Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pinterest Sunday: DIY Bookish Cards


I have decided that Sundays will now be Pinterest days. What does that mean? It means every Sunday I’ll be sharing a bookish craft with ya’ll that I found on Pinterest.

Obviously, none of these craft ideas were created by me, and I’ll give the creator the credit he or she deserves. I just want to share some cool and fun—and maybe even new—craft ideas with you. And maybe I’ll even scrounge up the willpower to actually do the craft one day. Who knows?

The craft I want to share today was posted by Popsugar and is ridiculously cute. I don’t know about you, but I don’t actually make cards all that often. I usually buy mine or use online event stuff to invite people anywhere. But this craft totally makes me want to throw a party, just so I can use these cards:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/575405289865779315/

Can you imagine how cool a Harry Potter card like this would be? A silhouette of Harry waving his wand with Hedwig flying above or Hogwarts in the background? Or even the Pevensie kids under the lamppost? B-E-A-U-ITFUL. Of course, the Alice in Wonderland ones are cute too. It makes me want to have a kid, just so I can make their party Alice in Wonderland themed.

Now, other than printing out the text and folding the paper into an envelope shape, I’m not sure what exact steps are involved in this process. (I don’t know if I’d rip the pages of a book out to make these… I would have to definitely be having a themed party to spend money on a book and then destroy it just for some cards I’m not going to keep.) I can’t tell what paper they’re using. I would probably go for the heavier papers for the silhouette overlay, but I wouldn’t use construction paper. It’s too fuzzy.

If you can think of any other cool images that could be used, or that you want to use, definitely let me know!

So, what do you guys think? Would you do this? Yay? Nay? Maybe? Sound off in the comments.

Also, if you’d like to follow me on Pinterest, you can do so here. Or, if you just want to check out what bookish crafts I have saved so far, you can go here.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Stacking the Shelves: The Broken Ban... Again Edition

"Stacking the Shelves" is a weekly haul meme that is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It allows book buyers to share their accumulation of books with the online book-loving community.

Broke the ban. Again. I must stop buying books, especially since I haven’t gotten paid in a month. Ugh. It’s all Book Outlet’s fault.
Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
Wait for You by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Oblivion by Kelly Creagh
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

I needed all of these. They either complete collections or help complete collections. Plus, The 5th Wave movie is out and I’m eager to watch it and then read the second book.

What books have you bought/received lately?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Dean Winchester Friday

Dean Winchester (or sometimes Jensen Ackles) Fridays make me a very happy fangirl. You'll see why when you look at the gif.

Umm… Yes. YES.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bookshelf Pics: Bookshelf #2

Yay! Day #2 of Bookshelf Pics!

As some of you may know if you’ve been keeping up with my posts, I went home over winter break. Besides my family and dog, the thing I love most about going home is drooling over my own bookshelves. See, I leave all of the books I’ve read, along with some I haven’t, at home so I don’t crown my apartment. There’s limited space in that sucker.

About twice a year or so I manage to get home for long enough that I can rearrange my bookshelves. Usually it’s once in the summer and once in the winter. Now, because I rearranged, I have some updated bookshelf pictures for you to ogle. But, instead of showing you all of them at once, I’m just going to do one full shelf at a time.


Today’s shelf is the one that is overflowing with books. Why? Because it holds my TBR books, as well as some young adult dystopian and paranormal.



The very top shelf has my Hunger Games and popular dystopian books on it. And of course, all of my HG merchandise needs to be as close as possible to its book series.



The next shelf holds my YA sci-fi and dystopian books. And, like with the Bookshelf #1, all of the books towards the front are ones that I need to read/buy the sequels to.



This third shelf is TBR shelf. Most of these are ones I'm more than likely to read pretty soon, whereas the next shelf, eh...



Yep. More TBR. A lot of these just aren't as high on my list as the other TBR shelf. However, I have some review books in there I need to get to.



This shelf holds sequels to books I haven't read the first books to yet. So, for example, I haven't read Mistborn and I don't know if I'm going to like it, so the two sequels get to hide out on this shelf until I know if I want to read them. This just makes it easier for me so when I look at the other TBR shelves, I'm not bombarded with second or third books in a series.



Okay, this is the exception to the "If I haven't read it, it goes closer to the edge rule." I've actually read a lot of the books, I just need to get their sequels. Oh, and this shelf is mostly ghosts, fairies, powers, vampires, and zombies.

Alright, there you have it. That’s Shelf #2 in all of its glory! What do you think? Any arrangement tips?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, what's really got my pages in a twist is...

Kingdom of Ashes
(A Wicked Thing #2)
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
Hardcover, 368 pages, HarperTeen
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling

Asleep for a hundred years, awoken by a kiss, Aurora’s life was supposed to be a fairytale. But since discovering that loyalty to the crown and loyalty to her country are two very different things, Aurora knows she can only dream of happily ever after. Once the enchanted princess, savior of her people, she is now branded a traitor.

Aurora is determined to free her home from the king’s tyrannical rule, even if it means traveling across the sea to the kingdom of the handsome and devious Prince Finnegan—someone who seems to know far more about her magic than he should. However, Finnegan’s kingdom has perils of its own, and any help he gives Aurora will come at a price.

As Aurora and Finnegan work together to harness her power—something so fiery and dangerous that is as likely to destroy those close to Aurora as it is to save them—she begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding the curse that was placed on her over a century before…and uncover the truth about the destiny she was always meant to fulfill.

Brimming with captivating fantasy and life-threatening danger, the sequel to A Wicked Thing takes Sleeping Beauty on an adventure unlike any she’s ever had before.

My Thoughts

I haven’t read the first book and I don’t own it, either. But I NEED it! These covers are beautiful and I think these books deserve to be read by me.

What book are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bookshelf Pics: Bookshelf #1

As some of you may know if you’ve been keeping up with my posts, I went home over winter break. Besides my family and dog, the thing I love most about going home is drooling over my own bookshelves. See, I leave all of the books I’ve read, along with some I haven’t, at home so I don’t crown my apartment. There’s limited space in that sucker.

About twice a year or so I manage to get home for long enough that I can rearrange my bookshelves. Usually it’s once in the summer and once in the winter. Now, because I rearranged, I have some updated bookshelf pictures for you to ogle. But, instead of showing you all of them at once, I’m just going to do one full shelf at a time.


Today’s shelf is perhaps my most favorite. I call it my #1 Shelf. All of the books on it are arranged by genre.



The very top shelf has my Harry Potter, LOTR, Narnia, and other, more popular fantasy books on it. It also has Hermione’s wand, two Butterbeer mugs and some other HP merchandise on it.



The next shelf holds my YA fantasy books. These are all fantasy books that I’ve read. In fact, all of the books on this shelf, minus some on the HP shelf, are ones I’ve finished. Oh, and sorry for the glare.


This third shelf is mythology. I just rearranged these so that all of them fit on one shelf. I thought that was cool.



For this shelf I have all of my read angel books. The bottom one is blurry. I apologize. I can't take decent pictures, my hands shake too much. Ugh.



This shelf holds a mix of angel books, werewolf books, and shapeshifting books. There's no real order to it.



On this shelf there are some books in the front and some in back. The front books are ones I need to buy/read the sequels to. Actually, that trend is present on this entire shelf. If there's a book closer to the edge, it probably means I need to buy/read its sequel(s).

Alright, there you have it. That’s Shelf #1 in all of its glory! What do you think? Any arrangement tips?

Monday, January 25, 2016

Review: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I’ll Give You the Sun
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Hardcover, 371 pages, Dial Books
Genres: YA, LGBT, Contemporary

A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

My Review

Siblings. They love each other, but 99.9% of the time, they’re at each other’s throats. Jude and Noah are no different.

Okay, so it was nice to see a sibling relationship that wasn’t all cute hair ruffles and hugs and butterflies, because we all know life isn’t really like that. However, there just didn’t seem to be enough brother-sister interaction in this book, despite the book’s focus being on a twinship. (A twin relationship, get it?)

The book starts out introducing Noah, a shy, introverted, creative boy who just so happens to like boys. And, while he was adorable and awkward and all that I secretly want to read about when it comes to dorky boys trying to figure their lives out, his inner monologue was a little chaotic and random at times. Actually, both narrators’ inner dialogue was just weird. It was almost like the author was trying too hard to be artistic and smarmy. Kind of like John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars had two characters who seemed waaaaaay too mature and sophisticated. Noah, as a thirteen-year-old, was wise and creative beyond his years. And while this is entirely possible in real life, it’s just not probable. I don’t mind smart narrators, in fact, I prefer them, I just don’t want to feel like I have to wade through a million metaphors and fancy descriptions before I get to the actual story.

Noah’s chapters in this dual POV book still had me binge-reading though, despite the smarm. I loved his interactions with a certain love interest someone, and I also thought his relationships with his mother and father were both sad and entirely relatable. Now Jude on the other hand, I just couldn’t find myself liking her point-of-view. Probably because her scenes go three years into the future, so now she’s a sixteen-year-old girl and I feel like she should be less dramatic. Yes, high school kids are dramatic, but considering how advanced and sophisticated Jude was supposed to be, her dialogue just came off all wrong.

I probably sound like I’m completely bashing this book, but it’s not like that at all. I actually read this thing in less than a day. It was a beautiful book with a great storyline about loss and redemption, but some of the character’s thoughts and actions were just a little too weird for me at times. I also really, really, REALLY wished there had been more to the story. It ended so freakin’ fast! I feel like I should have gotten an extra chapter in Noah’s perspective in the present time. Or even one in the past. Jandy, please, give me something!

Oh, but I have to mention, I don’t approve of Jude’s romantic relationship with a certain someone. Jandy barely touched on the reason these two should wait to get together, but she ended up throwing that entire conversation out the window. Ugh!

All in all, this book has a message. Is the message one I would recommend for every reader? No. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars, or even any other sad book with mentally-advanced characters, I would say go for it. If you didn’t like The Fault in Our Stars, don’t worry. You can like this book, you just have to know going in that you’re probably not going to understand all the references to famous artists and whatnot.


*Note: I purchased a copy of this book for myself. This in no way affected my opinion/review.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Pinterest Sunday: Photo Bookmarks


I have decided that Sundays will now be Pinterest days. What does that mean? It means every Sunday I’ll be sharing a bookish craft with ya’ll that I found on Pinterest.

Obviously, none of these craft ideas were created by me, and I’ll give the creator the credit he or she deserves. I just want to share some cool and fun—and maybe even new—craft ideas with you. And maybe I’ll even scrounge up the willpower to actually do the craft one day. Who knows?

The craft I want to share today was posted by Kate over at Nearly Crafty. I think all of us booklovers not-so-secretly also want to own the biggest supply of bookmarks known to man. (Every book should have its own bookmark, am I right?) So here’s another way to make your own cute bookmarks:

I don’t normally have kids, so I wouldn’t be using toddlers as my image. I was thinking of using a Jensen Ackles/Dean Winchester image, or maybe even a Toothless or Harry Potter image if I can find the right one.

I get colored printing at my school, so it wouldn’t be hard to print the images, paste them onto cardstock, punch a piece of string through, and voilĂ !

If you can think of any other cool images that could be used, or that you want to use, definitely let me know!

So, what do you guys think? Would you do this? Yay? Nay? Maybe? Sound off in the comments.

Also, if you’d like to follow me on Pinterest, you can do so here. Or, if you just want to check out what bookish crafts I have saved so far, you can go here

P.S. I found the image of Harry here. This is such a cool site with so many cool HP images.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Stacking the Shelves: The Box Stuffer and the Other Two Edition

"Stacking the Shelves" is a weekly haul meme that is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It allows book buyers to share their accumulation of books with the online book-loving community and basically just lets me gush about the books I’ve accumulated.

I blew my ban out of the water! Stupid Book Outlet got in some books I’ve been wanting (and they recently got in some more, so there may be another order coming in at some point. Ugh). I’m so disappointed in myself. *sigh* Oh, well, the books themselves make me happy. Just look at them in all of their glory:

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray
Icons and Idols by Margaret Stohl
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

The Heart of Betrayal and I’ll Give You the Sun are the two I made the order for, the rest were just box stuffers. I need to stop stuffing and just get the bare minimum otherwise I’m going to lose all my $$$. I also got Falling for Hamlet because it’s the book that the TV show The Royals is loosely based off of. And since I can’t watch the second season because I missed the first few episodes, I’ll have to deal with reading the book until season two is on Prime.

If you’ve read these books, tell me what you think in the comments. Please? Also, what books have you bought/received lately?

Friday, January 22, 2016

Dean Winchester Friday

Dean Winchester (or sometimes Jensen Ackles) Fridays make me a very happy fangirl. You'll see why when you look at the pic.

https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=dean+winchester+impala&view=detailv2&&id=7FE3A87E33D3C857B840935C51DEA0AAB4047683&selectedIndex=41&ccid=%2fVQEu9j7&simid=608047823829665405&thid=OIP.Mfd5404bbd8fb15ee4db08441bc083d71o0&ajaxhist=0
Dean/Jensen looks so young here. And poor Baby. She’s naked.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

A New Year, A New Unhaul

I went home to my parents’ house over winter break. And usually, when I go to my parents’ house, I evaluate my bookshelves. I decide which books are worth keeping and which ones I can stand to get rid of. Now, I don’t want to do this, but I have to. Mostly because I’m eventually going to have to move all of my books out of my parents’ house and, currently, that’s a lot of books.

I also do this in order to get trade credit at my local used bookstore. Trade credit allows me to swap my duplicate copies or unwanted books (I really don’t like to use the word unwanted because I want all of the books, it’s just I know someone else is likely to read them before I ever can) for books I want or am more likely to read.

As such, I have some books I’ve decided to get rid of, as you can see in the pictures below:


Most of the books in this first picture are just ones that I either read and didn’t particularly enjoy or that I never plan on reading. Now, Lover Avenged is actually a special case; I just want the paperback version of that book because the hardcover is too large and doesn’t match my other J.R. Ward books. And An Ember in the Ashes is simply a duplicate copy that I’m getting rid of.


A lot of the books in the second image are childhood and YA books I’m not that fond of. Once I started asking myself “Do I really want to have to pack this up and move it with me?” I realized some of the middle grade books I had just didn’t make the cut. Oh, and The Young Elites is another duplicate.

There you have it. Those are the books I’ve forced myself to remove from my shelves. Have you had to get rid of any books lately? Let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Bluescreen by Dan Wells

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, what's really got my pages in a twist is...

Bluescreen
(Mirador #1)
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Hardcover, 352 pages, Balzer + Bray
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian

Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. That connection is a djinni—a smart device implanted right in a person’s head. In a world where virtually everyone is online twenty-four hours a day, this connection is like oxygen—and a world like that presents plenty of opportunities for someone who knows how to manipulate it.

Marisa Carneseca is one of those people. She might spend her days in Mirador, the small, vibrant LA neighborhood where her family owns a restaurant, but she lives on the net—going to school, playing games, hanging out, or doing things of more questionable legality with her friends Sahara and Anja. And it’s Anja who first gets her hands on Bluescreen—a virtual drug that plugs right into a person’s djinni and delivers a massive, non-chemical, completely safe high. But in this city, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, and Mari and her friends soon find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that is much bigger than they ever suspected.

Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence, returns with a stunning new vision of the near future—a breathless cyber-thriller where privacy is the world’s most rare resource and nothing, not even the thoughts in our heads, is safe.

My Thoughts

I haven’t finished Wells’ Partials trilogy yet. I know, I know. I’m ridiculously behind. But what I did read of it, I really enjoyed, so I’m expecting this one to be good.

What book are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter
(The Lunar Chronicles #4)
Publication Date: November 24, 2015
Hardcover, 824 pages, Feiwel and Friends
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi, Fairytale Retelling

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

My Review

It’s over. Finito. There’s no more full-length Lunar Chronicles. How sad.

As most everyone probably has read this book already, I’m not going to go into a super in-depth review. There are just a few things I want to say before I forget everything I read.

First off, I really loved the characters in the first two books of this series. Cinder, Scarlet, and Wolf are amazing. However, I don’t feel as attached to Cress, Thorne, and Kai. I like Thorne and Cress, but I feel like with all of the action that happened in the book Cress, there wasn’t a lot of room for me to feel connected to those two. Thorne is funny, though. But Kai is worthless until the very end of this book.

I did really enjoy Jacin. I wish there had been more about him and his feelings and backstory in Winter. Unfortunately, with all of the point-of-views floating around, there was very little room for character development for the new characters. And that’s where Winter comes in. Winter was a terrible character. She barely did anything but act like a whacko throughout the story. I think if her chapters were taken out, very little would be missing from the plot.

And that brings me to another point: the book was way too long. I kept trying to ask myself what scenes could be taken out of it to make it shorter, but I couldn’t think of any specific ones. I think some aspects just needed rewritten so it could be at least 200 pages shorter.

Despite my complaining, I did enjoy this book. Wolf and Scarlet’s love story makes me so happy inside. And Iko and her eccentric personality always had me smiling. And Cinder’s bravery and take-charge attitude kept me on the edge of my seat. Err… bed. Who reads in a chair?

All in all, there were a few things that I didn’t enjoy in this conclusion, but for the most part, it was a good ending to a great sci-fi series and I’m excited to see what else Marissa Meyer has in store for us.


*Note: I purchased a copy of this book for myself. This in no way affected my opinion/review.