Bout of Books 11: Updates

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Hi hi hi! Usually I make these crazy organized, page-heavy posts for Bout of Books that have all kinds of menus and whatnot, but I’m too lazy and it’s too last minute to do that this time, so simple we go! I’ll be updating as I go! Click here if you want to see my goals!

Monday – Day 1
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Books: None! :(
Today’s Challenges!

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Currently Reading: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

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Bout of Books 11: Sign-Up and Goals

Hi guys! So after a lot of consideration and being unsure, I decided to participate in Bout of Books again! Yay! I haven’t been reading much at all lately, so maybe this will help! :D

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Time Devoted to Reading

I’m actually not going to devote any specific time to reading. I hope to read everyday, though.

My Goals

    -Read at least 3 books
    -Paricipate in at least 2 challenges

Books to Read

These are the physical books I have in my possession that I’m going to choose from. I also have a ton of books in at the library, so I might choose from those as well. And, of course, I have everything on my Kindle! :D

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Review: Dangerous Girls – Abigail Haas

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Title: Dangerous Girls
Author: Abigail Haas
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: July 16, 2013
Source/Format: Library / Paperback, 400 pages
Opening Sentence: “Shots! Shots! Shots!”
Author Website | Goodreads | Amazon

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…

Wait, what. I mean… WHAT?

I’ve heard so many great things about Dangerous Girls. And not even just from random people on Goodreads, but also people I talk to. Obviously I wasn’t going to pass up this novel.

Mystery is definitely not my favorite type of book to read, so I was wary coming into a book that is most definitely a mystery and spends a lot of time in a courtroom. I wasn’t disappointed though! Dangerous Girls is a book that just drew me in. I didn’t feel particularly compelled to keep reading, but I would fly through 100 pages and not realize I did it because it was interesting.

I don’t really want to talk about my feelings about the book because I’m afraid I’m going to spoil it. I see no way to talk about it without talking about it completely. I’m still somewhat confused. The ending lets you know the gist of the situation, but it still leaves a lot up for interpretation. That’s fine, but not for me. I like my books, especially mysteries, to lay things out for me completely and this one didn’t. That’s why it lost a star.

Anyway, I feel like I’m about to start saying too much. Would I recommend the book? Yup! But be prepared to be jerked around. This is nowhere near a happy story. But you already knew that, didn’t you?

Rating: 3.5-4 of 5 stars

Let’s hug! – A love letter of sorts

Ugh, I miss you guys so much!

I was going to post a review today, but I’m feeling kind of nostalgic and can’t really help but just tell you all how much I miss you. I used to be way active on this blog, but I don’t really know what happened. I just… stopped reading. I mean, I do read, of course… just not that much.

And that sucks because I love talking to all you lovely people about books and life and everything else. Watching TeaTime and participating in chats and Bout of Books… Even randomly tweeting people with “So I finally read [BOOK] and OMG!” It’s so blissful in the most subtle way. I didn’t notice I missed it until it hit me, BAM!

To be honest, when I first went on hiatus I felt so much better. Like, “I don’t HAVE to read! Yes!” I hate saying that, but it’s true. I don’t know why I’m in such a reading slump, but I want to try and pull out of it with the help of my blog and all of you, my lovely bookish friends. You’ll help me, right?

Looking at my blog, I feel like a stranger. I’ve been away from it for so long that it doesn’t even feel like mine anymore. I think I’m going to change the design or something in the nearish future.

Anyway, for some reason California has decided to be colder today, so I NEED to go outside and read. I love cold weather! yes! :D :D :D

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Book Haul: Library and stuff!!

***I’m writing this on my phone so I have no idea if this post looks all weird. I’ll fix it later. :) ***

Hi everyone! Long time no see.

So I haven’t been reading much or going to the library, but I found myself there twice in the last few days and, well, I sort of went crazy.

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I’m so excited to read all the Boys Over Flowers, but I’m somewhat resisting it because all of those books make up the end. And then I’m done. 😭 But there’s still the anime and dramas, so that’s cool.

I started reading Hung Up last night and got through about half of it. But I feel like there’s nothing going on. I’m gonna push through it though and maybe I’ll fall in love or something.

I saw the first and third books of the Dust Lands series at the library and got them because I’ve had an ARC of the second book for ages. I peeked inside, though, and saw that it’s written in dialect, so I don’t think I’m going to read them. I just can’t do it. Let me know if I’m making a bad decision.

Anyway… I got a ton of books. I really shouldn’t have since I have so many unread books on my shelves and lots on hold at the library, but oh well.

What should I read first?? :D

Review: Ink – Amanda Sun

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Title: Ink
Author: Amanda Sun
Series: Paper Gods #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: June 21, 2013
Source/Format: Library / Paperback, 369 pages
Opening Sentence: “I made it halfway across the courtyard before I realized I was still wearing my school slippers.”
Author Website | Goodreads | Amazon

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.

**NOTE! I WROTE THIS “REVIEW” LIKE A YEAR AGO RIGHT AFTER I READ THE BOOK. IT’S ALL MIXED UP AND NOT NECESSARILY ACCURATE ANYMORE. I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO SHOW HOW I FELT AT THE TIME, TOO, SO HEREYAGO!**

To be completely honest, I’m not too sure how I really feel about Ink by Amanda Sun. I was initially drawn to it because the concept is super cool—drawings that come to life? How cool is that?!—and it takes place in Japan. While I was reading, though, I found myself rolling my eyes a lot and generally just having trouble getting through the book. It wasn’t the story, but the execution. I can’t even figure out how to explain it. I’m afraid I was swayed by what other people were saying, though. If I hadn’t known what some people I follow think about it would I have liked/disliked it more? I can’t be sure. The thing is: after I finished reading it I found myself wanting more of the world. I think I started liking it more after I stopped reading it. It grew on me as time passed. I really do like the idea so I’ll definitely be waiting for the sequel to come out, just maybe not as excitedly as possible. I don’t know if I was expecting a lot from Ink and felt disappointed or if it was something else, but I’ll use this as a lesson in keeping my mind open while reading.

UPDATE: I don’t know what was going on with me when I wrote that review, but I don’t feel quite the same way anymore. Those feelings are still there, of course, but I remember liking Ink more than I think I realized. The story is fantastic and I’m super excited for the next book. Woo!

Rating: 2.5/3 of 5 stars

Review: We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

We Were Liars, E. Lockhart

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Source/Format: Library / Hardcover, 227 pages
Opening Sentence: “Welcome to the beautiful Sinclair family.”
Author Website | Goodreads | Amazon

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

There has been so much hype around We Were Liars since even before the book came out. I had read the synopsis before the hype started and decided I totally had to read the book, but then all these people came around saying how good and awesome it was and then I was just like “OHMAHGAWD, I HAVE TO READ IT!”

I feel like it took me forever to read this book. I mean, for as awesome as people said it was I was having some problems getting through it. It wasn’t bad, per se, but it was definitely slow. In my mind there are two types of awesome book. 1: the awesome book that’s awesome from beginning to end. 2: the awesome book that you have to make an investment in, but eventually it proves how awesome it is.

I don’t really feel like We Were Liars was either of those. It was definitely an investment book, but it fell sort of short in the “awesome” category. It was a good book, but I don’t know… I was expecting more. Maybe the hype got to me.

Don’t get me wrong! The story was good and I definitely don’t regret reading the book. I would probably recommend it to people, but I don’t know that I would read it again. It’s one of THOSE books. Good once, but that’s it.

I’ll give it this, though: The story was absolutely original and interesting. I loved the story, but I like it more looking back on it then I did while I was reading it. I don’t know what it was, but something was keeping me from loving the story (and the book as a whole) as much as I could have.

If you like books that keep you wondering and have poetic writing you’ll probably want to give this one a try. I suggest jumping into it with as little knowledge about the story as possible. It’s fun not knowing what to expect. Why are they liars? No idea. That’s part of the fun.

Rating: 3 of 5 stars