that Mark has been through horrific things in the last 5 years. He’s had to endure torture, both physically and mentally.

But, Mark’s time in Fairy also made him hilarious in the mundane/Shadowhunter world. Who else died laughing when he requested a plate of strawberries?? That was one of the funniest parts of the whole book.

Okay, so let’s talk about the whole Annabel plot. I’m still not sure I have completely comprehended the whole Lady Midnight/Annabel/Malcolm thing. So much happened and I just don’t know what to think about it all. Or feel about it all. IT’S JUST SO CONFUSING AND HORRIBLE.

Lady Midnight is Annabel Blackthorn. A Shadowhunter from a long time ago that fell in love with a warlock, Malcolm. But that was a time when Shadowhunters weren’t allowed to be with downworlders. So her family murdered her. By putting her in a tomb. While she was still alive.

That is seriously the most fucked up thing that I have ever heard.

It is also revealed that Malcolm is the one who murdered Emma’s parents and the one that is behind all of the other murders.

I could not believe that it was Malcom. I couldn’t. I still can’t. I really liked him. And I trusted him because he was like the Magnus of LA. And he seemed so harmless.

And I sympathize with Malcolm. He was in love with Annabel and she was taken from him for no other reason then the fact that he was a warlock and she was killed in a completely horrific way.

I’m really upset that they got Nightshade in trouble. He was their friend and they threw him under the bus. And it’s not like he was doing something terrible. He just put some addictive powder in the sauce so people would keep buying his pizza. When you look at it like that, the guy who first put pepperoni on pizza should have gotten in trouble with the Clave….

Then the whole Kit thing was revealed. I’m still OMGing over this. Like, what do you mean he’s a Herondale……REALLY!?!??! I JUST DON’T KNOW HOW TO FEEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And he’s what Tessa and Jem have been looking for…….WHAT?!?!?! WHAT DO YOU MEAN?!?!?!

So……..I guess he’s Jace’s cousin….??? I don’t know. But, I’m really excited because we get another Herondale!! And I don’t know about you but I am SOOOOO shipping him and Ty. They would be the cutest couple EVER.

And lastly we learn why parabatai can’t be together romantically. Up until the point when Jem tells us what happens to parabatai that fall in love we’re all rooting for Jules and Emma to be together because it is obviously a stupid law that parabatai can’t fall in love. But Jem says that it is because of the power that comes from parabatai falling in love. That it can drive them mad and that there is no coming back from that path.

So she freaking goes to Mark.

And asks him to pretend to be falling in love with her so that Julian will no longer be in love with her.

And he says “Why lie?’

…………..

 

I am devastated that Emma and Julian can’t be together. And I am very upset that she went to Mark because she knows that a relationship between she and Mark will break Julian’s heart.

But, I  do ship Mark and Emma. I’ve kind of always wanted them together.

And lastly, the epilogue. Annabel has been resurrected. What chaos will this bring??

Now, with all of that being said.

I don’t know how to feel and……..

I. CAN’T. WAIT. UNITL. THE. NEXT. BOOK.

My favorite part: When Julian saved Emma from the ocean and then everything that proceeded to happen between them on the beach. It was pure perfection.

OBVIOUSLY.


So, those were all of my Lady Midnight thoughts and feels!

Did you see any of the twists coming? Was your heart left in a million tiny pieces? What was your favorite part? Who do you ship? Tell me all of your thoughts and feels down below!


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Top 3 Book Boyfriends!

Seeing as I always share quotes from my many book boyfriends, I thought that I would change it up a little bit and share which boyfriends I love the most! Narrowing down my abundance of book boyfriends to just 3 proved to be a lot harder than I thought it would be though. 😄


1. Daemon Black (From the LUX series by Jennifer L. Armentrout)

Anybody who has been reading my posts for awhile knows that Daemon is my favorite book boyfriend. Well, he’s not just my favorite, he’s THE book boyfriend haha. I love him SOOO much! I even loved him in the beginning when he was an arrogant jerk. Because he was still the really sexy alien living next door. And he was witty.  And he always had Katy’s best interest at heart. And he called her Kitten. And later on in the series, he showed how sweet he was and proved to be the best boyfriend ever. I love him.

 

 

2. Levi (From Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)

While reading Fangirl, I fell for Levi immediately. He easily takes the cake for being the sweetest guy ever. I love how he always made sure that Cath wouldn’t try and walk back to her dorm alone at night and how he was always there when she needed him. He really gave Cath the confidence boost that she needed and deserved and helped her come out of her shell. And he loved her love for books and writing! And she would read him books! PERFECTION!

3. Julian Blackthorn (From City of Heavenly Fire and Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare)

Julian. Whew, where do I start with Julian? Jules is amazing. He carries the world on his shoulders. He takes care of everything so that no one else has to worry. And he’s basically raised all of his siblings. He just cares so much about the people he loves and he takes devotion to a new level. And he says some of the most beautiful and breath taking things. How could you not love him?


SO, those are my top 3 book boyfriends! Be sure to tell me who some of your book boyfriends are!

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The Versatile Blogger Award!

I was nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award (quite a while ago) by Cass from Late Night Reviewer! Thank you so much Cass!! I’m really sorry that it took me so long to get this post up.


The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Share the award on your blog
  • State 7 things about yourself
  • Choose 7 new nominees who have fewer than 300 followers
  • Notify them via social media

7 Things About Me:

  1. My favorite album is Unplugged In NY by Nirvana.
  2. The first book that I read that wasn’t a children’s book was, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle.
  3. My favorite Star Wars movie is Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
  4. I’ve gone zip lining and indoor skydiving.
  5. I love to bake.
  6. The first book that I read in YA was, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
  7. My favorite superhero is Iron Man.

I Tag (Fewer than 300 followers):

I am actually going to break the rules a little bit and not tag anyone right now. I’m not sure who has already been nominated and who hasn’t and I’m not sure who has less than 300 followers.

SO, if you would like to be nominated and you have fewer than 300 followers, comment down below and I will edit this post and tag some lovely bloggers!


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