Throwback Thursday- The BFG by Roald Dahl

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast.
When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

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This week’s throwback brings me back to 3rd or 4th grade when I read The BFG by Roald Dahl for reading group. Years later, I can still say that I honestly adore this book and it’s message. It’s a tale of unlikely friendship, adventure, and bravery. The BFG is my favorite Roald Dahl book for it’s sheer imagination. Just thinking about it makes me feel like a little kid again. It might be time to bring it out again for a re-read.

What I'm Reading and Writing Wednesday

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Sometimes I’m a terrible reader & book blogger and I don’t finish any of the books that I set out to finish over the course of the week. I finished my re-read of Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (read my mini-review here) later than I hoped I would last week and I began reading House of Hades (which I have flown through so far).

But…

I still have slightly over a quarter of House of Hades left to read. So yeah, I hope to finish it by Friday *crosses fingers* and I still need to read The Miseducation of Cameron Post before I have to return it to the library.

So, I really don’t have much new to share with you this week, reading-wise. I apologize.

However…

there was some progress last week with my second draft of my NaNoWriMo novel! I was super happy to have the chance to get two more chapters revised. They are still far from perfect, but my novel makes much more sense in this draft (so far anyway).

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My coffee table, work desk, home desk, and pretty much anywhere I sit down to eat lunch is revision central at the moment.  I love my messy revisions. (Please don’t judge me, this was the shittiest of all shitty first drafts). But I’m feeling good writing-wise. I hope to get at least 1 more chapter revised again this week (but I’m shooting for 2).

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What are you reading this week?

Mini-Review: Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (re-read)

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close—the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Mini-review:

Sometimes when I re-read a book it takes forever and seems like a chore to finish. Other times, I thoroughly enjoy my re-read and it feels like the first time I read the novel. That being said, I loved re-reading Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan.

There is something about Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series that pulls you in with an amazing mix of the present day and ancient mythology. They have wonderfully complex characters, each with their own back stories, weaknesses and goals.

In Mark of Athena, Riordan wowed me with his 7 perspective story line, usually with three plot lines going on at the same time. I love how each character has grown and how they each contribute to their quest. I love their friendships, relationships, and rivalries and how they work together despite those things. Riordan keeps your interest with drama and a never-ending amount of monsters and gods/godesses.

And that cliff-hanger ending?!?! Damn. I forgot about that one.

Mark of Athena was an adventure of a novel that I was thrilled to find myself on once again.

5 / 5 stars

Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Blogger/Reader

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to us by the fabulous people at The Broke and The Bookish. Haven’t checked them out yet? You should! This weeks theme is one of my favorites so far, Top Ten Reasons I love being a blogger and reader. While there are probably a million and a half reasons why I love what I do, here are the biggest ten!

 

1. I love having so many people to talk about books with!

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Usually it’s me talking someone’s ear off about books they really don’t give a crap about. But I have met so many people via my blog and social media who are more than happy to chat about books with me.

2. The Community

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This kind of goes hand-in-hand with number 1, but it’s awesome to be able to recommend and discuss books with other bloggers and readers.

3. It gives me an excuse to buy more books.

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And is a justification to my little book-buying “problem.”

4. It gives me more reasons to escape in a book.

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Because sometimes “my life and job bore the hell out of me” just isn’t enough.

5. It gets me out there, talking to readers & writers.

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As a reader and writer myself, it’s an amazing way to connect with other people who are interested in the same things you are.

(I had to put in David Tennant’s face somewhere 😉 )

6. I get so many book recommendations from bloggers & readers.

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Meaning my TBR list is huge! And I love it like that!

7.  Book are my favorite thing in the whole world.

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And I love spreading that love.

8. Because so many people think it’s uncool to read. They couldn’t be more wrong.

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Books are magical.

9. Blogging and reading is something that I can actually look forward to.

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And I do. Sometimes I wait all day at work til my lunch break or until I come home to write a post or dive right back into the book I was reading. Sometimes I would rather be doing this than my actual job!

10. I have met so many amazing, wonderful people through blogging and reading.

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It’s probably a restatement of things I have mentioned before, but it’s the people that truly make blogging worth it for me.  I love being able to connect with, talk to, and become friends with people from all over the world. People who I can talk with about the things that I am passionate about.

 

What are your favorite reasons for reading or blogging?

 

A Very Special Valentine's Day Interview with Author Laura Beege

Recently, I had the opportunity to catch up with my friend Laura Beege, author of These Things About Us. Laura and I met last summer when she contacted me to participate in her blog tour for her debut novel!  We chatted about self-publishing, books that make us swoon, and were-creatures. Check it out!

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Amanda: Hi Laura! Thank you so much for agreeing to do another interview with me. I had so much fun talking to you last summer about your debut book, These Things About Us!

Laura: Hi Amanda! Thank you for having me!

Amanda:  What is the best thing that has happened to you since becoming a published author?

Laura: I realize you might want to hear about the writing life and bestseller lists, but the best part has been meeting some of the loveliest people in the world. Seriously. I got to know a bunch of bloggers and writers who are fun and nice and overall completely awesome. And between email chains “Re: Sexy Chocolate Scenes” and more support than anyone could wish for, they overwhelm me every day with their love and friendship.

Amanda:  Where do you get ideas for your novels?

Laura: That’s a tough one. Everywhere, really. I just had another one today when watching an old Eisenstein movie in class. The other day I saw a picture on pinterest that immediately sparked the idea for an entire series. And sometimes I just lie on the floor and listen to music when it hits me. To me, the problem isn’t getting ideas but finding a way to filter the good ones from the bad ones.

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Throwback Thursday- The Giver by Lois Lowry

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

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The Giver was the first dystopian book that I ever read and it has most definitely stuck with me through the years. I was introduced to The Giver in middle school and read it again within the past couple of years for college. After reading quite a bit of dystopian literature, I can truly see how this novel has influenced the YA dystopian literature that we see today. The Giver is such a haunting, disturbing yet beautiful story that leaves my heart pounding every time I finish.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts?

If you haven’t read it, you should!

What is your bookish throwback this week?

What I'm Reading & Writing Wednesday!

Last week, I read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (read my review here) , Attachments by Rainbow Rowell ( read my review here), and started to re-read Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan. *Whew* that was a lot of reading (not that I minded much).

This week I have two books lined up and I hope to finish at least one of them.

House of Hades by Rick Riordan

HouseofHadesI love the Heroes of Olympus series and have had such a fun time re-reading them in preparation to read this book. I have heard wonderful things, I just hope that it is as amazing as I have been hearing it is.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

miseducationcameronpostI have seen so many bloggers and book tubers gushing over how much they loved this book and how beautiful it is. While browsing through the shelves of my local library the other day, I found it! Huzzah! So hopefully I will have time to read it this week or next.

Writing Update:

I’m still working and plugging along at the 2nd draft of my NaNo novel. It’s really hard for me to find the time (and patience) to sit down and really get into it. So many writers have such wonderful resources for revisions, but I honestly am having enough trouble going through and reading, re-organizing, re-writing, and cutting unnecessary sections. So I’m still working, but it’s a slow process. I think that once I get past the beginning couple of chapters and into the real meat & potatoes of the novel, things will hopefully go more smoothly!

Top Ten Book Characters That Make Me Swoon

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to us by the fabulous ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Books That Will Make You Swoon. I don’t really read books that make me swoon, however there have been characters that make me swoon. Here’s my list!

 

1.  Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments series.

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I couldn’t stop gushing about Jace the first time I read this series. There is something dark and sexy about him from the moment we meet him. He’s dangerous but will do anything for those he loves. By the way movie Jace was not how I pictured book Jace, that’s for sure.

2. Simon from The Mortal Instruments series

While I did love Jace, there were plenty of times (especially when watching the TMI movie) where I was Team Simon. I couldn’t be loyal to either side of this argument because there was so much to swoon about in each character. Simon loves Clary and their friendship is truely a beautiful thing.

3. Cath & Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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There was something so cute, endearing, and just downright loveable about the relationship between Cath and Levi. He was adorable, quite out of the ordinary, and at times down-right swoon worthy.

4.  Torrin & quinn from Stripped by Brooklyn Skye (read my review here)

strippedcover3_5x8Torrin is quite possibly one of the most crush and swoon-worthy characters I have come across since beginning my book blogging adventure.

5. Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games

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Katniss may be bad ass and might do what she has to do to survive but her friendship and relationship with Peeta is beautiful. It is painfully obvious that he loves her, and while she is unsure about her feelings for him for a while, when they finally started to show I cheered (for real).

6. Percy & Annabeth from The Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus Series

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A couple that goes from kids hating one another to a couple in love? I love how their relationship grew over the course of the novels.  The demigod couple who kicks ass together, stays together, right?

7. Adam from Shatter Me

(read my review here)

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In my review of Shatter Me, I expressed my frustrations with Juliette, but I didn’t go into how much I loved Adam. Probably because I was equally yelling at Juliette and then swooning over Adam during the majority of the book. *fans self*

 

I’m bad at this and could only come up with 7. Yikes. Maybe I’m not much of a swooner, or I just have a bad memory. Maybe both. I need more swoon-worthy books or characters in my life.

What books or characters from books make you swoon?

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell A Funny Glimpse into Office Life.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . ”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

Review:

I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing. I love her quirky characters and the amount of heart that her other books have. That being said, I am disappointed to say that I didn’t love Attachments. I wasn’t head-over-heels the way I was with her other books. I liked it, but it felt like something was missing for me.

One thing that I really liked about this book was the banter and conversation between Beth and Jennifer. They were really easy to read about, even though the format in which their scenes were written in was slightly difficult for me to follow for a while. Beth and Jennifer were funny, they genuinely cared about one another, and they seemed like characters who if I knew them in real life, I could be friends with. They were what kept me reading. Beth and Jennifer made me laugh, cry, and  reminded me of myself and my best friend.

On the other hand, Lincoln creeped me out and I genuinely felt bad for him. It wasn’t that he read the email conversations between Beth and Jennifer… that was his job, it was the fact that he fell in love with Beth through reading her email. He came across as an extremely naive, inexperienced person when it came to both relationships and interacting with other people in general. For me, his saving grace was his friendship with Doris, an older woman who he worked with. She was spunky and gave Lincoln the companionship and confidence he needed to actually grow up and experience the life that he was letting pass him by. Quite honestly my main problem with this novel was Lincoln. While he did grow and change over the course of the book (which I am thankful for), I couldn’t get over how pathetic he seemed in the beginning of the novel.

Reading  Attachments made me feel like I was emailing my best friend. Rainbow Rowell has written a funny and engaging glimpse into office life.

 

4 / 5 Stars

Words of Wisdom

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This is one of my favorite quotes from Doctor Who. It’s from Silence in the Library, the first appearance of my favorite character, the sassy and sexy River Song. And come, on…. it is so true.

Books really are a great weapon. They give you knowledge and in an emergency you can throw them at someone or hit them with one to defend yourself (Even though who would do that to such a beautiful object? But I guess if I had to!)

What is a bookish quote that you love?

(can be from a book or author or about books in general) I might feature your favorite quote on my blog!