Thursday, July 17, 2014

Treesofreverie Read-A-Thon Update #5

This is where the reading sort of tapers off a bit. This update is for the 5th day of the read-a-thon, July 14th. I know I am still super behind in updating you all, but with work and trying to get at least some reading done, I haven't had a chance to do a huge mega post, plus I failed at keeping track for a few days, so I am having to go back into Goodreads and look at my progress updates! :)


I hope you all are having a great read-a-thon, and are able to get into some great books! I have discovered that these read-a-thons are an amazing thing! One thing, the challenges are forcing me to read outside of some of my comfort zones, and I am discovering some awesome books/authors.


So, now onto the 5th day of the read-a-thon, and the love of all things Obernewtyn!! :)


Da stats:


Pages Read: 55
Total Pages Read: 637
Books Completed: 2
Challenges Fulfilled: 2
           Read a book with pictures in it (The Graveyard Book)
           Finish an entire book in ONE day (Love Edy)
Feelings/Thoughts: This is the book that was chosen for me. Nic, over at Biscuit & Books chose this for me. I won't lie, I was terrified to start this. This is fantasy, and I don't read fantasy. Or, at least I didn't. Because the first 55 pages of this book had me so captured, that even though I had worked for 10+ hours, and was exhausted, I WANTED to keep reading. I ended up letting sleep win, because I had a lot to do the next day, but I loved the start of this book! So, another win for the challenges of the read-a-thon! :)

Hopefully I can figure out what I read for the next couple of days after this one, because this was the last day I kept track of...I will remember for next time to keep a notebook with the books that I am currently reading lol

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Treesofreverie Read-A-Thon Update #4

Sorry I am so far behind on all of my updates for this read-a-thon!! I have been super busy, and then haven't really been reading a whole heck of a lot lately!!


But anyway, this update is for July 13th, which would have been the 4th day of this read-a-thon! This day saw the completion of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which also introduced me to the world of middle grade novels, and my obsession for Neil Gaiman's writing!! I honestly haven't been this taken by an author's writing since Nick Hornby! When you just know that you will LOVE everything they write, that's my favorite type of author! :)

So, here is the update in stats!!

Pages Read: 251
Total Pages Read: 582
Books Completed: 2
Challenges Fulfilled: 2
           Read a book with pictures in it (The Graveyard Book)
           Finish an entire book in ONE day (Love Edy)
Feelings/Thoughts: All I can say is THANK YOU to whoever got rid of this book and allowed me to find it super cheap at a used bookstore, and also THANK YOU to the challenge of read a book with pictures in it, because without those two things coming together at the same time, I would have never picked up this book, and fallen for Neil Gaiman's wonderful writing, and realized that middle grade books are great too! So, I would have to say that day 4 has been a complete success!!! :)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Treesofreverie Read-A-Thon Update #3


Today's update is a bit more exciting than yesterday's. I was able to finish a book, and mark off another challenge! YAY!! My page number in 3 days has exceeded what it has been for weeks. I am enjoying the urge these read-a-thons have put on my reading, and I hope that even once they are done, I continue to want to read like this. I have missed the pull of books, and I am glad that it is back!!

Pages Read: 270
Total Pages Read: 331
Books Completed: 1
Challenges Fulfilled: 2
          Read a book with pictures in it (The Graveyard Book)
          Finish an entire book in ONE day (Love Edy)
Feelings/Thoughts: I won't go too in depth on my feelings for this update, because I wrote an entire review on the book I finished. I just know that I haven't read this much in a long time, and I am loving it! The challenges are making me think about what book I am going to read next, and I am trying my hardest not to double up on any of the challenges with the same book, trying to make it a bit more challenging.

I hope everyone is having a great time reading and seeing everybody's updates! I know that I sure am!!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Treesofreverie Read-A-Thon Update #2

So, day number two has come and gone, and my reading was not anything to be impressed by, I didn't finish a book on day two, or really read at all. I picked up my book literally in the last hour of the day, simply to have something to post on....


So, here is the pitiful update, which isn't much more of a page count than day 1, but for the sake of my records, here are the numbers for the second day (July 11th).


Pages Read: 26
Total Pages Read: 61
Books Completed: 0
Challenges Fulfilled: 1 (Read a book with pictures in it)
Feelings/Thoughts: This is still one of the best written books. I can literally imagine this graveyard and Bod's friends. LOVE it! I don't know why it has taken me so long to pick up a Neil Gaiman book, but I can tell you with complete certainty that 1) it won't be my last and 2) without this readathon, I still wouldn't have been graced with the writing wonders this man has!

Love Edy by Shewanda Pugh

Title: Love Edy
Author: Shewanda Pugh
Genre: Young Adult
Source: For Review by CM Book Tours

AMAZON
GOODREADS


Rating:  2 STARS
**


When Edy Phelps falls hard for her best friend, she knows nothing can come from it. Forget actual chemistry, or the fact that she cherishes his mother more than her own; centuries of tradition say that Hassan will grow up, marry the girl his parents pick, and forget his best friend: the dancer with the bursting smile. Except he can't. In a world erupting with possibilities for the boy with a body of steel and dreams of the NFL, everything seems promised while nothing at all is; when he's denied the girl he wants most.
Two hearts. Two families devoted through generations of friendship. Could Edy and Hassan really risk all that? And yet ... how could they not?


~MY THOUGHTS~


Okay, this review has been hard to formulate. I keep stopping and re-starting, and stopping again. One idea pops into my head, but it completely contradicts another that I just typed, so I am going to try this again. And hopefully I am successful in typing out my thoughts.

I have come to a decision on the rating, finally. I am going to give this a 2 star rating, and that is because, for reasons I will try and discuss, I thought this book was ok, but I had some issues with it. Before  I start, I want to state that I mean no disrespect to the author, this book simply wasn't for me. And I will go into that, but I also want to state that I did enjoy the writing, enough so that it was a one day read for me.

But here we go. So one of my main problems, and it is simply a case of the 'I'm the wrong audience', was the characters. They were extremely young, 14/15, and I had a really hard time getting into their heads throughout the story. This part was a huge player in my problem with the book. And that is why I have a hard time marking down, but in the end, I didn't feel a connection with the characters, so for my rating it has to be taken down stars.  I am sure that a young teenager will find this story more to their liking. And actually be able to relate to the feelings of Edy and Hassan and the other characters in the story. But for me and this review, I just couldn't.

Another problem, and I think I will end with this one and move on to what I liked, because at heart I am a really positive person, is the ending. I am all for twists and turns in books, it's what keeps us reading and in suspense, but I felt that this was just a bit too much. It starts out as a simple contemporary, these two kids are in love, but there are obstacles to overcome, misunderstandings and miscommunications to overlook and feelings to sort out. But at the end, and I am saying at the end because it was pretty much over, it takes a hugely dark twist. And I felt like it just kind of stopped. Like there might have been more, but it was cut off. The ending was too abrupt, and even for a cliffhanger, it was sudden.

All that aside, the writing was great. The imagery and the flow worked. I was able to sit down after work and just read this until I was finished. I thought that Shewanda did an excellent job at creating a story and making it come to life. Another wonderful part of this story is the diversity. The two main characters aren't what YA has made the normal, and I enjoyed that a lot. I was introduced to cultures and ideas that I hadn't yet read in books, especially YA, and that gained a lot of enjoyment from me. I wish more authors would venture into uncharted waters and give us unique stories, especially for younger readers.

I will end this review by saying that while the overall story/characters weren't for me, the writing and style was. I will most likely look into other books by this author, possibly ones that have an older MC, maybe keep my eyes peeled for a sequel to Edy and Hassan's story. I think it is unfinished, and would like to know where it goes. I know that I didn't focus on a lot of plot points and such, that is why I gave you the early warning. These reviews tend to be a bit scattered in thought for me, and it is hard to put it in a neat review. I hope this has been helpful, and I honestly think that this book is worth checking out. It has a great story arc that I think a lot of people will enjoy.

~AUTHOR LINKS~

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Treesofreverie Read-A-Thon Update #1

I didn't "officially" sign up to take part in this even, but I wanted to try and read as much as I can before my classes start up again in August. I am sort of combining this and the BookTube-A-Thon (the challenges) and seeing how much I can read by August 1st, which is the end of the Treesofreverie Read-A-Thon. I will explain/talk more about the BookTube-A-Thon if/when I read during that week.


Here is the link to the Tumblr page. I heard about this event from Jillian, over at bookishandnerdy , on YouTube. I thought this would be a fun way to update more, and hopefully get out of this extremely long (over 3 or more months) reading slump!

So, for the first day, which would have been yesterday (July 10th), I read the following:

Pages Read: 35
Books Completed: 0
Challenges Fulfilled: 1 (Read a book with pictures in it)
Feelings/Thoughts: This book is written SO well! I am able to completely envision the graveyard and the inhabitants. One of the darkest books I've read in a while, especially since this is a children's book. The illustrations in this book are absolutely stunning. I believe this will be one of the first children's books I've read sine being an actual child, so I am excited about exploring this genre more as an adult!

Overall, this was a productive first day, for me. Seeing as the most I was reading in one day at times was 2 or 3 pages while at work, so 35 is a huge leap for me, and I am actually feeling happy about reading again, so success.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Title: Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Series: Beautiful #1
Genre: New Adult
Source: Bought


Rating: **
         (2 Stars)

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.


~MY THOUGHTS~

After thinking about it while I was at work, I decided to change this to a 2 star instead of the initial 1 star. This is due to the parts that I did enjoy, and the parts that kept me reading. While it seemed that there was more bad and a lot of irritating bits, I couldn't deny that SOMETHING kept me reading.

This book was so frustrating for me. For one, it was one that I have been highly anticipating reading, almost ever since it first came out. I honestly think I might have picked up my copy shortly after it's release, and just never got around to reading it. I picked it up to participate in this months book pick in the #NewAdultBookClub, and I don't regret reading it. I feel that the less than awesome books makes the ones that are awesome stand out more, and I appreciate them.

So, I will briefly delve into some of the problems I had with this book, briefly because I don't want this to become a rant! :) So, first is the fact that Abby was completely clueless! How did she not know Travis' feelings for her. Granted, with his reputation, she had reason to doubt and question, but she didn't even do that. She just turned a blind eye to the entire situation, and I just feel like that isn't realistic. I mean, if a guy was doing and saying the things that Travis was (and for Pete's sake, she was sleeping in his bed) then some flags would be going off, that hey, maybe he likes me and it isn't just friends?!? I just couldn't get past the ignorance of Abby.

Also, Travis! I mentioned in an update while reading this that the guy uses the nickname Pidge or Pigeon more than Abby's real name. I get the whole nickname thing, I have one myself. The majority of my family and friends use it. But if I am interacting with them on a daily basis, my real name pops up more often than not. Well, not in Travis' case. And I know that it's just a little thing, but I hated it. I felt that at the beginning at least, it was a way of not personalizing things.

I did enjoy America and Shepley, but possibly only because we didn't see too much into their stories. I might be interested in reading a book about them, because from what I could tell their relationship was a healthy, normal relationship.

I won't even get into the second half of the book in this review. It was just mind boggling, and I don't think I could write what I needed to say without giving away plot points and spoilers.

So, I will leave with this. While this book wasn't for me, and I didn't really enjoy most of it, I might, at some point, pick up other books by this author, or even others in this series (probably from the library, but still). I didn't hate this book, I just had some issues that made it less than awesome! :)  


**Side note, I will be writing up a discussion post on the New Adult genre, in response to Nic from Biscuit & Books' discussion. I will link everything up in that post! I might wait a little bit, and read a couple more from the genre, to get a more rounded discussion and opinion.**