Bout of Books 17 Wrap Up

This read-a-thon did not go too well. I did not read that much, and I did not read every day. But I read a little bit, and that is better than nothing. My goals for this week was not very high anyways. The only goal was finish Outlander, but I did not finish it. I joined the read-a-thon to try to get out of a reading slump. I do not know if it worked yet. I have to see this week, if I want to read more again.

I didn’t write a log for this week, because it would be boring.

This is what I read:

  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon ca 100 pages
  • The Winners Kiss by Marie Rutkoski ca 200 pages

 

– Did the reading week go better for you? What did you read? –

Top 5 Wednesday August 24th: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year

Oh it is so many books I want to read by the end of the year. It is hard to choose only 5. I have 15 books left to read to complete my goodreads challenge for 2016. I could probably find more than 15 books I want to read by the end of the year.

  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

 

Bout Of Books 17 TBR

Hi I’m participating in the Bout Of Books read-a-thon 17. It is from 22 August to 28 August.

I don’t have many books on my list this time. But I want to finish the books I’m currently reading. I want to shrink my currently reading pile down to just a few books. I have also been in a reading slump this month. So I hope this read-a-thon makes me want to read more again. But I’m taking it easy so I don’t get burned out. Follow me on Twitter for updates.

Information from the Bout Of Books website:

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 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

The books I’m reading:

  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I’m halfway through this big book. I have not read in it the last months. It is good so I want to read it and finish it. I have around 450 pages left.

  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

I’m listening to this on an audiobook. It is the last book in the Winner’s trilogy.

 

Are you participating in the read-a-thon? Let me know 🙂

Sorry that this post is late. The read-a-thon has already started when I publish this.

Burn Rewrite Reread

The Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books (pro tip: use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ read shelf).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (like Marry, Boff, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or however many you want to do). I chose to do 5 rounds because it was fun.

Round 1

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare – REREAD

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings – REWRITE

The Kill Order by James Dashner- BURN

I really like the Infernal Devices series.The clockwork prince is book two in that serie. Zenith was not that great of a book. It was ok. But not as terrible as The Kill order. I hated that book. It’s the prequel to the Maze Runner series. The other Maze Runner books are better. I liked the first the best. This was an easy round.

Round 2

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K Rowling – REREAD

Storm Front by Jim Butcher – REWRITE

Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – BURN

I have to choose to reread HP. I liked both storm front and Throne of Glass. This is hard to choose. I don’t remember a lot from the Throne Of Glass book. All I remember was that it was ok. I have to reread it if I’ll continue with the series. I feel like TOF don’t live up to the hype. At least not the first book. I have heard that the series gets better. This round was a little bit harder.

Round 3

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – REREAD

Golden Son by Pierce Brown – REWRITE

Allegiant by Veronica Roth – BURN

I loved Illuminae so I have to put it as reread. And I really like Golden Son. Both books are really good books. It has been years since I read the Divergent series. I really liked the first book. But Allegiant the last book was just ok, and I gave it 3 stars. This round was not that hard to choose. Other than I actually don’t want to rewrite Golden Son.

Round 4

Harry Potter And The Order Of Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – REREAD

Between Shades Of Gray by Ruta Sepetys – REWRITE

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – BURN

Wow this is hard to choose. I love all of these books. Both HP and Between Shades Of Gray are 5 star reads for me. I’m actually rereading the HP books. And I’m on book 4. So I have to put it on reread. It’s almost 50/50 between the other books. This round was hard to choose. 

Round 5

1984 George by Orwell – REREAD

Crossed by Ally Condie – REWRITE

The Moorigad Dragon by Debra Kristi – BURN

1984 is a classic, and an important book. I actually want to reread it in the future. I don’t know if I like Crossed. When I read it years ago I liked it. I think I had changed my mind if I had read it again now. But I had probably liked it more than The Moorigad Dragon. I really didn’t like that book, it was horrible. In the fire the dragon goes. I have a review on the book here. This round was really easy.

 
I think these rounds was overall easy. I didn’t get any really hard choices. Would you choose the same as me?

Top 5 Wednesday August 10th: Authors You Are Waiting on Another Book From


118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

Authors You Are Waiting on Another Book From

Rainbow Rowell

I really like her books. I have read 3 books by her, Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry on. I have her other books that I have not read on my TBR. She is one of my favorite contemporary author.

Andy Weir

The author of The Martian. The Martian was one of my favorite books last year. Both the movie and the book was mega successful.

Pierce Brow

The Red Rising trilogy is so good. I have not read the 3rd book yet. But I am planning to read it as soon as possible. If he comes out with a new book or series I would definitely read it.

Suzanne Collins

The author of The Hunger Games. I am probably not alone with wanting a new book from her.

J.K. Rowling

I know The Cursed Child just came out. But I am hungry for more books in the Harry Potter world. I will never stop hoping for more Harry Potter books. Maybe different story from one of the other magical schools. I am currently reading The Cursed Child, and I am loving it so far.

 

Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

19547856Published: 7 April 2015 by Balzer + Bray

Language read: English

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT

Pages: 303

Rating: ★★★★★

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

-Goodreads

Thoughts:

This book was a fun and easy read. This book is very relatable. It has all the problems and thoughts of a high school student. School, family, friends, fitting in, and first love. And be accepted for who you are.

The characters felt very real. And they did not blend into each other. I loved Simon’s group of friends, and his family. They were very supportive. I also loved Simon. He is so cute.

My favorite part of this book was the emails between the mysterious blue and Simon. The emails, and the anticipation of not knowing who blue is made both me and Simon excited. It took me back to when I was in high school. And I was chatting with my boyfriend before we were together.

This book has it all for a fun read, mystery, romance and teenage drama. This book made me so happy. I could not stop smiling, and I got butterflies in my stomach.

To be honest, this genre is not what I usually choose to read. I bought this book on a whim, because it was on sale on Kindle. And I knew that a lot of people liked this book. After reading this book I am so glad I bought it. I love this book.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Review: The Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice

43763Published: First published in 1976

Genre: Vampires, Paranormal, Horror

Pages: 342

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force—a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.

-goodreads

Thoughts:

I wanted to read this book because it is a classic in the vampire genre.

The problem I had with this book is that it is so incredibly boring. I think it is the writing style. The words dragged on and on. A lot of words and nothing really happened in the story. And it got really repetitive. I zoned out a lot while I read, and started thinking about other things.

It is sad because the story is interesting. I especially liked the atmosphere in the book. I almost DNF (did not finish) this book, but I wanted to know what happened with Louis and the other character in the book. I found the characters interesting. So I choose to finish the story because of that.

And I got a bit curious about the next book about Lestrat. I want to hear his story. But I am not sure I will read it.

I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars.