BookTubeAThon Wrap Up and readathon announcement!

Hey guys!

So I recently participated in the book tube a thon! Needless to say, I failed horrifically.

I only read The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning and that was 472 pages. I guess that’s ok, but it put me in a little reading slump.

Therefore I’m going to be hosting a readathon called “To Many Books, So Little Time”. It starts tomorrow, Tuesday July 22 and ends on July 30. So that will give you about two weeks to read as much as you can!

I’m going to be doing daily updates and trying as hard as I can to read atom of books!

If your going to be participating in this readathon please comment below your TBR and use the #TMBSLT!

This is going to be so much fun and I’m really looking forward to it!
Happy Reading!

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July Library Book Haul

Hey guys!

Here are some of the books I borrowed from the library this month:
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
The Railway Children
Chopsticks
The Grave Robbers Daughter
The Book Of Magic by Neil Gaiman

Movies:
Monsters University
Hugo
Monsters Inc.
Lady and the Tramp
Alice in Wonderland
Bridesmaids
Life of Pi

Those are the books and movies I borrowed from the library in the month of July!

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Book-TubeAThon TBR!

Hey guys!

Today I’m going to be sharing with you all of the books that I plan on reading for the Book-TubeAThon!

The book tube a thon starts on midnight on July 14 and ends at 11:59 pm July 21!

As always I cannot guarantee that I will be reading all of these books, but I will certainly try!

I tried to correspond the books I was planning on reading to the challenges but for some of the reading challenges I did not pick anything.

Let’s get started!

1. A Book with read on the cover
For this challenge I chose The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer. This is the third book in the TLOS series! It just came out on July 8, 2014 and I’m so excited to start it!

2. A book with pictures and a book to movie adaptation
For this I chose The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick! I have wanted to read this for a long time now, and I figured this was the perfect opportunity to read it, as it goes along with not one, but TWO of the challenges!

3. A book someone else chose for me
The book my mom chose for me is Nancy Drew #1: Without a Trace by Carolyn Kenne. In my early childhood years I absolutely loved the children’s Nancy Drew and The Clue Crew series, so my mom picked up this book for me and told me that I should read it for this challenge!

4. A book from a genre that I have not read much from this year
The book I chose is Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth. I have only read 2 dystopians this year so I figured that I should read this. I absolutely ADORE the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth so I went and picked this up. This is a collection of 4 short stories in Fours perspective!
This is a brand new release that as well came out on July 8!

5. Read 7 books

Since those are all of the challenges I will be partaking in, I chose a few more books that will work for the “Read 7 Books” challenge.

The extra first book I plan on reading is The Railway Children by E. Nesbit. The second extra book I plan on reading is The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse.

Those are all of the books I hope to be reading this book tube a thon!
Again, I probably won’t finish all of them but I will try!

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Reading Response: Reading Response Topics

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Today I’m going to be sharing with you some of the Reading Response Topics I want to post very soon! Most of these were taken off goodreads groups and online sites! Enjoy! Also, if you have any other fun reading response topics please comment them below!

Top Books BookTube Made You Read
Top Cover Buys (Books you bought solely for the cover)
Top Books You Wished You Read Earlier
Top Books That Made You Cry
Characters You Wish You Were More Like
Top 5 Books You Struggled to Finish
Top 5 Naked Cover Books (Hardbacks w/o dust jacket)
Top 5 Last Sentences
Top Genres
Top Book Quotes
Top Siblings
Top Fictional Technology
Top Characters You Hate
Top 5 Friendships
Top 5 Book Parents (parent/guardian/adult figure)
Top 5 Sequels
Top 5 Books You Would Recommend to New Readers
Top Villains
Top Unread Authors
Top Male Protagonists
Top Books You’d Like to See Be Movies
top characters that you would like to meet
If you were to meet any charcter from any book who would it be/construct a thought through conversation with this charcter
Top books that you cried at

I hope you enjoy this list of Reading Response Topics! Again, if you have any topic please put them in the comments below!

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#AYearAThon TBR!

Hey guys!

I made a last minute decision to join the #AYearAThon for classics week.

I just went to the library and picked up “The Railway Children” by Jacqueline Wilson, which is a children’s classic (published in 1906).

My dad also has a lot of classics including, The Hobbitt; The Great Gatsby and more.

So hopefully I can read a few classics this week!

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Alyssa’s Reviews – Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

This is going to be my non-spoiler book review of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi!

Never heard of this book? NO Problem! (summary by GoodReads.com):

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Plot Line:
I thought the plot line was very unique. The whole “my touch can kill” plot was very interesting but can also be considered a typical dystopian YA book.
The way the plot was dragged through throughout the whole book was very well thought through.
The plot never got boring and was very actioned pack!

Characters:
Juliette, Warner and Adam are the main characters in this book.
Juliette has a killing touch and that is showcased throughout this book. Needless to say, pretty much every book has an annoying and misleading character. This was that charcter. Many of Juliettes desicions were not thought out and that annoyed me quite a bit throughout this book.
Adam is the soilder that is chosen to watch over Juliette. Her and Adam have known eachother since they were kids. Although, I would have liked to see more flashbacks from that period. Adam is our love interest in this novel.
Warner is the leader of the cult. He is the one that is trying to get Juliette on his side of the page. In the “bookish community” Warner can be considered the second love interest.

Team Adam or Team Warner?
I have always been on team Adam side just because.

Overall thoughts:
I thought this was an amazing start to a YA dystopian trilogy. It was action packed and full of fun. I could not put this book down! I hope to continue this trilogy sometime in the future! 5/5 stars!

Thats it for now!
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R.R.: Top 6 Books I’ve Read So Far!

Hey guys!

I haven’t done a reading response in a long time so I figured this would be fun!

My goal this year was to read 50 books and so far I have read 27! Right on Track!

My Favourite Books so far:

1. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
*I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC for this book from Simon & Schuster*

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend. Apple Picking at Night? Ok, easy enough.Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?
Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

2. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

3. Harry Potter and The Philosiphers Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years.
But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.

4. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.
What happened? Dorothy.
They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.
My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission.

5. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

6. Cinder by Marrissa Meyer
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Those are my favourite books that i have read, so far this year!
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