Happy International Women’s Day!

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Happy International Women’s Day!

I realized that the majority of my shelves are filled with female authors 🙂 Who are some of your favorite female authors?

(Not pictured: Amy Poehler’s book, which I read her narration of, and Frankenstein which I forgot! Boo.)

11 Things You Never Realized About Your Favorite Books That Show Them In A Whole New Light

11 Things You Never Realized About Your Favorite Books That Show Them In A Whole New Light

 

Which of these did you already know, or not know? What surprises you the most?

21 YA Movie Adaptions that Failed

21 Failed YA Movie Adaptions

I didn’t even know some of these existed! (Like Eragon). I also feel like Holes did pretty well, at least among the age it was aimed at. Which of these have you seen and liked or disliked? Also, what are your favorite book to movie adaptions? I’d go so far as to say The Hunger Games and Interview with the Vampire were better than the books. I also think that the Harry Potter movies stand well on their own as separate from the books, they are both phenomenal.

New Harry Potter Edition

Some illustrations were released a few weeks ago for the new edition of Harry Potter and they’re absolutely stunning. So far it’s only the first one but I’m hoping they will be doing all of them! (My wallet may not be happy).

New Edition of Harry Potter

30 Day Book Challenge

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Here is the 30 Day Challenge. I’m not sure if I’m going to do every one since some of my answers would be the same and I don’t want to bore you. But, I will try my best. I will continue to edit this over the days 🙂

Day 1: Best book you read last year?

Already I’m stumped. Last year I was in college so most of my reading was for academic purposes and I didn’t get to choose them. However, last spring I took a Contemporary World Lit class and we read a lot of great short stories, novels, plays, poems, and memoirs. One that stuck with me was Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones. It is about a Haitian servant, Amabelle, living in Dominican Republic when a genocide breaks out and the wealthy Dominicans start murdering the Haitians. The book is raw, gritty, and has beautiful prose. I read it a long time ago but it’s one of the few from school that really stuck with me. In that class we also read an Irish play called Cripple of Inishmaan. It is just absolutely hilarious. Don’t read if you’re easily offended. The main character is known as “cripple Billy” and it’s full of dark Irish humor and profanities.

Day 2: A book that you’ve read more than three times?

There aren’t many books that I’ve re-read besides Harry Potter, mainly because I always have so much on my reading list! I think if anything I would say fairytales. When I was a kid I loved fairytales (and I still do). My favorite was and is Beauty and the Beast. I have this really old movie version book of Beauty and the Beast and it is falling apart at the seams but I refuse to throw it away. I think it might have been my sister’s before mine. I also have this book of fairytales that has silver pages on the side that I’ve had since I was a kid that I love.

Day 3: Your Favorite Series?

I feel like this shouldn’t even be a question. Of course it’s Harry Potter. This is probably the most influential book of our time. I recently read a study about how children that read Harry Potter tended to be more caring and make better decisions based off of ethics. Here’s the link: Can Harry Potter Change the World? Some of my most vivid memories as a child was me reading Harry Potter next to my cat and being so excited when the new one came out. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that way about a book since.

Day 4: Favorite Book of your Favorite Series?

When I was little my favorite Potter was The Goblet of Fire (the fourth one) but now that I’m older it may be The Half-Blood Prince but I just started re-reading them and that one is next so it may change. But, I find Voldemort and Snape’s individual backstory’s really interesting. I also love Dumbledore’s backstory but I don’t remember which one that is in. I’m also kind of realizing more how whiny Harry Potter is haha, but I think it’s perfect because he’s a moody 15 year old and JK Rowling does such a good job capturing that. Also, people won’t stop telling him his parents died and how much he looks like them…that’s gotta be annoying.

Day 5: A book that makes you happy?

I’m going to have to say fairytales. I grew up reading them and they’re always something to turn to on a gloomy day.

Day 6: A book that makes you sad?

Well, I recently read Night by Elie Wiesel. And like any other Holocaust writing, I think to myself: “How did the world let this happen and go on for so long?” I don’t know if sad is an adequate word for these books. They are harrowing and devastating.

Day 7: A book that makes you laugh?

Hmm. I like books that are really character driven so although the book isn’t meant to be funny one I’m going to say is The Help (by Kathryn Stockett). I mean those ladies go through so much adversary and they still have this amazing sense of humor. Especially when she puts the poop in Hildy’s pie…hehe. Also Owen Meany from A Prayer for Owen Meany (by John Irving) cracks me up. Again, not a completely humorous book but he is one of the most well-developed characters I have ever come across and for that reason he’s one of my favorites. He’s meant to be this tiny guy and every time he talks it’s in all caps because it’s supposedly so high-pitched and squeaky. I love that.

Day 8: Most overrated book?

This is so easy and automatically comes to mind: Looking for Alaska by John Greene. Now, I’m sorry to offend all of you die-hard John Greene fans (my friends included) but this book was so overrated to me. In publishing school they called it “manic-dreaming-pixie-girl” which perfectly describes it for me. Here’s ANOTHER story about some whirlwind of a force girl with issues and a nerdy, shy boy that has a huge crush on her and has been friend-zoned. This story line is so over done and so trite. After I read it I just couldn’t figure out what everyone was raving about.

Day 9: A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving?

Praaaahbably Twilight. When it first came out I tried to hate it and be hipster about it. But, last summer I watched all the movies and fell in love then I had to read all of the books too. I just think Stephanie Meyer’s life is such a great example of the American Dream. She was a stay-at-home mom and had no professional writing experience then one night she had a dream (literally) and just started writing. She had no experience with the publishing industry and no agent and she just had the courage to send the book to publishers and look at her now. I love it.

Day 10: A book that reminds you of home?

Gosh I love this question. I’m from a small town in CT (very Gilmore Girls) then moved to Cape Cod when I was 14. Being born and raised in New England, I’m a sucker for books set in New England that capture the spirit. Beautiful nature, somewhat snooty, anxious , fast-paced, yet highly intelligent people. I’d say that John Irving is a big one for this.

Day 11: A book you hated?

We read a Toni Morrsion book in high school and I loathed it! I can’t even remember which one.

Liebster Award Nomination!

I was nominated by bodaciousbookbabe, thank you so much for nominating my blog!

Before I start I wanted to say that since posting my piece on Respect as a Blogger on Twitter I had over 500 views in the past two days alone from all different countries. Including places like Kenya, Germany, UK, Russia, US, Australia and more. This has been awesome. Thanks guys. I hope you enjoy!

The Rules:

Link and thank the blogger that nominated you

Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you

Tag other bloggers who have 200 followers or less

Ask the 11 nominated bloggers 11 questions and tell them you’ve nominated them

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1. What was the last book that made you cry?

Night by Eli Wiesel.

2. What is a really underrated book that you would love to see on the big screen? Why?

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier is an absolutely beautiful YA fantasy-fairytale that is very well-written and would look so cool on the big screen.

3. What is something in a book that has to be well-done for you to like it? (For me, it’s characterization.) Is it plot, setting, characters, etc?

Definitely definitely characters. As you’ve seen on my blog nothing pisses me off more than weak characters. A mark of a strong writer, for me, is well developed characters. They don’t have to be lovable, but they have to seem real. Plot takes a back seat for me.

4. Is there a book that you consider your guilty pleasure? If so, why?

TWILIGHT! ahahahahah. So, me trying to be a hipster kid I refused to read Twilight and made fun of it with everyone else. (I did the same with Harry Potter until I saw the first movie and saw how awesome it was. I know, it’s bad). Then, one summer I watched every single Twilight movie and I loved it. I then bought the book set. I can still hold on to my hipster mentality by legitimately loving vampires “before they were cool”. Have you ever read Carmilla? Lesbian-vampire story written in the 1800s? Yes.
To wrap this up, I know it isn’t well written but it’s captivating. And I fell in love with Alice and Carlisle. I also totally love that Stephanie Meyer wasn’t a writer, had little to no experience, had to write while raising kids, and made herself a sensation. It’s a true American Dream and I love that.

5. What is your favorite book setting? (Stuff like this -> Fantasy AU, Boarding School, Hollywood, New York, Foreign Countries, etc.)

I read more fantasy when I was younger and I loved it but I haven’t read much lately. If anyone has any suggestions please tell me! But, I love old school vampire stories and medieval times. For the most part I just read contemporary fiction set in America. I absolutely love a book that captures the spirit of some section of America. Each region has so much personality. For example New Orleans in A Streetcar Named Desire, 1920s NYC in Gatsby, and LA in Janet Fitch’s Paint it Black. 

6. What is a book that you want to read purely for the cover?

Poisoned Apples: Poems for you, my Pretty by Christine Hepperman.

7. Is there a book that you’ve tried to read innumerable times but have never been able to finish? What is it?

The Invisible Man. It’s such a classic and my professor told me it’s his favorite book but I just can’t get into it.

8. What is your OTP (One True Pairing)?

Sadly, no one from Harry Potter. Maybe because I don’t see it as a romance story. I like Alice and Jasper from Twilight.

9. Why and when did you start your book blog?

I started in August. I had just finished publishing school and I’m really into  the book industry. Of course, I love books. I was also an English and writing major in undergrad so it all just came together.

 10. If you estimate, what is most books you’ve ever checked out from your library?

I never took out many at a time. But, when I was a kid we lived right next to the library and I used to walk there all the time. I loved it.

11. What is your favorite type of post to write for your blog?

I like doing reviews. I read online that a successful book-reviewing blog has at least one review a week but it’s so hard to keep up with that! Especially with work and everything. But, I enjoy it. Also don’t be surprised if I slow down a bit this month. My goal for my last semester at college was to re-read HP and I only got through 5 so I just started reading 6. And no one needs a Harry Potter review haha.

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My Questions:

Answer the ones above 🙂 I made a mistake and did that but I think it works out.

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People I’m Tagging: ( I had a lot of trouble finding any people I am following under 200 so I did 500 or less)

writingandrewriting

wrappedupinbooks

fallingdownthebookhole

ChrissiReads

Books for Thought

The Glass House

The Quirky Reader