Series Conclusion | Book Travelling Thursdays

Book_Traveling_ThrusdaysHi. I have another Book Traveling Thursdays for you today. This is a weekly meme created by Danielle and Cátia, where you pick a book you think suits the theme, show different covers of that book and categorize them as your most and least favourites, the original and the cover(s) from your country. This weeks theme states: Everything has an end! Choose your favourite conclusion to a series. I chose Winter by Marissa Meyer, because it is one of the best conclusions to a series that I’ve ever read. It was so worth reading all 800 pages.

 

 

Original Cover & Cover From My Country

Winter-Original

This is the original cover from the USA, which we also have in Australia. I like it, but it’s different from the rest in the series because it’s a lot brighter and the apple is glittery.

Favourite Covers

Winter-Like (French) Winter-Original

From left to right: French, USA

I lover the French covers of The Lunar Chronicles. They’re all just so beautiful, and the one for Winter is no exception. I don’t even mind that there’s a real person on the cover. And I do like the original cover as well. They both have the apple, which shows this story introduces the Snow White story line.

Least Favourite Covers

Winter-Don't Like (Russian) Winter-Don't Like (German) Winter-Don't Like (Turkish)

From left to right: Russian, German, Turkish

I’m not entirely sure what I don’t like about the Russian cover, I just don’t particularly like it. I find the German cover too plain, though. And the Turkish cover, to me, seems like it’s an overdone version of the original cover.

Those are just my opinions. Who’s your favourite character from The Lunar Chronicles? Let me know by commenting.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll have another post up soon.

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Book Recommendations | Top Ten Tuesday

TTT

Hi. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list is ‘Ten Books Every Human Should Read’.

Death_Note_Vol1

  • Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba, translated by Yuki Kowalsky, and illustrated by Takeshi Obata

Glass_Houses

  • The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine

Simon

  • Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Carry_On

  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Geography_Club

  • Geography Club by Brent Hartinger

The_DUFF

  • The DUFF companion series by Kody Keplinger

172_Hours_On_The_Moon

  • 172 Hours On The Moon by Johan Harstad

The_Murder_Of_Roger_Ackroyd

  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Absent

  • Absent by Katie Williams

Anna-Lola-Isla

  • Anna and the French Kiss/Lola and the Boy Next Door/Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Akarnae

  • Akarnae by Lynette Noni

Ok, that was 11. Oh well. I love all of them and I can’t not recommend them all.

If you want to read about any of the books listed, click on its cover and it’ll take you to its Goodreads page.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll have another post up soon.

After Reading Slumps

Hi. So I always see videos and posts about how to get out of a reading slump, but I don’t think I’ve seen a post about what happens when you get out of a reading slump. This is from personal experience, having just gotten out of a reading slump myself, so I’m not saying this happens to everyone, but this is what happens when I get out of a reading slump, especially a long one.

When I get out of a reading slump I spend a few days just reading. The first day it may just be an hour or so, but as it goes on I spend longer and longer reading. I just don’t want to do anything but read and I usually finish about 2 books in these few days. Recently when I got out of my reading slump I read for an entire afternoon. That was about 5 hours of solid, uninterrupted reading.

I want to do anything related to books. Because I’ve been away from books for so long, I feel an urge to catch up on everything, so I watch a bunch of BookTube, re-arrange my bookshelf, and write a bunch of blog posts. I can tell you that my bookshelf is now in rainbow order, and I have about 4 blog posts saved in my drafts, so far.

I want to read everything. All of the books on my TBR look so appealing after a reading slump. This can be a problem because there are a lot of books I want to read, and it makes it hard to decide what to read next. During this time I usually create something like a TBR jar to help, but I have already made one before, and it didn’t get much use.

After a reading slump, it’s a bad idea for me to go anywhere near a bookshop. I will try to buy as many books as I can afford and be broke when the day is done. I’ve already made the terrible decision to go to a bookshop today, but I ordered a book and it’s ready to be picked up, so I can’t not go. If I don’t go to a bookshop after a reading slump I’ll spend hours on book ordering websites and add a bunch of pretty covers to my cart. Luckily I don’t have any means to buy things online by myself.

So, that’s what happens to me after a reading slump. What about you? What do you do after a reading slump? Leave your answer in a comment.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll have another post up soon.

National Siblings Day | Book Traveling Thursdays

Book_Traveling_ThrusdaysHi. I have another Book Traveling Thursdays for you today. This is a weekly meme created by Danielle and Cátia, where you pick a book you think suits the theme, show different covers of that book and categorize them as your most and least favourites, the original cover and the cover(s) from your country. This weeks theme states: National Siblings Day is a few days away. Choose a book that has your favourite bookish siblings. I chose Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Finding a book with siblings was harder than I thought. There are a lot of only-child characters. But Eleanor has siblings, and she helps look after them at times in this book.

 

Original Cover

E&P-Original

This is the original cover from the USA. I own this edition, and I love it. I don’t really know why, but I think it’s because of the illustration and the headphone cords forming the ‘&’. For me, this cover just really suits the story.

Cover from my Country (Australia)

E&P-Cover from my Country

This is the cover you see in book stores and such in Australia. It’s ok, but I find the colours a bit harsh and overwhelming, especially the pink. Plus the shadowed figures on the cover don’t represent the characters very well, in my opinion.

Favourite Covers

E&P-Like (Ukranian) E&P-Like (Dutch) E&P-Like (Italian)

From left to right: Ukrainian, Dutch, Italian.

I love all three of these covers. The Ukrainian one is amazing to me, probably because I’m a sucker for cute artwork like that cover. Then the Dutch cover is really cool. It’s similar to the American cover as it has the tape forming the title, like the headphones forming the ‘&’. Again, it has that cute factor that I love. And the Italian cover. I just love it. I don’t know why, but it’s very aesthetically pleasing to me, which is odd because I usually don’t like book covers with real people on them.

Least Favourite Covers

E&P-Dislike (Italian) E&P-Dislike (Serbian) E&P-Dislike (Georgian)

From left to right: Italian, Serbian, Georgian.

I’m not such a huge fan of these covers. It’s mostly to do with the real people on the covers, which I have said before that I don’t really like on book covers, but also, the people don’t look like the characters as they’re described in the book. These covers just don’t represent what the story is about, in my opinion.

 Who’s your favourite Rainbow Rowell book? Let me know by commenting.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll have another post up soon.

Bookish Social Media | Top Ten Tuesday

TTT

Hi. I completely forgot to post this on Tuesday, this week is just flying by. But here it is, just a bit late (sorry). Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list is ‘Ten Bookish People You Should Follow On Instagram’. These are all instagram pages that I follow and recommend you check out. So, let’s begin, in no particular order:

Thanks for reading, and I’ll have another post up soon.

The Versatile Blogger Award

Hi. A couple months ago I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Madhurima over at Nostalgic Lemon. She blogs about many things including personal posts and book reviews. I’m still working on reading all their posts, but you should check them out. So thank you Madhurima for nominating me. versatile-blogger

The rules of this are:

  • Thank your nominator
  • Share the award on your blog
  • State 7 things about yourself
  • Choose 10 new nominees who have fewer than 300 followers
  • Notify them via social media

 

So, here are 7 things about me:

  1. I really love Doctor Who, and there’s a story I just really want to tell. The other day I was shopping, and I got into a book store, looked around and was about to leave when I saw this Doctor Who calendar with all the other calendars. It was the last one, and IT WAS ONLY 5 BUCKS! I was so so excited I didn’t even hesitate to buy it. I then rushed to my sister and my mum and showed them, and because I had practically run back to them, my sister thought I’d stolen it (I didn’t. I have a receipt).
  2. I have recently got into manga and I am obsessed with Death Note.
  3. My favourite book series of all time is The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine. There’s 15 books, but it’s so worth it. I recommend them to everyone.
  4. I share a birthday with Jensen Ackles.
  5. I have a growing collection of blazers. I have three so far: a black one, a lighter grey one, and a bigger darker grey one.
  6. I still wear the watch my grandparents gave me for my 8th birthday and it’s still in pretty good condition.
  7. Bullet Journalling is working out for me and I really like having a journal that I’ve completely personalised and that I can change format any time I like.

Now for the nominees. I nominate:

Grace from That Peculiar Fangirl

Alyssa from Reading, Reading, READING

Hollie from Read Rant Review

Book Reviews & Haikus 

Laura from Once Upon A Bookshelf

Blaise from The Book Boulevard

Alina from Radiant Reads

Connie from Hoot Reads Books

Panda’s Books

and BookMates

Thanks for reading, and I’ll have another post up soon.

March Wrap-Up/April TBR

Hi. I actually read 4 books this month. Whoo!! I’m getting back into reading and I actually feel like reading, so that’s good. I’m also giving audio books a chance, so I’m excited 😛

March Wrap-Up

Assination_Classroom_Vol1

Firstly I read Assassination Classroom, Vol. 1: Time for Assassination by by Yūsei Matsui and translated by Tetsuichiro Miyaki. This is about an alien who has destroyed the moon and is going to destroy the Earth, unless his class, 3-E, can kill him first. And if that isn’t weird enough, he actually helps them sometimes, although not in the way they think. Overall it’s a very weird book, and I’m not entirely sure if I’m going to continue with the series. I gave it 3/5 stars.

Death_Note_Vol1

Then I read Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba, translated by Yuki Kowalsky, and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. This is about a student, Light, who is great at school. One day he finds a notebook on the ground, a Death Note. Any human whose name is written in it will die, and Light has vowed to use the Death Note to rid the world of evil. My first exposure to this was Smosh’s video about Death Note, and back then I thought it was super weird. Since then I’ve heard pretty good things about it, but Oh My God! I absolutely loved it. I gave it 5/5 stars with no hesitation and I can not wait to read the next volume.

Shut_Out

After that I took up my friends’ suggestion to continue on with The Duff series-thing, and read Shut Out by Kody Keplinger. In Shut Out, Hamilton High’s football and soccer teams are in this big feud and no one really knows how it began. The girlfriends of the players get sick of the rivalry and go on a sex strike, and vow to not give the guys any action until the rivalry stops. Surprisingly, I really liked this. I did find the concept a little odd at first, but the story is great. I gave it 4/5 stars.

Ms. Marvel-Vol.4

And finally I read Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days by  G. Willow Wilson, and illustrated by Adrian Alphona. I really like the Ms Marvel series, but I was quite confused by this instalment. It started off fine, but by the end I wasn’t sure what exactly had happened. I gave it 3/5 stars.

I also started the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire audiobook, read by Stephen Fry, but I’m going to have to borrow it again because I only had it for a week from the library.

April TBR

Death_Note-Vol2 A_Midsummer's_Nightmare Lying_Out_Loud

This month I’m hoping to continue on with the Death Note series and read Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 2 by Tsugumi Ohba. I’m also gonna continue with The DUFF series-thing and read A Midsummer’s Nightmare and then hopefully Lying Out Loud, both by Kody Keplinger.

Stars_Above

And if I read all of those, I’ll go on with Stars Above by Marissa Meyer.

If you want to read about any of the books listed, click on its cover and it’ll take you to its Goodreads page.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll have another post up soon.

February Wrap-Up/March TBR

Hi. I didn’t read many books in February. It turns out there’s a lot more homework this year than I expected. So that, plus watching a little too much TV equals not reading. This reading slump isn’t helping either, so I’ve decided to just stick to small books, re-reads and mangas/comics at the moment, unless something catches my eye.

February Wrap-Up

Simon

The one book I read in February was a re-read of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I loved it just as much as the first time, and gave it 5/5 stars. This is seriously one of my favourite books of all time, and I recommend it to EVERYONE.

March TBR

Assination_Classroom_Vol1 Death_Note_Vol1

Like I said before, I’m trying to stick to certain types of books so I’ll still read, but hopefully won’t feel overwhelmed. I’ve started a few books: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (re-read), Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (re-read), but I don’t really feel like continuing with any of them at the moment. I have bought a couple mangas, Assassination Classroom, Vol 1: Time for Assassination by Yūsei Matsui, Tetsuichiro Miyaki (Translator), and Death Note: Black Edition, Vol 1 by Tsugumi Ohba, Yuki Kowalsky (translator), Takeshi Obata (Illustrator). I have finished Assassination Classroom, which I liked ok, and I’ve started Death Note, which I’m really liking. 

Let’s just see how I go with that.

If you want to read about any of the books listed, click on its cover and it’ll take you to its Goodreads page.

Do you like manga? Comment your answer below.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll have another post up soon.

Bookish Partner | Book Traveling Thursdays

Book_Traveling_ThrusdaysHi. I have another Book Traveling Thursdays for you today. This is a weekly meme created by Danielle and Cátia, where you pick a book you think suits the theme, show different covers of that book and categorize them as your most and least favourites, the original and the cover(s) from your country. This weeks theme states: Every book has a special someone! Choose a book with your bookish boyfriend girlfriend. I chose Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, because Caelana *swoon*

 

 

Original Cover

ToG_original

This is the original cover of Throne of Glass from the U.S.A. I don’t overly love this cover, mainly because of the real person on it. As I’ve said before, I’m not a huge fan of real faces on book covers. But this cover reminds me of when I got to meet Sarah J. Maas and signed her copy of Throne of Glass, which had this cover, and for that I like it.

Cover from my Country (Australia)

Tog_australia

I do like this cover, although I prefer the american edition with the purple background. Other than that I love the art style they went for. It reminds me of anime, and I like that.

Favourite Covers

ToG_Chinese(like) ToG_German(like) ToG_Spanish(like)

I honestly love these covers. The first cover (Chinese) is amazing. It reminds me of Frozen, which isn’t a draw back for me. I mean, look at that snowflake/sword design, OMG! The second cover (German) also gives off a Frozen/fairy-tale sort of vibe. I like the illustration of Celaena Sardothian, it portrays her well, and coupled with that beautiful background…yas! The final cover (Spanish) is also very pretty. I love the simplistic design with the silhouette, and I’m glad they kept the same font as the american editions.

Least Favourite Covers

ToG_Dutch(don't) ToG_Turkish(don't) ToG_Hebrew(don't)

These covers come down to one thing basically, the faces. The first cover (Dutch) reminds me too much of sci-fi, which doesn’t fit the book. The second one (Turkish), it’s pretty much just the face, and the final cover (Hebrew) gives off a fantasy world, Buffy the Vampire Slayer feel, which I like, it’s, again, mainly the real person on there.

Those are just my opinions. Who’s your favourite character from Throne of Glass? Let me know by commenting.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll have another post up soon.

January Wrap-Up/February TBR

Hi. January went kind of slow for me. I got into a bit of a reading slump about three weeks ago, and I’ve only been reading books for my Literature class since. So I’m gonna take it slow in February and not have too much of an over ambitious TBR.

January Wrap-Up

I read 4 books in January.

HP#2 HP#3

The first 2 books I read were Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets & Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, both by J.K. Rowling. This was my second time reading both of them. I really liked all those little bits that weren’t in the movies, especially how much more of role Quidditch plays in the overall story.

The_Bell_Jar

Then, after a month, I finally finished The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. It was a little slow during the first half, but it really picked up the pace in the second half. I did find some parts confusing though, so I had to read the SparkNotes after finishing it.

A_Midsummer_Night's_Dream

And finally, I read A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. I’ve now read 3 of Shakepeare’s plays, and this one is by far my favourite. Besides the ridiculously outdated gender issues, it was surprisingly really good, and not as confusing as I thought it would be. Studying it in class might ruin that though 😦

February TBR

I’m still in a sort of reading slump at the moment, and I’m not entirely sure what I want to read. I’m not really in the mood to continue with the Harry Potter series, but I kinda want to pick up Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. But I also want to read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. We’ll just have to see.

If you want to read about any of the books listed, click on its cover and it’ll take you to its Goodreads page.

What are you planning on reading soon? Comment your answer below.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll have another post up soon.