It’s All in the Title

So, I’m totally not one to make excuses. (This is a lie. I make excuses all the time. I really, really do.)

But, I went two days sans Internet, and then the next two days with food poisoning, so at least this time I have a little bit of a legitimate reason for not posting anything in the last week. In any case, I’m here now, and with a game to boot! What you do is pick a book or series that you’ve read (any book!) and describe it in 200 words or less. That’s easy, right? Here’s the game part: in describing the book, you have to sneakily incorporate at least 10 other titles of books you’ve read into the review.

I don’t really know why this game seems so fun to me, but I think it’s because finding the books to incorporate is a little adventure in itself. Obviously titles such as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets aren’t ideal for hiding in a normal context, but some book titles are simply adjectives, and they work great! I tried to stick with titles that weren’t Level: Easy, but that could be incorporated in a way that made sense. I challenge you to challenge yourself and try this mini-game, too! ūüôā

Series to describe: The Lunar Chronicles

This series. Agh. It is, in many ways, a great and terrible beauty. Great because of the characters and the plot and the everything. Terrible because ugh–I have all the emotions! And I really want to read the third book, but I don’t have it in my possession. It feels like so long that I’ve been waiting to get Cress, but I won’t abandon¬†this series, even if waiting has been¬†a living nightmare.¬†After all, the first and second books were so good! I think Cinder was slightly better than Scarlet, but can we all just agree that Scarlet and Wolf have¬†perfect chemistry?¬†But halt right there. Let’s talk about Thorne. Seriously, I’m mad about the boy! He’s so arrogant, but oh so endearing. I could probably give at least thirteen reasons why he’s one of my favorite characters. I have a feeling he’ll feature prominently in Cress! Eep! Oh, well. For now, I’ll wait in dreamland, just waiting for the chance to unwind¬†with that coveted third book!¬†Ready or Not,¬†I’m coming for you,¬†Cress!

So that’s my paragraph! Try and find all ten book titles, or just highlight the paragraph below to see the titles in all-caps!

This paragraph:

This series. Agh. It is, in many ways,¬†A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY.¬†Great because of the characters and the plot and the everything. Terrible because ugh–I have all the emotions! And I really want to read the third book, but I don’t have it in my POSSESSION.¬†It feels like so long that I’ve been waiting to get Cress, but I won’t¬†ABANDON¬†this series, even if waiting has been¬†A LIVING NIGHTMARE.¬†After all, the first and second books were so good! I think Cinder was slightly better than Scarlet, but can we all just agree that Scarlet and Wolf have¬†PERFECT CHEMISTRY?¬†But halt right there. Let’s talk about Thorne. Seriously, I’m¬†MAD ABOUT THE BOY.¬†He’s so arrogant, but oh so endearing. I could probably give at least¬†THIRTEEN REASONS WHY¬†he’s one of my favorite characters. I have a feeling he’ll feature prominently in Cress! Eep! Oh, well. For now, I’ll wait in¬†DREAMLAND, just waiting for the chance to¬†UNWIND¬†with that coveted third book!¬†READY OR NOT,¬†I’m coming for you,¬†Cress!¬†

 

Now, pick your own book and write your own paragraphs! Then share them with me, because I would love to see them!

See Ya’ Next Week

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Going volunteering in Wales. Yay!

There’s no wi-fi, or connection where my volunteer group is staying. Boo!

So for the next couple of days I’m going to be ankles deep in the mud, doing manual labor, completely phone, computer, and iPad-less. I’ve stayed off the inter-webs that long before, of course, but something about being in an area where NOBODY an be on the internet should be an interesting, refreshing experience. Hopefully. Maybe I’m more attached than I think…

That said,

See you guys next week!

Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit

Wow. It seems like I have not participated in Top Ten Tuesday in a looooooong while. I keep meaning to, and then I get on my laptop, and it’s Wednesday, and I’m just like ‘okay, back to blog post B.’ But this week’s topic looked too fun to pass up. I always tell people that my love for travel is rooted in my love for books, and it’s so true. Reading about far off places and great adventures has a way of just making you want to have your own adventures in said far off places. Unfortunately, many such places do not actually exist (so far that I know). So I’ll just let out some of my inner pain with this list.

As always, the Top Ten Tuesday party is happening over at: The Broke and the Bookish. 

(In no particular order because I’m far too lazy to sort them out)¬†Hogwarts_boats_1

 

(From the Harry Potter Wiki, because, let’s face it. You know it’s going to be on this list.)¬†

10. Neverland (Peter Pan)

You get to never grow up! There’s pirates! Adventures! If you got there, you can obviously fly! Dreams, take me awaaaaay.

9. Transylvania (Dracula)

That’s weird, isn’t it? Yeah, that’s weird. I don’t know why I want to go to Dracula’s reigning place, seeing as he’s this bloodthirsty creature of the night and all, but I promise if I go I’ll wear lots of garlic and keep a sharpened pencil in my pocket.

8. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

Yeah, I know that children have like a 4/5 chance of being maimed and/or humiliated here. But, chocolate!

7. England (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series)

After I read the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series, I was obsessed with moving to England. And now…here I am! Wow, that worked out well.

6. Russia (Anna Karenina)

Read the first 400 pages of Anna Karenina. Could hardly focus on plot, was so absorbed with setting.

5. The Night World (The Night World series)

This is an alternate reality world where vampires, witches, and shape shifters run alongside us humans. A lot of the creatures in the Night World are kind of evil. But I still think it’d be fun to live there, because there’s this thing called the soulmate principal, and it’s really cool, and–yeah, this is just my teen fangirl emerging here.

4. Pawnee (Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America)

This is kind of cheating. You probably know Pawnee as the town from the popular, awesome TV show Parks and Recreation. But I’m putting it on here because I read the book Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America. Yes, it was a book based off of the TV show. But it’s still a book. And it’s still about Pawnee. So, ha. Loopholes! Anyways, Pawnee is usually portrayed as a podunk town with a lot of ignorant people living in it. But it’s also the Greatest Town in America. I would totally go hang out creepily at City Hall, or just stock up on waffles at JJ’s Diner. And then at night, I would go party at the Snakehole Lounge!

3. Spain (The Sun Also Rises)

Immediately after I read Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, I desperately wanted to go to Spain. I’m still not entirely sure why. I mean, Spain seems great and all, but everything that Hemingway talked about isn’t really my cup of tea. I’ve only fished two or three times in my life. I don’t like bullfighting. My favorite places are usually cold, cloudy ones. All of that doesn’t change the fact that I really, really want to go to Spain. I want to eat good food, and drink lots of wine, and not descend into the kind of mad partying and moral degeneration that went on in the Sun Also Rises. I think that’s possible, right?

2. The Underland (Gregor the Overlander series)

I used to be obsessed with Suzanne Collin’s first series when I was in middle school. And although I haven’t read this series in a couple of years, I still remember how much I longed to fall from my city to a secret world, just like Gregor. The Underland is not a cheerful, happy world full of fun adventures. It’s a land corrupt with violence, betrayal, and huge, terrifying rats. But in this land, you can form a bond with a bat, and said bat will be your best friend and take you flying, and I *really* like that idea. Brilliant series. You should read it, if you haven’t.

1. Hogwarts (Harry Potter series)

Duh. I mean, I’m sure this reply is on basically everyone’s list today. And for a good reason. Who wouldn’t want to go to a school where you learn magic?! I mean, a brief list of the best things about Hogwarts: you get to compete against other houses for bragging rights, P.E. could mean FLYING on a broom, Hogsmeade is like, right there, and can I just say that I would gain so much weight at Hogwarts because every freaking meal looks like an ornate feast?! Holidays at Hogwarts would be the best, and the portraits talk to you. Chocolate frogs. Pets are allowed. Sign me up.

What locations do books have you pining over? Let me know! 

Spooky Spines (My Favorite Creepy Books)

Okay. Okay.

I admit it. My titles are the epitome of lame. In fact, my usual blog post title thinking process is taking an adjective that relates to my post, and pairing it with a bookish word that starts with the same letter. I’m all about that alliteration. So although I know it’s hard, please don’t judge me¬†too¬†harshly. I’m in the midst of midterms at my university, and so I’m a bit frazzle brained right now.

Anyways, I’ve been in a very Halloween-y mood this week. I’ve been snacking on cupcakes decorated like pumpkins, watching episode after episode of Goosebumps on Netflix, and scoping out ideas for my Halloween outfit. Halloween is not my favorite holiday or anything–I’m just a really festive person who lives for the chance to celebrate. I especially like celebrations that include eating¬†candy corn. Just saying.

That said, I was studying (really, procrastinating studying, but same thing, right?) for my exams tomorrow when I happened to glance down at my toolbar (looking for something that would make me procrastinate my studies) and saw the date. When I realized that it was the 13th, I started thinking ‘ooooh, spooky stuff…ooooh, Halloween….oooh, it’s not even Friday, but ooooooh’. And¬†then¬†I thought: Oh, hooray! I’ve found something that will allow me to procrastinate. And then I logged onto WordPress to bring to you:

My Halloween Hall of Fame: The 5 Creepiest Books I’ve Read¬†

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It was only when I started composing this list that I realized something…I have not read that many horror novels. For some reason, I thought I had read a lot more than I really have. Maybe because I’ve spent a lot of time¬†thinking¬†about maybe reading horror books like American Psycho or Misery. ‘They’re so popular!’ I’ll tell myself. ‘I should really read them so that I can form my own opinions and thoughts on them.’ And then I remember: I’m a wimp. And I read the Princess Diaries instead. Still, I have read a¬†few¬†scary stories, and the best¬†of them are:

5. Cell by Stephen King

This is the only one of Stephen King’s horror stories that I’ve read. I attempted one other, wimped out twenty pages in, and read Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America instead. When I read Cell, I was more interested in forcing myself to finally read a Stephen King novel than I was in the actual plot. But suffice it to say that there were Zombies. And blood, violence, and shocks. It was like a scary movie, but in book form!

4. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Although Gone Girl is her most famous book, it was Dark Places that made me cringe the most. The whole thing sent chills down my spine. Ack. The ending made sense in a weird, twisted, ‘oh my gosh, I see the light–er, dark’ way, and I’ll end with this: those poor cows!

3. Dracula by Bram Stoker

I can’t make a Halloween book list without leaving our Transylvanian friend out of the loop. This book is a classic, and it’s more ominous tension and creepy guys eating flies than it is gore and guts. That means you can read it at night and actually get some sleep later on…if you don’t end up reading all night, that is.

2. I Am Legend and Other Stories by Richard Matheson

My cousins’s boyfriend gifted this book to me while I was visiting my cousin in Korea a couple summers back. All of the libraries in the area were, of course, Korean, and as I can understand only basic¬†Korean I was going through book withdrawals. Even though horror isn’t my usual genre, I gratefully consumed this collection of stories in less than a day. While I Am Legend still makes me shiver occasionally, the short stories that came with it were also fear-worthy.

And finally:

1. The Goosebumps Series by R.L. Stine

So, maybe not *the* most terrifying books on the planet…but, I certainly could never get enough of them come Halloween. And, yes, maybe it’s cheating to put a whole series on this list, but how could I choose between Say Cheese and Die! and Attack of the Mutant?

Really, all of the spine-tingly books in this classic series are forever entertaining, and will forever be giving me: that’s right, Goosebumps.

What are your favorite creepy reads? Do you agree with my choices? Let me know in the comments! 

 

Falling for Fall (Book List)

Mmm, Fall. It’s my favorite season, and how could it not be? Fall is when the leaves turn all orange and red and float down from the sky, coating the pavements with seasonal beauty. It’s when the cold weather finally tells the summer heat to chill out, and it’s when all my favorite holidays are on the horizon. Halloween! Thanksgiving! CHRISTMAS! Eeep!

It’s when I get to dress cozy in sweaters and flannel and it’s when I start drinking hot cocoa and hot coffee drinks again. I could really just list so many reasons why I love autumn. A huge one, however, is that fall is the perfect season for book reading (although any season is great for books, because there is never almost never¬†a time where book reading is inappropriate.) I mean, come on, admit it! Grabbing a blanket, a Pumpkin Spice Latte, and your favorite paperback is pretty damn appealing right about now.

That said, here are My Top Five Books I’m Looking Forward to this Fall.

1. Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

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I read the first book in Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series, and I didn’t love it. In fact, I was just ‘meh’ed by it. But this new novel by her looks like it has potential to be something v. cool. I think the mysterious, dark feel of it is perfect for these darkening autumn days…

(Available October 7th)

2. The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

I really did like the Pretty Little Liars series…well, all of the books that I ended up reading, that is. The series was just so long. It went on forever, and I just got so tired of all the false endings that eventually I was like ‘blewrljdlkgs’ (yes, that noise is real) and I ended up moving onto other books. Maybe it’s time for a fresh start with Sara Shepard. Her new series contains the same mystery elements of PLL along with the seemingly perfect group of teens, but I’m hoping that (unlike PLL) it will come to an end at some point.

(Available October 28th)

3. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

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Parks and Recreation. Enough said. Well, okay, maybe I’ll elaborate a little more. I really love Poehler’s comedic style, and this book looks like it will be greatness to the square of awesomeness.

(Available October 28th)

4. Trust Me, I’m Lying¬†by Mary Elizabeth Summer

“Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them.” For some reason, I like that. I have an imagined concept of what this protagonist might be like, and I approve. Plus, it’s about a teen con-artist, and I love teen con-artists. I really do…if, that is, they are done well. I hope this book does teen con-artists well.

(Available October 9th)

5. Party Games (Fear Street Series) by R.L. Stine

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This book was published a week or so ago, and I¬†can’t wait until I find it! I used to love R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books, and although I’m super surprised that he’s finally continuing the series, I’m also really excited. Yay for nostalgia! Since Stine is a master of spooky thrills, I think I’ll save this book for a few days before Halloween!

So, what’s on your Fall TBR list? Let me know in the comments!¬†