Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Reading Update (Jan. 22)

I'll make this a quick one...

I finished Ten Miles Past Normal a day or two ago. I really didn't know what to expect before I read it, but it turned out to be quite an enjoyable read with really sweet messages and an empowering storyline. :)

Now that I'm done that book, I've began Blood Red Road. I'll probably read the second, Rebel Heart after, and then I think I'll do Divergent (I know, I feel ashamed not to have read it yet) and Insurgent. Then probably Son of Neptune, as it just came in from the library. Or I might read that before Divergent. Idk.

Anyways, have a wonderfully awesomely amazingly superbly fantastic day!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (Jan. 22)

The Top Ten Tuesday meme originates from The Broke and The Bookish. Check it out and consider taking part too!

This meme is a weekly top-ten list category. I'll try my best to follow this weekly, so yeah! Keep checking back, and make sure to go to The Broke and The Bookish where this awesome idea is from!

January 22nd
Top Ten Settings I'd Like to See More Of

  1. Portals into different realms. What do I mean by this? Examples include: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Wings/Fairy Lies by E.D. Baker. These settings are soooo awesome for imagination and believing in fantasy, and I will never get tired of them. Sometimes life in the "real" world is tough, so its nice to escape into a new land sometimes.                                            
  2. Living on farms. Examples include: Ten Miles Past Normal by (I forget...), A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass. These books are always unique and I love it when nature and freedom and similar subjects are tied into the book.
  3. Very controlled societies (generally dystopia) (and generally the protagonist breaks free of this society). Examples include: The Declaration by Gemma Malley, the Uglies quartet by Scott Westerfeld, Inside Out/Outside In by Maria V. Snyder. The joy in these is usually the protagonist finding a way out or fighting against corruption, etc. and I always enjoy those awesome rebels.
  4. The world of Harry Potter. No explanation needed.
  5. Underground societies. Examples include: City of Ember by Jeanne DePrau. Such a fascinating, foreign place that really makes you think about different possibilities of where people could be living in the present or future.
  6. Third-world-ish, poor dystopia societies. Examples: District 12 and may other districts from the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Sometimes its nice when the corruption of dystopian societies is recognized by everyone, and ya. Hunger Games is awesome, and it was the first time I had come across a dystopia that wasn't essentially making people have a good life.
  7. Timeless settings. As in, settings and time periods that could be just about anywhere or anytime. Allows for plenty of imagination and personal connection.
  8. Mountains and/or mountain communities. Examples include: The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. These are so unique and refreshing and I personally feel really connected. Both wilderness adventure and non-wilderness adventure are awesome.
  9. How about an underwater society that is NOT about mermaids and NOT from the perspective of aquatic life such as fish? I mean, I don't have anything against mermaids, but how about something more original please?
  10. Mazes or huge games. Examples, both of which I have yet to read: The Maze Runner, Ready Player One. These are so fascinating, and really bring a new perspective on life and the meaning of life and society as a whole. 
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Mango-Shaped Space - Special Book Review


This is a book review. But this is not just any book review. This book review is special. No only did I critique the book, I reviewed a peers review of the book. Crazy, isn't it?!?!?

Anyways, this time I am reviewing A Mango-Shaped Space, which is by Wendy Mass. My first paragraph is responding to a peers review, which you can check out here
My second paragraph is simply a review of the book and how awesomely awesome it is!!!

*I didn't write a summary, so check out the Goodreads summary

A Mango-Shaped Space
by Wendy Mass

            Spirited characters, a unique storyline, phenomenal description, and expertly used words. According to Alex, all of these are key aspects that make A Mango-Shaped Space such a captivating book, and I couldn’t agree more! Mia, the main character, has a condition known as synesthesia, and this is the basis to the plot that both Alex and I thought was so splendid. Expanding on Alex’s view, I believe that the reader’s yearning to explore the unique concept was what gave Mass’s storyline such an enchanting quality. Alex made a strong point in saying the establishment of characters was great, and I will add on by saying that this allowed the reader to understand Mia and the way she sees the world. A point of contradiction between what I think and what Alex said is in regards to description. Alex describes it as phenomenal, but I wouldn’t label it that way. Very few rich, “juicy” words and phrases were present, however I still adored how Mass expressed things, such as: “Everyone thinks I named my cat Mango because of his orange eyes, but that’s not the case. I named him Mango because the sounds of his purrs and his wheezes and his meows are all various shades of yellow-orange.” (pg. _), which tells us about Mango, Mia, and her synesthesia, all in one intriguing thought. Overall, if you ask Alex or if you ask me, this book is pure awesome!

            Synesthesia is quite a foreign, almost supernatural condition, but when reading A Mango-Shaped Space, the concept isn’t confusing, but rather the reader gets to explore Mia’s confusion. Consequently, her journey to understand her life is one that the reader can share. This journey was a stunning story, however I felt that the pacing of the book was merely so-so. Throughout the book, things often happened too quickly or suddenly for emotions to develop in response to the events. That being said, the reader was still given a prime seat on the emotional rollercoaster of Mia’s discoveries and life with synesthesia. Because of this, connecting to characters was easy, such as Mia’s desire to be normal: “I’m going to be so normal that when people look up normal in the dictionary, my name will be there.” (pg. 43) Also, I found deep meaning in the way Mass communicated the idea of the power of positivity, which I could personally connect to, especially the fact that Mia found happiness through nature and its freedom. Overall, Mass’s novel was a phenomenal portal into a new realm of questions, and to me, that is the perfect type of book. Lastly, the novel’s ending was abru -

Reading Update (Jan. 15)

So... I finished A Christmas Carol a couple days ago... awesome read! I loved reading the book to a story I have grown up with in theatre and movie format. It was a difficult read because of the language and writing style, but overall it was a fantastic novel!

Anyways, now I am reading Ten Miles Past Normal, which sounded pretty cool so I put it on hold from the library and now have picked it up and already its awesome!

So yeah. I've been busy, and will be for a couple weeks, so bare with me. But hope you enjoy my blog!!! subscribe :)

Monday, January 07, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (Jan. 8)

The Top Ten Tuesday meme originates from The Broke and The Bookish. Check it out and consider taking part too!

This meme is a weekly top-ten list category. I'll try my best to follow this weekly, so yeah! Keep checking back, and make sure to go to The Broke and The Bookish where this awesome idea is from!

January 8th
Top Ten Bookish Goals For 2013

  1. Read a minimum of 10 classics: I really love classics and find them very inspirational, but sometimes it's hard to commit to a classic when so many new books keep popping up.
  2. Read Lord of the Rings: this is annoying. I really, really want to read this book, yet I can never get the strength to do so! 
  3. Work or volunteer at the library: wouldn't that be awesome? to be able to inspire people to read and help them in their journey of reading? absolutely would be a dream come true!
  4. Cut down on those in-between periods: I honestly waste way too much time not reading, either because I don't have a book I'm into or because I can't decide what to read. Depressing times these are when I am without a good story...
  5. Write at least an hour a week: urg... it's annoying how much I've been slacking off on writing... hopefully I can find ways to fit it into my schedule
  6. Blog post at least twice a week, preferably three times: 'cause its fun and randomly awesome and makes me feel happy :)
  7. Post a vlog post at least once a month, preferably twice: vlogging is even more fun, so I should stop being lazy and do this.
  8. Finish what I start: mainly for writing. I have way too many stories and stuff on the go, but I can never finish them. Same with songs. It drives me crazy. Seriously.
  9. Clean my reading spot before reading, rather than sitting on top of junk: I mean, sometimes I just want to read, not clean up. But sometimes there's stuff piled on my pillow pile, and yet I sit on it anyways. Let's break this habit...
  10. DON'T PROCRASTINATE: that means blog posts, writing, going to the library, and also... don't read when I should be doing homework or something normal people would call "more important. P.S. I've started on this one! After finishing my homework, I did this post, and on Monday, to be ahead of schedule! Yay for me!

Happy New Year, and may the odds be ever in your favour.

Sorry. I'm tired. Bye.

    Top Ten Tuesday (Jan. 1)

    Yes, I know this one should have been a week ago, but whatever...

    The Top Ten Tuesday meme originates from The Broke and The Bookish. Check it out and consider taking part too!

    This meme is a weekly top-ten list category. I'll try my best to follow this weekly, so yeah! Keep checking back, and make sure to go to The Broke and The Bookish where this awesome idea is from!

    January 1st
    Top Ten Books I Resolve to Read in 2013

    1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: I started reading this one in the summer, but I didn't get very far, as there were other books that I wanted to read and I couldn't really get into To Kill a Mockingbird, so I quit. But... I still really want to read it.
    2. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: This one was in my bag for a while this past fall, but I never got around to it, as I knew it would take a large chunk of my reading time, and there were so many other books I wanted to read and I didn't have enough patience.
    3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Classics fill a large portion of this list because its hard for me to choose to read a classic when there are so many new books I hear about and want to read. Little Women is on my bookshelf and has been for quite a few years, and I really want to get around to reading it. I think I did read it with my grandpa when I was younger, but I think I would get more out of it now.
    4. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgsen Burnett: Another classic on my shelf that I've neglected for too many years.
    5. Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth: This one won't be hard, as I'm super excited to read them, I just keep on having other books that get in my hands first.
    6. Life of Pi by Yann Martell: I didn't see the movie because I've been waiting to read the book, so I hope to get around to doing both soon.
    7. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: Sounds interesting, and I really do love classics when I get around to reading them.
    8. Blood Red Road by Moira Young: I meant to read this in the fall, but other books caught my interest and I partially forgot about Blood Red Road, even though it was out from the library and on my shelf for around a month.
    9. Shimmer/Whisper/Dreamland by Alyson Noel: In the summer I read Radiance, the first of the quartet, and I've really wanted to get around to finishing them, as a good friend of mine says the next ones are best.
    10. The rest of the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan: Eventually... I like this series, and I don't want to quit, so I'll get around to it sometime.
    11. Son of Neptune and Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan: This series is awesome. Not as good as Percy Jackson, but still awesomely awesome.
    Hope you enjoyed :)

    Sunday, January 06, 2013

    Motivation for Monday

    Yes, I posted this Sunday evening, but its for Monday. Whatever.

    Well, here is the first M4M (Motivation for Monday)! I'm super excited to do this, and hopefully y'all will enjoy!!! To start the whole thing off, I've done some ukulele playing to connect to Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, a very, VERY inspirational book, at least for me. I'm playing Over the Rainbow. The recording and my playing kinda really sucks, 'cause as I said in my last post, I'm in lazy mode right now...

    ***It's long and repetitive since its just chording, so there's no need to listen to the whole thing unless you want to***

    Top Ten Tuesday (Dec. 25)

    Yes, I know this one should have been nearly two weeks ago, but whatever...

    The Top Ten Tuesday meme originates from The Broke and The Bookish. Check it out and consider taking part too!

    This meme is a weekly top-ten list category. I'll try my best to follow this weekly, so yeah! Keep checking back, and make sure to go to The Broke and The Bookish where this awesome idea is from!

    This week was a freebie, since it was on Christmas. I'm doing it now, and yes, I know Dec. 25th was nearly two weeks ago, but whatever...

    December 25th
    Top Ten (fiction) Books/Series that Started My Reading Obsession
    *These are mainly books I read when I was much younger

    1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
    2. Daisy Meadow's Rainbow Magic fairy books (Rainbow Fairies, Weather Fairies, etc.)
    3. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
    4. The Frog Princess series by E.D. Baker
    5. Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris
    6. Wings by E.D. Baker
    7. Ramona series by Beverly Cleary
    8. Fudge books by Judy Blume
    9. The Glass Castle by I'm not sure who...
    10. More books that I can't remember because of course there were more put my memory isn't good enough for that.
    I'll post descriptions/explanations eventually. Sorry, I'm in lazy mode right now....

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    Saturday, January 05, 2013


    Well, it's been two weeks.... I'm back now, and that means the posts will start up again! In fact, I plan to start two special weekly things: "Thoughts on Thursday" and "Motivation for Monday".

    "Thoughts on Thursday" will be a meme that anyone can participate in. Basically, I'll post a subject or prompt, generally an element commonly found in books, and then I'll post my thoughts on the subject, and you can do the same. The prompts/subjects will be specific and easily debated/discussed, so participate every Thursday :)

    "Motivation for Monday" will be a weekly post I'll do every Monday, where I post something I find, make, do, or think that relates to a book I love! Every week will bring something innovative, creative, and motivational for those dreaded Mondays. A common one I'll do is ukulele playing, which is inspired by Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli!!!

    Hopefully these sound interesting, and hopefully they'll turn out interesting, so make sure to check back lots! In fact, the best way would be to subscribe!!!!